My Sailor Hubby Tests Out the Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor with Flexball Technology

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.#SmoothSummer #CollectiveBias When it comes to men, most women like firemen, policemen, soccer players named Beckham, or even the occasional doctor. Those are fine choices, I suppose, but when it comes to men in uniform, I’ll take a hunky military man any day of the week. Throw in a clean shave, and you had me at “Hello, sailor!” Lucky for me, I ended up marrying a hunky military man of my own – my United States Navy veteran husband. While he’s been known to let his stubble grow on the weekends, by Monday morning he’s fresh-faced ready for work. As a former sailor, he knows a thing or two about razors. So when he recently got a … [Continue reading]

Back to School with the Trio AXS Tablet (Did Someone Say FREE T-Mobile Data Plan?)

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. As a 21st century mom AND a busy blogger, I’ve had my eye on several different tablets. I’ve done an unhealthy amount of research, and all signs have led me to one very reasonably-priced tablet that’s loaded with features: the T-Mobile 4G Trio AXS. So, why do I need a table in the first place? Like I said, I’m a busy blogger and a mom, with an emphasis on the “busy.” Now that our three-year-old is turning four and heading off to pre-school, ballet classes, and soccer camps, I’ll have plenty of spare time on my hands. Translation: A tablet will come in very handy. Updating the family calendar, reading a book, surfing Facebook, … [Continue reading]

My Purr-fect Dinner Thanks to Rachael Ray’s Nutrish Cat Food (with a Giveaway!)

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I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Nutrish for Cats. I received a sample of Nutrish for Cats to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. #Sponsored #MC #NutrishforCats Have you ever eaten dinner with your cat? No, I’m not talking about nibbling on cat food alongside them or letting them sample dinner from your plate (although, I’m pretty sure my Aunt Kathy does that on a regular basis) – I’m talking about preparing a tasty, wholesome meal while you do the same for your family. I recently had a chance to do exactly that thanks to Rachael Ray and the folks at Nurish for Cats. My “dinner dates” were my two rescues – Harley and Bocca – and our … [Continue reading]

Touchdown! How I Won My Family Football Party with a SNICKERS Brownie Football

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This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are my own. For most people, the period between September and January is known as “fall and winter” or the “holiday season.” But, in my family, it goes by a different name — football season. When we get together, we eat like linebackers, and I’m usually in charge of combing through my dessert recipes to bring something a little sweet to the party. For our most recent gathering to watch some pre-season football action, I created a SNICKERS Brownie Football. (See the recipe at the bottom of this entry.) This legendary dessert is part cheesecake, part candy bar, part brownie and 100 percent DELICIOUS. My brother’s hot wings might get the party … [Continue reading]

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]