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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...]

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...]

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...]

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. … [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 … [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' … [Read more...]

Big Hero 6 {Review and Printable Kids Activities}

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Disclosure: We received tickets to a screening of #BigHero6 to facilitate this review. As always, opinions are my own. Big Hero 6 is an original action-comedy-adventure by Disney Animation Studios, the team behind Frozen and Wreck-it-Ralph, about a robotics prodigy, 14-year-old Hiro, and an inflatable robot Baymax, who develop a bond on a quest … [Read more...]

Becoming Someone Else

Family Halloween Costume Ideas

As children we like to play pretend, be creative and dress up. We love to act silly, bold or brave and become someone else. But once we grow up, that isn't always the case anymore.  I suppose I never grew up because I've always been--even before kids--the one at the office dressed up on Halloween. It's always been one of my favorite … [Read more...]

Rainy Day at the Pumpkin Patch #MoreSeattle

Photo credit: Alyssa @quidnuncalyssa

Disclosure: I am a Verizon #MoreSeattle Team Member and received product. All opinions are my own as always. This week Ellie and I went on her preschool field trip to the pumpkin patch. The Farm at Swan's Trail in Snohomish is an annual tradition for her preschool. We always love going, but on Thursday it was wet wet wet. We have been … [Read more...]

Unfolding a Birthday Surprise: Kids Poster Cards

Unfolding a Birthday Surprise Kids Poster Cards

Ronin turned seven this Sunday. SEVEN! And he's been counting down to the BIG day for months. We love birthdays around here and always try to do it up and make the kids feel very special. But one thing I don't often get them are kids cards. I mean really, as a preschooler, Ronin hardly ripped the envelope before moving … [Read more...]

An Ode to Pumpkin

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I wandered through the aisles of store The ones I'd walked on times before When all at once I saw a gourd A host, of ten or twenty more Above the apples, next to squash A deepest orange I thought quite posh Its flavor beckoned here and there In beverage, food, upon the air Oh autumn I am filled with … [Read more...]

South Walton Florida Beach Getaway

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Disclosure: This Florida vacation giveaway is provided by the Walton County Tourist Development Council and the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. No compensation was received. I grew up in Florida, and now that we live all the way across the country in Seattle, we visit quite often. The state has some truly beautiful beaches, golf … [Read more...]

Kids of Summer Love Music

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by WestMusic and their Kids of Summer Video Contest. My kids love music and dancing. From bitty babies they loved playing, singing and dancing to their their bongo drums, shakers and other little instruments. Ellie had so much fun in her music class as a baby and to this day she says she wants to be a singer. … [Read more...]

Easy Home Management with Homezada

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This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by HomeZada. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. Opinions as always are my own.   Owning a home is a TON of work, am I right? In 2005, when we moved into our current home it was the first time John or I had … [Read more...]

Nominate a Mama Bear! {Helzberg #BearHug}

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Do you have a fierce Mama Bear in your life?   It could be your own mother or grandmother, a friend, a colleague; a mom you admire because its clear she goes above and beyond to support, comfort and love the "kids" in her life. My friends at Helzberg Diamonds (they are the awesome folks who sent me a beautiful pair of diamond earrings … [Read more...]

What to Wear: Family Photos

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- We had our family holiday photos taken over the weekend by the awesome Julie Khoury Photography. I always have fun coming up with our outfits for our photo shoot, which has become a yearly tradition before the holidays. I know we'll look back and appreciate having them, especially since most of the photos we take these days are with the … [Read more...]

Disney’s FROZEN Kids Activities

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Who's excited to see Disney's newest animated feature film Frozen? We LOVE great animated movies in our house so we were all very excited to get to see Frozen a week early at a special sneak preview in Seattle.  I am going to start by saying that I give this movie 2 thumbs up and then some before I even start to tell you about it. I … [Read more...]

Making a Gluten-Free Castle Cake with Kids

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  The following is a tutorial of how my husband (who I've never known to bake in our 10 years of being together) and my kids (Ellie, 3 & Ronin, 6) made a gluten-free castle cake for my birthday. Admittedly this is a rudimentary castle that could certainly be improved upon with more tries. John thought it was terrible. But you know, I … [Read more...]

Mother Freakin’ Funny: Inspired by NickMom

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. The other night around midnight I was attempting to sleep ... I say attempting because  at the time there was a foot in my face ... and no, that's not a sexual reference. So anyway, a small person--Ellie--was scared, or whatever wakes her up eleventy-billion times a night, and she just HAD to come into our bed. I don't know about you, but … [Read more...]

High-Quality Art Kits for Kids {Review}

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A couple of weeks ago, a local Seattle-based company Eye Can Art found me on Twitter. They's are an art supply and education company that sells art kids for all ages. They sent me a Layered Wax Drawing Kit to review and I also get to give one away! It arrived last week and the kids wanted to work on it immediately. But I told them we'd wait … [Read more...]

How to Defeat an Enemy

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Wisdom from Sensei Wu of Ninjago: "The best way to defeat an enemy is to be a friend." Today as we were watching Ninjago (and I admit, I actually enjoy it too) Ellie repeated the line "The best way to defeat an enemy is to be a friend." So I took it as an opportunity to teach a lesson. Both Ronin and Ellie have recently come home … [Read more...]