Aug 262016
 
Lemon Garlic Garden Veggies

This is a sponsored post through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. I received compensation from Tessemae’s, however, all opinions are 100% my own.  One of my favorite things about summer is having an abundance of fresh vegetables from my garden. There is just something so rewarding about growing, picking and eating your own vegetables. It’s really quite a lot of fun! We have been so lucky with our harvest this year, and our garden is just bursting with zucchini, summer squash and tomatoes. I have been trying to come up with new ways to eat all of these wonderful fresh garden vegetables. John bought me a spiralizer for Mother’s Day this year, so we have been having quite a bit of zucchini and summer squash “pasta”. For dinner tonight, though, I wanted to do something a little different. We were having boneless chicken breasts, and I wanted to make a [CONTINUE READING…]

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Aug 252016
 
How to Save Money on Eyewear

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. My 35th birthday is coming up next month, and it’s been making me feel really old. I honestly just can’t believe I am halfway to 70 years old! This “big” birthday has really got me thinking about a lot of things. Whether or not I like it, I’m an adult now with a lot of responsibilities. I’ve spent the last 4 years being pregnant and raising my two children, so I’ve really kind of pushed my own health and well-being to the side. Us Moms have a tendency to take care of the rest of our family before we take care of ourselves, but it really is so important to make our own health a priority as well. I have vowed to make this year the year that I take back control of my health. I need to schedule appointments for a [CONTINUE READING…]

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Aug 222016
 
Lemongrass, Rosemary & Lavender Sugar Scrub

THIS BLOG HAS BEEN SPONSORED BY NATURE’S BOUNTY® EARTHLY ELEMENTS™. All products mentioned in this blog post were provided to me for free by Nature’s Bounty® for review. Staying at home to care for my 1-year-old son, Logan, and my 3-year-old daughter, Kayleigh, is very rewarding, but often times I find myself feeling worn down and stressed out. Parenting is hard work! In addition to caring for my own two toddlers, I also babysit my 1-year-old and 4 month old nephews three afternoons per week. Taking care of four kids ages 3 and under is no joke! I honestly don’t know how parents who have more than two kids can even function at all. I feel like I never have a moment of peace to myself, so I have to make it a priority to find time to relax and recharge. If I don’t, I get completely burnt out and [CONTINUE READING…]

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Aug 182016
 
3 Ways to Eliminate Diaper Odors in Your Home with Essential Oils

This Blog has been sponsored by Nature’s Bounty® Earthly Elements™. The writer has been paid and received free product as compensation, nevertheless, all opinions are 100% my own. I have a one year old and a three year old who both still wear diapers, so I have been putting up with diaper odors in my home for a long time now. I recently started babysitting my 1 year old and 3 month old nephews in my home three days a week, also, so the diaper odors have become even worse. Over the past few years, I have tried a lot of different things to get rid of diaper odors in my home, but nothing really seemed to work, until I found essential oils. With two toddlers in my home, I am really picky about the products I use. While I don’t use natural products 100% of the time, I do [CONTINUE READING…]

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Aug 082016
 
Rotini with Italian Sausage, Peppers & Onions (+ $25 Target Giveaway!)

Pasta is always a huge hit in my house, and I love making it because it’s filling, easy on the wallet, and so versatile. It’s such a great comfort meal to make at home and share with your family. We have pasta a couple nights a week, and it never gets boring because it can easily be changed up by adding different meats, veggies and cheeses, and of  course, by choosing a different shape of pasta! Finding the right pasta sauce for your pasta dish is of the utmost importance. A bland or watery pasta sauce will totally ruin your meal, which is why I love to use Ragu’s Homestyle pasta sauce. My pasta dishes come out great every time I use this sauce. It’s thick and hearty, and so flavorful! I love how it just hugs every noodle and packs a punch of flavor in every bite. There are [CONTINUE READING…]

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Aug 022016
 
Must-Have Canning Supplies

    Buying canning supplies has been on my mind a lot lately. My husband, John, planted a variety of vegetables in our garden beds a few months ago, and we have been harvesting like crazy for the last couple of weeks. We only had one garden bed last year, and it produced so many vegetables that we could not even keep us with them all. This year, we added on two more garden beds, and we are planning to can a lot of our garden haul. We planted quite a few different vegetables, but I think I am most excited about the tomatoes. Last year we had SO many tomatoes, and we actually planted even more this year. They haven’t ripened yet, but I think it will be any time now. I can’t wait to make and can sauces, salsa, ketchup and more! I’m so excited that we are planning to [CONTINUE READING…]

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Jul 152016
 
Save Money with Groupon Coupons

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. Being a stay at home Mom to two toddlers, I try to find deals and save money whenever I can, especially when it comes to clothing. I NEVER pay full price for my kids’ clothes. My husband and I are on a tight budget, and every dollar counts. One of my new favorite places to search for coupons to use at my favorite stores is Groupon Coupons. You may have used Groupon in the past to save on events and experiences, but now you can save even more! With Groupon Coupons, you can easily search for coupons, and you never have to pay any kind of fees. It’s completely free! I just took a look tonight, and saw so many great deals! Back-to-school is just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about new clothes for the kiddos! These are [CONTINUE READING…]

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Jul 052016
 
Code-a-Pillar Teaches 3-6 Year Olds Basic Coding Skills

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. As I have mentioned before, my husband, John, has worked in IT/Network Security for many years, so he is always keeping up with the latest technology. He tries to keep our kids involved in technology, too, and it’s a dream of his for them to eventually learn coding. He always says “coding is the future” and he’s not wrong. In this technology-driven world we live in now, coding is definitely a very valuable skill to have, and it’s really beneficial to start teaching children to code at a young age. When I saw the new Fisher-Price Code-a-Pillar, available at Best Buy, I jumped at the opportunity to review it with my three year old daughter, Kayleigh. She has always been very inquisitive and loves to learn new things. I just [CONTINUE READING…]

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Jun 272016
 
Stock Up on Your Favorite Household Items & Avoid the "Oops"

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Walmart. Summer is here, and I have been so busy that I can hardly keep up with everything I have going on! Between a family vacation to Boston, Kayleigh’s 3rd birthday, Father’s Day, my parents’ 35th wedding anniversary, the 4th of July, two bridal showers, two weddings and my niece and nephew’s birthday parties, I feel like I don’t even have time to breathe. On top of that, I have started babysitting my two nephews (a 1 year old, and a 3 month old) three days a week, in addition to caring for my own two children (a 3 year old and a 1 year old). I have been so busy that it has been really challenging for me to stay on top of everything I have going on. My Outlook calendar is my best friend right now. It helps me to keep track of [CONTINUE READING…]

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Jun 232016
 
No-Churn Banana Split Ice Cream

    Ice cream is one of my biggest weaknesses, and now that I’ve learned how to make no-churn ice cream at home, I may be in trouble! I just can’t stop making it… and eating it! It’s so incredibly easy to make, and I love that I can put anything I want in it to make it my own. I also love the fact that it’s not full of artificial ingredients. It makes me feel just a little bit better about eating so much of it! I’ve been experimenting with some of my favorite flavors lately, and have come up with some pretty good combinations. I’ll be sharing my recipe for a no-churn s’mores ice cream soon, but I thought I would share this delicious No-Churn Banana Split Ice Cream recipe first. I love a good banana split, and I thought it would be neat to make a No-Churn Banana Split Ice [CONTINUE READING…]

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