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Soufeel Charm Bracelet – Discounted Sterling Silver Charms

I’m a sucker for making memories. Taking pictures, making albums, journaling about special events, etc. I love doing each of them in the spirit of capturing and later, remembering, the events that took place. Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, holidays; there isn’t a special occasion that goes without being marked with a special token or memento. I love being able to look back on special occasions and have something tangible to remind me of how wonderful it was. Memories tend to fade, but I have found that keeping records and mementos have helped to keep them fresh.

10 Back to School Transition Tips for Parents

August signals that it’s time to head back to school. While our kids here in Seattle don’t start until August 31st, there are many districts all across the country with sessions already beginning. It’s a busy time as families try to squeeze in one last vacation before the school scheduled takes over. But it’s also a time of transitioning from the more relaxed and less schedule-packed summer to a fall filled with commitments.

Summer Dessert: 14 Fabulously Sweet Blueberry Recipes

Growing up, my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins would all go to the...

Scholastic Summer Reading Fun with the Energizer Bunny #GIVEAWAY

Over the past three weeks, my family and I have had a lot of funny stepping outside the box to read during the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. The Challenge is a free online reading program in its ninth year designed to help kids stay motivated and interested in reading all summer long. Scholastic has created many fun, interactive games and challenges on their site to help kids find reading enjoyable.

Dealing with a Crying Baby? Seven Sanity Saving Tips

I remember those days and nights well because it was one of the most stressful times of my life. I felt helpless. I was a first-time mom who had babysat for decades and who’d read so many books on how to have a child I thought I knew it all. But what I didn’t plan on was a baby who cried for hours on end from the moment we left the hospital.

Big Country Online Casting Call – Be the Star of Episode 5

They say there are millions of Americans who’ve never ventured outside of their home state; I believe it. My husband would be one of them if he had it his way. He’s travels only when forced to by his job or me. I’ve never understood his aversion to travel because I love it!

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INSIDE OUT Backpack: 22 Different Styles Plus Lunch Bags and More

Wow! There are a lot of Disney Pixar INSIDE OUT backpacks available for back to school. It’s going to be hard to pick from so many amazing choices! Here’s a rundown of the backpacks, rolling backpacks, lunch bags, and school supplies we found for sale now.

INSIDE OUT Bedding, Wall Art, and Bedroom Decor – NEW! #InsideOutEvent

Well, it’s official and I called it. Disney Pixar’s INSIDE OUT is a hit! Kids are loving these incredibly cute characters and parents are using the film to have conversations with their children about emotions. It’s definitely the best of both world for kid and adults. I’m been looking for new INSIDE OUT products to hit the market and I’ve found some fabulous bedroom sets, wall decor, and more.

aden + anais: Muslin Cotton Takes on the Summer Heat

One of the things I like about being a fairly new Mommy is all the amazing baby products I continuously discover! I can’t help but notice other Mommies’ diaper bags, bibs, swaddle blankets, and all the other fun gear and accessories that come with being a parent.

GiftLit Makes Reading With Kids Easy: Personalized Book Selection Subscription

It’s common knowledge that reading to your kids is one of the most important things you can do for them, but did you know just how far-reaching those benefits can be? From developing a closer relationship with you, to setting them up for academic excellence, to reinforcing basic speech skills and enforcing concentration and discipline — reading early and often to even the littlest kids provides an impressive foundation.

FREE INSIDE OUT Movie Crochet Patterns – Sadness, Joy and Disgust

These patterns were free when I posted this. I’ve learned a very valuable lesson – if you see a free pattern you want, download it asap in case it disappears!

Craftsy Crochet Classes – Learn Online At Your Own Pace

Quality online courses you take at your own pace, they never expire, and they’re professionally produced.

Free Crochet Headband Pattern: Seattle Seahawks Team Colors

On any game day, the blue and green wave starts very early in the morning, so I created this easy Seahawks’ crochet headband.

