“First Book” Childrens’ Stories Review


The First Books of Lullabies series by Anna Award provides little ones and their parents the chance to learn lullabies and nursery rhymes that are sure to become treasured memories.  Beautifully illustrated by Angela Hewett and Lesley Smith, the books lend new life to enduring classics. The books offer parents plenty of opportunities to interact with their young children as they teach them wonderful lullabies and nursery rhymes.  The series is perfectly suited and charming for children ages … [Read more...]

Petmate Dogzilla Products Review and Giveaway

Petmate Dogzilla Prize Pack Giveaway

With our newest addition, Natalie (who is almost 8 months old!) our Golden Retriever Casey has to share the limelight once again.  We like to make sure we show her some love - and like lots of girls, gifts are the way to her heart. We recently received a few Petmate Dogzilla products to try. Petmate.com has a great variety for all pets, I knew Casey would love their stuff! Here are some of their great products: Chuckit! FireFly™ LED Ball allows for late-night fun. This ultra-bright, … [Read more...]

The Maze Runner in Theaters September 19th


The Maze Runner will be making its theater debut on September 19th. About the film When Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. Based upon the best-selling novel by James … [Read more...]

Madame Picasso Giveaway #MadamePicasso

Madame Picasso Giveaway

The new novel by Anne Girard titled Madame Picasso is very interesting. The author used a combination of facts and fiction to formulate a "what could have happened" type of book since there is only so much of the real story that is known. Picasso was one of the many artists I studied in college, so I am very interested in this read. ABOUT THE BOOK In the bestselling tradition of The Paris Wife, Z, and The Aviator’s Wife, Madame Picasso illuminates the untold story of the powerful woman … [Read more...]

Back to School Party with Fun Snacks

#AfterSchoolSnacks #shop

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Whenever we're in any store with a grocery freezer section, my child does not ask for ice cream. She asks for bagel bites. So when planning the menu and shopping for our little back-to-school celebration, the choice was clear. We bought four boxes at Walmart the other day, because they make awesome after school snacks. Another new fun snack we discovered is Delmex Taquitos. Can you tell … [Read more...]

Make Celebrations Bigger with Kids Cards


I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. Kindergarten starts a little over a week from today. I can't believe it. My little baby has grown up. She's still little I know, but things are about to change forever and my inner Taurus doesn't like change. The thing she's most excited about may be my biggest fear: the bus. I'm so nervous and emotional lately, … [Read more...]

This is Where I Leave You


In theaters September 19, 2014, This is Where I Leave You is based on the novel "This Is Where I Leave You" by Jonathan Tropper. Starring: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard and Jane Fonda. The fact that Connie Britton is in it sells it for me! About the Film When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood … [Read more...]

TRESemme VMA hair tutorials


Most days I pull my long hair into a ponytail or twist it into a bun. Either I don't have time for the blow dryer, or it's too hot and humid and I don't feel like getting all sweaty. If I have somewhere special to go on any given day I will reach for my products and do a proper blow-dry. I like to achieve a smooth and straight look while minimizing any flyaways. If I'm attending a formal affair, I will amp up my style with curls or an interesting updo. For occasions like this I'll … [Read more...]

Paleo Green Tea Ice Cream

Paleo Green Tea Ice Cream -For non paleo use half and half.

Some people remember places they visit when they hear a certain song, or smell a specific scent. I remember places by the food and one treat that always brings me back to La Jolla is green tea ice cream. It capped off our meal at a place called Sushi on the Rock and it was unforgettable. I was recently sent a recipe book called Paleo Ice Cream. The tagline: 75 Recipes for Rich and Creamy Homemade Scoops and Treats. Sounds good to me! And when I found paleo green tea ice cream among them, I … [Read more...]

Packing a Healthy Lunch for School with Babybel


With the start of kindergarten approaching more quickly than I'd like, I can't help but wonder what lunch time will look like for my little girl. Should I pack a snack or will that deter her from eating her sandwich? Will she be able to eat peanut butter?  Emma is one picky eater, as is my youngest who will be starting preschool. I don't like to make the same thing over and over because even if they enjoy it once, they may tire of it in the near future. Packing lunch is something I've always … [Read more...]

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