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How To Be A Good Wife.

Take small mouthfuls of food, like a baby bird, and make sure to chew daintily with your mouth closed. Emma Chapman’s How To Be A Good Wife, a tense, claustrophobic psychological thriller, is punctuated by such glimmering diamonds of 1950′s marital etiquette. I felt an instant kinship upon seeing this- I remember copying similar advice … Read more

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StickerYou Temporary Tattoos Review

Hopefully everyone had one, maybe around 4th or 5th grade in school: that one awesome teacher who understood stickery goodness. No mere wielder of the gold star or the handwritten “good job!”, this lady had a seemingly endless collection of the very coolest stickers locked away in her grading drawer. Two-inch dancing holographic skeletons, glitter-speckled … Read more

I Should Start Keeping a Dream Journal.

This is what happens when all of the weirdness stored in my head collides. I was on a windswept, moonlit beach at night. I think it was Norway. And apparently also on an episode of ANTM. Tyra Banks whips out this long piece of black glittering fabric and tells us our challenge is to create … Read more

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Luxury Sleep Mask, Sleep Serum and Ear Plugs Review + Giveaway! Ends 9/26

I work late at night yet still like to be up in the mornings to make breakfast, spend time with the baby and see the girls off to school (with all the FBI-level crisis negotiating skills that sometimes takes!). So my sleeping schedule is definitely not normal. Any time I do get to myself for … Read more

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Eric Carle Collection at Gymboree!

**The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. We are huge fans of the beautiful artwork of Eric Carle, so I couldn’t be more excited to hear about the Eric Carle Collection available at Gymboree! If you’re not … Read more

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Pampers Baby Got Moves and a Giveaway! Ends 9/20

I know I’m not the only one this has ever happened to: no matter how many times you check your baby’s diaper before bedtime, some nights by the time they wake up they’re practically swimming in a wet, soggy mess. Not fun for mom and definitely not comfortable for your little love. More often than … Read more

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Luxurious Bathtub Pillow Review + Giveaway! Ends 9/27

I take my bubble bath time very seriously! Sometimes it’s the only time I have to myself during a hectic day and I think it’s so important for your sanity and creativity to have quiet moments that allow you to relax and regroup. Plus I really enjoy reading in the bath tub. I also have … Read more

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Brieftons InstantVeg Spiralizer Review + Giveaway! Ends 9/17

My dad has some kind of burning obsession with finding the holy grail of slicer-dicer-choppers. If you’ve as-seen-it-on-tv, it’s also probably seen the inside of his kitchen, and then MY kitchen when they invariably disappoint him and my mom foists them off on me. Me, I’m usually more of an old fashioned knife girl. Although … Read more

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Spongelle Pedi Buffer Beach Grass Review + Giveaway! Ends 9/12

It’s no secret that I love ridiculously high heels, which can be hard on my feet. Combine that with constantly running around after the kids, the dogs, exercising at the gym– basically my feet could use some serious pampering by the end of any given day! The Spongelle Pedi Buffer seemed like a good start … Read more

Free 8×8 Photobook, Free Card, Free 16×20 Print and More from Shutterfly!

**The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. I’ve been a huge fan of Shutterfly for years- I have a whole shelf full of their beautiful photobooks and they’re often the first place I turn to when trying … Read more

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Ultimate Dinosaur Dig Kit – 3 Real Dino Fossils and T-Rex Skeleton! Review

I have to say this is one of the most fun items I’ve had the chance to review since starting this blog. As a child, the towering dinosaur skeletons on museum field trips left an indelible impression in my mind that led to a lifelong interest in palaeontology. While other girls would squeal in distaste … Read more

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Baby Boutique Headbands 5pc Package Review + Giveaway! Ends 9/12

You might remember Girls Crochet Headbands from an earlier post I did about their adorable lace jumpers. Little E. has worn her romper several more times, and it has stood the test of time and multiple washings. I had already been checking out some of the cute headbands on their site, so I was thrilled … Read more

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Mouth-watering Deep South Burgers & a $25 Visa GC Giveaway!

