Make Your Kids Smile Every Morning! #CinnamonRollSaturday #CinnamonRollSunday @Pillsbury #Ad

    I have a guilty confession to make, I don't have time to prepare breakfast in the morning on weekdays.  Between being behind both of my boys to get ready to go to school, I have to leave extra early for my commute to work and so I will find parking near my job.  If you have ever been to New York City you know what a challenge it can be to find a parking spot.  As a result, I try to make sure that I spend special time with our boys on the weekend making and enjoying special breakfast treats.     When I ask my sons every weekend what they want to eat for breakfast, their immediate response is always Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls.  They love them and we have a great time putting the icing on them as soon as they come right out of the oven.  I'm sure we should probably wait until they cool off but it's just so hard to hold back when the whole house is filled with the delicious smell of warm cinnamon.     As a family, we really … [Read more...]

Deliver A Better Clean For The Whole Family! #TweetFromTheSeat @Charmin #Ad

    I just finished cleaning the bathroom and, as a mother of two boys and the only female in this house, I clean up a lot of urine.  Yes, I know that is TMI or "Too Much Information" but, if you have boys in your home you know exactly what I am talking about.  Over the years I have tried to figure out why so much urine ends up all over the bathroom and I have decided that it must have something to do with aim.     Never mind cleaning underwear when you have boys.  There always seem to be a battle to keep all of their underwear clean and I've decided that this might have something to do with the toilet paper that we have been using in past years.  The truth is that I am way too busy playing life’s many roles to have to worry about my boys being clean leaving the bathroom. That’s why Charmin Ultra Strong is designed to get a better clean so my family can use less.     Since I started adding Charmin Ultra Strong to our bathroom … [Read more...]

Join Us For Our After-School Snacking Adventure! #Snackation @Smuckers @Walmart #Ad

    Recently, I shared with you all how our family headed to Walmart to shop for our after-school snack sampling adventure.  We were inspired by Smucker’s® to come up with some delicious snacks for our boys to take with them to enjoy while they wait for me to pick them up from school after I get out of work.  Of course, their first choice for what types of snacks we could make was anything containing peanut butter and jelly.  In our home, we love Smucker’s® products.     My boys had a great idea and told my husband and I that they wanted us to have a snack sampling adventure right at home where we make a variety of snacks and they taste them to choose their favorite.  During our shopping trip to Walmart, we were able to pick up Smucker’s® jelly and JIF peanut butter and Whips.  We also purchased Uncrustables and Goober spread.  Having such delicious foods made it easy to come up with simple snack ideas that a Working … [Read more...]

Bring Families Back Together At The Dinner Table! #BillionDinners @BillionDinners #Ad

    When my siblings and I were growing up, we would set the table every evening and sit down to eat dinner with our parents.  During this time, we discussed how our day had gone with one another and engaged in discussion about a variety of topics.  Now that I have my own family, my husband and I try to make sure that we eat together as a family daily but there are many distractions that we have to compete with.       These days, we live in a technologically advanced society and it can sometimes be difficult to tear the kids away from their video games or tablets.  Many families struggle with finding balance between using electronics and fostering meaningful communication with one another.  Launching this week The Billion Family Dinners Challenge calls for busy Americans to re-connect at mealtime.     Support for shared family meals has grown in recent years, with studies from leading researchers in family psychology finding … [Read more...]

Feeling Safer Away From Home Just Got Easier! @LifeFone #Giveaway #Partner

    As many of you know, my nine year-old son was diagnosed with epilepsy this year.  This has not been an easy journey because, as parents, we want to protect our children all the time from every potential danger.  Unfortunately, that is not always possible when you are a Working Mom and your children attend school during the day.       Not being able to protect him from having seizures at all times can be very frightening and difficult.  LifeFone Mobile Alert and LifeFone Family Guard are enabling parents across the country to protect their children and families even when they are not physically together.       Through the use of smartphone app enabled services, you can have access to a trained central station professional who can immediately alert First Responders until you or your loved one is safe.  As parents we know that sometimes emergencies arise in the least likely places like the mall, at school, away at … [Read more...]

