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Holiday Cheer at Busch Gardens® Tampa Christmas Town

Christmas in my family has always been big. We didn't grow up with much, but my mother worker her butt off to make sure that the winter holiday was a joyous one. I normally travel for the holidays to reconnect with distant relatives and spend the days surrounded by people I love. Because of many different things, traveling was not an option this year so my little family of four decided to make the most of our quiet Christmas at home. In order to still make this year memorable, we looked for things to do here in Tampa that would have the kids excited all month long. One of our favorite excursions was when we visited Busch Gardens® Tampa for … [Read more...]

This is My Life {Printable Planner Review}

Getting organized is something I'm constantly struggling with. Luckily these days there are literally hundreds of resources to help you stay on task and get goal oriented. Lately I've been focusing on positive thought as this year comes to a close. I followed along in a  eCourse recently about staying Blissfully Balanced as a mom who has the job of stay-at-home homemaker, full-time student, part-time employee in retail, and a WAHM (sewing, crafting, and this blog of course). I am overly ambitious. I get overwhelmed and then I crumble under pressure and everyone pays. I'm learning to take it easy on myself and not load up on too much. And to … [Read more...]

Christmas Savings at the Dollar Tree

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...]

Soothie Suckers: the Cool Way to Feel Good!

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 flavor … [Read more...]

Mom Made Us Write This {Book Review}

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 and … [Read more...]

Talk to Santa LIVE this Holiday Season!

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

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

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 around for a surprise to go under the tree, and I am hearing great things about the LG OLED at Best … [Read more...]

These Love Birds Got Hitched!

It's done. I'm married, guys! I want to lead by telling you how disastrous the wedding was, but it was kind of magical at the same time. Long story short it rained on the afternoon of my modest backyard shindig. In fact, the rain began as we were saying our vows giving us only an hour to enjoy all the pretty decorations before having to move what we could inside (and that was only thanks to a lovely neighbor offering up his canopy for guests). It was cramped inside my father's home, to say the least, but we managed to ride out the storm among friends and family. We only scared off a few people with our shoulder-to-shoulder shenanigans and … [Read more...]

Have a Merry FluffMas with Buttons Velour Wipes!

When it comes to wiping my baby clean during diaper changes, we've done just about every option there is. To be honest, the Mister is not too keen on cloth wipes despite his love and appreciation for cloth diapers. He prefers the disposable wipes for cleaning up after a dirty diaper. In a final effort to make our system more ecofriendly overall, Buttons Diapers sent me two packs of their amazingly soft velour wipes to review. These wipes have an apple green velour on top and a soft, absorbent microfleece on the back making them perfect for not just baby bums, but little hands and faces too! And they're the perfect size to reuse on of those … [Read more...]