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New Orleans Style Bloody Mary Boosted

#V8EnergyBoost #CollectiveBias I've had a life long love affair with the Bloody Mary. Back in the day, well before marriage and kids I went to college in New Orleans, a city I just adore. It's a part of my soul, and so is the incredible food and libations. I have such memories hunting down the perfect Bloody Mary while I was living … [Read more...]

Fundraising Tips that Work

We all have causes that are important to us.  For a long time mine has been mental health and suicide prevention. I've done quite a bit of fundraising for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention the past four or so years, and using my experiences personally raising over $8,000 for the cause, I've formulated my top 10 tips … [Read more...]

How to Dress Your Body Type {Monroe and Main Fashion}

Disclosure: This "How to Dress Your Body Type" Fashionista Event Opportunity is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic. This$185+ Fashion Giveaway and outfit on Motherhood Unadorned is provided by Monroe and Main. All opinions are my own.  This weekend, John and I attended an evening fundraising event for the American … [Read more...]

Happiness Is a Self-Cleaning Vacuum & Kids Who Clean {Eureka Brushroll Clean™ with SuctionSeal®}

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CleaningUntangled #CollectiveBias With Free Printable Minecraft Inspired Chore Chart Ellie and I have a crap ton of hair.  And like most hairy creatures, we shed like crazy, which can have some serious consequences with our … [Read more...]

New Mom Checklist for Maternal Mental Health Help

I have the hardest time remembering what to say when I visit a doctor. During the days prior to my appointment I spend time thinking about the symptoms and/or feelings that I should address, but when I sit down and face her, much of it just floats away. The stress of that day presses in.  All that I need to get done … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Flan with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpringIntoFlavor #CollectiveBias A week and a half ago I was on vacation in New Orleans for Jazz Fest, and oh the food! I went to college there many moons ago and one of the things that I absolutely dearly loved, and still miss is the … [Read more...]

Avengers: Age of Ultron {Review and Free Printables}

Disclosure: I received tickets to an advanced screening of Avengers Age of Ultron to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. Avengers: Age of Ultron is a highly entertaining film, full of fast action and striking humor. We thoroughly enjoyed it. But before I share more of my thoughts, I wanted to start with a brief … [Read more...]

Overcoming Teeth Sensitivity and Dental Anxiety

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 … [Read more...]

Making Road Trips More Fun! {Tech Travel Tips Plus Free Scavenger Hunt Printable}

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 … [Read more...]

How To Find the Right Doctors: Interview Them

Did you know you can interview your doctors? Maybe I'm stating the obvious, but there was a time, at the beginning of my mental health struggles, when I had NO idea I could interview psychiatrists and therapists in my search to find a good one. I always just assumed that whomever I landed on would know what he or she was doing because of … [Read more...]

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

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

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}

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?

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

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

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}

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}

#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}

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

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

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...]