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Breaking Up Isn’t Hard To Do

Thank you to Viva Vantage and Walmart for sponsoring this post. They've taught me that breaking up really isn't hard to do! There comes a point in your life when you decide that enough is enough. That you no longer have to settle for second best and that sometimes, you have to go through a lot of bad apples to get that perfect, shiny one. Well, I've gone through my share bad apples and I'm happy to say that I'm getting rid of something that just isn't pulling it's weight anymore. I've weighed … Read More>

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Tourist Attractions in Yellowstone National Park

I'm breaking the rules and for those of you who know me personally, that's not something I take lightly! Instead of posting about my #OutdoorGirl vacation in the order of events, I'm skipping around a bit. Technically I should be telling you about my backcountry camping experience but I'm going to come back to that later. For now, I'm drooling over the pictures I took while being a tourist in Yellowstone National Park. OK, maybe drooling is not the appropriate word. After all, the only time I … Read More>

Hazelnut Pumpkin Poke Cake

Next week is a big week in our household. Not only does my daughter start kindergarten but she also turns five and we're NOT having a Frozen birthday party! Seriously, that is a huge deal. Like most parents, for the past 8 months or so, all I've heard is my daughter belt out Let It Go and tell me when things are Anna green and Elsa blue. She even went as far to proclaim blue as her new favorite color and asked me to repaint her room (ummm...no). To do something special for her first week … Read More>

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Having A Ball With Fruit Shoot

Thank you to Fruit Shoot for sponsoring today’s post! To say my daughter is animated is an understatement. Earlier this week as we were exploring an empty field near our house, we took on different identities. We became "Hiker Girls" who were on a mission to climb mountains with Hiker Boy and Hiker Dog. In our adventures we raced up and down the mountains (berms) and ran through forests (weeds). When we can't go on explorations, we like to come up with different things to do in our … Read More>

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Kyocera Hydro Vibe Smartphone from Sprint

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Sprint. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating. #sponsored #SprintMom Having a four, almost five year old means a lot of things. Hiking in the mountains. Playing at the pool. And periods of time where I just need to distract or entertain her while I try to get some work done. She's really good at independent play and can spend hours with papers and markers, but … Read More>

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8 Things I Thought Would Never Happen on Vacation

If you would have told me 5 years ago that my ideal vacation would involve driving 4,000 miles, hiking 60 miles and sleeping in a tent with my boyfriend, I would have questioned your sanity. In fact, I probably would have questioned MY sanity. But ladies and gentlemen, that's exactly what I did last week and I came away from the trip with a greater appreciation of the outdoors. There is something to be said about hiking through wildflowers and over streams without a care in the world. It gives … Read More>

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Figuring Out My Home Office

It's confession time again. You know, that time where I admit something kind of embarrassing and you either snicker behind my back or you nod your head because you know where I'm coming from. Today, I'm making a confession about my home office. On Friday, I will have lived in my house for 8 months. In that time frame I've hung two pictures on the walls (that was in the last month) and while I started working on my curtains in the dining room, they still do not exist. Even worse, my home … Read More>

Food

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The Secret to Perfect Popcorn

Thanks to Pop Secret for sponsoring this post and preventing burned popcorn everywhere... I have a goal. It may be a lofty one but it's a goal I hope to achieve. When I turned 40, one thing I wanted … Read More>

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Microwave Fudge with Salted Caramel Mocha Frosting

For the past few weeks people have been making jokes at my expense. Whenever I tell them that my boyfriend and I are driving 23 hours (pretty much nonstop) to go backcountry camping in Glacier … Read More>

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Coffee Flavored Popsicles

In less than a month, I'm going to turn 40 years old. Instead of dreading the big 4-0, I decided to embrace it. And by embrace it I mean I made a list of things I wanted to accomplish before the big … Read More>

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Travel

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Fall Festival Coupons & Deals

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of US Family Guide in promotion of their fall festival coupons and deals. I know many of my readers are planning trips to their local pumpkin patches and … Read More>

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Mother Daughter Bonding Time at Disney On Ice

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Disney On Ice. East 9th Street received tickets in exchange for promotion. Regardless, statements are 100% mine and yours may be … Read More>

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Best Places To Eat In Chicago

There are several reasons I moved to Chicago: Michigan Avenue (a girl has to shop), The Cubs (because everyone loves an underdog) and the food scene.  From the my first visit to Chicago many years … Read More>

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