School Shopping: 11 tips to save big bucks by thrifting

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With both girls heading to new schools this year, I knew back-to-school shopping was going to be A Really Big Deal. Even though I want to send them off looking like a million bucks, I knew I’d have to use all my tricks & tips to make my budget live up to that goal. My biggest back-to-school secret weapon for shopping is Savers. Their stores are well-organized and have HUGE inventories that just beg to be dug through. Plus, they have {Read More}

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What depression looks like (for me) #ThisIsDepression

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In light of all the news surrounding the death of Robin Williams this week, I thought I’d share a little bit about my own story of suicide and depression. If you have written a post about the topic, I encourage you to link it up below & help provide awareness of what depression really looks like.   Many of you already know that in 2002, I was the victim of sexual assault. As a result of that experience, I was diagnosed with {Read More}

Happy Kitty Nail Art Tutorial

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Ready for another super cute nail art tutorial from Brooke? Today she’s sharing her Happy Kitty nail art instructions. Happy Kitty Nail Art Tutorial Colors Used: Julep’s Kelsey (Peach) Julep’s Maddie (Pink) Julep’s Colette (Purple) Other Tools Used: Dotting Tool Nail Art Brush Toothpick Skill Level: Medium-Hard Begin by using a nail art brush to create the shape of the cat’s ears over a clean nail or basecoat.   This should start with a semicircle and continue down along each side {Read More}

Tips to reduce digital eye strain for kids

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for the American Optometric Association. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. #MC #AOA Digital eye strain is a concern for ALL of the members of our house. Mykl and I both work on computers all day, so it’s imperative for us to be aware and take preventative measures to protect our eyes. Even though our kids don’t work full-time in front of a screen, we’re {Read More}

An admission of jealousy

I’ve heard about step parents being jealous of their spouse’s children, but I never thought it would happen to me. I’m not talking about the so-called “expected” stuff, like when Mykl takes the girls on a Daddy/Daughter date. Those are awesome, and I frequently encourage him to make more time for those dates. While he’s connecting one-on-one, I usually take our other kids out to the park to play or something else fun so he can focus his time without {Read More}

VeggieTales: Behind the scenes of Beauty & the Beet

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Earlier this week I had the incredible opportunity to fly down to Nashville and get a behind-the-scenes look into the making of VeggieTales. One of the highlights of my trip was learning about their upcoming film Beauty and the Beet, scheduled for release this October 14th. The VeggieTales are back just in time for winter with an all-new take on the classic fairy tale. Kellie Pickler stars as Mirabelle, the sweet-potato lead singer of a family band that meets with {Read More}

Giveaway: Product Protection Just Got SIMPLR™ #SIMPLRPLAN (ad)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of SIMPLR™ Lucy and Tillie have a cell phone that they share. At least, they USED to have a cell phone. Technically, they still have a cell phone; it just doesn’t work terribly well anymore. The girls were over at my cousin’s house for a playdate with her kids. The girls went to take the dog for a walk, and since they were going around the block, one of them {Read More}

Absolute LoJack Uncovered: Device Theft Awareness Month

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Did you know that last year, 3.1 million Americans were the victims of smartphone theft? That’s not even counting thefts for laptops or tablets. For the month of August, I’ve partnered with Absolute LoJack, an industry leader in smartphone tracking software, to help increase safety and security so that folks like you and me can rest easier at night. Just before Levi was born, I had my laptop stolen. The crazy thing was, it didn’t even happen to me. I {Read More}

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

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Confession – comic book movies aren’t my thing, so I sent Mykl off for boys night to see Guardians of the Galaxy without me. Keep reading for his full review of the film. Mykl’s take on Guardians of the Galaxy: Now, my Marvel knowledge is limited to mainstream superheroes and stops just shy of knowing who that dude with the arrows is in The Avengers. Arrow Man? The Green Arrow? Still not sure. Seriously, who is that guy? In any {Read More}

A new promise from JOHNSON’S Baby #PromiseToBaby

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This post was written in partnership with The Motherhood & JOHNSON’S® Baby. I’ve always been a fan of JOHNSON’S® Baby products. They’re kind of a quintessential part of having a newborn – every single baby shower I’ve ever been to has included at least one JOHNSON’S® Baby product as a gift to the new mom. Levi is almost 4 years old and I still use their Intense Moisture Relief cream for his eczema. Oh, and I totally use their Baby Shampoo for the {Read More}