Six Tips to Prepare Your Child for the New School Year

Six Tips to Encourage Your Child for the

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with the PreK12 Plaza. However, all opinions expressed are my own. #PreK12Plaza It's hard to believe that summer break is soon coming to an end. The smell of campfire s'mores will soon be replaced with the smell of new pencils and crayons.  The beginning of a new school year is usually received with many emotions... excitement, hesitation and even worry. There are number of { Read More }

Make memories and make a difference – Summer of Good Challenge

Donate a Photo Summer of Good

Disclosure: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, travel or giveaway. Opinions expressed herein are that of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the sponsor. A few weeks ago, I shared how our family was going make this summer the summer of smiles for children in need of cleft lip or cleft palate surgery. I asked you all to join us, { Read More }

Bump Style Box – a chic maternity boutique delivered to your door.

Bumpstyle Box

They’re all the rage right now and with a quick search, you’ll find the perfect mail to order box for just about anything.  Mail to order boxes are a great way to discover a plethora of new products, from makeup boxes and toy boxes to boxes of wonder and now maternity clothes! BUMPstyle Box is a chic maternity boutique delivered right to your door. Though it's not considered a subscription box service because you only { Read More }

Summer Bike Safety with PreK12 Plaza

PreK12 Plaza Summer Bike Safety

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with the PreK12Plaza. However, all opinions expressed are my own. Like most parents,  I constantly worry over the safety and well being of my children. With four very active boys, I feel like I am forever yelling out for them to be careful, watch what they are doing, concentrate on the task at hand, get off, don't throw, don't jump, stop running or put on your { Read More }

Raising culturally aware children

diversity

It's a lovely thought to think that we might be able to raise colorblind children and never have a need to discuss race relations. Unfortunately, children do not grow up colorblind. Teaching children the value of diversity and cultural awareness is crucial. We can't afford to put aside discussions about race with our children. I’m not talking about “We are all equal in Gods eyes" or "Under the skin, we're all the { Read More }

Sausage Creole Penne Pasta

Hamburger Helper®

My oldest loves to cook, he's 14 and in the last year he has come a long way in the kitchen. He is at a stage where he actually enjoys cooking more than I do, so I get him in the kitchen whenever possible. The kitchen is the heart of the home, the place our family seems to hang out the most during meals and or when meals are being prepared. So it's a win-win to the get the kiddos in the kitchen!   Hamburger Helper® is { Read More }

A Busy Day Go To – Hearty Hamburger Helper®

Hearty Hamburger Helper

With four growing boys in the house, I'm always on the hunt for a quick, easy and hearty meal option for our busy days. A meal that is well balanced yet filling. On Taekwondo days I prefer a meal that I know will sustain them and hold them over for the three to four hours that they are at the gym. Hamburger Helper® fills this need with the perfect one pot meal, it's the right amount of carbs and protein with ground meat, { Read More }

Operation Smile – Smile Event

Screen Shot 2015-05-29 at 3.59.48 PM

Disclosure: This is a “sponsored post.” The company who sponsored it compensated me via a cash payment, gift, travel or giveaway. Opinions expressed herein are that of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the sponsor. There is great power in something as simple as a smile. Research shows that smiling is contagious, smiling has the power to set off a chain reaction of happiness.  Science has { Read More }

NEW Adaptive Placement Test with individualized lesson plans – Giveaway

AdaptiveTestingImage_everything_rev1-1

Are you concerned that your child may have learning gaps in Math? Identifying and closing those learning gaps has never been easier with with the NEW Adaptive Placement Test with individualized lesson plans  from A+ Interactive Math. A multi-grade level testing that  accurately assesses student skill level. This is the time of year when we are beginning to evaluate the school year and prepare for the coming year, the { Read More }

Multisensory Development for Baby – SO MUCH MORE™ with JOHNSON’S®

My Ashton, now 10, at bath-time.

Disclosure: I attended an event on behalf  of JOHNSON’S® to explore the science behind healthy baby development, JOHNSON’S® provided me with travel in exchange for my coverage of the event. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own. I recently had the opportunity to attend JOHNSON'S® first global campaign, SO MUCH MORE™, to explore the science behind healthy baby development.  In a short two hours I { Read More }

Another Year for Thee

Another Year for Thee

The past year has been full of blessings, trials and more blessings. Family, home and work have all been touched by God's loving hand in a very tangible way. I'm excited to continue the journey, I'm thankful for the wonderful people he has put in my life and look forward to the many doors he will open in 2015! Each new year brings with it a fresh new start, as does each new day! Every day offers us the opportunity to { Read More }