Archives for September 2011

Happy 4th Birthday Kambry Paige!

4 years ago, on October 1, 2007…. Kambry Paige came in to our lives. Happy Birthday baby girl! We love you! The day you were born was so magical! Tucker wasn’t too sure what to think. We giggle at all your bubbles… to this day. We still agree that you are cute as a button… […]

Cyber Bullying affects real lives. Take a stand!

When it comes to bullying and cyber-bullying, kids aren’t the only victims. Adults are as well. As a victim of cyber-bullying of several years now, I am here to help MTV spread awareness with their ‘A Thin Line’ campaign. The more awareness that we can spread, the more we can help prevent this with adults, […]

Johnsonville Kitchens – Blog for a Cause!

In March, I had the opportunity to visit the Johnsonville company and kitchens in Milwaukee, WI. Well, today, I am back in route to Milwaukee, but this time not only to cook in their kitchens again, but to Blog for a Cause. I am excited to see everyone again, but even more so, to give […]

Wordless Wednesday: Picture Day!


Rayovac Rechargeable Powerpack: Lithium-ion Charger

I travel a lot and one thing that I am always in the need for while on the go is power. With the constant use of Twitter, Facebook, email, texting, phone calls and picture taking, I have a constant need for power. I need power for my Windows Phone, as well as my iPod nano. […]

Master Lock 5900D Portable Safe

I travel a lot. With those travels, come toting along small electronics, cash, credit cards and valuables such as jewelry. Most hotels will have a safe for you to use while you are staying, but what I have been looking for is something that I can take with me, that has my own combination and […]

Traveling with our Bounce House – Portable fun!

Just last month, I posted about our new bounce house. I cannot begin to tell you how much we love and have been using it. Seriously one of the best inventions ever! This month, I wanted to share with you how easy it is to travel with Inflatable Bouncers. While it is a nice size […]

Comfort Zone with Feliway Diffuser

We have one cat in our home. Did you know that most of the pets in America are indoor pets? Living in the Midwest, I can totally see why that is true. We have some frigid winters! Shared living quarters between humans and felines can become a challenge when their stress-related behavior turns destructive. I […]

Kirby Mass Attack {Nintendo DS Game}

The kids are both really in to their Nintendo DS games. Every time we travel, the DS comes along with us. When we received the new Kirby: Mass Attack game for the Nintendo DS, my 6 year old son was excited to give it a try. He does very well with games and I love […]

Danny Phantom: Season One DVD

The kids don’t watch a whole lot of television, but when they do, they defiantly have their favorite shows they like to watch. Tucker’s new favorite is Danny Phantom. On September 13th, Shout! Factory released a jam packed 4 disc collection that will be on any fans want list. Part boy, part ghost Danny Phantom, […]

Brookstone 4-in-1 Power Charger

I travel quite a bit. With the constant packing, unpacking and repacking, there’s one thing that I have found that I always take more than I need… chargers. I have to have one for my Windows Phone that plugs in the wall, but I also have been traveling with a car charger for it. Too […]

Friday Afternoon Xray Adventures

Oh, the joys of having a son…… We get adventures like these. He is smiling. Can you see that? No, really…. He was smiling. CHEEEESE! (He told the nurses that the camera was a bit different, but he knew to say CHEESE.) Yup. That’s my son. Isn’t he cute? Here he is… in the flesh. […]

Wordless Wednesday: Love Notes


My new office – Then and NOW!

Can you believe that just a couple of weeks ago I was at this? And today it looks like this?!?! My desk is still a mess, yes it is. Keep in mind that we have a 1900 home with cement and original brick walls, basement and foundation. I took what once was a dungey old […]

Suburgatory {ABC Premiers Wednesday 9/28 at 7:30c}

When it comes to night time television, I can admit that I am pretty bored with what’s on. ABC has a new show, SUBURGATORY that is premiering Wednesday September 28).   SUBURGATORY Premieres Wednesday, September 28 at 8:30|7:30c on ABC You Know You’re From Suburgatory When… Your dog’s haircut is more expensive than yours. The […]

Da’ Bears!

