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Happy kids. Happy family. Happy times at the Amazing Pizza Machine! @AmzPizzaMachine #FamilyFun #Omaha

We are huge fans of the Amazing Pizza Machine in Omaha. We’ve been there a few times as we are in town, but each time seems to get more fun and even more special. We love their food, we love the selection of the food and we love how much fun we can have as [...]

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My mom & daughter are huge parts of my @Dove #BeautyStory

When you say that someone is beautiful, how do you define that? Is it based off looks? Hair? How their makeup is? How someone treats others? Beauty is defined in so many ways. I am so proud to have the women in my life that I look up to, that I honor and that I [...]

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Family fun with @SimplyFun and #FamilyGameNight

We all have busy schedules, there’s no doubt about that. With my now working outside the home, as well as working on the blog at home, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, school, sporting events, end of school year school events and taking care of the house and family, we tend to lose face with reality and [...]

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Summer fun kids’ attire from backyard to beach from @OshKoshBgosh #HelloSummerFun #IC ad

I participated in a Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for OshKosh B’Gosh. I received an OshKosh B’Gosh gift card to facilitate my post and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. There’s only 7 days of school left. SEVEN. Where did this school year go? With the end of the school year coming to [...]

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Have Fun with Mom on Mother’s Day at #AmazingPizzaMachine #AmazingMomDay #MothersDay

Skip the stuffy brunch and bring Mom out for some real family fun during the second annual AMAZING MOM DAY at The Amazing Pizza Machine Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Moms can register for a chance to win a beautiful, custom Mother’s bracelet from Elisa Ilana with a retail value up [...]

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How Exposed is Your Teen: Tips to Monitoring Your Teen’s TV Time

Did you know that educational researchers found that the average teenager watches about 32 hours of television in a week? With more parents having to work multiple jobs and handle other responsibilities, teens and in some cases younger children are left at home to entertain themselves. When we were young, our idea of entertainment was [...]

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#MothersDay is this Sunday. Gift ideas from ProFlowers, FTD, and Shari’s Berries

Mother’s Day. I can say so many things about Mother’s Day, however this year’s Mother’s Day means so much more to me than words can express. I will be celebrating it with all three of my babies in my life, so other than this amazing gift, I would have to say that my next favorite [...]

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Looking for a Career Change? Job hunting made easy with @Verizon 4Glte service #VZWBuzz

Now that we are all settled in the new house after a year and the kids are older, I have been thinking about getting a part time job outside of the home. I really wanted to be able to get back out there, mingle with other adults and earn some extra cash for family outings and [...]

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Great Tips on How to Create a Vegetable Patch for Your Whole Family to Enjoy

Do your children know where their food comes from? If the answer is no, growing herbs and vegetables in your garden may help to rectify this. Growing fresh produce at home will teach your children about the life cycles of the herbs and vegetables they eat. It will raise their awareness of the seasonal nature [...]

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Get outside and #LiveLifeOutside this spring & summer! #IC #ad

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for TruGreen. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.   During the Winter, we are pretty much stranded inside. It’s far too cold to get outside and play with the family. Now that it’s Spring and the weather is so beautiful, [...]

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Autism Awareness & Game Play with SimplyFun

With April being Autism Awareness Month, I am happy to say that I am working with a company that is proud to give back. SimplyFun believes that all children should have the opportunity to benefit from game play. SimplyFun has an independent team of advisors that have identified games within SimplyFun’s wide array of gems [...]

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@BestBuy’s new AMD FX APU – HP Envy Touchsmart Laptop #AMDFX

School may be just about over with for this school year, but it’s never too early to start shopping for next school year. Best Buy is here to help with the new HP – ENVY Touchsmart 15/6 Touch-screen laptop. It’s like a tablet and laptop all in one. Hey, it’s a tabtop! HP – ENVY [...]

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Why We Should Expose Kids to Musical Instruments Early

Not every kid handed a keyboard or starter acoustic guitar will want to keep playing past jumbled notes. But many children will fall in love with playing a music instrument if they’re given the chance to try. To their benefit, there are a number of reasons why it’s a good idea to expose kids to [...]

