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warming up our coffee corner (giveaway)

warming up our coffee corner (giveaway)

I’ve been slooooowly making my way through the huge list of house projects I’ve curated over the past couple of years (ridiculous how things come to halt just because you have a BABY, right???) Since January, I became BFFs with our paper shredder and finished purging our office of many many folders of useless paper,… KEEP READING »


soothing my skin with Moroccan Infusion (review & giveaway)

soothing my skin with Moroccan Infusion (review & giveaway)

For the past few weeks, we’ve been stuck in the Polar Vortex Of Freezing Cold Arctic Air And Misery, and while I thought winter was harsh on my skin before, this has been a whole new level of brutal. I have found myself moisturizing my face twice before putting on my makeup in the mornings… KEEP READING »


getting my videos in order with Yourkidvid

getting my videos in order with Yourkidvid

I take a lot of pictures. My Lightroom catalog has somewhere over 20,000 photos and most of those are just from the last 5 years. I’ve developed a fairly organized system of regularly downloading pictures from my phone in recent months (since that’s sadly where most of my pictures come from these days, I miss… KEEP READING »


work-related post: win a custom WordPress blog design!

work-related post: win a custom WordPress blog design!

I try to keep my work and personal stuff separate on the internet, but sometimes I fail at it and sometimes I feel like that’s totally okay. Like right now! Last week I opened up a giveaway on my blog design website, and it was too good not to share here. All you have to… KEEP READING »


Rodan+Fields Mini Facial. aka: Little Box of Magic

Rodan+Fields Mini Facial. aka: Little Box of Magic

For months now, I’ve seen a lot of mentions in social media about a company named Rodan+Fields. I honestly never paid much attention because my Facebook feed is FLOODED with all sorts of products that my friends are selling- candles, cooking supplies, makeup, handbags… the list seems endless. Well, one of my college friends contacted… KEEP READING »


three words: free cookies. giveaway.

three words: free cookies. giveaway.

I love going out to eat for dinner, mostly because it means no dishes! No cleanup! Wahoo! But at this point in our lives with three small children, it feels like a freaking EXPEDITION to go to a restaurant. The girls are mostly good (sometimes some whining, maybe hissed threatening from us about getting the… KEEP READING »


super adorable birth announcements and a giveway from Minted

super adorable birth announcements and a giveway from Minted

(I promised myself the next time I had a chance to be on the computer for more than 30 seconds, I would sit down and write the story of our first month home with Zach (yes. A MONTH. ALREADY. WHAT.?) And I will write it! I SWEAR! But I was offered a really fun thing… KEEP READING »


Girls Crochet Headbands… and make my girls look adorable.

Girls Crochet Headbands… and make my girls look adorable.

Breaking my blogging silence for something fun! My girls- especially Maggie- tend toward the girly side of things. I’ve always found it amusing that Maggie loves all things frilly and fancy and is obsessed with shoes, because while I do wear makeup daily and occasionally wear jewelry, I am not too fussy with things like… KEEP READING »


a moment of zen with Dove Body wash

a moment of zen with Dove Body wash

I don’t get a lot of alone time (join the club, right?) I’m alone when I’m working and the girls are at daycare, and I’m alone on the occasional solo trip to the grocery store, but in my mind, those don’t really count. Those are chores and errands and things that need to be done…. KEEP READING »


mother-daughter bonding over Breyers® Blasts! (review & giveaway)

mother-daughter bonding over Breyers® Blasts! (review & giveaway)

When I was pregnant with both of my girls, I had…a slight ice cream problem, you might say. I ate a lot of it. I would come up with crazy concoctions and toppings- fruit and candies and syrups and OH YUM. We make jokes that Maggie is 75% ice cream, because that was pretty much… KEEP READING »


Olive Garden: The Cheesy Noodle House (review & giveaway)

Olive Garden: The Cheesy Noodle House (review & giveaway)

When Maggie was 2 years old, she started calling restaurants by the name of whatever food she loved there. The Chicken Nugget House. The Quesadilla House. And she called Olive Garden “The Cheesy Noodle House.” It still cracks us up, and we still sometimes call it that, just for fun. And even though Maggie is… KEEP READING »


Dr. Suess’ The Lorax: Pittsburgh Ticket Giveaway!

