Projecting Anxiety in Momhood: Is it Mine or Theirs?

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It happens a lot as a mom with anxiety. My kids are faced with situations that I find overwhelming and I project my own anxiety onto them. Or do I? Ronin has had some struggles with anxiety in his early years. At seven, he's so much more confident than he used to be and has really flourished at school and activities the past few years. But as a youngin' the anxiety was … [Read more...]

Skylanders Skystones Card Game and Other Party Ideas

Family Game Day Party Ideas Skylanders Skystones card game and Skylanders inspired portal cake #ad

My kids (and husband) have a dear love of Skylanders. We've been fans for about two years and in that time have collected all four games and a ton of the characters and traps. John, being the game developer he is, instantly took to the video game,  and the kids who are also natural born gamers, followed his lead and never looked back.  One of their … [Read more...]

Cinderella-Inspired Easter {No Sew Easter Basket Tutorial and Printable}

Cinderella Inspired Easter Baskets including DIY New Sew Multipurpose Basket and Printable #DisneyEaster #ad

#DisneyEaster #CollectiveBias Goodbye Winter! Hello Spring! The sun has been starting to shine and that's making me very happy. I've been dealing with some seasonal depression and have really been making a concerted effort to have more fun and get motivated. Having things to look forward to, like movie plans or Easter Egg Hunts, is so important when my days get dreary. I just love our … [Read more...]

Cinderella and FROZEN Fever in Theaters {Review and Free Printables}

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Disclosure: I received tickets to a screening of Cinderella for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own. Since seeing the Cinderella trailer last year I had been eagerly anticipating the movie. I'm a sucker for a good love story. And hello! "Rob Stark" as the handsome prince. Yes! (All you Game of Thrones fans know what I mean.) I was thrilled to be invited to a … [Read more...]

Inspired by Big Hero 6: Baymax Rice Ball and Party Ideas

Big Hero 6 Movie Night with Baymax Rice Ball Tutorial #BigHero6Release #ad

#BigHero6Release #CollectiveBias Have you ever had an animated film touch your heart? As a mom with littles, most of my current in-theater movie experience is family entertainment. Ronin and Ellie mainly enjoy animated-style films versus live action. But honestly that's OK for me because these days there are some incredible animated movies, with characters and story lines that rival the … [Read more...]

Big Hero 6 Baymax Party Cup Tutorial {with Printable}

Big Hero 6 Baymax Party Cup Tutorial

  We have been huge fans of Oscar-winning Big Hero 6 since seeing it in the theater (twice!) By the way check out my film review and printable kids activities here. With it's recent release on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital download I was excited to have a chance to play around and create a fun movie night for the family. (More on that coming Monday!) But in the meantime, I wanted to share … [Read more...]

Entertaining When You Have Kids

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Disclosure: I received sparkling wine and #LiveGloriously party supplies from Gloria Ferrer. All opinions are my own.  One year ago, this giant trampoline lived in our dining area. (It's so embarrassing. I had to hunt for quite some time to actually find photos to share.)  Ack! For over two years--27 long months to be exact--this monstrosity affectionately known as … [Read more...]

Disney Planes Gift Ideas: Toys and DIY Personalized Mug

Disney Planes DIY Custom Personalized Mug #PlanestotheRescue #ad

Looking for a last minute gift for the Disney Planes lovers in your life? DIY #PlanestotheRescue! On Monday I realized we hadn't come up with gifts for the kids' teachers. It's the last week of school so we had to get it done! I was talking to Ellie about what we should do and she suggested we make mugs. Smarty pants 4-year-old, that one. We had used a mug making … [Read more...]

Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Night {Rocket Raccoon Veggie Tray, Baby Groot Cupcakes and Gift Ideas}

Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Night with Rocket Raccoon Veggie Tray and Baby Groot Cupcakes #OwntheGalaxy #ad

I absolutely fell in love with Guardians of the Galaxy when we saw it in the theater over the summer. Seriously LOVE. One of my favorite films of the year for it's hysterical humor and fun action. When it was scheduled to come out via digital download, I purchased and watched it the very first day. We've watched the thing probably 5 or 6 times since, and was thrilled when I had … [Read more...]

Keeping Kids Safe

Keeping Kids Safe

We had an almost abduction this week in our neighborhood. It was near our school bus stop just after the high school kids returned home. A man apparently tried to grab a girl and yelled "Boo!" while a few other students looked on, but she luckily and thankfully got away. That kind of thing just scares the living hell out of me. Even as a child, I had intense fears that my little brother would be … [Read more...]

Santa Mason Jar Craft Tutorial

Santa Candy Jar Tutorial

This is such a simple and fun craft, and very cost effective as a gift idea. For just a few dollars you have an adorable gift or even a table decoration for your upcoming holiday party. Thanks to Sweetworks for providing the candy! What You'll Need Santa Wine Cover -- $1 at Dollar Tree Canning or Mason Jar - $1 at Dollar Tree (you can use any clear jar you have at home) Craft Glue … [Read more...]

DIY Holiday Decor with Sweetworks

DIY Holiday Decor with Sweetworks

Disclosure: For this holiday decor, craft and giveaway, I received a promotional item from Sweetworks. This is a Fashionista Event. Hosts are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. Opinions are 100% my own. I am so in the holiday spirit! We decorated our tree last Friday right after Thanksgiving and the house is feeling so festive. This year some of John's … [Read more...]

Simple Ways to Add Holiday Spirit at Home

Simple Ways Add Holiday Spirit at Home #SmellsClean #ad

I just love the glow of our holiday home. During this time of year, even with all of its stress and obligations, I feel just a bit more peaceful when I'm at home. There's something special about the twinkle of the tree and decorations; the lovely scents of candles and treats; the feeling of happiness fueled by the kids' anticipation of exciting things to … [Read more...]

The Naked Egg: A Lesson about Failing

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The kids and I attended Ronin's school science night last week, and one of the experiments showcased was "The Naked Egg." This really stuck out to the kids as being very cool, and frankly I thought so too. Upon leaving the awesome PTA team had one-sheets with instructions for all of the experiments we did that night, so we took them home for later use.  Ronin and Ellie kept asking to … [Read more...]

Getting Mommy’s Little Helpers Excited about Cleaning

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Having a clean home all of the time would be an absolute dream, wouldn't it? When things are orderly, clean and clear, I actually feel more in control. When I'm surrounded by the clutter that usually builds up, my mental health suffers. Truly, seeing stuff everywhere makes me anxious, but I am not a predisposed cleaner, so a lot of the time it's actually not clean around here. Let's be honest, … [Read more...]