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 bleep I feel like and you can read it or or not.

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.


Cozy Cat Furniture Kitty Condo with Round Perches Review

CozyCatFurniture sent me their Kitty Cat Condo with Round Perches to review {ARV $99.95}.

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This arrived in a large box with assembly required. I saw the task of assembling this kitty condo as a small challenge and decided to take it on myself instead of asking my (more handy than I) husband.

There were simple illustrated instructions included and after a short while and minimal confusion I assembled it correctly on my own. The only tricky part for me was getting the ladder lined up correctly. It really did not take me that long to do.



I love how it tucks nicely into the corner and looks stylish enough to keep out in our main living area.  The quality has held up over time (even with out preschoolers climbing on it against our wishes) which is also impressive.

Our cat is a bit of a giant and is also not a fan of being photographed. I was able to snap 1 clear shot of the elusive Loki on his kitty condo though.



Overall I think this is a great product for someone who desires a nice play and rest area for their cat!


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

Filling that Christmas Tree Shaped Hole in Your Life

If you’re anything like me, once you’ve removed your Christmas tree from your living room, it feels like there is a big gap in the room. It might be how it looks 11 months of the year, yet it somehow just looks wrong.

In January, the evenings are still dark, and it can be surprising how much you miss the Christmas tree lights,as well as the tree itself. You could put a lamp in its place, but then you may not need it in the summer months, and it will create an issue when next Christmas comes around you have to find somewhere else either for either the lamp or the Christmas tree – and if you relocate the Christmas tree, you’re going to be left with the exact same problem next January.

A better way of filling the hole is with a candle. The soft glow of a candle will still give you that cosy feeling reminiscent of evenings spent snuggled up on the sofa to the glow of a Christmas tree, but takes up considerably less space, and will help you gradually adjust to life post-Christmas. Candles come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. For a subtle glow, a large jar candle is a good choice and will last a long time. If your room needs that extra bit of brightness to lift your spirits in the New Year, then opt for a candle display featuring several smaller candles. You can pick colours that either match or compliment your living space, and you might be surprised by how much it transforms the look and feel of your living room.

Scented candles are a nice way to indulge yourself – pick a scent that compliments your mood. If you are still looking back and wishing it was Christmas, you can always opt for a Christmas themed fragrance. If on the other hand you can’t help but look out the window and daydream about your next summer holiday, pick a summer themed scent that will transport you there.

As the days and weeks pass, you will soon get used to the look of your post-Christmas tree living room, and get to like the cleanliness and the lack of clutter that go with it. Enjoy it while you can though – before you know it, you will be starting your Christmas shopping all over again.

Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Tray Review

Marty from Smile Brilliant sent me one of their Teeth Whitening Trays to try out.


I have never whitened my teeth before and have felt that they are a little more yellow than I would like them to be.

I was very excited to try this product out and see just how well it could whiten my teeth. I am sure that you are wondering the same thing. Let me first tell you a little about how this product works.

Just like the expensive system at your dentists office, you are creating a mold, custom-fit to your teeth so that you will get maximum results with this teeth whitening process. However, when using Smile Brilliant, you can cut out that expensive part by cutting out the dentist. Create your own mold at home, with ease!

Check out this video for more details:

It really was just as simple as the video show and I have had nothing but positive experiences while using this product.

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I did about 9 sessions of whitening over a few months time and here are my results:

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Overall, I am totally impressed. My teeth are not yet snow-white but they have definitely improved. I highly recommend this product if you are looking for whiter teeth without all the hassle or expensive dentist visits.

Once you have your custom trays created you can continue to order the whitening gel at your leisure (which I plan on doing in the future).

Smile Brilliant sent me my actual plaster molds used to create my trays so I can show you guys what it looks like:

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Here is what my trays look like. I love how well they fit:

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Galley Essentials Silicone Baking Cups Review

Galley Essentials sent me a 12 pack of their Silicone Baking Cups to review {ARV $10.99}


These silicone cups have been a great addition to my cupcake and muffin baking. Scrubbing out crusted muffin from each individual muffin tin cup is not my idea of fun. I also do not like to spend a few bucks on paper cups that have to be thrown away.


These have been really easy to fill, peel away when eating and clean as well.

They are BPA free and safe to use at the high oven temperatures needed to bake cupcakes and muffins.


Overall, we are really impressed with the functionality of these baking cups and my kids really love the bright colors they come in.

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.

Three Layer Bamboo Cutting Board Set Review

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.

I was sent this 3 pack of Bamboo Cutting Boards to review. {ARV $59.99}


I only had one plastic cutting board at the time so these were much needed. I love that there are 3 different sizes so you can customize using whichever board works best for what you need it for.



I have used these all several times over. They have held up to my cutting and washing very well.




This is a great product if you are looking for some new cutting boards for yourself and they are currently on sale for just $19.74! Order here.

This would also be a great gift idea as well!