Monthly Archive:: October 2012


Rissa’s First Time Trick-or-Treating [Video] #Halloween

Being a Halloween baby, you might be surprised to know that this is Rissa’s first year actually going trick or treating.  Sure, I dressed her up as an adorable little pumpkin last year, but we didn’t go out and get candy.  This year though, she got all dressed up as her favorite


Someone Tried to Steal My Info Once {LifeLock Giveaway}

A few years ago we thought it was odd that I was missing a piece of mail from the state.  It wasn’t required for me to file my taxes, but it was sent out during tax season.  Brian received his, but I didn’t receive mine.  We didn’t think too much about it


WW: Happy 2nd Birthday, Rissa!

I can’t believe my little girl is now 2 years old! I gave her Dr. Suess’s Happy Birthday to You book with a special message from mom and dad inside. She had a Halloween/Yo Gabba Gabba party so I made her a Brobee cake (which she absolutely loved). Here’s to many more


Behind the Scenes of ‘Secret of the Wings’ at DisneyToon Studios

I can hardly believe it was only two months ago that I was in Los Angeles. That month was jam packed with traveling and exciting opportunities that it feels like it was so long ago already. The whole experience was absolutely amazing and a real treat. I love being able to share


My 13 Top Scary Halloween Movies

I love Halloween and actually like scary movies.  I don’t care for movies that are just gory for the sake of being gory though (like all those Saw sequels).  The ones that get me the most are more psychological thrillers.  Some of these movies terrify me, but I’ll watch them anyway!  And


Preserving Memories With Seagate Backup Plus

Backing up your data is always a good idea, especially things like your digital photos, purchased music, or documents.  I think it’s even more important these days since our lives have gone so digital.  We take a lot of pictures with our cameras, we purchase music and movies digitally, and we scan


DUB Garage Blazerz Cars Are Not Just For Little Boys

I try not to limit what types of toys my daughter plays with just because she’s a girl.  Sometimes it’s hard because it just seems like she should have dolls and girly things.  However, we do let her wander the toy aisles to check everything out and show us what she is


Moxie Girlz, Novi Stars, Bratzilla & Bratz Fashion Boutique Giveaway! (US) 11/13/12

I’m sure many of you have little girls on your holiday shopping lists.  If so, then this giveaway is definitely for you!  Over the past couple of weeks we’ve shared our thoughts on several new fashion doll lines and now we are giving one away from each line.  Each of these dolls


Glittery Glam From Out of This World: The Novi Stars Una Verse Doll

Who says aliens have to be scary?  Why can’t they be cute and fashionable?  Well, now they can be with the new Novi Stars line of fashion dolls!  I’ve always had this sort of strange fascination with aliens, but they are usually portrayed as looking somewhat creepy to downright scary.  I never


My Countdown to Baby #2 Checklist

You’d think I’d be ultra prepared for a second child, right?  Since Rissa was born 10 days before her due date, I pretty much am looking at baby boy’s arrival being between 38-40 weeks.  That’s only 4-6 weeks left!  Now… Don’t laugh, but I made this list over a month ago and I


Halloween Flowers Make a Unique Gift!

When I was a child, I remember getting Halloween cards and stickers from my grandma and a few other family members.  Of course I loved getting candy too, but I found the cards and stickers to be fun as well.  Now that I have my own children, I want to be creative


Activision Family Game Summit is Coming Up Online and in NYC! #ATVIFamGames

You know I like video games, right?  (Even if I don’t get to play them as much lately….) And games in general?  (Board games still rock, y’all!) And toys? (I mean… my  daughter likes toys.  Ahem.) One of our favorite gaming brands is Activision and I’m excited for their upcoming Activision Family Game Summit!


10 Tips for a Safe Halloween

Tricks and treats on Halloween should be fun so let’s all do what we can to keep it that way!  Here are some general safety tips I’ve learned and heard over the years. 10 Tips for a Safe Halloween Trick or treat in groups – don’t go alone! Stick to neighborhoods you


Pregnancy Journal: Week 34 and the Doula Decision

While I sometimes forget just how pregnant I am, my body keeps reminding me. It’s tough to go up and down stairs and is very uncomfortable to carry Rissa. It even hurts to try and tighten her car seat straps. Too much pressure, pulling and straining! I mean, I know my baby


Baby Genius Rap & Tap One Man Band Giveaway! (US) Ends 11/11/12

We’ve been having fun with Rex, the Rap & Tap One Man Band, but we can’t have ALL the fun!  He makes a great gift for toddlers, so here’s your chance to win one for a lucky little tot in your life.  (And yes, I fully expect you to play with him


Musical Fun With the Baby Genuis Rap & Tap One Man Band

Rissa’s favorite part of storytime at the library is the music toys.  She gets so excited to bang blocks together or shake maracas.  She also loves to sing!  In fact, she’s been asking to sing more songs with me lately which is just super cute.  (I’m trying to get her on video,


People Like Us Bluray/DVD Combo Review

One of my favorite movies this year is most definitely People Like Us.  It’s just so … real.  Earlier this summer I shared my movie review of People Like Us with you.  It was released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 2, 2012, and I couldn’t wait to check out the bonus features.


DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular Review #DragonsLive #Milwaukee

Our family went to see Dreamworks How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular on opening night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The show will continue throughout the weekend, ending it’s time in our area on Sunday, October 28, 2012.  If you haven’t bought tickets for this show yet, I highly recommend this show! DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon Live


Do You Get Overwhelmed by Supplement Options? @WannaBeWell

I try to eat relatively healthy but I know I don’t always get all the nutrition I should from my food which is why my family uses supplements.  Before we started having kids, my husband and I both took a multivitamin.  Once we were trying to conceive I switched to a prenatal


Local Halloween Activity: Ozaukee County’s ‘The Haunt’ Oct 25-27 #Milwaukee

Looking for some scary fun this weekend?  You might want to check out Ozaukee County’s The Haunt. Where: Ozaukee County Fair Grounds in Cedarburg, Wisconsin When: Oct. 25-27, 2012; 6pm-10pm Admission: $10/person – Proceeds go to Ozaukee County 4-H program It’s a haunted house type set up but is not completely climate