August 31, 2015

Bleach in your Best with Clorox


I am being compensated by The Clorox Company to participate in this challenge as part of the Bleach In Your Best program. My husband just celebrated his birthday. I love celebrating his birthdays. We don't go on a date very often but when it is our Birthdays or Anniversaries we go all out.  We dress up in our fanciest clothes, we go to a fancy restaurant and then we go to a play.  This years play was Into The Woods.  Before leaving on our date, … [Continue reading...]

August 31, 2015

Feed 4 for $40 Meal Deal at Buca di Beppo


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Buca di Beppo. The opinions and text are all mine. Feed 4 for $40 Meal Deal at Buca di Beppo.  Yum. This was just the kind of deal that I needed at the end of a busy day.  The kids went back to school a few weeks ago and I feel like since then life got crazy.  We are always on the go and someone is always gone.  I miss the quiet moments of summer when we got to spend a lot of time … [Continue reading...]

August 31, 2015

Project mc2 on Netflix


You may have heard the news. If not, you'll have to watch this video and you'll find out all about my daughter being selected to complete NOV8's S.T.E.A.M Challenge.  Pretty cool, right? I should probably stop now because this is Top Secret stuff, but if you won't tell, I won't tell.  As part of this TOP SECRET (shhhh) challenge, she was given the task to complete 4 different Home Experiments.  We too are confident that she has what it … [Continue reading...]

August 31, 2015

Chicken Burrito Bowl

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Chicken Burrito Bowl For the Chicken: 4, 4 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts Sea Salt Black Pepper Paprika Any other of your favorite spices to season (optional) Red Burrito Sauce: ½ tablespoon unsalted butter 1/2 tablespoon corn oil 1 yellow onion, chopped 1 tablespoon masa flour 1/2 cup low sodium, chicken broth ½ cup tomato sauce ½ teaspoon granulated garlic ½ jalapeno pepper, diced 1 teaspoon lime … [Continue reading...]

August 31, 2015

9 Ways to Be Happier

9 Ways to Be Happier

When I was a little girl people would tell me all the time that I was going to be the Best Mom in the World!! I had heard this so many times that when it was time to become a mom I was prepared and ready.  Prepared, only because everyone said I was going to be the best, so I knew I was going to be.  I learned very quickly that I was not prepared or ready and I had a lot to learn.  I learned that motherhood is not easy and I would spend most days … [Continue reading...]

August 28, 2015

Tree Story the Mobile Game that helps change the World


I am really excited to tell you about Tree Story the Mobile Game that pairs together having fun and doing good. This App is perfect for kids and a great way to teach them about helping the environment.  With this app, they have they opportunity to grow virtual trees and then Zig Zag zooms, with the help of their partners will plant REAL trees!  I love this concept and I think its a great way to teach your kids about giving back to the … [Continue reading...]

August 28, 2015

La Petite Academy- Comprehensive learning opportunities at every age


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Learning Care Group. The opinions and text are all mine. My youngest was so excited to go Back to School.  She had watched her older kids go to school and was sad that she wasn't joining them so when she found out that she would be going to Preschool she was very excited.  I loved seeing her excitement and I was looking forward to the learning and growth that she would receive from … [Continue reading...]

August 28, 2015

Nominate your school for the Tyson Project A+™ program


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine. I am very lucky because my kids love going to school.  They love their teachers, love being with their friends and have a love of learning.  My kids were counting down the days until school started because they were so eager to go back.  I love our school.  My kids go to a Charter School in our city that truly is all about giving our kids the … [Continue reading...]

August 27, 2015

Captain Underpants Giveaway


My kids love the Captain Underpants series.  They were so excited for CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS AND THE SENSATIONAL SAGA OF SIR STINKS-A-LOT  to be released.  Reading is a big deal in our home and my kids spend time every day doing it. I love the motto of "Reading gives you Superpowers" because how many kids wish they were super and reading truly is a gift.  With a book you can learn amazing things, visit amazing places, meet amazing people and go on … [Continue reading...]

August 27, 2015

ZonePerfect® Nutrition Bar for the On-the-go Mom


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Abbott Nutrition. The opinions and text are all mine. Monday of this week my days hit a new level of crazy.  My kids went back to school.  You would think that with kids going back to school that my days would get easier, but for some reason after school sports and programs start up immediately.  Instead of my carefree, relaxed summer we have 7 am alarms, getting four kids ready for … [Continue reading...]

August 26, 2015



Did you know that Today is National Dog Day?  I think this is a very important day to spoil our cute dogs and share with them how important they are in our family! We have two dogs that have been in our family longer than my kids.  They are very important to us and help us to find more joy in our life. Did you know that according to the recent “Milo's Kitchen Dog Happy Survey” — a national survey of 3,000 U.S. dog parents by the popular Milo's … [Continue reading...]

