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2019-03-12 00:52
Self-care tended to be one of those words that made me roll my eyes. It was right up there with those who claim to have found a work-life balance. It seemed like a bunch of B.S. to be honest… Read More
What To Know About A Float Spa
2019-01-31 02:46
I had been wanting to try a Float Spa for a while. The appeal of it to me was that it’s like a forced time out. One where I really and truly was completely unreachable for an hour. Whe… Read More
2019-01-22 01:29
Every year, I share a list of my favorite reads from the previous year, as well as some books that I thought were stinkers. This is my 10th year compiling this list. For those of you who are… Read More
The Inevitable Holiday Cold And Flu
2018-12-06 14:07
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vicks at Walmart. The opinions and text are all my own. My phone dinged with what should have been a nice holiday message, asking if the k… Read More
No New Normal
2018-12-04 03:12
We have to find our new normal.  We heard that over and over after Hurricane Florence came through our area in mid-September. It’s still talked about, what our new normal is. But… Read More
Pumpkin Cream Pie
2018-11-16 13:37
I am usually not a pumpkin person. I’ve never liked traditional pumpkin pie and then once everything went pumpkin-flavored, I had to force myself not to make a terrible face any time a… Read More
My Kids Don’t Make Me Happy
2018-11-14 01:17
It’s a big question. What makes you happy?  It’s a lot to think about it and not as easy of a question to answer as it might seem. My gut reaction, as a mom, was to ans… Read More
Awesome For Tweens: Relay
2018-10-25 23:16
With our really long “hurricane break” from school (we missed 30 DAYS) and no real plans for how to get through that time, the way we did for summer, I found myself constantly te… Read More
Then And Now: Parenting Teens
2018-10-08 14:13
This post is sponsored by the Center for Parent and Teen Communication. All opinions are my own. THEN You were never afraid to try new things: climbing up on the highest structure at the pla… Read More
2018-10-02 01:54
This post is sponsored by Jigsaw Puzzle but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. At the end of a long day (and aren’t they ALL long days???), I want to relax a little bi… Read More
Evacuated Due To The Hurricane
2018-09-16 20:16
My boys and I left last Monday night. We evacuated hours after finding out that school would be canceled for the remainder of the week. Before that, I was wondering what to do. Because we&rs&hell…Read More
2018-09-13 22:14
I love a classic recipe as much as the next person (like this fantastically amazing mac and cheese recipe that you absolutely must try), but I also love to try different recipes, too. You re… Read More
Grab And Go Breakfast Sausage Muffins
2018-09-06 11:58
I’m sharing one of our school-day breakfast ideas as part of a sponsored post with Eckrich Smoked Sausage. I love an easy meal. When it comes to breakfast, my kids tend to grab whate… Read More
Must Do’s This Fall
2018-09-04 13:01
This is a sponsored post in partnership with prAna. All opinions are my own.  I realize it’s technically still Summer, but once school starts and we’re into September, it fe… Read More
20 Campfire Recipes
2018-08-28 12:28
I love a good campfire. Even if it’s a “campfire” in my backyard. There’s just something soothing about sitting around a fire with family and friends. Around here, fa… Read More
20 Easy Crockpot Recipes
2018-08-01 14:01
Is it too early to talk about back-to-school? It’s officially August and I’ve started to see all the back-to-school pics showing up from families who start a little earlier than… Read More
Summer Beauty Hacks
2018-07-09 01:30
I have been compensated by the JOHNSON’S® Brand for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own. Whoever came up with the term “the lazy days o… Read More
Does Febreze Work? Is It Safe? Part 2
2018-06-29 03:13
This is a sponsored post in partnership with Febreze. Last month, I attended the Febreze Safety Immersion. I came home and wrote about it. Many of you use Febreze and, like me, were happy to… Read More
20 Watermelon Drinks And Desserts
2018-06-20 11:00
Our heat index yesterday was 109. It’s amazing that we didn’t all melt into a giant puddle. When it is this hot (or anywhere near it), I just want something refreshing to eat or… Read More
Summer Bucket List: Go Boating!
2018-06-19 00:39
This post is sponsored by Discover Boating but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. One of my absolute favorite things to do in the summertime is to go out on a boat. There&r&hell…Read More
Is Febreze Safe Or Toxic For My Family?
