Tom’s of Maine Deodorant #WhyISwitched + GIVEAWAY!

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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

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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!

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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!

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  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

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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

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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

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    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?

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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

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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.

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  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

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  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]

Top 5 Online Fitness Tools to Help Kick Start Your Fitness Regime in 2016

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  Each new year brings with it the opportunity to bring about a positive change, be it learning a new skill or kicking a bad habit. One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions of 2016, like any other year, is to improve personal fitness. New Year’s resolutions are notoriously hard to stick to, especially those regarding fitness, but they are however, tremendously rewarding when seen through. Luckily though, there are a number of online fitness tools out there to help keep you … [Continue reading]

Balance Your Plate Stouffer’s Family-Size Lasagna with Meat & Sauce

Balance Your Plate Stouffer’s Family-Size Lasagna with Meat & Sauce

A big thanks to The Motherhood about ways to Balance Your Plate with Stouffer’s Family-Size Lasagna with Meat & Sauce. All opinions are my own.   Being a mom of 6 – with four kids being teens (and older) who are in and out and on the go and hardly home, dinners tend to be a bit difficult… let a lone healthy dinners. Many times the older kids will run in at the end of the night and pop something in the oven for a quick dinner after me, Mike and the little two have already eaten. And … [Continue reading]

What’s Your Kegel Face?

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A big thanks to PeriCoach for sponsoring this fun conversation.   I’ve partnered a couple times with PeriCoach to discuss Involuntary Bladder Leaks here on my blog. Of course this is not a topic that we care to discuss – and that’s why we should talk about it. It can be embarrassing but it shouldn’t be. If you didn’t get to see the “Leakers Anonymous” video… you need to! It’s hilarious! The Leakers Anonymous campaign puts humor into light bladder leakage, which in turn, takes away the … [Continue reading]


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