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 … [Read more...]

An Ode to Pumpkin


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 … [Read more...]

Win a 3-day South Walton Florida Beach Getaway

Santa Rosa Beach - Cover Visitor Guide 2012

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 … [Read more...]

Kids of Summer Love Music

Ellie Ballet Photo

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 … [Read more...]

Easy Home Management with Homezada {Giveaway}


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 … [Read more...]

Nominate a Mama Bear! {Helzberg #BearHug}

nominate Mama Bear

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 … [Read more...]

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

naked activities new

. 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...]