2018-06-11 14:33
This is a sponsored post in partnership with Febreze. As a mom to one teen and two tweens, all of them very active boys, how things smell is of concern to me. If I didn’t take care of… Read More
Working Out In Your 40s
2018-06-07 11:54
It’s not too hard to get up for that 5:30 am class because it’s around the time your bladder starts insisting you get up anyway. Wearing the right underwear is super important… Read More
The Inspirational Quotes You Should Ignore
2018-05-29 13:46
I was scrolling Facebook, as one does, and came across a few quotes that made me pause. Because at first glance, they feel right. Like the way you should live your life. Like truths. But on… Read More
When Your Baby Turns Double Digits
2018-05-24 11:00
It’s been ten years since I held my last newborn. I’ve held newborns since, nieces and nephews born after my children or babies belonging to friends. But ten years have passed si… Read More
15 Summer Salads To Serve At Your Next BBQ
2018-05-16 11:22
When it comes to summer get-togethers, I tend to be the dessert lady. I have a sweet tooth and enjoy trying out different dessert recipes But sometimes I need to bring more than just a desse… Read More
Timesavers  For  Busy  Moms  At  Sam’s  Club
2018-05-14 13:44
May is the busiest month of the school year. I’m sharing how we get through it as part of a sponsored post on behalf of Member’s Mark Brand 2-ply Facial Tissue. The countdown to… Read More
Laser X Giveaway: Laser Tag Fun At Home
2018-05-07 11:00
This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my (and my boys’) own.  I’m just going to go ahead and tell you that my boys think this is the most fun thing we’ve ever… Read More
2018-04-19 01:42
Alright, Harry Potter fans, I’m going to tell you why you should see Puffs. Either the show in NYC or when it has a limited run in movie theaters in May 2018. When I was in New York Ci… Read More
Self-Expression Isn’t Just A Girl Thing
2018-04-11 16:35
An 8 year old girl was kicked out of a soccer tournament because the officials thought that she was a boy due to her pixie haircut. Maybe you remember this story from the news last year. And… Read More
Unboxing The Wubble Fulla Marbles And Slime
2018-04-11 00:47
We were sent Wubble products in exchange for an honest review. My boys have been fans of Wubble Balls basically since they came out. So they were excited to try the new ones: Wubba Fulla Sl… Read More
Charlie & Frog: A Middle Grades Mystery
2018-04-08 16:04
I was sent a copy of Charlie & Frog for review. All opinions are my own. When I heard about this book, I was interested in it because it’s a middle grades book and seemed like some… Read More
20 Star Wars Recipes
2018-04-05 11:00
I’m pretty sure it’s the lightsabers that clinched it for my boys in their love for Star Wars. Who wouldn’t want to have a lightsaber? Of course, they’d tell you it… Read More
Finding The Right Workout Gear
2018-04-03 11:04
I received free products to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.  #GoOrganic #prAnaSpring18 Working out was something I knew I had to do more of this year. Last year, I w… Read More
Cannoli Dip Recipe
2018-03-29 15:30
I love cannoli. That’s one of those desserts that I’ll order whenever I’m somewhere that makes a good one. Because I don’t make it myself. It seems a little labor-int… Read More
Egg Roll Bowl Recipe For Super Picky Kids
2018-03-21 23:03
You know that list of traditional kid-approved dinners? Think mac & cheese, tacos, ravioli, hot dogs, pizza. My kids would be perfectly happy if our weekly menu consisted of just these… Read More
Why I’m Worried About Middle School
2018-03-14 12:38
Making the transition from elementary school to middle school is scary. Maybe even more so for the parents than the child. We’ve been here already, with my oldest. And middle school is… Read More
Hot Toddy Recipe
2018-03-07 14:18
This winter has felt like the flu season that will never end. And just when we have a few warm days and I start to think we’re past all the cold, the weather changes again. Thankfully… Read More
Soccer And 2nd Skull
2018-03-05 12:00
This is a sponsored post in partnership with 2nd Skull® and The Motherhood. I received complimentary product as part of this partnership; all opinions are my own. I was watching my almos… Read More
Tooth Fairy Excuses
2018-02-28 15:16
Santa is on top of things. He’s never late and he manages to get to everyone’s house in a single night. But the Tooth Fairy is a little different. Sometimes she doesn’t mak… Read More
Show Up Anyway
2018-02-21 15:15
Honest parenting moment here. One I’ll whisper so the kids can’t hear. Sometimes our kids are involved with things that are… Really, really boring to watch. Maybe it&rsquo&hell…Read More
Starbucks Medicine Ball At Home
2018-02-19 15:38
I’m going to tell you something you might find a little bit shocking: I’m not usually a Starbucks person. Maybe it’s because there are other places that are more convenient… Read More
Today Doesn’t Matter
2018-02-14 16:19
