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New Orleans Style Bloody Mary Boosted + $2,500 Walmart Giveaway

New Orleans Style Bloody Mary Boosted #V8EnergyBoost #ad

#V8EnergyBoost #CollectiveBias I've had a life long love affair with the Bloody Mary. Back in the day, well before marriage and kids I went to college in New Orleans, a city I just adore. It's a part of my soul, and so is the incredible food and libations. I have such memories hunting down the perfect Bloody Mary while I was living there, and during my trips over the … [Read more...]

Fundraising Tips that Work

We all have causes that are important to us.  For a long time mine has been mental health and suicide prevention. I've done quite a bit of fundraising for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention the past four or so years, and using my experiences personally raising over $8,000 for the cause, I've formulated my top 10 tips for nonprofit fundraising that absolutely work. And … [Read more...]

How to Dress Your Body Type {Monroe and Main $185 Fashion Giveaway}

Cool Water Dress and Black Flats Monroe and Main #DressYourBodyType

Disclosure: This "How to Dress Your Body Type" Fashionista Event Opportunity is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic. This$185+ Fashion Giveaway and outfit on Motherhood Unadorned is provided by Monroe and Main. All opinions are my own.  This weekend, John and I attended an evening fundraising event for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. I'm actually on the … [Read more...]

Happiness Is a Self-Cleaning Vacuum & Kids Who Clean {Eureka Brushroll Clean™ with SuctionSeal® Giveaway!}

Life Hack Self Cleaning Vacuum, Motivate Kids to Clean with Minecraft Inspired Printable Chorecraft Game #CleaningUntangled #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CleaningUntangled #CollectiveBias Ellie and I have a crap ton of hair.  And like most hairy creatures, we shed like crazy, which can have some serious consequences with our vacuum. We've had the same vacuum for just over 10 years. John and I actually bought it with wedding money. … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Flan with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Sweet Potato Flan

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpringIntoFlavor #CollectiveBias A week and a half ago I was on vacation in New Orleans for Jazz Fest, and oh the food! I went to college there many moons ago and one of the things that I absolutely dearly loved, and still miss is the fabulous cuisine. We ate at this incredible soul … [Read more...]

Overcoming Teeth Sensitivity and Dental Anxiety

Overcoming Teeth Sensitivity and Dental Anxiety #sensitivesmiles #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SensitiveSmiles #CollectiveBias I've always had issues with my teeth. Cavities and sensitivity, even when my mom diligently took me to the dentist every six months as a kid. It sucks! But I have to be honest, I hate taking care of my teeth. I know intellectually it's … [Read more...]

Making Road Trips More Fun! {Tech Travel Tips Plus Free Scavenger Hunt Printable}

Making Road Trips More Fun Plus Free Printable Road Trip Scavenger Hunt #mydatamyway #ad

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #MyDataMyWay #CollectiveBias What a week and it's only Wednesday! John's 40th birthday just happened to coincide with the start of Spring Break on Monday. For weeks I had been trying to figure out the best way to mark this momentous occasion. I mean, he's finally reached my … [Read more...]

Peaceful Spaces Amid the Chaos: Appealing to the Senses {Plus DIY Mason Jar Vase}

Creating peaceful spaces amid the chaos by appealing to the senses #smellsclean #ad

A few weeks ago, John went on a business trip leaving me to the job of solo parenting the kiddos. When they were babies I dreaded those trips. The house became a complete and utter disaster. My only adult contact was the UPS guy or grocery store clerk. I had kid(s) attached to me 24/7 ... yeah, it was a LONG time before they both slept in their own beds through the night. And the house was … [Read more...]

Soul Sessions, A Novel {Review}

Soul Sessions Book Review #ad

I recently read the novel Soul Sessions by Carson Gage. I picked it up for Amazon Kindle and just dove in.  Reading has become a huge part of my "me time" after the kids go to sleep at night. Oh how I love relaxing in bed with a good book, one that offers an interesting distraction from my every day. So, I was pleased to find Soul Sessions quite intriguing. It's an unusual story … [Read more...]

Skylanders Skystones Card Game and Other Party Ideas

Family Game Day Party Ideas Skylanders Skystones card game and Skylanders inspired portal cake #ad

My kids (and husband) have a dear love of Skylanders. We've been fans for about two years and in that time have collected all four games and a ton of the characters and traps. John, being the game developer he is, instantly took to the video game,  and the kids who are also natural born gamers, followed his lead and never looked back.  One of their … [Read more...]

SoFabU On the Road {Comes to Seattle, other US Cities}

#lucky2besofab

Growth. Opportunity. Community. When asked yesterday during the #Lucky2beSoFab St. Patty's Day Twitter Party, those were the three words I used to describe Social Fabric, the blogger network by Collective Bias. I've been a member of "SoFab" for about a year and a half, and it's been such a blessing in my blogging career. I pretty quickly saw what a strong community it is and made it my … [Read more...]

Cinderella-Inspired Easter {No Sew Easter Basket Tutorial and Printable}

Cinderella Inspired Easter Baskets including DIY New Sew Multipurpose Basket and Printable #DisneyEaster #ad

#DisneyEaster #CollectiveBias Goodbye Winter! Hello Spring! The sun has been starting to shine and that's making me very happy. I've been dealing with some seasonal depression and have really been making a concerted effort to have more fun and get motivated. Having things to look forward to, like movie plans or Easter Egg Hunts, is so important when my days get dreary. I just love our … [Read more...]

Stunning Cake Tips and Inspirations in Cake My Day Book with Sweetworks

Cake My Day Inspired Star Cake with Sweetworks Candy #CakeMyDay #ad

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Sweetworks. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. I was never a baker, that is until Ellie came along. She's always been interested in baking, has a HUGE sweet tooth (much like her mother,)  and at the age of 3 started watching YouTube cake design videos … [Read more...]

Inspired by Big Hero 6: Baymax Rice Ball and Party Ideas

Big Hero 6 Movie Night with Baymax Rice Ball Tutorial #BigHero6Release #ad

#BigHero6Release #CollectiveBias Have you ever had an animated film touch your heart? As a mom with littles, most of my current in-theater movie experience is family entertainment. Ronin and Ellie mainly enjoy animated-style films versus live action. But honestly that's OK for me because these days there are some incredible animated movies, with characters and story lines that rival the … [Read more...]

Helzberg Diamonds Hint Like You Mean It

Valentine's Day

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own as always. Valentine's Day is just around the corner. What are you hinting for?! For me ... honestly for any occasion ... jewelry is right on the top of the wish list. Jewelry always fits. It makes me sparkle and feel more pulled together, even if I'm just running the kids to school. Over the years John has gotten me … [Read more...]