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]

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


  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?


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]

Gevalia Kaffe Pumpkin Spice Latte is Our Fall Favorite!


I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Gevalia Kaffe. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.   Ahhh… it’s most definitely fall! There is no mistaken this time of year here in Chicago! It’s chilly and gloomy and the leaves on the trees are beautiful! I will be the first one to start complaining about the chilly weather – I’ll admit it. But I am a big fan of pulling out … [Continue reading]

Beyond Beef™ Vegan Chili Recipe + SWEEPSTAKES!


A big thanks to Beyond Beef™ for hosting this conversation!   Have you seen the Beyond Meat products at Whole Foods or any other store? You probably have, most stores carry Beyond Meat products. One of my teens is a vegetarian… working towards becoming vegan and one of my other teens is a health nut and wont’ touch anything unhealthy so we decided to try Beyond Meat. Who is Beyond Meat? At Beyond Meat, our mission is to create The Future of Protein. We bypass the animal … [Continue reading]

Are You in Network Marketing? FYI – Without INTEGRITY, You Have NOTHING.


  Without INTEGRITY - you have NOTHING. Without INTEGRITY, you ARE NOTHING. There are a LOT of MLM/Direct Sales/Network Marketing companies out there and within them, MANY competitors.  #1 - BELIEVE in your product. #2 - Set your goal TO HELP PEOPLE. You don't need to bash other companies just to try to make your product or your company look better. If you believe in your product and your company - you don't NEED to put down others. There is no good reason to put down another … [Continue reading]

Chicco’s NaturalFit Advanced Feeding & Soothing System


I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Chicco.  I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #ChiccoNaturalFit   I’ve been a parent for over 18 years now. I have 5 kids. I ran a home daycare for 6 years. And over the past 18+ years I have been to a million baby showers. One thing that is a little tricky is bottles. You buy bottles, expecting them to work for your baby, only to find … [Continue reading]

Breastfeeding Moms Stop Traffic


  Tuesday afternoon I headed off to downtown Chicago to meet up with 13 of my mama friends (2 are behind the scenes). We were on a mission! A mission to normalize breastfeeding, and in particular, breastfeeding in public. We all met up on Michigan Avenue in Chicago for a 5 minute photo shoot. Our plan: to stop traffic… while breastfeeding! Yes, us breastfeeding moms stopped traffic in downtown Chicago and I feel so privileged to be a part of this awesome group of mamas.     … [Continue reading]

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