Stuffed Tomatoes

Roman Meal Bread: Baked Fresh Locally! Delish Recipes & Giveaway!

Stuffed Tomatoes

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Roman Meal. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Now that the kids are back at school and I only have to feed myself at lunch, I find myself skipping lunch and then snacking on a long list of things that are far from healthy. I’m not saying that a small mixing bowl of “sugar cereal” in delicious silence can be magical, but on the average a healthy, delicious sandwich on homemade bread sounds amazing!

I definitely don’t have time to make my own bread every week, so I’m really glad that Roman Meal bakes their bread daily at 90+ regional bakeries. It is delivered fresh to my local grocery store-it’s never frozen! Roman Meal is a favorite of the whole family, kids included! I’m not about to tell them it’s  packed with whole grains in addition to being light, soft and tasty! Whole wheat, whole rye, wheat bran, wheat germ, flaxmeal and a bit of honey and molasses make it so good. Just two pieces of Roman Meal (one serving size) has 21 grams of whole grain-thats 40% of the USDA’s recommended 48 grams of whole grain/day. It also is a great source of calcium, vitamin D and fiber. All of this good stuff may reduce the risk of heart disease, help with weight management and aid in digestion.

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It might look a little funny, but trust me. It’s delicious and it’s excellent for you! I made it in a matter of minutes too! Just look how easy it was:

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Roman Meal makes it easy with an amazing list of recipes on the website. Here are a few that will be on our table this week!

Whole Grain Peach Cobbler

Fresh Peach & Nectarine Whole Grain Cobbler looks like the perfect dessert for the end of summer.

Stuffed Tomatoes

Can you believe the Chicken Sausage & Whole Grain Stuffed Tomatoes take only 15 minutes of prep?

Turkey Brie Grilled Cheese

The Turkey & Brie Grilled Cheese would make for a decadent picnic while the weather is still warm!

Strawberry Chicken Sandwich

I think the Strawberry & Balsamic Grilled Chicken Sandwiches might just be a new favorite of mine! What a combination!

Did you know that September is Whole Grains Month? Improve your diet when you “Make The Switch” to healthy whole grain meals. Get more info from Whole Grain Council website and check out the delicious recipes on the “Simple Meals” pinterest board.

Be sure to follow Roman Meal on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest news and promotions!

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Gummy Drop

Gummy Drop!: A New Match Game from Big Fish Games!

Gummy Drop



We are headed on a 16 hour road trip to Walt Disney World soon and I’ve been busy making small bags filled with fun stuff for the kids to keep them busy in the car. But what about me? I know that I’ll download a few books to my iPad but I also know that I’ll be playing Big Fish Game’s latest release – Gummy Drop! It’s a candy matching puzzle game, which are my favorite type of games! Combine that with the bright colors and fun levels and I’m hooked!

Gummy Drop

Gummy Drop! is full of gummies, globe-trotting and FUN! In the game, you’re on a mission to travel the world to rebuild famous landmarks. Match bouncing gummies in groups of 3 or more to earn resources to rebuild landmarks like The Queen Victoria Building and Sydney Tower. With each level, there will be specific objectives to achieved within a set number of moves. There’s a lot of strategy involved! Sometimes you’ll find that you need more building resources for a landmark so you’ll have to go back to a level and play it again which I like since there are specific levels I really enjoy!

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If you get stuck, Gummy Drop! will give you boosts to help you get through a level or you can earn them by doing well. There is also a ‘Lucky Spin’ feature that randomly awards players extra moves or additional lives. I was able to spin when I ran out of moves! If random boosts and the ‘Lucky Spin’ can’t get you through tougher levels, players can purchase additional boosts or special abilities in the game store. I love discovering what all of the different boosts do – my favorite is the earthquake one!

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Like other Big Fish Games, Gummy Drop! is social so you can interact with your friends – I love the friendly competition! And if you check back daily, you can earn Lottery Tickets! Scratch to win additional coins and building resources. Plus, check the bottom of your game for a daily quest that will help you earn more rewards for your building expedition!

