When’s the last time you jumped in front of the camera? #CameraCourage

I love taking photos.  I love capturing moments with my kids, my husband and the kids, and of friends and family. Photos of me?  Notsomuch. I've spent so much time avoiding the camera that I've managed to have just a handful of photos of me with my kids, and I did get a selfie of ...

How to stay safe on Facebook

This post about How to Stay Safe on Facebook is brought to you through my Ambassadorship with Hotspot Shield.  Opinions are my own.   When it comes to Facebook, virtually everyone is joining in the fun. (Except my husband). In world where your Grandma is just as likely to have a profile as your best friend, Facebook ...

Immunity Boosting Smoothie Recipe

 Here's an Immunity Boosting Smoothie Recipe for you all.  We live in a small town, with a prek-8 school.  Yesterday, about 4 dozen kids were either home sick or left school early sick.  I want to give ALL of us any boost I can to keep us healthy - or at least minimize the symptoms. ...

8 Internet Safety Tips for Kids, Tweens and Teens (This is TO the kids)

It's past Christmas, and many kids have shiny new devices that access the internet.  I figured it might be a good time to share some reminders for all of us to think about and share with our kids.  We have to protect them and teach them to protect themselves! Here are 8 Internet Safety Tips ...

My House Rules for 2014

Happy New Year's Eve, my friends. I can't believe that 2013 is coming to a close! Our year was full of ups and downs as each year has been, but nothing overly exciting.  Which is a good thing. Many of our friends had some devastating  years and for them, I hope 2014 brings a quieter ...

Create shareable video memories with Voyzee

This is a sponsored post about video memories.  Opinions are my own. Whether I'm blogging or just hanging out with the kids, sometimes I like to tell stories - isn't that what being a parent (and blogger!) is all about? Voyzee helps me do just that, and makes it simple, too! I'm not the best ...

5 Tips for Safer Browsing

This is a sponsored post sharing 5 tips for safer browsing. Browsing online is fun, but also has some risks. Lowering your risk of spam, viruses, and hacking can be done in just a few simple steps. Leave your own tips in the comments! 1. Creating a password should take a little brain power. Don't use ...

The joys of potty training #pottytrainingpants #ad

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pull-Ups® Training Pants. Potty training has been one of my least favorite things about being a parent, but I also tend to make things way harder than they need to be. (Won't my husband be so proud of that realization?) When we used disposable training ...

Why video baby monitors are a great idea

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This post brought to you by VTech Communications. All opinions are 100% mine. One of the first baby purchases we made was a baby monitor.  When we were expecting our first, I couldn't justify (or so I thought) getting one of the new-to-market  video baby monitors- we had a small house and I was going to ...

Cherishing holiday memories #PCholiday

Every year when we take ornaments out to decorate the tree, I share the stories behind each one as we take them out and place them on the tree.  This one, I tell my kids, was made by my sister Debbie, when she was in high school.  Even at 8, 6, and 4, I hear ...