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Leanne
Wife. Mother. Obsessive Compulsive Shopper.
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By Tyler, editor and reviewer We don’t get to a gym much these days. As much as I would love to blame gym prices or the fact that we don’t have much time for gym workouts, the truth is that we’re not really gym people. We want to be, we really do. But, we like to go new places and explore different areas around us too much to spend our free time in one room or running a specific path. Our gym now happens in backyards, on playgrounds, and at parks, for better or for worse. Recently we’ve been taking advantage of all this gorgeous sunshine and warm weather to get outside with the kids as much as possible. But,... Continue reading
Posted 20 hours ago at Rave & Review
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The last time we owned a coffee pot was before we got married. It was a cheap model we got at a discount store specifically for guests that drank coffee because neither of us were big coffee drinkers at the time. That pot got used 3, maybe 4 times, and we ended up getting rid of it in favor of a single brew machine that we could use for making individual coffees. Fast forward over a decade and we are now big coffee drinkers, but we still don’t own a coffee pot. Since we each get up at different times in the morning, we typically each make our own single serve brew each day so that neither of us get... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Rave & Review
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By Leanne, editor and founder Obesity is an epidemic these days. One look around the local park or school yard and it’s clear that it is affecting kids younger and younger these days. Every parent wants their kids to beat the odds and to not deal with weight issues at a young age, but there is a fine line you must walk so your child doesn’t develop body image issues. So, what’s a parent to do? I first need to be as healthy as possible and maintain a healthy weight to set a good example. I need to model an active lifestyle that will encourage my children to get out and stay moving. And, finally, I need to not let... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Rave & Review
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When you think back to school must-haves, you’re probably picturing this, right? I’m going to argue that getting ready for back to school is not just about kids. Us moms have to wake up every morning, make breakfasts, pack lunches, get everyone out the door in time, and deliver our little darlings to school safely. We could stand to go back to school shopping for the necessities that will get us through the school year as well. Our back to school must-haves look a bit more like this: So, what do we need? We need coffee, and lots of it. We need a compact camera for capturing those first day photos, and we need a premade sign so we’re not... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Rave & Review
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By Tyler, Mr. Doer Happy Anniversary to my amazing wife! I truly can't imagine my life without you. You are the most amazing, caring and wonderful person, and my best friend in the world. I love knowing that on every adventure in life you are right there by my side,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A Couple of Doers
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By Leanne, AKA Mrs. Doer Ever since having kids, I've had really bad luck keeping any sort of plants alive. In terms of priorities, plants are somewhere on the list in between dusting the baseboards and organizing the kids' closets. I've heard awesome things about how low maintenance terrariums are,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A Couple of Doers
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By Leanne, AKA Mrs. Doer I think I had 5 clips the entire time I was growing up. My older daughter has dozens. While they are admittedly adorable, they also drive me crazy when I can’t find the one I’m looking for or when one lands on the floor and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at A Couple of Doers
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Introducing our new family portraits, thanks to Portrait Innovations. We got so many great shots that this is just one of many that we fell in love with. Do you have any idea how hard it is to get three young kids to look at the camera at the same time? If you happen to want all of them smiling, you're in for a very intense standoff and someone is bound to leave in tears. This is the reason we've gotten exactly one photo of all of us looking and smiling in the past 6 months since our new baby arrived. It was taken spur of the moment when hanging out with my cousin when I set up the shot... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Rave & Review
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I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Panasonic. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” If you know us, you know we’re always on the go as a family. We pack in as much adventure as we can with the kiddos, and we are always down for vacations, day trips, and even just every day exploring. On these adventures, I have certain things that I must have at all times. Aside from the essentials like water and food, another non-negotiable item is my camera. But, with 3 kids and all of their necessary gear, I can’t be saddled with camera stuff that needs its own luggage.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Oh, AdoramaPix, where have you been my whole life? My walls have never been happier. Ever since I was little, I have loved photography and have taken way too many pictures. But the problem has always been getting those pictures printed. Back when film was my medium, I would save up money to get rolls of film developed at the drug store and whatever teenager that was on duty would process them, which was mostly awful. Then, once everything went digital, I would order prints either from kiosks or online, but either way, the quality was always subpar. Other labs, pay attention. This is how you do it. Because nothing is more infuriating than when you order a picture multiple... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at Rave & Review
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I’ve never really thought much about vitamins, or at least I didn’t until I had kids. I vividly remember standing in the nutrition aisle while shopping for kids vitamins the first time just overwhelmed by choices. Did I want to go chewable & chalky or sugary & gummy? In the end I left with gummies, but I always wondered if this was a good way to teach them about nutrition. Ideally I would find a vitamin with just what they need - no more, no less. My kids get plenty of natural sugars in fruit, so obviously sugar isn’t a need of theirs, but I would still love one that the kids want to take. So, what’s a parent to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Rave & Review
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With my older two kids I had every baby gadget, gizmo, or new fad that came on the market. And then I gave most of it away to family and friends thinking we were done with the baby stage. So, when we found out we were expecting baby #3 last year, I had many people ask if we wanted our stuff back, but I knew they were still using it so I said I would let them know when we were ready for it. As it turns out, I haven’t asked for any of it back. And, for the most part, I haven’t missed all the baby stuff. I call my new parenting style “minimal”, and it’s actually been quite... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Rave & Review
