The Top 4 Best Selling Holiday Gifts For 2014 From Ideavillage!

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Every year I look forward to our holiday gift guide and this year I have the top 4 best-selling  holiday gifts for 2014 from ideavillage and I know your going to love each one! I so enjoy sharing with all of you our wonderful, personal, holiday favorite stories, idea's and recipes, along with the best-selling innovative products out on the market today. We all love to save money especially … [Read more...]

So, Where Do You Find A Great Stocking Stuffer?

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If you are anything like our family then hanging & stuffing the stockings are the main event on Christmas eve!! So, where do you find a great stocking stuffer? The answer my friends is simple, The Container Store!! Who would have thought The Container Store would be your "go to" place for all your stocking stuffing needs and more? Well they are!! As you know, stockings, when properly stuffed, … [Read more...]

Bring Back Game Night with The Game Chef #Gift Guide


Make time to share the laughs, with Long Story Short by The Game Chef. Bring Back Game Night with The Game Chef #Gift Guide When our daughter was growing up, we had family game night every Friday night.  Actually, we called it our sleepover night because it was the night we all grabbed our sleeping bags and fell asleep watching a movie.  However, it wasn't the movie that made the … [Read more...]

The Best Christmas Present … Ever

Relive the magic of the moment and celebrate with the Toyland at Walmart #ChosenByKids


This is a sponsored post written in conjunction with Walmart and a campaign for Sverve. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own. My childhood was absolutely amazing! Now, I can tell you that when I was a child I certainly didn’t feel that way but now that I am an adult and I am able to look back, without a doubt, it was amazing. In fact, I don’t think it is possible that anyone … [Read more...]


Stain Resistant


Who of you has ever been all decked out, ready to go to that party you have been looking forward to only to carelessly spill wine or coffee down the front of yourself?  I’m sure it has happened to us all at one time or another,   An Australian Company called Threadsmiths has invented your basic T Shirt that repels all water based liquids.  YUP! That’s right. Totally stain … [Read more...]

Reasons Family Time Is Important and Nonnegotiable

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Reasons Family Time Is Important and Nonnegotiable

I am participating in this campaign as a member of  The Niche Parent Network & Conference in partnership with Mrs. Fields. All opinions are my own. If there is anything I look forward to every single week, it’s our family time.  Typically, we will get together right after my husband gets home from work, make and make a game plan for dinner, and whether we’re going to watch a movie, … [Read more...]

Help Schoola Help Our Schools #schoolasavings

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This is a sponsored post, all opinions are our own.  We LOVE Schoola! I don’t know if you read my post -Why Parents Should Be Involved with Their Child’s Education.  If you didn’t have a chance, be sure to swing by and read it!  Being involved with our children, their education, and life is extremely important.  I count my blessings every single day because I am finally able … [Read more...]

Smithfield Garlic and Herb Pork Stir-Fry Recipe

Easy Weeknight Meals with Smithfield #FlavorHailsFromSmithfield


I’m a big fan of my husband’s cooking. Not because I don’t like to cook, but because I’m pretty terrible at it (kinda). Boil water? Check. Hot Dogs? Check. Spaghetti? It’s a stretch. Anything more complicated? Hahahahahaha. Not a chance. Family meals like Thanksgiving? I’m usually banned from the kitchen altogether to prevent me from ruining the meal. But I’m trying to learn, when my family lets … [Read more...]

11 Reasons To Love Springfree Trampolines Springless Trampoline!

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I'm going to be honest, before I was asked to be a Springfree Trampoline Ambassador I had no idea there was a springless trampoline!  There sure is, and Springfree Trampolines are AWESOME!  I cannot tell you how happy not only happy the kids were for their recent trampoline upgrade, but my husband and I are trilled to know our kids are jumping on the worlds safest trampoline. … [Read more...]

5 Tips For Parents To Get Ready For Back To School

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This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions, and love for Walmart and Hello Kitty are my own. Soon the kids be heading back to school, but first parents have to get the kids back in their school routine, go back to school shopping, and get back in a routine themselves.. Getting back in school mode isn't always easy - for parents!  It's not always easy to get yourself, much less the … [Read more...]

