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What to Expect at Goldfish Swim School

Goldfish Swim School

This post about what to expect at Goldfish Swim School is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. As a parent it's hard to fully prepare for the unknown. When you start something new with your child/children you want to be as prepared as possible. We've been attending classes at Goldfish Swim School with our three children for about two months now. I thought it would be helpful to bring you this information … [Read more...]

Celebrate NYE with these White Chocolate Golden Oreo Glitter Truffles

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If you are like us, parents with littles, you may find yourself staying home this New Year's Eve. My husband and I do nearly every year but we put together a small party at home for the family. The kids love helping me in the kitchen and these golden Oreo truffles are fun to make and taste great. These would be perfect for any gathering outside of home, too! They are sparkly and perfect for a New Year's celebration! Yields: 2 … [Read more...]

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies featuring Barlean’s

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Thank you, Barleans, for sponsoring this post featuring delicious Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies. All opinions are my own. This year we moved into our new house. Just three months ago actually. We've only met a few neighbors but a couple of the neighbors we have met have been very pleasant. When Barlean's challenged those of us on their blogger team to get creative in the kitchen and use their new Butter Flavored Coconut Oil in place of … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Bars – Perfect for Christmas!

Gingerbread Bars

Christmas is here! Can you believe it? This year has flown by and I, for one, find myself looking for recipes of things to make with the kids over break or for taking to one of our holiday gatherings. I love making new things and sharing them with our family and friends! These Gingerbread Bars are perfect for this time of year and taste oh so good! Gingerbread Bars Recipe Yields: 12 servings INGREDIENTS FOR BARS 2 cups all purpose … [Read more...]

Save Money on Everyday Items with Groupon Coupons

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine. This time of year is full of spending money and buying gifts in addition to our regular bills and expenses. I have always been a coupon user and loathe buying anything if it's not on sale. I'm ALWAYS looking for a deal. These days, we have to. Things are expensive and we have four little ones at home. Shopping without coupons just isn't an option for us. We also use coupons from Groupon for local … [Read more...]

Get in Shape Gift Ideas at DICK’S Sporting Goods

Nike at DICK'S Sporting Goods

After having our last baby, baby number five, in September I am ready to get in shape. I need to lose those extra pounds once and for all. With the New Year comes new fitness goals and I'm thankful Christmas is right around the corner so I can give all of my get in shape gift ideas to my husband on my Christmas list! I know so many mamas that are working hard to get in shape after baby and I've partnered with DICK'S Sporting Goods to tell you all … [Read more...]

Five Inexpensive Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NoBabyUnhuggedCB #CollectiveBias The holiday season is here. If you are anything like me you feel like it was July just yesterday. The year flies for me and the holidays are a great time to not only spend with family but to reflect on the year and on how you can make a difference. This time of year can be hard financially for many. Even when … [Read more...]

Amazon Prime Photos has all new features! Plus a chance to win a $500 gift card!

Amazon Prime Photos

Have you heard!? Amazon has launched an all-new Prime Photos experience with Family Vault. Now, Prime members can share their benefit of unlimited photo storage with up to five family members or friends at no additional cost. Prime Photos is free for Prime members and makes it easy for family members to safely store and share all their favorite photos. Additional new features include: Image Search, People view and Places view. And Prime … [Read more...]

How hello Products Helps Our Children’s Oral Care Problems

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We all know brushing is important. Often times children aren't too fond of this daily chore. Our children's oral care problems have been ongoing for a little over a year. They've decided they don't want to brush or they brush too quickly and don't get their teeth clean. We've recently been putting extra effort into turning things around because we know the habits they develop now will influence them for the rest of their lives. My 6 year … [Read more...]

Give A Lifelong Gift for Kids with Goldfish Swim School

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This post about a lifelong gift for kids is brought to you by Goldfish Swim Schools. I partner with them to bring you the latest Goldfish Swim School information and to share our experience. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. My kids love being in the water. They were in lessons over the summer but we took them out when school started as we were moving and had a new baby arriving so it was too much to keep them in. … [Read more...]

Beautiful Holiday Portraits Made Easy at Portrait Innovations

Portrait Innovations Holiday Photos

This post about holiday portraits is sponsored by Portrait Innovations. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. Holiday family portraits may sound stressful when many of us think about getting them planned and making sure the kids are cooperating. If you have more than one child you also have to worry that they'll be in good moods at the same time! Oh, trust me, I know what it's like. I am the queen of worry. We … [Read more...]

