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Leanne
Wife. Mother. Obsessive Compulsive Shopper.
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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 3 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
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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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