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Printable Board Game Inspired by HOME The Movie {Review and Kids Activities}

Printable Board Game Inspired by Home The Movie DreamWorks

One of the kids favorite of late is DreamWorks HOME the movie. We actually didn't see it in the theater. But the kids always wanted to see it, so when it recently came out on digital download we got it right away. It's also now available on DVD and Blu-Ray, and since we've been watching it pretty much nonstop I thought I'd share a … [Read more...]

Saving Family Memories { Coupon Code for RealTimes Premium }

Ronin's first food

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic  Recently I sat down to write a blog post thinking to use photos from an important moment in our family history, our honeymoon, and discovered those photos were gone. To make matters … [Read more...]

Solution for Kids Water Anxiety { Moen Engage with Magnetix Review }

Moen Engage with Magnetix for kids bath

Disclosure: Moen provided products to facilitate this review. All opinions are mine alone. On the day Ronin was born almost eight years ago, he screamed his head off when he had his first bath, and that fear of water didn't change for a very long time. For the first few years of his life, in lightning speed we showered him. We had to do it to … [Read more...]

DIY Recycled Minions Bowling Game {And Minions Party Ideas}

Minions inspired party ideas

Minions is in theaters. Woot! We are so excited to see it tomorrow! We all thought the Dispicable Me films were hysterical, so the first time we saw the Minions trailer in the theater we all did a double-take, and have been eagerly anticipating it ever since. Ronin is quite the banana-aholic so of course he relates to them. Just wish … [Read more...]

How to Create a Vision Board that will Change Your Life

Lay out your clips before taping them down #ProjectAmazing AD

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ProjectAmazing #CollectiveBias The past two weeks the kids and I have been on a last minute trip to visit my parents in Florida. It's been such an unexpected experience because while there a dear friend passed away way too young at … [Read more...]

Coincidence or Serendipity?

Spontaneous Travel with Family

On Father's Day, I was talking to my parents and randomly decided to check airfare to possibly visit them in Florida. We already have a trip planned for August that's been scheduled for a while, so I knew we'd see them soon. But we had a couple of weeks coming at the end of June with not much going on. The kids had just ended school and their … [Read more...]

Top 3 Reasons to See Disney Pixar’s Inside Out {Plus Printable Kids Activities}

Pictured (L-R): Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust, Joy. ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

My family received tickets to a screening of Inside Out to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. John, the kids and I saw Inside Out this week. Such a unique film concept, taking a look inside the mind of preteen Riley and her unrelenting cast of five inner Emotions. It's a story within a story that to me always … [Read more...]

Talking to Kids about Emotions { Inside Out Printable Feelings Flash Cards }

Kids Emotions Sadness #PlayNGrow

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PlayNGrow #CollectiveBias The past couple of weeks Ronin's little league baseball team was in the playoffs. The season definitely started with some strong emotions on both of our parts, being his first year playing. But he ended up … [Read more...]

Air Travel With Kids: Tips & Rookie Mistakes

Air Travel with Kids Tips and Rookie Mistakes

Summer travel season is upon us!  In August, we’re taking a LONG flight with our 5 and 7-year olds to Florida. I grew up there so we've flown cross-country with the kids on several occasions. Air travel with littles is not the most fun experience in the world, but we’ve certainly developed a few tips and tricks for … [Read more...]

How to Help a Friend Who’s Lost a Loved One to Suicide

How to help a friend who's lost a loved one to suicide

I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. To loss a loved one to suicide. So what do you do when a dear friend losses someone they love? You want to be there for your friend, and help them in their time of grief. But it can feel so overwhelming knowing what to do to support them during this loss, because suicide is such a difficult and … [Read more...]

Chloe and Isabel Jewelry {Sale}

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Disclosure: This Chloe + Isabel Giveaway is provided by Anne-Marie Lindsey. This post includes affiliate links. All opinions are my own. I just LOVE jewelry ... and one of my favorite lines recently has been Chloe and Isabel. They have such beautiful high quality styles. And because I love supporting independent business, I … [Read more...]