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Children of Addicts: Parental Advice on Talking to Your Children About Your Addiction

According to Psyche Central, approximately 28 million Americans are children of alcoholics. In an effort to break the cycle, parents should be more than willing to talk with their children about their addiction. However, often times this conversation is put off for “a better time” resulting in children having to deal with the issues all on [...]

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Happy #Caturday everyone!

There are times that a photo can speak a thousand words. While I believe that true heartedly, I think that this video screams a bit more words than I can type. Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love and adore my Milano. She is my sunshine on a rainy day; to say the [...]

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Wordless Wednesday: Family movie night with a carpet picnic 

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Budget Friendly #BabyShower Gift Basket Idea

We have a few friends and family members that are expecting. Giving baby gifts can get expensive and you may end up getting something(s) that mom really won’t use or doesn’t need. I am a huge fan of gift baskets with newborn needs because face it, any new mom would love to get things that [...]

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Helpful #Wedding Apps to get you to the altar! #VZWBuzz

Last month, I was in a wedding for a good friend, and on top of that, my oldest daughter is getting married in August. It’s been and will be a busy few months ahead, but oh so worth it! I’ve been downloading and using apps to help give recommendations for wedding planning apps to help [...]

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I love my @iRobot from @BestBuy; let me count the ways! #iRobotatBestBuy

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been bossing around Rosie. Before you judge me, Rosie is my iRobot Roomba. LOL I have been thinking about getting a Roomba, but I didn’t know anything about them, if they really work like they say, are they worth the money, will I have to vacuum after it [...]

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Our first cruise with @CarnivalCruise! #Travel #VZWBuzz #Wedding #CarnivalCruise

Recently, my oldest daughter and I went on a 7 night cruise with Frank & Shannon from The Mommy-Files for her wedding. Neither of us have never been on a cruise, so we weren’t sure what to expect. I did a lot of research ranging from what to pack, checking out port locations for excursions, [...]

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#Wedding Day Survival Kit & trip planning #VZWBuzz

Over the past few months, I’ve had an amazing opportunity to learn more about Verizon, their products and their services. I am about to head out for a fellow blogger’s wedding, (Shannon with The Mommy Files), so I thought I would show you how I am using my Verizon 4Glte powered Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet [...]

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7 Common Pregnancy Myths Debunked

Did you know that sound vitamin nutrition during the first thousand days of a child’s life, starting at conception through the second birthday, provides a critical opportunity to permanently change children’s lives for the better? It’s true. Studies show that vital nutrient support during this window of rapid brain growth sets the stage for improved [...]

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Took some time off. Now it’s back to the grind of things!

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday season and your New Year is off to a great start! I took some time off to take care of some personal things, been working on our house and taking time to regroup for the new year. If you’ve emailed me, those have been, or [...]

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FREE Uber Code! Ride Sharing & MADD

I’ve lost loved ones because of drunk drivers. If there’s any chance that i can help someone stop from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle when they’ve been drinking, I will do it. I LOVE Uber, so I wanted to share with you all the current offer that they have going on. Ridesharing helps make [...]

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Captain McFinn “Swim & Play” Preschool Learning App #SwimAndPlay #IC #Ad

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Captain McFinn. I received a complimentary subscription to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. There’s no denying that we are a techy family. We are always on the hunt for new apps for the kids that are [...]

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Child Safety & Reassurance with the JMPA Logo #BSZParent #AD #IC

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Influence Central for JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association). I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. When I was pregnant with my kids, I was scared. Who would I go to for advice? Could I do it? Was there a website that I could [...]

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Should I Fly With My Child On My Lap or In A Car Seat?

Planning a vacation or family visit that involves a plane ride? There are so many considerations parents must factor in, like a million packing decisions to make and the significant cost of air travel. It’s not surprising that many parents are looking for answers to the question “Should I purchase another seat or fly with [...]