If you’re looking for a fun game to add to your iPhone or iPad, download Gummy Drop! – it’s FREE!

Check out the trailer for Gummy Drop!

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Win an iPad Mini in the Gummy Drop! Sweepstakes!

Want to win an iPad Mini so you can play all of the fun Big Fish Games including Gummy Drop!?

Through September 21st, visit the Big Fish on Facebook or Twitter to enter to win a free iPad Mini! The sweepstakes will end at 11:59pm on September 21st at which time a winner will be chosen at random.  The winner will be announced on Facebook and Twitter on September 26th and contacted by Big Fish for contact and shipping details.


Visit the Big Fish Games Facebook page and COMMENT on the Gummy Drop! iPad Sweepstakes post with the phrase “The world’s gone gummy!”.


Tweet @bigfishgames with the phrase #theworldsgonegummy.


Check out my other reviews of apps from Big Fish Games!

Panda Pandamonium

Awakening Kingdoms


Fairway Solitaire Blast

Jade Monkey


What are some of your favorite Match Games?


Disclosure: I received compensation for this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own. We love Big Fish Games!




Rescue Your Split Ends with Suave Split End Rescue




Since having kids, it seems that I don’t get to the hair salon as often as I used to. It’s usually months and sometimes even over a year. When I finally get in for a trim or a new style, I’m always embarrassed for the stylist to see my split ends. I’ve tried expensive conditioners and hot oil treatments trying to get rid of them without having to go in for a cut. Thanks to Suave Split End Rescue Shampoo and Conditioner, I don’t have to feel embarrassed anymore about the split ends in my hair.

WM_Suave_SilverRollback_570x300_082214[2][1]Even better, the new Suave Split End Shampoo and Conditioner is on Rollback at your local Walmart – only $2.50 per product! It’s salon-proven to strengthen as well as Paul Mitchell® SuperStrong ® Daily shampoo and conditioner to help help cleanse and condition hair, transforming split ends into healthy-looking, strong hair after just three uses.

Save your split ends and save money? That’s what I like to hear! I’m super excited to have a product that can help repair my hair since I’m too busy to get to the hair salon.

Have you taken any drastic measures to get rid of your split ends? 


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Global Influence but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 


Back to School with SoCozy Hair Products


One of my favorite things about summer is that Cecelia’s hair is always up.  We’re always outside playing or swimming so there is really no reason for her hair to be down much at all which makes my life easier.  But, now that we’re back to school, I don’t have all the time to do a nice neat pony tail every morning and her hair down kind of makes me crazy; it’s always knotty and dry looking after using our “adult” shampoo and conditioner.

Enter SoCozy.


I was sent four products to review in honor of back to school hair and there is not one product out of the four that I dislike.  They each do their own job and make her hair smell FANTASTIC- even the next morning.  I also love how they don’t weigh her hair down so her ends keep their ever so slight curl.

Chinch 3 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Body Wash in Mango-go:  I’m usually pretty skeptical about shampoo + conditioner products as I’ve never really had one that conditioned and left hair nice and knot free.  Well, this does the trick.  Being 3 in 1, it’s perfect for those baths that you just need to get done relatively quickly; start at the top and work your way down.

Cinch Super Hydrating Conditioner in Berry-whip:  Being as that Cecelia has naturally dry, kind of stringy hair, conditioner is a MUST for her and we usually have to let it sit for awhile so it does what it is actually supposed to do.  This stuff makes conditioning that much easier as I don’t have to sit and wait for it to ‘work’ like I do for other products.  I put this one, rub it in, rinse it out, and her hair is knot free.  Combine it with the 3 in 1 and your child will have the most moisturized hair in school.   


