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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 … [Read more...]

Bunny Snack Cups

Bunny Snack Cups with Free Printable

I am a very simple crafter, and I'm using the term "crafter" very loosely here. I don't own a fancy die-cutting machine, or go to Michael's multiple times per week. I don't even own a glue gun. So my type of craft projects probably won't appeal to you if you're the more advanced crafter. But if you're more likely to have a … [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 … [Read more...]

Projecting Anxiety in Momhood: Is it Mine or Theirs?

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It happens a lot as a mom with anxiety. My kids are faced with situations that I find overwhelming and I project my own anxiety onto them. Or do I? Ronin has had some struggles with anxiety in his early years. At seven, he's so much more confident than he used to be and has really flourished at school and activities the past few years. … [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 … [Read more...]

Skylanders Inspired Portal Cake

How to make a Skylanders Inspired Portal Cake

What You'll Need: Cake Mix Marshmallow Creme Chocolate Frosting Ovation Sticks (2 boxes) 2 Skylanders Figures of Choice Wilton 6 x 2 Inch Round Cake Pan Step 1--Bake & Cool Cake: Mix cake batter per instructions and pour into 6-inch round cake pan about 1/2 full. Bake and flip over to cool. (Cake will remain upside down when decorated … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Cinderella and FROZEN Fever in Theaters {Review and Free Printables}

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Disclosure: I received tickets to a screening of Cinderella for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own. Since seeing the Cinderella trailer last year I had been eagerly anticipating the movie. I'm a sucker for a good love story. And hello! "Rob Stark" as the handsome prince. Yes! (All you Game of Thrones fans know what I … [Read more...]

Helzberg Diamond Pendant and Prescripts Jewelry Gemstone Bracelet

Motherhood Unadorned is providing a Helzberg Diamond Pendant and Prescripts Jewelry Gemstone bracelet for the Spring Fashionista Event March 12-20,  85 blogs with $20,000+ in prizes!

Disclosure: This $260 #FashionistaEvents Jewelry Giveaway is sponsored by Motherhood Unadorned and Precripts Jewelry. All opinions are my own. I'm so thrilled that Spring is here! It's been a rough winter for so many and seeing the sun start to peek out is very much a welcome change. Last Spring I hosted my first ever Spring Fashionista … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Helzberg Diamonds Hint Like You Mean It

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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 … [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 … [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. … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]