FREE Frozen Crochet Patterns: Inspired by the Disney Movie

Free crochet patterns for your favorite Disney FROZEN characters.

Money Management For Kids – Allowance and Lessons on Abundance

Teaching kids about money management can be a tough job. My five-year-old is in a “give me” phase — he sees a toy he likes and he wants it given to him NOW. We’re still working on understanding the value of a penny versus a quarter, so it’s challenging to help him understand what $20 means too.

Disney DESCENDANTS Free Printable Party Pack Plus Dolls and Books

In a present day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s iconic “Beauty and the Beast”) is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella de Vil, Maleficent the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters.

6 FOX TV Favorites Released on Blu-Ray and DVD

These 6 FOX TV favorites will be released on BluRay and DVD this fall by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment: which one is your favorite?

The Dalai Lama Gives His Opinion On World Leaders on PoliticKING

The 14th Dalai Lama shares his insights into some of the world’s leaders.

LEGO Pinata – Create Your Own DIY Party Decor

My son wanted a pinata for his LEGO birthday party, but our party store didn’t have any pinatas that would work. So I created my own LEGO brick pinata at home! Keep reading for the instructions — it was a lot easier than I thought it would be!

Beach Inspired Recipes and Crafts

Not everyone can make it to the beach during the warm months. That doesn’t mean that you can’t bring a little bit of the beach to you! With these beach inspired recipes and crafts, you will feel like you can hear the sound of the waves and feel the sand between your toes. Seashells, sand, driftwood, palm trees and boats… there is a little bit of everything here.

DIY School Supplies: Create, Reuse, & Personalize for Back to School

Growing up, one of my favorite things to do in August was go “Back to School” shopping. New clothes, new pens, new notebooks – everything was new and exciting. However, you don’t necessarily need to buy everything new. You can take some of last year’s supplies and personalize them for the new year. Dress up an old binder, or make your pencils look like one of a kind pieces. Why not get the creative juices flowing? Here are 10 DIY school supply ideas I found to get you started.

Not Your Average Baby Book – Create a Keepsake Treasure

My “baby” turns two next month! Time flies. I’ve been a little busy these past two years trying to chase after both my boys, but I decided it’s finally time to finish up his baby book. 😉 At least I’ll have it done before he’s off to kindergarten!

Road Trip? Tips for Safe Summer Vacation Travel

I can’t remember that last time we took a summer driving trip. I know it can’t have been that long ago. It seemed like, for our first 20 years of marriage, that was the only type of trip we could afford. We traveled from Washington to California, Oregon, and British Columbia often. While we may have scrimped on vacations back then, one thing we never pinched pennies on was our car tires.

Summer Tire Safety Tips and Sam’s Club Dare to Compare Event

I’ll admit it. I know a lot about tires, but I’ve never even checked my tire pressure. My husband maintains my car, it’s something he enjoys doing for me. At this time of my life, it’s not likely I’ll start doing car DIY, so it’s comforting to know that should I ever require new tires, Sam’s Club can take care of me.

WaterSavers Car Washes Use Less Water & Return It Clean #Giveaway

Water conservation is a hot topic this year and not just in California. Here in Washington it’s pretty dismal as well. I couldn’t help but notice on my last trip over Snoqualmie Pass that Lake Keechelus was well below its average level for this time of year. It’s so low that the tree stumps that are usually hidden until well into August are already visible.

2015 Ford Trends Report with Cheryl Connoly and Mario Armstrong

Cheryl Connoly, Ford’s Manager of Global Consumer Trends and Futuring, has the job of looking at trends beyond automobiles to see what’s influencing their customers. She was recently joined by Mario Armstrong (@marioarmstrong), the Today Show’s Tech Guru, to share what she thinks is important to consumers and how those trends will affect the direction Ford will be taking in coming years.

