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Leanne
Wife. Mother. Obsessive Compulsive Shopper.
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As a parent, I want to keep my kids as safe as humanly possible. That has meant extended rear facing, five point harnesses as long as they fit the weight/height maximums of their seats, and never allowing my children to just simply use adult belts because their peers are allowed to. For us, graduating to a booster seat is a very big deal, and we took our time coming to the decision of when we would do it, which vehicle we would switch first, and what brand would help us make the leap. When I met Kiddy USA at The Baby Ladies BlogHer Baby Shower, I knew that this was a company that valued safety as much as I do,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Rave & Review
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Fall is by far my favorite season. It’s still hot enough here in the Pacific Northwest to wear skirts and sandals some days, but then it’s boots and sweaters the next, all under the gorgeous backdrop of changing leaves and fall colors. Just look at my happy harvester, collecting vegetables for the week. The one thing that isn’t awesome? Meal planning. With unpredictable weather and high temperatures nearly every afternoon, it makes it hard to plan what kind of meals to make that won’t leave the house sweltering at the end of the day. When a friend suggested I try slow cooking instead of heating up the oven and making our house unbearably hot, I couldn’t believe how brilliant she... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Did you know that Halloween night is one of the most dangerous nights of the year? In fact, kids are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween over any other day of the year. With little kids in costume sharing the road with vehicles of all types and lights turned down low, it's really a recipe for disaster. While those are certainly sobering statistics, that doesn't mean you can't keep your kids as safe as possible this Halloween by planning ahead and helping teach your child basic safety rules before they head out hunting candy. 1) Avoid masks and costumes that could cover the face and obstruct vision while walking. If needbe, wear a modified costume... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Anyone that has lived in the Pacific Northwest for any length of time understands the deliciousness that is TacoTime. With 350+ locations in the United States and Canada, and most of those restaurants located in the Pacific Northwest, it’s definitely a local favorite. All through my corporate days we had set Fridays which were lovingly referred to as “TacoTime Friday” and even to this day, my ex coworkers will often message me on Fridays and wish me a happy TTF, which was our version of TGIF. And now, even though my bosses are under the age of 7 and Fridays don’t really have the same allure as they did when we got the entire weekend off, we still make time... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Remember my beloved Nokia Lumia 920 Windows phone? It met its untimely demise after the screen was crushed at Disneyland last April, which is after it was revived after it took a swim in the kids’ bath, and after it had been dropped a bazillion times while juggling kids. I was so distraught about ruining my phone that I simply couldn’t retire it and kept on using it even with the cracked screen and the odd thumping noise it made when it would get shaken. But, then the Nokia Lumia 1520 with Windows Phone 8.1 arrived and I happily ditched the 920 in a pile of paperwork until it could be recycled properly. Friends, meet my upgrade, the Nokia Lumia... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Yesterday my daughter wakes up and comes into my room saying, "What should you do if you have a rock in your ear?" as if it was hypothetical. I was all "DO YOU HAVE A ROCK IN YOUR EAR?" She admitted that yes, she did have a rock in her ear that she had put there the morning before. Before recess at school, before gym class, before we played at the park and went to ballet lessons, before we went roller skating with her school, took a trip to Costco, had a birthday dinner for her brother, and then went to bed. All of that with a rock in her ear. That morning she thought she would mention it to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Rave & Review
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“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence Central for Mustela. I received a promotional item to facilitate my review.” When I was pregnant with my oldest, I found Mustela prenatal products at a specialty store in the Seattle area and fell in love. I ended up using the line through both pregnancies and still use many of the products to this day because I love the scent of their creams and lotions so much. It wasn’t until my daughter was a few months old that I heard about the Mustela Bébé line from her pediatrician. It was then that I embarked on a multi-store hunt to find Mustela products that ended with me ordering online out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Is it still shorts and flip flop season where you live? Trust me, I feel your pain! Even in the Pacific Northwest, which is known for its gorgeous and crisp falls, it is still feeling very summery despite a few sprinkles here and there. There’s no color in the trees, it’s definitely not sweater weather, and the last thing I want most days is a hot beverage. But, you see, I adore fall. I long for autumn almost as soon as summer begins and visions of this kind of weather keep me happy even during the hottest days of the year. It’s no doubt my very favorite season, but this year has just been very disappointing. This kind of weather... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at Rave & Review
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I was talking to a Seattle resident a few weeks ago and I mentioned that I was taking a roadtrip to La Conner, WA to sightsee. She admitted that she had never been further north than Lynnwood, and I don't think I hid my shock very well. How could you possibly limit yourself to just the towns immediately surrounding Seattle and miss out on the rolling hills, farms, mountains, rivers, lakes and coastline north of us? Situated on the delta near the mouth of the Skagit River, La Conner was founded in the early 1860's and is Skagit County's oldest community. It still has many ties to its early years and has all the charm of an old town, but... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Rave & Review
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I grew up reading I SPY books and challenging myself and friends to find not only all the items listed on each brightly colored and vivid mini-scene, but also finding hidden gems in each picture. So, of course I was thrilled when my kiddos also fell for the books. We enjoy reading the I SPY books together numerous times a day and I love that I can stump them by choosing objects I’m not sure they will recognize by name or objects that can inspire a learning opportunity. But sometimes? I wish they were old enough to read to themselves because I SPY books would be a great way to pass time while we’re traveling without having to pass the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Oh, how I love The Land of Nod. It's always the first store we turn to when we're shopping for kids of all ages because they have a great mix of eclectic, classic, and modern styles. We've shopped there for just about every birthday, major holiday, and room redo over the past 8 years, and we've become big fans of everything from their toys to their storage solutions and more. But, a few weeks ago we were walking around U Village shopping center in Seattle on a mission to hit all our favorite stores and enjoy some sunshine and panic set in when the entire store looked dark and empty. We had hoped to do some shopping for my brand... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at Rave & Review
