Makeup That Stays Put: e.l.f. Primer

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 e.l.f. Essentials Eyelid Primer I’ve admitted on more than one occasion that I consider myself a novice when it comes to makeup.  I lead a fairly busy and active lifestyle, so melting or flaking makeup is not on my list of acceptable product qualities. I love e.l.f.’s eyelid primer so much, that I’ve even gifted it […]

Orange Cranberry Quick Bread

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Orange Cranberry Quick Bread Looking for a new fall favorite?  This orange cranberry quick bread is moist, and bursting with citrus and cranberry flavor, that won’t overpower the non-cranberry lovers in your life.  My husband, who supposedly despises cranberries, ate multiple thick slices!  The four year old also really enjoyed the bread.  It keeps well, […]

Refinishing A Coffee Table

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Refinishing A Coffee Table Refinishing a coffee table wasn’t very high on my list of priorities, until I took a really close look at this coffee table.  It was purchased at Crate and Barrel as a wedding gift 10+ years ago.  Many dogs, and three kids later, the coffee table had seen a lot of […]

Local Eats.

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Local Eats Instead of National Chains Hubby and I decided that we would make the leap and start avoiding most of the huge chains after more than one, “So, what do you want to eat?”  It’s been interesting!  We’ve been adventurous, and found lots of new restaurants that we had never been to in the […]

Thrifting.

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I love thrifting.  Most of the clothes and shoes in my closet, and many of those in my family’s are from thrift stores.  When I was young, I knew to always check the clearance racks before perusing the remainder of the sales floor to snag the best deals.  As an adult, I keep a mental […]

Why We Savor The Fall

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Savoring the Fall, Instead of Rushing to Christmas Our family doesn’t decorate our home for Christmas, listen to Christmas carols, create holiday wish lists, or generally focus on Christmas, until after Thanksgiving.  Despite every single store’s desperate pleas for us to focus on Christmas in the fall, we stand strong. Fall is an absolutely amazing time of year.  Sunsets come […]

$1,000 Disney Gift Card Giveaway

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One winner will receive a $1,000 Disney Gift Card. We’ve visited Disneyland three times as a family, usually with one of the kids on the under 3 pass.  On our most recent trip, our children thoroughly enjoyed the Star Wars Experience.  Our two eldest were chosen to participate, and they were so happy to battle […]

Cariloha Softest Night’s Sleep Holiday Sweepstakes

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Welcome to the Cariloha Softest Night’s Sleep Holiday Sweepstakes Sponsored by Cariloha Organized by Budget Earth Co-Hosted by Monica Rants, Raves, & Reviews   Want to make bedtime as amazing as possible? Make snuggling in bed that much more relaxing with super soft bamboo sheets from Cariloha! What makes these sheets so amazing? For one, […]

Gymboree 40% Off Sale

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Disclosure:  The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.  This posting is sponsored by Gymboree. Gymboree 40% Off Sale Some of my favorites from the current Gymboree lines are: The Easy Cardigan for layering on a cool morning, […]

My home is overrun with soccer….

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The Top Reasons Soccer Sometimes Makes Me Crazy {From the soccer mom’s point of view} The smell.  My car reeks like something died in it after practice.  When my kids come off the field, they are covered in turf grass, mud, and sloppy sweaty.  This is all transferred to my vehicle, and I am often […]

How Changing Seasons Affect Pet Skin, Coat, and Nails

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Pet Care:  Taking Care of Your Pet’s Skin, Coat, and Nails Through Changing Seasons Changing seasons affect more than just the temperature outside. As the mercury rises and falls, changes in air pressure and humidity can impact pets’ skin, coat, and nail quality. Follow these guidelines to help keep your dogs and cats looking and feeling […]

DIY: Fall Topiary Project

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DIY: Fall Topiary Project My DIY fall topiary project began with a pair of these raggedy prelit  topiaries.  The one on the left was as I found it, and the right I had begun to fluff up and unwind the extra lights. Having spied the pair of them at Goodwill for $9.96 each and plugged them in to […]

ELPH Band and $125 Target Gift Card Giveaway

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Welcome to the ELPH Band Giveaway Event! Mom Powered Media, ELPH Band, and fantastic group of amazing bloggers have come together to bring you this event, just in time for Halloween. Hosted by: Mom Powered Media Sponsored by: ELPH Band The ELPH Band is a link to your identifying information, such as your address, parent […]

Review: Gearapalooza 2014 Atlanta

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  Review: Gearapalooza Atlanta 2014 Gearapalooza is an annual event showcasing the latest and greatest baby gear, and this year the tour visited 12 cities.  Lucky for me, my favorite local baby and kids store New Baby Products was the host location for Atlanta.  Tickets for this year’s event were about $53ish and $110ish.  I […]

42 inch Smart HDTV Giveaway – BuyDig

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Buydig Sponsored 42-Inch TV Giveaway Every year, out of their amazing generosity BuyDig.com offers an amazing giveaway sweepstakes. And this year is no different. This year the fabulous team over at BuyDig has decided to give one lucky blog reader a 42-Inch 1080p 60Hz Direct LED Smart HDTV with Wi-Fi! BuyDig.com rules is preferred by Mom Blog Society. Whenever […]

Pets: Halloween Safety

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Last year on Halloween, we went trick or treating with friends.  Imagine my friend’s surprise when a neighbor’s dog came running into their house, completely panicked and began pacing in their living room.  Given my history with fostering dogs, I walked over, gained its trust and calmed the dog down.  The dog had no leash. […]

Winners! Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats Giveaway

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Winner, winner! Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats Giveaway Cookbooks: Cathy F. Melissa N. $20 Amazon Gift Card: Michelle S. You can read my review on Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats, here.

$250 Target Gift Card Giveaway

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  Welcome to the Hipoglos $250 Target Gift Card Event Sponsored by Hipoglos Diaper Rash Cream. Hosted by Mom Powered Media For more than 60 (sixty) years, babies in Latin America have enjoyed the delight premium diaper rash cream, Hipoglos. Trusted by millions, Hipoglos is one of the most amazing diaper rash ointments available! Hipoglos […]

Fall In Love With Autumn Sweepstakes – Nexus 7 Giveaway

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Welcome to the Falling in Love with Autumn Nexus Sweepstakes Organized by Budget Earth   Do you love autumn? For us, it’s the time of year to start putting away the shorts and enjoying a variety of delicious pumpkin treats! Of course, what is better than enjoying a delicious pumpkin latte on a cold day […]

Ten Things Parenting Books Don’t Tell You

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It Will Be Fun, They Said…. Ten Things Parenting Books Don’t Tell You   Two words.  Bodily fluids.  There is nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, that beats a vomit waterfall covering your face, chest, and clothing.  You will be absolutely awash in other people’s bodily fluids caring for your children, from pee accidents, to […]