Smart is the New Cool with Project Mc² on Netflix #StreamTeam

Project Mc² science experiments

I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. My daughter has been soooo excited about the new Netflix Original Series, Project Mc², that premiered on August 7th. The show features four supercool teen spies who show how girls can use their science smarts and math problem-solving skills to help save the world. Project Mc² […]

Celebrate Fitness with Fun Workout Gear from Kohls #MakeYourMove

Marvel Avengers Leggings at Kohls

I’ve partnered with Kohl’s for the #MakeYourMove campaign.  I’m a huge believer in focusing your workouts towards things you’re passionate about. As a former dancer and cheerleader myself, I find dance-based workouts coupled with strength and stretching are my jam, yo! Pilates and Yoga? Yes, please! I’m also pretty passionate about shaking my hiney to […]

Get Fit and Inspired with Yoga and Gaiam at Kohl’s #MakeYourMove

Comfiest Yoga Tee EVER

I’ve partnered with Kohl’s for the #MakeYourMove campaign.  There’s just something about doing yoga in the mornings for me. It doesn’t even have to be a long routine or anything – just a simple rotation of poses – mountain pose, forward fold, downward dog, warrior 1, upward dog, with a repeat – simple, awakening, and such a […]

To The Edge and Beyond with Netflix #StreamTeam

Dragons Race to the Edge goodie box

I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. My kids ADORE the new Dragons: Race to the Edge now on Netflix. Have you had a chance to check it out yet? Here’s a look at the all-new Netflix original my kids can’t get enough of! As an added treat, Netflix sent us a big […]

Kids in the Kitchen, Vegetarian-Style #MakeYourMove

Preteen son using the Veggetti

I’ve partnered with Kohl’s for the #MakeYourMove campaign.  I mentioned in my last post how I’ve gotten my fitness groove back, and how exciting it is to see the changes to my body as well as to the fit in my clothing. My husband has joined me in this journey, too – we’re eating healthier, […]

Making My Move with Kohl’s This Summer #MakeYourMove

Kohl's Make Your Move cute FILA SPORT® running capris

I’ve partnered with Kohl’s for the #MakeYourMove campaign.  2015 has been a doozy of a year, and I’m sad and ashamed to say that I lost my way a little, friends. All the hard work that I’ve done over the years to get my body (and me) back, I feel as though I completely undid […]

Mom Gets The Night Off with Papa John’s – Worry Free Dinner with Better Ingredients

Picnic in the backyard with Papa John's

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Papa John’s and Tapinfluence. Many years ago, when we were searching for homeopathic ways to help our daughter’s ADHD, I stumbled across something called the Feingold Diet. (I’ve talked about this before). At the time, I’d thought we were doing pretty okay in the food […]

Summer Family Indoor Fun with Netflix #StreamTeam

Mako Mermaids: Season 3

I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. School’s about to be out for the summer, hooray! Our days are about to be filled with backyard fun, swimming, traveling and ALL KINDS OF FUN! But, as we learned the very first week we moved here, IT RAINS! Ha! And some of our cherished summer […]

Bloodline on Netflix: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire #StreamTeam

Lying and Honesty - Titles including Bloodline on Netflix

I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. The Rayburns, from the new Netflix original series, Bloodline, have some dark family secrets they’re willing to do anything to keep from coming out — lying included. While you may not know the Rayburn clan just yet, The Philadelphia Inquirer calls Bloodline “an intricately drawn and […]

Less Lunch-Making Stress with Mott’s Snack and Go

Easy school lunch with Mott's Snack and Go

This blog post is sponsored by Mott’s and SocialMoms. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. In all my lunch-making prowess serving up creative leftovers and sides to my children for Operation Awesome School Lunch, I’ve been stuck a little in the fruit department, especially for the little ones. They don’t have a […]

When Shopping With 6 Kids Goes Wrong. Way Way Very Bad Wrong.


