Living the Goodlife: My Life as a Crazy Cat Lady (#goodlifepet #CollectiveBias)

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I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. I’m a cat lover. In fact, if I could have 10 cats, I probably would. That’s right, I’d be a crazy cat lady. Or I’d at least be a cat lady. I’m not crazy…yet. And because I’m cat lover, I go out of my way to give my little fur balls the best things in life, including the best cat food. My love affair with cats started when I was a little girl with a Flame Point Himalayan kitten named Pumpkin. He was my heart, but crossed the rainbow bridge in 2009 a few months before his 20th birthday. But my love for cats was really put to the test nine years ago when I … [Continue reading]

Fun & Unique Easter Traditions: From HoneyBaked Ham to Lollipop Gardens

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of HoneyBaked. All opinions are my own. Now that I have a daughter, my favorite part of holidays is sharing in her wonder and excitement. It's almost like experiencing the holiday as a child again myself! To foster this, like most families, we incorporate old and new traditions. From going to church on Easter Sunday to digging into my daughter's Easter candy that same night (ssshhh!!), Easter is one of my favorite holidays! What (new or old) traditions does your family partake in at Easter? The Easter Feast The center of most Easter feasts is the Easter Ham, symbolic of luck. I know, I know. After wrangling kids to get dressed in their Easter clothes, haul everyone off to Church, … [Continue reading]

Turkey Day in March with Knorr “Everyday Thanksgiving Casserole”

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Giant Eagle for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Every now and then, I get a chance to write a sponsored blog entry about a product that my family truly loves. That’s especially true with today’s entry. When it comes to quick and tasty side dishes, we’re huge fans of Knorr’s assortment of Rice Sides (available at Giant Eagle stores). The Fiesta Sides line of Mexican-inspired rice dishes is especially popular in our house, but the main Knorr Rice Sides line-up also has plenty to offer. That line-up includes nine different flavors, like Herb & Butter, Cheddar Broccoli, and Rice Pilaf. In addition to being super simple to make (from pouch to … [Continue reading]

Easy, Delicious and Healthy: Are These Nutri-Grain Bars the Perfect Breakfast?

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I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central for Nutri-Grain. I received product samples and promotional item to thank me for participating. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If that’s true, then why do I find myself skipping breakfast on most days and, on days when I don’t skip it, I eat something really boring or unhealthy? The answer to both questions is simple. I skip it because my mornings are usually filled with chasing a 3 year old around and making a good breakfast for her. And I eat unhealthy breakfasts because donuts and fast food egg sandwiches are so darn delicious. That’s why I was pretty happy recently when Nutri-Grain reached out to me with a chance to taste test their … [Continue reading]

How “Mom Corps YOU” Can Help Working Moms Work Smarter (Not Harder)


I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Mom Corps YOU. I received a free trial to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. What’s harder than being a mom? Probably being a working mom. Think about it – if being a mother is a full-time job and you’re holding down another full-time job on top of that, that’s TWO full-time jobs! I’m a work-at-home-mom, so I know all about the struggles of the work-life balance. Thankfully, I’ve got plenty of busy mom friends, and we help each other through the daily grind. I’ve have access to websites like Mom Corps YOU. Mom Corps, a national award-winning professional talent acquisition and career development firm, launched Mom … [Continue reading]

Project Envolve: Phantom Power VS the Kill a Watt

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Project Envolve. All opinions expressed in this post and blog are my own and may not reflect the opinion of Project Envolve and its sponsors. This winter has been rather brutal. Snow, wind, ice, long hours in front of the TV because it's just too darn cold to go anywhere. All of these can wreak havoc on your electric bill. But do you know what's an even scarier energy sucker? Phantom power. What is phantom power, you ask? Before I explain, go around your  house and count the number of appliances that are plugged in at all times. Go ahead. I'll wait. Done? Good. If your family is anything like mine, I'm guessing the number of electric outlets with permanent guests is around 30. In … [Continue reading]

Hungry Hubby and Hungry Dog: One of Them Loves ALPO!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of ALPO® Brand Dog Food. All opinions are 100% mine. The past two weeks have blanketed our corner of the northeast with about 14 feet of snow (okay, probably more like 14 inches, but it seems like 14 feet). When my husband comes in from shoveling snow, he’s usually hungry. And when our dog comes in from his romp in the white stuff, he’s also hungry. Yeah, my husband and our dog are motivated by many of the same things. That hunger means I need to keep more food on hand for my husband and our boxer, Ali. I’ve talked in the past about how much I like ALPO® dog foods, so I was excited recently to see a new line of Chop House 5.5 ounce cans of wet dog … [Continue reading]

What Type of Winter Olympian Will Your Little One Become?


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Marpac. All opinions are my own. My husband and I often wonder what our three year old will grow up to be. Of course, if you ask her right now, she’d tell you she wants to be a nurse, or an astronaut, or a pirate. Every now and then, when you ask her what she wants to be when she grows up, she’ll wisely pout, “But I don’t wanna grow up!” Smart girl. But if you’ve ever seen her surf down the stairs on a couch cushion (I almost died when I saw that) or take a flying leap onto her bean bag chair, you know she’s a daredevil. With that fearless attitude in mind – and with the Winter Olympics in full swing – she might just grow up to be an Olympic gold medalist! It’s still too early … [Continue reading]

Winter Health: Busting Myths, Making Smoothies, and Natural Probiotics

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I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. Remember when your mom used to tell you to put on a jacket when heading outside in cold weather so you don’t catch a cold? Your mom was right about a lot of things, but on that bit of advice, she was just plain wrong. And although some of mom’s wisdom really was backed by doctor recommended insight, there are plenty of winter health myths that deserve to be busted once and for all. MYTH: You lose most of your heat through your head, which is why it’s important to wear a hat. (You lose heat through lots of different parts of your body, not just your … [Continue reading]

My Good Morning: Gourmet Coffee at a Non-Gourmet Price (#CookinComfort)

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I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. It was a good year for my husband in terms of Christmas gifts. He scored not one, but two kitchen appliances that he’s always wanted. The first “man-ppliance” (his word, not mine) was a dehydrator (i.e. beef jerky maker) and the second was a Keurig Platinum single-serve coffee maker. I don’t have much personal interest in the dehydrator – although I do plan to make some tasty dried fruit for our little one – but I’ve been a big fan of the coffee maker ever since it arrived six weeks ago. Since then, my husband and I have been on a shopping spree, trying out … [Continue reading]