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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 with their children. However, often times this conversation is put off for “a better time” resulting in children having to deal with [...]

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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 alter! #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 [...]

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Custom #Christmas Photo Gifts from CVS

How is it that this year is almost over with already? Are you still looking for that perfect gift to get that certain someone? CVS is here to help! Did you know that you can order custom photo gifts and pick up in store or have shipped directly to you or your gift recipient? CVS [...]

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Pure Energies sustainable living; Project Kayapo #ad

In your life, right now, what do you think you could not live without? We all take advantage of certain things in life on a daily basis that we really don’t think too much about; running water, automobiles, cable, electricity, and even lighting. When I saw some videos of Pure Energies’ recent trip to visit [...]

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Millstone Coffee Breakfast Blend Chocolate Brownies

A few weeks ago, I wrote how we tried Millstone Coffees, so this time, I thought I’d try baking with it. Baking? Yup! We were sent two more flavors of Millstone Coffees to try: Caramel Truffle THE SMOOTH, CREAMY CARAMEL FLAVOR AND WARM, BUTTERY FINISH MAKE THIS LIGHT ROAST A TANTALIZING TREAT ON ITS OWN [...]

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Help #ShareAMeal this holiday season

This holiday season, we cannot forget those that cannot afford a meal. While most of us are enjoying hanging out with their families and getting seconds on that hot meal, we all need to think about those that can’t afford that first plate of food. This holiday, we have been gathering food for our local [...]

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I’m a #ClearasilMom! Move over acne, hello clear skin! #sponsored #MC

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influencer Central for Clearasil. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. I’m excited to announce that I am #ClearasilMom through Influence Central. What exactly is this? Well, I was sent some Clearasil products to [...]

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Protect your lawn this winter with tips from TruGreen #Sponsored #MC

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Influence Central for TruGreen. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. We have a new home that has a huge back yard and a pretty awesome front yard. Here in the Midwest, our winters are pretty brutal with extreme cold, snow and ice. [...]

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Healthy Eating while airport traveling

I travel a lot, so I know how hard it is to stay on track when you’re in an out of airports. Junk food, chips, sodas and an overall lack of healthier options. Here are some helpful tips for foods that will help tide you over while you’re traveling this holiday season.   Fruits: Fruit [...]

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Mega hands on tech at the new @Verizon Destination store in Chicago #VZWBuzz

I was fortunate and lucky enough to be one of the very first people to see the new Verizon Destination Store in Chicago a couple of weeks ago. Those that know me, can only imagine what my face looked like when I walked in those doors. I felt like a kid in a candy store; [...]

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25 days of #ElfOnTheShelf

1/25: Soaring in 2/25: Sugar high 3/25: Frostbite 4/25: Just hanging around, watching you sleep in your self made bunk bed tent 5/25: Santa’s eyes: 6/25: Games with friends 7/25: Order up! 8/25: Toasty Elf 9/25: TP Elf 10/25: Wake up with a lil’ elf in your cup 11/25: Be good 12/25: Roasting nuts on [...]

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Don’t forget to @Rayovac power those toys for Christmas! (Printable coupons!)

Confession: Our Christmas tree was set up last weekend. Gifts are about to be wrapped. Travel plans are made. It smells like Christmas in our house and I love it so much! This year is especially special for myself and my entire family, as we will be spending it with my oldest daughter in Texas, [...]

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Bring Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars in with your holiday celebrations

In our home, we don’t really buy a whole lot of ‘junk food’. What’s bad is that’s what is mostly out there. My kids love granola bars, homemade treats and recently we just tried Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars. To be honest, I didn’t think they would like them. I have a couple of pretty picky [...]

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Oh my gosh, #Santa Sent Me A Letter! #Christmas

This holiday is going to be a very special one in our home and in our lives. To make it even more special, what’s a better way than your child receiving a letter from Santa? I have thought about having one sent to my kids, but to be honest, I wasn’t sure what they were [...]

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Shop for @BestBuy Gift Cards for the Lunar New Year #bbylunarnewyear

The holidays are quickly approaching not only here in the US, but for other countries as well. For Asians all around the world, including Asian-Americans, Lunar New Year not only celebrates the beginning of the year but also the ending of winter and the anticipated arrival of spring.  It is one of the most important holidays [...]

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Halloween Food Safety Tips

Halloween is upon us. Are you ready? I wanted to share some great tips for Halloween safety. Take these simple steps to help your children have a fun – and safe – Halloween Children shouldn’t snack while they’re out trick-or-treating.  Urge your children to wait until they get home and you have had a chance [...]

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Crystal Light presents Miranda Lambert’s Platinum Points! #MC #Sponsored #CrystalLightWM

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for CRYSTAL LIGHT. I received a gift card to purchase CRYSTAL LIGHT products to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Last week, we went to Wal-Mart to check out their selection of Crystal Light. Have you ever tried Crystal [...]

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How you can help give back. #SIMPLEGiving

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, over 16 million American children live in poverty. This means that in addition to being hungry, millions of children lack other basic items they need to thrive. I wanted to start this post out with the facts. Over 16 million American children aren’t able to get that healthy meal [...]

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If your blog is giving you the ‘badges.del.icio.us malware’ error – Here’s what to do

I freaked out. Like… I. FREAKED. OUT when I saw this on my own blog. Have you recently seen this on your blog? When I’d go my main URL for MommyGoggles.com, I was fine. When I clicked on any post link, I’d get this message. The site contains malware (virus) and showed me a badges.del.icio.us [...]

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Help #ShareAMeal by sharing this post, this video! #EndChildHunger #Ad

When it comes to child hunger, are you aware that that every 1 in 5 children are hungry? Did you know that there are 16 million children in America struggling with hunger? That’s the population of Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago combined. You never know if your neighbor’s children are hungry, the [...]

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Curious George Season 9 starts Monday 10/27!

We are HUGE Curious George fans. Like…. huge! My little ones are a little older (9 & 7) and we all still watch Curious George. I’m excited to share that just one week from today, CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest returns to PBS KIDS! The Halloween special airs on Monday, October 27, kicking off [...]