Holiday Gift Ideas for Gamers at Game Stop

gamestop

This is sponsored post on behalf of Game Stop. Christmastime for us is always a “stock up on the video games” time for us. With the new releases that are always timed just in time to give as gifts, plus the games that have been upgraded throughout the year, or lost (ahem… *cough*kids*cough*), this time […]

Holiday Decorating Ideas with Kohl’s

Kohls Holiday Mantle

This is sponsored post on behalf of Kohl’s. I love LOVE decorating for the holiday. LOVE it. I’m such a sucker for decorating for the seasons (as you know). I take great pride in it, as do my children. Each year we add to our decor for the seasons, and with Christmas being the biggest […]

Awesome Camera Gift Ideas at Best Buy

Cameras from Best Buy

This is sponsored post on behalf of Best Buy. For Mother’s Day this year, my husband bought me my newest baby – my Nikon D3200. I adore it so. For our money and what I wanted, at the time, the D3200 fit my needs. (Isn’t she pretty?) If you’re in the market for a new DSLR, […]

Gift Guide: Holiday Awesomeness with Hasbro!

Holiday Gift Ideas with Hasbro

We are a HUGE Hasbro-lovin’ family. Our Nerf love is strong in this home with 3 boys. This is how our old porch used to look on any given day: While we might not be able to break out the water guns or anything because it’s winter, but our Play-Doh lovin’ selves stay busy despite the […]

Gift Guide: Sol Republic Tracks Air Wireless Headphones

Sol Republic Tracks Air Wireless Headphones

Wireless bluetooth headphones are all the rage, and this holiday season, if you’re considering purchasing them for someone on your list, you simply MUST check out Sol Republic’s Tracks Air wireless headphones. With 15 hours of battery life, and 150 feet of wireless freedom, with ridiculous delicious sound using APT-X technology, the Tracks Air comes […]

Gift Guide: Hickory Farms Holiday Gift Baskets

Hickory Farms Savory and Sweet Holiday Gift Basket

For more than 60 years, Hickory Farms gifts have been a classic holiday tradition that brings family and friends together. This season, nearly 600 Hickory Farms kiosks will open in select retailers across North America. They offer a variety of specialty foods and holiday food gifts that are perfect for any budget and for everyone on your list […]

Gourmet Fudge Crispy Rice Treats

Gourmet Fudge Crispy Rice Treats - so good!

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and recipe are all mine. The holidays are my most favorite time of year. It’s the time for secretly shopping for loved ones, lovely hand-written notes and cards to friends and family, getting together with smiles, gifts, and goodies in hand, all while celebrating over egg nog, […]

Gift Guide: Strider Sport No-Pedal Balance Bike

Strider Balance Bike - Pink

Are you looking for an extra special gift to put under your tree for your toddler or pre-schooler? Check out this awesome STRIDER Sport 12″ No-Pedal Balance Bike! Available in 7 colors, the STRIDER Sport’s simple, no-pedal design helps younger children build confidence in their own ability to ride a bike because they can reach the ground and […]

20 Dynamic Duos on Netflix #StreamTeam

my new garden friends

I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. Everyone has their ‘yin’ to their ‘yang,’ their ‘cream’ to their ‘coffee,’ and their ‘peas’ to their ‘carrots.’ Who is that person for you? Is it your mother, your sister, your best friend, or daughter? My 7yo daughter recently bought BFF necklaces for one of her […]

Gift Guide: Silver Vines Cuff {Giveaway} #GiftCatalog

Silver Vines Cuff Giveaway

Looking for a meaningful gift to give a loved one this season? Get creative this holiday season by giving people you love these wonderful, poverty-fighting holiday gifts from the 2014 World Vision Gift Catalog. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by […]

The Importance of Our Parents Staying Healthy #AgingWell

Great Grandma and me

I participated in this program on behalf of Aetna and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. The holidays always bring about a sense of nostalgia for me, and a yearning to be the arms of my family once more. We’re unable to travel to see them this weekend for Thanksgiving, so I’m sitting here, […]

Handprint Calendar (Plus 15 Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas Kids Can Make)

Handprint Calendar Gift

The following post is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. All thoughts, opinions, and baby helpers are mine. Kids are naturally creative, inquisitive creatures that always want to be involved with things. This isn’t any different when it comes to the holidays. They want to help decorate the tree or […]

Sofia the First Preschool Playdate #DisneyKids

DisneyKids Sofia the First Preschool Playdate

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of inviting a few friends over for a fun Disney Preschool Princess Playdate! Our friends at Walt Disney World Resort and MomSelect sent us a wonderful celebration kit filled with fun stuff to help us pamper and shower our playdate guests with pixie dust! We used everything from the box, including fun […]

Help Me Choose My 2014 Holiday Cards, Please?

