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It’s Starting to Look a Lot Like…. Halloween!

I love the holidays. I love celebrating. I love parties. I love decorating and crafting and cooking and baking and fun. And Halloween gets me extra excited. Not because it’s my favorite holiday – but because it’s like, the kick off to the best part of the year for me. I mean – Halloween comes with loads of cool stuff anyway, like costumes and pumpkins and treats. But it’s like the door opening to a non-stop extravaganza of holiday fun for the whole rest of the year.

Fall wreath - ProFlowers fall and Halloween decor

We decorated the house weeks ago. Grandma {my mom} lives with me part of the time, and always helps us put up decorations. I remember helping her when I was a kid {and we still have so many of the same decorations we had back then – I love it.} So it makes my mom-heart happy to watch Abby get so much enjoyment following along with grandma and putting up fun stuff for each holiday too. Priceless. We’ve got a spooky graveyard outside, lights in the bushes and trees, and lots of ghosts and goblins inside the house too. So, while I have lots of awesome pieces to decorate the house {and am trying to cut down on buying more. *Trying*} – you do always need a few new things for a holiday like Halloween. I’m talking costumes, baking supplies, and of course – CANDY. 

Abby and I decided to take a little shopping trip to Target yesterday, to pick up a few fun festive additions. I’d already ordered one Halloween costume {Little Red Riding Hood} – but since we have four different Halloween parties to go to over the course of two weeks, I figured it’d be a good idea to have two costumes. I mean, you know how messy a 3 year-old gets with her treats, right? And I am so so so so so so sosososososooso SO in love with her in this Merida costume. {You’ve seen Brave, right?} We love anything with Disney Princesses, but Merida does have a special spot in my heart… She’s a very feisty, independent, fearless girl. Just like Abby. [Read more…]


Why Choose a Memory Foam Mattress?

This past week, magic happened in my bedroom… Something happened that totally knocked my socks off, blew me away, gave me feelings I’d never had before. No – I’m not about talking hanky panky here ladies. I’m talking about my new Nature’s Sleep memory foam mattress arriving. From the crazy way they ship it to you, to the way it magically transforms into the best sleep you’ve ever had in your life – you absolutely must check this out. Since I’ve already made every one of my friends and family come lay on it and check it out at my house, it’s time to virtually share it with my favorite people on the internet – you guys! Watch the video below to get a look at how it works…

Why choose a memory foam mattress from Nature’s Sleep? [Read more…]


Father’s Day Gift Ideas & Deals

Almost 3 in 5 {58%} dads surveyed feel that they spend more money on their partners for Mother’s Day than their significant others typically spend on them for Father’s Day. {See the full Father’s Day gift giving survey here.} And that might be true – Mother’s Day often includes a date night out, flowers and jewelry, things like that. But traditional Father’s Day gifts like a home-cooked dinner, coffee mug or ties are great gifts, but do usually cost less. But, when it comes to gifts from the kids, dads get luckier – only 23% of consumers surveyed say they spend more than $61 bucks on a gift for mom, but 31% spend more than that on dad’s day presents. But whether you’re shopping for your Mister or your own dad – there are a couple things much more important than how much you spend… First, obviously, we all know it’s the thought that goes into the gift that matters most. And – for us frugal mommas, getting the best deal possible is pretty darn important too! Check out this round-up of a few ways to save on awesome gifts for dad this year… [Read more…]


Girls Following their Parents’ Footsteps… #fashion

All you need is love. And these heart-melting styles from GUESS Kids Yep, GUESS is celebrating their love of families, by featuring second generation GUESS girl, Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter {Dannielynn Birkhead}, and Babyface’s daughter, Peyton Edmonds, in their new spring ads. How fun is that, right?

New Guess Kids [Read more…]


Fashionista on a Budget – 10 Ways to Save Big on Clothing and Accessories for Moms and Kids

“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.” – Miuccia Prada… Sure, fashion can seem silly to some people. But we all know that what you wear can really change your mood. In a cute dress and strappy heels I carry myself differently, and have a fun boost of confidence. When I’m in yoga pants and a loose tee, I feel comfy and cozy. So I’ve always loved fashion, and the way it can totally transform my day. But, as a mom on a tight budget, I’m all about AFFORDABLE fashion for families! So, today I want to share a few awesome sites that I use to get designer clothing and accessories, for my whole family, at super discounted prices. And when you partner them with sites and cards that give you cash back on your online purchases too – well, there’s not much better than that! I’ll start with kiddo stuff, and move towards grown up gear – check it out, yo:

Deals on kids outfits

Great deals on kids outfits – – I love, love, LOVE this site. It helps take the guesswork out of shopping for little girls – To get started, just sign up for a free account, and then answer a few questions about your little one, and what types of styles you’re looking for. Then you get personalized recommendations like the ones above {no surprise that they suggest the adorable U R My Sunshine collection for us, right?} – and the option to buy the full outfit at a discount, and often a freebie piece or two. Extra bonus? Get $20 in FREE credit to use on their site, every time you refer a friend who joins you there! Sign up today, and get 50% off of your first outfit, or Buy One Outfit Get One Free, your choice :) – {not sure how long that will last?}

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Fashion and kids

See updated post: Following in their Parents’ Footsteps – check out this spring’s new GUESS Kids!



Outdoor Living is a Lifestyle…. #GrillingisHappiness

“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.” – James Dent…. For some of you, it might be hard to believe… But summer isn’t all that far away. I mean, I know we haven’t even officially hit spring yet, but here in Central Washington, we’ve got buckets of sunshine lately, and are already out grilling  steaks on the deck for dinner some nights. {Ok, I admit it – we grill in parkas in the snow too. We love to grill. Lol.} And – I’m just all about outdoor living. We were super lucky to move into a new house two years ago, that has a big in-ground pool, a ginormous shop for storage, and Mike’s vinyl business, and a big property. It all still needs a lot of love, but it’s a wonderful work in progress!

New Kenmore Grill at Sears [Read more…]