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Why I Wanted to be a Goddess Garden Ambassador

Growing up my mom was always really good about making sure I had on sunscreen whenever I was going to be in the sun. Living on the East Coast, the beach was usually a big part of our summers and we spent lots of time in the sun. I honestly don't remember getting a sunburn during my entire childhood. I'm not sure if her diligence grew out of an understanding of the correlation between sun exposure and skin cancer or just a desire to keep me from being in pain. Once I was older, I hit that I-know-everything stage and not only slacked off on my sunscreen applications, but even went tanning a number of times. I loved the look of a golden glow and was still young enough to think that I was going to live forever. Then members of my family began developing skin cancer. My great aunt only ... read more

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How to Dry Flowers

Dried flowers are an incredible medium for a variety of projects and keepsakes. They let us save a memento from a time in our lives that is precious. From displaying flowers in a memory box to making potpourri, creating these tokens are little reminders that can be treasured for a long time. The first step to preserving flowers is drying them correctly. This article will shed some light on how to dry flowers correctly. My favorite flowers to dry Although you can dry a variety of flowers some of my favorite flowers to dry include roses, lavender, baby’s breath, strawflowers, statice, and bachelor’s button. When we think of drying flowers, these would be the most traditional types to dry. But do you know that apple tree branches, willows, and other plants can be dried just as ... read more

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Throw Mom a Fabulous Brunch for Mother’s Day

We all know we wouldn't even be here without our mom, right? We also know how important it is to let mom know how much we appreciate her every day of the year, but especially on Mother's Day. The tradition at our house is to have a Mother's Day Brunch and treat all of the moms in the family to some special TLC and great food! The key to throwing a successful Mother's Day Brunch is to keep things simple yet classy. You can do this by planning ahead as much as possible so that there is minimal prep on the actual day - after all, this day is for you too! My favorite dish for any brunch is my French Toast Casserole. It is super easy to make, can be put together the night before, and everyone in the family loves it. (Plus we always have leftovers which are breakfast for the next few days ... read more

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Peter and the Starcatcher at the Milwaukee Rep

This past weekend, my family and I had the chance to see Peter and the Starcatcher at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater thanks to the kind PR folks who set aside some tickets for us. I did not know a lot about the play going into it - just that it was a prequel to Peter Pan. The play is based on a 2006 novel written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. It basically tells the story of how an abandoned orphan became Peter Pan, how he gained both the Lost Boys and the ability to fly and even how Tinkerbell entered the picture. The play is campy and humorous. The characters are over the top funny and touching at the same time. The actors and actress (yes, it's all men and one woman) are wildly talented and manage to make the audience believe that they are indeed sailing on a ship in ... read more


Prolaris Prostate Cancer Screening

  This post is written in partnership with Prolaris and Global Influence.   As women, we get used to being poked and prodded in some pretty sensitive areas. No one enjoys it, but we pretty much accept our annual exams as a necessary part of staying healthy. Guys have their own version of this, but it often does not start until they are around 50 and many men are reluctant to go and have their prostate checked out until they are having issues with it. Prostate cancer is a lot more common than most people realize. While breast cancer gets a lot of air time with Pinktober and numerous walks and runs, prostate cancer is not talked about nearly as much. Yet, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in his life. That's a pretty high ... read more


This is Not the Hamburger Helper I Remember!

To be completely honest, I've never really used Hamburger Helper before. I know I had it as a kid a few times and remember thinking it was basically mac and cheese with hamburger and tomato sauce but with no cheese.  I decided I could take it or leave it and never really gave it a second chance after that. Fast forward a LOT of years and I get an email asking if I'd like to try some different Hamburger Helper meals and share my thoughts on them. They throw in this offer of a rebate for ground beef and I just couldn't say no! Plus, we've been kind of crazy busy around here lately between track and scouts and all of the other activities and work related things going on. We've been eating a lot more take out and restaurant food than we typically do just because it is quick and easy and ... read more

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In My Shoes at Milwaukee Public Library – My Thoughts

This article is part of a partnership with Rosecrance and their "In My Shoes" traveling exhibit now at the Milwaukee Public Library.  Previously, I told you about the traveling art exhibit "In My Shoes" that is currently traveling around the Midwest. The exhibit includes shoes decorated by teen patients at Rosecrance, a drug and alcohol treatment facility in Illinois. I had the chance to check out the exhibit in person and found it very moving. The "In My Shoes" exhibit is currently on display at the Milwaukee Public library through April 26th. (Central Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. in the Schoenleber Reading Room. Each shoe is a unique piece of art that tells the story of what that patient has felt and is feeling. Many of the shoes speak for themselves, bur each has a card with ... read more

Bike Safety Tips for Kids

Bike Safety Tips for Kids

6 Bike Safety Tips for Kids Riding a bicycle is a fun activity for kids during the summer. It’s a great way to get around, and it gives them plenty of exercise! However, it is important that your children understand proper bike safety before they are allowed to get on the bicycle. Below are six important bike safety tips for kids that will help prevent injury and accidents! Always wear a properly fitting helmet. The best way to prevent a head injury is to have a helmet that fits correctly. Make sure the straps can be secured without pinching the chin or neck, and that the helmet doesn't slide across the head when worn. Many local police stations offer helmet fittings in the spring and early summer months. Ensure the bike is safe for the rider. Check your bicycle before each ride. ... read more

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Crepe Erase Review

So, remember a few weeks ago when I was telling you about Crepe Erase? No?? Hey, it wasn't THAT long ago! Just to refresh your memory, Crepe Erase is a skincare program specifically for dealing with aging skin below your chin. Yu can use it to improve the look and feel of the skin on your neck, chest, arms, legs or anywhere you want to look a bit younger. I received a sample to take on a test drive for a few weeks and I'm back to report on how it went. Let me preface this by saying that I was a bit skeptical that there would be a significantly noticeable difference. For one, I like to think that my skin doesn't look all THAT old. (Although with another birthday creeping up on me this weekend, I may just be in denial!)  I also am pretty good at keeping my skin moisturized, so any ... read more


Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dove. I received a product sample and promotional item to thank me for my participation. It seems the older I get, the more sensitive my body gets to certain things. For instance, when I was a kid we used to take a lot of road trips. Whether it was to my grandparents' house on the other side of the state or on vacation down the East Coast, we would hop in the car and off we'd go. I loved reading and would devour a whole book during one of these trips and it didn't bother me in the least. Now? I can't even ride backwards on the little choo-choo train at the zoo. I get motion sickness if I even try to check my email on my phone while in the car. Reading a book is totally out of the question. In ... read more

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Helping Students Prepare For and Succeed At State Testing

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carson-Dellosa. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. I'm going to be upfront here and admit that I am not a fan of standardized testing - neither as an educator or as a parent. As a teacher, it always pained me to see students stress out about the yearly tests they were given and not do well because the test asked questions in ways they might not be familiar with. As a ... read more

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Omaha Steaks Review – #OmahaSteaksGifts

I've talked about how much I like going out to eat, but there are sometimes when I want to have a really nice meal at home. You know what I mean, a restaurant-quality meal without doing take out or going out. That means I would have to make it and, for me, that can be a bit of a challenge. Luckily, Omaha Steaks makes it super easy! As much as I like going out to eat, if the weather is bad I am going to want to stay put at home. Or if we have guests coming over, I will want to have something a ... read more

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