With as much traveling as I will be doing for media events and for family events, hubby and I will be tailgating and going to the Bears game (where they will kick the Panters booties) in Chicago on October 1st at 12:00pm central time. D e ta i l s : BEARS vs. PANTHERS Sunday, October […]

Rayovac Battery Education & Battery Boot Camp

I cannot begin to express how many things in our home are battery powered. Did you know that different items need different kinds of batteries? If you are like me and love to do housework with that radio going full blast, Rayovac powers that with Rayovac Heavy Duty batteries. I don’t like to be tied […]

Hello Kitty Water Dispenser

With my new office that I just built my new office in my basement, I thought about what all I could do to make it my space, add to it to brighten it up, as well as things that are functional with my daily and fitness routines. Sparklebee has so many fun products for literally […]

Disney’s Dumbo: 70th Anniversary Edition

I think most of us adults can remember being a kid and watching Dumbo on VHS. I grew up with a lot of amazing Disney classics, but Dumbo was one of my favorites! I am excited that my kids will get to enjoy the timeless fave of Dumbo, but not on VHS, yet on DVD […]

Back to school with umi Shoes

UMI Back to School Shoes Tucker has been back to school for a few weeks now. With Fall about to begin on Thursday, the cooler weather has begun to creep up on us. With cooler weather comes bringing out the Fall and warmer clothes. umi Shoes has so many adorable shoes for girls and boys. […]

Windows Live Photo Gallery

I love to take pictures, but most of all – I love to share those pictures! What would you do if you were able to create your own panoramic view using the images that you take, but don’t want to spend the money on a lens or equipment to take those pictures? What if you […]

September 16th is National Play-Doh Day Giveaway {Closed}

September 16th is National Play-Doh Day. features monthly play date themes, and September’s theme is pizza!  I love pizza! I think my blood streams pizza sauce. LOL When we received the PLAY-DOH TWIRL ‘N TOP PIZZA SHOP Playset, my kids were excited to check it out. PLAY-DOH TWIRL ‘N TOP PIZZA SHOP Playset “Cook” […]

Homemade Hot Cocoa

It’s just about that time of year where we are pulling out the fall clothes and where hot cocoa sounds oh so yummy! I looked in my cabinets only to find that hubby had drank all of our instant hot cocoa mix, so I decided to try something new. Homemade Hot Cocoa 1/2 cup sugar […]

Wordless Wednesday: Not so spooky Wilton Cakes Halloween Birthday Cake(s)! (Trial run for October birthday!)


Creative Energy – Pass it on!

What is your definition of Creative Energy? Humans are very creative beings. I consider myself a very creative person with a lot of positive energy that I like to pass on to those that need it. When I see a friend that is down and in need of some cheering up, I like to pass […]

Bread Machine Monkey Bread

I use a Wolfgang Puck Bread Machine and love to make different things in it, other than just homemade bread. I have made pizza dough, as well as Monkey Bread. If you haven’t tried Monkey Bread – you are missing out! Bread Machine Monkey Bread Dough Ingredients (Put in machine in order as below) 1 […]

Whirlpool Duet Washer & Dryer – Saves time, energy, money & sanity!

When I found out I was an official Whirlpool Mom, I cannot begin to tell you how much I screamed in excitement. Let’s just say that I went from this: to this: Because I was one of the lucky 50 to receive the gorgeous Whirlpool Duet Washer & Dryer sets, I decided to do an […]

Basement Home Construction – Making progress!

If you’ve been keeping up with my home remodeling spree, I had to share some quick updates as to where we are at right now. I took the last week to recover from a lung infection, but the progress is moving along nicely! So far, over the last month, we have gone from this… (Having […]

AViiQ Smart Case for iPad 2

I travel everywhere with my iPad 2. When I first bought my Smart Cover for it, I wasn’t sure what to think about it since it only protected the front of the iPad. AViiQ makes a Smart Case for the iPad 2 that lets you use your Smart Cover to keep the front protected but […]

Which battery works best for you?

With all of our home renovations and all the battery powered electronics in our home, I constantly wonder what battery is best for all the needs that we have. We have so many battery powered things in our home like remotes, clocks, kids’ electronic toys, Wi-Fi radios, flashlights and oh so much more! Have you […]

Wordless Wednesday: Playful Paws


Simple Snack. Simply Smucker’s Uncrustables!

