I have never been to a hotel like 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City. I have heard of the 21c Museum Hotels - there are 8 nationwide with 3 more opening soon. But I had never stayed in one.  21c is unlike any other hotel I have encountered. It's cool, modern, and has new surprises wherever you turn. Plus the 21c Hotel in Oklahoma City has purple penguins... I'll get into the penguins and the reason behind them in a moment, for now let me tell you about this concept hotel that showcases art... Building upon a strong foundation and a rich industrial heritage, 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City is a contemporary art museum, a 135-room boutique hotel with spacious guest rooms reminiscent of a loft apartment in New York’s Soho neighborhood, a cultural civic center and the home of Mary Eddy’s Kitchen x Lounge, led by executive chef Jason Campbell. The spacious guest rooms feature high ceilings and large steel windows, offering expansive views and abundant daylight. The custom-designed furniture and luxurious beds provide a comfortable respite from the vibrant public spaces of the museum and restaurant. -21C Website The rooms as mentioned were spacious. I had the opportunity to stay in both a single and a suite while there (thank you again to 21c for accommodating my last minute travel issues!). The single room was set up like a loft apartment - huge bed, sitting area, and bathroom with shower. The modern feel made me think of New York City, which is fitting because NYC architecture firm Deborah Berke Partners designs the space to not only give a contemporary ambiance but also highlight the industrial heritage of the building which was once home to Fred Jones Dealership, a fondly thought of landmark in OKC. In fact the entire area around 21c is dedicated to Fred Jones.   The suite reminded me of a studio apartment in Soho. Huge living room space, luxurious bathroom in the middle of the space, and floor to ceiling windows to let that Oklahoma light in no matter the time of day. Because this is a corner room these windows spanned two huge walls.  Let's talk about these penguins... In every 21c Museum Hotel there is a penguin theme. Arkansas has green penguins, Cincinnati has yellow, Oklahoma City has purple...  These penguins were originally designed by Cracking Art as a street art project in Venice. 21c founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson saw these whimsical creatures and purchased the red penguins for the Louisville location and they became a hit. While the penguins weren't meant to be a permanent fixture at first, the public began associating them with 21c Museum Hotels and the penguins have an everlasting home in all of the hotels.  The great thing about the penguins is that they are easy to pick up and move. They are made of hollow vinyl so you can take one to dinner, bring one up to your room. and place them in various hiding spots throughout the property. We decided we needed a penguin in our suite so this guy hung out with us.  I would definitely highly recommend checking out 21c Museum Hotel next time you are in Oklahoma City or any of the metropolitan city that have one. The museum is always free to the public and you just might find a penguin to bond with. You can book a room at www.21cmuseumhotels.com or call direct at 844-982-6900. Prices are surprisingly affordable for the experience you receive with 21c Museum Hotel.  Thank you to 21c Museum Hotel for providing lodging in exchange for a a review. All opinions are my own.     

  I have a confession to make. Last fall right after school started both of my children came home with lice. Not just regular lice - super lice. It was awful. Just when I thought I had a hold of it all I noticed my daughter scratching her head and got to do it all over again. But I did learn some valuable lessons through my lice endeavors.  First off, let's talk about super lice. They look like normal lice, they aren't any bigger or browner or have capes or anything like that. The difference between regular lice and super lice is that they are resistant to traditional lice treatments. I know. Like I said, it's awful. These suckers just don't want to die... So eradicating them via means other than chemicals is necessary.  My first step in lice removal was to run to the store and grab some lice treatment which essentially did nothing. I tried suffocating them with shower caps. I put tea tree oil in the kids shampoo. These things did some damage but didn't fully kill them, but I will tell you how to kill lice that just won't die. Strip all of the bed sheets and wash with an additive such as Launder Lice. Use the longest cycle your washing machine has.Use the hottest dryer setting you can use. Grab all of those non-washable items like stuffed animals, pillows, etc and tie them up tightly into plastic garbage bags and throw those into your garage for 2 weeks. Use that Launder Lice booster in every single load of laundry for the next 10 days.  Use an electric lice comb on the kids. You can pick up a RobiComb at CVS and use it on dry hair. I LOVE these because they zap those nasty lice and it's not chemicals. To use on long hair you just have your child flip their head over and start at the back. The comb lets you know when you have a louse, then you can brush it into a bowl of soapy water. Super easy and no mess. Next, use an electric lice comb to kill lice on the kids. What I did was use a lice shampoo and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then I rinsed it out and applied some conditioner. Using a lice comb with long tines that are close together, comb through the hair, rinsing the comb after each pass. Rinse the hair thoroughly after you are done. This will help get all of those loose eggs and let them go down the drain where they belong. Do this for at least 10 days! Every other day is fine! Honestly, don't waste your money on the chemical kits, because in my personal opinion they just don't work well. well. I hope these tips and tricks helped show you and your family how to kill lice and eradicate those suckers once and for all! All items mentioned can be found at your local CVS, Walmart, and other retailers or online. Thank you to LiceGuard for sponsoring this post  

I am a big fan of bath bombs and their relaxation properties. I love the effervescent bubbly effect and then once they are dissolved I am transported to a new frame of mind via scent and softness. Now there is something on the market that goes above and beyond just relaxation.  Warfighter bath bombs are made with CBD hemp oil. These bath bombs are created to not only relax the body, but to help stabilize the mood through the CBD receptors within your skin. It's a proven fact that CBD oil helps suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain*. In fact I use it to calm my anxiety and it works well. Having this in a bath bomb only makes it more enjoyable.  Warfighter Hemp is comprised of veterans and non-veterans who believe in providing an alternative to the reality that many veterans are faced with – a cocktail of prescription painkillers and zombie dope. Our mission is to provide veterans and non-veterans with a holistic and natural alternative to those “drugs.” We are a worldwide organization with representatives and ambassadors around the globe. We give 50% of our profits give back to other charities that support veteran’s independence.  -Warfighter Hemp Website Here's some information on the bath bombs from Warfighter Hemp: Our bath bombs are created to not only relax the body, but to help stabilize the mood through the CBD receptors within your skin. One bath bomb contains 35mg of active Cannabidiol Leaves your skin feeling smooth Plant-based ingredients Our hemp is locally & organically grown in Colorado The Viper bath bomb is a lemongrass kiwi fragrance with a coconut oil base, incorporating Hawaiian black salt and neroli essential oil. Soothe your inner soul with this bomb that will clear your head and reduce stress with its natural anxiety remedy. Prowler is a shea butter oil featuring Himalayan pink salt and helchrysum & bergamot essential oil. Drink in the citrus aroma and the bath bomb replenishes much-needed moisture. It’s a natural remedy for eczema, itchiness and redness while relieving inflammation. Hornet is a fresh bamboo aroma featuring coconut oil and ylang-ylang essential oil. This natural romance booster increases libido while inducing relaxation for a good night’s sleep. For sore muscles, check out Thud, which features Epsom salt with wintergreen & peppermint essential oil. For sensitive skin, this bomb has multiple antioxidative and pain-reduction properties with a fresh eucalyptus and peppermint fragrance. I will say from personal use I found that my mood lightened and I felt much more relaxed after using the bath bombs. My skin felt smoother and softer and the scent (Lemongrass Kiwi) was transcendent. I also love the way they look. The blue with the gold accent is absolutely beautiful, isn't it? You can find Warfighter Hemp Bath Bombs exclusively warfighterhemp.com. 50% of all profits support veteran's charities (find out more here). *Journal of Experimental Medicine, June 4 2012 Thank you to Warfighter Hemp for partnering with me. All opinions are my own. 

