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Overcoming Teeth Sensitivity and Dental Anxiety

Overcoming Teeth Sensitivity and Dental Anxiety #sensitivesmiles #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SensitiveSmiles #CollectiveBias I've always had issues with my teeth. Cavities and sensitivity, even when my mom diligently took me to the dentist every six months as a kid. It sucks! But I have to be honest, I hate taking care of my teeth. I know intellectually it's … [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 momentous occasion. I mean, he's finally reached my … [Read more...]

Peaceful Spaces Amid the Chaos: Appealing to the Senses {Plus DIY Mason Jar Vase}

Creating peaceful spaces amid the chaos by appealing to the senses #smellsclean #ad

A few weeks ago, John went on a business trip leaving me to the job of solo parenting the kiddos. When they were babies I dreaded those trips. The house became a complete and utter disaster. My only adult contact was the UPS guy or grocery store clerk. I had kid(s) attached to me 24/7 ... yeah, it was a LONG time before they both slept in their own beds through the night. And the house was … [Read more...]

Soul Sessions, A Novel {Review}

Soul Sessions Book Review #ad

I recently read the novel Soul Sessions by Carson Gage. I picked it up for Amazon Kindle and just dove in.  Reading has become a huge part of my "me time" after the kids go to sleep at night. Oh how I love relaxing in bed with a good book, one that offers an interesting distraction from my every day. So, I was pleased to find Soul Sessions quite intriguing. It's an unusual story … [Read more...]

Skylanders Skystones Card Game and Other Party Ideas

Family Game Day Party Ideas Skylanders Skystones card game and Skylanders inspired portal cake #ad

My kids (and husband) have a dear love of Skylanders. We've been fans for about two years and in that time have collected all four games and a ton of the characters and traps. John, being the game developer he is, instantly took to the video game,  and the kids who are also natural born gamers, followed his lead and never looked back.  One of their … [Read more...]

SoFabU On the Road {Comes to Seattle, other US Cities}

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Growth. Opportunity. Community. When asked yesterday during the #Lucky2beSoFab St. Patty's Day Twitter Party, those were the three words I used to describe Social Fabric, the blogger network by Collective Bias. I've been a member of "SoFab" for about a year and a half, and it's been such a blessing in my blogging career. I pretty quickly saw what a strong community it is and made it my … [Read more...]

Cinderella-Inspired Easter {No Sew Easter Basket Tutorial and Printable}

Cinderella Inspired Easter Baskets including DIY New Sew Multipurpose Basket and Printable #DisneyEaster #ad

#DisneyEaster #CollectiveBias Goodbye Winter! Hello Spring! The sun has been starting to shine and that's making me very happy. I've been dealing with some seasonal depression and have really been making a concerted effort to have more fun and get motivated. Having things to look forward to, like movie plans or Easter Egg Hunts, is so important when my days get dreary. I just love our … [Read more...]

Stunning Cake Tips and Inspirations in Cake My Day Book with Sweetworks

Cake My Day Inspired Star Cake with Sweetworks Candy #CakeMyDay #ad

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. I was never a baker, that is until Ellie came along. She's always been interested in baking, has a HUGE sweet tooth (much like her mother,)  and at the age of 3 started watching YouTube cake design videos … [Read more...]

Inspired by Big Hero 6: Baymax Rice Ball and Party Ideas

Big Hero 6 Movie Night with Baymax Rice Ball Tutorial #BigHero6Release #ad

#BigHero6Release #CollectiveBias Have you ever had an animated film touch your heart? As a mom with littles, most of my current in-theater movie experience is family entertainment. Ronin and Ellie mainly enjoy animated-style films versus live action. But honestly that's OK for me because these days there are some incredible animated movies, with characters and story lines that rival the … [Read more...]

Helzberg Diamonds $1,000 Hint Like You Mean It Sweepstakes #HelzbergHints #ad

Valentine's Day

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own as always. Valentine's Day is just around the corner. What are you hinting for?! For me ... honestly for any occasion ... jewelry is right on the top of the wish list. Jewelry always fits. It makes me sparkle and feel more pulled together, even if I'm just running the kids to school. Over the years John has gotten me … [Read more...]

Time-Saving Life Hack: Car Care Multitasking

Time Saving Life Hack Car Care Multitasking with Pennzoil oil change and shopping at Walmart #dropshopandoil #ad

This #DropShopAndOil shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias I am terrible at taking care of my car. Seriously, the absolute worst. See that 2013 date of last service? Yeah, I took this photo on Thursday in my very own car window. And to be honest, I'm not really surprised I never noticed … [Read more...]

Disney Planes Gift Ideas: Toys and DIY Personalized Mug

Disney Planes DIY Custom Personalized Mug #PlanestotheRescue #ad

Looking for a last minute gift for the Disney Planes lovers in your life? DIY #PlanestotheRescue! On Monday I realized we hadn't come up with gifts for the kids' teachers. It's the last week of school so we had to get it done! I was talking to Ellie about what we should do and she suggested we make mugs. Smarty pants 4-year-old, that one. We had used a mug making … [Read more...]

Save on Xbox One and Other Holiday Gifts for the Whole Family from Best Buy

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Disclosure: I have been compensated for this post in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card. Opinions are my own. Our living room truly would not be the same without our Xbox. It's become the focal point of our at-home entertainment, from games to movies to TV for the whole family. But even though John makes video games for a living and we are a tech-loving household, we are completely … [Read more...]

Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Night {Rocket Raccoon Veggie Tray, Baby Groot Cupcakes}

Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Night with Rocket Raccoon Veggie Tray and Baby Groot Cupcakes #OwntheGalaxy #ad

I absolutely fell in love with Guardians of the Galaxy when we saw it in the theater over the summer. Seriously LOVE. One of my favorite films of the year for it's hysterical humor and fun action. When it was scheduled to come out via digital download, I purchased and watched it the very first day. We've watched the thing probably 5 or 6 times since, and was thrilled when I had … [Read more...]

Tech Tuesday: Cameras and Camcorders on Your Holiday Gift List? Best Buy is Your Destination

DI multi Nikon D5300

Disclosure: I have been compensated for the #CamerasatBestBuy campaign in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card. Opinions are my own. This year I've spent a lot of time and money amping up the photography on my blog. I've really been enjoying it actually. It's become a creative outlet for me, and I really do wish I had even more time to learn and grow. I'm still very much a … [Read more...]