Farmers Branch Aquatics Center – Indoor Swimming!

Farmers Branch Aquatics Center

Disclosure: The Farmers Branch Aquatics Center provided my family with a day pass for indoor swimming and compensated my time writing this post.  Sunday was a gray and rainy day. Everyone was feeling a little blah from post-Halloween-let-down. In other words, Sunday was a perfect day to recreate some summer fun at the indoor swimming pool of the Farmers Branch Aquatics Center. Thanks to the Farmers Branch Aquatics Center for inviting us to tour the facility and swim! The Farmers Branch … [Read more...]

What to Buy at Kids Consignment Sales (and What to Skip)

What to Buy at Kids Consignment Sales

Almost 4 years ago, I went to my first kids consignment sale, a Just Between Friends (JBF) sale in Eagan, MN. I was pregnant with my daughter Jaye and had just finished scarfing a hamburger and onion rings from Burger King in the car. I had no clue what to expect. 4 years later, Jaye is 3 and a half and I'm gearing up for my umpteenth kids consignment sale, Just Between Friends Fort Worth to prepare to welcome a new baby in just a few short weeks. So I thought I'd dish up some advice I've … [Read more...]

Movie Night and Drinking Coca-Cola Freestyle #AMCandCocaColaFreestyle

Coca-Coca Freestyle Machines at AMC Theatres

This post could be alternately titled, "Phil and I go to see a movie in the theaters for the first time in forever" or "That time we saw Fury on the absolute last night it was playing." We don't get out to see movies in the theaters very often. So it was a great treat to just spend time relaxing last night and watching a movie together--so thank you to AMC Theatres and Coca-Cola Freestyle for sponsoring our date night! Honestly, this past week has been pretty stressful. Both Phil and I have … [Read more...]

A Newbie’s Tour of SXSW Interactive

SXSW Interactive

March definitely had its low points. But before that, something fun and cool happened. Thanks to Pfister, I got the awesome opportunity to attend South by Southwest Interactive in Austin (aka SXSW Interactive or SXSWi). Here's what I did while there and some tips for other SXSW Interactive newbies. SXSW Interactive and the Gamers. The conference takes over the entire city and sessions and events happen in various buildings all around town. I spent a lot of time being nerdy at the gaming expo. … [Read more...]

How to Fit your Kleenex Box into your Home Style


This winter, we've bought SO many boxes of tissues. The past two weeks in particular, Phil and I have had a constant cold, runny nose, coughing. Ugh. This means that I wanted tissues to be close at hand at all times. But the problem is, ugly tissue boxes don't really fit in with my vibrant home decor. And when I think of hiding the tissue box using a tissue box cover, the image that springs to mind is something like the weird crocheted creation that has lived on the back of my grandma's toilet … [Read more...]