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A few days ago we made our big announcement on Facebook and wanted to announce it here as well. That's right, in just a few short months we will be welcoming baby #3. Hello, party of 5. Goodbye, compact sedan. This has felt like the fastest pregnancy ever so far, but I will likely be singing a very different tune come December. I imagine the last month is going to drag by with all the Christmas craziness and I'm exhausted beyond belief, so I'm just going to enjoy the fact that I still have a good amount of energy to expend each day. So, everyone wants to know: are the kiddos excited for their little sister to arrive? I could... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Rave & Review
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by Sarah, editor and reviewer It's true that parenting changes your life in ways you never imagined. But, what I have found is that having the right tools for your child's specific needs can make the difference in whether or not you're a stress case or if you're a more laid back parent. Take lack of sleep for example. It's a well known peril of parenthood that one must learn to function with significantly less sleep than the pre-baby days. In the early stages, I was up every 1-3 hours with my hungry newborns. But when my youngest started sleeping through the night, we got rid of our faulty baby monitor {that would randomly lose connection and cause me immense... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Do your mornings look a little like this these days? A whole lot of washing, chopping, preparing, and packaging for on-the-go has been happening around here lately. I feel like I’m constantly thinking lunch now that school is back in, and searching for clever ways to pack up all the food groups in a way that will actually be eaten. And, even though it’s only the third week in, I’m already running out of creativity. Sure, some days I have all this energy and feel like making special bento boxes for everyone with cut up fruits, cheeses, and vegetables. But, some days I feel like a sandwich with a yogurt cup and carrots is good enough. For those days, I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at Rave & Review
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There is nothing I love more than seeing the world through my children’s eyes. The wonder and awe in which they approach everything they do never ceases to amaze me, and I love that for that moment I get a glimpse into how they see the world around them. I love that it’s not raining lightly, it sparkling. And I love that it being wet and muddy is not a good reason to stay inside, but it is a good reason to put boots on and jump in puddles. And Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? isn’t just a favorite book, it’s also one of the first ones the kids could read all by themselves and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Our vacations almost always include water, which isn't that surprising considering we're literally surrounded by water here in the northwest. We spend our summers with our toes in the sand, splashing in the sound, and I wouldn't have it any other way. The one problem with spending so much time at the beach is that there are certain things that just aren't beach-friendly, like electronics and toys with small parts. Thank goodness that Corolle dolls, which are one of my kids absolute favorite toys, are definitely water-ready, as long as you know which dolls to choose. Since the kids can't go on vacation without bringing a baby, I was really excited to learn that we already owned a few water-approved... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Anyone who knows my kids knows all about their deep desire to understand how things work. They are rarely content with a simple explanation of the facts and instead require an in-depth analysis of everything that perplexes them. It is likely this knowledge that led many close friends and family members to reach out via phone calls, my inbox, and various messaging systems with a suggestion of a brand they knew my kiddos would flip for: GoldieBlox One click to the GoldieBlox homepage and I was instantly smitten. This wasn’t just a toy my kids would love, this was a toy that I would have designed for them if only I knew how. It includes all of their absolute favorite... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at Rave & Review
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My electronics are constantly dying just when I need them the most. Whether it’s my phone while I’m at blogging events or traveling, my tablet as I’m finishing a post for a deadline, or my camera at a big life event, I find myself often wishing I had a way to charge things on the go. Take a look at any airport lounge or all day event and you will see people crowded around any outlet they can find – some going as far as camping out in bathrooms or hallways just to get a little more battery life. That used to be me. But, now I know I’m covered no matter what with the new Rayovac Mobile Battery Power... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Disclosure: I am part of the PTPA Back to School Brand Ambassador Program with Sphero, Lyve and Rich Products. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own. I can’t be the only one who dreads back to school, right? With stacks and stacks of forms to fill out for each child, checks to cut, new schedules to adapt to, and all the expectations of the first day/week/month of school, life as a mom of grade schoolers can be exhausting. This year, though, I had a secret weapon in my back to school prep. With 18 pages of tips, tricks, products, articles, and giveaways, the PTPA Back to School Guide... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Are you in the thick of back to school planning like I am? There are clothes to buy, glue sticks to stock up on, and there are goodbyes to plan for, because back to school is sneaking up on us quickly. But, what if your baby isn’t quite a baby anymore and those days of construction paper and pencil cases are well behind you? For you, back to school shopping requires some creativity in order to send your child off to school on the right foot. Sure, you need the latest sneakers and some updated clothing, but what I think is more important than that is what your child will be listening to. Sending them back to school with a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Yes, Bumbershoot. Not the often mispronounced “Bumpershoot”, which I’m pretty sure doesn’t mean anything at all. We’re talking Bumbershoot, as in the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival that takes place at the end of every summer in Seattle. This weekend thousands of music and art lovers will descend upon the Seattle Center in the shadow of the Space Needle for concerts, comedy shows, and so much more. It’s this variety that truly sets Bumbershoot apart from other festivals, and that keeps us coming back year after year. Just on the music side of things there are artists from Elvis Costello to Wu Tang Clan, and everything in between. Bumbershoot has long been one of our favorite places to see established... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 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 I was little, I loved helping my grandma cook and I would help her measure, stir, and taste test whatever we were cooking for our family. Aside from actual cooking, I vividly remember one of my main jobs was to carefully remove all the Campbell's Labels for Education so I could add them to her stack she collected in her kitchen drawer. At the end of every visit, she would place that thick bundle of labels in my hand so I could take them to my elementary school that was saving them to earn much needed playground equipment. When I returned... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Rave & Review
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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 Aug 25, 2014 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 Aug 21, 2014 at Rave & Review