For Veteran’s Day: Postpartum Support for Military Moms

Support Our Nation's Veterans

Today for Veteran's Day, I would like to send out my heartfelt thanks to the many brave men and women who serve this country, as well as their families back at home. Military moms rock! As a civilian, it's impossible for me to truly understand the pressure and stress of being in … [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 … [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

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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...]

A Halloween Allergy Scare, Plus Easy Tips to Make Your Candy Bowl Allergy-Friendly

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She reached out her hand to show me the wrapper, happily chewing its contents. As the yellow M&M's bag came into view, my adrenaline shot like a gun. A flash of heat ran up my face and in instant terror I screamed. I quickly looked from Ellie to Ronin in blind panic not knowing how or why … [Read more...]

Do we smile at this kind of event? #SuicidePrevention

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Sunday was our big community walk for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention here locally in Seattle. You may know I'm on a Board of Directors here in Washington State, so I was there as volunteer event staff, a new position for me. At last year's Seattle walk I was a volunteer … [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 … [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...]

Star Wars Rebels {Review and Printable Kids Activities}

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Last weekend John, the kids and I attended an event in Seattle for a 50-minute sneak preview of Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion. Tonight is your chance to view the premier film on The Disney Channel.  The official TV series starts October 13th.  The kids really … [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...]

Boost your Wardrobe and Attitude in 10 Steps

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Fashion. For some us, that word sparks excitement, for others, a heavy sigh, and for still others, a bit of a sarcastic snarl. We women fall all across the spectrum of emotional reaction to the word that describes what we wear and how we wear it--the word that carries a weighty connotation of … [Read more...]