Happiness is... holiday photo cards

It’s that time of year again – time to pick out the Douglas Family holiday cards from Minted.com! Can you help me? I couldn’t be more excited about working with Minted this year! As you know, I’m a sucker for Christmas cards with lots of photo options. Last year, we quite narrowly missed out on sending a comic book photo […]

Dr. Cocoa is My Chocolate-Flavored Cold and Cough Super Hero

Dr Cocoa is a Dr Hero

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Dr. Cocoa™. I don’t know about you, but the nasty-tasting red cough syrup smells and tastes bad enough already, who the heck wants to wear it like a perfume? NOT ME! And yet, that’s exactly what happens, especially with young kids, isn’t it? They have a horrible […]

5 Tips for Weight Loss After Baby {& Giveaway} #DeltaLabs

Delta Labs Postnatal fat burner

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC. I know some women are concerned about weight loss after pregnancy, especially considering breastfeeding. What about supply? What will happen to the baby’s milk? What can I do, or can’t I do? Child birth is a traumatic event for our bodies, much more traumatic than our body changes during […]

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

Jimmy Dean Delights Entrees

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 […]

Grain-Free Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes #FitMaple

Grain-Free Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC. I eat oatmeal daily, sometimes paired with over-easy eggs (which I also eat daily). It might seem boring to eat the same thing every day, but when you’re a busy work-at-home-mom to eleventy-billion kids as I am, routine is key to staying on task and getting everything done. […]

Let’s Go Outside and Play, Mom and Dad! {Giveaway} #QuakerPlayMaker

playing on the trampoline

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Quaker Fuel Up to Play 60. We’re a pretty active family. You’re always going to see pictures and tales of our kids’ in sports, and our various adventures in bike riding, family walks, playing on the trampoline, and always having fun with the kids. It’s just part […]

I Finally Have Eyes in the Back of My Head (and In The Other Room)

Levana Stella 2 Camera Video Monitor Set

As a parent, don’t you wish you had eyes in the back of your head? I need them in this house, especially since it’s just me and the baby at home during the day. In our old house, we had a large great room and it was easy to keep tabs on her, even behind […]

Celebrate Mini Milestones with Netflix #StreamTeam

toothless

I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. My seven-year-old had her first sleepover about a month ago. Of course, I was nervous nelly – how could she spend a night away from me? From us? But c’mon – girls and costumes and giggling and fingernail painting, it’s just too big to fight. Plus, […]

The Holidays are HOW CLOSE!?

Holiday Guide Sneak Peek

This is a compensated post that contains products given and affiliate links. I can’t even believe I’m about to say this, but (whispers) there are only 64 days until Christmas. I. am. NOT. READY. I mean, it isn’t even Halloween yet and I know you’re wagging your finger at me. “Lisa?! Why are you bringing this […]

The Importance of Saying “Thanks” to Our Military

army uniform

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Marie Callender’s. This is the porch to our new house on post. We use our monthly BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) to live here, which is a stipend for service members with families to live and pay rent. These fresh-faced, hand-holding children below attend Department of Defense schools here on post […]

Quick and Easy Lunch Solutions for Busy Parents #ShineAnytime

Jimmy Dean Delights Entrees

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Jimmy Dean®. We knew moving here that my husband was going to have to commute a little (no worse than he did in San Antonio). With his new position and new demands for his time, he can’t come home for lunch like he used to some years […]

Halloween Costume Shopping for the Family from BuyCostumes.com #OrangeTuesday

shopping Halloween costumes at BuyCostumes.com

As part of being an Orange Tuesday ambassador, last week we were assigned to shop for our Halloween costumes from BuyCostumes.com! I can’t wait to show you what we chose! Both younger boys have chosen to be Captain America – one will be the traditional with regular Captain America shield while the other one will […]

Our Love for Garanimals

peanut butter lover

When I was asked to create a post for Garanimals, I knew it wouldn’t be hard. When it comes to kids clothes 5T and under, we’ve owned quite a lot of Garanimals in this household. Just to give you an idea, here’s a little snapshot of some of the things in Baby V’s drawer currently: […]

Bacon Egg and Cheese Breakfast Ring

Bacon Egg and Cheese Breakfast Ring title

(I am a compensated Great Day Farms ambassador.) Oh my gosh, you guys! Who doesn’t want a bright, sunshiny shape like this to greet you in the morning! Hello, gorgeous. Fancy “meating” you here. (Get it? Meat? Ha!) I know you guys are simply going to love the easy-ness of this recipe, just like my other […]