Are They Really Worth $200? My Unbiased Tieks Review

We've all seen the countless ads on Pinterest, FaceBook and on at least three of the "cool moms" feet at school drop-off, but if you're like me, you have questioned whether a pair of slip on ballet shoes can really be worth $200, am I right???  I spent so long debating on dropping that kind of cash on a pair of Tieks, and I felt like every review I read (and I read more than my fair share) seemed … [Read more...]

Pass the Love Back (Earn Money for Youth Soccer Teams)

This post was sponsored by Mondelez International as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received compensation as a thank you for my review. I am a huge fan of team sports and the life lessons that can be learned by playing on a team.  My kids have been participating in team sports since they were tiny little things because my husband and I are so aware and appreciative of … [Read more...]

How to Stay Sane While Multi-Generational Traveling

With Mother's Day just around the corner, I am ready to spill some dirt about my momma...but it's not anything crazy or scandalous, it's that I am crazy about her.  She is truly one of my best friends and I speak to her on the phone generally at least once a day.  And while I was thinking about her and her awesomeness, I was reminded of some of the biggest strains that we have put on our … [Read more...]

Why Eye Exams are so Important to me

This post was sponsored by Think About Your Eyes as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received compensation as a thank you for my review. Eye health is one of those things that most people take for granted.  It is near and dear to my heart though, and I was so excited that Think About Your Eyes, an initiative that is focused on the importance of eye care and regular eye … [Read more...]

Where I’ve been and what I am working on now

It feels like I've been a bit absent from the blog lately and I just wanted to fill you all in on where I've been and what I am working on now. As you may have read, my kiddos were on spring break (they attend a year round school so they had two and half weeks off!) and we made sure to keep busy.  Between having out of state guests, a trip to the beach and then another jaunt down to Georgia to … [Read more...]

How to Politely Say No (with 10 Examples)

Hey guys, I'm baaaaack!  I had the most amazing vacation, but now I am getting my nose back to the grindstone and have lots of fun posts planned to share with you all in the next few months.  Today is an important post for me, personally.  It is something that I struggle with on a daily basis and one of the things that I am continuously promising myself that I will work to become better … [Read more...]

Healthy, Nutritious & Delicious Blueberry Smoothie

For Christmas this year, my husband and I decided that instead of more toys that our kids don't need, that we wanted to give them the gift and experience of travel.  We are both huge fans of world traveling and just love that we are able to share that opportunity with our kiddos.  The kids could not have been more excited when they opened their gifts on Christmas (a few pieces of tropical … [Read more...]

Stay on Budget While Traveling and #ServeSomeGood

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for American Express Serve. I applied for the Serve Cash Back card to facilitate my review and received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. As some of you may have read, I have unintentionally and unexpectedly been traveling quite a bit as of late.  The kids and I flew to Montana to be with my grandmother … [Read more...]

25 Hilarious Kid’s Jokes

Early last week I received news that one of my husband's close friends had passed away.  It was the kind of news that rocks you to your core and shakes up all of your feelings.  This time last week I was booking flights for my husband and I to attend his memorial in San Francisco and looking through old, happy photos that were posted online. One week ago I was searching for a Hawaiian shirt and … [Read more...]

Getting out to Play with BGCA

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Boys & Girls Club of America. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. My kiddos and I are enjoying the incredible fall weather while we are in Montana (I'll fill you in on that tomorrow) and are getting out and keeping active while we are at it.  Any time that I can marry the great outdoors … [Read more...]

Earning Money for my School…the Tastiest Way Possible

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson®. The opinions and text are all mine. Remember when I told you all about the Tyson Project A+™ a couple weeks ago?  Well I'm back to fill you in a bit more and to share this yummy dip recipe that I used for my Popcorn Chicken- Any'tizers® snacks. I am still head over heels for this program as I love to help my kid's school … [Read more...]

The Easiest Way to Help Your School Raise Money

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson®. The opinions and text are all mine. Now that all three of my kiddos are in school, I am lucky to be able to volunteer a lot of time there, helping out in any way possible. It has been an incredible experience to not only see how my children interact with their teachers and peers, but also to get to know the amazing folks who … [Read more...]