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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Jun 212016
 
4 Ways to Make Toddler Snack Time Fun

We all know toddlers can be picky eaters. One day they will love something so much that they will request to eat it all day long, and then the next day they won’t want anything to do with it. Luckily, Gerber has lots of great snack options available that even the pickiest of toddlers will reach for time and time again. My 3 year old daughter, Kayleigh, and my 1 year old son, Logan, have both enjoyed trying out Gerber’s new Lil’ Beanies snacks. They are available in original and white cheddar and broccoli varieties. Not only are these snacks toddler approved, but parents will love them too because they are made with navy beans and pack 2 grams of protein (A 9% Daily Value), 1 gram of fiber and 10% Daily value of Vitamin E per serving! We do most of our grocery shopping at Walmart, and I always visit [CONTINUE READING…]

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Jun 172016
 
Mobile Virtual Reality Has Arrived at Best Buy!

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. My husband, John, has worked in IT and network security for several years now. Even as a kid, he was always into the latest technology, so it’s really no wonder he chose the field of work that he did. He is always checking out the latest phones, computers, televisions, etc., and he is really into gaming. One of the latest advancements in gaming technology is the Samsung Gear VR. Mobile virtual reality has finally arrived, and now you can socialize with friends, be at the center of exciting games, watch the best of Hollywood in your own private cinema, and so much more. The Samsung Gear VR puts you right in the action! Here are just a few examples of the fun you can have with the Samsung Gear VR: Step [CONTINUE READING…]

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Jun 162016
 
Tom's of Maine Natural Deodorant #WhyISwitched

This post was developed in partnership with Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are my own. Over the past few years, I have slowly been changing out the products I use for ones with natural ingredients. This transition started when I became pregnant with my daughter, Kayleigh. I knew I wanted to use natural products with my children, as I was concerned about ingredients in various household products and their effect on our well-being. Finding the right products for my family has taken a bit of trial and error, and I am not absolutely perfect in my endeavors to use only natural products, but I have taken a huge step in the right direction. As they say, any progress is good progress. When I go shopping now, I try to take a look at the ingredients list in the products I buy, and look for simple ingredients lists with ingredients that I recognize. [CONTINUE READING…]

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Jun 162016
 
5 Tips for Making Laundry Easier

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G. Laundry is one of my least favorite chores. I used to not really mind it too much when I was single and only had my own clothes to take care of, but now that I have to wash my husband’s and kids’ clothes, too, it can easily become overwhelming. After struggling to keep up with my laundry for what seemed like forever, I finally decided I had to make a change. I was so tired of watching the piles of laundry stack up around me and not ever being able to find anything I was looking for. After a bit of trial and error, I have finally found a system that works great for me. Buy Two Laundry Baskets for Each Person in Your Home – One of the biggest problems I faced with doing laundry was that everyone’s clothes would just end up in one big [CONTINUE READING…]

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Jun 142016
 
How to Throw a Killer 4th of July Party

    The 4th of July has always been my favorite holiday, even as a kid. Most kids love Christmas the best because of all of the gifts they get, but not me. I’d rather have everything that comes with celebrating the 4th of July – the warm summer weather, delicious BBQ food, and spectacular fireworks. I love to celebrate the 4th of July with a festive backyard party, and I’ve learned some great tips and tricks over the years for making it awesome. Here’s how you can throw a killer 4th of July party this year, too! Sometimes Less is More When it comes to throwing a killer 4th of July Party, decorations are always fun, but sometimes less is more. You don’t want your guests trying to squeeze through overpowering decorations or duck under red, white, and blue streamers. Not only can decorations get expensive, but you can really [CONTINUE READING…]

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Jun 122016
 
Toddler Mealtimes Don't Have to Be Stressful

My 15 month old son, Logan, has always been a good eater. He weighed over ten pounds at birth, and grew out of his clothes so quickly during the first year of his life, that I could hardly keep up. He always had a fierce appetite, and would devour pretty much everything I put in front of him. Now that he’s a bit older, however, he’s started to go through a phase where he likes to play with his food a little more than he likes to eat it. He’s still a pretty good eater, in comparison to my 3 year old daughter who barely eats anything at all these days, but there are times when I’m really not sure exactly how much food he is eating, because a lot of it ends up splattered all over my kitchen floor, or rubbed through his hair, or all over his face! [CONTINUE READING…]

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Jun 122016
 
Actually Free Apps for You and Your Little Gamer

My husband, John, and I, both consider ourselves to be gamers. I really haven’t had as much time for it lately as I would like, but I still enjoy playing video games when I can find the time. John and I were both born in the early 80’s, so we grew up playing the classic Nintendo games, like Super Mario Bros. Our love of gaming has stayed with us after all these years, and we actually met several years ago while playing World of Warcraft with a group of mutual friends! I would really love for our two children to develop a love for gaming as well. It was such a fun part of my childhood, and it would be so awesome to have family game nights! Playing video games is also beneficial to children for a number of different reasons, which include learning problem-solving skills, using imagination and creativity, inspiring [CONTINUE READING…]

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Jun 092016
 
Find Big Savings on Pampers in This Sunday's Newspaper

This sponsored post is on behalf of iConnect, all opinions stated are 100% mine. With two kids in Pampers, I am always on the lookout for money saving coupons on our favorite brand of diapers and training pants. I’m really excited about the high value coupons that will be in this Sunday’s newspaper. There will be a P&G insert with a coupon for $3.00 off two bags or one box of any Pampers Diapers or Pampers Training Pants!  These coupons can be used at any mass, discount or grocery stores where baby care products are sold. Saving $3.00 on diapers or training pants is a fantastic deal, and I can use that extra $3.00 towards something else I need, like a box of cereal or some snacks for the kids. Every dollar counts! All Pampers Diapers and Pants are included in this coupon, except trial/travel sized diaper packs. Pampers Diapers and Pants include [CONTINUE READING…]

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