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Crayola Gift Ideas For Your Little Artist

Lucas loves anything to do with crafting, coloring or art so it’s a given that we have a huge variety of Crayola products at our home. From coloring supplies to tools to the easel in our living room, Crayola is the brand we trust to bring us quality and fun. The boys were really happy [Read On]

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The Christmas Pickle Tradition

(Disclosure: We received a gift set in exchange for writing this post but all thoughts are my own.) The Christmas Pickle Tradition is a wonderful holiday story that reminds us all about the true spirit of Christmas.  Follow the journey of Pickle Elf as he learns the magic of giving, and inspires Santa to begin [Read On]

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Holiday Bouquets From Teleflora And The Cake Boss

(Disclosure: I received a bouquet from Teleflora but all thoughts are my own.) Teleflora, the world’s leading flower delivery service, teamed up with the “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro to create a brand new line up of holiday bouquets perfect for decorating, gifting and entertaining. Buddy’s floral collection features three new bouquets that capture the authenticity [Read On]

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Surprise Your Family With The Ultimate Gift

Sometimes blogging offers such amazing opportunities for my family and I was lucky to be able to treat my boys to the best gift ever this summer- a fabulous Springfree trampoline courtesy of the company. Their faces when they saw it were priceless. They were so excited and I loved being able to give them [Read On]

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Winter Outdoor Fun Bucket List

Disclosure: I am currently serving as a “Play Ambassador” for Let’s Play. This is a sponsored post, however, the opinions expressed are my own. This is such a busy time of year. Between buying gifts, attending holiday parties, and traveling to visit out-of-town family members, making time to stay active is easily forgotten. A few [Read On]

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Great Gift Ideas From Family Christian {Giveaway}

Still have some names to check off your shopping list? I’m happy to be working with Family Christian to share some of the amazing gifts you can find in their stores and online. Music- From Holiday CDs to the WOW series full of top hits to Casting Crowns, Family Christian has some great uplifting music. [Read On]

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New STEM Toy: brackitz

(Disclosure: My family received this toy for review but thoughts are my own.) When I taught preschool, almost every child loved playing in the block area. Each day they used wooden blocks to create towers, houses, roads and lots of other creative things. The one downfall to plain blocks though was that you could only [Read On]

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas: PEEPS {Now Minion Approved!}

Some of you may remember how I worked with PEEPS® last year and created a recipe for Chocolate Candy Cane Cake Pops with the PEEPS® Chocolate Dipped Candy Cane Flavored Chicks for their 24 Days of Peepsonality Advent Calendar. I had so much fun and am excited to be working with them again this year! This year PEEPS® has teamed [Read On]

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Finding Energy Without Caffeine

Thanks to Meijer for sponsoring this “healthy me” conversation. I am not a medical professional and nothing written in this post should be taken as medical advice. A few months ago I cut down my espresso filled drink intake from one to two Venti sized drinks a day to only one or two a week. [Read On]

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Give The Gift Of Hope To Families In Need This Holiday Season

For many, the holiday season is a time filled with festivity and fun. For the more than 800 million people in the world that go to bed hungry every night, however, this time of year isn’t filled with the joy that it should be. Together we can change that by giving a gift that can [Read On]

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Delicious Selections For Christmas Dinner

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.) For many families, Christmas dinner wouldn’t be complete without ham. In my family this hasn’t always been the case. See, I actually used to believe that I didn’t like ham because I had grown up eating salty ham. Enter HoneyBaked ham with their sweet, crunchy outsides and I discovered [Read On]

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Roaming Reindeer: Our New Christmas Tradition

(Disclosure: We received a copy of the book for review but thoughts are my own.) My favorite holiday is Christmas. I love the extra family time and gift giving but one thing that really sets this holiday apart is all of the traditions that go along with it. From baking cookies to watching holiday movies [Read On]

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Baking Christmas Cookies With Betty Crocker {Prize Pack Giveaway}

Thanks to Betty Crocker for sponsoring this post and giveaway. One of my favorite holiday traditions is baking Christmas cookies. I still remember all the fun I had in the kitchen when I was growing up and love reminiscing as I bake cookies with my own boys. When I was younger my favorite cookies to [Read On]

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Share The Joy Of Life’s Milestones With Willow Tree Figurines

I’m a Family Christian blogger and this is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. There are some things in my home that just mean the world to me. Some are pictures, some are mementos and then some just represent something to me, like my collection of Willow Tree figurines. I started my [Read On]

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No More Missed Holiday Memories Due To Migraines

(Thanks to Ausanil for sponsoring this post.) The holidays are here and, for most of us, that means spending time with the ones we love. But, let’s get real, the holidays can also mean increased stress levels. For millions of migraine sufferers, that increased stress along with changes in routine and eating habits, can mean [Read On]

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Discovering An Online Parenting Community

