Fav Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Shop Now, Prices Go Up Soon!

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Will power. I have none of it when it comes to Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale. I really did try hard to stay away this time around but well... here we are. Here are a few of my favorite savings this week. What about you? Have you shopped the sale or found any great deals at Nordstrom's Sale? Eliza J Crepe A-Line Dress, Normal Price $148 - … [Read more...]

I’m Telling My Birth Story 11 Years Later #EndMaternalMortality #BlogHer15

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Who would you be if your mother had died in childbirth? That was the question Dr. Priya Agrawal for Merck for Mothers posed to us over the weekend on a panel at BlogHer on raising awareness to help end maternal mortality. Really think about your answer. It's a terrible thing to contemplate. Growing up without a mother; or consider your … [Read more...]

Win an iPad Mini & Kate Spade Bag on this Instagram Contest I’m doing

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So for those of you on Instagram, check out this amazing giveaway I'm doing with several other bloggers. It ends TONIGHT at 8 pm ET so I wanted to get a quick post in to tell you to go like my picture, follow me (if you aren't already) and then follow the loop to like and follow everyone else. Look how awesome this prize is! Click the graphic to … [Read more...]

Back on the Healthy Eating Bandwagon: What’s Your Tipping Point?

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Pretty sure that my family knew that my "HOLY SH*T" scream from the bathroom yesterday morning couldn't mean anything good as I stepped on the scale. I shouldn't have been surprised at what I saw though. The same way you lose weight - slowly and by a healthy calorie deficit- I gained weight slowly but eating (& drinking) more. If I'm … [Read more...]

Beating Summertime Boredom with Kiwi Crate

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This isn't our first review with Kiwi Crate but it's been awhile. The last box we got was in 2011! So let me give you the update: KiwiCrate.com is a monthly subscription based service. Each month your box comes with two crafts or projects for your kids to interact with. All the pieces are there and there are fun instructions included. There's … [Read more...]

Stitch Fix #7: Please Help Me Decide! #FashionFriday

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Yo, friends. It's been awhile since I got my last Stitch Fix box. My last box was in April. I only kept the one dress and I still have yet to wear it (which is more because it's a heavy weight than me not liking it. Hope to break it out in cooler weather in the fall). But next week I'm headed to New York City for an epic 4 days of blogging … [Read more...]

For People Who Love to Travel: World Scratch Map (This is Cool!)

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Now this is cool. It's a World Scratch Map for your wall - use a coin to scratch off the countries you have been to and then hang it on your wall and plan your next trip! Over time this becomes a really cool tapestry/journal of your travels as a family or on your own. You can pick a Scratch Foil Gold or Silver Map - they are both on sale … [Read more...]

Ocean City, Maryland: A Great Family Beach & Boardwalk Experience #ocmd

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Living in Philly, we're Jersey shore folks when we want to go to the beach. Hubby grew up going to Long Beach Island and we love visiting there and various other towns along the shore in New Jersey. But we were looking to check out something different this summer and since my husband has lots of Marriott points, we booked a 5 night stay at the … [Read more...]

Beachside with @CVS_Extra Gold Emblem Abound Snacks #CVSHealthierSummer

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We're back this week from a trip to the beach. The beach is definitely my happy place. It always was but now it's just so relaxing with my boys the ages they are - everyone just chills on the beach and does their own thing. My boys love the waves but they also love to just chill and read a book along with me. We can spend hours at the beach as a … [Read more...]

Summer Day Camp Checklist

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We're back from the beach (hence my posting hiatus!) and my kids are off to full day day-camp starting today. My 11 year old did a Minecraft full day camp earlier in June but he was indoors all day learning about computers, Minecraft and robotics so it wasn't your typical camp experience. Today he and his brother head to full day camp with lots … [Read more...]

New Book Release Review: Anchored by Kayla Aimee #AnchoredHope

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My blogger friend Kayla Aimee has written a beautiful book that was released yesterday called Anchored ($11.93 on Amazon). I've started the book and am a few chapters in and I've already teared up several times. I was not expecting this story to be so beautiful. Kayla was pregnant with her first with what you would hope would be aroutine … [Read more...]

It’s Way More PERSONAL with Verizon FiOS New #CustomTV #ad

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A couple of weeks ago, I got home to a huge box on my front step. I had no idea what it was but I opened it to find these goodies inside: Holy fun! There was a note from the folks at Verizon thanking me for the participation in this campaign and also a note about my boys. I loved how personal they were with their gift selections. They sent a … [Read more...]

Join TODAY for the Summer with Cesar Twitter Party – 1pmET! Gr8 Prizes!

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Are you a dog owner? Or even just a dog lover? Then join me today for a really fun Twitter party at 1 pm ET with @CesarCuisine and @Crowdtappers. We're talking all about our furry canines & the summer for an hour. There are some AMAZING prizes - all Visa Gift cards, prize total of $750! I don't have any dogs yet (my boys want one so badly … [Read more...]

Updated Review: 2 months into Rocksbox (Plus Free Month Coupon Code!) #FashionFriday

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So I'm two months into using Rocksbox, the monthly jewelry subscription service {first month review}. With Rocksbox, you pay a monthly fee to rent jewelry and you have the option to buy the pieces if you want. You get a $10 spend each month towards jewelry purchasing so it's definitely tempting to buy something out of each package! I've … [Read more...]

The Game that Came Out of Nowhere: Splatoon for WiiU

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Where the heck did THIS GAME come from? I consider myself pretty versed in the gaming world - having two boys who are gamers and being a gamer myself, I usually know what's coming out or what's hot but this new game for the Nintendo Wii U called Splatoon took me by surprise. Peripherally I started hearing about Splatoon around a month ago. It … [Read more...]

BOGO 50% Off Sale at Target on Clothing, Shoes & Accessories!

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Cole's camp this week is about a half mile from one of my local Targets. It's dangerous. I went over there today after drop off and did the usualhad-2-things-on-my-list-bought-25. I scored big time in the clothing section and then came home to look up something I had liked that they didn't have in my size and saw that they are having a Buy One, … [Read more...]

Fashionable Clutch for Diabetics: Review of the Camino Clutch

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While I'm not Diabetic myself, I've had Diabetic friends and they definitely travel with all sorts of accessories. I had a friend who used to carry a big-ol ugly bag back in our 20s so it's really awesome to see something like the Camino Clutch, a fashionable clutch designed for people with diabetes. I just heard about it when I was out with … [Read more...]

Post Baby Bathing Suits: SwimSpot.com

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It has been almost 9 months since I had my daughter and as we are currently in bathing suit season I am in a bit of a panic as to what I can wear to the beach with out feeling self conscious about my post baby body. As I searched the internet for a bathing suit that would make me feel good, I found that so many sites, and stores sold suits for my … [Read more...]