Happiness is ______ {2014-W29} #happinessis

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We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

American Girl Doll Handcrafted Wardrobe Giveaway

American Girl Doll Handcrafted Wardrobe Giveaway

You’ve been waiting for it and the time has arrived for our third American Girl Doll Handcrafted Wardrobe Giveaway. This time the contributors have outdone themselves and created an incredible summer wardrobe. You are going to love it!! This fabulous giveaway is brought to you by the following co-hosts, sponsors, & contributors~ 1. Diana of [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W18} #happinessis

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We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

On Learning, Listening, and Finally Taking Time for Me #beautyis #Mom2Summit

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When I stepped out of the minivan and onto the sidewalk of the airport, I felt anxious and nervous. I was second-guessing my decision to go. I hadn’t been away from the baby for more than 24 hours before – what if she needed me? What if my husband couldn’t handle it through the night? [...]

Moms’ Night Out Movie – Parents of All Kinds MUST See

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I planned this whole big “Moms’ Night Out” with my San Antonio blogging friends. We were going to view the free pre-screening of the new Moms’ Night Out movie at the Regal theatre at 7pm, but meet for drinks at the Perico’s Grill next door at 5:30. I organized this get together for Maria with [...]

Have Coffee with Skimbaco Lifestyle, and This AMAZING Mocha Coffee Cake Recipe!

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I am SO excited to share with you this guest post by my good friend, Katja Presnal. Katja and her adventurous family are the absolute definition of carpe diem and living life to the fullest (her motto), as she lives her “Happiness Is’ wherever life takes her, which is currently on a countryside in SWEDEN! [...]

American Girl Doll Valentine’s Giveaway

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I participated in an American Girl Doll & Wardrobe giveaway back in October, and we it was SO fun, we did it again! (We’ve decided to make it a series!) This second giveaway has a Valentine’s theme and is brought to you by the following co-hosts, sponsors, & contributors (including yours truly!)

Happiness is ______ {Week Fifty} #happinessis

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2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

(A Not So Typical) Happiness is ______ {Week Thirty-Four} #happinessis

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2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Instagram Etiquette 101 – 6 Tips You Shouldn’t Ignore

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Guest post by Katja Presnal, the author of “Instagram as your Guide to the World”. Instagram has changed the way I plan my travels, and in fact Instagram is nowadays my travel guide when I travel to new places. I discovered new ways to search Instagram and use it as a reference after using the [...]

How to Embed Your Vine Videos into Posts

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If you’re anything like me, and you’re taking fun, stop-motion videos using the new Vine app, you’re probably reeeeally wanting to share these videos online and embed them into posts. It’s really a lot easier than you might think, actually. Step 1: If you’ve shared the Vine video with Twitter or Facebook, you’ll see a [...]

Operation GMST (Get My Sh*t Together) – January update & February Challenge

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At the beginning of this year, I was determined. Operation GMST was officially afoot. I created our family’s “bucket” or “life list,” and began the #happinessis weekly feature, focusing on all the happiness in our lives each week (which I love so sooo very much). This year is going to be the year of getting [...]

Starbucks Valentines Twitter Party Event! 2/8 12pm EST

Starbucks Valentines Twitter Party

Oh yes, we’re doing it again. It’s a Starbucks VALENTINE’S Party this time! Starbucks, the coffee brand we all know and love (and worship, ahem), will be our gracious sponsors once again of this fantabulous Valentine’s Day event on Twitter on February 8th 2013 12-1pm EST. We’ll talk about all things coffee, chocolate, Valentine’s Day, gift-giving, and brainstorm [...]

Instagram Changes TOS – 3 Tips For You with Instagram Alternatives

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Instagram’s change to its Terms of Service (TOS) happens to be a very hot topic right now, and even though Instagram issued a statement regarding it’s changes and changing the legal mumbo-jumbo because it caused “confusion,” a lot folks everywhere are leery, wondering what to do, and considering Instagram alternatives. While discussing this change on Facebook yesterday, [...]