New Orleans Style Bloody Mary Boosted

New Orleans Style Bloody Mary Boosted #V8EnergyBoost #ad

#V8EnergyBoost #CollectiveBias I've had a life long love affair with the Bloody Mary. Back in the day, well before marriage and kids I went to college in New Orleans, a city I just adore. It's a part of my soul, and so is the incredible food and libations. I have such memories hunting down the perfect Bloody Mary while I was living … [Read more...]

Fundraising Tips that Work

We all have causes that are important to us.  For a long time mine has been mental health and suicide prevention. I've done quite a bit of fundraising for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention the past four or so years, and using my experiences personally raising over $8,000 for the cause, I've formulated my top 10 tips … [Read more...]

How to Dress Your Body Type {Monroe and Main Fashion}

Cool Water Dress and Black Flats Monroe and Main #DressYourBodyType

Disclosure: This "How to Dress Your Body Type" Fashionista Event Opportunity is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic. This$185+ Fashion Giveaway and outfit on Motherhood Unadorned is provided by Monroe and Main. All opinions are my own.  This weekend, John and I attended an evening fundraising event for the American … [Read more...]

Happiness Is a Self-Cleaning Vacuum & Kids Who Clean {Eureka Brushroll Clean™ with SuctionSeal®}

Life Hack Self Cleaning Vacuum, Motivate Kids to Clean with Minecraft Inspired Printable Chorecraft Game #CleaningUntangled #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CleaningUntangled #CollectiveBias With Free Printable Minecraft Inspired Chore Chart Ellie and I have a crap ton of hair.  And like most hairy creatures, we shed like crazy, which can have some serious consequences with our … [Read more...]

New Mom Checklist for Maternal Mental Health Help

New Mom Checklist for seeking help for maternal mental health

I have the hardest time remembering what to say when I visit a doctor. During the days prior to my appointment I spend time thinking about the symptoms and/or feelings that I should address, but when I sit down and face her, much of it just floats away. The stress of that day presses in.  All that I need to get done … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Flan with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Sweet Potato Flan

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpringIntoFlavor #CollectiveBias A week and a half ago I was on vacation in New Orleans for Jazz Fest, and oh the food! I went to college there many moons ago and one of the things that I absolutely dearly loved, and still miss is the … [Read more...]

Avengers: Age of Ultron {Review and Free Printables}

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Disclosure: I received tickets to an advanced screening of Avengers Age of Ultron to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. Avengers: Age of Ultron is a highly entertaining film, full of fast action and striking humor. We thoroughly enjoyed it. But before I share more of my thoughts, I wanted to start with a brief … [Read more...]

Overcoming Teeth Sensitivity and Dental Anxiety

Overcoming Teeth Sensitivity and Dental Anxiety #sensitivesmiles #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SensitiveSmiles #CollectiveBias I've always had issues with my teeth. Cavities and sensitivity, even when my mom diligently took me to the dentist every six months as a kid. It sucks! But I have to be honest, I hate taking care … [Read more...]

Making Road Trips More Fun! {Tech Travel Tips Plus Free Scavenger Hunt Printable}

Making Road Trips More Fun Plus Free Printable Road Trip Scavenger Hunt #mydatamyway #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #MyDataMyWay #CollectiveBias What a week and it's only Wednesday! John's 40th birthday just happened to coincide with the start of Spring Break on Monday. For weeks I had been trying to figure out the best way to mark this … [Read more...]

How To Find the Right Doctors: Interview Them

This is something that is so critical to remember. Not all doctors are created equal. -->How to Find the Best Doctor for you: Interview Them

Did you know you can interview your doctors? Maybe I'm stating the obvious, but there was a time, at the beginning of my mental health struggles, when I had NO idea I could interview psychiatrists and therapists in my search to find a good one. I always just assumed that whomever I landed on would know what he or she was doing because of … [Read more...]