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Mon Voyage with the Paris Museum Pass

Visiting Paris has always been a dream of mine. I took three years of French in high school, and 11 credits in college. I thought that maybe if I learned enough French, it would be a good enough … [Read More...]

Jif To Go Dippers

Jif To Go Dippers for the Busy Afternoon Snack

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

UndieShorts for privacy and fun for little girls

UndieShorts for Privacy and Fun for Little Girls

  Does your little girl have underwear issues? Mine does! With summertime comes bug bites, sweaty thighs, rashes - you name it. Nothing bugs my little gal more than getting chaffed in her … [Read More...]

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Disney On Ice Trivia

“I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, … [Read More...]

Bites

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Easy Spiderweb Cupcakes: Frosting Tutorial For Cakes, Cookies & Cupcakes (You’ll Be Shocked How Easy)

Be the talk of the "Cake Walk" this Fall with this step-by-step tutorial for this cute (but unbelievably easy) frosting technique for spiderweb cupcakes. Plus learn how you can get all of your baking … [Read More...]

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Pokemon Party Made Easy

Whether it be for kids or adults, throwing parties can be a lot of work. Sometimes I don't mind the work, but these days I am all about simplifying and making my life easier in the areas I can. I will … [Read More...]

Easy Caramel Corn

Dorm Friendly Snacks and Easy Caramel Popcorn

As we approach the middle of a college semester, I recall this time of year being one filled with a longing for home - especially my Freshman year. That first month of college is exciting and filled … [Read More...]

Healthy Halloween Treats

Halloween Party Series: Healthy Halloween Treats for Kid Parties, Lunches, School Parties or After-School Snacks

Check out these ideas for making healthy and fun Halloween Party Treats for kids (ideal for classroom parties, kid parties, lunches or after school snacks). Plus read how you can get many of the items … [Read More...]

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My Kind of Travel

Eiffel Tower 2014

Mon Voyage with the Paris Museum Pass

Visiting Paris has always been a dream of mine. I took three years of French in high school, and 11 credits in college. I thought that maybe if I learned enough French, it would be a good enough excuse to HAVE to visit. Sound enough theory, right? After a couple of days in London, and a few days in … [Read More...]

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Disney On Ice Trivia

“I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows. All opinions … [Read More...]

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Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy

“I am a Feld Family Ambassador, and in exchange for my time and efforts in attending shows and reporting my opinion within this blog, as well as keeping you advised of the latest discount offers, Feld Entertainment has provided me with complimentary tickets to Feld shows. All opinions … [Read More...]

Ride the Ducks San Francisco

Exploring the SF Bay with Ride the Ducks

This summer my husband and I found ourselves on the west coast with a day to spend in San Francisco. We’d spent a couple of days there on our honeymoon, but this time, almost 12 years later, we arrived with our four children, ages 9 to 16 months and were meeting up with a dear friend who had never … [Read More...]

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Product Reviews

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This Season’s Hottest Dog: Get Up and GoGo My Walkin Pup #ChosenByKids

Have you started thinking about Christmas gifts for the kids? My kids have already begun creating wish lists. My daughter is so wishy-washy though, so what I like to do with her is take her to the … [Read More...]

Pokemon Cake

Pokemon Party Made Easy

Whether it be for kids or adults, throwing parties can be a lot of work. Sometimes I don't mind the work, but these days I am all about simplifying and making my life easier in the areas I can. I will … [Read More...]

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My Cat’s Manifesto to Rule Our Home, and the Universe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh Step Lightweight Extreme Litter. All opinions are 100% mine. When feeding my cats the other morning, I noticed a piece of paper rolled up … [Read More...]

Maleficent Toys

Maleficent Dolls and Make Believe with miWorld

For centuries, little girls have been playing make believe, and pretending to live in the world of their mothers. They sometimes dress up in their mom's clothes, and they play mommy. Come on, didn't … [Read More...]

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Tips & Ramblings

Jif To Go Dippers

Jif To Go Dippers for the Busy Afternoon Snack

“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating." When school is in session (August-May), the kids and I are frequently found in the car, running … [Read More...]

UndieShorts for privacy and fun for little girls

UndieShorts for Privacy and Fun for Little Girls

  Does your little girl have underwear issues? Mine does! With summertime comes bug bites, sweaty thighs, rashes - you name it. Nothing bugs my little gal more than getting chaffed in her nether regions. A while back I did a post for UndieShorts. Well, that was long ago enough for little … [Read More...]

Sugar and Spice: 5 Flavor Pairings For Learning How to Season Foods

5 Flavor Pairings For Learning How to Season Foods

      As some of you may have heard me say before, over the past year and a half I have been on a journey to eat healthier and cleaner. That has meant cooking a lot more food from scratch for myself and my family. It has been and continues to be a huge learning process for me. One … [Read More...]

Baby Mantra: Natural Oils for a Soothing Bedtime Routine

Bathe Your Child To Sleep: Natural Oils To Create a Soothing Bedtime Routine

“I participated in Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Baby Mantra. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating"   Both of my kids are extremely active, busy kids! They are always on the go and busy doing … [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

Behind the scenes of The Boxtrolls

Behind the Scenes of The Boxtrolls: Now In Theaters!

As an ambassador for The Boxtrolls, I am pleased to bring a special clip and info about the movie’s release. It's FINALLY here! Ever since I saw the first preview for The Boxtrolls, I knew it … [Read More...]

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Learn the Language of The Boxtrolls

As an ambassador for The Boxtrolls, I am pleased to bring a special clip and info about the movie’s release. Aside from being adorable little creatures, The Boxtrolls have quite the unique voice … [Read More...]

The Boxtrolls

What Makes a Family: The Boxtrolls In Theaters Friday

As an ambassador for The Boxtrolls, I am pleased to bring a special clip and info about the movie's release. Who is excited for The Boxtrolls to hit theaters this Friday, 9/26?! I have been … [Read More...]

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Imagination Foundation Events for Kids + The Boxtrolls Cardboard Challenge

This weekend is a big weekend for our friends and sponsors, The Boxtrolls. It's the LA premier weekend for their brand new, highly anticipated (including by my own kids) movie, followed by the … [Read More...]

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My Story of Infant Loss

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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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Getting Pregnant After Infant Loss

It has been quite some time since my last post about baby Gianna. Some people have said they feel like my story is incomplete, so I thought it was time I added to my story with the decision of getting … [Read More...]

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