The days of shoe-tying being a kindergarten right of passage were doomed as soon as the first velcro-fastened shoe hit the market. Heck, my 8-year-old didn’t learn to tie her shoes until just last year because it was simply easier for me to avoid the lace-ups and go with slip-on gym shoes. I’ve even had [...]
I’m a regular at our elementary school’s Lost-and-Found bins… Between my two kids who still attend there, I think I rummage through there just about every time I’m on school grounds – and I always find something that’s ours to rescue and bring home with us, whether a lost scarf, stray jacket or once even [...]
This is a sponsored post on behalf of VolunteerSpot through TravelingMom. As always, all opinions stated here are 100% either my own or those of my family.
One week from tomorrow… That’s when my kids will get up, get dressed in clothes they’ve picked out weeks ago, and head off to the bus stop with backpacks [...]
I received a waterproof iPhone 5 case from Catalyst to try out and review, along with a bike mount, floating lanyard and tablet sleeve. As always, all opinions stated here are 100% either my own or those of my family.
I tend to be a bit paranoid when it comes to electronics. Not without cause – [...]
My daughter and I attended an advanced screening of this film for free, but as always all opinions stated here are 100% my own or those of my family. Before reading on, please be aware that this review contains mild spoilers.
Back during the winter, I truly wondered how my oldest daughter, Abbi, was going to [...]
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Four weeks – that’s how long I have until my kids head back into the schoolroom. And while that seems like a lot of time to enjoy (or get through) yet, this summer, like usual, has zoomed by in [...]
Thank you to Pure Michigan for hosting me on this press trip to Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. As always, all opinions stated here are 100% my own or those of my family.
As a born-and-raised Michigander, I’ve either visited or lived in much of the ‘mitten’ portion of the state, especially the lower half – lived in [...]
This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.
I love this time of year, especially [...]
When I think about my childhood, there are certain memories that stand out. Trying to think back to the earliest brings a glimpse or two of nursery school, a quick memory of walking through a hospital corridor with my dad pushing my little brother in a stroller, but most of my solid memories probably [...]
I participated in this program on behalf of Energizer and The Motherhood. As always, all opinions stated are 100% either are my own or those of my family.
As pretty much any family with multiple kids can attest to, toys get handed down, and down – and down from one to the next, which means that [...]
My family was hosted at Michigan’s Adventure and provided with vouchers for a meal at the Family Grill. As always, all opinions stated here are either my own or those of my family.
My older kids’ very first roller coaster was Shivering Timbers – Michigan’s longest, fastest coaster that hits speeds of 65 mph and heights [...]
I received a Panasonic Lumix ZS40 digital camera while on the TravelingMom 2014 retreat. As always, all opinions stated here are either my own or those of my family.
Anyone who knows me can tell you that I love to take pictures, especially of my kids. My husband good-naturedly teases me about the tens of thousands [...]
Where did this school year go? I swear just yesterday I was all worried about Abbi transitioning to middle school, and now she’s all done with her first year there. And since our middle school is only 7th and 8th grades, next year will already be her last year of middle school! Then Hannah will [...]
My family received a complimentary 2-night stay in a 2-bedroom unit at Mystic Dunes Resort and Golf Club, courtesy of Diamond Resorts International. All opinions stated here are 100% either my own or those of my family, as always.
A few weeks ago, my family packed up and headed south for a week-long road trip and [...]
This is a sponsored post on behalf of the J.M. Smucker Co. Although I was compensated for this post, all opinions stated here are 100% either my own or those of my family, as always.
Mealtime can be stressful for any number of reasons, but in our family it’s the “What’s for dinner tonight?” question that [...]
We were hosted by Disney World for two nights and provided with park tickets as part of the TravelingMom retreat. All opinions stated here are 100% my own or those of my family, as always.
Disney World has been keeping up with technology and that’s very apparent with the recent rollout of MyMagic+, now available to [...]
We were hosted by Disney World for two nights and provided with park tickets as part of the TravelingMom retreat. We were also hosted by Diamond Resorts at the Mystic Dunes resort for two nights as well. All opinions stated here are 100% my own or those of my family, as always.
When it comes to [...]