Cinch Detangler + Leave-In Conditioner in Fruity-tutti:  Honesty is the best policy so I’ll be honest and say that I really dislike the smell of this one.  I’ve never really been a fan of the fruity mix smells and for me, this is no exception.  I will say that I am alone in that statement in this house as my husband thinks its smells great and Cecelia constantly walks around smelling the ends of her hair after I spray it on.  But, I will say as much as I dislike the smell, I use it on Cecelia ALL THE TIME.  The detangler + Leave-In Conditioner wins the SoCozy best product award in my book.  It is like I’m spraying liquid silk on her hair and it stays that way all day.  With as awesome as this product is, I forget about how much I dislike fruity smells.

Behave Styling Mousse Medium Hold in Peachy-keen:  The final step in our nightly SoCozy hair care routine.  This mousse really defines her little curls without that normal crunchy texture most mousse products leave behind.  I even use it on her dry hair when she has some extra frizz and flyaways and it doesn’t leave her hair greasy or crunchy at all.  It’s also perfect for the layered parts of her hair that like to escape her “Elsa” braids.


These four products seriously go perfect together.  We have a TON of product that I’ve used on Cecelia’s hair before and it solves her hair dilemmas for a short time until the next bath.  With SoCozy, we’ve skipped bath and she has woken up and her hair looks just as clean and hydrated as the day before.

Another awesome thing about SoCozy is that every product contains extracts from natural ingredients; hops, arnica flower, aloe and rosemary to name a few.  It’s the perfect, salon-level kids’ hair care line that has all the perfect ingredients for their hair and scalp with none of the unnecessary things that other kids’ products contain.

You can check out all of the SoCozy products here.  Also, make sure you check out SoCozy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for product information as well as awesome back to school hairstyles and tips.

(Also, I used the above products and they work just as well on thick, wavy adult hair as they do on kid’s hair.  Just in case you were wondering :) )


Disclaimer: I have received the above products for review purposes.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Easy Self-Feeding with the EasyPouch Independence #LessMess





Feeding twin toddlers can be a lot of fun. I love seeing their faces light up when they take a bite out of a new food they love or when they share their food with each other. As they got older, I loved seeing what independent eaters they became. But Olivia – oh, sweet Olivia. She is my messy one. I love giving both of them the pouches of food for snack time or lunch. It’s easy for all of us but recently Olivia has taken to grabbing her pouch and then squeezing it all over her highchair tray or herself. She thinks it’s hilarious but I’m the one cleaning the mess up every day!

Enter the EasyPouch: the No Squeeze, No Mess, baby food pouch feeder. This product, while simple, is helping moms everywhere keep their kids mess-free while learning to eat independently. Now self-feeding can be easy, not messy!

EasyPouchThe EasyPouch Independence holds both small and large disposable food pouches. It’s made of recyclable materials and comes in a bright green color so it’s easy to find in your diaper bag! Recommended for children 9 months and up, it’s easy to place a pouch in it and then snap the EasyPouch up. It features child resistant latches – oh, how Evie tried to open it – but it’s easy for parents to open.

EasyPouch OpenOlivia and Evie were so intrigued by the EasyPouch. It fit perfectly in their little hands and they had no problems eating their applesauce during snack time. Best of all, Olivia didn’t made a mess at all!

EasyPouch TwinsThe EasyPouch Independence is the perfect solution for parents who are wanting to encourage their children to become self-feeders. It’s conveniently sold in pairs so there is one for the diaper bag and one for the home – or you know, one for each twin! It also features slots on the back so you can tether it to a stroller or a highchair.

The EasyPouch Independence is sold through Amazon for a safe and secure checkout plus fast shipping!

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Zoey at Banfield

Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan for Your Dog

Zoey at Banfield



With 5 people in our household, it can sometimes be easy to forget about our very first baby – our 8 year old Lab Zoey! Throughout the day, Zoey is pretty laid-back and she likes to stay in her crate. She loves our three kids and lets Olivia and Evie hang all over her. Just like humans, dogs need check-ups with their doctors too – especially because of heartworm disease.

