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Staying connected with our @BestBuy @Linksys WRT3200ACM Wi-Fi Router #ad

With 4 smart phones, 2 tablets, 3 gaming devices, 2 laptops, 2 Apple TV boxes, 1 Amazon Fire Stick and a smart TV, we are just about as connected as they come. It’s hard for us to stay connected at a decent speed. We’ve been using the new Linksys WRT3200ACM router and lets just say […]

Keeping kids safe this Halloween

We had our trick or treating this weekend. Since a lot are going out tomorrow, I wanted to share some Poison Control tips to help keep your kids safe this Halloween. Glow-in-the-dark jewelry and glow sticks are used by parents to keep their children visible while trick-or-treating in the dark. Children may break open these […]

4 Tips for Preparing Your Child’s Winter Wardrobe

Before winter hits, there are some tasks you should accomplish clothing-wise for your kids. Summer clothes are out, and oversized sweaters, warm socks, and boots are in. With these four preparation tips, your child’s winter wardrobe will be ready for them to wear in no time. Stock Up on Socks Gone are the days of […]

Delivery in Chicago from Bootler #GoBootler #Food #ad

I don’t travel like I used to. I remember going to so many places from New York to Florida to Chicago. With as chaotic as media events can be, I used to love taking one evening to myself to call in for take out dinner, find a good movie on TV and just chill. One […]

7 ways to curb a sweet tooth

Are you hiding chocolate bars, candy or bagels in your desk at work or sneaking off to the vending machine for a “pick me up” several times a day? Chances are that it helps for a while then you crash back into the land of fatigue and foggy concentration—wishing you could curl up and just […]

Life changing experiences with Victory Junction #VictoryJunction #ad #spon

When it comes to our children, of course we always want the best for them and their health. I recently heard about the amazing things that Victory Junction does, a camp in North Carolina that specializes in enriching the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. I am beyond excited to share with you […]

Amazing deals on tech goods & family Staycations from #Groupon {#ad}

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. Those that know me, know that I have a great love for technology, traveling and most of all.. savings on both. Any chance I have to save money on both of my loves, I take full advantage of it. I have already started (and almost finished!) […]

7 Ways to Reduce the Stresses of Single Parenting

Single parenting can be challenging. You were in a committed relationship that you hoped would last a lifetime, but for whatever reason the dynamics are no longer the same. Whether your partner has passed away or you’ve decided to part ways, making the adjustment from a two parent household to one is difficult for you […]

What can noninvasive fetal DNA testing tell us?

Until relatively recently in human history, birth involved a lot of surprises. While a number of old wives’ tales promised a way to determine a baby’s sex and health status, the truth is that there was no accurate way of knowing these things until after the baby was born. Today, of course, it’s a very […]

Family Movie & Game Night with the amazing @VIZIO SmartCast P-Series @BestBuy #VIZIOatBestBuy

Those that know me, know that I have a strong love for technology. We just updated our basement to include a family room with plenty of gaming area. I have had my eyes on a new VIZIO smart TV. This bad boy does everything but wash the dishes for you. The all-new VIZIO SmartCast™ P-Series™ […]

Getting our health on with #NatureMade #IC  #ad

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. Hubby and I have been on a mission to get healthy and stay healthy. Every year we have blood drawn to check our cholesterol, glucose, calcium, protein, AST, thyroid and so much more. Hubby’s cholesterol is a little above […]

Free #Thrive Balance!

If you haven’t tried #Thrive yet, this is an amazing opportunity! FREE BALANCE for first time customers for a limited time. I’m actually kind of jealous over this promo. Lol This is one of the best deals that I’ve seen that LeVei has offered to new customers.    Thrive offers: Attention focus Performance Digestive & Immune […]

Kidz Bop Greatest Hits 15 – Available now!

