Sunday, January 21, 2018

4 Reasons You Should Have a Staycation with Your Spouse if You Have Kids

My husband and I both work. BabyCakes goes to daycare during the day. His sister is relatively local but our daughter's grandparents are both states away. All this to say we don't have many childcare options. Because of this we don't get much time with just the two of us. We were very fortunate to have our first parents only vacation this year after three years of parenting.

So what do you do when you can't get away as a couple? You have a STAYCATION! Between Christmas and New Years Hubs and I had a week off of work together and it was AWESOME. We caught up on TV, watched movies, went on day dates, and played games.

You can take advantage of your usual child-care

The advantage of a staycation when you are a parent is that you can utilize your usual child-care if you don't have access to childcare to go on vacation. Each day we brought BabyCakes to daycare as usual, and then had the days to ourselves. 

You can rekindle your pre-kid couple vibe

Becoming parents changes you as a couple. We've been a family of three for a while now and I love it, but there is something special about our couple only moments. A staycation allows you to rekindle how things were before your bundle of joy made their entrance, being in your home and interacting with each other without parenting, going on spontaneous dates, etc. 

It helps you enjoy your children more

I was so amazed at how much energy I had to play with my daughter during our staycation. I was excited for her to come home, planning more activities for us to do and enjoying more playtime with her. When you have time to relax and enjoy yourself and your partner, it leaves you with more energy to care for your child when they are home. 

It allows for intentional relaxation in your home

You would think that you always relax when you're home but that just isn't the case. You're doing housework, working on work and side projects, etc. A staycation allows you to have intentional and dedicated relaxation time in your home, a luxury we don't often have.

If you can't make it on a full vacation with your spouse consider a staycation. They definitely have their benefits!




Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Adventures of Prada Enchilada Giveaway

Hey Ya'll! It's my first post of 2018 and I'm very excited about it. This giveaway is special to me because it features products from one of my friends from college, Davon Clark.

After graduating from college, while substitute teaching, Davon noticed a lack of excitement for literacy in schools. To combat that, he created his own interactive children's book, and that is how the Adventures of Prada Enchilada series and the ADC Kid brand was born.

I'm giving away a copy of The Adventures of Prada Enchilada, The Eight Planets and a Prada Enchilada and Mimi Tortellini Activity & Coloring BookThe Adventures of Prada Enchilada, The Eight Planets is geared towards 2nd graders going into 3rd grade, but the basic message of learning about the planets, color identification, fun facts, and utilizing basic counting skills can be used with any child. The activity book can be used by anyone. It has color by number, color by letters, connect the dots, hidden object pages, and more. BabyCakes even enjoys coloring in it.

ADC Kid has served over a thousand youth in schools, businesses, community centers, juvenile detention centers, and non-profit organizations. If you work with children and are interested in having them visit your school check out their website

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Setting Intentions for 2018

Happy, Merry, Holidays! I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season. And if the holidays are hard for you I wish you strength getting through to the New Year.

Speaking of the New Year, I'm going to a Vision Board creation event this weekend and realized I haven't sat down to think through my intentions for 2018. The last time I made a vision board was 2014.

Vision Board

As you can see, the main thing I was trying to manifest that year was a baby, and we got her!

In sitting down to think about what I want 2018 to bring I've decided on:

Friendships - In 2018 I hope to connect more and on a deeper level with my friends.

Health - I am determined to move more, eat more fruits and vegetables, and drink more water. I don't even have any sort of weight goal, I just want to know I'm doing the best for my insides.

Leadership - I want to be a stronger and more confident leader.

Teaching - I want to use my expertise in marketing to help people and organizations have successful brands. I'm already scheduled to lead a marketing seminar in the summer, and I've started a marketing specific Twitter account, @laneshemarkets

Money - I want to spend less and pay off more debt in the coming year.

Family - In the New Year I'm also looking forward to more quality time with my family and watching BabyCakes grow and mature more and more each day.

What do you want to manifest in 2018?

Setting Intentions for 2018


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Deal on Red Baron® Deep Dish Singles

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and its advertiser, all opinions are mine alone. #RedBaronHolidaySavings #CollectiveBias

The holidays bring on a lot of extra activity and responsibility. I enjoy any opportunity to get a break from standing in the kitchen to prepare food for the family after work, and holiday baking, and present buying and wrapping, etc.

Craving a delicious, deep dish fix for dinner? Looking to save you and your family time and money during this busy holiday season? Pick up Red Baron® Deep Dish Single Serve Pizza from your local Sam's Club! Don’t miss this great Ibotta offer! When you buy Red Baron® Deep Dish Pizzas at Sam's Club, you will earn $2.50! *Offer available through 12/31/17.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Christmas Magic for the Magic Makers

Christmas Tree Lights

If you are the Christmas Magic Maker in your family, this post is for you. The Magic Maker is the chief person who brings the magic of Christmas to the rest of the family. After you have purchased the decorations, put up the decorations, searched for the perfect presents, purchased the presents, wrapped the presents, planned the Christmas menu, purchased the Christmas food, cleaned the house for your Christmas guests, created your Christmas cards, purchased the stamps for your Christmas cards, mailed your Christmas cards, checked and double checked the shipping on the presents you've purchased online, brainstormed your Christmas eve activities, etc. etc... I want you, Magic Maker to do one or more of these things for yourself.

