Summer Wedding Memories + Giveaway with Papyrus and Meijer {ENDS 9/22}


The giveaway below is sponsored by Meijer. I received promotional items and a gift card in exchange for this post.

I love that summertime creates so many memories among friends and families. One of my favorite things about summer is weddings! For me, there’s nothing quite like a wedding…From the flowers and dancing to witnessing a couple make the ultimate decision to be together forever – it’s all so beautiful and always pulls at this hopeless romantic’s heartstrings.

I have been lucky to be invited to some pretty epic weddings over the years. One friend had a carnival-themed wedding outside, which was SO fun. Another friend is Chaldean and had the most beautiful ever with tons of friends, family and traditional Arabic dancing.

Carnival Wedding

Being goofballs at a friend’s carnival-themed wedding

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Our Birth Announcement Reveal + Custom Invitation Giveaway with Small Moments {Ends 9/15}

One thing I love creating when my babies arrive into this world is a birth announcement. Sure, there’s Facebook to see baby updates and share photos with family near and far, but I love having a hard copy of the newest littles in my life to hang on my fridge. In fact, looking at the things hanging on people’s fridge is seriously my favorite thing to do when visiting other people’s homes ;)

I was thrilled when Kim of Small Moments reached out to me to design my announcement cards after seeing the beautiful photos Deanna Spivey Photography took. Her work is absolutely stellar. Also? Love that she is local to Michigan/Ann Arbor/Detroit and she works SO fast. Speed is so appreciated as a busy mom who often forgets to send cards out!

Here is what she created for us. I’m in love <3





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The Wet Brush: Best Detangling Brush {Review + Giveaway ENDS 9/4}

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Disclosure: I was provided with The Wet Brush for the purpose of writing this review.

There is one hair battle I have fought long and hard my entire life: Thick hair.

Many people say they would love to have hair as thick as mine. Well people, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be…It takes SO long to dry and style, hence, it usually is up or looking like a hot mess because ain’t no mama got time for that. Also? It’s hard to brush through, therefore I’m already counting down the days until I can donate 10″ of it to Wigs 4 Kids!

It seems my Kinley is going to have this issue as well. Karina still has baby hair, but the constant toddler rat nest in the back may be an indication of what’s to come. Needless to say, hair brushing in our house is a constant battle.

I was ecstatic to learn about The Wet Brush, the best detangling brush ever, from my local blogging friend Coupon Savvy Sarah, and knew I had to give it a shot.

The Wet Brush
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Get Your Cape! The Super Run Ann Arbor is September 6, 2014 {+ Giveaway ENDS 8/17} #TheSuperRunA2

You guys. I seriously cannot WAIT to lace up my running shoes once this baby is here…So I was ecstatic to learn about this SUPER awesome race perfect for getting kiddos involved and pumped up about fitness! This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.


The Super Run will be in Ann Arbor, Michigan on September 6, 2014 and will take place at Gallup Park {such a beautiful park!}. Dress up as your favorite super-hero {costume/cape optional} and use your super powers to zip along a 1k or 5k course. The Super Run is a great event for children and adults alike. Each participant will receive their very own super cape and Super Run Swag. {Sure beats just another T-Shirt, right?!}


Use the code SUPERWEBER5 to save $5 off adult registration. This is a super affordable race! 1K registration is just $10 and 10K registration is just $25. Visit here to sign-up:

Super Run Ann Arbor Discount Code

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Looking For A Stroller? Consider The Urbini Omni 3-in-1 Travel System #MC #UrbiniBaby

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I participated in a Blog Blast on behalf of Mom Central for Urbini. I received information from Urbini to facilitate my post as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Please note: I only applied for this opportunity because I genuinely love this stroller and shopping for baby at :D

As a mom, the number one question I receive from moms-to-be is what my recommendation is for strollers.

I am a researcher and try to stay on top of the latest news and trends. But, I am also a realist and rarely let myself get attached to things that are just objects.

What I always start by saying is ALL strollers have the SAME safety standards, so to not get brainwashed/emotionally attached to advertising claims from expensive brands on how superior they are. That, and shop with your mind set on what your priorities are.

My priorities for strollers: Lightweight, cup holders and a big basket for things — hands down. We have used an inexpensive travel system for almost 4 years now, and while I look completely unhip with it since it’s dated at this point, it’s functional and does what it’s supposed to, so I can’t complain!

As far as places to shop, personally I am not a baby-specific store shopper. They are overpriced, and are very overwhelming for first-time moms. Too many choices lead to confusion and expensive purchases you may regret later.

I’ve said it before — my absolute favorite place to shop for baby supplies is I love the website because it’s so easy to compare products, they have much more online than in stores, and shipping is generally free, or much more inexpensive than competing sites. Makes shopping a breeze when you are home with kiddos!