My kids are madly in love with all the current music hits and pop stars, but there are a lot of lyrics that I, as a parent, don’t really want my kids to hear… just yet anyway. lol The kids are getting to an age where they love to play their own music on their […]

Transform your kitchen with @KitchenAidUSA at @BestBuy #bbyKA #ad

When we bought our house two years ago, we have been thinking of how we want to redesign the kitchen layout and what appliances we want to include. Did you know that Best Buy sells appliances? Most people think of Best Buy as a technology store, but they carry a nice array of home appliances, […]

The Positive Effects of Ceiling Fans on the Environment

  Heating your home during the winter and cooling it during the summer can be tough on your budget, but do we really need as much as we think we need in order to be comfortable during extreme temperatures? Can you survive a heatwave without using air conditioning? Why of course you can. In fact, […]

A Few Reasons Why Muay Thai is Good For You

If you consult any experienced martial art practitioner about the most efficient and most versatile martial art, they will certainly list Muay Thai among the 5 best martial arts. Muay Thai, often called Thai boxing or the Art of Eight Limbs, uses the power of punches, kicks, knees and elbows. These are the “weapons” competitors […]

#DIY Home remodeling update! 

We have lived in our current home for going on two years now. We bought it because it was pretty much a blank canvas and we have been hard at work… And loving it! I can’t wait to share the complete process but here’s a teaser so far of our 1200 sq feet basement. It […]

#Savings on top of savings with @Groupon’s Coupons! #ad

Who doesn’t love a good coupon and savings on top of even more savings? I am an avid Groupon user. We have used Groupon to plan so many family outings, as well as gifts for loved ones and so many things for the house and office. With Groupon Coupons, there are so many brands that […]

Muay Thai Training in Thailand For Better Health

Every modern woman is concerned about two things – her health and her appearance. In most cases these two things are related because it is very difficult to look beautiful if your health is not at its highest level. If you use the internet to perform some research you will notice that there are many […]

Cooking School Online? With Salted, yes you can!

I love to cook! I wish I had more time to learn new recipes that didn’t involve sitting and reading tons of books. I have always wanted to go to culinary school, but frankly, the price scares me. Did you know that you can get a culinary learning experience for an amazing deal and learn […]

Why we left @Verizon and why we prefer @USCellular

After being a part of a blogger program for Verizon, I have learned so much about what is worth it when it comes to cell phone service, coverage and price. While my service with Verizon was good in the last year (out of 4), I have to say that I am so glad that we […]

Last minute gifts from #LivingSocial for the #Holidays #ad {#Giveaway Ends 12/25!}

Hard to believe Christmas is this coming week. Well… 4 days to be exact! I have a confession to make – I hate shopping. With a passion. Well, let me rephrase it. I love shopping… online. It’s the massive store crowds that get to me. I love shopping with LivingSocial because of the simplicity, the […]

Enjoy McDonald’s McCafé packaged coffee at home! #McCafeAtHome #IC #Ad

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for McCafé packaged coffee. I received product samples as well as a monetary promotional incentive to thank me for my participation. Here in the Midwest, it’s starting to get suuuuper cold. Nothing wakes us up like a cup of hot toasty coffee. McCafé now offers […]

My new kitchen love – Black + Decker 6.5 Quart Multicooker

Can you believe that the holidays are already here? It feels like yesterday that it was last here. With Christmas right around the corner, we are starting to think about those family meals that we will be cooking. I don’t know about you, but the thought of 20 different pots and pans to make meals. […]

I beat the crowds & shopped in my PJ’s @SamsClub! #SamsClubHoliday

Christmas is right around the corner. Can you believe it? I don’t know about you, but the thought of going out there with the shopping chaos makes my mind frazzle a bit. I wish I could just stay home, get in my comfy PJ’s, put my feet up, and let the gifts just magically appear. […]

How can small changes affect your health and savings?

