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July 11, 2016

Easiest Ice Cream Cake You’ll Ever Make

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Easy ice cream cake for bithdays

One thing I remember most about my childhood was the elaborate birthday parties my mom threw me. She always set a theme and went all out creating the coolest experience for my friends and me for that 3-hour period. We’re talking turning the family room into a pretend airplane with rows of seating, then going through “Customs” with our pretend passports for my London party, getting our hair and makeup done for my glamour party, and an awards ceremony after obstacle courses for my Summer Olympics party in 1996 (and this was well before the days of Pinterest so huge kudos to her).

While I like to think I throw my kids great parties, they will never live up to the parties my mom threw for me. So I scrape by, cutting corners when I can, while still making sure that my children have a special day. One way to cut corners is to avoid baking a cake, yet still “make” a cake (I don’t always make a cake, but when I do it has to be easy after Bear’s first birthday cake fiasco). My kids love ice cream, but making an ice cream cake be a little intimidating. That was until I discovered ice cream sandwich bars as the basis for the ice cream cake. Read more

In Fashion on
July 9, 2016

Secrets to Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale + My Picks

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Splurging Days

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is Nordstrom’s the largest annual sale event of the year where customers can shop brand new pre-fall products at discounted prices for a limited time. It’s like a national holiday for me, up there with Christmas and Easter. I count down the days to when I can start shopping spending.

Last year I scored a pair of in-season Tory Burch flats for 25% off. That’s what I love most about this sale – it’s not seasonal leftovers, it’s NEW fall items rolled out on sale (and then the price goes UP). Strange? Yes. Amazing? Yes. Read more

In Tips on
July 1, 2016

DIY Summer Party Decorations + Kid-Friendly Recipes

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Birthday Party DIY Decorations Crafts and Recipes! Ideas for summer parties, pizza parties, TMNT, spa party, Beach party, pool parties, baby showers and more!

It’s summertime – that means pool parties, cookouts, picnics and lots of fun summer activities! To get the party started, I’ve gathered adorable DIY decorations + kid-friendly recipes, courtesy of Oriental Trading Company, perfect for summer birthday parties or last minute get-togethers. Read more

In Tips on
June 29, 2016

6 Free Apps To Teach Kids a New Language

free language apps for kids

Confession time. I studied Spanish in high school for four years, but I don’t remember much of it now. I wish I could recall phrases and words when I travel or have conversations, but it has all faded away.

It’s different for our kids today—with an ever increasing global economy, learning and retaining a new language is more important than ever. It’s also a great boost to college and job applications. The great news is that the best way to learn a new language is on something your kids probably love—their mobile devices. Check out these six great apps for learning a new language. Read more

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June 23, 2016

LeBron is Bringing Back the Dad Cap

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After waiting 30 years for a championship in Cleveland, there was no doubt that I would be at the Cavaliers Championship Parade yesterday. We watched Kyrie jump on a truck, JR prancing around with no desire to locate his missing shirt, and LeBron parading in a Bentley with his wife, 2 sons and adorable baby girl.

What caught my eye was that LeBron wasn’t wearing a Cavs hat, but a 6 panel unconstructed claspback cap. Read more

In Mommyhood, Tips on
June 21, 2016

20 Questions to Ask when Interviewing a Babysitter

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Babysitter questions - what to ask

He ran out of the bathroom completely naked after his bath and charged right into his sister’s room. She pouted and whined that he was in her room. “Mooooooooom!” At that very moment, he looked at her, then looked at me, then peed on her bedroom floor.

Sometimes you just need a night out. No kids, just you.

But even for the casual, once in a while, need a night out childcare, finding a sitter can be tedious, and honestly a scary process. Even if it’s just for a few hours, you’re still leaving your kids with someone other than you and an interview/meet up is necessary. Read more