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10 must haves for summer vacation

10 Must Haves for Summer Vacation!

Today I'm sharing our 10 must haves to make our summer vacation more enjoyable and fun! 1) We must have a plan! It doesn't have to be strict. It doesn't have to be rigid. But I know our personalities, and if we just coast into summer vacation without any ideas of how we want it to go then we … [Read More...]

Bathtime is Comfortable with Sterling Prevail

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sterling for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Let's get in our DeLorean for a second and go back in time to when my kids were little and still needed help with bath time. I'll set the scene: kids in water, splashing around and having a grand … [Read More...]

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Sweet Corn and Shrimp Salad with Avocado

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Sunshine Sweet Corn from Florida. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. This sweet corn and shrimp salad in an avocado boat is my take on one of my favorite sandwiches at a restaurant we go to … [Read More...]

Unplug and Connect Challenge

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of JOLLY TIME Pop Corn for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Last month, my daughter took an unplug challenge through her school that lasted for a week. I wish we would have kept track of how many times she said, "This is fun!' during that week. It … [Read More...]

Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad with Bleu Cheese Dressing- A Turtle's Life for Me

Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad with Marinated Veggies

I am a Project Envolve ambassador and receive product and/or compensation for these posts. All opinions and ideas are 100% my own! This grilled chicken cobb salad with marinated veggies has a secret... it isn't actually made on a grill!! What?? Stay tuned... Warmer weather has arrived and … [Read More...]

Fruity Pebbles Banana Waffles Recipe

Fruity Pebbles Banana Waffles Recipe

This recipe for Fruity Pebbles waffles with bananas is surprisingly delicious and a hit with the whole family! We are a total breakfast family. Breakfast all the time. I've been known to have scrambled eggs for lunch. My son will have a bowl of cereal for a snack. My daughter eats oatmeal … [Read More...]

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Gold Foiled Cupcake Toppers

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post I wrote for American Crafts. My obsession and love for this machine is all mine, though! Once you see how easy it is, you will have gold foiled everything!! Cupcake toppers, printables, gift tags, banners... I can't stop! A couple weeks ago when I was … [Read More...]

New England Roadtrip to Plimoth Plantation

Roadtrip to Plymouth, Mass

A roadtrip through the New England states tops our list of vacations, and Plymouth, Mass. was one of our favorite stops! It was so picturesque and clean! Every time I turned around, I wanted to grab another picture. There were so many little shopping areas with the quaintest … [Read More...]

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Freezer Meals on Today’s Prices

I'd venture to guess that most of you stumbled upon my blog by way of my Freezer Meals on the Cheap post. I'm going to let you in on a little secret... I thought it was a throw-away post! When I first wrote it, I had only been blogging for a few months and I needed a quick post for a guest … [Read More...]

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DIY Sign for Nautical Bedroom

This DIY sign for my nautical bedroom makes me smile every time I see it! I feel goofy even making this into a post of it's own, because it's so ridiculously easy, but every good pun deserves its spotlight! When I started working on my bedroom, I knew I didn't want to go with traditional … [Read More...]

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Master Bedroom Makeover + Giveaway!

Doing a makeover on our master bedroom was not easy for me!  We've been married almost 15 years, and our bedroom has always just been a place to sleep for us. The rest of our house is filled with bright colors, walls filled with pictures and so much personality. But our bedroom was a dud. This … [Read More...]

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Organic Produce and a Vitamix Giveaway!

  Over the last few years, I've noticed a significant change in the way I'm grocery shopping. I'm more conscious of what I'm purchasing, where it originates from and how it will affect my family's health in the long run. I no longer grab whatever is on sale that looks like it will taste the best. … [Read More...]

Panda Express Chinese Spare Ribs + Giveaway

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Panda Express for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Clearly, I like to eat. What I don't always like to do is cook. It's like every day, these people want dinner! Every.Single.Day. It's enough to drive me bonkers! But, yesterday, we were … [Read More...]

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Master Bedroom Makeover- Part 1

We all have talents in this world, right?? Mine is soooo not decorating. I know what I like, but piecing it together is brain overload for me. It just never seems to look cohesive and I struggle BIG TIME with actually making a decision! I mean like months upon months of agonizing over one … [Read More...]

Chocolate Chip Toffee bars- A Turtle's Life for Me

Chocolate Pecan Toffee Bars

These chocolate pecan toffee bars start with a cake mix! I worked with a girl once who didn't like brown sugar. I'm just going to let that sink in for a minute Does that bother you at all?? I mean, obviously people have different tastes and like different foods. I'm in looooove with roasted … [Read More...]