Decrease Chances of Online Theft with Norton by Symantec

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This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Coupons.com. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. Theft.  Credit Card Fraud.  Identity Theft.  It's one of those things that you think will never happen to you. Until it does. I share a lot of information online, a lot more than I realized I did.  I shop online, I am active on Facebook and other social medias.  I write a blog for goodness sakes - and work with a lot of companies regularly.  But I still thought I was protected.  I hardly ever click on links that I don't know where they lead.  I never open emails that look suspicious.  I thought I was doing everything I should to protect myself from theft. Until it happened. Just this weekend I got a call from a credit card company that there was suspicious activity on one … [Read more...]

What Would You Rather Be Doing in Gulf County Florida? #GCFLNoFilter

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gulf County, Florida for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Hello Spring!  It is so nice for the warm weather and flowers to have finally joined us here in east Tennessee.  The girls and I have been spending some lovely time outdoors - playing, planning our garden, and just lounging.  They're so excited for the warmer months of the year and have already been talking about all they want to do this Summer. One thing we're definitely doing is going on a Family Vacation to Florida.  Our vacation is coming soon too - just less than 2 months - and all four of us are counting down the days. A lot of families in our area travel South for their summer vacations.  It's not that our area doesn't have a ton to offer in the summer, … [Read more...]

Become a Toxin Freedom Fighter with Me and Seventh Generation

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Seventh Generation. I received a promotional item and product samples as a thank you for participating. #FightToxins It's time for reform in America! No, I'm not getting all political with you today, I've recently become a Freedom Fighter... a Toxin Freedom Fighter!  It's time for chemical reform in our country and let me tell you why! Did you know that more than 80,000 chemicals available in the US have never been fully tested for their toxic effects on our health and environment?! We're hit with 300 toxins before we're even born!? Early exposure to chemicals can lead to Cancer and Alzheimer's?! The Toxic Substances Control Act was passed in 1976 and hasn't been updated since!? Staggering, I tell you.  So it's time for chemical reform and it's super … [Read more...]

How I Teach My Girls to Keep Good Going

This post was sponsored by New York Life. Find out how New York Life can help you and your family Keep Good Going by visiting newyorklife.com/keepgoodgoing I recently watched a video that truly touched me and I'm sharing it with you below. It's such a simple, but profound video - no talking, just words and nostalgic video being shared.  But by the time the line "Never underestimate what you have to give" line comes on, it totally hit me - what a job we have as mothers, aunts, sisters, and daughters.  How can I Keep Good Going to those who are most important in my life? I obviously applied this to my girls first, since they're quite the focus of my life.  I enjoy making moments everyday a little more special.  Just today I went and let Sophia get up early from her "quiet … [Read more...]

Go Green with American Greetings Video eCards

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of eCards from American Greetings for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. It seems that sending Greeting Cards is a lost art.  On the green side, I don't purchase cards often unless they're for a super special occassion and I know the recipient will cherish and keep them.  But, I do realize that they mean so much to people - a little reminder that someone is thinking about you. That is why I am totally loving the new American Greetings eCards! Now it's super easy to send a friend or family member a personalized eCard from American Greetings.  I ALWAYS forget friends' birthdays until the day of - which it's totally too late to send a card through snail mail.  This service is perfect, green, and fun!  The best part about these cards is you can send them to your friend or family … [Read more...]

Disney’s FROZEN is On Repeat in Our House – How About Yours?

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Somehow we ended up with 2 copies of FROZEN.  I pre-ordered one from Amazon.com and was sent another [for free to review].  Now I know why fate had it be that I ended up with two... because one of them is surely going to be worn out soon! Last year, around Thanksgiving, I got really really brave and decided to take my [then] 1.5 and 3 year old girls to the movies by myself.  I had heard such wonderful things about FROZEN and seriously couldn't take not seeing that cute snowman in the theaters.  So, we did it.  And guess what?  They sat through the whole thing.  That should tell you something - it was that good, even to them at such a young age. Guess what else? They continue to sit through this movie time after time after time after time after... ok, you get it.  We've watched this Blu-ray seriously more times than I can … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday

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I don't do them often, but here's a Wordless Wednesday for you. My, oh my, how my sweet Sophia is growing up.  I can't quite believe she'll be 4 in just 2 months! … [Read more...]

