What’s Going On

I’d like to tell you a little story. I’d like to say that it will be short and sweet. I’d be lying if I said that.

You see, way back in August of 2010 I decided to start a blog. That’s almost 5 years ago for you mathematically challenged folk. I was somewhat new to being a stay-at-home mom and, quite frankly, a little bored (cue: working moms who abhor me for saying this).

I also felt as though I was getting a little stupider (for lack of a better word) every day. I wasn’t challenging my mind or learning anything new. I decided to turn to my new best friend, the internet, and learn something new every day. Since my then 11 month old would not keep me accountable (how rude) I figured, if I blogged about it, that might help.

Yada yada yada (a la George Constanza) I started a blog called Smarten Up! and began sharing what I learned. You can read these mostly boring blog posts in my Smarten Up! category (which I can’t seem to link) and here’s a link to the very first post.

At some point I realized that I enjoyed the writing better than the learning (shame) so I ventured out into topics such as Wednesdays with Adah (my aforementioned unaccountable 11 month old), Facetious Friday, etc.

Here I am failing at keeping this short and sweet.

Anyways, 8 or so months later we were pregnant with our 2nd child and buying a house. I threw in the towel with hopes of getting back to the blogging eventually.

About 9 months later (in January of 2012) I was ready to start back up. This time I had visions of grandeur and rebranded myself as Housewife Mama (.com and all) so that I could grow into a legit blog with sponsored product reviews (read: getting free stuff) as my goal. Low and behold I actually found success and was able to convince business owners, both small and large to not only send me free stuff to review, but in most cases, send another for a giveaway winner. It was awesome, it was fun and then it wasn’t fun. I posted my last product review in March of 2015 and decided to retire.

I didn’t enjoy it anymore and it was no longer worth the time it took away from my family. It was a great run and I got more cloth diapers (my original motivation), baby and kid products, etc. than I can count. I even had the opportunity to work with large brands like Staples, Tom’s of Main, Joanne’s, Hallmark, Boba, Schwan’s and even Jonathan Scott  from HGTV.

So here I am, pregnant with our 3rd child, still trying to fix up our home of over 4 years and wanting to write again. I’m getting back to my roots, not trying to monetize, be consistent, gain followers or do anything fancy like that. I just want to write, occasionally, about whatever the stank I feel like and you can read it or or not.

Update: It’s 2017 and I said I would start blogging again 2 years ago. What’s my deal?! Stay tuned, or don’t because I never finish anything, ever (look I can’t even bother to add the period)

The end.

Jord Ely Maple Wood Watch Review

Paul from Wood Watches by Jord sent me one of their Ely Maple watches to review {ARV $129}

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Before Paul contacted me I had never heard of a wood watch. I was definitely intrigued and excited to partner with Jord to tell you all more about them.

Beyond the fact that these watches are stunning to look at, they serve a greater purpose. These modern watches are a sustainable product. I know that is a movement that many of you hold dear in your hearts so make sure you check out all of their mens and womens watches to find one that suits you best.

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I found my Jord watch to be comfortable, easy to put on and take off, stylish and an all-around bonus to my everyday wardrobe. I know you will feel the same way I do.

So why does Jord create these watches? First of all, because, duh, they’re awesome, but more importantly see what else they have to say:

Our style is guided by a deep appreciation for natural elements and modern design. Wood is not just a component of our watches, it is the main feature. The intricacy and multiplicity of the woods we utilize in our designs insure that each watch is as distinctive as the owner. (http://www.woodwatches.com/our-story)


Overall, I am very pleased and impressed by my Jord wood watch.


I was not paid to write this post. These are my own opinions. I exchanged my review for this product.


Black & Decker 20V MAX Lithium Pivot Vac Review

Black & Decker sent me one of their new Vacs to test out and I have to say that I LOVE IT!

You see, I have been desperately wanting a little cordless hand-vac for a while. A long while. And, did I mention desperately?

I currently have a big, older vacuum that I hardly use because we have no carpeting in the house. About every month or so the amount of ‘unintentional trailmix’ covering my van floor gets out of control and needs to be vacuumed out. Lugging the big ol’ vacuum outside, searching for the single coveted extension cord, and trying to reach that hose across the van without the vacuum falling over and penetrating one of my children’s skulls gets a little monotonous. This is the desperation I’m talking about.

Well, friends, I did not just get any old hand held, cordless vacuum. I got the king of them all. Without further ado, I introduce to you the Black & Decker 20V MAX Lithium Pivot Vac:



Just look what this little guy can do:

BDH2000PL_3I haven’t seen such amazing pivoting action since Larry Bird. That picture above shows the 6 different angles you can pivot this vacuum to accommodate you in your cleaning. Check out Susie Homemaker cleaning well above her head with ease:

BDH2000PL_A2 As someone who is 4’11” tall (gasp, it’s true) I need this kind of cleaning tool in my life. Now that I have it, I cannot live without it. To see all of the other great features visit the website here. You see now why I call this guy the king? Of curse, no king is complete without his throne. Check out this throne, people:



The king can sit on his throne, in a compact way and juice up for the next mess that will inevitably happen.

