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Wife. Mother. Obsessive Compulsive Shopper.
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Look what I've been having fun testing the past few weeks. It's pretty awesome, and I will tell you why. But, first I have to tell you what I don't love in a flat iron. Flyaways. Because, you know what’s super annoying? Going to the trouble of straightening your hair just to be left with frizzy flyaways when you’re finished. That’s why most days I simply clip back my hair and call it good. Maybe “good” isn’t the right word. Perhaps the term I’m looking for is “okay”. So, when I hear that companies get it and are working to make life easier for all of us with hair, I get really excited. That’s exactly what Remington did with the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Rave & Review
I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Panasonic. I received product samples as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” As someone who has a camera with me at all times, the struggle is always between whether I want quality pictures or I want lightweight options, because up until now there was no real compromise in my eyes. That means I typically end up going the DSLR route because I need to have good pictures for blog posts and for capturing all those important milestones with the kids, but I hate that I end up carting around bags of gear as well as all the stuff we need on our adventures.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Rave & Review
This is what my current diaper changing station looks like. Clearly, a lot has changed since I became a mom 7 years ago. Sleeping in is now the finest of luxuries, my purse currently houses a combination first aid kit and toy box, coffee has become my best friend, and I’m so over the so-called must-haves. I know what works for me {coffee} and I know what doesn’t {the picturesque nursery}. Hey, I’m not saying you never should design that dream nursery. I did for my first child and I enjoyed every second of planning, shopping, and seeing it all come together. What I’m saying is that, for me, it’s not a must-have. I hated the fact that my beautiful... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Rave & Review
As someone who is always on the go with kids, I feel like I am constantly shuttling belongings from point A to point B, then to point C, and back again. It used to be that I would arrive at my destination and unload bags and toys and gear just for a few hours and then would cart it all back home again when I was done. But, my years of doing that are over now that I have three darlings who all need gear and I still only have two hands. Since baby items are traditionally big and bulky, they were the first things to get abandoned for the sake of not feeling like a pack mule. But, then... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at Rave & Review
By Tyler, editor and reviewer My wife says I can’t buy a race car. Something about how it’s not practical and we have three kids, blah blah blah. But after spending time in the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer, I think I might just be able to sneak this one by her. It may not have a roll cage or nitrous, but the Mitsubishi Lancer with the optional 2.4L engine does satisfy my desire for a compact car to cruise in that really feels like I’m driving. Anyone out there that has ever wanted to race knows what I’m talking about. There’s driving, and then there’s really feeling like you’re driving. So, how does the Mitsubishi Lancer enhance the driving experience? For... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Rave & Review
On my 30th birthday I got hit by a drunk driver on my way home from renewing my driver’s license with my two small children. While the driver who hit us sped off, our car bounced around the freeway, sliding across loose gravel, and straight into a guard rail, narrowly missing a 30 foot drop. Eventually, our car ended up in oncoming traffic where kind passersby helped push our car off to the side while we waited for the emergency responders to check us over and assist us. My husband arrived in just minutes to escort us off the freeway and together we got the car to the state patrol’s office to get the accident paperwork. We were met by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at Rave & Review
Oh, I'm totally there with you! The camera system on the KIA is AMAZING. I don't need a camera in my current car, but if I was driving this big of a car, you betcha I need it. There is no way I'm parallel parking a VAN in Seattle without it.
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2015 on Our KIA Sedona camping adventure at Rave & Review
I'm with you - they are insanely practical and luxurious, but it's still hard to make the leap. It is the next logical step when we have to fit three car seats across after baby graduates to a convertible seat, but as much as I'm going to love it, I'm going to miss my compact sedan when that happens. Now, if it was THIS ^ minivan, I wouldn't shed a tear!
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2015 on Our KIA Sedona camping adventure at Rave & Review
Susan, I had to check with my loader/unloader, but he confirmed what the KIA site said that both have the LATCH system. Are you in the market for a van?
Toggle Commented Jul 17, 2015 on Our KIA Sedona camping adventure at Rave & Review
That's a good question, Marty. I haven't played with one myself, but everyone I know that has tried the curved display has loved it. I'm hoping they have a way to steady it while on a desk for purposes of texting/emailing, but I'm not sure. I'll have to check one out in-store and comment back.