5 Simple Start Lifestyle Changes I’m Keeping

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I wrote this blog post as part of a movement by Weight Watchers to encourage people to remember that loving yourself starts with taking care of your health everyday. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own. I shared on social media last week that I was making a change for myself by incorporating healthy habits and tasks in my daily life. I was getting tired of quietly antagonizing myself when I look at pictures of myself, when I step on the scale, and I'm tired when I try to put jeans on after they've been washed [you know how they fit SO much better after you've worn them a day or two!].  I'm tired of feeling tired, run down, feeling like I don't make any personal, positive time for myself. I'm tired. So clearly something has to change. Today I'm sharing with you a few … [Read more...]

Make Beef Stews Tastier with the Certified Angus Beef® brand

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for the Certified Angus Beef® brand. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. I grew up eating Beef Stews, especially in the cold winter months.  Rob loves them, so I make them, but honestly, I feel like so many times my beef stews are just... lacking.  We usually buy the meat that's on sale and just dump a big roast into the slow cooker with some potatoes and carrots.  And cook it.  All day long. Don't get me wrong, they're good, but not this good. I was recently challenged to try out two Beef Stew recipes that will be showcased on the award-winning CBS show Recipe Rehab tomorrow morning!  Not only was I challenged with new recipes to totally beef up my Beef Stew and to include the Certified … [Read more...]

Our Recent Visit to Universal Studios Islands of Adventure

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I was provided complimentary tickets to Universal Studios Orlando in exchange for posting our experience.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% my own and our own adventures. We recently went on a little trip to Orlando, Florida.  It was such a quiet, calm, relaxing trip and we hardly did anything. that was a total lie. This vacation was anything but a real, relaxing vacation, but it was one of the funnest weeks of my life - definitely.  Even friends on instagram were saying "You must be exhausted!" because we were literally on the move and having fun the entire week.  A blast y'all... a total blast! And we finished the week off with one of the best days of the entire trip - a day at Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure.  Yesterday, I shared the fun we got into at Universal Studios and today's post is all … [Read more...]

Our Universal Studios Orlando Experience

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I was provided complimentary tickets to Universal Studios Orlando in exchange for posting our experience.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are 100% my own and our own adventures. I've been talking and talking about our recent trip to Orlando, FL... to y'all [in just about every post I've written since we got back] to anyone who will listen in real life.  Why?  Because we literally had the best time ever and I want to go back like now... yesterday! I was so excited when I found out that we were going to get a few BIG Orlando attractions and the one that I was most excited about was definitely Universal Studios Orlando.  I went when I was a child, about 12 or so, and absolutely loved it.  Then, I went on a girls' trip with my Mom and a couple of family members about 5 years ago and Mom and I went back to Universal Studios and … [Read more...]

Our Magical Moments at Disney: Our Disney Tweekabook

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This blog post is part of a paid Tweekaboo Ambassadorship. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. Guess what arrived on our doorstep a couple of days ago?! Our Magical Moments at Disney tweekabook! It's absolutely beautiful and I couldn't be happier with the way our tweekabook turned out! In case you haven't read my earlier posts on tweekaboo - here's a quick rundown of the free iPhone app! Preserve pictures and videos from your iPhone with dates, captions, and descriptions. Share pictures between loved ones – as long as they have tweekaboo app or through Facebook integrations. Preserve memories in book form – by taking all your tweekaboo pictures and turning them into a Tweekabook! And a Tweekabook is exactly what I made with all of my iPhone pictures that Rob and I took on our recent Disney World … [Read more...]