Heartworm disease is one of the most serious and potentially fatal parasites affecting dogs and cats. Pets can contract heartworm disease through a single bite from an infected mosquito!  Treatment of heartworm disease in dogs is difficult and painful for the dog, as well as expensive for the pet owner. Heartworm disease can be deadly to cats and there is no approved heartworm treatment in the U.S. for cats today. We were always so careful to keep our cat inside but with Zoey, it’s a bit harder. She loves to run around our backyard and there are just so many mosquitoes out this summer! Luckily, heartworm prevention is easy, safe and affordable. To properly protect pets from heartworm infection, Banfield Pet Hospital recommends annual heartworm testing and year-round preventive medication for both dogs and cats.

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Our experience with Banfield Pet Hospital

We were able to take Zoey to our local Banfield Pet Hospital and enroll her into the Banfield Optimim Wellness Plan. The plans can be customized based on the needs of your pet, and combine physical exams, routinely recommended vaccinations and screenings, unlimited free office visits, service discounts and more into one affordable veterinary care package. This is such a great deal because you really never know what could happen to your little furbaby!

Zoey at Banfield

Banfield believes in preventive veterinary care as the best way to improve the quality and longevity of a pet’s life by reducing the risk of developing serious, costly and sometimes fatal diseases, such as heartworm disease. Heartworm testing  can be administered during a routine office visit. Office visits are always free through Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan®, and many plans include annual heartworm tests.

When we brought Zoey in, they were able to run numerous tests on her during her check-up, including a heartworm test. The good news? No heartworm and for her age, Zoey is in really great shape! The bad news? Poor Zoey had a double ear infection!

I absolutely loved her doctor who explained everything about all of the tests that they ran and also how we were going to treat Zoey’s ear infection – they even showed me how to do an ear washing so we could get medicine down her ears!

The rest of the staff was so great to us and everything went very quickly and we were both put at ease. The rooms are also very nice and clean. Plus, we saved so much money! All of the tests were well over $500 but when you sign up for the plan, you’re just paying a low monthly fee.

It’s nice to know that in case of an emergency or just a check-up, they will be there for us!

Heartworm Preventive

Banfield Pet Hospital offers ProHeart® 6, an injectable heartworm preventive that can be prescribed to healthy dogs over the age of 6 months, which delivers six months of protection in a single dose—offering both convenience and peace of mind to pet owners.

Banfield will do a quick blood test to make sure they are free of adult heartworms and then they can get started on ProHeart® 6 which can protect dogs from dangerous heartworm disease by preventing immature worms from maturing into adults that cause damage in the pet’s heart.

If you’re interested in trying out ProHeart® 6 for your pet, download this $10 off a 6-month injectable heartworm preventive coupon!

Thank you to Banfield Pet Hospital for providing information about Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plan® and ProHeart® 6 – we love it for Zoey!

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Learning at Home with Go Math! Academy #HMHAcademy




The new school year has started and I can already say that Hayden is doing a lot better this year than last. Kindergarten was such a huge adjustment for him last year and I was worried about this year since he would be going full-day but besides being a little tired, he’s been doing great! At a recent curriculum night, his teacher told us there wouldn’t be a nightly homework assignment. Instead, she might give out homework and it’s due the next week. She encouraged us to have the kids read from their free Storia account and also to practice math on the computer. Surprisingly – because my husband and I are not good at math – Hayden seems to like it and is good at it too. When I introduced him to Go Math! Academy at home, he was excited to try it out.


Go Math! Academy™ is an online, at-home learning program based on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s enormously successful GO Math!™ textbook curriculum, used by over 7 million kids worldwide. Go Math! Academy offers thousands of math practice problems, hundreds or help videos, and plenty of games and rewards to make learning fun!

Setting up an account with Go Math! Academy is easy. Your account can let up to five children participate, but since I just have Hayden it went very quickly.I like that both Hayden and I have a dashboard so I can see how he is progressing and any rewards he has received. You’ll even receive an email with a Quick Progress Report that will let you know how your child is doing.