Sarah, I do still like the stroller for young kids, especially if your 2yo isnt too heavy, since a heavy toddler will make the stroller top-heavy if you only have a newborn in the bottom. The second generation of the Valco baby seat and toddler seat seemed like an improvement over this first version, but both worked well when we used them. Good luck! Leanne From:
I need to preface this review by stating that I am NOT a minivan person. When I think minivan, I think "grandma mobile", complete with character-emblazoned steering wheel and cross stitch caddy just waiting for a long drive. I know I'm not alone in this because there are legit sites proclaiming their distaste for the minivan movement. I had always firmly believed that minivans were not what the cool kids drove, no matter how practical they may be. My husband, however, has been trying to convince me how awesome minivans are since well before we had kids. Quite frankly, I thought he was crazy. I'm all about small cars, and compact sedans are where my heart has always been. BUT... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Rave & Review
Are you looking for your next phone? Look no further, because I have the perfect phone for you. Introducing the LG G Flex 2 smartphone from AT&T. Read all about this amazing phone and then enter to win one of these bad boys below! By now I’m sure you’ve heard all about how the new iPhone can bend and how it really scared people the first few weeks. Well, it turns out that the curve isn’t exactly a defect. In fact, some people would argue that the curved design is preferred over a standard rectangle phone, which is why the new LG G Flex 2 was created with a curve. Why the curve? The iconic curved design of the LG... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Rave & Review
If I was describing the differences between my toys growing up and the toys my kids love, the biggest differences wouldn't be what you would probably expect. It isn’t technology, computers, or gadgets that set them apart. No, the biggest difference I see is the intelligence in the design of toys these days that takes learning toys to a whole new level. Instead of basic blocks like I used to play with, now children's building tools are more advanced and so much cooler. Just look at Geomag, the maker of awesome magnetic construction toys that have been huge in Europe for years and are just now re-entering the US market. Using super strong magnets within magnetic rods and non-magnetic spheres... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Rave & Review
Yes, Carrie! It is so easy anyone can do it and it went over really well at the Meet and Greet!
Haha - I wish! We did love it, though!
Amanda, it is a ton of fun!
Rosey, glad I could help you find a great tote - we haven't left the house without our totes since they arrived!
Life changing is right, Kailani! So easy and it cooks SO well! Happy to see you back online - you've been missed!
Amanda, it was yummy! I will definitely be making it again
Liz, I'm glad I could help!
Yes, I was really grateful! Thank goodness for Little Remedies!
With back to back vacations scheduled that had us running for two weeks straight, we decided we needed a low-key Fourth of July holiday. Instead of rushing back up to Gasworks park in Seattle where we normally watch the fireworks, we decided to stick around the Portland area after my cousin's wedding last week and celebrate the Fourth with family down there. We found out about Fort Vancouver's fireworks display and were told it was the "biggest show West of the Mississippi". I'm not sure if that's true, because instead of waiting in traffic and fighting for parking, we ended up going to a nearby park to watch from there and I'm pretty sure we missed about 30% of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Rave & Review
My grandma used to have one present she always got for every new baby in the family: Gripe Water. As the mom of 7 kids, grandmother to 12, and great-grandma to 13 {and counting}, she knows a thing or two about babies. Specifically, she knows that if baby ain’t happy, no one’s happy. She knows that at 1am that Gripe Water is going to be worth its weight in gold. As the mom of a new baby, I can definitely agree. And, while my baby is admittedly very easy going and has a naturally relaxed demeanor and a crazy amount of patience for her older siblings’ shenanigans, when she has an upset stomach, watch out. That’s where Little Remedies products... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Rave & Review
I don’t know about you, but there’s a direct correlation between the amount of summer sun and the amount of time I don’t want to spend cooking. Basically, my goal each weeknight is to get everyone fed and happy so we can get outside and play as soon as possible to enjoy time as a family after work. So, when Foster Farms contacted me about trying out some of their Simply Raised antibiotic free chicken to create an easy weeknight recipe post, I jumped at the chance. Why Foster Farms chicken? Because there are no antibiotics administered, they are produced with no added sodium, given 100% vegetarian feed, American Humane Certified, and 100% natural {minimally processed, no additives or preservatives,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at Rave & Review