Thursday, October 8, 2015

Is Thursday Too Late for a Weekend Recap? (and a Winner!)

I'm still on a high from Wayfair's Heart Home conference and had a flash giveaway running on Facebook that was a lot of fun! It was great meeting Maxwell Ryan from Apartment Therapy and I appreciate his generosity to sign not only one copy of Complete + Happy Home for me but one for one of my readers. Head over to my Facebook wall to see who won!

Being a part of Wayfair's Homemaker blogger program has been a fantastic opportunity; not only do they give us the access to their awesomeness, but they also help us grow our platforms as bloggers. From SEO to sewing to pitching your brand, they dropped serious knowledge during the conference and there was a wealth of amazing tips and strategies that were shared (I have to say I'm most proudest of my pillow slipcover, though!).

Beyond the awesomeness of Wayfair last week here's what else we've been up to:

1st lost tooth with one ready to fill in the spot!
Wish I could've stayed longer, but so glad to see these stories being shared here in NH
We don't know where the dimple came from, but I like it!
Nia's fairy garden she and her classmates made (8K+ people showed up to this year's Fairy House Tour)
And just like that I'm already looking ahead to the weekend! Nia's off from school tomorrow and Monday (Lord, help me and we just might end up back at Chuck E. Cheese for the 3rd time in under a week O_o) and I'm excited for a major hair overhaul thanks to wonky weaning hormones that have left my mane in awful shape as well as hitting up the Topsfield Fair and getting our car detailed in time for my BFF Julie who's flying in from Ohio next weekend (nothing like having company for making you get your act together!).

I'll leave you with a few things I've been paying attention to online lately:
  • Do you cringe when non-parents tell you how to parent? If so, you'll relate to this
  • This forever home is making me swoon 
  • Luvvie speaks the truth on the gentle way the media covered the cocaine overdose death of the mom of three kids recently in the news 
  • For those of you in NYC-metro check out Circle of Sisters happening next weekend 
  • Mr. Lovebird and I always debate over which questions are and aren't OK to ask in casual conversation (his list of OKed questions is much longer than mine!), but this post kinda settles the argument
  • This American Life is one of my favorite radio programs and this episode proves why
  • I read this and it made me post this
  • Have you met the latest Disney princess
Are your kids off tomorrow too in addition to Monday? I never had it like that as a kid; we only got Columbus Day off!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Mommy Daughter Kindergarten Edition


Friday, October 2, 2015

I'm at Wayfair's Inaugural Heart Home Conference!

Popping in with a quick "Hi!" from the inaugural Wayfair Heart Home conference in Boston - follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for all the goodness (as well as #HeartHome)!

 Happy Friday (and don't let Joaquin get you down!) 


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Kicking Off My 7-Day Switch Up Challenge with Viva® Vantage®

Happy October! While spring is often considered the season of all things fresh and new, there's something about the beauty of fall that makes me feel refreshed. It's in full effect up here in New Hampshire (it really is the most beautiful place I've lived!) and in keeping with the festive theme of the last months of the year I've partnered with Viva® Vantage® to share how I'm shaking things up this season with their 7-Day Switch Up Challenge. I was compensated for this post and all opinions expressed are my own.

This time last year I was preparing for Thanksgiving and hosting about 20 family members. While it was fun it definitely had my head spinning and questioning if I'd ever do something like that again! This time around while I won't be hosting such a large group I'm thinking of ways I can be more efficient around my home especially with my kids and their constant messes. When I was invited last week to participate in a tasty afternoon showcasing Viva® Vantage® I was intrigued. A few of my fellow Boston-metro bloggers and I converged for a bit of a house party and learned how by making small changes such as swapping out our current paper towels for Viva® Vantage® over the next week can make a big difference. 

We keep fresh fruit and vegetables easily accessible and when I was given the task of "scrubbing tomatoes" I admit I was a bit confused. I mean, do you scrub your tomatoes? Apparently I should've been doing this all along:

Yes, that's dirt off the tomatoes. Oops! Thankfully Viva® Vantage® handled it wonderfully but I was a bit grossed out by the whole ordeal. Do you scrub your tomatoes? My Viva® Vantage® roll at home was quickly used once we learned of the versatility like scrubbing tomatoes!

