#SummerDreams Have Luggage, Will Travel Sweepstakes


#SummerDreams Have Luggage, Will Travel Sweepstakes Hosted by: Mom Powered Media & co-hosted by: Mumblebee Inc. With the summer travel season upon us soon, it’s time to think about replacing that set of worn out luggage.  A set of matching, easy to take along luggage makes travel so much easier!  A quality set of luggage […]

A Week of Pretty Flowers

columbine plant

A Week of Pretty Flowers My week in pretty flowers started the evening that my spouse brought me home a bouquet of flowers. They are still going strong! Next we decided to redo the front landscaping bed, and my husband had to have his favorite flower, Columbine. While we were shopping for landscaping plants, I […]

The Doxie Derby – DREAM Dachshund Rescue

Doxie Derby banner

The Doxie Derby DREAM Dachshund Rescue presents The Doxie Derby, a dachshund themed gala event in Atlanta, Georgia.  This exciting afternoon event will be the bark of the town.  Ladies, gentlemen, and dachshunds (and honorary dachshunds) alike are encouraged to wear their Derby best. The Doxie Derby Who?  Why you of course, your friends, and […]

#SummerDreams Good Grillin’ Sweepstakes: Kingsford Charcoal Grill

Good Grillin Button

#SummerDreams Good Grillin’ Sweepstakes Hosted by: Mom Powered Media & co-hosted by: Mumblebee Inc. With beautiful weather starting, it’s time for gardening, spring sports, and grilling!  I love grilling, because it keeps the kitchen cool, has a special, delicious flavor, and I have the luxury of watching the kids running all around the yard with […]

Rocking Being A Soccer Mom


 Soccer Mom – It’s not an insult. How did this happen, I ask myself,  when did I become of those moms, a gasp soccer mom?  I didn’t play soccer growing up, and I most certainly do not have the delusional belief that any of my children will become the next Messi, but the questions still […]

Recaro Performance Sport Giveaway


Welcome to the  RECARO Performance Sport Car Seat Giveaway hosted by  IHeart-Motherhood & Housewife on a Mission  and generously sponsored by RECARO! My review of the three Recaro Performance Sport seats we’ve owned.  Why we love them and what we struggle with about them.   The RECARO Performance Sport can be used as a harness or […]

Diono Radian RXT Convertible Car Seat Giveaway

Radian RXT giveaway

Welcome to the Diono Radian RXT Convertible Car Seat Giveaway hosted by Housewife on a Mission and generously sponsored by Diono! I am the happy owner of two Diono Radian R120′s.  We greatly appreciate the narrow footprint of the Diono products, which allows us to have three seats across in both of our vehicles, and that […]

RECARO Performance Sport Review


RECARO Performance Sport Review We have owned three RECARO Performance Sport Combination to Booster seats over the last few years.   During the time that we have used these seats, our children have ranged from 40 to 65 pounds, and from ages 4-8.5+.  We’ve also used them on many car pool runs for variously aged and […]

#ad Gymboree Sale – Gymboree Coupon

We love the cute clothes from Gymboree. Their soft cottons, and attention to detail is what makes them the go to items in our kids’ wardrobes. Check out this amazing Gymboree coupon:  30% off entire purchase + an additional 20% with code BONUS20 Valid: For a limited time, while supplies last 30% off entire purchase […]

Caring For Your Obese Dog


Caring For Your Obese Dog The vet said those dreaded words, “Fido is obese, and I need you to help him lose weight.”  Obese pets face many health challenges that can shorten their lifespan.  When I picked up my last two foster dachshunds both were obese, and they desperately needed to lose weight. Exercising Your […]

Slow Down: Encouraging Reading


Disclosure: This sponsored post is brought to you by Chronicle Books, and offers strategies to encourage children to read more often. Many will say that books are a thing of the past, with all of the digital media that constantly bombards us.  Kids and adults today have so many “things to do” and such busy […]

SpaWeek.com: 10th Birthday Twitter Party

spaweek.com reviews

SpaWeek’s 10th Birthday – A Twitter Bash to Celebrate Pampering SpaWeek.com is celebrating their 10th birthday, and they’re throwing a fabulous Twitter bash to celebrate.  I’m a member of the Hot Mom Spa Squad and set on encouraging you to take some time for you! By following #SpaWeekis10 on Twitter, you’ll have access to spa […]

Leaving The Frump Behind: Starting With My Hair


My Hair Battle: Goodbye Frumpy Hair This post has been a long time coming.  I was a tomboy and never really learned how to apply makeup or do my hair as a teen.  I could usually be found with my hair pulled back in a ponytail or blown out but not really styled.  When I […]

Cute Workout Clothes


Here are some cute workout clothes that I found that I’d love for spin, running, or just general training. Which is your favorite? Do you have a cute top or a pair of bottoms that you’d love to share? Please do!   “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” EasyDri Fit tee by Active Faith – […]

The Soundtrack of Grace


As I sat, and rehashed the same old argument, “Do your schoolwork,” with my daughter, an amazing thing happened.  I was so focused on getting the eldest to do her math assignment, that I nearly missed it.  Maybe it was the excitement in his little body, or the glimmer in his eyes, as he stood […]

10 Things About Me


Because I often post about the various things that I love, I thought I’d do a fun little about me post. What things do you love to do?  Let me know in the comments! I love sailing, but rarely am able to go.  I take full advantage of the time I spend in California with […]

$100 Prana Clothing Giveaway


$100 prAna Clothing Giveaway Don’t miss out on this amazing giveaway for $100 worth of their clothing.  This beautiful and well-made clothing is perfect for the athlete, yoga or climbing enthusiast, and their commitment to community and sustainability is inspiring.  Two more reasons to shop prAna: They are based out of California, and their clothes […]

Whole Wheat Pancakes For A Crowd


Disclosure:  This recipe is sponsored by The Wondermill Company.  I’ve tried a number of grain mills, and this is the one that I prefer and recommend to my friends. Whole Wheat Pancakes For A Crowd Whole Wheat Pancakes Yield: 24 – 4.5 inch pancakes 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 tablespoon sweetener (sugar/honey/etc.) 1 […]

American Girl Giveaway


American Girl Giveaway American Girl characters past and present show girls today that they can do great things if they believe in themselves and each other. From a Native American girl living in the Northwest in 1764 to a contemporary girl whose passions inspire action, the characters in every story illustrate the power of determination, […]

Soccer Team Manager Duties


Soccer Team Manager Here is how it usually goes, the coach asks at the parent meeting, “So, any volunteers to be the soccer team manager?”  Deer in headlights from all of the attending families.  It sounds like a really demanding job, but the reality is that if the team manager handles the administrative work for […]