Two sweet friends of mine, Bob & Tearsa, recently spread their entrepreneurial wings and opened up a brand new burger place in Dallas, TX! Not only are they amazing people, but they have the skills to bring you the most delectable fast food you’ve ever eaten. Bob has been in the restaurant business with his … Read more

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BA Star Tropical Eyeshadow Palette Review and Giveaway! 2 Winners, Ends 09/13

Makeup that blends so perfectly with your skin that you hardly notice it’s there is always nice. Just a slightly more perfectly polished version of you. However, sometimes you don’t want to blend in. You want to stand out, bold and bright from the rest of the crowd. This new Tropical Eyeshadow Palette from BA … Read more

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Makeup By One Direction Launch and Signed Giveaway! #makeupby1D #thelookscollection #markwins #ilovemakeupby1D

If you’ve been following my One Direction posts, you know I’ve been awaiting the launch of their awesome new makeup line in great anticipation. Well, my little kittens, the wait is over! The Looks Collection by One Direction is now officially available at Macy’s. If you’ve been on summer vacation on Mars or something and … Read more

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Ecco Bella FlowerColor Good For You Gloss Review & Swatches

I am always in pursuit of the absolutely perfect lipgloss. Perhaps this is a vain pass-time, but honestly who among you hasn’t craved glisteningly ripe lips, soft as rose petals yet catching the light with a plumply polished gleam? So when I got the chance to try out these FlowerColor Good For You Glosses from … Read more

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July Glossybox Unboxing!

Ever since a sweet friend of mine gifted her Glossybox subscription to me, they have been such a lovely treat each month. It’s a nice chance to try high-end beauty products without the full financial commitment. This month was no exception, bringing an awesome collection to soothe my beauty-junkie cravings! The packaging, as usual, was … Read more

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Holy Ghost DVD Review & Giveaway Ends 08/27

Considering that the only other Christian documentary I’ve seen was Jesus Camp, which was so disturbing that I still keep it filed under “horror movies”, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Holy Ghost. It’s an interesting concept: a filmmaker and his crew decide to make a film led entirely by the Holy Spirit. No … Read more

Give Me A Call When You Decide You’re Willing To Fight.

This is a shout-out to the mommies who decide to set their daughters’ molesters on fire. I’ve seen so much dithering, mush-mouthed nonsense on this subject over the last few days, I absolutely want to puke. You know what? Sometimes trying to be a paragon of fairness and rational thought just doesn’t cut it. Sometimes … Read more

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Natizo Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons Review + Giveaway! Ends 8/20

As I mentioned in my Stainless Steel Measuring Cup post, baking has a sort of magical sparkle and sheen in my mind. You can almost understand how storybook witches came to be connected with sweets, alchemists stirring and stirring their mysterious pots, creating confections to lead greedy little boys and girls astray! Luckily no one … Read more

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Stainless Steel Measuring Cups By KitchenMade™ Review + Giveaway! Ends 08/20

There’s something magical about baking, when you stop to consider it. How is it that these lowly ingredients- a cup of flower, a bit of sugar, a little butter, a nice fresh egg- all can be whisked together with slight variations, in endless combinations to make so very many delicious confections? It seems an impossible, … Read more

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Liquid Chalkers Review

Somehow I had never heard of these Liquid Chalk Markers, but you kittens know if there’s a new crafty product I’m going to try it out. I tested the 4 pack of white chalkers, but I see they also come in an array of pretty colors! These were super easy to use, you just shake … Read more

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7200 Band MEGA Loom Refill Set from Rainbow Braid Review

Every generation seems to have their own reinvention of the friendship bracelet- from the 60′s endless strings of beads, the 70′s safety pin chains, the 80′s woven embroidery floss. My friends embraced their inner hippies with more intricate beaded versions to match the ragged bell-bottoms we dug out of our parents’ closets or unearthed at … Read more

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Prospect Tea Review + Giveaway! Ends 08/17

I love the ritual of tea, perhaps more than I actually like tea itself. As a child, the brightly colored packets always spoke to me of far-flung foreign lands: London, Africa, Madagascar, India. Camel-driven caravans, high adventure, lace tablecloths and white gloves and flowery hats. Okay, yes. I spent most of my time in a … Read more

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SpookyEyes Dream Eyes Contact Lenses Review

