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Leanne
Wife. Mother. Obsessive Compulsive Shopper.
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We discovered Modarri cars last year, and we quickly became obsessed. Basically, they are everything my son loves. Fixing things: check Racing: check Designing stuff: check Things with wheels: check So, what are Modarri cars? They are build-it-yourself custom cars that you can mix and match and customize to your heart’s content. Each car even comes complete with a special hex tool so you can break down each car into its multiple parts: a chassis, hood and windshield, seat pan, seat, fenders and frame, and wheels with front and rear suspension. And, each of those parts can be used with other Modarri car models so you can build and rebuild as often as you like to create whatever car strikes... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Rave & Review
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In our house, dress up day is any day that ends in a "y". We don’t merely have dress up time - pretty much all play time these days is done in costume. And, for us, dress up isn't limited to just inside play. My kids wear their costumes to stores, to parks, walking to and from school, and so much more. This is just a small snapshot into the last year with my little man. Obviously, we can't get by with cheapy costumes designed for one day use; we need Get Real Gear from Aeromax. My son has become so famous for his amazing Aeromax costumes that I swear I could sell their dress up clothes right out of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Rave & Review
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My first child was born during an uncharacteristically hot June. During her first months, our main goal was to keep her covered, but yet keep her cool enough during naps and at nighttime. As for my son, he was born at the very end of September and the goal was just the opposite as we struggled to keep him warm during the day and at night. Ironically, the same product that would have worked for my June baby would have also been the one that I would recommend for my September baby. This, my friends, is the brilliance of Merino wool, a natural body temperature regulator that helps keeps your baby cool during hot weather and warm during cold weather.... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about beds. Namely, that I don’t spend nearly enough time in mine. But, with full days and late nights trying to work after the kiddos go to sleep, paired with middle of the night feedings and early mornings doing school drop-offs, sleep has been somewhat elusive these past few months. Such is the life of a mom of three. Of course, all the tiredness is more than worth it when you wake up to this smiling face. But, that doesn’t mean I have to just have to accept that I’m just not going to get good sleep. It turns out there are plenty of ways I can at least enhance the little bit of... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Seattle readers - are you on the Northgate Mall email list? If you aren't, you should be.That's how they let you know about big happenings at the mall, including all the awesome events they throw throughout the year. It's like I always say: when Northgate throws a party, you should show up. We plan our weekends around their events, and for a very good reason. Unlike some malls that have "events" with a few tables and a small, confused crowd milling about looking like they aren't sure if they should be there or not, Simon Malls truly know how to party. As huge fans of Northgate Mall, our local Simon Mall, we go to story time, to Girls Night Out... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Who doesn't love a good spa getaway every once in a while? Mrs. Lundby in particular loves a very special spa by the beach that Mr. Lundby took her to when they were first married, and she has been dying to go back ever since. But, with all the renovations they have been doing to their new house, they aren't really able to take an extended vacation right now, so they did the next best thing for her for Mother's Day: they brought the spa to their house. To back up a bit, I should remind you what their bathroom looked like on move-in day: Notice the dated vanity with pink floral tile and the broken shutter-style cabinets? That was... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Rave & Review
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by Tyler, editor and reviewer Today is like a holiday for all Marvel fans as it marks the opening day of one of the most anticipated movies of the year, Avengers: Age of Ultron. I couldn’t be more excited as I love all the nostalgia of the super heroes of my youth and watching them change into what they are today – richer, and more evolved characters that do more than just fight crime. My wife, who grew up with musicals and chick flicks and then grew to love dramas of all kinds, thinks I’m crazy. This is what happens when I ask her to see blockbuster super hero films with me in theaters: 1) She tells me I can... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Now that we’re in the early stages of re-baby proofing our house for our new little one, I’m realizing more than ever all the small choking hazards that litter my floor as the kids play. Since getting rid of toys that have small parts isn’t really an option with a LEGO fanatic and a whole house full of miniatures, I’ve been brainstorming ways to corral the toys and keep the little ones safe. I’d be mad at all the little pieces everywhere but it’s not entirely their fault as our current system involves dumping bins which causes small pieces to scatter. And, in all fairness, they are actually quite good about picking up the pieces when they are done playing,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Rave & Review
