Enjoying Our Own Water Park Thanks To Blast Zone! #Giveaway

water slide

Since building our new house, we've had lots to do and not enough time to do any of it. One of the tasks at the top of our list has been to get our yard in order, to make it look less like a construction zone, but mostly so the kids have a place to play. There's so much we can do now on the acreage we have so we were so thrilled to have the chance to review the Spray N Splash 2 Water Park from … [Read more...]

Learning About Emotions With Inside Out, Plus Fun Craft For Kids #InsideOut

Inside Out

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #InsideOutEmotions #CollectiveBias It's easy for parents to forget that little ones are often still trying to understand their emotions and how to express them. I know I do; I've scolded my child for yelling or throwing things and have gotten frustrated when she cries or walks away from … [Read more...]

The 80s Trends We Hope Never See The Light Of Day Again

The neon colors, the acid wash, the high waist and pleats... I'm not sure what we were thinking then. It seems like there were so many fashion trends, from slouch socks to jellies, that it was hard to keep up with all of them. You were given an 80s badge of courage if you managed these fancy trends in multiples at the same time, but you were considered an 80s goddess if you nailed them … [Read more...]

Don’t Sweat It This Summer: Target Essentials To Keep You Cool #TargetRun

target essentials

This is a sponsored post for Target on behalf of Mode Media.When the kids celebrate their last day of school, we hit Target. When we have friends over for a barbecue, we hit Target. When we celebrate holidays with family and friends and need the essentials, we hit Target. I often joke that I will walk into Target for lip gloss and a candle and walk out with enough stuff to redecorate my whole … [Read more...]

The Great Big Family Reunion #Giveaway From Banana Boat! #bestsummerever

Banana Boat

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Banana Boat®. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Do you remember the 1990sBanana Boat® commercials with the catchy tune? Get on the boat, the Banana Boat... I can't see their products without singing that song in my head. I'm convinced that … [Read more...]

I’m Kind Of A Rockstar, At Least While I’m At Blogger Bash #BBNYC

Blogger Bash

If you've not yet purchased your ticket for Blogger Bash in New York City yet, then I have to ask... why the heck NOT? Last year was the inaugural Blogger Bash in New York City and I had an absolute blast! I had one-on-one time with some amazing brands, secured two ambassadorships and a free (and might I say amazeballs) handbag from MZ Wallace and had more fun than should have fit into a … [Read more...]

The ‘Second Skincare’ Your Family Needs For Sensitive Skin #SecondSkincare


I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for P&G. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All opinions and reviews are my own. Poor Ella, cursed with my sensitive skin. She may not have gotten my red hair or my freckles dotted onto my skin like a map of the solar system, but we both … [Read more...]

Think Outside The Tie This #FathersDay: 8 Gifts That Don’t Suck

Father's Day

I'm not sure if anyone really gets their dads ties or ashtrays for Father's Day anymore. Those gifts may have gone out of style with acid-washed jeans and Hypercolor shirts... wait, those aren't coming back in style, too, are they? Anyway, the same ol' gift ideas just don't apply any longer. Modern dads like technology and entertainment gifts. Today's dad thinks more about style, whether it's … [Read more...]