Celebrate Your Freedom to Read During #BannedBooksWeek

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association.

Yesterday marked the start of Banned Books Week for 2015. It’s a pretty big deal to me because I find it incredibly disturbing that books are STILL being banned in the 21st century. Seems like something that should have gone out of style with witch hunts, or at least McCarthyism. I spend a lot of time reading over all the resources on the Banned Books Week website. I highly recommend checking it out. This year, I’m sharing the most surprising (to me) banned books of the last five years. Then read on for more resources and ideas for Banned Books […] Read more »

New TB Blood Test Gives Accurate Results In Just One Visit

New TB Blood Test Gives Accurate Results In Just One Visit. Learn more about how this test can save you time & frustration over the skin prick test.

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the TB Blood Test. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Tuberculosis testing isn’t usually at the front of our minds as parents. We worry about broken bones, stranger danger and whether our kids are eating enough vegetables. As far as illnesses go, colds and the flu is at the forefront, especially as we move into fall. Maybe we should be thinking a bit more about TB, considering one-third of the world’s population is infected with it. I lived in Japan for two years, […] Read more »

Random Photo Friday: Pretty Opinionated Cats

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Today is “Random Photo Friday” also known as “Nikki has a killer earache and didn’t get anything written for today, so she’s tossing up a few pictures in hopes that you’ll think it was some sort of cleverly planned meme.” Since the internet loves cats (as do I), I’m sharing a few pictures of my kits being their silly selves. Prue, sitting oh so dainty, but with a totally creepy grin on her face. She is obviously plotting to overthrow the world’s governments. Right now, Prue is standing next to me and nudging my hand every two seconds. It’s not […] Read more »

9 Wondrous Facts About Tea + Tips for Finding Your Perfect Cup with TeaBox

Check out my TeaBox review and see how a quick quiz can net you the perfect cuppa! Plus, read 9 fun facts about tea!

Ready for some wondrous facts about tea? Here’s the first one: Did you know that there are literally endless varieties of tea out there? Think about it! Just about any edible herb can be turned into a tea, and the combinations are never-ending.  I know I come across as strictly a coffee drinker, but I actually really love drinking tea too! During the summer, I live on the iced version. Once the nights turn chilly, I switch to hot tea. I also drink it whenever I’m feeling under the weather. There’s just something about a good cup of tea to soothe […] Read more »

Take Riding to Whole New Levels with the Rockboard RBX Scooter

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Have you ever looked at a scooter and thought “that just doesn’t seem like much exercise?” Rockboard Scooters is about to change that! Jacob got the chance to try one out in exchange for an honest review, and so far he’s loving it. As a parent, I’m thrilled with it because it really puts his whole body into the scooter experience. Ever since Jake was little, he’s loved riding scooters. He was just never a bike kid. He has one. A brand new shiny one, in fact, that he begged for as a 10th birthday gift. He rode it twice […] Read more »

Show Off Your Funny Dog to Support Canine Companions for Independence®

Doggone Funny Maia

Disclosure: This post and contest is sponsored by Merial, a world-leading animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health and well-being of pets, but all opinions are my own. Please see below for additional disclosure. I love spoiling my dog Maia. I even go so far as to grab her a pillow and cover her with blankets so she’s nice and comfy when she rests! So when I saw the NexGard® (afoxolaner) “Doggone Funny” program I knew I had to participate! From now until Sept. 30, 2015, dog owners can share the funny things that […] Read more »

Easy Ways to Help End Hunger During Hunger Action Month & Beyond

Helping to end hunger is as easy as purchasing your favorite foods and entering codes. Check out all the amazing companies who are working towards putting an end to hunger in America.

Did you know that September is Hunger Action Month? I hope you did, because the 48 million people that go to bed hungry every night are really counting on you to get involved. While it’s important to get involved in helping EVERY month of the year, during September, Feeding America really amps things up to get the word out. Let me say upfront, this is not a sponsored post.  It’s something that matters to me greatly because I was a “food insecure” household not all that long ago. I know what it’s like to need a food bank. Without one, I […] Read more »

Spooky Fun Halloween Apps for Moms & Kids

Spooky fun & totally cute Halloween apps for all ages (yep, moms too!)

If you’re an app addict like me, chances are you’re looking for some fun Halloween apps to fill up that “Holiday” folder you have sitting on your iPad home screen. I’ve got you covered. I spent four hours last night downloading and trying out different Halloween games and pumpkin carving apps to find the best ones for both you and the kiddos. Because hey, we need a little spooky fun too! Check out my top picks! Fun Halloween Apps for Everyone Carve-a-Pumpkin from Parents Magazine: At first glance, this doesn’t really seem like an exciting pumpkin carving app. It has a […] Read more »

Celebrate National Dog Week with Your Canine BFF + Beneful Giveaway & Coupon!

Cooper Walk Beneful

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Beneful Brand Dog Food. All opinions are 100% mine. Happy National Dog Week! To celebrate, I’m sharing a little about what makes my dogs special to me every day of the year!  In our house, every week is “dog week.” I have three very well loved (in other words, spoiled) pooches. Tasha and Maia have been with me since they were 8 weeks old. They’re now 14. Cooper was 6 months when we rescued him from a really difficult life. He’ll be 9 in December. Since my pups aren’t […] Read more »

Super Easy DIY Halloween Bath Salts Recipe

Trick or Treat Halloween DIY Bath Salts

I love making different bath salts recipes. They’re one of the few things I make really well! Honestly, anyone can make them! Today, I’ll show you how very easy it is to make super cute Halloween Bath Salts. These look great on your bathroom counter and make fun little gifts to give away at your Halloween parties. I went with orange and lemon scents because I feel like they mix well together, but you can go with any scents you choose. “Trick or Treat” Halloween Bath Salts Recipe Funny story: this recipe was inspired by candy corn. Or it was […] Read more »