My Favorite Picks of Personalized Mothers Day Gifts from Personalization Mall

Personalization Mall Grandma Collage

Today's post about personalized Mothers Day Gifts has been sponsored by Personalization Mall. All opinions are my own. Mother's Day is just around the corner and I'm making sure that not only am I prepared, but that you are too! For some reason, all holidays and special occasions seem to sneak up on me now, but I'm not letting it happen this Mother's Day thanks to some fabulous personalized Mothers Day gifts I've found at Personalization Mall. You can find fabulous personalized gifts at Personalization Mall at all times of the year, but wait until you see some of their favorite picks and best sellers in their Mother's Day Gift Guide. There are over 5 pages worth of beautiful gifts and I've chose a few of my favorites for my Mom and Mother-in-Law [and maybe just a couple for myself too], let me know what you think about what I … [Read more...]

Kids Garden Activity: ReUse Yogurt Cups to Plant Organic Seeds

Planting Seeds Collage

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. It's Spring time and we've been spending every possible moment that we can outside during these last few weeks. The girls love it and it gives me a renewed sense of energy, especially after all the moving stress that's been happening! We're in our new house and absolutely loving our surroundings but one thing we're definitely missing is our container gardens this year. Our new home has a wonderful yard but building our container gardens has been put on the back burner for a bit until we're really settled in. But that doesn't mean we have to skip on the Spring planting season, of course! As a brand partnership for the month, Stonyfield Organic connected us with High Mowing Organic Seeds for our garden. We were sent quite the spread of seeds and that … [Read more...]

3 tips for Relieving Moving Day Stress [+ a BOGO Coupon for RESCUE] #StressLess2BMyBest

Moving Day Stress

We're here - it's true, we've made the move and are getting settled in our new-to-us home! In fact, it's definitely not a new home at all. My family has moved into a 1920's Queen Victorian style house in the historic district of our town and we couldn't be more excited! We officially started the move on Saturday and we're still slowly bringing items in from our house, but we're semi-organized after 6 days and I can finally start to feel a sense of relief from the stress of moving, which is why I'm sharing my 3 tips for making moving day stress easier to handle thanks to a collaboration with RESCUE. Since we just finished the moving process or are almost finished, these tips are fresh on my mind and are definitely how I dealt with stressing over a huge life change that can really throw off your balance and definitely induce stress … [Read more...]

4 Things You Should Know About Wearing Sunscreen from a Skin Cancer Survivor [+ a Blue Lizard Sunscreen Coupon Code & Giveaway!]

Blue Lizard Coupon Code

This post about 4 Things You Should Know About Sunscreen was inspired by a collaboration with Blue Lizard Sunscreen.  All opinions are my own. In case you haven't been a reader for long or it's your first time at SEBG, it’s appropriate for me to share that… I’m a Melanoma Survivor. In fact – at the end of this month, I will be celebrating my 6th birthday! Just 5 months after getting married, at the age of 26, I went to a Dermatologist for the first time for a skin screening. I had a mole on my lower leg that seemed to have been changing for a year or so and just felt that something wasn’t right. It wasn't, but thankfully I was. It came back as Melanoma. Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, these cancerous growths develop when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from … [Read more...]

5 Reasons I’m Excited to be a ClimateStore Ambassador

Outdoors

This post was written in a collaboration with ClimateStore as a part of their Ambassador program.  All opinions are my own. In case you haven't noticed that lovely little button on the right, I've been chosen to be a ClimateStore Ambassador and am completely honored with the title.  I have joined seven other bloggers, some who are probably already on your reading list as they are on mine and others that I can't wait to get to know, to join ClimateStore on spreading the word about easy green living and spreading the message about climate change, and more importantly, to increase awareness of carbon lowering solutions. Since I'm so excited to join this program, I thought I would let YOU know why I am! Education I've admitted that  I'm just a Mom living in east Tennessee and don't claim to know everything there is about living a … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning with Murchison-Hume Green Cleaning Products [+ giveaway!]

MH Giveaway

This post was inspired by a collaboration with Murchison-Hume. I was sent complimentary products for review. All opinions are my own. Today I'm so excited to introduce you to a new-to-me brand that has totally taken over my bathrooms... and kitchen, and, well, every room in the house during the past couple of weeks.  You see, Murchison-Hume couldn't have come into our house at a better time.  We currently have our house up for sale [as we prepare to move in just ONE WEEK - yikes!], so in the midst of packing and chaotic nature of a household of four being moved, we've also been allowing potential buyers in to see our house. To be honest, it's been a bit of a stressful nightmare, but we're getting there.  It's virtually impossible to keep a house clean with two girls running around 12 hours a day - while trying to work from home AND … [Read more...]

