Armpits of Fury™ Be Gone with Old Spice’s Hardest Working Collection #smellegendary

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Old Spice (P&G). My husband’s a hard working man, and always has been. In addition to his important soldier-y duties as a First Sergeant, he’s a soccer coach to eleventy-billion teams, Spider Killer Extraordinaire, Master Griller, Reacher of Tall Stuff, Lifter of Heavy Things, […]

The Time I Almost Set the Christmas Tree on Fire (Giveaway!) #DaddysHome

This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms campaign for “Daddy’s Home” in theatres nationwide on Christmas Day. The crazy stories and ideas expressed here are definitely my own. I thoroughly enjoy decorating for the holidays, we go “all out” decorating almost every doorway, every flat surface, empty spot on the wall, the kitchen […]


Surprise! We’re moving you to Fort Bragg, because you promoted, and we need First Sergeants right now, so when you get here you’ll probably get a company within a couple months. Surprise! No, no you’re not getting a company. You’ve been away too long. Oh, and you’re getting deployed. Surprise! Your husband isn’t leaving for deployment […]

How Big Brother Helps Fill Dad’s Role During Deployment #JohnsonsDaddyDos

I’ve partnered with JOHNSON’S® Baby as an ambassador. My husband readily admits that he’s not the best at “doing hair.” I’m the hair-doer in this household, whether it’s a lattice braid, heart-shaped braid, or other “Hair Experiment.” My husband celebrates when he does a ponytail (it’s kind-of adorable). While he might not style hair the […]

Pre-Deployment Reality Check

Putting away the Valentine’s decorations feels like we’re boxing up love (even though that isn’t what we’re doing, even though it technically is) – we kept it up as late as we could this year. Putting up Easter, a holiday he won’t be here to celebrate, feels so empty and meaningless. I’m simply going through […]

How to Have a Successful Start to Your Day Without Being a Morning Person

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Kellogg’s. I want mornings to go as smoothly as possible. Mornings are hard enough as it is, we all enjoy our sleep, and we want the best start we possibly could have. I’ve got mornings down to a science, now, knowing exactly how long it’ll take to […]

Hello, 2015. Not Sure About You Yet.

I want to celebrate you. I want to toast to a “fresh start” and “new opportunities” with the flip of a calendar page. I want to slough off the old and used from 2014 to reveal shiny and new for 2015, like so many others are doing. Hopeful. Excited. Ready. But I hesitate. Your calendar’s […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W44} #happinessis

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 […]

Halloween 2014

Halloween 2014 was a success! We’d planned and shopped and it went wonderfully! Baby V wasn’t nearly as afraid as we’d suspected she would be (except of Jeremy, can you believe it? He couldn’t be a pirate because she was afraid!) Turns out, his not being a pirate may have been a blessing in disguise […]

Easy Dinner Solutions with Jimmy Dean® Frozen Entrees (& $50GC Giveaway!) #ShineAnytime

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Jimmy Dean®. My husband’s job is at it again – derailing our normal family schedule. The other night, he endured his first “staff duty” here. Staff duty is a 24-hour shift where he and another soldier help to watch over the barracks, which means spending the night at the […]