Braided Breakfast Bake

Braided Breakfast Bake

(I am a compensated Great Day Farms ambassador.) There’s something so special about preparing and baking a casserole-type breakfast to your family, something so hearty and happy. I can’t put it into words, I just know deep down in my momma bones that it fills me with joy to cut into it and serve it [...]

How to Repurpose Easter Baskets

repurposing personalized easter baskets

Baskets in all shapes and sizes make me happy. To me, there is no better medium with which to organize than using baskets. They’re so pretty, functional, versatile, and sturdy. Each year on Easter, we crack open the stored box of my children’s baskets, dust them off, prettify them while packing them with goodies to [...]

Carrot Cake Protein Shake

Carrot Cake Protein Shake

The following recipe is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Daisy Cottage Cheese. I feel like such a freaking super hero for this recipe. My kids love (some) vegetables, don’t get me wrong, but sneaking in vegetables into something they think is a treat? Total parental winning in my book. And this Carrot Cake [...]

Fun Science Shows & Movies for Kids on Netflix + Science Experiment Fun #NetflixKids

Fun Science Programs for Kids on Netflix

I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. I’m not sure about you, but my kids are faaaaascinated with science. Making a potato battery? Mixing vinegar and baking soda? Food coloring carnations? Oh yeah, baby. We love fostering that love of science and experimentation with science-based movies and shows that stream on Netflix. (Mythbusters [...]

Sausage Cheese Biscuits Heart-Shaped

sausage cheese biscuits heart-shaped

(I am a compensated Great Day Farms ambassador.) We have a home and garden store nearby our house that’s relocating to a new building further away (boo!) so they marked their entire store down 30% or more (yay!). I came across this adorable mini heart-shaped cake pop pan and I simply HAD TO HAVE IT [...]

Houlihan’s New Low-Cal Menu Items & $50 Gift Card Giveaway #SoEatingThis

Houlihan's Lighter Menu Options #soeatingthis

Disclaimer: Compensation was provided by Houlihan’s via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Houlihan’s or Momtrends. For an afternoon “date” (or as date-ish as you can get with two kids along for the ride), hubs and I ventured to our neighborhood Houlihan’s restaurant [...]

Gold Winning Sports Movies for the Spring Season #NetflixKids

The Short Game

I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. Now that the Olympics are over, we’re still reveling in the sports spirit as we’ve started our spring soccer season. If you’re looking to keep the Olympic feeling alive at home with your kids, why not try these Gold-winning titles available on Netflix now: For your [...]

Favorite Walmart Fitness Finds from Over the Years

lifting weights with baby

I am blogging on behalf of Walmart.com, but the views expressed here are solely mine, not Walmart’s. Shop online and save money to live better at http://www.walmart.com. With seven kids and a super busy schedule, I do what I can, when I can. Sometimes, it’s squats with laundry, jumping jacks while cooking lunch, or dancing [...]

10 Movie Recommendations When You’re Sick, Snowed In, or Stuck at Home #NetflixKids

10 Movie Recommendations When You’re Sick, Snowed In, or Stuck at Home

I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. We’ve had one heck of a crazy weekend here in Texas. We endured a stomach bug AND a winter storm almost simultaneously (and we’re gearing up for more icy weather again)! Having the kids unexpectedly at home for both reasons, it’s tough to keep them occupied, [...]

Losing the Weight, Losing the Body Hating Negativity #FightFatTalk

BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD

The following post is sponsored by Burst on behalf of Special K®. For the past two months, I’ve taken a lot of time having fun with my kids, baking up a storm, celebrating Halloween/my birthday/Thanksgiving/Christmas (a bit too much) by overindulging in desserts, sweets, special dinners, etc. I haven’t stepped on the scale in a [...]

Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches #daretocarbonell

Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork

This recipe is sponsored by Carbonell© and Social Moms. Some days, I don’t want to mess too much with dinner. I want something that tastes phenomenal, but doesn’t take a ton of effort to get there. And these Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches are that kind of recipe for me – quick and easy [...]

5 Reasons Why Verizon Rocks My Socks #vzwse #vzwvoices

Verizon can you hear me now

The following post is sponsored by Verizon Wireless. I’m not ashamed to proclaim my undying love for Verizon. Whenever I’ve had issues in the past with my phones, I’ve never faced a problem they couldn’t handle. I know some folks think bigger companies have lost their customer service way, but I disagree in this case, [...]

Netflix On-The-Go! Great Holiday Movies for Travel #NetflixKids

Mickeys Magical Christmas

I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. While traveling to LA, I saw an amazing amount of folks traveling for the holidays, with suitcases, laptops, cameras, and kids in tow. Lots of gadgets were out navigating tickets, texts, and plans on smartphones, but it made me smile to see the kids happily enjoying [...]

Verizon Edge Program #vzwse #vzwvoices

Verizon Edge Program

The following post is sponsored by Verizon Wireless. Are you tired of waiting two full years before upgrading your phone? Me, too! A lot can happen in two years, (especially with eleventy-billion kids like me who like playing with my phone ALLTHETIME). Mobile phone insurance has been invaluable in our household (and I’ve used it [...]

