Batty Betty

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  I can imagine this story originating as a bedtime conversation between a parent and a particularly imaginative child. “So there’s this brave tuba and he meets a sad banana and they join forces with a dancing giant to defeat some bullying beavers…” Which actually just summed up the plot for you. It’s a cute, … Read more

Choosing the Safest Car for Your Family

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Sponsored post.   If you’re like me, your mind might start to glaze over at the thought of choosing a new car for your family. Practical, safe, affordable…these aren’t the sexiest terms. Combined with the onslaught of information and statistics, your mind can start to drift off to a beach somewhere with your only hard … Read more

Happy Mother’s Day With Hallmark! #LoveHallmark

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In recent years, Hallmark has published some truly innovative and beautiful greeting cards. I’m in love with their use of dimensional elements and embellishments that give the cards a handcrafted feel. I want to share a few cards from their Mother’s Day collection with you. I wish I could send each of you a card … Read more

RockABye Plush Character Rockers

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The rocking horse is such an iconic childhood toy, but I’ve recently found a company called RockABye that takes the rocking horse to a whole new level. They offer a revamped version of the classic rocker in every imaginable character- from ships, planes and vehicles to cheerful insects to animal friends and fantasy creatures. These … Read more

The Lotterys Plus One

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The Lotterys Plus One is one of the most delightful books I’ve encountered in quite some time. Within a few pages I was openly grinning and giggling out loud. Aimed at 8-12 year-olds, I have to say I can think of some adults who could benefit from reading it as well. This is the story … Read more

Conversations With My Family

Conversation with my mom.   (A factory in our town is being bought by a huge corporation from Bangkok.)   My mom: The Chinese are taking over everything. Me: …I’m pretty sure Bangkok is in Thailand. My mom: That can’t be right. I’m sure it’s in China. Me: No, really. It’s the capital of Thailand. … Read more

Fall in Love With Luvs Diapers! $2 Off Coupon #SharetheLuv #ad

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This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine. Diapers are one of my huge shopping frustrations. They’re so very necessary yet also often so expensive. And I’m not crunchy (or crazy!) enough to switch to cloth diapers, as much … Read more

Helping Our Water Babies Grow Olympic-Sized Dreams #LetsPowerTheirDreams

*This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G. Our family is filled with girls, from babies to teens, and every one of them has turned out to be a water nymph. Nightly baths that stretch into soggy playtime adventures involving every toy they own are usually the only way to calm them down before bed. And … Read more

Fabulous Fourth Of July Table

I decided to do a test run of my table setting for the Fourth of July. 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 … Read more

Hallmark Father’s Day Prize Pack Giveaway Ends 6/25

With Father’s Day rapidly approaching, I know there’s going to be some frantic scrambling. If your family is anything like mine, your Dad is one of the people you would most like to wow with a spectacular gift, yet he’s also the hardest to buy for. My Dad has the near-psychic ability to figure out … Read more