Saving time for mom when the kids are grounded from TV & electronics in their rooms


I’ve seen where people use tiny padlocks to put on the ends of plugs when the kids are grounded from something electronic in their rooms, so I thought is try something different and cheaper. The little people are grounded from their TV’s and all gaming this week. Instead of wasting time to take them out [...]

Gift ideas for the little ones from Hasbro – #HolidayGiftGuide


Christmas is just around the corner…. literally. There are 18 week left until Christmas, or broken down, there are 1280 days, 14 hours, 21 minutes, 39 seconds… 38… 37… 36. With back to school already happening, it’s time to start thinking ahead of the game. I’ll confess and tell you that I started my holiday [...]

Enjoy a #Staycation in Des Moines, Iowa at @EmbassySuites (Our family fun weekend!)


We were asked by Embassy Suites if our family would like to experience a family staycation. I’ve never really been on a staycation, so we were eager to check it out and have a family fun time! We chose to visit Des Moines, Iowa since it’s relatively close for us to drive to. We loaded [...]

Guess what? #TrapperKeeperIsBack just in time for #BackToSchool {#Giveaway ends 8/21}


I can remember, so clearly, when I was getting ready for back to school when I was a kid in the 80’s and 90’s. There was one thing that I HAD to have.. Trapper Keeper! Who can remember their Trapper Keeper’s from elementary, junior high and high school? I had two. One had a kitten [...]

Quadruple your closet space! Save closet space with soda can (pop tops) #Organizing #ClosetOrganizing


We just moved to a new house a couple of months ago. While we’ve increased the size of our bedrooms and the fact that we actually HAVE closets is a huge plus, we are still lacking on space. We wouldn’t have to be searching for space if I wouldn’t forget that I already bought clothes [...]

Sending love from home – #Military Care Packages


Our soldiers do so much for us, so why not send them a small token of our appreciation? I’ve been wondering what to send overseas to our guys and gals, so here’s what I’ve come up with for my first couple of shipments. Magazines and crossword puzzles are also a must. Some locations don’t have [...]

Back to school lists & savings with my @Samsung #VZWBuzz #GalaxyNote3? Yup, and then some!


School starts when? Not like I’m counting down or anything….. I am SO ready! With this said, I’ve been using my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for those party celebrations preparations. How can a phone help you with shopping for school supplies? As they say, ‘there’s an app for that’. Here are just a few that [...]

@Rayovac backs up their products with an amazing guarantee!

When you go to buy a product, does the item’s warranty play a factor in your buying decisions? It does me! I don’t like to buy a product that can’t back it up. I thought I would give a brand a try with a laptop. It seemed like it would do all that I wanted [...]

@PaintGlider saved us time, energy, our backs AND money! #DIY #BearsRoom


I’ve been thinking of how to start this post for a product that I’m madly in LOVE with, so I decided to start it like this. Two months ago, this was half of my basement. Kinda gives a dungeon feel, huh? Here’s the back story. We decided a year and a half ago that we [...]

@DiscoverBoating – Summer fun on the river! #Ambassador! #MC #Sponsored


I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Discover Boating. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.  We haven’t been able to get out on the river this summer like we wanted to because of all our rain that we’ve had. Here in the Midwest, [...]

Our basement #DIY progress! You won’t wanna miss this!


I wanted to share some of my progress with our new house! We bought our new house in April of this year; which was just a couple of months ago. We bought this house because we saw so much potential in this half finished huge basement. This is only a quarter of what the basement [...]

Save time & Shout It Out! #Giveaway #ShoutItOut {Ends 7/16}


We live in a dirty world, in a dirty house. There’s no doubt about it. My kids are 9 and 6 and love to get dirty, so their clothes are always a challenge to get and stay clean. That’s where Shout is here to help, and we need help. this is my life. Welcome to [...]

My #VZWBuzz @Verizon phone & tablet saved us during storms, hail & a tornado.


This month’s post for Verizon was originally planned to be something totally different from what I’m about to post to you all right now. I originally wanted to show you some amazing features that I recently learned, however I thought I would take a bit of a turn. Ready for it? It seems that my [...]

Happy Birthday America! How we celebrate with @Rayovac


Does your family have any Fourth of July traditions? Do you travel for the holiday? Every now and then we will travel to the inlaws and watch the town’s fireworks. When we travel, all of the kids’ devices are powered with Rayovac Batteries, which are proudly made right here in the good ol’ USA. Not [...]

