Are you excited to get started with your Cricut Explore 2 but aren't sure where to start? Learn from my experience to get exactly what you need (and avoid wasting money on things you don't need).
Being a new Mom is exhausting and trying to figure out what you need to buy versus what is available is hard. Check out the 5 newborn baby must-have essentials suggested here and you'll be able to relax and handle your new life like a veteran Mom just like me.
If you love LuLaRoe's leggings, you're probably a consultant, or someone that doesn't realize there are better options out there. They promised us jeans, but that seems to be just more lies.
As an Independent LuLaRoe retailer one of the most common questions I hear is how to know what size to choose. Here's a detailed explanation of how to choose the right size for your body.
Everyone wants to know how to find their LuLaRoe unicorn. As a successful unicorn finder turned consultant - current defector. I'm ready to give you the real advice you've been waiting for.
No one wants holes in their LuLaRoe leggings! But guess what? If you've bought leggings lately, they probably came with holes already. The company's quality is in the crapper, and you'd be better off spending your money anywhere else.
If you're looking for Poke Stops and Gyms in Ashtabula, Ohio. I can help! This list will grow as I find more in and around the area.
Just about everybody has played "Pokémon Go" by now. The addictive, competitive game features three factions. At level 5, trainers will visit a gym and be asked to make a decision. Find out how.
Kids, teens, and even adults are outside walking around looking for virtual reality monsters. Why you ask? Pokémon Go! Whether you love or hate it, the VR game is taking over the world. Find out why.
Many people love heroes and happy endings but some of the most memorable characters are protagonists that lack conventional heroic characteristics. Check out the 8 best anti-hero characters.
Sever's disease is a horrible name that makes parents and gymnasts cringe. Despite its name, Sever's disease is a common gymnastics injury, and it can be easily managed.
11 things I've learned from my daughter in honor of her 11th birthday. I'm not a perfect mom and she isn't a perfect kid, but we don't have to be!
Big Hero 6 is a great family film for people of all ages. Check out this mom's review of Big Hero 6, the story of a special bond between a gifted teenage boy and an inflatable robot.
Apple White is the Royal protagonist at Ever After High. Like her mother, Snow White, Apple is the fairest of her high school, and determined to get her fairytale by changing the mind of Raven Queen.
Raven Queen is the leader of the Rebel Movement at Ever After High. Little girls love Raven Queen's rebellious spirit, and can enjoy reading, playing, and even dressing up as their favorite rebel.
Have you ever wondered what happened to our favorite fairy tale characters after the book ended? I have, and thanks to Shannon Hale and the Ever After High book series, we know now.
The Ever After High book series is perfect for young readers and older reluctant readers too. This fairytale series features the children of the most famous fairytale characters in history.
Ever After High costumes and accessories are a fun twist on everyone's favorite fairytale characters. Learn more about your favorite fairytale characters' children and check out their attire here.
Fifty Shades of Grey didn't suck! It wasn't really good, but it wasn't the embarrassing train wreck that I thought it would be. Learn more about the film adaptation and the future of Mr. Grey here.
Need a movie suggestion for a family of all ages? Read a mom's review of SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and make it an easy choice.
Rick Grimes and Daryl Dixon are both survivors, but who would win in a fight to the death? See who I think would win and cast your vote in the poll.
Fifty Shades of Grey, the film, is set to be released Valentine's Day 2015! While the erotically, filthy E.L. James trilogy was a hit around the world, one must wonder if the movie is worth the hype.
We've all heard quotes from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, but have you ever stopped to wonder what they mean? Here are 10 life lessons from Alice in Wonderland.
I grew up in the 80s and 90s, which means I survived big hair, a Lisa Frank obsession, and only got to watch cartoons on Saturday mornings. Here, you will find te things only 80s girls can appreciate!
Are you looking for a show to binge watch on Netflix? Here are six shows you will enjoy watching on Netflix, even if you have seen part or all of the series before.
Bones and Castle are two of my favorite dramas on TV. With the similarities between characters, it's not hard to imagine why. Vote for your favorite Bones or Castle here.