Sometimes the smallest things in life can make the biggest differences. Today I am going to talk about a few things in life you can change and get a result that will change even your health! Don’t believe me? Let me prove that to you today, and let me show that just a little bit […]

The Link Between Cancer and Stress

Both stress and cancer have high visibility in our society. Articles and program specials on stress can be seen in the grocery store magazine aisles. Workout classes tout promises to lower stress levels. Cancer awareness campaigns frequently have 5k runs, numerous fundraising drives for cancer research pop up throughout the year, and new developments in […]

Elf on the Shelf 2015 – #EOTS #ElfOnTheShelf #MoveTheDamnElf

We started a daily log of our elf, Chippy and how he surprises the kids each morning. I’ll be honest and say that when I first heard about Elf on the Shelf a few years back, I thought it was ridiculous. This is the most fun and the kids look forward to it each day. […]

Tips to Maximize Refrigerator Space this holiday season

I don’t know about you, but my fridge is a crazy hot mess during the holidays. I wanted to share some tips to help you maximize your fridge space this holiday season. Tips to Maximize Refrigerator Space with Design Expert Julia Burke: Because you’re more likely to eat items in your line of sight, stack […]

This holiday season, take a moment for yourself. Why? #BecauseMoment #IC #ad

Let’s face it, there’s no real way to escape reality and every day life. Our lives get so busy, but to be honest, I wouldn’t want it any other way. Being busy means productivity and that’s good! That would describe my last month to a tee. Where do I begin? Christmas shopping Groceries Meal planning […]

Family Fun Day with Jack’s Pizza # RealCheeseRealLife

Small town living… gotta love it, right? It took a while for us to adjust to it, but we are madly in love with it. There’s not a whole lot to do here, so we usually have to drive a good hour to get to a location that has a variety of things to do. […]

Check in at home with Arlo Smart Home Wireless Security Cameras #BBYConnectedHome #ad

Whether we are across town, running errands, out for date night or out of town for family travels, I’ve always wanted to have the ability to check in on our house and yard to know that everything is ok while we are away. We have been using a really cool high definition security camera set […]

Help us raise awareness. Show us your #kegelface!

Laugh till you pee… that’s something to talk about. Or not. Face it ladies… it becomes an issue more so after the babies are born. I remember when my littles were born, my doctor suggested that I do kegals to help tighten the muscles after delivery. Kegels are pelvic floor muscle training exercises and considered […]

Put Fire Escape Planning and Practice at The Top of Your Holiday To-Do List

You’ve done all the cooking, cleaning, shopping, and decorating for your holiday guests. Now you can kick back and put your feet up, right? Not just yet. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), there’s one very important item that needs to be checked off of every holiday to-do list: a fire escape plan with practice. […]

#DIY Where’s Waldo & Wanda costumes

We’ve been on the go so much lately that I’ve been taking time from road trips to do some research on how we can make our own Where’s Waldo & Wanda costumes because I refused to pay $40 per shirt at the costume stores. Super easy to make.  Start by taping stripes on the shirts, […]

Straighten your hair for less with Remington’s UV-Baked Ceramic Straightener

While I don’t have the longest hair, my hair is super thick and wavy. It’s crazy how my short hair has always been such a challenge to get and keep straight. I’ve tried so many straighteners in so many price ranges. Recently I was sent a ceramic flat iron that I have fallen in love […]

The Beardsman is here to tame those long & short beards @Rem4Men

Hubby is usually clean-shaven, but there are times that he likes to grow out a short beard. Maintaining it is the challenge. Thankfully we had the chance to try out a beard grooming kit. When I first thought of ‘beard grooming’, it made me think of full, long, thick beards, so I didn’t think that […]

Why do we love Jack’s Pizza? Let us count the ways. #RealCheeseRealLife #Ad

Warning: This post is about pizza and may cause instant hunger. All opinions, thoughts and images are 100% of our own. We are not responsible for constant drooling, hunger pains or tummy growling. We received product coupons and a promotional item to thank us for our participation. I cant express how much we love pizza […]

Spend less and still look like a million bucks with Paparazzi Jewelry {#Giveaway ends 10/11/15}

If you had asked me a could of years ago if I loved jewelry, I would probably say ‘sure, whatever’. Today? I can’t get enough. I have been introduced to Paparazzi Jewelry and I have to admit … I’m an addict. I love it so much! Why spend tons of money on beautiful jewelry when […]

Mapping my way to get school supplies #BackToSchool

Here we are – back to school season. Already. With all that’s been going on in our lives, we almost forgot to go Back to School shopping, so we went a couple of weekends ago for clothes, lunch goods and school supplies. My Verizon Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet powered with powerful Verizon 4G LTE service. […]