10 Things You Should Donate that Will be Useful to Others

10 Things You Should Donate from This Mama Loves

10 Things You Should Donate that Will be Useful to Others We all know donating to the needy is something we should do. Helping the less fortunate is the right thing to do- only more often than not people donate things that are not really useful to those in need. With a little forethought, you can ...

How Technology is Changing the Allowance Game for Parents & Tweens

How Technology is Changing the Allowance Game for parents and tweens

How Technology is Changing the Allowance Game for Parents & Tweens This post has been sponsored by Homey. All opinions are my own. My kids have recently reached that age where they want stuff. I mean they have always wanted stuff, but not like they do now. When they were little I get by with treating them to ...

It’s Home Buying season-SunTrust Mortgage: With Confidence Comes Understanding

SunTrust Mortgage: With Confidence Comes Understanding – It’s Home buying season!

This post was sponsored, and paid for, by SunTrust.  All opinions are my own. We are here!  We have finally made it, one careful step at a time, to the point where we can purchase our home.  This is such a huge financial milestone and one we have worked hard towards over the last several years. ...

Modern Banking and Giving Back to the Community

Modern Banking in the Digital Age- banking is reimagined with coffee shops and cafes staffed with bank employees to help with financial needs

This is a sponsored post about modern banking written by me on behalf of Capital One. Last week, I was invited to attend a panel discussion, in celebration of Giving Tuesday, which was part of the Capital One's recurring #CapXTalk panel series. I headed up to Boston with a blog pal and had a chance to ...

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 using ...

Connecticut’s 529 College Savings Plan

kindergarten graduation

Connecticut's 529 College Savings Plan This post was sponsored on behalf of Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET). All opinions stated are my own. The CHET Program is Connecticut's 529 College Savings Plan.  It's the Connecticut Higher Education Trust program. All 3 of my kids have a CHET account, and we make a deposit 1-3 times a year ...

Start planning your vacation with HHonors Points

planning-vacation-hhonors-points-hero

Start planning your vacation now with HHonors Points We just got home from several days in Orlando as a family. It was a great time for us to get away, spend some time together and just relax and enjoy ourselves. Well, relax for a few days, anyway, since we did 3 days at the parks while ...

6 Tips to Save on Energy Bill this Spring and Summer

save-energy-bill-hero

This post brought to you by IGS Energy. The content and opinions expressed below are that of this mama loves. When you have a family as big as we do, you learn to live on a tight budget.  Sometimes you pinch pennies and scrape to make ends meet because you have no other choice and sometimes ...

Life Lessons You Can Learn Working In Retail

Life Lessons You Can Learn Working In Retail campaign

When I was in elementary school, my mom got a job in a large retail store in the mall. To be honest, I was partially embarrassed mom worked selling menswear for a living. Another part of me was relieved as it was mom's first job in almost 2 years. Within a short period of time, ...

5 advantages to shopping small business

When I was little, we lived in a pretty close knit neighborhood. A few times a week, my mom would give my sister and I $.50 (yes, that is two quarters) to spend at the corner store. This was the hub of the neighborhood. The best way to explain it is if you were to ...