How I Clean My Hardwood Floors (with Oreck Grab-It and Steam-It)


With three young kids in an old home with all hardwood floors, I feel like I am constantly cleaning up the floor. We have dust bunnies, the occasional crumb, toddler messes,and a crawling baby who tries to eat any speck of mess that he finds. (yuck) A few of you have asked how I clean our hardwood floors. I’ll tell you how I used to clean them, and then how I clean them now. Here’s how I used to … [Read more...]

Spice up Your Home with World Market!


I have been wanting to create a photo wall in our home for a while, but have been lacking inspiration. Bland frames, bland colors, all from a garage sale, none I truly love, and a whole lot of blah. This space when you first enter our home was equally bland, and I needed to create an impression. I wanted to spice up my home a bit so I headed to World Market last weekend to check out their new … [Read more...]

Forget Black Friday and Win an iPad 4!


I know you're probably sitting on your couch right now, more stuffed than your turkey was just a few hours ago. You don't want to go shopping for Black Friday, right? That's what I thought. Pour another glass of ____. Kick up your feet. Stuff yourself with some more food. And forget about going out tomorrow! cause YOU (or someone you're about to be jealous of) can win this brand spankin' new … [Read more...]

Canon Rebel T3 Winner Announced

Hey guys! It’s the moment you may (or may not) have been waiting for! ;) Before I get to that though, I have two points of business that I'd like to discuss. First, I just want to take a second to thank all of the other amazing blogs that teamed up with me to make this amazing giveaway happen.   Second, the same group of blogs are teaming up again for another giveaway in … [Read more...]

Canon Rebel T3 DSLR & Lens giveaway! (Closed)


updated Friday 8/24: The giveaway is closed and we are verifying the entries. The winner will be announced on Monday August 27th at 8:00 am Eastern Time. Thank you for entering and for your patience! :) In September it will be three years since I started this little website and my life has changed so much. You guys have been here for me and have been like my own little cheering squad. It is … [Read more...]

Painting the Family Room and Giveaway Winners!


I picked a color, Sharkey Gray. Loved it, loved any room I’ve seen it in online. I second guessed myself when I got to Home Depot (it looked too dark) and then bought two gallons of “non-refundable” Whetstone Gray. I got home, and the color was almost white. Wah wah wahhh. Went back to Home Depot. Bought two more gallons of the right color. Finished prepping the room, and here we are. I’m … [Read more...]

I Brake for Yard Sales! (Giveaway Closed)


I was recently sent a copy of Lara Spencer’s new book, I Brake for Yard Sales to review. And GUYS. I love this book. Like, I devoured it in one sitting and couldn’t stop. You thought The Hunger Games was addicting? HA. This is my Hunger Games. My first impression was that it would be a book on how-to “sale,” which I thought I knew a lot about. But instead, the whole book is like a design … [Read more...]

Creating a Mother’s Day Video with Animoto


Mom. If you are reading this right now, please stop. I’m serious. You gone? Phew. Okay! While I already made my mom her present, I wanted to make something a little more sentimental. I’ve always wanted to make a photo book for her, but the task seemed daunting and I never did it. When Clever Girls Collective asked me to check out Animoto, a video creation service (both online and mobile), I … [Read more...]

Mod Straps Review and Giveaway! (closed)


Recently, I was looking for a camera strap and asked a few friends for their recommendations. I wanted a quality strap that my husband wouldn’t be ashamed to carry, but was also cute! Several friends recommended that I look at mod. and said that they were the best. I went to their site, and was blown away by all of the color choices and options! I believe what style you wear says a lot about … [Read more...]

Boba Baby Carrier 3G Review (giveaway closed)


The weather is SO beautiful here in the Chicagoland area, how about for you? We hit 78 degrees yesterday! Spring is definitely upon us and I’m stoked. I feel like we’ve been couped up all winter! We took advantage of the day and went on two walks, to two different parks. I am convinced that a good carrier is a must-have for moms. When I first had my almost two year old, Ben, I became a mom of … [Read more...]