Remember my van-cleaning woes? Here are some before shots of my van. Remember, this is a judgement free zone:

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We kind of use this van like a pickup truck. We have hauled bags upon bags of mulch, plants and even children. Most of the mess is mulch, soil and that ‘unintentional trailmix’ that comes about from multiple episodes of snacking and driving.

See how easily this vacuum cleaned up every bit of mess that it (please excuse the poor camera skills):

In the end, after maybe 7 minutes of vacuuming, the van was as clean as it has ever been since we’ve owned it and the vacuum was full of dirty, mulchy ‘unintentional trailmix’ with a touch of husky hair. Emptying the vacuum is simple and can be done with one hand.



Here is the 7 minutes of work results:

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It’s not perfect (and neither are we) but now I don’t have to give my “Boy, we really need to clean this van” line every time we open the doors in a public place.

So we know this is an amazing vacuum for my van, but I also have to note that it works wonders on door mats, under couch cushions, collection dog hair clumps from under the bed and more!



My Interview with Jonathan Scott from HGTV

I recently had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to interview Jonathan Scott, start of HGTV’s shows Property Brothers and Brother Vs. Brother.

Unless you are living under a rock the size of Rhode Island, you have seen Jonathan, and his twin brother Drew doing some amazing things with houses on their shows.

Here is what Jonathan had to say in response to my questions:

$0 Office Makeover Inspired by Staples

My friends at Staples were kind enough to let me pick out a piece of office furniture for my office makeover.

$0 Office Makeover plus $100 giveaway

After much deliberation I chose this Sauder August L-Desk in Oak.


It was pretty easy to put together too…so I hear. Of course, I had my husband do all of the dirty work, but I swear, he told me it was pretty easy.

$0 Office Makeover plus $100 giveawaySo the room started out as my 4 year old daughters space. We decided to move her in with my 2 year old daughter because:

A. We wanted a more dedicated office space

B. They wanted to move in together

C. We wanted to make sure the the first one up woke the other immediately, so the double-teaming cereal demands and pink bowl arguments would be the first sweet sounds I hear every morning.

So, how did we accomplish the rest of this makeover for free (loose definition)?

I purchased the paint with credit card rewards we earned (sorry Dave Ramsey but we do use credit cards for reward purposes and pay them off entirely every month).

All of the decor and other furniture were items from around the house.

$0 Office Makeover plus $100 giveawayVoila, that’s a free office makeover! What’s the deal with the dresser, clothing stand and stuffed closets? Well, aside from blogging I also run an ebay store. The dresser (which was also once a changing table) is now my supply storage, measuring and weighing station. The clothing stand is my half-mannequin, which is where I photograph the clothing and items I sell. The closets are where I store the 300 or so items I have listed in my store.

Staples sent me a few other, much needed supplies to help my office come together. Make sure you get yourself a Staples Easy Button for your desk. Every time I press it, things are magically getting done for me. It’s crazy, but it works.


But wait, there’s more! Staples and I are giving away $100 for you to use at staples.

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Boba Wrap Review

Boba sent me one of the Boba Wrap carriers to review {ARV $38}.

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I do own a Boba 3G but have never owned a wrap, of any kind, so I was excited to get this Boba Wrap to try out on my 25 lb 2 year old. The maximum limits for the Boba Wrap are 35 lbs and 36 months so I knew it would be a great fit.

Once I opened up my Boba Wrap I was immediately drawn to how stretchy and soft the farbic was. I now understand why so many moms love the Boba Wrap for their precious little newborns and their soft and sensitive skin, and continue to love them throughout their childs first few years.

It took me just a few minutes to follow the instructions and figure out how to get my 2 year old set up correctly in the Boba Wrap. She is a clingy hugger so she loves being worn on the front, as opposed to being slung around to my backside with other carriers.

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I really love the ease of tying and untying the Boba Wrap to adjust sizing. It can be a hassle sometimes to adjust carriers with buckles, especially when you do not always have a free hand or two.

The Boba Wrap also comes with it’s own carrying pouch. Once inside the pouch, you can attach your Boba Wrap to your stroller or diaper bag, or even stick it in your glove compartment or backpack.

The Boba Wrap is a lightweight and hassle-free baby carrier and I am happy to have had the chance to review it.

