Radio Shack Black Friday Deals and #GiftSmart Ideas

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My boys and I are tech geeks so we love a trip to Radio Shack to play with the RC cars, check out smartphone accessories and test drive speakers and headphones. My oldest is a Lamborghini fanatic, middle loves anything to do with video games and youngest boy is selfie obsessed. There is always something […]

Introducing AT&T’s New $45 GoPhone Rate & A SmartPhone #Giveaway!

AT&T GoPhone Freedom Kit Giveaway Prize

We recently switched from another provider to AT&T. I had written about the GoPhone over the summer and was so impressed with the service and coverage, we moved the whole family over to their family rate plan. We have been extremely happy with the service and I love how we have double the data of […]

Thanksgiving Recipe Round-up & Grocery Deals Guide {Free Printable}

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This is it! The weekend that everyone starts preparing for the holiday ahead. We’ll be busy sprucing up our homes, firing up our ovens for lots of baking, and of course cleaning out the fridge to make room for all those leftovers! I’m off the hook for hosting this year, and I’m excited to spend the […]

Barnes & Noble’s Discovery Weekend & Holiday Gift Ideas #BNDiscovery

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Last night I attended an exclusive preview of Barnes & Noble’s Discovery Weekend happing November 21 – 23rd. Being a teeny-bopper at heart, I was especially excited to learn what Nick Jonas had to do with Barnes & Noble. I heard rumblings of some sort of something, so I drove to Aurora, Colorado to meet […]

Tasty Tuesday: Anything-But-Basic Biscotti

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I bought myself an early Christmas present. My husband hates that I do this, but it happens every year. I find something I really want, tell him to put it on his list, and then go out and buy it myself because I CAN’T WAIT! I’ve been wanting an espresso machine of my very own, […]

Curing the Gimmies: Giving Kids the Gift of Charity

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  Every year around this time, there’s a nasty virus that goes around. It affects nearly every kid, it’s highly contagious, and even though many adults are immune, some of them still catch it. Symptoms include whining, complaining, and even tantrums. The dreaded Gimmies.  “Gimme a light-up Razor scooter!” “Gimme more Skylanders!” “Gimme a new […]

Tasty Tuesday: Chocolate Mayonnaise Cupcakes

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I have a special affinity for “vintage” recipes. Especially those intended to use up pantry staples, rather than rely on expensive things like eggs, butter, and cream. And even though I LOVE cakes, I really don’t like baking them too often because of the work involved. All the dishes–yuck!  This is a classic Southern recipe […]

Help Change the Face of Child Hunger #ShareAMeal

Unilever Project Sunlight Share a Meal

It’s about to get heavy here on the blog. 1 in 5 children are unaware where their next meal is coming from. One. In. Five. That’s not in a third world country either. That’s on American soil. Rural towns, busy cities, sleep suburbs. 16 million kids struggle with hungry. Let me say that again too. […]

CAbi Fall Looks and a BeautiFall Event! #FashionFriday

CAbi BeautiFall Tuscadero Stevie Date Night

I’m a sucker for clothes. I still will buy some cheaper on trend pieces here and there, but have opened up a whole new world shopping for timeless classic looks and investing in really good quality materials. CAbi has both! Affordable looks and classic higher end pieces.  I was recently invited to attend their BeautiFall Career […]

Does Zerona Actually Zap Your Fat Away?

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I’m a sucker. I’ll bet the first to admit it. So when I saw a Groupon for Zerona promising me the “Only FDA approved laser body contouring” I jumped on it. I’ve been not-so-slowly gaining weight due to a bad reaction to a combo of medicine I was on and mix that with being lazy and feeling […]

Shop Hot Looks for Fall at Colorado Mills & Save BIG! #FashionFriday

JCrew Outlet Fall 2014

I was invited to an event at Colorado Mills Outlet Mall in Lakewood, Colorado. Twist my arm will you?! Of course I jumped right on that event, especially since I’ve been a mallrat since birth, and been shopping at “The Mills” since it opened. I’ve been over every inch of that mall. Walked around for hours with […]

Tasty Tuesday: Apples & Pears Recipe Roundup

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One of the things I love most about the seasonal and local approach that my family and I have towards what we eat, is that we mark the seasons in terms of fruits and vegetables.  Winter brings citrus and pomegranate, Spring means asparagus, lettuce, and strawberries. Summer comes with berries, cherries, cucumbers, corn, peaches… But […]

Fall Fashion | Leather, Tweed & Casual Looks with #ChloeandIsabel & #Jamberry

Sunshine and Rain Jamberry Chloe & Isabel

A good friend of mine, Maggie, is launching a new career as a Jamberry Nail Wraps consultant. This makes me so happy because I’m slightly obsessed with Jamberry! I have amassed quite the collection of nail wraps. So many pair perfectly with my new launch with Chloe & Isabel! Here are a few looks that […]

Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Festival Roundup

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  Many schools in the metro area have a long weekend either this weekend or next for conferences, and it’s a perfect time to fit in a visit to the pumpkin patch! There are hundreds, all along the front range, but we’ve collected our favorite pick-your-own patches as well as harvest festivals for some down-on-the-farm […]

Tasty Tuesday: Chicken Tortilla Soup

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It’s hard to believe with the lovely sunny days we’ve had lately, but pretty soon it will be what my husband and I call “Soup Weather”…that wet, foggy, cold, dark-by-5pm winter weather that just chills you to the bone. And there is nothing quite as warming to the body and soul, as a nice big […]

Ballet and The Bard: Colorado Ballet Presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

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I’ve always loved Shakespeare’s comedies the best. There’s always a love triangle, often a magic spell or two, and the master of words crafted the dialogue with lots of satire, puns, and innuendos. But without the Bard’s unique phrasing, rhyming, and double entendres, would a classic story be any good without any words at all?  My […]

Spanx on a Plane – The Movie

Spanx On a Plane

“Enough is enough! I have had it with these mf-ing Spanx on this mf-ing plane!”       I was headed back from Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta. I shared a cab, dinner and nice long chat with blogger and entrepreneur Cecily, with whom I’m blessed to call my friend. Being girls, we were talking about outfits, what we wear […]

7 Steps to Perfect Portraits {Tutorial}

all images copyright Emily Jones 2013

Up until a few years ago, I was a sucker for school portraits. I’d buy the big package to make sure every family member got their pick of 3x5s and wallets. At $45 a pop times 2 girls, I felt the sting in my pocketbook just a bit, but that’s just what good parents do, […]