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Leanne
Wife. Mother. Obsessive Compulsive Shopper.
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If you know my son, you know how important each and every car he owns is. Ask him to get rid of one and he will act like you asked him which arm he wants to keep. It’s like he told me when he was little, “I want too many cars.” And, apparently he is still building his collection in his goal to amass “too many”. So, it will come as no surprise that he is smitten with a company called Toy State that makes all sorts of cars, trucks, vehicles, and gear he covets. He’s loved their toys since he was just a tiny tot {seriously, check out this post to see my cute little baby loving on his... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Rave & Review
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My kids really aren't big on candy, which makes me really happy. Sure, they get the occasional treat at school or during holidays, but I never load up on holiday candy because it just takes up space in my pantry after the kids forget all about it. Since I already know what happens when they get bags and baskets of treats, I'm always thinking of creative things I can give them in their Easter baskets, and I always think Corolle first. If anyone thought that having a real live baby of our own would diminish the kids' love of all things Corolle, they were wrong. Baby dolls are a very big deal around here and show no signs of going... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Rave & Review
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Some people are natural born hostesses with buffet tables stocked with everything they could need for gatherings of all kinds, recipes at the ready to wow, and the organization to pull it all together. For me, even the thought of entertaining used to really stress me out. I worried about whether I would have everything perfect for guests, I worried over how clean my house was, and most of all, I worried what I would serve to eat that would work well for a crowd. But, this year I've been entertaining more and more now that it's just easier to stay home with a newborn and have everyone come to us. And, while I wish I could say I've gotten... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Rave & Review
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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter’s. I received a complimentary gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation #SpringIntoCarters Spring is finally here in the Pacific Northwest and that means we're purging our bulky sweaters and looking for bright colors and warmer weather wear. But, while I can wear most of my clothes from last spring {hooray for not being pregnant anymore!}, the kids have grown so much that shopping is a necessity, which I'm not going to complain about now that I've got a new little one to shop for as well. Naturally, I turned to the company that I've relied on to outfit my kids since they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Remember when everything was bought in-store and the idea of buying online seemed absolutely crazy? Now it seems like everyone buys online almost exclusively and it’s a rare occasion when people head in-store. Or, at least that used to be the case. The new AT&T Store of the Future in Bellevue is set to change all that by giving you a premium shopping experience unlike what you find in most retail stores or online. We got to tour the store last week and loved all the little details that made you feel immediately at home. With rustic wood finishes, bright pops of color, and a relaxed shopping atmosphere, the new location in Lincoln Square looks more like a café or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Rave & Review
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I can’t tell you how disappointed I was last year when everyone was posting how much fun they were having at SoFabCon and I couldn’t swing it to attend. But, with it being on Mother’s Day weekend, which is already jam packed for us, and taking place all the way in Arkansas, at least I had a good reason for not attending. This year, however, I am definitely going to make it as I can’t wait to connect with the SoFab team as they hit the road. With some of my favorite bloggers and brands set to attend, you can bet I’m excited that there’s a stop here in Seattle next month so I can attend without having to figure... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Rave & Review
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If you’ve been around young girls recently, you’ve probably heard an earful about how much they want to see the new live-action Cinderella movie that arrives in theaters today. As a mom to one of those overly-excited young girls, I knew from the first movie trailer that I was going to end up being talked into seeing it at some point, so I figured I would go ahead and attend the Seattle pre-screening with the family to check it out. It’s not that I don’t love Disney’s Cinderella, because the truth is I grew up loving the animated movie and singing the songs along with my sisters. In fact, I’m fairly certain I could recite the entire film at one... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Our family is huge into biking and the kids spend all spring, summer, and fall pedaling all over the neighborhood and beyond. But, with a new reviewer that is going to be too young to join in all the biking fun, I wasn't sure what her and I were going to do while the big kids played. Sure, I could push her in the stroller alongside them, but that's a pretty sad consolation to biking with the big kids. Introducing the smarTrike® Boutique Touch Steering® 4-in-1 trike that can get her out biking even before she can reach the pedals. Besides starting a love of biking earlier than ever, it also has all sorts of little details that make toddlers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Before, when I would travel, the most important thing to me was a comfortable bed and a shower, with a breakfast being a really nice bonus. Now, I would never book a room without WiFi because I've seen what happens when we try to vacation without it. Let me tell you, there's an awful lot of time spent searching for cafes with WiFi and parking ourselves at a back table while the rest of the family waits for whomever was unlucky enough to get the S.O.S. call from back home. Yes, I know… we shouldn't be on the internet while we're supposed to be on vacation and surfing the internets doesn't count as real surfing, blah blah blah. But, the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Rave & Review
