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Leanne
Wife. Mother. Obsessive Compulsive Shopper.
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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 3 days ago 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 5 days ago 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
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This year, as we decorated the house for the holidays we noticed that there was a bit more magic than normal. At first we thought it was the Magic Elf duo that has been having all sorts of Elf Capades in our home and with our holiday decorations. But then things started to go missing. It started with a spool of Christmas ribbon, and then a pack of stocking-shaped buttons, and I lost count of how many times I went to go get some tools or arts and crafts items from the junk drawer and couldn't find them. It was clear we had a Christmas crafting thief. And then it hit me that all the items that went missing were... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Is there any holiday wish list that doesn’t have some tech on it? Even the youngest among us are wishing for some new technology this year, so it’s really no surprise that stores such as Best Buy are seeing a steady stream of buyers hoping to score that perfect tech gift for everyone on their list. Well, I’ve got three great picks from Best Buy this year that would be sure to wow: the Xbox One, an assortment of JBL speakers and headphones, Garmin, and TomTom. With Best Buy’s Expert Service and Unbeatable Price, these top gifts are certainly on my list this Holiday as well as many others that I know. Xbox One This is something that has been... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Every year I look forward to the Hammacher Schlemmer holiday gift guide. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Hammacher Schlemmer is America's longest running catalog, and their aim is to offer the Best, the Only, and the Unexpected since 1848. Each year their gift guide is filled with all sorts of new items that range from ultra-practical (The Only Automatic Cordless Tire Inflator) to novelty (The Talking and Dancing Disco Robot) and everything in between. Are you looking for unique gifts that your recipient won’t ever forget? How about the Personalized Bobblehead, or maybe the 3D Writing Pen? You can shop by recipient or just browse their full guide for unique gifts for everyone on your list. Whether your... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Every year I swear that the holidays sneak up on me, but this year it definitely is true. With vacations, a crazy amount of doctors appointments, and all the hooplah that having children in two different schools can bring, it seems like fall just flew by. I know I'm not the only one because my Facebook feed is filled with friends lamenting the fact that they have but one or two presents purchased and no idea what to get everyone else on their list. Hey friend, why don't you head to Northgate Mall and cross off everyone all at once? With three major department stores, a food court, a play area, and over 130 stores to choose from, it's easy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at Rave & Review
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From really young ages my kids have been obsessed with Santa. From the first day they see him at local stores, they start asking when they will get to talk with him. And, it’s not about getting their wishlists in, because they seemed rather confused about Santa in connection with presents until this year when it finally clicked. For years they would come up with random Santa lists or reply that they didn’t know what Santa would want for Christmas and we just thought it was cute. For my daughter, her love of Santa is about the tradition of it, but for my son, it’s about having one on one attention so he can study Santa and ask any questions.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Do you have a doll-loving little one like I do? If so, you are going to want to bookmark this page filled with my favorite holiday picks from Corolle Dolls. With prices from $20 on up and for every age and stage, you are bound to find the perfect gift for the holidays. 2014 holiday picks for doll-lovers Corolle Baby Accessories – This year is all about the accessories now that we're stocking up on baby accessories for our new arrival early next year. It's not really surprising that the kids love all these fun doll accessories for their babies so they can play mommy and daddy, too. And, this year Corolle has some amazing doll accessories to choose from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2014 at Rave & Review
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I may not be the expert on designer handbags or power tools, but I can hold my own when talking about cameras. With a fine arts degree in photography and lots of experience with different camera brands, I am the person family and friends come to when they are looking to purchase or upgrade their camera equipment. Back in the days before Google, I was the one everyone brought to Best Buy to help them find the perfect camera or camcorder for their needs. And, even now with Google on every phone and thousands of online reviews at your fingertips, sometimes you just need someone who can help you navigate so many options and guide you through playing with rows... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Rave & Review
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These days I hear more and more parents tell me that they need to buy another tablet so they have one for every single person in their family, and it really makes me think. While I can see the logic {less fighting, less policing}, I also see some major drawbacks. The first is cost. It costs a lot to outfit a family with tablets – first in the initial investment and then in downloads, accessories, and peripherals, and then you have to consider that there are multiple tablets to maintain, keep charged and in working order and, eventually, upgrade when the time comes. It’s for these reasons that my kids don’t technically have grownup tablets of their own. My husband... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Rave & Review
