Author: April

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5 Truths About a Remodel

The shiny luster of new appliances and sparkly granite tops is enough to blind a family into believing that a remodel won’t be all that bad. Much like labor and delivery, however, the process that you go through in hopes of achieving a wrapped-up-bundle-of-goodness is, in fact, all that bad. Disclaimer: I could easily insert #firstworldproblem between every single word of this post, so take it for what it is… A stressed out mama who is using her blog to vent. Read on if you dare.  1. “Messy” Is An Understatement Sure, there will be dust. And obviously, there will be debris. But messy isn’t...

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6 Products You Can’t Live Without During a Kitchen Remodel

My family is currently undergoing a major kitchen remodel. While we contracted the project out, we also took on a portion of the duties ourselves to save cost and stay on budget. This means that we are displaced, eating like we are living in a college dorm, and running on nothing but caffeine and overwhelmed anxiety. Oh, did I mention we have three young kids? We’ve done as much as we can to promote the family sleepover aspect as we snuggle together for 8 weeks in our basement. It’s largely been doable and, dare I say, parts of it have been fun??, in...

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5 Products That Have Me SCREAMING For Summer

How do I love summer? Let me count thy ways… Sunny skies that bask us in light long after kids should be asleep. Ice cream trucks and pool parties. Beach days and popsicles. Exploring new parks and long afternoon bike rides. Zoo visits and vacations and play dates with friends. Lounging in the hammock. A good book under a big shade tree. Sweaty bodies and iced drinks. Cold showers. Lemonade stands. Minimal scheduling. Relaxation. Family Swimming Pool The best investment we have possibly ever made as a family came from a Walmart Roll-Back Clearance Special. Stay with me, here. It started with...

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Review:: BCP 43-Piece Assembly Toy Robot & Car

Stereotypical gender specific toys have no place in this house. And my girls are about to prove why! My little ladies are loving using “real tools like daddies” to build their creations, and can’t get enough of their imaginative end results. This awesome 43-piece set from Best Choice Products is suggested for ages 3+, but I can tell you that all three of my littles (ages 2, 5, 7) had a blast with it. There are no directions to follow, so kids get to decide for themselves how to build and put the pieces together. In a world of structured play,...

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Review:: BCP Kids 6V Electric Ride On Motorcycle Dirt Bike

Spring is in the air. The Minnesota winter is thawing, and we’re all anxious to be outside. It is officially time to bring down the bikes, open up the sandbox, and set up the pool. Okay, okay, I may be getting a little ahead of myself on the pool idea. Either way, the warm air has been inviting us outside and we’re taking advantage of sunny skies and spring jacket weather. One of our favorite new toys is an electric ride on motorcycle dirt bike with training wheels from Best Choice Products. Our family found this to be the perfect...

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Spotlight Series:: A Family Blog That You Will Fall In Love With

My spotlight this week shines brightly on a New England family that loves to live in the moment. Will and Sam’s Fam is a refreshing site that chronicles the crazy lives of two parents who have no idea what they’re doing but have managed to fake their way to success thus far. They claim to have a messy house, dirty dishes, piles of laundry and a love for the life they’ve created together. By all accounts, we may just be long lost friends. After all, I also have a messy house, dirty dishes, and piles of laundry. Hmmmm…. Do you think, just...

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Spotlight Series:: Bright Life Studio

Bright Life Studio was created for women {and men!} to have an invaluable space for trying, failing, creating, and succeeding. And really, when you think about it, what else exists in life than each of those things? All too often, we are compared to others, hard on ourselves, and listening to advice from strangers on how to be real. BLS allows you to be comfortable with who you are AND confidence in who you are.  Their message is simple: Boldy Be You. Meet Katy This week, we are getting to know 1/3 of the writing staff at Bright Lite Studio. Along with her co-authors, Meredith &...

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Review:: Caveman Coffee

I was recently introduced to Caveman Coffee, and boy am I thankful I was. They are a company that is not only inspiring in their collections but also with their staff. With their bold flavors and choices aplenty, Caveman Coffee is something to check into! From my first sip, I could feel myself slipping into caveman status – seriously, I think I actually grew chest hair thanks to their Blacklisted bean. Holy WAKE ME UP. I liked it. I liked it a lot. Thankfully, I had some of their Peppermint Chamomile Tea to bring back my sleepy time zen at the...

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Review:: Daily Goodie Box

Just when you think the world is cynical and bitter and everyone is out for themselves, Daily Goodie Box steps in and reminds you that there is kindness, thoughtfulness, selflessness, and good all around. SO much good. With one simple package, I felt like it was Christmas + my birthday + Costco sample day all rolled into one. YIPPEEEEEEEEEEE! What is Daily Goodie Box you ask? Oh, how happy I am you’re interested. Read on… Daily Goodie Box Daily Goodie Box is exactly what it sounds like. To put it in layman’s terms, let me break it down for you:...

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Homemade Latte Recipe & Coffee Giveaway

**This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to Steve Weber, who was randomly selected as the winner of two free bags of delicious coffee!** In a sad realization that I could fund a child’s college tuition with what I was spending at coffee shops, I decided it was time to make a small change. And by small, perhaps I should say a Venti change? {Eh? Eh? See what I did there?} I now make my own homemade lattes and they are easy, yummy, & doable. See for yourself! Why I Make My Own Cost. Gone are the days of swinging through the drive-through and dropping...

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