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Just Between Friends Milwaukee Sale Starts this Weekend #JBFMilwaukee

  As much as none of us want to admit it, winter is just around the corner.  With colder temperatures and *gasp* snow comes a change in wardrobe. If your kid is anything like mine, there was a LOT of growing that went on this summer and last year's clothes are not going to fit again.  I used to go out and buy all new pants, shirts, winter coat and snow pants.  And then I would choke back a little cry when I saw how much all of that cost - and I only have ONE! I was soooo grateful … [Read More...]

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TOP 5 TIPS for Being Disaster Aware #NatlPrep

September is National Preparedness Month and FEMA is encouraging people to make a family emergency communication plan, which outlines how to contact or meet family members before, during and after a natural disaster. Before disaster strikes, it’s time to ask yourself: Do you know how your family members are going to get in touch with each other? Do you know where you are going to meet near the house and then farther away if necessary? Is your basic supply kit ready? Here are FIVE TOP TIPS … [Read More...]

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The Shower As Therapy: ESSIO Essential Oil Kit (and giveaway)

I admit that I use my shower as therapy. A long, hot shower works for me when I have a nasty cold (or allergies this Fall) and am all stuffed up and congested. For me, that usually means I also have a headache.  I'm also known to take a long, hot shower to relax before bed or to "wash off" a bad day.  I figure it's cheaper than a therapist's appointment and I can stay in the comfort of my own home.  ESSIO must know me pretty well, because they sent me one of their essential oil shower kits to … [Read More...]

25 Easy Crock Pot Recipes

25 Easy Crock Pot Recipes

Crock pot recipes are a must have for any family on the go, and can even provide great options for busy college kids! They’re quick and easy, make a great heaping offood to last a few days if you love leftovers, and they’re so simple – anyone can do it! Take a look at this list of extremely simple tried and true easy crock pot recipes! 1. Crockpot Chickpea Chili [Vegetarian] 2. Crockpot Italian Vegetarian Bean Soup 3. Steak Carnita Meat 4. Classic Beef Stew 5. Pineapple … [Read More...]


Imagination Foundation & #TheBoxtrolls Cardboard Challenge

One of the unfortunate by-products of all of this mandatory school testing is that teachers have so much less time to cover anything that won't be on the state test. Where teachers used to have time to plan activities that fostered creativity and out-of-the-box thinking, they are not always able to cover these now. We try to create opportunities for Josh to learn about and experience these kinds of things so that his education will be as well rounded as possible. I love that the Imagination … [Read More...]

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Easy and Delicious Pumpkin Recipes You Can Make at Home

Fall is the season of pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING and that's just fine with me. Not only do I love pumpkin, but it's actually really good for you too.  Pumpkin is full of all kinds of healthy antioxidants. In addition to that, just one cup of cooked pumpkin contains more that 200% of your daily requirement of vitamin A. Add in the fiber, beta-carotene, potassium, and vitamin C and there's no reason not to love pumpkin!  Here are 25 easy to make pumpkin recipes so you can take part in all of the … [Read More...]

Dolphin Tale 2 movie review

Dolphin Tale 2 Movie Review

Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment's Dolphin Tale 2 is the second installment of the story of Winter the dolphin who was featured in Dolphin Tale"(2011).  The first movie tells the story of Winter who was caught in a fishing line and lost her tail which was badly damaged. She is fit with a prosthetic thanks to the tireless efforts of the staff of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Sawyer Nelson who finds Winter stranded on a Florida beach and the story ends on a very happy … [Read More...]

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Introducing Boxtroll “Candy” #BuildABoxtrollSweeps

I know everyone has been waiting anxiously to see how our clay and cardboard Boxtroll came out. Without further ado, let me introduce you to our very own Boxtroll, Candy!!   Enter the Build a Boxtroll sweepstakes for a chance to win an all expenses paid trip for four to The Boxtrolls movie premiere in Los Angeles! You can find more info and ideas here. Take a photo of your creation and share it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the #BuildABoxtrollSweeps hashtag to … [Read More...]

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Get Sized for a Bra and Help A Woman in Need #LiftTOUR

Did you know that chances are pretty good you are wearing the wrong size bra? Most studies seem to indicate that about 80-85% of women are wearing a bra that is NOT their size. Having kids, weight gain or loss, and a bra's age can all affect fit.  Having a professional determine your size is really the best way to find out what size bra you should be buying. Vanity Fair is on a mission to help women out in this department with their "Women Who Do" campaign. Hey, they know we are all busy and … [Read More...]

Dolphin Tale 2 movie review

Dolphin Tale 2: Join Me For an Advanced Screening

I always get excited about movies that my whole family can see together and enjoy. Being animal lovers, we are always partial to movies that feature animals.  We loved Dolphin Tale and found it not only entertaining, but really inspirational.  When I heard they were making a Dolphin Tale 2, I put it on my "must-see" list for my family. I'm thrilled to be able to offer my readers an opportunity to see Dolphin Tale 2 BEFORE it opens in theaters! I'd love to have you join my family at AMC … [Read More...]

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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...]