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My daughter loves to build. Whether we’re talking bricks, blocks, or random items she’s squirreled away just for her building purposes, she’s all about it. And, while she’s really good at following directions and building pre-designed buildings and objects, I’ve noticed that she really prefers building toys where she can be the designer. That’s where Build & Imagine sets come in. Build & Imagine is a brand new line of magnetic construction sets that inspire kids to build whatever they would like. Their unique magnetic dual-sided building panels make it easy for even kids as young as 4 to create structures that they can play with using their included accessories and magnetic dolls. By putting your child in the role... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Have you checked out American Girl recently? They just debuted their BeForever line this fall in stores nationwide as well as online and it has girls everywhere excited. We were at the Seattle store the day BeForever was announced to check the line out in person and do one of their many in-store crafts thanks to a recommendation from our personal shopper. I honestly had no idea what to expect and was just going for the craft and event aspect, but I was thrilled when I realized what exactly the new line included. It’s no secret that we love American Girl and I always talk about how we end up at the Seattle store whenever my daughter gets to choose... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Remember last year when I was raving about PicturesOnGold.com? Well, it's been almost a year since we received our daughter's personalized locket and with every month it's become more and more special to her. She still shows it to everyone and wants to talk about how it was made special just for her, and it's the first thing she looks to when she needs something sentimental to get her through a day without us or a tough day at school. So, when Pictures on Gold asked us if we wanted to create another special piece for the holiday, we couldn't say yes fast enough. We all decided that the new baby needed a special necklace just for her that would... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Rave & Review
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I haven’t bought any traditional maternity clothing this pregnancy. Not because I’m so small that I can wear my old clothing and not because I saved all my previous pregnancy clothing, but because I’ve simply gotten smarter this time around. Why would I spend a ton on poorly constructed maternity clothes that barely make it through the last few months of pregnancy when I could get good quality clothing that lasts throughout pregnancy – and beyond? Introducing my new favorite non-traditional maternity clothing brand, Loyal Hana. Not only is it fashionable and fun enough to make you forget you’re carrying around a few extra pounds that aren’t entirely baby, it also is designed for wearing after the baby arrives when... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday. It has nothing to do with presents, or even the tree or decorations, it has to do with how festive and fun everything is. Our family tradition is to fit in as many holiday-themed activities as we possibly can, including tree lightings, holidays in downtown Seattle and Portland, and almost a dozen holiday gatherings, which doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for being in the kitchen cooking. Of course, we can’t not eat for all of our many {many} Christmas gatherings, which leaves my secret tradition: running to the grocery store last minute to pick up overpriced and subpar platters to serve. Or, at least that was my tradition. Now, I have HoneyBaked... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Every parent knows the dilemma of the cheap kid’s coat. At first it seems like a great idea as it costs very little and you reason with yourself that they will only wear it for a short time, so why not? Then you find yourself needing to replace it halfway through the season due to normal wear and tear or you end up going somewhere truly frigid and you realize quickly that the cheapy coat isn’t really cut out for freezing temperatures. Parents, put your money away at the discount store and instead go for a good quality coat. You won’t regret buying a coat that truly lasts, never goes out of style, and keeps your kiddo comfortable in mild... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Rave & Review
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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ItsADaisy #CollectiveBias In our family, Christmas is about time spent together. Sure, we also do presents, but it's not as much about the morning of opening gifts as it is about all the fun we experience as a family each holiday season. This year, as part of our Christmas fun we have included the Daisy BB gun that every kid grew up wishing for under the tree. Besides having awesome Christmas present ideas for teenagers, gifting a Daisy just like dad and papa have is great for bonding well after the presents are open. The teenage years might be more difficult in terms... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Rave & Review
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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PamperedPiggies #CollectiveBias My daughter wasn’t even two years old before she started asking for nail polish. With the urgency many kids would request toys or candy, she requested “pretty nails”, but I refused to give in because I was worried about what was in those nail colors she coveted so much. As you can imagine, we were both thrilled when we found Piggy Paint, a company that makes kid-friendly nail polishes that are non-toxic and hypoallergenic for my little fashionista. Piggy Paint is a water–based nail polish specially formulated for kids that contains no toxic chemicals or yucky stuff. Just like the adult... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Sometimes, this parenting gig can be rough. Lately, there’s been more questioning our decision-making, a lot of talking in rude tones to each other, and a whole lot of days where I fall into bed wondering what kind of craziness I’m in for come January with a new baby. I was so sick of it, and something needed to be done to avoid all the reprimanding, all the asking over and over again, and all the mornings that end in tears. We needed a system. A system that didn’t involve me having to say the same thing over and over again. That being said, I’ve tried chore charts in the past and they ended up not working that well for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Rave & Review
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I received free products in order to host the Disney Kids Preschool Playdate. However, the opinions expressed are my own. Sometimes I think preschool playdates are more about moms getting together than they are about kids playing. Sure, we usually go to the park or some other kid-friendly zone for our meet ups, but I think the parents get just as much from these get togethers as the kids do, maybe even more. For this reason, we try to have a playdate at least a few times a year as a great way for kids, and their parents to connect. This time, though, it was all about the kids. Instead of just a casual get together that left us freezing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Rave & Review