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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]

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Join The Jesus Calling Twitter Party

I’m so excited to be working with Family Christian to promote the book Jesus Calling. Family Christian is hosting a Twitter party on November 14th and we will be discussing this best selling devotional. Want to participate in the conversation? Find all the details below! Where: https://tweetdeck.twitter.com or follow along with #JesusCalling When: November 14th 1-2 [Read On]

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Magic Chef Appliances {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a product free of charge but all thoughts are my own.) When I was growing up we always had two refrigerators, one in the kitchen and one in the garage. The garage fridge was a place to find the soda, extra cartons of juice and the gallons of milk that didn’t fit [Read On]

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Haribo’s Pink Ribbon Packages {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Haribo and helps to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation.)   October is Breast Cancer Awareness month as I’m sure you all know. Many companies donate to the cause during this time period and I am happy to partner with one of them. Haribo has added a pink ribbon [Read On]

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Celebrate Baby’s First Christmas With Babies”R”Us

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Babies”R”Us.) Exciting news! Once again, Babies“R”Us stores nationwide will host several Baby’s First Christmas events this November. On select Saturdays, new parents are encouraged to visit their local Babies“R”Us to celebrate their baby’s first Christmas, where they can meet and greet with other moms and dads whose little ones are the [Read On]

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How To Make Money Pet Sitting With DogVacay

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) There is nothing better than getting paid to do something you are passionate about. If you love animals, and have been looking for a creative way to earn money, I have something really exciting to share about today. You can work as a [Read On]

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Frozen Fun From Kohl’s {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.) Last month, I shared about a fun “Sing Your Frozen Heart Out” contest that Kohl’s was hosting. Frozen fans submitted videos of themselves, their kids, and/or the entire family [Read On]

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Brawny® Partners With The Wounded Warrior Project®

I am proud to be working with Brawny® over the next couple months to share about their partnership with Wounded Warrior Project®. The Brawny® brand has donated $1.4 million to the Wounded Warrior Project®, which, it says, shares the same brand spirit and values: an inner strength that emboldens and inspires people to be “Tough [Read On]

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Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) Did you know that home fires take the lives of more than 2,500 people each year in the United States? Most of these deadly fires happen while the people in the home are sleeping. I used to think that this was because they [Read On]

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Fabulous {And Safe!} Fall Fun With Our Springfree Trampoline

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Springfree Trampoline but all thoughts are my own.) Ever since I was a kid I wished I had a trampoline in my backyard. It always looked like so much fun but we never had one because traditional trampolines aren’t very safe. I never understood the dangers when I was [Read On]

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Tray Talk: Learn More About Healthy School Lunches

This summer I had the privilege of attending the School Nutrition Association’s National School Lunch Conference on behalf of the SNA. I wrote about everything I learned here. I was amazed by how much school lunches have changed since I was in school. I am happy to partner with them to share this post. The [Read On]

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Last Minute Halloween Party Ideas

I love planning elaborate parties but sometimes I just don’t have the time to do so. This season has been a perfect example with football, work, personal events and travel taking up so much of my time. I wanted to have a little Halloween party for the kids and decided it was just going to [Read On]

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Rockin’ With The Hard Rock Roxtars® {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: The information, gift card, gift pack and giveaway have been provided to me by Hard Rock International. No celebrity or musician has endorsed the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star” contest.) Do you have a little rock star in your life? I do! My music lover is Lucas and with his long hair [Read On]

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Fun Active Halloween Games For Kids

(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.) Can you believe that it’s mid-October already!? Halloween is just around the corner, which means the planning of spooktacular parties is in full gear! Since this holiday involves lots of sweets, [Read On]

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Treat Kids To A Frosty This Halloween

It’s Halloween time which means the candy bowls are overflowing, costumes are being bought and the pumpkin patch is busy. On Halloween day, the boys will be bringing little treats to school for their friends. Since many children have allergies, the kids are not allowed to bring any food treats into the classroom. When I [Read On]

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Realizing That Cheap Isn’t Always The Best Option

My motto used to be “whatever is cheapest” when it came to expenses. I’d go to the grocery store and get the cheapest cut of meat, I’d shop at stores that sold $5 shirts and I chose restaurants for date nights by what was the most inexpensive or that I had a coupon for. This [Read On]

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How To Save Money On Your Heating Bills This Winter

Thanks to Direct Energy for sponsoring this post. It is snowing in parts of the Chicago area this morning. SNOWING! On October 4th! That combined with reports that this winter is going to be even colder than last winter does not make me very happy. To be honest, we keep our house very warm in [Read On]

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An After-School Snack Kids And Moms Can Share

(Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Arla Dofino. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.) This has been a busy season so far, with football taking up four to five days a week. Every Tuesday, Thursday and [Read On]

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Build An Adventure With The Boy Scouts Of America

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.) When I was growing up, my mom was a boy scout leader for my brother’s den and I helped with child care and watched the siblings of the scouts. Scouting was always something I wanted to put Jacob and Lucas in so, sure [Read On]

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How To Use Swap.com To Sell Clothes Your Children Have Outgrown

I’ve tried many things over the years to get rid of the clothes my children have outgrown, all of which have taken a lot of time or made me no money. Countless hours were spent tagging items for group sales and then spent lugging the items to the sale. Selling on ebay, craigslist and Facebook [Read On]

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Love Is Greater Than Hate

Weeks ago a story emerged in the news that caught the attention of many people, myself included. It was the tale of an ALS Ice Bucket challenge gone wrong. In Bay Village, Ohio three teens challenged one of their fellow students, a fourteen-year-old boy with Autism to take the ALS Ice bucket challenge. But instead of [Read On]

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Enter The Sing Your “Frozen” Heart Out Contest

(Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Kohl’s. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.) Ever have songs that come on the radio and you just can’t help but sing along with them? That’s how we were with Frozen’s “Let It Go” song. When [Read On]

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Crayola Fun During Football Season {Giveaway}

Thanks to Crayola for sponsoring this post and giveaway. It’s football season which means lots of fun family get-togethers. I love watching football but if you have kids who aren’t huge fans, I have a great idea to keep them busy! Make a fun craft bucket and give them the chance to let their imaginations [Read On]

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Gurnee Mills: Great Deals & Fun For Everyone {Giveaway}

(Disclosure: I received a gift card from Gurnee Mills but all thoughts are my own.) A couple weekends ago the boys and I headed to Gurnee Mills Outlet Mall to do some shopping. What I love about Gurnee Mills is the great selection of stores with many of them having deep discounts on items. Being [Read On]