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Verified Mom Reviews & My New Direction!

Hi, all!  It’s been a really long time and I truly apologize for that.  After the holiday I think I fell into somewhat of a slump and really lost interest in everything blogging.  As a blogger, it happens to the best of us and the only thing we can do is either force content out that really has no meaning, or ride out the writing wave and let things come naturally.  I chose to hang … Continue Reading...

I’m a confessed Netflix cheater! #Streamteam

Are you a Netflix cheater?  Do you say you will wait to watch a specific show on Netflix with your partner or child?  Do you start the series together and make a pact that you won’t watch it without each other.  You know that temptation is always there, right?  Then suddenly, before you know it, you’ve uncontrollably binged the entire series without waiting?  That makes you a Netflix cheater!  After taking a look at these … Continue Reading...

The Anti Fairy Tale on Netflix Streamteam

The “Anti-Fairy Tale” – Netflix #Streamteam

By referencing the anti-fairy tale, I don’t mean that I am against those happy, little girl fairy-tale endings.  I am all for those and I wish real life was a fairy tale, (now more than ever) but that’s not how the world works.  What I am referring to is the little kid shows that my children slowly but surely have gotten away from watching.  My kids are no longer interested in Princess movies and have … Continue Reading...

Featured Countertop Appliances

3 countertop appliances guaranteed to make your life easy

As I was making dinner tonight I realized that I absolutely love 3 of my countertop appliances and don’t know how I had lived without them for so long.  I didn’t think I would love a small kitchen appliance as much as I do, but it’s true.  It genuinely makes me so happy that I actually enjoy making dinner again.  Tonight I made my favorite Italian sausage dinner in a Christmas gift I bought for … Continue Reading...

Motivation, Happiness and the Power of Positive Thinking

Motivation, Happiness and the Power of Positive Thinking

This is my first blog post following the New Year.  While I was on winter break (and a month or so prior), I gave this whole blogging thing some thought.  I kept going back and forth with what direction I wanted to go in and the type of content I provided you with.  I know I just recently went through this and while I enjoy providing material that relates to being a mom to three teenagers … Continue Reading...

School is Out; Adventure’s On Netflix {#StreamTeam}

Guess what?  For most kids, school is out for winter break.  Some parents are happy, some are sad.  I tend to lean towards the “some parents are happy” spot on the scale only because I work in a school.  So, being with 500 a day as opposed to being with 3 who are rarely seen, winter break is like heaven to me.  For those that are on the sad side of the scale, you probably … Continue Reading...

15 Last Minute Gift Ideas

15 Last Minute Gifts For Everyone in the Family

This is it!  I wanted to share with you these 15 last minute gifts for everyone in the family!  You’re crunched for time and you need to get something fast!  Since I have a husband, a teenaged daughter, a teenaged son, a tween daughter, and myself, I will share some of my last minute gift ideas for everyone in the family!  The 15 last minute gifts I am going to share with you are all … Continue Reading...

Aldi Got A Makeover

Aldi Got a Makeover! Save Time & Money By Shopping at #Aldi

You’ve probably heard about Aldi haven’t you?  If not, it’s a super amazing little grocery store that carries tons of products cheaper than your regular grocery store and supercenters.  They are not your average grocery store…not even close.  I never knew about Aldi until I moved into my *then* little town of Plainfield, Illinois.  When I moved here in 1998 it was what I would consider a “small town” with 9,495 people.  Now, 18 years … Continue Reading...

#MerryBlogmas

#MerryBlogmas Comes to an End! It’s Time to Link Up!

Wow!  Where did that time go?  It is time to close up our annual #MerryBlogmas blogathon and giveaway!  I teamed up with 11 bloggers to provide over $800 in gifts AND $150 in Paypal money to 1 lucky winner!  Our winner has been selected and I must send a big congratulations to Ms. Valerie Hall!  I am sure this has made her holiday season Merry & Bright! 🙂 Take another look at what Valerie has … Continue Reading...

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Breaking Away from Holiday Traditions

How does one start breaking away from holiday traditions? I haven’t a clue. And, I am not even sure I want to know. Holiday traditions hold a special place in our hearts. It usually will consist of a variety of things that remind us of our Grandparents or family members that we have lost along the way. Holiday traditions though lately have become somewhat….meaningless. Let me explain. The holidays have become nothing but a rush … Continue Reading...

