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About Cristi Comes

Warrior Mom. Wife. Writer. Advocate for mental health, suicide prevention, self care, self image and style. Technology and social media lover. Board of Directors, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Washington State Chapter. Editorial Team Postpartum Progress.

Happy 6th Birthday Ellie! { Football Jersey Cake }

  Today my baby, my youngest Ellie, turns 6. Yikes! Sitting on this side of it, I feel as though time has flown like lightning. I know in another blink of an eye she'll be off to college. Seriously, isn't that what it feels like?! You moms of older kids, doesn't it feel that way? I'm sure my mom would agree, when her youngest will be 40 … [Read more...]

4 Reasons to See Kung Fu Panda 3 { Printable Activities }

Disclosure: We received tickets to an early screening of Kung Fu Panda 3 for the purposes of this review. All opinions are 100% our own. One of my favorite animated characters, Po-the Kung Fu Panda himself, returns for his next adventure in KUNG FU PANDA 3. If you've never seen the first two films, I definitely recommend watching them, … [Read more...]

The Free Star Wars Trading Cards and Activities You’ve Been Looking For

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now in theaters! Have you seen this new highly-anticipated Star Wars film yet? In the meantime, you might want to tide yourself and your kids over with these awesome Free Printable Trading Cards and 22-page Activity Pack.  Click to Download:  Star Wars: The Force Awakens Free Printable … [Read more...]

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse

This No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse is a perfectly delicious simple dessert for your next holiday gathering! We're still in pumpkin season, right?! I wish it lasted all year long! I don’t often blog about food (although I have been more lately) and I have a bit of an obsession with pumpkin. So I'm going with it. This time of year I … [Read more...]

Minions Movie Night Snack Ideas

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MinionsMovieNight #CollectiveBias We have had some BIG minions fans in this house ever since the days of Despicable Me. Who can resist those silly characters! Ronin actually has an adorable minions comforter on his … [Read more...]

High Quality Photo Gift Ideas {Mounted Photo Puzzle with DIY Cork Frame}

All opinions are my own. My kids have always been big puzzle fans. It's one of those activities we love doing together as a family. In fact, I have nice memories of my own parents with a giant puzzle sitting out on the dining room table ready for one of us to discover the next piece or two. John says doing a puzzle relaxes his mind when … [Read more...]

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...]