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The Good Dinosaur { Review and Free Kids Activities }

We received tickets to a screening of "The Good Dinosaur" to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. "The Good Dinosaur" by Disney•Pixar is now in theaters. It asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely? What if giant dinosaurs never became extinct? This film … [Read more...]

Massage as Self Care, Because Being a Parent Takes its Toll

This post was sponsored by Massage Envy as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. When I first met John about 12 years ago he had never had a massage. Not even once. Mr. Skeptic! To him, getting a massage was some sort of strange luxury that only people with loads of disposable income enjoyed on holiday at a fancy resort … [Read more...]

Simple Wine Pairings

Disclosure: The Hess Collection provided wine. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own. I was eleven the first time I traveled from Florida to the Napa Valley. My Uncle was an accountant in the wine industry, so my Grandma decided to start a tradition to take my brother and I for a visit the year we turned 11. I visited with my … [Read more...]

Creative Kids Gift Idea for Emerging Readers: Text Cool

Ellie started full day Kindergarten this year and is getting so excited about reading. A couple of her friends are actually reading chapter books, and with her brother in 2nd grade and advancing his reading skills, she's pretty motivated. It's really cute and encouraging to see. She's always drawing at home, and writing her "snap words" among the … [Read more...]

Simple Holiday Decor Ideas: National Decorate Your Home for the Holidays Week

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BIGSeason #BigLots #CollectiveBias Big Lots is my Dad's favorite store.  If you know him, you'll immediately understand why he likes it. He is one of those guys who is super big on value, just like … [Read more...]

I am Beyond Tired: Help for Insomnia

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the National Sleep Foundation. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. I haven't been getting enough sleep, and that is so so bad. I know it's not funny (although that photo is,) but some days I'm pulling my hair out trying … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Inside Out Fan Gift Guide

Disclosure: This Ultimate Inside Out Fan Gift Guide with items ranging from $0 to $40 for all ages includes affiliate links that help support this blog, so thank you! No compensation was received for this post. Inside Out is a film that has made a big impact on our family in 2015. In fact just last week, Ellie told me she thinks … [Read more...]

Allergy Friendly Mango Cashew Cornbread Stuffing Casserole

Now that Halloween is over, who's getting ready for Thanksgiving!? Haha.  With all of our allergies around here, we immediately had to sort all of the peanut and gluten candy out of the candy bags. It's our annual ritual because, well, we have to. Especially peanut because it's an anaphylactic allergy for Ronin. But we also have issues … [Read more...]

DIY Minecraft Steve Box Hat

Disclosure: This DIY Minecraft Steve Box Hat tutorial post includes affiliate links. Happy Halloween friends! As you might have noticed, our kids are HUGE Minecraft fans. We're also big into Halloween, with all of us, even the adults dressing up each year. This year in addition to having his Minecraft 8th Birthday Party, Ronin … [Read more...]

Will You Dress Up for Halloween?

I love Halloween, always have. Back in the day, when I was young and single, working in an office on the Sunset Strip, I ALWAYS dressed up. I was that lone wolf (or witch) in the office who went all out planning the office Halloween party with dry ice and black garbage bags lining the walls. I loved it. But having kids has actually made me less … [Read more...]

Rhapsody KIDS Music Service

Disclosure: This $300 Target GC Giveaway and post is sponsored by Rhapsody Kids. Ronin and Ellie absolutely adore listening to music. Ronin has taken Hip Hop dance for over a year, and for a long time Ellie said she wanted to be a singer and dancer when she grew up. Aren't they adorable?! Ellie sings a lot and they both have a lot of … [Read more...]

Happy 8th Birthday Ronin! { Minecraft Party Ideas: Cake, Cupcakes, Party Favors }

My Ronin turns 8 today. It's shocking how fast it's flown when sometimes the day-to-day seems like it's dragged at a snails pace. Motherhood altered my life in innumerable ways and it's not always rainbows and kittens. But when I add it all up, I wouldn't change it for the world. I could not live without that smile, or his larger … [Read more...]

Handprint Turkey Candy Jar

Thank you to Sweetworks for sponsoring this Handprint Turkey Candy Jar tutorial and $50 Sweetworks candy giveaway. A promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this Fashionista Event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. The holiday season is barreling down upon us and I love it. Our family so … [Read more...]

Minecraft Creeper Cup Tutorial

In just a couple of weeks my first born Ronin will be turning 8! Where has the time gone? I vividly remember rocking a tiny 7-pound bundle on my chest as he drifted off to dream land like it was yesterday. John and I used to compete over who got to hold him. Now, he's a GIANT 90-pound kiddo, who still loves cuddling with mommy and daddy … [Read more...]

Natural Ways to Protect our Well Being {Personalized Drinking Cup Tutorial}

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NaturalGoodness #CollectiveBias I sit here nursing the first cold of Back to School cold season. Ugh. I knew one of us would inevitably fall prey to the extra school germs, I just didn't think it was going to be me. But of course! … [Read more...]

DIY Minecraft and Pokemon Inspired School Lunch Kits

Disclosure: This  DIY Minecraft and Pokemon Inspired School Lunch Kits post is sponsored by Snapware. They've also provided a Snapware Total Solution 16-piece-set to giveaway. (Retail Value $29.99.) Oh Back to School lunch. We've been back in school a little over a week, and I'm back in the swing making school lunches. It's one of … [Read more...]

A Cuddly and Hi-Tech Way to Stay Connected with Loved Ones: CloudPets

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CloudPetsForever #CollectiveBias It's so special seeing the relationship my kids are developing with my parents. We live all the way across the country from them, but we've thankfully had many chances to travel during the kids lives, … [Read more...]

First Time Favorites Part 2: Walt Disney World Princesses

If you have a huge princess fan in your family like I do, there are so many must-visit Walt Disney World princesses. On our recent one-day, 12-hour adventure to the Magic Kingdom we really took advantage of our time and did a TON of fun activities and rides. I've shared our kids' first-ever visit to Walt Disney World favorites here, but when I … [Read more...]

First Visit to Walt Disney World Favorites: Part 1

Disclosure: We received two one-day passes to Walt Disney World, and purchased two additional passes ourselves. All opinions are 100% our own.  I've been in a kind of a funk, a post family vacation hangover. Don't you just hate those? A first world problem I know, but still, how can you NOT be bummed after your first family vacation … [Read more...]

Preparing for Back to School Cold Season {Recycled Shoe Box Cold Care Kit}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HealthySavings #CollectiveBias There's a part of me that is very much looking forward to back to school. Ronin starts 2nd grade and Ellie will be in full day Kindergarten. I'll finally have big blocks of kid-free time to get things … [Read more...]

Donating Hair: A Lesson in Giving for My 5 Year Old

Giving. Helping others who are less fortunate. It's a discussion we've had a lot in the house. It's wired into our makeup to think of ourselves and our own universe first. And while yes, Ellie and Ronin are my world, I want them to know that they are not the only world.   It's not necessarily about donating money, … [Read more...]