The Importance of Being Reese: April 2014

Citrus Chicken Tacos

Note: I was given Tonguespank products for this recipe.

Last week I finally had a chance to try out something I have been dying to, chicken tacos. We're not typically a taco family, but I've had this recipe swirling around in my head for the past few weeks so we decided to give it a shot. As with most things in life, everything taste better when you add a little spice.

For this recipe I choose to use a little Tonguespank Citrus Rum. The citrus blend gave the tacos a unique Caribbean flavor. Which is interesting for a Spanish dish, but judging by the fact that those tacos were gone in a matter of minutes, I'm inclined to believe that my family enjoyed them. Immensely.

The best thing about this recipe is how simple it is to prepare. This is a great quick fix if your short on time or don't feel like preparing a four-course meal. It's also a great meal for parents who have finicky children.

What you will need
8-12 Chicken tenderloins, chopped into 1 inch pieces
1 or 2 small red/orange bell peppers
Fajita mix
2 Teaspoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of cumin
1 tablespoon of chili powder
1 tablespoon of TongueSpank Citrus Rum
1/4 cup of water
Taco shells (soft or hard)

Toppings (optional)
Shredded lettuce
Shredded cheese
Chopped tomatoes
Sour cream

To prepare
Heat olive oil in pan and add bell peppers. Saute at medium heat until bell peppers until soft. Place bell peppers in separate dish and add chopped chicken to pan (you may want to add another teaspoon of olive oil to make sure the chicken doesn't stick). Add fajita mix and 1/4 cup of water. Cook for 10-15 minutes. Add sauteed bell peppers. Lower heat and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Serve with
Spanish rice
or refried beans

Funny story,  Mr. A, being part Korean, has more hot sauce in our kitchen than I have shoes in the closet. Which is clearly saying something. He eats in on everything, toast, eggs, rice. I'm almost certain I saw him eat it on ice cream once. Point is, he's built quite a tolerance for it. Me on the other hand--not so much. When we sat down to eat, I absentmindedly grabbed a bottle and started shaking it onto my tacos, without reading the label. I took two huge bites before the stinging began. I spent the next 10 minutes with my lips submerged in a glass of ice cold water in an effort to quell my stinging lips. Without realizing it, I had just dumped quite a bit of habenero sauce onto my tacos. Moral of the story, read bottle labels before adding it to your dish. I definitely learned the hard way.

Be sure to check Tonguespank out on Twitter and Facebook for more recipe ideas.


American Blogger

This is the second post about American Blogger I've written. The first one never made it onto my blog because it was promptly deleted shortly after I finished it. Not because I didn't stand by what I had written, but because sometimes it's easier to be quiet. It's certainly much safer. However, after some serious thought, I realized that some times contrary viewpoints need to be shared and things need to be shaken up and challenged. Because without a challenge, or at the very least, a conversation, there can be no change.

In case you weren't aware, earlier this month, the blogosphere erupted into a firestorm when the preview for the upcoming documentary, American Blogger, was released. There was a lot of nastiness and no shortage of opinions about the documentary. On the flipside, there has also been an overwhelming amount of support and a lack of understanding as to why some people are a bit upset about this film.  For those of you who have yet to see the trailer, take a moment to view it:

The first time I watched the trailer, I was admittedly angry.  The second time, I was incredulous. Was this really suppose to reflect the blogging community I know? The third time, I tried to listen to the voices of the bloggers that were suppose to be representing me, but it was hard. And it's not about being petty or jealous, my dislike of this particular film, and the millions others like it, is simply because these types of films continue to perpetuate the lie that beauty only comes in one shade and only certain stories are worthy of being told.

We often blame the media, saying that they're only catering to the needs of the masses--it's not personal. But then finally, we are presented with an opportunity by one of our own to empower us by showing a diversity of voices, and it still falls short. Why? Why, in 2014, are we still doing this to ourselves?

My disappointment is not about or because of  the bloggers in this film specifically, it's about the bloggers that I didn't see. It's about the fact that we live in one of the most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations in the world and yet 98% of the bloggers featured in the upcoming documentary looked the same. It's a bit disappointing to say the least.

There have been explanations of course. But the explanations are even more troubling that the film itself. Because what does it say about us if 98% of our friends look exactly like us? The irony is I've read a lot of posts in defense of American Blogger, and what I find to be most telling is that each of these bloggers who defending the lack of diversity are the very same ones who have 50+ people listed on their blogrolls, and every single one of them looks just like them.

