Giveaway: Add A Little More Play To Each Day


Are you ready for a great giveaway? It’s sponsored by Gymboree Play & Music, the global leader in early childhood development programs. The prize is $100 in Gymboree Play & Music toys that foster the cognitive, physical and social skills of children as they play. Levi just started a new preschool, and one of the things I love about their program is that they allow the kids plenty of time to learn through play. He’ll be 4 next month, and as much {Read More}

Will run for bacon: Bacon Chase .05K Race Recap


Earlier this summer Mykl & I ran our first race together – the Birdtown 4k. This month we switched to something a little more our speed – the Bacon Chase .05k. Yes, that’s right – point zero five k. AKA approximately 164 feet. I’m pretty sure we got way more of a workout rushing from the car to the start line. But we had to go – there was bacon waiting for us! The Bacon Chase sounded great on paper, {Read More}

Cheetah Print Nail Art Tutorial

pink cheetah print nail art tutorial

Animal prints are still trendy in a big way and cheetah is the sassiest of them all. You can add the look as a nail art accent by follow these directions. Since it’s summer, I swapped out the usual cheetah brown color and replaced it with hot pink for a vibrant look. Colors Used: Julep’s Kelsey Julep’s Maddie Sally Hansen’s Celeb City (220) Dr.’s Remedy CALMING Enriched Clear Sealing Top Coat Other Tools Used: Toothpick, dotting tool, or nail art {Read More}

Channing Tatum for President 2016 #Channing4prez

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Channing Tatum for President? Damn right! Or in this case, DAM right. The DAM Bloggers (Dad and Mom Bloggers) have picked their official endorsement for the 2016 elections – the one and only Channing Tatum. Channing Tatum’s qualifications: #1: Looks amazing in a suit. ‘nuff said. #2: Knows how to deliver a line – whether he needs to be forceful, thoughtful, or come across as intelligent, the man can do it. #3: He’s inspirational. If you’ve ever seen a pic of {Read More}

#BTS $150 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway


Back to school shopping can get expensive, especially when you have multiple kids that need school supplies, clothes, shoes, etc… Who couldn’t use a little extra help in the financial department this time of year? I’ve teamed up with some other bloggers to offer a giveaway to help you stock up on school supplies this year. One lucky reader will win a $150 Walmart Gift Card to spend however they wish! Note: giveaway is open to the Continental US, Hawaii, {Read More}

Motorola Headquarters in Chicago ROCKS! #VZWBuzz


Last month, I visited Chicago to meet up with the rest of the Verizon Midwest #VZWBuzz team for some hands-on training and a tour of the new Motorola headquarters. Our team is spread out across several states, so it was great to see everyone in one place and finally put faces to some of the names I interact with online. One of the highlights of our trip was a behind-the-scenes look at the new Motorola headquarters inside Chicago’s famous Merchandise {Read More}

Coming Soon: VeggieTales Celery Night Fever


VeggieTales has an ALL NEW DVD available August 5th! Are you ready to experience Celery Night Fever? Veggie pals Laura Carrot and Junior Asparagus have a big job to do…save their beloved Celery Park from being destroyed! Laura and Junior plan a fundraising concert with the formerly famous Groovy Brothers, but the bandmates refuse to play together because of an old grudge. All hope of saving the park seems lost until the group remembers that God forgives without question, so {Read More}

I Want To Be Bacon When I Grow Up


The most recent addition to The Pirate House library is the book I Want To Be Bacon When I Grow Up. Melvin is a pig who wants to become bacon when he grows up. Some might think that’s strange, but not Melvin. He understands what that means and he’s eager to tell you why. I first heard about this book when Jessica & Ken launched their kickstarter campaign to make their dream of publishing I Want To Be Bacon When I {Read More}

Graffiti Splatter Nail Art Technique

Graffiti Splatter Nail Art Tutorial

There are plenty of tutorials on how to splatter your nails on the web. Sometimes though you want that sort of paint splatter or spray paint effect without having to actually make a huge paint mess all over your fingers and table. Colors Used: Avon Nailwear Pro+ in Midnight Plum Sally Hansen’s Celeb City (220) Other Tools Used: Quilted Paper Towel Skill Level: Easy Using a paper towel can take all of the mess out of this look. Fold up {Read More}

MinuteClinic #GoBackHealthy Back-To-School Services & Twitter Chat

minute clinic

Disclosure: I have received promotional consideration from MinuteClinic. It’s no secret I’m pro-vaccinations, so I’ll just start by putting that out there. I respect that other parents have done research and come to their own conclusions, but for my kids, vaccinations are an essential part of their health plan with their doctors. With summer more than halfway over, we’re already in major back-to-school planning mode. They girls will be attending new schools this fall and will need copies of their shot records to be {Read More}