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! 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


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 #OrangeTuesday

shopping Halloween costumes at

As part of being an Orange Tuesday ambassador, last week we were assigned to shop for our Halloween costumes from! 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 […]

Pizza and a Movie Night with 18 Netflix Titles #StreamTeam

18 Pizza and a Movie Night Netflix TV and Movie Choices

I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. Now that school’s back in session, we’ve been celebrating the weekends heartily. With soccer games and schedules in full swing, it feels good to kick off our shoes on a Friday and not have to cook, y’know? With the busy hustle and bustle of the week, […]

Potty Training Tips from a Mom of Many

Top Potty Training Tips

Even experienced parents like me need potty training advice sometimes, and that’s why I’m excited to have partnered with the Big Kid Academy for this post. You would think that, having eleventy-billion kids ‘n all, that I’d have this whole potty training thing down cold, right? That I’d wave some magical wand and BOOM, they’re potty trained, because after doing […]

Angel Soft® Facial Tissue Soft Packs Travel Wherever, Whenever. Because Boogers Happen.

Angel Soft Tissues in the purse

This post is sponsored by Angel Soft® facial tissue, but the allergies and booger-talk is all mine. I posted this image on Instagram yesterday. I couldn’t resist taking this picture while on my morning walk taking the kids to school. Back to school time living here means I get to walk them to and from school daily, because […]

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza Rolls for School Lunches #HillshireNaturals

Homemade Pizza Rolls

Making new, cool recipes for my kids’ lunches is my jam. I want my kids to be excited when they flip open their lunch box, y’know? I want to know that they eat well, and are fed well while learning and hanging with friends at school all day away from me. It’s a big mom […]

My Love for My Polar FT60 Fitness Watch #TeamPolar #SmartCoaching

Polar Flowlink with FT60

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Polar. As soon as I forayed into the heart rate monitor realm a couple years back, I purchased a Polar FT60 after asking several fitness friends for recommendations. I’d done my homework, I knew it was designed for fitness enthusiasts, runners and active sport participants like me. […]

I’m a Ambassador! #OrangeTuesday

Orange Tuesday

I’m sure you’re well aware how passionate we are in our love for Halloween. From Halloween parties and themed food to dressing up and decorating, we ADORE Halloween and get so excited once September rolls around, because that means it’s right around the corner! Eeek!! This year, we’ve got another reason to be excited! We’re […]

12 Netflix Titles That Promote Kindness and Acceptance #StreamTeam

12 movies and shows on Netflix that promote kindness for kids

I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. I was a nervous nelly moving here, I admit it. As the kids get older, moving doesn’t get any easier, just harder. Would they find friends right away? Would they eat lunch alone? Who would they meet – would they be nice to my children, or […]

Bacon Egg and Cheese Hash Brown Nests

added cheese to the Bacon Egg and Hash Brown Nests

(I am a compensated Great Day Farms ambassador.) Bacon, egg, and cheese – my favorite breakfast combo. There’s something amazing about putting those three ingredients together that really makes my morning. While I say “bacon” on this site, and mean turkey bacon (I like how less salty it is, and how it crisps up perfectly), […]

End of Summer Fun

fun in the sun

I am in denial that summer is almost over. School starts next week for us, and I’m not ready. This summer has been a fantastic one, and I’m not ready for 5:30am mornings and practice schedules yet. We’ve been busy setting up our new house here, and drinking in all the delicious sunshine (when we […]