Urbini Omni 3-in-1 Travel System

I was super excited to learn about’s Urbini Omni 3-in-1 Travel System. This is totally up my alley and quite frankly — the price is right.
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Enter to Win Family 4-Pack Passes for Oakland County Waterparks {4 Winners!} ENDS 8/5/14

Oakland County Waterparks

I received my own passes from Oakland County Parks and Recreation to the waterparks for the purpose of this post.

Mother Nature’s thermostat has been cranked these past few days, which means one thing: WATER FUN. We are lucky to have tons of lakes, splash pads and more in this area, but two mega fun Oakland County Waterparks — Red Oaks Waterpark, {Madison Heights}, and Waterford Oaks Waterpark {Waterford}, stand out in my mind.

Learn more about the parks below and then enter to win 1 of 4 family 4-packs of passes to the park of your choosing!


  • Soak Station, children’s water playground with 68 features, including water jets, curtains and slides, plus bubbler jets and a six-foot tipping bucket; must be 56″ or shorter and be accompanied by an adult.
  • Spray & Play, a water play area for toddlers, with 15 water jets and bubblers at zero depth.
  • The River Ride, a 990-foot long moving river {tubes provided}.
  • Triple Turn, a triple-flume waterslide
  • Terrific Tides wave-action pool.  The pool is heated.

Red Oaks Waterpark


Weekends & Holidays: Regular Rate: $18 | Oakland County Resident Discount Rate: $13

Active Military/Seniors 62 and older: $2 discount off regular or resident full day admission rate

Weekday {Monday – Friday}: Regular Rate: $15 | Oakland County Resident Discount Rate: $10

Active Military/Seniors 62 and older: $2 discount off regular or resident full day admission rate 

Twilight Discount (after 4 p.m. Monday – Friday ONLY, excluding holidays): Regular Rate: $12 | Oakland County Resident Discount Rate: $7

Twilight discount cannot be combined with other discounts.  

**Children under 2 years old are free with a paid adult admission.**

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Bucketfilling from A to Z Book + Bucket Fillers Inc. Giveaway with Two Prize Packs {ENDS 8/8/14}

Bucket Fillers Inc. I received a copy of the book Bucketfilling from A to Z from Bucket Fillers, Inc. in exchange for the post below. All opinions expressed are my own.

I recently had the opportunity to check out the children’s book, Bucketfilling from A to Z, and again I am impressed at the latest children’s book from authors Carol McCloud and Caryn Butzke of Bucket Fillers, Inc., a Michigan-based company making strides to make children kinder.

If you aren’t familiar with the bucket filling concept, essentially it’s the idea that every person in the world has an invisible bucket with them and they can choose to fill it with positive words and action or be a “bucket dipper” and take away what’s inside with mean-spirited words or action.

What I adore about this concept is that is SO teachable to kids of various ages. Kinley is a few months shy of 4 years old and LOVES this concept. It really seems to help to get her to think about her actions more {especially when it comes to tormenting her sister}! I often can be found saying, “Don’t be a bucket dipper to your sister. Please fill her bucket and be helpful instead,” to her. Gotta love sibling rivalry! When baby arrives, I will definitely be asking my girls for help and look forward to telling them to help and in turn, fill my bucket ;)

Bucket Filling from A to Z Book
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Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Review #FireAndRescue

#FireAndRescueImage from Disney press materials

On Monday, I had the opportunity to attend a sneak peek of Disney’s latest movie — Planes: Fire & Rescue.

To be honest, I was excited for the excuse to go to the movies with my big kid {Kinley, age 3.5}, but not terribly excited about the movie. After all, I thought Planes was cute, but just OK for adults. {Read that review here.}

I may have even had some eye rolls at the beginning — it seemed to be strikingly similar to the first one and seemed to crash and burn right off the bat. Even Kinley was getting antsy in her seat, and she is usually a huge movie lover.

But, I am glad we stuck through it and Kinley relaxed thanks to a few suckers, because it got better. I enjoyed some of the adult humor sprinkled in, and absolutely LOVED the music!


Planes: Fire & Rescue is a comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty {voice of Dane Cook} learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper {voice of Julie Bowen}, heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Bobs Gannaway {“Secret of the Wings”}, “Planes: Fire & Rescue” hits theaters in 3D on July 18, 2014. This film is rated PG.

Planes- Fire & Rescue

Image from Disney press materials

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Our Experience at the Oakland County Fair

Oakland County Fair 2014

I received vouchers to the fair from Oakland County Parks and Rec in exchange for promoting. All opinions and experiences are my own.