Pick Up The Values with valuable printable coupons! {@pickupthevalues #Savings}


Do you like savings? I think it’s safe to say that we all love to save money anywhere that we can. I am proud to share that I am a “Pick Up the Values” blog ambassador with Kimberly-Clark and have been learning more about savings on products that we already use in our home like [...]

Our local Post Alpha-Bits Little Free Library {@LtlFreeLibrary #LittleFreeLibrary}


With it being summertime, are your kids still reading? My little ones love to read, even in the summertime. We were asked by Post Alpha-Bits if we would like to help promote literacy locally, and worldwide, so of course, I jumped at the opportunity! Little Free Library Little Free Library began in 2009 and has [...]

I’m a @DiscoverBoating #Ambassador! #MC #Sponsored


I’m very proud and honored to announce that I’m an Ambassador for Discover Boating! Summer is in full force and we love every minute of it! We are huge river rats in the summer, so I wanted to share my excitement with you, and share some of our favorite memories on the river. We live [...]

Internet Safety Awareness with BGCA #CyberSafe #CyberTribe #Sponsored #MC


I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for BGCA. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. How old are your kids and do you trust them (or others) while they are on the computer and online? My kids are 8 and 6 and I have [...]

Getting fit with the @Samsung #GalaxyNote3 #VZWBuzz #Fitness


I’ve been on a mission. Not only to get fit and healthy, but I’ve been training for a 5K. I know, I know… shocking, isn’t it? I am going to be running in The Color Run in September, so I thought I’d start working on my running before hand. While I have been going to [...]

Wordless Wednesday: Move over Bob the Builder!


We are building up a few walls. Soon, our 3 bedroom home will become a 5 bedroom with an office, family room and gym! Before: (this is just the ‘unfinished’ right part of our basement) Currently: Stay tuned. It’s getting good! Tweet

Getting Fit with #FitBit Flex! #Fitness #Weightloss


How many steps in a day do you think you need to take in order to be active and lose weight? Well, any steps in a day are great verses sitting on your butt all day, right? Right! My daily goal is 10,000 steps each and every day. There are days that I will almost [...]

Wordless Wednesday: Blue eyed foster baby



How active are you? #Zumba #Fitness trends for Summer 2014


With hectic summertime schedules upon us, moms are looking for creative ways to max out “me” time – and it’s a tough choice between getting in a workout and enjoying a fun leisure activity. Interestingly, a recent consumer poll conducted by Zumba found that while one in seven Americans dread their workouts, approximately 80% of [...]

Win a trip for 4 from Atlantic Luggage! #ad

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This post brought to you by Atlantic Luggage. All opinions are 100% mine. When I’m shopping luggage, there are many factors that I look for before purchasing including versatility, weight, strength, how reliable the suitcase is and of course affordability. One time when I was flying across country, my suitcase was basically ripped in half. [...]

World’s First Apple USB Flash Drive with Lightning Connector for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch


There are so many times that I’ve picked up my iPhone, used an online storage app and searched for a document, information, PDF, music for a flight or simply an image. With my iPhone, I don’t like to keep a lot of things ON it, so I can keep space freed up for other things. [...]

Pink & Black Diva Room Makeover #DIY #DivaRoom #GirlsRoomIdeas


We just moved in our new house a month ago. Now that we’ve closed and it’s ours, I’ve been making it ours. I wanted to share what I did with my 6 year old daughter’s room. She wanted pink and black…. sooooo that’s exactly what she got. Here’s what all I got, just to give [...]

Snack time with Stonyfield Organic Yogurt


I participated in a Blogger Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Stonyfield. I received coupons to facilitate my shopping trip and a promotional item to thank me for participating. When it comes to snacks, my kids are quite different than most kids that I know. They’d rather have fruit or yogurt than sweets and candy. [...]

Growing our community with Post Alpha-bits & Little Free Library 


Growing up, I was always a reader. I always had a book in my hand and an extra in my bag no matter where I went. Now that I’m a mother, I am proud to say that my kids are the same way that I was when I was growing up. I am working hard [...]

My favorite @Samsung Galaxy Note 3 #TravelApps #VZWBuzz


As member of an awesome team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own & 100% truthful. Here I am, in Atlanta Georgia, at Mom 2.0 Summit. This is my 4th year attending and this [...]

