Take Yourself to the Movies!

So something excited happened here on the blog, I was asked to join the Fandango Family. Which means that throughout the year I will be sharing fun movie related content here as well as on my Facebook page, Twitter account, and Instagram. And I get to give away movie tickets! What could be better?! To celebrate, This past week I started a new tradition with a new friend: heading to the movies, during the day without our kids. Crazy talk! Besides the odd date here or there, I don't think I had seen a non kids movie in almost two years. We ponied up for some snacks, settled in our seats, and watched dinosaurs chew up the scenery (quite literally) of Jurassic World. And it was AWESOME! Now is the time, my friends, to take back the movies. And here's why... … [Read more...]

The Big Woot Baby Shower

Woot Kids Feeding Items

I have to confess before I was asked to do this sponsored post on the awesome baby deals at Woot, I had no idea that they were even selling kids stuff, much less had a whole Kids.Woot! site. High five parent friends! Because even if my own parent shopping has slowed down, my friends insist on spawning. Besides the low, low prices the best thing about Kids.Woot! is that it's a subsidiary of Amazon. So when you’re subscribing to Woot you can simply use your Amazon login information and your info (shipping address, credit card info, etc) transfers to Woot. Plus now is the time to pick up some amazing deals your darlings for all those friends who insist on propagating at the Kids.Woot! baby shower event. You will find fabulous deals through the 13th! The items include everything from cloth diapers to drying racks from awesome brands like Boon, Munchkin, Bright Labs, and more. They gave me a sneak peak at some of the deals and my favorites are below! … [Read more...]

Spring Fashion : Natural Elements

Spring Fashion

It's supposed to snow in Columbia tomorrow, but I am in sunny Texas where Spring has definitely sprung. Even though I usually don't follow any trends, the Spring weather does make me want to switch up my wardrobe into lighter, simpler, natural pieces. Which is right on trend this year! Sure you've got pop art and black mesh, but overall the trends are about solid colors and natural fabrics. Which makes for wearable outfits for real people like you and me. Some of the pieces I am incorporating into my Spring wardrobe... … [Read more...]

5 Green Makeup Choices

Five Green Makeup Brands

March brings with it sunlight from daylight savings time, my birthday, and St. Patrick's Day. And while I love me some beer, the green I really like to see on March 17th is the grass peeking through the snow. Spring is so close I can taste it! And while some people love Fall for a reset, I prefer the promise of spring cleaning. But don't stop with your house! In the spirit of fresh starts and everything green, shake up your makeup routine with some green choices. Here are five "green" makeup brands that will give your face a refresh. … [Read more...]

Winterize Your Phone

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If you are a tech loving house like us, you probably got a few devices in your stocking. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be sharing how to best enjoy them. First up a post on winterizing your phone! Most people think about winterizing their home and their car but forget about the smaller things. If you're anything like me, your phone is practically an appendage of you. What would you do without it? Fortunately, there are ways to shore it up for the chilly weather yet to come. In this sponsored post with U.S. Cellular, I will be sharing the how to! … [Read more...]

Giving Back on Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday with Give Forward

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. 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. … [Read more...]

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. … [Read more...]

LeapTV : Get Your Kids Gaming This Winter

Toys R Us Special edition LeapTV

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. … [Read more...]

It’s Feeling Christmassy Up in Here

a belle for christmas

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. 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. I'd love for you to try it! So … [Read more...]

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. … [Read more...]