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Since they haven’t even touched on subtraction yet in first grade, he has been focusing on addition. Go Math! Academy is very simple to navigate and Hayden – who is 6 – has no problem doing it all himself. I like that he can choose between two different themes – Rocket to Space or Sub under the Sea – to keep his interest high. As he works at his own pace, he earns awards. Once he masters certain skills, there are even more fun games to unlock.

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Available for grades K-6, Go Math! Academy is a lively, engaging online experience that empowers children to complete  the grade-level curriculum in order to select the skill they want to practice. The program is  aligned with the goals of the Common Core State Standards and while that is different from the way we learned math, I like that there are Math Help Tips that give us step by step instructions and videos on how we can help our children succeed in math. 

Hayden Go Math Academy

I really like the Math Help Video Library. The videos feature expert instructors (and loveable puppets to engage younger kids) who make math concepts clear and fun! The videos are great to help refresh your child’s memory on something they have previously learned or to help review for a test. Hayden is a highly visual learner and he loves watching videos on YouTube. He will watch videos about toys and memorize all of these facts. I’ve always said, if only there were videos that could teach him what he really needs to know! And there is with Go Math! Academy. 

Since your child can work at their own pace, they re always going to be challenged. They can work ahead or they can continue to review what is being learned at their current grade level. Go Math! Academy is great for children that are homeschooled or if you’re just looking for math enrichment and support.


Go Math! Academy is subscription based and available in your choice of three payment plans – which includes access for up to 5 children:

  • Monthly: $9.99/month
  • 6-months: $49.99 ($8.33/month) – a 17% savings
  • 1-year: $79.99 ($6.67/month) – a 33% savings

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How do you add to your child’s schoolwork at home? 

Disclosure:  I received compensation from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for writing this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


The Maze Runner Trailer + $25 Visa Gift Card Giveaway #MazeRunner




Last week, I shared with you a new trailer for The Maze Runner which is based on the best-selling novel from James Dashner. It’s in theaters Septmber 19th and it’s sure to be a hit!


When Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape. 


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New “This is Where I Leave You” Trailer + $25 Visa Gift Card Giveaway #TIWILY




Last week, I shared a trailer for the movie This is Where I Leave Youwhich looks like the perfect Date Night movie. It’s got a great cast and I’m always up for a good dramedy. Plus, it’s directed by Shawn Levy who I met a few years ago – he’s super funny and makes great movies!


When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.


This Is Where I Leave You stars Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Corey Stoll, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Timothy Olyphant, Dax Shepard and Jane Fonda. It’s based on the novel “This Is Where I Leave You” by Jonathan Tropper.

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This is Where I Leave You is in theaters on September 19th. Visit the official website and keep up to date on the movie by liking on Facebook!

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Guardians of the Galaxy Toys at Walmart + $25 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway #GOTGWM




Disney and Walmart partnered with bloggers such as me for their program. As part of this program, I received compensation for my time. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about any product mentioned in these posts. Disney and Walmart believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Disney and Walmart policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

Have you seen the best movie of 2014 yet? True, the year isn’t over but hands down, Guardians of the Galaxy is the best movie of the year and one of my favorite MARVEL movies ever.

GOTG_Blogger_ArtWork_6My husband and I went and saw Guardians of the Galaxy on a “Date Afternoon” and even though my 6 year old hasn’t seen the movie, he is going crazy over it! He’s already putting together his Christmas list and right now it largely consists of Guardians of the Galaxy toys which are available at Walmart! From action figures to vehicles and even masks, Walmart has it all – and Hayden wants it all!


Since he’s been doing so well at school so far, I decided to get him a special treat – a Rocket Raccoon figure from Walmart! If you ask Hayden who his favorite character is, he will tell you all of them but my favorite is Rocket Raccoon.

GOTG_Bios_RocketRocket is feisty and funny – in my opinion, he made the whole film! So I might have been a little biased when I got the Rocket Raccoon toy for Hayden! There were tons of other cool toys too and I know these are going to be the hot toys for Christmas!