Many of you know I’m completely obsessed with costuming and unusual make-up. Thus I was beyond thrilled to have the chance to check out products from SpookyEyes! That’s somewhere on the list of my dream jobs next to “ice cream tester” and “Hugh Jackman’s personal bed warmer”. My nieces were super excited about it too … Read more

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Breezy Beaches Summer Outfit

This is my dream outfit for a late summer afternoon and evening, strolling along the warm sand, splashing in pristine blue water. The look centers around the gorgeously ethereal Roberto Cavalli Printed Silk-Chiffon Kaftan Top over shorts from Delia’s and a bikini top from Charlotte Russe. Makeup would be minimal but with playful pops of … Read more

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Dial® Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash Review and Giveaway! Ends 08/09

My friends and readers probably know by now, I’m a new bath product fiend. Just something about all those brightly colored bottles and jars of bubbly potions and lotions lining my shelves makes me feel happy and well-cared-for. But, you know, I’m also kind of spoiled by my holy grail trifecta: Philosophy, Lush and Bath … Read more

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Indian Sari Cushion Covers Review & Giveaway! Ends 08/09

I’ll just get this out of the way right now: My name is Jenna and I’m a pillow addict. I know, I know. Go ahead and make your tsking noises while I hang my head in shame. I can’t help it. Nothing brightens up a room or brings together a decorating scheme like a well-placed … Read more

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Lace Bubble Knicker Rompers for Babies and Toddlers Review & Giveaway! Ends 08/08

During the summer here, we’re always on the go- to the park, the lake, the library, picnics, playdates and parties! I like to keep an eye out for cute outfits that are a breeze to take on and off but don’t leave the girls looking like tiny mismatched homeless people.  That’s why I’m kind of … Read more

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Shark Tank Swag Gift Box Giveaway Part 2! #sharktankswag #CNBCPrimeTV #SharkWeek

My original Shark Tank giveaway was so successful that when the sponsor offered to give away another box of goodies to one of my readers, I jumped at the chance! For anyone new here, I will be recapping the original giveaway post below so you can hear about Shark Tank and find out what you’ll … Read more

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Wild Berry Pie

It’s hard to believe it’s already July! We’ve been busy swimming at the lake, working on the garden and having sleepovers. If the house isn’t constantly full of giggling herds of little girls, it just isn’t summer. Aside from the fact that I need to invest in a grocery store to keep the grazing horde … Read more

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Chocolate Robot Invasion!

I received this awesome shipment of handmade chocolates by Kreations by Kris thanks to the sweet Twillypop! Her tiny chocolate robots and marshmallow-filled Lego blocks are unequivocally one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. Everything came packed in pretty flowered tins. The moment I opened the first tin, the delectable aroma of high quality, … Read more

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June Glossybox : The Stars & Stripes Edition

Yay! The June Glossybox is here! You might recall from last month, a dear friend of mine gifted me with a subscription to this awesome service. Partially to show her how much I appreciate it, and partially because I just like to share, I am reporting the unboxing here each month! This is the special … Read more

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Bath & Body Works Haul!

Not that I need any more bath products, but the recent amazing Bath & Body Works sale proved irresistible. I managed not to go too crazy and got all of this, with the sale and a coupon, for around $30! I was apparently in the mood for summery scents, coconut oil soaked beaches, wildflowers and … Read more

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Pretty in Pink Summer Wreath!

I’ve been wanting a pretty wreath for my front door, but the prices are often dauntingly high. There’s also the problem that I’m not a huge fan of fake flowers. They so often scream tacky/funeral arrangement/old lady with plastic furniture covers, at least to me. I have flashbacks to a house I used to pass … Read more

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Patriotic Pillow: Make Your Own!

As promised, today I’m bringing you instructions for how to make your own patriotic USA pillow as featured in my Fabulous Fourth Table Setting. This is a quick and simple project, you could easily make several to toss around as accents at your 4th of July festivities. I used a plain denim tote bag as … Read more

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Fabulous Fourth Of July Table

I decided to do a test run of my table setting for Independence Day. I thought I’d challenge myself by just gathering things from around the house to fit the theme instead of rushing out to buy more stuff. Sometimes I feel like I’m drowning in belongings, even while being grateful for the excess. It … Read more

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You’re The Closest To Heaven That I’ll Ever Be.

