Snow Days (Or Why I Haven’t Been Blogging)

Snow Fort

(these two have gone to school two days in the last eight school days) (this is the view from our window) (I broke my sled, and (almost) my ass) … [Read more...]

Wednesday Drinks : Smores Martini

S'Mores Martini

Smores, oh how I love them. In fact I am still mourning the loss of Suddenly Smores. Of course, I can make trays of them but it's hard to stop with just one. Luckily, lifestyle and entertaining expert Mindy Kobrin was nice enough to come up with a Smore drink recipe for me. This tasty treat satisfies my taste buds and doesn't involve turning on the oven. Delicious looking eh? And it's easy to make!! … [Read more...]

Win a Honeywell AirGenius Air Cleaner

What are you doing tomorrow Tuesday, 2/19, at 8-9pm EST? I am going to be on a Twitter Chat with home & design expert Evette Rios from ABC’s The Chew. Join me? You’ll have a chance to ask Evette questions and get the advice you need on decorating, entertaining and more (AND a chance to win $300 worth of Honeywell gadgets)! Follow #HomeTips and @HoneywellPlugIn to participate. However, for you dear readers, I have instant gratification. Enter to win a Honeywell AirGenius 5 Air Cleaner, worth $239, right now! This machine "takes the guesswork out of air purification with SMART CONTROLS that DO THE THINKING FOR YOU with five intuitive operation settings: Sleep, Germs, General, Allergen, and Max." I wish I could win it. Click on through to enter... … [Read more...]

How Disney Brought Oz to Life

Disney The Great and Powerful Oz

As a kid, I adored the Oz series. If your knowledge of Oz starts and ends with The Wizard of Oz, you are missing out my friend. Get yourself to the bookstore, library, or Amazon and pick up the series. I mean, how can you resist a world where forks, spoons, and knives have their own kingdom? As an Oz addict, I cannot wait to see Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful. They are bringing the wonderful world of Oz to life. It looks AMAZING. Want to know how they did it? Below the cut is a really cool costume and make-up featurette. I am predicting many Oscar nominations!! … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day : Christmas, The Revenge

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Well, I have finally emerged from my post-Valentine's Day hangover. Unfortunately, this hangover did not involve any champagne. No, instead I was reeling from the sugar rush of food color/HFCS laden candy and the shame of not-crafty motherhood. I ask you, when did Valentine's Day morph from a day for disappointed lovers and smug flower receivers to a mini celebration for kids? I know I am not alone in this sentiment. Uber mommy blogger and internet friend Jill of BabyRabies responded to the critics via her blog post It Goes Both Ways. And I get it, I totally do. Childhood is fun and only happens once. And while I don't resent moms like Jill for their effort (side note: I do resent her for her mad writing skills and ability to look adorable at all times), I am tired of the massive celebration that every special day seems to entail. Because my kids had just recovered from their Christmas sugar haze when February rolled around. It doesn't help that their birthday is the week before … [Read more...]

Breakfast Blitz! Giveaway

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Wow, what a day! It was my fourth day this week volunteering at the girls' school. Though I joked on Twitter that I needed to get a hobby instead of hanging with the pint size crew every day, I really am grateful that I get to spend this time volunteering at their school. I know it is not something every parent has the time or luxury of doing! But The Got Milk? Campaign has started a cool new program that allows every one to help out their schools from the comfort of their own home. Their Breakfast Blitz lets you support your local schools' breakfast programs by entering UPC codes from every milk purchase now through February 17th. So run to your fridge right now and start entering those codes off the cartons you already. If you need extra encouragement, by helping support your very local school breakfast program by entering UPCS you have the chance to win tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII! And even if you don't have milk on hand, there is no purchase necessary to enter to win … [Read more...]

A Valentine’s Day Snack!

Yogurt Covered Strawberries

Happy Valentine's Day! I have to admit that I will be happy when we put the girls to sleep tonight. The week between their birthday and Valentine's Day is a non-stop endurance fest of presents, parties, and projects (favors! valentines! trips! special meals!) If you are feeling tired like me, here is an easy way to add a bit of whimsy to the day: To make these all you need are strawberries and greek yogurt (vanilla works best but really any flavor will do, use strawberry to make them extra valentineish.) 1. Wash and hull strawberries 2. Roll in Greek yogurt 3. Place on plate or cookie sheet (it helps if you cover with wax paper) and freeze for an hour 4. Cut in half Easy-peasy right? … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday : Valentine Playdate

Valentine Playdate Crafts

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Dream Trips: From Iceland to St. Louis, Glaciers to Gorillas

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This week my prompt as part of the HTC TroopOneX was to write about dream trips. Well the prompt might have been dream "trip" but who could have just one? Not me and the husband who love travel like a fat kids loves cake (to quote 50 Cent.) We have a list of TEN dream trips we would like to take. And this past summer we crossed one off the list: Iceland! Look how happy we were to be there! You may have noticed that I haven't written about or shared pictures of Iceland. Partly because I had some internet drama happen right around then but mainly because, OMG ICELAND. It's an impossible country to put into words. But this post isn't about Iceland. It's about another dream trip. To St. Louis. … [Read more...]

Friday Five : Five Things You Should Never Fake (Plus A Bonus One!)

6 Things You Should Never Fake

Today I have a guest post from a new blogging friend, Sharon. Her blog Hobbies on a Budget is all hobbies, life and saving money. There are some things in life that should never be faked! I can taste the difference in sugar free jello or low fat chocolate. A plastic daffodil just doesn't move me the same way as when I see the bright yellow flower growing in my yard. And Adele classic hits just can't be done justice by a 10 year old girl. Here's a list of 6 things I think you should never fake. 6 Things You Should Never Fake 1. Apologies Apologies should always be sincere. Even if you are not in the wrong, sometimes you must apologize to help the situation. Healing often begins when one of the injured parties makes the first step with an authentic apology. 2. Gratitude Gratitude should never be insincere. We teach our children that if someone takes the time to give a gift we should take the time to say thank you. Being appreciative is a character trait that we all must … [Read more...]