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Viking Style Waffle Helmets – #EGGOWAFFLEOFF

For 7 days, I’ll be celebrating my family’s love of all things waffle by working with Eggo to put together a week’s worth of “out of the box” style recipes, to celebrate the Great Eggo Waffle Off contest {see details below}. We created a couple of other fun kid’s snacks with Eggo waffles this week, check out the Waffle Ice Cream Sundae Breakfast, and my fave – Angry Birds Waffles. {Those were a HUGE hit with the boys!} Today I have one more fun treat – Viking Waffle Helmets. These crack me up!

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Ice Cream Sundae Waffles

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! – Ok, this recipe doesn’t even use actual ice cream, lol. But it’s super fun, which makes sense, since it involves you Eggo waffles. And what’s more fun than Eggo’s? I know that most of us think of frozen waffles as a pretty basic meal – freeze, throw in toaster, heat, serve. But if you think out of the box a bit, you can come up with all sorts of fun ways to use Eggo waffles…. Like this healthier version of an ice cream sundae, perfect for weekend breakfast time – and it takes less than 5 minutes to make. Check it out:

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Big Savings on Harlem Globetrotter Tickets for Families

Looking for an awesome event the whole family will enjoy? Get your tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters brand new “You Write the Rules” tour. Your family’s smiles will start before you even get to the game as the Globetrotters take kid participation to a whole NEW level.

bannerYour family can vote at and decide rules for the game that could affect the final outcome.  With rules like double the points for every basket, and two balls in play at the same time, there’s an exciting rule that every kid will enjoy. How fun is that?? The kids will LOVE seeing their own rules in action on the court. And after the game, Globetrotter stars will stay on court to sign autographs and take photographs with your kids.  The only thing better than finding an awesome event for the whole family, is getting a great deal on it, right?  That’s why I’m bringing you this sweet promo code – Use “USFAMILY” when you buy tickets for your family, to save $7 on each ticket purchased on  Get ready to experience the show your family will remember for a lifetime!

You can get your tickets here and don’t forget to use the promo code USFAMILY to save $7 on every ticket!


DEO Perfume Candy on Kelly & Michael this Morning

Everything’s coming up roses…. Ok, you guys know that I’m all about finding and sharing new “Smart Solutions for Busy Moms,” right? Well, in addition to clever ideas to help simplify your busy mom life, I also like to share super fun new products I come across too. And today, I have an amazingly unique new goody for you – Check out DEO Perfume Candy. Sound crazy? Keep reading to learn what it’s all about, my taste-test, and how you can get some totally free…

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Step 2 Rollercoaster Giveaway!

Once again I’ve partnered with a great group of my fave bloggers to be able to bring you guys a pretty awesome giveaway put together by my buddy at Tales from the Nursery… Every once in awhile I see a prize so good, that I know I HAVE to get in on it to share with you all…. So here we go:

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Step 2 Up & Down Roller Coaster

One of you lucky ladies will win this super sweet Step 2 Up & Down Roller Coaster – seriously, can you imagine how much fun this would be for the kids…?? You could have a blast with this through summer, and on into fall and winter. And, we’re making it pretty easy to win… Use the Rafflecopter form below.  The only required entry is providing a valid email and which country you reside in.  The rest are optional but the more you do, the greater your chances of winning!

Rules and Regulations and all that fun stuff

  • Eligibility: US/Can*
  • Prize: (1) US winner will have the Step2 Rollercoaster toy shipped to them via Amazon (no PO boxes!).  Must be 18 years or older to enter.  Entries limited to one per household.
  • Canada Winners: *If our winner lives in Canada, they will receive a $100 GC.  This is equivalent to the cost of the US prize, but this item is not available or is too expensive via
  • When: 12:01am EST July 15, 2012 through 11:59pm EST July 30, 2012

So again, to enter – just use the easy peasy Rafflecopter form below. Enter as few – or as many! – times as you want. The more you enter the more chances you have to win. AND – if you’re feelin’ lucky, check out my big list of prizes I’ve put together for you guys to win this month, over in my sidebar. Why? Because you guys rock, so I love to find fun stuff to give you all! :)
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How To Connect with Far-Away Family

“There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.” – There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.” – Henry Ward Beecher… I was a daddy’s girl when I was little. I loved going out fishing with him, although he still complains about all of the fish I let go. I remember that we’d always get those raspberry-filled powdered sugar donuts at 7-11 before we would head to the lake. It’s funny how those little things become such big memories. As I grew into the teen years, my relationship with my dad went through the usual challenges – He thought that as my parent, he was right. But as the teenager, I of course knew that I was right, lol. But now as an adult {ohmyheck, did I just admit that I’m officially an adult? } – and now that I’ve become a parent myself, my relationship with my father is much richer and fuller than ever. That’s why it hit me kind of hard last year when he made the decision to move to Seattle… It’s only a few hours away, but Abby is changing so quickly as she grows, and I hated for him to miss these precious years while she’s little. But – smart momma that I am, I knew there must be some type of solution. Something that would help us stay better connected. Some way for him to be able see Abby as she grows, and a way for Abby to get to know her Papa. I’m happy to announce that I have found the perfect solution to help our family stay close – and it’s so simple, it’ll work perfectly for anyone. Want to know what it is?….

connecting with loved ones

“In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.” – Alex Haley

With Skype video chat, it’s super easy to connect with Papa a couple nights a week. And Abby LOVES it! She’ll come to my desk sometimes when I’m working, look up at the computer screen, and ask for Papa. She says, “Talk? Talk a Papa?? Pease?” Totally warms my heart. Because even though the drive to Seattle is only a few hours, with all of the crazy-business around here, we only get to visit him once every few months. At first, she would forget him in between visits… And it would take her a little while to warm up to him again when she would see him. But now she see’s him every week. She knows him. And I know it makes him just as happy as it makes us.

using skype to talk to grandpa

“To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.” – Barbara Bush

We can’t always be close enough to put our arms around each other – but thanks to Skype, we can always be there. And it’s not just my dad that we chat with. With the group video calling feature, you can add up to 10 people into one fun chat. Only one of you has to have an upgraded Premium account, and that person simply invites everyone else to the call. And of course, each of you will need a webcam, so you can see each other. We love to get my dad’s sister on our calls – and sometimes my brother and his kids will jump in too! Do not underestimate what a fun party you can have together – even from far away. Moments like birthdays are more special with Skype – we bring Papa right up to the table, so he can help sing Happy Birthday, and watch the kiddos blow out their candles. He can be here to chat when one of the kids has a bad day. Or we can all just get together virtually to laugh and tell stories together – just like we do in real life. I cannot recommend this enough.

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It’s time to say more and stay human. It’s time for Skype.

I also use Skype a ton for business. I’m a work from home mom, and the majority of my contacts and partners are in other states – sometimes even other countries. Email works great for connecting with people, phone calls are perfect for clarifying details, but to really brainstorm new projects – talking face to face on Skype is the way to go! I’ll share a few tips on how I make Skype work for my business  with you soon. Until then, I want to know…

How do you stay connected to loved ones who are far away? Share in the comments!

{Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Skype via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Skype.}


What does your favorite color say about you?

This is soooo cool. It gives a bit of info about you, depending on your favorite colors. I have to say that it is incredibly accurate if you look at my color, “sunshine” – Yes, I’m funny and full of energy. And yes, I do try to shoo away my responsibility… I mean heck, there’s a pool waiting for me outside. Why would I want to work? Lol.

What’s YOUR color? Do you think it’s accurate?


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