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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...]

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

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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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Jord Wood Watches for Women – THE Summertime Accessory

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Watches for women are not always easy for me to find or love. When it's hot I don't like a lot of jewelry on or anything heavy on my wrist. When I was offered a watch from Jord Wood Watches in exchange for review I quickly took them up on the offer. Their watches for women are gorgeous and unique, who wouldn't want the chance to review one?! Of the Jord watches for women, I was given several options to choose from. I decided to go with the … [Read more...]

Celebrate Every Occasion with Customized Jewelry from Origami Owl

Customized Jewelry from Origami Owl

I'll be honest, I don't wear a lot of jewelry. There are a few companies that I will go crazy over though and Origami Owl is one of them. I wanted an Origami Owl necklace for a very long time. I bought my first necklace last year and I only bought the top piece of the locket and a chain and some charms. I was left without the back to put it all together. It sat in my drawer for way too long before I got to actually enjoy it. Do me a favor … [Read more...]

Celebrate Winter with the Gift of Handmade Jewelry

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Handmade items are always a hit with me. I love seeing creativity at it's best. Jewelry is something I love but don't often buy for myself. It's just one of those extras I don't focus on. When I get the gift of jewelry though I am always delighted. Handmade jewelry is a plus! When I first saw the gorgeous creations from Sweet Charm Elegance my heart skipped a beat! First, you have to understand me with the color blue. I am drawn to it. Like … [Read more...]

Give an Epic Gift with the LeapFrog Epic Tablet

LeapFrog Epic Tablet

As a LeapFrog Mom Ambassador, I receive products to use and share as I see fit. However, any opinions expressed are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. As a Mom I strive to find toys for my little ones that are not only fun but that help promote learning as well. There are so many toys on the market that focus strictly on imaginative play. It can be hard to find toys that encourage little ones to learn fun and exciting new things such … [Read more...]

Don’t Forget the Holiday Party Snacks!

Brownie Brittle Holiday Snack

When it comes to the holidays I always make sure we have plenty of snacks on hand. Not only because we have a ton of family around, but because hubby and the kids are home for two full weeks on Christmas break. I try to keep healthy snacks on hand for the kids, of course, but having a sweet treat is something hubby loves and the kids love as a special treat, too. One of our favorite snacks this year is Brownie Brittle. We were sent an amazing … [Read more...]

Give a Gift that Gives Back with Bears for Humanity

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Ever since I was a little kid I can remember having a love for stuffed animals. I would line them up, one by one, in my bed while waiting for my dad to come in and tuck me in for the night. Each animal was just as special to me as the next and each had their own unique story. Christmas, Easter, birthdays; I had a bear for each. In my eyes these stuffed toys, my bears especially, were a sign of security and love and I slept with them well into my … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Gift Idea for Dads

Give the gift of Philips

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiftOfPhilips #CollectiveBias Why is it that dads are so hard to buy for when it comes to gifts? Am I the only one who finds this to be true? My dad, my husband's dad and even my husband -- they are all difficult to buy for. I stress about what to get them for Christmas most years. It seems like the older they get the less they need and … [Read more...]

Give the Gift of Imagination with the Pet Portrait Studio

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When I was a child I can remember how often I entertained myself by putting ordinary every day objects together to build new and exciting structures. Back then, boxes especially were my favorites as they were easy to stack together and fun to crawl through when my house or building was complete. These days, using your imagination to build has evolved from simple every day objects or building blocks, lego's ect. and now there is an endless supply … [Read more...]

Chai Snickerdoodle Holiday Cookies

Chai Snickerdoodle Holiday Cookies

My best friend always jokes that she is the cook and I am the baker between the two of us. It's true - I LOVE BAKING! I love it even more now that LA and Addy are old enough to "help". The holidays bring it out even more. To me, holidays aren't complete without family baking time. This year we'll be making these Chai Snickerdoodle Holiday Cookies and putting them into gift baskets for our neighbors. They are amazing and in my opinion, baked items … [Read more...]

TINKERTOYS – The Perfect Classic Toys for Christmas!

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Do you remember playing with TINKERTOY® toys when you were small? TINKERTOY® was created in 1913 after inventor Charles Pajeau observed children playing with pencils and empty spools of thread. They've been around for a long time and I know I have loved them since I was a child. If you are looking for the perfect classic toys for Christmas, keep reading! As a K'NEX blogger, I was sent their TINKERTOY® 150 piece essentials set for review. These … [Read more...]

The Perfect DIY Gift Full of Memories #SaveYourMemories

Save your memories with scrapbooking

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SaveYourMemories #CollectiveBias My mom is such a difficult person to buy for when it comes to birthday or Christmas gifts. She seems to have everything she wants and when I ask her what she wants for Christmas it's always the same answer: "I just want everyone home for Christmas so we can have a nice dinner together." My mom is also big … [Read more...]

Educational Must Have Gifts from LeapFrog

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As a LeapFrog Mom Ambassador, I receive products to use and share as I see fit. However, any opinions expressed are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. Educational gifts have always been something I have been an advocate for since my now 19 year old was very young. Any time someone wants to buy my kids something fun I ask them to consider fun and educational items. Education is a priority in our house and it's so important to me … [Read more...]

Springfield Dolls – A Great Choice for the Little Girl on Your List

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Can you believe Christmas is less than two months away? Last week I started making my gift list and let me tell you, it's scary. lol Sometimes gift buying can be stressful so over the next month and a half I'll be bringing you some holiday gift ideas of products I've personally checked out to help you with your list! My 2015 Holiday Gift Guide is getting kicked off with a wonderful product for the little girl on your list: Springfield … [Read more...]

Make Learning Fun with Hands-On-Prints Books #HandsOnPrints

Hands-on-Print Books

My husband, as you all know, is a teacher. He and I both have an incredible love for books. I recently participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Hands-on-Prints books. I received books to facilitate my review and since we love them I want to tell you all about them! With a Masters in Early Childhood Education, Christinia Cheung was compelled to write her Hands-on-Prints books after establishing a Montessori … [Read more...]

Keeping Baby Warm and Safe with Merino Kids Baby Sleep Sack

Baby Sleep Sack

When it comes to winters here in Michigan it can get pretty cold. This winter and last winter have been two of the coldest winters I can remember. With Annie being only 11 months old I still won't put blankets in her crib so I am thankful for Merino Kids Baby Sleep Sacks that we were sent for review to keep her warm and safe! The Merino Kids Baby Sleep Sack is one of the best sleep sacks I've ever come across. The inner is made from … [Read more...]