Archives for 2012

Our children are growing up in a whole new world, people! Smart phones and amazing technology are providing our kids with an entirely new means of being educated than we once were. It's pretty incredible! With so much technology readily available, there are tons of choices. Here's a great option for your younger child who is learning how to … [Read more...]

Last month, I received a Ninja Cooking System to check out.  This is a pretty awesome cooking tool as it's an all in one - it's a crock pot, a stove top and an oven all in one.  Pretty great for the price, right? Here's some info on it: Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System: Triple Fusion Heat for faster, juicier and more flavorful cooking Steam, … [Read more...]

I'm so excited to share today's big news: on January 1st, American Girl will introduce girls to the brand new 2013 Girl of the Year, Saige Copeland. She is a spirited girl whose passion inspires action. She helps girls discover how creative they can be by learning something new about themselves. Here's a picture of the cover of Saige, by Jessie … [Read more...]

Hey all -- I'm participating in a fun Twitter party with UPS next week and I hope you all can join me! Here are the details: JOIN THE PARTY: DATE: Thursday, January 3rd TIME: 3:00PM - 4:00PM EST LOCATION: #HassleFreeReturns HOSTS: @AudreyMcClellan @VeraSweeney PANELISTS: @WhitneyMWS @JoLynneS @MyGOMOM @SavvyMommy TWEETGRID: … [Read more...]

So I would have had a better picture of this but I was too busy ingesting it into my face to think about actually taking a decent photo before this was all that was left in the sad little bowl: Peppermint Puppy Chow. I found the recipe on Pinterest for Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow. Changed up the recipe a little bit because I wanted to go with … [Read more...]

When I was a kid, I had the worst kind of chapped hands during the winter time.  In particular, I remember my hands at their worst during my junior high school years when we lived on the north shore of Chicago.  It would get bitterly cold and I remember the piercing pain of hands that cracked to the point of bleeding as I stood outside of school … [Read more...]

Got a Lego fan on your holiday list this season?  There's still time to get him or her this fun book - the Lego Adventure Book! Its a book full of ideas for what to build with your Legos.   Step by step colored photos make building various suggested models really easy! Get the Lego Adventure Book on Amazon for $16.47 (normally $24.95) and you … [Read more...]

With three boys in the house, my family spends lots of time in the great outdoors. From hiking and camping to surfing and snowboarding, I love how being outdoors keeps my boys active, exploring, learning and pushing themselves. These activities, however, are always easier when we have the right gear. Here are some of my favorite holiday picks for … [Read more...]

Looking for a last minute stocking stuffer for your guy? I know that personally, hubby's stocking is usually the last thing that gets shopped for - mostly because I forget! Sure enough, as I write this, I have stockings filled for the kids and gifts for the kids and hubby but no idea what I'm putting into his stocking. I do have one thing that … [Read more...]

It's been one heck of a week.  You all may have noticed I've been light on the blog posts; I definitely haven't been there emotionally for a number of reasons. The Newtown tragedy has shaken me to the core, as it has for most of us.  I've done my best to try not to watch too much coverage, when I do, I pretty much collapse into a bumbling mess … [Read more...]