Category Archives: sponsor

it’s like winning the toy lottery

With the holidays fast approaching, finding gifts for kids that are not plastic, loud, and electronic can be difficult. I try hard to buy things that will encourage creativity and self play, but those blinking lights...

cleaning up our #HappiMess

Participating in the #HappiMess fun with Delta this fall has helped me to really enjoy our daily messes. Whether we are pouring glitter filled drinks, playing with confetti, or busting out the paints we tend to...

share a meal

The problem of hunger in our country affects 16 million people, mostly children, and many of them go unnoticed. With the economic upheaval of the recent years, the face of hunger has drastically changed. There could be...

the building of a scene

In this last post about the new Boxtrolls movie, I am excited to show a behind the scenes clip of the design and process of creating the movie. All animated movies take an incredible amount of...

Finding your native tongue

There’s been a lot of discussion in media lately about the sustainability of blogging as a profession. I will be the first to admit that DIY blogging takes an enormous amount of time, effort, and passion...

the family that parties together

As a part of my partnership with Focus and the Imagination Foundation, I will be sharing little snippets of things I like about the upcoming Boxtrolls movie this week – in theatres this Friday! One of...

spice up your tailgating this fall

It’s officially tailgate season. We love to spice our tailgates up – from our table decor, to the condiments, to the Hebrew National hot dogs we serve, tailgating is a hosting challenge I am always happy...

nostalgic summer grilling

I have been taking part in the #greatergrilling challenge with Hebrew National this summer and really loving the new takes on hot dogs that we’ve been able to come up with. We fired up the grill...

lively work balance

Everyone of us hits a space in life where things seem tipsy, a little chaotic, and euphoric all at the same time. It’s moments like these that I’ve most often found something amazing about to happen. Writing...

5 sneaky summer party tips

I am so happy that summer has made its grand entrance! Reno sometimes has a way of playing with our hearts and it’s been known to snow in June. But now – the warm weather is...

summer stargazing party details

We held our first party of summer last week – a night of stargazing. The party started in the evening, before the sun set. We grilled veggies and enjoyed a really great chocolate cake. When it...

shampoo bottle craft caddies

Teaching the kids to craft sustainably is such a fun summer challenge. I love the chance to show them how one thing, like a shampoo bottle, can be completely transformed with just a few simple craft...

my party shopping trick

Although we normally DIY most of our party decor – there is always that pesky need to go shopping whenever we host a celebration. No matter where I am shopping for a party I have a...

project sunlight

Encouraging our kids to make a difference, and empowering them that they actually can is something Matt and I are passionate about. I am thrilled to participate in the projectSunlight campaign this summer. The entire idea...

hello summer stargazing party

Inspired by the late night sky, I am excitingly planning our first party of the summer – a stargazing party! Dinner outdoors, drinks by the fire, kids running around with metal helmets on, and blankets laid...

cheers to firefighting bloggers

Last week my job description involved fire fighting! It was crazy. Earlier this week I shared these bright and festive paper party lanterns and hinted that they had a bigger story behind them. A story that involved...

disco balloon laundry

I think a lot about revelry in our everyday lives. Of course I love holidays, I think birthday’s are rad… but when it comes down to it – those moments are so few and far between...

#wagonspotting with volvo

For the better part of the last 5 years I’ve driven a wagon, and I will always drive one. Driving a wagon matches my lifestyle perfectly. I am so excited to be partnering with Volvo to...

printed ribbon + secret message wrapping

I love to personalize packages with pretty text and these printed sentiment ribbons from Twill Tape do such a great job. I am seriously in love with them! You can have 1 yard lengths of them...

cream cheese frosting with my girl

One of my great joys is frosting cakes with my daughter, and lucky me… she often begs to be involved in our sweet blogging creations. Some days I say, “yes” and we end up making a...

adorable kid’s gift idea

(Ed note: Thanks so much for entering and congrats to Barbara for winning the book!) Now that Christmas is over, you might be wondering why on earth I’m talking about kid’s gifts this week. I have...

post-it note ornament giveaway

I had so much fun making my stash of Post-it Note ornaments last week. See the full tutorial for these bright, whimsical additions to our tree right here. I quickly placed them on one of our...

holiday hoopla giveaway with minted!

(Ed note: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Mallory for winning our holiday hoopla package.) Have you seen the new holiday goodies at Minted yet? Minted has been one of my favorite companies for a...

a grill gift for my guys

Buying for the guys in my life is always a challenge. I often get stuck just thinking about what would be the perfect gift for them. This year though, the problem is solved! The Home Depot...