11.26.2014

#BrightStarKids - Unique, Fun Ideas for Holiday Gift Giving #sponsored

#BrightStarKids - Unique, Fun Ideas for Holiday Gift Giving #sponsored
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bright Star Kids. The opinions and text are all mine.


My little one is a sucker for clothes. I have no idea where she gets it from, probably from her dad, but she loves clothes and anything that is unique or pretty - bonus for both. I look for quality and a reasonable price. I think RD and I can agree with both thanks to our Bright Star Kids.


Bright Star Kids specializes in super cute, personalized shirts, wall art, name labels, and more. The line they offer is unique and fun, which made it difficult to pick something for darling daughter. I would have gotten something for my oldest but their sizes stop at six. Nevertheless I found three tees that I know my daughter would love.

Bright Star Kids also have a holiday collection of tees perfect for the special baby in your life to that preschooler on your list.

I'm not a fan of putting the kid's names on their tees but what I love about this company is that you can personalize them anyway you can imagine! Name or no name!

Since RD is taking ballet I thought the toe shoe tee would be perfect for her to wear to class. And, I really dug the old school boom box and started to personalize it with "old school" but thought she would get a kick of seeing her favorite song on it instead. Besides, it will be a fun reminder when she is sick of it.

For the last tee, I almost went the Christmas route until I found All I Need is Love. This is not a tee to personalize; I thought it was perfect for her just the way it is.

iNeed a Playdate RD with Bright Star Kids Tee Ballet

Northeast Ohio Bucket List of Family Friendly Events | Nov 27 - Dec 2

Northeast Ohio and Greater Cleveland Bucket List of Events for 2014

Happy Day Before Thanksgiving!

There are so many wonderful events going on this weekend it is hard to pick which ones to go to!

But before checking out the list below, watch Santa being shot out of a canon at Crocker Park's holiday lighting this past weekend.

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11.25.2014

Unwrapping Northeast Ohio - 10 Family Friendly, Cleveland Inspired (Non-Toy) Gift Ideas

Unwrapping Northeast Ohio - 10 Family Friendly, Cleveland Inspired (Non-Toy) Gift Ideas

It's that time of year when distant relatives start asking what to get the kids for Christmas. We tend to give standard responses, Legos and Disney, but what I really want to say is - time.


They want your time and attention but since it is not possible due to distance and circumstances I thought I would create a list of what would make them seem closer to you, even when you are miles apart.

Now, this list is pretty specific to things in Northeast Ohio, but that does not mean it can't be adapted for any city, anywhere in the world. These ideas include the whole family, do one and done.

Unwrapping Northeast Ohio - 10 Family Friendly, Cleveland Inspired (Non-Toy) Gift Ideas

10 Family Friendly Gift Ideas that are inspired by Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

11.24.2014

Quotes for Friendsgiving From Some of Our Favorite Friends #StreamTeam

Quotes for Friendsgiving From Some of Our Favorite Friends #StreamTeam

As part of the Netflix Stream Team, we received product to facilitate this post. I have not received monetary compensation and opinions are my own.

The idea of Friendsgiving is a pretty new concept to me, or I should say that there is an actual name for having dinner with friends the day after Thanksgiving. We call it dinner and my Friendsgiving takes place on Thanksgiving. Friendsgiving is for friends and Thanksgiving should be spent with family, we combine it all.

Thanksgiving has never been a favorite holiday for me but over the years I have become a fan because we have opened the door to friends to share the day with us instead of sulking about wondering what happen to big family meals. When the husband and I started dating we would spend Thanksgiving at the movies and when we started our family I never had to cook dinner again, he does it all.

This year, we will be spending it with extended family and friends and I am certain there will be movies involved - there always is. Some of my favorite movies are buddy movies and how their friendships survive the toughest trials. I remember crying like a baby in My Girl and laughing all the way through Wayne's World. 


Of course, there are some great TV shows about friendship as well and my little one loves to watch My Little Pony and both kids are hooked on Adventure Time. I must say, I am a fan of it as well. We also watch a lot of Scooby Doo and Phineas and Ferb. All of these buddy shows are great to open the door to discussing people's differences and finding ways to get along with others.  

This Thanksgiving we will be watching Free Birds, at my son's suggestion, and I am planning to watch some Doctor Who. To me, the ultimate in buddy entertainment. 

Free Birds Movie quote


Here are more fun quotes from some of our favorite friends

11.22.2014

Instagram Again Saturday - Cupcakes

Instagram, Again Saturdays | Reliving Old Instagrams, One Saturday at a Time


The Hubs and I celebrated our birthdays last weekend with a pub crawl the ended with our favorite cupcakes. Coincidentally, a year ago today they opened a shop in Lakewood. Hooray for cupcakes!

Instagram from last year -

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