An Easy Way to Keep your Family Safe

It's the end of July—smack in the middle of summer. The heat is making everyone sleepy which means it's prime time for at home mishaps. If disaster does strike and you have to call 911 for help are calling from a cell phone or a landline? And does it make any difference? Surprisingly, the answer is yes. According to an investigation by the USA Today, the chances of 911 dispatchers being able to find you based on your cell phone's GPS can be as low as 10% in some parts of the country. With a significant share of cell phone-to-911 calls being placed from within residences—and 45% of Americans opting out of landline coverage at home—countless people are left vulnerable in emergencies. The question then becomes not why you should have a landline in the home, but why haven't you gotten one yet? In the spirit of keeping you and your family safe, I recently partnered with Ooma the leading Internet home phone service with reliable 911 technology to deliver three tips for keeping … [Read more...]

An Ode to the Huck

This post is sponsored by US Cellular. Thanks to them and to you for supporting my little old blog!I love partnering with them each month on a subject near and dear to my heart (like shelter dogs this month!) U.S. Cellular is all #BetterMoments. Make more happen in your home with your kids and your devices by downloading their parent/child agreement. Gah! I can not believe I leave for Beaches Moms tomorrow morning! I am so not prepared for it. But nothing is keeping me from getting on that plane. My to do list is a mile long today but I am cranking things out along with my coworker Huckles. I never thought we would be able to replace Peanut in our home (she will never be replaced in our hearts), Huckleberry is a wild ball of fur and love. But finding him wasn't easy. It was an all our search for the perfect dog. My iPhone 5 came in handy as we searched down every lead and thanks to awesome coverage from U.S. Cellular we were able to call for references from even the remote … [Read more...]

Best Apps for Builders and DIY’ers

Disclosure: this post is in partnership with US Cellular. How is your September to do list coming? Mine is totally in shambles and instead of taking care of it, I am off to the Ikea press day in St. Louis which kills today. Luckily I can attack a few tasks on my iPhone while my kind bestie drives. With U.S. Cellular’s high-quality network and national coverage, I can stay on top of my projects from my small city through rural communities to the big city. High on my list is finally getting our basement tackled. The ceiling in the office needs to come down so I can actually use it as my office rather than a place where dust drips down on my belongings. Then there are the walls in the rec room, the floors everywhere, the broken shower. The list goes on. It's hard to daydream and drool at Ikea when there is a list of contractor to-do's a mile long. Which is why I love how devices provide access to a wide variety of apps that help my get projects streamlined. My iPhone is … [Read more...]

School’s Out for Summer Gift

With the amount of um, enthusiasm, the Terror Twins bring to the school day, I like to hand out gift cards to their teachers. But for extracurricular teachers as well as the staff that make our school special, I love to give a little something to let them know how much we appreciate everything they do! These useful cups are perfect for the end of the year since they have everything a school employee needs to celebrate that first day of summer.... and the best part is how they come in at about $3 each. … [Read more...]

10 Dryer Sheet Hacks #FreeToBe #LifeHacks

It's full on Spring weather here. And with it comes Spring smells and smears. Little kids can be filthy, filthy creatures. Though I try to do my part by keeping the house clean, I almost always end up falling behind. Way behind. Which I why I love these dryer sheets hacks. We actually don't use dryer sheets and I had ignored the #LifeHacks with them in the past because of our skin sensitivities. But now that all® free clear makes dryer sheets, I am all over them. The dryer sheets have the National Eczema Association (NEA) Seal of Acceptance™ (products with the NEA Seal of Acceptance™ are those that avoid certain chemicals, dyes, perfumes and residues that are known to be unsuitable for use by persons with eczema or a sensitive skin condition.) We're #FreeToBe dryer sheet hackers! Now on to the hacks! … [Read more...]

Ultimate Easter Egg Dye Guide

The best tradition of Easter? Dying eggs of course! Sure you could spend an afternoon with some hard boiled ones and a grocery store bought kit but why stop there? Follow my directions for eggs you can keep for years! I still have some of the eggs I dyed as a child and my girls love going through theirs every spring. With a few simple steps, you can have decorations galore, all from the simple, incredible egg. Well the shell at least... … [Read more...]

How Animal Lovers Can Save the Strays

After the GoDaddy Superbowl commercial controversy, I thought I would share some information about rescue and adoption of animals! We love our rescue pets! Every year in the United States, more than 7.6 million cats and dogs are turned into shelters, two-thirds of which are recognized as stray or feral. According to the ASPCA, 2.7 million of these animals are euthanized. Unfortunately, no-kill shelters around the country are simply filled to capacity, and state- and city-run pounds and humane societies cannot afford to keep every animal that comes through the door. Still, death is a harsh punishment for animals only striving to stay alive. Regular people have the power and resources to help stray and feral animals in any community around the country. Countless furry lives can be saved if animal lovers act in any of the following ways. … [Read more...]

Staying on Track in 2015

This post is a two parter. Tomorrow, being the first of the month, I am going to do the big check in on my resolutions and intentions for 2015. But since that promises to be a humdinger, I thought I would do a separate post today on some of the tools I am using to stay on track. This part of my resolutions update post is sponosred by U.S. Cellular. Happy to be a ambassador for such a cool company. Here's some of the apps I use on my phone to keep myself honest. … [Read more...]

Let’s talk about purging

The word purging has a lot of negative connotations, but there's something perfect about it when it comes to letting go of your belongings. Let's face it, we all own too much. And possessions drag us down. There's a reason that Marley wears a chain of moneyboxes in A Christmas Carol. Last year I participated in a Facebook group challenge to purge 2014 things in 2014 and I resigned up again this year. I just now realized they have actual defined missions and printables, so I am doing my best to follow along and let them guide my decluttering. Join me won't you? First official #2015in2015 purge. More info #ontheblog! #resolutions A photo posted by @guavalicious on Jan 1, 2015 at 12:31pm PST Details below! … [Read more...]

Christmas Card Time

I love Christmas cards. There I said it. I love seeing everyone's pictures. I love reading the letters, even the braggy ones. I love everything about them! One of my favorite things to do upon coming home when I was a wild unmarried single girl was to dive into my parents' pile of cards and read about relatives and family friends. And now that I have a family of my own, I love making ours every year. And even more than that I love pulling out previous year's cards and looking through them with the girls. They love seeing themselves as babies and toddlers and If you haven't made cards, get to it! Don't wait for the perfect card or the perfect picture, just make them, buy them, whatever. The most important thing is sending them. This year we were given the chance to make our own cards through Minted (watch my Instagram as I will be sharing them there) and they have given me a $150 gift certificate for one of your to put towards your own cards or a gift. Minted has cards that go … [Read more...]