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Voodoo Worship in NOLA

New Orleans Culture Like No Other

New Orleans has always been on my list of top US cities to visit. I have always felt that the culture is as such that it might feel as though I was visiting a different country. Of course, I only had … [Read More...]

Basket Full O' Love DIY Fabric Stuffed Hearts

A Basket Full O’ Love: DIY Fabric Stuffed Hearts

Yup, Love is in the air. Can you feel it? If not, then here's a little craft to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day. I spent a bit of time going through my scrap fabric box and picking out just … [Read More...]

Inherited Honda Makes You Famous

Along For The Ride: The Secret Diary Of The Traveling Car + Enter Your Honda Story

“This is a sponsored blog; while the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by The Northern California Honda Dealers Advertising Association to review this … [Read More...]

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The Art of The Start: Gaining Momentum For A New Start on Goals

Lately I have been thinking a lot about fresh starts. It's a new year, and a good new time time to start fresh, but sometimes actually getting started is the hardest part. Read how I gained a little … [Read More...]

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Healthy For the Holidays: Tips to Keep Your Celebration Sickness Free

Read about how I help keep my family happy and healthy for the holidays with a few simple tricks. I am a compensated 3M sponsored blogger. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the … [Read More...]

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Final 2014 Holiday Gift Guide Winners

The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide is long over now and it is time to announce the final Holiday Gift Guide winners. I would have posted this sooner, but I actually got married last weekend!! I know - … [Read More...]

GingerDoodles or Snickersnaps - your call!

GingerDoodle or Snickersnap Cookies – you decide! The perfect marriage.

Marriage has been on my mind lately - understandably, since we just had a wedding in the family. As I contemplate the blending of these two wonderful people and the uniting with the children, I've … [Read More...]

Boudin Restaurant

Family Dining and SF Tourism at Boudin Restaurant

The Christmas season is busy; there’s no denying it. The burnout that can come after Christmas can be even worse, but of course it’s nothing a night on the city can’t fix. Our family loves San … [Read More...]

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Keeping Dreams Afloat: A Fun and “Inflating” Lesson For Kids On Setting Goals

Read how I used a fun and easy balloon activity to teach my kids about the value of setting goals. Plus see how my sponsors and ScholarShare make your dreams of paying for your child's education an … [Read More...]

Into the Woods

Into The Woods – Be Careful What You Wish For!

Every good fairy tale begins with a curse or a wish or a desire for unmet dreams and expectations. Into The Woods does not disappoint on all counts! Then add in the musical component and you've got a … [Read More...]

Recipes

GingerDoodles or Snickersnaps - your call!

GingerDoodle or Snickersnap Cookies – you decide! The perfect marriage.

Marriage has been on my mind lately - understandably, since we just had a wedding in the family. As I contemplate the blending of these two wonderful people and the uniting with the children, I've pondered how it is that two vastly different individuals can come together and build a beautiful … [Read More...]

Easy Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

Easy Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The International Housewares Association for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. As I prepare for my wedding, which is taking place this weekend, I have discovered that I am much busier than I ever imagined. This means lots of quick and easy … [Read More...]

Decadent Christmas Cranberry and White Chocolate Pound Cake

Decadent Christmas Cranberry and White Chocolate Pound Cake

At Holiday time, I think nothing says "I care about you" more than a home-baked gift. It's been a tradition of mine, for a number of years, to make either an assortment of cookies and candies, or some mini loaves of sweet bread for my friends and family. I know I love to get baked goods, so I assume … [Read More...]

Peppermint Cookie Bars

Peppermint Cookie Bars

This is the season for lots of baking and cooking! I like to bake up a lot of treats for neighbors, friends, dates, and family gatherings, but sometimes I just want to try something new and fresh. I often let the kids bake with me so we can get in some bonding time as well. And of course, we … [Read More...]

Quick Kielbasa and Rice Skillet

Quick Kielbasa and Rice Skillet

Can I just begin by saying that I am a tad overwhelmed right now? I have a feeling it will be that way until Christmas, but I am trying my hardest to get caught up on work so I can enjoy my kiddos when they are off of school. There are some nights (more than I care to admit) where I have forgotten … [Read More...]

Meatball Marinara Casserole

Meatball Marinara Casserole

Whether your game night includes cheering on your favorite team, rescuing the princess, or rolling dice to see who goes first, nothing says "It's game night" like a pizza. On game night, keeping it simple keeps it fun. Trade plates for paper towels and forks for fingers. Once it's on the table, no … [Read More...]

Turkey Larb

Turkey Larb with Gourmet Garden

There is nothing quite like cooking with fresh garden herbs and spices. Not all of us have the climate, space or green thumb for growing our own, so it is nice to be able to rely on brands such as Gourmet Garden. Gourmet Garden specializes in the growing, harvesting and packaging of prepared herbs, … [Read More...]