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Getting my geek on with the @Verizon #DroidTurbo & Philip’s Hue Lights #VZWBuzz

For a few weeks now, I’ve been getting my geek on with a Verizon Droid Turbo that Verizon sent me, and the Philip’s HueConnected Light Bulb Starter Kit that I bought at the Verizon Destination Store in Chicago. If you haven’t seen what these bad boys are, they’re amazing! I was hesitant at first to [...]

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All @Rayovac powered up for the New Year!

Here we are; the last day of 2014. Do you have any New years resolutions for 2015? I think a lot of us have health and fitness for our New Years resolution, but for me, one of my main ones is to pick up my Nikon more. I think I picked it up maybe a [...]

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etnies Kids Get for giving #get4giving Facebook giveaway!

When it comes to finding shoes for my kids, it seems to be a challenge. Either they’re too bulky, too thin, too heavy or aren’t made very well and fall apart earlier than they should. We had the chance to try out a brand of shoes that I haven’t heard of before called etnies. Just [...]

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Our very special Peanuts Family Christmas {Giveaway closed}

This holiday season, the Peanuts gang is celebrating 50 years on TV for A Charlie Brown Christmas. I grew up watching the Peanuts This Christmas is especially special for my family. We are traveling to spend it with my entire family, including my oldest daughter and her extended family. This year is definitely one for [...]

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Custom #Christmas Photo Gifts from CVS

How is it that this year is almost over with already? Are you still looking for that perfect gift to get that certain someone? CVS is here to help! Did you know that you can order custom photo gifts and pick up in store or have shipped directly to you or your gift recipient? CVS [...]

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Pure Energies sustainable living; Project Kayapo #ad

In your life, right now, what do you think you could not live without? We all take advantage of certain things in life on a daily basis that we really don’t think too much about; running water, automobiles, cable, electricity, and even lighting. When I saw some videos of Pure Energies’ recent trip to visit [...]

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Millstone Coffee Breakfast Blend Chocolate Brownies

A few weeks ago, I wrote how we tried Millstone Coffees, so this time, I thought I’d try baking with it. Baking? Yup! We were sent two more flavors of Millstone Coffees to try: Caramel Truffle THE SMOOTH, CREAMY CARAMEL FLAVOR AND WARM, BUTTERY FINISH MAKE THIS LIGHT ROAST A TANTALIZING TREAT ON ITS OWN [...]

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Help #ShareAMeal this holiday season

This holiday season, we cannot forget those that cannot afford a meal. While most of us are enjoying hanging out with their families and getting seconds on that hot meal, we all need to think about those that can’t afford that first plate of food. This holiday, we have been gathering food for our local [...]

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I’m a #ClearasilMom! Move over acne, hello clear skin! #sponsored #MC

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influencer Central for Clearasil. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. I’m excited to announce that I am #ClearasilMom through Influence Central. What exactly is this? Well, I was sent some Clearasil products to [...]

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Protect your lawn this winter with tips from TruGreen #Sponsored #MC

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Influence Central for TruGreen. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. We have a new home that has a huge back yard and a pretty awesome front yard. Here in the Midwest, our winters are pretty brutal with extreme cold, snow and ice. [...]

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Healthy Eating while airport traveling

I travel a lot, so I know how hard it is to stay on track when you’re in an out of airports. Junk food, chips, sodas and an overall lack of healthier options. Here are some helpful tips for foods that will help tide you over while you’re traveling this holiday season.   Fruits: Fruit [...]

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Mega hands on tech at the new @Verizon Destination store in Chicago #VZWBuzz

I was fortunate and lucky enough to be one of the very first people to see the new Verizon Destination Store in Chicago a couple of weeks ago. Those that know me, can only imagine what my face looked like when I walked in those doors. I felt like a kid in a candy store; [...]

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25 days of #ElfOnTheShelf

1/25: Soaring in 2/25: Sugar high 3/25: Frostbite 4/25: Just hanging around, watching you sleep in your self made bunk bed tent 5/25: Santa’s eyes: 6/25: Games with friends 7/25: Order up! 8/25: Toasty Elf 9/25: TP Elf 10/25: Wake up with a lil’ elf in your cup 11/25: Be good 12/25: Roasting nuts on [...]