8 Apps Better For Your Kids Than Pokemon #learning

Please  note that this post may contain affiliate links. Pokemon Go has become a huge craze that has people running all over the place to find the next Pokemon! While we do not play ourselves, I can definitely see how many people could be enjoying themselves while playing. I do feel that it is getting a little out of control for some people since we've been seeing things in the news that have been happening due to people carelessly playing the game...while driving, on other people's properties and so forth. Please, be careful. Whether you love it or hate it - or don't know what it is - Pokemon Go is one of the most popular apps in the world right now. Here are some alternatives created intentionally to foster learning, making them a truly worthwhile time investment. For fun, and since Pokemon's from Japan, I'll count the 4 apps in Japanese - Ichi, Ni, San, Go! Ichi (One): Have story time anywhere with the FarFaria App I like this app because kids can read quietly and be … [Read more...]

What I Look For in a Handbag + I’m Giving 1 Away!

We received a free handbag to facilitate this review. We only give honest reviews and all opinions expressed are our own. It wasn't long ago that a friend of mine came to pick me up for dinner. We were heading to town when I got a glimpse at her adorable handbag. After eyeing it for a minute I had to ask her where she purchased it because I was now in love with it and had to have one for myself! You see, I'd been searching for the perfect handbag for quite some time, however I could never find one that was just right. Let me explain a little.... Things I look for in a handbag 1.) Easily cleaned- You have to be able to wipe the bag down on the outside because I hate when my bag looks dingy and dirty and I do not want to carry germs around with me. 2.) Bag must be roomy- There needs to be enough room for the kitchen sink (Kidding--sort of!) Seriously though, I am a busy gal and I need to be able to fit all of my mom stuff and my fun stuff into my bag at all times. 3.) Cute … [Read more...]

You Are NOT Alone! Bring Change 2 Mind #MindOurFuture

This post is brought to you by Bring Change 2 Mind. All opinions expressed are our own. Today I'd like to discuss something that a lot of people are uncomfortable talking about...mental illness. There are so many different forms of mental illness...depression, eating disorders, schizophrenia, ADD---the list goes on. I wanted to take a moment to let you all know about the mental illness that I have struggled with off and on over the years. Depression & Anxiety. Depression is a scary thing. As a stay at home mom, during my early years I had no idea how hard it would be. Often times people get the image of a stay at home mom as a carefree person who can sit around and do whatever they want all day long. It really isn't that glamorous. Let me start by saying that I am blessed and absolutely love being a stay at home mom, however there can be times when you feel overwhelmed and alone. While you may have a house full of kids day in and day out, you don't have that adult conversation … [Read more...]

Relieving Stress Without Side Effects #Review

We received product to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed are our own. We all face stress in our lives. There's really no way to completely avoid stress, although that sure would be nice, wouldn't it? Since we can't completely avoid the stress I decided that I was going to find a natural remedy for those super stressful moments in life. Let me just get real for you for a moment first... My husband and I tend to take on a lot. Now, we aren't always super busy and stressed, but there are times in our life when we take on so much that we don't really have time to sit down and really relax. (We haven't had a vacation in over 2 years!) We are currently flipping a house that is over 2,000 sq. ft. We are doing this while my husband works a full time job. I was homeschooling the boys (thankful for summer break!), and I run an online clothing boutique as well as helping with the house flip and taking care of my 5 boys. You tired yet? I am! haha! This is our life though and we … [Read more...]

Check Out The Savings Guarantee and Save BIG!

This post is brought to you by Coupons.com. All opinions expressed are our own. I wasn't always frugal. As a matter of fact, I was clueless in my younger years as to how anyone could possibly save m money on products without putting forth a ton of effort. The older I got (and the more kids I added to my family) the more I dug into and started to learn to save. I've learned that even if you are short on time, you can still save money! I use sites like Coupons.com to save when I'm shopping online for our family. Coupons.com launched a program called the "Savings Guarantee" to help people shop with confidence knowing that they're getting the best online coupon code---especially during Back to School season and holidays---they are both right around the corner, you know! So, here is how the "Savings Guarantee" works: If a shopper finds a coupon code that Coupons.com doesn't have, then Coupons.com will reward the shopper with $25! During the month of July (the 1-31st), Coupons.com … [Read more...]

Sara Lee Snacks Review & Giveaway

This post is brought to you by Sara Lee Snacks. All opinions expressed are our own. When I was emailed and asked to review the NEW Sara Lee Snacks Peanut Butter Creme Filled Cakes my (instant) reply was---You had me at Chocolate and then when you threw in Peanut Butter I knew I couldn't turn it down! Seriously though, who doesn't love a good chocolate/peanut butter combo? This girl certainly can't turn it down, and I'm so glad I didn't! The NEW Sara Lee Snacks Peanut Butter Creme Filled Cakes are simply peanut + chocolate + snack cakes. They are individually wrapped and make the perfect snack for a lunch bag, office drawer (snack ready at any time), handbag or wherever else you might keep your snacks hidden. These chocolate snack cakes are seriously delicious---rich and super moist. They are made with a yummy light and fluffy peanut butter creme filling and are wrapped in a smooth chocolate coating. Now that I have your mouth watering, how about a GIVEAWAY? We have teamed up … [Read more...]

Planning A Fun Summer Party

This post is brought to you by Oriental Trading Company. All opinions expressed are our own. My family loves to entertain, especially during summer months, when everyone can gather outdoors around the campfire, play games in the back yard and have fun with water and sand! Today I thought I would put together some fun ways to make summer parties a big hit! First, before I even get started I recommend sitting down and setting a budget for your party. This way you have an idea of what you want to spend and can try to stick with it. I also recommend allotting a certain amount of money for each thing (so much for food, supplies such as plates and cups, decorations, games and so forth). Planning ahead can keep you in line and there won't be as many uncertainties. 1.) Pick a Party Theme- Having a theme in mind can make the party even more fun for kids and adults! Start with the theme and plan around it. 2.) Set Up Outdoor Games ---Everyone loves a good game (even adults!) That is why … [Read more...]

$150 Summer Fun Cash Giveaway

July is here and we wanted a fun way to kick off the summer---what better way than a CASH Giveaway!? Who couldn't use a little extra cash this summer? To help celebrate our summer fun , we have joined with a group of great bloggers in bringing you a $150 Summer Fun Cash Giveaway! Who wouldn't like a little extra mullah to help pay for summer fun events, food, clothes or whatever you need help with! Please post in the comments what you would use the extra $$ for this summer! I would love to hear about it. This Cash Giveaway is a Blogger Sponsored Event which means the bloggers – who you will find on the Rafflecopter for entry options – have donated money to help pay for this prize! One lucky reader will win their choice of a $150 Amazon Gift Card or Code OR PayPal Cash for $150! This giveaway is open WorldWide and ends July 20, 2016 at 12:00 AM EST. Enter on the Rafflecopter below: a Rafflecopter giveaway   Disclaimer: This blog and any participating blogs did not receive … [Read more...]