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Easy Lunch Box Idea: FROZEN Olaf Sandwich

Packing a school lunch every day can get a bit monotonous, I’ll admit it. But it’s a chance to let your child know you’re thinking about her while she’s away from school. Long after she stops hugging you and saying “I love you” in public, she’ll smile when she opens up her lunchbox to find you’ve made her favorite sandwich.

Back to School Prep with the Energizer Instant Win Game and Scholastic Reading Challenge! #SummerReading @Scholastic

Who doesn’t love summer? Long stretches of quality time together as a family, new adventures to be enjoyed, and the joy of creating new memories. This summer we added something new into the mix to keep the kids active in reading and learning all summer long. We participated in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge!

Monster Treats for Halloween – Easy to Make and Ghoulishly Fun!

When you think of Halloween, you probably think of costumes and treats. I know I do. One of the fun things about this time of year is that there are so many options when making a Halloween treat – pumpkins, spiders, ghosts, bats – the creativity you see online is amazing! I really like the monster-themed treat ideas.

Ready for the Back-to-School Lunch Routine?

It’s back to school shopping season here in Seattle. While many of your children have already started the 2015/2016 academic year, we have a few more weeks before that becomes a reality.

New Disney Maleficent Movie Costumes for Halloween 2015

Jolie plays the evil Maleficent against the pure, Ella Fanning as Sleeping Beauty. These costumes mimic the tone of the film and are favorites for the 2015 Halloween season.

Why Organic Muslin is best For Swaddling Blankets, Bedding, & More – Cool Comfort

Cotton muslin is so soft and comfy and the perfect fabric for lightweight bedding, blankets, and sheets. It gets softer with every washing and muslin swaddle blankets make a great nursing cover because they allow air to flow so you and baby don’t get too warm.

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Easy Lunch Box Idea: FROZEN Olaf Sandwich

Packing a school lunch every day can get a bit monotonous, I’ll admit it. But it’s a chance to let your child know you’re thinking about her while she’s away from school. Long after she stops hugging you and saying “I love you” in public, she’ll smile when she opens up her lunchbox to find you’ve made her favorite sandwich.

Ready for the Back-to-School Lunch Routine?

It’s back to school shopping season here in Seattle. While many of your children have already started the 2015/2016 academic year, we have a few more weeks before that becomes a reality.

Why Organic Muslin is best For Swaddling Blankets, Bedding, & More – Cool Comfort

Cotton muslin is so soft and comfy and the perfect fabric for lightweight bedding, blankets, and sheets. It gets softer with every washing and muslin swaddle blankets make a great nursing cover because they allow air to flow so you and baby don’t get too warm.

5 Organic Baby Clothes Companies I Depend On for Affordable, Quality Kids Clothing

I’ve been buying “gender neutral” organic baby clothes for my future grandchild for nearly two years. In that time, I’ve learned a lot about how to find the best deals on organic infant and toddler clothes. I average about $10 a piece and that includes jackets, sweaters, and more, making organic and easy choice.

Crochet Kits: FROZEN and Princesses Amigurumi Patterns Released for Fall

Two new crochet sets are being released this fall! The first is the much anticipated Disney FROZEN Crochet Kit from Kati Galusz. The second is a book of 12 Disney Princess Crochet patterns by author Jessica Ward, and designer Jana Whitley.

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.

A Walk in the Woods Movie – Bryson/Redford Labor Day Weekend #TakeAHike

One of my favorite books has been made into a movie starring Robert Redford whom I’ve adored since the 70s. Somehow the fact that this was happening had gotten by me unnoticed until today! I happened to look up the title for another piece I’m writing about crafting while listening to audiobooks, when there it was an advertisement for “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson opening Labor Day weekend!

Walt Disney SHORT FILM Collection Available on BluRay Today

From Walt Disney Animation Studios has released a fantastic new collection of their best short films. Included in the collection are award-winning and beloved films like “Lorenzo,” which was nominated for Best Animated Short in 2004. It also includes contemporary favorites like Disney’s “Frozen Fever,” which stars Anna, Kristoff, Elsa, Olaf, and Sven. Plus Oscar winners “Feast” from 2014 and “Paperman” from 2012.