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For the past few years, I’ve been researching bed solutions for my growing family and have come to one conclusion: people put a whole lot more thought into the crib that they will buy their little one to sleep in for a matter of months than they do the bed they will grow up in. It’s true. There are numerous companies devoted to helping you design a baby nursery and pick your baby’s bed, but there is very little help once you are ready to graduate your child to a big kid bed. I guess you’re just supposed to go to a traditional furniture store and pick one of the 5 boring beds they stock and call it good. Well,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Around here we take our doll play very seriously. My kids learn with their dolls, we host special doll play dates, and we look for any opportunity to include them in our mother/daughter bonding time. This also means I’m picky about what doll treasures end up in our collection and would gladly pay more for high-quality, detailed accessories and miniatures that will really expand our doll play. All of this and more is why I adore The Queen's Treasures. Sick of all the pink plastic junk I was finding in retail stores, I ended up doing an exhaustive search online to see if I could find 18" doll items that would last through all the kids and make playtime even... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Are you as excited as we are about the release of Disney's Big Hero 6 on Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD? We absolutely loved the movie in the theater and have been eagerly awaiting the day we could add it to our Disney collection. Folks, that day is today. Big Hero 6 is a heart-warming comedy adventure about the friendship that develops between a robotics prodigy, Hiro Hamada {Ryan Potter}, and an extraordinary robot, Baymax {Scott Adsit}. Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, and produced by Roy Conli, the film takes place in the fictional San Fransokyo, where a diverse group of friends comes together to form a band of unlikely heroes. Why we love it I'm always looking... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Rave & Review
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What would you do with longer lasting batteries? Power your camera, your remotes, or simply keep the peace longer by making sure all your kids' toys are ready for play with the new Fusion batteries from Rayovac. This new battery is tested to be "35% longer lasting than Energizer Max", which means you can buy less batteries and worry about technology shut-downs a whole lot less. As someone who is admittedly very frugal and has been known to shop at dollar stores or purchase off-brands, batteries are one of the few items I refuse to go this route with. Those off-brand batteries end up costing a whole lot more in the long run because they only last a small fraction... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Rave & Review
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By Tyler, Editor and Author Were you looking for us a few weeks ago and expecting to find us holed up at home with our newborn while adjusting to life as a family of 5? If so, you were probably very disappointed to find our car in the driveway but no one at home. But really, how could you possibly sit at home when you have this beautiful Lexus RX 450h waiting for you to drive it? We took advantage of having a fancy new vehicle to explore in and instead spent our time off enjoying the islands around us, visiting family and friends near and far to show off the new babe, and using it as a great excuse... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Rave & Review
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101 Dalmatians, one of the most beloved movies of my childhood is arriving for the first time on Digital HD, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Disney Movies Anywhere and On-Demand and I couldn't be happier. I've been waiting to share the film with my family for years and have been counting down the days until we could enjoy a family movie night with Pongo, Perdita, and their adorable puppies. When my firefighter-obsessed son first spied the 101 Dalmatians DVD and Blu-ray combo pack that arrived last week, he immediately declared that he wanted to watch the "fire dog movie". While I made sure to tell him there was no fire theme to the movie, I knew he wouldn't be upset once he... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Lately I've been thinking a whole lot about firsts and lasts. This month has been an emotional ride already as I welcomed a much anticipated last: a last baby to complete our family. I'm overjoyed at the fact that she is now here, but I have already had a few moments of sadness that this is the last... The last time I will ever bring a baby home, the last time we will see our family grow, the last time I will ever have a newborn. But, it makes me happy knowing that there are a whole lot of firsts to look forward to. There’s the first smile and belly laugh, the first time rolling over, the first wobbly steps,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Rave & Review