Tips For Spending More Time Together As A Family

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful to spend more time together as a family? What’s stopping you? There are ways you can spend more time together as a family without breaking the budget or driving each other crazy. Don’t Forget the Ride Home     Although you may all be in a car together, riding in a car home together is one way to spend more time as a family. It’s a great time to talk and discuss how the day went. You may not be sitting face to face, but this is a nice way to unwind and catch up as a family. Push Back Bedtime 30 Minutes     Okay, so not every family can push back bedtime by 30 minutes, but if you can it’s a great way to go. Why? Well, many families don’t get home till 6 o’clock at night and it can be difficult to get anytime in together. Pushing back bedtime can help give a little more “time” together. If you can’t push back bedtime, then consider getting up 30 minutes earlier and eating an unrushed breakfast together. Spend Time Eating … [Read more...]

Tips To #LiveBrighter With Kids Through Greener Living! #DirectEnergy @DirectEnergy #Ad

    As a parent, I am always trying to impart lessons unto my children about how they can be better citizens and productive members of society.  Now that they are older, I think it is important to teach them that they have to do their part to conserve energy and take care of our planet so that it will be here for generations to come.  Saving on our power during the summer is key which is why I love that Direct Energy savings is arming consumers with the tools that they need to help them conserve energy.     In our home, there are certain things that we do to encourage our kids to save energy and engage in greener living.  Although it may not seem like much, the following are ways that every home can do their part to take care of Planet Earth: Teach your kids to take showers instead of taking baths.  By setting time limits on the amount of time that they spend in the shower and encouraging them to turn the water off while they are brushing … [Read more...]

Becoming Debt-Free After Having Children

    Are you done having children? Maybe it’s time to focus on serious matters like getting out of debt. There’s good news, it is possible to get out of debt with a little bit of determination. Here are some tips to make this a reality. Only Use Cash     It’s pretty simple to use a debit card and swipe swipe swipe. However, when you only use cash, it’s gone when you run out and there’s nothing you can do about it. Using only cash can help you get out of debt because you’re not going to continue to use a credit card. Prepare for Emergencies     One of the biggest issues facing people who are debt is that they are not prepared for emergencies. When an emergency happens, it’s easy to put it on a credit card and then debt adds up really quickly. You can start preparing for financial emergencies by having an emergency fund set up. Even if it’s only $500, that’s something you won’t need to put on a credit card. Sell Your Stuff     Although you may not want to, selling your items is one … [Read more...]

There Is Nothing Like A Father’s Love And Protection! #imbornto #MoDSquad @MarchofDimes #Ad

    Last month, I shared with you all how proud I was to have been chosen as one of only 39 moms across the country as an ambassador to March of Dimes in the #ImBornTo campaign.  The entire premise of this campaign is to celebrate all the mothers and fathers who do such a wonderful job every single day to keep their babies safe from conception all the way through childhood and beyond.     Children need their moms but they also need the love, guidance and protection of their fathers.  It is that love and encouragement from both parents that propels kids to greatness due to having a solid and supportive foundation at home.  In my case, I have been extremely fortunate to have my husband as the father of our boys.  From the moment that I shared their impending arrival with him, he has strived to be the best role model and "daddy" that he could possibly be.  These qualities are evident in the eyes of our children when they look up at him.     Over the years he has coached little league … [Read more...]

You Are Better At Parenting Than You Think! @minutemaid_us #DoinGood #DiMe #Sweeps #Ad

*DISCLAIMER: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Minute Maid and DiMe Media.  Minute Maid will provide this prize. Minute Maid is not a sponsor, administrator or connected in any other way with the contest – and all opinions are my own.     This time of the year is very special because it honors all the moms and dads through the celebration of Mother's Day and Father's Day.  Although parents make many sacrifices for their children throughout the year with absolutely no expectation of recognition, it's really important to highlight what a wonderful job they are doing raising their kids.  After all, who doesn't like to hear that they are doing a good job, especially when that job is as monumental as being responsible for another human being?     I have to be completely honest, I don't always feel like I am doing the best job possible at raising my boys.  Although their father and I do everything possible to ensure that they are always safe and cared for, life … [Read more...]