♫ 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 […]

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. […]