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Leanne
Wife. Mother. Obsessive Compulsive Shopper.
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It's been quite a few years since I've done a thankful post, so I thought I would write another in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. Sometimes it's more important to rave about the wonderful people and things in my life instead of a product or service I love, so I thought a new updated post was in order. I am thankful for: A daughter who makes every single thing magical. When she was first born, I assumed that this magical feeling would wear off and soon I would come to dread the day to day with her, but that feeling never went away and each year I am more and more under her spell. My family jokes that she's like... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Rave & Review
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You know what's a big bummer? Opening presents Christmas day and realizing that the amazing toy your kiddo has been waiting for all.year.long needs batteries you don't have on hand. Also a bummer: Realizing that there is absolutely no stores open on Christmas day to go get those batteries. So, here's a mom tip for you: Buy those batteries now, instead of waiting. Pick up a few packages of Rayovac batteries when you're out Christmas shopping and either put them in the stockings or in the gift packages themselves. It may not be the most exciting thing they receive that morning, but a stocking stuffed with batteries is certainly better then possibly forgetting to pick up any at all and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Rave & Review
We miss you all so much, too! We can't wait for you to come visit and see our new babe next year!
Zilia, I wish I could tell you! My mom got it when I was little and I can't find any information about it online and she doesn't remember what store it's from. It's marked "Hampton", but nothing else and those searches turned up HUGE results. I wish I could help!
Amber, you simply log into the parents profile and you should be able to select which other users can see your content.
Thank you, I loved being part of this and it really was neat to see to donations stack up for such a worthy cause!
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There hasn’t been one single vacation we have taken in the past 4 years that we didn’t take with us a Corolle doll {or 6}. Even when space is most precious and we’re confined to just carryons, we always manage to make room for Corolle. While the reasons behind this are many {comfort of home, favorite toys, open-ended toy, etc}, the main reason is that the kids travel better with them. It started when my daughter was little because she wanted her own baby just like brother that she could cradle, tuck in, and babywear, but then it turned into much more than that. We realized quickly that the kids slept better with their special babies, played better with each... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Rave & Review
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This post is brought to you by Kwilt and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. I have a problem; I take far too many photos. It used to be vacation pictures, pictures of hubby and I on our many adventures, and snaps of my awesome nieces and nephews, but now I’m in deep as my collection has only become more massive since becoming a mom. To make things even worse, I have a hard time deleting these pictures I take off of anything for fear they will all be lost, so I fill up SD cards, full computer hard drives, stacks of CDs filled with pictures, free cloud services, as well as external hard drives. With well over 200,000... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Rave & Review
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By now you probably know how much I love HoneyBaked Ham and how it made me into a ham-lover after 3 decades of turning the stuff away. These days I'm always looking for another reason to visit the store near me and load up on their ham and turkey, and the fact that Thanksgiving is just a week away solidified that a trip to the new Lynnwood HoneyBaked Express was definitely in order. Not only do they have amazing ham, they also have turkey {both smoked and roasted}, as well as a ton of sides, entrees, and desserts that can make Thanksgiving dinner as easy as calling in an order and heating up your oven. We did the Make It... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Rave & Review
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I love a good curly hairstyle every once in a while, especially this time of year with holiday parties and birthdays galore, but I swear that every year I get worse and worse at styling a good curly ‘do. I’m fine for the first few curls and then out of nowhere I clip the iron and accidentally turn it the wrong way. Anyone who has ever done this knows that you then end up with that awful crimped piece at the bottom where the clip was holding that no amount of recurling can ever fix. That, my friends, is pretty much my signature “curly” look. Or, at least it was. I was recently introduced to the KISS InstaWave and it’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Oh, packing. Packing is usually my most dreaded part of traveling, especially now that I have young children I need to pack for and must anticipate all that they might possibly need in the length of time we will be away. But, this fall I was able to pack and make a difference when traveling to Beaches Turks & Caicos with Pack for a Purpose and that made packing fun and rewarding. The Sandals Foundation is the charitable arm of Sandals Resorts International, parent company of Sandals Resorts, Beaches Resorts and Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts. It proudly supports over 55 local Caribbean schools with a variety of programs and initiatives through a partnership with Pack for a Purpose. Pack for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Rave & Review
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As someone who is on the go a lot with kiddos, one of the main things I get asked about from friends, family, and readers is about essential gear for family travel. And while my “essentials” list has changed based on the ages of my children, there are a few things that never change. One of those things is the prevalence of tech gadgets. It’s true that tech gadgets can change your life dramatically and make life easier, especially when traveling, but there are also some huge downfalls. One major concern is being weighed down with technology instead of making life easier. When we’re talking DSLRs, laptops, smartphones, tablets, action cams, and more as well as all the accessories and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Were you one of the dozen people leaving messages and texting wondering where we were last week? Sorry about that, I must have forgotten to mention that we were IN THE CARIBBEAN. That’s right, while all our friends and family back home were braving high winds, record-breaking rainfall, and low temps, we were sitting in sundresses in the sand, swimming with fishes, partaking in exotic beverages and enjoying world class cuisine. Oh, did I also forget to mention that our resort in the Caribbean wasn’t a quaint hotel or bungalow – we were enjoying the all-inclusive luxury that only a Sandals Resort can offer? Now, I’ve been wined and dined throughout the years with lavish parties at Sundance and BlogHer,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Rave & Review
