Getting sassy in my JennaSea Swimwear bikini


A couple weeks ago I was doing my best to #SeasTheDay for the first ever Caribbean Brandcation. Naturally, that involved getting sassy in my JennaSea Swimwear bikini. When you come across a swimwear brand that uses a tagline like “We Love Busty Beauties”, you’re basically required to check them out. At least, I was all over it, since I’m a 36DD and finding stuff that supports and fits comfortably can be a challenge. As soon as I landed on the {Read More}

Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge


Super cool opportunity alert! The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the nation’s premiere science competition for middle school students, is currently accepting applications through April 22, 2014. Up for grabs is a $25,000 prize, along with the title of “America’s Top Young Scientist.” Ten finalists will also receive all-expense paid trips to Minneapolis to present their innovations. Why is middle school a pivotal age to promote math & science learning? Research has shown that student interest in science starts {Read More}

The 20 second car seat safety tip every parent should know: Secure The Shoulder Belt!


Earlier this year, Mykl and I both attended a Car Seat Safety Check hosted by North Memorial to make sure we both had Levi’s car seat installed properly in our cars. I’ve been rear-facing my son for over 3 years and I still learned something new – when you use a rear-facing LATCH install, the seat belt can become a choking hazard for kids. Here’s what can happen: You’re driving along and your toddler decides to pull on the shoulder {Read More}

Getting Away Is Good For The Heart


Mykl and I have a pretty solid relationship, but like most couples, we get on each others’ nerves, well, pretty much daily. I think that’s natural when you love someone. At least, for us it is. While I was traveling this past week for Brandcation: Seas The Day, I was able to enjoy all the ways that getting away can be good for the heart. Anticipation of absence A few days before I left for my cruise, Mykl and I {Read More}

Easter Snactivity + Little Free Library Announcement


I’m super excited to announce that this summer, one of our house projects will be installing a Little Free Library in our front yard! This is a Little Free Library photographed by Paul VanDerWerf.  You can find them all over the globe in tons of different colors, shapes, and sizes. The one thing they all have in common is that the books are free to borrow – you can take a book to bring home, then return that one or {Read More}

Gala Bingo Celebrates Mother’s Day


Mother’s Day is a globally recognized event that gives people across the world the chance to show their appreciation for their mom. Mother’s Day originated in America in the 20th Century, where it is celebrated on the second Sunday in May, but it’s not the same for all countries. In Bulgaria, it is celebrated on the same day as International Women’s Day – March 8th. In Thailand, it falls on August 12th, the same day as the Queen of Thailand’s birthday. Other countries that {Read More}

Kid-Approved Road Trip Music #VZWbuzz


Earlier this month, we took our first family vacation together with the kids out to Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, MN, which is about a 3 hour road trip up north from our house. Tillie was in charge of the music selection and she created some pretty awesome kid-approved playlists. Mykl burned CDs for each of the kids so they could listen to their music in the car on the trip up to the cabin. I also packed my Galaxy {Read More}

Tastefully Simple: One mix, two fun frozen treats


Levi and I both love frozen treats. Recently, I discovered a way to turn a basic Tastefully Simple drink mix into a fun afternoon activity AND two yummy frozen treats for us to enjoy. We started out with the Tastefully Simple Triple the Fun™ Drink Mix Kit. Their summer kit includes 3 flavors of drink mixes: Lovin’ Lemon Slush, Mango Breeze Margarita, and Juicy Watermelon Margarita. Like most items I get sent to review, Levi decided to play with them before we even {Read More}

Things to do when the kids have gone to bed


When the children are finally asleep and all you can hear is silence, it’s a golden moment for any parent. Here are 6 ideas of things to do after the kids have gone to bed. Watch TV This is probably the way you can unwind at the end of the evening with the least possible effort – although some of those HBO shows do demand mental, if not physical, work. Whether you are part of a couple sharing your favourite {Read More}

Super Easy Mini Cinnamon Roll Waffles


Mini Cinnamon Roll Waffles ­ Mini cinnamon roll waffles are super easy to make. All you need is a waffle maker, some non-stick spray, and a package of refrigerated cinnamon rolls*. After heating up your waffle maker & spraying it with non-stick cooking spray, instead of pouring in regular waffle batter, place 4 mini cinnamon rolls inside instead and press it closed. Depending on the thickness of your cinnamon rolls, they should only take 3-4 minutes to cook. Once they’re golden brown, {Read More}