April 30, 2014

Bonding and Building with LEGO® Friends

Last week was just one of those weeks where I felt like there was no way I could win. Work was intense, I was planning and executing a 70th birthday party for my MIL and practically put on temporary bed rest. Which would be enough for one person.  But then I was also preparing for two weeks of back to back cross country trips and finalizing a presentation to speak at a conference.  I felt like a really bad juggling act and an even worse mother with threadbare patience.  I think we've all been there.

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April 28, 2014

Mother's Day Gift In A Jar

This week I made a Mother's Day Gift In A Jar using DOVE®  chocolate as part of a sponsored post.   This is such an easy and fun gift to make, your kids can probably do it without much help! #SharetheDOVE

Mother's Day is coming!  This will be the first year that I will have both my mother and my mother in law around for Mother's Day.  Sadly, I will be at 30,000 ft coming back from a conference for the first half of the day.  Which is why this year I decided not to procrastinate and to think of some fun gifts that  didn't require me to meet shipping cutoff dates.  Say hello to Mother's Day In A Jar.  AKA lots of random awesomeness.

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April 24, 2014

Whimsy & Wonder Dress Up Tea Party - Target Does It Again!

A few weeks back, I was blissfully strolling the aisles of Target.  Okay, I was actually attempting to shop the baby section in peace for a few minutes without being begged for Cheddar Bunnies.  Meanwhile, Craig was entertaining Kayla in the toy section and wishing he had married someone who is immune to the charm of the bullseye.  Not that I know this for a fact, but I can sense it.  As I made my way past the Play- Doh and towards the familiar little voice repeatedly saying "can I have this for my birthday?" I spotted some super cute dress up stuff that I definitely hadn't seen before.

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April 21, 2014

Healthy Clean Housewarming Gift Basket - My Healthy Home

I made this my healthy home housewarming basket as part of a sponsored post for #CollectiveBias and their advertiser.  #WalgreensOlogy

Since moving from New York to California I'd like to think that I've relaxed as a person in some regards.  My extreme sense of the NYC rush has slowly dissipated.  I no longer find myself  tapping my foot while the guy at the bagel store works at a leisurely pace. However, some things don't change. The "here's what I want, now how can we make that happen?"mentality has not left the building.  And becoming a parent has definitely magnified certain neuroses.  Can you relate?

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April 17, 2014

DIY Chalkboard Globe - Pottery Barn Kids Copycat

Make this easy chalkboard globe that looks just like the one from Pottery Barn Kids.  It's the perfect DIY project for back to school or your playroom.

Generally speaking, I don't browse stores and think "I could make that in a second!"  But it's happened a couple of times lately.  One time involved a pair of rhinocerous bookends.  The baby obviously NEEDS rhinocerious bookends.  More on that later though.  The other involved a chalkboard painted globe.  A $59 chalkboard globe.  Child please! 

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April 15, 2014

Easter LEGO Travel Case - Lego Easter Bunny

This travel LEGO case is the perfect Easter gift for LEGO lovers who are on the go! It's also inexpensive and easy to make.  Add a LEGO bunny rabbit and you've got the perfect sugar free Easter treat.

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April 7, 2014

A Little Ones Baby Registry + Pre Baby Bonding Time

This weekend I had a little girl's day and made a Kohl's Little Ones baby registry as part of a sponsored post for #CollectiveBias and their advertiser.  

Time is flying and suddenly that teeny tiny blip on an ultrasound is just a few months away from being a son, a grandson, a baby brother, and most importantly a second chance for Craig and I to experience being the parents of a little baby.  Hopefully under much less stressful conditions.  Which brings me to my next stress point.  Oh yeah, it's been 5+ years since we had a baby

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