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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Headstrong child? 6 Great Ways to Destroy the Power Struggle

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Do you have a child that always seems to answer "no" when you ask for help?
Check out this awesome list of strategies!

When I was younger I can remember my mom getting very exasperated with me for always going against what she asked. If she asked me to pick up my toys, I would lie on the floor and whine. If she wanted me to wear a blue dress, I'd insist on wearing the green one. If she wanted to put my hair up, I'd take it down. I was a difficult child.

Now that I'm an adult and have kids of my own, I'm in awe of my mother's patience with me. (By all rights, I should have been punished much more than I was!) Unfortunately, one of the biggest reasons I understand what my mother went through is because my son is turning out to be just as headstrong as I was!

My son is pictured in this article wearing a tee from Enjoy Essential that reads "My Mom Needs Caffeine." I was given the tee for free in exchange for my opinion and I thought that it teamed up perfectly with the theme of this article! Check out the photos & ideas listed, then connect with Enjoy Essential via the details at the bottom.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

LOL: Toddler Dictionary - Featuring Tee from @TheTalkingShirt

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Kids are probably one of the best sources of humor there can be.

My favorite thing about little kids is their adorable baby-babble. When my daughter was first learning to talk, my husband would say that she sounded like we downloaded her from The Sims.

After a while you get used to it, and you learn how to communicate with your child using their own personal dictionary. I've kept a log of some of the funnier words my kids have said over the years and it's probably the best journaling I've ever done!

The photos in this post are of my daughter wearing a cute tee from The Talking Shirt. We were given the tee to review & take photos of via instagram, but I really wanted to showcase the photos here in a blog post too! (As a matter of fact, this adorable tee got us so many compliments that we added The Talking Shirt to our M.o.M.my-Must-Haves list!)

Scroll through, have a laugh, then share a favorite memory of your child when they were young! More details on The Talking Shirt can be found below!!

#GetThereSafe Teen Driving Tips! PLUS: @Allstate $1000 Sweepstakes!

This is a part of a sponsored safety campaign with #DiMe Media and Allstate Foundation.
However, all opinions expressed are my own.
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Will your pet be safe on July 4th?

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Statistics show that July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters
across the country. Are you and your pet prepared for this holiday?

Every year we set off fireworks in a celebration of our country's birth. What we don't realize is that across the nation loving pet owners are unknowingly sending their dogs & cats into a state of fear. Pets that are afraid of loud sounds often act out as they try to escape the strange smell & frightening noises that fireworks can make.

Sometimes dogs that are frightened by the noises will simply be destructive - chewing on things they shouldn't, digging holes, and scratching at floors and walls. Other times they run away in panic, trying to find a place away from the fireworks and end up running so far from home that they become lost.

McDonald's Breakfast Bagel Sauce Copycat Recipe

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Yum! If you love McDonald's breakfast bagels but wish they
were a bit healthier, this recipe is for you!

I love the bagels from McDonald's but I'm also in love with eating organic whenever possible. The breakfast sauce on McDonald's breakfast bagels are what really makes them stand out for me, so I knew I just had to try duplicating it at home.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

5 Easy Ways to Update Your Decor - PLUS: Get your Silk Plants Direct coupon code here!

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Remember back before you had a home or apartment? You probably daydreamed about all the cool decorating you would do and how your keen design sense would shimmer through in every room.

Fast forward to adulthood and - unless you've REALLY got your stuff together! - you are probably falling a bit short of your interior design dreams. I know I am. Between picking up after the kids, making meals, doing laundry and working two jobs, I don't have any time leftover to decorate!

This past month I devoted myself to finding really EASY ideas to add a bit of glam to the house in ways that won't add to my workload (*ahem*, dusty knickknacks anyone?) and that are child-proof. Take a peek and see what you think!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Are your elbows dry & scaly? Make them soft again with Adovia.


Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub Review

If I had to define my skin type, it would be "alligator". Although I can joke about my dry skin problems now, it wasn't always so easy. For years I struggled with embarrassment over my eczema, and I worried that some people wouldn't even like me because of it!

Despite finally being comfortable in my own skin (literally), I still do feel the occasional twinge of anxiety when I wear short-sleeves and realize that my dry elbows are showing. (And by dry I mean patched over with dead skin. Yucky, I know, but that's the reality.)

Because I'm a blogger through BrandBacker, goPure Naturals reached out to me to see if I'd like to review their Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub for free in exchange for a write-up. I was more than happy to do so, not only because I'm always looking for the next best thing to help my skin along, but because I've been struggling to find a really good body scrub.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Tea Tree Oil: Stop cavities, make your own face cleansers & more!

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Until quite recently, I had absolutely no idea all the incredible uses tea tree oil has. My grandma has always been a big supporter of it, but not until I took a peek at an ebook from Apothecary Extracts did I really understand what she'd been talking about!

The ebook came to me along with a bottle of tea tree oil they sent me to review for them. Let me just say: this was one of the EASIEST products to review ever. If anything, I'm going to have trouble not going overboard talking about it.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Create Your Own Summer Backpack Kit! - PLUS: Get your GoMacro coupon code here!

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Ready for fun this summer?
Create your own summer-kit & keep it stocked so you'll be ready to go at a moment's notice!

The Necessities:

  • Sunscreen - Summer means warm weather and beautiful sunshine, but make no mistake, those sunny rays can be harmful to your skin (and especially the skin of your little ones!) Always make sure you keep a tube packed so you can apply it as needed.
  • Bug Spray - Bugs aren't the best part of summer, and they can make a walk through the park feel like a walk in the swamp in just a couple of minutes! I like to use the spray-on kind because it's quick & easy.
  • Water Bottles - Whether you use regular bottled water or reusable water bottles, make sure you keep your backpack stocked! It's easy to get dehydrated while you're having fun, especially if you're out-of-doors where there isn't always access to water fountains.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Sapporo Surf and Turf Burger Recipe

Sapporo Surf & Turf Burger Recipe #NationalHamburgerDay

I was recently asked to create a recipe using free samples of Sapporo in honor of #NationalHamburgerDay, and because I love to cook, I jumped at the chance!

After drilling my friends for ideas and finding out what toppings they love best, I finally pulled together this beast of a burger. Special thanks goes out to my good buddy Mike Pinchak for being my sounding board & awesome idea-man on this one.

To be honest, I didn't know how this one would turn out until I took the first bite, but this is hands-down the BEST burger I've ever cooked, and it's the best I can remember having in a long time. (That's including restaurant burgers!)

So fire up the grill and get ready to sink your teeth into burger-heaven.