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We took our three kids to Walt Disney World for the very first time this week, and minus a few meltdown moments (including a freak-out in the middle of our princess lunch and a regurgitation of a lunch all over the sidewalk in Tomorrowland), it has been a totally AWESOME week. And of course, we spent a lot of time snapping, filtering, and sharing pictures on Facebook and Instagram, starting with our 4 a.m. wake-up call for the plane ride to my daughters posing with Mulan, the warrior princess…and everything in-between.


I love sharing our awesome adventures with friends and family, and my kids do too. I do recognize though, as they get older, that we need to have an ongoing conversation about what it looks like to make positive, safe decisions in our digital world. And that’s why National PTA has partnered with LifeLock to #ShareAwesome…and celebrate students and families who use digital media and tools for good.

I think this is brilliant, because shouldn’t we find time to celebrate the positive side of social media? And shouldn’t we make sure our kids understand that the decisions that they make to be safe and positive face-to-face are the same online? Absolutely!

The #ShareAwesome team has an online space to provide positive social citizenship tips for home and school, and a #ShareAwesome hashtag for families to share an awesome moment in your day (We have had more than a few this week). Double bonus…Students who enter a photo with the #ShareAwesome hashtag between September 15 – November 30, 2014 will be eligible to win fantastic prizes, including tablets and a $2,500 scholarship! Visit ShareAwesomeNow.org to learn more.

We head home tomorrow…back to 40 degree weather and a pile of unanswered e-mails….but I’m sure we will still drum up more than a few awesome moments…I’ll just have to snuggle up in my down coat.

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

I was upstairs getting ready for the day when I heard happy squeals and dinosaur roars coming from the kitchen. “Mom! Mom! Come down here!”, Madi yelled, “We have a new pet! We want to call him Chompers!”

“They found him”, I thought, and headed downstairs to see what they thought about their new toy…I mean…their new pet…I mean…their new robot.

Boomer, or “Chompers” according to my kids, is the coolest dino around. Balancing up on two wheels (thanks True Balance Technology), he can be tamed either with the included controller or with your hand movements in front of his nose. And I am serious when I say “tamed”, because Boomer has a mind of his own. He spins, sniffs, investigates, and even gets angry if you pull his tail.

My kids love that Zoomer is as adventurous as they are, sneaking into dark corners and zooming across the floor. I love watching them figure out what to do to make him happy, how to avoid making him mad, and even how to get him to burp! There is a lot to discover, and Madi made a little video to share her best tips…

To learn more about Zoomer Dino, check out his very own website or Facebook page….and start exploring with Zoomer!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Zoomer. The opinions and text are all mine.


Gold Wire Table…love the wooden top on this little side table!  Use as bedside table, an accent piece next to an armchair, or even a plant stand.

This Gold Faceted Vase adds a little panache to a table, windowsill, or dresser.  I can’t believe I just used the word panache.

This golden nugget paperweight would be perfect on a coffee table anchoring down a stack of pretty books.

This little fox would look cute holding paper clips on just about anyone’s desk!

For $45 this gold deer head is right on trend and could serve as an anchor piece to a pretty cool wall collage.

I’ve been drooling over this fish planter for months now…..imagine it with a little succulent or poinsettia.

These geometric bottle stoppers would be a perfect hostess gift or just….a ‘you’ gift.

I have one of these gold start burst wall sculptures and it adds a lot of texture and interest to a collection of prints.  This one from Z.Gallerie is a great tone and size!

An instant update to a kitchen counter with these cannisters!

Cozy days curled up on the couch get a little more glamourous with this gold throw.

Gold Dipped Legs Side Table I don’t think Nate Berkus for Target can do anything wrong when it comes to his home decor.  Just give me one of each.

Gold Leaf Prints like this are everywhere and come in so many delightful sayings…..they just add…..a little something to your space.

Triangles and gold–you can’t go wrong with this throw pillow on your couch or bed.

If you’re looking to update the look of a small space or a bedroom wall these little gold circle decals are easy, removable, and definitely make a statement  Space them far apart or close together!

A gold pouf.  Drop it anywhere in your living room and you’re good.

These perfect glasses will look sophisticated and laid back all at the same time!

Sometimes kids stores have the best accessories to brighten up your very grown up living room.

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My Mom has to travel to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota on a pretty regular basis for doctor appointments and treatments, so it was inevitable that one of those visits would fall on a major holiday at some point. Last year, it was over Christmas, so my sisters and our families travelled out to spend the holiday with my parents in a hotel. It was definitely an unique experience, kids running between the Presidential suite and the Concierge-level food supply, a surprise visit from “Santa” (aka – my husband), Christmas caroling to the twangs of my brother-in-law’s ukelele, lots of Carcassonne playing, and way too many Christmas cookies.

It was a Christmas to remember, and at the end of our visit, my sisters and I huddled up to figure out the age-old question…

“How do we share our pictures?”

All three of us had been snapping pictures throughout the week, but being able to share them…easily? That’s a problem. We came up with a solution, but not the best solution. I wanted something simple that would let me pull pictures from vacations, events and celebrations AND allow other people to easily contribute pictures and videos no matter where they are accessing it.

Enter Seahorse. It’s my wish turned into reality…seriously.

I’m envisioning field trips where all the parents chip in a few pictures from the day. I’m picturing a girl’s night out where everyone shares their pictures and you might even get a picture of yourself in there. I’m dreaming of holidays where I don’t have to send 10 emails to share my pictures, just upload them to a Scene.

I’m getting ahead of myself.

First, I had to sync my pictures. This pulled in everything from all my devices, but you can also import pictures from other sources, such as Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr, and Google/Picasa.

Then, I was ready to create a “Scene”, which is what Seahorse calls an event, celebration or any special day where you want to share pictures. I decided to make a Scene about our trip to Chicago this summer to visit my sister. I knew my other sister had visited as well, so I added both of them to the Scene.


I tapped Timeline, which showed me all my pictures, and then I selected the little check-inside-a-circle at the top of the screen, which allowed me to pick as many pictures as I wanted.


I added them to my Chicago Scene, and POP – they were there – along with some pictures my sister had already added. Once you are in a scene, you can do several different things. You can add friends, upload more pictures with the camera icon, select pictures to move to another scene, or sort by date/friend.


What’s great about it is that shared pictures are all private, co-owned, and saved in the original resolution. No more screen shots of Instagram pictures…no more multiple e-mails to send pictures…and you can start to build a library that is easily sorted and organized, which in my world is HUGE! Plus, they have some fun features like Map showing where your pictures were taken, Flashback to jump back in time, and even a little phone shake to give you a Magic memory from the past.


Want to check it out? For iPhone, download here and for Android, download here. It’s free, with options to buy an annual premium subscription or additional storage space. However, through October 31, 2014, you can snag an extra FREE 5 GB of space.

It’s a no-brainer, right? Here’s how to redeem the extra space:

  • Tap the icon on the top left corner to access your account settings
  • Tap “Redeem”
  • Tap “Write code” and enter CLEVERHORSE
  • Tap “Go” on your keyboard


Next month, we are hitting up Disney World with my parents, and I am so excited to try this out on the fly. Definitely check it out….it’s worth giving it a try!

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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