  When I visited Oklahoma City last month I was expecting a lot of barbecue and comfort food. Boy has OKC changed it's culinary palate! While, yes, barbecue is present in the city, the community has adopted a wide array of fresh farm-to-table delights and artisan dishes that dance on your tongue. I went to some of the best spots in OKC and if you are even in town I highly recommend checking them out. Click on the link to jump to that section: Barrio's Mexican Restaurant Stitch Cafe & Plant Shoppe Pie Junkie The Jones Assembly The Train Shed at Mary Eddy's Barrio's Mexican Restaurant 1000 N Hudson St If you are looking for Mexican food with a twist look no further than Barrio's on North Hudson. Their dishes have an authenticity to traditional fare but with wonderful twists, like apple-jicama slaw on the fish taco. Try the Cactus Fruit Slushie for a cool summer cocktail and be sure to order the Queso Fundido with handmade flour tortillas. Open for lunch and dinner. Stitch Cafe + Plant Shoppe 835 W Sheridan Ave If you are looking for a quiet ambiance with organic dishes and coffee to die for you should try Stitch Cafe + Plant Shoppe. With two locations - one in West Village and one in Bricktown, Stitch Cafe was created by husband and wife team, Chad Grubbs + Jen Semmler Grubbs and every detail is designed to be a holistic gathering spot for food and drink enthusiasts. At the West Village location you can get breakfast, lunch, or dinner and drinks in a cool breezy atmosphere, complete with a lovely plant shoppe and cozy bar area. The minimalist approach to decor is echoed in the clean organic menu. Try the French Toast Challah and don't forget a cup of freshly brewed coffee to wash it down.  Pie Junkie 1711 NW 16th St    Pie Junkie is a hidden-yet-well-known gem in the Plaza District and is a MUST for visitors and locals alike. All of the pies are hand-made using fresh ingredients right there in the tiny shop. In fact, Pie Junkie makes an average of 20,000 pies per year! You won't be disappointed in in anything you choose, but my favorites are Macadamia Key Lime, Strawberry Rhubarb, and the ever-popular Drunken Turtle which is a rich and decadent chocolate and bourbon caramel with a graham cracker crust. You can even order online!  The Jones Assembly 901 W Sheridan Ave The Jones Assembly is well known in Oklahoma City for featuring live music and amazing food. From house bands to celebs like Willie Nelson and Dwight Yoakam have come through Jones Assembly at one time or another. It's a great spot for people watching, and music but also perfect for a mid-morning brunch. The candied bacon is a must-have if you are a carnivore and definitely get the scratch biscuits for your table.  Train Shed at Mary Eddy's 900 W Main St The Train Shed is officially open at Mary Eddy's on West Main, adjacent to 21c Museum Hotel. Listen to some live music by local bands such as 100 Bones Band or play a game or two of ping pong at the concrete tables. One of OKC's most prolific mural artists Denise Duong created the fence mural that runs part of the perimeter of the space in her signature style (her work can be seen all over the city) and it's a perfect backdrop for an evening out with friends. Try one of their signature drinks such as The New Girl or The Story Within and nosh on some amazing appetizers like the Mac & Cheese which is topped with Ritz cracker crumbs.    Thank you to Visit OKC for facilitating this trip. All opinions are my own. 

Father's Day is nearly here and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than to give my husband something he really wants. We’ve rounded up a list of things that any dad would be happy to get, from a multi-tool that fits on his key chain to a hoodie that warms up. There's even things for dads of dogs. Check out my top picks for Father's Day this year.  

Thank you to Visit OKC for facilitating this trip. All experiences and opinions are my own.  So if you know me you will know I am not much of a camping girl. My friends often tease me about it and my husband jokes about how I would not last more than an hour in the open air.  I AM however an advocate of glamping. You know, the camping and the outside and the s'mores BUT sleeping in a real bed and showering in a real shower? That's my kind of camping. And that's the kind of camping I got to do at Orr Family Farm in Oklahoma City. While I was in OKC I had the pleasure of staying in a Conestoga Wagon for the first time in my life and totally can't wait to do it again.  Fueled by his love of Oklahoma and his desire to provide a friendly and educational environment for children and families of all ages, Dr. Glenn Orr and his family started construction on the Orr Family Farm in 2003 and opened for their first season in 2004. The Orr Family Farm is a spectacular family-friendly getaway located within the heart of Oklahoma City. The Farm offers a variety of rides, activities, educational opportunities, birthday parties, weddings and corporate events and of course delicious food and treats. While I was there with my girls Nicky, Melissa, and Jana we got a chance to take a full tour of the farms. The farms themselves are only open part of the year (and have become a staple in OKC during Halloween with pumpkin patches, playgrounds, and even zombie paintball) but the wagons and special occasion & events are available year round. From getting lost in a corn maze to playing Farmin' Foosball (a life size human version of the game!) to pedal car races there's so much to do during the open times.  We got a chance to sample some of the finest edible cookie dough I have had courtesy of Dr. Orr. It was sugary and decadent and the addition of Braum's Vanilla Ice Cream just enhanced it. Seriously I could have eaten it all day long....  The Conestoga Wagons are such a great way to experience the outdoors without bringing all of your camping gear. Our glamping wagon had air conditioning, plush beds, and a private bathroom. We also had access to the Signature Swim Spa (and took part in it of course!).   S’mores over the campfire and Glamping in @orrfamilyfarm Conestoga Wagons. Could there be anything better? #HipstoricOvernights #SeeOKC @VisitOKC Mediapartner - with @LifeSheHas @ConsumerQueen @whiskynsunshine pic.twitter.com/ctzY25HOPV — Lil Family Adventure (@LilFamAdventure) May 31, 2019 We ended our night with some S'mores by the campfire which is included when you book a wagon. Sitting out and chatting about life without the use of electronics was a perfect way to end our day at the farms... The next day we wandered around for a bit in the Zombie Apocalypse Paintball area. It was spooky with the old broken down school bus and the giant "Walkers" block. Very reminiscent of The Walking Dead... Orr Family Farm is located at 14400 S. Western Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Hours of operation vary based on the time of the year but private events, weddings and overnight lodging in the new Conestoga wagons are available year-round. Call Orr Family Farm with any questions at (405) 799-FARM

