How to Make Mornings With Kids Less Stressful

Big thank you to Mom It Forward Blogger Network and IKEA for partnering with me to share solutions for morning madness – #first59

I’m a firm believer that the quality of your day doesn’t depend on outside forces or experiences – it’s all about your attitude and choosing to be happy :) But getting your day off to a good start, during that first hour in the morning, can help make having a good attitude much easier! We’ve all felt the stress that comes with a disorganized morning… Can’t find your keys or the kids’ shoes. Someone reminds you last minute about a game or teacher conference you forgot about. There’s nothing for breakfast, or you forgot to pack lunches. There’s yelling, nagging, grumpiness, and everyone starts their day stressed out. Which is NO good, right?

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Even Moms Can Party Like a Rockstar….

Disclosure: In exchange for my participation in this program, I am receiving VIP tickets to the Uproar Festival and a bunch of awesome product from Pura Vida Tequila - tequila recipes coming soon! Photos provided by Pura Vida Tequila.

I’ve had a rough week. Like, really rough. I was supposed to travel to Chicago and then Wisconsin, to the Kimberly-Clark HQ, to speak to a panel of other mom bloggers about potty training, and how awesome the Pull-Ups Big Kid Academy is. {And honestly, it really is. If you have littles, or know someone in potty training stage – share it with them. They’ll love you forever.} But then we had a major family emergency. Like, life-threatening emergency. And I didn’t feel comfortable traveling across the country when my family was in such an uncertain place. But, we were blessed…. Things have changed dramatically in a few days. It looks like everything will be ok. I can breath again. And – it’s awesome that as that happens, I also get to have an amazing event to cover tomorrow – the Rockstar UPROAR Festival, at the beautiful White River Amphitheater near Seattle, Washington.

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When it Comes to Girl Scouts – Together Counts!

Big thank you to Together Counts and the Girl Scouts of the USA for giving the compensated opportunity to share my thoughts about the new #HealthyHabits campaign!

I think that it’s super important for kids to be active. Not just physically active, but also active in their communities, active in their world. Which is why a new partnership between the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and the Girl Scouts makes perfect sense to me. And, as a former Girl Scout, I might be biased, but I do love the Girl Scouts. {I was a rockstar Girl Scout, and sold the most cookies in our county. Now, I eat the most Girl Scout cookies in our county. But that’s a separate blog post….} I love that it gives little girls a sense of belonging, a role model, in case they don’t have one at home, and a set of goals and adventures to embark on. {The experience stuck with me so much that about a year ago I bought You Can Do It!: The Merit Badge Handbook for Grown-Up Girls, which I can’t wait to finally get started on. I’ll be blogging it, don’t worry :)} And next year when Abby is old enough to start, I’ll be leading our own Daisy troop. I can’t wait! {They can become a Daisy Scout as early as Kindergarten.}

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Under the Sea Lunch Idea


I’m always looking for easy, frugal, and FUN ways to help the kiddos eat healthier. And, actually eat – you know what I mean? It’s hard enough staying on a budget. It’s worse when the kids don’t like what you serve, and you end up throwing things away. So, I decided to take a few minutes each day – honestly, it only takes a few more minutes prep to make fun lunches, I promise! – to create meals that entertain the kids enough to actually eat…..

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Samsung Galaxy Note Giveaway for Back to School!

Are you a member of Ebates yet? If you do ANY online shopping, you definitely need to be using their site. Seriously. You get access to awesome coupon codes which save you money. You get cash back on your purchases, which gives you even more money in your pocket. And, they give away sweet prizes to reward their members – like this back to school giveaway where one lucky winner gets a Samsung Galaxy Note for free! {There’s sooo much free in this paragraph :)}

Samsung Ebates contest

 Here’s how to win:

Sign up as a new member at Ebates if you haven’t already. You’ll get a free gift card when you sign up too, as a bonus! If you’re already an Ebates user, just skip to the next step :)

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Enter to Win My Favorite Summer Sunshine Things!

Hey friends! Since the My Favorite Things Giveaway at the holidays was so popular, I thought you guys might like another set of prizes to win now that it’s summer and sunshine-y :) I’ve got a big prize pack that one lucky fan will win, and a ton of my fave bloggy buddies have prizes for you too! Keep reading to check it out….

Our Favorite Things - SUMMER GIVEAWAY

Those are all of the crazy-amazing {craymazing, for short :)} prizes you have up for grabs! Awesome, right? Browse around ‘em and pick your faves {if you can!} – then keep reading to see what my prize is, and how to enter to win them all!!

Here’s a look at it all in big ol’ basket :) My theme was “Summer Sunshine” – because you know, I’m all about sunshine. :) I shopped for a big assortment of things that were sunny and summery and made me smile. Here’s a better view:

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I hope whoever wins this will love it as much as I loved shopping for it. It’s hard to let these goodies go – they’re so fun! And – there are So many other super amazing prizes to win too! So – enter to win mine, but also check out this list that all the cool kids are using this month to find awesome giveaways to enter, and hop around to enter them too :) And of course – share this with all your friends so they have a chance to win too. There’s a ton of prizes – and you can’t win them all :) Share the love!

SUMMER Blog Hop - Hop Around

1. A Helicopter Mom | 2. About A Mom | 3. Moscato Mom | 4. Homemaking Hacks | 5. Kids Fun Review | 6. Better in Bulk | 7. A Nut in a Nutshell | 8. My Sweet Sanity | 9. Mom Luck | 10. Around My Family Table | 11. The Rebel Chick | 12. Just Stop Screaming | 13. Sunshine and Sippy Cups | 14. MiscFinds4U | 15. The Divine Miss Mommy | 16. This Mama Loves

SUMMER My Giveaway - Enter to Win

Use the easy peasy Rafflecopter form to enter. If you’re feelin’ lucky, be sure to check out the list of current giveaways going on, right on my sidebar. But as always – good luck and have fun! 



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DIY Anthropologie Beaded Lamp Hack

Hey friends! Today, I’m super excited to share an awesome guest post from the absolutely awesome Olivia from DIY Mother – she’s created an very cool DIY lamp tutorial, based on a lamp she spotted from Anthropologie. Why spend huge bucks when you can make it yourself, right? I love frugal living. I love creativity. And I love having fun pieces of decor around the house that I’ve made myself. Which means I LOVE this tutorial! Check it out, and happy crafting :)

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