Project Envolve: It’s Time for an Unplugged Family Night

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This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Project Envolve. All opinions expressed in this post and blog are my own and may not reflect the opinions of Project Envolve and its sponsors. You know, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and blogs are all nice, but don’t you ever wish you could just unplug from the outside world and focus on some quality family time once in a while? I’m talking about turning off your phone and all other electronic distractions, forgetting about your social media feeds, and just enjoying the moment happening right in front of you. We did exactly that recently, and I have to admit, it was pretty darn nice to relive what life was like back in 1996. Our Family Unplugged Night was made possible thanks to some … [Continue reading]

Becoming SUPER MOM: My Hunt for the Best Nutrition Bars

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This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are my own. #BarNutrition You know how Popeye used to save the day simply by popping open a can of spinach? Some days, I wish I had a secret on-the-go snack like that. I’d carry a can of spinach in my purse if I knew it would work, but eating a can of spinach while shopping at the mall is kind of weird – plus I don’t really like spinach. So what’s a tired, overworked mom have to do in order to become SUPER MOM? I have to find a high protein snack – preferably something portable and on-the-go – and it has to be something that gives me energy. During a recent trip to Walmart, I found my version of Popeye’s spinach. I’ve been experimenting with … [Continue reading]

How I Won the Battle Against Stinkiness (With a Little Help From Air Wick)

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Air Wick. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. There’s an ongoing battle in my house – a battle against odd smells. I arm myself daily with sprays and candles to combat the smelly offenders – one dog, three cats, one 3-year-old and one husband. Yes, they’ve always prevailed…until now. Air Wick has teamed up with Snuggle, Baby Magic and Cinnabon to create a line of Familiar Favorites and put an end to the seemingly never-ending battle against strange odors in the home. The Familiar Favorites scents evoke memories of a comfy blanket, a sweet little baby and a warm, cinnamony bite of … [Continue reading]

Project Envolve: Grilling Up Summer Meals…and Energy Savings!

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This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Project Envolve. All opinions expressed in this post and blog are my own and may not reflect the opinions of Project Envolve and its sponsors. If it were up to my husband (he’s the “grill master” in our house), he’d grill all year round. Actually, he does. Oh sure, we grill more often in the summer – at least once a week, and sometimes two or three times – but he’s also been known to shovel a path through the snow to fire up the grill in the middle of January. Until recently, I was only aware of the tastier benefits of grilling (delicious meals!) and the time-saving benefits (my hubby happily does the cooking!). The folks at Project Envolve recently made me realize that grilling also has … [Continue reading]

Fire Up Some Grilling Recipes with Hillshire Farm American Craft Sausage

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #StartYourGrill #CollectiveBias I’ve mentioned it a few times before, but we LOVE to grill. Every change we get, we look for an excuse to fire up the barbeque, which means I get a chance to scour the internet for new grilling recipes. I find the recipes and goodies to grill, and my hubby does the grilling. It’s a match made in flame-broiled heaven! One goodie I recently discovered is Hillshire Farm American Craft Sausage. My husband is crazy about throwing hot dogs, kielbasa and bratwurst on the grill – pretty much anything that can be put on a bun and slathered with condiments – so I knew he’d love these sausages. I found mine … [Continue reading]

Cheese and Bears with A Little Help from Arla Dofino

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Arla Dofino. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. One of my daughter's favorite things to do is to have playdates with friends, whether at the park, the movies, or even just at home. As any mom can attest, it doesn't take much for kids to have fun together, but it's important to always have snacks on hand. I always try to plan healthy snacks, but it has to be tasty too or it will go untouched. This past weekend, we headed to Build-a-Bear Workshop in the late afternoon. Because I knew the kiddos would be hungry, I packed some whole wheat crackers and Arla Dofino Havarti … [Continue reading]

Coffee-mate Heroes: Celebrating Veterans (and Good Coffee)

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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 #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. #CMSalutingHeroes The handsome young man below is my husband – taken sometime around 1995 and somewhere in the northern Atlantic Ocean – during his days in the United States Navy. He credits his love of strong coffee to his Navy days (“where the coffee was as thick as maple syrup,” he often says). My hubby served for six years aboard a nuclear submarine, and although I have so much love for all of our nation’s veterans and military heroes, he’s the veteran I love the most. That’s why I recently surprised him with a coffee-related treat: coffee made with … [Continue reading]

Celebrate Your #AveenoDad This Father’s Day!

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for AVEENO. I received product samples to facilitate my review a promotional item to thank me for participating. I’m not a fan of bath time, except when I’m the one who’s taking the bath and there’s plenty of candles and wine involved. Luckily, my husband doesn’t mind getting splashed, so he gladly assumes the duties sometimes when it’s time for our three-year-old’s nightly bath. He says it’s good bonding time, and judging by the laughter, singing and sounds of fun and games that come from the bathroom during bath time, he’s probably right. And while fun during bath time is definitely important, cleanliness is important too, which is why I like to use Aveeno … [Continue reading]

#DecideToDrive Every Time You Get Behind the Wheel

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When I'm out and about, I have precious cargo - my 3-year-old daughter - on board. For this reason, I'm a very passive driver. I let those who are in a hurry pass me on the highway, while I carefully creep along in the right lane. At 4-way-stops, I wave people on. No rush here, whether I'm late or not. I'm probably dating myself, but when I was a teen cell phones, as we know them today, were just starting to gain popularity. Not everyone had one, and it wasn't really until college that we all had them. I'll admit that I wasn't the most careful driver then. Although it seems like common sense now, the dangers of using cell phones while driving wasn't well-known then either, evident by the car phones in those big black bags that started to … [Continue reading]

Ad: Starting my Day Off Right With an Easy Healthy Breakfast from Tyson

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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 #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. #StartWithTyson Ask any mom and she’ll tell you, the craziest part of her day is the morning. At least that’s the case for me. Starting my day was hard enough without kids, and now that I have a three-year-old and a three-month old puppy, it’s ten times harder. Not only do I have to keep everyone moving and happy, but also decide what to eat for breakfast and then actually cook it. My mornings go a little something like this: Stumble to the kitchen to start the coffee Quickly shower Take the dog out - try desperately to keep her from chasing leaves and … [Continue reading]