Any excuse to head to New Orleans is a good one, but to check out the behind the scenes of the latest production of Disney on Ice is a darn good one... Thanks to Feld Entertainment I was asked to head over to NOLA  and watch Mickey's Search Party, plus get an up close and personal view of the behind the scenes at what it takes to create one of the most popular touring shows in the world (yes they are global!) and meet some of the performers. Get tickets NOW for Mickey's Search Party About the Show Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party brings the magic closer to fans than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats. Produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., the worldwide leader in live touring family entertainment, Disney On Ice is once again elevating the ice show experience with brand-new engaging elements that will fascinate both newcomers and seasoned guests alike. New Character Scenes Added The biggest add for this new show is Miguel from Coco as he crosses the marigold bridge to the Land of the Dead. It's vibrant and exciting as dancers sway on top of poles in celebration of family.  Another showstopper is "Kiss the Girl" where Ariel gains her legs in a performance high in the air. This beautiful number is performed by a real-life husband and wife team! One of my other favorites is the Beauty and the Beast extravagantly performed "Be Our Guest" as knives, forks, and plates skate around Belle, mimicking the unforgettable scene in the original animated film (but on ice!). Hover Boards Disney on Ice is the first production to use hover boards on ice in their routines. the show started off with a bang! It was Disney-meets-X-Games up in there with skaters doing jumps and spins and hover board riders. The performers in this segment seemed almost giddy when I met with them - why wouldn't you when you get to do handstands and jumps on cool hover boards for your job? Sway Poles Another new and exciting part of Disney on Ice is the addition of Coco and the gravity-defying sway  poles. These look AMAZING from the audience point of view. The performers wear long bright Land of the Dead gowns that swish and swirl as they swing left to right, back and forth, and nearly touch the ground on a pole that stands over 20 feet tall. Standing next to it and looking up at one of the (brave) performers strapped in was definitely something I will never forget.  Costumes & Props Costuming is one of my favorite parts of any behind the scenes event I get to do and Mickey's Search Party is no exception to this. I was excited to see that some of the costumes are recycled from previous shows and changed to reflect the new routines. One of my favorite pieces was Miguel's guitar - which in real life is much larger than I thought it would be. Along with the towering Land of the Dead puppet that moves along the stage during "Remember Me" it's like I am shrunken among giants. Spanish Web Although the Spanish Web has been in previous shows, the latest in the Aladdin segment " Friend Like Me". The way these acrobats climb up so high and flip around astounds me. This particular performance was one of my favorites. I have a soft spot for Aladdin and Genie (and perfect timing with the new live action film out!) These are just a few on the many exciting new parts of 2019's Disney on Ice: Mickey's Search Party. I can't wait for my kids to see it in October when it comes to Moda Center. You can get tickets NOW - don't wait because it tends to sell out quickly! Thank you to Feld Entertainment for providing travel expenses in order for me to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. 

Every year my family and I make it a point to attend Disney on Ice and have never been disappointed. This year will be no exception. I was able to preview the show while in New Orleans last month  - check out the whole experience here! Create unforgettable memories and become part of the story when Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party comes to Oregon!  This brand-new immersive ice skating experience brings the magic closer to fans than ever before through engaging elements that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats.  An exciting participatory adventure delivering compelling storytelling through multi-leveled production numbers that immerse fans into the fantastic worlds of Disney-Pixar’s Coco, Frozen, Moana, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Toy Story and The Little Mermaid, will be skating into Portland playing the Moda Center from October 25–27! Sign up today to become a Disney On Ice Preferred Guest at www.DisneyOnIce.com to get exclusive access to the advance pre-sale offer code to purchase tickets starting today to get the best seats available before tickets go on-sale to the general public on May 28th. Embark on a quest with Mickey Mouse and pals as they follow Captain Hook’s treasure map for clues to find Tinker Bell after he attempts to capture her magic.  Journey across the Marigold Bridge with Miguel from Disney-Pixar’s Coco into the magnificent and mystical Land of the Dead and discover a vibrantly colorful performance with skeletons atop sway poles dancing over the audience in a beautiful cultural celebration of family.  Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle and sing along with Elsa as video projection creates a kaleidoscope of crystals to help build her ice palace.  Witness Belle lift into the sky as the enchanted chandelier comes to life high over the ice for onlookers seated above and below.  Board the Jolly Roger and laugh hysterically as the hilarious pirates flip, tumble, and twist on air tracks, stilts and more in an effort to showcase their talents for Captain Hook.  Sail away with Moana on her daring voyage across the ocean and bravely encounter the fiery wrath of Te Ka.   And make memories with your whole family during Aladdin, Toy Story and The Little Mermaid as the search party becomes an all-out magical celebration! Join this magical search and help look for clues to unlock an epic journey when Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party delivers an unforgettable experience with your family!   Click Here to view the Mickey's Search Party Show Trailer   WHEN: October 25–27, 2019 Friday, October 25                         7:00 PM Saturday, October 26    11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:00 PM Sunday, October 13                       11:30 AM & 3:30 PM   WHERE:             Moda Center – One North Center Court St., Portland, OR  97227   TICKETS:          Ticket prices start at just $22 each! Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $20 each (not valid for VIP/Rinkside premium levels)   Tickets now available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 877-789-ROSE or visit the Rose Quarter Box Office. *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

I recently came across a Facebook post. The topic was breastfeeding and how a mother squirted breast milk at a woman who told her to cover up or nurse in private. Look, YES is was wrong for the woman to shame the mom who was only trying to feed her child. But the mother feeding her child allegedly telling the woman to eff of and squirted breast milk at her was ALSO WRONG. Who does that? What happened to ignore and move on? YES - she has every right to nurse her baby where ever and whenever the need arises. It's legal to do so here in the US as well as her home country of the UK. But in my opinion her reaction was uncalled for. Escalating the issue will only potentially put you and the baby in danger.  But that's not what this post is about - It's about the comments in the thread. Most laughed and said she got what she deserved. But then I got to this comment: "Personally- I think it’s gross to see formula. A fake lab-made synthetic wannabe breast milk." Excuse me? What the actual fuck? You are pissed that someone is offended at a breastfeeding mom but you decide to shame the parents who choose to - or physically cannot - breastfeed by telling them their formula is gross? No. Just no.  Some women choose not to breastfeed. No matter what the reason that is their decision to make and NOT yours. But some women - approximately 2% of new moms - physically cannot nurse. And how do I know this? I am part of that 2%.  While my friends and sisters had little to no problem producing milk, getting their child to latch, and feeding their child without much issue I was sitting alone in my room trying to get my twins to latch, trying to pump, and crying my eyes out because I felt like a failure. I had already felt less of a woman because I couldn't get pregnant naturally (I did IVF) but now adding the fact that I produced maybe 1/2 an ounce in a 12 hour period while pumping every hour on the hour I felt worthless. I could barely have my children and now I couldn't even feed them as a new mother should. What kind of sick joke is that? I was supposed to be able to do this...  This is a guilt that I have carried for 9 years now.  Yes I tried everything. I tried supplements. I tried special teas. I tried a lactation expert. I got the best of the best breast pump. I tried everything. Nothing worked. Nothing happened. I was forced to formula feed and I was forced to see the judging looks from cashiers and well-meaning women that said I wasn't trying hard enough as they cocked their heads to the side in a shoddy attempt at sympathy. I tried - and cried - for 12 weeks straight until I just couldn't do it anymore.  To see this reaction on my Facebook feed fueled the anger and shame and guilt I had 9 years ago when my littles were little. To see people saying "bravo" to a woman who threw bodily fluids at someone and in the same breath say "I'm offended by formula feeding" is not only ridiculous - it's downright hypocritical.  Parents should be supporting each other and their decisions in raising their child as long as it is in the best interest of the child and the family. Parents shouldn't be shaming others for choosing to do one thing over another. Don't tell me you are all for public breastfeeding and then talk down to mothers who formula feed.  We have enough mom guilt without the shaming. It's not a this-or-that thing. Most of us who formula fed aren't grossed out by public nursing, you shouldn't be offended if we whip out a bottle when our child needs to eat. 