Special Christmas Gifts for the Fun Mom

Finding those special Christmas gifts for the Fun Mom can sometimes be very daunting.  What do you get someone who always says she doesn’t want anything or is the hardest person to shop for?  I have a few ideas that might help to stir up your holiday gift giving creative mind.  The gifts I’m about to share with you are pretty inexpensive and range anywhere from $30 to $60.  That’s not bad at all for … Continue Reading...

Christmas Movies, Songs & Books

Christmas Movies, Songs & Books For The Whole Family

Let’s talk Christmas movies, songs &  books! As you’ve learned, I love holiday decorations and I think I might like holiday movies, music, and books almost as much. Ok, maybe a little less, but I still love certain movies, songs and yes, even some Christmas themed books. The day after Thanksgiving is when I go into full-on holiday mode and could probably watch the Hallmark channels holiday movies all day long! My family does not … Continue Reading...

2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

Here is my little 2016 Holiday gift guide for kids. There are 6-holiday gifts that I am sharing that I think are super fun for girls or boys, little ones or big ones. These gifts will allow kids to use their imagination in more ways than one. They can get creative, explore with STEM and get some eye-hand coordination going. I tried to find a little something different for kids.  Don’t forget to check out … Continue Reading...

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I love Christmas decorations and you should too!

I love, like love-love, Christmas decorations and I am not afraid to admit that. Yes, I am that person who if I could, would leave my holiday lights on outside all year round.  The more twinkling lights the better!  Seeing them in just about every room brings me happiness and joy!  Christmas decorations bring me joy.  When I had my parents over for my birthday last week my mom made a comment “I didn’t know … Continue Reading...

Gifts for the Sport Enthusiast

Gifts for the Sport Enthusiast in your life

Buying gifts for the sport enthusiast is almost next to impossible, don’t you think?  I think that family member or friend is always super hard to buy for?  They either have just about everything within that sport that it makes it impossible to find something they don’t already have, or you just haven’t found the right gift that suits them best.  I had to do some digging but I think I found some really neat … Continue Reading...

Day 2 #MerryBlogmas

10 Holiday Bucket List Ideas You Will Love!

Do you like creating lists? How about bucket lists? Do you have one? What about a holiday bucket list? Have one of those? I have always admired those who are list makers. That, however, is just not me. I struggle with making lists. I have every intention of crossing things off my lists, but one thing leads to another, and before I know it my time is up and my list is still pages long! … Continue Reading...

Netflix StreamTeam which family dynamic do you most relate to?

Family Dynamics and Traditions: #StreamTeam

When it comes to family dynamics and traditions it makes me laugh because we don’t have very many traditions as a family because we are far from traditional.  I recently asked my children if they warn their friends or if they have a descriptive word that best suits our family and if so, what is it?  I had already figured out what each of the kids would say, but I wanted to hear it from them … Continue Reading...

How do you get into the Holiday spirit?

How do you get into the holiday spirit when sometimes you just aren’t feeling it?  It’s that time of year.  Thanksgiving is over and it was a quick transition into the craziness of the holiday season.  So, how do you make that festive switch?  I took to the streets to ask a few kids what gets them into the holiday spirit.  Ok, well not really the streets, I just walked into my family room and … Continue Reading...

12 Days of Blogmas and a Giveaway

12 Days of Blogmas is on it’s way!

Have you heard?  The 12 Days of Blogmas is almost here!  Yes, you read that correctly, I said Blogmas.  You might be asking yourself what on Earth that is, right?  To put it simply, it’s a super fun time where a group of bloggers get together and share fun posts during the first 12 days of the holiday season.  Thanksgiving is *almost officially over, which means, it’s time to start watching ELF!  No, (well maybe…it’s … Continue Reading...

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Woman Behind The Work: Jessica Peresta

Today I got to learn more about the amazing, Jessica from The Domestic Musician!  Jessica is a wife to an amazing man and mom to 3 little boys. She is a former public school elementary music teacher and piano lesson instructor who is turning her love for teaching music into online teaching.  She would like every child to have an opportunity to learn music through lessons (traditional or online), home music education, and in … Continue Reading...