Tree stands are expensive investments that bow hunters need to capture their trophy bucks. Find tips to prevent tree stand theft here and feel free to add your own suggestions below.
Tired of looking for the best gymnastics movies and getting a bunch of cheerleading flicks instead? Look no further, here are the 6 best gymnastics movies that will be sure to satisfy!
Choosing gymnastics floor music is important because it sets the tone for a gymnast's entire routine. Use my tips to choose the best gymnastics floor music for any level gymnasts.
Sons of Anarchy is over, but that doesn't mean we can't still have Teller Tuesdays! Check out these movies and TV shows featuring Charlie Hunnam and find out what the adonis-like actor will be in next
Gymnastics Moms do a ton more than drive back and forth to competitions and wash expensive leos. Find ten things only gymnast's moms understand here and feel free to add your own in the comments.
WTF, Sutter? That is what I kept repeating to myself last night as I watched the Final Ride of Sons of Anarchy. Through 7 seasons, I have grown to love these fictional characters and will miss them!
At first glance, Let's Be Cops looks like your average buddy cop movie. However, this movie can't possibly be ordinary because Justin and Ryan (the cops in the movie) aren't really cops.
Every show has a bad boy, but some are more memorable than others. I'm a fan of the bad boy, but wouldn't want to marry one. Check out my personal list of the 10 best bad boys on TV.
Do you want to know how Sons of Anarchy will end? Well, at this point, only Kurt Sutter could tell us for sure, but if Shakespeare has anything to do with it, you can bet it's going to be a bloodbath.
Jax Teller is one of the most famous fictional characters ever. If you want to create a Sons of Anarchy costume, check out my instructions for a DIY Jax Teller Halloween costume.
I'm not a man-hating, She-ra that thinks all men should be castrated. But, my husband is my hero because he stepped up and had a vasectomy as soon as our breeding days were over for good.
Motherhood is a tricky, messy, absolutely enjoyable thing. By no means am I a perfect mom, but I'm definitely a bad ass mom. In fact, I'm handling this parenting gig like a pro, kind of.
Infants, children, and even adults can find a friendly alternative to gauze and tape around their g-tubes when they wear g-tube covers from Adorabelly Design. Learn more about this company here.
Thanks to SA Wardega's viral Mutant Spider Dog video on YouTube spider costumes for dogs are sure to be extremely popular this year. Dog spider costumes are available for dogs of every size and shape.
Order TMNT Stretchkins for lifesize, totally tubular fun. TMNT Stretchkins are available as Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Raphael. Order yours today for your Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan.
When the rear end suspension of my GMC Envoy failed, I panicked. With the advice of a dear friend, I was able to order the parts I needed to get my SUV fixed affordably.
I'm a sucker for Disney Princesses, especially Cinderella! Since Queen Elsa and Princess Anna hit the big screen in November 2013 my favorite Princess is now my number 2 and Princess Anna is number 1.
Nobody wants to be the parent that other parents talk about behind closed doors, but if you break the rules in the parent pick-up lane at school, you can bet you will be.
Whether you are a thirtysomething geek who loves TMNT fandom or a ninja loving four-year-old, you can find a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Halloween Costume to meet your unique needs.
For a long time, the word WEIRDO has had a negative connotation. Not only is being a weirdo something to embrace, but little ones everywhere have great unique role models like Katy Perry.
The Guardian of the Galaxy Rocky Racoon dress up or Halloween costume is an excellent alternative for little boys that don't want to be traditional superheroes. Learn more about this costume here.
Princess Merida is Disney's Tomboy Princess. This red-haired lad fought to win her own hand and paved the way for more independent princesses. With this, it's no wonder little girls want to be Merida
Forget kid leashes! Teach your children to stay close to mom with the Skip Hop Walk Along Stroller Handle. This unique handle attaches to strollers and works with little hands.
The Sexy Maleficent Costume for Women is offered in a variety of sizes and is the perfect Halloween or Comic Con. Order yours today and get ready to wow at your next Halloween party.
It's easy to create a Minecraft Steve Halloween costume. Simply copy the pixelated characters outfit and purchase a Minecraft Steve head. I've highlighted the perfect Steve head here, or make one.
