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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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Day After Laser Iridotomy on Eye #2 + Questionable Medial Branch Block (Epidural) Results

March 4, 2015
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I am so relieved to be done with medical procedures, for a while at least.  :)  The last couple of weeks have been quite a medical journey.   I’m glad my sister was in town when I found out about Angle-Closure Glaucoma and had the epidural for my neck done or I would have gone crazy […]

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Weekend Recap: Missing My Sister, Glaucoma Diagnosis, and a Chaotic Calendar

March 2, 2015
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My sister, Grechen, left town Thursday after being in Atlanta for a week so I was sad and going through withdrawls Friday, Saturday and Sunday.    I miss her living in Atlanta.  She lives in Dallas – so far away.  While she was in town we didn’t do anything major, like outdoor stuff, because it’s […]

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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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Get Fit for Spring and Summer! Join my Dietbet!

January 29, 2015
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A couple of months ago I was invited to join a 4 week weight loss competition on a website called Dietbet.   I paid $35.00 to join and over the course of 4 weeks I had to lose 4% of my weight which was 5.8 pounds.  At the end of the 4 weeks I lost 6.6 pounds!  What […]

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6 Tried-and-True Stress Management Techniques for Kids

January 15, 2015
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If you are a long time reader here, you know I have two kids; a 15-year-old son and a 8-year-old daughter. Having kids so far apart in age and opposite gender makes it difficult to give each child the attention I feel they need whether it’s by helping with homework, entertaining him or her, or […]

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15 Products That Get Kids Moving!

December 10, 2014
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It can be tough to motivate kids to get moving, especially during the winter months.  Today I am sharing some of my kids favorite ‘get moving’ toys they’ve loved over the years.  The toy in my daughter’s #1 spot is the Plasmacar.  I got a Plasmacar to review about 9 years ago, before my daughter was born, […]

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11 Things Busy Moms Always Lose – What’s On Your Lose List?

December 4, 2014
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No matter how hard I try to keep up with my keys by attaching them, via a carabiner, to my purse, or our handy key hook in our foyer, I seem to lose them.. often.  It stinks really.  It’s inconvenient to lose my keys all the time but what’s more inconvenient is the loss of my mind […]

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The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia: Perfect Winter Vacation Destination

November 24, 2014
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As I turned onto Torras Causeway which connects the city of Brunswick, GA to St. Simons Island, GA, I felt a rush in my heart, then pure relaxation.  I didn’t have a heart attack, I was home.   Quite a reaction to home, right?  My actual ‘home-base’ is in the northern suburbs of Atlanta but my home-away-from-home is The […]

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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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Capture Your Family’s Adventures With A New GoPro Camera Available Now At Best Buy!

October 14, 2014
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My son loves long boarding.  If you’re not familiar with what long boarding is, it’s like skateboarding but on a long board.  There aren’t many tricks involved with long boarding as with skateboarding but the speed a long board achieves is incredible and pretty scary, to me at least, sometimes.   Sebastian even made his own longboard that sports bright […]

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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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2014 Toyota Avalon Review – A Radical Drive. A Radical Family Sedan.

August 27, 2014
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MSRP: $31,590 – $39,900MPG: 21 City / 31 HwyENGINE: 3.5L, V6, 268 HP & Hybrid Sleek Sedan with Sophisticated Styling For those of us who remember growing up in the seventies and eighties, family vehicles were decidedly…boxy, for lack of a better word. Toting us around in boxes of the station wagon and minivan variety, […]

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Remodeled King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

July 29, 2014
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The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort Location: 201 Arnold Road St. Simons Island, GA About a 5.5 hour drive from Atlanta About an hour drive from Jacksonville International Airport Reservations: 877-724-3170 www.kingandprince.com St. Simons Island, Georgia is home to an award-winning vacation destination called The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.  If […]

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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 Things I’ve Done To Stay Sane While Working From Home 14 Years

July 7, 2014
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I’ve been a work from home mom for 14 years and the most important thing I have learned is that working from home is not easy as people think. When I meet someone and I tell them that I run my business from home, most of them suggest that suggest that working from home must make life as a […]

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2014 Toyota Prius c Hybrid Hatchback Review

July 1, 2014
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MSRP: $18,820 – $23,360 MPG: 53 City / 46 Hwy ENGINE: Hybrid I’m a mpg stalker.  I watch my speed, acceleration, and braking in order to maximize my mpg.  I’m not a fan of hard braking but I like speed on the road and I naturally want to accelerate quickly but I try to hold […]

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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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2014 Toyota Highlander: A Quiet and Powerful Family SUV

April 14, 2014
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MSRP: Starting at $27,650 ESTIMATED MPG: 19 City / 25 HWY 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 […]

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

March 26, 2014
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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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Chevrolet Traverse SUV – A Moving “Family Assistant”

March 5, 2014
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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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‘Not A Perfect Parent’ Discussion Series: The *Almost Daily* Big Time Freak-Out

February 12, 2014
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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

February 7, 2014
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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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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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Easy Valentine’s Day Craft: Valentine’s Day Heart Clasp Box

February 9, 2012
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My 5 year old daughter is not a procrastinator.   As soon as she finds out that she’s been assigned to do something at school, she does it.  Getting ready for Valentine’s Day has been no exception.  She is in Kindergarten and has never shared Valentine’s that she made before so she’s very excited about […]

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List of Sample Sale & Flash Sale Websites and INVITE Links For YOU!

April 21, 2010
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Whenever you see this icon – that means that it is an invitation link!  Click here to jump to the online flash sale website list. Parents are always looking for ways to save money and shopping at Target and Old Navy seems to be the thing for a lot of moms these days.  However, we still […]

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