Get Sparkling Clean Dishes + Amazing Deals with Finish Jet Dry Offers

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Washing dishes can either be one of the easiest household chores or a total nightmare. It really all depends on your dishwasher. Years ago, I was the dishwasher! When we moved into this house, I was thrilled that it came with a working unit! No more standing over the sink for an hour scrubbing! Alas, the house also came with cruddy water. Not unsafe, just not good. It’s hard, sulfur well water. We can’t drink it and it tends to make our dishes look less-than-sparkling unless we use really good dishwasher detergent. Finish® is always one of our go-to brands […] Read more »

I Kissed the Sheep Goodbye with My Serta Perfect Sleeper #SertaPerfectSleeper

Stop Counting Sheep Serta Perfect Sleeper

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Serta. All opinions are 100% mine. Remember last month I told you how difficult it is for me to get a good night’s sleep? If you need a refresher, check out this post. Seriously, check it out, there’s a video with a rare glimpse into my bedroom! In that post, I shared with you the 5 common sleep problems that can make it difficult for you to get the good night’s rest that you deserve. These included: Tossing/Turning Lack of Support Back Pain Sleeping Hot Partner Movement and Sagging/Rolling […] Read more »

Make Your BBQ More Eco-Friendly with Sustainable Earth Party Ware at Staples

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Summer is party season in so many ways. Between the BBQs, graduation parties, “bon voyage” parties for teens going to college, family reunions and so on, it seems like these three months are just one party after another. All those parties can wreak havoc on the environment if you don’t use the right disposable party ware. The Sustainable Earth line from Staples makes it easy to change that. I received a selection of Sustainable Earth party ware for review and a gift card to help me buy party food. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate until this past weekend. We’ve had […] Read more »

Latchkey Kids in the 21st Century: Keeping Your Kids Safe When You’re Not Home

Latchkey Kids in the Digital Age

I was a latchkey kid back in the late 1980s. Long before cell phones and Skype. I don’t even think they had old-school nanny cams back then! My mom worked in an office where everyone knew us, so if I had a problem, I was able to get in touch with her pretty fast. Still, I imagine it had to be a little scary at times knowing her 12-year-old daughter was the only person in charge of her 7-year-old son for about two hours every day. Once I hit legal babysitting age, it was just me and him after school until […] Read more »

Conquer Mount Laundry with a Little Help from Tide HE Turbo

Tide HE Turbo Clean

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tide® HE Turbo Clean™. All opinions are 100% mine. How can two people create such a mountain of laundry? I ask myself that question every single week. No, scratch that: every single day! How can two people create such a huge mountain of laundry that just never, ever, ever seems to go away? I swear, I just did laundry the other day and already my bedroom floor looks like my closet upchucked on it. That’s just MY laundry. Then there’s my son’s room. His dirty clothes are a little […] Read more »

Make Perfect Shakes & Smoothies for One with My Juicer + Orange Cream Shake Recipe

Orange Cream Shake

I love making smoothies and milkshakes, especially during the summer. When it’s hot and sticky, I can’t even think of eating an actual breakfast or lunch. Too much effort to cook something! I live on smoothies. At night, when I want a frozen treat while I’m catching up on all my summer reading, I love making milkshakes. What I don’t love? Dragging out the big blender for one milkshake or smoothie! My Juicer from Ergo Chef solves that problem beautifully. I received a My Juicer from Ergo Chef to try out in exchange for an honest review. I was really […] Read more »

The Mediflow Waterbase Pillow You LOVE Now Has Memory Foam! + Giveaway

Mediflow Memory Foam Pillow

Remember a few months I told you how much I loved my new Mediflow Waterbase pillow? I thought it was pretty much the best thing since pillows were invented. Then they added memory foam. Now, they’re like the undisputed kings of the pillow kingdom! SOOO comfy! I received their newest addition to the Mediflow family about a month ago. I wanted to give it a real good testing, make sure that it held up well over time and kept me comfortable through different temperatures. I feel confident that I’ve put it through a good trial period. So let’s talk about why […] Read more »

Create Striking Personalized Gifts for Dads & Grads at Collage.com

Collage.com Cooper Blanket

Personalized gifts are such great ways to show your favorite dads and grads how much they mean to you, but with so many out there to choose from, it can be hard to decide which company to go with and which product to choose. When Collage.com asked me if I wanted to do a review, I found myself facing a dilemma of my own: do I go for a beautiful canvas print with pictures of my son for my wall or a soft photo blanket with pictures of our dog FOR my son? They solved my problem by giving me […] Read more »

Are These Common Sleep Problems Wrecking Your Rest?

What's keeping you from getting a good night's sleep? Could it be one of these 5 common sleep problems?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Serta. All opinions are 100% mine. When was the last time you got a really great night of sleep? If you’re like me, chances are you can’t answer that question. I couldn’t tell you the last time I didn’t toss and turn all night or wake up feeling achy. I try to do everything right. I keep my room temperature reasonable, I minimize distractions by banishing electronics. I really try to go to bed at a decent hour, use a great pillow and wear my comfiest jammies. Still, I […] Read more »

Gifts for Grads: Dorm Room Makeover Kit

If you know a teen heading off to college this fall, a dorm room makeover kit is a super cool gift that's both practical and fun...especially when you hit the pages of Redbubble for inspiration. Check out my tips for creating a dorm room makeover kit that sends your favorite teen off to college in comfort and style!

It’s graduation season, which means time to start looking for some unique and fun gifts for grads! While cash is still king to a graduating teen, sometimes you want to get a little something to go along with it.   If you know a teen heading off to college this fall, a dorm room makeover kit is a super cool gift that’s both practical and fun…especially when you hit the pages of Redbubble for inspiration. Check out my tips for creating a dorm room makeover kit that sends your favorite teen off to college in comfort and style! Dorm Room […] Read more »