Fresh flowers around the house are always a welcome treat, and when you are surprised with a delivery by Teleflora it's extra sweet. This Mother's Day Teleflora has some gorgeous new floral arrangements for Mother's Day 2019. Prices ranging from $29.99 and up will fit any budget while making mom feel special. Here are my favorites from this new collection:   I partnered with Teleflora for this post. 

...The night is dark and full of terrors, but the fire burns them all away. (Melisandre, Game of Thrones) Game of Thrones is definitely a huge fan favorite, and one of the best shows on television (in my opinion anyway). Get ready for the newest season with this Melisandre-inspired cocktail "The Red Woman"! Also known as "The Red Woman", Melisandre is a shadowbinder and a priestess of R'hllor in service to Stannis Baratheon. Originally a slave from Asshai called Melony, she is chosen by the Red Temple and recruited as a red priestess, and as a result has prophetic powers that give her partial knowledge of future events. She is also referred to as a shadowbinder, being able to cast glamours and perform certain feats of dark magic. Melisandre is introduced in A Clash of Kings and serves as the third-person narrator for one chapter of A Dance with Dragons. She is described as a beautiful voluptuous foreign woman with red eyes and red hair, always dressing in red robes and wearing a red gold choker set with a large ruby, and rarely sleeps or eats. She possesses magical abilities that can cast glamour and manipulate fire and shadow, has prophetic visions by looking into fire, and takes an aggressively militant stance against the other religions of Westeros. (wikipedia)  Melisandre was instrumental in the battle against The Wights in her final episode "The Long Night" where she used her powers to light the swords as well as the barrier.  amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "mommwantfree-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_design = "enhanced_links"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B0794V65JV"; amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "27b066741cafd4de9763f9ccca2d825b"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "mommwantfree-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_design = "enhanced_links"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B01AW5VH22"; amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "822092a4ebaf9b38a6d14cbc83263bc0"; It's only right to have a cocktail to honor the Red Woman who ultimately gave her (400 year old) life to the cause. With Fireball, of course. amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "mommwantfree-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_design = "enhanced_links"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B073JYNGCS"; amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "621af8bc799cd1271ae2e13819342dd2"; The Red Woman Cocktail - Game of Thrones A Fireball Cocktail inspired by Melisandre (The Red Woman or The Red Witch) in HBO's Game of Thrones 1.5 oz Cherry Vodka1 oz Silver Tequila1 oz Fireball1 tbsp Grenadine3 oz Pineapple JuiceSanding SugarSimple Syrup Using 2 appetizer plates pour your simple syrup on one plate and the silver sanding sugar on the other.Dip your glass into the simple syrup and then into the sanding sugar.Set to the side.Fill with glass with ice 3/4 of the way full.In a bar shaker add 3-4 pieces of ice, vodka, tequila, fireball and grenadine -- shake well to combine.Top off with pineapple juice.    See more cocktails here!

This post was written in partnership with Abrams Books and Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal. All opinions are 100% my own.   My kids are avid readers. I am lucky in that, I know... They are both always eager to get book orders at school, and we have regular trips to the library. I even let them read after bedtime because I think it's so important to a child's mind. My son in particular has been reading since the age of 4. Once he started, he just didn't stop! He has read several of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, so when we saw that Greg Heffley's best friend, Rowley Jefferson, also has his own book - Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal - we got super excited. While Greg sometimes sees Rowley as a bit in-the-way and weird, we always saw him as sweet and well-meaning, and loved his attitude of not really caring about what others said about him. Personally, I always saw Rowley as good-hearted, even though his intentions don't always end up the way he wants them to.   Get ready for a whole new look into Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid! Introducing the newest Wimpy Kid author—Rowley Jefferson! Rowley’s best friend Greg Heffley has been chronicling his middle-school years in thirteen Diary of a Wimpy Kid journals . . . and counting. But it’s finally time for readers to hear directly from Rowley in a journal of his own. In Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, Rowley writes about his experiences and agrees to play the role of biographer for Greg along the way. (After all, one day Greg will be rich and famous, and everyone will want to know his life’s story.) But Rowley is a poor choice for the job, and his “biography” of Greg is a hilarious mess. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal offers readers a new way to look at the Wimpy world—one fans won’t want to miss! My son Dylan has a wonderfully awesome streak in him. He is a sweet soul, extremely friendly, and a great kid to be mom to. Five Reasons My Son Is Awesome He’s good to his sister. Dylan always makes sure his twin sister is getting what she wants and shares. In fact, if he has money saved for a treat, he splits it evenly with his sister without hesitation. He’s good to his friends. Like Rowley, Dylan offers to help his friends whenever they need it. It could be offering up his scooter while we are at the park or helping out at school. Dylan loves what he loves with no shame, whether it’s designing and sewing his own cosplay costumes, or listening to Taylor Swift. Dylan is so similar to Rowley in this respect, it’s almost like they are the same person. He offers to help around the house. Rowley LOVES his parents and loves helping, and so does Dylan. Most often, it’s emptying the dishwasher or taking care of the pets. Dylan does it without complaints. Dylan always means well. This is probably the most awesome bit about him: He always thinks of how his actions affect others. And even if he doesn’t get the result he expects, he always has the best of intentions. Want the book for yourself? It's truly a must-have for Kinney/Wimpy Kid fans. You can find it on Amazon or wherever books are sold. PLUS be on the lookout for Diary of a Wimpy Kid #14 out later this year!  

