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August 27, 2014


It's always the same excuse. I've been busy. No time for blogging. Now, let's get to the fashion that we've all been missing. I'll cover the MTV Video Music Awards first. Shortly after, I'll begin my Emmy fashion rundown.

Miley looks stupid.
Gwen looks great.

There's a right way and a wrong way to show your cleavage.
These two are both doing it wrong.

Kendall looks ok. Kylie looks ridiculous.
I love that Jordin and Jason match, but his shiny shoes are fug.

I'm over Ariana's hooker boots and ridiculous extensions. Love her voice though!
I love this dress on Beyonce. Her earrings are GINORMOUS!

I usually love what Nina wears, but I'm not digging this.
No, Rita. No.

I like this color on Taylor, but that's it. Ew.
Chloe looks fantastic. I love this outfit head-to-toe. So fun!

Jennifer is 45, people. She looks amazing.
And then there's the hot mess beside her. WTF

Katy's dress is ugly, but it's paying homage to Britney Spears. So, I love it.
I'm not loving Sarah's look, but it's not bad.

Nicki looks ok and very MTV.
Lucy always wears weird shapes and lengths. I really wish she'd get a new stylist.

They both look washed out.

August 26, 2014


This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and EQtainment, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #Qsracetothetop http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Since our family is super busy between work, school and sports, we often find ourselves exhausted at the end of the day. During the week, we crash pretty early. So I like to utilize the free time we have on the weekend. If at all possible, I like for us to do one thing as a family each week. Sometimes we watch a movie. Sometimes we play outside. But Dain and Rory's favorite family activity involves a board game, laughter and yelling. If they had it their way, we'd play one every night.

Q’s Race to the Top board game by EQtainment is our new favorite. It’s not like your average board game which is why we all enjoyed it so much. Besides the obvious having fun aspect, Q’s Race to the Top helps kids grow their emotional intelligence. It also helps with developing fine motor skills. You could be hopping on one foot or explaining how you’d handle an uncomfortable situation. There was even some crab walking across the living room floor. It happened people, and it was hilarious. It was a lot of fun to see my kids think about how they’d handle a rude person or what they’d do if they accidentally stepped on someone’s foot in the store. "I would say excuse me and then run and hide!"

This super fun and original game is for ages three and up. You simply roll the dice, pick a card and do or say whatever it asks of you. Since I have a 5-year-old and an 8-year-old, I like the fact that it’s not too hard for the young one to play or too lame for the older one. It’s not easy finding a game that both kids and adults will love. Q’s Race to the Top was fun for the whole family. I was amazed at how competitive my kiddos can be. Even when there’s no prize involved, they’ll give it their all. There’s nothing better than saying, “I win!”

EQtainment helps kids practice emotional intelligence through fun and affordable games, storybooks and videos. If you’d like to learn more about Q’s Race to the Top and EQtainment, check out their Kickstarter campaign here, or watch the video below. I can't say enough positive things about this game. It's way more entertaining since it involves the whole body, including your brain. And what mom wouldn't love a game that helps their child improve social and emotional skills while having loads of fun!

The first time we played the game in bed in our pajamas. We played again last night while snacking on chips and dip with the Emmys on in the background. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures of us playing the game because we were all sweaty and tired from being on the ball field. But how cute are my little athletes?

Also, it’s not often that my husband gets into board games.

He actually gives this one two thumbs up.

August 21, 2014


If you are active on social media or watch the news, I'm sure you've heard about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. If you're living in the dark, you can read more about it here. The main purpose is to spread awareness for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and to ultimately find a cure. Even though many people have found the videos to be silly, the challenge is clearly working. Over FORTY MILLION DOLLARS has been raised since it started.

Here are some of my favorite celebrity ice bucket challenge videos.

Charlie Sheen

Oprah Winfrey

Britney Spears

Chris Pratt

Robert Pattinson

President George W. Bush

Adam Sandler

Tom Hiddleston

Sarah Jessica Parker

Ben Affleck + Jennifer Garner

How cute is Robert Pattinson's video? I love that someone was throwing red Solo cups at him.

Visit the ALS website to donate.

August 12, 2014


When the alert came through on my phone, I felt like I'd been sucker punched.

Please let it be a hoax.

It has to be a hoax.

Unfortunately, this headline is real.

Robin Williams, one of the all-time greats, is dead.

I've shed a few tears over celebrity deaths, but none quite like this.

I'm a sucker for a funny guy, and this one..

Well, he's the funniest one of all.

May you finally be at peace, sir.

August 11, 2014


This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Wet-Nap but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #showusyourmess http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Summer break is officially over. The kids are back in school, and a new sports season has begun. Rory's cheering. Dain's playing football and competitive baseball. This means a lot of our evenings are spent running around from one practice field to another. It also means we're often eating on the go.

I'd obviously prefer eating at home around the dinner table. Unfortunately, some nights we just can't make it happen. For the times we do eat in the car, I've got Wet-Nap hand wipes. I always keep a canister in the middle console of my car. One of my biggest pet peeves is seeing a child walking around with food all over their face and hands. Of course kids are going to get messy when they eat, but clean it up before going in public!

I get my Wet-Nap wipes at Walmart because of their everyday low prices. Duh. You can find Wet-Nap products in the napkin aisle. If not, check the baby section. That's where I found mine. I like this particular brand of wipes because they're thick and strong, softer than before and contain aloe. Nobody wants dry hands. The wipes come in a variety of packaging, but I prefer the canister. It fits nicely in my console and snaps close so they won't dry out.

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July 25, 2014


This sponsored post is brought to you by Dasani Water on behalf of Markerly.
All opinions expressed are my own.

I'm not a morning person -- never have been, never will be. It's a struggle each and every morning when my alarm goes off. I like sleep. I like my bed. And I do not like having serious conversations with anyone before 10:00 AM. I work full-time. My kids are active in two sports each. I am often running around with a million and one things to do, feeling like I have no time to do them. And, to state the obvious, I'm always exhausted. Would I change things if I could? Absolutely not. My family and busy little life make me sparkle.

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July 24, 2014


When it comes to sports, I'm no bandwagon jumper. Books, movies and tv shows are a whole other ballgame though. When everyone started raving about Orange Is the New Black, I immediately wanted to join in. I binge watched the first season on Netflix during my brief period of unemployment last summer. When the second season premiered, I had too many things going on to watch all at once. I spread the thirteen episodes out over a couple of weeks. I loved the first season and enjoyed this season a lot too. What I liked most is that we got a lot more back story on several of the main characters.

OITNB is based on Piper Kerman's memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison. Piper is an upper middle-class woman who finds herself serving fifteen months in a federal women's prison after smuggling a suitcase full of drug money for her girlfriend. I decided to pick up the book in between seasons. I don't know if it was because I watched the show first or not, but I found the book to be rather boring. It wasn't bad. It wasn't great. It was just ok.

The best thing about the show, aside from the clever writing, is the cast. Sophia and Crazy Eyes are my favorites. I also enjoy Piper when she's pissed off and standing up for herself. It doesn't matter whether I love them, hate them or want to slap the shit out of them, I feel something for every single person on the show. I think that says a lot.

I also want to mention OITNB's social media presence. They have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest accounts for the show. They post really fun quotes, eCards and behind-the-scenes photos. They're also extremely interactive with their fans. Kudos to whoever's in charge.

Since it'll be a minute before Season 3 of OITNB is here, I'm trying to decide what to watch next.

What are you loving lately on Netflix?