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Get Involved With Causes You Care About: It’s Time [And Win Stuff!]

I love to get involved with causes to help others, but it's hard sometimes to find them! That's why I was so happy to hear about the Time Machine app (for iOS only for now). https://vimeo.com/132339850 It's also a great way to teach your kids how to use social media in helpful, productive ways. It includes multiple campaigns worth supporting and over 100 ideas for doing good! It's … [Read more...]

Introducing My “Fruit Salad” Summer Clothing Line with Cents of Style!

Sometimes I have to pinch myself because I get to do something I love so much and work with amazing people. I am so humbled and thrilled to announce a Summer clothing, accessories and jewelry line from my collaboration with the awesome site Cents of Style: it's called Fruit Salad! I love Cents of Style, and it's a dream come true to work with them!! It's a bright and HAPPY … [Read more...]

Better Printer, Better Camera

Thanks to Canon USA, who sponsored this post, I've been trying out a new camera and printer the last few weeks. If you're in the market for something new to capture summer memories, check out the Canon EOS Rebel SL1. And if you're ready to seriously rock your printables, take a look at the Canon PIXMA iP8720 Crafting Printer. Here's what I've been discovering: I've been using DSLRs for … [Read more...]

The Importance of Listening

If you've been in Utah anytime recently you've seen ads from Ken Garff (who sponsored this post). While you've heard their emphasis on listening when it comes to cars, you might not know the depth of their commitment to listening. I remember taking a Communications 101 class in college and learning the basics of communications: that communication doesn't exist unless there's a speaker and a … [Read more...]

Introducing Eleventh Avenue (And 11% Off to Celebrate)

I'm helping celebrate something exciting! If you haven't heard already, Groopdealz is now Eleventh Avenue - and there's SO much to love! You'll find even better, more fabulous deals at amazingly low prices and you'll love how Eleventh Avenue was created with the social shopper in mind! It's a handpicked boutique marketplace, dedicated to providing you with a unique and personalized shopping … [Read more...]

Easy Cleaning: Meet The Shower Shimmy!

There aren't very many cleaning chores I hate more than scrubbing, showers most of all. If something needs to be vacuumed, or even if it doesn't, I'll vacuum anytime. Scrubbing is the absolute worst, based on an informal poll of 75% of my children. So I was excited when I was invited to try Shower Shimmy. What I liked best: it was created and invented by a mom, it works great, it's a good value … [Read more...]

Cooking with Kids: Healthy Family Meals – Delivered!

Thanks to Blue Apron, I got to try their new family plan this last week. I loved the easy-to-follow, chef-designed recipes. And I LOVED how the ingredients were provided in perfect amounts -- no overbuying at the grocery store. The ingredients were all farm-fresh and delicious. But my favorite part ... ... was how much fun it was to make the recipes with my girls! They loved the clear … [Read more...]

Paddington-Inspired Family “Gratefulness” Free Printables!

Do your kids like Paddington Bear? Inspired by the new Paddington movie arriving in theaters this month, I've created something to help teach our families! Paddington Bear is one of our favorite story characters. I remember reading the stories when I was younger, and my kids have loved to read them, too. Of course Paddington is lovable, but one of our favorite qualities he shows is … [Read more...]

Guests? Tips for a 15-Minute Quick Clean

One of my family's most cherished traditions is the ten-minute tidy. I'm lying about that -- it's not very cherished by my kids! But I've found it to be super effective to get the accumulated clutter cleaned up -- and sometimes even counters and floors cleaned, too! With the ten-minute tidy in mind, I've worked up a few ideas for a 15-minute quick clean, just in time to practice it when holiday … [Read more...]

Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway Blog Hop!! (30 Winners!)

  I love home decor -- and when it's a bargain and beautiful, it's even better. So, for the third year in a row, I'm sharing my favorite things in 2014 ... and giving them away! You could win some amazing gifts for yourself or a loved one! Plus, 29 of my friends are giving away their favorite things, too! (See below for what all of my creative blogger friends are giving away, … [Read more...]