Rocket Raccoon Toy

From Star-Lord to Gamora, Walmart has you covered on all of the Guardians of the Galaxy Toys! Check out what I think will be the hottest toys this year! I totally want that Groot and Rocket set.

Guardians of the Galaxy Toys at Walmart

Which Guardians of the Galaxy toys will your kids go crazy for?

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Eric Carle Day

Enter the World of Eric Carle at Gymboree!

Eric Carle Day



Growing up, I loved reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar and I’m so glad that I passed on my love of that book to my three kids. Since my son started Kindergarten last year, he has informed me that his favorite writer is Eric Carle and almost every week he brings home a different Eric Carle book. Over the summer, we had fun celebrating Eric Carle’s birthday too. All of this fun -and that fact that Eric Carle writes amazing books – has also turned my 18 month old twins Olivia and Evie into big Eric Carle fans too.

Eric Carle Day

I’m so excited to share with you the news of a limited edition play and sleepwear collection at Gymboree that features The World of Eric Carle! When you think of a clothing bran that Eric Carle should team up with, Gymboree is the first one to come to mind. Their clothing is always playful and fun combined with amazing quality that lasts years and can be handed down from one child to the next.

Eric Carle and Gymboree

I am absolutely in love with this new line. The Playwear line is available in sizes 6 months to 5T and there’s sure to be a favorite for your little one. I’ll be snapping up the Ladybug and Butterfly shirts for Olivia and Evie – they will love wearing the shirts while they read the Eric Carle books. If only my son was still wearing toddler sizes so I could get him a Brown Bear shirt!

Eric Carle Playwear

If comfy pajamas are your thing, you’ll want to check out the Sleepwear collection so you can send your little one off to sleep with dreams of caterpillars and polar bears. Sleepwear is available in sizes 6 months up to size 6. And guess what – there are adult sizes too! I’m picturing Christmas cards surrounded by your favorite Eric Carle books!

We received a pair of The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ Love Two-Piece Gymmies® for both Olivia and Evie. The material is SO soft and the girls both got a kick out of having their favorite caterpillar right on their jammies.

Eric Carle Pajamas

Win with Eric Carle and Gymboree

Right now, head over to the Gymboree Facebook page where you could win clothes and an autograph print from Eric Carle! One winner will be chosen each day through September 7th!

Free Eric Carle Printables

Looking to bring more Eric Carle home? Print these FREE printables and coloring sheets inspired by The World of Eric Carle!

Free Eric Carle Printables

Head into a Gymboree near you and check out The World of Eric Carle!


Disclosure: I received the above products for review purposes only. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Creating a Back to School Morning Routine for Mom

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So many times, there’s talk about creating a Back to School morning routine for kids. But the start of a new school year is a big change for parents too. Even though I work at home, I enjoyed sleeping in a little longer during the summer months with my kids and enjoying a slower morning. With Hayden in first grade and having to get him ready plus 18 month old Olivia and Evie up at the same time, mornings are rushed and I’ve barely had time to get myself ready. It was time to create a morning routine for myself and here’s what has been working for me!

Back to School Morning Routine for Mom

- Get ready the night before.I’ve read it time and time again but it wasn’t until that first week where I was rushing to find something for my son to wear, make his lunch and make breakfast for the whole family that I realized I needed to start getting ready the night before. Now, I lay out outfits {for me too!} and get lunch ready so I’m not so rushed in the morning.

- This might be a no brainer, but parents need to go to bed earlier too! In the summer, I tended to stay up later but now that I have to get up early, I’ve had to adjust my bedtime. Those first few mornings with my alarm going off was a definite shock! Now, I settle into bed a little earlier and make sure to turn off the electronics so I can fall asleep quicker.

- Wash your face! I don’t know about you, but when I wash my face in the morning, it really wakes me up and gets me going. I’ve been using the Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit each morning. Not only does it clean my face and helped clear up my complexion, it also gives me a kick in the morning with the smell of grapefruit, which I love!

