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The Day My Son Made Me Slow Down

Disclosure: We received the book Hands Free Life to review. The Amazon affiliate link for the book is included in this post to make it easier for you to order if you’d like to read it too. Today my little guy insisted on walking all the way home after dropping his sister


Things All Moms Need to Hear, Refusing to Let Body Image Ruin My Sex Life & More

Being in the trenches of motherhood is rough some days. It always goes in streaks too. Several days will be extremely tough, making me rethink why I ever thought I could raise tiny humans. Then a switch is flipped and I’m granted several days in a row that go well with children


Cosmic Cookies Recipe Inspired by Miles From Tomorrowland: Let’s Rocket!

Disclosure: We received a copy of the Miles From Tomorrowland: Let’s Rocket! DVD for review. All thoughts shared are our own. Post also contains affiliate links. Aerissa and Xander get excited whenever we “do science.” They find experiments fun and they have a few shows they enjoy watching to learn about the


Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios Upcoming Movies! #D23Expo

Thanks to all the information coming out of the D23 Expo recently, we can see there are a lot of great movies coming our way. Right about now, I think I need to start deciding which ones we’ll see in the theater and which ones we’ll wait to watch at home. Of


A New Name, A New Look, and Reflections on 5+ Years of Blogging

When I started this blog five years ago, I never imagined being where I am today. Granted this was not my first blog. The very first one I contributed to was during college. I wrote the most random stuff about my life because in 2001, that was all most of us blogged


Sharing My Feelings and Fears on Trying to Conceive and Parenting

Hey all, I’ve been writing my heart out over at this month. I hope you’re enjoying the posts my friend A. Hager is writing and sharing with you. I have lots of updates coming soon. But in case you missed these posts, here’s what has been going on. Unloading the Weight of


Creating 4th of July Traditions and Frozen Graham Cracker Sandwich Recipe

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Honey Maid. All thoughts and experiences shared are our own. Sparklers, sprinklers, and cool treats were the highlights of my childhood 4th of July gatherings. When I close my eyes I can hear the murmur of family members chatting and laughing at my aunt’s farm. There


The Importance of Supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post to share information about supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G.   All moms worry about their children. Some worries are small, others carry an enormous weight. Right from the beginning, I’ve worried about the health and wellbeing


Building Inspiration with the LEGO® Americana Roadshow

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post to share information about the LEGO® Americana Roadshow at Mayfair Mall. All thoughts and experiences shared are our own. After spending a week hanging out by the lake, it was rough adjusting to our summer routine. While I welcome the warmth of summer, I do not enjoy the


Family-Friendly Milwaukee Area Bucket List for Summer 2015

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign to share information about the LEGO® Americana Roadshow. All events listed are ones we think make great family fun! Our summer seems to be filling up fast with playdates, swim lessons, dance lessons, and everything else. While our daughter may be out of school, my husband


Crockpot Cheeseburger Spaghetti Recipe

Disclosure: The Zaycon Fresh ground beef used in this recipe was provided to us. I, of course, was thrilled since I love ordering Zaycon Fresh chicken breasts! Our referral link is included as well. When I can throw dinner in my Crock Pot while I get other things done, I feel productive. When I


Rock Your Grill This Summer With Zaycon Fresh

This post is sponsored by Zaycon Fresh, who we are super excited to work with again and look forward to receiving complimentary products. Our affiliate link is also included. Over the past couple years we’ve ordered boneless, skinless chicken breasts through Zaycon Fresh at least once a year. I know 40 pounds of


Crayons Assemble for These Avengers Coloring Pages! #Avengers #AgeOfUltron

Are you excited to see Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON? We’re hoping to get a date night soon so we can see it in the theaters. I’ll probably print out these free Avengers coloring pages for the kids to have when we drop them off at grandma’s house. Of course, my daughter wants


Dear Mom, I’m Sorry #PutYourHeartToPaper

This is a sponsored conversation challenging me to think beyond a simple “I love you” for Mother’s Day. So, I sat down to think about my relationship with my mom and want to share my thoughts with you. Dear Mom, First of all, I want to apologize. Only now do I realize


“Vision of Tomorrow” Featurette #Tomorrowland

Story Synopsis From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the


Mom Confession: I Didn’t Make My Own Baby Food

This is a sponsored conversation about transitioning babies to solid foods. All thoughts and experiences shared are my own. Before I had kids I had lots of ideas about the type of mother I wanted to be. I don’t want to say I’m not the kind of mom I used to imagine,


How I Turned a Potential Toddler Art Disaster Into a Beautiful Memory #StressLess2BMyBest #Ad

This is a sponsored story about a time I turned a stressful parenting moment into a happy one.  My kids like to draw. On everything. No surface in my house is safe from crayons, markers or colored pencils. We’ve tried to limit where they can use art supplies, what they can access,


I’m Afraid to Step Back on the Scale

I haven’t stepped on a scale in at least six months. It all trickled down. I abandoned a weight loss plan that was giving me results, I became more lax in tracking my indulgences, I abandoned Couch to 5k, and I stopped posting weight loss updates. Eventually I quit weighing myself too.


Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON New Extended Clip #Avengers #AgeofUltron

With each new movie clip, I get more excited to see Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON when it comes to theaters May 1st. Guess we’ll need to schedule a date night for it! If you saw the trailer that aired recently during a whole lotta basketball, here’s an extended version of that


What If Your Emotions Were INSIDE OUT? [Trailer] #InsideOut

With a 2 and 4 year old in the house, the kids experience a variety of emotions on any given day. They are continually working on how to express big feelings, and I’m constantly learning how to help them do that. (And sometimes have to relearn how to manage my own when