Dr. Suess’ The Lorax: Pittsburgh Ticket Giveaway!

I think there was a period of about 6 months where all Maggie wanted to read at bedtime was Dr. Suess: The Cat and The Hat, There’s a Wocket in my Pocket, Fox in Socks (OMG THE GIGGLES!), The Lorax, Yertle The Turtle… she loved them all. And still does, actually, though she’s since expanded… KEEP READING »


Mission: No More Moustache, Please.

Mission: No More Moustache, Please.

My Teenage Self would be horrified to know I now have to concern myself with FACIAL HAIR, but it’s true. Getting older, hormones, having children-my body has changed, that’s a fact. I mean, I don’t have a full-on beard or anything, but I do have some unsightly hair on my upper lip from time to… KEEP READING »


delicious e-licious! a giveaway

delicious e-licious! a giveaway

I love to cook. Well- let me back up. I love to EAT. And if I want to eat good food in my own house, I have to cook it myself. So, by extension, I love to cook because that means I get to eat yummy stuff. A means to an end! My love of… KEEP READING »


Join me in my holiday card obsession! Win free photo cards from Shutterfly (giveaway)

Join me in my holiday card obsession! Win free photo cards from Shutterfly (giveaway)

Every year, even though I say I’m not going to, I totally geek out over Christmas cards. I CAN’T HELP IT. They are fun for me. I know some people think it’s lame to send Christmas cards- especially ones with family or baby pictures on them- but you know what? I think they are lovely…. KEEP READING »


Kennywood! Ticket! Giveaway!

Kennywood! Ticket! Giveaway!

We didn’t take big vacations when I was a kid. But one thing we did each summer? A trip to Kennywood! My entire gigantic extended family would gather in the pavilion next to the Jackrabbit with our coolers and fried chicken and Doritos (I always remember Doritos) We would eat lunch as fast as we… KEEP READING »


Win tickets to LEGO KidsFest Pittsburgh!

Win tickets to LEGO KidsFest Pittsburgh!

Remember a few weeks ago when I mentioned a future LEGO KidsFest ticket giveaway? IT’S TIIIIIME!


Lego KidsFest! comes to Pittsburgh

Lego KidsFest! comes to Pittsburgh

Any child of the 80s remembers LEGOS. I LOVED LEGOS. I still do. A few years ago, I spent like 4 hours on Christmas Day helping Dan’s cousin put together a LEGO airplane. Which he promptly “crashed”. And I maybe wanted to cry. Anyway. The point is, LEGOS are cool. And I’m so happy that… KEEP READING »


Recipe & Giveaway: Redpack Tomatoes!

Recipe & Giveaway: Redpack Tomatoes!

I use canned tomatoes in my cooking all the time. I make my own sauce when I cook spaghetti and other pasta dishes and canned tomatoes make it SO easy. And it tastes so fresh- or at least as fresh as I can get without having a garden in my backyard because that would just… KEEP READING »


Crissy Page print giveaway

Crissy Page print giveaway

I’ve been blogging for a long time. And I have several bloggy-friends from those early days of being an online dork. Crissy is one of them. I can remember visiting her website back in the late 90s from the comfort of my dorm room. She has always used her online presence as a creative outlet-… KEEP READING »


product review & giveaway: Curel Pregnancy & Motherhood Lotion

product review & giveaway: Curel Pregnancy & Motherhood Lotion

Pregnancy comes with a plethora of bodily changes. A huge belly, swollen ankles, sore hips, stretch marks. And dry skin. Dry, itchy, tight belly skin. I’ve never been one to have issues with dry skin normally, but during pregnancy when my belly starts to grow and my pants get tighter and my skin gets drier,… KEEP READING »