Something grizzled this MamaBear last week. From the outside, it might seem small or insignificant in light of all the BIGGER worries of our world these days. However, for this Mama, this small, petty issue felt BIG.
I want to preface this by saying that I never thought I would be this parent. I always thought this was the sort of silly thing I would shrug off and let slide down my back. I suppose that in a way I have done that, but believe me when I say that if not for my daughter not taking Read more [...]
I have yet to write a full recap of our incredible adults-only vacation from this holiday season, but before I share that, here is a little introduction to how it began.
It's Thursday evening, December 22nd. You've finally completed the packing process for a long trip: organizing, planning, washing, folding, sorting, packing for 1 dog to go the sitter, 1 cat to go to a friend, 2 kids to spend a week with their grandparents and 2 adults to be out of the country for a week. The Read more [...]
Happy 2017 lovely readers!
I know I've been silent for far too long, but believe me when I say it was with good reason! VERY good reason!
Hubby and I just enjoyed our very first vacation together without kids, celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary! We enjoyed a FULL week away- in New Orleans and on a cruise to the Yucatan in Mexico.
I was bursting to share with everyone, but I knew I had to wait until our return to do so. As a blogger, I share a lot of my personal life with the world. Read more [...]
One thing I really love about Netflix's original content (and being a representative blogger for them) is their tendency to feature strong, independent and (mostly) relatable female characters. We hear so much about how there aren't enough roles for REAL women out there aside from the 2-dimensional characters we see in so many popular films and television. There is also the awesome bonus that shows like Jessica Jones will hire all-female directors for its second season, and Orange is the New Black Read more [...]
There are a lot of movies that we are REALLY looking forward to seeing this season, but one that really stands out is Lion. Adapted from the non-fictional book, A Long Way Home, by Saroo Brierley, Lion is about a five-year-old Indian boy, who gets lost in the streets of Calcutta. After a wrong train takes him thousands of miles away from his home and family, he survives many challenges before being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only the scantest of clues, Read more [...]
Shopkins, Shopkins, Shopkins... If you have a kid between the ages of 4 and 10, I'd say you know exactly what I'm talking about. It seems this collectible toy craze is EVERYWHERE! While, as a mother, I don't completely understand it, I can definitely relate as a former Pogs (remember Pogs?!) addict and Sticker Collector/trader. Collecting and swapping has always been a thing (think baseball cards and Beanie Babies), and it seems Shopkins is the new hot trend, at least for now.
A few weeks ago, Read more [...]
I've been having a rough go lately. I'm sure you can tell from my silence on here (the blog) and most of my social media channels. It's been a tough few months for me, personally (to say the least), and I just haven't been able to find the words to share what I want to share with everyone.
That said-- I am really excited to have something I've been looking forward to for a while finally arrive to offer me some respite from the stress: a brand new Netflix original that looks absolutely incredible Read more [...]
First it was Dora...
Then came Paw Patrol.
NOW there is only Mia and Me.
What is Mia and Me? Funny you should ask. Mia and Me is the ONLY show either of my children want to watch these days on Netflix. Why? I honestly could not tell you. One day, my daughter was at a playdate with my niece, and they watched this show together, and that was the end of any and all alternatives to Mia and Me.
It's half live-action, half animated, and it's honestly not all bad. I'm sure I would Read more [...]