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December 26, 2016

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday Party

This post about a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme birthday party features items from Oriental Trading Company, which I received at no cost.

Mickey Mouse Party - Table Decorations

I’m allllll about reusing and repurposing. When Little Man started showing interest in Mickey Mouse, I started having flashbacks to Bear’s 2nd birthday party – a Minnie Mouse theme. If you remember, I went through this whole to-do about how the theme HAD to be red Minnie, not pink Minnie, which was nearly impossible to find.

Well, all that searching paid off, because I was able to reuse a majority of the decorations from her 2nd birthday for Little Man’s 2nd birthday party – a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme.
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Ashley traded Prada for pacis in 2012 when she became a member of the elite club of motherhood. She is married to her high school sweetheart of nearly 15 years and together they have two toddlers – “Bear” and “Little Man.” She spends her days as a marketing professional and nights writing this blog. In her [not so] spare time, she enjoys reading trashy tabloids, large glasses of buttery chardonnay, and shopping clearance racks.
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November 21, 2016

Project Nursery: When a Company Goes Above & Beyond

This post was written by my friend who just gave birth to her first child. I wanted to share this story on her behalf. This post contains affiliate links.

Like many other soon-to-be first time moms, I have spent a significant amount of my time over the last several months researching the “best of the best” products for my little girl. Because video monitors can be one of the pricier items, I was determined to find one that checked all the boxes and was actually enjoyable to use.

Having registries on both Amazon.com and BuyBuyBaby, I spend the bulk of my time on these two sites. I couldn’t help but notice in my research that a video monitor made by a brand named Project Nursery (which I had never heard of) had, by far, the best ratings. Skeptical of how great the reviews were, I began reading through them and noticed something odd – the exact same reviews existed on both Amazon.com and BuyBuyBaby.com, but written by different users. Read more

Ashley traded Prada for pacis in 2012 when she became a member of the elite club of motherhood. She is married to her high school sweetheart of nearly 15 years and together they have two toddlers – “Bear” and “Little Man.” She spends her days as a marketing professional and nights writing this blog. In her [not so] spare time, she enjoys reading trashy tabloids, large glasses of buttery chardonnay, and shopping clearance racks.
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November 13, 2016

Tips to Make a Mother Daughter Relationship Better

Guest post by fellow blogger Sarah Grace Del Rosario of The Thrifty Senyorita

Tips to Improve a Mother Daughter Relationship

There is no denying it—the mother daughter relationship is a complicated relationship to be in. In general, mothers look to gain the love and respect of their children. On the other hand, daughters try to seek the approval and acceptance of their mothers. But sometimes, the lack of communication makes everything more messy and chaotic.

Most moms would love to improve their relationship with their daughters, so here are some tips that will make your mother daughter relationship better. Read more

Ashley traded Prada for pacis in 2012 when she became a member of the elite club of motherhood. She is married to her high school sweetheart of nearly 15 years and together they have two toddlers – “Bear” and “Little Man.” She spends her days as a marketing professional and nights writing this blog. In her [not so] spare time, she enjoys reading trashy tabloids, large glasses of buttery chardonnay, and shopping clearance racks.
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November 3, 2016

A Sunday Afternoon that was Out Of This World

I received press passes to facilitate this post.

Out of this World Gifts

Their mouths were locked open for a good 15 minutes. Luckily we were inside, so no flies made residence during their shock. Acrobatics, fire, lions, ice skating – it was all magical to a 2-year-old and 4-year-old. Read more

Ashley traded Prada for pacis in 2012 when she became a member of the elite club of motherhood. She is married to her high school sweetheart of nearly 15 years and together they have two toddlers – “Bear” and “Little Man.” She spends her days as a marketing professional and nights writing this blog. In her [not so] spare time, she enjoys reading trashy tabloids, large glasses of buttery chardonnay, and shopping clearance racks.
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October 8, 2016

Batman & Batgirl on a Candy Mission at Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends

I received press passes from Cedar Point and Halloween costumes from Oriental Trading Company to facilitate this post. This post about HalloWeekends contains affiliate links.

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I love living in the Midwest, especially in the fall. I can’t get enough of picking apples, hayrides, fall festivals, and, one of my all-time favorites, HalloWeekends. Now in it’s 20th year, HalloWeekends runs September through October at the roller coaster capital of the country Cedar Point. It’s a place where kids (and adults, but haunted houses aren’t my thing) can partake in tons of Halloween fun like trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, and a Monster Mash dance party. Read more

Ashley traded Prada for pacis in 2012 when she became a member of the elite club of motherhood. She is married to her high school sweetheart of nearly 15 years and together they have two toddlers – “Bear” and “Little Man.” She spends her days as a marketing professional and nights writing this blog. In her [not so] spare time, she enjoys reading trashy tabloids, large glasses of buttery chardonnay, and shopping clearance racks.
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September 30, 2016

Frozen Party Ideas for a Little Princess – Decor, Party Food, and Activities

This post about Frozen theme birthday party features items from Oriental Trading Company, which I received at no cost, and affiliate links.

Birthday Princess - Elsa - Frozen Theme Kids Birthday Party

It’s hard enough keeping up with the Jones’ Pinterest these days, especially when it comes to kids birthday parties. Last year, we swung the completely opposite of a Pinterest-worthy party for Bear’s third birthday, getting the balloons last minute and picking up an ice cream cake from the freezer section of the grocery store. And guess what, she loved it!

However, this year, since her vocabulary has quadrupled since her Hello Kitty party and her interests have really blossomed, she had quite a few more requests – down to a castle cake that looked like the ice castle from Frozen (so note to self, save my money/don’t go crazy throwing elaborate birthday parties until Little Man is at least 4 years old when he starts getting really excited about his birthday party). Read more

Ashley traded Prada for pacis in 2012 when she became a member of the elite club of motherhood. She is married to her high school sweetheart of nearly 15 years and together they have two toddlers – “Bear” and “Little Man.” She spends her days as a marketing professional and nights writing this blog. In her [not so] spare time, she enjoys reading trashy tabloids, large glasses of buttery chardonnay, and shopping clearance racks.