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...]

Budget Friendly FROZEN Birthday Party

FROZEN Birthday Party Pin

My littlest Princess turned 3 last month.  It's quite hard for me to even believe that I don't have a baby anymore and I almost don't have a toddler either!  Her past birthdays were eventful and party themes were fun, but they were my choices for her - turning 1 was a Beach Birthday Party Extravaganza and last year was a Yo Gabba Gabba Party.  This year, however, was all her idea... FROZEN! Just like the Halloween Elsa game, I can about bet that a LOT of you have been to FROZEN birthday parties over the past year.  You might even be planning your own!  So I decided to show our take of the FROZEN phenomenon in this budget-friendly party.  Now, we did do a few extras to make Moreaya's 3rd birthday extra sweet, but those extras are totally not necessary if your budget is a little smaller. If you know anything about my parties, you'll … [Read more...]

I Remember When My Baby Was a YoBaby [+ a YoBaby Swag Giveaway!]

YoBaby Giveaway

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield.  All opinions are my own. I remember when my baby was a YoBaby... in fact, both of them!  As a young, first-time Mom I read all the books and followed all the "rules".  I knew babies weren't supposed to have milk before age 1 and I assumed yogurt was the same.  I was wrong.  I wondered why I kept seeing yogurt as one of the early foods, even as early as 6 months in some lists. In fact, that assumption is the reason I wrote a post for the Stonyfield Organic blog just last year about Why Babies Can Eat Yogurt Before Age 1. My baby was a Stonyfield Organic YoBaby because of the ingredients.  Like all parents, I only wanted the best for my girls, which was why I chose Stonyfield Organic for them when they were tiny tots and why I still choose Stonyfield for them today!  Stonyfield … [Read more...]

Naturally Sweet Valentine’s from YumEarth with Free DIY Valentines Printables

Organic Lollipop Valentines

We're just a little over a week away from one of the sweetest holidays of the year - is your little one ready!? Sophia is excited to hand out her personalized Valentines with a bouquet of YumEarth Organic Pops attached this year.  I created some totally fun organically sweet sayings for the Valentines notes to attach to the organic pops from YumEarth.  Then let her sign her name and attached 3 pops to each Valentine! I didn't want to leave you out - print the adorable DIY Valentine Cards by clicking on the images below! Are you running out of time to DIY Valentines?  YumEarth has you covered... because in every bag of their Valentines Organic Pops, they've included a sheet of stickers that you can attach right onto your lollipops, making Valentines easy and organic! So, what makes YumEarth so great?  They use organic and … [Read more...]

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...]