Better Snacks for Pregnant Women and Nursing Moms #MotherNurture

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This is a sponsored post. Regardless, all opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. #MotherNurture When I first learned I was pregnant with my oldest son I immediately changed my eating habits. It was the easiest transition ever for me to a healthy diet. I knew what went into my body would also be nourishing my unborn baby. It's been harder, as life has changed over the years, with each pregnancy since. That's why I love … [Read more...]

Our Top Five Italian Dinner Side Dishes

Michael Angelo's Dinner Side Dishes

All ideas, recipes, & opinions are entirely my own however, this is a sponsored post on behalf of Michael Angelo’s™. Fall is in full swing here and for us this year that means not only school and school activities, but also settling into our new house and adjusting to having a newborn again. Not only are we adjusting to those things but adjusting … [Read more...]

Food Made Easier with the Oster Pro 1200 Plus Food Processor

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Food prep and eating healthier have both been goals of mine for some time. Food made easier and at home are things I've told myself over and over that I need to work on. I was recently sent the Oster Pro 1200 Plus Food Processor for review and, just in time for the holidays, thought I'd tell you all about it!  First off, the thing I love about this is that it can be used as a blender for smoothies and milkshakes (and more!) or it … [Read more...]

Easy Candy Corn Cupcakes

Easy fall dessert

Hey everyone! I know, it's been a while! I have a post coming soon that will tell you all about where I've been since I've obviously been absent from the blogging world. Until then....I'll leave you to drool over these easy Candy Corn Cupcakes -- yum!!! They make for the perfect (did I mention easy!?) Halloween party dessert! Candy Corn Cupcakes Ingredients: Candy Corn 1 White Cake Mix … [Read more...]

A Refreshing Treat for Nursing Mamas – A Lactation Smoothie

Lactation Smoothie

This post was sponsored by Premama as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. Having nursed four children I know how hard it can be. I know how much of a struggle some women experience. I love bringing you news about great products that can help you succeed in nursing your little ones. On a recent trip to our local Meijer I saw various Premama products in their vitamin section, … [Read more...]

Caregiver? Help Strengthen their Minds and Bodies

Keeping Elderly Minds Active

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CaringMadeEasy #CollectiveBias Our parents and the older generation are the ones who have paved the way for us. They are the amazing people who our kids are inspired by and who they love to share moments with. Personally, I've noticed when my kids are around either my husband's parents or my parents they learn so much. The grandparents … [Read more...]

Our Favorites for Packing School Lunch

Packing School Lunch

This is the second year I've gotten to pack lunch for my little guy. He loves going to school and for me it brings back memories of my oldest son when he was this age. It reminds me to enjoy every moment because time flies during these years. I love packing lunch school lunch and trying to get creative to keep my son interested but there are also some favorites that will always be a part of our lunch routine! Packing school lunch doesn't have to … [Read more...]

What is the Lifecycle of the Plastic Bag?

Lifecycle of a plastic bag

Have you made the switch yet from the old plastic bag to reusable grocery bags? For us, it's one of those small changes we made that we truly feel makes a big difference. Did you know the orders for plastic carrier bags has decreased by a staggering 48% whereas the orders for 'bags for life' have jumped up to 120%? That's an amazing stat! When it comes to numbers, I am big on stats. The below infographic is full of stats and is a visual tool … [Read more...]

My Babies are YoBaby Lovers and Now it’s Pediatrician Recommended

As part of the Stonyfield YoGetters team I receive products and/or compensation to share Stonyfield goodness. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. My last three children have all been Stonyfield babies. By that, I mean they've all been started on YoBaby yogurt as one of their first foods. If you've been around here you've probably read me mentioning that when I was pregnant with LA (now 6!) I started making a lot of … [Read more...]

Why We Choose WaterWipes #WaterWipesBRU

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This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review so I can explain to you why we choose WaterWipes. After four babies we've learned a lot about what our family really needs and doesn't need when it comes to a new baby. There are baby items galore when you visit the aisles of BabiesRUs. Some we've found we don't really need for baby, some are … [Read more...]

Double Dip on Savings at Kroger #Kroger4xFuel16

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Disclosure: I partnered with Tatu Digital Media to bring you this helpful information. All opinions are 100% my own. Saving money is always something I am trying to do more of. Who doesn't want to save as much money as possible when you have to buy things? School supplies are something many of us are buying this time of year so why not save money when buying them!? We are always buying extra for my husband's students so every penny counts! … [Read more...]