Jan 062017
 
10 Self-Care Tips for the New Year

This post was developed in partnership with Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are my own. It’s a new year, and I know it sounds so cliche, but it’s a great time to start fresh, make some resolutions and work on improving certain areas of your life. This year, I will be working more on self-care. As a stay-at-home Mom to two toddlers, age 3.5 and almost 2, self-care is something I have let slide for quite a while now. When you’re wrapped up in all of the day-to-day activities of your kids, it can be hard to find the time or energy to take care of yourself too, but it’s so important. If you’re like me, you probably expend all of your energy taking care of everyone else, and just feel completely zapped by the end of the day. There are a few things you can do for yourself throughout the day, however, that will greatly [CONTINUE READING…]

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Dec 142016
 
The Importance of Year Round Outdoor Play

This post is sponsored by the Voice of Play. Living in Maine, I am used to several months of cold weather each year. I’m not really a fan of the cold, but I know it’s really important and beneficial to still get outside for some fresh air during the cold months. So, I get the kids bundled up in their warm clothes and head outside to play! Some of our favorite fall and winter activities include throwing or kicking a ball around the back yard, playing a game of “chase”, going for a walk around our (large) yard, building a snowman, and so much more. Last year, my husband and I had so much fun pulling the kids up and down the snow-covered driveway in their snow sled. Not only was it a ton of fun for them, but it was great exercise for us! I’m thinking this year we will probably try to find [CONTINUE READING…]

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Dec 122016
 
Enter to Win a $100 Home Depot Gift Card! 10 Winners!

This post contains affiliate links and I may earn a commission after you click on a link in this post. Since buying our home almost 3 years ago, my husband and I have been to Home Depot more times than I can even remember. When you own a home, it seems like there is always something coming up, whether it’s a necessary home repair, making renovations or just adding a decorative touch. Home Depot gift cards ALWAYS come in handy, and now through Wednesday, December 14th you can enter to win 1 of 10 Home Depot gift cards! Giveaway ends Wednesday, December 14th at 11:59pm EST. Winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Tuesday (12/20) via the email address they used to enter. See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions and other important details. What would you buy with a $100 Home Depot gift card?

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Dec 012016
 
Get $25 for Every $50 You Spend at Stella & Dot!

I was compensated for this post and this post contains affiliate links, and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Is jewelry on your Christmas shopping list this year? Check out these incredible deals from Stella & Dot! Dot Dollars are back at Stella & Dot! For a limited time get a Gold Wishing necklace for only $5.99 when you spend $50*! You better hurry because this offer is only valid 12/1-12/5 until 9 PM PT. Plus, don’t forget, it’s still Dot Dollars time! So for every $50 spent, you get a $25 credit for later! *While supplies last. Promotion ends on 12/5 at 9 pm pst. No exceptions. Must have $50 or more in your cart(not including tax or shipping) before you receive the discount for the Wishing Necklace Gold. Limit 1 per customer. Must manually add Wishing Necklace Gold to cart. No price adjustments.

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Nov 282016
 
How to Make a Low Carb Cheese Board

Beat the bloat this holiday season with a low carb cheese board! Cheese boards are a popular appetizer choice during the busy holiday season, and it’s easy to see why. I mean, who doesn’t love cheese?! Cheese boards are so great because they are really easy to put together. You just get a bunch of your favorite cheeses and finger foods, arrange them on a board, and call it a day. It’s a nice way to offer your guests a lot of variety, without a whole lot of effort on your part, and you don’t have to worry about dirtying up a whole bunch of dishes either. When making cheese boards, people usually tend to load them up with a whole bunch of carbs – slices of crusty bread, crackers, bread sticks, etc., and lots of sugary fruits like grapes and figs. While those foods are delicious, they can be an unwelcome temptation to people who [CONTINUE READING…]

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Nov 262016
 
16 Fun Advent Calendar Ideas for Kids

My kids are both showing a lot of interest in Christmas this year, so I’ve been researching fun advent calendar ideas for kids. I never had an advent calendar when I was a kid, but I always thought it looked like so much fun. If you’re not familiar with advent calendars, they are calendars containing small numbered flaps, one of which is opened on each day of Advent (the 24 days leading up to Christmas). There are some really creative advent calendars available now, so if you’re looking for fun advent calendar ideas for kids, you’ll want to check these out! They are a really great way to get your kids excited for Christmas. They will love opening a door on their advent calendar and finding a surprise each day! This post contains affiliate links. I may earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking on a link in this post. LEGO Star Wars [CONTINUE READING…]

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Nov 252016
 
Save 40% Off Your Tiny Prints Order + FREE SHIPPING!

Happy Black Friday, everyone! Are you excited to snag some great deals?! I’ve been on the lookout myself, and I just couldn’t pass up sharing this one I found with you! This post contains affiliate links. I may earn a commission if you click on a link in this post and make a purchase. From 11/25-11/27, you can save a whopping 40% off your Tiny Prints order, plus get free shipping! How awesome is that?! Black Friday Sale! Save 40% Off Your Order Plus Free Shipping! I love shopping at Tiny Prints for holiday cards and photo gifts for friends and family. Photo gifts are such an excellent gift idea! For the past few years, I have made my Mom and Mother-in-Law photo books of my kids for Christmas, as well as photo mugs, calendars and more. They are always a huge hit. Grandmas LOVE photo gifts!! Check out the awesome selection of gift ideas at Tiny Prints, [CONTINUE READING…]

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Nov 172016
 
10 Cranberry Desserts to Crave

Cranberry is such a wonderful fall and winter flavor. I look forward to that fresh, tart flavor every year. Most people only think about canned cranberry around the holidays, but there are so many awesome cranberry desserts that can be made, too. Cranberries are not only flavorful, but they are really good for you too. They are loaded with antioxidants that can help with your heart, brain and skin. That’s a great reason to add more of them into your diet, right? Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming right up, and I can’t wait to try making some of these delicious cranberry desserts. I’m sure they will be a huge hit with my family, and it will be fun to try something new! Cranberry Cheesecake – From Gate to Plate Chocolate Orange Cranberry Fudge – Beyond Frosting Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies – Sunny Sweet Days Sweet & Scrumptious Cranberry Bread – Busy Being Jennifer Low Sugar Cranberry Coconut Macaroons [CONTINUE READING…]

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Nov 162016
 
Quick & Easy Recipes for Game Day

This post is written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Acorn Influence, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ClubTysonFFL It’s football season again, and I’m so excited to share a couple of quick and easy game day recipes with you! My friends and family love football, and we are from New England, so I bet you can easily guess who our favorite team is. When I have company over to watch the game, I don’t want to spend the whole time in the kitchen slaving over the stove. I have two toddlers, so I am already busy enough tending to them, without adding extra work. I want to be able to relax, watch the game, and spend some quality time with my friends and family. I keep our game day gatherings pretty low key. I don’t go all [CONTINUE READING…]

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Nov 152016
 
Get Ready for the Holidays with Carter's

This post is sponsored by Carter’s; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own. It’s halfway through November! Can you believe that?! Are you ready for the holidays yet? I just finished up most of my Christmas shopping for the kids, and only need to pick up a few stocking stuffer items now. It feels so good to be almost done and not have that lingering over my head. While I was doing my Christmas shopping, I hit up Carter’s for a cute holiday outfit and a pair of festive holiday pajamas for my 1 year old son, Logan. They have so many fantastic outfits to choose from in their Holiday Shop! This kid, I tell you, he is such a boy. He is on the go constantly, climbing up everything, playing in the dirt, running around the house and yard. He never stops. If there is trouble around, he will find it. I love [CONTINUE READING…]

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