Believing in Santa #TheSantaProject

This post is sponsored by Macy's, however all opinions expressed are our own. Christmas is a magical time. It's a time for celebrating the birth of Jesus, a time for sharing and caring and spending time with family. It's a time for giving and a time for receiving. Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love to spend hours in the kitchen baking delicious treats for our Christmas gatherings while my boys happily mix the ingredients together in bowls, singing Christmas tunes while making a mess all over the kitchen. It's this time of the year that the mess doesn't bother me. It is this time of the year that we are making such fond memories and having so much fun in the kitchen. Christmas is a time to celebrate and rejoice. With that being said, part of the magic of Christmas is Santa. The thought of a jolly old man bringing gifts to all in one night is so magical and exciting! Santa makes people happy. Believing in Santa is more than something fun to do, there's something … [Read more...]

Win a Juniper Kids’ Mattress From Brentwood Home

We received a Juniper Kids Mattress to facilitate the review portion of this post. All opinions expressed are our own. As most of you already know, our family made a big move recently. It has been about a month, to be exact, however I still feel like we are very much living out of boxes. It's so hard when you have a large family and you have to pack up years of belongings. We did it though and we are finally settling. One thing that I did notice in the move is that my boys mattresses were not in as great of shape as I had thought they were. How had I not noticed this sooner? I told my husband that the first thing we were going to do was replace our 13 year old son's mattress. It was way beyond its time and in dire need of replacement. Children deserve to sleep comfortably and it's important for their growth and health. We were thrilled to receive a Juniper Kids' Mattress from Brentwood Home! About the Juniper Kids' Mattress: This mattress is really amazing! It comes rolled up … [Read more...]

Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop!

Can you believe that it's time to start thinking about Christmas gifts and Stocking Stuffers already? Where did this year go? I love Christmas though and I always put a lot of thought into gifts that I'm purchasing for others. With that being said, if I can WIN a couple of those gifts for FREE---I'm all for that! I'm excited to welcome you to this year's Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop! It is hosted by The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island and will run from November 16th at 12:00 pm ET thru November 30th at 11:59 pm ET! The prize that we will be giving away is a FREE Blanket Scarf from The Paisley Hanger Boutique! This is a great gift for someone special on your Christmas list, or you can keep it for yourself! You won't be disappointed! We love all of the products at The Paisley Hanger Boutique and think you will too! One reader will randomly be selected to receive a FREE Blanket Scarf from The Paisley Hanger boutique! Enter below & Good Luck!!! … [Read more...]

Faster Internet Speeds? Yes, Please! #ad

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. We homeschool, plus my husband works from home a lot and I use my computer for my blog as well as my online store that I have. Not to mention all of the times the kids are on the computers playing games, watching movies and surfing the net. With that being said, we definitely needed a fast connection, and our currently router was just not cutting it. We tried upping our internet service to the highest possible speeds and we still had slow as a slug (I'm not even kidding) internet connection. It wasn't until we got our WRT3200ACM MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router that we started to have high enough speeds to run everything we needed to run. And I must say that we were super surprised! Who would have thought that a router could improve the speeds of your internet? The WRT3200ACM MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router is powered by Tri-Stream 160 technology, … [Read more...]

Race Day Party Planning Tutorial #RaceDayRelief #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RaceDayRelief #CollectiveBias Our family loves to entertain, and not just for sporting events, but we do enjoy entertaining for those as well! We've discussed planning parties in the past, however today I thought we might talk about planning a party for Race Day. Living in a house full of males I'm accustomed to watching any and all sporting events on television. I'm also quite used to having friends and family members over to cheer on their favorite teams (or drivers) as well. So, let's talk about how I go about planning a Race Day party! The first 2 things I always suggest when planning a party is to pick a theme and a budget. These are the two key parts of your party planning. Since we already know our theme is Race Day, we can skip forward a bit. I actually feel like planning a Race Day party is super simple compared to some of the other parties I have planned in the past. … [Read more...]

Give Thanks Giveaway w/ Rachael Ray #ad

This post is sponsored by Rachael Ray Every Day Magazine, Dean’s Dairy Dip & California Walnuts. All opinions expressed are our own. We are so excited for the holidays to be right around the corner! I know I keep talking about how I’m ready to kick my feet up and relax, but I can’t help it! We have been on the go for so many months and the thought of just being able to slow life down and relax is really sort of exciting to us. We are hoping to be moved into our new home before Thanksgiving and can’t wait to share the holiday with our family in our new home! Today I wanted to tell you about a fun new giveaway! Our friends at Rachael Ray Every Day Magazine, Dean’s Dairy Dip & California Walnuts sent us an amazing “Give Thanks” package to help us host the ultimate gatherings this fall and holiday season! We received items from Rachael Ray cookware to Dean's Dairy Dip product/swag and  California Walnuts.  It will be great using all of this stuff in our new home! I’m thinking … [Read more...]

Picture Keeper Giveaway #2016HGG

I am an avid picture taker. I follow my children around with the camera (they do not love it), I take senior photos for people, and I've even done a few weddings. There is just something about getting that perfect shot that is a thrill for me, but when my camera is acting up, I sure get frustrated. Have you ever received that dreaded error message that says, "Memory Full" when trying to take pictures on your mobile device? That error always comes at the wrong time and can really put a damper in your activity for the day. Picture Keeper is a little device that is so easy to use and helpful in preventing that error from ruining your day. This handy little device runs a back up of your pictures so that you can be rest assured that they are safe and continue taking pictures! No matter where you are, Picture Keeper is convenient and easy to use. You simply download the FREE app (available on iOS and Android systems), plug this into your phone and then run a backup. How easy is that? … [Read more...]

Preparing For Winter When You Have Kids #SierraTradingPost #TrailTime

This post is sponsored by Sierra Trading Post. All opinions expressed are our own. Preparing For Winter When You Have Kids I'm sure most of you have been through many winter months, however have you ever actually sat down and prepared before the cold and snow hit? Are you shaking your head no? For years I would wait until the cold hit and then I would run out for things that we were in need of. You know, coats, boots, all of the necessities to keep us warm from the cold and weather? I decided a couple of years ago that it was silly to wait until the last minute to buy these items, especially since I already knew I was going to be needing them. That's when I started to make a list of everything I would need for the colder months and I went out and purchased those items before they were at their peak price. I mean, retailers can charge more for a winter coat when they know you need it. I found all of the items we need at Sierra Trading Post and was super impressed with the … [Read more...]