Three P&G Products to Help Bring on Spring #PGBestForMe #Sponsored


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It may never seem like it this year, especially with the couple of [...]

She’s Thirteen!!


Once upon a time…

a beautiful baby girl was born.

She grew tall…

And loved to have fun every day – in rain…

Or shine.

Almost a teenager…


Here we go.
The final countdown has begun. With excitement on her part – and trepidation on ours.
Today is April 1st – and in two more days, we’ll have…
A teenager.
(no foolin’)
It really doesn’t change our lives much – she’s been acting teenager-ish since starting middle school last fall. It’s so incredible to see her growing and [...]

One year later…


On March 19, 2013, I wrote a post called “Never say Never”, chronicling where we were at that point with everything that had been happening with the tumor on Hannah’s knee. We had just met with the Osteopathic Oncologist and he had recommended the surgery that ended up taking place just under a month later, [...]

I think my daughter is going to combust


I truly don’t think she’s going to make it to the end of the season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Actually, I’m wondering if she’s going to make it until Tuesday’s episode – the first new one in several weeks.
I have no idea how she’s going to survive the summer hiatus.
And I asked her the other [...]

Sponsored Restaurant Review: Houlihan’s #soeatingthis (Giveaway: ends 3/8)


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Date Night.
Despite our best efforts and good intentions, my husband and I just don’t get out alone together for dinner very much. We do lunches a lot more [...]

Indoor Sports


We’ve been an AYSO soccer family for wow, over eight years now. All three of my girls have played almost every season since they were old enough at age four (Abbi took a couple of seasons off but went back to it several years ago). And other than a Abbi’s brief stint at softball, we [...]

Share Your Kitchen Shortcut w/ Mueller’s Pot-Sized Pasta #sponsored


This post is sponsored by Mueller’s, who sent me a coupon to purchase a box of Pot-Sized Pasta and compensated me for my time to review the product. I have entered the “Show Us Your Shortcut” Facebook contest on my own accord. As always, all opinions, experiences and photos shared here are 100% my own.
Confession [...]

The evolution of a snowman


Day 1 of above-freezing temperatures = slightly drippy icicles…

And an 8-year-old who is excited to be able to be outside for more than a few minutes at a time and to play in snow that has enough moisture in it to be good for packing…
And for snowman-building.

The best way to celebrate a well-made [...]

Prepare for Valentine’s Day with Healthy Essentials® #Moms4JNJConsumer #sponsored


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.
Valentine’s Day is sneaking up on us [...]

Rock your Vacation and win a VIP trip to Kissimmee, FL


Last week, I had the chance to visit Central Florida and was hosted on a press trip by Experience Kissimmee to help kick off their “Rock Your Vacation” Instagram video contest that launched on February 3rd. The other bloggers attending and I got the chance to experience Kissimmee like VIPs, just as the contest winner [...]

Snowed In, part 2 (Really, really snowed in!)


I can’t remember another winter when our school district used all 6 of its allotted snow days – and more. Everybody I talk to says that they don’t remember another winter this bad – including my mom, who’s seen 80 of them now. Even the Blizzard of 1978 wasn’t this bad (according to my husband) [...]

“Brace Face”


A zillion years ago, I was a teenager with shiny silver metal braces in my mouth. I don’t remember being teased or called nicknames like ‘Metal Mouth’ or ‘Brace Face’ (other than affectionately by my family, lol) – braces were just a rite of passage it seemed, and I was one in a sea of [...]

Let’s talk Healthy Essentials® & the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™! #Moms4JNJConsumer #sponsored


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.
The New Year has just begun and [...]

Movie Review: Saving Mr. Banks #sponsored


Last month my husband and I had an opportunity to go see a movie out together, when I was invited to an advance screening of Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks. A ‘date night’ for the two of us is a pretty rare occurrence to begin with, but on top of that, it was the very first [...]

Snowed In


After the world’s longest winter break, my kids finally went back to school today.
Ok, so it wasn’t really the longest winter break ever – but it was three days longer than it was supposed to be, and by yesterday it was feeling like the kids were never going to go back.
Getting everyone out the door [...]

I’m SMILING IT FORWARD™ with TYLENOL® #sponsored #SmilingItForward


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As a parent, there’s nothing like the sinking feeling you get when your child gets sick. Whether it’s just a simple sniffle or something worse, [...]

Time to get Frozen with Disney’s new animated movie! #sponsored #frozenmovie


My family has always been big fans of Disney’s animated movies – we started purchasing them on videotape and then replaced with DVDs (now working on Blu-Rays) even before our kids were born. Having said that, not every Disney movie is a favorite of mine – some definitely stand out more than others in my [...]

Holiday Shopping at OshKosh B’gosh #sponsored #MC #oshkoshbgosh


I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for OshKosh B’gosh. I received a gift card to facilitate my shopping trip and to thank me for participating.
With three kids of the same gender, we’ve always passed clothing down from Abbi to Hannah to Becca. This works well for some items – [...]



Last week I took Abbi to the doctor’s office for a routine visit. As I sat next to my gangly, taller-than-me (only slightly) almost-teenager in the waiting room, I noticed the kid-sized table and chairs over in the corner. One of those tables with the clear plastic top that has sand in between the two [...]

Halloween 2013 – Last-Minute Costumes


Nothing like last minute, right?
Halloween costumes have recently become a big source of stress for me. Gone are the years where I could shop a year ahead and grab something cute on clearance, “oh don’t you want to be a _____ this year? You’ll be so cute!”.
Yeah, right. Now the kids are old enough to [...]

Soccer Mom-hood


I am a soccer mom – and proud of it too. This is our ninth year in a row of having at least one (or more) kids playing soccer through our local AYSO region, and also my third year of volunteering on the regional board as Girls Registrar. It makes for a hectic time of [...]

Five Month Post-Surgery Update on Hannah – remember, September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! #gogold


It’s now been five months since Hannah’s knee surgery, and life for her has pretty much returned to normal. The only visible signs of her experience with cancer are the ever-improving scars on her thigh, knee and calf – and mentally she is SO over her knee being the center of attention. Like any other [...]

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