Disney’s The Pirate Fairy Kids Activities

Pirate Fairy Box Art

. I just love the worlds of Peter Pan and Tinker Bell. The characters are certainly a part of my childhood and its really cool that the tradition continues with Ellie and Ronin. We've watched the current Tinker Belle movies a ton and Disney's The Pirate Fairy (which came out on BlueRay Combo Pack … [Read more...]

What to Wear: Family Photos


- 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 … [Read more...]

Disney’s FROZEN {Review} Plus Kids Activities

Disney Frozen

  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. The film is officially out in theaters on November 27th for Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

Making a Gluten-Free Castle Cake with Kids


  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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Tubby Table Bath Toy {Review}

Tubby Table Feature

. Last month we were introduced to the Tubby Table, a brand new bath toy created by parents of twins. I thought it was a fun idea so wanted to try it out with the kids, who love playing with toys in the bath. And it looked like a great holiday gift idea to share with you! From the … [Read more...]

High-Quality Art Kits for Kids {Review}

Eye Can Art Feature

. 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 … [Read more...]

How to Defeat an Enemy


Wisdom from Sensei Wu of Ninjago: "The best way to defeat an enemy is to be a friend." Today as we were watching one of my kids' favorite shows Ninjago (and I admit, I actually enjoy it too) my 3 1/2 year old Ellie repeated that line to me. So I took it as an opportunity to teach a … [Read more...]

Bummed I Don’t Have Mohawk SmartStrand Carpet #LicensetoSpill #Shop


Last weekend, Mohawk Flooring invited me to visit them at their "License to Spill" tour stop at the Italian Festival at the Seattle Center. I'm half Italian (on my Dad's side) so I love Festa Italia, and was very happy to get to go again. (And while I was there just had to check out Chef Matt … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Love Bedtime.

bed time

I love bed time. And seriously I truly love my kids with the raging fierceness of a mama bear. But I need breaks, lots of them. Bed time, or rather after bed time when the kids are peacefull--for the most part--asleep its bliss to curl up with a book or watch a great non-kids TV show with my husband … [Read more...]

#ad Money for Schools: Tyson Project A+ and Safeway

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  Ack! Ronin starts full-day Kindergarten in less than 2 weeks! Back to School time is here! I can't believe my first born will be in real school. I'm super anxious about how he's going to handle it, and since we have so many dietary issues--including peanut allergy and gluten and dairy … [Read more...]

Disney Infinity In Stores August 18

Disney Infinity in Stores

  Last month in Chicago I had a chance to attend an event hosted by The Big Toy Book to preview the new interactive adventure Disney Infinity. As you might remember my husband John makes video games for a living, so we're big game fans, and a very tech-friendly family. Ronin and Ellie LOVE … [Read more...]

Disney Planes in Theaters Friday! {Review}

Disney Planes Collage

Who's excited to see Disney Planes?! It flies into theaters tomorrow! Friday, August 9th. On Monday night the kids and I had the chance to see an advanced screening of Planes in 3D. The 92-minute film is a spin-off of the Cars/Cars 2 worlds. We are huge Cars movie fans, so were thrilled to get … [Read more...]

{Review} New Line of American Girl Bitty Baby


. A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to an exclusive blogger event at American Girl Place in Chicago. It was a celebration to announce that on August 27, 2013, American Girl  will debut its newly-enhanced line of Bitty Baby 15-inch dolls, clothing and accessories for girls ages 3+ (in stores … [Read more...]

Takeaways: Disney Social Media Moms Seattle


Last week I was invited to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Disney on the Road mini conference in Greater Seattle. Each year Disney hosts a group of social media-minded moms and dads at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for the Disney Social Media Moms Conference. This year, they decided to … [Read more...]

Family Fun: Monsters U Review & Activity


This weekend we took the kids to see Monsters University. We love Pixar movies, and try to take the kids to the theater when we can. Ronin and Ellie weren't around when Monsters Inc. was in the theaters the first time around--but they love watching it at home--so when it came back at the end of … [Read more...]

Something To Look Forward To


. My brother in law and his fiancé are getting married next year. A destination wedding in the Philippines! I'm so excited to visit another country and celebrate their happy union. It's been a long time since I've been to a family wedding, almost as long as its been since my own. And next year … [Read more...]