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Leanne
Wife. Mother. Obsessive Compulsive Shopper.
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We’ve tested, borrowed, and rented quite a few cars in the past few years. But never have we been asked so many times whether we were thinking about buying those cars than with the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport that we borrowed this week. Maybe it was the bright blue color, or the fact that it’s a bigger car without being too big, or maybe it was because we’re due for a car that can handle the kinds of adventures we love to go on, but whatever it was, it seemed to be the consensus that we belonged in a vehicle like the Outlander Sport. I like to think it’s because we’re definitely a very urban family who spends most of their... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Rave & Review
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I can’t even tell you how many times our plans to grill have been thwarted by rain. Without a covered area to cook under, grilling in the rain just doesn’t sound fun and we usually end up just using the oven or the stove instead. If only there was such thing as an indoor/outdoor grill that could safely be used both inside AND outside. Well, that’s exactly what the George Foreman 15 Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill {GFO240GM} is designed to do, and it can make it so inclement weather never ruins your next grilled meal. It’s no secret I’m a big fan of George Foreman grills, in fact we use our George Foreman Evolve Grill all the time to make... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Rave & Review
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Every time someone is styling my hair at an event or for a special occasion, they all want to do the same thing – bold, beautiful curls in ringlets. I always love when they do, because this is one style I have never been able to master on my own. I can do okay in the front, curling little sections at a time until it’s full of ringlets. But, the problem comes when I try to curl the backside of my hair. I’m famous for clamping the hair and then forgetting which way to curl and I end up crimping my hair on accident. As anyone who has ever done this before knows, those crimps will never, ever come out... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Rave & Review
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If I could name one thing that keeps me sane as a mom of three kids, my answer would undoubtedly be “organization”. Gone are the days of happy-go-lucky Leanne where I would simply grab my purse and leave the house. Now going anywhere requires a few lists: the must-haves, the would-be-nice-to-haves, and the if-I-have-time items. I’m constantly organizing things into small piles each night, prepping what I can ahead of time so that our mornings and days run a little smoother, and for the most part I would say that I’m pretty well organized and we haven’t had any major catastrophes in terms of planning. And, while I never committed to a full diaper bag with my two older children,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at Rave & Review
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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MagicBabyMoments #CollectiveBias There has been a big baby boom recently, and just in our family alone we have welcomed 4 babies in the past year. But, while all babies are celebrated, only first babies get a big baby shower with extended family and friends, second {and third, and fourth} babies get what is known as a Meet & Greet. Never heard of a Meet & Greet? It’s basically the answer for the non-baby shower that takes place after the baby is born to celebrate each birth and to introduce them to the family. Where baby showers focus more on the pregnant woman and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Rave & Review
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I was looking through some pictures today and I started to get teary thinking of how OLD my babies are getting. It seems impossible that I have a seven year old {and a four year old, and a newborn} as I swear it feels like only yesterday that I was bringing them home from the hospital. But yet sometimes I look at my husband and I can't believe we've only had 7 amazing years together as parents. Our oldest arrived just a week before Father's Day in 2008, and I will always remember just how magical that day was. We went out for sushi as a family, did a little shopping, and then we headed into downtown Edmonds to just... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Rave & Review
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I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for First Response. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” Any woman that has ever thought she might be pregnant will tell you that waiting the recommended time before taking a pregnancy test feels like eons. In the days before I could confidently test you would find me checking websites for first pregnancy signs, over-analyzing every single little thing about my real or imagined symptoms, and all the while dreaming of big bellies and snuggly babes. This is why I love First Response pregnancy tests. Being able to detect pregnancy 6 days before a missed period may not sound all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Sometimes I forget how hard it is to be a kid. Navigating childhood is a mine field filled with mean kids, peer pressure, tough schoolwork, and embarrassing moments. And, all the while you are figuring out who you are and how you fit into your family, your school, your teams, and with your friends. Now that my kids are getting older, I find myself looking at them a lot and wondering what is going on inside their heads. Is that a tired look, or is that sadness? Is that pure joy, or are they holding back for some reason? Are their friends including them or are they feeling left out? Try as I might to find out what’s going on,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Rave & Review
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When it comes to gifts for dad, you really can’t beat awesome tech accessories, and you can find all sorts of great tech gifts at AT&T. This June AT&T retail stores are offering a variety of gadgets under $100 that make great gift ideas for Father’s Day and Graduation that we adore, and I’m sure your dad or grad would as well. One of our favorite items on the gift guide is the Braven BRV-1 speaker. We got one of these awesome Braven speakers from AT&T earlier this year and we absolutely adore it. It can go anywhere, do anything, and it sounds amazing. It’s rugged enough for camping and can even handle damp conditions. You can check out our... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Need ideas for all the Fathers in your life that don't want a tie? Never fear, Hallmark has you covered with the Life is good.® collection. With something for the sentimental dad, the outdoorsy dad, and the funny dad, you are sure to find something for all the dads on your list. Seriously, isn't this stuff the coolest? It's got the grill covered, beverage accessories, and something sweet and thoughtful to boot. What dad wouldn't want this awesome pack? Dad Grill Towel “All Fired Up” from Life is Good - This super soft and thick towel has a handy grommet and loop for easy hanging on the grill. It would be perfect for backyard BBQing, or even to take with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Rave & Review
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The sound of little feet running around the house can be quite comforting, but it’s pretty awful when those sounds are followed by a loud thump or crash. This is why as soon as our kids were mobile we started looking into cameras to use throughout the house to better keep an eye on the kids – day and night. What started off as a baby monitor search has morphed into a search for a camera system that can be used well after the baby stage to keep our whole house secure. With break-ins becoming more and more commonplace, we wanted something that would allow us to watch our home, even when we were across the country. Our search led... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Rave & Review
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I don't know when it started, but at some point I began to hate change. Change used to be exciting and I would look forward to the next new chapter that was just waiting to be written. But, somewhere along the way I began to love the story I was creating and starting new began to look less and less appealing. I guess that's what they mean by putting down roots. And, I loved the roots that I was putting down. But, you can't control what chapters others write, and lately we've been saying a lot of goodbyes. Goodbye to a beloved step-grandma, to teachers and schools, to neighbors we adored, to numerous classmates who aren't returning in the fall,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Have you noticed it's been a bit quiet here recently? Want to know where we've been for the past few weeks? The answer is everywhere. After my sister announced she was moving across country last month, we embarked on a mission to see as many of our favorite Washington sights as we possibly could fit in. Knowing that we would all be adjusting to not living walking distance to each others homes and instead being two planes away was tough on everyone. But our mini road trips gave us lots of time to talk, to make plans for future visits, and to let our kids enjoy a condensed version of the summer we were hoping they would have. While it... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Do you remember these toys from Ambi from when you were young? I’m betting you do, because every single person that has come over and seen my kids playing with the set of Ambi Toys has remarked about how they used to play with them when they were little. Notice how I said “my kids”? Not “the baby”, but “the kids”. In fact, I had these toys all set aside waiting for when the baby was old enough to play with them, thinking that my older kids were well past the Ambi Toys stage. Then, one day when we had a house full of kids, the box got torn open and the toys were immediately pounced on – by all... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at Rave & Review
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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 May 22, 2015 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 May 20, 2015 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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