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Skylanders Trap Team for Xbox 360

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Skylanders Trap Team + Giveaway

See how I rated Skylanders Trap Team (which I received for review) and enter to win your own Skylanders Trap Team starter pack for the game system of your choice. If your kids are as big of … [Read More...]

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Disney World: 3 Parks in One Day

With only one day to do Disney World, you've got to have a lot of energy and a plan of attack. Luckily my boy and I had a full day to spend at Hollywood Studios, so we only needed to divide our time … [Read More...]

Maleficent Holiday Gift Guide

Maleficent: An Unsuspecting Love Story (Giveaway)

As you all know, I am a huge fan of movies because I love to escape reality for a couple of hours, just to revel in the beauty of make believe. Some make believe is better than others, and … [Read More...]

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Family Vacation Planning with Kissimmee Guest Services (KGS): Our Day at Hollywood Studios

As I have mentioned in some recent travel posts, my big boy and I went on the ultimate mommy/son date to Florida. Universal Studios, Disney World, good food and fun! After our day at Universal Studios … [Read More...]

Bites

Easy Enchilada Casserole

Easy Enchilada Casserole

 Since becoming a single mother, I have admittedly turned to fast food more times than I should count. I feel like I have so many balls in the air and I frequently wonder if I'm doing anything … [Read More...]

Bite-Sized Dutch Apple Pies

Life Made Bite-Sized: Bite-Sized Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

Try this recipe to put a new twist on Dutch Apple Pie, perfect for the kids' table this Thanksgiving. Plus read how my sponsors at ScholarShare and I think that making life "bite-sized" makes things a … [Read More...]

Heavenly Chocolate Cake

Heavenly Chocolate Cake

As a member of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network, I am being compensated by MIRACLE WHIP for my participation in this campaign. All opinions expressed are my own. Growing up, I … [Read More...]

Orange Cream Donut Holes

Orange Cream Donut Holes with TruMoo

This post brought to you by TruMoo. All opinions are 100% mine. During the month of October I like to try a variety of ways to change up our meals, and make them spooky; Not necessarily scary, but … [Read More...]

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My Kind of Travel

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Disney World: 3 Parks in One Day

With only one day to do Disney World, you've got to have a lot of energy and a plan of attack. Luckily my boy and I had a full day to spend at Hollywood Studios, so we only needed to divide our time and attention between 3 parks: Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom. I'm going to tell you how we … [Read More...]

rock n roller coaster

Family Vacation Planning with Kissimmee Guest Services (KGS): Our Day at Hollywood Studios

As I have mentioned in some recent travel posts, my big boy and I went on the ultimate mommy/son date to Florida. Universal Studios, Disney World, good food and fun! After our day at Universal Studios and checking out The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we headed over to Hollywood Studios for a day … [Read More...]

Diagon Alley

Experiencing the new Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade at Universal Studios

As big Harry Potter fans, my oldest son and I were thrilled to get to visit Universal Studios and experience the new Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade, with our own private tour. Diagon Alley can be found in Universal Studios' main park, while Hogsmeade is in Universal's Islands of Adventure. … [Read More...]

Fetucine Carbonara

Vivo Italian Kitchen for Tasty Dining on the Universal CityWalk

The night my son and I arrived to Orlando, Florida, we were treated to a magnificent meal at Vivo Italian Kitchen on the Universal CityWalk®. I am a sucker for some really good Italian, and not all Italian is really good Italian. I can say for certain that Vivo fits that bill. How can you go … [Read More...]

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Product Reviews

Skylanders Trap Team for Xbox 360

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Skylanders Trap Team + Giveaway

See how I rated Skylanders Trap Team (which I received for review) and enter to win your own Skylanders Trap Team starter pack for the game system of your choice. If your kids are as big of … [Read More...]

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2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Switching Things Up with VTech Switch & Go Dinos

This holiday season, Dinosaurs are roaming the earth and you can have one right in your own living room. VTech has created a brand new member of the Switch & Go Dinos family, Turbo Bronco The RC … [Read More...]

2015 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring

Universal Studios to Disney World in the 2015 Mazda 6 i Grand Touring

I'm a sucker for a red car, and I always have been. My very first car was a little red Nissan Sentra, and I have owned a few red cars since then. It has been several years for me, so I was a delighted … [Read More...]

LG Pulse Cell Phone

Build Your Own Phone Plan with Virgin Mobile Custom

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Virgin Mobile. I received a sample device to facilitate my review and a thank you item for … [Read More...]