GIGANTIC: Disney Reveals Jack-in-the-Bean Stalk Inspired Film

John Lasseter, Disney’s Animation’s Chief Creative Officer, announced on behalf of Walt Disney Animation studios that they were creating the definitive version of “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Titled GIGANTIC, it is directed by Nathan Greno (Tangled) and produce by Dorothy McKim (Prep & Landing) and will feature music from Rober Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the Oscar-winning songwriters from FROZEN.

ZOOTOPIA – Disney Announces Shakira Voices Pop Artist Gazella

Directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore and producer Clark Spencer were on hand to share an extended sneak peek into the movie ZOOTOPIA which premieres March 4, 2016.

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.

Wrinkles – Does Where You Live Make a Difference?

Getting older is hard. I’m not going to lie. But every day I remind myself that I’m lucky to be alive so I don’t let little things like wrinkles get me down. That doesn’t mean I don’t try to keep them at bay, either. I’m OK with slowing down the aging process of my skin and I’ll use whatever lotions, creams, and other topical means possible to do it.

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.

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 Travel Quotes That Will Make You Rethink Why You Go

People travel for many different reasons. Some to say they’ve been there. Others to explore and have an adventure. Me? I travel to learn about other people. I’m fascinated by the differences in how we live and what we love.

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.

Turkey Havarti Apple Sandwich with Cranberry & Walnut Mayo

My husband works much too hard. I know every wife says that, but with him it’s true. I can’t get him to take a minute off to eat and most days he doesn’t eat until dinner which can be as late as 8:30 pm. I’ve been trying to force him to stop and eat, but that’s never going to happen, so I’m making tempting foods he can eat while he works, and that means a sandwich or other foods he can eat by hand.

Arepa – Venezuelan Bread Takes Your Sandwich Global

Sometimes it’s good to step out of the norm and try something different and that includes the foods you eat. It’s too easy to fall into a rut of eating the same food, but nutritionally, our bodies benefit from variety. Plus our brains love to be stimulated so participating in culinary exploration can be about more than just trying new flavors. It’s a chance to learn more about the world and how other people live.

Grilled Corn with Sour Cream and Cotija Cheese Recipe

Grilled Corn with Sour Cream and Cotija Cheese made with Darigold butter and sour cream – easy to make and delicious with hints of lime and cayenne pepper.

Summer Dessert: 14 Fabulously Sweet Blueberry Recipes

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

Save on LG Tone Wireless Stereo Headsets at AT&T #GIVEAWAY

It’s back-to-school season, and that means kids are getting back into the classroom and for many, that means interactive learning programs. Most schools now ask children to provide their own headphones, and they’re becoming almost as common on school supply lists as binders, pens, pencils, and paper.

Day Trips and Destinations with the Panasonic Lumix G7 #4KPhoto #4KFun

Summer to me is about slowing down a bit (as much as we possibly can with little ones) and taking some time to do things you may not make time for during the school year. The sunny weather always helps motivate me to want to get out and about and go on little family adventures to places we don’t usually make the time to check out.

Snorkeling in Maui Captured with ACTIVEON DX Action Cam

On our most recent trip to Hawaii we brought along our ACTIVEON DX Action Cam in hopes of finding some cool stuff to film. If you’re unfamiliar with action cams, the basic idea is that it’s a camera that can capture all the cool stuff you do, without getting in the way of what you’re doing. I especially liked being able to just press the record button and then ignore the camera until I was done with my activity.

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.

Monterey Dining: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co on Cannery Row

If you have a fondness for good seafood, and a laid back atmosphere, then The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. on Cannery Row (Monterey, CA) is the dining experience for you. Located next to the Intercontinental Hotel, it boasts an incredible view of the water from the outdoor dining area.

Monterey Dining: Cannery Row Brewing Company

The Cannery Row Brewing Company in Monterey, California, is a spectacular place to stop in and grab a bite to eat. We enjoyed lunch there on the outdoor patio on our most recent visit to Cannery Row.

Monterey: Ghirardelli Chocolate and Ice Cream Store #CanneryRow

With so many different things to see and do while on our trip to Cannery Row it was impossible to see and do everything. One amazing spot we got to check out was the Ghirardelli Chocolate & Ice Cream Shop in the Steinbeck Plaza.

ZeroWater – Get Clean Water At Home or Abroad

Travel opens us up to all kinds of opportunities and that’s why we do it. But the downside to travel is that sometimes our immune systems are presented with some challenges. One of those challenges is water, especially when travelling to foreign countries with water systems that are different than what our bodies are used to.

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