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It’s a big day in our house – our oldest has made the transition from kid suitcase to real-deal “luggage”. This has been on my list to do for years now as her tiny going to grandma’s style suitcase has proven to be too tiny for all her clothing and gear as well as accommodating her natural ability to collect treasures wherever we go. Her beat up old suitcase has been all over the world with us, but it was time to retire it for something that can hold more than a few changes of clothing and a book. Ideally the replacement would be wheeled so she wasn’t stuck carrying it across airports, colorful and fun so it would be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at Rave & Review
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You know how all kids go through various stages and it’s easier to connect with them at certain times? About two years ago my sweet girl was going through a stage that left me frazzled by the end of the day. What I realized was that we needed something for just the two of us, and it was going to be even more crucial as she started school full-time. There were three main criteria I needed to address: 1) The activity had to have no rules that I needed to enforce since I was the enforcer the rest of the day. 2) It had to be something that wasn’t extra work for me so I didn’t have to plan, execute,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Look what I've been having fun testing the past few weeks. It's pretty awesome, and I will tell you why. But, first I have to tell you what I don't love in a flat iron. Flyaways. Because, you know what’s super annoying? Going to the trouble of straightening your hair just to be left with frizzy flyaways when you’re finished. That’s why most days I simply clip back my hair and call it good. Maybe “good” isn’t the right word. Perhaps the term I’m looking for is “okay”. So, when I hear that companies get it and are working to make life easier for all of us with hair, I get really excited. That’s exactly what Remington did with the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at Rave & Review
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I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Panasonic. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” As someone who has a camera with me at all times, the struggle is always between whether I want quality pictures or I want lightweight options, because up until now there was no real compromise in my eyes. That means I typically end up going the DSLR route because I need to have good pictures for blog posts and for capturing all those important milestones with the kids, but I hate that I end up carting around bags of gear as well as all the stuff we need on our adventures.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at Rave & Review
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This is what my current diaper changing station looks like. Clearly, a lot has changed since I became a mom 7 years ago. Sleeping in is now the finest of luxuries, my purse currently houses a combination first aid kit and toy box, coffee has become my best friend, and I’m so over the so-called must-haves. I know what works for me {coffee} and I know what doesn’t {the picturesque nursery}. Hey, I’m not saying you never should design that dream nursery. I did for my first child and I enjoyed every second of planning, shopping, and seeing it all come together. What I’m saying is that, for me, it’s not a must-have. I hated the fact that my beautiful... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at Rave & Review
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As someone who is always on the go with kids, I feel like I am constantly shuttling belongings from point A to point B, then to point C, and back again. It used to be that I would arrive at my destination and unload bags and toys and gear just for a few hours and then would cart it all back home again when I was done. But, my years of doing that are over now that I have three darlings who all need gear and I still only have two hands. Since baby items are traditionally big and bulky, they were the first things to get abandoned for the sake of not feeling like a pack mule. But, then... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at Rave & Review
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By Tyler, editor and reviewer My wife says I can’t buy a race car. Something about how it’s not practical and we have three kids, blah blah blah. But after spending time in the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer, I think I might just be able to sneak this one by her. It may not have a roll cage or nitrous, but the Mitsubishi Lancer with the optional 2.4L engine does satisfy my desire for a compact car to cruise in that really feels like I’m driving. Anyone out there that has ever wanted to race knows what I’m talking about. There’s driving, and then there’s really feeling like you’re driving. So, how does the Mitsubishi Lancer enhance the driving experience? For... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Rave & Review
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On my 30th birthday I got hit by a drunk driver on my way home from renewing my driver’s license with my two small children. While the driver who hit us sped off, our car bounced around the freeway, sliding across loose gravel, and straight into a guard rail, narrowly missing a 30 foot drop. Eventually, our car ended up in oncoming traffic where kind passersby helped push our car off to the side while we waited for the emergency responders to check us over and assist us. My husband arrived in just minutes to escort us off the freeway and together we got the car to the state patrol’s office to get the accident paperwork. We were met by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Rave & Review
Oh, I'm totally there with you! The camera system on the KIA is AMAZING. I don't need a camera in my current car, but if I was driving this big of a car, you betcha I need it. There is no way I'm parallel parking a VAN in Seattle without it.
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2015 on Our KIA Sedona camping adventure at Rave & Review
I'm with you - they are insanely practical and luxurious, but it's still hard to make the leap. It is the next logical step when we have to fit three car seats across after baby graduates to a convertible seat, but as much as I'm going to love it, I'm going to miss my compact sedan when that happens. Now, if it was THIS ^ minivan, I wouldn't shed a tear!
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2015 on Our KIA Sedona camping adventure at Rave & Review
Susan, I had to check with my loader/unloader, but he confirmed what the KIA site said that both have the LATCH system. Are you in the market for a van?
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2015 on Our KIA Sedona camping adventure at Rave & Review
That's a good question, Marty. I haven't played with one myself, but everyone I know that has tried the curved display has loved it. I'm hoping they have a way to steady it while on a desk for purposes of texting/emailing, but I'm not sure. I'll have to check one out in-store and comment back.
Sarah, I do still like the stroller for young kids, especially if your 2yo isnt too heavy, since a heavy toddler will make the stroller top-heavy if you only have a newborn in the bottom. The second generation of the Valco baby seat and toddler seat seemed like an improvement over this first version, but both worked well when we used them. Good luck! Leanne From: