kitchen organization

Organizing the Kitchen = One Happy Mama

I admit, I’m not the best organizer. But, with a smaller house and smaller kitchen, and A LOT of people, counter space is a premium. After looking at the giant knife block on our counter for what seemed like forever, we knew we needed a solution to free up some space. Our “ah-ha” moment came…

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4 Ways HIBICLENS Antimicrobial Soap Helps with Cuts and Scrapes

How would you like to have a solution for cleaning up cuts and scrapes that’s tough on germs and gentle on sensitive skin? HIBICLENS® antimicrobial soap is your everyday solution for cleaning and protecting boo boos. Hospitals, healthcare professionals, and moms trust HIBICLENS antimicrobial soap as a skin cleanser and antiseptic. Our impressive pink soap…

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The Baby Buy and Mommy and Me Monday

MommyCon Atlanta | Mommy and Me Monday | The 267th ed

This weekend was another one for the books! Mr. Serious had the older two girls at a zoo sleepover, then we met at the perimeter, did a little kid shuffling and then I headed into MommyCon with B. There were all of the brands (Applecheeks, Smart Bottoms, Spray Pal Cotton Babies, Gro-Via and more), a…

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pedicures at scooops spa

Scooops Kid Spa at Great Wolf Lodge

On our most recent trip hosted by Great Wolf Lodge, our girls were treated to their very first spa treatment. They can say they’ve had a pedicure more recently than I have now (something tells me we need to fix that!) The Scooops Kid Spa at Great Wolf Lodge is all about pampering the kids…

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saving money for cash only

How to save for a “Sunny Day”

With our monthly budget comes savings. It would seem we are “weirdos” or “oddballs” in that we save for things before they come up. We started with a $1000 emergency fund or “rainy day fund”. Thankfully, we never had to actually dig into it. But, it was there if we needed it. Every month, we…

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Win a KitchenAid Artisan 5-qt Mixer

It’s spring! With that comes a lot of cooking and mixing (because, yes banana raspberry muffins)! And, shredding chicken the easiest way possible! Basically, we like our stand mixers! Because they are useful and handy and even being gluten-free and dairy-free, I still use mine! Spring is in bloom and what better way to celebrate…

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gluten free dairy free banana raspberry muffins

Delicious gluten-free dairy-free banana raspberry muffins

It’s been one year since I started eating gluten-free and dairy-free (okay, I’ve cheated like once or twice), but I haven’t had any bread or muffins. After a while, I didn’t really even want bread or cookies. But, I got a craving for some recently and thought I could revamp an old recipe I cut…

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Why you should try Essential Oils

Information courtesy of Oilgami. When I can and feel it’s a good fit for my family, I try to do things as naturally and green as possible. We have and continue use cloth diapers for our babies. I use and make my own cleaning solutions (when I have time) and use cloth napkins and washcloths….

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Looming with my girls | Mommy and Me Monday | 266th ed

We’ve been bitten by the loom bug. After just one time of reading over the directions and showing the girls how it works, they are hooked. It took me longer to figure out than it did them by a long shot! Despite N’s distracted look (she’s made a million of them) and B playing with…

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Win Joovy Caboose VaryLight

Win a Joovy Caboose VaryLight Stroller

Having tested out a lot of baby gear, including strollers, I have a pretty good grasp on what I want and need. One of those things is a double stroller. But, with a three year old, she doesn’t always want to use a stroller. And, I don’t want to be pushing a full-sized double stroller…

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Chocolate covered strawberry frozen yogurt

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frozen Yogurt with Yoplait Whips!

My family is a big fan of both yogurt and frozen desserts. Add in some chocolate and the are in heaven. So when I was challenged to create a recipe with the new Yoplait Greek 100 Whips! I had a pretty good idea of what they would like: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Frozen Yogurt. It’s decadent…

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Into the Woods

Disney’s Into the Woods is Out on Blu-Ray

Do you ever wish all of your favorite fairytale characters came together in an intertwined adventure? Add in a dash of music and some great actors and you’d have Into the Woods. In Disney’s “Into the Woods” Iconic characters, such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel, find their fates…

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Toddler Preschool Easter Basket

How we do Easter

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DisneyEaster #CollectiveBias Is it weird to say we are non-traditional traditionalists? If we need to place a label, I mean? Because I think that’s what we are. We have our kids take pictures with the Easter bunny (if…

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End summer brain drain with brain chase

Prevent Summer Brain Drain with Brain Chase

With the house full of kids during the summer, it can be a struggle to keep everybody engaged, active and having fun. While they love learning at school during the year, when summer rolls around, there seems to be a lot of eye rolls and “come on mom, we just want to watch TV.” But,…

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scented glow-in-the-dark galactic slime

How to make scented glow-in-the-dark slime [VIDEO]

I remember watching kids get slimed on Nickelodeon while sitting at our kitchen table with our black and white TV (yes, one with two sets of dials, even). I think I saw it at a friends’ house and realized just how colorful that slime was. And while it looked disgusting, it also looked really fun!…

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Night at the Museum Giveaway

Family Movie Night with Night at the Museum

This past weekend, we had a Movie Night with the Night at the Museum Trilogy that we were sent. While it looks like we only had two, when you purchase the third and newest installment, Secret of the Tomb, allows you a bonus digital copy of your choice of one of the other movies in…

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Stick to your budget with Walmart Family Mobile

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MarchIntoSavings #CollectiveBias Five and a half years ago, we made a huge family and lifestyle decision to cut up all of our credit cards (paid off every month) and use a cash only system. Budgeting was something we…

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The Mommy Phase | Mommy and Me Monday | 265th ed

At 14.5 months, we are stuck on the “mommy phase.” The one where if mommy can be seen or heard (and likely smelled) she must also be touched. It’s a beautiful and overwhelming phase that I know too shall pass, so I savor it the best I can. I know that if I sit down…

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Penguins of Madagascar Giveaway and Free Printables

Another very exciting release is on its way to Blu-ray and DVD, March 17th, and I can’t wait to share it with you! They’re cute…they’re cuddly…they’re back!  From the creators of MADAGASCAR comes the hilarious new movie that proves global espionage is for the birds!  In DreamWorks’ PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, your favorite super-spies—Skipper, Kowalski, Rico…

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Cinderella review

Have Courage and Be Kind | Cinderella Review

When I saw the very first teaser video of only the glass slipper from Cinderella, I was in. I knew I had to see the movie. So, I was very excited to get a sneak peak of the movie this week! My thoughts: Cinderella was so very true to the story we know from Disney…

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