Giving Back on Giving Tuesday

Yesterday was the first Black Friday in a long time where I bought NOTHING. I have never been one to get up at three am but since we had the girls, I have found myself sucked into causal shopping where I usually end up buying things I hadn’t planned on. I actually think it can be a great day to score deals and god knows, I love shopping. But during the holiday season, it’s really easy to get caught up in the rush of gift giving and forget about just giving.

which is why I was thrilled when offered the chance to partner with Give Forward for a sponsored post on Giving Tuesday.
Giving Tuesday with Give Forward
If you’re not familiar with Giving Tuesday, read on for what it is about and how Give Forward fits into the Giving Tuesday mission.
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Life 360 Takes the Mis out of Family Communication

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It’s that time of year again when over the roads and through the woods, to grandmother’s house we go. Sure staying home would be easier but how will memories be made if I am not crammed into a vacation rental with extended family? The worry, the arguments, the guilt… this is what memories are made of amirite?

I kid. But I am questioning what made me think it would be a good idea to meet up with my entire family and their families in a place where none of us live on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. All of us tend to revert back to the roles of yore which leads to worry, miscommunication, and a general lack of holiday cheer.

This year I am hoping to avoid some of those with the help of this post’s sponsor, Life360. If you don’t already have this awesome family communication tool, now is the time to download it. It’s the zen tool in your phone’s jackknife.
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LeapTV : Get Your Kids Gaming This Winter

We were sent the LeapTV for a review through Mommy Parties. Honestly, I was a teeny bit skeptical since the girls are on the upper range of the suggested ages. But we have tried both a Wii and a Kinect with them but because of their fine motor skill delays, they seemed more trouble than they were worth. And the games really had no value besides the activity.

LeapTV from LeapFrog gets kids into the action too. But it also teaching core skills across a variety of subjects including reading, mathematics, science and problem solving. And since it is designed for kids ages 3-8, the system controller fits small hands and the motion camera . Audio instruction makes it simple for even the youngest kids to play solo or with a friend. We had kids from 2 to 8 playing with it and all of them were able to get into the action fairly easily.
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It’s Feeling Christmassy Up in Here

So today while I was google hanging with my big time blogger friend Michelle of So Wonderful So Marvelous, I looked out my window and saw SNOW! Normally I would cry big fat tears at snow in early November. But this year it warmed my crusty little heart. 2014 really put us through the wringer. But it’s on an upswing and I think Christmas may cap it off.

Tonight I am furiously typing up my gift guide posts while watching A Belle For Christmas. No need for the Hallmark Channel around these parts. I’ve got Kristy Swanson as an evil girlfriend trying to keep kids from their dog. Who they rescue on Christmas Eve, natch.
a belle for christmas

In case you are as not enthusiastic about winter as I am, I have a little giveaway to help you face the winter chill. Eucerin sent me a few of the products to try and I have become devoted to their skin calming dry skin body wash. I can’t give up my hot showers and baths and the omega oils of this wash keep my skin in soft shape.
Skin Calming Wash

I’d love for you to try it! So click through and enter to win some, along with some other great products to keep your skin happy this winter.
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Thank The Heavens for Television

As part of the US Cellular Brigade, I get to write about all the ways technology enhances my life and for this month’s sponsored post I had to write about one of my favorite ways: the Google Play store/iTtunes. Because hello, Fall TV!

We’re one of the many American households that have cute cable cord. It took us way longer than it did to ditch the landline (we did that back in 2006.) I just couldn’t let go of my precious, precious DVR. Then came streaming. Now I get to watch whatever I want, whenever I want, wherever I want.

Which is good because HELLO AWESOME FALL TV SEASON.
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Movies!

It’s been a long week.
And it’s only Tuesday.
But how adorable is Big Hero?

Like BIG HERO 6 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyBigHero6
Visit the Website: http://www.disney.com/BigHero6
BIG HERO 6 opens in theaters everywhere on November 7th!

Five Standout Brands From BlogHer14

Here are a few of my favorite stand outs from the BlogHer expo floor, with a special emphasis on Samsung who partnered with MomSelect in sponsoring this post.

1. Samsung: I love that they made the commitment to BlogHer to bring a major expo floor exhibit that related to the home in a way that respected how women are busy and. Their #MasterTheHome (check out the twitter stream for photos) showed off their Chef Collection time savings appliances which would make any home owner drool. As you can tell from my video, I was coveting the baking items they showed off hard core. But I also loved the washing machine and dryer combination.

Samsung Master your Home

WF9100 / DV9100 ONYX

It’s the worlds largest washer, which means you can wash 4 laundry baskets in a single load. Plus their Steam Wash cycle has been engineered to improve the cleaning quality of laundry. Unlike other washers which release steam from above, Samsung releases steam from the bottom of the laundry tub, saturating every item in the load which means a deeper clean with less pretreatment and using cold water!

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Tuesday Tidbits : Valentine’s Day Edition

Happy Valentine Day

Happy Valentine’s Day a few days early! This week is going a LOT more smoothly than last, thanks to the chicklets actually having school. Until Friday when they are out for a four day weekend. I am running out of amusement ideas. Have some to share with me? Comment and let me know. In exchange here are some tasty tidbits of info that landed in my in box!
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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.
Broken Heart

Seeing her sad face on my layover in Dallas brought all those memories of my own infertility back. The disappointment in the one line each month. The hopelessness of not knowing when things would happen. The helplessness of having no control. And we were relatively lucky in our journey. We hit it out of the park on our first try at IUI, conceiving the terror twins. I can’t imagine going through more time and expense than we did.

That’s why I was thrilled that I was asked to join a group that was given access to The Stork’s founder.
What is The Stork?
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A Special Delivery From THE DELIVERY MAN

The Delivery Man Vince Vaughn
This guy has something for you!
Click through to see what it is!
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