Meet Huckleberry!

It's been a crazy few weeks around here due to some medical issues and trips out of town but you know what makes everything feel a little more calm and happy? Puppy hugs. Our beloved Peanut Butter passed away the first week in April and since then we have been looking for the perfect dog to adopt. We were basically stalking the Humane Society. Which paid off when a worker snuck us a peek at this ewok ball of fur before he was officially up for adoption. The day he was up, I rushed over there with my friend K who spent years working in shelters and knew how to scope out a dog in a few minutes. With her stamp of approval and lots of additional hugs from the girls later on, we signed the papers and he was ours. Immediately, he is an integral part of our life. Dogs just bring so much joy to life don't they? We got him at the perfect time because this weekend is Nat Geo WILD’s inaugural BARKFEST, a full weekend of programming that celebrates man’s best friend. Check below for the … [Read more...]

Using the AIO To Do It All

Yesterday I wrote about celebrating Mother's Day a little early with National Mom's Nite Out with an evening of fun with friends. A lot of the extras were made possible through my HP Envy (I am part of the HP Smart Moms panel) but I neglected to say how much I used my Intel All-in-One too. The ability to touch and print in a couple of seconds made the whirlwind of party planning a breeze. I just love having that thing in my kitchen! … [Read more...]

National Mom’s Night Out

If you're a mom, I hope you had an absolutely lovely day yesterday! Mine was very chill which was just what I needed after a crazy week of doctor appointments. The whole weekend was laid back really, a #Whole30 will do that to you. It did get off to a great start though Thursday night when I hosted a celebration for National Mom's Night Out. They send me a huge box full of everything I needed to spoil a few friends with a night off from momming. We chilled, painted wine classes, chatted, and laughed. Details on the fun below! … [Read more...]

You Will Not Get the Best of Me Laundry

I used to wake up and realize that once again, the laundry had regenerated itself. No matter how much laundry I would do, there were piles waiting for me every morning. I swear that my shirts and pants were having a party every night and giving birth to piles of underwear. There was just no other explanation for the amount of clothing covering my laundry room floor. But I refused to give in, with these five tips and some help from my favorite detergent All, I have conquered the laundry room. … [Read more...]

Five Mother’s Journals That Mom Will Actually Use

Mother's Day is coming up and trust me, mom doesn't need another mug or pen or brooch. Flowers die and candy boxes never live up to their promise. So what's a kid to do? Invest in a journal. My mom has been writing in journals for years (I can't wait to crack open those babies one day.) Writing is great for destressing (which every mom needs!) And journals make a great place to save memories for kids. But don't pick up a pretty blank book and call it a day. Instead opt for one of these journals which not only make writing a snap but also open up the lines of communications between mom and kids. … [Read more...]

Small Changes for Earth Day

Lately Calamity Jane is totally inspired by her hero Jane Goodall which means she is all about doing everything she can to help endangered animals and save the earth. But not every thing has to be a action like moving to live with the monkeys. Small changes can make a difference too. Here are some small changes you can make today to celebrate Earth Day everyday! … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Amp Up Your Smartphone

This post is in partnership with US Cellular. I have written before about how my eight year old has a cooler phone than I do. When I joined the US Cellular program, we made the decision to give Calamity Jane the iPhone5 to use as her phone when away from us. And it serves as our house phone since I fear otherwise they would never learn how to answer a phone. Or will phones have died out by the time they are adults? Though I am happy they have it, only the best for my kids an all, I am still a little jealous. But at least I can amp up my phone with the following tips... … [Read more...]

Five Awesome Fort Building Secrets

It's been a rather mild winter here, snow wise. The freezing temps arrived but no flurries. That is going to change this weekend and I am kind of looking forward to it. There's something about being home bound that just invites coziness. Popsecret is perfect for cozy days. They've sponsored this post as part of their #PopSecretForts movement. 1. Make an instant fort with an umbrella. If you have one kiddo or a few that each needs their own personal space, grab a nice big sturdy umbrella and open it. Then drape a blanket or sheet over it and add a flashlight. Tada! Instant hideout! 2. Gather supplies: blankets, sheets, pillows, chairs. And snacks! 3. Clothespins take it to the next level. You can have a fort extend across an entire basement if you have a bag of clothespins. 4. Take over the dining room table with a full scale hangout. Use the chairs to expand! 5. To really step it up, go beyond the blankets with cardboard boxes. Here are some great ideas to get you … [Read more...]

12 Days of Christmas Traditions

This holiday season I wanted to share some of the traditions we have, especially since we are a non traditional Christmas family! These twelve traditions are ones we have developed as a couple and as a family. They help make the season more special and more meaningful for us. Most importantly, they bring us together as a family. You can click through to see our list and I would love to hear what you consider to be a holiday tradition. After all, there is always room for a new tradition! … [Read more...]

Move Your Mountain, Or Help Move Someone Else’s

As we move into the holiday season full swing, I wanted to let you know about the site Move Your Mountain. They asked me to check out their site and write a post about it and I was so moved by the stories I found on this unique social funding community fundraising site. There are a lot of social support sites out there but I loved the personal touch of the stories I saw on Move Your Mountain, especially The True Love Bucket List couple. They couldn't be more different from me but I was touched by their story and the love they have for each other. It's fascinating to read through the stories on the site and read about causes that inspire people and what dreams people have. Check it out; I think you will find it just as addicting. And if you have a goal you need help with or a cause you want to raise money for, the site makes it easy to get started. I love that they guide you through setting everything up and writing a compelling story. And then walk you through spreading the … [Read more...]