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


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 [...]

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 [...]

Review & Giveaway: #MegaBloksBarbie Build ‘n Style Luxury Mansion (ends 12/22)


With three girls in our house, we are quite inundated with all things Barbie, as you might expect. Both Hannah and Becca have been playing with them for several years, and even Abbi (who has never really played much with toys) counts a few Barbies among her possessions. But although we’ve got plenty of dolls, [...]

Holiday Gift Idea: Shutterfly Photo Books #SFLYphotobook (Giveaway – closed)


Pictures are worth a thousand words, right? Whether it’s to commemorate a special family moment or just capture the everyday memories, snapping photos of our lives is as easy as pulling out the cell phone that we all seem to have right on-hand nowadays. And while sharing pictures online is quick and easy – and [...]

It’s #TreatItFwd time again at @Wendy’s for Father’s Day! (#giveaway – ends 6/28)


Last year, my family was happy to both celebrate Father’s Day and be able to make a small difference while doing so, by participating in the Father’s Day Frosty Weekend program at Wendy’s. My kids kept the secret from their dad and we were able to surprise him on Father’s Day with an afternoon out, [...]

#LEGOBrickation Summer event in #TraverseCity (Giveaway – ends 6/24)


Calling all LEGO fans! The LEGO Summer Brickation is coming to Traverse City, Michigan and it’s a great chance for families to enjoy some hands-on fun together with one of childhood’s most iconic toys. There are only four locations where you can experience the LEGO Brickation in the US this summer, and I’m so happy [...]

Why Creativity Matters (Giveaway – ends 4/4)


Every time I see my children’s eyes light up as they proudly show off their latest creation…
The sense of accomplishment I see in my daughter’s faces when they come up with a problem-solving idea on their own…
A child who may not fit in with her peers, who’s not athletically-inclined or very coordinated – but who [...]

Ragu Asks – what’s the craziest thing you’ve done to get your kids to eat? (Giveaway – CLOSED)


I am a picky eater. Yes, I’ll fully admit to that fact! However, over time I’ve learned to try and like a lot more foods and although there’s still a lot of things I won’t eat (like fruit), I’ve since met someone else who has taken the crown as the pickiest eater I’ve ever known…
My [...]

Win a surprise trip to Great Wolf Lodge!


My family has been fortunate enough to have had the chance to take our kids to our local Great Wolf Lodge resort, in Traverse City, MI a couple of times over the past few years. Both times it’s been an amazing experience that the whole family has loved, and it’s somewhere that the kids all [...]

My original recipe for Slow Cooker Pork Chops #CostcoPork (Giveaway – CLOSED)


I’m not by any means a foodie, a food blogger or even a terribly great cook. I’ll be honest and say that I tend to look more at convenience when choosing what to feed my family for dinner than whether it’s the best nutritional option or the healthiest choice I can find. I have friends [...]

Tweens & Personal Hygiene Recap – and a giveaway! (CLOSED)


Last week, I had the opportunity to co-host one of the classes that The Motherhood is doing this month for their ‘Don’t Fret The Sweat Tween Academy’. The topic was Tweens & Personal Hygiene and this was a timely one for me since my oldest daughter is now 10-1/2 and we’re just getting into those [...]

iPhone App Thursday Review – My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle, Teacher for a Day Interactive Storybook (Giveaway – CLOSED)


With three daughters, it was pretty much inevitable that we would have a playroom filled with ponies. What I wasn’t initially expecting however, was just how much my kids would enjoy playing with the different My Little Pony (MLP) play sets and for how long they would continue to do so. At 5 years old, [...]

Review and Giveaway: SPLENDA® ESSENTIALS™ No Calorie Sweetener (CLOSED)


I grew up eating lots of sugar. When I think back, I remember drinking sugar-sweetened beverages and cereals on a regular basis, my mom always had cookies, candy and treats of various sorts in the house and we never really thought a whole lot about it. As an adult, I made a few changes to [...]

iPhone App Thursday Review: Audiobooks For Your Kids (Giveaway – CLOSED)


While my family has yet to take a really long road trip together, we do make quite a few shorter trips to visit friends or family – anywhere from a 1-3 hour drive. Over the years we’ve gone through several iterations of what to let the kids do or listen to in the car, from [...]

Review: Organize your life with AboutOne


Once upon a time, my life was pretty well organized. I had a filing cabinet where I stored all of my important papers and documents and I did a fairly good job at keeping everything sorted and filed away in nice, neat little folders. Then – I had kids. And life somehow got in the [...]

Enjoy the last moments of summer with Coca-Cola’s 125 Years of Summer Fun! (Giveaway – CLOSED)


Yes, it’s true – these long, lazy days of summer are coming to an end, and soon enough our days will be filled with school, activities and raking up those pesky leaves. But summer’s not quite finished yet – there’s still some time to sneak in some fun, and Coca-Cola’s helping us enjoy every moment [...]

Mom’s the Word on Dinner – and Table Manners too! (Giveaway – CLOSED)


Have you seen the Mom’s the Word on Dinner videos over on Ragu’s Facebook page lately? I’ve been following the conversation as some well-known bloggers dish about different dinner-time topics, all about feeding our kids – how to handle picky eaters, feed kids healthier foods, and the latest video – which talks about table manners:

Manners [...]

Celebrating the end of school with a Nestle ice cream social playdate! (Giveaway – CLOSED)


Last month, my girls and I headed down to visit friends over the Memorial Day weekend, just a couple of weeks before school let out for summer vacation. We had planned a lot of exciting things that weekend, including a backyard campout and a fun ice cream party to celebrate both the holiday and the [...]

We celebrated Father’s Day with #TreatItFwd at Wendy’s! (Giveaway – CLOSED)


There wasn’t a lot that my family could do this year for either Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, but we made the best of both days and had a really nice time together as a family. On Father’s Day last week, we also were able to make a difference as well, even if in just [...]

iPhone App Tuesday Review and Giveaway: Flixlab (CLOSED)


Yes, I know it’s not Thursday – I’m posting this week’s iPhone app review a couple of days early to fit in with a blog tour that I’m a part of. And it includes a fun giveaway too, so enjoy!
I love to take pictures – as pretty much anyone who knows me will [...]

Review and Giveaway: Cars 2 (CLOSED)


I remember the first time I saw the movie ‘Cars’ – it was on DVD, at a friend’s house and I thought it was a really cute movie. But with having girls, I didn’t figure that we’d end up with any kids who were fanatics about the movie. And although my girls have also always [...]

It’s Family Movie Night again – see Field of Vision on NBC this Saturday! (Giveaway – CLOSED)


Over the past couple of years, Walmart and P&G have teamed together to create several made-for-TV family movies, and I’ve been thrilled to help promote several of them – The Jensen Project, Change of Plans, and Truth Be Told. I’m so happy to have the chance to tell you about their newest offering as well [...]

Review and Giveaway: Dr. Scholl’s Custom Orthotics (CLOSED)

Dr. Scholl's Custom Fit Orthotics

I’ve never been the type of person who’s paid a whole lot of interest to style or fashion trends (a fashion blogger, I am not!). Nor do I have a closet full of shoes – it’s been over a year since I last bought a pair and many of mine are older than my preschooler. [...]

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