August 21, 2015

Scholastic Summer Reading- Come join in on the fun– it’s not too late!


This post is sponsored by Scholastic.  All opinions are my own. We have loved spending this summer being a part of the Power Up & Read Scholastic Reading Challenge.  Summer time is normally a time that kids have a hard time getting motivated to read, but I saw the excitement for reading in my kids grow.  I saw their reading improve and I saw their love of reading grow.  Reading is so important to me so I love that my kids were able to enjoy … [Continue reading...]

August 21, 2015

Tyson® Grilled and Ready® Chicken Breast Strips


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine. It is back to school time which means that life has gotten busy, busy, busy. Sometimes I think I don't appreciate how slow and relaxed summer can be until the school year starts up and life speeds up.  Both summer and school year have lots of positives and differences and we make many memories with both of them.  Often though, in the school … [Continue reading...]

August 20, 2015

Back to school with Zone Protein bars and Target


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Abbott Nutrition. The opinions and text are all mine. The only thing better than Target, is Super Target.  I could spend hours going up and down every aisle and looking at all of their great stuff.  My kids go back to school on Monday.  I love that I can get everything we need for back to school at Target.  Everything from school uniforms, to school supplies, to healthy grab and go … [Continue reading...]

August 18, 2015

Chooze Back to School Shoes and Backpack


This post is sponsored by Chooze.  All opinions are my own. Going Back to School with Chooze I always look forward to Back to School time.  Not because i'm ready for my kids to leave, because I really love summer.  I look forward to Back to School time because my kids LOVE school and count down the days until they start again.  I love their excitement and I love seeing them so happy.  This year summer seemed to fly by and I cannot believe it … [Continue reading...]

August 18, 2015

Paper Pumpkin: 50% off your First Two Months


Have you heard about this new promotion from Stampin Up!!!  We have blogged about Paper Pumpkin a lot in the past so you know how much we love it!  If you aren't familiar with Paper Pumpkin you'll love it!  Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription kit from Stampin Up!.  In this kit you receive everything that you would need to complete the project.  This includes a stamp set, instructions, ink, blocks, embellishments, etc.  Each kit is unique and … [Continue reading...]

August 17, 2015

Five Painless ways to dramatically improve your looks

Five Painless ways to dramatically improve

No pain, no gain?  The old adage isn’t necessarily true when it comes to improving your looks.   Here from SmileSimplicity are five positively painless, needle- and knife-free ways to up your game.   Some are inexpensive, temporary tricks that can be used just when you need them, while others offer lasting results that justify the investment. 1.  At-home facelift: The NuFACE Mini Facial Toning Device is a microcurrent facial toner that is … [Continue reading...]

August 13, 2015

Little Tikes Cape Cottage Playhouse


This post is sponsored by Little Tikes.  All opinions are my own. My kids have always wanted a Little Tikes playhouse.  We went to a friends house when they were younger who had one and they would spend hours playing house, store and school.  When the Little Tikes Cape Cottage Playhouse came in the mail my kids were very excited to start playing.  There is something about Little Tikes that sparks imagination in children, even when the product is … [Continue reading...]

August 11, 2015

7 Things you may not know about the Dr Pepper Snapple Group


This post is sponsored by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group.  All opinions are my own. I had the really fun opportunity to fly to Texas as part of the Dr Pepper Snapple Group Blogger Summit. While on this trip we were able to get a behind the scenes look at the company and take a tour of their headquarters.  I find it very interesting with big companies, because I think we tend to have an idea how things work but until you see the behind the scenes … [Continue reading...]

August 9, 2015

Peanut Butter Banana Granola


I love Granola.  It is one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast.  I love to eat it with milk , or over yogurt.  I have had a very hard time find the perfect granola because often their are nuts in it.  I am not a fan of nuts.  We recently purchased a Dehydrator because my son was going on a 50 mile hike for scouts.  He needed a weeks worth of snacks that couldn't go bad.  We were able to dehydrate lots of delicious fruit as well as make … [Continue reading...]

August 6, 2015

Back to School Reading with Thrift Books

Back to School Reading

One of my favorite things about my kids going back to school is my "me time" During the summer, we have so much fun.  We go swimming, on picnics, have family bbq's, reunions, swim meets, baseball games and so much more that I feel like we are on the go ALL THE TIME.  This is completely fine.  I love every minute of summer. I love making family memories, watching my kids explore and having fun.  Every minute of it is cherished and exciting.  But I … [Continue reading...]