Coolibar Tropicana Sun Hat – A Stylish Way to Prevent Skin Cancer

It’s more important than ever to keep my face from the sun. With a family history of skin cancer and aging skin that can’t work as hard as it used to, to repair the damage I do to it, I need the extra protection of a hat. Sure, a sunscreen is a great idea, but sometimes I want just to run outside for an hour or so, and I don’t want to take the time to put on anything except a hat. But I want that hat to be cute and flattering so that I’ll want to wear it.

4 Myths About UTI: The Facts About Urinary Tract Infections

No one likes to talk about the perils of being a woman, especially when it comes to menopause and the way our bodies change. But when it comes to something important like Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), it’s important to know how to avoid them and what to do if you get one. Earlier we wrote How to Avoid Urinary Tract Infections, this week we want to talk about the myths surrounding UTI’s them to make sure you have the most accurate information available.

Menopause Symptoms: How to Avoid Urinary Tract Infections

I thought I knew it all when it came to menopause and perimenopause. After all, I’ve been dealing with it for the last few years. But I’ve learned that beyond the more readily known changes that include night sweats, hot flashes, emotional changes, irregular periods, headaches, vaginal dryness, insomnia, and heart palpitations, it’s also a time when urinary tract infections (UTI) are common. While that’s a long list of symptoms, don’t panic.

Crepe Erase Review

My Two Week Trial Results: Used on the neck, decollete, elbows, knees, and hands to improve the appearance and texture of the skin

LEGO Pinata – Create Your Own DIY Party Decor

My son wanted a pinata for his LEGO birthday party, but our party store didn’t have any pinatas that would work. So I created my own LEGO brick pinata at home! Keep reading for the instructions — it was a lot easier than I thought it would be!

LEGO Party Games on a Budget – A Fifth Birthday Bash

My five-year-old wanted a LEGO birthday party, so we threw him a great one without spending a ton of money. My son invited five fellow LEGO-loving friends that I’d need to keep occupied during the 2-hour party.

LEGO Party Ideas On A Budget – A Fifth Birthday Bash

My son just turned 5, and we didn’t even have a discussion when it came to choosing his party theme — of COURSE he would want a LEGO® party. The kid is obsessed with those little bricks and most of his friends are too, so it was a perfect fit.

Teen Beach 2 Party Pack – Recipes, Crafts, Decorations

Teen Beach 2 is playing on the Disney Channel and it’s available on DVD. Since it’s now officially summer, the kids are going to start clamoring to see their friends. Let them throw this simple to do Teen Beach 2 themed party! The recipes are easy enough for tweens and teens and younger kids can make them will a little help from mom and dad.

Disney DESCENDANTS Free Printable Party Pack Plus Dolls and Books

In a present day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s iconic “Beauty and the Beast”) is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella de Vil, Maleficent the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters.

Disneynature BEARS Available on Home Video

Disneynature BEARS, the newest film in the series takes place in Alaska where we meet Sky and her adorable bear cubs, Amber and Scout. We also have Magnus the bear “king” who’s a highly respected male and Chinook who’s been exiled, but challenges Magnus in an attempt to get back in.

Free MUPPETS MOST WANTED Activities, Games, and How to Draw Tutorials

Free MUPPETS MOST WANTED Activities, Games, and How to Draw Tutorials

Disney FROZEN Free Printables: Plus Our Picks for Great Frozen Craft Sets

Well the time is finally here! The Blu-ray release of Disney’s newest blockbuster has arrived! With over one billion dollars earned in the box office so far, I have a feeling that most readers have already seen this film in the theaters. When people say “instant classic”, this film is at the top of the list. It’s universally loved by all generations and winner of two Oscars. This is a must-own film for any movie lover!

25 Dorothy Parker Quotes about 20th-Century Weaknesses and Eccentricities That Still Ring True Today

She was a wisecracking poet, critic, and satirist who poked at 20th-century urban weaknesses and eccentricities.

10 Quotes About Spring

Spring brings the sweet sent of flowers and dirt under my fingernails.

Gardening Quotes to Get you in the Mood for Spring

Spring has finally arrived and it’s time to get out and get your hands dirty in the garden. Whether you grow flowers or vegetables, you’ll benefit from the time spent creating and maintaining it both in your harvest and spiritually.

