The Pigeon Needs A Bath! #ThePigeonParty


Before I tell y’all about the latest addition to our Little Free Library, I have a bit of a disclosure. I hosted a party for the release of The Pigeon Needs A Bath specifically so I could write about it for my friend Kenda’s site. (See? I totally followed through – you can check out my post over on Remaking June Cleaver.) Even though I didn’t have to write a second post for my own site, I wanted to because the {Read More}

Royal Caribbean Ship Overview: Liberty of the Seas #SeasTheDay


The first international Brandcation aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas was AMAZING! In case you’ve never been on a cruise ship before (or if you’re just curious what it’s like), I wanted to share an overview of this awesome 1,111 foot ship. Staterooms The Liberty of the Seas has a variety of staterooms available to accommodate parties of all sizes. Interior rooms are great for the budget-minded traveler. Exterior view rooms offer a window overlooking the side of the {Read More}

Foster Pup Woes


Last week, we tried adding a foster pup to our family. This is Jack the dog, aka Levi’s new best friend. Jack was described by the rescue as a fantastic family dog, great with kids and active households. What they didn’t tell us is that Jack is EXTREMELY HIGH ENERGY and requires CONSTANT ROUND THE CLOCK ATTENTION. And if he doesn’t get it, he barks incessantly or becomes destructive. Now, I totally understand that foster dogs often have unknown histories. {Read More}

Getting sassy in my JennaSea Swimwear bikini #SeasTheDay


A couple weeks ago I was doing my best to #SeasTheDay for the first ever internatational Brandcation on board Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. 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 {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}