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]

What Must-Haves Do You Carry In Your Diaper Bag?

Consideration was provided by Always Liners. #WhatsAlwaysOnMe     For the first time in my 18 years of being a mother – I was excited for school to start! I always loved the kids being home in the summer (I still do) and loved our lazy schedules. Never needing to punch a clock. But this year is the very first year that I am not at home working because I quit doing daycare. When the kids leave for school – I am home all alone! Alone to do laundry, catch up on housework. Alone to … [Continue reading]

Visit #SanDisk at Best Buy to Learn What Memory Card is Right for You

I am compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. #SanDisk   School has started for the kids here at home and Austin, who moved out and traded Chicago for Florida to go to college. We made multiple trips to stores to get all the kids school supply lists but the one thing we didn’t get was flash drives and memory cards. We eventually made our way to Best Buy to check out all of their SanDisk products for back to school. … [Continue reading]

See a Doctor without Leaving Your Home with Doctor On Demand

A big thanks to Doctor On Demand for hosting this conversation.   WooHoo… school started yesterday! I’ve never really been excited to get the kids out of the house and back to school until this year. This year they are ALL gone and I quit my home daycare business so I’m home all alone now! But as exciting as this is, the first thing that pops into my mind concerning ‘back to school’ is all the sicknesses. Up until now, it’s been very difficult for me to get out of the house so when one of … [Continue reading]

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