4.20.2015

My mom is better than your mom.

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My mom is better than your mom. Sorry not sorry. If you look up the definition of "selfless" in the dictionary (or on dictionary.com, who even uses real dictionaries anymore) you will see a picture of my mother. I was one of those teenagers who thought all of the other teenagers were crazy. I never fought with my mom, in fact I called her my best friend and biggest role model (still do). Now, I'm lucky enough to also call her my boss. 


My mom is my boss

4.17.2015

A day in the life: mom, blogger, dance teacher. [VLOG]



I don't know about you, but I always love seeing more into the lives of the bloggers I like to follow. Today, I'm giving you a little peek into what it's like to be me.

Take a peek at a day in the life of a mom blogger and dance teacher! You can do it all with the help of this wonderful Lenovo product.

My typical work day doesn't truly get going until I put Bean down for her afternoon nap. Once she's finally asleep, I get my pot of coffee brewing and get to work. First up, blogging.

Day in the life of a mom blogger

I'm currently working on a post for mini donuts. I use my Lenovo YOGA Tablet 2 Pro to follow the recipe as I'm baking them (I never print out recipes anymore). I love that it has a built-in flip-and-fold kickstand so I can just stand it up and follow along. Did you know that it was designed by Ashton Kutcher, who is Lenovo's product engineer and was hands on in the concept and development the product?

blogging-lenovo-yoga-tablet

Nap time is the perfect time for me to work on my blog posts uninterrupted. I finished the mini donuts just in time for Bean to wake up and beg to try a couple. Can you blame her? Just look at these babies!

4.09.2015

Toolkit for the busy mom.

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Tips for busy moms, this toolkit offers some really awesome advice on busy mom must-haves (especially the one about dry shampoo!)

Let's face it, life is busy for everyone. Between work schedules, kid's schedules, and various other happenings, things can get pretty hectic. I find myself constantly seeking the help of a few key items, some more than others (especially when it comes to immune support!), to make my life as a busy mom a little easier. Between my schedule as a blogger, dance teacher, and co-director at the dance studio and Bean's schedule we are always on the go.

Busy schedule of a 4 year old

Bean isn't even 4 years old yet, and I'm already juggling preschool, dance, and gymnastics. I might play a part in creating that crazy schedule, but luckily she likes to be busy! Each activity that she's involved in has played a key role in helping her step out of her social and separation anxiety. She's practically a different kid.

3.23.2015

REESE'S miniatures peanut butter bites. [recipe]

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The perfect party food, these REESE'S peanut butter bites are delicious and easy to make. It would make a great party dessert!

If you know me in real life, you would know that I am obsessed with all things REESE'S. There's nothing better than pulling one out of the freezer (because that's the best way to eat them in my opinion) and biting into the perfect mixture of peanut butter and chocolate. I combined my love of REESE'S with a recipe for an easy-to-eat party snack, perfect for all of those basketball parties going on around this time of year.

3.22.2015

Warmer weather, happier mommy, happier kids.

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #ImagineSpring

Fun & trendy spring styles for kids

The return of spring takes on a whole new meaning when you've got a highly energetic little girl in the house that has been cooped up all winter. There's nothing better than being able to throw on some sandals and walk right out the front door to play without having to pile on snow pants, boots, a huge puffy jacket, you get the picture. Spring is about the return of adventures at the park, Spring Break, and adorable Easter outfits!

3.18.2015

Beyonce inspired kids glitter silhouette t-shirt. [tutorial]

Create this easy customized DIY kids t-shirt inspired by this Beyonce quote with just a few supplies. You could create any graphic shirt!

My kid has always had the most epic case of bedhead I have ever seen. As one of my friends, Bethany, says, Mr. Pillows did her hair. And Mr. Pillows seems to be her hairstylist of choice almost every day despite my best intentions, hair products, and endless brushing. I assure you none of these bedheads were emphasized, they're all pure Bean. Much to my dismay the poor kid got my slow hair growth gene which is not helping in this case.

I woke up like this shirt tutorial

It was upon finding Bean one morning with another epic case of bedhead that the idea came to me. If she's going to rock the bedhead look, she's gotta have a shirt with the classic line, "I woke up like this" on it because she literally did wake up like that. I'm sure that's not what Beyonce meant, but it sure fits in this case.

3.17.2015

8 clothing hacks I learned while working retail.

The Persil® brand provided me with a sample of Persil® ProClean laundry detergent in exchange for a product review. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own. 

8 clothing hacks that I learned while working retail. I didn't believe that these clothing tricks and laundry hacks really worked until I tried them for myself, and they work wonders!

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. OK, more like it was the worst of times and that's it. I worked retail my junior year of high school through the end of my year at beauty school. That was 3 years too many, in my opinion. Can you tell how much I disliked working retail? Despite my disdain for retail, I did pick up a few tips and tricks (or clothing hacks, you could say) that I use to this day.

3.13.2015

Hey, I actually want to make this part 2.

We're all guilty of it, pinning project after project and completing almost none of them. Since the last time I compiled a "Hey, I actually want to make this" post I have completed 2 of the 5. Not so bad, but at least the other 3 are still in the forefront of my mind instead of lost in the Pinterest shuffle. Here's to making more awesome things!


I have acquired a small collection of fuzzy blankets. I would have a ridiculous amount if I didn't have an iron-clad willpower. I like to keep them in the living room for easy access, but unfortunately I don't have a spot for them other than draped over the arm of the love seat and recliner. If you've got kids in the house, you know that lasts for about as long as the kids are napping. If I had this blanket ladder, I could keep them tidy, easy to grab, and it would also add to the living room decor.