There is nothing gymnasts love more than wearing gymnastics-inspired t-shirts. My daughter's closet is full of them and here are some of my favs. No matter which you choose, your gymnast will love it.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costumes for Women is a great way to show off your spunky attitude in a feminine way. Get ready to say "cowabunga" white showing off your curves in this TMNT costume.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been popular for over three decades, which means TMNT costumes for kids are always popular. Order yours and the kids in your life will have fun for hours and hours.
Going on vacation is one of my favorite times of the year, but it is important to protect your home while on vacation. Get 10 great tips to make vacation safer and more enjoyable here.
The Mad Hatter costume for girls is the perfect costume for spunky little girls, tweens, and teens. The outfit featured here includes everything you need to flawlessly create the look.
If you want to create the perfect Maleficent costume, you must have dark fairy wings. Whether you want to buy pre-made, dark fairy wings, or you want to make the wings yourself, you can get it here.
I love Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2, and have even got to see Winter in person...twice. On our last trip to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, I purchased the Dolphin Tale Winter plush w/removable tail.
If you are familiar with Maleficent, you know one of the most important aspects of recreating this character is her magical staff. Make sure your Halloween costume is complete with a Maleficent staff.
No trip to Tarpon Springs is complete without a trip to the Sponge Docks. I live in the Midwest, but make sure I take time to visit Tarpon Springs every year. Check out my tips below!
If your stuck between a zombie and a princess for Halloween and can't decide which one is right, consider mixing the two ideas together to make a creepy zombie princess costume. Check out my daughter.
Forget Mickey Mouse ears! Little girls everywhere are trading their Mouseketeer ears for Light-Up Maleficent horns. These light up horns are perfect dress up or Halloween.
Jax Teller is the ultimate anti-hero. The leader of SAMCRO on the FX hit show Sons of Anarchy is by merit a bad guy. However, I can't help rooting for him week after week. Learn more here.
If your son or daughter is into Minecraft as much as mine, you will surely impress with this Minecraft Creeper cake. Follow the simple steps in this Minecraft cake tutorial to impress your guests.
Aurora's pink Sleeping Beauty gown is so yesterday! After the release of Maleficent, little girls everywhere will be wearing the gold gown Aurora wore to her coronation celebration in the movie.
For years, little girls have been wearing pink Sleeping Beauty gowns, but with the release of Maleficent, little girls will be trading their pink duds for blue. Check out Aurora's blue dress here.
If you are looking for a cool treat to take to a summertime picnic, consider making the Easy Snickers Salad recipe. This recipe uses Snickers, apples, and Cool Whip to create a tasty treat.
A Maleficent costume for kids (with horns and staff) is a popular Halloween choice for girls. Get this sassy yet age-appropriate costume before the rush. Or DIY!
Maleficent was even better than expected and I can't wait to add this future Disney classic to my evergrowing collection. Learn more about this Disney Villain with a heart in my review.
When my husband promised my daughter he would buy her whatever she wanted...neither of us was surprised when she asked for a pull up bar. This little gymnast loves her pull-up bar.
The Notorious BIG was murdered on March 9, 1997, but Biggie Smalls' music will live on for decades. Presumably Ready to Die, which was released in 1994 and is still widely listened to today.
The pairing of Edward Norton and Brad Pitt was epic in the 1990s most memorable film, Fight Club. I have watched this dramatic film dozens of times and enjoy the genius of it all each and every time.
Most days, I don't mind cleaning, but I don't want to spend a great deal of time doing it. For this reason, I love my Shark steam mop, it's a lazy mom's best friend for sure. Learn more here.
Everyone loves the Rainbow Loom and now working with the Rainbow Loom is easier thanks to a metal hook tool upgrade. This metal tool is more durable than the original and definitely worth buying.
Frozen's Princess Anna dress-up costume is the perfect Frozen gift for little girls. With this pretend play costume, little girls can sing about snowman and play for hours.
Fancy Nancy: Sand Castles and Sand Palaces is a fun read for young kids and also teachers a lesson about ocean tide. Teach kids about the ocean and entertain with this wild-haired word magician.
