Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods! Finally! #TasteAndBelieve #IC #ad

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“I participated in a In-Home Party Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” I threw a little party this weekend where I invited a few friends and had them taste these delicious brownies!  Salted Caramel Brownie Bliss brownies, actually.  I didn't reveal to them the brand, however, and when I told them afterwards that what they had eaten ... ...continue reading

Our baby girl is here! Come meet the newest Veltoro!

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As many of you know, we were expecting a sweet little girl this June, but apparently she had other plans and decided she wanted to join the family a little early.  A few days ago, we welcomed our baby girl and couldn't be more thrilled! This experience was completely different than the birth of our son. He was 4 days late and my doctors ended up inducing labor. I had Pitocin, an epidural, my water broken... pretty much lots of medical assistance to get the ball rolling. Thankfully, I ... ...continue reading

5 Ways to Save on Summer Fun (Plus, a $75 Gift Card GIVEAWAY!) #SummerUnbored

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I've teamed up with Lunchbox for this sponsored post. We are scrambling to make as many summer plans as possible!  Must...get...out of the house!  The warm weather trips and activities all feel so new and exciting right now, but I'm paying special attention to what we'll be doing in August because I know that by that point, it will have been a very loooooong summer. I've gathered up a few of my ideas on how to save on summer fun, so that you too can fill your kids' vacation days with ... ...continue reading

Baby starting solids? Here’s what you need!

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I've teamed up with Dreft for this sponsored post. All opinions are my own.  When I introduced solids to my little guy at 6 months old, it didn't go over well. I use the term solids loosely because I was either steaming and pureeing my own baby food or purchasing jarred organic fruits and vegetables for him to try and it took him quite a while to get used to the consistency. He ended up wearing more than he ate and we must have gone through 5 or 6 outfit changes a day during those early months. ... ...continue reading

BABYBJÖRN Bouncer Balance Soft Review & Giveaway!

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I have two sister-in-laws each having their first baby this summer, and I'm really enjoying being a 3rd-time mom with loads of advice to offer, especially when it comes to baby gear!  I feel like a seasoned pro, having tried out quite a number of baby products on the market over the last 5 years.  One of the "must-haves" that I suggest to anyone who plans on doing any sort of multi-tasking around the house is a bouncer, and the BABYBJÖRN Bouncer Balance Soft is top of the line!  I was sent this ... ...continue reading

Get Home Faster with the TomTom GO 600 {PLUS, a GIVEAWAY!}

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Disclosure: I've teamed up with TomTom for this post.  Saving time is important to me. I live in a Southwest Florida city that's a known "snow bird" nesting site. From November through April, the area is so congested that getting where I need to go can take up to three times longer than usual. Seriously, for those six months, big city traffic has nothing on us!  We live about 7 miles from the highway (which is definitely the preferred method of travel to avoid the heavy traffic lights in this ... ...continue reading

Second baby must-haves!

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I've teamed up with some of these fine brands for this post. Now that I've done this mothering thing once before, I think I've got a pretty good handle on what to expect this time around. Hopefully that new mother fog won't completely overwhelm me and I can really enjoy my newborn in all of her tiny glory. I swear, with my son it took me a good 4-5 months before I really felt like I could think clearly. I was drowning in diapers, bottles, baby gear - not to mention trying to be a wife and ... ...continue reading

What to pack in your hospital bag {Plus, a Petunia Pickle Bottom Giveaway!}

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I'm approaching critical mass in this pregnancy and it's time to pack the good ol' hospital bag. When I had my son, I scoured the internet and read several books to figure out what I needed to bring to the hospital with me and it's probably no surprise that I overpacked. I also underpacked in a sense too. There were a few things I forgot or didn't realize I needed until I'd delivered and wished I had. So, without further ado, let me show you what's coming to the hospital with me this time ... ...continue reading

Mint-X Trash Bags Review & Giveaway

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Bugs, raccoons, and rodents are abundant here in Florida... and I mean abundant! Just recently I found some sugar ants in our kitchen so I called the pest control company and they sent out a new technician. He was super thorough and asked if he could take a look in our attic just to cover all the bases. He climbed up in the attic for quite a while and had some bad news when he returned. It appeared that a family of palm rats had finagled their way through our roofline soffit and had made ... ...continue reading

Celebrate your best family beauty secrets with Publix and Dove!

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I've teamed up with Lunchbox for this sponsored post.  Did your mother or grandmother pass down any beauty advice to you? Once I became a teenager and really started caring about my appearance, my mom has passed on her best beauty secrets and I immediately took notes. You see, my mom is a "looker". I mean it - she's absolutely beautiful and has gorgeous skin. That's not by chance though. She has always taken really good care of herself and always told me to do the same. She said, "Keep your ... ...continue reading

Continue your toddler’s education all summer with Netflix! #StreamTeam

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I've teamed up with the Netflix #StreamTeam for this post. My little guy is in a phenomenal preschool program and has grown leaps and bounds since he started attending last fall. He only goes for 4 hours at a time a few days per week, but I've noticed such an improvement in his social skills and vocabulary over the past several months. Our preschool follows the same schedule as the local public school system, so that means school is wrapping up very soon. Although there is a "summer camp" that ... ...continue reading

First Bites with Beech-Nut Organic (+Giveaway!) #RealFoodForBabies #IC #ad

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“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Beech-Nut. I received a free coupon to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” One of my favorite parts of parenthood is watching my kids experiencing things for the first time.  Seeing that joy spread across their face, or that excitement stir and overcome them just livens my passion for raising these new little lives!  One of my favorite "firsts" of all is offering my ... ...continue reading

Couture Gel Nail Polish Kit Review & Giveaway!

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Perhaps my favorite pick me up of all time is a fresh paint of nail polish!  The splash of color at my fingertips is just as thrilling now as it was when I was a little girl.  In fact, is there any other beauty product that transcends though generations quite like nail polish?  Young or old, we're drawn to trendy shades and timeless classics.  One thing that has changed over the years is my polish quality standards.  I've thrown out nearly all of my dollar no-name brands and have centered my ... ...continue reading

Win a cloth diapering prize package in the Cuckoo for Cloth Giveaway Hop!

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The 2nd annual Cuckoo for Cloth giveaway event, hosted by Zephyr Hill Blog and ConservaMom, starts today! It's a fun way to visit lots of different cloth diapering bloggers and enter to win some wonderful prizes. Be sure to enter the Grand Prize too - details are below! I've got a great prize package for you today! Images courtesy of Little Bee Co. and Bamboosa One person will receive the following:  Little Bee Co. Bee Changed Bamboo One-Size Pocket Diaper: Every bee changed one-size ... ...continue reading

Fairhaven Health Breastfeeding Products Review & Giveaway

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Here's a shout out to all the breastfeeding mothers out there who endure all the less-than-desirable aspects of breastfeeding!  Today we are featuring a couple of products that will hopefully make it easier.  I've partnered with Fairhaven Health again to show you some breastfeeding products that I received at no cost to facilitate this review, and both are excellent aids in our dedicated quest to feeding our babies! The first annoyance that comes to mind regarding breastfeeding is the ... ...continue reading