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Earth Day with Baby Appleseed

This Earth Day (April 22, 2017), you could pick up litter, clean a beach, or walk to work. But responsibly-sourced, American crib manufacturer Baby Appleseed wants you to plant a tree. Why? American cities are losing millions of trees each year. Trees that: Provide wood Provide food Provide shady places to play, picnic, and relax […]

Tips on how to get active with the family this Summer!

Spring is here and it’s a great time for families with children to spend time outdoors and together. Being active as a family can benefit everyone. Adults need at least two and a half hours a week of physical activity, and children need 60 minutes a day. Here are some helpful tips to get you […]

The Importance of Home Maintenance

Owning your home can be something that is wonderful. The maintenance, though? Maybe not so much. Making sure that your home remains in good shape is critical for a variety of reasons that include things like financial, safety, and health reasons. It is never going to be too late to learn a few basic repair […]

Bring new life to your speakers with @BestBuy @Chromecast audio #ad

We are pretty techy in our home, and for my job. Anywhere we go, we love to stream music, but some of our speakers in our home gym are older style and they’re not able to stream music…. or are are they? I really didn’t want to think about what it would take or cost […]

Growing Love and Growing Generations #GrowingGenerations #health #ad

If you have ever dealt with, or know someone that has dealt with infertility, you know the emotions that go along with it. A few years back, I offered to be a surrogate for a friend, but she was blessed with a successful IVF shortly before we were set to begin the process. Not everyone […]

Being happy & active with the family – #GreatFutures #IC #Ad

This post was sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of America as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. In our home, we have been more active recently than we have been in a while. I had surgery a couple of months ago that […]

Scotties Facial Tissues Welcomes The Homeless Into Permanent Housing

I always get the ‘feel good’ feelings when I see brands that I love (and use every day) give back to our communities. I am so honored and proud to share this recent news! January was a great month for 100 homeless people in Boston who are now living in permanent supportive housing thanks to […]

What is Continuous Glucose Monitoring?

Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) is a method of monitoring blood glucose levels through the use of a thin wire sensor placed just under the skin, which samples glucose levels every few minutes throughout the day. The information is transmitted to a device that enables the user to view the information in real time. The data […]

#THRIVE into the New Year with a New You! #ad

Do you take daily vitamins? With the New Year, I’m sure that a lot of you are currently researching what vitamins or ‘quick fix’ pills that you can start taking come January 1st for a healthier new you… am I right? Why do we do this to ourselves? Why aren’t we looking to better ourselves […]

Get creative with @Minecraft Xbox One S console bundle @BestBuy #ad

  My youngest kids are 9 and 11 and they are so in to Minecraft. I love watching their creative minds at play when they’re in the game. I love watching how they can place blocks within the game and go out on adventures, explore randomly generated worlds and build amazing things from the simplest […]

4 Things to do if your Child is Injured in an Auto Accident

One of the worse phone calls you may receive is one stating that your child has been hurt due to a car accident. However, studies show that $10 billion was the cost of motor vehicle injuries in 2013. This is sure to be nerve wracking and stressful to any parent. It’s important to be proactive and do […]

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 […]

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 […]