Hallmark Cards for all of our Valentines #ValentineCards #CollectiveBias #shop

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I LOVE making Hallmark a part of our traditions from our yearly hallmark ornament to recordable books to cards for every occasion. My parents always gave us Hallmark cards for Valentine's day and I do it for my boys. As parents, I think it's important to show our kids how special we think they are every chance we get. The fact that Hallmark cards are found at many retailers including Walmart where I bought these cards makes finding the right Hallmark Card convenient! Even though we should be use to moving every few years, I think it gets harder for us as we move further from family. We all make a point to exchange cards and packages all year! I love the variety of cards that Hallmark offers from fun to sentimental for every budget! I got this one for my mom...   Elliott really liked all the cat ones! I think it's important to teach our kids the value of kind words and gestures. My kids get just as excited about giving and receiving cards as they do presents. Elliott is an avid … [Read more...]

Random Acts of Udi’s Giveaway #shop

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 Udi's Gluten Free is one of our favorite gluten free brands. As most of my readers know, I am more of a homemade cooking mom. However, we all need a back up plan for last minute surprises or failures in the kitchen. When Udi's asked me to participate in Random Acts of Udi's, I could not turn down the opportunity to keep showing others how great they are! Since we recently moved, I honestly don't know any others who are gluten free in the area. I used my Udi's box to show others who are not gluten free just how wonderful gluten free can be! Udi's is one of the easiest to find gluten free brands. I can even find it at the Walmart closest to us in our small town!  We have been fans of the chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, and brownies for a while. The new dessert flavors are so enticing with the new flavors. I love treats that we might not make for ourselves. Our first Random Acts of Udi's was with my in-laws. Mimi always makes the boys cookies. We were able to exchange the favor with … [Read more...]

Laugh along with my own “NickMom.com – like” experiences #Motherfunny #cbias #shop

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Hi! I am the mom of 3 boys. Once upon a time, I was a person who took myself too seriously.  Then I had kids. Now we may dig in the dirt for worms until my kids look like Pig Pen from Charlie Brown, but at least they care about being eco-friendly right? I wait patiently while Elliott finds his "Foot Cups"  each morning (you might know them as shoes). Have you heard of NickMom? It relates to the comedy that is our lives. Lucky for us moms it comes on Nick at 10 pm when the kids are definitely asleep.  Of course, if you need a bit of entertainment during one of your long days of lounging as a mother...wait that is what you do with your days too? Then check out NickMom.com anytime! If you haven't already learned the art of enjoying the comic routine that is your life....NOW IS THE TIME! Below is one of last year's family pictures. We had several that turned out great. The photographer asked us if we wanted a picture of just the 2 of us, and we did. I am usually the one behind the … [Read more...]

KLUTCHclub: Monthly Subscription for health, wellness, & Fitness {Gluten Free too}

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Subscription services are turning up from everything to eco-friendly to wellness. The appeal is getting to try new products, but I have signed up for a few that I was really disappointed in just about everything in the box. When I heard about KLUTCHclub I was really intrigued! KLUTCHclub is a health and wellness subscription box company.The biggest problem with subscription services is that with food restrictions or allergies you can't always have the option of getting a completely gluten free box. About KLUTCHclub is a health and wellness subscription box company. Each month, we send our members a box full of supplements, nutritional bars, healthy snacks and beverages, personal care products, fitness DVDs or online memberships, and gift cards for fitness apparel and accessories that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Each box guarantees at least $50 worth of value for less than $18 per month. Our KLUTCHclub monthly boxes are geared towards men, women, and moms that don’t … [Read more...]

Why is it so hard to be real? #ThisIsMe

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This past week I was in Arkansas for a conference with my online family Collective Bias. I couldn't wait! All I could think about was all the things I would learn to help make me a better blogger as well as networking. However, I was surprised by how inspired I was several times with some of the touching keynotes. I couldn't imagine getting up there and telling a room of 300+ people the truth. I guess you could say that I felt the need to only talk about ways to make gluten free and healthy living easier. If I had been doing this for 5+ years and still have bad days, then why would anyone want to listen to me. I felt like a fraud sometimes putting on the facade. When I started Great Contradictions over 2 years ago, I started to tell my story (and Hunter's story) about how we became gluten free. I started and I never completed it. Telling the story was just too much. The courage that these women have has inspired me that I need to get it out there. I am just going to start at the … [Read more...]

