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Leanne
Wife. Mother. Obsessive Compulsive Shopper.
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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 5 days ago 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
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I worked with The Motherhood on this post, sponsored by ConAgra Foods. All thoughts and opinions are my own. When most of us think of summer we reminisce about wading pools, running through sprinklers in t-shirts and shorts, playing in the woods, jumping on trampolines, and riding our bikes all day long. But, for some kids, summer isn’t all fun and games. During the school year many kids receive free or reduced meals at school, but during the summer nearly 90% of those children have limited access to those programs. For the children at risk of going hungry, the summer months are anything but carefree and fun. This summer The Motherhood is working with ConAgra Foods on an initiative called... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Rave & Review
BreAnna, each strip is 60" long, but since it it tied in the middle, it only hangs down 30" (minus a bit since the knot shortens it a tad). My dresses were for 3 year olds who are all on the taller side, but I recommend you hold the tulle strips up and see how long you want it and then double that measurement so you can tie it in the middle. Good luck!
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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. (#CollectiveBias) and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. This is a big summer for us because the beginning of fall doesn't just mean my daughter goes back to school. This year, my son starts school as well. That means I've got exactly 2 months to prepare him mentally for the fact that he will soon be a big kid - the kind that has the courage to walk through the school doors without either parent a sibling. This is happening, whether we’re ready or not. If you know my son, you are most definitely wishing me luck with what we are all anticipating will be a very big adjustment... for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Ever since I became an adult, I’ve regretted the decision to not get braces when I was younger. I remember the talk with the orthodontist was really quite informal and I was actually asked whether I wanted braces or not. Of course, I did not. Braces always seemed to me to be akin to a medieval torture device that made eating, sleeping, and playing sports miserable for a year or two – sometimes even longer. No thank you, I’ll take my crazy crooked teeth any day. I mean, I don't need to show my teeth when I smile, right? But, then a few years ago I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Independence Day signifies many things to me, and has become especially important now that I have children. Teaching them why we celebrate the holiday and all that we have to be grateful for is really important to me, and the Fourth of July holiday gives us a good starting point. Sure, we still do the annual Independence Day parade with horse riding, cheering, flag-waving fun. And, the fireworks show. Which is sometimes followed by our sparklers show. But the Fourth of July also signals something else: the start of late summer nights. Starting with fireworks and evening walks with the family, and then vacations that have us around campfires while camping, we’re going to be enjoying a whole lot more... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Rave & Review
Aren't the cookies the BEST? Seriously, they are amazing!
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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. {#CollectiveBias} and its advertiser. All opinions on #FreshNaturally are mine alone. Like most people, now more than ever I’m paying a whole lot more attention to the brands I purchase for my family. It’s really surprising when you start reading what’s in the things that you buy, and it’s even more surprising when over half of those ingredients are virtually unrecognizable. Making a switch to natural ingredients has been a goal of mine and I’ve recently made a huge effort to make it happen. While I’ve still got a ways to go before I’m completely done with the transformation, I’ve made some huge progress in ridding my household of items with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Earlier this month we attended an event hosted by AT&T at David Barton Gym in Bellevue, WA. Along with Seattle area tech, parenting and lifestyle bloggers and reporters, we got to test the newest wearable technology from Jawbone during a workout with one of the gym’s fitness trainers. As excited as we were for the event, I must admit we spent a crazy amount of time right here in the entrance to the gym with its gorgeous wood detailing. Understandably, the kids decided this was most definitely a slide and happily slid down the wall dozens of times. I think this might happen a lot because we only got smiles from patrons and staff alike. Once we finally made it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Rave & Review
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We all want our daughters to grow up in a world where they are only limited by their own imaginations. Even in our fast-paced lifestyles, such a place still exists and it’s within the world of Groovy Girls. These colorful soft dolls are full of personality and spunk with a message to girls to be true to themselves. This year the iconic Groovy Girls from Manhattan Toy Company are turning 16 and they are as big of a hit now as they were when they first arrived in toy stores all those years ago. In fact, Groovy Girls just won the prestigious Parents' Choice Award this year! While I didn’t grow up playing with these adorable dolls myself, I must... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at Rave & Review
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My daughter is a water baby. Ever since she was really little, I had to be very careful with her around the water because if I looked away for a half a second, she would be up to her neck in water – and that’s when we’re talking the cold Puget Sound water. For this reason, we always make sure she’s always with us and in a lifejacket whenever she’s around the water, you just can’t be too careful. But, now that she’s learning to swim, we needed to find a solution that let her move freely while still keeping her safe. The solution is Tadpool, a new PTPA Seal of Approval winner, that allows kids to learn how to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Rave & Review
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The Everywhere Society and Macy’s Culinary Council invited me to attend this event and provided me with compensation for this post. However, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. When I think of summer, one of the first things I think of is firing up the grill. When the weather gets warmer, I look forward to spending extra time outside instead of the kitchen and I really love not heating up the house by cooking with the oven and stove. I know I’m not the only one looking forward to grilling season this year because there was a very excited crowd this past weekend at the Grilling Guru event that happened at the Alderwood Macy’s in Lynnwood, WA.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Oh summer, how I love you. Hanging out all day and never having to put on socks, making sun tea and eating fresh fruit, and keeping cool anyway you can. This is our newest way to keep cool, sent to us by our friends at Nerf. Heads up: if you come over, you might want to be prepared to get wet. Either that, or bring cake. We don’t shoot anyone carrying dessert. Sure, when I was young we had squirt guns, but they looked like the ones above that hold approzimately 1oz of water so you had to refill every 10 seconds and they had all the soaking capacity of a spray bottle. These? Well, let’s just say that they... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Growing up, I loved all things Sleeping Beauty. I loved the magic, the fairies, the wood cutter’s cottage, and the Sleeping Beauty castle. More importantly, I loved Maleficent. I think we can all agree that she’s one of the best Disney villains, but yet we knew almost nothing about her aside from her unique headwear and her disdain about not being invited to a baby shower. But why did she bestow such an awful gift on a helpless baby? Where does her hatred for Aurora come from? And why on Earth would she trust a crow to be her eyes and ears in going about her evil plans? Clearly, there was more to know about Maleficent, so I was thrilled... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at Rave & Review
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I love the clean lines of this main room, but it felt like it was missing some pizzazz. Specifically, I wanted a mantle that would tie the dining room and living room together and create a meeting space for the whole family. A little paint, a piece of masonry found... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Dolls Get Crafty
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This is going to come as a shock to anyone who knows how close my daughter and I are, but a few months ago I found it hard to bond with my sweet little girl. We spent most of the day together but sometimes it felt like we were so similar that we were constantly at odds. With the start of school and the addition of ballet and playdates there was a lot of hurry up and clean up and eat up and we’ve got to go, but not a whole lot of time to just sit and talk and enjoy each other. I realized I had to do something fast or this school year was going to be pretty... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at Rave & Review
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Lake Chelan is one of my absolute favorite places. You know when someone says to close your eyes and go to your happy place? For me, that’s Chelan. It’s got an average of 300 days of sunshine {!!}, a gorgeous lake, water sports galore, a fun downtown, and it’s one of the best sandy beaches in Washington. My family has been going to Lake Chelan since I was little, so I’ve been to the lake over 25 times in my lifetime, which includes 15 times with my husband. We’re now continuing the tradition with our own children by making Chelan our extended family vacation with cousins and grandparents. At this point it holds so many memories and good times that... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Rave & Review