Bold Home Decor Styles and Sweepstakes from CB2 #CB2NovogratzBrasilSweepstakes

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of CB2 for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Choosing the right home decor items has always been challenging for me.  When we moved into our home 7 years ago we had half the rooms completely empty and needed new furniture and accessories.  I think I   spent 2 months looking for the right living room furniture!  I wanted something that really called to me, not just your average everyday stuff you see in all the big name home decor stores. If you enjoy finding your own unique style … [Read more...]

Never Forget Trash Day Again with The Chore Buddy!

This post has been brought to you by The Chore Buddy but all opinions expressed are my own. Picture this:  It is 6:00 AM and I am sitting in my recliner with a much needed cup of coffee just trying to keep my eyes open.  It is dark, quiet, and the children (thankfully) have another hour before they have to get up for school.  The husband left quite some time ago and now it is just me, my iPad and my caffeine.  Then, the shrill sound of the phone breaks the quiet morning peacefulness.  Now the bird is squawking, the kids are waking up and I … [Read more...]

Pet messes are no match for Clorox! #icktionary #ad

This pet messes blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Clorox blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. To read more posts on this topic, click here. Having pets in the house is a great way to teach children valuable life lessons.  Taking care of pets teaches children responsibility and compassion and those are lessons they will need for the rest of their lives. Of course, if I actually relied on the children to feed  the animals they would probably all starve but ONE DAY, they will figure it out, right?   … [Read more...]

Mohawk SmartStrand Gives Your Kids a #Licensetospill Without Worry! (#cbias #spon)

This Mohawk SmartStrand post is sponsored by Collective Bias and Mohawk Flooring but all opinions are my own Have you ever been woken up in the middle of the night to the sound of the dog throwing up?  Or, you hand your kid a glass of grape juice and three seconds later hear a crash followed by an 'uh-oh!'.  Or maybe you just watch in horror as your husband walks across the living room carpet and tracks muddy footprints across the entire room.  Messes happen and I can honestly say I have cleaned up a huge number of spills, stains, and nasty … [Read more...]

Cooking from Scratch Made Easy

This Cooking From Scratch post is sponsored by Pillsbury and My Blog Spark but all opinions expressed are mine alone. My kids have more activities to keep them busy than I can keep up with.  Every day after school we tackle homework and whatever extracurricular activity is scheduled for that evening.  Occasionally that means my husband and I are taking different kids in different directions and don't get to eat dinner til 7 PM.  I like that my kids are active but I refuse to eat takeout and/or delivery on nights that we are busy.  You might … [Read more...]

How to Clean Your Dishwasher: The Grimy Reality!

Okay, so I am really a very neat person and while my house isn't showcase worthy, I would not be embarrassed to have people over to visit without too much advanced notice.  Lately, though, I have noticed that my dishwasher is starting to take on a life of its own.  We are starting to notice bits and pieces of crud on our dishes and a quick peak inside has us wondering what that layer of ick is that looks like it could get up and walk away.  So, I started trying to figure out how to clean it.  What did I do first?  Head to my computer and Google … [Read more...]

Last Minute Holiday Gifts and Decorating tips!

I try so hard to plan ahead and make sure to get my shopping done BEFORE Christmas Eve but I admit I am almost always out looking for something still in the hours before Christmas.  Yesterday I was out searching for Christmas pajamas for the kids, stocking stuffers for the husband and a few last minute deals I couldn't pass up.  While I was at the mall (which was insanely busy!) I stopped at Sears to check out what sort of holiday gifts and decor items they had available and I was  very pleasantly surprised by the selection.  If you haven't … [Read more...]

Natural Decor Ideas For Your Home

My daughter has been bugging me for weeks about getting out the bin of Fall decorations.  So, this weekend I will begin the task of decorating my house for the upcoming holidays.  The problem is...I don't really HAVE a lot of decorations for Fall!  Why?  Honestly, I am too cheap to go out and spend a small fortune on plastic doo-dads that are only going to get used for a couple of weeks.  I am not a big fan of plastic stuff...just clutters up my house and ends up sitting in land fills for a century or two.  So, I have a tendency to stick with … [Read more...]

Kitchen Design Trends for your next remodel!

Kitchens are becoming more and more of a focal point for gatherings in many homes.  Staying on top of kitchen design trends can help you make the right updates to this space that are both comfortable and inviting. Right now kitchens with classic roots and modern details are trending with homeowners everywhere. Designing a kitchen with this in mind will keep your home looking timeless but also updated and fresh. Kitchen Design Trends By Julie Richard, Ace’s Design Expert Cabinetry and finishes can often times be costly so to get the best … [Read more...]

Having a baby at 40? I’d rather start menopause!

Ever since  my daughter could hold her first doll at the age of 1 year old she has been obsessed with babies.  She would take them everywhere with her, dress them, feed them, and fix up their pretend boo-boos.  Every year her Christmas wish list included stuff for her babies....they have more clothes than I do along with sleeping bags, tents, strollers, and so many other things there is barely space for my daughter in her room. At the age of 6 she started asking Santa to please leave her a baby under the Christmas tree.  At age 7 she wanted to … [Read more...]