What’s Your Back to School Tradition?

Back to school is more than just shopping for school supplies and clothes, though I looked forward to those things when I was a little kid and in college.  The middle school and high school years resulted in a lot of anxiety. One tradition that stands out in my memory started with


Easy Dessert Recipe: Creamy Strawberry-Banana Jello

I’ve tweaked this recipe from Kraft Foods just a bit and it is a big hit at family gatherings.  I’m often asked to bring along my Jello, so I thought I’d share it with all of you!  It’s pretty easy.  Most of the prep time is just fridge time! Ingredients: 1 pk


So Big! Nine Month Well Baby Checkup

Rissa’s nine month appointment was a couple weeks ago.  I think I say this with each So Big! update, but I can NOT believe she is nine months old!  It was a relief not to have to get any shots this time.  Rissa spent most of the exam on my lap, which


Thoughts on Triberr: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

I just need to ramble a bit today. Ever since I wrote my post about Triberr developing ways to judge content (because there aren’t enough rating services and programs already out there), I’ve been contemplating my involvement in it. I thought they weren’t going to move forward with the Quality Score aspect


Preparing Baby for the Dentist

Dental hygiene is so important. I admit, I don’t much like brushing several times a day, or scrubbing my tongue, or flossing… but I want to keep my teeth! I’ve been pretty lucky – less than 5 cavities ever. I them filled when I was in high school and my dad let


Get Organized With AboutOne (and a $500 AMEX GC Giveaway!) (Closed)

I used to be really good at keeping track of everything in my life.  You know, back when I was single and kidless.  I only had to keep track of ME!  Since getting married and now with a baby, it doesn’t take much for my system to get bypassed.  When you don’t


Monday Meet and Greet #4: Mother of Pearl It Is

One of the sweetest bloggers I know is our featured blogger this week!  Please take a moment to say hi! Your Name: Tree (aka Mother of Pearl) Where do you blog? Mother of Pearl It Is


Duckles Dance Sweepstakes Information & Dance Set #Giveaway (Closed)

I wish Rissa was a bit older so we could have some fun with this but she’s just starting to bop along to music.  She has to grow into her ballet and tap shoes!  But this is all about having fun and getting kids MOVING! No sitting around being bored! Get up,


Win Win DVD #Giveaway (Closed)

Did you catch my review of Win Win yesterday?  Today you can enter for your chance to win a copy! Win a DVD copy of Win Win available August 23rd Win Win comes to Blu- Ray and DVD from twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on August 23. Win Win is the story about a


Destination Ohio: Stay at the Kalahari Resort {Enter to win a free night too!}

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kalahari® Resorts for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Someday, we’d like to say we’ve visited every state.  I’ve made it to most of Wisconsin’s neighboring states and have yet to venture over to Ohio.  I know if I ever do,


On the Road With Baby

This is the longest trip away from home for Rissa yet. So far we’ve only done one overnight stay, this time we’re doing two nights away. I seriously can’t believe how much more I pack because of her! Stroller ERGObaby carrier Pack n Play 3 days worth of cloth diapers


Win Win {Movie Review}

Laugh, cry and win when WIN WIN comes to Blu-ray and DVD on August 23, 2011 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. WIN WIN is not just another sports movie; the unconventionally uplifting film combines action on the mat with the hilarious highs and heartbreaking lows of a new kind of family.


New Grocery Coupons (~$9 Worth)

Saving money is a good thing, right?  If you have any of these items on your grocery list or see any sales you can stack them on, you can stretch your dollar even further! Coupons $0.40 off One Package of LAND O LAKES Margarine $0.50 off LAND O LAKES Spreadable Butter Product


Spa for Ma #Giveaway Event ~ $174 in Pampering Products (US) ~ Closed

Welcome to Spa for Ma, a Blog Hop Event that is brought to you by Measuring Flower and Graphoniac. From August 18 at 8:00am EST through August 31 at 11:59 pm EST, we invite you to visit each participating blog where you will find many great giveaways! Each giveaway is all about mom! Mamas need to take care of


Sponsor Spotlight: Ma Mi Skin Care Review & Discount Code #spa4ma

When I was looking for sponsors for this event, I was looking for some natural skincare products.  Since having my daughter and breastfeeding, I’ve paid more attention to the things I ingest AND absorb into my skin.  I came across Ma Mi Skin Care and thought they would be a great fit


Sponsor Spotlight: My Dream Sample Box #spa4ma

It’s nice to try before you buy, right?  Do you ever wish you could receive samples from several places to see what you think and to find out about new smaller shops?  Well, each month you can get a themed sample box filled with goodies from crafters, artisans, and other small businesses


The Year of the Grandmas (Peace Be With You)

This year Rissa has lost two great-grandmothers. In January, my paternal grandmother passed away. Last week, my husband’s paternal grandmother passed away. I was fortunate enough to have known one of my great-grandmas, she passed away when I was about 9 or so. Today is her funeral so I won’t be around


A Blogtastic Extravaganza 2.0 #Baby #Giveaway $480+ Total in Prizes! (US) ~ 8/21 #ABE2 (Closed)

*Please note this post will remain at the top until the event ends. New posts below* It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here!! A Blogtastic Extrvaganza 2.0 is here! Welcome to A Blogtastic Extrvaganza 2.0, a Blog Hop Event that is brought to you by Jessica of My Silly Monkeys. From August


Belly Charms ~ Personalized Mother’s Bracelet Review #ABE2

I’m really excited to share my thoughts on Belly Charms with you.  I’ve had the pleasure to do some networking with Sonya and have been familiar with her blog for quite some time now.  She writes about being a work-at-home mother and, I think, provides a unique perspective.  It’s not your typical


Bath Luve {Infant Bath Accessory} Review #ABE2

Bath time.  In the newborn days it was not very fun at all because Rissa would get cold fast.  It didn’t matter how warm the water was it cooled off quick and most of her body was exposed to the air.  And in Wisconsin, baths and showers aren’t too fun in the