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



FitBit Force recalls Force due to skin irritation complaints


Do you have a FitBit Force? It’s recently been recalled due to complaints of skin irritation. In a letter from the CEO, they deeply apologize for this, but have offered to refund anyone that has the FitBit Force. Personally, I have not had any issues with the FitBit Force, but I will be returning mine. [...]

Using our @FellowesInc Powershred 73Ci Shredder keep identity safe #IDSafetySeason


This post was created in partnership with Fellowes. All opinions are my own. Since the start of 2014, I have been using a pretty powerful and awesome tool in our home to help keep us safe from identity theft; a shredder. Sounds kinda weird, doesn’t it? How can a shredder help keep us safe? Well, [...]

Please ‘note’ this…. with a Galaxy Note 3, that is. #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. For a couple of weeks now, I have been playing around with a new gadget; Verizon’s Galaxy Note [...]

OshKosh B’gosh affordable Spring fashions for the older kids! #OshKoshBgosh #sponsored #MC


I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for OshKosh B’gosh. I received a gift card to facilitate my shopping trip and to thank me for participating. Anytime I’ve see ‘OshKosh B’gosh’, I’ve instantly thought about newborn and baby clothes. I never knew or thought to look there for the older kids… until now. We [...]

Key Steps to Preparing Your Small Apartment for a Dinner Party

Key Steps to Preparing Your Small Apartment for a Dinner Party

You have probably pictured yourself hosting a beautiful dinner party in your apartment at some point or another. You can imagine your friends and relatives laughing and enjoying a delicious meal together with some nice dinner music playing in the background. The problem is that this is only a dream, because you are simply afraid [...]

Wordless Wednesday: The many faces of Chloe Belle #Pug #Pugs



How we stay powered & organized with our favorite @Rayovac batteries


I never realized how many items in our house are powered by batteries until I set out to make a list of things that were powered by Rayovac. My kids have several battery powered toys, electronics, as well as the living room has several all in itself. Our TV remote Our xBox remote that we [...]

Wordless Wednesday: My little ‘old’ man – 100th day of school!



Protect your iPad Mini with Protective Cases from Tech 21


Whether I’m at home or on the go, I always have my iPad mini with me. It’s thin so I’m always afraid it will snap in half, crack or get a ding in it from all the things that I have in my bag. I was able to try out a case from Tech 21 [...]

Smucker’s donates to the NPCA! Here’s how you can help!


I love buying something and knowing that part of the proceeds go do a good cause. Smucker’s is very well known for giving back. I wanted to share with you all about Smucker’s NPCA Make a Natural Difference partnership where you can get a .25 cent-off coupon on shelves in local stores towards the purchase [...]

Start 2014 off safely with the @FellowesInc Powershred 73Ci Shredder #IDSafetySeason


This post was created in partnership with Fellowes. All opinions are my own. When it comes to safety for your family, there are so many aspects to look at. Safety includes things from seatbelts in your car, locking your door at night and even health insurance. Not everyone thinks about protecting yourself and your family [...]

Helping the poor


The world is full of suffering, but that doesn’t mean you have to sit quietly and accept it. Whether you’re interested in sending care packages overseas or just giving a few dollars to a good cause, here are six ways to help the poor. 1: Volunteer If you don’t mind rolling up your sleeves and [...]

Wordless Wednesday: Smooshy Face



Organizing more & more with my Brother P-touch PT H-100 Label Maker #Ptouch25 #Sponsored #MC


I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Brother P-touch. I received a product samples to facilitate my review and promotional item as a thank you for participating. I am always looking for things to organize in the house. It seems that every time I turn around, there’s something new calling my [...]

Herbal Essences Naked Hair Care Set available at Walmart.com


When it comes to my hair, I may not have a whole lot of it, but I do like to make sure to take care of it. I wanted to let you know about a new product that is available for a limited time at Walmart. Herbal Essences Naked Hair Care Set: Lightweight, body-boosting formula [...]

Been scammed & stolen from by Jenna Goodwin at MommyJenna? Here’s what to do!

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Post updated from 2/19/2014 on the bottom of this post. You won’t want to miss this.  Just like most folks, I love to save money. Who doesn’t? There are so many items that come from China that are just as good as we get here in the USA, but the price is dramatically lower. With [...]

@Rayovac to showcase Power portable charging devices at #CES in Vegas 1/7-1/10/14

I was due to be a CES in Vegas next week, but the holidays were chaotic so I’m having to miss this year. I’m such a tech geek, so to attend this would be a dream come true! I’ve been a huge fan of, and also been working with Rayovac for quite some time now [...]