That being said, although I may have my reservations and opinions about the film itself, I absolutely refuse to participate in tearing down the bloggers who were featured. I have seen a lot of that nastiness circulating on social media. We can do better y'all. These women may have immaculately cleaned homes, or perfectly tousled hair or whatever other insults people have been hurling at them, but at the end of the day, these are real women, with real emotions, who cry real tears. To insult them for cleaning their homes, or putting on their "Sunday's best" in anticipation of filming their scenes is just wrong.

So, it's like this: what I saw in the trailer and on the website is not a reflection of what I know to be true of blogging or America in general.  That is not us. We are so much more diverse, and complicated, and sometimes we're a bit more unconventional and off the beaten path. We're more than just a tight-knit group of friends. And we span every corner and crevice of this country. Through the wealthy neighborhoods and the not so wealthy ones. And each of us have amazing stories. I think the filmmaker now realizes the err of his ways. Probably. Hopefully

Maybe some lessons were learned from this. Maybe not. I don't wish the filmmaker or his wife any ill will. What's done is done. I just hope that should an opportunity present itself for second documentary, they try a bit harder to capture the diversity of cultures, styles and voices in this crazy place that we call home.

What are your thoughts about American Blogger? Have you watched it yet? Do you plan to? 

Things I'm Loving Lately

I'm so in love with this song by John Legend.

The first time I heard it, actual tears welled up in my eyes. It was like he had written this song especially for Mr. A and I. And those are the best kinds of songs. The ones that give you goosebumps because you can relate to every word. I've always thought John Legend was extraordinary, but he has taken it to another level with this song. By the way, apparently that is his wife alongside him in the video. That makes me love him even more.

One of my favorite bloggers recently opened her own shop. She is absolutely brilliant. One of the most talented seamstresses and writers I've stumbled across. Ever. She gets bonus point for having a beautiful love story and adorable kiddo. I've been surfing her site for the past few days trying to quell the desire to just buy all the things. So far I've been unsuccessful. But can you really blame me? Is this not gorgeous? 
Personally, I think the tagline for her shop should be: Iviebaby, Making Moms Everywhere Want to Have More Babies Since 2011. It seems about right.

Last night Mr. A threatened confiscate my credit card if I can't reign it in. I suppose I should probably tell him about the extra money from blogging that I have squirreled away...

I found this great article about the lost art of love letters. I think we've all gotten used to doing everything in an instant, sending emails, texts, paying bills. We've forgotten how to slow down and savor life just a bit more. I'm going to try to make it a point to write a love letter to Mr. A every now and again. Sometimes I do a terrible job at letting him know how absolutely amazing I think he is. I'm just lucky he puts up with me.

I've started reading more. I just finished up Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. Without giving too much away, I will say I sobbed my entire way through the final few chapters of this book. And then promptly went out and purchased the sequel. I haven't been brave enough to read it yet. I'll let you know what I think about it when I finish. 

I recently watched this movie called Austenland, and loved every second of it. It was an independent film that went directly to DVD, so it didn't get much coverage, but it was brilliant. The film is about an Austen obsessed young women (Keri Russel)  who travels to an Austen-themed getaway destination in search of her real life Mr. Darcy. The film received terrible ratings, but I never did care much for people trying to tell me what I should or shouldn't like. Plus, I've always been a sucker for a man with an accent. This movie definitely delivers.

Now that you've read all about my recent loves lately, what have you been loving? Books, movies, articles? Leave me a comment so I can see what you've been up to lately.

10 Inexpensive Date Night Ideas

Enjoying date night when you have children can be hard. There I said it. Simple, straightforward and to the point. Once upon a time, Mr. A and I had a pretty active social life. At the time, we had no clue how good we had it. We could decide on a whim that we just felt like catching a movie or going for a game of miniature golf. But then Little J waddled into our world and things changed quite a bit. Not that we mind, because let's face it, any couple will agree that their lives changed for the better when they became parents. Make no mistake, Little J is the best that has EVER happened to us, but, date nights are slowly becoming a fading memory in the far off horizon.

Finding inexpensive date night activities doesn't have to be difficult. Especially when there are so many options out there. You just have to be willing to look outside the box and stray from the beaten path. To help with this, I've put together a roundup of some fun, creative and  inexpensive ways to rekindle the magic with your loved ones.

Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Every once and a while, a recipe comes along that changes your life for the better. This recipe has done that for my family. Because Little J is such a finicky eater, breakfast in our home has always been a hit or miss. But then this recipe fell into my lap and now things have changed.

The best part about making your own instant oatmeal is that you have complete control over what goes into your food. Granted there may be a few additives in the ingredients themselves, but for the most part, you can eat this without having to worry that you're going to grow a third-eye. Even better still, you can't beat the price. Most of the ingredients are generally found in the typical household. Still, even if you don't have any of the ingredients you'll only pay about $10.00 for about a months worth supply of instant oatmeal. Not bad considering the bill for a months worth of Quakers Instant Oats will run you about $30.00.

For 20 packets of homemade instant oatmeal, you will need:
10 cups of quick oats (not the old fashion kind!)
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of dry milk
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
20-30 seal-able sandwich bags.

To prepare your packets, just toss the oats into a blender or food processor and blend them a bit. Be careful not to blend the oats too much or else you'll end up with mushy oatmeal.  I highly recommend only adding one cup of oats to your blender or processor at a time. It'll be easier to control.

Once you blend your oats, just stir all the ingredients together in one big bowl, then use a large spoon to add a few scoops of your mixture into sandwich bags. You can experiment a bit with the ingredients. Maybe add raisins or cranberries to give it a different taste. I added a bit of dried apples to our oatmeal for a bit of extra flavor, and it was amazing.

When you're ready to eat a packet of your freshly made homemade instant oatmeal, simply boil a pot of water and add as much, or as little as you would like. Then toss it in the microwave for about 30 seconds and your done!

So there you have it, a 5 minute solution to a breakfast that the whole family will love!


My Baby You'll Be

I was in the middle of complaining about not being able to fit into my dress when I found out that my friend had just lost her son. You can imagine how trivial it seems now. How silly it was to be so upset about something minor when there are people in this world experiencing a pain that great. A pain no parent should ever have to experience.

Later that evening we went to a birthday party. And it was absolutely gut-wrenching. While one of my friends was celebrating her daughter's birthday, another was mourning the loss of her child. I can't even imagine. I don't want to imagine. I no longer know how to exist in a world without my daughter. And that is terrifying.

I'm not sure what the takeaway from this post is. Other than to hold your babies a little bit closer today. Because somewhere in this world there is a mother who would do anything for just one more chance to hold her child in her arms. They may drive you crazy. They may do the opposite of everything you tell them. But no day is promised--for anyone. Not even our little ones.

And if you could, just say a kind prayer for my friend and her family. They are truly living through every parents worst nightmare.

Sunday Sundae's with Wet-Nap + A Free Printable

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Wet-Nap but all my opinions are my own.

Summertime in our house typically means filling up the freezer with every popsicle and flavor of ice cream known to man in an attempt to beat the North Carolina heat. However, if you live in the south, you know two things:
  1. There's no getting around this heat.
  2. Enjoying ice cream on a sunny day can be a messy experience, especially if you have a toddler.
This weekend, we decided to celebrate our first full month in our new home by having an ice cream party. Much fun was had. But a huge mess was created in the process. Because I'm no stranger to messes, before even purchasing the ingredients for our party, I stocked up on Wet-Nap. I suppose two years of parenting will teach you to cover all your bases first.

Of the three of us, Little J had the best time. We set up on the balcony so we could soak up the sun and have a yummy break in the process. Cue the melting of the ice cream. Even though we had bowls, it was still a messy experience. But the other thing that motherhood has taught me, is that most times, the messiest experiences are typically the ones worth remembering.

Like any dotating/overprotective father, Mr. A likes to capture moments like these for future blackmail for Little J's future potential suitors. Poor kid, she has no idea what she's in for...

We've decided to make ice cream parties a normal part of our summertime routine. With a view like the one we now have, we'd be crazy if we didn't. Especially if the clean-up process is as easy as it was this time around.

Which brings me to the final lesson that motherhood has taught me, when something makes your life easier, buy it in bulk-- especially if there is a sweet coupon to go along with it. So, before you head out to the stores to stock up on your spring and summertime sweets, be sure to print out this coupon to and save $.55 off your next Wet-Nap purchase while supplies last. As the queen of all things frugal, I picked mine up at Walmart, where the prices always low. So be sure to check out your nearest Walmart for Wet-Naps.

