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Leanne
Wife. Mother. Obsessive Compulsive Shopper.
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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 4 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 5 days ago 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
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Our family is huge into biking and the kids spend all spring, summer, and fall pedaling all over the neighborhood and beyond. But, with a new reviewer that is going to be too young to join in all the biking fun, I wasn't sure what her and I were going to do while the big kids played. Sure, I could push her in the stroller alongside them, but that's a pretty sad consolation to biking with the big kids. Introducing the smarTrike® Boutique Touch Steering® 4-in-1 trike that can get her out biking even before she can reach the pedals. Besides starting a love of biking earlier than ever, it also has all sorts of little details that make toddlers... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Before, when I would travel, the most important thing to me was a comfortable bed and a shower, with a breakfast being a really nice bonus. Now, I would never book a room without WiFi because I've seen what happens when we try to vacation without it. Let me tell you, there's an awful lot of time spent searching for cafes with WiFi and parking ourselves at a back table while the rest of the family waits for whomever was unlucky enough to get the S.O.S. call from back home. Yes, I know… we shouldn't be on the internet while we're supposed to be on vacation and surfing the internets doesn't count as real surfing, blah blah blah. But, the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Rave & Review
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For the past few years, I’ve been researching bed solutions for my growing family and have come to one conclusion: people put a whole lot more thought into the crib that they will buy their little one to sleep in for a matter of months than they do the bed they will grow up in. It’s true. There are numerous companies devoted to helping you design a baby nursery and pick your baby’s bed, but there is very little help once you are ready to graduate your child to a big kid bed. I guess you’re just supposed to go to a traditional furniture store and pick one of the 5 boring beds they stock and call it good. Well,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Around here we take our doll play very seriously. My kids learn with their dolls, we host special doll play dates, and we look for any opportunity to include them in our mother/daughter bonding time. This also means I’m picky about what doll treasures end up in our collection and would gladly pay more for high-quality, detailed accessories and miniatures that will really expand our doll play. All of this and more is why I adore The Queen's Treasures. Sick of all the pink plastic junk I was finding in retail stores, I ended up doing an exhaustive search online to see if I could find 18" doll items that would last through all the kids and make playtime even... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Are you as excited as we are about the release of Disney's Big Hero 6 on Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD? We absolutely loved the movie in the theater and have been eagerly awaiting the day we could add it to our Disney collection. Folks, that day is today. Big Hero 6 is a heart-warming comedy adventure about the friendship that develops between a robotics prodigy, Hiro Hamada {Ryan Potter}, and an extraordinary robot, Baymax {Scott Adsit}. Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams, and produced by Roy Conli, the film takes place in the fictional San Fransokyo, where a diverse group of friends comes together to form a band of unlikely heroes. Why we love it I'm always looking... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Rave & Review
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What would you do with longer lasting batteries? Power your camera, your remotes, or simply keep the peace longer by making sure all your kids' toys are ready for play with the new Fusion batteries from Rayovac. This new battery is tested to be "35% longer lasting than Energizer Max", which means you can buy less batteries and worry about technology shut-downs a whole lot less. As someone who is admittedly very frugal and has been known to shop at dollar stores or purchase off-brands, batteries are one of the few items I refuse to go this route with. Those off-brand batteries end up costing a whole lot more in the long run because they only last a small fraction... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Rave & Review
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By Tyler, Editor and Author Were you looking for us a few weeks ago and expecting to find us holed up at home with our newborn while adjusting to life as a family of 5? If so, you were probably very disappointed to find our car in the driveway but no one at home. But really, how could you possibly sit at home when you have this beautiful Lexus RX 450h waiting for you to drive it? We took advantage of having a fancy new vehicle to explore in and instead spent our time off enjoying the islands around us, visiting family and friends near and far to show off the new babe, and using it as a great excuse... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Rave & Review
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101 Dalmatians, one of the most beloved movies of my childhood is arriving for the first time on Digital HD, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Disney Movies Anywhere and On-Demand and I couldn't be happier. I've been waiting to share the film with my family for years and have been counting down the days until we could enjoy a family movie night with Pongo, Perdita, and their adorable puppies. When my firefighter-obsessed son first spied the 101 Dalmatians DVD and Blu-ray combo pack that arrived last week, he immediately declared that he wanted to watch the "fire dog movie". While I made sure to tell him there was no fire theme to the movie, I knew he wouldn't be upset once he... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Lately I've been thinking a whole lot about firsts and lasts. This month has been an emotional ride already as I welcomed a much anticipated last: a last baby to complete our family. I'm overjoyed at the fact that she is now here, but I have already had a few moments of sadness that this is the last... The last time I will ever bring a baby home, the last time we will see our family grow, the last time I will ever have a newborn. But, it makes me happy knowing that there are a whole lot of firsts to look forward to. There’s the first smile and belly laugh, the first time rolling over, the first wobbly steps,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Rave & Review
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I have what my sisters refer to as "baby hair". I believe the official word for my type of hair is “fine”, but on top of that it’s also really thin – like baby hair. As for actual styling, it's just about as frustrating as trying to style a baby's hair and requires a ton of product in order to somewhat hold even the easiest hairstyle. Even backcombing my hair doesn’t work very well because my soft baby hair just won’t hold and soon after it’s styled it ends up limp and lifeless. But, while there are hundreds of products on the market for thinning or receding hair, my baby hair has always left me wishing I had any other... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Rave & Review
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Baby is here! Our sweet baby girl arrived almost a week ago and all of us are already crazy about her. So far, she’s been a dream. She has spent most of her time sleeping or cooing quietly in our arms while everyone begs to hold her next, and has proven to be quite the good little traveler. She's already slept through a few hours of road trips, a ferry ride, a day exploring the islands, and even made it in time to see our beloved Seahawks in the Super Bowl. All that in 6 short days. The kids especially are over the moon about her and every time she makes even the tiniest noise they come running to help.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Rave & Review
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