Metamorphosis In Action: Raising Butterflies

Butterfly Kit

For the past couple weeks, I’ve had bugs in my dining room. Specifically, Levi and I have had caterpillars & ladybug larvae we’ve been observing. It all started with a shipment from Insect Lore. They had offered to send us a couple of their live insect kits to try out this summer, and I gladly accepted. We received their Live Butterfly Garden, which includes a butterfly enclosure and a cup of live caterpillars. If you buy this directly from their {Read More}

May Karina Dresses Giveaway Part Deux


A couple days ago I shared the Peggy dress, a new style from Karina Dresses. And lucky you, now you have the chance to win it as part of our Frockstar™ wardrobe upgrade giveaway! That’s right, one lucky winner will walk away with $500 worth of gorgeous, made-in-the-USA dresses. My latest addition to my closet is the Peggy dress, which is a beautiful v-neck dress that has a subtle collar and full skirt. $500 Karina Dresses Giveaway To celebrate the {Read More}

New Karina Dress Style: Meet Peggy

Peggy Dress from Karina Dresses paired with a chunky necklace, polka dot wedges, and sunglasses.

Karina Dresses introduced a new style recently – the Peggy dress. As part of their Frockstar™ team of bloggers, I couldn’t wait to try it out. (I’ve included affiliate links in this post for those that would like to shop their dresses, too.) The Peggy dress is a v-neck, sleeveless dress with a collar that accentuates the bust line. I paired it with a black v-neck tank top underneath to keep the lines without exposing quite as much cleavage. I {Read More}

Recipe: Blueberry Tart for Two

Blueberry Tart Dessert Recipe -

This blueberry tart recipe is a perfect dessert for summer berry season. Be sure to choose plump, ripe blueberries for the best flavor. Blueberry Tart for Two Ingredients Pie crust dough (follow your favorite pie crust recipe or use one rolled-style crust from the refrigerated section at the grocery store) 1.5 Cups frozen blueberries 2 Tbsp raw, fine chopped coconut, unsweetened (you can use your food processor to grind large flakes if that’s what you have on hand) 1 Tbsp {Read More}

Father’s Day Gift Idea: DROID Turbo Sapphire Blue by Motorola

Droid Turbo Sapphire Blue Back

Father’s Day is coming up, and I admit, I get my dad the same exact gift every year. In fact, I get him the same gift for every single holiday and gifting occasion – gummy worms, Jelly Belly jelly beans, and Mike n’ Ikes. It’s what he likes and and I like knowing he’ll enjoy my gift. Mykl, on the other hand, isn’t quite as easy to shop for. Don’t get me wrong – he would love anything I helped {Read More}

Pool Day Fun with Levi’s Puddle Jumper


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stearns Puddle Jumpers®. All opinions are 100% mine. Kids love to swim, and mine are no exception. Unlike the older girls, Levi hasn’t mastered swimming on his own – he can paddle a little bit, but lacks the confidence and practice to swim without assistance. That’s where Puddle Jumper comes in. Whether we’re at the beach or having a family fun day at the pool, I feel more comfortable {Read More}

Robbinsdale: Surprise Hail Storm in May

Levi Big Hail Robbinsdale MN

I live in Robbinsdale, MN and I’ve never seen golf ball size hail in person before…until today when a surprise hail storm hit. This is one of the smaller pieces Levi picked up after the hail storm had subsided. I managed to grab my phone and record it while it was in process. And suddenly the sky exploded with ice #hail A video posted by Jen (@lifewithlevi) on May 3, 2015 at 3:13pm PDT It was crazy. We knew it {Read More}

Canary Yellow Penelope from Karina Dresses

Penelope dress with pockets - Karina Dresses

A canary yellow dress with pockets for summer? Yes please. I’ve had my eye on the sleeveless Penelope dress from Karina Dresses for a while. It’s finally starting to warm up here in MN, so I wanted something fun. The Canary Cubes print practically screams for summer. I originally fell in love with the Penelope style in February when I brought the 3/4 sleeve version to Las Vegas for a work trip. The tiny bit of pleating in the front makes {Read More}

5 Minutes on Stage: Ignite Minneapolis


Last week I spoke at Ignite Minneapolis, a really cool local event that involves beer, a microphone, and 5 minutes up on stage in front of a packed audience. The Riverview Theater was sold out, with about 650 people filling the seats. Surly Brewing generously provided free beer, and the audience was primed to be entertained & enlightened. What is Ignite Minneapolis? Ignite is a high-energy evening filled with 5-minute talks about people’s passions. Talks range from the poignant to the funny {Read More}

Preschool Activity: Make a Bird Feeder From a Toilet Paper Roll

Easy preschool activity - make a bird feeder out of an old toilet paper roll.

Now that Levi is in preschool, I’m always on the lookout for easy projects we can make together, like this bird feeder you can make from an old toilet paper roll. We did this in his preschool class recently, and he was thrilled with the results. Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder Project Supplies:  Cardboard toilet paper roll Bird seed Shortening or peanut butter Plastic knife or spatula String Instructions:  To keep things from getting too messy, cover your workspace with {Read More}