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Pumpkin Spice Pecan Energy Balls

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Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the cooler weather, the visits to the cider mill, the changing leaves and of course, pumpkin spice! Now is that time of year when you see pumpkin spice EVERYTHING! I've been all about pumpkin spice, more so this year than in the past. It screams fall and let's face it, it tastes amazing! Along with the other amazing things fall brings, it also brings a very busy time of year for our … [Read more...]

Prime Photos with Alexa on your Amazon Fire TV – A new kind of family time!

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Pictures have always been one of my favorite things. I take them all the time and, in fact, I'm one of those people who has 5,000+ photos on my phone! Yikes, right!? You know I love sharing products with you and now I have one I'm crazy excited about! Did you know that you can now see photos and play a slideshow of your albums on the Amazon Fire TV? Just ask Alexa! This has created a whole new kind of family time in our house! The kids love … [Read more...]

5 Things You Need to Successfully Feed Your Infant

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    Being a mom can be difficult. A first time mom? It can be stressful. It's also one of the most rewarding things you'll ever do. I'll never forget becoming a mom for the first time. It changed my world in a way I could have never imagined. This tiny little baby depended on me to give him everything he needed and I wanted to give him the world. Every parent has dreams of how parenting will be, what they plan to do and how it should … [Read more...]

Goldfish Swim School – It’s Not Only Swimming Lessons!

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When our kids started taking lessons at Goldfish Swim School we didn't realize we were becoming part of a whole community of parents and young children learning to swim. We've been to other swim schools and they just don't have the same offerings as GSS. What do I mean by that? They don't have the amazing staff, for one, but they also don't have the extras that we get at GSS. The swimming lessons are out of this world but it's not only swimming … [Read more...]

NEW! Disney Pixar’s COCO Trailer & Poster Now Available

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Apparently I've been more out of the loop than I thought. A friend just sent me this new COCO trailer from the new Disney Pixar movie and it was the first time I had the chance to see a clip. Oh my goodness this movie looks super cute! I cannot wait to take our two older kids to see it Thanksgiving weekend! In case you've been hidden from the real world like I have, you have to check this out! I know my kids are going to love … [Read more...]

Why We Choose Year Round Swimming Lessons

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It's been a while since I've posted but I assure you, I'll still here! <3 We've been dealing with a lot of family things lately and of course, school prep is no joke. When your kids go back to school that's one thing. When your husband goes back, too? That's mass chaos. lol I'm joking but it does make for a busier time and a major schedule change in our house. I, for one, am thrilled to be back on somewhat of a schedule. There are some things … [Read more...]

Share Motorsports Fun with your Kids & Win NASCAR prizes!

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Do you love motorsports and have a kid who loves cars? I know my kids love playing with their cars! NASCAR has an amazing new way to share motorsports fun with your kids, thru NASCAR Acceleration Nation. The website and app (available on Android and iPhone) features fun games, information on races, details on cars, and even learning materials about the science of racing! That sounds fun, doesn't it?! Sounds like some incredible bonding time! … [Read more...]

Vacation Begins at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Downtown Pittsburgh

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When you live in metro Detroit, have four little ones and plan on driving nearly eight hours, having a "layover" half way is a good fabulous idea. When we started planning our vacation for this summer I knew we would need to plan for a day or two half way. We decided Pittsburgh would be the perfect place to stop. I did a lot of research and found numerous things we could do and a great place to stay downtown, the Doubletree by Hilton.  This … [Read more...]

Tropical Fruit Smoothie with a Secret Ingredient

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Confession time y'all. I've been battling myself when it comes to eating healthy this summer. It's summer and I have a thing for cool sweet treats in the heat. Ice cream is a favorite but I really need to watch how often I let that happen. I turned forty just a few weeks ago and the weight doesn't come off as easy as it did in the past. When the most recent challenge from Barleans came about, I knew it was just the thing I needed! Creating a … [Read more...]

Celebrating Seven with Stained Glass Art & American Greetings

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BirthdaysMadeBrighter #CollectiveBias Seven years old. I can't believe it. I started this blog shortly after he was born and now my baby is a big seven year old boy who loves playing outside, riding his bike and anything that involves art. He's growing into such a bright young boy. When we asked him what he wanted to do for his party he said … [Read more...]

One on One with Our Golden Swim Instructor

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Sometimes you just come across someone that exudes a golden personality. They seem to brighten the room (or pool) with just their presence. Miss Vanessa is the swim instructor of both Anthony (7) and Addy (5) and she exudes this personality. When Addy was moved up a few months back she joined her big brother in the same class. They have both become pretty fond of Miss Vanessa in their time with her at Goldfish Swim School. We all know that what … [Read more...]

