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Friday, April 21, 2017

Today's #MinuteWithMary is a video about this simple, fresh, and natural spring look - all with products from Younique! Allergies have been making my skin super discolored, but thanks to the Flawless Four - I can feel human again!

Click below to watch the video.

Minute With Mary - Easy Easter Egg Hunt Game

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

One of the advantages of having two young children, is that they get excited about the smallest things! They have no expectations about holidays or gifts for birthdays - they just love life.

So today's #MinuteWithMary is all about using those plastic Easter Eggs before Easter - to keep those kiddos running around, especially if you are a little tired yourself ;)

Watch the video below for more!


Saturday, February 18, 2017

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All opinions are mine alone. #LatteMadeEasy #CollectiveBias

Before I had my (not-so) tiny babies, I had the privilege of traveling to Italy - three different times! And thanks to those trips, I fell in love with lattes!

Now don't get me wrong, I love a great cup of coffee, but when I feel like spoiling myself a bit, I choose to have a latte. It's the perfect blend of sweetness, froth, and of course a caffeinated base. I get a latte at the end of a nice date night, or when I meet up with a girlfriend at a cafe. They are just so darn delicious and tasty...and I've often wished that I had the money and time to invest in a latte machine for my home.

Then, I heard about the International Delight® One Touch Latte™, and I read that one can turn everyday coffee into a sweet, frothy latte!

Skeptical? So was I at first, but let me tell you, I am honestly impressed! My morning cup of coffee is now special, and I even sit down to drink it.


Saturday, January 21, 2017

The social and political climate in our country over the past few months has been...a little crazy. Of course this isn't a political post, and my contention has always been that you can and should vote for whomever you think is the best choice.

That, however, doesn't dismiss the fact that it's been contentious and it feels like we as a nation are more divided than ever.

But I realized, amidst everything going on, my home doesn't have to feel divided and I don't have to let it color any of the interactions in my family.  So I thought I would do an awesome craft with my kids to help promote teamwork, love, and toss in a little social solidarity that serves as the framework of my beliefs.

Yep - I did a rainbow craft with my kids. Here's how and why...


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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You know, I really try.  I really do.  Being one of those Pinterest mom's is just not in the cards for me.You know the whole post about cookies I just did?  It came out ok, and it was all true - for the most part.

I wanted my own Stars Hollow, and I got it.

But what bothers me now is that I was wholly honest with you the reader.  Did I attempt making the cookies with my son? Sure. What you didn't see, however, is that it was a total disaster and that I will never make cookies with him until he's at least....oh, I'd say...eighteen.

Read on to hear about the cookie disaster of 2016, why I need to fess up, and why Rice Krispies treats saved my sanity...

During the baking process for my last cookie post, my kitchen was a mess, flour was everywhere, sugar ended up in places I'd rather not mention on the internet, my son had very little patience in mixing all the ingredients, he ATE all the frosting instead of spreading it on the cookies, and he was more interested in playing with the raw dough as opposed to cutting it into cute little shapes and baking them.

An activity that really shouldn't have taken more than an hour lasted for over four hours.  Yes, you read that right, four hours.

Despite my promise, I hid that from you.  I wanted it to look good.  I wanted to be a Pinterest mom for once in my life.  But give me credit, I'm coming clean now.

Although I may not be a Pinterest mom, I will tell you that I'm a least a resourceful mom.  So, instead of cookies, I made the best use out what I had in the cupboard.

Let me tell you, thank god for Rice Krispies...


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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In one of my recent blog posts, I mentioned that our family motto is All You Need Is Love.

It was Tall Dad's and my wedding song, the lyrics are showcased in our new home, and we even say it to our kids almost every day. A new song by Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas, called The Fight, also has these lyrics, and after listening to the song a few times, I realized a lot of the lyrics in The Fight really hit home.

There's this line in the new song, The Fight, that really rings true for us. It's "The fight is never ours alone we're all in this together," and that's honestly how I've felt the later part of this year. Our latest move has put us closer to both of my parents, but especially my mom, and the help from our parents has been tremendous this year for our kids. They love our tiny family so much, and we love them right back.  Read on further, however, to see why the song's origin goes much deeper than just family sticking together. 


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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2016 has been a rough year.  Between dealing with male PPD, an unexpected move, raising another baby, potty training and everything else in between, I think Tall Dad and I have had enough of our fill this time. So, we've decided - that's it. We're going to slow down, relax, and not have such big milestones anymore for quite some time at least. But, I will admit doing that is still hard for us because now we're in the new home and we're still getting used to it. There's so much to still put up, organize, and do around the house.  It feels like we can't relax. More importantly, it still doesn't feel like OURS quite yet. But, after a lot of thought - we just decided to MAKE it ours. Read on to see how we are making it happen with a little help of our good friends The Gilmore Girls, and some good ol' fashioned Christmas baking and cooking...