(Disclosure: I am proud to be working with Brawny® on a series of sponsored posts as they inspire people to be “Tough to the Core.”) When I first entered the world of special needs parenting a few years ago I was scared and lonely. I only personally knew three other people who had children with [Read On]

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General Mills and Mega Bloks Team Up For Breakfast Fun {Giveaway}

This is a sponsored post. When I was younger I remember sitting around the breakfast table excited to see which toy we were going to get in the cereal box. General Mills has been surprising American families with free prizes in cereal boxes for more than 80 years. From secret wrist bands to whistles, and mini [Read On]

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Christmas Shopping At Kohl’s {$100 Gift Card Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Kohl’s. I received Kohl’s gift cards to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.) One of my favorite stores to shop at for Christmas gifts is Kohl’s. There is something for everyone on the list. I shopped online at Kohls.com on Black Friday [Read On]

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Building Fun With K’nex {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by American Certified.) Kids love building toys. Last Christmas I shared a top 10 building toys for preschoolers list and today I’m excited to be sharing more about one of those toys that made that list- K’nex! Check below for a giveaway to enter to win your own set. The [Read On]

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Unique Gift Ideas For Music Lovers

This blog post was written as part of my collaboration with eBay. Some people seem to have everything which makes it hard to shop for them. One way to find them the perfect gift that they don’t have is to look for unique items that are either one of a kind or very rare. Check [Read On]

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Cookie Bouquets From Cookies By Design

Looking for a fun, delicious gift to send to a friend or family member? Cookie Bouquets from Cookies by Design are the perfect gift idea! My boys received this ‘Merry Christmas’ bouquet and they were so excited when they found out the Christmas shapes were cookies that they’d get to eat. The boys picked out [Read On]

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Let’s Stop Child Hunger In America One Child At A Time

Thanksgiving is in a few days which means many families here in America are busy planning their holiday menu. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce… the list of ingredients needed for just this one meal could fill a grocery cart. We are lucky to be able to enjoy such a meal and really to be [Read On]

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I’m Christmas Shopping From My Couch This Year

#spon: I’m required to disclose a relationship between our site and Intel. This could include the Intel Corporation providing us w/content, product, access or other forms of payment. ***** I used to love shopping for Christmas gifts. I enjoyed checking out the ads and made my shopping lists months in advance. I’m normally so on [Read On]

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Having Faith In Tough Times

(Disclosure: I am proud to be working with Brawny® on a series of sponsored posts as they inspire people to be “Tough to the Core.”) The summer before I headed into my Senior year of High School my life completely changed. My {step}mom had been complaining she didn’t feel well and within a couple days she [Read On]

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Last Chance To Vote For Your “Frozen” Favorite

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Kohl’s. I received Kohl’s gift cards to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating. I shared last month about the ‘Sing Your Frozen Heart Out’ contest that Kohl’s and Disney sponsored. Nearly 4,000 fans submitted videos of themselves singing “Let it Go” and [Read On]

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Easy Thanksgiving Meals With HoneyBaked Ham And Turkey {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) Hosting Thanksgiving this year? What if I told you that you could have a delicious Thanksgiving meal cooked and on the table in less than an hour? Now THAT is something to be thankful for because it means you can get out of [Read On]

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Tips For Navigating The Holidays With A Child Who Has Special Needs

  The holidays are coming! Christmastime is my very favorite time of the year. I love celebrating the birth of Jesus, giving gifts, baking cookies, holiday lights, the joyfulness, and the hustle and bustle of the season. My kids on the other hand? Not so much. I mean yes, they LOVE the whole gift thing [Read On]

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Join The #USTravelChat Next Week

I’m excited to help moderate the first Wanderlust Moms US travel chat! I hope you will join us next Wednesday night to talk about fun things to do in Florida. HOSTS: @WanderlustMoms, @Kbunn, @DebThompson MODERATORS: @SavingUGreenMom, @mommy_GAGA, @funsavingmoney, @aliciamarie112, @karynlocke SPONSORS: @TuckawayResort @ExploreSpaceKSC @MedievalTimes @PilotTravel @WanderlustMoms WHERE: ON TWITTER BY FOLLOWING THE HASHTAG #USTRAVELCHAT WHEN: [Read On]

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Being Tough For Your Kids

(Disclosure: I am proud to be working with Brawny® on a series of sponsored posts as they inspire people to be “Tough to the Core.”) When I had children I did all the obligatory mom things I had in my head that I was supposed to do. I read numerous parenting books, baby proofed our home, [Read On]

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Papa John’s #UpYourDance Challenge

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. What’s better than football and pizza?! How about a chance to win tickets to the big game or free Papa John’s pizza? To enter to win one of the amazing prizes Papa John’s is giving away, they are asking folks to show how they’d celebrate if their team scored [Read On]