Being Remembered… #P&Geveryday #sponsored

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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 [...]

#NoLeaksGuaranteed with Energizer® MAX® with Power Seal technology (#sponsored)

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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 [...]

Review: Michigan’s Adventure: Two Parks for the Price of One!

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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 [...]

Discover the great outdoors this summer! #ForestChat #sponsored

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Although this is a sponsored post for TravelingMom, as always all opinions stated here are 100% my own or those of my family.
When I was a kid, I felt like I had the best of all worlds. No ‘City Mouse’ versus ‘Country Mouse’ for us – my family lived in the suburbs, close to the [...]

Review: Panasonic Lumix ZS40 Digital Camera #LumixLounge #sponsored

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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 [...]

School’s out for the summer!

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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 [...]

Review: Mystic Dunes Resort, Orlando FL #DiamondResorts #sponsored

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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 [...]

Going tech-free for family meals #Disconnect2Reconnect #sponsored

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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 [...]

MyMagic+ & Magic Bands help make a #DisneyWorld vacation even more magical #TMOMDisney #sponsored

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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 [...]

Our whirlwind road trip to Disney World

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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 [...]

Help Give Back to your Community with State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist #SFNeighborhoodAssist #sponsored

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for State Farm. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.
I know, I know – parents are busy people. All of us – it’s in the nature of the job. We all are rushing through our days, trying to get everything [...]

Celebrate Mom with Gifts from C. Wonder this Mother’s Day #CWonderMothersDay #sponsored

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Compensation was provided by C. Wonder via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of C. Wonder or Momtrends.
It’s that time of year again – the day where we celebrate and honor the mothers in our lives. No matter whether you’ve got a mom, [...]

#ChildHunger Ends Here with Meijer Deals on ConAgra and P&G Products #sponsored

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I participated in this program on behalf of ConAgra Foods and The Motherhood and received a stipend doing so. All opinions stated here are 100% my own or those of my family, as always.
Putting a meal on the table for our kids is one of the most basic things that we do as parents – [...]

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, it’s off to #TMOMDisney we go… #ad

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We are packed and ready.
Electronics are charged, books checked out, pet care arranged, and minivan (mostly) loaded.
It’s official.
We’re heading to Disney World!
This will be my family’s second long road trip in two years – both of which have included visiting Mickey and friends. There are a few differences – last time we hit Orlando was [...]

Power up with RAVPower battery charger!

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I was provided with a sample product to facilitate my review but have not received any other form of compensation for this post. As always, all opinions stated here are 100% my own or those of my family.
My iPhone battery frustrates me to no end, just about every day. I don’t think I’ve made it [...]

One year later… keeping a promise

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April 17, 2013 will always remain one of the scariest days of my life. Waiting while my (then) 10-year-old daughter was wheeled back for a surgery that was going to remove most of her right knee tissue, move muscles around in her leg and then cover everything up with a graft of skin taken from [...]

It’s Earth Month! Turn to #HealthyEssentials for great deals #Moms4JNJConsumer #Sponsored

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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.
April is Earth Month – very appropriate [...]

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

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of She Speaks and P & G. I received all of the items pictured, along with monetary compensation for this post. As always, all opinions stated here are 100% my own or those of my family.
It may never seem like it this year, especially with the couple of [...]

She’s Thirteen!!

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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…

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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…

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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

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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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Compensation was provided by Houlihan’s via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Houlihan’s or Momtrends.
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 [...]

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