FAST FOOD: Quick & Crunchy Quinoa.

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Argggggg. DINNER. The word itself can be exhausting. I feel like I’m always in a rut. Not fab. So here’s something I threw together in a fit of desperation. CRUNCHY QUINOA (ok, only the celery’s crunchy). This is fit+healthy (protein!), fancy-foodie-like (feta cheese!) and takes about five minutes to throw together (minus the quinoa cooking-part, that […]

FAMOUS! Jenni Pulos, ‘Grin and Bear It’

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You all know how much I heart famous moms. Can’t help it. It’s my entertainment-journalist-meets-new-mom life. Showbiz is rough business and motherhood is a no-glam gig. As moms, we all get screamed at, cried at, whined at, yelled at in our home lives (I don’t want Cheerios even though I just asked for them!!!!). Our […]

FUN! Fabulous DIY kid-friendly party table.

Total time to do? About 3 minutes. Maybe 4.

LilMiss is turning two! (?!?!?!?!?) A few days ago I had an early birthday brunch honoring her barge into this world with just family… which included 8 immediate kid cousins. How to turn my kitchen into a fun and fabulous kid-zone appropriate for brunching? Like this: I snagged a plastic tablecloth and ribbon and wrapped […]

FUN! Fab, Frilly & Easy DIY Party Vases.

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My mom recently threw a bridal shower for my “baby” cousin (i.e.: our youngest cousin who I still remember babysitting when she was a baby). Guess who was enlisted to do the centerpieces? My sister and I… and I think we came up with something pretty fabulous, frugal and unbelievably easy (think, NO GLUE GUN). […]

FUN! 5 fabulous party themes for girls.

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Girls just wanna have fun. Right? Right. With two little girls under the age of three, I feel like I’ve turned into a birthday-party-planning diva that is tiring of all the usual themes. (Despite my love of crowns, I might just scream if I see one more pink princess tablecloth….) So in the spirit of my […]

FACETIME! Car Confession: Toddler jewelry. {VIDEO}

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It’s another Car Confession, folks. Has your toddler managed to collect fabulous fine jewelry… thanks to baptisms, birthdays or anything else where grandparents have felt the need to give something ‘lasting?’ I’m confessing what I do with mine ours. Do you do this too? WATCH: Now you fess up — WHAT’S YOUR BIG CONFESSION THIS […]

Five ways to treat yourself this love week. {VIDEO}

Image courtesy of Tieks.

February is Love Month. Period. Last year I made the case for us moms to make an effort to love ourselves more. This year, thought I’d share five fabulous ideas for celebrating ourselves. This week, treat yourself to… NEW LINGERIE. After my big birthday bomb-out, I decided to get all flirty and fun and shake […]

FILOSOPHY: How to survive shopping with 2 or more kids.

The third kid? My adorable niece.

Let’s not waste time: Shopping with kids is not always fun. The best way to shop with more than 2 kids is to leave them at home with a babysitter. But that type of luxury isn’t always possible or cost-efficient. Bummer. But it IS possible to make it bearable with a few tips and reminders […]

FINDS: Zulily for organization! {Home & Family}

Mark, Kelly Stables, Cristina, me & Lori Loughlin (yes, Aunt Becky from "Full House").

New year, new goals for organization. Yeah baby! I’ve always used January 1st (enter-year-of-your-choice-here) as a grand kick-in-the-butt to get myself in order. That means cleaning out drawers, giving away old toys and generally finding a place in my home for all objects that dwell there. I’m personally a big fan of keeping the kids’ […]

FUN! Get the picture: Happy New Year!

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I’ll be blunt: I don’t even try to do Christmas cards because I can’t get it together in time. Don’t want to try. Don’t really care. So what. I like New Year’s Eve much better anyways. Always have. Most likely always will. The reflection of year’s past, the planning of new goals for the future, […]

FAST FOOD: A sneaky holiday dessert tip.

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For me, Holidays = Dessert. No holding back. No guilt. No excuses. And if you’re also like me, you might find that holiday-time translates into constantly craving some kind of fancy dessert for your own fridge, offering to take a fabulous dessert to a friend’s party or just plain find yourself obligated to blow your […]