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Not a Perfect Parent: Surviving 2 Birthdays, a Dance Recital, and Mother’s Day

May 11, 2015
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I am, quite frankly, surprised I am still semi-sane after the last couple of weeks. I was a little worried about when and if my survival techniques would kick in. So much has been happening. Let me premise this post by saying that life is great, I am a happy parent, and things could always be worse.

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Pediped Flex Shoes Review – Comfortable & Durable Shoes for Girls

May 4, 2015
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When I think of Pediped I think of cute little baby shoes or first walker shoes.  It was important to me when my kids were baby’s to put comfortable, supportive shoes on their feet.  It’s just as important now that they are 9 and 15.   Shoes can be considered an investment especially for little […]

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Madelyn Loves Twirling in her Biscotti Ric Rac Rhumba Dress

April 27, 2015
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Madelyn counted down the days to Spring and has worn a dress almost every day since March 20th.   She actually got a head start on dressing for Spring during our Spring Break vacation in Florida a couple of weeks ago.  She was delighted to be somewhere she could wear a dress because it was so […]

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One Week Test Drive + Car Review: 2015 Nissan Pathfinder SUV

February 10, 2015
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Nissan has made a number of small but meaningful upgrades to the Pathfinder for 2015. It is a great 7 passenger SUV for families who need easy access for car seats and cargo. While it isn’t as sharp a handler as some other large crossovers, its powerful V6, smooth ride and relatively strong fuel economy make it a good choice for under $30,000 to start.

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One-Week Test Drive + Car Review: 2015 Lexus LX 570 SUV

February 3, 2015
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The Lexus LX 570 SUV is a luxury SUV originally designed in the late 1990s. Just as in the 90′s, the elegant, roomy interior of the LX 570 is sure to please your family – maybe as much as it did mine. The Lexus LX 570 is designed as an off-road crossover vehicle, with a high ground clearance and a towing capacity of 7,000 pounds. The LX is perfect for traveling on the interstate or traversing rugged terrain.

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One-Week Test Drive + Car Review: 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

February 2, 2015
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The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a smooth-riding and spacious compact crossover SUV that appeals to families because of its high safety scores, its generous safety and comfort features relative to an affordable base price, compelling advanced technology options at the higher trim levels, and the industry’s best factory warranty.

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2015 Toyota Sienna First Look and Review

October 21, 2014
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“The Original Swagger Wagon” splashes into 2015 with a dynamically refreshed exterior and copious amounts of pizazz for a parents’ night out or early-morning practice with the kids.   MSRP: Starting at $28,500-$41,650 MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy ENGINE: 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission The quintessential minivan…classic chariot of the large family, often […]

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iRobot Roomba 880 Vacuum Cleaning Robot Review

September 26, 2014
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If anyone needs help with household cleaning, it’s a busy parent!  I know because we have two kids, a puppy and a guinea pig and there are lots of families with more than two kids and more than two pets which I can’t imagine!   You can imagine the mess any member of my family or pet […]

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2015 Lexus ES 350 Review – Welcome to the Future…And How Luxurious It Is!

September 22, 2014
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MSRP: Starting at $37,550 MPG: 21 City / 31 Hwy ENGINE: 60°V6 TYPE / 3.5 L DISPLACEMENT / 268 hp @ 6,200 Remember the nineties, when super-plucked eyebrows were all the rage and a certain luxury car burst onto the scene? The Lexus offered one of the first two-toned paint jobs I noticed at the time.  Back […]

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Samsung Galaxy S 5 Sport For Sprint, For The Active Parent’s Life

August 29, 2014
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  Samsung Galaxy S 5 Carrier: Sprint Camera: 16-megapixel Processor: 2.5GHz quad-core Display: 5.1-inches I hesitated to put this in writing but here goes.. my 40th birthday is in October.   I didn’t think that turning 40 was going to be a big deal - until a few weeks ago when I realized my birthday was just a couple of […]

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Lexus RX 450h Test Drive – A Safe, Family-Friendly, Luxury Hyrbid SUV

July 14, 2014
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MSRP: Starting at $47,445 ESTIMATED MPG: 30–32 City / 28 HWY ENGINE: V6 | 3.5 L | 295hp I recently test drove a Lexus RX 450h, a five-passenger luxury hybrid mid-sized crossover for a week and neither my kids or I wanted  to part with it.   Experiencing the luxury hybrid SUV for a week gave […]

