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The ABC’s of Health Insurance

ABCs of Health Insurance

This conversation about The ABC's of Health Insurance has been sponsored by UnitedHealthcare.  All opinions are my own. Being an adult is tough, right?  Even though I'm 32, I often sit back and think "When did all this happen?!"  I don't feel like it's been 14 years since I graduated high school... over 10 years since I graduated from college.  I sometimes feel like someone just made me speed through time and I often wish I could go back to the carefree way I felt when I was 21!  How about you? But alas, we're here in real, adult life and having to make big decisions when it comes to family, life, and everything in between and one of the subjects that I often TRY to neglect is... Health Insurance.  There are 2 main reasons I want to just skip over the subject - 1) I don't understand it.  I don't understand the legal terminology and … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions

Say No to New Years Resolutions

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. I know, I know - I'm normally a lot more positive in my writing than including a negative word in my title, but it's true.  I do NOT make New Year's Resolutions.  I never have and I would almost venture to say I never will, except I always say never say never.  So I won't say it, but I don't think I will... ever.   I remember when I was about 17, I was at a friend's house for New Years Eve and we were all having fun, laughing, eating snacks... and for some reason someone started throwing out the craziest New Year's Resolutions and ideas.  Then one of my close friends said "I'm going to make a resolution to not eat chocolate for a whole year."  WHY?!  WHY would anyone say that?  I can't imagine that I will ever get to that point in my life, especially as a … [Read more...]

Graco Modes Click Connect Travel System

Graco Modes Click Connect Travel System

I was provided a Graco Modes Click Connect Travel System to gift to a family in need in exchange for this post.  All opinions are my own. I shared just before Christmas how I was able to pay it forward before the Holidays by blessing a family with a totally fun toy.  I admit that I sometimes get so caught up with my girls, my work, and life that I forget to step back and think about how I can be a blessing to others - by giving of my time and donations.  But that post reminded me that I need to take that time and use it as a wonderful teaching opportunity for my girls - so they learn the importance of giving too! So in a time when it's quite popular to be sharing New Year's Resolutions, I'm sharing mine with you... "To give more in 2015".  I want to be more generous - with my time and wonderful opportunities that come about from … [Read more...]

We’ve Been Blessed to Pay it Forward this Holiday Season with Step2

Paying It Forward Step2

I am a Step2 Ambassador and am partnering with Step2 for the following review. I received a product in exchange for my review and honest opinion. Throughout this year, I've shared with you numerous times about Step2.  It's been a wonderful year for myself, my girls, and my blog to be a Step2 Ambassador and I literally couldn't say thank you enough for the opportunities this partnership has given us.  But I'm even more excited about this post than I've been about any other from the past year.  That's because I get to share with you just how wonderful this company really is - and how they're helping my family Pay It Forward this Holiday Season. I really got to see the heart of Step2 when I visited the Headquarters in August and honestly wasn't surprised at a all when I got an email in November laying out our December opportunity for the … [Read more...]

Play With Your Food: Yogurt Christmas Tree Pancakes

Yogurt Christmas Tree Pancakes

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. #StonyfieldBlogger Preschool is out on Christmas Break which means we don't have to be in such a hurry for breakfast time in the mornings.  It also means that we're getting closer to Christmas and the girls' anticipation for the big Holiday gets more each and every day! If there's a few things my girls love it's... pancakes, Stonyfield Yogurt Pouches, and playing with their food, so the creative Mama in me thought up a fabulous idea to combine all 3!  Ok, ok - I admit that the idea behind this breakfast/craft play with your food activity came from the fact that Moreaya always wants to squirt out her pouches now.  Remember this gem? Apparently Moreaya thought that we would finger paint with @stonyfield yogurt pouches this morning rather than eat … [Read more...]

Learning to Read with Rosetta Stone Kids

Rosetta Stone Kids

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Rosetta Stone. I received a product and a promotional item to thank me for participating. It's hard to believe that it's already time for Sophia to start learning how to read.  I turned to Rob the other day and said "You realize we don't have babies anymore."  I've always considered myself a "New Mom", but now that I'm getting ready to be a Mom to a 3 and 4.5 year old... well, I guess that description doesn't get applied to me anymore! When Sophia comes home from Preschool every day, I ask her what she did that day and listen to her stories about everything that happened that morning.  I always ask her what center she played in and her answer is always the Art Center.  My girl loves Arts and Crafts, that's for sure!  I inquire about the other centers and … [Read more...]

