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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...]

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

DIY Holiday Decor with Sweetworks

DIY Holiday Decor with Sweetworks

Disclosure: For this holiday decor, craft and giveaway, I received a promotional item from Sweetworks. This is a Fashionista Event. Hosts are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. Opinions are 100% my own. I am so in the holiday spirit! We decorated our tree last Friday right after Thanksgiving and the house … [Read more...]

Simple Ways to Add Holiday Spirit at Home

Simple Ways Add Holiday Spirit at Home #SmellsClean #ad

I just love the glow of our holiday home. During this time of year, even with all of its stress and obligations, I feel just a bit more peaceful when I'm at home. There's something special about the twinkle of the tree and decorations; the lovely scents of candles and treats; the feeling of happiness fueled by the kids' … [Read more...]

My Best Bargain Ever, plus a Black Friday/Cyber Monday Giveaway!

Best Black Friday Deal

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Coupons. com. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. Who loves shopping?!  I really enjoy it ... just ask John. And when I have some alone time away from the kids, shopping is one of the things I … [Read more...]

My “Me Time” Tech Hack and Gift Idea for Mom

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Disclosure: I am a Verizon #MoreSeattle Team Member and received product. All opinions are my own as always. My kids are so LOUD! Seriously, they have an issue with volume control and my anxiety does not like it at all. Especially when they are fighting. And at 7 and almost 5, they fight and play and fight and play a lot. I love seeing … [Read more...]

Mom Style: Day to Date Night Transition

Mom Style Easy Transition from Day to Date Night

Disclosure: Lee Jeans provided product and will provide the winner with a product of choice. No other compensation was received. This post includes affiliate links. All opinions are my own as always. So yes, I'm a mom. I work from home. I shuffle the kids to and fro, and once in awhile I'm lucky enough to have a date night, or ladies night, … [Read more...]

Easy Hairstyles: From Day to Date Night

Easy hairstyles day to date night #ad #heartmyhair

Isn't it a huge pain to style your hair everyday? I have color treated hair (damn you gray roots!) and right now it is super long. I love it, but I keep debating chopping it, especially this time of year with the cold and damp weather because it takes forever to dry. Until recently, the alternative to hacking it off has been … [Read more...]

The Naked Egg: A Lesson about Failing

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The kids and I attended Ronin's school science night last week, and one of the experiments showcased was "The Naked Egg." This really stuck out to the kids as being very cool, and frankly I thought so too. Upon leaving the awesome PTA team had one-sheets with instructions for all of the experiments we did that night, so we took them home for later … [Read more...]

For Veteran’s Day: Postpartum Support for Military Moms

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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 the military, or married to a service person. But … [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 predisposed cleaner, so a lot of the time it's … [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 inflatable robot Baymax, who develop a bond on a quest … [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 Halloween. It's always been one of my favorite … [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 Thursday it was wet wet wet. We have been … [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 this was happening. She had eaten a bag of … [Read more...]