Apple Blondie Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce

Apple Blondie Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce

  Every Thanksgiving we try to introduce at least one new recipe to the table. This year we went with a delicious looking dessert that ended up being the family favorite. Apple Blondie Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce is a delightfully decadent dessert that was a huge hit for both adults and … [Read More...]

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 all that well. I get most things done at least! What I have realized is that I need to simplify life … [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 lot more manageable. Now that November is upon us, I find myself longing for some fall comfort … [Read More...]

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Voodoo Worship in NOLA

New Orleans Culture Like No Other

New Orleans has always been on my list of top US cities to visit. I have always felt that the culture is as such that it might feel as though I was visiting a different country. Of course, I only had other people's memories and opinions to help shape my impressions of New Orleans. I was beyond … [Read More...]

Boudin Restaurant

Family Dining and SF Tourism at Boudin Restaurant

The Christmas season is busy; there’s no denying it. The burnout that can come after Christmas can be even worse, but of course it’s nothing a night on the city can’t fix. Our family loves San Francisco, and we take every chance we get to visit. Stopping in for dinner at the Boudin … [Read More...]

Embassy Suites Anaheim

Embassy Suites Review: The Perfect Family Friendly Destination

Going on vacation with the Family? Looking for just the right hotel? Look no further - Embassy Suites is the perfect family friendly hotel. I recently took my family to Disneyland, and my parents tagged along. Trying to find a hotel to accomodate us all, keep us in the same suite and not breaking … [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 and attention between 3 parks: Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom. I'm going to tell you how we … [Read More...]

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Product Reviews

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Your Year To Do It: Real Stories From Real Moms on Going Back To School

Ever dreamed of going back to college to continue your education? Read the real-life stories and advice of a few busy moms who have successfully balanced being a student and a mom to reach their … [Read More...]

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Revolutionizing Your Workout With Jabra Sport Pulse Headphones From Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. I've said it once, and I'll say it again, using a … [Read More...]

Hiking Trail Mix with  DOVE® Whole Fruit Dipped in Dark Chocolate

Hiking Trail Mix with DOVE® Whole Fruit Dipped in Dark Chocolate

Compensation was provided by DOVE® Dark Chocolate via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Dove or … [Read More...]

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Feeln Movies Together with 50% Off

As most of you know, one of my favorite things to do with my kiddos is to hunker down, snuggle-up and watch some good family entertainment - the optimum word here being "family." Most of the time … [Read More...]

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Tips & Ramblings

Inherited Honda Makes You Famous

Along For The Ride: The Secret Diary Of The Traveling Car + Enter Your Honda Story

“This is a sponsored blog; while the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by The Northern California Honda Dealers Advertising Association to review this … [Read More...]

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The Art of The Start: Gaining Momentum For A New Start on Goals

Lately I have been thinking a lot about fresh starts. It's a new year, and a good new time time to start fresh, but sometimes actually getting started is the hardest part. Read how I gained a little … [Read More...]

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Healthy For the Holidays: Tips to Keep Your Celebration Sickness Free

Read about how I help keep my family happy and healthy for the holidays with a few simple tricks. I am a compensated 3M sponsored blogger. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the … [Read More...]

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Keeping Dreams Afloat: A Fun and “Inflating” Lesson For Kids On Setting Goals

Read how I used a fun and easy balloon activity to teach my kids about the value of setting goals. Plus see how my sponsors and ScholarShare make your dreams of paying for your child's education an … [Read More...]

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DIY

Basket Full O' Love DIY Fabric Stuffed Hearts

A Basket Full O’ Love: DIY Fabric Stuffed Hearts

Yup, Love is in the air. Can you feel it? If not, then here's a little craft to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day. I spent a bit of time going through my scrap fabric box and picking out just … [Read More...]

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Showing My DisneySide With a “Sense-Sational” Fairytale Adventure + Sofia the First Party ideas

Read how I recently took my preschool kids on a magical fairytale adventure to teach them about their 5 senses thanks to Sofia and a little Disney Magic! Plus plan your own Disney party with these … [Read More...]

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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...]

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Movies & Entertainment

Into the Woods

Into The Woods – Be Careful What You Wish For!

Every good fairy tale begins with a curse or a wish or a desire for unmet dreams and expectations. Into The Woods does not disappoint on all counts! Then add in the musical component and you've got a … [Read More...]

The Hundred Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey. My favorite Movie of the Year

Seldom does a movie offer all the elements I enjoy or look for on the silver screen. And seldom is there a movie that bears viewing on repeated occasions. The Hundred-Foot Journey released this year … [Read More...]

The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything is Moving, Emotional and Funny

Still in theaters is The Theory of Everything. With the holidays here and so many great movie releases, one that I recommend attending at the theater is The Theory of Everything. This movie is … [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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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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