Jun 232014
 

Growing up crafts were one of my favorite things to do.  I still enjoy being up to my elbows in glue and paint when I have the chance, so I’m particularly excited that Bubbles is showing interest in crafts, as well.

A little while ago the folks at Michael’s asked if Bubbles and I would like to attend their fun annual Passport to Imagination series as their guest this summer.  This year Michael’s has partnered with seven of North America’s best museums to create a museum road trip.  Each day, kids will experience culture through crafts with projects inspired by world-class museum exhibits.

Butterfly Crafts at the Michaels Passport to Imagination Program

Last week was the kick-off week and each class – held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – celebrated the Field Museum of Chicago.  Based on the projects I saw listed for the week, I decided to take Bubbles to the Friday class.  When she found out that we were going to be making butterflies and treefrogs she was super-excited. Continue reading »

May 282014
 

I’m working with Tilex® on a paid basis, but my opinions are my own.

Cleaning the bathroom is not most people’s favorite tasks. With these bathroom cleaning tips, though, hopefully the task will be a bit easier and go a bit faster!

5 Easy Bathroom Cleaning Tips #Tilex

Toss the Junk

Before you can get things really clean, you’ll want to declutter as much as possible. It’s easy for samples, bottles of nail polish, and the like to pile up. Be as ruthless as possible; if you haven’t used it in a month or two, it’s probably time for it to go (most cosmetics and bathroom products have a shelf-life, anyway). Continue reading »

May 212014
 

This post on laundry tips has been sponsored by Global Influence. All words and opinions are my own.

When I was in middle school it always seemed like the one thing I wanted to wear was in the wash.  Being a hormonal preteen, I couldn’t understand what the big deal was about just doing the laundry already.  That is, until I was married and had a houseful of laundry of my own to stay on top of.

Laundry Tips and Time Savers

There are days I feel like some of that laundry could march itself into the washing machine unassisted.  My husband’s outdoors-work clothes, Bubbles’ did-you-eat-the-mac-and-cheese-or-bath-in-it clothes, even Austin’s workout clothes (if you thought teenage boys’ clothes smell bad, try them after two hours of lifting weights at the gym).  They also carry their own particular funk and cleaning challenge. Continue reading »

Apr 282014
 

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Mr. Clean. I was provided the featured product free along with a gift card to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Not everyone loves cleaning.  I know, who would have guessed, right?  Even for myself, as much as I love organizing, there are some places I’d rather pass off the cleaning to someone else if at all possible.

Floors, for example.  I think it’s because it was one of my chores when I was a kid.  I also don’t really jump for joy when it’s time to clean the bathroom, either.

New Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle #CleanFreeWeekend

So when I recently heard about Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle, I knew I wanted to learn more.  It has 2.5 times more power in every drop, which means it a deeper clean, lifting away more dirt with less effort.  Now weekends mean less scrubbing time, which means more free time to play outside with Bubbles or make trips to the mall. Continue reading »

Apr 132014
 

While I absolutely love all the new Disney movies and characters, the Winnie the Pooh movies will always had a fond place in my heart.  There’s just something about that lovable bear, unlucky Eeyore, cute little Roo, and all the other friends in the Hundred Acre Wood.  I even still have the plush Easter Eeyore with the butterfly wings that my Gram bought me over a decade ago.

Disney Winnie the Pooh Springtime with Roo on Blu-Ray + Homemade Playdough Carrot

So when Disney recently offered to send us a copy of Winnie the Pooh Springtime with Roo – on Blu-ray for the very first time – I was excited to have the chance to share it with Bubbles.  She’s a big Eeyore fan and was happy to sit and watch it with me.  The Blu-ray packaging also comes with a free Springtime with Roo mobile that you can put together, and she was excited to work on that with me. Continue reading »