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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 »


embracing life’s little messes with Swiffer Sweep & Trap

embracing life’s little messes with Swiffer Sweep & Trap

Our house has an infant-almost-toddler who is an enthusiastic self-feeder so things get very messy. Zach LOVES the act of feeding himself, even if 75% of the food ends up the floor. The space underneath Zach’s high chair is pretty much always crunchy and/or sticky. Veggie straws, bits of noodles, chunks of cheese, broken crackers…… 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 »


my own wearable billboard

my own wearable billboard

I was offered a t-shirt to review for this post. But my opinions are my own, and I would never recommend anything I wouldn’t purchase with my own money. I’ve had a blog for… many years. Since LAST CENTURY, no joke. This particular blog is one that I settled into in 2005 and even though… 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 »


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 »


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 »


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’s open!

Kennywood’s open!

We went to Kennywood last week! Of course I’m just getting around to posting now because we’ve had a whirlwind week with some out of town relatives. Relatives who, luckily for them, got to come with us to Kennywood :)


let’s go build stuff!

let’s go build stuff!

We spent yesterday afternoon at LEGO KidsFest- remember, the one from the giveaway?


review: Easy Canvas Prints to pretty up your walls

review: Easy Canvas Prints to pretty up your walls

I love pictures. LOVE. Taking them, looking at great ones, whatever. I am nearing 20,000 pictures in my Lightroom catalog. That’s… a lot of photos for someone who doesn’t take pictures for her job. But, I have two adorable (in my humble opinion) girls who give me tons of good photo fodder. Even if Maggie… 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 »