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Leanne
Wife. Mother. Obsessive Compulsive Shopper.
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You know what back to school means? It means fall colors, tall boots, chunky sweaters, steaming lattes, and a whole lot more "me" time - even if I do plan to spend it working. This is the first year I will have both kids in school {even if it's just a few hours a week}, and quite honestly I'm a bit teary eyed about it. But, I know it's so good for both kids to be with kids their own age and learn with their peers that it's hard to be too sad about it. For that reason, I'm saying TGIBTS {Thank Goodness It’s Back to School}. One of the things I'm most excited about is the fact that I... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Rave & Review
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Melissa, the leggings were just from Old Navy and we bought them small so they would be capri leggings instead of full-length. The tanks tops were simply white undershirts that I dyed blue with Rit dye. If I were doing it again I would just buy white tank tops and white leggings and dye them both together to avoid the hassle of finding the exact right color.
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Corolle Dolls is a brand that I will never grow out of. My love of the brand started in my own childhood when I grew up playing with their baby dolls and then later collecting their older dolls as a young girl. Even well after I was done playing with dolls and had purged all my old stuffed animals, my old toys, and my once-sentimental items, I just couldn't get rid of those Corolle dolls I had loved so much. Instead, I packed them away and hoped that one day I would share this love of Corolle with my own children. I was thrilled when not just one, but both of my children gravitated towards the brand at a young... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Rave & Review
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by Susan, editor and reviewer It's no lie that our family enjoys watching TV together. As a stay-at-home-mom of two active boys, we like to keep ourselves very busy with whatever we can; play-dates, walks to the park, gymnastics, tae kwon do, and even a living-room-destroying art project on occasion. Not to mention countless hours outside in the backyard dancing to our favorite songs. "Everything is AWESOME!!!" But on those days when we're pooped, it's nice to cuddle with my boys and watch some TV together. And it's pretty amazing to watch my two littles get completely wrapped up into the stories unfolding in front of them. With an education background, I often prefer shows that {not to insult a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Rave & Review
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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. When I first became pregnant with my daughter and started stocking up on essentials, I will admit that I had a bit of a shock when I saw how much diapers cost. I started doing the math and realized that diapering my sweet babe to her potty training days was going to be quite a bit more expensive than I had originally thought. It turns out that I just didn't know where to buy them. Even with downloadable and paper coupons as well as hopping from store to store... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Can you believe fall is just around the corner? It seems like just last week I was walking the kids to and from school each day, packing lunches, and taking them to and from extra curricular activities, but here we are again ready to start a new school year. While I don't love the idea of summer ending and sending my kids to school, I do really love going back to school shopping. Last week we headed out to Northgate Mall in Seattle to shop our favorite stores and check out all the new stores they have added this summer. With great clothing and gear for all ages, it just makes shopping for everyone so easy. It truly is a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Kerri- Yes you do! You need to come to Chelan with us one of these days - it really is heaven (when you have 4G coverage, that is!)
