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A New Product That Cat Parents Will Love

This post is sponsored by ARM & HAMMER™ and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about ARM & HAMMER CLUMP & SEAL™ available at PetSmart®, but Making Time For Mommy only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Arm & Hammer and PetSmart are not [Read On]

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Tips For Organizing Toys In Small Homes

This post is a partnership with Nakturnal. Are you overwhelmed by toys? Many parents are and I believe that those who live in small homes have even more toy storage problems. We live in a condo and I was overwhelmed for so long until I came up with some solutions for organizing all the chaos. [Read On]

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Essentials For Swim Lessons In The Fall And Winter

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Speedo USA but all thoughts are my own. My boys take swim lessons pretty much year round. In the summer they enjoy the lessons outdoors but during the colder months all of the lessons are moved indoors. I’ve discovered that we need to pack a lot more items during [Read On]

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Football Party With A Baked Potato Bar

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AD #Tailgreatness #CollectiveBias Football season is one of my favorite times of year and it’s a great excuse to get together with friends and family. This year I wanted to plan a party with a baked potato bar [Read On]

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Over A Million Dollars In Donations To Schools

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. I love companies that give back so it’s been great partnering with Staples this year to help share about their Staples for Students program. Staples, with their partner Katy Perry, teamed up to help hundreds of teachers and schools by fulfilling $1 million in [Read On]

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Hawaiian Pork Sliders

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Pork. The opinions and text are all mine. With the nights getting even busier as the school year continues, I’m trying to add more easy recipes to my menu plan. I normally make meals in the crock pot that cook while I [Read On]

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My Fall Style

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. The ChapStick® product, information and gift have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. I’ve been loving this cooler weather we’ve been having lately because it means that I can finally bring out my fall wardrobe! This is the first year since having children that I’ve decided that [Read On]


The Great American Milk Drive

My boys love drinking milk and they have since they were little. We are lucky that nowadays we can purchase a gallon of milk whenever we are running low but we were not always so fortunate. When we first started our family and lived off one small income, things like milk, and other necessities, were [Read On]


An Interview With ‘Timeless’ Actress Abigail Spencer

This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network but all thoughts are my own. One thing you all may have learned about me is that I love tv. In the fall there are so many great new premieres and my DVR is set to record them all. One new show that I was [Read On]

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Turn A K-Cup® Pod Into A Flower Pot

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. This post was sponsored by Starbucks as part of an Influencer Activation. I received compensation and complimentary products to facilitate my review. #StarbucksCaffeLatte #MyStarbucksatHome #CollectiveBias Everyone who knows me knows that Starbucks® coffee is one of my favorite things. [Read On]

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Share Your Hero

When I was growing up, a trip to the mall meant a freshly baked cookie was in my future. The smell from the Mrs. Fields’ cookie shop was mouthwatering and I loved stopping by to get a freshly baked cookie. Now, as an adult, I can still enjoy that special treat without stepping foot into [Read On]

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Just Be Good To Each Other

I believe that one of the most important things we can do is to simply be kind to each other. Can you imagine a world where kindness is commonplace? How amazing would that be?! I’m proud to partner with CustomInk on this sponsored post to share about their Be Good to Each Other campaign because it unites people of [Read On]

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No Sew DIY Bag Made From A Tank Top

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and alli® weight loss aid. All opinions are mine alone. #alliInMyLife #After #CollectiveBias A couple months ago I started on a journey of improving my health. I shared in my previous post about the “aha” moment that I had when I looked at pictures from the past years [Read On]

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Let’s Stomp Out Bullying

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Did you know that 1 out of every 4 children is bullied? With the prevalence of children and teens online, bullying has only gotten worse because now the perpetrators can bully other while they hide behind a computer screen. [Read On]

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Fall Bucket List {30 Fun Things To Do This Fall}

Fall is here! I loved sitting at Jacob’s football game yesterday because the sun was shining and I was nice and warm in a pretty sweater and boots. Along with it being football season and Pumpkin Spice latte time, there are a number of other fun things I’m looking forward to doing with my family. [Read On]


A Look At Versailles

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. Do you love shows that bring you back to a different time period? If so, you’ll love the series that is premiering tomorrow on Ovation called Versailles. This new show captures the romance, drama and betrayal surrounding King Louis XIV of France while featuring the [Read On]


