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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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

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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 … [Read more...]

Easy Home Management with Homezada {Giveaway}

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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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Disney’s The Pirate Fairy Kids Activities

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. 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

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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 … [Read more...]

Disney’s FROZEN {Review} Plus 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. The film is officially out in theaters on November 27th for Thanksgiving … [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 … [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...]