Tips for Hosting Family Game Night

Tips for Hosting Family Game Night #HowLifeUnfolds

Tips for Hosting Family Game Night Growing up, board games and family game night were traditions in our home. We spent many nights gathered around the kitchen table playing our favorite games, laughing together and making memories. Some of my best memories from my teenage years are with my brother and our closest friends playing [...]

Homemade Reusable Sandwich Bags

Homemade Reusable Sandwich Bags- This Mama Loves

When my second daughter was born, I met a woman who was what we would have called a "tree hugger" You know the kind...the people who are always talking about what is best for our planet, how we are killing our Mother Earth and how living a greener life was "THE" way to live. At [...]

Using Credit Card Rewards to Pay for Travel

Using credit card rewards to pay for travel- This Mama Loves blog

This post about using credit card rewards to pay for travel is part of a partnership with American Express and Hilton HHonors.  I’ve been a stay-at-home parent since our oldest was born almost 11 years ago. The first several years, I wasn’t working, so there wasn’t extra income for vacations. Any points or rewards earned from [...]

Potty Training Children Close in Age

Potty Training Children Close in Age- This Mama Loves

This post is sponsored by Pull-Ups® Training Pants. All opinions are my own. Over the course of the last 60 days our Wee 3 (as we call them) have turned 2, 3, and 4.  It’s been a fun and an exhausting few months of birthdays which of course followed the major holidays.  Many people ask [...]

Family Mottos and Traditions to Keep Us Close

Family Mottos and Traditions to Keep Us Close

I came from a big family and I have a big family.  My mom and dad had five children - I'm the youngest with two sisters and two brothers, the closest in age is 5 years older than me and the oldest is 20 years older.  Between my husband and I we have 7 children, [...]

DIY Patriotic Rag Wreath Craft

DIY Patriotic Rag Wreath Craft from This Mama Loves

Here's a pretty simple (and pretty sweet) rag wreath you can do for any holiday or occasion. It's definitely an all level craft, which I love, and you can do it while watching TV or chatting with friends. If you're lucky, you may have some fabric that'll work with your theme laying around the house, [...]

Delicious Dishes Recipes Link Party #23

delicious dishes 22

  We are in the final days of school here and things are crazy hectic. Why do so many things happen in the last 2 weeks of school? Projects, presentations, awards assemblies, tryouts for fall sports, end of year shows...the list goes on and on and on... and we had such a rainy spring this [...]

Personalizing Graduation Gifts #CapturedCreations


Graduation is a really BIG deal no matter how young or old you are.  This year is my 20 Year High School Reunion and I remember graduation day like it was yesterday.  It was a huge deal for me and I have carried those special memories and mementos from that day with me for all [...]

Double Chocolate Mocha Brownies


This double chocolate mocha brownies recipe is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Folgers. All opinions are 100% mine. I truly believe there is no such thing as too much coffee and you will not convince me otherwise.  If I am not sipping it hot in the morning, then it goes into [...]

Celebrating the American Miner #WorkforceStories

Celebrating the American Miner #WorkforceStories dana

When I was growing up, my younger sister and I spent virtually all of our time together. We are only 11 1/2 months apart, so we were as close to being twins as one could get without being twins. We had a big backyard and we were always imagining all sorts of adventures. We had [...]

Celebrating Our Love Story


This post about celebrating our love story brought to you by Hallmark Jewelry at The content and opinions expressed below are that of this mama loves. Sometimes you find a piece of jewelry that seems to tell your story.  A ring, a bracelet, or a necklace that is perfect way to celebrate the people [...]