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

Easter Egg Dye

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...]

The Family Dinner Project


This post is a compensated editorial partnership with The Family Dinner Project. All storytelling and opinions are, of course, my own. As we go into the holidays one thing I want to remember to do among all the hustle and bustle is continue to sit down to dinner as a family. This year we are really working on creating our own holiday traditions as a family. But just as important are the small moments that happen, like sitting down together as a family for dinner. Before I became a mom I thought these dinners would be Norman Rockwellish. The children would help me cook. We would all sit down together and discuss our days as we savored our food. In reality, it's more like a combo of a fast food restaurant (the family is done with my home cooking in less time than most people spend ordering at McD) and amateur night (the girls are REALLY into knock knock jokes.) But I still know it's making a difference in our connection. Even if it's fifteen minutes a day, we are all … [Read more...]

Hurry Up Holidays

Febreze Holiday Collection

Normally I am a bit of a holiday purist. Thanksgiving gets its due before Christmas but this year we need a little Christmas right this very minute. Last year's holiday was rather disastrous and it kind of left a black cloud over the year. So out little family is very much looking forward to all the merry making. But much to the girls' dismay that did not mean they got to pull out the ornaments when we put up the haunted village. However, we did bring some holiday magic in with the scents Febreze sent for this sponsored post. The new Winter and Holiday collection includes Apple Tart, Sugared Cranberry, Toasted Almond, Vanilla Latte and Frosted Pine. I especially loved the baked scents: the candles and air fresheners keep the air sweet without any baking involved. And I put the car freshener in my car so that I can enjoy the pine smell of winter event though it's an unusually balmy 70 degrees here today. Head down to Walmart to buy and try the limited edition Febreze Home for … [Read more...]