Paying it forward at Christmas

Paying it Forward

2014 has been an amazing year for me.  Our son has grown leaps and bounds, our family is in good health and closer than ever, and my blogging ventures have been quite successful.  When I think about this blog specifically, I really never imagined I'd have my own website (or that anyone would want to read it!).  Ten years ago, I was obtaining my master's degree in nursing at the University of Florida, and never envisioned leaving that career to start a family.. or a blog for that matter.  While I ... ...continue reading

Step2 Deluxe Canyon Road Table {Review & Giveaway}

Step2 Deluxe Canyon Road Table

This is a guest review from Janessa of the blog Thrifty Nifty Mommy. She was provided a Deluxe Canyon Road Table from Step2 at no cost to facilitate this post. All opinions are hers. Okay last minute shoppers, are you still searching for the perfect gift for a little boy? I have the answer - the Deluxe Canyon Road Table from Step2! My son Jacob is a train enthusiast - and that is no exaggeration. This poor child cries if we drive over railroad tracks and there is no train for him to see. For ... ...continue reading

HUGE High-Tech Holiday Giveaway!

High Tech Holiday

  Are you ready to win some awesome prizes?! Well, I've teamed up with my friends at ClubMomme and Mom.Me to bring it to you! This giveaway is full amazing items and there will be three winners! Prizes include: Britax Click Tight car seat Always In View - car monitor and On The Go monitor Kinsights - online pediatric medical record keeper ~ Amazon - $50 gift card Babyhome - Lighted Railing Born Free - Nighty Night Nursing Light Kiinde - breast milk system Intex - Sport ... ...continue reading

Staying warm this winter with Hatley!


I've partnered with Hatley for this sponsored post.  Is it chilly where you are?  I remember the brutal winters when I grew up in New England.  Having the right kind of clothing and accessories was essential to staying warm and cozy, but finding stylish and comfortable gear in the 80's and 90's was almost impossible. Fortunately, now  there's  Hatley!  When they reached out to me about their clothing,shoes and accessories, I knew I wanted to share them with you.  Their mission is to create fun, ... ...continue reading

Crawling Crew Stylish Unisex Tights Review & Giveaway

crawling crew

Baby, its REALLY cold outside!  I hear that New England is predicted to have one of the coldest winters yet, and I am bracing myself for another several months of frigid temperatures and bundling up the kids as much as I can.  When my baby boys were smaller, I found it easier to keep them layered up, since I could add leggings and shirts inside footie pajamas.  As they've grown and become active movers and shakers, it has gotten harder.  Especially at night, I worry about their little legs ... ...continue reading

Fairy Tales – 3D Interactive Pop-up Books App is now available! Plus, a special holiday gift!

Fairy Tales App

I've teamed up with Fairy Tales for this post.  All opinions are mine.  It's no secret that my toddler loves playing with our phones and tablets.  It seems almost second nature to him, and he can navigate Apple iOS, Android, and Kindle operating systems without difficulty, so we allow him "tablet time" every few days to play with apps that we carefully select.  I'm so fortunate that this blog allows me to discover new, exciting apps because I doubt I'd ever be able to find some of them with the ... ...continue reading

A great moving resource for kids from Movers{.com}, PLUS enter to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card + Kids Travel Prize Package!

Kids Travel Prize Pack

I've teamed up with for this sponsored giveaway. When I was growing up, we moved fairly often.  It seems that every 3-4 years or so, my parents would relocate to get us into a better neighborhood or school system, or because they got a new opportunity that they couldn't pass up.  The first couple of moves I hardly remember, but I do recall when we moved to a different town right before I entered third grade.  I was just coming to the age where friendship meant a lot to me and I was ... ...continue reading

Strange Magic – new poster available, plus see the trailer! #StrangeMagic

Strange Magic

Get ready, Strange Magic is coming to theaters January 23rd!   This adorable fairy tale musical looks fantastic - just check out the trailer below!! Information about Strange Magic from Touchstone Pictures: “Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked ... ...continue reading

Paddington is coming to theaters January 16th! Enter to win a Chuck E. Cheese’s Guest Pass to celebrate!


Guess what?!   Paddington is arriving in theaters on January 16th, 2015!   From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (Harry Potter), Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please ... ...continue reading

Better than Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli Copycat Recipe

Pasta E Fagiolo Copycat Olive Garden

Lately, I have been longing for Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli soup.  Their hearty soup of white and red beans, ground beef, and tomatoes just hits the spot. Sprinkle a little shaved Parmesan cheese on top and it's heaven!  Unfortunately, my husband works long hours and winter time makes me feel like climbing into bed at 7 PM... so, I did the next best thing and recreated this delicious soup at home.  I've been making this recipe for about 5 years now and it is so, so good.  I like it because it ... ...continue reading

Get ready to party with King Julien’s Lemur Lemonade! #AllHailKingJulien


How will you be celebrating New Year's Eve?  We usually like to stay home and enjoy the quiet, but this year will be different since our toddler will be awake past 7 PM.  I can't wait to snuggle up in front of the TV with my two favorite guys and enjoy some quality family time.  I'm also pretty excited that thanks to Netflix, we have a membership to their streaming service.  It gives us so many great television shows, movies, and original series to choose from, like their newest addition - All ... ...continue reading

Fantasy Fields Magic Garden Toy Chest Review

Fantasy Fields Magic Garden Toy Chest

One might not think it’s a daunting task, but finding a quality storage chest to house a decent amount of kid’s toys is challenging. Seriously, I don’t know how many flimsy crates we’ve gone through or where the matching lids to our storage bins went. When Teamson reached out to us to see if we wanted to test out and review one of their newest toy chests from their Fantasy Fields product line (this time, a girly version, again at no cost), we jumped at the chance. Ruth and her little guy tested ... ...continue reading

Win a Step2 KidAlert in the Home for the Holidays Giveaway Hop!

Step2 KidAlert

Welcome to the Home for the Holidays Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! We are right in the middle of the Holiday Season, stockings are hung by the Fireplace, the smell of an Evergreen fills your Home… I’ve teamed up with a great group of bloggers that want to fill your home with even more! The Home for the Holidays Giveaways are all centered around the perfect products for your home – whether it’s decorative gifts or appliances, each blogger has something for your home! Don't ... ...continue reading

Cake Decorating with Cake Boss! #IC #CakeBossParty #sponsored

cake boss

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Cake Boss. I received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for participating.” Surely you've seen or heard of the show on TLC called Cake Boss.  Its quite a fascinating show, watching all of the impossible creations that are turned from sketches to masterpieces.  I am always floored by what they are able to do with cake!  I worked in a cake shop for two summers as a cake decorator, so I have a huge ... ...continue reading

Oxygenics Mickey Mouse Combo Shower Head Review and Giveaway!

Oxygenics Mickey Mouse

My son is obsessed with Mickey Mouse.  He's totally, 100% smitten with that lovable mouse.  So, it probably won't surprise you that when Oxygenics reached out me about reviewing their brand new licensed Disney shower heads and sponsoring a giveaway, I jumped at the opportunity.  I just imagined the look on my son's face when he saw the shower head and replied with a big YES right away.  Oxygenics makes products that are built to last, with only top quality materials, and they're designed to use ... ...continue reading