#DIY Where’s Waldo & Wanda costumes

We’ve been on the go so much lately that I’ve been taking time from road trips to do some research on how we can make our own Where’s Waldo & Wanda costumes because I refused to pay $40 per shirt at the costume stores. Super easy to make.  Start by taping stripes on the shirts, […]

Mapping my way to get school supplies #BackToSchool

Here we are – back to school season. Already. With all that’s been going on in our lives, we almost forgot to go Back to School shopping, so we went a couple of weekends ago for clothes, lunch goods and school supplies. My Verizon Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet powered with powerful Verizon 4G LTE service. […]

Mixin’ it up with Black and Decker Performance Fusion Blade Blender

When you think about one appliance that you don’t currently have, that you’d love to own, what comes to mind? I am sad to say that I have never, in my life, owned a blender, however I am happy to say that I do now! I have been making creations for the past couple of […]

Grill year round with the #GeorgeForemanGrill 15 Serving Indoor/Outdoor @GeorgeForemanCo Electric Grill

We live in the Midwest and while evenings these days are simply gorgeous and perfect to grill out in, the cost of refilling our tank for the grill has gotten a bit higher than we like. We have been using a new product that not only has pretty much replaced our expensive running gas grill, […]

#Apps to help you with home #remodeling & #construction

Those that have been following my Facebook page and blog know that we moved in to a new house last summer. We basically moved in to a blank slate that had a full basement that was half finished. The basement is a huge reason why we decided to buy this house. When we first walked […]

Helpful #Wedding Apps to get you to the altar! #VZWBuzz

Last month, I was in a wedding for a good friend, and on top of that, my oldest daughter is getting married in August. It’s been and will be a busy few months ahead, but oh so worth it! I’ve been downloading and using apps to help give recommendations for wedding planning apps to help […]

Our first cruise with @CarnivalCruise! #Travel #VZWBuzz #Wedding #CarnivalCruise

Recently, my oldest daughter and I went on a 7 night cruise with Frank & Shannon from The Mommy-Files for her wedding. Neither of us have never been on a cruise, so we weren’t sure what to expect. I did a lot of research ranging from what to pack, checking out port locations for excursions, […]

#Wedding Day Survival Kit & trip planning #VZWBuzz

Over the past few months, I’ve had an amazing opportunity to learn more about Verizon, their products and their services. I am about to head out for a fellow blogger’s wedding, (Shannon with The Mommy Files), so I thought I would show you how I am using my Verizon 4Glte powered Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet […]

All @Rayovac powered up for the New Year!

Here we are; the last day of 2014. Do you have any New years resolutions for 2015? I think a lot of us have health and fitness for our New Years resolution, but for me, one of my main ones is to pick up my Nikon more. I think I picked it up maybe a […]

Mega hands on tech at the new @Verizon Destination store in Chicago #VZWBuzz

I was fortunate and lucky enough to be one of the very first people to see the new Verizon Destination Store in Chicago a couple of weeks ago. Those that know me, can only imagine what my face looked like when I walked in those doors. I felt like a kid in a candy store; […]

Don’t forget to @Rayovac power those toys for Christmas! (Printable coupons!)

Confession: Our Christmas tree was set up last weekend. Gifts are about to be wrapped. Travel plans are made. It smells like Christmas in our house and I love it so much! This year is especially special for myself and my entire family, as we will be spending it with my oldest daughter in Texas, […]

Using my @Verizon @Samsung #GalaxyNote tablet to plan for upcoming travels to #Disney & #NicheParent14 #VZWBuzz

I travel quite a bit for the blog for conferences and media events. Each trip, I create a new packing list with uPacking List and as something comes to mind that I should take with me, I add it on my list. What if I was to tell you that you can pack for a […]

Daily routines & studies with my #VZWBuzz Galaxy Tablet

For a couple of months now, I have been doing a daily bible study. I have never thought of myself as a religious one, but there comes a time in life where you just want to find some inner peace with yourself and your surroundings. Each morning, I have been going to the gym and […]

Learning & Growing More. My visit to the @Verizon #VZWBuzz office

A couple of months ago, I had the pleasure to visit the Verizon offices in Chicago, IL. I am a proud Verizon Ambassador, so this was an experience that I was excited to attend and be a part of along with my fellow and amazing VZWBuzz bloggers. While I was there, I met up with […]

Don’t be left stranded without power – @Rayovac Portable Power Boost 800 Charger

A couple of years ago, my kids and I got stranded on a highway about 20 miles from town… at 2:00am. My car had no power, my phone battery was dying, so I wasn’t able to charge my phone and I feared I would lose power and no one would be able to find us. […]

Verizon – Connecting families together – My #VZWBuzz Mother & Daughter 14 year reunion!