25 Ways To Waste Time While You Wait

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. Whether it’s the school pickup line, the dentist’s office or the DMV, most of us spend hours each month waiting for things to happen. I thought I’d make a list of some things you could do while waiting. Clean out your email inbox Backup [Read On]

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DIY Yarn Ball For Cats

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Mars, Incorporated. All opinions are mine alone. #IAMSVisibleDifference #IAMSCat #CollectiveBias I’ve been talking a lot lately about how I’m trying to get healthier by eating better foods and exercising more. As a pet parent I realize that it’s important for my cats to be healthier as well. I can do [Read On]

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Windy City Live

Welcome Windy City Live viewers! I’m happy you’ve stopped by. I write about parenting, travel and a variety of lifestyle topics. You can find all of the recipes for the treats I shared below For my regular blog readers, I just wanted to share that I’ll be a guest on Windy City Live today! Windy City [Read On]

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Mini Pumpkin Cake Bites

I’ve been seeing lots of pictures in my Facebook feed of all my friends at the pumpkin patch with their kids and I can’t wait to go pick pumpkins with my boys this year. I thought it would be fun to make some pumpkin mini cakes to celebrate this wonderful time of year (and the [Read On]

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Candy Corn Haystacks

Butterscotch haystacks are one of my favorite cookies and one I make often because they are so easy to make. These no-bake cookies only need a few ingredients and, while the inclusion of noodles in this cookie may make you question them, they really taste delicious! They are also versatile. I first shared the recipe [Read On]

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Mummy Pretzel Sticks

Looking for a super easy snack for Halloween parties? These Mummy Pretzel Sticks take less than 10 minutes to make and can be a fun afternoon activity for children to help with. Kids (and adults!) will love these spooky treats. Recipe yields 15-20 Mummy Pretzel Sticks Ingredients Pretzel rods Package of white chocolate candy melts [Read On]


Discover A Better Fundraiser

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. With 120 candy bars to sell for Jake’s football and baseball teams, and a few hundred dollars worth of popcorn to sell for scouts, I feel overwhelmed at the moment. Add to that the school fundraisers I know are coming and I think there is only so much that [Read On]

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3 Fun Snack Mixes For Kids

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MixMatchMunch #CollectiveBias I shared last month about the fall harvest snack mix I made that was a big hit with my kids. I wanted to share three more snack mixes that I made, all with flavors that bring back memories. [Read On]

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DIY Galaxy Pumpkin

Thanks to Amazon Video for sponsoring this post. To celebrate season 2 of the fun kid’s show Creative Galaxy available on Amazon Prime Video today, I wanted to create an out of this world DIY craft. This Galaxy Pumpkin is fun to make and kids can even help create this one of a kind decoration [Read On]

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Monster Krispies

Now that the kids are back in school we are getting ready for the next big things in our life- our family vacation and Halloween. Since my Disney Halloween playlist is getting so many views the past couple weeks I figured many of you all are in the Halloween mood as well. I wanted to [Read On]

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Our Favorite Restaurants In Wisconsin Dells

One of our favorite places to go on long weekends is Wisconsin Dells. During the summer it’s nice to be outside by the lake and playing in the outdoor water parks and during the colder months we can stay inside and splash around at all the indoor water parks. One thing we also enjoy doing [Read On]

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I-Spy ABC Bottle For Alphabet Fun

This post has been sponsored by Amazon Studios. I love when things in our daily life inspire our crafting time. This week, the Amazon Original Kids’ Series show, Stinky & Dirty, inspired us to make a fun craft using an empty water bottle. In this series, dynamic duo Stinky, the garbage truck, and Dirty, the backhoe loader, [Read On]

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Stylish Looks From OshKosh B’gosh {Giveaway}

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. #BacktoBgosh The kids are back in school and today is the unofficial end of the summer season which means we all know the cooler Autumn air will be here soon. With it comes the start [Read On]

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad On A Pita

This post was made possible by iConnect and Litehouse Foods. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine. #SoldinCold   Lunch has always been a meal that I tend to skip because I’m so busy working that I forget to eat. I’ve started making “eat lunch” an appointment on my calendar to [Read On]