- Get your caffeine in. When I was pregnant with my twins, I gave up soda which is how I got my caffeine in – it kept me going. After they were born, I started drinking coffee and now I’m addicted to it! I’ve been doing a low carb for about 6 weeks now which means so sugar for me. Instead, I use SPLENDA® Sweetener for my coffee which means I’m skipping the carbs but still getting some sweetness in my coffee. It would be great with tea too!

- Do something just for you. Whether it’s getting a quick exercise in, 30 minutes of reading, coffee on the porch or whatever will put you in a good mood for the day!


There are so many Johnson & Johnson products that are a part of our daily routine and my morning routine. That’s why I love the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® site which offers up amazing printable coupons, tips & tools and so much more.

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Right now, you can head over to the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® site and find more than $40 in savings on great products! What’s better than perfecting a morning routine? Saving money on products you use every day!

Do you have a morning routine for yourself?


Disclosure: This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

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Organize Your Parent Teacher Group with Monday Envelope + $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

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Even before my son started school, I knew I wanted to be involved as much as possible. Last year he started Kindergarten and I loved being in the classroom to help the teacher or to volunteer for the class parties and bigger events like Picture Day. I never thought about joining the PTA of his school but when I was approached with a call and the fact that I had been nominated to be the Activities Coordinator, I jumped at the chance. This is my first year on the board and I’m loving all of the positive changes we are bringing to the school and all of the fun events we are planning.

I never had any idea of all the hard work that a PTA puts into making sure that both the parents AND the teachers have a great school year, but it’s a lot of work! We have been in constant communication throughout the summer and it’s only picked up more since the school year has started and there’s so much stuff going on. We’ve had a lot of emails going back and forth between many people and I know that I have spent a lot of time going through my inbox and searching to find a certain email or attachment. If this sounds like you and you’re looking for a new solution, look no further than!


As a Group Leader, you have a lot going on {I know our President is always so busy!}. You’re trying to keep parents informed but also get them involved. You want to easily send out information to parents in an organized and effective way. You also want to raise some money for your school and also gather volunteers together for upcoming events.

With, you can do all of this easily. Instead of that “Monday Envelope” going out each week stuffed with flyers or weekly emails, Monday Envelope is a website {not an app!} that is easily accessible for your whole school community.

As a Group Leader, create a group for your organization. Then, start creating events, set up a fundraiser and put out a call for volunteers. Monday Envelope then sends out a weekly email letting everyone know what events are coming up and what the needs are. I love that everything is organized in one place and easily accessible for all parents and teachers.


If you’re a leader for a school’s PTO or PTA, create a community now on! You’ll appreciate the time and headaches it will save you.

Are you a parent that is wanting to get involved, looking for all the information in one place and wanting to clean up your inbox of the “reply all” emails? Let your PTA or PTO know about Monday Envelope so they can sign up!

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This post was sponsored by on behalf of Monday Envelope. All opinions are my own.

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7 Days of Fall Fashion with Hello Kitty and Walmart! {$50 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway} #HKSchoolStyle

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A few weeks ago, I threw a Hello Kitty Fall Fashion Show Party with some local St. Louis bloggers and their families. We had such a fun time and I sure loved celebrating all of the hot new Hello Kitty looks at Walmart for girls. We had 7 adorable elementary school aged girls and I’m excited to show you 7 outfits that I know you’ll love for your little ones too!

Hello Kitty Fall Fashion at Walmart

First up are the little ones! They were all 5 and just starting Kindergarten! What better to give them confidence than with new outfits from Hello Kitty?

Caelyn, Age 5, Daughter of Cassie from Crazy Cool Crafty


Joley, Age 5, Daughter of Stefany from To Be Thode

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Selah, Age 5, Daughter of Virginia from That Bald Chick


Ellie, Age 5, Daughter of Hannah from sKIDmarks


Layla, Age 6, These Chicks Blog



Chloe, Age 8, Daughter of Cassie from Crazy Cool Crafty



Lady T, Age 12, Daughter of Makeba from MELISASource



Back to School with Hello Kitty

How cute are all of those outfits?! Go back to school in style with the exclusive Hello Kitty Walmart line of clothing, accessories, bags, jewelry, and school supplies. Fall fashion and back to school are easy when you stop by a Walmart store to stock up on the Hello Kitty favorites your family loves!