Awfully Embarrassing Photos of the Inside of My Non-Self-Cleaning Oven #easyoff

second round with a heavy coating of Easy Off Fume Free

The following post is sponsored by Burst on behalf of EASY-OFF®. It was a frantic search for this house, as you know, with one month to find, secure, and buy a house before we moved. The builders we eventually went with weren’t exactly as amenable and fantastic as they could have been. Upon the first [...]

Disney FROZEN Toys at Walmart and Subway #FrozenFun #shop #cbias

Disney FROZEN toys from Walmart

You already know how excited I am about the new Disney movie, FROZEN. Now that our family has seen it and are COMPLETELY and TOTALLY in love with it (ahem), I’ve been on a hunt to secretly purchase all the FROZEN toys from Walmart I can find for them to unwrap under our tree this [...]

The Time We Lived at The Hampton: Our Hamptonality Story #HamptonHoliday #Giveaway

Hampton Inn and Suites Texas

The following post is sponsored by MomTrends on behalf of Hampton Hotel. I’d love to share with you a little story about a dislocated family searching for a forever home. We were traveling 6+ hours from Fort Polk, LA to San Antonio, TX every weekend, packing the car right after school let out on Friday [...]

Giving Up The Self-Loathing Chatter. For Me. For My Kids. #FightFatTalk

Facebook comments

The following post is sponsored by Burst on behalf of Special K®. I can’t recount how many times I’ve sabotaged myself in the face of a compliment. “You look beautiful in that dress, Lisa.” And then, for whatever reason, the response out of my mouth is “Oh, thank you so much! But… ” and then [...]

How Active Are You Daily? Activity Tracking with the Polar Loop #rethinkyourday

Polar Loop with Bluetooth strap

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Polar. Have you ever thought about how much you’re doing daily activity-wise? Have you ever considered how much you sit, or if you’re standing and moving enough? I’ve been pretty obsessed with fitness trackers and staying on top of my activity level ever since [...]

Help Me Choose My 2013 Holiday Cards, Please?

amazing adventures christmas card

It’s that time of year again – time to pick out the Douglas Family holiday cards from Tiny Prints! Can you help me? I couldn’t be more excited about working with Tiny Prints again this year! Here are my TOP FIVE choices for our family. As you know, I love the ones with lots of photo [...]

Just Dance Kids 2014 Review for the Wii U #JustDanceKids2014

Just Dance Kids 2014 Wii U

This post is sponsored by Just Dance Kids® and Burst Media. We’ve always loved LOVED loved the Just Dance games for the Wii (can ya tell?), and we are SO RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED to see the new games now available for the Wii U, too. Just Dance Kids® 2014 took what made Just Dance Kids® so [...]

In Love with the iPhone5s #vzwff #fitfluential

my iPhone 5s

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Verizon Wireless. Pshaw, it wouldn’t be *that big* of a jump, right? (Or so I thought). I already owned the iPhone 5, so upgrading to the new iPhone 5s shouldn’t be that big of a deal? I knew the iPhone 5s came with the [...]

Verizon Hopeline Donation Program #VZWHopeline #VZWSE #VZWVoices

HopeLine from Verizon logo

Every time we’ve upgraded our cellular devices, we’ve kept our old phones. I think there’s only been one occasion where my phone was so broken, it wasn’t kept, because I begged them to take it and give me a new one. Otherwise, we’ve got phones clogging up junk drawers and kid buckets here. The kids [...]

Pecan Pie Topped Waffles #EggoWaffleOff

Pecan Pie Waffles

As I mentioned in my previous post, I might be going Pecan Pie overboard here in the next month or so. The holidays are coming, and I’ve got Pecan Pie on the brain, and I was shocked SHOCKED to find there is very little experimentation when it comes to Pecan Pie. I mean, WHAT? Why? [...]

Maple Cinnamon Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip #EggoWaffleOff

Maple Cinnamon Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip

This week’s mission as Chief Waffle Officer for Eggo® was to create a Thanksgiving dish for waffles. Immediately pumpkin came to mind, and one of my most favorite pumpkin dishes is a pumpkin cheesecake. This gave me an idea – what if I combined this pumpkin cheesecake flavor together with maple syrup and speecy-spicy cinnamon [...]

Hangin’ Out with Personal Creations’ #HalloweenHangout

Halloween Decorating with Personal Creations

It’s almost Halloween, yes!! I am so excited, our house already had fall decor up, but I hope to have the rest of the Halloween stuff up this weekend! Woohoo! Look at what I’ve done so far, though. (Isn’t that BOO-quet from ProFlowers adorable!?) Today I had the pleasure of participating in Personal Creations’ first [...]

Connecting with Our Teens Using Walmart Family Mobile

Walmart Family Mobile #shop

As you know, we’re a huge sports family. My children have practices, games, as well as social lives, and are at the age that they could really use a phone of their own. Sometimes practice gets out early. Sometimes their after-school activities are canceled. Sometimes they have to stay later, and need to get a [...]