Flaunt Your Patriotic Side with These Fourth of July Fashions

lil miss america

It's a no-brainer to wear "red, white and blue" on July 4th but here's how your family can stand out from the rest of the pack: Miss America Girls 4th of July T shirt Newborn Up to Youth Shirts Support an American small business by buying this adorable shirt from an etsy vendor.   All American Cupcake Tee ($22) Ruffle red, white, and blue … [Read more...]

A BRAVE Princess Who Confronts Her Choices & Fate Head-on


My husband reluctantly went with me to a screening of Brave, the latest Disney/Pixar film.  Ironically, he was the one who actually enjoyed it much more than I did. In Brave, a skilled Scottish princess and archer named Merida from long ago defies an age-old custom amongst the Clans, causing chaos in her kingdom. After consulting an elderly wise woman for help, her family … [Read more...]

What To Get Dad for Father’s Day – Part 2


Men and women are generally different when it comes to gifts.  Personally, I love being lavished with boxes (doesn't matter the size), beautifully wrapped in pretty paper with ribbons and bows.  Growing up, instead of presents, my dad requested that we behave.  My husband is very economical and thrifty so here's a bunch of gifts that won't hurt the budget/bottom line. I MAKE … [Read more...]

Kiwi Crate: Monthly Arts & Crafts Projects Delivered Right To Your Mailbox


My interest was piqued when I read about how several celebs' children were enjoying Kiwi Crate in a recent issue of US Weekly.  I reached out to the PR department who provided me with press materials and a sample to review. Launched last fall, Kiwi Crate is a wonderful new monthly art project by subscription service for  kids, created by parents. Each month, you'll  receive … [Read more...]

Yum! It’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

levain gift box

I never need an excuse to write about chocolate chip cookies!  Heck, I recently compared 50 Shades' Christian Grey to a chocolate chip cookie.  (See, I have it bad) So I feel it is my duty to alert you that TODAY, Tuesday, May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. But I am even going to go one further and share some of my absolute favorite chocolate chip … [Read more...]

Let’s Get Crafty to Celebrate Goldie’s 50th Birthday

pepperidge farm goldfish crackers

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers are staple snack in our household.  We especially like the whole wheat version.  What's not to love?  Goldfish Crackers have zero grams of trans fat and can be used for many dishes, snacks, and even crafts.  They are also super convenient to travel with and easy to eat on the go. At the Pepperidge Farm Goldfish website, kids can play games, … [Read more...]

What Mom Deserves This Mother’s Day

101 ways to say I love you mom

With Mother's Day right around the corner, we are starting a 3-part Mother's Day Gift Guide Series this week. Today Lainie is sharing 8 great Mother's Day gift options to get us thinking of what is the best gift for our mom! To me, the best gifts are when you give something that you know the recipient really covets but wouldn't justify spending the money to buy for herself.  … [Read more...]

Now The Whole Family Can Cuddle Up in Bedhead Pajamas

bedhead baby set

There is something so adorable about little ones in pajamas.  Maybe it's because they look so deliciously wholesome and innocent. I have been a fan of Bedhead Pajamas for decades.  I wore them as I watched Will & Grace knowing that Debra Messing did too.  BedHead Pajamas are loved –and worn – by fave celebs such as Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Oprah Winfrey. And … [Read more...]

This Spuds for You! Here’s to the Next 60!

original mr. potato head

When I bought Mr. Potato Head for my son when he turned 2, I said to the cashier, "An oldie, but a goodie." Mr. Potato Head is such a wonderful toy for a child's early developmental skills.  Not only does the child get to learn body parts, but also spatial concept and fine motor skills.  Add-ons allow for creativity and individuality for little ones. The Mr. Potato Head … [Read more...]

Lose Your Shoes on April 10th

TOMS One Day Without Shoes

Lose your shoes! On Tuesday, April 10, go barefoot to raise awareness of the millions of kids who go without footwear every day. Every pair of TOMS purchased, a pair of new shoes goes to a child in need. One Day Without Shoes event is an annual event when  TOMS raises awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child's life.  Last year, people went without shoes at … [Read more...]

Autism Awareness Month

autism awareness

April is Autism Awareness Month.  Everyone needs to be aware of autism.  The facts and statistics are alarming and overwhelming. Every 20 minutes a child is diagnosed with autism, a lifelong condition. Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN tweeted:  "BREAKING:  CDC (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports dramatic rise in autism rates. 1 in 88 kids overall.  A decade … [Read more...]

What’s In a Name?

jacob and bella

If I was to have a girl, I really want to name her "Greenlee" which was my favorite soap character on the now defuct All My Children (played by the beautiful Rebecca Budig) Seems I am NOT the only one who has influenced by television and film character names.  In celebration of the upcoming 1940 Census records release on April 2, FindMyPast.com  just conducted a popular … [Read more...]

A Peek Inside Poppy’s Closet

poppy's closet logo

Ahhhh, the joys of shopping!  Online shopping has become quite the dangerous past time for me.  All these wonderful items all within your finger tip's reach! How I enjoy finding special pieces and putting them in my cart and then receiving the packages in the mail.  (It does annoy me when I have to pay shipping) It's been awhile since I shared one of the e retailers I am … [Read more...]

Big Birthday Wishes, Big Bird

Big Bird

Every year on March 20th, Big Bird celebrates being 6½ years old.  (Wouldn't it be nice of we didn't age on our birthday!) Big Bird is an 8-foot, 2-inch yellow bird who lives on Sesame Street. Since Sesame Street premiered in 1969, Big Bird has entertained millions of pre-school children and their parents with his wide-eyed wondering at the world. He can roller skate, ice … [Read more...]

Avoiding “Hairy” Situations

PK Baby

When I was born, after finding out that I was healthy and had all 10 fingers and toes, my mom asked if I had hair.  She hated bald babies.  To this day, I want to know what she would have done with me if I didn't have a head full of locks.  But let's face it, hair makes an tremendous impact on anyone's appearance.  Even major hearthrob Bradley Cooper didn't look quite so … [Read more...]