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We are a family of readers! #SoarwithReading


“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for JetBlue. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating." -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- When it comes to reading, my family is no stranger to a book. My closet: (Keep in mind we moved just a month ago so not all unpacked!) the side of my tub...yes all of those are current. My daughters room: My sons room: even my husbands nightstand has a book. (this is his series right now) As parents we know its our responsibility to instill the love of reading down to our kids. When I was a child I … [Read More...]

Jewelry trends to set the English summer ablaze!

Platinum Jewelry

With the clouds and shivering winter out of the way, now is the perfect time to show off the perfect skin that stayed hidden beneath the layers of clothing for most part of the year. But wait; don’t you think your skin deserves some special attention this summer, a little bling to highlight the sensuous tones of your skin? Well if you do, then the perfect way to do it is with the right fashion jewelry. And if you have no clue where to begin, this simple guide is all you need to get your bling on! So let’s dive in, and see what innovation we can put in to look fabulous this summer. Chained all the way Over the years bracelets and rings and other wrist wear have become a bit too common. But … [Read More...]

Shaving Cream Slip N Slide (Cause Why Not?)

Ready to have some summer fun? Create an outdoor play area that cleans up easy..REALLY!

I know you probably made your way over here because you saw a picture of my kids covered in shaving cream and thought...is she insane? No, I am not (mostly) but with 5 weeks still left in summer, we are breaking out the totally inexpensive, but still totally awesome, fun. And if you think no way in heck would you ever let your kids do this...why not? This is probably the easiest clean up we have done all year and cost me under $5! Create a Shaving Cream Slip N Slide You can call this a slip n slide, you can call it a big painting canvas, perhaps some shaving cream snow angels, but whatever you choose its tons of fun. All you need is super cheap white shaving cream, 98 cents … [Read More...]

No Bake Cheesecake S’mores : Recipe!

No Bake Cheesecake S'mores, 5 minute prep time for a terrific treat!

For the past 2 weeks I have had the makings for S'mores sitting on my counter. I keep telling myself I am going to buy a fire pit and we are all gonna sit outside and make them the old fashioned way, but I just haven't. Yesterday, inspired by the rapidly depleting Hershey bars on the counter and the 1 container or cream cheese (1? Why always 1??) that I had, I decided to put together a "No Bake Cheesecake S'mores" recipe. Normally I bake cheesecake so this was a bit of a challenge to figure out. This is also my first recipe of this kind, so you may feel like you should adjust the sweetness and that is OK too. These are pretty sweet!  This recipe creates 5! No Bake Cheesecake … [Read More...]

5 Ways I Sparkle Everyday #SparkleWithDASANI


Recently DASANIi challenged me to tell my readers what makes me sparkle...and I am sure they didn't mean my makeup, so I have come up with 5 ways that I sparkle and wanted to share with you!  This article was sponsored by DASANI and there is a great way for you win a trip for four at the bottom of the post, so keep reading to learn more!!  5 Ways I sparkle Every Day 1) I sparkle by being a good parent.  I think one of the biggest joys of my life is the blessing of being able to hang out with my kids all day. Although I work from home and it can be challenging to say the least, nothing can replace being able to be there when they wake up, to kiss the boo boos, enjoy the laughs, and … [Read More...]

Make the most of your Purchases with Points!

Brad Paisley Wants You (5)

By now you are familiar with brand loyalty programs and if you purchase from one particular brand a lot, you realize how well they can add up. Well I am here to remind you about the Kraft Paisley Point program that I talked to you about last month. First, lets go over what the this amazing loyalty program is about just in case you forgot or are new here! Paisley Points Program   The Kraft Foods Paisley Points campaign is the only program that rewards you for buying the Kraft Foods cheese brands you know, love, and use for family meals! The program is simple: Starting June 3rd, 2014 until August 31st, 2014 shop for select Kraft Foods cheese brands at Walmart, scan your receipt, … [Read More...]