Amanda, you can come work right next to me. The kids can play and we can "work" :)
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In our family, Kermit is a very big deal. He is part of nearly all of our vacations and our vintage Kermit puppet has travelled extensively around the US and even into Canada and Europe. Are you like us and can’t get enough Kermit? You’re in luck because the new movie Muppets Most Wanted has not one, but TWO Kermits! Okay, it technically only has one, but don’t tell Constantine, aka The World’s Number One Criminal, that we’re not buying his impersonation of our beloved Kermit. Muppets Most Wanted follows Kermit, Miss Piggy, Animal, and the rest of the Muppet gang as they head out on a world tour following the smash hit “The Muppets”. With the help of Dominic... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Rave & Review
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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. When many people think of work from home, they have images of working from anywhere but an office – whether that’s a park, a beach, the pool, or even while on vacation. The reality is that cords and Wi-Fi don’t reach that far, and some days I feel like I'm tied to my computer since it's so hard to do some tasks over smartphone. Thank goodness I found out about T Mobile free tablet data that solves the problem of working on the go, without requiring a separate Wi-Fi device or easy access to coffee shops. Aside from blogging, I also work... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Did you know that Walmart has a mobile app? Not only can you comparison shop and find great deals, you can also order now directly from your phone, making stocking up on home essentials easy and convenient. The image above might be a *slight* exaggeration, because the products came packaged in cardboard boxes, but the point is that I didn't even have to leave home to get all my essentials. Because this is what a normal shopping trip with my little jokesters looks like: Who doesn't want to hang out in a fort made from Bounty Select-A-Size paper towels? Here is my daughter trying to talk me into the Swiffer Bissell SteamBoost Mop starter kit that we already own. She's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Before I was a parent, I didn’t know how much difference a good night’s sleep really makes. Even though my kids {for the most part} sleep through the night and even allow me to sleep later than them some days, I have a horrible habit of staying up too late and then waking up too early. To add to the problem, I’ve also found that I seriously dislike all of the pillows I’ve bought in the past few years and seem to go through pillows like most people do groceries trying to find one that won’t keep me up at night tossing and turning. Call me Goldilocks, but I have a stash of pillows that have been deemed too soft,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Rave & Review
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When we bought all of our home appliances back in 2006, we thought we knew what we were looking for. We had researched options, talked to people about their major appliances and what they liked and didn’t, and we agreed on the basics of what we didn’t want. But, we hadn’t moved into our home yet and we didn’t know some very important things about the house that would have been great to know when shopping for those big appliances. I wish we had considered how hard it would be to get by the fridge if the doors were open, ovens that were better suited to baking, and how loud the dishwasher would be in our open concept and wood... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Rave & Review
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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. Did you order your Huggies® Snug & Dry Plus Diapers and Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes free sample from Costco I posted about earlier this month? If you did, then you are likely as thrilled as I am with the new line and can't wait to order up a box or two from Costco. I've been a huge fans of Huggies Natural Care wipes for both of my kiddos with their tendencies toward sensitive skin, and I was really excited to try the Huggies Natural Care® Plus Wipes these... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Have you ever had an awful experience with a company who refuses to uphold warranty? I know that I have, and I could fill a book with all the bad experiences I’ve had trying to fix a warrantied product. My experiences run the gamut from baby items all the way to household appliances, but my biggest disappointment was the builder of our actual house who went out of business with literally no warning while we were waiting for a few last things to be finished up for us. Thank goodness hubby is handy, because I think we can all agree I’m not qualified to fix leaking pipes or agile enough to crawl under our house. The picture above is one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2014 at Rave & Review
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When I was expecting for the first time, my husband and I were beyond thrilled. We did all the first-time parent stuff like pregnancy journals, maternity pictures, and we busied ourselves getting ready for baby by decorating the nursery and washing all the little clothes. One day, when we were dreaming of life with baby, my husband admitted that even more than little baby clothes and nursery decor, he was excited about the smell of Johnson's Baby Shampoo. Even though it had been a good 15+ years since I had used Johnson’s Baby products at that point, just the mention of the smell of the shampoo immediately brought me back. That week, I bought him a big huge bottle of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at Rave & Review
