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 – [...]

Review: Mattel Fijit Friends Newbies


Last year my girls were thrilled when we had the chance to not only review one of Mattel’s new Fijit Friends, but also invite several of their friends over for a fun dance party. They still get our Fijit Friend, Sage, out on a regular basis and dance with her (which reminds me that Sage [...]

Review: Polly Pocket Stick N Play Sets


When my oldest daughter turned three, I was so excited because suddenly she was old enough to play with all of those age 3+ toys – the ones with tiny pieces or whatnot. I know, it’s not like you throw a switch or something and every ‘big kid’ toy out there becomes immediately safe – [...]

Review: VTech LS6475-3 Multi-Tasking Headset Phone System


Once a year it happens… That wonderful day when I’m awakened by a parade of kids filing into my bedroom bearing breakfast and assorted handmade gifts, and sometimes even a card if Ron’s on top of things. This year added something new to the mix – the girls thought it would be fun to let [...]

Review: McCormick ‘My Look Book’ Spring Recipes


Spring has sprung and everything from my closet to my kitchen already has a fresh feeling – the whole house just has a much more festive air. The kids beg to play outside longer in the evenings (“but it’s still light out, Mom!) and we can finally put the new deck that we built last [...]

Review: belVita Breakfast Biscuits


Breakfast has been a bane of my existence for some time now. I often skip it, even though I know I shouldn’t – and trying to find something that tastes good, is at least somewhat healthy, and is quick and easy hasn’t been easy to do. Although my family remain die-hard cereal eaters, I’m allergic [...]

Review: Arm & Hammer Ultra Last Clumping Cat Litter


Although we’re a fairly new dog family, my husband and I both grew up in families with cats and we’ve had anywhere from one to three cats in our family for almost as long as we’ve been together (including a litter of kittens that we raised a few years ago!). There’s just something about having [...]

“Rally for Recess” with Dannon Danimals®


Back when I was a kid, we used to have recess three times every day – morning, lunchtime and afternoon. I knew that schools have had to cut recess times over the years in order to squeeze in more instructional time and do what they can with limited resources, so I wasn’t surprised to find [...]

It’s football time with Family Movie Night in “Game Time: Tackling the Past”


Just in time for the start of football season, Family Movie Night from Walmart and P&G is back this weekend with a football-themed look at family and life lessons in Game Night: Tackling the Past. I’ve greatly enjoyed the other Family Movie Night offerings (and have written about several of them previously – The Jensen [...]

Our Mattel Fijit Friends Playdate Premiere Party


As anyone who knows my kids would likely agree – they love music and to dance, especially my spotlight-loving 8-year-old. And she has some pretty good moves too – moves which both of her sisters attempt to copy, with somewhat mixed (and often amusing) results. But they all have a blast, and I love that [...]

Have Family Movie Night this weekend with ‘Who is Simon Miller?’ on NBC?


One of our family’s most cherished traditions is our weekly movie nights where my husband and daughters sit down together, watch a movie and enjoy popcorn. For so many years it was one of the few times that my husband got to spend time with the girls since he was working so many long hours [...]

Review: Babycakes Cupcake Maker


With 3 little girls in our house, baking is something that I know I should be doing more of. It’s not that I don’t like to bake – I do. And the girls love to watch and help me bake too. But I get nervous with them around the hot oven, especially since my oldest [...]

iPhone App Thursday Review: Moby by Contigo


Since I’ve had my iPhone, I’ve become a really big fan of apps that let you ‘check in’ to various places that you shop, eat or hang out at. I like that I can share where I am and what I’m doing and even share photos or quick tips to help others out as well. [...]

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: Cottonelle Flushable Moist Wipes


Back when my older girls were potty training (a process that seemed to go on forever, lol!), I discovered the joy that is flushable moist wipes. Suddenly we didn’t have a diaper pail to handle regular baby wipes anymore, and just throwing them in the regular garbage seemed, well icky. Having wipes right there in [...]

Review: Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock Sprays


After the long winter and cool, wet spring that we had this year, I almost began to think that we’d never get to enjoy the summer sun. But the hot weather has finally come, as it always does – and my girls and I are thrilled (my husband not so much but that’s another story, [...]

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. [...]

“Start Your Journey Naturally” with Estroven


At age 40, I’m well aware of how my body handles PMS every month, even as I’m reminded while currently sitting here in the throes of a hormonally-induced funk. And yet, I’m beginning to see small changes occurring and am starting to wonder… Are these the first signs of menopause or peri-menopause? As I look [...]

See ‘Truth Be Told’ on April 16th!


Over the past several months, I’ve been excited to be able to screen some of the ‘Family Movie Night’ movies made for television by Walmart & P&G – such as The Jensen Project, and Change of Plans. There are many things that I love about these movies – but all of them can pretty much [...]

Review: Clorox ToiletWand System (Giveaway – CLOSED)


After a long, cold winter – I am so glad that it’s officially spring, even if the weather doesn’t quite reflect that fact here in Michigan yet. And along with melted snow and (somewhat) warmer temperatures, another thing I look forward to at this time of year is the opportunity to clear out, clean up [...]

Review and Giveaway: FINISH Quantum and JET-DRY Turbo Dry (CLOSED)


With the holidays upon us, it’s definitely the season of entertaining, big family dinners and lots of cooking and baking going on. All of which – creates ever more dishes to wash, of course. I know our dishwasher seems to work overtime during the months of November and December – with my middle daughter’s birthday [...]

Review: Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales for Wii


We are a very Disney-filled family – my husband and I honeymooned at Disney World, and I think one of his missions in life is to own every single Disney animated feature film on DVD. Our collection is already quite promising, and of course it contains Cars – a movie that our whole family loves [...]

Help teens learn about finances with American Express PASS


When I was 17, I headed off to college. At the time, my mom decided that it would be smart for me to have my own credit card in order to help pay for things, so she co-signed on a card for me (since I was under 18 at the time). I had that same [...]

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