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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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The Sprint Framily Plan

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. I've had some really cool opportunities as a blogger. I've been a Hollywood premiere of a blockbuster film, received a private tour of P. Allen Smith's Garden Home Estate and now, I get another chance to be a Sprint Ambassador and will be sharing my experiences testing out a variety of Sprint devices over the next … 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 item to thank me for my participation. #MC Summertime is coming. I know it is because we went from 70 degrees one day to snow the next. Crazy weather like that always happens in the midwest and that means that those hot and humid temperatures are just around the corner, so I'm on the hunt for some … Read More>


TruGreen Backyard Makeover Sweepstakes

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting  promoting the TruGreen Backyard Makeover Sweepstakes. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. #TruGreen #MC Don't judge. I'm about to show you pictures of my yard. Now, I'm going to give you another disclaimer (in addition to the one above the FTC makes me add): I'm renting. So, it's kind of hard to invest money into beautifying my yard, when it's not really "my" yard. But at the same time, driving up to … Read More>

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Grow Your Own Food with Scotts Gro-ables

This post brought to you by Gro-ables. All opinions are 100% mine. Growing my own food is pretty important to me. If I had my choice, my backyard would be set up with square foot gardens and I'd never have to buy product at the grocery store. Unfortunately, aside from being awesome at growing cherry tomatoes and jalapeno peppers, I struggle with other vegetables. Yellow squash? I get pretty flowers but that's about it. Strawberries? I don't even bother anymore and I've never tried any greens. … Read More>

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier in Theaters Today

  I have been waiting for Captain America: The Winter Soldier to come out for what feels like forever. After being on the set, meeting Chris Evans and getting to hold THE shield (yes, one actually used in the movie - not a prototype), it only seems appropriate that I be in the theater opening weekend. If you haven't heard about the movie then you haven't been reading my blog. Shame on you! But seriously, if by some slim chance you're saying to yourself, "Captain America has a movie??" … 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 me, it means my daughter has a variety of fruit and vegetables that she will actually eat.  She'll eat about any fruit, even those nasty honeydew melons but with veggies, she's a bit pickier. Lately she's been fascinated with rainbows. She draws them on all of her pictures and looks for them in … 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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Peanut Butter Blossoms Recipe

One recipe that always brings me back to my childhood during Christmastime is peanut butter blossoms. The delicious peanut buttery cookie and the soft, slightly melted chocolate on top. It's one of … 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>


How To Beat Summer Brain Drain

Summer time is here and that means parents all over are trying to figure out ways to keep their kids active physically and mentally. I've been guilty of letting my daughter camp out in front of the … Read More>