Verizon is known for cell phones, devices, and service, but what would you say if I told you that Verizon (for our family), is also known for reconnecting loved ones? Well, it’s true. I will have our complete story soon, but I wanted to share with you all that my Verizon Galaxy Note 3 has […]

Beef. It’s what’s for Labor Day #CrockPot meals. #MC #Sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Beef Checkoff. I received products to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. This weekend is the Labor Day holiday weekend. What is Labor Day? Labor Day is a public holiday or day of festivities held in […]

Back to school lists & savings with my @Samsung #VZWBuzz #GalaxyNote3? Yup, and then some!

School starts when? Not like I’m counting down or anything….. I am SO ready! With this said, I’ve been using my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for those party celebrations preparations. How can a phone help you with shopping for school supplies? As they say, ‘there’s an app for that’. Here are just a few that […]

@Rayovac backs up their products with an amazing guarantee!

When you go to buy a product, does the item’s warranty play a factor in your buying decisions? It does me! I don’t like to buy a product that can’t back it up. I thought I would give a brand a try with a laptop. It seemed like it would do all that I wanted […]

@DiscoverBoating – Summer fun on the river! #Ambassador! #MC #Sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Discover Boating. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.  We haven’t been able to get out on the river this summer like we wanted to because of all our rain that we’ve had. Here in the Midwest, […]

My #VZWBuzz @Verizon phone & tablet saved us during storms, hail & a tornado.

This month’s post for Verizon was originally planned to be something totally different from what I’m about to post to you all right now. I originally wanted to show you some amazing features that I recently learned, however I thought I would take a bit of a turn. Ready for it? It seems that my […]

Happy Birthday America! How we celebrate with @Rayovac

Does your family have any Fourth of July traditions? Do you travel for the holiday? Every now and then we will travel to the inlaws and watch the town’s fireworks. When we travel, all of the kids’ devices are powered with Rayovac Batteries, which are proudly made right here in the good ol’ USA. Not […]

Pick Up The Values with valuable printable coupons! {@pickupthevalues #Savings}

Do you like savings? I think it’s safe to say that we all love to save money anywhere that we can. I am proud to share that I am a “Pick Up the Values” blog ambassador with Kimberly-Clark and have been learning more about savings on products that we already use in our home like […]

I’m a @DiscoverBoating #Ambassador! #MC #Sponsored

I’m very proud and honored to announce that I’m an Ambassador for Discover Boating! Summer is in full force and we love every minute of it! We are huge river rats in the summer, so I wanted to share my excitement with you, and share some of our favorite memories on the river. We live […]

Getting fit with the @Samsung #GalaxyNote3 #VZWBuzz #Fitness

I’ve been on a mission. Not only to get fit and healthy, but I’ve been training for a 5K. I know, I know… shocking, isn’t it? I am going to be running in The Color Run in September, so I thought I’d start working on my running before hand. While I have been going to […]

My favorite @Samsung Galaxy Note 3 #TravelApps #VZWBuzz

As member of an awesome team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own & 100% truthful. Here I am, in Atlanta Georgia, at Mom 2.0 Summit. This is my 4th year attending and this […]

Exploring the great outdoors with Rayovac’s Virtually Indestructible Spotlight

There are times in our days and nights where we are finding ourselves using a flashlight for so many things from around the house, to on the go. What if I was to tell you that there is a flashlight that you can use anywhere, including under water? Well, Rayovac has a BRAND NEW Virtually […]

How my @Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has helped me with our move #VZWBuzz

As member of an awesome team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own & 100% truthful. We are moving in 1 day and 16 hours… not that we are counting down or anything. We […]

A few of my favorite apps on the @Samsung Galaxy Note 3 #VZWBuzz

I’ve been using my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 for a couple of months now and it seems that each day, I learn something new about it and fall more in love with it. I wanted to share some of my favorite apps that I use pretty much on a daily basis. Here’s the folders that […]

Please ‘note’ this…. with a Galaxy Note 3, that is. #VZWBuzz

As member of an awesome team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own & 100% truthful. For a couple of weeks now, I have been playing around with a new gadget; Verizon’s Galaxy Note […]