As a thank you for tuning in to my families latest shenanigans, enjoy this free 8x10 printable for your next ice cream party! Click on the Download button below to print the large version. Enjoy!
Click here to download the 8x10 version. 

Weekend Wrap-up

This weekend was pretty amazing. The kind of weekend that you're thankful-you- bring- your- camera- along- because- every- moment- needs- to- be- captured, kind of amazing. We started off our Saturday by lazily lounging in bed. By 9 a.m. we were still dressed in our pjs, and Mr. A and I were engaged in a battle of the wills on who would make breakfast. He lost. After breakfast we headed out to Pullen Park. It sort of a big deal here. The kind of place where people drive for hours just to get here.

Once we arrived, we understood why it's such a huge deal. Trains, paddle boats, a huge carousel (that moved a bit too fast for my taste), kiddie boats, it's definitely worth a trip or two--or three. After we rode the carousel until Little J's heart was content, and played at the playground, and rode the train, we decided to head back to our place to regroup, and okay, nap...

After naptime, we managed to catch the tail-end of the Spring Fling in Cary, which was also a big deal. Basically everything was free.

And free cotton candy and snow cones definitely makes for a happy mommy. Do people still do peace signs. Oh well, I guess I still do...

We let Little J play in the mosh pit of children wrestling with beach balls. They were a bit rough for my taste. But eventually I calmed down to the point were I was no longer darting into the pit to save my baby. Hey, it happens.

That was Saturday. A fun-filled, gorgeous day of memory making. How was your weekend?

Confessions Pt II

I confess, spell check has made me lazy.

I confess, my best memories have their own soundtrack. When Mr. A and I officially became a couple, "Slide" by GoGo Dolls was playing in my head.

I confess, I sometimes forget my actual name. The only person who calls me by my given name is James' s grandmother.

I confess,  I seriously believe my daughter is the most adorable child ever... Especially when she's asleep.

I confess, I secretly wish I were short. I look like a giant when I wear heels. I feel a bit like Godzilla taking a stroll through Tokyo.  Only I have no tail, and am considerably less scaly.

I confess, the amount of ice cream I eat is directly correlated to my mood. Rough day? Two scoops. Rough week? Three scoops. Rough month? Screw the scoops I'm eating straight from the carton.

I confess, if I could meet any person in the world it would be Oprah. Sorry Dali Lama, you guys are cool too, but it's Oprah...

So, who's up for some confessions? I would love to hear your deepest, darkest, most chocolate-filled desires. Leave me some confessional love in the comment section below.

Until next time,

The Best Way to Save and Share Family Memories

Note: This is a sponsored post

Having spent the majority of my childhood growing up thousands of miles and many oceans away from my family, I understand the importance of being able to share those special moments with those closest to you. Back in my day (when I was still riding a pterodactyl to school and using chisel and stone to take notes) we had to rely heavily on snail mail to send photos to our family and friends. Fortunately for this generation, we have the power of the internet. And cool apps like eFamily, that make it possible to store and share photos and videos instantly with your loved ones.

To tell you the truth, when I first heard about this app, I immediately thought, "well I have Facebook and Instagram, what makes this app so special?" And so my dear friends, allow me to share the ways in which eFamily is better at photo sharing than Facebook.

As you can see, eFamily gets the A+ in my book.

Signing up and sharing photos with eFamily is incredibly easy. Simply log in, create a family, send requests to your family to join and let the sharing begin.

The layout is simple to navigate and easy to understand. Which is great if you have older family members who still think the internet is some newfangled piece of technology that they refuse to learn how to use.  Then there's the most important reason to use eFamily--the possibly of a fire or flood damaging all of your families precious memories.  I don't even like to imagine something like this happening, but every day thousands of families find themselves in this predicament. And although I'm sure they're incredibly grateful to be alive, once the smoke clears, they're left to deal with the tragedy of having lost every special memory they've ever captured on camera. With eFamily, your photos are safely stored online for as long as you'd like.

So there you have it, a no-fuss, low cost way to secure, send, and share photos instantly with the whole family. As a special bonus, eFamily is allowing you guys to try out their site for free for the first month. If you love it (which you will) you can sign up for the year subscription ($5/month or $50/year).

