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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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Watch A Boy’s Amazing Reaction To A Horrible Birthday Present And What Comes Next

August 26, 2014
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My son’s birthday is this Friday and we haven’t bought his gift(s) yet.  My husband and I will scramble to the stores Thursday while he’s at school I’m sure. Lucky for us, he doesn’t have a long wish list.  He’s turning 15 years old and I think he has realized in the last couple of years […]

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Ultra HD TV Featured At In-Store Events At Best Buy Saturdays Through November 1st

August 6, 2014
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For those of you who love watching TV and movies and always want to have the latest and greatest technology, you’ll want to plan a visit to Best Buy any Saturday from August 9 – November 1.   Experts from LG, Samsung and Sony will be there to tell you all about the Ultra HD TV technology and […]

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15 Back-To-School Pins That’ll Save You Time, Money, and Sanity!

July 31, 2014
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My kids go back to school August 4th and while I feel more prepared for the start of the school year than I have in the past, I still feel like we’re going to have to rush to the store this weekend to grab a few things and Monday morning will be hectic.  I would like […]

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Remodeled King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort Offers Gorgeous Accommodations & Amazing Adventures for Vacationing Families

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 $47,445ESTIMATED MPG: 30–32 City / 28 HWYENGINE: 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 me some […]

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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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Kyocera Hydro VIBE Waterproof LGE Smartphone for Sprint – A Durable First (and beyond) Smartphone

July 5, 2014
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  Parents who are looking for a great first smartphone for their kids should consider the Kyocera Hydro VIBE waterproof 4G LTE smartphone for Sprint. The Hydro VIBE is a great device that the tech-savvy parent can certainly appreciate and includes a slew of great features. It’s an Android smartphone that has a great design and […]

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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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The Marriott Rewards Member Experience {Video} + Year Of Surprises Giveaway

June 27, 2014
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Lately, I don’t know which end is up.  Not generally speaking, but around my house.  When the kids are out of school I sort of lose my mind between trying to work, entertain my youngest, be a mediator between the kids, and keep up with the dishes and laundry..my brain turns a little mushy in the […]

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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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Fashion Roundup: 5 Wedge Sandals I Love

April 23, 2014
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It’s sandal time!   I am pretty tired of wearing close toed shoes.  I’ve been wearing ballet flats and mary janes since the beginning of winter and my toes are ready to be free!  That also means it’s time to get pedicures.. Mari.. are you reading this? I am a shortie (5’1″) and have never […]

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

April 9, 2014
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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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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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Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival Presented by HGTV March 5th – May 18th

February 4, 2014
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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

January 7, 2014
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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

December 23, 2013
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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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Viceroy Miami Hotel – Great for a Family Vacation or Romantic Miami Getaway

October 16, 2013
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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

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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Travel: Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California

October 27, 2011
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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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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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Save 20% at Slightly-Used Children’s Clothing at Schoola.com!

August 15, 2014
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What’s hanging in your child’s closet? My daughter’s closet used to house clothes that she hadn’t worn for two or more years.  It’s not because I didn’t want to get rid of them but because my husband didn’t want to part with them.  He’s sentimental and does not like to get rid of things.  He’s […]

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Marriott Rewards® Final ‘Year of Surprises’ Nomination Period – Nominate Someone For a Surprise Party!

August 11, 2014
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Imagine this..It’s a Tuesday and it’s your 37th birthday.  No big deal, right?  You pick the kids up from school, run into the store to grab a couple of things, listen to your kids tell you about their day at school in the car.. at the same time, then you pull into the driveway and breathe a […]

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Exclusive Coupon Code: 30% Off Laptop Carrying Padded Messenger Sleeve!

August 5, 2014
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Kids are increasingly required to take a laptop or tablet to school which can be a nerve wracking situation for parents.    While most backpacks have a padded section for a laptop or tablet I don’t feel confident that my son’s MacBook would survive being stored in a backpack. Do you remember how much stuff you carelessly crammed into […]

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Download the Walmart App to Save Time & Money on Everyday Household Shopping! + Win a $25 Walmart Gift Card!

August 5, 2014
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I’ve been doing most of my household shopping online for the past few years.  I buy everything from paper towels and schools supplies to cleaners and pet supplies online.  I usually go to a store’s website on my laptop and often use a store’s app on my Android phone or iPhone to catch up on shopping while sitting […]

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