Here are a few other versatile things that the stretchy strength of Viva® Vantage® paper towels can handle (#3 is my fave!):
  • Ditch the bulky colander in favor of a paper towel. Place veggies and fruit on a sheet of Viva® Vantage® paper towels under a running faucet to function as a strainer; the stretchy-strength will keep the towel intact when wet.
  • Keep lettuce fresh longer by wrapping a paper towel around a head of lettuce to soak up excess moisture.

  • Slip a damp paper towel under your cutting board to prevent it from shifting while slicing and dicing.
  • Need to get that grime off your stove? The great scrubbing power of Viva® Vantage® paper towels allows you to clean the toughest messes and restore your kitchen’s shine.
Get the drift? If you're still not convinced, take the Viva® Vantage® 7-Day Switch Up and see if you can last the entire time. If you have very messy kids like me you'll use the roll up before the 7 days end! Once you try Viva® Vantage® you can head over to their website for your chance to win a $100 gift card. 

We've been using the our Viva® Vantage® to clean up the epic messes that our 15 months old likes to make. He's such a busy baby and food goes straight from his high chair tray to the floor almost instantly. Silly boy! It's so easy to wet the Viva® Vantage® and wipe him down. He always seems to know what's coming and turns his head away when I try to wipe him down! When I was finally able to stabilize his head (!) I was really impressed by how I could wet and wring the paper towel a few times without it falling apart - it really is a strong paper towel! I even used it on his sister post-face painting and along with its strength its softness was also apparent as she didn't even wince - she often tells me our regular paper towels are too itchy.  

Do your little ones keep you on your toes when it comes to messes? What would you use your Viva® Vantage® for?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Viva® Vantage®; all opinions expressed are my own.  


Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Post to End My 35th Birthday Week

This week had so much packed into it that it felt like it was 14 days instead of 7, but in a good way! 

I think it calls for a rundown . . .
  • Mrs Lovebird on a billboard? - I kicked off the week filming and on the way home on my birthday-eve, after 2 hours in brutal rush hour traffic, I was 3 minutes away from home when I saw myself on a digital billboard on I-95 for the campaign I filmed last month; it startled me so that I nearly shrieked! When I got home I made Uka promise me that he'll go stalk the billboard later so we can take a picture of it 
  • Stepping up my eyeglasses game - It took nearly 25 years of nearsightedness, but I'm now the proud owner of prescription sunglasses! I've been rocking red frames too the past couple months which make me feel sassy
Grayson's cold courtesy of Nia's Kindergarten germs O_o
  •  The Best Gifts Not on My Birthday - on my actual birthday Uka was away on business, and I had a busy day with the kids after school with soccer practice then running to eat at our favorite pizza spot followed by  frozen yogurt (proceeds supported the local middle school's trip to Quebec and our PTO, respectively!). We made it home a bit late; since Uka and I had already celebrated I didn't expect anything else, but my sisters and parents surprised me throughout the week!  
Buffalo chicken pizza at Flatbread = YAAAAASSSSSS!
Sweet surprises from my family
  • Losing my fro - I got my hair flat ironed last weekend at Simply Erinn's and really need a hair overhaul; I've experienced really bad post-weaning hair loss which didn't happen the first time around so I'll be back at the salon in a couple weeks to get a good cut and color (these GRAYS!); I've also been taking SeabuckWonders Hair Ultimate Skin and Nails vitamins and will share my review when I'm finished: 

  • My last blogger conference of the year - I'm heading to Wayfair's Heart Home conference next week, and I'm excited for the line-up including Maxwell, founder of Apartment Therapy, one of my favorite interior design websites; I was thinking about my conference wardrobe and remembered I had a $50 birthday credit for Rent the Runway so I ordered this for FREE:
I've been wanting to try a jumpsuit for a while so we'll see how it goes - I plan to throw my jean jacket over it since it's already quite chilly up here !
  • Boston Bloggers  - I've slowly been getting involved with the Boston blogging community and have been able to attend a few events and this past week I got to spend some time courtesy of Vivia Vantage with a few more Boston-metro bloggers; it was a fun event, and I look forward to sharing more about it in the coming week!