My showy irises have made their appearance, spreading further this year.  I love the purple ones for their delicate, veiny tracework pattern of decoration, bleeding into saturated ink-stained pools at the end of each bottom petal. The iris was named from the Greek word for rainbow, denoting the multitude of colors the flowers span. In … Read more

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Cheesy Overstuffed Baked Potatoes

These are a long-time family favorite, perfect as a side dish or vegetarian option at cookouts but also a comforting meal in colder seasons.  They’re a decadent treat that practically make a meal all alone. Meat-eaters can add crispy, crumbled bacon. For a lighter version you can use a low-calorie butter substitute and reduced fat … Read more

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Bleeding Hearts: A Japanese Legend

I was so happy that one of my favorite flowers, the Bleeding Heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis), made it through the winter. I’m always fascinated with myth and legend, folklore and fairytales. I love tracing the paths these tales take, the ways in which they transform and mutate with time and distance, the ways they’re still evolving … Read more

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Dredged in Flour, Deep Fat Fried, Cooled on Paper Towels and Then Devoured.

Spring in the woodlands of Ohio brings a rare treat: Fried Morel Mushrooms! The pioneer spirit lurking in the back of my brain, the one that wants to live self-sufficiently off the land, deeply connected with nature and the rhythms of our planet– that part of me rejoices at the thought of being able to … Read more

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“Real Beauty Can’t Be Seen.”

Surely I must soon grow sick of dystopian worlds and apocalyptic visions. Well, not as long as writers keep feeding my habit with books of this caliber. Why am I continuously drawn to stories involving the utter destruction or transformation of humanity? This phenomenon isn’t limited to the fantasies of misanthropic yams! Look around. Zombies … Read more

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Or Would I Leave This World Unknown? Salt For Salt and Bone For Bone.

  On Saturday, David Lamb of the folk band Brown Bird succumbed to leukemia in Providence, Rhode Island. He was only 35. Their music has always seemed displaced in history to me, as if you would expect to see them in grainy black and white footage at some deep south dance hall, the roof and … Read more

‘Frozen’ Made Me Gay

…And by “gay” I mean oh so very happy. The controversy over hidden gay themes within this magical children’s cartoon? Not so much. “Oh that silly yam!” you’re probably thinking to yourself. “That’s ridiculous! She’ll say anything for a laugh.” But no. In case you haven’t heard, last month radio talk show host Kevin Swanson … Read more

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Pink Paris Party Ideas by Birthday Express

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links Your inspiration could be as simple as a little girl’s birthday party or as complex as a wine tasting, but whichever the affair, setting your table with Paris chic elevates any party into a soiree. … Read more

Shutterfly Codes! 12 free Cards, free magnet, free mouse pad!

**The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link   Visit Shutterfly today to take advantage of these awesome free deals! While it may seem a bit early to start planning for the holiday season, it’ll be here before … Read more

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Mabel’s Lables! 50% off Pirate Ship and Skull ‘n’ Crossbones Sticky Labels and 50% off Plane Labels

**The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. Mabel’s Labels is offering two great 50% off promotions! For today only, Mabel’s Labels is offering 50% off Pirate Ship or Skull ‘n’ Crossbones Sticky Labels in honor of International … Read more

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Save up to 50% at Reebok.com + Free Shipping & Free Returns!

  **The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. Reebok Outlet is having an amazing sale right now: Save up to 50% at Reebok.com + Free Shipping & Free Returns, while supplies last! If you still need a … Read more

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25% off Tea Collection’s Fall Favorites!

**The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. The days are racing by once again and soon it will be time for school photos! If you’re as unprepared for this as I am, you’ll appreciate the Tea Collection … Read more

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Little Passports Fundraising For Your School!

**The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link. Planning a fundraiser at your child’s school? Little Passports is the perfect partner, with an award-winning educational product that kids and parents love. Here’s how it works: your community shops … Read more

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Apple Certified 6 Feet Lightning Cable Review

Most of you with Apple devices know the short cords they come packaged with are sadly inadequate. I’m constantly yanking to hard on them or fighting for elbow room when I have them plugged into the laptop or struggling to find a plug-in spot where they’ll actually reach a table or shelf. This Apple Certified … Read more