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Arbonne Giveaway … worth $423!

Today is a fun day for a few reasons. One, you get to meet from friend, Kari, again! Here’s the first time she visited the blog. And two, she’s not only introducing you to the delightful world of Arbonne, she’s giving away a HUGE set! I can’t think of a better way to end (or start) the […]

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This Month at mom.me

I hustled my bustle before we left for Disneyland and got a ton of work done so I could fully embrace the magic without interruption. Go me! Doing that has made December slow and easy and really lovely. For me, freelance is one of those “when it rains it pours” type of things and honestly, I’ve […]

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Square Harvest Muffins, AKA Harvest Bread

For History Jemma and I have been working through The Story of the World. I can’t recommend this series enough, especially the adjoining Activity Book that is full of supplemental ideas and book recommendations. We’ve alternated a week of reading with a week of activities which has led us up to studying the Jewish People […]

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This + That

Last week we had snow. The first snow Jemma and Max really remember! It took almost a half hour to get them bundled up and within 10 minutes or so Max was telling me it was too cold. That boy! Mimi swooped in and distracted him with plans to make a trio of little snowmen while Reid and […]

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Jemma’s Fall Reading List and a Giveaway!

I’ll never take credit for Jemma learning to read. Shortly after she turned 5 I casually started reviewing BOB books with her. Then, before I knew it, she was reading chapter books.  I wish there was a trick I could share, but really, it was just that. The only insight I have is that we keep […]

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The Best Foods of Disneyland

We went to Disneyland for so much more than the food, but, I will admit, it was a nice perk. I did my research beforehand (thank you, Pinterest) and set out with a list of things to try. Throughout our week we stumbled on a few of our own favorites and today, the full “report” […]

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A Castle Full of Disneyland Outfits

Still living on the high from our 2015 Disneyland trip, Jemma and I spent almost a month planning our outfits for Disneyland this year. From tees, to jewelry, to ears, and, of course, princess dresses, we stuffed our suitcases and lived it up the whole time we were there. Hope you enjoy a few snapshots of […]

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Sponsoring a Dream

This isn’t the first time I’ve partnered with CARE and it probably won’t be my last. Because, CARE cares. Which may sound cliche, but it’s true! I love the mission they’re constantly working to fulfill. And I love the longevity of their work. For the last 70 years CARE has worked in 95 countries. Last […]

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Say Hello To Peppermint Bark + a Cavity Free Holiday

There are two things I know for sure about the holidays. One, they’re not complete without sweets. And two, cavities are at the bottom of my Christmas wish list. Because of the aforementioned, it only seems fitting that I share the perfect duo – a recipe for a fabulous no-bake sweet and a recipe for […]

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Have You Tried Moodivator?

This post was developed in partnership with Pfizer as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. It would take all my fingers and toes to name people I love and admire who struggle with depression. It’s prevalent. It’s common. And it’s something that, with help, can be managed.  My loved ones who battle depression […]

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My Reid

Before Reid had his thumb surgery I scheduled a photo shoot with our family photography. I wanted to capture some special photos of his double thumb along with his almost 9 month cuteness. The big kids and I didn’t plan to join in on these photos. It was a hot, summer day and we’d spent […]