Spring Fashion : Natural Elements

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...]


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! … [Read more...]

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. 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 … [Read more...]