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My First Concert

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. In the summer of 1989 I was 14 years old, working as a nanny in the Northwest Chicago suburbs. Some crazy family made the decision that me, the kid who had really only babysat once or twice in my life, should move into their home for the summer and take care of their children. As I look back on it, I didn't really make much … Read More>


Turning 40 in 40 Days

It's just a number. It doesn't define you. That's what your friends tell you when they are YOUNGER than you. Then when you turn 40 they rub it in by decorating your office with black balloons and dead roses. They send you Hallmark cards with that snarky old lady who quickly reminds you that your boobs are dropping, your bladder is leaking and you'll soon be on 20 different medications. When I turned 30, a high school friend and I decided to spend a week traveling through Italy. We were … Read More>

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5 Beach Must Haves

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Figleaves.com. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. You've finally done it. You booked the family vacation to the beach and now, you have no clue what to take with you. While I'm sure you can think of a million things you WANT to take, here are 5 beach must haves. Sunscreen Technically you shouldn't wait until summer to start … Read More>

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Garden Anywhere with Container Gardens

Most of us can truly use a little therapy and I find gardening to be so therapeutic.  Having your hands in the soil, caring for a garden is good for the soul.  No matter why you live, whether you live on an acre or in an apartment you have the ability to garden. Container gardens give anyone the ability to garden! It isn’t too late, if you want to grow a few vegetables this year, go for it!  Try to find small, miniature or dwarf varieties of whatever type of plant you want to … Read More>

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Mountain Biking in Kansas – Millers Meadow

No, that wasn't a typo. There is mountain biking in Kansas. It may not be on real mountains like my Colorado friends seem to remind me, but really, that's just a technicality. The reality is if you live in South Central Kansas, you can get some fun rides in without having to travel out of the state. Let me put this out here: by no means am I an expert at mountain biking. I am a runner who has finally accepted the fact that I need to cross-train. In 100% disclosure, as I type this post, … Read More>


Building Strong Bones Together with Viactiv

I believe it's never too young to start teaching our children healthy habits. As a mom of an almost 5 year old, I think it's important to not only teach her healthy habits but to also lead by example. Kids are impressionable at this age and as moms, we have to take advantage of this. That's why Brecken and I are building strong bones together. We're both doing it with a healthy diet and exercise and I've added a secret weapon: Viactiv. I'll be the first to admit growing up, I had terrible … Read More>

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Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Update

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gro-ables for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. We have plants! In all my years of having a garden, this is the first year that I've done everything in pots. In an attempt to keep my black lab from eating my plants, everything I grow this year will come out of an orange colored pot. My daughter had been learning about growing plants at school so we decided to continue the learning process at home. We had attempted to grow some … Read More>


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My Little Superhero

Thank you to General Mills for sponsoring this post about finding the superhero in yourself. #SuperHeroing By day she's known as Brecken. The kind of shy (until she gets to know you) 4-year old who … Read More>

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Game Day Snack Ideas with Mrs. T Pierogies

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Millennial Central Consulting for Mrs. T’s Pierogies. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for … Read More>

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Take the Greek Yogurt Taste Test

Disclosure: I want to thank Yoplait for sponsoring this #Tasteoff, giving me the opportunity to express my honest opinion. Here is a known truth about me that I even wrote on my About Me … Read More>



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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>