Holiday Entertaining Tips + a GIVEAWAY with Hen House Linens!

Holiday Entertaining Tips

Whether this is your first time entertaining guests in your newlywed home, or the hundredth time you'll be having company over for the holidays as well-seasoned grandparents, there are still a number of things to think about and arrange if you want everything to be flawless when you're entertaining!  You can never be too prepared if an intimate, elegant gathering with food that reflects the flavors of the season is your goal, and we've got some great entertaining tips and ideas for your holidays ... ...continue reading

Personalized Ornaments for You – Christmas Giveaway!

personalized ornaments for you

I've partnered with Personalized Ornaments For You for this review and giveaway. Who has already put up their tree?!  I know there are some Christmas enthusiasts who just can't contain their holiday passion and put up the red and green in mid-November.  If my husband wasn't such a "Christmas Purist" (which really means he just gets grumpy if anything jovial goes up before Thanksgiving), I'd have this house decked out top to bottom at the first opportunity.  I can still get my Christmas on in ... ...continue reading

Dansko Shoes Review & Giveaway! Win any pair of your choice!

Dansko shoes

I've teamed up with Dansko for this review and giveaway.  A friend of mine recently moved to Florida and left behind a pile of her winter clothes and shoes, since she surely wasn't going to need them.  Among the lot was a pair of black boots from Dansko, and from just slipping them on, I could tell they were no ordinary shoes.  They were just so completely comfortable and totally supportive!  I felt like I could walk around in them all day.  I had heard raving reviews from professionals in ... ...continue reading

Holiday Outfits from Princess Bowtique – Review & Giveaway!

holiday outfits

I just...can't...stop...taking pictures of my baby girl!  Since there might not be any daughters after her, sometimes I get a panicky feeling that this might be my last chance to dress up a little girl as much as I want.  Who knows, she might grow up to be tomboy and never want to wear another dress in her life!  For now, I'm taking over the dress up department and going all out because Baby's 1st Christmas only happens once!  I wanted to make sure I got some suuuuper adorable holiday outfits ... ...continue reading

Philly Cheese Steak Soup & Bread Bowl Recipe + a GIVEAWAY for a Calphalon Cutlery Set!

philly cheese steak soup

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Calphalon. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” With so many mouths to feed around here, there is quite a lot of cooking going on and I use kitchen knives on a daily basis -- sometimes for all three meals in a day.  While not everyone in the house appreciates a 5-star masterpiece, I know that my husband and I enjoy putting in the extra time and energy required to ... ...continue reading

Our Superhero Birthday Party with Everfan Superhero Capes! Review & Giveaway!

everfan brady bunch

Our oldest boy turned 5 this month and up until now, we've kept our parties small and simple, but this year we decided to go big with a Superhero-themed party!  We'd been talking about ideas and games for weeks, and decided that we really needed some super gear for all the guests if we were going to do this right!  Just the idea of sewing capes for all of the kids was making me sick as I thought about where on earth I would find the time, so I immediately started hunting down the best superhero ... ...continue reading

Tips for Holiday Travel with Kids + a Qore24 Giveaway!

Happy family with suitcases in the airport

I've partnered with Qore24 for this post. Despite the nasty winter weather, the possibility of delayed flights, holiday expenses, stressed out parents and calendars overflowing with to-do lists, millions of Americans are expected to travel with their kids this holiday season.  The holidays are a popular time to visit relatives or take that much-needed vacation, and bringing the kids along can take some careful planning.  The key to smooth holiday travel is being prepared and being flexible. ... ...continue reading

Disney’s PLAYMATION Avengers Review + Prize Pack Giveaway!

playmation giveaway

I've teamed up with PLAYMATION for this post. So picture this: its almost bedtime, the lights are out, and my husband and my son have set up the living room to look like a battle zone with couch cushions strategically strewn.  They've got their action figures in place and a mechanical laser pack strapped to their arm.  I'm hearing dodging, rolling, and jumping from upstairs, along with battle sounds and phrases like "Head up!  Chest out!", "An Ultron bot is lost in the sewers!", "Do your best, ... ...continue reading

The Journey Home DVD Prize Pack (with Visa Gift Card!) Giveaway!

The Journey Home giveaway

Samples & prizing are provided by RLJ Entertainment. I feel like I'm getting really old and really predictable and I just long for an adventure!  Or maybe I just need to start taking my little boys on some serious excursions and giving them opportunities for adventures of their own that I can be a part of.  I believe that everyone needs to experience a sort of journey of discovery, an opportunity to wander out of your daily routine, a chance to do something new or brave, or just to learn ... ...continue reading

The Shark Rotator Powered Lift-Away Vacuum Review & Giveaway!

shark giveaway

We've have a pretty bad track record with vacuums around here.  In the past, we've gone for the cheapest options and have gotten just about what we paid for -- poor vacuums that don't last the year.  I was honestly a little relieved to just leave our vacuum behind when we moved to Boston, where for 5 years, we had hardwood floors throughout the house.  Going vacuum-less and sticking with sweeping and mopping wasn't going to fly when we moved to student family housing with carpet throughout the ... ...continue reading