  I have never been to a hotel like 21c Museum Hotel in Oklahoma City. I have heard of the 21c Museum Hotels - there are 8 nationwide with 3 more opening soon. But I had never stayed in one.  21c is unlike any other hotel I have encountered. It's cool, modern, and has new surprises wherever you turn. Plus the 21c Hotel in Oklahoma City has purple penguins... I'll get into the penguins and the reason behind them in a moment, for now let me tell you about this concept hotel that showcases art... Building upon a strong foundation and a rich industrial heritage, 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City is a contemporary art museum, a 135-room boutique hotel with spacious guest rooms reminiscent of a loft apartment in New York’s Soho neighborhood, a cultural civic center and the home of Mary Eddy’s Kitchen x Lounge, led by executive chef Jason Campbell. The spacious guest rooms feature high ceilings and large steel windows, offering expansive views and abundant daylight. The custom-designed furniture and luxurious beds provide a comfortable respite from the vibrant public spaces of the museum and restaurant. -21C Website The rooms as mentioned were spacious. I had the opportunity to stay in both a single and a suite while there (thank you again to 21c for accommodating my last minute travel issues!). The single room was set up like a loft apartment - huge bed, sitting area, and bathroom with shower. The modern feel made me think of New York City, which is fitting because NYC architecture firm Deborah Berke Partners designs the space to not only give a contemporary ambiance but also highlight the industrial heritage of the building which was once home to Fred Jones Dealership, a fondly thought of landmark in OKC. In fact the entire area around 21c is dedicated to Fred Jones.   The suite reminded me of a studio apartment in Soho. Huge living room space, luxurious bathroom in the middle of the space, and floor to ceiling windows to let that Oklahoma light in no matter the time of day. Because this is a corner room these windows spanned two huge walls.  Let's talk about these penguins... In every 21c Museum Hotel there is a penguin theme. Arkansas has green penguins, Cincinnati has yellow, Oklahoma City has purple...  These penguins were originally designed by Cracking Art as a street art project in Venice. 21c founders Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson saw these whimsical creatures and purchased the red penguins for the Louisville location and they became a hit. While the penguins weren't meant to be a permanent fixture at first, the public began associating them with 21c Museum Hotels and the penguins have an everlasting home in all of the hotels.  The great thing about the penguins is that they are easy to pick up and move. They are made of hollow vinyl so you can take one to dinner, bring one up to your room. and place them in various hiding spots throughout the property. We decided we needed a penguin in our suite so this guy hung out with us.  I would definitely highly recommend checking out 21c Museum Hotel next time you are in Oklahoma City or any of the metropolitan city that have one. The museum is always free to the public and you just might find a penguin to bond with. You can book a room at www.21cmuseumhotels.com or call direct at 844-982-6900. Prices are surprisingly affordable for the experience you receive with 21c Museum Hotel.  Thank you to 21c Museum Hotel for providing lodging in exchange for a a review. All opinions are my own.     

  I have a confession to make. Last fall right after school started both of my children came home with lice. Not just regular lice - super lice. It was awful. Just when I thought I had a hold of it all I noticed my daughter scratching her head and got to do it all over again. But I did learn some valuable lessons through my lice endeavors.  First off, let's talk about super lice. They look like normal lice, they aren't any bigger or browner or have capes or anything like that. The difference between regular lice and super lice is that they are resistant to traditional lice treatments. I know. Like I said, it's awful. These suckers just don't want to die... So eradicating them via means other than chemicals is necessary.  My first step in lice removal was to run to the store and grab some lice treatment which essentially did nothing. I tried suffocating them with shower caps. I put tea tree oil in the kids shampoo. These things did some damage but didn't fully kill them, but I will tell you how to kill lice that just won't die. Strip all of the bed sheets and wash with an additive such as Launder Lice. Use the longest cycle your washing machine has.Use the hottest dryer setting you can use. Grab all of those non-washable items like stuffed animals, pillows, etc and tie them up tightly into plastic garbage bags and throw those into your garage for 2 weeks. Use that Launder Lice booster in every single load of laundry for the next 10 days.  Use an electric lice comb on the kids. You can pick up a RobiComb at CVS and use it on dry hair. I LOVE these because they zap those nasty lice and it's not chemicals. To use on long hair you just have your child flip their head over and start at the back. The comb lets you know when you have a louse, then you can brush it into a bowl of soapy water. Super easy and no mess. Next, use an electric lice comb to kill lice on the kids. What I did was use a lice shampoo and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then I rinsed it out and applied some conditioner. Using a lice comb with long tines that are close together, comb through the hair, rinsing the comb after each pass. Rinse the hair thoroughly after you are done. This will help get all of those loose eggs and let them go down the drain where they belong. Do this for at least 10 days! Every other day is fine! Honestly, don't waste your money on the chemical kits, because in my personal opinion they just don't work well. well. I hope these tips and tricks helped show you and your family how to kill lice and eradicate those suckers once and for all! All items mentioned can be found at your local CVS, Walmart, and other retailers or online. Thank you to LiceGuard for sponsoring this post  

I am a big fan of bath bombs and their relaxation properties. I love the effervescent bubbly effect and then once they are dissolved I am transported to a new frame of mind via scent and softness. Now there is something on the market that goes above and beyond just relaxation.  Warfighter bath bombs are made with CBD hemp oil. These bath bombs are created to not only relax the body, but to help stabilize the mood through the CBD receptors within your skin. It's a proven fact that CBD oil helps suppress inflammatory and neuropathic pain*. In fact I use it to calm my anxiety and it works well. Having this in a bath bomb only makes it more enjoyable.  Warfighter Hemp is comprised of veterans and non-veterans who believe in providing an alternative to the reality that many veterans are faced with – a cocktail of prescription painkillers and zombie dope. Our mission is to provide veterans and non-veterans with a holistic and natural alternative to those “drugs.” We are a worldwide organization with representatives and ambassadors around the globe. We give 50% of our profits give back to other charities that support veteran’s independence.  -Warfighter Hemp Website Here's some information on the bath bombs from Warfighter Hemp: Our bath bombs are created to not only relax the body, but to help stabilize the mood through the CBD receptors within your skin. One bath bomb contains 35mg of active Cannabidiol Leaves your skin feeling smooth Plant-based ingredients Our hemp is locally & organically grown in Colorado The Viper bath bomb is a lemongrass kiwi fragrance with a coconut oil base, incorporating Hawaiian black salt and neroli essential oil. Soothe your inner soul with this bomb that will clear your head and reduce stress with its natural anxiety remedy. Prowler is a shea butter oil featuring Himalayan pink salt and helchrysum & bergamot essential oil. Drink in the citrus aroma and the bath bomb replenishes much-needed moisture. It’s a natural remedy for eczema, itchiness and redness while relieving inflammation. Hornet is a fresh bamboo aroma featuring coconut oil and ylang-ylang essential oil. This natural romance booster increases libido while inducing relaxation for a good night’s sleep. For sore muscles, check out Thud, which features Epsom salt with wintergreen & peppermint essential oil. For sensitive skin, this bomb has multiple antioxidative and pain-reduction properties with a fresh eucalyptus and peppermint fragrance. I will say from personal use I found that my mood lightened and I felt much more relaxed after using the bath bombs. My skin felt smoother and softer and the scent (Lemongrass Kiwi) was transcendent. I also love the way they look. The blue with the gold accent is absolutely beautiful, isn't it? You can find Warfighter Hemp Bath Bombs exclusively warfighterhemp.com. 50% of all profits support veteran's charities (find out more here). *Journal of Experimental Medicine, June 4 2012 Thank you to Warfighter Hemp for partnering with me. All opinions are my own. 

