101 Animal Puzzles – Perfect App Spanning Many Ages


Thanks to Little Clever for sponsoring this information in my Holiday Gift Guide. All opinions are 100% my own. My family has too many devices in our home. On those devices are tons of apps that are meant to help educate, offer fun and a challenge for my kids. While we do try to limit their screen time, I am also a big fan of apps that serve a purpose. 101 Animal Puzzles from Little Clever is my new favorite app for my family (available in the Apple App Store, Amazon App Store and Google … [Read more...]

Operation ResCUTE


Do you have an animal lover in your household? If so, Operation ResCUTE would be the perfect gift this holiday season. Operation ResCUTE is a non-profit organization meant to educate and encourage families to adopt there pets from shelters. The Humane Society estimates that animal shelters care for six-to-eight million dog and cats every year in the United States.  Each year, an estimated 2.7 million of these healthy shelter pets never get adopted. Only 30 percent of pets in households come … [Read more...]

Fun Ways to ‘Teach My Toddler’


Teach My has partnered with Making of a Mom in the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. Regardless of compensation all opinions are 100% my own. You've heard the phrase "Kids are like sponges" right? Well it's true. My toddler who is 21 months old is walking proof of that. He loves learning. He loves doing any activity that will help him learn his numbers, shapes, colors or alphabet. Back when he was a little baby, he and I would play with the Teach My Baby Learning Kit. Now he has graduated to … [Read more...]

Spooktacular Tales with My Little Pony

MLP Spooktacular

My kids are still pretty young so we keep our Halloween celebrations pretty simple and fun. All of my kids, boys and girl alike, love My Little Pony so celebrating the upcoming Halloween holiday by watching Spooktacular Pony Tales is perfect for us! Combine this movie with some fun Halloween accessories and there is a little party going on at my house! With fun My Little Pony accessories like rings, a Halloween candy bucket, tattoos and more lots of fun can be had. Besides the … [Read more...]

Zesty Italian Pesto Club Sandwich


  We are big Italian food and flavor lovers at our house so I knew it was going to be a great day when Oscar Mayer sent me a big box of their new Old World style Pepperoni and Salami. Along with some extra fixings this was the beginnings of a great sandwich! These new products became available in August (just in time for back to school) and sell for about $3.29. Though the product is new, the meats are made from an old Mayer family recipe dating back to 1922. These flavorful meats are … [Read more...]

Introducing the New Lalaloopsy Girls


#spon: I'm required to disclose a relationship between my blog and MGAE. This could include MGAE providing me w/ content, product, access or other forms of payment.   I have a daughter that loves Lalaloopsy dolls. We have a whole collections of the mini dolls and several of the full sized ones. They are all stacked neatly on her bed and sleep with her every night along with her other favorite dolls and stuffed animals. Well now to add to her collection are Lalaloopsy Girls. These … [Read more...]

Crock-Pot® Cuisine provides ingredients for a full life


#spon: I'm required to disclose a relationship between my blog and Crock-Pot® Cuisine. This could include Crock-Pot® Cuisine providing me with content, product, access or other forms of payment.     Life is busy! With school, piano lessons, church activities, play dates, trying out different sports and activities to see if we want to begin other classes, life is busy! I was so happy when Crock-Pot® slow cooker approached me to work with them to spread the word about how … [Read more...]

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Backpack + Giveaway


  This year I have a Kindergartener heading off to school. It is an exciting time for him. He has been really nervous about it and not sure he wanted to go, but I knew with the right backpack and lunch pack that he would be excited to show them off to his new friends. Garnet Hill came through for him with an incredible new backpack and lunch pack. As I was on the Garnet Hill site letting him choose the backpack he wanted, I started thinking about all the things you need to consider when … [Read more...]

Mother Daughter Date Ideas


Disclosure: I received free products for review purposes. All experiences and opinions are my own. Yours may differ. Before school starts and life gets crazy I like to take my kids out on individual dates. We have a lot of fun as a family, but I think this individual time is a great way to let them know they are loved individually! It's a great time to create memories and bond. Here are some of my top Mother/Daughter date ideas: Go out for ice cream. My daughter loves our local … [Read more...]

Sweet and Savory After School Snacks


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #AfterSchoolSnacks In two weeks my cute son pictured above will be starting Kindergarten. I'm not sure where the time has gone, or how I became old enough to have two children in school, but alas, it has happened. Now my task is to create an after school routine, that involves delicious after school snacks, so I can hear about my children's day and get them fueled up to … [Read more...]

Get Snacking with Farm Rich Snacks + Giveaway


Disclosure: I received product samples and compensation for including Farm Rich in the Back to School Event. All opinions and experiences are my own. Yours may differ. If you are familiar with the frozen food isle at your local grocery store, you might have seen the Farm Rich frozen snacks. Perhaps you have ever tried a few of their offerings. Farm Rich has an amazing line of frozen snack foods, appetizers and new to the line up Smokehouse BBQ meals. Recently, at a family reunion … [Read more...]

Steps to Cleaning your Carpet


Disclosure: Rug Doctor sent me a product to facilitate my review. All experiences and opinions are my own. Yours may differ. When we bought our house it was a foreclosure. A really nice foreclosure. All we needed to do was have the carpets cleaned and move in. There were little holes in the walls from all the TVs they had in almost every room, but besides that this place was perfect! We have now lived here for almost 3 years and my carpet is beginning to wonder if it will ever be clean … [Read more...]

A Smartwatch for my Kids


Disclosure: The VTech product, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by VTech. All experiences and opinions are my own. I love getting to try out new toys for my kids. I am of the opinion that electronics can be used to really help teach our kids information, teach them new skills and capture their interest in learning in new ways. I like the Kidizoom Smartwatch by VTECH for many reasons. Take a look at this list of features: Takes Pictures Has fun … [Read more...]

Cleaning with Steam


Disclosure: I received a free product sample for review purposes. All experiences and opinions are my own. Yours may differ.   I love cleaning with steam. Previously HomeRight has sent me a SteamMachine that I used to clean almost every surface of my house. It was awesome! I cleaned my oven, which was totally gross, but was so easy with the use of steam. I was able to get my brand new curtains wrinkle free. My shower doors became clearer and my faucets beautifully shiny.  Cleaning … [Read more...]

Choosing the Perfect Bedding for your Child + Giveaway


Disclosure: I received a free product sample for review purposes. All experiences and opinions are my own. Yours may differ. Picking bedding for children can be tricky if you start thinking too much about it. It's hard because you want to get something they like but you also want it to last. Fads, styles, trends and even taste changing quickly so the key is to get something classic. If your children share a room then you have an extra layer of tricky trying to get coordinating … [Read more...]