In The Beginning, There Were Minions… #Giveaway

» 18 August, 2015 » Our Stories, Fun + Games, Giveaways, Food + Drink » 17 comments

In The Beginning, There Were Minions… #Giveaway

*This is a sponsored post; all opinions are my own.* “The Minions are coming, the Minions are coming!!” Serenity screams, running through the house, her little arms waving wildly in the air, curly red hair reminding me forcibly of the crazy purple Minions from Despicable Me 2 (and she’s only slightly less likely to eat you, some days). It’s early June, and we’re about to walk out the door for our first family date since last fall. Thanks to General Mills, we’re being treated to free movie passes to see the new Minions movie in theaters. The highly-anticipated Minions movie from Universal Studios hit theaters on July 10th, and we were thrilled to see it two weeks later, when Nick came home from camp (stay tuned). We love both Despicable Me movies, and Serenity gave me a run for my money, watching them over and over again for two weeks, in anticipation. We weren’t disappointed! […]

Top Things Women Should Know About Car Care

» 23 April, 2015 » Travel + Adventure » 27 comments

Top Things Women Should Know About Car Care

We just sold our 1998 Cadillac Deville (great car, but it had over 225,000 miles on it!!), and bought our first car made in the current century (I’ll tell you about it in an upcoming post). We’ve always done our best to take good care of our vehicles, but to be honest, we just don’t know that much about car care. I grew up around cars until I was 12, but I only know enough to be dangerous, and Nick has just never really been interested in mechanics. Since I am, I figured learning a bit more about what women should know about car car would be smart. *This is a guest post, featuring Barbara Terry of Cars.com* Heading into spring cleaning season, there is no better time to consider tuning up your car by making sure you are equipped with everything you need to drive safely and maintain your vehicle’s […]

Why I Switched From Traditional To Digital Scrapbooking And Photo Books

» 2 April, 2015 » Everything Else » 10 comments

Why I Switched From Traditional To Digital Scrapbooking And Photo Books

*This post contains affiliate links; I may be compensated if you purchase via these links.* I used to be an avid scrapbooker. My aunt got me hooked when she gave me an album and supplies for my 10th birthday, the same year my parents gave me my first camera. Over the years, scrapbooking by hand became less and less feasible for me, as the cost of supplies steadily rose, and my available income diminished as the realities of adulthood in a recession economy took over. I never lost the love, or the desire, but I just couldn’t justify the expense. Then I took a photo editing class in college, and a whole new world opened up! I found out that I love digital scrapbooking just as much as doing it by hand. I did invest in photo editing software after the class ended, but there are free programs available that make […]

2015 Mazda3 Touring | Mama Likes To Go Fast

» 30 March, 2015 » Reviews, Travel + Adventure » 10 comments

2015 Mazda3 Touring | Mama Likes To Go Fast

*This post is sponsored by DriveSTI, MazdaUSA, and Diono; all opinions are my own.* As the frigid grip of winter began to loosen earlier this month, I found myself fighting an almost unbearable restlessness (and hearing “we’ve got cabin fe-ver!” running around my brain every time I looked at my door). You know it’s been a hard winter when you roll your car windows down and enjoy the “warm breeze” when it’s still only 36 degrees out! I told Nick I need to get out of the house and go do something, but neither of us were really sure what to actually do. And then a beautiful “soul red” 2015 Mazda3 showed up in my driveway. To say this previous-century-dinosaur-car-driving mama was a bit intimidated by the fresh-off-the-lot crimson beauty gleaming in the sun next to my own car would be an understatement. But I’ve never been one to shy away from a challenge, […]