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If you knew any of my children as babies, you know how much they hated to be set down on their backs. All three of them were the happiest, smiley-est babies until you would dare set them down flat on their back as experts recommend. Needless to say, “back is best” is not a common phrase around here. But, what’s a busy mom to do that sometimes needs use of both hands and can’t wear her baby 100% of the time? She gets this: This, my friends, is a happy baby in the Galt Playnest & Gym - Farm. This educational and colorful multi-sensory activity center gives me the perfect place to set baby down without having to listen to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Rave & Review
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If I were designing the perfect childhood toy, it would have two major components. First, it would inspire imaginations to encourage make believe and storytelling. Second, it would be open-ended so it could be played with in numerous ways, which means it would be played with often and be a beloved toy for years. Take the Painting Teepee from Pacific Play Tents for example. This clearly isn’t just a high quality teepee, it’s a childhood haven. As you can see, it's the kiddos fort. Their rocket ship that can blast off to parts unknown and float through space. A reading nook when they need some quiet time. A fire station that is perfect for my little fireman. ... and anything... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Rave & Review
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I know play time for children is vital as it helps them learn about the world around them in ways I can’t teach them in a book, so I always make play time a priority. From unstructured playtime to working together to create a talent show, a fairy garden, or a circus, we fill our days with as much play as we possibly can. So, I was a little taken aback the other day when I told my kids I wanted them to wear play clothes if they were going to be out digging in our backyard and they both looked at me like I was crazy. “Do you mean dress up clothes?” my daughter asked. Clearly, they aren’t of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at Rave & Review
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While shopping for basics, no parent has ever said: "I'll just get a little bit and come back later this week with the kids to get more". No, when we get everyone out, we're going to cross off that list if it's the last thing we do. It's called stocking up, and it's a parent's best friend. Ever since my newborn arrived, trips out of the house with the kids take roughly 300x longer, and come with 3x the bathroom trips. Because three kids is a lot of kids while shopping. This is a glimpse into a normal shopping trip with my kiddos. I mean, who doesn't want to hang out in a fort made from Bounty Select-A-Size paper towels?... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Did you read our review of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha? The sleek and smart Android phone is not only beautiful, it's also full of impressive features that can keep any tech-y happy. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha really nails the sleek and modern look with a crisp 4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD display that delivers HD clarity and rich colors paired with a gorgeous metal frame. With stunning good looks and innovative features throughout, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha truly is the best of both worlds. Samsung’s high-end tech combined with the sleek design makes this a phone that allows function to meet form. Check out the Samsung Galaxy Alpha in an AT&T store near you so you can see it in person.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Love the iPhone styling but just don’t love the iPhone? Join the club. Introducing the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, the sleek and smart Android phone that has the best of both worlds. I will admit I’ve had a mixed history with Android in the past as I love my Android tablet but I can’t quite give up the functionality of my Windows phone and how well it pairs with my PC, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the Galaxy Alpha design and all the premium features built in. But, let’s start with the superficial and talk about how gorgeous this phone is. I’ve secretly always loved the newer iPhones with their metal cases and slim designs, especially when compared directly... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Did you know today is National Siblings Day? In honor of the holiday, I thought I would share some thoughts on siblings and love. Siblings: Talking About My Generation I am one of 5 children, all born relatively close in age and all unusually close. Growing up, there was always someone to play with and although we fought like brothers and sisters do, our fights were short-lived and we all made up easily. During different times in my life I've alternated who I've been closest with, and because of this I have developed a strong bond with every single one of them. Throughout the years we've all chosen to live relatively close together {although this won't be true for long... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Believe me, I know stress. So, when I got an email asking me to share a peek into my world as a working mom of three young kids and give some tips about how I deal with stress and how RESCUE can help in a sponsored post, I was all about it. What kind of stress, you ask? How about the time my newborn cried every single time I set her down, or the time my coworker was moving clear across the country and I was covering her shift during the move, or the time my beloved camera stopped working in the middle of a shoot and I couldn’t get it to work again, or the time I had stacks... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Every year we go see the tulips with the kids, and this year we decided to go even earlier than normal after hearing that the tulips were out even before the festival "official" opening. And, I'm really glad we did. Almost no crowds to deal with, great weather for pictures, and beautiful blooms in just about every field rounded out our trip to see the tulips at Roozengaarde in Mount Vernon, Wa. Here's just a few of the 200+ pictures of our trip up to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival this past weekend. Notice that mud on his shirt? Yeah, it was pretty muddy in some spots. By the time we left, we all ended up with a little mud... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Rave & Review
