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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...]

when the game stands tall

When the Game Stands Tall Movie Review

Honestly, I'm not usually a huge fan of football movies, probably because I am not a huge football fan. (I know - a cardinal sin for a Wisconsinite!)  The Game Stands Tall proved to be the exception to that statement.  But then again, The Game Stands Tall is about far more than just football. Summary: Based on a true story of the De La Salle High School football team's winning streak and the effect of their eventual loss on all involved.  The movie delves deep, beyond just the football … [Read More...]

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Win a Ticket to Blended Conference in Arizona #BlendedConf

This spring, I went to Disneyland for the first time ever as part of the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration.  It was awesome.  While I was on the plane flying to LAX I received an email that a major brand wanted to use a recipe from my blog on their site.  Which was also awesome.  They wanted me to send them my headshot in the next 24 hours so it could be included in the post.  Which was not awesome because I only had my headshot on my hard drive of my home...definitely not … [Read More...]

How to lower your electric bill

How to Lower Your Electric Bill

Summer is here, and as a result many places experience a higher electric bill due to the outdoor heat and air conditioning usage. Just as the electric bills rise in cold climates during the winter, they rise in warmer climates during the summer. (And if you live in Wisconsin, you get high electric bills during both seasons!) The good news is that there are a few tips and tricks that will ultimately help you lower your electric bill! Unplug unused cords. If you’ve got phone chargers and … [Read More...]


Back to School $150 Walmart Gift Card #Giveaway

Back to school time is almost upon us and with that comes shopping for back to school supplies. We all know how quickly those can add up! So, we have decided to team up with some amazing bloggers and host an awesome giveaway! I mean seriously, what better way to kick off the new school year than to have a back to school $150 Walmart gift card giveaway?! I don't know about you, but $150 can do a lot for my back to school budget this school year! The 411 on the Back to School $150 Walmart Gift … [Read More...]

What you can do to control stinging insects.

Home Pest Control for Stinging Insects

If your family is anything like mine, you've been looking forward to summer since, well, fall! School is out and kids are running free in your yard, riding bikes, kicking the ball around, and getting into their normal outdoor shenanigans. With summer weather finally here though, the bugs are out in full force. I’m of the mindset that no bugs are good, but my kiddo of course loves chasing ants around the pavement and poking at potato bugs. Where our opinions may differ here, there are some bugs … [Read More...]

Disney Backpacks Back to School

Disney Backpacks a HOT Back to School Must Have

Disney is HOT HOT HOT and that is becoming even more apparent as parents and kids go back to school shopping! Disney backpacks are always a popular choice for back to school. Many kids want to carry a bag that features their favorite movie characters! Luckily, there are many choices when it comes to Disney backpacks - most of which can be found on Amazon! Below are 15 of the hottest Disney backpacks on the market... 1. Minnie Mouse "I Love Minnie" Backpack 2. Disney Fairies Backpack with … [Read More...]