Category Archives: Features

Waking Memories and Dream Residue


Mercury is in retrograde, which is the only explanation I can find for my funky mental state. I keep having moments of clarity, somewhere between deja vu and memory. It happens unexpectedly, like a rainbow. Or maybe it’s more like those days when the air is impossibly clear and you can suddenly see for miles….

Mom Bloggers: It’s Time for Your Close Up


Over the past week and a half I have scrutinized close to 400 mom blogs as part of a project I’m working on. It’s been a voyage of discovery, some of it selfie involved. My mom blog investigation brought joy, recognition and moments of laughter as well as moments of cringing and forehead smacking. I see myself…

Knott’s Berry Farm Goes Pink Now Through March 27th

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Thanks Knott’s Berry Farm for inviting us to your “For The Cure” event benefiting Susan G. Komen. All opinions are my own. Now that I am getting closer to my forties, the thought of mammograms stresses me out. “Cancer” is a word that simply paralyzes me. As a mother, I can’t even imagine being physically…

Surviving the Holidays and a Family Road Trip with AT&T GoPhone

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Thanks to AT&T Go Phone for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.  There’s never enough phones when you have a family of 6 on a road trip. Someone’s got their music streaming through an aux cord. Someone else has a movie playing in the far back seat. The teenagers are snapchatting their way…

Visiting the Set of Brooklyn99 in Hollywood California

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Synchronicity is a weird thing. Prior to my October trip to Greece, I hadn’t really watched Brooklyn99. I’d heard great things about it, but for whatever reason – I had not tuned in.  Then on a 13 hour leg between Zurich and LA, I found myself binge watching the entire first season. I’ve been hooked…

A Get Well Holiday Gift from Marshalls for Fabian #BestGiftEver


Thanks to Marshalls for the opportunity to shop for the #BestGiftEver A little over a week ago, our babysitter got a shocking phone call. Her boyfriend’s brother was calling to tell her to come home, immediately. He’d just gotten a call from an ambulance company. They were notifying him that there’d been a terrible motorcycle…

We Heart Sweaters! J.Jill Open At The Shops at Mission Viejo- $100.00 #Giveaway

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Thank you J.Jill for inviting us to your grand opening and media event at The Shops at Mission Viejo.  I don’t want a lot for Christmas…. There is just one thing I need. This year the winter cold took a little longer to come around.  So when the temperature finally dropped, I was ecstatic to…

A Gift From HomeGoods for Terry the Bird Healer #BestGiftEver


Thanks to HomeGoods/TJ Maxx/Marshalls for sponsoring this post and giving me the chance to shop for the #BestGiftEver this holiday season. When HomeGoods/TJ Maxx/Marshalls gave me the chance to pay it forward and shop for a special gift for three special people  this year, Terry, the “bird lady” was one of the first who came…

How To Play with Non Electronic Toys

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Thanks to Fatbrain Toys Partners in Play for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own  There are days when my sons’ eyes start to glaze over from too many video games and I fantasize about going all mountain-cabin-Grizzly-Adams on them. Then I get real and realize that I probably would find it just as…

A Gift From TJ Maxx for New Grandma Jackie #BestGiftEver

TJ Maxx #BestGiftEver Travel Gift

When HomeGoods/TJ Maxx/Marshalls gave me the opportunity to put together some special #BestGiftEver baskets for the holidays, I swear my season was made.