This is How I McCafé My Way

Coffee in the Morning

This post has been sponsored by Lunchbox.  All opinions are my own. My day always starts the same... roll over to see a cute, little girl staring at me, wondering why I'm not up yet because she's been up for hours [when in reality it's been like 5.75 seconds... the amount it took her to bolt out of bed and into my room].  I stumble to the living room to get her a drink because she's soooo thirsty, and I hit that little black button to make my favorite machine come to life and flash blue. Although I don't get to actually enjoy my cup of coffee for quite a few minutes later [usually after a re-heat in the microwave or two], I do enjoy that time.  I tend to enjoy it even more now that the mornings are a little warmer and I've been enjoying a few quiet moments outside, getting myself ready for the day. I've also been enjoying my … [Read more...]

WeeRide USA Kangaroo Deluxe Child Bicycle Carrier

WeeRide Family

This post about the Kangaroo Deluxe Child Bicycle Carrier has been inspired by a collaboration with WeeRide USA.  All opinions are my own. Before our girls came along my husband and I loved to spend time outside.  We would work in the garden and around the house.  We would go on short hikes on mountain trails.  And we loved riding bicycles.  We've traveled to Damascus, Virginia a few times to ride The Creeper Trail. But after having the girls, riding bikes was something that definitely had to take a back seat - unless we had a babysitter for the day.  If only we had known about WeeRide USA when the girls were younger... we wouldn't have had to give up riding! Now when I was a toddler, I rode in a seat on the back of my Dad's bike.  I don't actually remember riding in that type of seat, but there are plenty of pictures to make me … [Read more...]

Easter Tic Tac Toe – Free Printable

Easter Candy Tic Tac Toe

We're coming up on one of the sweetest holidays of the year... are your baskets ready?!  My girls' baskets are thanks to a lovely package of YumEarth Organic Candy that showed up at our house [at no cost to facilitate this review]. YumEarth Organic Candy is one of my girls' favorites all year around, so it's no surprise that I would include these delicious, organic candies in their Easter baskets too! But this year, I'm going a step further and I created this totally cute and fun Easter Tic Tac Toe Game to make our YumEarth Easter candies even more fun... before they're eaten! Sophia and Moreaya are really starting to enjoy board games and games that they can interact with one another and me and Rob so a personalized Tic Tac Toe board made the perfect addition to YumEarth Sour Beans and Gummy Bears. Would your kiddos love to … [Read more...]

My Simple, Satisfying Breakfast Combination – Cheerios + Florida Orange Juice

Great Day Starts

Current trends and studies show that fewer and fewer Americans are eating a regular breakfast.  We all know that research shows [and our own bodies tell us] that eating a nutritious breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day... so why do so many of us skip it? There's a couple main reasons why I often forego this important meal... time and well, time!  Not only do I sometimes feel like it takes too much time to sit down and eat, I don't feel like I have the time [or energy!] to actually prepare breakfast for myself.  I'm too busy getting hubby out the door to work and Sophia ready for Preschool.  The thing that worries me most is that it's only going to keep getting harder as this Fall I'll have a Preschooler and a Kindergartner! It is totally in my head that I don't have time because preparing a fulfilling breakfast … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Moving with a Cat

Moving with a Cat

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®, Litter Genie® and Fancy Feast®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #Catparents http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV  The cat is out of the bag... my family is moving in just 6 weeks!  It's a big deal, even if the move isn't that far away.  We're actually just moving to a house within a few miles, but packing up and moving everything and everyone in our house is going to be quite an ordeal.  We've lived in our home for 6 years - 6 years of memories and stuff, not to mention the 2 girls [I've never moved with kids before] and our 5th family member, Roxy - my 13 year old Tuxedo Cat! This isn't Roxy's first move - she went with me to college, when I lived off campus, then back after I graduated.  She's lived through quite a few big life events … [Read more...]

Spaghetti Soup with Mini Meatballs

Spaghetti Soup with Title

This recipe for Spaghetti Soup with Mini Meatballs was created by me during a collaboration with Viva Italia Days at Publix: Hunts Tomatoes, Progresso™ Brand Products, Kraft Parmesan Cheese, Pillsbury™ Refrigerated Breads, Betty Crocker™ Cookies.  The information, products and Publix gift cards were provided by General Mills through Linqia. One of my family's go-to meals is Spaghetti.  I'd venture a guess that we're not the only family that has that default meal always ready in the cupboard.  It's an easy one pot meal and is pretty much a dinner that everyone loves.  But sometimes the family needs a little bit of variety, which is why I created this fun spin on the Italian favorite... Spaghetti Soup with Mini Meatballs! This dish tastes and looks like it takes hours to create, which is great when you're trying to impress your husband … [Read more...]