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SEA LIFE Michigan Welcomes New Sea Turtle, Carr

Sea Life Michigan Sea Turtle

My kids love visiting SEA LIFE Michigan at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills. It's not far from home but it truly feels like we are millions of miles away when gazing in to the ocean tanks. When we heard they would be welcoming a new sea turtle we were so excited to go see him. Carr, the newest animal at SEA LIFE Michigan came with his own story. Sadly, Carr was injured in a boat collision that resulted in a deformed carapace and … [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...]

Flourishing at SafeSplash Swim School #IAmSafeSplash

SafeSplash Swim School #IAmSafeSplash

Swimming is something I've always personally loved but water scares me when it comes to my kids. There are always those "what ifs" that cross a parent's mind. That's why I knew I wanted my kids to take swimming lessons. I was recently offered a chance to review SafeSplash Swim School and knew I needed to let the kids experience the month of lessons they offered us in exchange for a review. What I didn't realize at the time was just how happy we … [Read more...]

One Question to Ask Children Today!

Putside Play with Love

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. One of the things I love about being a Stonyfield YoGetter is the wide range of topics that we get to cover. Stonyfield gives us some great opportunities and I am in love with the prompt they sent us to write about this month. All because the wonderful people at Stonyfield … [Read more...]

There’s Still Time! Don’t Forget the Family Holiday Portraits and Gifts!

Family Portraits

Family portraits are something I treasure. I love having pictures taken of the kids, our family and I even love taking photos of everyone myself. I enjoy getting photos done to have them to look back on years down the road. It's fun to see the changes over the years. I guess you could say I'm a bit obsessive when it comes to photos. I was thrilled when I was recently offered a holiday portrait session and photos from Portrait Innovations in … [Read more...]

Saving Time and Eating Great with Marie Callender’s Pot Pies!

Easy holiday dinners with Marie Callender's

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PotPiePlease #CollectiveBias With the cooler temps and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season I can't get enough of quick and easy meals to help save some time in the evenings. I am always short on time in the evenings and the holidays are adding more things that need to get done in a short amount of time. Are you with me? It happens … [Read more...]

Our Dog Story & How You Can Help Animals in Need #PedigreeGives

Pedigree Adult Dry Dog Food

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PedigreeGives #CollectiveBias When I met my husband he was a bachelor with a kid dog. I had always been a dog lover and, in fact, I had a dog, too. I can't recall a time I've not had a dog actually. Growing up he and I both had dogs in our homes and once we moved out of our parents' homes we got our own dogs. We've both had a passion for and … [Read more...]

Mamas, Stay on Top of Your Health Goals with Sam’s Club

Tips to stay on top of health goals #SamsClubMag

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SamsClubMag #CollectiveBias  As a busy mama I know first handed how difficult it is to stay on top of my health goals. We all strive to keep our goals, you know...those goals we all started January 1? August is Health Awareness Month so it's a great time to check yourself on your family's goals! Back to school time is a great time to … [Read more...]

Back to School Prep with Kellogg’s and Scholastic!

Reading for #Back2SchoolReady

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Back2SchoolReady #CollectiveBias Ahhh....back to school time! The time of year that gets our routines back on track and gets the kids on their way to learning all they can! My husband (elementary school teacher) has lost count of the times he has heard "I haven't read a book since school let out!" from his students upon returning to class … [Read more...]

Tips to Bond with Baby and Create a Formula for Happiness

Formula for Happiness

As the mama to four, I will admit the first few months of each of my children's lives was difficult. Amazing, yet at the same time hard. Sure, it got a bit easier with more experience but even with baby number four there were difficult times. It important bond with baby and to create a formula for happiness. There are many ways you can do it! Take the first few months to really work on this and you'll appreciate the effects it will have on not … [Read more...]

Weekend Getaway Tips for Traveling with Toddlers #Tips4Trips

Tips for traveling with toddlers #Tips4Travel #CBias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #Tips4Trips #CollectiveBias Living in metro Detroit there are many, many things within driving distance for us. We really enjoy weekend getaways and are lucky to live within driving distance of Niagara Falls, Chicago, Cincinnati, Traverse City, Mackinac Island and more! We also have family that lives in Ohio and we often make weekend … [Read more...]