10 Love Quotes for Valentine’s Day

It’s that time of year – when we declare our undying love for our partners. Here are 10 love quotes to inspire you.

Summer Dessert: 14 Fabulously Sweet Blueberry Recipes

Growing up, my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins would all go to the...

P.A.N. Brunch Favorites: Lemon and Blueberry Cornmeal Muffins with Lemon Glaze

It’s nearing the end of our blueberry season. We’re always excited to see the berries ripen early in July but sad to see them go. Even eating bushels of them every summer we never grow tired of them. This year while we had an excellent crop on our six bushes.

Avocado and Chicken Lettuce Wraps in 5 Minutes

I love when Foster Farms® reaches out to ask me to create a recipe with one of their chicken products. I like the challenge of trying to create something my husband will enjoy and it’s easy with their fabulous products.

Foster Farms Chicken Fajita-Style Quesadillas Recipe

Foster Farms® has been our chicken of choice for decades so when they asked me to create a recipe utilizing one of their new chicken options I immediately said yes! I’m thrilled to let you know that in addition to their regular fresh chicken (Foster Farms® Fresh & Natural), there is now Foster Farms® Simply Raised (without antibiotics) and Foster Farms® Organic. Fresh & Natural and Simply Raised are locally grown and widely available in California, Oregon, and Washington. Organic is available at Costco and select supermarkets.

Google Cardboard Turns My Droid Turbo into a Virtual Reality Device #VZWBuzz

I’ve been hearing more and more excitement about the new virtual reality technology hitting the market over the last few months. Wanting to get a taste of this new technology, but not looking to spend the $200-$300 for one of the fancy new headsets, I decided to use my Droid Turbo as a virtual reality platform using a Google Cardboard headset.

Panasonic Lumix G7 Camera – Capturing Our Summer in Motion

One of my favorite things to do with my family is to look at photos and relive all of our priceless moments together. As a mother of two little ones, I am constantly trying to capture and treasure every moment. But it’s not easy with active kids who are not about to stop what they’re doing to pose. It seems like I also had my I-phone in hand snapping numerous pictures in the hope that I’d get at least one good shot. It became frustrating missing all those cute moments because I didn’t have a great camera to capture them.

LEGO Dimensions: Building Bricks Merge with a Video Game

It’s probably safe to say that LEGO creators took a look at the popularity of games like Skylanders and Disney Infinity, because they’ve created their own game toy meets video game world named LEGO Dimensions.

Oaxis Bento Magnetic Induction Close Contact Wireless Speaker – No Pairing, NFC or Wi-Fi

Finally! A wireless speaker for people who don’t want to learn how to pair their device to a standard Bluetooth speaker. Face it, pairing isn’t always easy and it doesn’t always happen the first time, especially if you’re like me and have a phablet as your primary device. Now there’s the Oaxis Bento Magnetic Induction Close Contact Wireless Speaker that simply works, every single time.

Big Country Online Casting Call – Be the Star of Episode 5

They say there are millions of Americans who’ve never ventured outside of their home state; I believe it. My husband would be one of them if he had it his way. He’s travels only when forced to by his job or me. I’ve never understood his aversion to travel because I love it!

The Perfect Summer Vacation Just Got More Affordable

The news has been reporting that airlines ticket prices are dropping, so when I got an email telling me about one of my favorite carrier’s 8-hour sale, I got a little giddy. We’re taking a family trip to Hawaii in October, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t stop everything I was doing to check them out.

How To Visit Seattle Museums For Free

Did you know most of the museums around Seattle have a free day, once a month? I’m always astonished by how many of my friends don’t know about this perk.

Ohme Wine and Food Gala – A Spectacular Garden Party Tickets On Sale

If you have plans to be in the Eastern Washington area in early July, check out the Ohme Wine and Food Gala in Wenatchee on Saturday, July 11 and add it to your travel itinerary!

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