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I partnered with The Motherhood and ConAgra Foods to help spread the word about a Hunger Free Summer, but all opinions are my own. I know I’ve said it before, but I love summer. The past few weeks have been a blur of playdates, farmer’s markets, library visits, and playing at our local parks. But, even with all this fun we’re having, I never forget how lucky we are. Lucky because even though money is always a little tight with only one steady income, we never worry about whether we will go hungry. We have a well-stocked fridge and pantry, a small neighborhood co-op of small urban gardens that can provide anything we couldn’t afford otherwise at the grocery store,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at Rave & Review
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On the morning of my son’s third birthday, he came running into our bedroom to wake us up. He wasn’t wondering about cake or parties or even presents, what he really wanted to know was when he could be a fire fighter. When I explained to him that he had to be grown up - not just merely older - to fight fires, his face fell. I felt so bad for the little guy that I promised him that we would get him a fire fighter outfit and make him a fire engine so he could play fire fighter all day long. It’s been 9 months since then and his obsession with fire fighters has only grown, so as soon... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Rave & Review
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A few years before I had kids, my cousin had a scare that sent them to the hospital only days after bringing home their newborn. I heard my cousin tell the story about how she was holding her baby and felt her stop breathing and I never quite got over it. My little cousin ended up being fine and was diagnosed with sleep apnea that was then treated, but I remember thinking “what if they hadn’t been holding her when she stopped breathing?” I don’t think there’s anything more frightening than being handed a teeny tiny little baby and sent home with it, knowing that you are solely responsible for keeping that child safe. 24 hours a day. A time... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Rave & Review
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I’ve talked before about how much I love AT&T’s Digital Life and all the ways that you can automate your home’s processes. AT&T’s Digital Life provides 24/7 protection help keep your family and home safe and secure because they know you can’t truly feel at home until you feel safe. That is why AT&T Digital Life has committed to donate $150,000 as part of a collaboration with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for families in need throughout the country. “AT&T Digital Life collaborating with Habitat for Humanity is an opportunity for us to help those who need the security and peace of mind that owning a home can provide,” said Kevin Petersen, senior vice president of Digital Life, Inc.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Rave & Review
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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies® Brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. When I became a mom, one of the biggest things I stressed about was shopping for diapers. I hated the idea of buying a huge box of diapers only to find they didn’t work for me or my babe, but the small boxes weren’t as good of a deal and I couldn’t bring myself to pay more per diaper just because it came in a smaller package. I ended up begging friends to sample a diaper here and there and from there I figured out what worked for my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Rave & Review
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I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meets blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product. Have you seen the new good2grow drinks everywhere recently? I had coupons for them and was looking for weeks without any success, and then out of nowhere they appeared in nearly every grocery store I visit. We’re talking huge displays, full shelves of individual drinks with special character bottle caps, and refill packs in a variety of different... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Okay, so it's not a TOY, exactly, but that doesn't mean we're not playing with it. I mean, seriously, look at this beauty. Don't you want to play with it, too? Yes, that's the Keurig Rivo, a single-serve espresso machine with a milk frother built right in. This is what's known as heaven for us non-coffee types who can't make a good cup of coffee to save our lives. When I first saw the call for Keurig Rivo Houseparty applicants, I was already sold on the machine. I repeatedly informed my husband that if I wasn't chosen for the party that I was going to need a Rivo for Mother's Day. Luckily, I was chosen for the party, because I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Rave & Review
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When we moved into our house almost 7 years ago, I was so excited to finally have a laundry room. It seemed like a pretty nice upgrade from our “laundry closet” of our rental house and an awesome improvement over our “laundry kitchen” at our past house. But, then I didn’t quite know what to do with the room once I had it. It was an awkward, L-shaped space that came complete with an ugly Utilitub, a useless wire shelf, and no good place to put the washer and dryer. Thank goodness I found Blinds.com, because it gave me the inspiration I needed to finish the space and create a separate and functional room that is truly fun to enter.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Rave & Review
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This past week we took a break from our crazy busy summer schedules to hang out with some of our local blogging friends at the opening of See's Candies in Woodnville. While they had me at "candy", I was also excited to see behind the scenes, sample some treats, and let the little ones learn how to pack chocolate boxes like a pro. See's Candies stores feature a candy counter where you can try a sample and create your very own custom mixed box of chocolates and candies. Along with the delicious candies that they are famous for like boxed chocolates, truffles, nuts and chews, lollypops, and sugar free candy, they also have seasonal favorites and new recipes to try.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Rave & Review