Teach Kids about Earth Day with Fancy Nancy: Every Day is Earth Day book. This exciting book is perfect for young readers and teaches a valuable lesson about loving the Earth every single day.
I'm a Psych-O! If you are a fan of Shawn and Burton Guster, you know I'm not mentally ill; instead, I'm a fan of the hit series Psych. Learn more about these lovable, fake psychics here.
Don't forget pregnant moms on Mother's Day. Although their child is still unborn, a mom begins motherhood long before her bundle of joy makes their entrance. Gift her with something special.
Kokopelli is one of the most popular fertility symbols around the world. Learn about my personal experience of infertility and how it changed when I relaxed a bit and trusted Kokopelli.
Couponing is a great way to save money. However, it's important to coupon effectively. If not, you will end up wasting more money than you are saving. Follow my tips here.
If your little girl loves Princess Elsa, you aren't alone. For little girls that love the Ice Queen. an Elsa Dress-Up Halloween costume is the perfect way to encourage pretend play.
Mean Girls stars Lindsay Lohan, before she was on drugs, and the screenplay was created by iconic funny lady Tina Fey. This comedic drama focuses on how mean girls are to each other and what happens.
Alice in Wonderland is my favorite book, my favorite movie, and Alice is my favorite character. Although, I would love to have a tea party with the Mad Hatter. Learn more about the movie here.
The Jem Halloween costume is truly outrageous! This blast from the past comes with everything you need to create a pop star costume with a bit of pizazz.
Janet Jackson is one of my favorite artists and will probably continue to be forever! Learn more about her most famous album...Rhythm Nation today.
Chris Farley and David Spade are a dynamic comedy duo that leave me in stitches every time I watch them on screen. Check out Black Sheep for dry and physical humor that delivers nonstop laughter.
Jem was one of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons in the 1980s and now the animated popstar is coming back in a big way. Catch up with Jem before the live action movie releases.
There is nothing better than spending your summer jumping on a backyard trampoline. Learn more about how much fun it is to have a trampoline here.
Mary-Louise Parker played Nancy Botwin in one of my favorite Showtime shows - Weeds. However, Nancy Botwin is not going to win any mother of the year awards, but she is one of TV's Most Memorable Moms
If you have a Minecraft fan in your life, you have probably seen or heard about Minecraft cardboard heads. A Minecraft Creeper head can cost upwards of $20. Learn how to make your own here.
Two decades after Disney first released the Lion King, it is still one of my favorite movies. Learn why I love this Disney classic here and order a copy for your collection as well.
Everyone recognizes Vin Diesel from the Fast & Furious franchise, but I love this hunky actor for his role in the Disney movie The Pacifier. Check out my review of this family-friendly Diesel film.
Raising kids isn't easy...it's not supposed to be. However, the most important thing we can do as mothers is to raise confident daughters. Check out my review and let me know what you think.
Whether you are a hunter or DIY crafter, you can appreciate deer antlers. Specifically, shed deer antlers. Check out this blog for great ways to find deer antlers outside.
Move over June Cleaver, there are three generations of funny ladies redefining family comedy. Check out my review of Modern Family in this review.
Wayne's World is my favorite SNL spin-off comedy. This laugh out loud comedy captures the essence of what made the skit on SNL so iconic and entertains from the very beginning till the credits role.
Superstar is a 1999 comedic film written and starred in by Molly Shannon. This PG 13 film is based on a popular SNL kit that featured Shannon and Will Ferrell.
Season 6 of Sons of Anarchy was the most brutal season, yet. With Jax's life in turmoil, both in the club and in his personal life, I'm sure season 7 will prove to be just as climatic. Catch up here.
Years ago, every Disney Princess tale ended with a damsel in distress being saved by a man. In recent years, this has begun to change and in the film Frozen, the influence is on sisters not misters.
Growing up, I loved Punky Brewster. In fact, as a 80s kid, I will have to admit that Punky Brewster is an 80s sitcom icon. Learn more about why I love this show still here.