  When I visited Oklahoma City last month I was expecting a lot of barbecue and comfort food. Boy has OKC changed it's culinary palate! While, yes, barbecue is present in the city, the community has adopted a wide array of fresh farm-to-table delights and artisan dishes that dance on your tongue. I went to some of the best spots in OKC and if you are even in town I highly recommend checking them out. Click on the link to jump to that section: Barrio's Mexican Restaurant Stitch Cafe & Plant Shoppe Pie Junkie The Jones Assembly The Train Shed at Mary Eddy's Barrio's Mexican Restaurant 1000 N Hudson St If you are looking for Mexican food with a twist look no further than Barrio's on North Hudson. Their dishes have an authenticity to traditional fare but with wonderful twists, like apple-jicama slaw on the fish taco. Try the Cactus Fruit Slushie for a cool summer cocktail and be sure to order the Queso Fundido with handmade flour tortillas. Open for lunch and dinner. Stitch Cafe + Plant Shoppe 835 W Sheridan Ave If you are looking for a quiet ambiance with organic dishes and coffee to die for you should try Stitch Cafe + Plant Shoppe. With two locations - one in West Village and one in Bricktown, Stitch Cafe was created by husband and wife team, Chad Grubbs + Jen Semmler Grubbs and every detail is designed to be a holistic gathering spot for food and drink enthusiasts. At the West Village location you can get breakfast, lunch, or dinner and drinks in a cool breezy atmosphere, complete with a lovely plant shoppe and cozy bar area. The minimalist approach to decor is echoed in the clean organic menu. Try the French Toast Challah and don't forget a cup of freshly brewed coffee to wash it down.  Pie Junkie 1711 NW 16th St    Pie Junkie is a hidden-yet-well-known gem in the Plaza District and is a MUST for visitors and locals alike. All of the pies are hand-made using fresh ingredients right there in the tiny shop. In fact, Pie Junkie makes an average of 20,000 pies per year! You won't be disappointed in in anything you choose, but my favorites are Macadamia Key Lime, Strawberry Rhubarb, and the ever-popular Drunken Turtle which is a rich and decadent chocolate and bourbon caramel with a graham cracker crust. You can even order online!  The Jones Assembly 901 W Sheridan Ave The Jones Assembly is well known in Oklahoma City for featuring live music and amazing food. From house bands to celebs like Willie Nelson and Dwight Yoakam have come through Jones Assembly at one time or another. It's a great spot for people watching, and music but also perfect for a mid-morning brunch. The candied bacon is a must-have if you are a carnivore and definitely get the scratch biscuits for your table.  Train Shed at Mary Eddy's 900 W Main St The Train Shed is officially open at Mary Eddy's on West Main, adjacent to 21c Museum Hotel. Listen to some live music by local bands such as 100 Bones Band or play a game or two of ping pong at the concrete tables. One of OKC's most prolific mural artists Denise Duong created the fence mural that runs part of the perimeter of the space in her signature style (her work can be seen all over the city) and it's a perfect backdrop for an evening out with friends. Try one of their signature drinks such as The New Girl or The Story Within and nosh on some amazing appetizers like the Mac & Cheese which is topped with Ritz cracker crumbs.    Thank you to Visit OKC for facilitating this trip. All opinions are my own. 

Father's Day is nearly here and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than to give my husband something he really wants. We’ve rounded up a list of things that any dad would be happy to get, from a multi-tool that fits on his key chain to a hoodie that warms up. There's even things for dads of dogs. Check out my top picks for Father's Day this year.  

Thank you to Visit OKC for facilitating this trip. All experiences and opinions are my own.  So if you know me you will know I am not much of a camping girl. My friends often tease me about it and my husband jokes about how I would not last more than an hour in the open air.  I AM however an advocate of glamping. You know, the camping and the outside and the s'mores BUT sleeping in a real bed and showering in a real shower? That's my kind of camping. And that's the kind of camping I got to do at Orr Family Farm in Oklahoma City. While I was in OKC I had the pleasure of staying in a Conestoga Wagon for the first time in my life and totally can't wait to do it again.  Fueled by his love of Oklahoma and his desire to provide a friendly and educational environment for children and families of all ages, Dr. Glenn Orr and his family started construction on the Orr Family Farm in 2003 and opened for their first season in 2004. The Orr Family Farm is a spectacular family-friendly getaway located within the heart of Oklahoma City. The Farm offers a variety of rides, activities, educational opportunities, birthday parties, weddings and corporate events and of course delicious food and treats. While I was there with my girls Nicky, Melissa, and Jana we got a chance to take a full tour of the farms. The farms themselves are only open part of the year (and have become a staple in OKC during Halloween with pumpkin patches, playgrounds, and even zombie paintball) but the wagons and special occasion & events are available year round. From getting lost in a corn maze to playing Farmin' Foosball (a life size human version of the game!) to pedal car races there's so much to do during the open times.  We got a chance to sample some of the finest edible cookie dough I have had courtesy of Dr. Orr. It was sugary and decadent and the addition of Braum's Vanilla Ice Cream just enhanced it. Seriously I could have eaten it all day long....  The Conestoga Wagons are such a great way to experience the outdoors without bringing all of your camping gear. Our glamping wagon had air conditioning, plush beds, and a private bathroom. We also had access to the Signature Swim Spa (and took part in it of course!).   S’mores over the campfire and Glamping in @orrfamilyfarm Conestoga Wagons. Could there be anything better? #HipstoricOvernights #SeeOKC @VisitOKC Mediapartner - with @LifeSheHas @ConsumerQueen @whiskynsunshine pic.twitter.com/ctzY25HOPV — Lil Family Adventure (@LilFamAdventure) May 31, 2019 We ended our night with some S'mores by the campfire which is included when you book a wagon. Sitting out and chatting about life without the use of electronics was a perfect way to end our day at the farms... The next day we wandered around for a bit in the Zombie Apocalypse Paintball area. It was spooky with the old broken down school bus and the giant "Walkers" block. Very reminiscent of The Walking Dead... Orr Family Farm is located at 14400 S. Western Ave, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Hours of operation vary based on the time of the year but private events, weddings and overnight lodging in the new Conestoga wagons are available year-round. Call Orr Family Farm with any questions at (405) 799-FARM