As I count down my final days as a mother of two, I am squeezing in everything possible before I’m home with baby for a few weeks while we adjust to being a family of five.

Since I’m feeling pretty good, I was excited to take my girls to the Oakland County Fair. We had a blast! I brought my mom and between the two of us, we’ve been to many county fairs and agreed — this is definitely one of the tops in the area. The fair grounds were beautiful and historic {the Ellis Barn is a classic if you’re a sucker for barn charm like me}, and everything was SO clean.

We started off our trip in a mini petting farm area, where we purchased a container of carrots for $1 so we could feed the animals. My girls went NUTS. They looooove animals {what kid doesn’t?} and thought feeding them was so fun! There were goats, a ram, a camel, tortoise, emu, alpaca and more to interact with. My girls loved the goats best since they loved attention and getting fed!

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Personally, I loved this camel that had blue eyes and what appeared to be cataracts. He was loving the attention we were giving him!

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How can you not love that face?
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Detroit Gold Cup 2014: Awesome Family Event {+Giveaway ENDS 7/8/14}

Detroit Gold Cup 2014

One of the things I miss most about my former job is working in the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. If you’ve never been, it’s up there with one of the coolest places to work because there is always something awesome happening along the beautiful riverfront, especially during summer. One majorly cool event that has happened on the riverfront for the past 98 years {!} is the APBA Gold Cup boat races, which are presented by the Detroit Yacht Club, a few miles upstream.

During my RenCen work time, I was lucky enough to watch the hydroplanes practice for the Gold Cup. Let me tell ya’ll: It’s pretty sweet and the perfect opportunity to spend a family day in Detroit.

What is the Gold Cup, you ask?

Essentially, it’s hydroplane boats racing at more than 200 mph on the riverfront. Take a peek at this video and see what I mean:

Awesome, right?!

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Oakland County Fair 2014 Information + Quick Giveaway {5 PASSES!} ENDS 7/3

Oakland County Fair 2014

Nothing says summer quite like a good ole fashion county fair! I’ve loved hitting up the county fair circuit since I was a little gal. I’ve always loved seeing the 4-H animals, getting a fresh squeezed lemonade, riding some carnival rides and checking out the special event happenings! I’m so happy to be able to continue the tradition with my little people because they already have a love for it, too!

The Oakland County Fair is happening next week, July 4 – 13 at Springfield Oaks County Park in Davisburg and sounds like an amazing time for families, or even as an excuse for a date night out! Check out the information below and make sure to enter to win one of five passes for FREE parking and entry. That saves a family $10, which means more moula for rides and food fun!

Oakland County Fair 2014 Happenings:

  • Grandstand events, contests, fair food, Big Rock Amusements Carnival, fireworks, free live concerts and the famous 50¢ bottomless glass of chocolate milk are fair favorites.
  • Daily activities include project displays in the historic Ellis Barn by the 4-H Club, open 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily; animal exhibits; a Safari Petting Zoo; horse shows; an antique tractor display and commercial exhibits.
  • New this year: The Children’s Pirate Island interactive event, where kids can play in a theatre show and dress up as pirates while helping create the story line.
  • The Miracle of Birth Barn gives fair goers the opportunity to witness the live births of pigs, calves and lambs; and baby chicks hatch from eggs.

Oakland County Fair 2014 Information

Goats are up there with my personal favorite animals to see at the fair!

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Imaginative Play With Just Pretend Kids {+ Tutu and Wings #Giveaway ENDS 7/9}

Just Pretend Kids

Disclosure: I received a Just Pretend Kids tutu and wings set in exchange for the post below. All opinions are my own.

Ever wonder what to get kids in the 3-5-year-old age range for their birthday or a holiday? Let me just tell you so you don’t have to waste a ton of time: DRESS-UP CLOTHES.

Seriously. I don’t know a single kid who doesn’t like dressing up and pretending to be something else!

We literally play dress-up I let Kinley dress herself, which usually means some wacky outfit. Unless it’s wildly inappropriate, I just go with. Usually they are topped off with some type of imaginative play element — a crown, a monster hat, a tutu — something.

Truth be told, sometimes it makes me crazy because occasionally I’d like to have a put together kid when we’re in public. But, I’ve learned that’s just not my her style and it’s not worth stripping her of her freedom of expression. Even Karina at just shy of 2, loves dress-up and picking out her her own clothes. Lord, help me.

I was beyond excited to learn about Just Pretend Kids, a company run by two grandparents who get it: Kids need to just pretend not just at Halloween, but year-round.

The company sells high-quality tutus, wands, wings, accessories and children costumes, which come in a variety of adorable styles. It was SO hard to narrow down my favorites, but here’s a sampling. Such cute stuff, and for all young ages and boys and girls!

Just Pretend Kids

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