Letting Juicy Fruit Bring out our Fun Side Road Trip Style

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias This summer is all about celebrating! My final baby starts full time school in the fall. I am determined to make this summer memorable. Next plan is a road trip to Florida! The destination sounds exciting with staying at my sister in law's house by the Everglades, taking the boys to the beach for the first time, and lots of other fun plans for our week stay. However, I am a bit nervous about an 18 hour drive with 3 kids. I am bringing out all my tricks and Juicy Fruit Chewing Gum is going to help! Welcome to #JuicyFruitFunSide! When it comes to situations that have the potential to be stressful, I think that being prepared is key! That's why we created a Juicy Fruit Survival Kit to celebrate the fun side while traveling (in & out of the car) Snacks Juicy Fruit Fruity Chews I Spy For the game: I let the boys help me create an I spy game … [Continue]

Animal Art from Fulcrum Gallery

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We move every few years so we are renters. The problem with renting is making a house feel like a home without being able to remodel or paint. Art is our way of adding our own unique touch to a rental home. Recently I went art shopping at Fulcrum Gallery for comtemporary bird art Fulcrum Gallery has a a great selection of canvas, prints, photographs, and framed Art.  Fulcrum Gallery has such a great selection it was really hard to narrow done which one I wanted! Birds on the Wire was my 2nd pick so I figured I should give it a shout out. I loved how many different styles of  images there was to choose from. There really is something for everyone at any budget! About Fulcrum Gallery's journey We had only a couple hundred pieces of art for sale, all original art (mostly oil paintings). It wasn't until early 2004 that we expanded our product offering to a few thousand open edition fine-art prints. In October of 2004, we added our online Frame Shop, enabling customers to preview … [Continue]

Branson Trip {Day 4} Titanic Museum Attraction

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Please note: This sponsored post is in collaboration with my Explore Branson trip The final day of our trip has arrived. We are sad that we will be heading on our way after our last stop...Titanic Museum Attraction! Titanic is one of those places that I keep meaning to go, but always run out of time. I am so glad we made the time for it! Once we got there, I found out no pictures were allowed inside. The Titanic staff was kind enough to point us in the direction of some scenic picture … [Continue]

Summertime Celebrating Every Goal before School Starts

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This summertime is for celebrating every goal. This summertime is like no other for us  me because we are preparing for the big celebration of all my boys going to full-day school in the fall. I am nervous and excited about the upcoming future. However, as I prepare for the school year, I have a lot of decisions to make. Will I go back to work? What if I have to miss out of some of my boys' firsts for the first time? I have decided I will put it all in the back of my mind for now while helping … [Continue]

Grand Country Inn

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Please note: We received 3 night stay at Grand Country Inn in collaboration with the Explore Branson trip.  The boys always point out Grand Country Inn when we have been in Branson, MO. We were excited to stay somewhere new! We normally stay a little off the main strip to avoid traffic. However, I can see the appeal of being in the heart of it all after trying it out. Grand Country Inn has easy access to highways plus it's an easy drive to nearby attractions! Obviously the big appeal is … [Continue]

Branson Trip {Day 3} White Water, Ride the Ducks, & Acrobats…oh my!

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Please note: This sponsored post is a part of my Explore Branson trip. Explore Branson trip Day 3 began sweetly at College of the Ozarks Next off to one of my favorite places...White Water Waterpark! I have been going since I was little and couldnt wait to take my boys! While the slides are so much fun from Kapau Plummet to Ohana Falls, the family especially loved the Surf's Up Wave Pool that we could all enjoy! After a fun-filled trip down memory lane at White Water … [Continue]

Branson Trip {Day 2} Silver Dollar City & Jonah

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Please note: This post is a part of my sponsored Explore Branson trip with my honest opinions. Day 2 of the Explore Branson trip started early at Silver Dollar City. Silver Dollar City is a great place for kids of all ages! My 9 year old was able to ride on every ride and my 2 younger sons (4 & 6) had the option to ride all the rides with an adult except a few.  There was a time when amusement parks were dreaded with food allergies but there are options for gluten free now! Let's get … [Continue]

Branson Trip {Day 1}: Showboat Branson Belle

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Please note: this is a post sponsored by Explore Branson with my honest opinions. Explore Branson selected several bloggers to avoid a fun-filled 4 days in Branson. Lucky for my family we were selected. Branson, MO is a place that holds many great memories for me as a child. I love enjoyed having the opportunity to do all that again (along with some new things for me as well) with my boys was a great experience! Let's get started on Day 1 of the Branson Trip... Honestly, I never … [Continue]

Saluting the Military with Red, White, & Blue Delight featuring Coffee-mate

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In honor of our military heroes, Nestle Coffee-mate is proud to partner with Operation Homefront. Coffee-mate’s contribution helps Operation Homefront provide a wide range of support for military families. We all have ideas of what goes on as a soldier. Along with creating a patriotic twist of a family tradition in collaboration with #CollectiveBias, I wanted to be able to share a soldier's perspective to give you a personal look into what it was really like for "Rich*" (a family member). Let … [Continue]

Father’s Day Gift Guide: Automatic Watches {Featured Guest @thetimebum}

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Father's Day is coming soon and you are probably scratching your head, trying to think of a gift. Sure, you could just buy him another tie, but I propose you buy him a watch instead. Not just any watch, but a mechanical automatic that uses no batteries and gets its power from his wrist. Something he will use and cherish for years to come. Don’t know an automatic watch from Adam? Never fear, The Time Bum is here to help. First, things first: what is an “automatic” watch and why would Dad want … [Continue]