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2014 Toyota Highlander: A Quiet and Powerful Family SUV

Car Reviews

You’ve probably seen the commercials for the new 2014 Toyota Highlander.  The one where the Muppets burst into a house of bored family members one of which is looking up Old Faithful on his tablet.  “If you wanna see Old Faithful don’t be such a couch potato” the Muppets say.  ”Yea just go check out […]

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‘It’s a Small World’ 50th Anniversary! Watch People Around The World Sing, Create a Doll, & Record Yourself Singing!

Entertainment

What’s your favorite ride at Disney World? Chances are It’s A Small World is at the top of your list. It’s #1 on my list. The  vibrant colors and beautiful scenery riders see during their journey through It’s A Small World stick with you. The repetition of the song is just what a small child […]

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My 3 Week Meditation Challenge + See What I Worry About & Tell Me What You Worry About..It’ll Be Fun!

Health

This post is part of my Not a Perfect Parent Series. You might have seen on my Facebook page that I have partnered with Aveeno to participate in the #AveenoDailyChallenge for the next three weeks.  I was given the option of eating healthier, staying better hydrated, or de-stressing/meditating. Despite the fact that I don’t really […]

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Chevrolet Traverse SUV – A Moving “Family Assistant”

Car Reviews

I have had the opportunity to spend a few (not enough!) days with the Chevrolet Traverse LT and this vehicle makes it difficult to determine where to start! The first thing to say is that there is hardly anything that I would change about the Traverse.  Keep in mind that this model has nearly everything […]

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Lobsterfest Is Back At Red Lobster, With 3 New Platters!

Food and Drink

My grandfather loved Red Lobster.  From what I heard, he and his girlfriend (he was a ladies man) dined at Red Lobster once a week.  My grandfather was not an anomaly.  Many, many people include Red Lobster in their celebratory traditions like birthdays, anniversary’s, and graduations, or even their weekly routine. There’s a reason for […]

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Marriott Rewards® Wants To Celebrate Its 30th Birthday With You!

Travel

I am thrilled to be a Marriott Rewards® Ambassador during which time I will post 2 more times over the course of the next several months to share great news related to Marriott Rewards with you! Can you believe Marriott Rewards is celebrating its 30th birthday?   Apparently I was 9 years old when Marriott Rewards […]

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‘Not A Perfect Parent’ Discussion Series: The *Almost Daily* Big Time Freak-Out

Not A Perfect Parent Series

This is part of my new ‘Not a Perfect Parent’ series because much to my dismay, I am not a perfect parent and I need advice sometimes often. I need to come up with a solution to a problem my 7-year-old daughter and I are dealing with.  I would love to get your thoughts and advice […]

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4 Children’s Sneakers That Will Add Color To Your Child’s Step

Fashion & Style

Sometimes a kid’s outfit needs to be jazzed up with a little color and style. These four children’s sneakers adorably colorful and super in every way! 1 Burberry Tom Check Hi-Top Trainers Don’t let ‘trainers’ fool you.  These Burberry sneakers are available for infants and girls up to size 35 (U.S. 3 1/2 girls) – $195 […]

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Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival Presented by HGTV March 5th – May 18th

New posts

Heading to Walt Disney World this Spring? Starting March 5th at Epcot® is the International Flower & Garden Festival Presented by HGTV! From toddler’s to adults there is something for everyone during the 10 week event. Topiaries of some of your favorite Disney characters including: Mickey, Minnie and Pluto Disney•Pixar Buzz Lightyear Mater’s Parts, Plants & […]

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Moleskine Mickey Mouse Notebook

Disney

It’s hard to believe but Spring Break is coming up in less than 3 months and school will be out in about 5 months. With school breaks comes vacation and many, many families travel to Disney World and Disney Land during school breaks each year. When planning your trip to Disney, keep track of your […]

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Pivot Power Genius Makes Life Easier

2013 Holiday Gift Guide

The Pivot Power Genius is a smart power strip outlet. Anything that’s plugged into two of the four outlets can be controlled through an app on your mobile device called Wink.  If you forgot to turn off the light in the bedroom, it can be done remotely from anywhere. You can even schedule when the […]

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Fashion & Style Guide: 6 Beanies Under $50

