Easter Giveaway: Enter to Win $100 Target Gift Card

Easter Giveaway: Enter to Win $100 Target Gift Card

Can you believe it's Spring already? I can't, it's still really cold here in Ohio…. but that doesn't mean that the awesome weather isn't just right around the corner. Easter is quickly approaching! We all have those baskets to prepare and some even have clothing to buy for special services that we may choose to attend. What better way to celebrate than with an extra $100 to spend at Target in your pocket? Our boys love Easter and growing up it was always one of my very favorite holidays. Growing up I enjoyed spending time with my cousins and dressing up in fancy clothes, complete with...
Learning To Play The Piano: 4 Key Takeaways I Learned

Learning To Play The Piano: 4 Key Takeaways I Learned

Get it, key? Like Piano Key? Ha, I crack myself up sometimes. Yeah I know, I did a lil’ play on words there. I had to, it’s me. So you guys remember that I started homeschooling our youngest son again. We gave him a chance at going back into mainstream schooling again, and it just wasn’t the right time, so we pulled him back out. He’s been great since. However, I’m not musically inclined and he THRIVES off of playing a musical instrument. So when I was approached by Playground Sessions to collaborate, I jumped. Guys, this program is FANTASTIC!I’m seriously not just saying this either. EVEN I am learning to play the piano and I never thought I would learn. But I guess, you really can teach an ol’ chick new tricks!

I Will Always Keep Pads or Tampons in my Bathroom

I Will Always Keep Pads or Tampons in my Bathroom

I first got my period when I was about 11yrs old.It was a horrid experience. I was at school, started feeling sick and had horrible cramps, went to the bathroom, screamed like crazy because I had absolutely no clue what was going on and why I was bleeding from “there”. The teacher who’s classroom was just next too the girls bathroom came running in to find out what was going on. I was standing there crying, saying I was dying. She calmly walked over to me, hugged me, grabbed some wet paper towels and told me to clean myself up and we headed to the nurses office.I didn’t learn about girl stuff until that day. My mom never discussed getting my period until that day because she didn’t think it was time, until she got the call. My grandmother came and picked me up from school, took me to get pads, midol, chocolate and ice cream. She said “These are the 4 things you will need every month for 1 week.”

WIN a Nintendo Switch+ $35 towards Nintendo Eshop

WIN a Nintendo Switch+ $35 towards Nintendo Eshop

May not already know, but  my family LOVES gaming.Okay, that may be a slight understatement. Whenever we get free-time we’re gaming. We game either via consoles or PC. We don’t discriminate. Any console, PC, mobile, etc. One of us, or all of us are playing some type of video game.Thanks to our friends at GameStop for offering up an amazing prize package for one lucky reader! Enter to WIN a Nintendo Switch+ $35 towards Nintendo Eshop from GameStop!

The Story of Shauna and her Life with Congenital Heart Defects

The Story of Shauna and her Life with Congenital Heart Defects

Did you know that 1 in every 100 babies is born with a heart defect? Did you know that 50% of them are at risk of death if their defect is not surgically corrected? How about that Congenital Heart Disease is the NUMBER ONE MOST COMMON BIRTH DEFECT? It is also the number one cause of infant mortality. You’d think that would be more widely known and publicized, but it isn’t. Most people think of other defects when they are asked about the most common. Because Congenital Heart Disease (or Defects as it was previously known) has so many different ways to manifest itself, many people don’t put it all together.

Get Outside, Go Hiking And Explore with Lugz Boots

Get Outside, Go Hiking And Explore with Lugz Boots

Since we live in a primarily rural area now, we have the ability to walk to a lot more places that are outdoors. One of my favorite places to get out and walk is around the “Rez” or the reservoir. Our Rez is HUGE at 212 acres and a circumference of 2.5 miles and at it’s deepest point its 33ft deep. My husband and I go up there and walk around a bit when it’s warmer and not as windy. Unless I get antsy at home and want to go bird watching for the local Bald Eagles. Bald Eagles were my mom’s favorite bird and when she passed, my brother and I both saw a bald eagle within a couple days of her passing. We took it as “Mom’s with us, watching us.” So now whenever we see one, we simply say “Hi mom, love you!” 

150 US Based Restaurants that Kids Eat Free or Super Cheap

150 US Based Restaurants that Kids Eat Free or Super Cheap

Sometimes cooking a meal just isn’t in your daily plans whether it be work, kids’ activities, traffic, or you’re just having a bad day. For me, it’s usually the later, or I just don’t feel like cooking because, that takes too much work after working all day. Typically we tend to go out to eat to ease the remainder of the day, but dining out can be expensive especially if you do it more than once a week. Which is why we either go out just once a month, or we utilize other savings methods.
You should definitely double check with the restaurants prior to taking advantage of their promotions as most national chains have franchises and independently owned locations.

Continuing a Tradition: Valentine’s Day Holiday Tree

Continuing a Tradition: Valentine’s Day Holiday Tree

When we bought our home, put the Christmas tree up, I decided, I’m now the matriarch of the family, so it’s now my duty to continue the tradition of the Holiday Tree. My husband wasn’t exactly “jumping for joy” when I made this decision, however, he knows what it means to me. He tends to go along with a lot of my crazy ideas, a lot of times he drags his feet on the ideas, but he’ll still join me on the crazy ride. Anyway, a lot of the decorations that my mom had were either damaged from storage because the totes weren’t sealed right or they were broken and I didn’t realize it, so I had to make new decorations or get creative.

Your 2019 Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gifts for Guys, Ladies & Couples

Your 2019 Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gifts for Guys, Ladies & Couples

Valentine’s Day is one of the two love holidays of the year (Sweetest day is the second one and it’s in October if you’re in the Great Lakes Region for a heads up.) It’s a day where most men buy their ladies candies, roses, and jewelry to profess their undying love. It originally started off as a ritual performed by the Romans from February 13th to 15th to avert evil spirits and purify the city, releasing health and fertility. I won’t go into the details of what entailed during the ritual, you can do that research yourself. Around the 3rd century, Emperor Claudius II executed 2 men with the name Valentine on February 14th in two different years and eventually the Catholic Church declared February 14th as “St. Valentine’s day”.

Key Decor Elements of a Gorgeous Contemporary Bedroom

Key Decor Elements of a Gorgeous Contemporary Bedroom

Unlike any other space in your home, the bedroom should be that special getaway and sanctuary that reflects your feelings through color, style and accessories. Designing this space is not an easy task, but if you manage to it properly, you’ll be rewarded with a safe haven where you can rest and unwind. With this in mind, here are the main considerations for decorating a gorgeous contemporary bedroom. You’ll need to think about lighting, storage, and even the linens, all of which we will discuss in this post.

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