Carnival’s Best Family Excursion in Costa Maya

Lost Mayan Kingdom Adventure Park- Best Excursion for Families in Costa Maya- This Mama Loves

When we took a 7 day Western Caribbean Cruise aboard the Carnival Magic ship last month, one of our stops was in Costa Maya, Mexico. This was our first cruise as a family and we really wanted a day to relax and have some fun as our previous day, we'd been on a river boat ...

Explore Nature Far & Wide with Family by Your Side

Explore Nature Far & Wide with Family By Your Side - This Mama Loves

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. What matters most to us time with family.  That’s always, always been the answer but this time last year, when we lost my father-in-law unexpectedly to a tragic accident, it refreshed and renewed to us just how important family is.  His favorite thing in this world ...

Tips for Hosting Family Game Night #HowLifeUnfolds

Tips for Hosting Family Game Night

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 board ...

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, ...

My Family Game Day Traditions

Family Game Day Traditions

I grew up in a family of 6 kids; 3 girls and 3 boys. We lived in a huge farm house and it was always filled with lots of loving and laughter. With 4 guys in the house, to say we watched a lot of football would be an understatement. My brothers and dad were ...

Ring in the New Year from the couch (with Domino’s)

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Since going out on New Year’s requires pants and might not include pizza, now you can ring in the New Year with Domino’s from the most exclusive spot in town – my couch. I have to confess to you that New Year's is kind of not a big deal for me.  I mean, yes, a fresh ...

Giving to others together with Caboodles

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The connection between mother and daughter is so special.  From the special moments and fond memories I have of time with my own mother to the moment I held my daughter in my arms for the first time, her first steps, her first day of school, and the days of first dances and dates that ...

Family Holiday Tradition: Memory Tablecloth

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I am a sappy, sentimental girl. I had cameos from both of my grandmothers on my wedding flowers, my sister Debbie's china, my mom's wedding ring, and on and on. I love traditions and history and family, and when I find things that combine these loves, I get, well, sappy and often teary eyed. I ...

Top Money Saving Tips For Families

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When I found out I was expecting my first baby, my husband and I sat down to talk about finances. I worked in an industry with long hours and minimal pay. We added up the costs of child care and work related expenses and deducted them from my take home pay. The end result was ...

I’m not doing ok today.

I can't "be ok" today. It's not happening. Grief is bubbling out of me like a fountain today and I cannot fight it.  It needs to flow. The reality that both my parents are gone is just overwhelming me. The reality and the pain. The heartbreak. It sucks. My dad died on April 12. I ...