Jurassic World Day at the Detroit Zoo on June 6th! #DetroitZoo

The Detroit Zoo celebrates with Jurassic World! #DetroitZoo

Michiganders - I have an exciting announcement from the Detroit Zoological Society and their newest partner, Universal Studios.  The two have partnered to promote both the upcoming film Jurassic World and the Dinosauria attraction with a Jurassic World Day at the Detroit Zoo on June 6th!   Details about this fun day: Visit the Detroit Zoo and stop by Dinosauria on Saturday, June 6 between 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to … [Read more...]

All About The Walt Disney Family Museum and Tomorrowland #InsideOutEvent

Tomorrowland Poster #Tomorrowland

I was provided with an all expense paid trip to bring you the details about this movie and others. All opinions are 100% my own and are not influenced in any way. When I went to San Francisco to learn all about Inside Out, I was also taken to visit The Walt Disney Family Museum. What a treat that was! Get prepared for photo overload!! I couldn't narrow it down so I added lots of photos. There's so much to see, it's really … [Read more...]

Messy Memories and Help from PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes #PurellWipes

Purell Hand Sanitizing Wipes #PurellWipes

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PurellWipes #CollectiveBias Three little children 4 and under makes for a very busy household. We love being parents and although sometimes it does get frustrating we have to look back on moments and laugh. Sometimes there's nothing more you can do about a situation BUT laugh. This spring, as I'm doing some easy spring cleaning around the … [Read more...]

Have a Stress Free Holiday with the Lowest Priced Unlimited Plans

Staying stress free with Walmart Family Mobile #Thankful4Savings #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. This year we've added one more person to our family. Annie was born early in the year and I've really discovered just how important planning is to prevent stress when I have a family of six. With the holidays soon arriving, I've been planning like crazy just to make sure there is no unwanted stress that can easily come with the holidays. This … [Read more...]

Don’t Miss Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo presented by Bank of America

Detroit Zoo Wild Lights #WildLights #DZWildLights

Disclosure: I am receiving tickets to the Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo event in exchange for posting about the event. All opinions are 100% my own.  Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. Outside of the cold weather, that is. ;) Seeing various Christmas light displays warms my heart immensely. This year I'm excited to take the kids to Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo! Wild Lights last 24 nights in November and December … [Read more...]

First Birthdays and a Stroll Down Memory Lane #MyMemoryLane

With Annie being our last baby this year has been full of firsts for her and lasts for us. It's bittersweet to say the least. I recently came across a box of old VHS tapes in the basement and realized we no longer even have a VHS player in the house! How on earth would I even be able to watch them to see if I wanted to keep them? I came across one particular one that was actually labeled and I was anxious to see again! It was from ZZ's first … [Read more...]

Send Greetings with Creative Card Ideas from the Hallmark Value Section at Walmart

Creative Card Ideas #ValueCards #Shop

Our home has been incredibly busy over the past month. Back to school has been crazy! You all know we have three going "back to school" this year and with LA starting preschool/pre-k, I wanted to take some time out from the craziness and enjoy some family time with a celebration to make back to school a big deal! With the variety of back to school ages in our home (hubby as a teacher, oldest son as a college student and youngest as a pre-k … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday – My Reading Girls

Reading Books

I love that Addy likes "reading" to Annie. It warms my heart. <3 … [Read more...]

Getting Back to the (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

Family Time WW

It's been quite a while since I've posted a Wordless Wednesday. Since Annie's birth things have been busy and I've been adjusting to three little ones. I (sometimes) think I am getting my routine down. ;) I wanted to share some recent pics of the kids and hubby! Top left: Addy and LA at the park last week. They had so much fun and I'm so glad the weather has finally gotten nicer! Top right: Annie on Mother's Day at nearly 3 months old -- yes, … [Read more...]

Five Fun Eco-Friendly Activity Tips

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The time of year is upon us that has everyone ready to round up their family and get outside to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. There are many fun activities to choose from during the spring and summer months. This year, you should consider planning family activities that are eco-friendly as well as fun for the entire family. 1. Go Biking This is a great activity for everyone in the family regardless of age. If you have one who is too … [Read more...]

Our Easy Solution for Halloween Themed Family Time? Tombstone and Nestle!

Nestle Nerds Cupcake Shop

We decided to have a small Halloween party this past weekend just to get some practice at preparing Halloween items and to just have some fun with the kids! Ok, and we wanted to get some Halloween ideas going for later this month! We want to make Halloween fun for the kids since they are still toddlers, not scary so check out some of the fun things we did for Halloween! The night before we prepared our Halloween cupcakes. We wanted to do … [Read more...]