Red Envelope

True confession: I avoid shopping at malls with my girls whenever possible.  Groceries?  Bring it on.  Big box store?  No fear.  But a mall full of people and distractions and a hundred reasons for a toddler and/or preschooler to throw a raging tantrum, no thank you.  Besides, Ashlyn is old enough now that I can't buy her presents in front of her anyways because she remembers everything, so I'll be doing a lot of online shopping this year.  Enter Red Envelope! Full of gift ideas Read more [...]

Playing and learning with Lego Duplo

My girls love to play.  This is no surprise, as most children do, but a pleasant surprise for me was how much they love to play together.  At almost 3.5 and just over 1.5 it's rarely without incident, but I try to encourage their play as much as I can.  By virtue of having an older sister, little Rowan has already learned to how to sit and play for quite a long time - I actually joke that she's so focused because she's learned that if she puts a toy down it may be claimed by her sister before Read more [...]

What’s for breakfast – Apple Loaf

We have a lot of apples in our house after our apple picking excursion so when my good friend Joleen sent me a recipe for apple loaf I made it as soon as I could!  She's never sent me a recipe that wasn't a winner and this is no different.  The top of the loaf tastes like it has a streusel and it's excellent with coffee, tea or warm apple cider. APPLE LOAF Ingredients 3 cups flour 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 Read more [...]

Get ahead of the game with Minted Holiday Postcards (giveaway)

I always have big plans to start my holiday cards early.  It doesn't always work out that I actually get them into the mail as early as I'd like, but as soon as the cool fall weather hits I start looking online to try and decide which Christmas card I'm going to pick for our family.  This year I'm happy to be offering another early bird a prize pack of gorgeous holiday postcards from Minted! I still get compliments on the Minted cards that I sent out last year so once I figure out which of Read more [...]

Celebrate Halloween with NCircle (giveaway)

My girls are so excited for Halloween this year; every morning Ashlyn asks if she gets to go trick or treating today!  Clearly creating anticipation for Halloween isn't a problem around here.  We've been watching “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That – Tricks and Treats" and “WordWorld – A Kooky, Spooky Halloween" since last October so I was very happy to be able to introduce the girls to a brand new Halloween movie from NCircle, “Sid the Science Kid – Sid’s Spooky Halloween". We Read more [...]

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