25 College Dorm Room Ideas

25 College Dorm Room Ideas

I cannot believe we are already talking about going back to school, and college dorm room ideas, but we are, and my niece will be leaving for college this year.  She is so excited, nervous, and excited, lol.  My poor sister-n-law is a mess, but she has been doing a great job focusing on things her daughter is going to need for dorm room life.  25 College Dorm Room Ideas Dorm … [Read more...]

How To Raise Money For Kids Soccer Teams

Use Social Networking For Good and Raise Money For Kids Soccer Teams.

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Children from all over the world love to play soccer.  It's a great sport for both their physical and emotional wellbeing will benefit from playing the sport.  I played soccer as a child, and now I get to watch my children play soccer.  From watching my kids practice to helping them raise money for kid's soccer I am happy I can be part of it.  Speaking of raising money for … [Read more...]

Train Safety: Meet The Train Your Brain Mascot, Brainy

Train Safety: Meet The Train Your Brain Mascot, Brainy

Train safety is a bigger issue than you might think. Did you know that about every three hours in the United States, someone is hit by a train? What a startling statistic! The good news is that railroad companies such as Norfolk Southern are trying to shrink startling statistics like these. They’ve implemented a public safety campaign, titled “Train Your Brain,” to train the general public to … [Read more...]

Tips for Picking Out the Best Games for Your Family Game Night


Family game night is something that I honestly plan on instilling for 2015. You might ask why I don't start now and the fact remains that I still have one that is not quite old enough and trying to juggle a toddler while trying to play games is something that I just do not do well. I do think that 2015 is going to be an amazing new year for us filled with lots of fun thanks to innovative companies … [Read more...]

10 Tips to Keep Your Kids Active All Summer Long


Summer time is one of the hardest time as a stay at home mom in my opinion. While it is the most challenging time, it is also my absolute favorite time because it means that I am going to get to spend all of my time with my amazing children. The toughest challenge that I have is with keeping them active. Let's face it in this iPad, video game, and phone obsessed world children are just not as … [Read more...]

6 Things We Love About!

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What an awesome time of the year this is for me. As you know two very special events are in the month of June, school graduation & Father’s day. If your family is a big as mine then you have a couple of children that will be stepping forward in life through graduation and a couple of dad’s that deserve to be acknowledged for all they do. I love to shop that’s a given, but when I have two or … [Read more...]

Quality Family Fun With Drop Shot From Plasmart!!

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The amount of time children & parents spend on the internet, watching TV or sitting in front of a game box is rising daily. Family fun & quality time is the most important thing in a child life! It’s a proven fact that productive & happy adults are the result of their parents spending time with them. I go out of my way to spend quality time by having lots of family fun with my … [Read more...]

Two Ways to Wear Our Favorite Kohls Family Fashion Finds

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I will be honest that I love Kohls, as if you didn't know that already about me, but in case you didn't I thought that I would state it again. I recently was talking to the company about the opportunity to really showcase how they have everything that the family needs. I was given the challenge to pick out one item for each member of our family and to share with my readers two ways to wear each … [Read more...]

23 Things To Do With Your Teen Daughter

23 Things To Do With Your Teen Daughter

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Spending time with you daughter is important, searching for things to do with your teen daughter can be a little more difficult.  Catie and I do a lot together, and I feel truly blessed we are able to maintain a healthy relationship through her teen years.  Our relationship is … [Read more...]

Efficiency – A Working Mother’s Must Have

Efficiency A Working Mother’s Must Have

Mother’s day, stay at home mother's, working mother's it doesn't matter they are busy and they are awesome.  It has a nice ring to it. As a child, it’s a special day to say “thanks” to mom for everything she has done.  And, for many of us, as parents, receiving a special card from a would-be Hallmark artist in the house, or getting a wake-up breakfast in bed from a miniature hotelier who … [Read more...]