Fashion & Style

If it is below 50 degrees outside, you’ll find me bundled up.  About the only thing I enjoy about winter is wearing cozy clothes.   I don’t like not getting to go outside the with the kids without having the bundle up, looking out the windows and seeing leafless trees, and getting into a cold […]

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5 Fancasual (Fancy + Casual) Dresses For Little Girls Sizes 4-14

Age 3-5

Madelyn, my 7-year-old, informed me a few days ago that she is ready to clean her closet of any dresses she hasn’t worn in a few days.  A few days?  She said that if she hasn’t worn them in a few days they aren’t a favorite and should be given to a little girl who […]

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Fashion Love: 4 Favorite Booties For Fall/Winter

Fashion & Style

I got my fall/winter clothes down from the attic a few days ago and while I’m happy to have warm clothes to wear again, I’m not thrilled with my options.   My fall and winter clothes consist of skinny jeans, corduroys, and black GAP and Old Navy sweaters.  That’s right, I’ll be wearing skinny jeans […]

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Viceroy Miami Hotel – Great for a Family Vacation or Romantic Miami Getaway

Travel

If you are planning a  trip to Florida and are considering a stay in Miami, you need to consider staying at Viceroy Miami! I stayed at Viceroy Miami recently during a press trip with Toyota to review the 2014 Toyota Corolla and while my initial thought was that the hotel was too fancy to be […]

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

Age 3-5

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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Relax and Getaway with a Day at the Winery

New posts

We often forget to take time for ourselves. We go about our busy schedules, take care of everything and everyone else and usually end the day exhausted.  With the price of gasoline being so expensive we’ve even begun to limit “family vacations” and “Staycations” are the new wave; often traveling short distances or staying in […]

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Travel: Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California

Travel

I am staying at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, in Carlsbad, CA, 30 minutes north of San Diego for a couple of days.. What a beautiful resort! Park Hyatt Aviara Resort offers a range of lodging choices, including “The Respire by Hyatt,” a series of hypoallergenic rooms. Rooms vary in size from Double and King sizes, […]

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Not A Perfect Parent: A Mish Mash Of Excitement & Frustration – Cars, A Puppy, Shoes, and Orchids

Not A Perfect Parent Series

I hope you are having a fabulous day! I had a great morning at the Atlanta International Auto Show. I love cars and gadgets/technology so being surrounded by beautiful cars with amazing technology was, for me, the equivalent of a child being in a candy shop.

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Great American Cookies Introduces NEW! Fudge Brownie Made With M&M’s®!

Contests

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Great American Cookies. I haven’t baked a birthday cake for my husband or son in years.  Every year they both request a cookie cake from Great American Cookies in lieu of birthday cake.  I don’t mind because I don’t have to make a cake […]

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Kindergarten readiness programs by K12. Try a sample activity today.

New posts

When my kids were getting ready to start Kindergarten I was very concerned if they were ready for school. Have I taught them everything they need to have a good head start? Do they know all their shapes, numbers and letters? What else can I do to make sure that they are ready for the transition from preschool to Kindergarten?

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Super Bowl Sunday Appetizer Idea & Recipe: Pickle Wraps

Food and Drink

Come Super Bowl time every year, I look for easy-to-make appetizers that can be prepared ahead of time and can be serves to the masses.   Pickle wraps always make the list!  Pickle wraps have been one of my favorites since I was a child.  They are a staple for any and all of our […]

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Super Bowl Sunday Appetizer Idea & Recipe – Buffalo Chicken Dip

Food and Drink

Buffalo Chicken Dip is always a crowd pleaser!  Anytime we have people over for a football game my husband asks me to make this delicious spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip dish.  Suffice it to say, it disappears fast no matter how much I make! Ingredients: 3-4 cups cooked, shredded chicken 1/2 of a  6 oz.  bottle […]

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Monitor the health of your car with Zubie! @GoZubie

New posts

From wiper blades and oil changes to new tires and brake pads, my husband forgets to do these regular maintenance items on his vehicle. Ultimately, it costs us a fortune in the long run because it ends up causing other costly issues. You know how stressful it can be when you are on a strict budget and have unplanned car repairs to deal with.

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