This post brought to you by Triad Retail Media. All opinions are 100% mine. Kambry, my 3 ½ year old, is quite the picky eater. She loves applesauce, but will not eat apples. She loves spaghetti, but we have to blend the tomatoes in the sauce. She loves sandwiches, but will not eat the crust. […]

Ralph Lauren Presents the RL Gang – Narrated by John Legend!

Last year, I was fortunate enough to meet with the amazing company, Ralph Lauren and get the preview of the Fall 2010 RL Gang storybook which was narrated by Harry Connick Junior. This year, they have a new voice – John Legend! This fall, Ralph Lauren Corporation expands its online shoppable children’s storybook collection with […]

MYTRAK Smart Coach

I have been working hard to lose weight and to keep it off. I am proud to say that I have lost and maintained –52 pound weight loss! There’s a tool that I have been using every day called MYTRAK . MYTRAK Smart Coach MYTRAK Smart Coach is a device that tracks the intensity, frequency, […]

Omaha Children’s Museum

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and son had a daddy–son day out. They decided to make a day of it with lunch, then heading over to the Omaha Children’s Museum. Omaha Children’s Museum Omaha Children’s Museum is a great place to learn through play. To make your visits fun and easy, the museum […]

Windows HTC 7 Pro

With as much as I travel with my blog, as well as for personal pleasure, there’s no doubt that I need to have access to my email as much as possible – without being glued to a computer 24/7. I need to have access to emails, my blog, the internet, social networking, as well as […]

LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet

My son is in kindergarten. His little brain picks things up so fast! He is such a smart kid! While he was on summer break, we did things around the house that involved stuff that he learned at school just months before so that his mind would stay fresh and remember things that he had […]

Back-to-School or Back-to-Work with iHome

No matter where we go, we always have our iPod touches. While it makes an amazing travel tool for us all, there is a whole new way to use your iPod and your iPhone while at home. When I first saw the iHome iA91, I was giddy beyond excitement! iHome iA91 App-enhanced Dual Alarm Stereo […]

Organize your home with IKEA

We live in a 1900 home and our storage in this house is pretty limited. I have been slowly doing some renovations in the house to make it more our own, as well as to create more usable storage. Parts within my home were transformed in to other rooms. Example – this is the front […]

Bambi II on Special Edition Blu-Ray + DVD

I clearly remember being a kid and my grandmother always sending me Disney movies as holiday gifts and just because. One of my favorite movies that I remember getting for Valentine’s Day as a kid was Bambi. I am excited that my kids get to grow up with the same Disney favorites, and new releases, […]

Back to school with Walmart Giveaway {CLOSED}

Tucker started Kindergarten last week. It seems like just yesterday that he was born, and now, he’s in kindergarten?? With back to school comes all the things that he needs to get ready to go back to school like a new backpack, school supplies, clothes, shoes… the list goes on and on. On top of […]

Cocoa Puffs Brownie Crunch

We have breakfast for dinner a lot in our home. One of my favorite cereals growing up was Cocoa Puffs. If Cocoa Puffs weren’t great just as they are, there is a new chocolate favorite in our house; Cocoa Puffs Brownie Crunch. Oh, I went there! Cocoa Puffs + Brownies all in the same name? […]

POSH Mommy Jewelry for QVC

What girl doesn’t love jewelry? I love necklaces and most of all, I love wearing a customized piece. This may be a picture of my kids, or even something that is all my own. Sentimental meets stylish!  QVC is excited to offer POSH Mommy jewelry – a versatile jewelry collection that is a great way […]

umi Back to School Sale

We love umi shoes so I wanted to pass along a great umi Back to School sale! By entering code BTSIS10 at check out, you can get a nice discount on one, or two, pairs of shoes. Go to to start shopping. Tweet

Mommies don’t get sick days

I am going on day 3 of this lung crud. What I thought was allergies from my home DIY projects to build a new office and a new laundry room (gotta love saw dust & inhaling in concrete dust), has turned in to a nasty lung infection. I’m pretty well known for bronchitis, so this […]