Create Paintbrushes from anything~

Create your own paint brush (or puff brush) and get to making some great art with kids of any age

This summer has been the summer of getting to know my kids all over again. Its been so refreshing with Charlotte home and having a child of 9 makes it easy to take Phoenyx out, play games, do arts and crafts, because she is like a mini adult and its wonderful. So lately under her guidance and prompting, we have been doing quite a bit of crafts. And after unpacking my office of disarray, the kids discovered all sorts of products in the bottom of the boxes they were excited to get using. (This is just getting started around here) One such product was our puffballs and our huge box of wooden craft items, so we put them to use by creating our own paintbrushes with puffballs. You can do this … [Read More...]

5 Summer Books Worth Reading and Recommending

5 summer books you must read, wont be able to put down and will def recommend to others

Can you believe that its the middle of July and summer is nearly coming to an end? I know a lot of parents cannot wait for school to be back in and I may feel that way when I have both kids of school age, but I am a bit sad that it's creeping up to that time. I have so enjoyed having both my kids home with me this year! While its been trying on some days, its also been pretty fun too! And now that the summer is nearing a close, I want to ask you- have you finished all those summer books you promised yourself you would read? Now is the time! Because I am absolutely a "go to gal" when it comes to books, I wanted to share a 5 Summer Reads you Must Read list! Keep in mind I read far more books … [Read More...]

How to make a Homemade Horse Barn

How to make a Play Barn for under $20 - Skip the plastic toys and create custom with your horse loving child

My daughter is really into horses. Like..really. Anytime I do one of those "surprise, lets go pick out a new toy!" gigs, she gets another horse. And because her love is sincere, and she is a rider, I go with it. Now I have purchased her a few barns for her horses, plastic ones that my husband and I have spent far too many hours putting and re-putting back together. And for the $50 that they inevitable cost us, the truth is they are pieces of crap. So this time after watching her play horse for the 100th time this summer but no barn to put them in, I asked her if she wanted to make a horse barn. The answer was predictable: YES YES YES! I honestly wasn't sure how we were gonna make it, so I … [Read More...]

Columbia Omni-Freeze ZERO Cool Down sweepstakes


I cannot possibly tell you how much Columbia products we own in this home. From shoes to jackets, its one of the sporty go to brands my husband and I both wear! And I some great news. Columbia Omni-Freeze is having an awesome Sweepstakes!   Columbia Omni-Freeze ZERO Cool Down sweepstakes program  When you all sign up you will be automatically entered to win a grand prize of a fishing trip to the Florida Keys! Once you have signed up you can get bonus points by engaging with Columbia on social media!!! In addition when you purchase Columbia gear and scan your receipts,, you will receive points. Points go towards awesome prizes like: Fishing Pontoon Fishing Spinning Real … [Read More...]

Get 2 free song downloads from your favorite The Voice performers

Two free Voice Downloads

Are you ready to get 2 free song downloads from your favorite The Voice performers because you are awesome?? Hit a high note and let your hair shine! CLEAR SCALP & HAIR THERAPY™ will give you the confidences you need to feel, look and perform at your best! CLEAR SCALP & HAIR THERAPY™ makes your hair beautiful and resilient by deeply nourishing your scalp. So head into Rite Aid and find the CLEAR SCALP & HAIR THERAPY™ product that is right for you. And now in partnership with The Voice, get 2 free song downloads from your favorite The Voice performers, when you purchase any CLEAR SCALP & HAIR THERAPY™ product at Rite Aid from 7/1/14–7/31/14. LIMITED TIME OFFER! … [Read More...]

Do you know what YOUR skillet is for?


I have been selected by Kraft Foods to be a spokesperson for VELVEETA Cheesy Skillets. While I have been compensated for my time, my opinions are my own. ---------------- I think as a parent a lot of times we are desperately trying to get through the day and by the time dinner comes, we are worn out. We are tired. Our kids are pulling one of these and we are like...just no.   I can honestly say around 6pm a few days a week I get the twitchy parental thing going on where I ask myself if there is anywhere I could drive them so someone else could make the meal. Its horrible and its true. The funny thing is, I cannot be the only one. Recently VELVEETA found that there are thousands … [Read More...]