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What Kids Want When They Are Sick

"This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. However, all opinions, text and experiences are my own." School is back in full swing, which means the kids … [Read More...]

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Show Your #newcarface To Get Your New Car Loan Paid Off by Cars.com

This post is sponsored by Cars.com, to share their new car promotion, but all stories and opinions expressed are my own. Car shopping has it's fun moments, but it is one of those things where … [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...]

Dating After Divorce The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - Meet the Men

Dating After Divorce: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – Meet the Guys!

  Now that my divorce is final, I've decided to do the brave thing and put myself out there again. I hadn't dated anyone new in over 12 years so it was a bit scary, as you can imagine. I … [Read More...]

Bites

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5 Busy Night Meals, 5 Minutes of Prep Time (or less) for around $5/ meal, with Shopping List

Don't let hectic schedules prevent you from making family meal-time a reality. Learn how I created a 5-day meal plan that takes minimal prep time and is budget and family friendly with thanks to The … [Read More...]

Grilled Mimolette and Tomato Sandwich

Just Say “Cheese” or Better Yet – Fromage! Grilled Mimolette and Tomato Sandwich

I love cheese. And I mean REAL cheese, not American Processed Cheese Food. As a campaign to enlighten Americans to the elegance of European Cheese, (of the French cow’s milk variety), I’m taking part … [Read More...]

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3 Florida Orange Juice Recipes Perfect For Game Day!

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Florida Department of Citrus. I received promotional item to thank me for participating. It's … [Read More...]

Manly Manwich Chili Dogs

For Game Day or Any Day: Manly Manwich Chili Dogs Recipe

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.   My family and I are huge college football fans... Ok, the truth is, I am a huge … [Read More...]

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My Kind of Travel

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Family Fun in Morro Bay

This last month of summer has been filled with family fun, excursions and some excitement. July was fairly dull, which was much needed after a move, but August has been jam packed! Luckily Frito-Lay® had our snacking on-the-go covered! The month began with a big family reunion and some family … [Read More...]

Postcard from London

Cheerios From London: Energy to Tour the “Inns” and “Oats” of England’s Crown Jewels

AIRMAIL delivery brought to you from London and on behalf of Cheerios & Health.com. Read my London postcard to you and hear about how I need a ton of energy to tour and experience all that London has to offer! If you have been following my blog, you may know that I am currently enjoying a … [Read More...]

2014 Kia Soul

2014 Kia Soul – A Car with Spunk and Pizzazz

  This spring I had a Close Encounter of the Kia Soul kind when I was visited by this spunky Alien Green vehicle. It was a blast to drive! I was amazed by the roomy cabin, offering oodles of space and storage. After a very stressful winter, I was beyond ecstatic to get invited to the Disney … [Read More...]

5 Little Extras to Make Your Camping Trip

5 Little Extras to Make Your Next Camping Trip Extra Magical

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Banana Boat® Sun Care. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. We just got back from our annual family camping trip! It's always so much fun to get … [Read More...]

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Product Reviews

Prickly Beard Phase

Beard Burn Protection with the Gillette Flexball Razor

Well, this is a new adventure for me. Been out of the dating business for 12 years and there's lots of new experiences in store for me. One thing I've encountered is beards! Facial hair growth is much … [Read More...]

Animal Jam

Animal Jam Brings the Outdoors to Life Online

When I was a kid, my parents had a subscription to National Geographic. It was a banner day when I got home from school to find the latest edition of National Geographic and I could explore the world … [Read More...]

2014 Kia Soul

2014 Kia Soul – A Car with Spunk and Pizzazz

  This spring I had a Close Encounter of the Kia Soul kind when I was visited by this spunky Alien Green vehicle. It was a blast to drive! I was amazed by the roomy cabin, offering oodles of … [Read More...]

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Summer Fun Means Pool Time and Clear Water with HTH Pool Products

Summer is here and that means POOL TIME. I always look forward to the opening of swimming pool season. There's nothing more gratifying to me than the sound of enjoyment in my backyard pool. But with … [Read More...]

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Tips & Ramblings

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What Kids Want When They Are Sick

"This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. However, all opinions, text and experiences are my own." School is back in full swing, which means the kids are picking up their books, backpacks... And a school full of everyone else's germs. No matter how … [Read More...]

Dating After Divorce The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - Meet the Men

Dating After Divorce: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – Meet the Guys!

  Now that my divorce is final, I've decided to do the brave thing and put myself out there again. I hadn't dated anyone new in over 12 years so it was a bit scary, as you can imagine. I began by putting myself on an online dating website, and then attending some singles activities in my … [Read More...]

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5 Busy Night Meals, 5 Minutes of Prep Time (or less) for around $5/ meal, with Shopping List

Don't let hectic schedules prevent you from making family meal-time a reality. Learn how I created a 5-day meal plan that takes minimal prep time and is budget and family friendly with thanks to The Coca-Cola Company for providing compensation for this blog post. All opinions expressed are my own. … [Read More...]

Mom of Sons Advice: Active Boys After School

“Mom of Sons” Advice: After School with Active Boys

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zappos.com. I received product samples to facilitate my review. I once read a quote that a mother of boys is busy from "son up, till son down"! While you could see it as nothing more then a clever little pun, if you are the mom … [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

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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...]

Captain America Shield Cookies

A Movie Date with Captain America and Captain America Shield Cookies

For most, a typical movie date would consist of a couple, a DVD (or movie theater), some popcorn and some movie snacks. If that sounds appealing to you, then I've got a great movie to pick up for your … [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...]

Guardians of the Galaxy

Still Time to Catch Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy

As we are approaching a new school year, please do not miss the greatest summer blockbuster hit of 2014. For the novice Marvel enthusiast, Guardians of the Galaxy is in the same universe as … [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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