Portable Christmas Playlists For Every Occasion

JBL Speakers wrapped in ribbon

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiftingAudio #CollectiveBias I am a music kind of gal. Yes, I’m the one you drove past earlier today who was car dancing. Enthusiastically. Fortunately, it’s winter, and we both had our windows rolled up, so you couldn’t hear […]

Homemade Carrot Cake Recipe

Slice of delicious homemade carrot cake

Today is my birthday, so of course I made my own cake. Don’t you always make your own birthday cakes? No? Just me? Here’s the thing. I’m not a huge sweets person – hard as it may be to believe from reading my blog – so I’m kind of picky about the ones I eat. […]

At Home Pedicure? Nope, Time To Pamper Yourself

Amope before and after

Today is my birthday (yes, happy birthday to me, thank you!), and while I have some work to do, it’s still a special day in my mind and I was not about to spend it sitting in front of the computer. I work hard, and I rarely take time to just focus on me. My […]

Zarbee’s Immune Support Review

Zarbee's immune support review

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating. It’s already that time of year. Mister Man has been coughing at night and unable to sleep, which means that I pull out my Zarbee’s Cough Syrup to calm […]

Before The Movie: Mockingjay Book Club

Discussing Mockingjay at book club

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Lions Gate. I received a book, products, and a promotional item to thank me for participating. I’ll be honest. I missed The Hunger Games when the series swept through back when the books were first published. Somehow, I simply never picked them up to read […]

Just Dance 2015 Review

Just Dance 2015 Review for Kinect

I admit it. I’m a sucker for a good song, and I may or may not be that crazy car dancer you saw the other day from the corner of your eye. Needless to say, when my family is looking for something to do inside (hello, November in Chicago), we all turn to our Xbox […]

Seattle’s Best Giveaway: Month Long Doorbusters

Items in the Seattle's Best giveaway prize pack

I have received a prize back identical to the Seattle’s Best giveaway I’m hosting in exchange for sharing information about Seattle’s Best Doorbusters. I was not compensated in any other way, and all opinions remain my own. As much as it pains me to admit it, the holidays are coming. We celebrate Christmas, and as much […]

A Letter To My Cute Cats

Hanging with a comfy kitty

Dear Meow and Roar, The two of you absolutely crack me up. You are the most fun and cute cats we could ever have found to become a part of our family, and I’m so grateful to my friend that she found you and brought you to us. Even when you aren’t trying to, your […]

Virgin Mobile Custom Review: A Child’s First Cell Phone

Virgin Mobile Custom Plans

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Virgin Mobile. I received a sample device to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating. All opinions remain my own. The wee one are getting older, and at 9 and 11,  I know their first cell phones are only a matter of […]

Ground Beef Skillet Tamales Recipe

Skillet tamales disappear quickly

Tonight for dinner, I wasn’t very inspired. Like… I knew I had ground beef in the fridge I should use but nothing sounded good to me. That’s never a good sign. Fortunately, there’s Google, even when it doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to be. When you Google “creative weeknight ground beef recipes” you’d be […]