Gigli Pasta Salad

Looking for a quick & easy side dish to make? This Gigli Pasta Salad is delicious and full of colorful vegetables, textures, and flavor. This is also a great dish to make to use up leftover veggies from meals made earlier in the week. Gigli Pasta Salad Ingredients 1 lb Gigli Pasta, cooked (available at World Market & Home Goods stores) 1 cup broccoli, cooked 1 cup cauliflower, cooked 1/2 cup tomatoes, diced 1/2 English cucumber, diced 2 stalks green onion, chopped {Read More}

Oh Nair, why did I think you would change?

Remember those Nair commercials from the 80’s? I wasn’t old enough to worry about leg hair in the 80’s, but I remember the commercials. The ones they had in the 90’s weren’t much better, but they worked. Like most teens, I was self-conscious about my looks, especially my body hair. My whole life I’ve dealt with the stages of mediterranean body hair grief: Denial: All my friends have fine, light hair. They don’t wax their arms. I’m not going to. That would {Read More}

Ad: Having a Family Outing? Pack Up HIBICLENS!

All content for this advertisement was provided by HIBICLENS.  MAKE HIBICLENS® ANTIMICROBIAL SOAP PART OF YOUR FAMILY OUTING Family outings are a great way to bond with your children and create memories that last a lifetime. From a picnic at the local park to a weekend getaway, family outings are only limited by your imagination. Whether taking photographs outdoors or going on a hike, we want to be fully in the moment with our family. And we especially don’t want {Read More}

Because I have yet to find a better excuse to wear these boots

According to Instagram, I’ve had these boots for 11 months. They’re kick-ass boots, but they’ve never made it out of the house. Mostly because I’m generally adverse to breaking my neck, but also because I just haven’t had an occasion yet that called for bringing all kinds of sexy back in the form of stiletto heeled boots. And maybe also because I live in MN and it’s hard to walk in heels in the snow. But yesterday I said f*ck {Read More}

Bathroom Confessions: One Toilet, Five People #TweetFromTheSeat

First confession – when Influence Central asked me to participate in a campaign on behalf of Charmin called #TweetFromTheSeat, I snorted and giggled a little bit. When they said they wanted me to make a video and have fun with it, I started thinking this could be fun. Then they enticed me with free toilet paper. Done deal. I’m all over this. So was Lucy, who wants to be an actress someday. I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of {Read More}

Parent & Kid Perspective: Max Movie Review

Guest post by Mykl Roventine, also known as Mr. Grey and the Life With Levi Movie Reviewer when Jen isn’t available. Max, which opens today, touts itself as a family action adventure movie but families with younger kids might want to pay attention to the PG rating, so earned for a fair amount “action violence/peril”. My girls, 10 and 13 years old, were very excited to see the film based on the trailer. I approached the screening with some trepidation, {Read More}

Whatever EWG, I’m Using Neutrogena Sunscreen Anyway

Here’s the deal, folks – I was recruited by Influence Central to write a post about Neutrogena sun screen. They sent me samples, and after I send them a link to this post, hopefully they’ll still continue sending me promotional items for the campaigns I work with them on. This post isn’t just a bunch of sponsored stuff someone is paying me to write about. It’s my rant about the EWG and why I disagree with information that’s been making the {Read More}

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

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

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

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}