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Monthly Archives: August 2012

My Influencers Shine Effortlessly

My Influencers Shine Effortlessly

The Autumn season is always a season of “new” for me and there’s an abundance of new headed my way this Autumn. In order to enjoy those gifts, I’ve decided to do a few cleanses for clarity and better health. One of those cleanses was virtual, yet so real. I connect with a lot ofContinue Reading

Homemade Coconut Milk Ice Cream Topped With Caramelized Plantains

Homemade Coconut Milk Ice Cream Topped With Caramelized Plantains

I could use a trip to the Caribbean like yesterday. It’s something about this time of the year that has made me craving all things Caribbean. Maybe because of that fabulous retreat I attended last year. It’s ingrained in my brain and my body just feels entitled to be somewhere in the tropics right now.Continue Reading

Protecting The Mom Blogging Community: Bad Marketing Advice & Misconceptions

Protecting The Mom Blogging Community: Bad Marketing Advice & Misconceptions

Edited to add: The article in question has since been edited, but the article in it’s original state (which I saved) was highly offensive to many of the professionals mentioned in the article. The author apologized, but still, my thoughts remain the same regarding malicious marketers and brands and bloggers who support them. :-/ ___Continue Reading

Hugs to Niche Mommy Attendees!

Hugs to Niche Mommy Attendees!

Hey there! I just wanted to create a quick post for those of you visiting from the closing keynote by the wonderful Jennifer James! Please leave a quick comment to introduce yourselves as I look forward to connecting with you! I hope you all enjoyed yourselves at the conference and soaked in lots of helpfulContinue Reading

Guest Post: New Technologies in Homeschooling

Guest Post: New Technologies in Homeschooling

As home schooling becomes more widely accepted throughout America, homeschooling curriculum options and methods continue to develop as well. Once the traditional home schooling setting was one that involved parent educators who taught their children at home. Today however, “hybrid” approaches allow students to homeschool through a mix-and-match of online studies, parent or community educators,Continue Reading

Chicago GapKids Shine On Saturday Recap

Chicago GapKids Shine On Saturday Recap

This post is sponsored by GapKids. Check out all the fun Shine On activities at your nearest Gap store. For event dates and locations, visit Gap’s Facebook page and join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #ShineOn. Last Saturday, we had the opportunity to attend a Shine On Saturday at GapKids at Westfield Old OrchardContinue Reading

Back to School Fashion at Cookie’s Kids

Back to School Fashion at Cookie’s Kids

When shopping for Jayden, I tend to run with the money and rack up on the cheapest items first, which are often random. If a certain item is on sale, I may grab two of the same or in different colors. I do this mostly with jeans and shoes. I do want to get betterContinue Reading

The things we do to see him smile.

The things we do to see him smile.

July 14, 2012 We started the day with lunch on the lake shore. It’s been so long since we’ve taken a family photo in our spot, so we snapped a quick shot or two. Next, we headed to the Crown Fountain… only my flip flop broke on the way, so we had to make aContinue Reading

Sons of Anarchy Cast Lead 2nd Annual Boot Ride to Benefit Returning Soldiers

Sons of Anarchy Cast Lead 2nd Annual Boot Ride to Benefit Returning Soldiers

Sons of Anarchy Cast will lead the morning ride followed by live performances from Blackberry Smoke and more! Just to clear the air, this is a no strings attached post. I just happen to be a Sons of Anarchy fan and think this is a great cause. M’kay? ________________________________ The 2nd Annual Boot Ride andContinue Reading

GapKids Shine On Saturdays in Chicago

GapKids Shine On Saturdays in Chicago

This post is sponsored by GapKids. Check out all the fun Shine On activities at your nearest Gap store. For event dates and locations, visit Gap’s Facebook page and join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #ShineOn. Jayden painting in the tub August 24th, 2011 Tomorrow, Jayden will have the opportunity to get messy withoutContinue Reading

My Beauty Regime and Recent e.l.f Haul

My Beauty Regime and Recent e.l.f Haul

I don’t consider myself a beauty know-it-all. I pretty much do what works and I stick with it. I do like to experiment with makeup, but my regime and “look” is pretty ingrained. In the morning, I wash my face with Apricot Scrub. I NEED to exfoliate to keep my pores open and breakouts atContinue Reading

S’mores Cookies

S’mores Cookies

Making Smore’s is one of our favorite Summer activities. And while the good ol’ fashioned way is what we’re used to, this year I wanted to make the ordinary a little extraordinary with a twist. S’mores Cookies. Ooey gooey delectable yum. It all started with this…. a care package Hershey’s sent me to celebrate NationalContinue Reading

Fun With Toothpicks: Back to School Bento Lunch Solutions

Fun With Toothpicks: Back to School Bento Lunch Solutions

It’s very rare that I have to pack a lunch for Jayden and I won’t really have to until maybe a year from now. But on the rare occasion that I do, it looks something like this. Healthy, yummy, functional right? But I’ve kinda been wanting to step my game up so that I canContinue Reading


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