  • Overly Ambitious or Nah? - Am I the only person who has grand reading plans but always falls asleep (or gets constantly interrupted)? I'm really going to try to power through these I just picked up from my local library (wish me luck!):
  • Throwback Nick? YASSSSS! - As if my birthday week couldn't get any better I saw the news about The Splat, the throwback 90s Nickelodeon programming line-up; Legends of the Hidden Temple and All That were my faves - speaking of All That, did you see this reunion? LOVED it!
  • Self Care - It seems to be a buzz word now but I'm starting to learn the hard way that I seriously need to get better at it! I've been trying to get back into a steady fitness routine (hello PiYo!) and a fellow mom blogger's introduced me to essential oils and helped me focus on taking better care of myself (sleep, water, spiritual health etc.... I know the drill!); one easy way to do this is with Belli Skincare who's also celebrating their birthday week. They've been running a Birthday Bash which ends today, 9/27/15 where everything on their site is 30% plus a special offer (I've reviewed them before here, and they recently sent me a box of products for a bit of much-needed skin pampering)
  • Apple Picking - We headed back to Apple Crest Farm yesterday, and it wasn't nearly as crowded when we went last year; so many pics and silly videos to post I promise! 

How are you enjoying fall where you live? Have you been apple picking already? 


Monday, September 21, 2015

Better Than Vegas? My 35th Birthday Eve Weekend

Nia cracks me up! Apparently she's inherited by type-A-ness and has been arguing at school that it's not fall despite their classroom calendar saying it is, cause "it's still summer until my mom's birthday!" Yes, we do talk about these things, and I've reassured her that tomorrow is indeed the last day of summer. 

And it's my birthday.

I'll be 35 (and it's my mom's birthday too!). 

Mr. Lovebird and I really wanted to return to Las Vegas next weekend for Life is Beautiful (the line-up is just WOW!), but we were torn between bringing the kids with us and getting childcare there or having childcare here in New Hampshire, however it just wouldn't seem cool to bring the kids only to pawn them off and if they stayed behind I just couldn't fathom the distance especially since Grayson is still quite small. 

Our "Plan B" Hotel was great!
Well Mr. Lovebird had an alternate planned and it was to head to the Legends of Motown concert at Foxwoods over the weekend. I glanced over the listing online thinking it was just cover bands and looked forward to a quick, desperately needed kids-free overnight trip. Granted I just returned from a solo trip to Baltimore, but that was for a conference and I need time with my homeyloverfriend. 


My mind was blown!

The first performers were the Temptations Review - they were outstanding and in great shape for some of them being in their 70s. Next, it was the Commodores, really *a* Commodore, since there was only 1 original member performing plus another who had joined later. 

In between the acts there were 20 minute intermissions so by the time the 3rd act was about to come on 2 hours had passed. I was having fun, but at 10p.m., yes, I was yawning. I have absolutely no late night stamina any more unless I'm in Las Vegas

Well all the sudden after the 2nd intermission the music got ridiculously loud like someone extra special was about to come on. I had no clue who it was, due to my quick glancing of the original event listing. Apparently, Mr. Lovebird was surprised too cause when the montage on the screens started rolling and we saw footage of The Jackson Five, we looked at each other in disbelief. 

Jermaine was the lead and of course I couldn't help but think of this post whenever the camera zoomed in on him
Yes, it was *THE* Jacksons! It's Michael Jackson's birthday month too (#teamvirgo) and I really do think about him more during this month especially since his passing. It totally wasn't planned this way on purpose by Mr. Lovebird, but he got a few bonus points for sure! 

Check them out:

They performed so many classics (and opened with Can You Feel It - my FAVE!) and a couple of MJ's songs. I could tell that they really do try to channel him as much as possible in their performances, but they hold their own. My mom tells the story of how I met Tito (or was it Jermaine?) when I was a kid. I totally don't remember it but for some nerdy reason I've always felt a sense of pride over this. Plus the last time we were in Vegas we saw the Cirque Du Soleil show Michael Jackson One so this felt like a completion of some sort. It was definitely a birthday to remember!

Tomorrow, my actual birthday, Mr. Lovebird is away on business, so I'll probably just lay low with the kids (and we have soccer practice!), but today is actually another big day for me. Here's a little hint. Follow along on Instagram for more!


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Blogalicious Boos 2015



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