My Favorite Tik Tok Accounts

TikTok has taken the social media world by storm. Perhaps it was the pandemic. Perhaps it was the impending threat of a ban. Perhaps its societal desire to watch videos for mere seconds. Perhaps it is the aspirational hope of going "viral". Whatever the case may be {and it's likely all of those things plus much more} people are watching TikTok. I've become something of a student of Tik Tok in the last year due to the nature of my corporate job. And while I've seen my fair share of completely worthless videos, I've actually become quite found of a few too. In oder to help bridge the gap … [Read more...]

The Fowl Twins Prize Pack Giveaway

Sponsored by Disney Book Group Fans of the Artemis Fowl series, here is your chance to extend the adventure! Artemis Fowl author, Eoin Colfer, returns with the new spinoff adventure, The Fowl Twins, which delves into the life of Artemis' younger brothers - Myles and Beckett.  Recommended for kids ages 9-12, this 320 page book could make for a great Christmas gift this season {it's available in stores now}! Winter is imminent in Minnesota, and it's the perfect opportunity to get snuggly with a good book! My fella dove right into this hilarious and exciting read. Being an … [Read more...]

Keeper of the Lost Cities Giveaway

Simon & Schuster is partnering with me for a giveaway!  Summer is here at last! This past school year seemed to fly by, but my crew is definitely ready for summer relaxing. And part of our summer chill is reading, of course! I'm so delighted that my youngest son has finally caught the reading bug and it isn't unusual for me to find him quietly sitting in a chair reading a book. I consider that a huge parenting victory point considering all of the technology distractions available these days.  What I love about the Keeper of the Lost Cities series is that it is a great … [Read more...]

Chicken Potstickers for Chinese New Year

This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Chinese New Year is on February 5th this year.  Unlike Western society the first day of Chinese New Year is not a set date consistent every year, but instead begins whenever the new moon appears, sometime between January 21st and February 20th. Living in small-town Minnesota the Chinese culture is not at the forefront in our community. For me this is all the more reason to make sure that my fellas are exposed to and learn about this popular celebration.  As part of our … [Read more...]

Reach to the Stars with Ready-to-Read Books!

This post has been created in partnership with Simon & Schuster, all opinions are my own. My two oldest boys have always been advanced readers. When tested at school, their lexicon scores always surpass their grade level. The understanding of words just comes to them naturally. It's almost effortless.  Then, there is my youngest. Reading has not come naturally to him. He has had to work hard to hit averages. Thankfully, he is a hard worker and is staying with the pack. My sense of mom guilt likes to take blame for his reading challenges. For sure, I didn't read to him as a … [Read more...]

The Storm Runner {a New Middle School Novel} & $50 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

Disney Book Group is partnering with me for a giveaway! The cozy fall days of the season are upon us. There is nothing better than getting snug by the fire with a good book! My eleven-year-old son recently discovered the new book The Storm Runner. It's a hit! Get the full synopsis below.  About the Book How can one boy with a limp stop the Maya god of death, disaster, and darkness from destroying the world? Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He'd much rather hang out there with his … [Read more...]

A Cozy Fall Look with prAna

This post is in partnership with prAna, all opinions are my own.  And just like that fall is back in Minnesota. Last weekend I took the boys to an apple orchard and we sweltered in the 90+ degree heat. This week is a different story. I'm pulling out all of the clothing that involves layers. And I'm especially snug thanks to my new organic prAna sweater and pants.  This outfit is not only cozy, it's also made from organic cotton. Ethically-made clothing should be the standard in the apparel industry.  prAna considers the impact of their actions and lets their … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Help Make Selling Your Home & Moving Easier

This post is sponsored by Opendoor, all opinions are my own.  Selling a home is a rite of passage most people experience at some point. The process can be stressful, frustrating and exhausting. Even the mere thought of preparing your home and packing all your belongings for a move can be overwhelming for some. Of course the key to any large task is to breakdown the process into concrete steps that can be achieved one-by-one. But where to do you begin? I've previously sold two homes and I'm currently in the process of selling my third. Through these experiences I've picked up … [Read more...]

Inspiring Perseverance with Fiona the Hippo & a Giveaway

Zonderkidz is partnering with me for a giveaway!  As a parent it's important to guide your children through their life. As they grow this guidance can come in different forms as the challenges they face are more complex. But for young children providing inspiring and uplifting picture books is a simple way to create an environment of positive messages. Reading with your children and discussing large picture perspectives on life creates a stage for communication that lets them ponder and develop a personal narrative on who they are as a person.  In the cute and … [Read more...]

How Car Seats Work

This important post is sponsored by Parenting Pod.  Car accidents are slowly becoming one of the leading causes of death in the world, so we need to do everything we can in order to protect ourselves, and especially our children, from injury in the event of a car crash. The sad reality is that when it comes to car safety, adults are generally better equipped than kids. We have seatbelts and airbags to protect us, but a child's small frame can't benefit from such devices so a different solution is needed. One of the best ways to keep your kids safe in an accident is a … [Read more...]

FREE Easter Printable Jokes: Seasonal Lunch Notes

Click here for the printable PDF version Adding simple little notes to your child's lunchbox or backpack is a great way to insert a giggle or smile into their day. These Easter printables from Angela of The Inspiration Edit are a easy way to add a little surprise. Check out the Inspiration Edit for lots of creative and fun DIY ideas {the sort, of which, you won't find at my site, lol}.  Click here for the printable PDF version  Of course your options with these printables are endless. They don't have to be used as lunch or backpack notes. Print a set to use for Easter … [Read more...]

Dog Sitting with Care from

This post was created in partnership with, all opinions are my own.  This is Dougie. He's a labradoodle that thinks he is a little boy. He's a dog that doesn't seem to understand he weighs 110lbs and maybe shouldn't frolic around the house. He's a member of the family and my boys adore him.  Most of the time we are at home. I even work from home. But sometimes we need to travel and when we do Dougie has to find lodging elsewhere. Previously I've had Dougie stay at a local kennel. They are super friendly and I know they take good care of my dog. But it's … [Read more...]

Best Uses for Candles

This post was created in collaboration with David Oreck Candle Co., all opinions are my own.  People have been using candles for over a millennia. Obviously we no longer need candles merely to light our world, instead they have evolved to serve difference purposes.  As a longtime candle connoisseur, I've honed in on my best uses for candles in this modern age.  Before I dive into my preferred scenarios for using a candle let me briefly call attention to the reality that not all candles are created equal. The candle market is booming these days. Selecting a … [Read more...]

Tips to Help Kids Learn How to Tie Their Shoes

This post was created in partnership with Disney-Hyperion for the #ReadMo Ambassador program, all opinions are my own. It's officially winter time here in Minnesota. The ground is white, the air is freezing and we live most of our days inside now. Clearly I staged the photo above and below with our collection of Mo Willems books, but gathering all titles of from one of your favorite authors is a great way to spend a lazy winter afternoon.  One of the latest releases from the Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! series is It’s Shoe Time! by Bryan … [Read more...]

Selecting a Baby Name

I have received compensation for this post, however all opinions are my own.  Trying to determine the name for your baby can be overwhelming. I might have envied a few friends that knew what their child's names were going to be back when we were in college. And just like clockwork when their children were born their long-known name was bestowed.  For the rest of us, we've search high and low for inspiration. Back when my first son was born there were a few websites dedicated to baby names, but the internet at that time wasn't quite the machine it is now. {Yes, I'm … [Read more...]