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On the Topic of Tissues

toilet paper
What is it about household paper goods that is SO polarizing? When Nate and I got married, there was a series of intense debates regarding what brand of toilet paper we'd use. I'm not going to say who won but suffice it to say, my bum always gets its way. I'll admit I never cared a whole lot about...

Alphabet Balls: Play with Purpose

alphabet balls
This alphabet balls activity post is sponsored by KneeBouncers, who believe in playing with purpose! Visit KneeBouncers.com for a multitude of fun games that will help your child get ready for preschool and be sure to try their new Great Play with Purpose iPad App! 45 funtabulous games that support preschool readiness and learning. Available NOW on iTunes and coming soon for Android. All opinions...

Pacific Edge Hotel

Pacific Edge
A couple weeks ago, I packed up the little babers and met my mom up near her stomping grounds in Laguna Beach to do a review of Pacific Edge Hotel. I know, I have a really rough job. Pacific Edge Hotel: Where we Get Away from it AllLiving along the California coast, Pacific Edge has been a favorite destination for...

Why (and how) we’re Crate Training Bjorne

Kraken and Bjorne dogs fighting
Anytime I mention to someone that I'm crate training the animals, I get one of two responses. "I can't believe you would do that to your pets!" or "Yeah, so? Doesn't everyone use crate training?" It's funny how any animal care or parenting tactic raises so many opinions.For those not familiar with it, the idea behind crate training is...

When (And How) to Stock Up on Kids’ Clothes

baggy outfit
The boys and I were at Kohl's the other day and oh my HOLY MOTHER of sales. All our favorite Carter's kids' clothes were discounted at least half off...and that wasn't just the clearance stuff.We may have gone a little overboard. It got me reminiscing back to the days of my childhood. My mom and I would go shopping...

6 Places to Distract Your Children with Electronics

Streaming movies for kids: where is it appropriate to distract children with electronics?
"For the love of God!" I shrieked as my husband zoomed into the far-lefthand lane. "Where's the iPad?" Up to this point, Nate and I have maintained a pretty strict "no on-the-go electronics" rule. Some Boy doesn't have a LeapFrog or LeapPad or whatever toddlers play with nowadays, but he's becoming increasingly interested in my tablet. He's officially past the...

Mailbox Overhaul: Our Latest Afternoon Project

Quick home update: install a new mailbox
It seems like such a small thing, the mailbox. Junk comes in, Netflix movie go out. But when we moved into our new house, this mailbox was one of the biggest things to nag at me. Every single time I pulled up to our front gate, I looked at this junky, rusted old thing and I sighed. I had...

DIY Necklace Holder

diy jewelry organizer
Looking to make a DIY necklace holder? This little shelf is SO easy, put together with just a few store-bought components.I really, really wish I could take credit for this but alas, it was just an awesomely happy find.My life is brimming with pretty accessories lately. All my jewelry boxes and necklace hangers were full.  I was planning to...

Some Boy’s First Bike

First bike
Some Boy had his second birthday a couple weeks ago, and to celebrate we had a little party and...wait for it...got him his first bike!You may be wondering, "Who gets a kid their first bike at age two?" Well, we do. You know how passionate we are about exposing kids at a young age to a variety of different...

This is How We Roll

Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art
We use a lot of toilet paper and paper towels in our house. That's just how we roll. Hah, get it? Paper towel rolls? Okay Chelsea, you're a nerd.I have this big closet in our laundry room where I stock up on our paper goods and household essentials whenever I see them on sale or with a particularly good...