What Does the American Dream Mean to You?

What Does the American Dream Mean to You?

I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for MassMutual. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating. When I look back on my childhood in suburban Connecticut I am pretty sure that my family was living the American Dream.  We had a modest sized house in a close nit neighborhood.  It was not a mansion in a gated community but there was plenty of space as long as my sister didn't hog the bathroom for too long when I had to go!  We felt safe playing in the streets, had good friends, and a community of parents who kept us under control even when we wanted to let loose a little.  There were a few new clothes for the first day of school but not those $300 sneakers that a few of the 'rich kids' were sporting.  The American Dream meant plenty … [Read more...]

A Puppy Care Package (NOT a puppy!) Goes Under a Christmas Tree!

A Puppy Care Package (NOT a puppy!) Goes Under a Christmas Tree!

This post about making a puppy care package for Christmas was inspired by a product I received at no charge but all opinions expressed here are my own.  This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on the link and make a purchase I will receive a tiny amount of money to put towards my blogging adventure. My husband and I both had dogs as children so when we moved in together after college we immediately starting talking about getting a puppy.  Granted, getting a German Shepherd puppy in an apartment was probably not the wisest choice but we quickly found a house with a fenced in yard and she quickly realized that eating shoes was not as much fun as chasing squirrels.  It all turned out great in the long run and ever since that first puppy, my husband and I have always … [Read more...]

Tips to Prepare For Your Road Trip #Sodapalooza #ad

Tips to Prepare For Your Road Trip #Sodapalooza #ad

These tips to prepare for your road trip are brought to you by RaceTrac but all opinions expressed are my own. My husband and I live far away from all of our family.  Since the time my kids were babies, we have been making long road trips at least once or twice a year so we can visit with parents, siblings, cousins and grandparents.  Over the years, we have had some good times and some bad while on the road.  There have been poopy diaper blowouts, flat tires, and vomiting children but there have also been hours of singing, amusing trivia, and incredible memories.  Knowing how to prepare yourself, your car, and your KIDS for a long road trip will make your trip a lot more pleasant.  If you are planning a vacation this summer, here are some tips to prepare for your next road trip: Tips … [Read more...]

Man of Steel: Best Summer Movie to See with Your Teen Son!   #SeeSteelFirst #ad

Man of Steel: Best Summer Movie to See with Your Teen Son! #SeeSteelFirst #ad

This Man of Steel information is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Warner Bros. All opinions expressed are my own. My kids have been out of school for 2 weeks now and the summer stretches endlessly in front of us.  Hours upon hours to spend doing creative and educational things...except the only thing they do is complain that they are bored!  This morning, after watching my son wander aimlessly from room to room with a blank look on his face I suggested he go outside and play.  He looked at me like I had lost my mind and told me it was HOT outside.  Which, seeing as I live in the middle of the deep south, he is 100% correct about!  And (unfortunately) things are only going to get hotter!  One of our favorite ways to beat the heat is to head to the movies and with all the rave … [Read more...]

Summer Activities for Kids: Create a Toyrarium   #MiracleGroProject

Summer Activities for Kids: Create a Toyrarium #MiracleGroProject

This Summer Activities for Kids article is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Well, today is my kid's last day of school and then we have 2 1/2 months of unstructured summer fun.  Oh, sure, they have a few camps and a family vacation to look forward to but there will be endless hours of free time as well.  During that free time, I will hear an unending stream of 'I'm bored', 'there's nothing to do' and from my son 'I'm hungry!'.  So, what is a mom supposed to do when here kids are home all day during the summer with nothing to do?  Find some easy summer activities for kids, of course!  There are a ton of ways to keep kids entertained without plugging them into the TV, video games or other electronic delvices.  When I was … [Read more...]