Spring Trends 2016

Happy Spring! It's raining and cold here lately but I am stubbornly keeping my windows open and my Spring clothes on. Soon to be prominent in my rotation are the lovely shoes posted above! My friend sent them over the pond for my fortieth birthday and I am love. She's must more fashionable than me and with one gift of shoes, managed to make me up my game for some more Spring trends. Here's what "in" this Spring: Off the Shoulder Updated White Shirt Daytime Lingerie Pleats Ruffles Stripes 90's inspired Wraps Romantic Ties   Those strike throughs? Aren't happening for me. I don't wear anything that requires a special bra (off the shoulder) and anything I wore the first time (nineties). Also, I don't iron (pleats). But the others, yeah. Even daytime lingerie in the form of some silk pajama pants. I am planning on working all of these into my everyday style wearing those awesome shoes whenever possible! Check out my mood board below the cut alone … [Read more...]

The Best Box for Food Loving Cooks

In just a couple of weeks I'll be reviewing the new MARY's secret ingredients box . I loved my … [Read more...]

Spring Clean Your Passwords

In all your Spring cleaning, don't forget to do your digital spring cleaning! A good place to start is this inbox spring clean I shared a few years back. And this year as part of the U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade, I am sharing smart ways to help improve your password habits. and bed are to take some time to update your tech agreement with your kids. Don't have one? You can download a Parent/Child Agreement here. If you have bad password habits, take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone! According to a Harris Interactive survey, more than half of Americans realize they need to change their password habits. Among the password habits that need attention are reusing passwords and creating weak passwords, such as your dog’s name, 12345 or password123. When it comes to protecting valuable information, those passwords share common patterns, creating vulnerability across the various accounts we all use every day, ranging from the ones that need to be most secure, like bank … [Read more...]

A Spriteful Start to Spring With Fairy and Gnome Stories

Hard to believe the snowy weekend we had involved the first day of Spring! If it was cold in your part of the world, I bet you are as ready to greet Spring as I am. Today while shopping for crafts, for our egg hunt I was definitely in the Spring mood after seeing all the cute mushroom, fairy, and gnome decorations at Michael's! I can't think of a cuter way to celebrate the beginning of the season. If you want to get into the spirit of sprites, here are some adorable books about gnomes and fairies: 1. No, No Gnome: I spotted this new book at our local bookstore and instantly loved it. Kids will love the simple wording and the phrasing is perfect for beginner readers. 2. How to Find Flower Fairies: Feed your child's imagination with this whimsical pop up book all about fairies and their homes. Then take your kids on a fairy hunt. 3. Gnomes: You will have to track this book down as it is out of print in the U.S. (it's available on Amazon from used book sellers) but it's totally … [Read more...]

Putting the E in STEM

This post is part of my partnership with U.S. Cellular. (picture courtesy of U.S. Cellular) This week something pretty cool happened in my city. An engineering associate from U.S. Cellular visited the Boys and Girls Club in Columbia to conduct an “Ask an Engineer” session. It gave the students a hands-on look at how the company’s high-quality network operates. It also gave them an inside look and information on career opportunities in engineering. Talk about STEM education! At these events, U.S. Cellular engineers demonstrate how the network operates and how U.S. Cellular regularly monitors it. It's all in celebration of the 65th Anniversary of National Engineers Week. U.S. Cellular is working to help increase understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers by holding these “Ask an Engineer” sessions at Boys and Girls Clubs throughout the country. The goal of U.S. Cellular’s “Ask an Engineer” sessions are to bring engineering to life for kids and show … [Read more...]

Movies That Induce Irish Catholic Guilt

As the Ides of March approach, it's time for me to review my Kiss Me, I'm Irish Pinterest board. Even though I left my Catholic faith behind, the Irish guilt remains. It's a burden that the Irish I meet seem to carry. I often feel the weight of years of my forefathers on my shoulders when I even think something wrong. And if I forget, all I have to do is cue up one of the following movies and it all comes back. I mean #firstworldproblems and all when I look at what my Irish brethren went through. As St. Patrick's Day approaches, I encourage you to sit down and watch one or two of these. I guarantee by the end you will be crying into your green beer. Consider it a small price to pay for getting March 17th as a free for all of kissing and wearing green! … [Read more...]

Can Your Style Bring You Luck?

Around the month of March, everyone starts to feel a little lucky. Especially if they are wearing green. But what if you could bring luck year round with your personal style? Everyone from feng shui experts to astrologists have opinions on which looks can attract luck in your everyday life. I figure, it's worth a try right? Read on for the luckiest way to dress.... … [Read more...]

Anti-Love Stories

Oh Valentine's Day, you heart filled candy floss of a day. You know, most of the time I just ain't feeling it. Fortunately I have given up on it and just surrendered to the Christmas Revenge that the day has become for the littles. But for those of you that are love lorn are just want to throw things at the TV due to everyone who got flowers at the store today, here are my favorite anti-love stories, in suggested watching order. This Valentine's Day marathon will make you HAPPY to not be in love! … [Read more...]

Happy Howlidays!

I love the holiday season — the decorations, the presents, the yummy food, and of course, all of the festivities! You know who else loves them too? My dog, Huckleberry. It's his first Christmas with us. And maybe his first ever? These shelter dogs are hard to age. He loves us being home so much. Life just slows down during the holidays and we're hanging out with the Huck more and more. It turns out that I'm not the only pet mama to spoil her pup during this time of year. That's why I love this super cute website called TheNosePrint.com from Big Heart Pet Brands (the makers of Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Canine Carry Outs, and Milo's Kitchen). They really know how to celebrate the holidays with your pup! On TheNosePrint.com, check out some of the fun doggy do-it-yourself ideas they've dreamed up. … [Read more...]

Hurry Up Christmas!

This post is part of my partnership with U.S. Cellular. They are all about the #BetterMoments! Hello all, am I the only one who cannot wait for Christmas? It is our first Christmas without family and while are missing them, we are looking forward to just chilling for a few days. No travel, no obligations outside of a couple of parties and a Skype date with our British besties. So today is all about the last minute errands that ensure we can just snuggle in for a few days. The girls and I have a full to do list of the mall, the grocery store, and downtown for a few last minute gifts. Luckily I have discovered the joy of mobile payment which makes things so much easier! … [Read more...]