giggling curtains and my toddler is not my biggest fan.

I went to Bed Bath and Beyond yesterday to acquire a pot rack because I bought new pots and they’re so amazing I can’t bear the thought of them all leapfrogging over each other in the cabinet and getting scratched, see also: a pot rack makes your kitchen look SUPER official. Like, I COOK SO MUCH I KEEP MY POTS ON SPEED DIAL! It also makes for fun rack jokes with visitors.

Anyway, back to BBB. Vivi insisted on walking, which is cool because I’m a second time parent so I’m totally more laid back with my second toddler walking along behind me in a big store (aka: I lost my first one so many times I’m much better at keeping track of the second one.) You can’t go into BBB and not do the big loop, so Vivi and I did the big loop before buying our amazing pot rack, as we passed through home textiles I looked right at the pet beds then back to Vivi.

I didn’t see her.


Then one of the curtains giggled.

when i looked behind me i couldn't see her so i called "vivi?" that's when i heard the curtains giggle.

Toddlers are the most fun you’ll have wearing yourself out.

February is about to hit warp speed for me. Lots of travel, lots of giveaways (I’m telling you, feast or famine when it comes to giveaways, partnerships and sponsored content.) Anyway, you’ll have the chance to win not one, BUT TWO Windows phones, some original artwork and other fun little goodies. There’s also a redesign going on behind the scenes, my first one in YEARS. My second one EVER. LOOK ALIVE! February may not be a complete waste of time after all!

Over on Babble (because sharing is caring):

Do you like coconut? I sure do. I’ve managed to curate some of the most delicious raw, organic, vegan, gluten free, paleo and dairy free coconut snacks and treats. (Don’t get turned off by all those healthy words! SERIOUSLY! THIS STUFF IS SO GOOD.) If you don’t trust me: Samoas. There, are we friends again?

I rounded up the best pictures of Vivi from January. Half of them were taken with my DSLR while the other half are off Instagram. I’m officially to the point where I love both mediums so much I couldn’t pick a favorite, could you?

I finally sat down and wrote down everything I would tell you (if you would listen to me) about going on a Disney Cruise. This is one of those posts that I worked really, really hard on. If you’re a pinner, I sure would appreciate a pin if you have a board related to Disney or Travel. Thanks. Also? I talk about this, which may be the best Disney souvenir ever in the history of time.

character signatures on disney cruise

Last. THIS:

Perhaps you’re familiar? Get the full story here.


miracle stains and big games (sponsored by Tide.)

This is the moment where I mention that I have had the privilege of working with some really amazing companies, Tide being one of them. They changed the way I looked at white clothing last year and this year I was able to be a part of their campaign in cooperation with the NFL which all led up to the big game on Sunday night.

The scene was this: Cody looked up from one couch during the game, when the commercials came on Cody looked down and I looked up. A few got Cody’s attention but there were only a handful that got both of us giggling. I would glance back and forth between my computer and the television, seeing what Twitter had to say about each ad.



“I don’t get it. At all.”

“I want to move to the country and raise Clydesdales.”


“I’m so offended.”

“Way to go!”

“Bring back that underwear guy!”

“Oy with the dubbed over face sucking!”

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stains worth saving (sponsored by tide.)

I once had an older woman walk up to me in a department store and ask me if I had a baby.

“Yes! I do!” I was honored that this woman thought I looked like a mother even when my baby wasn’t with me.

“Honey, you’re going to want to step into the bathroom, you’re leaking.”

I was confused.

She pointed at my chest and said “Guess you’ve been away from that baby for too long!”

I looked down and realized there was a wet-looking stain right over my…well. You know.

“OH THAT? That’s a very unfortunately placed ranch dressing stain from lunch.”

Yep. I was lactating creamy buttermilk ranch, or at least it seemed that way.

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