Don’t feel like you have to give into the pressure of the calendar. You don’t have to buy flowers, candy, or a romantic gift because it’s February 14th. And you don’t… Read More
Have A Cozy Date Night In
2018-02-12 16:20
Thank you Idahoan® Steakhouse® Soups for sponsoring this post. Treat your SOUP-er significant other to a delicious meal! In summertime, I’m all for going outside for date night… Read More
Family Game Night Ideas
2018-02-06 15:14
We’re at that point in the year when we’re often inside due to the weather. While many days are filled with school, homework, and indoor sports practices, there’s a little… Read More
How To Make A Harry Potter Wand
2018-02-02 12:11
My 5th grader has to do a book project every month. He has to read a book and then make something that goes along with the book. They bring in whatever they make and talk about their books… Read More
Best Super Bowl Dip Recipes
2018-01-31 14:03
When it comes to watching the Super Bowl, I’m definitely Team Commercials and Snacks. Especially during a year when the team I grew up cheering for didn’t make it to the Super Bo… Read More
2018-01-29 14:02
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tropicana Essentials® Probiotics. It’s that time of year when so many of us start talking about taking better care of themselves… Read More
Uncomfortable Conversations
2018-01-24 12:00
Of course we talk about it. Your private parts are private for a reason. No one should touch or really even see them. Even going to the doctor, we talk ahead of time about how the doctor has… Read More
Yogurt Granola Bites
2018-01-22 14:03
Cereal is such an easy go-to for breakfast around here. We can have all sorts of different kinds to make everyone happy and the kids can definitely handle getting their own breakfast this wa… Read More
Valentines For Boys: You Rock!
2018-01-18 16:00
Being a mom to three boys, Valentine’s Day is always a little challenging. There are so many cute Valentine’s Day ideas out there, but a lot of them skew rather feminine, with al… Read More
Making Changes After Winter Break
2018-01-09 12:00
This post is sponsored by General Mills. All opinions are my own. I feel like winter break is a huge breather for most moms. The first half of the school year saw me trying to figure out rou… Read More
My Gym Bag Essentials
2018-01-03 12:00
This post is sponsored by BODYARMOR in conjunction with Mom It Forward. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Yoga was my go-to last workout last year. I became a regular at the studio and f… Read More
9th Annual Keepers And Stinkers Book List
2018-01-02 03:01
Wow, this keepers and stinkers book list has been going on for a long time! In case this is your first time here, every year I share a list of the best and worst books I read the previous ye… Read More
2017-12-13 22:32
This is by far my favorite subscription box. I tend to stick to a budget so I don’t often splurge on myself. But with the FabFitFun box, I pay $49.99 each season (you can get your firs… Read More
Why Mom Should Game, Too
2017-12-08 12:00
This post is sponsored by Playful Corp. All opinions are my own. When my boys are not at their sports practices or games and are home instead, chances are you will find them looking somethin… Read More
Easy Chocolate Truffles
2017-12-06 15:48
Pretty sure every recipe I share has “easy” in the title or can be described that way because that’s what I tend to go for. Maybe especially during the holidays, when there… Read More
In A Quiet, Still Moment
2017-12-01 13:56
We all fell asleep on the couch. The four of us curled or flung into whatever space we could find. More room to stretch out than you’d think, especially since sleep had removed any con… Read More
Holiday Family Movie Night
2017-11-29 14:05
This post is part of a paid campaign with Acorn Influence for Walmart. All opinions are my own. During the holiday season, our family schedule is even busier than usual. If I don’t int… Read More
Gift Ideas For Mom With A Green Twist
2017-11-20 17:35
I received free products from prAna and Avocado Green Mattress to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. I never know what to ask for as a Christmas gift. I usually just shrug and da… Read More
Christmas Fudge Recipes
2017-11-16 14:40
Tis the season for baking. That’s how I see it, anyway. Between family gatherings and events going on with friends, at school, at work… there’s seems to always be somethin… Read More
See Someone
2017-11-13 14:01
I can be guilty. Of rushing place to place. Not paying attention to those around me. So wrapped up in my own crap that I can’t see someone else’s struggle. Assuming that everyone… Read More
2017-11-08 18:04
Kids say the funniest things. And then we forget them because motherhood has played dirty tricks on our memories. Or at least, my memory. But hey, that’s what Facebook and all its so… Read More
2017-11-06 13:45
I don’t know what a robotic version of skeletron is. Or what souls of light are. Or anything about a candy princess. Or what the difference between a character with a blue straw and a… Read More
Would You Like A Bed In A Box?
