November 28, 2013

Today I am Thankful for St. Jude #ThanksandGiving

Last week I packed a few things in a bag, kissed my little monkey goodbye and made a whirlwind trip to Memphis.  Why Memphis?  St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  You've heard of it.  You may have even donated to it before because let's be honest, it's the right thing to do.  But do you really know what they do there?  Or how they operate?

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November 27, 2013

DIY Baker’s Twine Christmas Ornaments

I love the aisles filled with glittering ornaments this time of year just as much as any other holiday freak out there.  But sometimes you just want something simple and homemade.  And wouldn’t it be cool if you could actually make it yourself instead of paying Target or Anthropologie to do it for you?  These baker’s twine ornaments really are easy to make.  So much so that you can have a grade school child help or make their own set.  And let’s be honest, these are easier on the eye than just about anything they’ll come home from school with.

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November 26, 2013

Hello Kitty Let's Play - Clothes That Do More

I recently discovered the joy of the Hello Kitty Let's Play line of interactive clothes and Kayla is over the moon! This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and KuKee, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #helllokittyletsplay

Hello Kitty is all the rage in our home these days.  I'm not quite sure when it happened, but the furry cuteness of my own childhood suddenly managed to make a place for herself amongst the omnipresent Disney Princesses.  Impressive!  Over the last few months I have sprinkled a few Hello Kitty items into Kayla's world - Band-Aids, hair bows and even a shirt or two.  But trust me when I say you won't find any other Hello Kitty gear quite like the Hello Kitty Let's Play line at Macy's.

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November 25, 2013

Crayon Apron - Preschool Holiday Gift from Chasing Fireflies

Chasing Fireflies sent me this adorable crayon apron as a perfect holiday gift for a preschool age child who loves art so I'm sharing it with you!

Do you know know a child who lives to draw?  I certainly do!  In fact every morning I fight the battle of pulling Kayla away from her crayons, paper, scissors and tape to try to get her out the door to school.    So a few weeks back when I was ogling browsing the holiday gift selection over at Chasing Fireflies I got freakishly excited when I spotted this crayon apron.

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November 22, 2013

Shine - An Activity Monitor for Fashionistas at Best Buy

I received my Misfit Shine activity tracker for free to facilitate this post.  And I certainly wouldn't share it with you if I didn't think it was fashionably awesome.

If you’re anything like me then you have a sneaking suspicion that you’re not quite getting enough exercise.  How much is enough exercise these days?  Seriously I don’t even know. Probably because all of my focus is split between work and trying to be a decent mother and wife.  Which is exhausting.  And precisely why I am truly, madly, deeply in love with the Shine by Misfit...which you can very conveniently find at Best Buy.

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November 20, 2013

Easy Rice Krispie Treat Turkey - Thanksgiving Dessert for Kids

Need a great Thanksgiving desert for kids?  Try this Rice Krispie treat turkey.   My family has about fifty wacky traditions but this is definitely the one that has become pretty famous.  "Hey, can you bring that turkey again this year?" is a pretty common phrase to hear during November.  My mother started making this silly desert when I was in grade school and kids go absolutely nuts over it.  Adults tend to ditch their very refined pies and start sneaking pieces.  It's a good thing.

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November 18, 2013

Easy Loaded Matzoh Ball Soup - Cold Season Ammunition

This week I made this easy loaded matzoh ball soup recipe as a great way to celebrate Hanukkah or fight a cold or flu.  This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Kleenex but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #KleenexTarget

So apparently cold and flu season is in full swing.  I know because my household has already fallen victim to the less severe yet utterly annoying lingering cold.    What is more frustrating that laying down to go to sleep and only being able to breathe out of one nostril?  The only thing I can think of is watching your child struggle with a hopelessly runny nose.  The upside to this time of year is that it calls for a little concoction I call easy loaded matzoh ball soup.

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November 14, 2013

DIY Studded Vegan Leather Jacket - Get the Look for Less!

This week I shopped Sears to pick up some fall fashion and created this DIY studded vegan leather jacket to show you how to get the designer look for less as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias.  #ThisisStyle

My style tends to err on the side of feminine and polished with a few surprises here and there.  Pretty silk tops, fitted pants, statement jewelry and preppy handbags make up the bulk of my wardrobe.  They're timeless, adaptable to most seasons and incredibly easy to dress up or dress down.  Which is why it's funny that as a girl who never says "I have nothing to wear" I recently found myself thinking just that.

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November 11, 2013

Family Staycation at the Hotel Del Coronado

It would be a lie if I said the last few weeks have been easy around here.  I know, it probably seems like I spend most of my time checking out cool toys, going places and creating things.  I do.  But there is a lot of behind the scenes work that goes on and I've had to make some big decisions lately.  Stress.  And lack of family time.  So when Craig brought up the idea of heading to the Hotel Del Coronado or "The Del" as most locals call it I required no convincing.  None. 

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November 6, 2013

How to Rock Edgy Chic - Without Looking Like a Teenager

It would be hard to ignore or miss the influx of vegan leather, grunge, lace and overall "edgy chic" look that is hitting every store from Neiman Marcus to Target.  This both excites me and makes me cringe because I just know that I'll start seeing women running around town looking like biker chicks gone wrong.  SO, in an effort to make sure I didn't become one of those people who looks like the trend is wearing them instead of the other way around I created a few balanced looks and thought I'd share one of them with you.  More to come!

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November 4, 2013

Zooligans Boots - The Cutest Boots for Kids

My friends over at Zooligans sent me these Zooligans pony boots to test out and I think they are the cutest boots for kids!

Kayla is constantly going through my closet and saying "Mommy, when I'm a grown up can I have this?" To which I give a default answer of yes.  Sure.  At that point it'll be vintage and even more awesome.  Like oooohhh J.Crew.  From 2011.  How cooooool.  Or fierce.  Or fetch.  Or whatever the word is in about 15 years.  It won't matter.  I'll probably be well on my way to a hearing aid at that point.  At least I won't hear her sneaking out?  Anyway...sometimes the tables are turned because I find things for Kayla that are just so darn cute that I am eternally jealous and want them in my size.

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November 1, 2013

Step2 $1000 Big Holiday Shopping Spree (Giveaway)

I am a Step2 Test Drive Blogger.  Step2 has invited me to spread the word about their big $1000 Step2 holiday shopping spree as part of their program.  I have NOT been compensated to share this with you but I TOTALLY want you to win!

I think it's fair to say that things just got a bit more merry up in here, don't you?  You know me.  Not so big on the giveaways, BUT regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Festivus, I think this one warrants exclamation points and squeals of joy!  From now until November 26th, my friends over at Step2 are giving away a $1000 shopping spree this holiday season.   Which got me thinking...what kind of awesome can you get for $1000 at Step2?  I'll show you.  But first, here's Kayla showing you the (play) money.

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