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 [...]

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 BuyCostumes.com 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 [...]

GORGEOUS Apple Rose Tarts for Snacks and School Lunches #HorizonB2S

Apple Rose Tarts

The following post is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. All thoughts, opinions, and baby helpers are mine. I’m a huge advocate for getting kids to help in the kitchen, even at an early age. Have the baby sit in the bouncy while you cook, and give the baby a [...]

The Prep Pad Smart Scale for Easy Food Preparation #TheOrangeChefCo #PrepPad

The Orange Company Prep Pad

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of The Orange Chef Co. All thoughts and opinions are my own. One of the hardest parts about eating healthy and dieting is controlling portion sizes, especially when you prepare your own food. There’s no nutritional label on homemade goods, and unless the recipe you’re [...]

Unpacking, Furniture, and Decorating, Oh My! {Plus Exclusive Wayfair Discount Code!}

new playroom

We’re here! We made it! There is SO SO much to tell you about our trip, vacation, and trek to move several states away. Thankfully, we’ve already met several of our new neighbors, and even a soldier who wants to take our empty boxes off our hands. Unfortunately for him, North Carolina has welcomed us by crying daily. This [...]

10 Netflix Shows and Documentaries to Help Avoid Summer Brain Drain

10 Netflix Shows and Documentaries to Help Avoid Summer Brain Drain

I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. I don’t know about you, but the second summer starts on that very last second of the very last day of school, I secretly become Mel Gibson in Braveheart screaming “FREEEDOMMMM!!!” because SUMMER and POOL PARTIES and SLEEPING LATE and general summertime awesomeness. Except, summer brain [...]

My Love for the Mizuno Wave Kazan #BlazeNewTrails

Mizuno Wave Kazan Love

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Mizuno Running and Fitfluential. I’ve been a longtime lover of Mizuno, every since I had my feet professionally fitted for running shoes. The day that sales lady put those shoes on me, I felt invincible. I ripped off the label from the box and set it aside, so [...]

Sausage Egg and Cheese Crescents

Sausage Egg and Cheese Crescents title

(I am a compensated Great Day Farms ambassador.) Easy breakfasts that can be made in bulk make me insanely happy. Do you know how easy it is to bulk cook breakfasts once a week for your family, store the remainder in the fridge and freezer, and know your kids can eat healthy, nutritious meals all [...]

Breakfast Fun with Our Favorite Tommee Tippee Products

Breakfast Fun with Tommee Tippee

Here’s a peek into our every day. What’s in the bowl usually varies – some days it’s cereal. Some days it’s oatmeal. Or orange slices, maybe grapes. Or, if it’s lunch, it’s mac and cheese (her favorite). Today, for breakfast, it’s Peanut Butter Dots cereal (an HEB favorite). She sits, happily sipping her apple juice [...]

Homemade Coffee Shop Caramel Macchiato Muffins

Caramel Macchiato Muffins ready to serve

Breakfasts here so far this summer have been more about convenience than anything. (Perhaps even more-so than during school!) The kids are active, and this one’s at the door, or this activity is awaiting them. They don’t want breakfast (or eating in general) to take too much of their summertime. When I was asked to create [...]

Wayfair Daily Sales Awesomeness

My Wayfair Daily Sales Picks

Because I believe everyone and everything is always a work in progress, I include my home and home’s decor into that philosophy, too. I geek out at home decor sales, always shopping for something new and fun for “this area” or “that area” of my home, or maybe reorganizing to help making our home life [...]

11 Netflix Titles for Mom Time

11 Netflix Titles for Mom Time

I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. School’s out, summer is here, the kids are staying up later, sleeping later, responsibilities can sometimes go by the wayside and you’re seeming a little more frazzled. But, shh! They just fell asleep, or are tucked in tight into their beds on their way to dreamland. [...]

Next Level Fitness with Les Mills #ImmersiveFitness

The Project IMMERSIVE FITNESS- BODYBALANCE Immersive

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Les Mills. The opinions and text are all mine. Once upon a time, I was a dancer. I looked forward to group rehearsals and classes, dancing my heart out in front of the dance studio’s unforgiving mirror and in front of my peers. I [...]

Cheesy Baked Egg Toast

Cheesy Baked Egg Toast title

(I am a compensated Great Day Farms ambassador.) Eggs and toast are such a perfect breakfast staple. They’re our default, our ‘go-to’ breakfast, especially if you’re like me and love a good runny egg with a little buttered toast to mop it up with. Mmm! But I wasn’t always a runny egg fan. In fact, I [...]