Any excuse to head to New Orleans is a good one, but to check out the behind the scenes of the latest production of Disney on Ice is a darn good one... Thanks to Feld Entertainment I was asked to head over to NOLA  and watch Mickey's Search Party, plus get an up close and personal view of the behind the scenes at what it takes to create one of the most popular touring shows in the world (yes they are global!) and meet some of the performers. Get tickets NOW for Mickey's Search Party About the Show Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party brings the magic closer to fans than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats. Produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., the worldwide leader in live touring family entertainment, Disney On Ice is once again elevating the ice show experience with brand-new engaging elements that will fascinate both newcomers and seasoned guests alike. New Character Scenes Added The biggest add for this new show is Miguel from Coco as he crosses the marigold bridge to the Land of the Dead. It's vibrant and exciting as dancers sway on top of poles in celebration of family.  Another showstopper is "Kiss the Girl" where Ariel gains her legs in a performance high in the air. This beautiful number is performed by a real-life husband and wife team! One of my other favorites is the Beauty and the Beast extravagantly performed "Be Our Guest" as knives, forks, and plates skate around Belle, mimicking the unforgettable scene in the original animated film (but on ice!). Hover Boards Disney on Ice is the first production to use hover boards on ice in their routines. the show started off with a bang! It was Disney-meets-X-Games up in there with skaters doing jumps and spins and hover board riders. The performers in this segment seemed almost giddy when I met with them - why wouldn't you when you get to do handstands and jumps on cool hover boards for your job? Sway Poles Another new and exciting part of Disney on Ice is the addition of Coco and the gravity-defying sway  poles. These look AMAZING from the audience point of view. The performers wear long bright Land of the Dead gowns that swish and swirl as they swing left to right, back and forth, and nearly touch the ground on a pole that stands over 20 feet tall. Standing next to it and looking up at one of the (brave) performers strapped in was definitely something I will never forget.  Costumes & Props Costuming is one of my favorite parts of any behind the scenes event I get to do and Mickey's Search Party is no exception to this. I was excited to see that some of the costumes are recycled from previous shows and changed to reflect the new routines. One of my favorite pieces was Miguel's guitar - which in real life is much larger than I thought it would be. Along with the towering Land of the Dead puppet that moves along the stage during "Remember Me" it's like I am shrunken among giants. Spanish Web Although the Spanish Web has been in previous shows, the latest in the Aladdin segment " Friend Like Me". The way these acrobats climb up so high and flip around astounds me. This particular performance was one of my favorites. I have a soft spot for Aladdin and Genie (and perfect timing with the new live action film out!) These are just a few on the many exciting new parts of 2019's Disney on Ice: Mickey's Search Party. I can't wait for my kids to see it in October when it comes to Moda Center. You can get tickets NOW - don't wait because it tends to sell out quickly! Thank you to Feld Entertainment for providing travel expenses in order for me to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. 

Every year my family and I make it a point to attend Disney on Ice and have never been disappointed. This year will be no exception. I was able to preview the show while in New Orleans last month  - check out the whole experience here! Create unforgettable memories and become part of the story when Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party comes to Oregon!  This brand-new immersive ice skating experience brings the magic closer to fans than ever before through engaging elements that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats.  An exciting participatory adventure delivering compelling storytelling through multi-leveled production numbers that immerse fans into the fantastic worlds of Disney-Pixar’s Coco, Frozen, Moana, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Toy Story and The Little Mermaid, will be skating into Portland playing the Moda Center from October 25–27! Sign up today to become a Disney On Ice Preferred Guest at www.DisneyOnIce.com to get exclusive access to the advance pre-sale offer code to purchase tickets starting today to get the best seats available before tickets go on-sale to the general public on May 28th. Embark on a quest with Mickey Mouse and pals as they follow Captain Hook’s treasure map for clues to find Tinker Bell after he attempts to capture her magic.  Journey across the Marigold Bridge with Miguel from Disney-Pixar’s Coco into the magnificent and mystical Land of the Dead and discover a vibrantly colorful performance with skeletons atop sway poles dancing over the audience in a beautiful cultural celebration of family.  Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle and sing along with Elsa as video projection creates a kaleidoscope of crystals to help build her ice palace.  Witness Belle lift into the sky as the enchanted chandelier comes to life high over the ice for onlookers seated above and below.  Board the Jolly Roger and laugh hysterically as the hilarious pirates flip, tumble, and twist on air tracks, stilts and more in an effort to showcase their talents for Captain Hook.  Sail away with Moana on her daring voyage across the ocean and bravely encounter the fiery wrath of Te Ka.   And make memories with your whole family during Aladdin, Toy Story and The Little Mermaid as the search party becomes an all-out magical celebration! Join this magical search and help look for clues to unlock an epic journey when Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party delivers an unforgettable experience with your family!   Click Here to view the Mickey's Search Party Show Trailer   WHEN: October 25–27, 2019 Friday, October 25                         7:00 PM Saturday, October 26    11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:00 PM Sunday, October 13                       11:30 AM & 3:30 PM   WHERE:             Moda Center – One North Center Court St., Portland, OR  97227   TICKETS:          Ticket prices start at just $22 each! Discount Opening Night tickets available for as low as $20 each (not valid for VIP/Rinkside premium levels)   Tickets now available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 877-789-ROSE or visit the Rose Quarter Box Office. *prices subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