And now, because you lovely ladies and gents are so awesome, eFamily has hooked me up with a fun giveaway especially for you guys. Starting today, you can enter to win a free 1-year subscription to eFamily. That's 12 months, 365 days, 57 weeks, and 8765.81 hours of access to the best photo sharing site/app on the market. Not to shabby at all. To enter into this contest, just sign up for the free 1-month trial of eFamily. If you win, they'll extend your one month trial to a full year. Either way, everyone wins.

As always, when entering into a giveaway, please follow the steps listed on the Rafflecopter widget below. The only mandatory entry is to sign up for the free trial, the others are optional. But remember, every entry means extra points, and extra points means the odds are ever in your favor. Winner will be verified and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected. This giveaway kicks off at 12:00 TONIGHT!
Good luck to all!

Note: Although I was compensated for this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

How to Design a Free Media Kit for Your Blog + Premade Templates

Update: 6/24/2014
A few of you have sent me emails in regards to turning your images on your media kits into hyperlinks. In order to make your images clickable and turn them into hyperlinks, you are going to have to add the images via Microsoft Word. It takes a little finesse, but it's so worth it. Having those clickable images makes it much easier for PR people to have direct access to all of your previous work/social media platforms.

It's that time of year again. Bloggers are dusting off their business cards and preparing to head to some of the biggest blog conferences this year. Twitter is abuzz various conference hastags, and you can sense the excitement in the air. But before you pack your bags, ask yourself this question. Can you sum up your blog in 30 seconds or less? That's where your media kit comes into play.

 A media kit is a condensed version of what you blog about, who your readers are, and some of those "fancy" statistics that brands like to see before they consider working with you. A media kit is similar to a resume. Only it's a lot prettier and more fun to create.

In this post, I'll be teaching you how to create a free media kit for your blog using PicMonkey. Not interested in creating one? That's okay, I also have 5 pre-made templates for you to choose from! Last week we discussed what to include in a media kit for your blog, this week we're going to put all that knowledge to work by creating an attractive media kit that will have the sponsors lining up for you.

Did I mention that PicMonkey is free? It requires no downloading, no signing up, and no fees (unless you want to pay $4.99 to unlock all those fancy extras). For this tutorial, I will be using all the features you can find on the free PicMonkey pricing plan. I think you'll be amazed at what this site can do.

Driving me Crazy: Blogger Edition

Pet peeves. We all have them.  Today, I'm sharing things around the blogosphere that drive me up the wall. Please don't take me too seriously. I'm not trying to call out one specific blogger, or say that I won't read your blog if you do any of these things. The truth is I'm guilty of a few of these myself.  When you're young and new to something, you honestly don't know any better. Hopefully by the end of this post, you will have learned something new or read something that has you nodding your head in agreement and chuckling because you've "been there." Without further ado, here's my list of blogger pet peeves. Enjoy!

1. Captcha. It is the devil. The actual red horned and long tailed devil. If I were to somehow end up in the eternal inferno upon my demise, I feel as though I would be forced to spend all of eternity trying to discern whether or not that's a 3 or an 8.

On a more serious note, I know some of y'all who use captcha think you have a very valid reason for doing so. I'm going to be 100% real with you--once people find out you use captcha, they will not comment on your blog. There are loads more effective alternatives to keeping your blog spam free without driving away potential commentors. Personally, I have my blog set so that I have to manually approve comments. This has single-handedly cut my spam problem by about 95%. Please, please, if you want to have any kind of interaction in your comment section, lose the captcha.

2. Bloggers who don't respond to their comments. Ever. I get it, we are busy, busy people. And I understand that you can't respond to EVERY comment. I don't. But I do make a concerted effort to make sure that you guys know that I enjoy what you have to say. I can't tell you how many blogs I've given up on because they refuse to respond to comments.

Before she disappeared, one of my absolute favorite bloggers, Elizabeth from Elizabeth Ivie, would take the time to respond to nearly all of her sometimes 100+ comments. That shows dedication. And in return, she has some of the most loyal following of any blogger I know.

3. CONSTANT Self-Promotion. If at any time during our blogging relationship, you have every reached out to me for help trying to grow your numbers, you know the FIRST thing I will always say is you WILL give more than you take.

I mean it. If you ever look at my Twitter feed, you'll see that I typically only promote one or two of my own posts per day, whereas I promote other blogs 10-15 times a day. Whenever I stumble across an interesting article that I think my twitter buddies might find interesting, I share it-- sometimes multiple times a day. The result? Not only do I have the satisfaction of knowing that I helped a fellow blogger, but sometimes, those bloggers will give me some shout-outs as well. Instead of focusing on growing your "numbers" focus on cultivating relationships.

