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...]

Wireless Accessories Gift Guide

This post is in partnership with my U.S. Cellular ambassadorship. Be sure to visit them and let them help you select the right holiday gift for anyone on your list. When I start talking tech, I can't stop. So instead of letting it take over my gift guide this year, I decided to share a few hot tech accessory gift ideas. Wireless devices play an important role in our daily routines. According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, 38 percent of smartphone users play games on their phones daily, 49 percent check the latest news, 14 percent use GPS and 34 percent use their phone to help monitor their health. Powered by U.S. Cellular’s high-speed network with national coverage, mobile devices such as an iPad Air can work in tandem with cutting edge accessories to help you monitor your health and fitness, listen to your favorite songs or provide a more convenient and unique messaging experience. For passions ranging from fitness to gaming and everything in between, wireless … [Read more...]

Happy Everything with HP StickAPic

As the holiday season approaches, I can feel everyone's stress levels start to rise. But it totally doesn't have to be that way. A few years back I decided to fight back against the craziness and chill out. Because in a world where people, argue over red cups at Starbucks we all need to have a sense of humor. So we throw a casual fun holiday party. This year with a sponsored #StickAPic party with HP. Incorporating their new Social Snapshots app and their cool new sticky photo paper. Though most of my blogging comtemporaries went with cool DIY crafts, we went with some pure fun. After seeing the party kit.... with fun supplies with Michaels and tons of photo paper my mind immediately turned to a photo game with a holiday twist... I hope you get inspired to have your own non stress event! And Happy everything! … [Read more...]

Keeping the House Cozy

Disclosure: This reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. Ever since the Nest Learning Thermostat came onto the market, we have been wanting to add one to our home. So it seemed like a dream when the opportunity came to review one. Unfortunately, getting it up and running wasn't the dream I wanted it to be. We spent a few frustrating weekends trying to get it to run the way we wanted it to. Finally we called uncle and took it up to Best Buy. Thanks to help from their Geek Squad we were finally able to get it to connect consistently with the internet. Why is this connection so important? The Next Smart Thermostat saves you money by learning your habits and automatically adjusting to them. So while you can program your Nest Thermostat to start working right away on your daily habits, getting it to work with input is essential to saving you money. The key to our connection was the … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide 2015

So pleased to be kicking off the holiday season a little early this year. Usually I am all Scrooge McDuck about anything Christmassy before Thanksgiving but we need a little Christmas right this very moment this year. We've already seen the Magic Tree being lit, done our downtonw's Holiday Shop Hop, and I am getting myself a red Starbucks cup as soon as possible. And I am pleased to share this year's holiday gift guide here on the blog. Over the next few weeks I will be sharing lots of reviews and links for gifts perfect for everyone in your life. Bookmark this post and check back. I can't wait to share with you! … [Read more...]

Halloween Pranks With Best Buy

I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card. Just got back from an awesome girls' weekend at Lake of the Ozarks. If you don't know, this area of Missouri is famous for its fall foliage and it looked spectacular from the deck of our lake house with a glass of wine in my hand! Now that I am home, I just have a couple of days before I leave again, this time for the Turks and Caicos for the Social Media on the Sand conference at Beaches. My next two days are going to be full of packing and prepping the house for Halloween! We adore Halloween around these parts and as the girls as getting older, they are wanting to up the decoration game. Luckily Best Buy has some awesome and easy ideas for Hallowen Pranks. I am absolutely in love with all their ideas (you can find them Hallowen Pranks">here) but the one I totally want to do is the preserved heads one. Check it out! … [Read more...]

All the Fall Trends, Under $100

One of my goals this year for back to school is to try and be more put together. I totally fall into the trap of wearing workout clothes all day when I haven't seen the inside of a gym in a year. My key to this is developing a uniform. After twelve years of Catholic school, that works for me. I have a base outfit and then add accessories or trends as needed. But I live in a SMALL city so those trends have to be wearable, affordable, and easy to get at places like Old Navy and Target. If you are in the same boat, I put together a list of trends and where to get them for under $100. And I mean all of them (barring a few Fall trends that I just don't see happening in suburbia. I'm looking at you, faux fur stole.) … [Read more...]

Back to School Savings With Groupon Coupons

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post on behalf of Groupon Coupons. The best thing about the kids being back in school? Unfettered internet time. During the summer I am always frantically trying to get things done between the activites and I start to resent the presence of my chromebook. But with those extra hours I find myself actually enjoying aimlessly clicking and reading. And shopping. Which is my free time down fall. They never should have made it so easy to shop with the stored credit cards and all. But there is hope for my addiction and its name is Groupon Coupons. Groupon Coupons has the deals and discounts you are used to but for the shops you browse everyday. There are over 55,000 totally free coupons from over 8,000 retailers. How awesome is that?! Just seearch coupons by store or category (and check out new stores, there are tons to discover!) And don't forget to look for free shipping offers and in-store coupons. The best part, they have exclusive coupons that … [Read more...]

Pampers Premium Diapers

This is a sponsored post through She Speaks. Over the weekend, I had the chance to attend a baby shower. Nothing makes me happier than getting to shower friends with gifts for their new little one. In addition to a few favorites, I also brought along the new Pampers Premium diapers. … [Read more...]