Thursday, June 30, 2016

When Did My Kids Get So Smart? Channeling Your Inner Child.


As a parent, you spend a LOT of time teaching your children. How to walk, how to use the toilet, how to tie their shoes, how to use a spoon, how to do long division - you get the idea. But sometimes if you are lucky and you sit back and listen - they have lots to teach you, too! Here are some things I have learned about life from my boys.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Acne Preventing Tips - ZAPZYT Giveaway


Everyone has zits but no one likes to talk about them. Today however with the help of ZAPZYT we're going to share with you 5 acne preventing tips, and then you'll have a chance to win the prize package shown above, which includes their Acne Wash Cleanser, Pore Clearing Scrub, Pore Treatment Gel, Acne Treatment Gel and party confetti to celebrate you zapping those zits! So without further ado - let's get into it!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Be Gel-ous of My (Paleo) Gummy Bears & Marshmallows


I have been eating Paleo for two years now - though I really do need to get back to being more strict! I have lost 65 lbs, gained 10 back, and have another 20 I really want to lose. I'm in a rut and I need to branch out into some new foods. Say... gummy bears and marshmallows? Sounds good to me!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Washing Your Hair - You are Doing it Wrong!


About a year ago I made a startling discovery. I was washing my hair wrong. I have fine hair and I was trying to make it look fuller as it was always weighted down. It was healthy, but just sorta limp. The enemy? My conditioner! The product worked as it should, my hair was soft and healthy - but it was weighing me down. The solution? REVERSE YOUR ROUTINE! I started conditioning first, then shampooing. The conditioner did a great job softening my locks, but left a heavy residue on my strands. By shampooing after I condition, the conditioner can do it's thing and then the shampoo washes way the residue left behind. Genius, right?

Monday, June 20, 2016

Five Ways to Survive Summer Cookouts and Stay Paleo



IT'S ALMOST HERE!!!! My #1 favorite holiday - the 4th of July. I love our traditions, the parade, the weather, the food, the family, and the fireworks! There are also SO many chances in front of you on the 4th and nearly EVERY summer picnic from now until Labor Day to totally derail any healthy eating habits - including anyone trying to follow a Paleo lifestyle. I have been there. Let's get through this together shall we?

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Kitchen Sink at Beaches and Cream at Disney’s Beach Club Resort


Almost everyone I know who loves Walt Disney World even a little bit has The Kitchen Sink on their Disney Bucket List - it was on mine!

KidCuteTure Giveaway - US - Ends 6/26


Welcome to our KidCuteTure giveaway! KidCuteTure is a mother-and-daughter team creating beautiful, imaginative and functional children's clothing crafted from the finest, machine-washable Peruvian cottons and cut in sizes 3 months to 14 years. From its first collection, the company’s unique fashions have turned the kid's ready-to-wear market upside down with its daring collections of trend-setting sporty-lux dresses that demand attention and satisfy the creative taste. KidCuteTure is fast building a reputation for its inventive silhouettes crafted into modern fashions kids really want to wear.


One lucky winner will be randomly selected by PromoSimple and will win a dress of their choice from KidCuteTure (excluding party dresses). Winner will have 48hrs to reply to the winner email or the prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

Friday, June 17, 2016

How to Safely Walk Your Dog at Night




We rescued our dog, Peter Parker (we call him Parker) three years ago when he was only 12 weeks old. He was super shy and took a while to warm up to us - but once he did he hasn't stopped acting crazy! He is what I like to call a Doberdork (half Doberman, half Labrador - we think). He has a LOT of energy, and needs to go on regular walks in addition to running like mad around the yard several times a day.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

What Your Mom Never Told You About Being an Adult


This week, I celebrated my 35th birthday. With 2 kids, a full time job, an SUV, a mortgage and even a dog - I think it is safe to say I am elbow-deep into this adult stuff. Remember when you were a kid, and you would say, 'I can't wait to grow up!'? Funny, right? My dear friend Amanda over at Growing Up Madison is guest-posting for me during my birthday week. Isn't she the greatest? (SHE IS! Go check her out!) This is a great read for those who maybe are just graduating this month from college or those who are just getting their feet wet out in 'the real world'. ENJOY!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Be the Change . . .



I woke up this morning to a notification on my Facebook feed I have never seen - and should never see again. I was able to see who was 'marked safe' in Orlando. My heart dropped to my stomach as I did a google search for 'Orlando shooting' and there it was. The devastating news of yet another tragedy. I am done. D-O-N-E done. As one of my good friends said earlier today, we can't say 'this is becoming the norm' because guess what - this IS the norm.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Disney World Giant Mickey Marshmallow Treat Copycat Recipe


One of my boys' favorite Walt Disney World treats are the Mickey Marshmallow treats! They somehow taste better than the ones you make following the recipe back of the Rice Krispie box. I have tweaked the ingredients and came up with a recipe that tastes just like the giant Mickey treats you would find on Main Street, U.S.A.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Teleflora's Fathers Day Giveaway - US - Ends 6/14



To celebrate the Father's in our lives, Teleflora has a NEW Father’s Day bouquet that will surely be a hit with Dad’s this year. The Vintage Ford Pickup Bouquet by Teleflora. Celebrate dad's special day with this classic '48 Ford Pickup, bursting with a colorful bouquet of roses, lilies and mums. In bold blue, this hand-painted ceramic collectible is a one-of-a-kind gift he'll always treasure.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

A Tourist in my Own Hometown: Kenosha's Harbor Market



Hands down my favorite thing to do in my hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin is visit Kenosha's Harbor Market. Harbor market is just like any regular farmer's market - on a mega does of steroids!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Living My Life Sentence of Adult ADD

 

Some people close to me know that I have Attention Deficient Disorder. As far as I know, I have had it my entire life. I was diagnosed as a child while in the 3rd grade and re-diagnosed later in life at the age of 28. Everyone has an idea and preconceived notion on what ADD is, but I want to let you in on what it exactly means to live with ADD.

Fun Families Stay and Play at the Radisson in Schaumburg IL

West of Chicago Illinois, is the beautiful suburb of Schaumburg. It is a fantastic little place to visit away from the hustle and bustle of big city life. Radisson has recently opened a beautiful new hotel in Schaumburg that is perfect for a family vacation. What is there for a family to do while visiting Schaumburg, Il? Glad you asked!


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Purple Robe Giveaway - US - Ends 6-10


Today you'll have the chance to win a super comfy gorgeous purple robe from Vagisil. Did you know that the Vagisil's pH balance wash is also the ONLY wash with Lactoprebiotic that is clinically proven to help maintain a healthy intimate pH for all day and night confidence. It is important to take care of your intimate area, let Vagisil help you with your daily intimate health upkeep!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Design and Ride Your Own Roller Coaster at Epcot

EDIT: This attraction was permanently closed September 14, 2016. 


Do you have a pre-teen or teen who loves STEM and roller coasters? Well, my friend the Sum of all Thrills located inside the Innovations building at Epcot is where all the cool kids are.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Seven Reasons You Need to Plant a Vegetable Garden - TODAY!



The weekend before Memorial Day we finally got the 'all clear' from Mother Nature to get our vegetables in the ground here in Wisconsin. Gardening is not for the lazy, that's for sure! It is hard work and it isn't something you can just 'give up' once you have those plants in the ground. I mean, I suppose you could but then you can't harvest the fruits vegetables of your labor!