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…
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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.
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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.
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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

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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 beyond just a picture. You can send a story or an ornament or Check out their line and enter below.
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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.

The Family Dinner Project

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 together and focused on each other. That focus is why I am happy to be spreading the word about the Family Dinner Project. The Family Dinner Project’s mission is to inspire families to enjoy food, fun, and conversation together. It’s about returning to a simpler and more meaningful way of being.
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Hurry Up Holidays

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.
Febreze Holiday Collection

Head down to Walmart to buy and try the limited edition Febreze Home for the Holidays Collection. And be sure to connect with Febreze via Facebook and Twitter for the latest product information and great ideas for the season.

Banish The Bugs!


The 3 most effective pest repellents you can grow and use at home

They creep, crawl, scuttle and skedaddle their way into kiwi gardens across NZ causing untold damage and destruction to lovingly maintained gardens. Bugs – be they aphids, slugs, snails or mealy bugs – are the bane of many NZ gardeners.

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(Cold) Snap; It’s Fall

Thank you to Febreze for kicking off my Fall and sponsoring this post.

Happy Fall Yall

The seasons changed this week, and with it came a cold. Which is a major bummer. Because usually with the advent of Fall I am in whole hog the second the first leaf falls to the ground. I get my Martha Stewart on, tossing leaves on tables and whipping up pumpkin bread.

But so far I have spent most of my time sniffling and downing cups of cold care tea. Which is important because I need my sense of smell to enjoy the only Fall thing about my house the smell…
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Let Someone Else Do the Dishes

Thrilled to partner with Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser on this post. All overly gushing opinions are mine alone. I love this stuff!!

Happy Monday! I know, I know, it’s actually Wednesday. But with Fall comes seasonal allergies which shut down my body for a day or two. When I emerged from the allergy haze, I was disappointed to find that the two days had not magically erased the weekend house hangover. Tell me you know the kind, where you have a fabulous weekend full of impromptu dinners with friends and unexpected play dates. But then you wake up with a house that looks like this:
Weekend Mess
Not pinnable Life
The girls are still working on keeping their rooms clean and my husband, who is actually way cleaner than me, doesn’t know where half the stuff goes. Thank goodness for mommy’s little helpers…
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