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How would you describe your bed? If the words “haven” or “perfection” aren’t part of the description, then you should definitely listen up. If you really think about it, most people spend about a 1/3 of their lives in bed, which is more time than they spend doing just about anything else. Knowing that, doesn’t it make sense to make your bed as amazing as possible? But, the truth is that most people are not getting nearly enough sleep. Whether they’re suffering from insomnia, stressed about work/money/life, they are chronically busy, or they are parents to kids of any age {because no, it does not get better after the newborn stage}, sleep deprivation comes in many forms. Since we're talking... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Rave & Review
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If you know my son, you know how important each and every car he owns is. Ask him to get rid of one and he will act like you asked him which arm he wants to keep. It’s like he told me when he was little, “I want too many cars.” And, apparently he is still building his collection in his goal to amass “too many”. So, it will come as no surprise that he is smitten with a company called Toy State that makes all sorts of cars, trucks, vehicles, and gear he covets. He’s loved their toys since he was just a tiny tot {seriously, check out this post to see my cute little baby loving on his... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at Rave & Review
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My kids really aren't big on candy, which makes me really happy. Sure, they get the occasional treat at school or during holidays, but I never load up on holiday candy because it just takes up space in my pantry after the kids forget all about it. Since I already know what happens when they get bags and baskets of treats, I'm always thinking of creative things I can give them in their Easter baskets, and I always think Corolle first. If anyone thought that having a real live baby of our own would diminish the kids' love of all things Corolle, they were wrong. Baby dolls are a very big deal around here and show no signs of going... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Some people are natural born hostesses with buffet tables stocked with everything they could need for gatherings of all kinds, recipes at the ready to wow, and the organization to pull it all together. For me, even the thought of entertaining used to really stress me out. I worried about whether I would have everything perfect for guests, I worried over how clean my house was, and most of all, I worried what I would serve to eat that would work well for a crowd. But, this year I've been entertaining more and more now that it's just easier to stay home with a newborn and have everyone come to us. And, while I wish I could say I've gotten... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at Rave & Review
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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter’s. I received a complimentary gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation #SpringIntoCarters Spring is finally here in the Pacific Northwest and that means we're purging our bulky sweaters and looking for bright colors and warmer weather wear. But, while I can wear most of my clothes from last spring {hooray for not being pregnant anymore!}, the kids have grown so much that shopping is a necessity, which I'm not going to complain about now that I've got a new little one to shop for as well. Naturally, I turned to the company that I've relied on to outfit my kids since they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Remember when everything was bought in-store and the idea of buying online seemed absolutely crazy? Now it seems like everyone buys online almost exclusively and it’s a rare occasion when people head in-store. Or, at least that used to be the case. The new AT&T Store of the Future in Bellevue is set to change all that by giving you a premium shopping experience unlike what you find in most retail stores or online. We got to tour the store last week and loved all the little details that made you feel immediately at home. With rustic wood finishes, bright pops of color, and a relaxed shopping atmosphere, the new location in Lincoln Square looks more like a café or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Rave & Review
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I can’t tell you how disappointed I was last year when everyone was posting how much fun they were having at SoFabCon and I couldn’t swing it to attend. But, with it being on Mother’s Day weekend, which is already jam packed for us, and taking place all the way in Arkansas, at least I had a good reason for not attending. This year, however, I am definitely going to make it as I can’t wait to connect with the SoFab team as they hit the road. With some of my favorite bloggers and brands set to attend, you can bet I’m excited that there’s a stop here in Seattle next month so I can attend without having to figure... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Rave & Review
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If you’ve been around young girls recently, you’ve probably heard an earful about how much they want to see the new live-action Cinderella movie that arrives in theaters today. As a mom to one of those overly-excited young girls, I knew from the first movie trailer that I was going to end up being talked into seeing it at some point, so I figured I would go ahead and attend the Seattle pre-screening with the family to check it out. It’s not that I don’t love Disney’s Cinderella, because the truth is I grew up loving the animated movie and singing the songs along with my sisters. In fact, I’m fairly certain I could recite the entire film at one... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at Rave & Review