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


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 … [Continue]

Getting SoFabulous for SoFabCon #SoFabulous

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I am a mom of 3 fabulous boys who keep me busy...  The good and the bad thing about being a mother is that we often put ourselves last. While I am preparing to be more fabulous for SoFabCon 2014, I am going to have you all help me be accountable for making time for myself. Often as a blogger our personal lives bleed into our work lives and vice versa. For my goal to be more successful: I need to learn to say no. I often take on roles at work or the boys' school because I know I can make … [Continue]

Random Acts of Udi’s Giveaway #shop


 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 … [Continue]

Banana Nut Breakfast Cookies


Mornings can be the most hectic time of the day. We have tried to establish a very specific routine and preparing ahead of time really helps. The night before we make sure all their homework is done, make breakfast (anything that requires more prep work than scrambled eggs), put snacks & water bottles in their backpack, and set their clothes out. The morning of I like to keep our routine to eat breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed, and coat/backpack on. How quick we are able to get our … [Continue]

Pistachio Crusted Salmon Patties #shop


  Happy New Year! The new year brings the inspiration of making over our body, our eating, or both. I am not very good at sticking to strict diets unless medically necessary. However I like to use parts of different diets to get inspired such as Paleo. Eggs are an easy way to eat paleo-inspired. Not too mention that eggs help me eat healthy even with limited time. If you are trying to lose weight, double up on protein instead of just cutting calories to help you lose fat instead of … [Continue]

Fitbit flex technology review & giveaway to start the new year off right!


Beginning of the year is a great time to evaluate your goals. What were you doing that worked? What just made you feel like a failure? Goals (new year resolutions or not) should be obtainable. I bought myself a FitBit Flex from Best Buy to see what I could do to lose that last little bit of weight and get back on track after the holidays and move. With technology being such a big part of all of our lives, the FitBit Flex makes a lot of sense to me!For me, my goal last year was just to keep … [Continue]

Gluten Free Gingerbread from a gluten free yellow cake mix


I can't believe that I just made gingerbread from a gluten free yellow cake mix. Desperate situations call for desperate measures! I am sure you will keep hearing this line for a while, but "we recently moved". Moving with food restrictions is not my favorite thing to do. I didn't really think about Christmas time not being the ideal time to be moving with all the specialty treats I would need to whip up at a moments notice. While we live near a bigger city with resources, I have been trying to … [Continue]

DIY Eggshell Mosaic: Projects to help you wasteless! #shop


This is a Great Day Farms sponsored post in collaboration with me being a Great Day Farms blogger. As a healthy living blogger, their sustainability efforts inspire me.We are always trying to find ways to waste less in our household. We go through a lot of eggs in our house. We have known for a while how nutritious eggshells are for our compost bin to make better compost for our plants (click here to learn to make your own bin). However, I have been trying to figure out what else we could do … [Continue]

Blessing Bags: Ways to give back for every budget


This post was done in collaboration with Great Day Farms as a charitable contribution of my choice. During the holidays, I think it is so easy to get caught up in all that we have going on. We might go to the store in a hurry forgetting that there are other people dealing with their own situations as well. We must have that last toy (or whatever). We are in too big of a hurry to let someone pull out of an aisle or road. If they do, we glare like those seconds are too precious to waste. What … [Continue]

Smiling It Forward With Tylenol #SmilingItForward #ad


I’m SMILING IT FORWARD™ because... I am a mom of 3 boys. Not only that, but I am the mom of a child with Celiac Disease, an auto-immune disorder to gluten. Hunter (pictured above on the left) with that lovable smile is the one with Celiac Disease. Hunter has been sick since he was 4 months old. There were  some pretty bad years when he slept about 18 hours a day. I missed seeing that smiling face. I'm SMILING IT FORWARD™ because I know what it is like to feel helpless to protect our … [Continue]