5 Tips on Dealing with After Holidays Clutter

After Holidays Clutter

This conversation about Dealing with After Holidays Clutter was inspired by a collaboration with Savers.  All opinions expressed are my own. The end of the year is a super busy time for most of us—between Thanksgiving and the Winter Holidays there’s so much to do and consider—not to mention all of the clutter that builds up.  Today I'm going to share 5 tips that will help you deal with the After Holidays Clutter that seems to plague my house at the end of December. With all of the excitement of the upcoming Holidays, one thing that often gets overlooked is that overstuffed closet or the box of donations waiting in your garage.  The best time to deal with it is NOW. Deal with the Clutter BEFORE the Holidays. That's right - if you deal with a large portion of the clutter that you have around your house now, after the holidays … [Read more...]

Personalized Christmas Gifts for Friends from Personalization Mall

Gift Guide for Friends

Today's post about Personalized Christmas Gifts for Friends has been sponsored by Personalization Mall.  All opinions are my own. December is moving right along - yes, it's only the 4th, but it seems like just yesterday it was Halloween - which means Christmas is literally just right around the corner.  If you're anything like me, Holiday Lists are one thing that's totally taking over your To-Do List. I'm constantly thinking "Do I have a gift for her?  For him?  What else do I need to get?!" If you still have friends on your list to buy for, then today's post is just for you!  I'm sharing some of my favorite Personalized Christmas Gifts for Friends from Personalization Mall. The first thing you'll notice about Personalization Mall when you visit is... they have anything and everything you can think of... which makes shopping super … [Read more...]

aden+anais for Adults [a Review of the bamboo daydream blanket]

Daydream Review

I received an aden+anais daydream blanket for review purposes.  All opinions and absolute love for this luxurious blanket are real and 100% my thoughts.  I've been a lover of all things aden+anais for about 3 years now.  I'm a little sad that I didn't discover this luxurious brand until after Sophia was older for she definitely missed the pampering touch of a lovely swaddle tucked in a+a. Of course she enjoyed that swaddle a little later than normal, but still, she enjoyed it.  Moreaya has been an aden+anais blanket girl from the start and still sleeps with a swaddle blanket [definitely a security blanket for her] and her bamboo dream blanket keeping her warm every night.  From the moment I reviewed the swaddles I wished for an adult sized version.  Either they really listen to what I have to say or I wasn't alone in that … [Read more...]

Our Weekend with Julius Jr. at Nick Hotel’s Preschool Celebration

Julius-Jr-Time-Collage

This time just last week my little family of 4 was on an airplane just getting ready to arrive in Orlando, Florida.  I shared a few days before we left the exciting news that we were invited to the Nick Hotel to participate in the Julius Jr weekend - a part of Nickelodeon Suites Resort Preschool Celebration. It was truly a once in a lifetime type experience for our family - the girls first ride on an airplane... And a true weekend away from regular day to day life.  A weekend that was all about the girls from the moment we stepped foot onto the Nickelodeon Hotel property.  They were immediately immersed into scenes of some of their favorite Nick Jr shows and were anxiously awaiting the Julius Jr. weekend! I shared quite a bit of our weekend on Facebook, Twitter, and my instagram - including what the girls were greeted with as … [Read more...]

Sofia the First Slumber Party [+ Princess Scones Recipe]

Sofia the First Slumber Party JuniorCelebrates

Our Sofia the First Slumber Party and Princess Scones Recipe was inspired by this sponsored post collaboration.  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #JuniorCelebrates #CollectiveBias My girls are just totally obsessed with Princesses.  I thought it might last a few months, but we're going on a full 2 years of Princess fascination and I see no end in sight - which makes me happy because it's a totally fun theme that I can incorporate into our every day life! For instance, Moreaya asks me every single day to wear her Sofia the First Princess Dress.  No kidding - every day I have to change her back into regular clothes to pick up Sophia from school because she's played "Princess" all morning long.  So when Moreaya and I had the opportunity to check out the Disney … [Read more...]

How to Create an After School Snack Plate with Healthy Food Choices

After School Snack Plate

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Arla Dofino. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Now that back to school season is in full swing, there's no doubt that you're searching for delicious and fun snacks for your kiddos in the afternoon.  Even though Sophia's Pre-K is only half a day, there's something about coming home from school that just means it's snack time! Luckily, the lovely folks at Arla Dofino know that we parents face after school snack time every day and are here to help out.  They are sharing totally fun new ways to create snacks with their delicious line of cheeses.  My girls love being in charge of their snacks, so I find that when I give them the creative choices to put together their own snack, … [Read more...]