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Dairy Free Goodness from Blue Bunny! #Giveaway {Ends 6/12/15} Unlimited entries!

It’s not officially summer season, but school is out so it’s summer time for our family. With summer, comes bike rides, playing outside, visits to the pool and of course … ice cream! We had the chance to try out Blue Bunny’s Dairy-Free ice cream. I’ll be honest and say that when I used to hear [...]

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Mixin’ it up with Black and Decker Performance Fusion Blade Blender

When you think about one appliance that you don’t currently have, that you’d love to own, what comes to mind? I am sad to say that I have never, in my life, owned a blender, however I am happy to say that I do now! I have been making creations for the past couple of [...]

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Using my @Verizon 4G LTE to help me find the perfect mother of the bride dress! #VZWBuzz

When my oldest daughter announced that she was marrying the man of her dreams, I have to admit that I was freaking out a bit about what to wear. As the mother of the bride, and being in photos, I had no clue where to even find a dress that would match her shabby chic [...]

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Drink Responsible this July Fourth! #SummerResponsibly

The Fourth of July is steadily approaching, and we’re all gearing up for a big day of fun moments with friends, family and fireworks. The team at Responsibility.org was curious to hear how folks plan to celebrate the Fourth, so they recently conducted a survey asking just that. As part of our summer-long #SummerResponsibly campaign, [...]

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Grill year round with the #GeorgeForemanGrill 15 Serving Indoor/Outdoor @GeorgeForemanCo Electric Grill

We live in the Midwest and while evenings these days are simply gorgeous and perfect to grill out in, the cost of refilling our tank for the grill has gotten a bit higher than we like. We have been using a new product that not only has pretty much replaced our expensive running gas grill, [...]

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Stop ‘getting by’ and Start Thriving – Here’s my #Thrive story!

Have you ever written a post, or delayed on a post for a while because it tugged at your heart strings? This is one of those posts. I’ve been delaying getting this post live for so many reasons, however it’s time for me to face reality. For those that know me, know that I have [...]

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#Apps to help you with home #remodeling & #construction #VZWBuzz

Those that have been following my Facebook page and blog know that we moved in to a new house last summer. We basically moved in to a blank slate that had a full basement that was half finished. The basement is a huge reason why we decided to buy this house. When we first walked [...]

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The Perils of Addiction – How It Affects Your Family

When addiction grips your mind, body and soul, you usually don’t spend much time thinking about the people in your life. You may not even spend much time thinking about what you are doing to yourself. Your thoughts will tend to simply being on the object of your addiction. Addiction doesn’t just put a strain [...]

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Moms, Help Your Kids Help Your Mother…Earth!

We all know that a mom’s work is never done, so I can understand that after cleaning up the house maybe you don’t feel like you have enough energy to clean up the world. I hear ya! Luckily there’s help out there for you when it’s time to teach your kids about conservation and ecology [...]

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Dairy Free Goodness from Blue Bunny! #Giveaway {Ends 6/12/15} Unlimited entries!

It’s not officially summer season, but school is out so it’s summer time for our family. With summer, comes bike rides, playing outside, visits to the pool and of course … ice cream! We had the chance to try out Blue Bunny’s Dairy-Free ice cream. I’ll be honest and say that when I used to hear [...]

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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 [...]