Everyone should have an emergency preparedness kit in their vehicle, home, and maybe even at work. Learn what you should include in this emergency kit in this blog. Feel free to add to it.
Combining the pure handsomeness of Channing Tatum and the awkwardness of Jonah Hill as a crime-fighting duo was pure awesomeness. Adding Ice Cube to the mix makes 21 Jump Street a must-see.
When I first started watching Sons of Anarchy, it was my secret. I didn't think any of my friends liked this show, certainly not as much as I did, but that's why SOA is so good, everyone loves it!
Paul Walker was born September 12, 1973, and was killed on November 30, 2013. Walker had a brilliant career that was over too soon; however, the upcoming movie Fast and Furious 7 will still live on.
Christmas time and Will Ferrell are two of my favorite things, which makes Elf one of my favorite movies. In this Christmas classic, Will Ferrell is not your average elf, which results in hilarity.
Save a ton of money when you visit Disney World by buying your kid's souvenirs before you go. Getting souvenirs is fun, but cost much less when you are prepared and don't have to pay park prices.
Every teen dreams of the day she/he will get their drivers' license, but what they don't think about is what they will do when they see emergency vehicle lights. Make sure you teens knows what to do.
Teach your kids a valuable lesson about explosions with the 25-foot diet soda geyser. I have done this experiment several times, and it never gets old. Order yours today to do it at home.
Skippyjon Jones is my favorite hyperactive Siamese cat, but my favorite thing about this mischievous kitten is the fact that he thinks he is a Chihuahua. Learn more about Skippyjon Jones here.
No matter how old you are, you can't resist playing with Play-Doh. I love this craft toy for kids and so does every kid I know - get Play-Doh for every kid you know and it will be loved.
If you have a gymnast in your home, chances are your house has turned into a gym. If so, consider buying a gymnastics mat to make tumbling in the house safer to do.
Will Ferrell is one of my favorite comedians and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is one of my favorite comedies. Learn more about this laugh out loud comedy (no thinking required) here.
In a day when kids are surrounded by technology, it's nice to get back to the basics. Melissa and Doug's Suspend Physics is the perfect way to do this. Learn more here.
It's impossible to watch UP without feeling good. Check out why I love this film in my personal review.
Ted Unrated is not your average movie featuring a loveable bear. Instead, this shockingly vulgar movie features the sexiness of Mark Wahlberg and a foul-mouthed, sexually inappropriate, teddy bear.
My daughter first became interested in Minecraft when she was six. Unfortunately, in 2006, there weren't many Minecraft gifts for girls available. Today, buying Minecraft gifts for girls is easier.
Bridesmaids is one of my favorite movies ever. Finally, a movie starring my favorite females from SNL in a very believable story about bridesmaids and the stress of planning a grand wedding.
Bad Grandpa stars Johnny Knoxville and will definitely encourage inappropriate laughter. I first saw this movie in the theater and laughed until I cried! Get your laugh on with the Jackass crew here.
There is nothing more magical than growing your own butterfly garden. Insect Lore has created a nice kit to inspire learning while watching butterflies from grow.
My hair is crazy! It's unbrushable, thick, curly, frizzy, anything but manageable. However, I can tame my unruly hair with a Keratin treatment. Learn more about this process here.
The Nightmare Before Christmas isn't your average Christmas movie, or Halloween movie either, but this Disney classic, created by Tim Burton is amazing any time of year. Check out my review here.
Rainbow Loom rubber bands come in a variety of colors. In addition to primary colors, these unique rubber bands are offered in fun colors including glitter, glow-in-the-dark, and more.
My Sundays have been rather boring since The Walking Dead took its midseason hiatus, but all that is about to change on Feb. 8, 2015. I am anxious to see how Rick and the group deal with Beth's death.
Disney's Red-Haired Princess - The Little Mermaid is my very favorite of the Disney Dynasty. Check out my review of The Little Mermaid below and check out Ariel Halloween and dress-up costumes too.
Psych aired its series finale in spring 2014, but this bromantic comedy is still one of my favorite TV shoes ever and worthy of being watched again and again, even though the series has ended.
