Sometimes THINGS are exactly what we need


People often say that they don’t need THINGS. That money isn’t everything. That experiences are better, etc, etc… Tonight THINGS were exactly what I needed. Mykl is on his way back from picking up the girls for their first visit home since they moved out of state with their mom earlier this month. It’s only been two weeks, but it feels like a lifetime. Even though the timeframe wasn’t terribly lengthy, it FELT so much longer knowing that they weren’t {Read More}

I failed the 30 day sex challenge, but at least my room smells amazing


At the end of last month, I had this great idea that Mykl and I should try the 30 Day Sex Challenge. My friend Trisha had just become a consultant for Jewelry in Candles, and offered to send me a candle if I’d be willing to write about it here on the blog. So I decided to order a sex candle. Ok, technically, Jewelry In Candles doesn’t sell a sex candle. But they do sell a candle called “Love Potion” {Read More}

Tablet video quality for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) #VZWbuzz


With all the advancements in tablet technology, I’ve often wondered if folks holding up their giant devices at events are actually getting decent pictures and video. Thanks to being a member of the #VZWbuzz lifestyle team*, I was able to find out for myself when I filmed my ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video this afternoon using my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1″ tablet (2014 edition). In the spirit of the Ice Bucket Challenge, this is a one-take, non-edited, in-the-moment video. Mykl {Read More}

New Netflix original series: VeggieTales In The House


Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber are getting a new look as they launch their new Netflix original series VeggieTales In The House. VeggieTales In The House Netflix and DreamWorks Animation have announced a new series coming this fall/winter that will feature fan favorites Bob the Tomato (Phil Vischer) and Larry the Cucumber (Mike Nawrocki): VeggieTales In The House. An expanded cast of characters also includes the voices of Rob Paulsen and Tress MacNeille, well-known for their work on Animaniacs. Animator {Read More}

Did you doodle? Notebook nail art tutorial

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Did anyone else always use their pen to doodle in their notebook paper when they were bored? In honor of back to school season, I’m going to show you how to turn your nails into sheets of lined paper and doodle away. Doodle Notebook Nail Art Tutorial Colors Used: For Paper LA Colors Energy Source (White) Julep’s Maddie (Pink) Rimmel London Blue My Mind (Blue) For Doodles LA Colors Art Deco Lacquer in Black Revlon Saucy (Red) Sally Hansen Jumpin’ {Read More}

Frozen AmazePops Recipe: Blackberry Vodka Lemonade Ice Pops


Blackberry Vodka Lemonade Ice Pops Ingredients: 2 oz. Blackberry Vodka (I used Ivanabitch, since that’s my go-to for flavored vodka recipes) 16 oz. lemonade 1 handful fresh blackberries, muddled slightly or cut into pieces 4 ct. popsicle mold popsicles sticks (optional – great if you’re not using a mold with built-in handles) Directions: Combine the blackberry vodka, lemonade, and fresh blackberries. Mix well & pour into popsicle mold. If you’re using popsicle sticks, cover your mold with a layer of tin foil {Read More}

School Shopping: 11 tips to save big bucks by thrifting


With both girls heading to new schools this year, I knew back-to-school shopping was going to be A Really Big Deal. Even though I want to send them off looking like a million bucks, I knew I’d have to use all my tricks & tips to make my budget live up to that goal. My biggest back-to-school secret weapon for shopping is Savers. Their stores are well-organized and have HUGE inventories that just beg to be dug through. Plus, they have {Read More}

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What depression looks like (for me) #ThisIsDepression


In light of all the news surrounding the death of Robin Williams this week, I thought I’d share a little bit about my own story of suicide and depression. If you have written a post about the topic, I encourage you to link it up below & help provide awareness of what depression really looks like.   Many of you already know that in 2002, I was the victim of sexual assault. As a result of that experience, I was diagnosed with {Read More}

Happy Kitty Nail Art Tutorial

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Ready for another super cute nail art tutorial from Brooke? Today she’s sharing her Happy Kitty nail art instructions. Happy Kitty Nail Art Tutorial Colors Used: Julep’s Kelsey (Peach) Julep’s Maddie (Pink) Julep’s Colette (Purple) Other Tools Used: Dotting Tool Nail Art Brush Toothpick Skill Level: Medium-Hard Begin by using a nail art brush to create the shape of the cat’s ears over a clean nail or basecoat.   This should start with a semicircle and continue down along each side {Read More}

Tips to reduce digital eye strain for kids


I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for the American Optometric Association. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #MC #AOA Digital eye strain is a concern for ALL of the members of our house. Mykl and I both work on computers all day, so it’s imperative for us to be aware and take preventative measures to protect our eyes. Even though our kids don’t work full-time in front of a screen, we’re {Read More}