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

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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 and Gift Ideas}

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

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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...]

Intimacy When Motherhood and Mental Health Shut Me Down: Freedom to be Spontaneous

Motherhood, Mental Health and Intimacy #themoodstrikes #ad

.  Intimacy.  These days passion is not something I feel comfortable talking about, much less blogging about. But in my heart, I know that I should, and I had this opportunity to open up for the #Collective Bias #TheMoodStrikes campaign, so I've decided to take the leap [insert horrible anxiety.] To be perfectly honest I've lost much of my drive, … [Read more...]

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 feeling of happiness fueled by the kids' anticipation of exciting things to … [Read more...]

My Best Bargain Ever, plus a Black Friday/Cyber Monday Giveaway!

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This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Coupons. com. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. Who loves shopping?!  I really enjoy it ... just ask John. And when I have some alone time away from the kids, shopping is one of the things I often choose to do to fun (even if it's just window … [Read more...]

Getting Mommy’s Little Helpers Excited about Cleaning

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Having a clean home all of the time would be an absolute dream, wouldn't it? When things are orderly, clean and clear, I actually feel more in control. When I'm surrounded by the clutter that usually builds up, my mental health suffers. Truly, seeing stuff everywhere makes me anxious, but I am not a predisposed cleaner, so a lot of the time it's actually not clean around here. Let's be honest, … [Read more...]

Sleeping Beauty Inspired Princess Pampering Party

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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 once in a while to treat ourselves and feel extra special can be so important. I know it … [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 flooded drain-pipe to the crowded stage in Paris, includes an original musical soundtrack that … [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 hardly ripped the envelope before moving on to the first present. But now he's reading, and … [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 Prize of $300 to Midnight Velvet (see details below). Each individual blog has a minimum of $125 … [Read more...]