I recently came across a Facebook post. The topic was breastfeeding and how a mother squirted breast milk at a woman who told her to cover up or nurse in private. Look, YES is was wrong for the woman to shame the mom who was only trying to feed her child. But the mother feeding her child allegedly telling the woman to eff of and squirted breast milk at her was ALSO WRONG. Who does that? What happened to ignore and move on? YES - she has every right to nurse her baby where ever and whenever the need arises. It's legal to do so here in the US as well as her home country of the UK. But in my opinion her reaction was uncalled for. Escalating the issue will only potentially put you and the baby in danger.  But that's not what this post is about - It's about the comments in the thread. Most laughed and said she got what she deserved. But then I got to this comment: "Personally- I think it’s gross to see formula. A fake lab-made synthetic wannabe breast milk." Excuse me? What the actual fuck? You are pissed that someone is offended at a breastfeeding mom but you decide to shame the parents who choose to - or physically cannot - breastfeed by telling them their formula is gross? No. Just no.  Some women choose not to breastfeed. No matter what the reason that is their decision to make and NOT yours. But some women - approximately 2% of new moms - physically cannot nurse. And how do I know this? I am part of that 2%.  While my friends and sisters had little to no problem producing milk, getting their child to latch, and feeding their child without much issue I was sitting alone in my room trying to get my twins to latch, trying to pump, and crying my eyes out because I felt like a failure. I had already felt less of a woman because I couldn't get pregnant naturally (I did IVF) but now adding the fact that I produced maybe 1/2 an ounce in a 12 hour period while pumping every hour on the hour I felt worthless. I could barely have my children and now I couldn't even feed them as a new mother should. What kind of sick joke is that? I was supposed to be able to do this...  This is a guilt that I have carried for 9 years now.  Yes I tried everything. I tried supplements. I tried special teas. I tried a lactation expert. I got the best of the best breast pump. I tried everything. Nothing worked. Nothing happened. I was forced to formula feed and I was forced to see the judging looks from cashiers and well-meaning women that said I wasn't trying hard enough as they cocked their heads to the side in a shoddy attempt at sympathy. I tried - and cried - for 12 weeks straight until I just couldn't do it anymore.  To see this reaction on my Facebook feed fueled the anger and shame and guilt I had 9 years ago when my littles were little. To see people saying "bravo" to a woman who threw bodily fluids at someone and in the same breath say "I'm offended by formula feeding" is not only ridiculous - it's downright hypocritical.  Parents should be supporting each other and their decisions in raising their child as long as it is in the best interest of the child and the family. Parents shouldn't be shaming others for choosing to do one thing over another. Don't tell me you are all for public breastfeeding and then talk down to mothers who formula feed.  We have enough mom guilt without the shaming. It's not a this-or-that thing. Most of us who formula fed aren't grossed out by public nursing, you shouldn't be offended if we whip out a bottle when our child needs to eat. 

Fresh flowers around the house are always a welcome treat, and when you are surprised with a delivery by Teleflora it's extra sweet. This Mother's Day Teleflora has some gorgeous new floral arrangements for Mother's Day 2019. Prices ranging from $29.99 and up will fit any budget while making mom feel special. Here are my favorites from this new collection:   I partnered with Teleflora for this post. 

...The night is dark and full of terrors, but the fire burns them all away. (Melisandre, Game of Thrones) Game of Thrones is definitely a huge fan favorite, and one of the best shows on television (in my opinion anyway). Get ready for the newest season with this Melisandre-inspired cocktail "The Red Woman"! Also known as "The Red Woman", Melisandre is a shadowbinder and a priestess of R'hllor in service to Stannis Baratheon. Originally a slave from Asshai called Melony, she is chosen by the Red Temple and recruited as a red priestess, and as a result has prophetic powers that give her partial knowledge of future events. She is also referred to as a shadowbinder, being able to cast glamours and perform certain feats of dark magic. Melisandre is introduced in A Clash of Kings and serves as the third-person narrator for one chapter of A Dance with Dragons. She is described as a beautiful voluptuous foreign woman with red eyes and red hair, always dressing in red robes and wearing a red gold choker set with a large ruby, and rarely sleeps or eats. She possesses magical abilities that can cast glamour and manipulate fire and shadow, has prophetic visions by looking into fire, and takes an aggressively militant stance against the other religions of Westeros. (wikipedia)  Melisandre was instrumental in the battle against The Wights in her final episode "The Long Night" where she used her powers to light the swords as well as the barrier.  amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "mommwantfree-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_design = "enhanced_links"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B0794V65JV"; amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "27b066741cafd4de9763f9ccca2d825b"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "mommwantfree-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_design = "enhanced_links"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B01AW5VH22"; amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "822092a4ebaf9b38a6d14cbc83263bc0"; It's only right to have a cocktail to honor the Red Woman who ultimately gave her (400 year old) life to the cause. With Fireball, of course. amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "mommwantfree-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_design = "enhanced_links"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B073JYNGCS"; amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "621af8bc799cd1271ae2e13819342dd2"; The Red Woman Cocktail - Game of Thrones A Fireball Cocktail inspired by Melisandre (The Red Woman or The Red Witch) in HBO's Game of Thrones 1.5 oz Cherry Vodka1 oz Silver Tequila1 oz Fireball1 tbsp Grenadine3 oz Pineapple JuiceSanding SugarSimple Syrup Using 2 appetizer plates pour your simple syrup on one plate and the silver sanding sugar on the other.Dip your glass into the simple syrup and then into the sanding sugar.Set to the side.Fill with glass with ice 3/4 of the way full.In a bar shaker add 3-4 pieces of ice, vodka, tequila, fireball and grenadine -- shake well to combine.Top off with pineapple juice.    See more cocktails here!

This post was written in partnership with Abrams Books and Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal. All opinions are 100% my own.   My kids are avid readers. I am lucky in that, I know... They are both always eager to get book orders at school, and we have regular trips to the library. I even let them read after bedtime because I think it's so important to a child's mind. My son in particular has been reading since the age of 4. Once he started, he just didn't stop! He has read several of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, so when we saw that Greg Heffley's best friend, Rowley Jefferson, also has his own book - Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal - we got super excited. While Greg sometimes sees Rowley as a bit in-the-way and weird, we always saw him as sweet and well-meaning, and loved his attitude of not really caring about what others said about him. Personally, I always saw Rowley as good-hearted, even though his intentions don't always end up the way he wants them to.   Get ready for a whole new look into Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid! Introducing the newest Wimpy Kid author—Rowley Jefferson! Rowley’s best friend Greg Heffley has been chronicling his middle-school years in thirteen Diary of a Wimpy Kid journals . . . and counting. But it’s finally time for readers to hear directly from Rowley in a journal of his own. In Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, Rowley writes about his experiences and agrees to play the role of biographer for Greg along the way. (After all, one day Greg will be rich and famous, and everyone will want to know his life’s story.) But Rowley is a poor choice for the job, and his “biography” of Greg is a hilarious mess. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal offers readers a new way to look at the Wimpy world—one fans won’t want to miss! My son Dylan has a wonderfully awesome streak in him. He is a sweet soul, extremely friendly, and a great kid to be mom to. Five Reasons My Son Is Awesome He’s good to his sister. Dylan always makes sure his twin sister is getting what she wants and shares. In fact, if he has money saved for a treat, he splits it evenly with his sister without hesitation. He’s good to his friends. Like Rowley, Dylan offers to help his friends whenever they need it. It could be offering up his scooter while we are at the park or helping out at school. Dylan loves what he loves with no shame, whether it’s designing and sewing his own cosplay costumes, or listening to Taylor Swift. Dylan is so similar to Rowley in this respect, it’s almost like they are the same person. He offers to help around the house. Rowley LOVES his parents and loves helping, and so does Dylan. Most often, it’s emptying the dishwasher or taking care of the pets. Dylan does it without complaints. Dylan always means well. This is probably the most awesome bit about him: He always thinks of how his actions affect others. And even if he doesn’t get the result he expects, he always has the best of intentions. Want the book for yourself? It's truly a must-have for Kinney/Wimpy Kid fans. You can find it on Amazon or wherever books are sold. PLUS be on the lookout for Diary of a Wimpy Kid #14 out later this year!