Easing Back to School Supply Struggles in the Twin Cities


Back to school is a time of excitement, anticipation and, sadly, hefty expense. The costs of filling our children’s backpacks (often a new backpack every time!) seem to increase every year. And in order to have a good start to their school year, our kids need everything on the frequently extensive list of school-requested necessities. For the impoverished of the Twin Cities, back to school is a time of struggle and stress. Unless substantially aided by charity, many less fortunate {Read More}

Make-Ahead Freezer Meal: Beef Enchiladas


I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Beef Checkoff. I received products to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. As a busy working mom, make ahead freezer meals are my best friend. This easy beef enchiladas dish can be prepped in advance and stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Ground beef is a staple in our house, so this is a great dish to {Read More}

Homework help from Verizon Educational Tools #VZEducation #VZWbuzz


The girls are already a little over a week into the school year, so that means homework is part of our routine when they get to visit home for the weekend. Mykl & I are pretty smart, but with Lucy in 4th grade and Tillie in 6th grade this year, we’ve had to admit that sometimes their homework is smarter than we are. Luckily for us, Verizon Educational Tools is making it easier for us to help them learn. Verizon Educational Tools {Read More}

Winding down summer with The Marisa from Karina Dresses


Confession: I was coveting Karina Dresses long before they invited me to be part of their Frockstar™ Nation. So when they sent me The Marisa to review, I couldn’t resist twirling around with excitement. As someone that’s most comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt, I couldn’t get over how silky soft this dress is. Karina Dresses are handmade here in the US with a soft, stretchy microfiber material that drapes naturally over the curves of your body. The dresses are totally wrinkle-free and {Read More}

Moms (and Dads) have it made with Sears #MoreToYou curbside pickup


Do you remember what it was like being home with an infant all day? I’m not talking about the angelic moments with the baby calmly asleep on your chest. I’m talking about the messy moments. You know, the ones where you’re sporting spit up stained yoga pants, a nursing tank, and a sleep-deprived-forgot-what-a-hot-shower-feels-like  look on your face. Yeah. Those days. They’re kind of a badge of honor that usher you into the crazy, scary, awesome world of parenting. Those are {Read More}

Go from Zero to Pizza in 15 minutes with Hormel Pizza Ready


I am a member of the Hormel® Pizza Ready™ Program. While Hormel Foods provided me with samples and resources to complete this post, all opinions are 100% my own. As a working mom, one of my biggest challenges is getting dinner on the table quickly when I get home. Last week, for example, the office was really busy and by the time I picked up Levi after work, it was already 5:30pm. Considering his new bedtime is 7:15pm, that doesn’t {Read More}

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}