Apr 062017
 
Plan for Your Family’s Financial Future with Prudential

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Prudential. Four years ago, I quit my full-time job as a paralegal to become a stay-at-home Mom. It was the first time in my adult life that I was not earning a paycheck. Instead, I was relying solely on my husband’s income. Not having any income of my own, or any money in savings, made me feel very uncomfortable and vulnerable. If anything had happened to my husband’s income during that time, I don’t know what I would have done. After we added a second child to our family and purchased our first home, I realized it was time for me to get serious about planning for the future. While I don’t like to think about bad things happening in my life, I know it is always best to plan for any curve-balls that might be thrown your way. You just never know what the future might bring. As [CONTINUE READING…]

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Feb 242017
 
How I Save Money as a Stay-at-Home Mom

This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine. Being a stay-at-home Mom, I am always looking for ways to cut costs and save money, especially when it comes to purchases I make for my kids. They are expensive! My kids outgrow their stuff so fast, and I don’t want to spend a ton of money on something they aren’t going to wear for very long, so I only buy clothes and shoes when they are on sale, and I accept as many hand-me-downs from friends and relatives as I can get. Whenever I shop online, I always shop through a “cash back” website to earn cash back on my purchases. Every little bit adds up! I got back quite a big chunk of money from the Christmas shopping I did last year. I earn a little side money through blogging and [CONTINUE READING…]

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Feb 062017
 
Get Your FREE Child Safety Kit

You NEED a Child Safety Kit! Do you have a child safety kit? If not, you should definitely look into getting one. In the United States and Canada, nearly 500,000 children are reported missing every year. Isn’t that a crazy and scary statistic?! It makes my heart sink just thinking about all of those poor children who have been torn away from the safe and loving arms of their parents. I can only imagine the pain and anger a parent must feel after this happens to them, too. I would just be beside myself if it ever happened to me. This post contains affiliate links and I may receive a commission if you make a purchase after clicking on a link in this post. As a parent, I am constantly worried that something bad is going to happen to my children. I try to keep my eyes on them as much as I can, but it’s difficult [CONTINUE READING…]

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Jan 282017
 
5 Tips to Avoid Mindless Munching

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/ Meta Appetite Control. It’s the beginning of a new year, and while most people start trying to eat healthier and lose weight this month, my husband and I decided to challenge ourselves and do something that only seemingly crazy people would do. We started our weight loss journey on November 12th, right before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Crazy, right? Even with all of the holiday temptations thrown at us, it honestly hasn’t really been too difficult, but there are still some times when I find myself struggling just a little bit. I have two toddlers at home who like to snack all day long, and I often find myself mindlessly putting a piece of this or a bite of that in my mouth without even thinking about it. I recently took the POPSUGAR Snack ID Quiz to find out what kind of snacker I am, and it’s really no surprise [CONTINUE READING…]

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Jan 262017
 
Enter to Win a $50 Macy's Gift Card - 20 Winners!

This post contains affiliate links and I may earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking on a link in this post. Macy’s is having an awesome sale this weekend, and you can save up to 20% on your purchase, including select sale and clearance items, when you enter promo code WKND at checkout at Macys.com! Check out some of the great deals below! In addition to this awesome sale, you can enter to win 1 of 20 $50.00 Macy’s gift cards! This giveaway ends Sunday, January 29th at 11:59 PM ET. Twenty (20) winners will receive a $50 Macy’s gift card. Winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Tuesday (1/31) via the email address they used to enter. See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions and other important details.

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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! This post contains affiliate links and I may earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking a link in this post.  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.  Doctor In The Kitchen Flackers Flax Seed Crackers, Savory, 5-Ounce Miracle Noodle Zero Carb, Gluten Free Shirataki Pasta and Rice, 6 bag Variety Pack, 44 ounces (Includes: [CONTINUE READING…]

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