Join me for Feed Me Friday Email Subscription Blog Hop

  <center><a href="http://naptimeismytime.com/category/feed-me-friday"><img src="http://naptimeismytime.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/FeedMeFriday.jpg" /></a></center> Welcome to Feed Me Friday Blog Hop, hosted by Oh So Savvy Mom, Nap Time is My Time, Great Contradictions and Just Us Four! Feed Me Friday is a Blog Hop to help you meet new bloggers and build your e-mail subscription. Want to be a part of Feed Me Friday? Just follow these simple rules: … [Read more...]

@Oasap Vintage-inspired jewelry Fashion Review #shopping #beauty

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When shopping online, one of the biggest drawbacks for me is paying shipping. Often the option is to spend $25 or $50+ for free shipping, but what if I only want an accessory? Hello Oasap! They offer free worldwide shipping on EVERY ORDER! If I just want to buy a jewelry, tights or anything else, I don't have to factor in the cost of shipping as well. ~Vintage Style Rose Pendant Necklace {$9.00}~ Vintage style necklace crafted in metal, featuring acrylic rose detail to the center of the engraved pendant set, a long chain with lobster closure. Reaction  I love the dainty appearance of the necklace without it being too delicate. As a mom of 3 boys,  I like to wear dainty feminine accessories. However, I need them to be durable as well. The Vintage style rose pendant can easily be worn casually or added to my evening outfits effortlessly with it's neutral cream color. The chain is also a great length and adjustable. The chain allows for versatility so I can adjust it to … [Read more...]

Actions Speak Louder than words: teaching our kids how to be good people

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I truly believe that teaching our kids to be good people is one of our most important jobs as parents. As a child, my step-dad took us along to mow people's yards anonymously and to deliver groceries from our family-owned store to those in need. I volunteered at the hospital my mom worked at. Even at one point, I gave up Christmas presents because I felt others could use the money more so my "aunt" and I adopted families for Christmas. I am not saying these things to be boastful. To be honest, the key rule about doing good was to never expect anything in return. I am saying all of this because from an early age my parents taught me that life wasn't about what we received, but about what we were able to give. They taught me to pay it forward! My kids hear these statements all the time. They are my answers to everything. Last year when Dylan was in kindergarten, he was bullied. Now he does happen to be one of the tallest in his grade, but he has such a kind-heart. As parents we … [Read more...]

Spring Gift Card Event

Mama to 4 Blessings, Chubby Cheeks Thinks and Rats and More along with several other wonderful bloggers are teaming up to bring you last and final round of The Spring Gift Card Event (round 3/May)! For the Spring season we will be offered a new gift card giveaway each month of Spring! For May we are offering a $60.00 Walmart Gift Card! Thank you for participating in the Spring Gift Card Event. The prize for this event is a Walmart gift card. The winner will be contacted via e-mail once chosen. Mama to 4 Blessings will contact winner via e-mail, winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.  U.S., 18+ only. Giveaway ends 5/31. Enter below Rafflecopter for a chance to win, there is even a daily tweet entry so you can enter daily! … [Read more...]

Bloggers Giving Back – Baskets For Babes – Over $300 Ends 03/30

We had such a huge success with our Bloggers Giving Back - A Christmas For Kids Giveaway , that we decided to round up the bloggers again and get things going for our 2nd Annual Baskets for Babes Collection!!  WE HAVE RAISED Over $200 JUST FROM BLOGGERS FOR THIS CAUSE - WE STILL NEED MORE IF WE ARE REALLY GOING TO HELP THESE FAMILIES!! If you would like to help this cause please donate via the chip in widget to the right at the top of the sidebar  One Busy Moma and Miki's Hope are have teamed up with 26 other bloggers to bring an amazing giveaway in efforts to help raise money for this great cause. During this giveaway we are giving away a Freshwater Pearl Necklace along with Appraisal Certificate and Cleaning Kit!! ARV $210 - Appraised at $1100!! This is an 18 inch genuine Freshwater Pearl Necklace with a White Gold Clasp. A $50 Gift Code to Wall Candy Arts  One Alphabeast of Choice This event will … [Read more...]