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Nature’s Bakery Fig Bars Review #FigLove #NaturesBakeryPtc

You know when you have a favorite treat from your childhood and you can't wait to share it with your own kiddo?  That's such a fun experience - unless you read the ingredient list (which is probably something you never did as a kid) and find out that your favorite treat has a few things in it that you'd rather not give to your child. This happened recently when I went to pick up a package of my favorite figgy bar named after a town in Massachusetts (yeah, that's the one).  Imagine my surprise … [Read More...]

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Keep Senior Family Members Safe with VTech CareLine #VTechCareLine

When Josh was a baby and through the toddler years, VTech was a pretty common name to find around our house.  We had a number of educational toys from them and I always loved how durable and dependable they were. I had no idea that VTech also makes other products including phones.  I was given one particular phone - the VTech CareLine SN6197 to review and am receiving compensation for sharing my unbiased experiences with you. Since September is Grandparents' Month, what better time to talk about … [Read More...]

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Our Boxtroll is starting to take shape…#TheBoxtrolls #BuildABoxtrollSweeps

I warned you guys that Josh and I would be making our own Boxtrolls to enter in the Build a Boxtrolls Sweeps, right? We decided this would be a fun end-of-summer craft project for us to do together. Once we decided we wanted to make Boxtrolls and enter, we had to decide what medium would be the best for us. Since I can't draw to save my life, we thought clay might be a good medium to use. Now, I haven't worked with clay since high school but Josh did several clay projects last year and one … [Read More...]

Win A Britax Advocate Car Seat #giveaway

Win a Britax Advocate Car Seat #giveaway

When Josh was a baby, I did all kinds of research to find the very best and safest car seat for him. Every parent who had already been down this road (get it??) told me the same thing - Britax.  I might have had a little sticker shock when I first looked at the Britax selection at my favorite baby store, but once I compared the stats and how long he would be able to use it, I took the plunge and never regretted it. (For another mom's view on why she loves Britax for her child, check out my … [Read More...]

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Maureen’s Must Haves for Staying Cool

After two months that felt more like fall than anything else, Summer has finally hit these parts with a vengeance! The later part of August is proving to be exactly what we've come to expect - hot, humid, and sticky. As someone who actually prefers the cooler temps (hey - I said cooler, not cold so don't throw anything or leave nasty comments implying I want winter back!) I find these hot and humid days less than enjoyable. I've collected a little arsenal of things to help me get through the end … [Read More...]

Homemade Tomato Sauce Recipe

Need a Homemade Tomato Sauce Recipe?

If your garden is anything like mine, you have tomatoes coming out of your ears.  They taste so good and are available for such a short time here.  I love to turn them into yummy treats that can be used all year long and one of my favorites is homemade tomato sauce.  While making your own tomato sauce may seem daunting, it's really not!  Just to help you out, here are some of the best recipes out there.  (Try them all and then stop back and let me know which is YOUR favorite homemade tomato … [Read More...]

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The LeapFrog LeapPad 3 Saves Summer #LeapPad3 #LeapFrog

As a former teacher, I understand how important it is for students to master their math facts.  I clearly remember lecturing the parents of my 4th grade students about how much easier the advanced math concepts would be when the students didn't need to stop and figure out the answers to basic math equations.  It's all true and I know that my own son needs to master his facts better than he has, but it's a whole different ballgame when you are the parent and not the teacher. As the teacher, I … [Read More...]


Win a Trip to LA for the Boxtrolls Premier! #TheBoxtrolls

Remember back when I told you about a cool new movie that will be coming out named "The Boxtrolls"?  It looks really good, doesn't it?  Well, they are hosting a sweepstakes where the prize is an all-expense paid trip to LA for four to see the movie's premier!  Now, I don't know about you, but I'm going to go see it no matter what, but a trip to LA for the premier would be A-MAZ-ING! I'm sure you are wondering how to enter this cool sweepstakes now. It's actually a lot of fun!  You get to … [Read More...]

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Permanent Hair Removal at Home with the Silk’n Flash&Go #SilknProducts

My morning routine is probably a little out of control.  Between showering, shampooing, conditioning, putting on make-up, blow drying, and either straightening or curling, it takes me forever to get myself out the door in the morning. Add shaving to the routine and you have to tack on even more time.  But with light skin and dark hair, skipping that step isn't really an option for me. Or at least it wasn't until I found an at home permanent hair removal system that really works. A few … [Read More...]

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TONI&GUY® Hair Products at Walgreens

When I was younger, I had stick straight hair.  I could basically get out of the shower, comb out my tangles, let my hair air dry and it would be perfect. (Of course, I wanted nothing more than the head of tight curls my cousins were born with. Figures, right?)   Then I got pregnant with LJ and something changed.  At first it was great - with those prenatal vitamins my hair was thicker and stronger than it had ever been.  After LJ came along, I went through the usual hair loss which was actually … [Read More...]


Is an Eye Exam Up Part of Your Back to School Routine? #AOA #MC

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for the American Optometric Association. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. I got my first pair of glasses at age 5.  My eyes were bad enough that I could see a significant difference once I put them on.  Who knows how long I had been in need of corrective lenses - one doctor joked that I was probably born nearsighted. As I grew, my eyes continued to change and I spent a lot of time in the … [Read More...]


Don’t Chase the Ice Cream Truck #IceCreamRun

I'm pretty sure our local ice cream truck driver has been messing with us all summer. You know how the ice cream truck has that very distinctive music that plays and signals people everywhere that cold, frosty treats are slowly making their way in your direction?  Well, we have been hearing that music all summer but have yet to see an actual ice cream truck anywhere. Granted, we live on a dead end so the chances of him coming down our street and stopping in front of our house are probably … [Read More...]

Honeymoon Mishaps #CystexBurningLove

You know how it is when you are first together and it seems like nothing can put you into a bad mood or make you cross with each other. (Remember those times? Think back really hard!) Jay and I were that typical annoying couple - always holding hands and making googly eyes at each other. We even made the ridiculously long drive from NH to WI several times without getting sick of each other along the way. Well, until that fateful trip where we decided that "winging it" was our best … [Read More...]

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Ultra HD in store events happening now at Best Buy #UHDatBestBuy

I have to admit that I am drawn to the newest and latest technology like a moth to a flame.  As much as the rational part of my brain says to wait until it has been out for a while and take advantage of that savings, I do love ogling whatever the latest gadget is that has just come out. (And sometimes my desire to have it drowns out the more practical voice in my head and it actually comes home with me!) Right now, the newest technology that is catching my eye is Ultra HD TV. Curious about … [Read More...]

How to Save Money on School Supplies

How to Save Money on School Supplies

School supplies are not particularly cheap these days and it seems that every new school year the costs go up. Some of this is simple inflation and some of it is because the lists keep getting bigger. Whatever the reason, we have to find ways to save cash while shopping for school supplies. Here are five easy to implement tips to help you save money on school supplies! Hit Clearance Sales All Year Clearance sales are going on at various times throughout the year so it pays to keep a close … [Read More...]