Free Halloween Coloring Printables

After how many fun emails I got about the cutting practice sheets I designed, I decided to make some Halloween coloring pages. I’ve printed a bunch out and can’t wait to show the girls over the weekend.


I’m not an experienced Illustrator artist, but I do think they came out pretty cute. You can download the whole set (10 in all)  here.

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Let’s Talk Bums with Cottonelle

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cottonelle.

There are a lot of things I dreamed of becoming at an expert about when I was in college: writing, creating, crafting. All at the top of the list.


Wiping bums? Well, let’s just say it didn’t make it into the top ten.

Cottonelle Let's Talk Bums


But here I am, 10 years later (seriously, college was TEN years ago) and I can talk about bums with the best of them.  As a mother of two preschoolers (ages 2 and 4) we have a lot of frank conversations about wiping. Both the do’s and the dont’s.


In fact, I’ve even caught myself telling my husband to hold on a second because I “have to go use the potty.” I can only assume how this might sound to an outsider, but I’m pretty confident that any parent reading this can relate. So why are we talking about bums? Well, because everybody poops!


No seriously, they do. And this is why Cottonelle believes that their new Cottonelle Care Routine will leave you feeling cleaner and fresher than ever have before.


I am very picky about the toilet paper I buy. And just so you know, I judge you when I’m at your house and find that cheap one-ply stuff hanging from the roll. (I judge you even more if the roll is under versus over, but that’s a conversation for another day).


Cottonelle Let's Talk Bums Campaign


We’ve used Cottonelle ever since I can remember (or at least since I became cognizant of what kind of toilet paper my mother was buying). As I grew up and started paying for my own things I dabbled in the world of cheap toilet paper. And I didn’t like what I felt. I’m a penny pincher in many ways, but not when it comes to wiping my bum. But one thing I’ve never purchased or use until recently was cleansing cloths. I know what you may be thinking… there is no way I’m going to use wipes. I get it… I was one of you. But I’m a believer.


And I’m going to just go ahead and put this out there… some situations call for more than just regular toilet paper. And wipes? Well, they work. There’s a reason we don’t use toilet paper when we change our kids diapers. Let’s leave it at that.


Listen, I know that talking about bathroom habits is embarrassing, but if you aren’t using cleansing cloths at least sometimes, you are missing out on a better way to keep clean. They’re also available in a new sleek design that doesn’t LOOK like you’ve got a package of baby wipes sitting on the back the toilet.

Cottonelle FreshCare Wipes

In fact, Cottonelle believes in this so much, they are partnering with the hilarious and adorable Cherry Healey to get people talking about the way they wipe.



Nothing leaves you feeling cleaner and fresher than the Cottonelle Care Routine. Visit the Cottonelle Facebook page and let’s talk about your bum.


Cottonelle wants to get you talking about your bum and on a better way to clean “down there” by using the Cottonelle Clean Routine. By combining the use of Cottonelle Toilet Paper and Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths, the Cottonelle Clean Routine is a revolutionary way to keep your bum cleaner.

Are you ready? Don’t be shy! Visit to learn more about the Cottonelle Clean Routine and join the clean routine conversation.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cottonelle.

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Tomorrow I turn 31.


I have nothing remarkable planned for the day. We’ll start off like we do every Saturday morning. We’ll pile the kids into our bed at 6:30 a.m. because they are awake and we’re desperate for a few more precious minutes of sleep. We’ll “sleep” with Dora on while two precocious little fireballs bounce on our heads and begin their demands for the day.


“Mommy, I want chocolate milk.”


“Mommy, I’m hungry, you should make us breakfast.”


“Mommy, wake up… it’s MORNING time.”


And of course, they’ll always ask me for all of these things even though their father is 3 feet away, because that’s what my kids do. And their father, who is a Saint of a man, will attempt to corral them and tell them to get up and go in the den so mommy can get a few more minutes of sleep because it’s her birthday.


They’ll say “Oh happy birthday mommy.” Followed by an “But daddy, I’m still really hungry.”


And I’ll lay in bed and attempt to catch a few more precious moments of sleep, but by now I’m wide awake and let’s face it, I’d really rather be sipping my coffee with those crazy bed-head little lunatics anyway.


Because they are my little lunatics. And also my most favorite people in the world.


We’ll head off to dance class and then to a child’s birthday party. Eventually we’ll end up at my parent’s house where I’ve requested that no special meal be made. I don’t want anyone to work. I want to eat pizza or burgers and swim and drink beer and maybe throw in a game of cards after we get the chlorine and sunscreen scented children into pajamas.


And I guess the real beauty in turning 31 is that this all sounds like a perfectly marvelous day to me.


I’ve got my tribe. The littles are demanding and impossible to deal with at times. The big one drives me to the brink of insanity weekly. But I love them to the farthest reaches of the moon and back.


I can honestly say 30 was my favorite year to date. I am more comfortable in my own skin than I have ever been.


I’m stronger, both physically and emotionally.


I took time for me. I learned new skills, I exercised, I read books, I took on new work.


I look back at what I wrote about turning 30 and it makes me so happy because quite honestly,  it’s become even better. I’ve become even more fabulous and I don’t even feel like a snob for saying that because I’ve worked my ass off to feel this good about where I am in life.


I know where my priorities are and I don’t long for things I don’t have.


I’m more in love with my husband than I was yesterday and I look forward to all of the ways I can fall even harder for him.


I crave time with my kids like they are a drug and I am 100% addicted.


I forgive myself when I mess up.


I apologize when I hurt others.


I smile and laugh more.


I worry a little less.


I’m still this giant work in progress yet I still can’t believe how far I’ve come.


The thing I’m looking forward to most about turning 31 is the privilege of another day on this most amazing journey that is my life. In case you can’t tell, I’m really really happy.


So, happy 31st birthday to me. Here’s to another year that is even better than the last one.






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