Bringing Memories to Life with YesVideo

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. Opinions are my own and not those of any one else. Sometimes, it's hard to remember the day pictured above. Even at the best of times your wedding is a blur. Add in the craziest possible pre-wedding week ever (highlights included getting roofied at my bacehlorette party, a car wreck, and a suspected appendicitis scare the day before I was to fly home), and I am kind of amazed I was even upright for mine. That's where the wedding video comes in. Except ours were languishing on actual video. We just missed the cut off for everything being on DVD. That's where YesVideo comes in... … [Read more...]

Gift Guide : Everpurse

Have a tech diva on your list? This year's must have crossover tech and fashion accessory--also known as wearable tech--is the Everpurse. It is a clutch purse that charges your smartphone. Yep, you read that correctly. A chic and stylish handbag that keeps your phone charged on the go with an integrated smart phone charging pocket. A perfect holiday gift for the lovely lady in your life (hint, hint.) Or yourself! In case you're interested, here's a great review by Cristi of Motherhood Unadorned. And if you'd like to purchase your own, go to and enter this special code THEGUAVALICIOUSLIFE13 for 5% off your purchase. (Please enter this code at checkout where it asks for a gift card code.) Available in fabric and leather in many beautiful colors, Everpurse is small enough to be used inside a larger purse or used by itself as a clutch. There is also an optional wrist strap or shoulder strap available. Retail price: $189 to $329. … [Read more...]

Gift Guide : Mighty Leaf Tea Gift Sets

As a tea drinker, I sometimes feel left out of the red cup craze of the holidays. Gift sets for coffee drinkers abound while us poor tea drinkers are left clutching our tea bags and seeking the aisles for holiday blends. If you have a tea drinker in your life, indulge them with one of the Mighty Leaf tea gift sets. I was lucky enough to receive the Chai Tea Collection set to review. Chai Tea Collection Gift Set description: "Take a journey to a colorful and aromatic street market in Bombay with the Mighty Leaf Chai Tea Collection set. Become your own chai wallah (a chai tea maker in India). Steep Mighty Leaf Tea Bombay Chai in our insulated stainless steel mug with lid. Add steamed milk and sugar and and inhale the aromas of cinnamon, ginger, pepper, cardamom, clove and star anise. The 12 oz mug is 18/8 stainless steel and double-wall insulated to keep tea hot or cold longer. Includes 15 pouches of Mighty Leaf Tea Bombay Chai, a lively whole leaf Indian black tea flavored … [Read more...]

Gift Guide : The Why Book

The average six year old asks why 122 times a day. (Is that all? My kids are positively advanced then!) The Why book gives you at least one day off, addressing more than 200 questions. With colorful photos and vibrant illustrations, X-Why-Z delivers age-appropriate answers to questions ranging from “Why do I sneeze?” to “Why is grass green?” Crafted by the editors of the award-winning TIME For Kids classroom magazine, is age appropriate, informative and entertaining. It's a great reference book for children and a fun conversation starter for parents and kids. From animals to plants, from the human body to history, the new book X-Why-Z helps children ages four to six better understand the world they live in. Presented by Time Home Entertainment Inc. and the editors of TIME For Kids, X-Why-Z (Time Home Entertainment Inc.; $14.95) is on sale now and available at and at retailers nationwide. Here's some questions from the book for you; amaze your kids … [Read more...]

Gift Guide : Mabel’s Labels

Sometimes you need something small for a gift. Perhaps for a night of Hanukuh or maybe to give out to friends at a party. Or, like our family, you put your shoes out on December 5th to see what St. Nicolas might leave you to celebrate his special day. Really almost any reason will do for snagging some of Mabel's Labels Write Away labels. They are perfect for kids, teachers, teen girls, and anyone else who likes to LABEL EVERYTHING. Here's what The Guavalicious Life contributor Mama Staci had to say about them: … [Read more...]

Gift Guide : Disney Classics

Thank you to Disney and the One 2 One Network for sponsoring this gift guide gift and giveaway! Who likes to whistle while they work? Who doesn't?! Since a great part of my day is spent either in my car or sitting in my home office, I control the airwaves. Sure I could listen to my favorite music. But that's rock and to paraphrase Nick Hornby, 99% of rock music is depressing. So it's good to change it up and listen to some songs guaranteed to lift your mood. Even cynical me is transported back to childhood when I hear songs like "You Can Fly, You Can Fly, You Can Fly" and "A Spoonful of Sugar." Give your friends and family the gift of joy this season with the new Disney Classics box set. It's available for pre-order now. The big release is November 12! This makes a fabulous gift because it is something that the whole family can enjoy together. Plus it makes the trip home from holiday travel a lot more fun. Find out more details and how to win below! The box set … [Read more...]

Big Mother Living With Jawbone Up

So as part of their blogging program, Best Buy sent me a Jawbone Up to review. Thanks Best Buy! I only wish you had done this ten months ago so I could have skipped my $2000 sleep study! So what is this Jawbone UP you may be wondering. Since I am sort of clueless when it comes to the latest and newest (I will know how to use it but I will still call it a doohicky,) I would have assumed the Jawbone was some cousin of the bluetooth. But not at all, instead it's a very cool looking wristband that made me feel all techie and cutting edge. Oh and it tracks your sleep and activity levels too. This new wave of health tech devices have been nicknamed "Big Mother." Get it? Except unlike the somewhat psycho TV show who treats people like lab rats, the Big Mother apps are benevolent. They want you to live your life better. And give you a hug. Well not really on that last part. Though that would be cool. … [Read more...]

Taking Control With The Stork

This is a sponsored post through The Motherhood. I am very happy to be spreading the words about The Stork. Opinions and words are my own and do not reflect the views of The Stork or The Motherhood. Oh hello, it's been awhile friends. Life has been racing by this August. After I got home from BlogHer, I set off again for a trip with my husband to DC and then onto Cancun to celebrate his fortieth birthday. It was lovely. However, since then it feels as if we have been living under our own personal rainstorm. I swear that if I glance up quickly I can just catch site of the little storm cloud hovering above my head. Real physical things have been going wrong: broken toilet, broken car, broken body but I think it's my spirit that is really broken lately. My sister got some bad fertility news while we were in Mexico and I can't stop thinking about her. Seeing her sad face on my layover in Dallas brought all those memories of my own infertility back. The disappointment in the one … [Read more...]

Supporting Women Through Shopping With Plum Alley

Disclosure: Plum Alley sponsored this post. I am thrilled to be partnering with this wonderful company! It is so appropriate that this be one of my post BlogHer posts! One of my favorite moments last week was hearing Sheryl Sandberg speak. Her book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead has its critics and detractors but I am a fan. If nothing else, it is bringing the conversation of the inequalities of women in the workplace and what we can do about it back into focus. And it's only $10 right now on Amazon! Buy it! Plum Alley is a one way to Lean In beautifully. … [Read more...]

Keeping Your Dog Safe This 4th of July With Made in the USA Nudges Dog Treats

Disclosure: Thank you to the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community and Nudges for sponsoring this post about dog safety! This shop has been compensated but my thoughts and words are my own! Thanks to Nudges' healthy dog treats, my dog Peanut Butter is all prepped for the fourth of July! … [Read more...]