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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,


What a Sick Day for Mom Looks Like #ReliefIsHere #Ad

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G. The thoughts shared are mine. Before I had kids, I recall lounging on the couch and napping whenever I felt like it during a sick day. Work usually could be put on hold until I felt better and returned to the office. My sick days


12 Scrumptious Stuffing Recipes for Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving approaching, I put together a collection of stuffing recipes as part of a sponsored campaign with Foodie.com by Glam. Despite my struggles with the holidays over the years, I do like Thanksgiving. I mean, I like to eat so it’s only fitting. But more than that it always meant family.


Finding the Balance of Being Soft and Strong as a Mom

When I was little I distinctly remember thinking I wouldn’t do this, that or the other thing the way my parents did.  I’d understand my kids better!  I’d be the best mother in the world because I wouldn’t have to yell or punish them and they’d never be mad at me over


OraLine Kids Dental Care Kit Wrap Up

So we’ve talked about how germy and gross bathrooms can be and the concerns of toothbrush cross-contamination. It’s seriously something I didn’t think much about until having my daughter. I swear I’m more aware of germs in general since she’s come along… every time she touches things I think are disgusting or


Keeping Our Toothbrushes Cleaner 10 Minutes at a Time

Last week I shared with you about the potential for cross-contamination and toothbrushes breeding germs and bacteria. Now that I’ve had more time to use the kit I received from OraLine Kids, I wanted to give you an update. The toothbrush sanitizer isn’t huge, but it’s a little big for our lack


Keep Tooth Brushing Fun and Healthy With OraLine Kids Products!

Oral hygiene is so important for us moms to teach to our littles.  The tooth brushing habits they form when young will make a big difference throughout their life.  I know I have a hard time changing my routine as an adult even though my dentist tells me to… I just can’t


Gear Up for Spring With Miracle-Gro Expand ‘n Gro Concentrated Planting Mix

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts® for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I really want a green thumb.  I’ve tried to have flowers and plants, but I just don’t have the touch.  Sure, they bloom and do okay with little interference from me, but other


Encourage Your Child to Dance for the Curious George Dance Contest! #CuriousGeorgeMoms

Rissa loves to dance.  Since before she could walk, she started bopping along to music.  It’s pretty amusing to watch how she will drop what she’s doing to start grooving along to a beat from a variety of songs – including commercial jingles and theme songs!  She also likes to try and


Get Ready for Spring With New Shoes From Earth Footwear!

It’s a new year and I need a new look.  I want fun and casual, yet nice looking… something I can wear out to the park with my daughter then out to dinner with my husband.  So it was perfect when I learned that Earth® has been newly revamped with contemporary style


Free Avengers Coloring Masks at Walmart.com!

Are you a Marvel comics fan?  The Avengers movie is coming to theaters May 4th, so now is a good time to prepare as the kids get excited!  Walmart.com has a fun exclusive site where you can shop for everything Avengers related such as clothing, DVDs, and toys while saving money at Walmart’s


Maximize Nutrition and Your Budget With Mushrooms!

Mmm, mushrooms.  I didn’t like them when I was little, but somewhere in my teens I discovered just how yummy they could be.  My favorite it definitely sauteed with garlic.  I eat mushrooms on steak, burgers, pizza, and even in meatless lasagna.  A local restaurant, The Pasta Shoppe, has a very delicious


Time to Weatherize for Winter!

It’s late November and we are late in winterizing our home this year.  The warm weather hung around a little longer so we pushed back our yearly routine of covering the windows with plastic.  This is pretty much a guaranteed mist in Wisconsin.  It’s amazing the difference the plastic can make in


What’s So Special About the Motorola Bionic? #MotoCalyp #CBias

I love my current phone, but there are days I want to throw it into a lake or run it over with my car.  Technology is a blessing and a curse so even if there are wonderful benefits and features, there are always downsides to relying on it too.  I’m not actively


LiveOn ~ Preserving Memories Online #CleverLiveOn #spon

Thank you to LiveOn for this sponsored opportunity to blog about storing and sharing my most important memories with those closest to me. Although story ideas were provided, all thoughts and opinions are my own. LiveOn is a newly launched online site who’s purpose is to help you document memories and milestones


Do You Holiday Shop Online or In-Store?

The major holiday shopping rush is about to start.  In a few short days I will no longer remember what it is like to find parking as soon as we pull into a parking lot.  Christmas music will fill the stores while the heat is turned up making it too hot to


SignUpGenius: Free Tool to Streamline Community Event Coordination

We’ve all been there. We try to help out by coordinating a potluck, a moms group, a neighborhood watch schedule… a whole bunch of things that require us to get people to sign up. We need to have time slots covered or food items taken care of so there aren’t 5 dozen


I Want to sendCheer to Military Families! #sendcheer #cbias

Though Veteran’s Day has passed, it doesn’t mean the time to honor our troops has to stop until the next holiday. Both of my grandfathers served our country and so did my uncle. I can’t imagine what it was like for them to be overseas during the holidays, away from our family.


RSV Prevention and Preemie Awareness Day (Nov. 17)

Today at the Nursery, we want to take a moment to bring awareness to the dangers of RSV to premature babies.  Their lungs aren’t mature enough to fight this off and a lot of people aren’t aware of how serious this can be.  I didn’t know much about RSV until about 8


A Taste of Italy ~ Olive Oil Taste Test (and $1 Off Coupon)

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carapelli for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I’ve read about the health benefits of using olive oil and have attempted to incorporate it more into our cooking.  One thing I never thought I’d do is drink it though!  But, that’s