How Young Is Too Young for a Cell Phone? #VZWBuzz

Baby chewing cell phone

How young is too young for a cell phone? If you had asked me this question a couple months ago, I would have said Levi is DEFINITELY too young to have his own cell phone. He’s not quite 5 – who needs a cell phone when they’re not even in Kindergarten yet? Not my kid, that’s for sure. But oh how things change. As part of the Verizon team of lifestyle influences, I was able to learn all about one {Read More}

Linux Drone: Solo Smart Drone Now Available at Best Buy

3DR Linux Drone

Disclosure: I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card for participating in this advertising campaign. The first-ever drone powered by two integrated Linux computers is now available at Best Buy. This bad boy seems to be on every dad’s wish list. Mykl happened to be looking over my shoulder when I pulled up photos of the Solo™ 3DR Linux Drone, and I kid you not, my 40-something year old boyfriend turned into a child when he {Read More}

5 Quiet Activities for Preschool Kids

Quiet Play Activities for Preschool and School Age Kids -

If you have multiple children, you know how important quiet activities for preschool kids can be, especially when your older kids participate in performance arts. Unlike sports games where there is plenty of action for the little ones to watch, musical & theatrical performances usually have less action happening up on stage to keep your preschooler engaged. Thankfully, there are plenty of quiet activities to help your preschooler sit through a sibling’s performance. (Or cousin’s. Or friend’s. Or parent’s.) These are {Read More}

GoPro HERO+ LCD Launch at Best Buy


GoPro has gotten a whole lot cooler over the years, and the GoPro HERO+ LCD shows it. Besides being able to capture crisp 1080p60 video on the go, it also takes 8MP still photos and has built-in Wi-Fi to share your pictures as soon as you take them to Facebook or Instagram, or just back them up to the cloud so you can edit them later.

Megan Dress + Majewski = Gorgeous Photos

Megan Dress crimson navy floral print from Karina Dresses

A couple months ago, Tomasz Majewski from Majewski Marketing & Media did an impromptu photo shoot of me in the Kate dress from Karina Dresses. I was so thrilled with the pictures that I used one of them as my headshot for all of professional business stuff. (I do content strategy as my day job.) So when he asked if I’d like him to take photos of me on the regular, I jumped at the chance. As part of the {Read More}

HTC One M9 vs HTC One M8: Is it worth the upgrade? #VZWBuzz

HTC One M8 vs M9 Back

This year, HTC released the HTC One M9, an improved version of 2014’s HTC One M8. The big question many people have wondered is about to be answered – is it worth the upgrade? As part of Verizon’s team of influencers, I’ve had the pleasure of personally using both the HTC One M8 and the HTC One M9 cell phones. Since I own both, I figure I’m decently qualified to compare the two. So compare them I shall, judging if {Read More}

25 Grown Up Slushie Recipes

grown up slushie recipes - frozen cocktails for adults

Ready for some grown up slushie recipes? Summer is here, the kids are out of school, and it’s time for the adults to reward themselves with a frozen cocktail to cool down as the temperatures rise. Grown Up Slushie Recipes (aka frozen cocktails for adults) Count em’ with me, everyone – let’s start with #1 – some Raspberry Lemonade Slushies from Simplistically Living. They’re easy to make and totally hit the spot. Next up is #2 – the Watermelon Margarita Slushie from fellow MN blogger Ms. {Read More}

Sortly Review: The Ultimate Organizer App

Sortly QR Code Labels

Sortly has been billed as the Ultimate Organizer App. Considering how much help I need organizing my house, I was more than happy to agree to put it to the test and share my thoughts with y’all. What is Sortly? Sortly is an iTunes app available for iPhone & iPad that helps you create a visual inventory of all of your stuff. And by stuff, I mean just about anything you can think of – your pictures, your books, your home {Read More}

Potty Party + 4 Tips for Toilet Training #PampersEasyUps

Pampers Easy Ups Potty Party

Ever wondered what a potty party (potty/toilet training party) is all about? Thanks to a partnership with Pampers Easy Ups (and Jen being past the potty-training stage with Levi), I hosted my first potty party a week ago. My daughter is almost two, and has already shown signs of being ready to begin potty training. After explaining to my friends and family members what exactly it was I hoped to accomplish by hosting a potty party in the first place, {Read More}

New Children’s Book Recommendation Service: Beanstack


Looking for children’s book recommendations for your kids? The St. Paul Public Library recently launched Beanstack, a free online service that offers personalized recommendations of books tailored to your child’s age, interests, and reading level, along with learning tips to help you engage with your child. Best of all, it’s available to anyone, anywhere – even if you don’t have a library card! How Beanstack Works Beanstack is a free app that matches up your child’s reading level, interests, and {Read More}