Christmas Savings at the Dollar Tree

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The holiday seems like it's sneaking up, doesn't it? I'm scrambling to get sewing finished and gifts wrapped, not to mention having to actually mail things so they get to their destination in time for Christmas morning festivities. With working, school, and home life I'm actually very proud of my progress so far and I'm confident it'll all work out. And thanks to stores like the Dollar Tree I'm able to save money while making sure everything is in place. I had big plans to make a Santa inspired wreath from tulle and such, but alas I am also overly ambitious. As things began piling up I realized I was the only one without decorations on ym … [Read more...]

Bring on the Natural, Baby {Giveaway}

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Pamper your baby with this Natural Baby Giveaway hosted by Green Scene Mom! Featuring Eco-friendly and natural products designed to make life easier and be kind to the earth. Each of these brands meet practical needs with their innovative products and many were designed by Mom Entrepreneurs who were problem solving for their own families. Enter to win this great prize pack! Giveaway Prizes Buti-Pods 6 pack - $36 Buti-Pods were designed by a mom who was tired of needing wipes just to have nothing better than a dry napkin to help! They are the affordable way to buy wipes in bulk instead of repeatedly buying expensive disposable travel … [Read more...]

When It’s Really Over

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I was scrolling through my Facebook feed trying to avoid schoolwork at one in the morning. I often do this to torture myself because I'm essentially alone, but not really because I can't actually do anything that involves noise. No sewing, no kitchen experiments... Generally nights like this really only end in several games of League of Legends which is followed by an intense headache, a sense of failure, and foreseen doom when I realize I have but hours to sleep. But on this night I came across a very touching article. When Friendship is Lost tells the tale of two friends who brave through motherhood together when it suddenly just dies. … [Read more...]

Soothie Suckers: the Cool Way to Feel Good!

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It's in the air: illness. We love the cold weather, but there's just no escaping the fact that a change in temperature brings on the sniffles. I, personally, have an awesome immune system. My husband and kids, on the other hand, do not. I tend to be overly protective of my household because of this, though I am not necessarily a germaphbe. Instead I try to focus on building immunities and preventative care. A new super cool way we do this is by treating the kids to Soothie Suckers. Soothie Suckers are herbal blend ice pops that support the immune system and add balance to the inner workings of our bodies. I was given a box of each … [Read more...]

Mom Made US Write This {Book Review}

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When it comes to reading, my own child needs gentle encouragement to reach her full potential. She needs the topic to be fun and interesting, which is exactly why we're so picky when it comes to expanding our home library. I remember that when I was younger I was really into journal-type stories, which is why I was so excited when I was asked to review the first release in the Mom Made Us Write This series. Mom Made Us Write This is children's book written journal style by ten-year-old twins Maggie and Max over the summer. Originally as a form of gentle punishment, the book turns into a way for the siblings to understand one another … [Read more...]

Honeymoon Cruise Photo Dump

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In case you were unaware, I finally hitched Hutch early in November. We've known each other since before my oldest was born, but had a break where she was conceived, born, and I failed my first marriage. When my life seemed rather gloomy, Hutch found me once again and reminded me that my heart was already spoken for. After some trial and error on my part, I was finally able to be with the man I truly love. And this past November we made it official. Yay us! The wedding was followed by one of the longest vacations ever! That's not necessarily a good thing, folks. It was a honeymoon though, and we really liked having the extra time to relax … [Read more...]

Talk to Santa LIVE this Holiday Season!

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I asked on my Facebook the other day if my followers did the whole Santa thing or not. I was genuinely curious. Santa was always a big part of our Christmas celebration. My mom was way clever when it came to hiding gifts, having separate wrapping paper, and even asking coworkers to write labels so that we didn't recognize when things were written out for us. Two years ago, while I was pregnant with Anders, we traveled to Ohio to spend Christmas with my family. I managed to stealthily bring everything from Florida all the way up without Gaia noticing, but I needed to still get a train because that was at the to of her list.... and I'd only … [Read more...]

A Day with the Mermaids at Weeki Wachee State Park

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I had always heard about Weeki Wachee while growing up. I had seen the signs all along the interstate when traveling as a kid down to Orlando with my parents on vacation. as the years went by, I assumed it had closed due to lack of the advertising that you see for other Florida attractions. while down this past summer to see my daughter and grandkids, I noticed signs for it and as I have a granddaughter who loves mermaids, I decided to take them to see the story of The Little Mermaid performed by real live mermaids! That opportunity presented itself when my daughter set her wedding date for November 8th and asked if I would come stay with … [Read more...]

LG OLED is a great family gift from Best Buy this #HintingSeason

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My husband asked me last night what it was I told him I needed for Christmas. I totally forgot what I originally told him, but tried to cover by listing expensive versions of appliances I already owned and it wouldn't fly. He had a valid argument: If I needed a KichenAid Mixer then he needed a new fancy television. For people who don't subscribe to cable, we watch a lot of TV. My man is a *huge* movie buff and quality of the picture means a lot to him. We currently have an average size LCD TV, but he wants bigger. I'm currently shopping aorund for a surprise to go under the tree, and I am hearing great things about the LG OLED at Best … [Read more...]

The Dollar Tree has all your Thanksgiving kid craft needs!

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You know I like to recycle toilet paper rolls. In fact, throwing them away makes me feel really super guilty so I'm constantly trying to find ways to use them in various crafts and activities. I honestly was waiting for the time to come to do the following project because I knew it would be so easy for me and so fun for the kids all at the same time. It's pretty cheap too, considering that the Dollar Tree has all of the basic essentials you need for a day of basic crafting at home. Because we're Floridians and aren't used to winter (What's a winter?), we're cooped up inside fearful of the 50 degree weather that has cursed our land. This … [Read more...]