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4 Kid’s Bikes for Kids Learning to Ride + 7 Bike Safety Tips

June 26, 2014
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Learning to ride a bike is an essential part of childhood for most kids.  For some kids learning to ride a bike is a breeze and for others, like my second child, learning to ride a bike isn’t easy at all.   If there’s one thing I’ve learned when shopping for bikes for my kids, it’s that there […]

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5 Patterned Sunglasses From $5 to $435 That Will Spice Up Your Summer Style

May 20, 2014
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I have worn the same two pairs of sunglasses for years; Tory Burch sunglasses and Versace sunglasses with a cute little gold ribbon on each side which is totally not my style usually but the ribbon is small and just cute!  I was really upset when I saw that my Tory Burch sunglasses had scratches […]

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Keep Your Feet Cool and Cute In These 5 Breathable Ballet Flats

May 19, 2014
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Summer is quickly approaching and that means it’s time for sandals and flats.  I love ballet flats.  Ballet flats have been my go-to shoe for about three years and I don’t know how my feet survived 30-something years in something other than ballet flats or wedge sandals during the summer.  Actually, I do.  I wore […]

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5 Little Kid Rolling Travel Bags + 7 Kids Travel Bag Shopping Tips

April 24, 2014
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With summer break comes summer travel.  For families with multiple children, or any children for that matter, it’s nearly impossible for parents to help roll a child’s luggage through the airport when they have their own luggage to carry. That’s why it’s a good idea to buy a travel bag or carry-on luggage made specifically […]

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Toy Roundup: 6 Self-Contained Travel Toys For Long Summer Road Trips

April 21, 2014
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Every once in a while I stumble upon an online children’s store that is extraordinary.  Today I found AlexandAlexa when searching for travel toys for road trips.  With summer road trips coming up I am desperate to find new toys and activities that will keep Madelyn occupied during our long car rides. I appreciate simple, classic […]

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Little Girl Fashion Guide: 4 Adorable Ballet Flats for Little Girls

October 11, 2013
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Gone are the days when little girls run around in ‘play shoes’ all day, every day. Now little girls, at least mine, want to wear cute shoes whenever they can.  My daughter plays dress up and when some girls might want to wear mom’s high heels, my daughter is perfectly happy in a pair of […]

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Beach Sun and Summer Safety Tips

June 27, 2011
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Before we do anything else we have to make sure we pay attention to beach sun and safety for the season and then we can say…Welcome SUMMER!  With summer comes the sun, the beach, and staying safe while enjoying them both. Beach Safety comes in many forms. Each year we hear about people drowning at […]

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HEX Performance Products Coming To A Target Near You May 16th!

May 15, 2015
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Summer break is quickly approaching and with that fabulous time of year comes more outdoor play than usual and sports camps. You know what comes with sports camps..STINK! If your kids sports gear and clothes are anything like my son’s lacrosse gear and clothes after a game, you want to send your kid walking home rather giving him a cushy, air conditioned ride in your car.

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P&G Stock Up and Save Event at Walmart with a Gift Card Giveaway!

April 17, 2015
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The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G. Spring has sprung in Atlanta and in spite of spreading a thick layer of pollen on every surface imaginable, Spring is the time when the kids spend the most time outdoors. Paper towels, paper towels, paper towels… that’s one of our staples during Spring. Whether […]

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JORD Wood Watch: The Perfect Spring and Summer Accessory – Review & Giveaway

April 10, 2015
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I don’t know about you, but with the emergence of the first buds on the trees – finally, I am reminded of the arrival of spring and my thoughts turn to updating my wardrobe.  I may not be the most fashion conscious of women but after a long, cold winter filled with boots, sweaters, and […]

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7 Fun Spring Break Activities You Can Do At Home From KidzBop!

March 26, 2015
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I’m sorry to say I almost didn’t open an email from KidzBop today as I was going through hundreds of emails and was attempting to prioritize (silly me) but I thought gosh.. we listen to KidzBop on XM radio EVERY time we’re in the car, maybe there’s something relatable and interesting in the email. I’m so […]

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Be a Butterfly Hero. Submit a Photo and Help Save the Monarch Butterfly with NWF

March 26, 2015
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Are you a National Wildlife Federation member?  If not, you should look into becoming a member, and if you are then hopefully you know about NWF’s Butterfly Heroes program that is going on now. When Madelyn saw the Butterfly Heroes spread in the most recent NWF publication she got so excited.   She read that if she submitted a […]

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