Portable Power, the size of a key. Literally! #Nomad


I am on the go a lot. Like… a LOT. When I travel, I don’t like to take my charging cable with me because it just causes one big tangled and jumbled mess in my purse or bag. I saw a product not too long ago that peaked my interest called ChargeKey. Long story short, [...]

Full flavor & less calories with Brancott Estate “Flight Song” Wines #MC #Sponsored


I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Brancott Estate Wines. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. At the end of our busy days of recently moving and unpacking, a glass of wine sounds heavenly. When [...]

Our first Garden! Our easy & fun #DIY #Gardening Box


I have been MIA for about a week now. We just got internet (how in the world did we get by without it???) as we’ve been getting settled in our new home. It’s been chaotic, for the lack of a better word. While we’ve been unpacking like crazy, it seems that the boxes are multiplying [...]

Exploring the great outdoors with Rayovac’s Virtually Indestructible Spotlight


There are times in our days and nights where we are finding ourselves using a flashlight for so many things from around the house, to on the go. What if I was to tell you that there is a flashlight that you can use anywhere, including under water? Well, Rayovac has a BRAND NEW Virtually [...]

Enjoy An Exceptional Family Vacation Without Spending A Lot


A vacation taken with the family is one of the favorite parts of many people’s year. It is often a struggle to afford a break from everyday life, but that doesn’t mean you have to forget about a holiday due to lack of money. Following a few straightforward tips can bring a family vacation within [...]

How my @Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has helped me with our move #VZWBuzz


As member of an awesome team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own & 100% truthful. We are moving in 1 day and 16 hours… not that we are counting down or anything. We [...]

Wordless Wednesday: You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. #Pug #Pugs

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Chance to win $2000 from the BMO Harris Bank Sweepstakes!

This post brought to you by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. All opinions are 100% mine. We have so many exciting things happening within the next two weeks, including moving to a new house. When we bought our first house, we had no clue where to start. So many first time homebuyers are this [...]

OxiClean not only cleans laundry, but dishes too! #MC #Sponsored


I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for OxiClean. I received three product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. When it comes to our home, and our kids… we are messy people. Well, my kids are anyway. I knew that OxiClean had [...]

Busy days and here’s why!


If you’ve emailed me or are waiting on a post, I am working on those each evening.. in between packing. Packing?! YES! Packing! We are moving to a new and bigger house! We sold our house after it being on the market for 11 months, and the buyers requested a pretty fast close date, so [...]

Wordless Wednesday: Welcome to the room of boxes

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We are about to move, so this is our living room for the next two weeks. Fun times, I tell ya! Tweet

Going Shopping: Choose the Best Desk for Your Workplace


Something’s gone horribly wrong. You wanted a workplace desk that would be comfortable, but you ended up with a clunker. At the time of purchase, the desk seemed perfect. It was large enough to hold your computer, looked comfortable, and was beautiful to look at. Now, for some reason, no matter how much you sit [...]

A few of my favorite apps on the @Samsung Galaxy Note 3 #VZWBuzz


I’ve been using my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for a couple of months now and it seems that each day, I learn something new about it and fall more in love with it. I wanted to share some of my favorite apps that I use pretty much on a daily basis. Here’s the folders that [...]

How to make #Homemade Baby Wipes #Tutorial


While my kids are older (6 & 8), we still go through baby wipes like crazy. We use wipes for so many things from wiping up messes, cleaning the kitchen table after meals, the kids use them for meals instead of napkins and so many other around the house uses. We used to buy baby [...]

Trade up with Amazon’s Trade In Program


With the launch of several new smartphones around Mobile World Congress this week, including the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Nokia X, we wanted to remind you that your readers can take advantage of Amazon’s Trade-In program to trade in their Samsung Galaxy S4s, iPhones, Nokia Lumia’s and more for Amazon Gift Cards. With the program, [...]

Play 2 Shop + $50 #Giveaway! {Ends 3/14/14}


Do you like to play games? I am a sucker for solitaire. My grandma taught me to play the ‘old school way’ back when I was a kid. Now that I’m an adult, I’ve found myself playing it more and more, but in the digital form. Now, let me ask you this… do you also [...]

Wordless Wednesday: Learning to take selifies with the #Samsung Galaxy Note 3 #VZWBuzz