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Big Hero 6 Baymax Party Cup Tutorial {with Printable}

Big Hero 6 Baymax Party Cup Tutorial

  We have been huge fans of Oscar-winning Big Hero 6 since seeing it in the theater (twice!) By the way check out my film review and printable kids activities here. With it's recent release on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital download I was excited to have a chance to play around and create a fun movie night for the family. (More on that coming Monday!) But in the meantime, I wanted to share … [Read more...]

Facebook Rolls Out New Suicide Prevention Feature

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Facebook is launching a new suicide prevention feature, and it is so heartening to see social media moving in this direction. Many social media sites have offered ways to "report" suicidal or self harm posts or content for the last few years, but in a new partnership, I believe Facebook is taking things is the right direction. You can now "report" self harm on Facebook, but … [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...]

Seattle Seahawks Inspired Fruit Plate Tutorial #GoHawks

Seattle Seahawks Inspired 12th Man Fruit Plate Tutorial #GoHawks

This super cool Seattle Seahawks-inspired fruit plate is in honor of my Seahawks 12th Kid Ronin.  Since designing the Rocket Raccoon Veggie Plate last month, I've been brainstorming other creative, and more importantly EASY ways to spice up a party. Honestly, I'm pretty lazy, so my goal is create cute with little work. These Super Simple Hello Kitty Marshmallow … [Read more...]

Entertaining When You Have Kids

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Disclosure: I received sparkling wine and #LiveGloriously party supplies from Gloria Ferrer. All opinions are my own.  One year ago, this giant trampoline lived in our dining area. (It's so embarrassing. I had to hunt for quite some time to actually find photos to share.)  Ack! For over two years--27 long months to be exact--this monstrosity affectionately known as … [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...]

Don’t Just Survive. 10 Tips to Thrive During the Holidays.

Don't just survive Ten Tips to Thrive During the Holidays

The holiday season is truly in full swing, and I am feeling it. Are you? No matter what holidays you and your family celebrate (Happy Hannukah by the way!) this time of year brings so much stress! The to-do list is LONG. Yes I admit, a lot of it is actually fun. But just because something is fun doesn't mean it isn't stressful. It doesn't mean that I won’t have anxiety and … [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 Lovers Gift Idea: Samsung Gear Live Smartwatch

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Disclosure: We received the Samsung Gear Live Smartwatch for the purposes of this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are our own as always. Christmas came early for my husband John this year! For many months he had been eyeing a smartwatch, for both the productivity and health monitoring benefits. So when Samsung recently sent me the Gear Live Smartwatch for … [Read more...]

Keeping Kids Safe

Keeping Kids Safe

We had an almost abduction this week in our neighborhood. It was near our school bus stop just after the high school kids returned home. A man apparently tried to grab a girl and yelled "Boo!" while a few other students looked on, but she luckily and thankfully got away. That kind of thing just scares the living hell out of me. Even as a child, I had intense fears that my little brother would be … [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...]

Sex When Motherhood and Mental Health Shut Me Down

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...]

Santa Mason Jar Craft Tutorial

Santa Candy Jar Tutorial

This is such a simple and fun craft, and very cost effective as a gift idea. For just a few dollars you have an adorable gift or even a table decoration for your upcoming holiday party. Thanks to Sweetworks for providing the candy! What You'll Need Santa Wine Cover -- $1 at Dollar Tree Canning or Mason Jar - $1 at Dollar Tree (you can use any clear jar you have at home) Craft Glue … [Read more...]