Pure Energies sustainable living; Project Kayapo #ad

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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 [...]

Millstone Coffee Breakfast Blend Chocolate Brownies

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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 [...]

Help #ShareAMeal this holiday season

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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 [...]

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

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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 [...]

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

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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. [...]

Healthy Eating while airport traveling

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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 [...]

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

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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; [...]

25 days of #ElfOnTheShelf

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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 [...]

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

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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, [...]

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

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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 [...]

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

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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 [...]

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

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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 [...]

Halloween Food Safety Tips

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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 [...]

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

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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 [...]

How you can help give back. #SIMPLEGiving

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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 [...]

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

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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 [...]

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

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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 [...]

Curious George Season 9 starts Monday 10/27!

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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 [...]

Are you shampoo’ing your hair wrong?

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Think shampooing is as simple as the old mantra “wash, rinse, repeat”? Think again. Hair health begins at the root, and the way you approach this essential step can make a big difference in its texture, bounce and luster. Common mistakes like over-cleansing, improper product application and scalding water could be damaging your strands daily. [...]

Wordless Wednesday: Back from #NicheParent14 #Disney #DisneySide

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#TheWalkingDead Comics – I’m addicted!

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I love to read, however I have such horrible ‘shiny penny syndrome’ that it takes me a whle to finish a book. Ok, so it took me a YEAR to finish one novel. When I first heard about The Walking Dead, I was leary about getting started with a series, only to be frustrated at [...]

#GetGoing with Jif To Do Dippers #MC #Sponsored

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I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating. I’m always on the go. Sometimes it’s just me, but a lot of times, it’s the whole family. This time of year, we always [...]

Wordless Wednesday: I got you babe! #MoreThrills at @Kmart

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#Halloween Safety from @Rayovac

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Do you plan on taking the kids trick or treating this year? Do you go out on Hallowen or does your town have a specific date that you go out? We have a designated day for the younger crowd called the Ghost Walk. This is where the town’s companies get together and hand out candy [...]

@Kmart has #MoreThrills this Halloween!

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I love to decorate the house for the holidays, but I’ve never put a whole lot of thoughts in to decorating for Halloween. Not sure why, because I love the fall holidays. I had the chance to work with Kmart and go visit a local store to see what all they had to offer. Our [...]

#TryThisAtLowes #DIY Candy Corn Fall Centerpiece

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I had a lot of fun this past week making some colorful DIY crafts for our table centerpiece out of spray paint and empty bottles. I used wine bottles from our housewarming party, but you can use pretty much any type of tall bottle that you’d like. I’ll have a few posts and one to [...]

#BreastCancerAwareness Month – Did you schedule your mammogram yet? #HanesForGood

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This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Have you scheduled your mammogram? I’ll admit that I’ve never had one before, up until yesterday. I never really thought about Breast Cancer before, except for being there for loved ones that have been through Breast Cancer treatments. As I’m getting older, it’s making me realize that it [...]

Using my @Verizon @Samsung #GalaxyNote tablet to plan for upcoming travels to #Disney & #NicheParent14 #VZWBuzz

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I travel quite a bit for the blog for conferences and media events. Each trip, I create a new packing list with uPacking List and as something comes to mind that I should take with me, I add it on my list. What if I was to tell you that you can pack for a [...]

Wear it. Mount it. Love it. Have fun with #GoProAtBestBuy with @BestBuy 

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Do you like to take action shots, or even selfie action shots? I do, but it’s hard to capture those awesome and active moments because your arm can just go so far out. I’ve been looking in to getting a GoPro for when we travel, to help capture just those moments. Do you have a [...]

#WW Wordless Wednesday: Happy 7th Birthday Kambry!

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#GetGoing with the Jif To Go Dippers photo contest #MC #sponsored

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I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating. We are huge fans of Jif in our home. There are so many snacks that you can make with Jif, and if you’re like me… eat [...]

Daily routines & studies with my #VZWBuzz Galaxy Tablet

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For a couple of months now, I have been doing a daily bible study. I have never thought of myself as a religious one, but there comes a time in life where you just want to find some inner peace with yourself and your surroundings. Each morning, I have been going to the gym and [...]

My Little Pony Equestria Girls: #RainbowRocks movie review #MLPEG

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Yesterday, Kambry & I were able to go see the very new My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks movie. I love watching movies with the kids and when I saw some of the trailers of what this movie was about, I was really excited to go watch it. I love what all My Little [...]

Learning & Growing More. My visit to the @Verizon #VZWBuzz office

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A couple of months ago, I had the pleasure to visit the Verizon offices in Chicago, IL. I am a proud Verizon Ambassador, so this was an experience that I was excited to attend and be a part of along with my fellow and amazing VZWBuzz bloggers. While I was there, I met up with [...]

Wordless Wednesday: Colorful Friendship with @CarolinaCraziness at #TheColorRun

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Start your cool, Fall morning off with Millstone Coffee

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We are pretty big coffee drinkers in our house. I never expected us to be, but with fall sneaking up on us, we are drinking it more and more. We love trying new and different flavors so when we were asked to try out Millstone Coffee, we were eager to try this new brand and [...]

Learn & #SeeMuchMore with the VSP Designer Sunglasses

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With back to school in full force, we have all remembered the school supplies, new shoes, socks, underwear, backpack, physicals & well checks, but what about their eyes? I remember every year, as a child, I’d go have my yearly check up for my eyes. Not a lot of parents remember or think to have [...]

Don’t be left stranded without power – @Rayovac Portable Power Boost 800 Charger

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A couple of years ago, my kids and I got stranded on a highway about 20 miles from town… at 2:00am. My car had no power, my phone battery was dying, so I wasn’t able to charge my phone and I feared I would lose power and no one would be able to find us. [...]

#TGIBTS Fruit of the Loom Back to School #BackToSchool #BTS

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How many of you have kids that have just started back to school or are about to start back? I’ll confess and say that this was totally me when back to school was approaching….. I love my family; don’t get me wrong. Hubby is a teacher and the kids are both of school age, so [...]

Wordless Wednesday: The Heart Remembers – My 14 year reunion with my daughter

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Verizon – Connecting families together – My #VZWBuzz Mother & Daughter 14 year reunion!

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Verizon is known for cell phones, devices, and service, but what would you say if I told you that Verizon (for our family), is also known for reconnecting loved ones? Well, it’s true. I will have our complete story soon, but I wanted to share with you all that my Verizon Galaxy Note 3 has [...]

Beef. It’s what’s for Labor Day #CrockPot meals. #MC #Sponsored

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I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Beef Checkoff. I received products to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. This weekend is the Labor Day holiday weekend. What is Labor Day? Labor Day is a public holiday or day of festivities held in [...]

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

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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

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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!)

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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}

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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 [...]