The Best Microfiber Mop to use with Kids Around

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When you have a baby who is about to crawl you want to make sure your floors are clean enough to eat off of. You don't want your precious little one getting germs (or the dirt your toddler brought in from outside) into his mouth  from the floor. If you are looking for the best microfiber mop to use with kids around, look no further. This post is done in partnership with Microfiber Wholesale, however, all opinions are 100% my … [Read more...]

Getting Kids Excited about Brushing and Oral Healthcare

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This post and party were sponsored by ACT Kids Toothpaste but all thoughts and opinions are my own. As moms there are many battles we face each and every day. Some moms have trouble getting their kids to eat their veggies, some have trouble getting kids to wake up and get to school on time, some have trouble with getting kids to go to bed and some experience troubles getting their kids excited about brushing and oral healthcare. No matter what … [Read more...]

Easy Ways to Save Time #NeverRunOut

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Our family's schedule completely changes during the summer. With my husband being off of work during the summer we no longer have to send some kids off to daycare some off to school and rush to work ourselves. Summer camps and leagues begin and time seem to be something we have little of. As much as I love my family and being a mom sometimes I just wish I had 10 minutes to sit and hear the quiet. That's what refreshes me. I've figured out easy … [Read more...]

CARS 3 – Coloring Pages

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Now that summer break is in full force I'm sure you've heard the "I'm bored!" phrase a few times! My soon-to-be 7 year old has said it daily. These fun CARS 3 coloring sheets should keep the kids busy for a bit! Have you taken them to see CARS 3 yet? If not be sure to check out the trailer and go this week! We'll be taking our older two kids this weekend and they can't wait! CARS 3 Coloring Sheets (click the link for a full page PDF for … [Read more...]

All About My Dad Printable

All About My Dad Printable

Can you believe Father's Day is this weekend already? This year is flying by for me. I can't believe the baby is almost 9 months old already and the school year is ending this week. Wow. My husband is one of those "Don't get me anything" kind of dads. He's always making sure everyone else has what they need but never buys anything for himself or wants anything. I always like doing something special for Father's Day anyway and this All About My … [Read more...]

How do I print photos? Amazon Prints! Plus $1000 of Amazon Gift Cards to be Won!

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Photo geek? Yes, that's me. I take TONS of photos. In fact, I'm that woman who has literally thousands of photos on her phone. We've been slowly decorating our new home since we bought it in September and when it comes to the personal touches I love having photos around. I bought a few frames that have several 4x6 spaces for photos of family and we also have other frames on the mantle and on our TV stand. How do I print my photos to decorate my … [Read more...]

Accessible and Affordable Organics

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Organic products have a bad reputation for being expensive. I love giving people an alternative when they tell me they can't afford to buy organic. I understand that, I really do. Grocery money is one of the few things in a budget that can be adjusted. If you have to make cuts, often times the grocery budget is where you can do it. Recently I teamed up with Stonyfield to show everyone just how accessible and affordable organics can be when you … [Read more...]

A Twist on Popcorn – Chocolate Banana Chip Popcorn

Chocolate Banana Chip Popcorn

My family loves popcorn. The kids are always trying to create new types of popcorn but they are typically always wanting to add "treats" like candies or sprinkles. I remember years ago one of my favorite combinations was popcorn, chips and chocolate candies. I know, not the healthiest snack. When Barleans revealed our newest challenge last month I was incredibly excited! I have been a huge fan of their Butter Flavored Coconut Oil for months. A … [Read more...]

What Makes Goldfish Swim School Golden?

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Growing up in a small town I got accustomed to pretty much knowing everyone and always getting a neighborly smile and chat with anyone in town I came across. I moved to Michigan 17 years ago and over time I adjusted to living in a metro area where everyone wasn't as open and friendly. In the beginning it bothered me a lot. It's kinda sad that I've gotten use to it. I've recently come across some of that small town goodness again and I've realized … [Read more...]

Facts About the All New Dreft purtouch Detergent

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As the mom of 5 I can say that things do get easier. Maybe it's just that experience truly does ease the stress. With my first two (since they are 14 years apart) I was nervous about everything. Pregnancy and the thoughts of my child were the reasons I started this journey of going green. Parenthood just makes you want to do better in every aspect of your life, for your child. It's natural to want better for our children. Dreft has unveiled that … [Read more...]

Our Day at the Detroit Zoo

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My husband asked me what I wanted to do for Mother's Day this year and I think he was surprised by my answer. I wanted to go to our local zoo with the kids. We've not been to the zoo in a few years, which is sad because we only live about 30 minutes from our local AZA accredited zoo, the Detroit Zoo. This post was done in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. Our Visit to the Detroit … [Read more...]