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Tips for Getting Your Child to take Medicine

Ever notice how incredibly stealth and strong a child becomes when it's time to take medicine? Just as you grab the bottle from the medicine cabinet, those little boogers disappear into thin air. Then, once you find them (because we all know they can't keep quiet), you try to convince them to at least try the medicine. They look at you like you're crazy because the last time you gave them medicine it tasted like....medicine. So instead of negotiating you resort to sheer physical strength, only … Read More>

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How To Implement A Token Reward System

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #SparklySavings What comes around goes around. I truly believe in that. As a kid, I was a bit shy but I was also a bit mouthy. Back then I liked to think of my comebacks and know-it-all attitude as witty, but really I was just being a bratty kid. Now that I'm a parent, I'm getting a taste of what I was like as a child. My daughter is just like me. She's shy but once she … Read More>

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Oatmeal Bar

One of the things our family likes to do is indulge at breakfast every now and then. We'll make pancakes (preferably pumpkin), sausage or bacon and eggs. Sometimes there will be some sweet treats like cinnamon rolls or donuts. Unfortunately we can't always indulge like that so on the weekends where we're being a little bit lazy, I make a pot of oatmeal and set up an oatmeal bar. The great thing about an oatmeal bar is that I really only have to cook one thing yet everyone gets to eat their … Read More>

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5 Simple Ways to Lead A Healthier Lifestyle

This year I turned 40. While I truly believe age is only a number, I also realize that things don't work like they used to. In my glory days I could stay out all night and then wake up early the next morning and run a personal best. I could eat fast food more times that I'd like to admit and never gain weight. I was never sick and didn't have to worry about things like flu shots and annual checkups. Now I have to do things a little differently. While I still am active and consider myself … Read More>

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Stay Connected with 4G LTE WiFi

In 1989 my dad took me to buy my very first car, a red Chevrolet Cavalier Z24. It had just over 5,000 miles, a cassette player, power windows and what I thought was the coolest feature ever, back seats that folded down so I had easy access to the trunk! I loved that car as much as a teenage girl could. Thinking about that car takes me back to some great memories: out of town football games, state fairs and of course, the occasional concert. A lot has changed since my first car. I'm fairly … Read More>

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Best Phones for Fitness Apps

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sprint. I received a sample device to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. #SprintMom #sponsored #MC It's not secret that I like to work out.  A couple of months ago my boyfriend and I went on an outdoor adventure where we hiked about 60 miles through 3 national parks. I've been known to run a half-marathon or two and recently started cycling. Even with all these … Read More>

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VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch

The VTech product, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by VTech. For months and months my daughter told me she wanted a Frozen birthday party. She told me exactly what she would wear (Elsa's dress), what we would eat and who would be invited. Then, one hot summer day she decided she wanted a Rock Star birthday party. I procrastinated planning the party because I knew she was going to change her mind. Only she didn't. Instead, she tricked me and it was a Rock … 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 … 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 … 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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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Kuipers Family Farm. East 9th Street received product &/or compensation in exchange for this post. Regardless, statements are 100% mine and yours … 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>