Avoiding Holiday Kitchen Hazards {Home Safety Giveaway}

November 26, 2013

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the kitchen this week. Have you? Do you have a little one who may not be aware of the hidden dangers? I’ve teamed up with Safety 1st again this month to bring you some safety tips from Julie Vallese, Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert. Check ‘em out… […]

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Smile it Forward this Holiday Season {Enter to win $500 for you, AND $500 for a friend!}

November 23, 2013

There was a time, not too long ago, when my teenage twins didn’t want to smile. They confess now that it’s because they thought their teeth were “ugly.” But that’s all changing with their Invisalign treatment. It’s still work to get them to smile for the camera, but I’ve noticed they are grinning a lot […]

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Christmas Ad Match at Walmart

November 22, 2013

I’m not sure that I’ll be joining the thousands of shoppers this Black Friday, but I’m not worried about getting the best deal on a single day. I can shop any time at Walmart (and on Walmart.com) and if I find an advertised price on the item that is lower than what I paid, Walmart […]

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Our #SiennaDiaries Begin

November 21, 2013

About a month ago, we received a fun delivery – a brand new 2014 Toyota Sienna to test drive for a few months. Isn’t she beautiful?   She’s comfy and keeps us warm on those early morning drives to school. Even when it’s cold outside. I have full control, without even taking my eyes off […]

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{Better Than Your Grandma’s} Stuffing Recipe

November 20, 2013

Whether it comes from a box or it’s Grandma’s special recipe, the stuffing is an essential part of every Thanksgiving feast. I must admit, I often default to (and really like) the stuffing that comes from a box. I always thought homemade stuffing seemed like quite the chore to prepare, but I was determined to […]

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Our Basket of Thankfulness

November 18, 2013

I remember, as a little girl on Thanksgiving, sitting at a very long table with aunts, uncles, cousins, and my own siblings and parents, for Thanksgiving dinner. We would give thanks to the Lord for His blessings as we went around the table mentioning things for which we were most thankful… Recently I received a […]

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For the High-Tech Kiddo – VTech InnoTab 3S {Giveaway}

November 17, 2013

This high tech family has always been fans of VTech. From their phones to their Switch & Go Dinos and learning toys, we’re very familiar with the quality and performance of the brand. So, when we were asked to check out the InnoTab 3S I was totally game! What is the InnoTab 3S? The InnoTab 3S is […]

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Paramount’s NOAH Premiering March 2014

November 15, 2013

There are very few movies I am extremely excited to see. When I saw the trailer for NOAH the other day, I added it to my list. Scheduled to premier in March of 2014, I hope it’s well worth the wait. It looks like a great one! NOAH Synopsis: After visions of an apocalyptic deluge, […]

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Fall Living Room Decor {On a Budget}

November 14, 2013

It seems that as soon as Halloween is over, everywhere you turn, it’s Christmas! While I love Christmas decorations as much as the next girl, I try to savor the flavor of Fall right to the very end. Much like my beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte, it’s good till the last drop. Decorating for Thanksgiving or […]

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Mimi and the Rocket

November 11, 2013

We had the great privilege of being blessed with my mom’s company for the better part of this last week. It was the first time she had seen our new home, so we were excited to explore our new city with her and just hang out. (Well, Mom couldn’t help herself and she did a […]

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“what’s YOUR deal?”

November 5, 2013

CVS/pharmacy recently gave some of my fellow bloggers and me an early look at their new ad campaign – what’s your deal? Not only did I think it was hilarious, but it’s genius, really. Take a look – Oh, boy… how I can relate to the defeated look on Danielle’s face! While my kids have […]

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Fall Mantle Decor {On a Budget}

November 3, 2013

Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year. The mouth-watering aroma of baked goods, the crisp Fall air, sweaters and boots, colorful leaves, and early nights. What’s not to love? I also love Thanksgiving and decorating for this Holiday. In fact, I usually pull out my decor on the very first day of Fall. But, […]

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Money Saving Makeup Tips

October 29, 2013

As busy we’re moms we’re always on the lookout for quick and easy ways to make everyday products work for us. If you are anything like me, you have loads of Johnson’s Baby products in your cupboards and drawers… Use them as part of your beauty regimen! Enjoy these money saving makeup tips from Johnson’s […]

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Nursery Safety :: #Safety1st

October 28, 2013

We don’t have babies any more, and to be honest, we only had a real nursery for the twins thirteen years ago. So much has changed since then, from baby monitors to child proofing products, but one thing remains – Baby must be kept safe! Your baby will spend a large amount of time in […]

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Sycamore Row by John Grisham – A Book Review

October 27, 2013

In his newest novel, “John Grisham takes you back to where it all began…” I didn’t read John Grisham’s A Time to Kill, but I did watch the movie years ago, and  I do know that it was one of the most popular novels of our time – anyone who enjoys legal thrillers knows the […]

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Discussing Bullying With Our Kids

October 26, 2013

As National Bullying Prevention Month comes to an end, discussion and awareness never should. Bullying has become more than pushing and shoving on the playground, and we can teach our kids to make a difference. Showing our kids, by example, how to treat others with kindness and respect, and to stand up for themselves and others is […]

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Oil Pulling :: what it is and why you should do it

October 25, 2013

I returned home from a wonderful trip to Walmart HQ in Arkansas hoping to get in some snuggle time with my babies. Instead, I was hit with a nasty sinus infection, most likely due to flying. After three days, my sinus infection exacerbated an infected tooth and I was in so much pain it hurt […]

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My Favorite Fall Treat – Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

October 21, 2013

Most of my friends know me as having a major sweet-tooth. This reputation does not come from my love of cakes, cookies, or sweet breads, but more from my love of candy! Sure, I love a good cake, but definitely have my favorites. Carrot Cake and Pumpkin Cake are two for which I would turn […]

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Depression, Anxiety, and Me {Part Two}

October 19, 2013

{{READ ME FIRST}} Our seventh baby was born. He was beautiful and healthy, just like the rest of our children. To the world, I seemed happy. After all, I was the “super mom” of seven kids, with a loving husband. The one who seemed to have it all together. But, I was slumping further in […]

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The Importance of a Second Opinion

October 15, 2013

Just last week, I had an incredibly painful infection in a tooth that I should have had filled ages ago. I dragged myself to the dentist, feeling miserable, only to be told I needed a root canal. My first thought was to get it done asap, but I had to stop myself. I remembered what […]

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Chinese Chicken Salad {recipe}

October 11, 2013

I’m a fan of the rottiserie chicken. Our quick and convenient, go-to meal for the entire family consists of a couple of garlic rotisserie chickens, veggies, and fresh bread. We can feed our entire family for less than $20, and that’s a steal for a growing family of nine! With any left-overs, I like to make […]

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A Day Made Better

October 8, 2013

Last week OfficeMax surprised 1,000 teachers across the country with a total of $1 million in classroom supplies, thanking them for their hard work and dedication in the classroom. To the average American teacher, “back to school” means spending approximately $1,000 out of their own pocket for essential classroom supplies.OfficeMax founded A Day Made Better […]

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