4. Mob Mentality Styled Attacks. I can't tell you how many times I've stumbled across an all-out twitter war because someone accidentally tweeted something that was taken out of context and now has been turned into a huge deal. A mistake is simply that, a mistake. If they have apologized, there is no need to beat a dead horse. Stop jumping on the hate train and attacking everyone. The blogosphere is smaller than you realize, and you never know who is watching.

5. Mean girls. This is another biggie. I know in high school things were a bit cliquish, but I assumed that once we graduated we left that type of behavior behind. I'm sad to say that the blogosphere reminds me quite a bit of my adolescent days. Some of us suffer from mean girl syndrome (see above picture)

This drives me absolutely batty. I've seen somethings, I mean actually physically seen some things with my own eyes that has caused my blood to boil. I will never, for the life of me, understand talking down to someone because you feel they aren't on "your level." If being on your "level" requires that I behave like that, then I can truly tell you that I'd rather be forced to endure 10 straight hours of having to listen to Nicki Minaj's greatest hits. And we all know how I feel about Nicki Minaj...

So there we have it. Short, sweet and simple. Can you relate to any of these? What are some of your biggest blogging pet peeves?

Clorox Ick Awards: When Potty Training Goes Wrong

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Clorox.
The one thing people neglected to tell me about being the parent of a toddler is that it’s messy. Okay, that was a lie, that’s basically the first thing they tell you. But you never quite believe it until you start potty training.

 I remember the first time it happened. I was curled up on the couch deeply engaged in a riveting Wall Street Journal article about the stock market (read: binge watching Netflix) when I realized my daughter was being awfully quiet. Too quiet. Soon-to-be parents, let me give you a fair warning: When your two year old is quiet, it typically means one of four things:
  1. You guys were in the middle of playing hide and go seek and you completely forgot, so now your child has been hiding behind the door waiting for you to come find them. Not that this has ever happened to me…. 
  2. Your tot is drawing a family portrait. On the walls. With permanent marker. 
  3. Your tot is systematically destroying the house. 
  4. Your tot is attempting to go potty by themselves and as they are not quite tall enough to reach the toilet yet, they are leaving you a very “special” present on the floor. 
As you can imagine, on this particular day, Little J was engaging in option four. And of all the presents I've ever been given, it’s safe to say, this one was my least favorite. Needless to say, I learned early on to always keep a packet of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes in the bathroom so that I can quickly clean up the toilet and floors after Little J leaves behind her “special” presents.

Potty training is not for the faint hearted. Nor is parenting. But one of the things I've learned early on, is that sometimes you have to just be thankful nothing is broken (body parts included) and laugh through the mess.

Got an icky story of your own that you've experienced while parenting? Share your giggle worthy icky tale with your readers and promote the Clorox Ick Awards Twitter Party taking place April 9th from 6-10 p.m. EST. Clorox will be giving away $2,500 is prizes and will be teaming up with Chicago improve troupe, The Second City, to turn your #ickies tweets into hilarious video skits throughout the night!

Join in the party early and tweet now using the #ickies hastag for a chance to win some awesome prizes. Be sure to follow @clorox on twitter and share your messiest, dirtiest, funniest, ickiest moments. And don’t forget to visit Clorox  to sign up for the email newsletter to learn more about how Clorox can help you laugh through the mess.

What is the most hilarious, dirtiest thing you have ever encountered in your parenting career? Leave you comments below so we can get the laughs started early!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Clorox.
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52 Free Disney Apps Your Children Will Love

52 free Disney Apps

Everyone likes a freebie. Well how about 52?  At the time of this post, I have verified that each and every single one of these apps are CURRENTLY free. I'm not sure if the prices fluctuate, but I've been watching them for a while and haven't seen a change, so it's safe to assume they're going to be free for a while, if not indefinitely. Still, if you notice they are no longer free, please leave a comment so that I can remove it from the list.

Also, please note that these are all iPhone/iPad compatible. I'm sure there are ways around this, but ironically, I'm the least techy blogger out there. I leave all the tech stuff to Mr. A. He definitely earns his keep.

Caution: A few of these apps have in-app purchases (sneaky little developers). Be sure to disable this capability before allowing your children to play with them. After all, nobody enjoys getting a $150.00 bill for your iTunes account. Not that I speak from personal experience...

