About Katharine

Katharine is a full-time mom and wife with a passion for writing. She is a published romance author (under the pseudonym Ivy Boelyn) and editor. Katharine has also worked previously as a licensed Early Childhood Educator and a licensed Cosmetologist. She enjoys relaxed days making memories with family and exciting nights out with her husband and their closest friends.

Essential Daily Products

Essential Daily Products

If you haven’t tried Palmer’s and Baby Magic products, you really have no idea what you’re missing. My love for Palmer’s products started when I was pregnant with my son. A close friend of mine raved about Palmer’s, swearing that their cocoa butter products protected her skin from stretch marks and kept skin supple.

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Picture Hanging Made Easy

Picture Hanging Made Easy

Picture hanging is the bane of my existence! I hate having to ask my husband for help, lords knows he does enough work around our house. I’m also a short gal, I don’t have the patience for standing on a step stool and trying to steady myself with a measuring tape to get the right dimensions.  I’m horrible at estimating where and how to hang something, which is usually what I end up resorting to. This makes me sad because decorating is one of my greatest passions and it has quickly become my biggest frustration.

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Add Some Peppermint Twist To Your Holiday

Add Some Peppermint Twist To Your Holiday
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Let’s be honest, the holidays can be incredibly stressful. Finding the perfect gift for the friend or co-worker that seems to have everything. Finding the right compliment to your Holiday party, family gathering, or a functional hostess gift. It’s true, it can get complicated.

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Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures on Blu-Ray & DVD

Lego Star Wars The Freemaker Adventures on Blu-Ray & DVD
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If you’ve read previous posts by me, you might already know that my family are complete Star Wars fanatics. My husband and I have been fans since we were kids, my son quickly caught on a developed and love for the series all his own.

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Gifts For An Active Lifestyle

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Working out has been a long time passion of mine. However, it can be tough finding a comfortable, supportive bra if you’ve been “blessed” with a full chest. I have doubled-up on sports bras and dealt with ill-fitting bras for years while I worked out. It was uncomfortable and never gave me the support I needed. When I had the opportunity to check out Shefit – The Ultimate Sports Bra, I hoped that finally I had stumbled upon a product that might work for me!

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The Nutcracker Ballet at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

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Going to see Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker has been a long time tradition for my family. I’m not sure where it originated, but I have lots of vivid memories of going to see the ballet as a young girl. This tradition carried over to adulthood; my house is decorated with lots of beautiful Nutcracker ornaments and decor. I also have a light-up Nutcracker on my front porch from my childhood. Now, that adoration has transferred to my son, who also loves Nutcrackers. He loves to help pick one out for our home each Christmas.

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Products To Make You Glow This Holiday

Products To Make You Glow This Holiday
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If you haven’t used Dermalogica products, you no idea what you’re missing. I’ve been a huge fan for nearly a decade! In beauty school, I was trained using Dermalogica and continued to use the line while working in a salon. This is a serious, professional line that you will find used in salons and spas throughout the country. I was so excited when I had the opportunity to check out this latest holiday gift set from Dermalogica, with two of their most popular products: Microfoliant and Precleanse

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Creating a Movie Night Tradition

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Every Friday night we’ve developed a special ritual in our house: Family Movie Night. At the end of a long week, it’s a chance to come together, bond, and reconnect as a family unit. Each of us has really come to look forward to these special Friday nights!

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Check Out The Newest Clip From Disney’s Moana

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My son has been dying to see Disney’s newest movie, Moana, since we saw the trailer for it in theaters. If you haven’t seen Moana, you need to drop everything and plan a family night at the movies this weekend!

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Don’t Forget to Pamper Your Guy

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I think it’s a major error that the common belief is that women are the only ones who want to be pampered and enjoy quality products. My husband loves anything that adds ease to his shaving routine and getting ready for the day. I love to get him great gift sets to put under the tree and men’s products to put in his stocking.

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