16 must have free photography apps

16 Must-Have FREE Photography Apps

If you love your iPhone like I do, you use it for everything.  I am admitting here today that I am in fact, an app addict.  Downloading apps for anything and everything, I have become a go-to app person in my home.  More times than not, I’ll respond to any conversation with, “There’s an app for that”.  Today I am going to share with you just a tasting of my favorite photography apps.

My Favorite

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Shopping for Fall Fashion at Goodwill

A Beginners Guide To Goodwill Shopping For Fall Fashion

As part of my “self-discovery”,  I thought I would start focusing on finding some great deals for fall fashion.  My wallet is empty most days so I decided to see what I could find at my local GoodWill.

I knew finding something that fit into my fall criteria would be hit or miss.  Long sleeves and I don’t mesh well because I am almost always hotter than the sun.  I don’t like tight clothing because … Continue Reading...

56 Chili Recipes Guaranteed to Warm Your Soul

56 Incredible Chili Recipes Guaranteed to Warm Your Soul

As soon as the fall season hits, my mind goes into full on crockpot mode.  There is nothing greater than dumping ingredients into a pot and have it magically turn into a fully cooked meal.  I love when you return home, open the door, and instantly get a whiff of that amazing aroma that makes your nose hairs dance.  When I think of fall, I also think of my chili recipe.  Chili recipes are … Continue Reading...

My Fall Makeup Picks for 2016

Favorite Fall Makeup Picks 2016

Part of my big change is how I get ready every day.  I would wake up and slap on some foundation, mascara, and lip gloss before I left the house.  Today, I’m getting back into the beauty of being me.  That means, actually spending time on making myself look the part.  When I was younger, I would have the latest fashions and on-trend makeup.  Makeup and clothing were a form of self-expression to me and … Continue Reading...

A teenage girls lesson about finances

Choosing Your Vagina Over Finances = Priorities

Sometimes your vagina trumps your finances and as a newly child turned adult, my oldest daughter is learning the most valuable lesson about priorities.

I have what I feel is a very open and sometimes brutally honest relationship with my children. That is something that I take extreme pride in as a parent.  My oldest daughter just turned 18 a couple months ago officially marking her as an “adult”. Whether she is ready for what the … Continue Reading...


5 Tips for Building Confidence in Tweens & Teens

You would think that building confidence in tweens & teens is easy.  Think again!  I have been a parent for 18 years. While that is a long time, it does not by any means make me an expert on parenting. I can only speak from my own personal experiences raising three kids from infant to teens.  There are some things that you learn right away when it comes to raising children; like the fact that they … Continue Reading...

introducing the new Verified Mom by Phyllis

The Rebranding Story of Verified Mom!

There is a reasonable explanation for me rebranding Verified Mom.  Being a mom is all I know how to do.  It’s all I’ve done for 18 years.  Now that the kids are older, things they say or do are far from cute.  Things they say or do make me want to punch them.  They are also at ages where they don’t really want me talking about them to the masses.  There are … Continue Reading...

Disney + Netflix = Happiness & Family

Disney + Netflix = Happiness & Family! #StreamTeam

Disney is on Netflix!  Yes, you heard me correctly, Disney films, the greatest in family movie titles is now on Netflix!  That’s the best of both worlds for all things streaming!  To kick it off, Disney’s Zootopia will be ready to stream on September 20, 2016!

There are some other great titles coming to Netflix this month like Tarzan, Mulan 2, Robin Hood, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Holes. … Continue Reading...

Easy Tip for keeping lettuce fresh

How To Keep Your Lettuce Really Fresh All Week

Yes, the struggle is real!  How do you keep your lettuce really fresh all week?  When you get tired of throwing away limp and wilting lettuce you’ll try just about anything, right?  That’s exactly what I did.  I love lettuce and having a salad, but honestly, I hate preparing it.  I thought if I washed it, cut it and put it in a Ziploc bag, all would be good.  But no, I soon found out that … Continue Reading...

Choose a Color Palette That Makes you Happy to be Home!

How to Decorate with Discount Decor & a Little Fresh Paint

It’s time to decorate!  Sometimes all a room needs is fresh new paint and affordable decor to transform it back into its current century.  We haven’t painted our kitchen and family room for about fourteen years. Just imagine if you will, all the little handprints, wall dents, and holes that accumulate over fourteen years.  It was definitely time to dig out our paint brushes and get to updating.

How to Decorate

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Best Buy Home Tech Experience

Visit the Mall of America & Get the Home Tech experience by #BestBuyTechHome

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

I am a closet tech nerd which most people wouldn’t know about unless they knew me, so hearing about a new piece of technology makes me all giddy.  I almost feel like it’s Christmas morning and I am opening a gift that I have been eagerly anticipating all year.  That’s … Continue Reading...

Beat Bugs on Netflix

All You Need is Love and Beat Bugs!

Are you a Beatles fan?  How about a cute cartoon fan?  Ok, how about a Netflix fan?  If you said yes to any of those, you are going to LOVE the new Netflix Original animated series, Beat Bugs.  We are a music loving family so this series really captured our hearts as well as our ears.   

All You Need Is Love

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2016 Must Have School Supply List

School Supplies: Our 2016 Must-Have List

What’s on Your List?

This year was a little different since I only had to shop with two kids instead of three.  The third is going to a local junior college so we didn’t have to do much shopping for her, plus her boyfriend won some school supplies and he gave them to her….score!  My son is a Freshman now so they don’t usually give them a “supply” list because each teacher will provide them … Continue Reading...

Verified Mom is now accepting Holiday Gift Guide Submissions for 2016

Holiday Gift Guide 2016 ~Now Accepting Submissions~

Holiday Gift Guide for 2016

Verified Mom and a good Holiday Gift Guide go hand in hand.  With that, I am now accepting partner submissions to be included in my annual holiday gift guide.  You can see here by my other gift guides and here by my other blog posts that I take this time of year quite seriously.

I will only be including items that my readers will appreciate so if you have any … Continue Reading...

Taco Bake - a quick and easy recipe

Quick & Easy Taco Bake

We usually have one “taco-ish” dish every week, just like we have one pasta dish every week.  It’s how I roll.  One day I was looking for something different to make and I stumbled upon a taco pie.  I believe it was directly from the roll or croissants where they said to use the dough as the pie crust.  I more or less adapted that recipe into something that my kids devour when ever I make … Continue Reading...