If you need great gymnastics gift ideas for female gymnasts, you can find them here. I'm a gymnast's mom and have the expertise to provide great gift ideas for any gymnasts in your life.
Gilligan's Island was a favorite show of mine as a child. now that the entire Gilligan's Island series is on DVD, I can sail away with my favorite characters, the Captain and Maryann, whenever I like.
Monsters University is one of mine and my daughter's favorite movies. Find out how Mike and Sulley became unlikely, monstrous best friends in this Disney Pixar film that is soon to be a classic.
Bon Jovi is just as awesome today as they were 20+ years ago. Find out why I still love Slippery When Wet today and why I'm sure others do too.
Whether you 4 or 34, you have probably seen and even held an adorable Cabbage Patch Kid. For moms like me, giving our daughters their first Cabbage Patch doll is a great chance to relive our childhood
Can't dance? Don't worry about it; you can dance like no one is watching with Just Dance 4. I don't have "moves like Jagger," but I pretend I do when I play Just Dance 4 at home with my daughter.
There is nothing more festive than candy canes at Christmas time. It's even better when you mix candy canes with chocolate. Find out how here.
Everything from a practice beam to brand new leos is discussed. Get the tween gymnasts on your Christmas list the gifts they want and need.
The Loomatic's Guide to the Rainbow Loom is a great way to help young kids use their Rainbow Loom and create impressive rubber band bracelets. I have used and love this interactive guide !
Saved by the Bell is one of my favorite sitcoms ever and definitely one of the best sitcoms of the 1990s. Learn more about Zac and the gang in this blog about one of my favorite childhood shows.
What little girl wouldn't look simply adorable as a crazy cat lady? Last Halloween, my daughter requested this costume and I came through in a big way and it was super easy and cheap.
If you have little ones in your family, you need an Elf on the Shelf. I started this tradition with my daughter when she was very young and she still talks about her Christmas Elf, Joe.
The Rainbow Loom is a great gift for people of all ages, but it's important to have a plan in place for how to organize rubber bands. A Rainbow Loom storage box allows you to do just this.
My dad (who grew up in the 70s) made sure my sisters and I were always appreciative of that generations music. Today, Rush is one of my favorite bands on the planet and worthy of all their fame.
Pillow Pets Dream Lites are a great alternative to normal night lites. Your kids can light up their room and snuggle with this adorable toy too. Choose from several boy/girl/unisex designs.
Skylanders SWAP Force for Xbox 360 is the third release in the Skylanders franchise. Although I have played them all, including Trap Team, SWAP Force is still my favorite. Learn more here.
Getting salon-style manicures at home is easy to do with marbelizing pen dots. Find out why people at me love these affordable salon style tips at home.
Nim's Island is one of my favorite movies of all time. I first watched this with my daughter when she was very young and have watched it at least a dozen more times. Order for an adventurer today.
In 2013, the Rainbow Loom exploded with popularity and proves to be a popular contender this holiday season as well. Find out how the Rainbow Loom provides hours of entertainment here.
Pots and pans are expensive, so it 's best to get cookware at an affordable price. In this review, I compare my Rachael Ray cookware set to my Paula Dean set, and Rachael's are way better.
If you need just the right amount of flash for your dash, you need great warning lights. Learn more about how to choose these lights from the information provided above.
Did you know that couponing is easier when you use your iPhone? Check out my favorite iPhone apps in this blog and feel free to tell me your favorites as well.
As a pageant mom myself, I have never been a fan of the TLC Reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. With the recent news that Mama June is dating a registered sex offender, I hope TLC cancels the show.
My ectopic pregnancy was devastating and scary. However, with the help of my obstetrician, I eventually became pregnant again. I am sharing my story to help other women keep the faith after an ectopic. I've also included a section with FAQs.
Skylanders is a successful, hugely popular video game franchise. Check out your Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure through a mom's review here. Remember Spyro's Adventure started the fame of this game.
My daughter is a tomboy princess and I couldn't be happier about it. She marches to her own beat on a daily basis and I foster her independence while blurring the traditional roles of gender.