Tips on How to Spend Smart from SpendSmart Prepaid Mastercard #sponsored

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I will be compensated for this post. I have been working really hard to better manage our money and spend smarter than we have been. This is sometimes difficult when my husband forgets the budget or he needs to spend during the day and we not able to communicate. We live on a tight budget so working together, making a budget and talking about purchases helps us manage our spending better. I really love all these helpful tips, the prepaid card is actually something my husband and I have considered for him to use while at work during the week. He often loses track of his purchases because he's so busy, a prepaid card would help him better manage his money and help him keep better track of what he has spent (and just how much he still have to spend without going over budget). I think the SpendSmart Prepaid Mastercard would work great for him and love how it can even text purchase information each time (a huge plus for him since he loses receipts!). … [Read More...]

Supercharge Your Spring Break with Nickelodeon’s Spring Break DVD Giveaway!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, Thoughts and opinions are my own. Well, I think we can all agree that Spring has finally arrived! Warmer temps, flowers blooming, longer days... and the arrival of Tornado Season. Yep, we are definitely kicking things off right today/tonight with 80 degrees and possible tornadoes. Oh joy... But aside from yucky weather, Spring also means SPRING BREAK! Okay, so that has absolutely no meaning for me right now but I know for most parents, it's that time of year when kids are on break and you have got to find things to entertain them with. Sure, playing outside it the best way to keep them happy and busy but what about the stormy, rainy days? Perfect solution - DVDs featuring great Nickelodeon characters! … [Read More...]

Potty Training Update: Big Accomplishments! #CelebrateFirstFlush #MC #sponsored

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Disclosure:“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pull-Ups. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.” Remember a few weeks ago when I mentioned how excited I was to be a Pull-Ups First Flush Ambassador and for us to once again start our potty training journey? Well, I'm back to update on how we are doing and I am even more excited now after seeing all the progress Abby has made in such a short about of time! This time, it was like something finally clicked and it all made sense to her and she suddenly was all about going potty. She was excited, she asked to go, she was so proud of herself each time! With the help of Huggies Pull-Ups, I made just a few little changes that ended up having a big impact! While I wasn't doing anything wrong, I did pick up some really help tips and advice from the Pull-Ups Website and those few little things seemed to be just what we needed. I guess … [Read More...]

Book Pal Presents: Portrait of a Woman

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I will be compensated for this post. I have always loved to read and especially enjoy books by some of the most influential women in history. Iconic authors such as Helen Keller, Marjane Stratapi, Maya Angelou… just to name a few. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and The Story of My Life by Helen Keller have always been favorites and are just a few of the actual books I still keep on my bookshelf. This Women’s History Month, honor female authors everywhere by reading one (or all!) of the timeless works featured in the infographic below. I plan to pick a few books featured below that I've never read before and give them a try during Women's History Month! Let me know what book you pick and what you think of it! … [Read More...]

Time to go Spring/Summer Clothes Shopping with Rhea Lana’s! #sponsored

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, in exchange for this post I will receive an early shopping pass to attend Rhea Lana’s so I can share a personal review of my shopping experience. All thoughts and opinions are my own. So, although there is still ice on the ground and we even had a few snow flurries early this morning, I'm actually getting ready to go shopping for Abby's Spring and Summer wardrobe. Crazy right? How in the world can I think of shorts and dresses and even swimsuits when we're still dealing with old man winter? Well, even though winter does seem determined to stick around... Pretty Spring days and warmer weather will (hopefully) soon arrive. I don't know about you but for me, that means it is definitely time to go through my child's closet and try to figure out what might still fit, what is too small and what she's going to need for the upcoming warmer weather months. Yes, it's a very exhausting job and one I never look forward to mainly because it … [Read More...]

So Excited to be a Pull-Ups First Flush Ambassador! #MC #sponsored

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Disclosure:“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pull-Ups. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.” We have officially entered the wonderful stage of Potty Training! For real this time! Seriously, this time we're not giving up! I have a new package of Huggies Pull-Ups, new selection of "potty-time" books, a new bag of treats, I'm ready! Can you tell I'm excited? Actually I really am excited; we have tried potty training for a little over a year now and I finally think we are really ready. I had a funny mommy moment not long ago when I was so excited that I shared a status on Facebook. Yep, you know you're a mom when you share potty updates! Potty training is usually a subject I avoid talking with friends about, after a while I grow tired of the looks and the off-hand comments I get. You know what I'm talking about, the "oh, she isn't potty trained? My child was by … [Read More...]

Find the Perfect Prom Dress with! #sponsored


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, I will be compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Shopping with Abby for her dress for the daddy/daughter dance was so much fun and I can't wait until I get to take her fancy dress shopping again. Remembering all the fun we had makes me think of all my friends and fellow mommies who are getting ready (if not already started) to go shopping for a really important dress... a prom dress! While I'm not dealing with Prom age just yet (thank goodness!), I have lots of mommy friends who have already started talking about the search for the perfect dress. One thing causing major headaches this year? All this winter weather! All the snow and ice makes getting out to do shopping a little impossible. That's why I'm thrilled to share an awesome website with them: … [Read More...]

Giveaway Featuring Peter Rabbit DVDs from Nickelodeon’s Essentially Spring Collection!


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, I received an advanced copy of the DVD to review. Thoughts and opinions are my own. I'm sure you remember my earlier review post featuring Nickelodeon's new Essentially Spring Collection featuring Dora, Max & Ruby and Peter Rabbit. Well, now I'm back with some really awesome news! I have the joy of giving away a copy of each Peter Rabbit DVD to one very luck winner!     For more information about these two awesome DVDs, make sure to stop by and read my review. These Springtime DVDs would make perfect Easter gifts! … [Read More...]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutagen Mayhem DVD Review plus Giveaway #sponsored


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, I received an advanced copy of the DVD to review. Thoughts and opinions are my own. The Turtles Emerge from the Sewers for an All New DVD! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutagen Mayhem Available on DVD March 11, 2014 SRP: $14.99 Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment Distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution The first six episodes from season two of Nickelodeon’s CGI-animated hit series pack the all-new DVD, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutagen Mayhem, full of crime fighting adventure. The Turtles face real danger from villains all over the city, including some who bring the fight directly to their doorstep. Don’t miss over two hours of non-stop turtle entertainment! … [Read More...]

Deer Always Win… Always. Time to go Car Shopping…


Don't you just love when your plans and schedule get totally thrown off? I had planned to get several posts and giveaways up but something very unexpected happened and keep me quite busy. I know I mentioned on Facebook that new giveaways would post and some of you noticed me missing. I appreciate all the messages checking on us! I kept thinking I would get to things, that I would find a few spare moments one night to finish up. Yet here it is Monday and nothing is done. That is because this happened:   Super early Thursday morning, a phone call from my husband woke me up long before my alarm was set to go off. He had hit not one but two deer on his way to work, his vehicle was barely driveable and he was sitting at the local collision center. The good news? He was okay. Thank goodness! … [Read More...]