Take a luxurious shower or bath. I'm not talking about one of those hurry up and get clean showers. I'm talking about start out with a face mask, use a special body scrub, take your time moisturizing afterwards type showers. Give yourself an hour to do all the self-care you would do all the time, if you had time. 

Get a massage. Take some time to pamper yourself. Your body and spirit will thank you. You'll love having someone take care of you, if even for just an hour. 

Get a manicure. Same principal as above, and you'll have beautiful nails to show off during the holiday festivities. 

Go on a solo date. Take yourself out for a meal. Read a book, scroll Instagram, do anything but worry about any of your responsibilities. 

Nerdy Christmas Ornaments
Our nerdy Christmas ornaments. 

Go to a movie. Going to a movie in a theater is the perfect pastime because you are expected to put your cell phone down throughout the entire experience. For many of us, our phones are tied to responsibilities - work e-mails, texts we need to return, etc. Seeing a movie in a theater makes you focus on the movie and just enjoy yourself. 

Have someone else wrap your gifts. You can go as high-end (department store) or low end (person on craigslist)  as you want for this one. The point is outsourcing one of your responsibilities for the result of more time for other tasks, and really pretty looking gifts under your tree. 

Order yourself a subscription box. Who are we kidding? If you are the Christmas Magic Maker, you're probably the person holding down the fort the majority of the time. Purchase yourself a year of a subscription box, and get a surprise gift every month of the year, because you deserve it.

Christmas tree

What are you doing to take care of YOURSELF during this holiday season?


Monday, December 4, 2017

Holiday Guest Bathroom Basket

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MerrySpritzmas #CollectiveBias

Holiday guest bathroom basket

I enjoy hosting and I try to make my guests as comfortable as possible when visiting or staying with me. Part of this holiday's hostess duties for me was creating a holiday guest bathroom basket. This basket is filled with things to make my guests comfortable and try to limit any awkward moments. In my basket I include painkillers, washcloths, toothbrushes, holiday socks for when they're in pajamas if they forgot slippers of their own and Poo~Pourri.

We only have one bathroom in our home, so with the combination of our family of three, overnight guests and people visiting during the holidays that bathroom is highly trafficked. No one wants to come into the bathroom behind someone and get hit in the face with funk! So I was excited when I saw Poo~Pourri, the Before-You-Go® Toilet Spray . It's a funny product, but it works, and the packaging is elegant enough to keep around even the fanciest home.


The mechanism is simple. When spritzed into the toilet bowl before you go, Poo~Pourri's all natural essential oil blend creates a film on the surface of the water. The barrier traps odor under the surface and all you smell is freshness when you flush.  Poo~Pourri transforms your bathroom experience (and those who come in after you) by stopping bathroom odor before it begins.

I wanted to choose some scents that evoked the holidays, as well as a scent I could use as the year moves on. I decided on Secret Santa- a blend of cinnamon, vanilla and citrus natural essential oil, Merry Spritzmas® - peppermint, vanilla, and citrus, essential oils and Lavender Vanilla.  Their website is so fun and easy to navigate.


Hover over and click the image below to purchase from 

Use my special coupon code, WORKING, to get 20% off. 

Creating one of these baskets is super simple. You'll need: 

A basket
Ribbon (I recommend ribbon that has wire lining so you can make it keep the shape you want)
Christmas berry stems from your craft store's floral department
Pine garland
Pou~Pourri and assorted bathroom items for your guests
Wire cutters

Pine garland craft

Measure your pine garland to the length of the perimeter of your basket and cut to size. To secure your garland to the basket hook small pieces of the garland's wire around the basket.

Basket with pine garland

If your basket is deeper than you'd like for this project, as mine was, you can place a styrofoam block or other filler inside the basket to lift things up. Create a bow, or multiple bows from your ribbon and affix to your garland with a section of the garland's wire. Add in your guest items and place in the guest room or bathroom, and you're good to go!

bathroom guest basket


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Giveaway: FERDINAND Advance Screening

We had our first movie outing to a real movie theater over the summer to see Despicable Me 3. Armed with a big bag of popcorn BabyCakes sat through the whole movie! We really enjoyed it. During the previews for the movie we saw the trailer for FERDINAND, the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can't judge a bull by its cover.

From Blue Sky Studios and Carlos Saldanha, the director of "Rio" and inspired by the beloved book "The Story of Ferdinand" by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, "Ferdinand" is a heartwarming animated comedy adventure with an all-star cast that includes John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Gina Rodriguez, Anthony Anderson and many more.


The movie comes out December 15th, but the FERDINAND team has offered me tickets to an advance screening of FERDINAND on December 9th at UA Riverview (1400 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia). Enter to win tickets in the Rafflecopter widget below!

Winners will be notified by 12/6.

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