Oscars Night! | A Viewing Party

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Some of you may be familiar with a site called HouseParty.com, which allows you to apply to host sponsored parties. On Sunday night, I hosted my very first sponsored party with a little help from Marriott Rewardsan Oscars viewing party! I had so much fun setting up for it and I was really happy about how it turned out, despite my limited budget.  Continue reading

Review | Blueberry Cove Beads & a Giveaway!

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There have been a lot of new subscription box companies popping up lately and I’ve been having so much fun learning about them! Blueberry Cove Beads was no exception. This unique subscription box is perfect for the crafters and jewelry-makers – sending you an assortment of themed beads each month (along with a design challenge)! Read on to learn more about BCB and find out how you can win a free 3-month subscription!

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SBSGG| Little Free Radical & a Giveaway

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When I was pregnant with my sweet little Ant, one of my best friends sent me a really special gift package. Ryan knows I love elephants so, among the many useful items in this package were an adorable stuffed elephant and a matching cloth ball. These toys are from Little Free Radical, an Etsy shop that specializes in hand-made, eco-friendly children’s toys and party decorations. Little Free Radical’s owner, Crystal, is very sweet, knowledgeable and witty. I have had the privilege of getting to know her and can’t wait to share some things with you! Continue reading

SBSGG | Trinkets by Dana & a Giveaway!

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For this week’s installment of our Small Business Saturday Gift Guide I got to know Dana, a jack-of-all-trades and owner of Trinkets by Dana! Dana has kindly offered to give away one of her hand made necklaces and an original photography print.

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One of Dana’s many beautiful pieces!

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How To Make Your Own Reusable Hypoallergenic Baby Wipes

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Photo credit: Charis Kid on Amazon.
For many parents, finding wipes that are gentle on baby’s skin is a struggle. Babies often require wipes for sensitive skin, but even the chemicals in those can cause rash and irritation. A bad reaction to “sensitive skin” wipes leads parents to try organic wipes… and anything else to make their child comfortable. And then there is the cost of baby wipes. Of course, the more specialized the wipe is, the more it costs. Most parents spend $20-$40 per month on regular wipes- that’s not too bad, but if you are on a tight budget and/or want to lessen your carbon footprint, reusable wipes may be a nice alternative. Continue reading

Handling Weeds Without Harmful Herbicides

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If you watch TV you’ve seen the Roundup commercials featuring giddy men reciting a cheesy jingle while spraying chemicals on their drive ways and yards, all in the name of beauty. These commercials make weeds out to be the teenage acne of our lawns, and herbicides to be the cure-all for these “ugly” blemishes. Americans spend millions on herbicides each year, but what is it that makes us feel we need to do so? Who decided that weeds were not allowed in our yards? And what can we do to remove and prevent weeds in a safe way? Continue reading

Mental Illness and Pregnancy

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Its almost 3 pm and I have been cleaning for four hours in preparation of the diaper party my boyfriend and I are throwing for ourselves. I’m 31 weeks pregnant. I take a break and put on some Eisley. Of course, the first song that plays is the anthem to the last year of my life. Its funny how a lyric can give you the confidence to push forward. As I listen to Smarter, I wonder how I got from an attempted suicide just last year to being a soon-to-be mama with such fluidity. My past sometimes makes me question my ability to be a parent. How can someone who once cared so little about herself decide to take on the task of creating new life? How can a woman who, since age 13, has struggled with depression, anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia and body dismorphia have a healthy pregnancy? My answer is complicated. Continue reading

Easy Refashion: Summer Dress to Bohemian Shirt

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If you’re looking for something quick and easy to do, this would be the perfect refashion. The dress I’m using was a summer dress I had bought years ago when I was 30 pounds heavier. I still wore it year after year, but when it started coming apart around the waist I decided to re-purpose it for my needs. Continue reading

5 Reasons to Start Gardening Now

20140805_001312 This entry is for the people who keep telling themselves “I’d like to grow my own food one day” or imagine themselves as the growers of prize-winning rose bushes, but never actually do those things. If you have been contemplating a decision to dabble in some gardening but think you have better things to do, I can give you five reasons to start dabbling right now. Continue reading

Container Gardening

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In recent years, urban farming has brought a whole new level of sustainable living to those in urban and suburban areas. The

urban farm movement has popularized container gardening, allowing folks with limited or no outdoor space to creatively maximize their garden area. Whether you want to add some color to your front steps, turn your balcony into a secret garden or grow your own food, there is a perfect container for you.

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