Summer of Books

Summer of Books

This summer has been my official “Summer of Books.”  Last year, I really dragged my feet on reading.  I think the year was more focused on learning to balance having TWO kids with extracurricular activities, and there wasn’t much time left for reading.  But, I think I have found the scheduling balance (for now…) and so I have deemed this the summer that I get back to reading. I use GoodReads.com to track my reading (user name: KatieMC).  My favorite feature of the website (and app!) is that you can…

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Newly *Minted* Holiday Goodies

Newly *Minted* Holiday Goodies

My longstanding fascination with paper goods is a well-known fact in my family.  If you ever need a gift idea for me – send paper.  Stationary, cards, notecards, gift wrap… If it’s high quality paper, then I’m in! This is probably why I am slightly bordering on the obsessive line with Minted.  Not only are their products the highest quality, but they are all made by independent artists.  Think Etsy for stationary.  This means that everything I buy from Minted has a custom, uniqueness to it. Throw on a good…

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Have you Met My Friend, Mary Kay?

Have you Met My Friend, Mary Kay?

It has been documented here on my bloggity blog before that my love for Mary Kay® products is deep and true. Deep and true, friends. Which is odd because I’m not much of a makeup person. I wear very little make up on a daily basis, but that just means that what I do wear needs to be quality and affordable, and that is why Mary Kay® works for me.  Recently, Mary Kay sent me a box full of goodies to try. Naturally, when the box arrived, I had to fight Gracie fight-club…

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Pre-Holiday Dinner Ideas

Pre-Holiday Dinner Ideas

The holidays are creeping up on us at my house and, for once in my life, I am trying to prepare ahead of time for a house full of family and friends this Thanksgiving. This year, we will host Thanksgiving at our house for Chris’s family and then have some of my family over the night after Thanksgiving so both sides of our family can see each other. Sprinkle in some friends and neighbors here and there, and Thanksgiving has suddenly become so much more than just one big meal….

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up & up Cleansing Towelettes #FTW!

up & up Cleansing Towelettes #FTW!

I’m pretty lazy when it comes to personal hygiene. There. I said it. And on the internet, no less… It’s the truth. Oh, I keep myself clean on a daily basis, for sure. But I hate the whole process of taking care of myself. Washing my face, brushing my teeth, washing my hair… There are just so many other things I’d rather be doing. But, alas, Chris continues to INSIST I bathe, so here I am. Because of this lack of interest in personal care, I like to cut corners…

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Family Life in the Chevy Traverse

Family Life in the Chevy Traverse

I was fortunate enough to test drive a Chevrolet Traverse a few weeks ago. As an on-the-go family of four, we need a vehicle that is able to keep up with the demands of our family, and the Chevy Traverse did just that and more! We started the week out with some back-to-school shopping for Bean. He started kindergarten last week, and I needed to make sure he was decked out with every possible pencil and two-pocket folder known to man. And, let me tell you, pencils and folders take up…

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Out and About With My Chevy Traverse

Out and About With My Chevy Traverse

As a family of four, we are on the go a lot. Like, a LOT a lot. Between Chris and I commuting to two different sides of town for our day jobs and the kids having social lives that now consume our household (since when did kids start scheduling their own playdates?! Someone please tell Gracie this is not acceptable behavior for a three-year-old…), a large portion of our days are spent in our cars. Now, I love my car: don’t get me wrong. But she has certain… limitations. Seating…

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Keeping My House on the Up and Up

Keeping My House on the Up and Up

When Target asked if I would be interested in reviewing a few of their up & up brand products, I had to try my very professional best not to sarcastically shout, “WELL, I GUESSSSSSS SO…”  My love affair with Target has been well documented over the years, but perhaps the most dramatic representation of my relationship with Target was when I dropped Gracie at daycare one day last year and she cried when I left saying, “BUT I WANT TO GO SHOPPING AT TAHGET!” I have trained that girl well….

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Fun in the Sun With Capri Sun

Fun in the Sun With Capri Sun

Our family is a summertime family. We live for summer at my house. As a teacher, I look forward to spending time with my kids, and my kids are always happy to get a break from their daily daycare schedule. With Bean and Gracie being a little bit older now, we are able to be on the go so much more this summer than in the past. We play at the park… We play at the splash pads… We play in our pool… Basically, anywhere there is water, we’re going…

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Meatless Meals for a Carnivorous Family

Meatless Meals for a Carnivorous Family

FACT: I eat meat. FACT: My whole family eats meat. FICTION:  Vegetarian products are just for vegetarians. I first discovered MorningStar Farms meatless burgers when one of my close friends became a vegetarian.  We would have cookouts and she would bring over this cute little box of her own Spicy Black Bean Burger.  I was intrigued by this because she would do everything we carnivores did.  She took a bun, smeared on mustard and ketchup, added lettuce, onion, and tomato, and threw a pickle on the side.  Her meal looked…

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