Memory Tattoo in Handwriting of Someone You Love

  A friend wrote:  "I found a birthday card from my Dad while cleaning out my nightstand a few weeks ago and I immediately knew I wanted to get what he wrote tattooed. When he passed away, one of the hardest things for me to realize was that he wouldn't be there for all the important milestones in my life. But now everyday this will remind me how proud he was of me & how much he loved me." … [Read more...]

DIY – Chalkboard Paint Addition to My Dining Room / Office

Remember awhile back when I painted my dining room with vapor-free Colorhouse paint?  Well, Colorhouse also makes chalkboard paint!  I was very excited to try it.  One of the first things I noticed was how easy it was to coordinate colors in the Colorhouse palette.  I decided to paint two chalkboard squares on my dining room/office wall and wanted the look of coordinating colors.  My background paint was Wool .03 and I knew that the chalkboard … [Read more...]

Cookbook Giveaway: “Everyday Confetti” (US, Ends 1/28)

I hesitated to call this a cookbook, technically it's a "go-to-guide to making holidays, birthdays, special events, and even the everyday special".  It includes so much more than recipes!  I love, love, love the book, "Everyday Confetti".  I'm a huge believer in creating positive memories by observing family traditions.  "Everyday Confetti" has ideas galore for celebrating life with your family.  And the ideas feel doable.  There not … [Read more...]

Behind Closed Bathroom Doors – Tips For Cleaning Your Bathroom And Surprising Facts #BehindClosedDoors #sponsored #IC

Disclosure:  I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Scrubbing Bubbles®. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for participating. Cleaning the bathroom. Is it your least favorite chore? Cleaning the bathroom is my least favorite chore!  I don't mind (I might even say I enjoy) dusting furniture, vacuuming, or washing floors.  But, when it comes to cleaning the bathroom?  It's my … [Read more...]

Last Minute Holiday Gift Idea: Sonicare DiamondClean (Or Idea For What To Buy With That Gift Card!)

Morning breath. For me, it's a test of how clean my teeth are.... or not.  One of the most effective ways to avoid knock-you-over morning breath is to go to sleep with fresh breath.  Brush-floss-rinse, you've heard it before, right?  Brushing is the first step to clean teeth and the toothbrush you use can make a major difference in how easy and effective it is.  But how do you know what brush to choose?  I was recently sent the Philips Sonicare … [Read more...]

Fashion – For Gifts Or For Yourself! Save At Sears (And A Coupon) This Holiday Season #MoreMerry #Ad

Whether you are shopping for a gift, or for yourself you can save big on fashion at Sears! With all the sales going on and the great deals at Sears, this is the time to update your wardrobe.  Fill out those empty spaces in your closet, or try a completely new look! Here's what you need to know about the Sears #MoreMerry Deals!  The official coupon and details are here. 30% EXTRA off when you spend $150 or more on regular and … [Read more...]

DIY – Using Paint to Update a Room

Our house was built in 1991.  It is just old enough to be outdated, but not old enough to be chic.  Although I had updated the decor of our living room a few years ago, I hadn't done a thing with our dining room/office.  I use the term "dining room/office" because the room started as a dining room.  But since I've been blogging, it has become more of a room where I store blogging stuff, er, I mean a room where I work at home.   The … [Read more...]

Personalized, Custom Apparel Is Easy, Convenient, And No Minimum Quantities At #MyLocker #Sponsored #MC

"Mom!  Where did you get THAT?!  Can I get something with my name on it?" People love getting something personalized.  It's a special gift that is just for you.  But custom apparel was out-of-reach.  Not anymore!  Now you can get custom apparel, custom t-shirts with no minimum quantity!  You can make your own t-shirt or other apparel whether you are ordering one or a hundred. MyLocker can do it. I ran my first half-marathon yesterday and … [Read more...]

Make Holiday Cooking Easier With The Latest Appliances from @BestBuy! #holidayprep

The holidays are coming! Will you be ready? What do the holidays mean to you? Family Parties Celebrations Food Fun For most of us, we will be cooking and entertaining for our family and friends over the holiday season.  Whether it's entertaining four guests on Thanksgiving; forty guests on Christmas; or somewhere in between, we rely on our appliances to prep holiday food. We're going to have my cousin visiting from … [Read more...]

BEHR Wants To Pay You For Your Opinions! #Sponsored

Love home improvement projects? Earn $$ and help impact BEHR’s products in this private online community.  Are you a homeowner and have recently renovated or plan to? BEHR wants to hear from people who have completed painting, staining or exterior floor coating projects in the past or plan to in the future. BEHR wants to hear from you and other home improvement and DIY enthusiasts as it seeks participants for an exclusive, secure, moderated … [Read more...]

Strategic Back-to-School Shopping with Free Shipping and Free Returns! #ZapposStyle #MC #Sponsored

I was just reading an article in USA Today about back-to-school shopping.  Author Kaitlyn Krasselt said, "Back-to-school shopping is no longer a frenzied one-day spending spree. Families are spending more, but they are doing so over a longer period of time."  That's very true for our family.  I've changed from a blitz to more of a slow process, because I found that when I bought everything at once, I would end up with styles and outfits for my … [Read more...]

Calling Homeowners for a BEHR Opportunity to Earn Amazon GCs!

 Are you a homeowner and have recently renovated or plan to? BEHR wants to hear from people who have completed painting, staining or exterior floor coating projects in the past or plan to in the future. BEHR wants to hear from you and other home improvement and DIY enthusiasts as it seeks participants for an exclusive, secure, moderated online community. Those who participate will get the chance to learn from others working on home … [Read more...]

Celebrate, Have Fun, And Use Social Media For Positive Messages #ShareAwesome National PTA and LifeLock #CleverGirls

Yesterday, my 8 year old daughter, Rosie was telling me about something that happened in the group of girls that hang around together during school recess.  Two of her friends had gotten into an argument and it wasn't clear to her which side of the fight she should take and if she should get involved at all.  You've experienced that too, haven't you?  It's not always easy to tell what's right and what's wrong.  Unfortunately, everything isn't as … [Read more...]

2014 Top Three Must-Haves For Back to School Fashion #ZapposStyle #MC #Sponsored

Are you settling into a school routine?  We're not 100% there yet, but getting close.  I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  A bit ago I wrote a post about back-to-school clothes shopping at Zappos.com.  I am happy to report that the clothes we bought are new favorites!  Not only is it convenient to shop online for kids' back-to-school, but you can find great fashion without wearing out your own shoes.  Top Three 2014 Back-to-School … [Read more...]

Get A Shot. Give A Shot. Save A Life. It’s Simple. #GetAShot #CollectiveBias #shop

Is your child getting a flu vaccine this year?  My daughter does every year and we are planning to go to Walgreens so she could help a child in a developing country also get a life-saving vaccine.  1.7 million children will die from diseases that have all but disappeared in the U.S.  Why?  They don't have the resources for vaccines.  A disease like measles, measles, still kills an estimated 450 EACH DAY - the majority of whom are young children. … [Read more...]

Hey, Moms! Easy Back-to-School Shopping. Make It Fun! #ZapposStyle #MC #Sponsored

Is it fun to shop for back-to-school clothes for your kids?  Tell the truth....  Once my daughter became old enough to try on clothes in the store, the fun factor definitely went down.  Going into a dressing room with more than one outfit is a true exercise in patience.  Going to more than one store?  *sigh* It's tough!  And I only have one child!  I cannot even begin to imagine what it's like for moms that have more than one!  Ah, you have my … [Read more...]