2017-11-01 18:39
I was sent products from Tomorrow Sleep in exchange for my honest opinion.  You can get anything online these days. Recently, we were sent a mattress from Tomorrow Sleep. When our mattr… Read More
Those Little Details Of Motherhood
2017-10-30 16:42
Being a mom is one of the most important things you’ll ever do in your life. So they say to moms. But some days, being a mom looks like keeping track of little details. All those small… Read More
Super Wubble Brite
2017-10-24 11:00
We were sent a Super Wubble Brite for review. All opinions are our own.  My boys love Wubble Balls. They’ve had a bit of an obsession with them ever since they came out. These bal… Read More
Parental Suckitude
2017-10-18 11:00
I couldn’t remember at first what it was that made me say it. What I’d done or hadn’t done that made me call myself an inept mom. I thought back through all my fails from t… Read More
More Yessie Moments With Capri Sun
2017-10-11 13:12
Kraft-Heinz sponsored this post, but the opinions are my own. During the summer, it’s easy to say YES to so much. We’re on break so there is a lot of free time. We have so much… Read More
Pumpkin Oatmeal Chip Cookies
2017-10-09 16:18
I don’t really need an excuse to bake, I just love to do it. But, for the month of October, for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when you bake and share, money will be donated directly t… Read More
2017-10-06 15:50
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.  As soon as it’s Fall, I start think… Read More
The Heartbreak Of The Good Doctor
2017-09-27 15:29
One of fall’s new shows is The Good Doctor on ABC. It’s about a young doctor who has autism. He also has Savant syndrome. Savant syndrome  “is a condition in which a… Read More
FabFitFun Discount Code And Unboxing
2017-09-25 15:52
Happy, happy mail day last week when my FabFitFun Fall box arrived. I’ve shared this before- FabFitFun is my favorite subscription box. It gives you full sized products and the value o… Read More
CUJO: Stay Safe Online
2017-09-21 21:40
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. With five people in my family, we can have a lo… Read More
How Parent Portals Can Help Students
2017-09-20 15:51
Once a week, my elementary-age son brings home a folder full of the schoolwork he’s done over the previous week. Graded papers, homework assignments, and school info. I go through the… Read More
Universal Studios With Kids With Autism
2017-09-18 19:01
We’ve gone to Universal Orlando on a family vacation four times in the past five years. A theme park can be an overwhelming place for a child with autism, but it can also be a lot of f… Read More
Keeping School Lunches Simple
2017-09-13 11:02
This post is part of a paid campaign with Acorn Influence for Walmart. All opinions are my own. You’re supposed to make fancy lunches for your kids, with everything cut in a cute shape… Read More
5 Yoga Poses To Beat An Afternoon Slump
2017-09-12 11:00
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #GoldPeakLattes #CollectiveBias I don’t even need to look at the clock… Read More
Fall Snack Mix
2017-09-07 14:28
I usually cling to summer for as long as I can, but I have to admit there’s a lot to love about the fall. Hot drinks, cozy sweaters, and nights outside by a fire. Of course, all of the… Read More
Have A Retro Game Night
2017-09-05 15:39
I was sent these games by Pressman Toy. All opinions are my own. We were stuck indoors on a day that went from rainy to sunny every 10 minutes, so my boys and I decided to try out some new g… Read More
Feeling Strong With Biofreeze
2017-09-01 18:15
Thank you Biofreeze® for sponsoring this post. Biofreeze® is also available for purchase in retail. Click here to find a store near you. I need those moments when I feel strong… Read More

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