Happy Friday. Enjoy!
  1. Frozen Free Fall-iPhone/iPad
  2. The Lone Ranger- iPhone/iPad
  3. Nemo's Reef-iPhone/iPad
  4. Toy Story: Smash It--The Lost Episode-iPhone/iPad
  5. Bill Nye The Science Guy-iPhone/iPad
  6. Watch Disney Junior-iPhone/iPad
  7. Watch Disney XD-iPhone/iPad
  8. Disney Junior Appisodes-iPhone/iPad
  9. Watch Disney Channel -iPhone/iPad
  10. My Muppets Show-iPhone/iPad
  11. Radio Disney-iPhone/iPad
  12. Disney Spotlight Karaoke -iPhone/iPad
  13. Where's My Summer-iPhone/iPad
  14. Where's My Water-iPhone/iPad
  15. Where's My Water 2-iPhone/iPad
  16. Where's My Perry-iPhone/iPad
  17. Disney Princess Palace Pets-iPhone/iPad
  18. Disney Nature Explorer-iPhone/iPad
  19. Disney Super Speedway-iPhone/iPad
  20. Frankennweenie: An Electrifying Book-iPhone/iPad/Mac
  21. Cars 2 Lite-iPhone/iPad
  22. Disney Memories HD-iPhone/iPad (Read description for further clarification on compatibility requirements)
  23. Disney Newsies Photo Booth-iPhone/iPad (Read description for further clarification on compatibility requirements)
  24. Toy Story Read Along-iPhone/iPad (Read description for further clarification on compatibility requirements)
  25. Disney Puzzle Packs-iPhone/iPad
  26. Trivia for Disney Characters-iPhone/iPad
  27. Ultimate Movie Trivia-iPhone/iPad
  28. Disney Maps-iPhone/iPad
  29. Disney World Maps-iPhone/iPad
  30. Disney Hidden Worlds-iPhone/iPad
  31. Disney Princess: Story Theater-iPhone/iPad
  32. Disney Classics Collection -iPhone/iPad
  33. Words of Wonder-iPhone/iPad
  34. Stack Rabbit-iPhone/iPad
  35. The Great Piggy Bank Adventure- iPhone/iPad (Read description for further clarification on compatibility requirements)
  36. Wild About Safety-iPhone/iPad (Read description for further clarification on compatibility requirements)
  37. Ariel's Music Surprise-iPhone/iPad
  38. Disney Infinity Toybox-iPhone/iPad (Read description for further clarification on compatibility requirements)
  39. Cars 2 AppMat-iPhone/iPad (Read description for further clarification on compatibility requirements)
  40. Seven Dwarfs: The Queen Returns-iPhone/iPad
  41. Fantasyland: Break the Curse-iPhone/iPad
  42. Ducktales: Scrooge's Loot-iPhone/iPad
  43. Planes Adventure Album -iPhone/iPad
  44. Disney Storytime-iPhone/iPad
  45. Disney Story Read Along-iPhone/iPad (Read description for further clarification on compatibility requirements)
  46. Mickey's Video-iPhone/iPad
  47. Monster's University: Scare 101-iPhone/iPad
  48. Pirates of the Caribbeans: Masters of the Sea-iPhone/iPad
  49. Hidden Objects: Gardens of Time-iPhone/iPad
  50. Winnie the Pooh Wonder and Wander-iPhone/iPad
  51. Disneyland Explorer-iPhone/iPad (Travel App)
  52. My Disney Experience-iPhone/iPad (Travel App)

6 Things Every Blog Media Kit Should Have + Samples

It's that time of year again. Bloggers are dusting off their business cards and preparing to head to some of the biggest blog conferences this year. Twitter is abuzz various conference hastags, and you can sense the excitement in the air. But before you pack your bags, ask yourself this question. Can you sum up your blog in 30 seconds or less?

Consider this, depending on the size of the conference you attend, you will be networking with hundreds of potential sponsors and readers, but do you know how to explain what it is that you blog about, or what differentiates you from the hundreds--potentially thousands-- of other bloggers? That's where your media kit comes into play. A media kit is a condensed version of what you blog about, who your readers are, and some of those "fancy" statistics that brands like to see before they consider working with you. A media kit is similar to a resume. Only it's a lot prettier and more fun to create.

So why bother? A media kit necessary for a few reasons