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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>

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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 to do was watch at least one movie that had won an Academy Award for best picture. Unknowing to me, I had actually seen several but none of the recent movies or the classics. So my new goal is to watch all of them. Even the ones I know I'm not going to like and that means lots of movie nights. … Read More>

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5 Hiking Tips for Women

This article, 5 Hiking Tips for Women is sponsored by Poise. In eight hours I will be loading into a car and driving in Glacier National Park to begin my backcountry hiking/camping adventure. In my backpack I have all the essentials: a sleeping bag, mattress pad, one-burner stove, rain gear and of course, food and water. I've also included a few items that some might consider non-essentials but I consider them very important for everyone's enjoyment of this trip. :) When you have to carry … Read More>


Does Liposonix Work: My Experience

When it comes to our bodies, most everyone has a problem area (or for some people areas) that has bugged them their entire lives. For me, that area is my stomach. No matter what my weight is or how much I work out, I can never seem to get rid of fat in that area. I've joked that if I had a bigger butt, I would be perfectly fine with the size of my gut but reality and genetics has proven that won't be in my future. For me, getting an invasive procedure like liposuction to shrink my stomach … 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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Low Calorie Wine Find: Brancott Estate Flight Song

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Brancott Estate Wines. I received product samples of low calorie wine to facilitate my review as well as a promotional … Read More>


Perfectly Packed Lunches for Kids

Many thanks to Fruitshoot for sponsoring this post and inspiring me to share fun solutions for my kids' lunches! Perfectly packed lunches for kids can mean different things to different people. For … 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>