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How do you enjoy your pictures? For most of us, the answer is when they are framed and displayed in our homes or put into albums. Now think of the last picture you had framed, displayed, or organized in an album to enjoy. Was is two years ago? Three? Even more? I'll wait while you count back the weeks, months, and even years since you last printed your pictures. I’m fairly certain my last album was 5 years ago, and my last framed picture was over a year. See that baby in the pictures above? That "baby" is now 6. Friends, these photographs were roughly 100,000 pictures ago, a few dozen road trips, vacations, birthdays, and even two pregnancies ago.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Rave & Review
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It’s only the first week of November and I already feel like hibernating for the remaining winter months. It's getting rainy and cold here in Seattle and my living room is feeling awfully cozy with the fire going, so it's easy to just close my eyes and curl up on the couch. But, the one thing that's keeping me going and staying active? It's my Jawbone UP24 from AT&T that helps keep me in line if I'm not meeting my step goal or I'm going over my calorie goal. Did you know that AT&T carries a bunch of tech-savvy solutions for fighting off this season of eating more and exercising less? More than just phones these days, AT&T stores offer... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Have you ever had an eye exam? Have your kiddos? If the answer is no, you should schedule one right now for all of you. Not only are eye exams essential for diagnosing impaired eyesight, they can also help diagnose bigger problems that are best caught early and treated like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Ever since my daughter was little and she developed the hemangioma behind her eye on her optic nerve, we’ve seen more than our share of eye professionals. In that time we’ve discussed all the things that we need to be watching for and all the ways we can protect her eyesight well past childhood, most of which is true for every child, not... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Rave & Review
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They say that the best gift you can give your child is the gift of your time, and I wholeheartedly believe that is true. I give my children that gift in staying home with them so I can be with them all day long, in cooking for them, cleaning for them, packing their lunches, and trying to include them in many of the things that I do each day. But, the truth is that I could do better about stopping what I’m doing and taking a nature walk or two, swinging at the park, or starting projects with them that they are excited about, and my goal is to simply get better about playing with them at least a few... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Do you have a baby in your life? There’s definitely something in the water because there are so many babies expected in the next few months. With my own babe’s arrival creeping closer and closer, I’m starting to think of everything that needs to be done to prepare for adding a baby to the family and I’ve already got quite a few things in the works. Just like when we went from one child to two, we’re planning on doing a gift from the baby to the older siblings, but with one main difference. This time, the baby will get a present, too. Last time, my daughter opened a Corolle Emma doll at the hospital with a baby bath, but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Rave & Review
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“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Gerber Baby. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” When I was first born, I was nicknamed the “Gerber Baby” by the nurses and doctors. I personally like to think that this was in reference to my expressive eyes and engaging personality, but in actuality it probably has more to do with the fact that I was the size of a 3 month old when I was born. But, whatever the case, the nickname stuck and my mom still says I’m her Gerber Baby. Sadly, I never had an official award to claim this title, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love the Gerber... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Rave & Review
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I never, ever thought I would utter the words “we’re a car family”. But, with a husband who hasn’t missed a car show since he was a tiny boy and a son who simply asks for “any cars I don’t have” for Christmas and birthdays, it was bound to happen sooner or later. Obviously, my daughter and I were the holdouts, content to let the boys play with their cars – some toys, some very real that take up my whole driveway – and smile. But, then we found the world of Modarri cars, and I think we all got a little giddy at all the possibilities for this amazing new take on the toy car. Part build-it-yourself custom car... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Are you as overwhelmed with toy shopping as I am? You’d think I would be good at it by this point considering I hear about toys even before they hit the market. But, sometimes even I have a child on my list that I have a really hard time buying for. Those times I’m very grateful for neighborhood toy stores with a diverse and eclectic mix of high quality toys that won’t be abandoned in just days for the next new fad. Stores like Brilliant Sky Toys & Books offer that and more at their 17 locations {and counting}. By offering amazing and personalized service, and more than 10,000 high-quality specialty products, it allows you to “discover, experience, explore, interact,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Rave & Review
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She's 8, right? I think she will do just fine with the movie. It's darker, but it's not really a scary film.
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Ever since my childhood, I have been obsessed with all things Sleeping Beauty. I have definitely passed this love down to my children and there is nothing they love more than exploring Sleeping Beauty's castle in Disney Land, dressing up like Princess Aurora, or admiring my miniature model of the Wood Cutter's Cottage I've had since my teens. How could you possibly resist the magic of the fairies, the beautiful scenery, and the amazing Sleeping Beauty castle? More importantly, how can you not love to hate Maleficent? I think we can all agree that she’s one of the best Disney villains of all time. Even though she made her debut decades ago, her role has proven to be timeless. So,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at Rave & Review
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My kids are pretty awesome travelers for the most part. They can handle short flights like pros and are the best road trip buddies on long car rides. But, as it turns out, they are pretty awful redeye international travelers. Go figure. When I look back now, I can’t help but ask myself what I was thinking taking two small kids on packed overnight flights that included 4 airports, long layovers, no meals, and a trip through customs. Oh, and did I mention I am very pregnant and have a hard time getting comfortable in even the plushest digs? Seriously. What on earth was I thinking?! Having taken dozens of flights with them before, some of them international and some... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at Rave & Review
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I can’t even count how many people asked if our recent trip to Beaches Turks & Caicos was a “Babymoon”. Although I had heard of the idea of a Babymoon before, I honestly had no idea that they were such a well-known thing. As it turns out, Babymoons are a very big thing for the travel industry and many parents are using the opportunity score special packages and discounts to take one last big trip before baby. In our case, our Babymoon happened by accident as our Turks & Caicos trip was planned mere days before we saw the positive pregnancy test. But while the pregnancy didn’t play much into the planning of the trip other than getting the okay... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2014 at Rave & Review