Little Life Lessons from Mom #KeepGoodGoing

My mom and me, circa 1979? and probably the last photo taken of us together.

This post brought to you by New York Life. All opinions are 100% mine. Did your mom have little bits of wisdom that seemed so small when she said them, but later in life you realized were just profound truths?   My mom did.  Be the friend you want to have. A smile can make a BIG difference. There's always ...

8 Reasons to Garden #GroSomethingGreater

veggies from our garden

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Growing up, my dad had a garden. I can't remember anything he grew in that garden except for rhubarb, I guess because we used to munch on the rhubarb while catching fireflies in our Underoos.  As I ...

Date Night at Home

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When you don’t have family around to babysit for you, and don’t have a lot of disposable income, going out for date night isn’t always feasible. I mean, it sure is fun, but there is the cost incurred of paying a sitter and whatever you actually do for your date night. That can add up ...

Affordable diapers that don’t leak DO exist #WellBeginnings #AD

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This is a sponsored post about affordable diapers written by me on behalf of Well Beginnings. Having reliable diapers that don't leak is kind of a MUST for parents.  Often times, that means spending top dollar with the hopes of a coupon to bring the cost down a little. With everything else in the world costing ...

5 ways for kids to help clean the house #SwifferatTarget #CleverGirls #sp

ways kids can help clean the house

My little one, like most kids, is great at making messes. It's kind of a gift of little kids. Fortunately for us, we have a little one who also wants to help us keep the house clean. She's always the first to ask "Can I help?" and really, she's a great helper. She just needs ...

Toy storage that makes cleaning up fun! ($150 Prize Pack #Giveaway)

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A while back, I lost my mind.  I think it was the eleventy billionth LEGO brick I stepped on, or maybe it was the fourteen thousandth article of doll clothing/accessories I found under my pillow.  The toys are taking over my house and it has.to.stop. Toy storage needs to be stepped up. I love my kids. ...

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

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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 ...

First Aid Kit Necessities (with savings) #Moms4JNJConsumer

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This first aid kit necessities post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them. Some of you probably ...

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

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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 ...

Surviving the Holidays With Out-of-Town Guests #HamptonHoliday #giveaway

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This post about surviving the holidays with out of town guests is sponsored.   Let’s be honest. You love your friends and family, but cramming everyone into your house for days at a time can be stressful and add to your already lengthy holiday host to-do list! Don't have enough room at home for your out-of-town ...