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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>

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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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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 National Park, they can't help but smirk. I get it. I probably don't look like the type of person who would give up electricity, running water and WIFI to go roaming through the mountains. Until a few weeks ago, I had never set up a tent, blew up a sleeping pad or even knew a thing as hiking underwear … Read More>

Les Mills Immersive Fitness

Les Mills Immersive Fitness

This is freaking cool. Seriously cool. Les Mills is taking group fitness classes to a whole new level with his Immersive Fitness Program. For those of you who know me, I don't get worked up about group fitness programs. I'll attend the occasional yoga class and a few weeks ago I tried a kickboxing class. I prefer running or biking because I can do it whenever the urge hits me. I don't have to adhere to class schedules or check to see if the "good" instructor is teaching the class. With … Read More>

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Reducing The Stress of Everyday Life

Thanks to Kimberly-Clark for sponsoring post and helping me reduce the stress of everyday life! It's 10:22 pm on a Friday night and I'm finally sitting down. Friday's are supposed to be my "day off" but they are anything but that. Friday is one of the most hectic days of my week and I don't even step foot in my real office. Instead of watching day time talk shows (LOVE Steve Harvey) and eating bon bons (what exactly are these anyway), I'm going through my to-do list. By the time noon rolls … Read More>

Food

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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>

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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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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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Travel

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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>

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