Amazing campaign from Alcon! #EyeSawGood #MC


I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Alcon. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating Ever since I was 8 years old, I have always had eye problems. I got glasses when I was in the second grade, contacts when I was 15 and LASIK when I [...]

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!


From the Gordon Family to your family, we want to wish you all a very happy holiday season, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Tweet

Parent Happy, Kid Friendly – Kidoodle TV #Review #MC #Sponsored

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I participated in a Blogger Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kidoodle.TV. I received a promotional item and a free trial as a thank you for participating. My kids are pretty technically savvy and love to play games and watch their favorite shows on the iPad or computer, but I haven’t been able to monitor what [...]

The @Sprint LG G2 has blown me away! #SprintMom #MC #Sponsored


I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sprint. I received product samples to facilitate my review. When I am in the market for a phone, I do some pretty in depth research. First off, what do I want from a cell phone? Do I want to be able to game from [...]

Love being #Organized with the Brother #Ptouch25 Label Maker! #MC #Sponsored


I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Brother P-touch. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and promotional item as a thank you for participating. Last month, I posted about getting the Brother P-touch PT-H100 Label Maker and how giddy that I was to get it and get things labeled and [...]

Facebook Holiday Dress #Giveaway from Sweertheart Rose!


I am working on a fun post on a great gift idea for that little princess in your life for Dollie and Me, but first, I wanted to share their first Facebook Holiday Dress Giveaway How would you like to win a a gorgeous holiday dress of your choice for your little girl? It’s easy to [...]

#ElfOnTheShelf : The journey from the North Pole makes me hungry



Amazing #Groupon deal from @Vistaprint!


I’m in need of some new business cards for upcoming conferences, so you can bet that I’m going to take part in this awesome deal! Pay $20 for $60 worth of Vistaprint goods! Click here for the Groupon deal! http://gr.pn/Jf9qTZ Tweet

Perfect #ChristmasGift for her! Sassy and Classy Doll! #DollieAndMe


I have a little girl that loves to get dirty, but she also is a girly girl that has an amazing imagination and loves her babies. I’ve been looking around for a doll for her, but I really didn’t like the thought of spending over $100 on one doll, let alone one single gift for [...]

Warm start to the day with Lipton tea K-Cups – #Lipton #Keurig #Giveaway {Ends 12/28}

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When you think about Keurig, do you automatically think about coffee? I’ll admit that I did… that is, up until Lipton sent me some of their K-Cups. They sent me some pretty awesome flavors that I haven’t tried before, even as a regular teabag. Lipton K-Cup •Lipton REFRESH: This crisp and refreshing iced sweet tea [...]

Write a letter to Santa!


Have your little ones written their wish lists for Santa? It’s not too late to mail him a letter! For a limited time, kids can receive a personalized letter from “Santa” that includes a special “North Pole” postmark. Here’s how it works: Write a personalized letter to a child from Santa Claus and sign it [...]

Keeping your dog safe during the holidays


Now that we have a puppy and the holidays are approaching, I have been thinking about how to keep her safe during these times. To keep your dog safe and out of trouble over the holidays, the pet experts behind DOGTV, the first and only channel created just for dogs, have compiled a list of [...]

Get creative and make a #PopsicleTheater! #Sponsored


My kids are huge fans of not only Popsicle’s, but getting creative with the sticks. My kids are in the process of making Christmas ornaments out of Popsicle sticks. What do your kids like to make with them? I wanted to share something fun that Popsicle has going on; #PopsicleTheater. Popsicle Theater This supercool any-day [...]

What Are The Best Holiday Gifts for Your Geek Friends and Family Members?


It is tough being a geek. The hobbies are expensive, most people have no idea what Geeks are talking about, and when it comes to gifts nobody can figure out what they are supposed to get them. If you have a geek friend or family member, then you might need a guide to point you [...]

7 Tips to Burn Calories to Make Room for that Thanksgiving Meal (Plus Leftovers!)


Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is in two days! What are some of your favorite foods? I’m a sucker for mashed potatoes with gravy and green bean casserole! You don’t have to make huge sacrifices to indulge in that Thanksgiving meal while also watching your waistline.  The little things add up; and here are seven [...]

Give the Gift of Travel with Travel Deals from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


Last year, I visited Myrtle Beach and I have to say that I had an amazing time and it was such a gorgeous location! It’s definitely a travel destination that I want to take my family to in the future. If you’re looking to take a vacation, you won’t want to miss this! Myrtle Beach [...]