Enter for your chance to win a Boba Baby Carrier, a Boba Wrap or a Boba Air! All products can be seen at http://www.boba.com. With Boba products it is easier than ever to enjoy Freedom Together as a family and Boba wants YOU to get a chance to use their products. To enter to win, follow the Rafflecopter instructions.

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Silicon Baking Mat and Commercial Baking Sheet Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.


I was sent a Silicon Baking Mat and Commercial Baking sheet to review.


I currently had old baking sheets so this was a welcomed product. Of course, the only appropriate item to test these out was chocolate chip cookies.


I often have issues with cookies sticking to the pan or not cooking evenly but this was not the case with my new baking mat and sheet.

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As you can see, the cookies came out great and my sous chefs couldn’t agree more.

026It was so easy to take the cookies off of the baking mat. In fact, i barely had to clean it because there were just a few small smudges left over.

Baking cookies, or anything else for that matter, will never be the same again.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

ATTITUDE Product Review

I was sent a package of ATTITUDE products to review with my family.


ATTITUDE provides baby-friendly, carcinogen-free, environmentally-preferable (just to name a  few) cleaning and care products.

We have been diligently using and loving each of these products!

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The Laundry Detergent has worked great to get our clothing clean and I love that it is “free of any chemical linked to cancer (not even traces!).” Plus it is septic safe and not tested on animals. It is currently on sale for $8.99.

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The Dishwashing Liquid has been great to have on hand for those dishes I do not run through the dishwasher. I have to admit that I am a bit of a dishwashing liquid snob. I buy many of my household products in generic brands but I always purchased a specific brand name dishwashing liquid because it was the only one that worked well. I am happy to say that ATTITUDE dishwashing liquid has passed my test and really does get my dishes clean. It also has the benefits mentioned above for the laundry detergent. You can purchase it on sale for $3.99.

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The Toy & Surface Cleaner has been one of those products I never knew I couldn’t live without. I find myself using it all the time on our toys, especially with all of the sick germs going around right now. What was I using before this?! It also is free of cancer-causing chemicals and eco-friendly. You can purchase it on sale for $6.99

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The 2-in-1 Shampoo has been a great product for us. With two daughters that have lots of hair we go through a lot of shampoo. I worry about what is in our shampoos because it runs down their faces as we rinse it. I love knowing that this shampoo is vegetable based and free of harmful chemicals. You can purchase it on sale for $7.99.

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The Bubble Bath is something my girls look forward to. Most natural bath products do not produce the fun bubbles that every child wants in their bath. Though this is carcinogen-free and eco-friendly it still has a nice naturally-derived fragrance. We absolutely love this product and you can get it on sale for $7.99.

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The Foaming Hand Soap is another great product for the bathroom. My girls love how foamy the soap gets and I love the safe and eco-friendly ingredients. We will be sad when this runs out. You can purchase it on sale for $4.99.

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The Baby Wipes are a great product for on-the-go. I threw this into my diaper bag and have gone almost entirely through the package. Baby wipes are used on our children’s most sensitive parts and we should be conscience to what they are made of. I love that these are vegetable-based and biodegradable. You can purchase a pack on sale for $5.99.

ATTITUDE carries so many other great products which you can view here.

Overall, it has been a privilege to try out these amazing products and I know you will love them. They are safe for your family, friendly for the environment and even have fun packaging that everyone will love.


I was not paid to write this post. I exchanged my review for this product. These are my own opinions.

Baby Bullet Review

I was sent a Baby Bullet System to review.

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I have used food processors in the past for making baby food so I was excited to try out a system created for the purpose of making baby food.

It was very simple to set up right out of the box and we got right to making banana baby food. As you can see I added some yogurt as bananas are not the most liquid-y fruit.

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They pureed up fast and smoothly and we were able to pour them into the individual cups and freezer tray very easily.

The Baby Bullet comes with so many great features and tools like the recipe book, spatula and more.

Enter to win a Baby Bullet of your own in my

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Kong Mega Wubba Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

EntirelyPets.com sent me a Kong Mega Wubba to review with my 2 dogs.

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I already knew of Kong as being a quality  product and was excited to try it out on my rough players. Together they have destroyed more stuffed animals and wooden toys than I care to recall. It was time for something they could not tear apart in .04 seconds.

My 2 year old Husky mix Hera has teeth that can chew through just about anything. She took right to the Kong Mega Wubba and went to town gnawing on it.

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She has punctured a couple of small holes but has not ripped it beyond that at all. I was impressed.

We then tried it out on our 3 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback mix Zeus and he had his way with it as well. He whipped it around until he could barely move anymore and still the quality was spot-on. Again, I was impressed.

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We have purchased cheap dog toys in the past but have now experienced the quality of Kong and will be loyal purchasers from here on out.

You can purchase this Kong Mega Wubba and several other Kong toys and products from EntirelyPets.com 

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I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.