Sleeping Beauty Inspired Princess Pampering Party

Princess Pampering Party Inspired by Sleeping Beauty

Last week marked the release of the Sleeping Beauty DVD and Blu-Ray, the perfect time to throw a princess pampering party don't you think? Honestly, I feel any time is the right time to get pampered like a princess, little girls and big girls alike. Taking the opportunity … [Read more...]

Topo’s Piano Interactive Storybook

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Ellie and I have been checking out a brand new iPad app that I'd like to share with you. Topo's Piano is a lovely interactive storybook for kids ages 2-6, created by well known children's book illustrator Harvey Stevenson.  The story, which follows TOPO and his love of music from a … [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...]

Fashionista Giveaway! Helzberg Diamond Pendant, FALCHI Tote, MinaDream Crochet Set (RV $239)

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Today over 100 bloggers are kicking off The Fall Fashionista Giveaway Event hosted by Still Blonde After All These Years and ModlyChic. All Fashion! Only FASHION! It is the Largest Fashion Giveaway event on the internet with $26,000+ in prizes including a Grand Prize of $500 to PayPal and First … [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...]

Super Heroes! Disney Infinity 2.0 is HERE

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Our brand new Disney Infinity Games 2.0 Starter Pack shipped on Monday, and immediately the kids began asking "Is it here?! Can we check the mail?!"  No doubt, we are a gaming household. With John making games for a living, and the kids thinking about, talking about, playing, or live acting … [Read more...]

How to Inspire an Exercise Hater to Make Healthy Choices

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I have a confession: I hate to exercise. In my 40 years on this earth, I have never found an exercise that appeals to me enough to actually keep doing it. For example, I like yoga. It's stress-reducing and actually would be good for my anxiety, but you can't just do it once and call it a day. I … [Read more...]

Style Report: Colors for Fall. Monroe and Main Boots Review

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Disclosure: This is a Fashionista Event Opportunity, and is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic. Review and Giveaway courtesy of Monroe and Main. All opinions as always are my own. Fall is my favorite time of year, seriously. Its when I got married … [Read more...]

Your Child’s School Vaccines Can Help a Child in Need

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A few weeks ago, I took Ellie to her well child check up and back to school immunizations. As we sat waiting for the nurse to return to give Ellie her three required vaccines (ugh) she really started to get nervous. I could see her wheels start turning and her sweet little mug began to switch … [Read more...]

Avoid the Media and Reach Out

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There is so much sadness all over the internet today--as well as ignorance about mental illness and suicide--for me and for many who have either lost loved ones or who struggle themselves, it's really hard to read. The loss of a beloved public figure like Robin Williams is heartbreaking. We all feel … [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...]

Peach Berry Smoothies with Almond Milk

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A few years ago we had the kids tested for dietary intolerances at a naturopath. We were trying to figure out a few issues including Ronin's night terrors and skin issues. Both kids came back as intolerant to dairy and gluten, so we adjusted our lifestyle including switching from cow's milk (which … [Read more...]

Donate a Photo to Help Give a Baby in the NICU a Blanket

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Disclosure: This post was compensated as part of a social media campaign by Acorn Influence.  Throwback Thursday: The Comes Family Circa 2010 A few good friends of mine is a preemie moms, so when I heard about a simple way to help babies in the NICU, I was definitely on board.  Johnson & … [Read more...]

Summer Safety Tips for Kids

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Summer. We're not quite there yet, the kids are still in school until next week, but its coming up fast. I know it'll be a busy one. Always a lot of activity and play time since we have to enjoy the good weather. Its beautiful and sunny (yes even in rainy Seattle) and with the sun and extra outdoor … [Read more...]

How to Dip Dye Hair with Kool-Aid Beverage

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My big Overnight Walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is next weekend, and in honor of this big event, I'm dyeing my hair blue with Kool-Aid drink. Remember back in 2011 when I dyed my hair blue after raising funds for suicide prevention? It was a big statement, and helped me … [Read more...]