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Brand Loyalty – Thoughts from a Step2 Brand Ambassador

Step2 Ambassadors

I am a Step2 Ambassador.  All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own. photo courtesy of Step2 Photographers and  James - The Rock Father. If you follow me on social media, you probably know that just a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel to Cleveland, Ohio.  Step2 invited their 10 Brand Ambassadors to come tour the Headquarters and meet the Step2 Team.  There were 6 of us that were able to attend and what a pleasure it was! While I was there, we had the chance to tour the Step2 Plant, visit some of the best sights and restaurants that Cleveland has to offer, and really dig in and get to know the brand that we share on our blogs - which got me thinking... What connects you with a brand? Are there certain brands that you’re loyal to – whether it be toy companies or a certain food label? It’s so funny because … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Baby Bottle Guide


This post covering The Ultimate Baby Bottle Guide has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own. I remember over 4 years ago when I was pregnant with Sophia and in stores registering for my Baby Shower.  To say I was overwhelmed with the choices in the baby aisles would be an extreme understatement.  I was shocked about the sheer number of baby gadgets and gear and had no clue what to do in the bottle and pacifier aisles. Who know there were so many types of baby bottles!? If you're a Mom or Dad, or a soon-to-be parent, you're not at all surprised by that statement, I'm sure.  I would wager a guess that you've been standing in one of those aisles, just like me, completely and totally overwhelmed with the choices. Sure - choices are good because we all want what's best for our baby, but the thing is - how do we know which baby … [Read more...]

Updating Outdoors: A Review of the Brylane Home Wood Gazebo

Brylane Home Wood Gazebo

We spend a lot of time outdoors in the Spring-Fall.  With two girls that would rather be playing outside than spending time indoors, it's only natural that we'd want to spruce up our outdoor setting.  Each year we add a new project to our house - to better it and make it more updated and more us.  In the past, we've updated landscaping, built a wooden deck for our patio, installed container garden beds, and turned our backyard into a toy sanctuary. This year has been all about updating our back deck sitting conditions.  We entertain friends and family a lot, so we needed an area that welcomes guests and makes every day sitting a pleasure outside. One thing that has been a complete eye sore this year was our patio umbrella.  It normally sits over our table to provide us with a bit of shade since we don't have any trees or anything else … [Read more...]

Oven Roasted Golden Potatoes [We Ditched the Butter & Switched to EVOO]

Olive Oil Roasted Potatoes

I've been cooking with Olive Oil since Rachel Ray made the EVOO phrase popular in just about every kitchen across America - or at least that's the first time I had heard the 4 letter phrase used 10 times in 30 minutes!  That's why sharing a recipe with you, where I ditch the butter and switch to Pompeian Olive Oil, in this sponsored #PompeianEVOO campaign was an easy choice for me. In fact, we've ditched butter in a lot of ways for a couple of reasons:  Olive Oil is healthier choice for my family.  Pompeian Olive Oil is cholesterol free and contains far less saturated fats than butter.  We also ditched butter for Sophia's health.  She was diagnosed with a dairy allergy in January of this year, so it is much easier to cook meals that are safe for her instead of cooking her a separate dish. Oven Roasted Golden Potatoes This is one of … [Read more...]

Get Ready for Back to School with YumEarth Organics Snacks [+ Giveaway!]

YumEarth Candy

Welcome to the Back 2 School Giveaway Hop! A Giveaway Hop devoted entirely to great back to school giveaways!  Be sure to hop around to them all [in the linky below my giveaway at the bottom of this post]. Make sure to stop over at The Review Wire to enter to win a Back to School Prize Pack valued at $98, that includes Star Wars Workbooks from Workman Publishing, Clothing from French Toast, a Backpack from TerraCycle and Character Tapes from Duck Tape Brands. After you enter my giveaway make sure to stop over to enter to win this Grand Prize at The Review Wire! YumEarth Organics is a household name for my family and I hope they've become one for you too as I've shared our love for them over the years here on SEBG. Whether it be Easter, Christmas, Halloween, or Valentine's Day - my girls love getting YumEarth Organics for treats.  It … [Read more...]