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I have what my sisters refer to as "baby hair". I believe the official word for my type of hair is “fine”, but on top of that it’s also really thin – like baby hair. As for actual styling, it's just about as frustrating as trying to style a baby's hair and requires a ton of product in order to somewhat hold even the easiest hairstyle. Even backcombing my hair doesn’t work very well because my soft baby hair just won’t hold and soon after it’s styled it ends up limp and lifeless. But, while there are hundreds of products on the market for thinning or receding hair, my baby hair has always left me wishing I had any other... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Baby is here! Our sweet baby girl arrived almost a week ago and all of us are already crazy about her. So far, she’s been a dream. She has spent most of her time sleeping or cooing quietly in our arms while everyone begs to hold her next, and has proven to be quite the good little traveler. She's already slept through a few hours of road trips, a ferry ride, a day exploring the islands, and even made it in time to see our beloved Seahawks in the Super Bowl. All that in 6 short days. The kids especially are over the moon about her and every time she makes even the tiniest noise they come running to help.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Rave & Review
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What's your New Year's resolution? Whether it's eating less, exercising more, sleeping better, or simply taking better care of yourself, AT&T and Fitbit have you covered. By now you hopefully know that AT&T stores offer a huge variety of wearable technologies for consumers interested in health and fitness, but I bet you're wondering how an activity tracker can handle your entire resolution list and more. The answer is that activity trackers have come a long way, baby. With an entire system dedicated to helping you figure out how much you are consuming, how much energy you're burning, and a way to track weight, sleep, and more, the Fitbit system works with the AT&T technology you're already carrying with you to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Every year we look forward to January 1st for one reason. It’s like the Super Bowl for doll fans as American Girl debuts their Girl of the Year in store as well as on their website for purchase. And, this year was no exception as they introduced a beautiful new doll that every young girl is excited about. Readers, meet Grace Thomas, the new Girl of the Year for 2015. With dark brown hair with light brown highlights, bright blue eyes, and freckled cheeks, Grace has a certain spark about her. Dressed in a Parisian-inspired bow-topped skirt and an Eiffel Tower shirt {shown here with her dog, purchased separately}, she looks like she would be at home strolling through a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Rave & Review
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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DropShopAndOil #CollectiveBias If you saw under the hood of my car, you would never believe it is 15+ years old. This isn't just luck, I've got a secret weapon on my side when it comes to taking care of my car: Regular maintenance. This may sound too simple to be considered a secret, but you would be surprised how many people neglect regular maintenance and then wonder why their engine parts are failing after only a few years. But, I come from a family who treats their cars like beloved friends and ends up owning cars for decades. We record mileage, we schedule... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at Rave & Review
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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. I received a stipend to facilitate my purchase for my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” My family loves blueberries. Blueberries in baked goods, blueberries in smoothies, blueberries on dessert, or blueberries by the handful… as long as its blueberries, they are happy. In fact, my son {who is a notoriously picky eater} decided a few months ago that he would like his nickname to be “blueberry Bubs” in honor of his favorite berry. It all started this past summer when we spent a few hours blueberry picking and eating our fill in the field {yes,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Rave & Review
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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Scrubbing Bubbles®. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for participating. What does your house look like after the holidays? Besides all the clutter that the holidays bring to a home, there are also houseguests, messes from holiday cooking and baking, and a whole host of other things that could make any mom crazy. But there’s probably one room that you haven’t even considered in your post-holiday cleanup: the bathroom. Product recently rebranded as Scrubbing Bubbles® Multi Surface Bathroom Cleaner The Scrubbing Bubbles® “Behind Closed Bathroom Doors” campaign explores what happens in busy bathrooms across America and a recent study, called The Dirty Work... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Rave & Review
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It wasn’t that long ago that I thought all frozen chicken you could buy at a store was more or less the same. Dip those suckers in ranch and the kids will eat them up, so why bother shopping around? Just grab whatever is on sale and call it good. But then I decided to give Foster Farms Crispy Strips a try, and I realized that there actually was something to the “amazing chicken” as they claim in their recent ad campaigns. You know the ones that feature chickens clucking along to the catchiest songs known to man? Not surprisingly, my kiddos are seriously obsessed with these commercials, so I’ve been forced to watch these more times than I care... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Remember a few weeks ago when I was reminding you to run out and purchase batteries for all the new treasures your children were going to find under the tree this holiday season? Well friends, I'm here to tell you I failed. Yes, I stocked up on batteries. I even got more batteries than I knew I needed. But, you know what I forgot? The fact that other people would also be buying for my kids and they were going to come home from Christmas with friends and family with new toys that took batteries in sizes we almost never carry. Can you say "planning fail"? Luckily these gatherings were a few days before Christmas and we had time to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at Rave & Review