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Tips & Ramblings

Last Minute Holiday Parties

Easy Last Minute Holiday Parties: How To Say “The More The Merrier”

When it comes to holiday entertaining, I like to meticulously plan and prepare so that everything goes as smoothly as possible and I can be out of the kitchen enjoying the party with family and friends. This is the case every year now that our home has become "the place" for a holiday party with my … [Read More...]

7 things EVery New MO Should Know About RSV

7 Things Every New Moms Should Know About RSV

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for MedImmune. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation" When my oldest son was born, I was pretty much a regular first-time mom. I wanted to do … [Read More...]

Holiday Home Security Tips

Don’t Leave Your Home Alone for the Holidays: Holiday Home Security Tips

  During this time of year, I always enjoy watching the 20th Century Fox Movie, "Home Alone." In this movie, two home invaders, "The Wet Bandits," target homes to rob in a Chicago suburb because they know the families will be away for the holidays. However, due to a twist of fate, 9 year … [Read More...]

How to Winterize Your Lawn Mower

How to Winterize Your Lawn Mower + $100 American Express Giveaway

I always get a little excited after the last lawn mowing of the season. Granted, I have a son who does the lawn mowing for me now, but the lawn not needing to be mowed means mom doesn't have to nag someone to do it. We don't get snow covered lawns here in California, but with the cooler months and … [Read More...]

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DIY

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Encouragement for a Poopy Day: DIY Baby Shower Gift with Free Printable

This post brought to you by Huggies and Kleenex. All opinions are 100% mine.   Having a new baby is a wonderful and amazing experience that changes our lives for the better. However, when you … [Read More...]

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Building Friendship While Building Boxtrolls To Win a Trip for Four to LA

Read how I turned a fun weekend activity with the kids into a chance to win an amazing trip to LA (and how you can too) thanks to my sponsors at Focus Films and The Boxtrolls A few weekends ago I … [Read More...]

Homemade Chalkboard Paint

3 Secrets to Painting Built-in Furniture + Homemade Chalkboard Paint

This post brought to you by FrogTape. All opinions are 100% mine.   My "baby" girl is not such a "baby" anymore. She is growing up so fast, and we thought it was time for her to get a cool … [Read More...]

Easy Kid Craft: DIY Derby Track

Easy Kids Craft: DIY Derby Track Inspired by The Boxtrolls and Special Sweepstakes

Learn how to make this easy DIY Derby Track with your kids, and read how I was inspired by my sponsors at Focus Films and "The Boxtrolls" to run a family Derby Race! To top it off, they are running an … [Read More...]

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Movies & Entertainment

Maleficent Holiday Gift Guide

Maleficent: An Unsuspecting Love Story (Giveaway)

As you all know, I am a huge fan of movies because I love to escape reality for a couple of hours, just to revel in the beauty of make believe. Some make believe is better than others, and … [Read More...]

Kids Dressed as Astronauts

Our Day in Space: INTERSTELLAR in Theaters This Week!

Going to the movies is my way of escaping the realities of life for a couple of hours, and reveling in the beauty of make belief. There were a couple of months this year where I was … [Read More...]

Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Awakening a Classic with Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition on DVD/ Blu-Ray + Giveaway

Check out why Disney's Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition (which I received for review) made this year's Holiday Gift Guide, and enter to win a copy to give to a special princess in your life! If … [Read More...]

Million Dollar Arm

Disney’s Million Dollar Arm – A Winning Combination

Disney always has an eye out for great, real life human interest stories, and my family loves a good sport story - especially baseball, so Million Dollar Arm is a winning combination for us. We loved … [Read More...]

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My Story of Infant Loss

7 things EVery New MO Should Know About RSV

7 Things Every New Moms Should Know About RSV

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for MedImmune. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my … [Read More...]

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Celebrating an Angel’s 5th Birthday at the Cemetery

Yesterday, May 29, 2013, marked my little angel's 5th birthday. I truly cannot believe it has been 5 years since I gave birth to a little girl with one of the most amazing spirits ever! In case you … [Read More...]

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Giving Birth After Infant Loss

Giving Birth After Infant Loss My last post on infant loss discussed the decision to get pregnant after losing a baby. If you haven't already, you can read from the beginning of my story (<--click … [Read More...]

Pregnancy After Child Loss

It has been a while since I have talked about my story of losing Gianna. I thought it was time to add to it with my pregnancy after child loss. Just a reminder that this is a continuation of my story … [Read More...]

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