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Raising a Healthy, Happy Teenage Son

Raising a Teenage Son Let me start by saying, I have no advice on this. I've never done it before, and can't really speak to something that hasn't happened yet. Well that's not exactly true. I officially have one day under my belt as the Mother of a Teenager. My son turned 13 … [Read More...]

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Free Valentine’s Day Printable with Juicy Fruit® Starburst® Gum

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wrigley Jr. Company for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. My kids are getting older and no longer have classroom parties for Valentine's Day complete with homemade mailboxes and cards for the entire class. This pre-teen thing is really … [Read More...]

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Faux Watercolor Pillow with Fabric Markers

Creating a faux watercolor pillow is easier than you think using fabric markers and water! Have you ever tried to change the mind of a pre-teen girl?  Bottle that up and market it if you're successful at this! My daughter had it in her head that she was making a watercolor pillow for her … [Read More...]

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The Perfect Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake Recipe

The perfect chocolate peanut butter cupcake recipe for anybody who takes their sweets seriously! It's one of the greatest truths that we know in this life: peanut butter and chocolate are a perfect pairing! You could get me a whole line of people to tell me I'm wrong, and I still won't … [Read More...]

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Batman String Nail Art

I have been wanting to try my hand at string art with nails for awhile now and just never got around to it! For our homemade Christmas gift exchange, my son pulled his cousin's name. He was thrilled he was making something for a 14 year-old boy and not one of his girl cousins. I, on the other … [Read More...]

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Make a Wood Photo Sign out of a 1×12

Christmas is over and I can finally share some of the homemade gifts we made for family members! My family started this tradition about 4 years ago (don't quote me on that, my memory is THE worst!!), and it quickly became one of our favorites. I have 5 siblings, so combined with my parents and … [Read More...]

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Holiday Decor Re-purposed from Thrift Store Finds

I've always been a fan of thrift stores and giving old new things a new life, but I lost a lot of my motivation in the last couple years. Make no mistake, I didn't lose my motivation for purchasing the items. Oh no, I still have a basement storage room filled to the brink with all my thrift store … [Read More...]

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Bloggers Paying it Forward this Holiday Season

Can you feel it? This time of year there seems to be a little extra magic in the air, people seem to smile more, have longer conversations with people they don’t know, hold doors open and find ways to do more kind things for people. People they may know or they may not. It's the holidays! Not so … [Read More...]

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Christmas Styrofoam Wreath with Gift Bag

I originally shared this post over at Create.Craft.Love. last month, but I wanted share it here on my own site as well for all of you!  It's been hanging on my door for over 6 weeks now and I'm still enjoying it, which says a lot for this flighty gal!  I have a bit of a confession to make that in … [Read More...]

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Fudge Cookies- Mint or Chocolate Cherry

 Today's post is sponsored by Nestle TollHouse!  All opinions, recipes, moans and groans are all my own, though!     One of my very favorite parts of the holiday season as a child was my mom's cookies! Not just the fact that they were (and still are) the very best cookies you will ever … [Read More...]

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Holiday Party Prep Guide with Charmin

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Charmin. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for my participation. We love to party over here! We love to get invited to them, we love to host them and we love prepping for them! Because if … [Read More...]

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Stenciled Christmas Wood Sign

I've been getting a little antsy with my Christmas decorations for the past couple of years.  They just don't seem to suit me anymore, and I'm feeling the need for a complete overhaul.  But there's that little thing called a budget. Bummer, eh?? Last year, I gave away a ton of decorations that I … [Read More...]

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Tips & Tricks to Stay Organized while Traveling + a Giveaway!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of TownePlace Suites by Marriott® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. There are many areas of my life where I feel disorganized and a little chaotic, but when it comes to packing for trips, I won't even let that be an option. I've traveled enough … [Read More...]

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$2,000 Kitchen Upgrade Giveaway!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Rock-it Oil for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.  One lucky winner out there is going to have a very Merry Christmas and an exceptionally Happy New Year when they find out they won the $2,000 towards a kitchen upgrade from Rock-it Oil! Can … [Read More...]

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Sauteed Brussel Sprouts with Apples

 This post is sponsored by Lunchbox, but all opinions are 100% my own! ...now I'm a believerNot a trace of doubt in my mind!I'm in love, I'm a believer!   Stop! Everybody just stop whining! I can hear you now saying that you don't like brussel sprouts! It's not true, I tell you!! You just haven't … [Read More...]