The Simplified Planner Review


(The Simplified Planner Review - by Emily Ley – is to help you make an educated decision on whether it fits your lifestyle.  I was not asked to do this, nor was I given this for  free. Enjoy!) I’ve been waiting on reviewing this because I wanted to make sure I’d still be using my Simplified Planner since it’s not an inexpensive purchase (the 2014 was $56 plus shipping). I want to make sure what I share with you guys is {Read More}

Summertime Hostess Gift


  Remember back when I posted about how tomatoes were growing like crazy and our top 5 tried and loved recipes we have used them for? Well, add this as #6. It’s not really a “recipe” but a thoughtful hostess gift to bring to your next barbecue.   We’ve had a steady stream of cherry tomatoes but our regular plant has only yielded one or two at a time.  The gorgeous sunshine has been working overtime and yesterday I pulled over {Read More}

Get Outside To Clear Your Head {maxi-cosi kaia review}

Maxi Cosi Kaia Stroller Review

Tuesday night was a very hard night.  I posted this on Instagram and I know many moms have had the same thought at some point or another: It was a really rough night. And a really rough morning. Will Luke ever sleep more than 4 hours at a time? Hope it’s not when pigs fly. So when it came time to pick up Luke, instead of driving there, I decided to walk and get some fresh air.  I was grateful {Read More}

Griffith Park Birthday Party Destination

griffith Park Birthday Party

Before we moved into this current house, Jon and I didn’t have the space to entertain for Aubrey’s parties. Before each birthday, we’d sit and try and come up with ideas for where to have the party.  Since we didn’t know when we’d actually have a house with a big yard, we sometimes talked about future birthdays (when she’s older and they turn into more of a kid’s party than an entertain-the-adults party) and heading to the beach, Chuck E. {Read More}

Happy First Birthday Luke!


I know, he’s already one, been one for 2 weeks. But I just got all the photos back from our photographer (the sweet and uber talented Becca Rillo!)and going through them reminds me of how much fun we had, and how much a blur that day was.  Special thanks to MJ for coming early to help set up, my Mom for coming to help set up and decorate, Becca for taking the photos (and helping get the back yard ready) {Read More}

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party First Birthday – the details


This post contains affiliate links. If you click through to purchase any of the items, a small commission is sent to me. It’s a way to help cover the costs of running my blog. Thank you! I left the theme for Luke’s first birthday up to my husband.  His choice? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  With having two small kids, a full time job, and enough side jobs to create another full time one, I didn’t put as much planning into {Read More}

How We Rock The Potty { super undies review }

SuperUndies - Pull Up Cloth Trainer Diapers

Not sure if you recall, but a year ago, just before Luke was born (and, well again after he was born) we tried Potty Training.  It was more like omg-don’t-pee-on-the-floor-where-are-your-undies-mama-needs-a-drink bootcamp.  As in, by the end of the 3 days we were so beyond exhausted I needed a cocktail. Except the first time I was still pregnant and that sucked.  I actually never blogged the end but we didn’t make it far.  We tried again during the next holiday weekend {Read More}

You Can Pin With This… Or You Can Pin With That


I’ve recently been using Pinterest a lot for recipes.  But I’m trying to revamp my boards and use them more as a tool for other folks to find information.  I was never really on the whole Pinterest party train but it’s changing. I’m digging it. So wanted to share with you some of my favorite boards if you want to follow along!   Party Ideas: Recipes: Follow Melissa Dell’s board Recipes on Pinterest. Beauty & Fashion: Follow Melissa Dell’s board {Read More}

Making Traditions – Happy Birthday ‘Murica

Making Traditions - Happy Birthday 'Murica

I think part of building a family is building traditions.  We’ve figured out that first birthdays are meant for big celebrations, 2nd birthdays for a fun day trip, and holidays we’re still figuring out.   Moving closer to the heart of town has also allowed us to try new things.  For the past 50+ years, our town has a parade that treks through a few blocks and features some clubs, fire department, police officers, and bands.  We’ve always been “too {Read More}

How To Wear Red Lips – DIY Sugar Scrub & Colgate Optic White { review }

How To Wear Red Lips - DIY Sugar Scrub & Colgate Optic White Review

I’m not sure when, but somewhere along my adulthood path I wanted to wear red lipstick.  Not all the time, but I knew it would be something nice to have for date night.  I grabbed some different drug store brands, but nothing really worked well. The main reason? I felt like my teeth looked so yellow.  Instead of giving up the dark colored drinks, I just gave up on the red lipstick idea.  Then, during the VIP event for the Lifestyle {Read More}


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