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This blog post is sponsored by Mott’s and SocialMoms. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.Having kids in activities often means we’re on the go. Like many moms, multitasking and running all over is kind of the norm for me!!  With social media being such a prominent part of our lives, there’s almost ...

Free Willy, Underdogs and my Mom #PutYourHearttoPaper

Mother’s Day is in a few weeks. This year, as with many years, it’ll also be my birthday. A day of celebration, and a day of remembrance. Like so many others, it’s a bittersweet day. Celebrating my own motherhood, with my own children, but missing my mom, and missing the relationship my kids would have ...

How to Stay Connected With Family When Miles Separate You

My Gram was one of my favorite people growing up. My sister and I would have sleep over parties at her house at least once a month. Gram taught me to put on make-up, introduced me to diet soda and made the best chocolate cake you have ever tasted. When I grew up and moved ...

Sponsored Video: Country Crock – #WhenWeBake #Giveaway

The Country Crock® “So Much Good Happens When We Bake” campaign celebrates family togetherness in the kitchen and around the dinner table. We actually do a lot of baking as a family- every Saturday morning, we make pancakes "from scrap" as the kids say. The kids love to bake- breads, biscuits, cookies, muffins, cakes... they ...

Shortcuts for Moms

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Mott’s via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Mott’s.   As parents, we all have our shortcuts we take, for good and for bad.  Our confessionals can be the cause of many a laughter-filled gathering.  I’ll even ...

24 ways to keep your house running smoothly

There are 24 hours in each day. Sometimes that seems like a LOT of time, and other times, like it's not possibly even close to long enough...but most days, well, they are in between. As a mom, wife, Executive CEO of running this house... there's a lot that happens every day to keep this place ...

Pouring my heart out to my dad

When you think of your most important relationships, both romantic and non-romantic, what comes to mind? Are there certain things you wish to say? This Valentine’s Day, Hallmark is challenging fans to “put your heart to paper” when it comes to those relationships we hold nearest and dearest. The obvious choice here would be for me ...

Tips to Surviving the Holidays with a Baby

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Happy Family Products for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Tips to Surviving the Holidays with a Baby Being a parent can be so overwhelming, especially when it happens for the first time. Kids do not come with an instruction book, so when they ...

Happier Holidays (and nights) #HappierHolidaysSweeps

It's December.  Life is HECTIC for almost everyone.  Regular life activities, but also? Holiday shopping, baking, wrapping, gifting, visiting and celebrating on top of day to day activities.  It's fun and it's wonderful but it can also be oh so very stressful. Even finding places for friends and family to sleep when they come over ...

Rudolph turns 50 #Rudolph50 #ShineBright #giveaway

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is the longest-running and highest-rated holiday TV special of all time, and it is inarguably a beloved part of the American holiday tradition.   This year is the 50th anniversary of the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  Yes, the sort-of fuzzy and very dated little reindeer with the bright red nose who ...