This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and RESCUE blogging program. I haven’t had too many issues with the kids, now that my husband is deployed and it’s just me. I thought I’d have a lot more than I do, but we’re managing quite fantastically at home. I have a few tough, stressful […]

Get Out, Get Walking, and Get Active with #walkoutwednesdays

Omron Fitness Tracker

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Omron Healthcare, Inc. Spring, heck yeah! I couldn’t be happier about the Spring weather finally hitting in our area, and being able to look forward to temperate weather almost every day. This little Omron Alvita Wireless Activity Tracker (HJ-327T) that I wrote about previously has inspired me […]

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

big brother bonding with sister while brushing hair

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 […]

Reinvent Yourself with Netflix Movies #streamteam

Reinvent Yourself with Titles from Netflix

I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. When you were a kid, did you ever think about what you wanted to be when you grew up? Did you ever actually play it out in real life – pretending to be a doctor with patients, or a teacher with students, or a rock star […]

♫ Walking in a Sunny Wonderland ♫ with the Omron Fitness Tracker

Omron Alvita Wireless Tracker

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Omron Healthcare, Inc. Sometimes, this parenting gig is tough. Some days, a mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do and take a “time out” to breathe a second, or to escape the crazy (especially like me with eleventy-billion kids). I love my children so desperately much, but mom needs a break […]

Bacon Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese and Pre-School Lunch Fun #MealtimeSolutions

Bacon Macaroni and Cheese Grilled Cheese

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Horizon Organic. Sometimes, my toddler feels a little left out. She’s the only one at home with me during the day, and – quite frankly – mom isn’t as fun as her older brothers and sisters. They get to do ALL the cool things, like go to […]

Help Kids Create Their Own Destiny #streamteam

Help Kids Create Their Own Destiny with Netflix

I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. Have you ever asked your child/ren what they want to be when they grow up? “Someday, I want to be…” or “Someday, I will…” – those are a couple of GREAT questions to ask about their hopes and dreams for their futures. Netflix has some wonderful selections […]

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

hubby eating Kellogg's Raisin Bran Crunch for breakfast before work

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 […]

The Adventures of Puss in Boots & Four-Legged Stars to Stream on Netflix #StreamTeam

The Adventures of Puss in Boots

I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. We loved the movie Shrek, and we’re excited to see our ol’ pal Puss in Boots has a new swashbuckling adventure-comedy series appropriately titled The Adventures of Puss in Boots. It premiered on Netflix January 16th, did you catch it? To celebrate, we’re celebrating pets this month, and we’ve curated a few […]

I Made a Whole Dinner in a Blender (Including Appetizer and Dessert!)

How I Made a Whole Dinner in a Blender (Including Appetizer and Dessert)

This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Blendtec. You guys. YOU GUYYYYYSSSS!! I can nearly contain my excitement over this delicious new appliance that is gracing our kitchen right now. I. seriously. can’t. even. with how ridiculously easy it is to plop ingredients into this thing and then POOF! make a several-course […]

King Julien Premiere and Holiday Movies from Netflix #StreamTeam


I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. All Hail King Julien Did you hear? King Julien from Madagascar got his own show! Check out this clip from the all-new Netflix original All Hail King Julien which just premiered December 19th! I like to move it move it! Celebrate the holidays with King Julien’s friends from Madagascar with […]

For What Matters Most this Holiday – Family

Story Time with Mrs. Claus

This is sponsored post on behalf of TYLENOL®. The holidays are such a special time, filled with travel, home baked goodness, together time, and celebration. It is, beyond a doubt, my most favorite time of year, and I love every aspect of it, from the decorating, to the twinkling lights, the baking treats, to the […]

Hot Tech Gifts This Season from Best Buy

Hot Tech Gifts from Best Buy

This is sponsored post on behalf of Best Buy. If you’re looking for hot technology gifts to give loved ones this holiday, you’ll find everything you need and more at Best Buy, as we always have. There’s a reason we have Best Buy elite status, having been a reliable customers of Best Buy for many years. Their customer […]

Holiday Gift Ideas for Gamers at Game Stop


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 […]