Do we smile at this kind of event? #SuicidePrevention

Suicide prevention walk opening ceremonies

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 handing out honor beads to attendees, and years past I raised funds and walked myself, or with a … [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...]

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 enjoyed Spark of Rebellion. We actually have not shown them the Star Wars films yet, but John is … [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 autumn I am filled with glee For pumpkin that you bring with thee A smell, a taste, of … [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 their favorite games on a daily basis (seriously), the launch of a new video game is big news in this … [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 coolness, acceptance, trendiness or lack thereof. No matter where you fall on that spectrum, it is a … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Chose Not to Breastfeed

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Please welcome Chrissy, today's writer in the I'm Not a Bad Mom Series. If you'd like to share your own story, please see details for submissions here.  As the oldest of six children, I watched my mom closely as she raised my younger siblings. I knew that I wanted to be a mom, so I soaked up everything that she did, in hopes that I would be an amazing mother like her someday. I watched as she … [Read more...]

Ever Feel Like a Bad Parent When you Probably Shouldn’t? Share Your Story.

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Mama guilt is the absolute worst. We all get judged as parents for one thing or another, but more often than not that judgement even comes from within ourselves. Some days I do have to remind myself that I’m not a bad mom, even if I do things that go against the norm for example. So I’m inviting you to think about the things that you do as a parent that you believe do not make you a bad … [Read more...]

Be a Superhero #EndSuicide

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These people are real live superheroes. Each one has survived intense suicidal thoughts and/or suicide attempts. They all have an illness that's symptoms often include intrusive thoughts of wanting to die. And that is so so very scary and sad and frustrating, but no matter what, they continue to fight. So to me that makes them superheroes, even if they don't feel like they are. A few days ago, … [Read more...]

Mom’s Time Out with Bigelow Tea

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School started for us on Tuesday and I have to admit I am so very glad its here. Even though back to school begins that busy time of drops offs, pick ups, homework and driving all over creation, I finally have a couple of hours a few days a week for a time out when they are BOTH in school! So today I'm putting my feet up and calling for tea time. Picture it: A nice quiet moment laying back in … [Read more...]

I’m a Good Mom Because I Do This…

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Or at least I try to, because to be a good mom (or spouse), I have to take care of myself first. I don't do it all every day, but I do what I can and that goes a long way. Nutrition. Activity. Pleasure. Rest. Patience. Mindfulness. Protection. Support. Kindness. Distraction. Fun. Attention. Relaxation. Me Time. Sleep. Awareness. Fitness. Community. All these things are actions and attitudes … [Read more...]

How to Inspire an Exercise Hater to Make Healthy Choices

how to inspire an exercise hater to make healthy choices

I have a confession: I hate to exercise. In my 40 years on this earth, I have never found an exercise that appeals to me enough to actually keep doing it. For example, I like yoga. It's stress-reducing and actually would be good for my anxiety, but you can't just do it once and call it a day. I have to keep doing it, and that is not my cup of tea. Setting healthy goals and continuing to make … [Read more...]