December 21, 2014

Giving Back and Slowing Down

Thanks to Step2 for donating these toys to a worthy cause as part of my Step2 ambassadorship! #PlayItForward

A few months ago I surprised another mom just doing her best every day and shared it on Instagram.  It was a small gesture, but a meaningful one to me in a world where we as moms are often so quick to look for faults and differences rather than common ground.  So when my friends at Step2 offered me the opportunity to spend my last month as a Step2 Ambassador (sadly, we'll age out of the program in 2015) playing it forward by giving some brand new Step2 toys to a person or cause I felt could truly benefit from them I was elated.

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December 9, 2014

Disney FROZEN FEVER DIY Spring Wreath

Did you hear that Disney is releasing FROZEN FEVER this spring?  That's right.  If you heard the rumor that a follow up of sorts to FROZEN was coming then you're probably about as excited as Kayla.  That would be SO FREAKING EXCITED!!!!  I would be lying if I said I was unaffected by this news.  Seeing the sheer joy that FROZEN has brought to my child (which I have chronicled through our DIY Ice Palace, FROZEN Popcorn, Ice Dig and Olaf Onesie) it just seemed appropriate to make something fun.  Therefore I present you with my DIY FROZEN FEVER wreath.

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December 8, 2014

Holiday Kids' Table Ideas

I'm sharing a kid-friendly holiday tablescape with you today.  Thanks to Halos for sponsoring this post so I can share more kid-friendly Christmas DIY projects! #HalosFun

This holiday season is a special one for our family because it's the first time since Kayla was an infant that we'll have my parents and all of my sisters under one roof.  When I think of the holiday season, some of my favorite memories involve the kids' table.  The kids' table is where the very silly and sometimes mischievous or "stevious" (as Kayla says) behavior amongst siblings and cousins happens.  It's where belly laughs and bonding happens.

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December 2, 2014

This Baby Is A St. Jude Baby

Last November I shared about a very special trip I took to an incredibly special place, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  It changed my life.  Literally.  Let me explain.  I published this post on Thanksgiving day of 2013.  I urge you to go read it because most of us have heard about St. Jude and have a general idea of what they do.  However, there is just SO much more to the picture than what you see in a 30 second commercial.  If you've done that, then here goes.  Blake was born in August 2014...

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November 17, 2014

The Big Gift - Step2 Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser

Thanks to Step2 for sending the Step2 Spin & GO Xtreme Cruiser ride-on toy for us to check out as part of my ambassadorship with Step2. #Step2ambassador

Considering that I recently had a baby, I think our "Christmas came early" photo should probably be the 15ish pound bundle of joy named Blake.  However, if you want to talk about joy, I think the photo below says it all.  Christmas for Kayla actually did come early because Step2 just released their new Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser.  As a child I would have traded any of my earthly possessions and most likely a sibling or two for a vehicle like this.

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November 14, 2014

Letting Go, Just A Little

Three months ago, Blake entered our world.  Since then, a lot of things have changed.   First of all, we are now officially out of bedrooms. Second, we needed help.  Badly.  I very aggressively went back to my "job job" three weeks after having Blake.   Technically, I never stopped working since I was responding to blog related emails from the hospital.  Psycho.

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November 10, 2014

2 Minute Curls - an Everyday Look with Conair Curl Secret

I created my 2 minute curls using the Infiniti Pro by Conair® Curl Secret® as part of a sponsored post for #CollectiveBias #HeartMyHair

I recently told you about my minor beauty rut.  Okay, it was a full on self maintenance meltdown.  The arrival of Blake very quickly ended my days of having an independent child and time for things like mascara.  Then there was the hair.  OH the hair.  The hair needed help.  SO much help.  But who has time for that?  Recently I acquired a fab hair dryer and I decided to revisit my little love affair with the Conair Curl Secret.  Want a ridiculously quick way to look pulled together? Come in to my new bathroom and let me show you 2 minute curls.

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November 7, 2014

When YOU Become the Primary Breadwinner

About two years ago I left my day job working in the fashion industry and decided to call the blogging world my new day job.  To say it was scary is an understatement.  I had supported myself 100% from the age of 19 and had always had multiple jobs, even when I was living at home in a very cushy suburb of NY.  The thought of relying on my husband while working my way up...even though he was my husband freaked me out.  Relying on anyone else hit a nerve for me.  Strong and independent had always been my "thing."

November 6, 2014

Chicco KeyFit 30 - The Easy to Install Car Seat

Thanks to Chicco for sending me a KeyFit 30 car seat to review so I can share my thoughts with you. 

Even though Kayla is approaching six years old, the reality in our home is that I am the designated car seat installer, remover and adjuster.  My husband wants nothing to do with it.  I don't blame him. The thing about car seats is...they're a total pain.  In fact, with some of them it seems like it takes a degree in engineering to attempt to install them properly.  Which of course is scary since you're putting your most precious cargo in the world inside of them.  As a second time parent with a large age gap between my children I did what most parents probably do.  I went out and bought a car seat by the same manufacturer we had with Kayla.  Learn from my mistake.

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November 4, 2014

Neighborhood Toy Store Day & Best Toys For Kids 2014

I'm thrilled to share about Neighborhood Toy Store Day, a cause that is very near to my heart.  Thank you to ASTRA for sponsoring this post.  #NeighborhoodToyStoreDay

As someone who spends a fair amount of time with their head stuffed in a box of children's toys and games, there is a special day quickly approaching that I'm incredibly excited about.  It's Christmas. It's obviously Christmas, right?  NOPE.  It's Neighborhood Toy Store Day.  Which is actually the PERFECT day to start tackling that holiday shopping list.  Or to finish it if you're all type A.

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October 26, 2014

Joovy Moon Room - A Playard for those with Pets and Older Siblings

We received the Joovy Moon Room to review as part of the #JoovyMom program.  

When you live with two gigantic furry, lickey dogs and a five year old who is the definition of a close talker, you need an escape.  I'm not going to lie, prior to having Blake I sought refuge in the water closet of our master bathroom.  Curled up on the floor with a cup of coffee and an Us Weekly that was at least three weeks old I was in paradise.  ALONE.  Baby Blake is a simple guy with simple needs.  Feed me, change me, protect me from the well intentioned insanity that is this home until I can defend myself.  Therefore, it was evident from day 1 that little man would need a place to call his own.

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October 20, 2014

That Time I Forgot To Cut My Hair - Conair 3Q Dryer

I was recently treated to a new Conair Infinity Pro 3Q blow dryer by my friends at Beautystat who also sponsored this post. #3QDryer #bstat

When you have a child, you make sacrifices.  Some are very clear - like goodbye weekend jaunts to Cabo, hello preschool tuition. Then there are more subtle transformations that happen over time.  The next thing you know, you're wearing yoga pants pajama pants at 3:30 pm, patting the messy bun on top of your head trying to remember if it was yesterday that you took a shower or two days before that.  Yeah.  I have yet to see a celebrity cop to this aspect of motherhood.  Can you relate?

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