Grief-Stricken, Helping Newtown, and Saying Thank You

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Today’s alarm was a cruel one. Monday mornings are always particularly tougher than any other day of the week, specifically because it comes on the heels of two straight days of a little freedom and some extra shut-eye. The routine is back in session, work will commence, kids will go back to class and have [...]

Starbucks Holiday Twitter Party Event! 12/19 1pm EST

Starbucks #deliciouspairings holiday twitter party

Yes, I did just say Starbucks, and yes, I did just say PARTAYYY! Starbucks, the coffee brand you know and love, will be the gracious sponsors of this fan-freaking-tastic holiday event on Twitter on December 19th 2012 1-2pm EST in which we’ll talk about all things coffee, holidays, gifts, and brainstorm some wonderful ways to combine [...]

Pinterest Group Boards Do NOT Share Followers

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For the past month, Pinterest has been broke for me, in one way or another. First, my personal boards went missing. Now, it’s my group (collaboration) boards that are seemingly MIA. While being without access to those group boards, I decided to conduct a little research experiment with a friend, and I wanted to share my findings [...]

Baby Blogger {Photo}

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You know you’re a blogger’s child when…

25 Halloween Recipe Ideas You Can’t Miss {+ Link Up}

25 Halloween Recipes

I’ve been a busy bee rounding up some of the best Halloween Recipe Ideas I’ve found on the web. I enjoy “trading” my kids their Halloween candy for homemade treats and healthier candy (particularly since you can’t control what the neighbors give out). Check out these awesome Halloween Candy alternatives, or feel free to bookmark [...]

The EASY Way to Add Google Authorship for AuthorRank to Your Blog or Website

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I’m encountering a lot of writer and blogging friends having trouble trying to set-up the Google authorship process on their websites by linking their Google+ accounts to their sites. I’ve visited all the articles that touch upon this process, and while there are a lot of great websites that explain AuthorRank and even go into specifics on how [...]

Email Subscriptions and Feed Delivery Ch-ch-ch-channnges!

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Dear friends, Feedburner, my once-chosen RSS feed delivery service, is seemingly dying. I woke up to this scare last week, thinking I’d lost all of you: Amazingly enough, it is STILL not remedied! Even if Google is claiming it’s simply a “bug” (and this is freakin’ GOOGLE we’re talking about), and it’s still not fixed?! Something [...]

Flashback Friday – Fitspirational Posts, Sites and Bloggers for Fitness Inspiration

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Happy TGIF! I’ve been working pretty hard to try to get back into shape after having a baby, and I thought I might showcase some of the websites, pictures, and posts I use as “Fitspiration.” Firstly, in front of my elliptical is a my inspiration/motivation tack board. I have a few cutesy things from my [...]

Fun Photos at #typeacon

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This is what happens when Baby V’s sleeping head began to roll off my shoulder just as the picture of Cecily “eating” her head was snapped. HILARIOUS! Talking (and drooling) to friends at the AboutOne cocktail hour We got all kinds-of dressed up for the Ubisoft 80′s party. Baby V liked being dressed up at [...]

I Looked Okay On The Outside

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I smiled all of the time and meant it most of the time even though some of the times I didn’t want to smile, but actually cry Openly. In someone’s arms like I was a kid seeking refuge in my mother’s arms after being wronged except the only wrong inflicted was from myself my own [...]

Post-Conference Wear and Tear

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Of all four flights I took to Charlotte, NC and back, the last, brief flight from Dallas was the oddball one. The flight attendant who checked me in could not give me a bulkhead seat (the larger row directly behind first class), so we were cramped in a regular coach seat, both V and me. [...]

Flashback Friday – Humor

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It’s Fridayyyyyyy, yes! And yes, this week we’re bringin’ the funny! I don’t know about you, but on bad days (like today is for me), I could use an extra hefty dose of the giggles, inappropriate or no. Bookmark this to save for an especially unhappy day to help cheer you up, okay? – Probably [...]

Flashback Friday

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TGIF, yo! Every Friday I’m going to be featuring the old-school stuff you’d like to dust off and re-showcase to the world. Got something in your archives you’d like to show a little lovin’ to? Visit this page and enter your link with a brief description here to have it featured here on Flashback Fridays! [...]