Fruit Infused Honey Lemonade #Recipe

» 25 March, 2015 » Food + Drink, Disney » 68 comments

Fruit Infused Honey Lemonade #Recipe

Yesterday, I shared about our recent #DisneySide party, and mentioned the awesome lemonade recipe I made for the mommies who came with their girls. I hope you’re excited (I sure am), because I’m sharing my original recipe for Fruit Infused Honey Lemonade with you today! I saw a similar recipe somewhere in a book ages ago, and have been dying to try out my own version. I wanted to offer my adult guests something other than cupcakes and water (because frosting and sprinkles are enough mess for preschoolers, that’s why), so I used my friends as guinea pigs surprised my friends with this yummy, refreshing beverage while the girls decorated their cupcakes. It’s a super easy and quick recipe you can whip up in minutes! I prepared this recipe on an individual basis, since I only needed three glasses of lemonade, but the recipe at the end of this post is setup […]

Our #DisneySide Princess Party and #Giveaway

» 24 March, 2015 » Fun + Games, Giveaways, Disney » 63 comments

Our #DisneySide Princess Party and #Giveaway

*We received a free party kit to throw our #DisneySide @Home Celebration.* I’ve had the most fun, over the past year, throwing #DisneySide @Home Celebrations with Serenity and her little friends! There was the one last spring, and the one last fall, and then there was the time I got to go to a very special Disney event last summer (I’ll be chatting about it later this month). While I grew up on the movies, I’ve never been to a Disney park, so getting to be involved in the magic as an adult is increasingly special to me. And I’m so happy I get to share this with my daughter! I think Serenity about died of excitement when she saw the huge box on our doorstep. She saw the big purple sticker, started jumping up and down, and shrieked, “Oh boy, it my birt’day!! It for me! Open it, Mommy!” She was even […]

Our Family Christmas

» 31 December, 2014 » Everything Else » 12 comments

Our Family Christmas

*This post is sponsored; all opinions are my own.* This holiday season sped by faster than any I can remember. It was jam-packed with busy…but we didn’t really do all that much, thanks to illness and injury. We missed our church’s candlelight service, their young families Christmas party, at least one family get together that I can remember…? Poor Nick has been sick with one cold or flu bug after another since September, and it finally turned to bronchitis (he just finished an antibiotic; we’ll see if it helped, since he’s still feeling awful). Even so, we’ve had fun. Do you see those cute name ornaments, pictured above? My father-in-law collected old Scrabble games all year, just to gather enough tiles to make every single family member their own name ornament to hang on our trees. ? My card rack was lonely through most of December, then filled up almost […]

Baby Shower Gift Guide 2014

» 30 December, 2014 » Everything Else » 20 comments

Baby Shower Gift Guide 2014

*I received many of these products for review consideration; all opinions are my own.* I have a beautiful family of nieces and nephews living just across town from me. My daughter was born between the oldest two and youngest two, so they’re very close little cousins; Serenity and her younger cousin, Talia, are best friends, and absolutely adore each other. Six weeks ago, we were blessed with the youngest of Serenity’s four cousins. Stephen was a surprise baby, and we are so glad he’s here! And as I told you last week, I was recently privileged to throw him and his mommy, Kristine, a baby shower. Serenity was not impressed with all the cool new toys and books and clothes getting packed into a gift bag that mommy made VERY clear was not for her (though she took it a lot better than she did this weekend when I wrapped all the […]

Do You Want To Build A Snowman? #HeftyHoliday

» 22 December, 2014 » Everything Else » 54 comments

Do You Want To Build A Snowman? #HeftyHoliday

*Today’s post is sponsored by Hefty; all opinions are my own.* It’s a fair bet that you’ve got a Frozen fan in your household, and not even necessarily if you have a little girl. My two year old daughter LOVES everything Frozen, and lately her favorite character has been Olaf. The other day, we encountered a plush Olaf backpack at the mall, and she totally flipped out! “Oh, Olaf! I lub you! I mees you so much! You wanna come my house an’ play wif me??” He did NOT come home with us, and it was traumatic. So when I saw this adorable snowman craft from Hefty, I had to do it with her! Especially since we’re stuck inside today, thanks to Influenza and a horde of other nasty bugs flying around, infecting everyone we know (including my 6 week old nephew and his 2 and 5 year old sisters – […]