How Knee Sleeves Can Help People with Bad Knees Enjoy Fitness Again


  Maintaining a good weight is one of the biggest concerns of people with bad knees. The good news is that getting fit is achievable because there are safe exercises designed for people suffering from knee pains. But how can one enjoy fitness again when they are enduring a knee inflammation? The secret might be on the proper exercise garments. Notice how top athletes themselves use knee sleeves. There was this fad with copper-infused garments a couple of years ago. Many people, … [Continue reading]

Finding Contentment as a Mom


  Contentment is a heavy word, and it can be obtained from a lot of sources. As a mom, I believe the contentment in my life as a parent comes from the happiness and well being of my little one. When you know that your care and nurture has helped shape your child’s values and morals, it is a joy like no other. As a mother, it is also important to keep yourself happy so that your children can imbibe the same from you, but at times it may get tough.     Here are three ways you … [Continue reading]

15% Discount at prAna Up For Grabs!


A big thanks to prAna for hosting this conversation. #MotherhoodLovesprAna     “Yoga, travel and adventure clothes with a conscious” I love that! That’s prAna! prAna shows love for our planet by offering sustainable, recycled, fair trade certified and hemp items. And their clothing is great for any lifestyle. Hopping around town while running errands or out on a hiking adventure, it’s perfect. They offer clothing for men, woman and accessories like hats, headbands, totes and even … [Continue reading]

Tom’s of Maine Deodorant #WhyISwitched + GIVEAWAY!


This post was developed in partnership with Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are my own. #WhyISwitched #DeoSwitch   Every day for the past 10-ish years, we try to learn as much as we can about living a healthier lifestyle, choosing more natural alternatives and ditching the chemicals as best as we can. It’s not easy but we try to make small changes over time. We’ve gotten rid of foods with artificial sweeteners and ingredients, dyes and preservatives. We’ve slowly stopped using … [Continue reading]

Vive Health Pulse Oximeter & Digital Scale Review


A big thanks to Vive Health for sending products in exchange for my honest opinion.   I was never a fan of fall and winter, nothing about these seasons appeal to me. Especially bronchitis. Jack caught bronchitis a few years ago in the beginning of fall and ever since he seems to be prone to it. Any time he is near someone with a cold or flu, he gets a 3 day bout of bronchitis. 3 days sounds so simple but it’s really scary due to his struggle to breathe. He needs a steroid for 3 days and … [Continue reading]

What Do Your Kids REALLY Think of You? Tell Me to Have a Chance to WIN a $25 Office Depot® OfficeMax® GC!


A big thanks to The Motherhood and Office Depot® OfficeMax® for sponsoring todays conversation. #GearUpForSchool #GearingParentsUp   “It won’t be like this for long” – I’m sure you’ve heard the song. If you are a mom, I am sure you’ve heard it a million times. Don’t rush things, they won’t be this little forever, they won’t need you forever so take advantage of this time, etc. It’s crazy how fast time goes by. My oldest is 19 and in college. He’s working two jobs so that he can move out … [Continue reading]

Start a FREE 7-DAY TRIAL of #LifetimeMovieClub Watch Your Favorite Movies Now!


  Do you like Lifetime movies? Who doesn’t, right?! Funny thing…. over the years we have switched cable or satellite companies a lot and every time we switch, the first thing Mike asks is, “I need the package with the Lifetime Movies haha. YES, you read that right!! MIKE is the one who is obsessed with Lifetime movies LOL!! Me and the girls love them too but he’s a bit more crazy about them.   Anyway, now you can watch Lifetime movies ANYTIME with a 7-Day FREE TRIAL of Lifetime … [Continue reading]

How to be Frugal When You Have a Big Family


I’m sharing #Luvs in my life as part of a LUVs sponsored series for Socialstars™ #LuvsCrowd #LuvsDiapers   I used to be the queen of “frugal”. I kind of had to be, I didn’t have a choice. I went through a divorce when my first three kids were 2, 3 and 4 years old and I was a stay-at-home mom at the time. Going back out into the real world, finding work and paying for daycare for three kids wasn’t easy. I learned to be frugal REALLY fast. Then I re-married and we both had tons of debt … [Continue reading]

Parenting Hacks that Will Help You Make it Through Summer Break


I’m sharing #Luvs in my life as part of a LUVs sponsored series for Socialstars™ #LuvsCrowd #LuvsDiapers   We’re about half way done with summer break. Not sure about you, but I always enjoyed summer break when all the kids were home. No more alarm clocks to catch busses, no more punching clocks Monday through Friday. I love it. This summer seems to be much different, it’s been crazy! Gracie has swimming once a week and gymnastics twice a week and now she wants to do Karate (or something … [Continue reading]

Chicago!! SAVE 50% OFF Rental – 50% OFF any one hour bike/boat rental


    Just reading this title gets me excited!!! The kids are out of school and we’ve been thinking of some fun things we could do to get out of the house and keep the kids busy this summer and boating or biking in Chicago will be a BLAST!!! ESPECIALLY now that you can use this awesome coupon for 50% OFF at Wheel Fun Rentals!!   Fun for the entire family! Wheel Fun Rentals offers the ultimate in fun and recreation for the entire family, from toddlers through grandparents. … [Continue reading]

What Do You Look for in a Babysitter?


I’m sharing #Luvs in my life as part of a LUVs sponsored series for Socialstars™. #LuvCrowd #LuvDiapers   Ya know what? I love my kids so much…. I love spending all my time with them. I mean look at this kid, who wouldn’t want to run errands with this handsome little dude?! In and out of stores with a couple weeks of groceries for a family of 8… and their friends. Putting Jack’s shoes on, just so that he can take them off in the car and throw them in the 3rd row of the van. And then … [Continue reading]

What Nutrients to “Chews” When Expecting


This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received Viactiv products for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own. #ViactivBabyBump   I’m sure everyone knows that your baby needs nutrients, like iron, vitamin D, folic acid, calcium, during pregnancy to build healthy teeth, bones, muscles and heart but did you know…  if you don’t get enough of nutrients in your diet, your baby’s needs will be met by taking … [Continue reading]

Win an All Expenses Paid CRUISE + $500/Mo.


  Hi everyone…. I know it’s been a while. I haven’t visited this blog much in the past year, except when I was asked to throw up a quick sponsored post. That kinda sucks when I look back on the past 7 years. I started blogging back in 2009 just as a place to vent. I stopped working out of the home when I had Gracie back in 2009 and immediately started my home daycare…. which was NOT easy. Parents suck. They think you have nothing better to do with yourself 24/7 except be at their beck … [Continue reading]

My Readers SAVE 60% Off ROBOTS-4-U Summer Camps


  Campers having a BLAST, while learning and playing in a dynamic environment. Learning about Robotics and Science, in an independent and exciting way! Also, ROBOTICS, Dynamic Art, BATTLE ROBOTS and DRONES S.T.E.A.M. education: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math! ROBOTS-4-U Summer Camps Now Enrolling - Where Fun, Thinking & Learning comes to Life!     ROBOTS-4-U Summer Camp Info: 1 week (5 days) long Days: Monday to Friday Times: … [Continue reading]

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