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The Meaning of the Red Kettle

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Influence Central for The Salvation Army. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. "You don't have the Christmas spirit." That's what my 5-year old daughter told a friend. I don't recall the exact situation or why she said it, but you know what? She was right, he was definitely lacking something this year.  I couldn't quite figure it out but she did. Five year olds have this weird sixth sense. Santa knows if you've been naughty … Read More>

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5 Reasons to Ditch the Flip Phone

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 and #MC  This is an open letter to my dad....and why I think he needs to ditch his flip phone! Dear Dad, I know you refer to your flip phone as an overpriced pocket watch. I've seen you look at it confused, annoyed and even disgusted with it's limited … Read More>

International Delight

Country Music, Coffee and Oatmeal Cream Pies

When I was younger, as in not even old enough to purchase alcohol legally younger, I proclaimed the day I listened to country music and drank coffee would be the day I became old. Well my friends, that day has come. I have SIX country music stations programmed in my Subaru (most are satellite radio stations) and just a few weekends ago, I drank two cups of coffee in one day. Now that I'm old and drinking coffee, I need something equally fitting to eat with it. When I was a kid, and should NOT … Read More>


Nutritional Supplements for Healthy Hair

Shedding. It's something my lab and I have in common. I used to complain about the amount of dog hair I would find in my house and then I realized, I tend to shed more than the dog. I thought this was normal, until I started to see the difference in my hair. Over the past few years, the number of "flyaways" that I have had increased and in general, my hair didn't feel as healthy as it did in my 30s, So instead of dealing with it, I did some research and discovered Hairfinity. Hairfinity is … Read More>

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Holiday Home Decorating Tips

Thank you to Bona for sponsoring today's post, Holiday Home Decorating Tips, and helping me make my hardwood floors shine! Three weeks ago, I did something really, really amazing. I bought a house. All by myself. After several years of renting, I'm finally a homeowner again and it feels wonderful, but also overwhelming. I'm no longer limited on the ways I can decorate my home, which means one thing...indecisiveness! Take for instance my living room fireplace. It's a pretty cool focal point … Read More>

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Easy Princess Costumes

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DisneyBeauties #CollectiveBias As hard as I try, my daughter still wants to be a princess when she grows up. I've tried telling her that being a princess isn't that glamorous of a job. There's a lot of grunt work that has to be done before you get to princess status and usually, there is someone trying to come between you and your prince. She doesn't seem to care though. Being 5 she has an … Read More>

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Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Frosting

Fall is my favorite time of the year. While I don't like my days getting shorter, I love seeing the leaves turn different colors, getting to wear my warm sweaters and having most importantly, having an excuse to make most of the foods my family eats with pumpkin. My daughter and I usually make pumpkin oatmeal and pumpkin bread together. We've even tried pumpkin soup and some day I'm going to get adventurous and try making my own pumpkin puree. In the meantime, we've added a new recipe to … Read More>


International Delight

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 … Read More>

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Boomer Sooner Game Day Food: Red Velvet Cupcakes

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TeamJellO #CollectiveBias My boss is a huge Oklahoma Sooners fan. He has football season … 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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Beginners Guide to Snowshoeing Gear

Last month I spent a weekend snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park. I had so many people ask me questions about preparing for my trip, that I thought I would dedicate a post to it. It may seem … Read More>

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Snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park

I completely blame this trip on my landlord. Yes, it's 100% his fault. 100% his fault that I had great time snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park. I'm going to digress a bit here, so bear … Read More>


Kuipers Family Farm

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>