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What kind of Hello Kitty gear will your daughter love?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.


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The new school year has started and I’m sure your daughter is just begging for some new looks! Where else to go but Walmart to check out their Hello Kitty line? I am so in love with everything they have to offer and last weekend I had the chance to throw a fun fashion show with local St. Louis bloggers highlighting the Hello Kitty Fall Fashion!

When throwing a party, Hello Kitty is such a fun theme! I was so excited to decorate everything in pink and enjoy some delicious treats. All of the Hello Kitty decorations and goodies are from Walmart and I used a local baker for the delicious cupcakes and cookies.

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Hello Kitty Party Desserts

Hello Kitty Party Dessert Eating

The kids had a blast running around the fantastic party space of Once Upon a Bash. Pretty soon though, it was time for the girls to get dressed and ready for the big reveal of the Hello Kitty Fall Fashion looks!

Hello Kitty Clothes Sneak Peek

Hello Kitty Fashion Show BackStage


There were so many cute outfits with backpacks and lunchboxes to complete the look. The fashion show had girls ages 5 to 12 and I loved seeing the different styles on them – it’s hard to pick a favorite!

You can head to to see all of the Hello Kitty apparel and products available! While there, create your own Hello Kitty avatar! Play dress up by selecting the outfit, bow, extra, adds-on and shoes of your choice. The possibilities are limitless! When you’re done, email or print your Hello Kitty avatar.

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Check out the next post on the 7 different Hello Kitty Fall Fashion outfits that we featured during the fashion show PLUS a fun giveaway too! 


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.


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Save the Pandas with Panda Pandamonium – Free App from Big Fish Games!

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Big Fish Games has just been cranking out all of these fun games over the past few months! Don’t they realize they are taking me away from being productive?! No, parents need this kind of time to themselves to play a fun game! I love sitting down with my iPad after the kids go to sleep to get some game time in. My latest addiction is Panda Pandamonium – it’s fun, challenging and just cute!

Panda Pandamonium

Panda Pandamonium is a one-of-a kind matching game based loosely on Mahjong. The game is unique and requires strategic matching of pairs of tiles in order to crash through obstacles, trigger bonuses, and ultimately save two adorable pandas from hungry dragons and their minions!

The game was developed by the team who brought players the critically acclaimed games Fetch, Drawn: The Painted Tower and Drawn: Trail of Shadows. It’s this team’s first game outside of the adventure genre.

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I love match games and Panda Pandamonium has become my current favorite. The objective of the game is to save the cute pandas from the hungry dragons by matching pairs of tiles that crash through obstacles the dragons have set in your path. There are new levels being added constantly, so it’s hard to get bored with the game.

You can also earn a Special Level Bonus – match all of the gold tiles in a level to fill the bonus meter. Once full, the bonus will activate, helping you clear sections of the board. You can also earn bonuses by rapidly matching tiles without making a mistake. 

You can advance to another level by earning at least one star but the game challenges you to try and earn three! If you’re stuck on a level, you can buy boosts and extra lives using Jade, the in-game currency. But because Panda Pandamonium is also a fun social game, you can connect to Facebook and play with friends. You can gift each other lives and beat their high scores! Isn’t that PAWSOME?!


This is the only kind of Pandamonium that I want to add to my life! Panda Pandamonium is available for FREE on the iPhone and iPad.

Check out the trailer for Panda Pandamonium!

Download Panda Pandamonium for the iPhone and iPad! Check out Big Fish Games for even more exciting games!

Are you a fan of Match Games?


Disclosure: I was compensated for this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I love Big Fish Games!