Jun 192015

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It’s been warm enough to count as summer here for awhile, but for some reason mid-June has always felt like the ‘official’ start to summer for me.  Probably because during my middle school and high school years school always released around this time.  I guess I still have a case of “school’s out for the summer”.

Free Printable Checklist of Summer Bucket List Ideas for the Whole Family - don't forget to make fresh lemonade, go camping in your backyard, and catch some fireworks!

Bubbles has started to give suggestions of things she wants to do this summer and places she wants to go.  We’re also trying to include Austin and his thoughts in our summer planning as he’ll be leaving for boot camp in about a month.  So we’ve come up with some summer bucket list ideas that the whole family can enjoy (you can click the image above for a printable pdf version). Continue reading »

Jun 152014

Being my “favorite helper” has become a part-time job for Bubbles. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing, she wants to be right there with me. Which is fine with me!

One of her favorite ways to help is in the kitchen. Anything she can stir, pour, shake, roll, whatever – she wants to help do it. So when HABA offered to send over some of their adorable silicone molds for us to play with, I couldn’t say no.

Summer-Themed HABA Silicone Molds: Cake, Cupcakes, Popsicles, Ice Cubes

Bubbles practically squealed with delight when they showed up. Some of her favorite shapes were represented: princess crowns, flowers, sea creatures, and more. She immediately started giving me her suggestions on what we could make, including cakes, popsicles, maybe even molded ice cream. Continue reading »

May 222014

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It’s finally starting to feel like summer is coming with plans to stay. This means more opportunities to be outside enjoying the beautiful weather! These easy tips will have your skin and nails summer ready in no time.

How to Get Summer Ready Skin and Nails


Consider exfoliating a primer for your canvas. You want to gently buff off all the old, tired skin from the winter and let the new, youthful skin shine through. Your body can stand up to a fairly good scrubbing with an exfoliating cleanser and brush or scrubbing mitts. For your face, choose something more gentle and use your hands or a silicone exfoliater specifically for that purpose. Continue reading »

Sep 142013

I received a FabFitFun subscription box in order to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received; all words and opinions are my own.

A week or two ago I shared with you my love of subscription boxes.  I might go so far as to say that subscription boxes are one of my favorite retail introductions of this decade.  Technically, I guess they’re not an entirely new concept.  Lots of companies have always sold mystery boxes, but this second-generation concept helps put a much finer point on what you’re going to receive.  Snacks, kids crafts, gluten-free foods, jewelry, beauty – they’re all available.

Giuliana Rancic's FabFitFun VIP Subscription Box

And it’s a beauty and health box that I wanted to introduce you to today.  The FabFitFun box is curated by Giuliana Rancic.  If you’re not familiar with Giuliana, she’s a co-host of E! News and Fashion Police, as well as Miss USA and Miss Universe contests.  She and her husband Bill also star in the reality show “Giuliana and Bill”. Continue reading »

Jul 172013

I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Lay’s. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

This summer has been filled with days that alternate between pouring-down-rain and melt-your-face hot.  But it hasn’t stopped us from enjoying lots of fun activities.  We’ve splashed in the pool, built castles in the sand, said hi to the animals at the zoo, visited the local farmers’ markets, and played games at a local carnival.  And that’s all just in a few weeks – there’s lots of summer left!

Lay's 75 Days & Sunny Photo Contest

Lay’s is celebrating this summer, too, and not just the carefree days of no school and warm weather.  They’re celebrating 75 years of being the perfect summer snack.  As part of that they are recreating iconic summer images using just Lay’s packaging.  Check out their Pinterest album to see all the cool images already shared.  If you’re a DIYer you might enjoy the tutorials on how to recreate some of the images, too. Continue reading »