How we stay powered & organized with our favorite @Rayovac batteries

I never realized how many items in our house are powered by batteries until I set out to make a list of things that were powered by Rayovac. My kids have several battery powered toys, electronics, as well as the living room has several all in itself. Our TV remote Our xBox remote that we […]

Start 2014 off safely with the @FellowesInc Powershred 73Ci Shredder #IDSafetySeason

This post was created in partnership with Fellowes. All opinions are my own. When it comes to safety for your family, there are so many aspects to look at. Safety includes things from seatbelts in your car, locking your door at night and even health insurance. Not everyone thinks about protecting yourself and your family […]

Organizing more & more with my Brother P-touch PT H-100 Label Maker #Ptouch25 #Sponsored #MC

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Brother P-touch. I received a product samples to facilitate my review and promotional item as a thank you for participating. I am always looking for things to organize in the house. It seems that every time I turn around, there’s something new calling my […]

@Rayovac to showcase Power portable charging devices at #CES in Vegas 1/7-1/10/14

I was due to be a CES in Vegas next week, but the holidays were chaotic so I’m having to miss this year. I’m such a tech geek, so to attend this would be a dream come true! I’ve been a huge fan of, and also been working with Rayovac for quite some time now […]

Amazing campaign from Alcon! #EyeSawGood #MC

I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Alcon. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating Ever since I was 8 years old, I have always had eye problems. I got glasses when I was in the second grade, contacts when I was 15 and LASIK when I […]

The @Sprint LG G2 has blown me away! #SprintMom #MC #Sponsored

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sprint. I received product samples to facilitate my review. When I am in the market for a phone, I do some pretty in depth research. First off, what do I want from a cell phone? Do I want to be able to game from […]

Love being #Organized with the Brother #Ptouch25 Label Maker! #MC #Sponsored

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Brother P-touch. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and promotional item as a thank you for participating. Last month, I posted about getting the Brother P-touch PT-H100 Label Maker and how giddy that I was to get it and get things labeled and […]

Get creative and make a #PopsicleTheater! #Sponsored

My kids are huge fans of not only Popsicle’s, but getting creative with the sticks. My kids are in the process of making Christmas ornaments out of Popsicle sticks. What do your kids like to make with them? I wanted to share something fun that Popsicle has going on; #PopsicleTheater. Popsicle Theater This supercool any-day […]

Getting organized with the Brother P-touch PT-H100 #MC #Ptouch25 #sponsored

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Brother P-touch. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and promotional item as a thank you for participating. For those that know me, know how I love to label and organize things. Everything in my house has a place, but not everything […]

#Popsicle fun with mystery flavors #Giveaway {Ends 11/17}

Now that Summer is behind us, that doesn’t mean that we have to leave the frozen treats behind with the hot season. While we live in the Midwest and it can get to subzero temperatures, we still love our Popsicle’s year round. I swear, the kids can be just coming in from the snow and […]

Have fun & be safe this #Halloween with @Rayovac!

Halloween is sneaking up on us fast! With that said, how do you prepare your kids? Sure we all think about costumes, but Halloween can be dangerous if you’re not prepared, so we need to also think about safety. Rayovac Halloween Safety Tips Here are some ways to keep children safe during Trick or Treating: […]

Internet everywhere with @Sprint’s NETGEAR Zing Mobile Hotspot #SprintMom #Sponsored

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sprint. I received product samples to facilitate my review.   I am always on the go. Like…. always. While it’s convenient to have my cell phone with me, that tiny screen gets a wee bit annoying to stare at when I’m trying to use […]

Kicking back with the HP ENVY 23 TouchSmart AiO! #HPFamilyTime

I’ve written how EASY it was to se up my new HP ENVY 23-dl0xt. I’ve written how connected I was with my HP ENVY,  and I’ve shared how happy that I am to keep in connection with loved ones from hundreds of miles away. So, now what? I have sooo many more ways that I […]

Cool off with #Popsicle treats

How has everyone spent their summer? Ours has been crazy, busy, chaotic, and hot but nonetheless … FUN. We have had a scorching hot summer, but we found plenty of ways to stay cool. Probably our favorite way to stay cool this summer has been with Popsicle. Who knew they had so many different flavors?? […]

Did you know that @Rayovac has Hearing Aid Batteries? (BOGO Code included!)

When I was growing up, I had the best friends that lived just a couple of miles from us that we used to play with all the time as kids. One was deaf in one ear, one was going deaf and one was completely deaf. I learned a lot about how to talk with them […]

My new Famous Footwear Reebok Zig Kick running shoes #ReebokMom

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Reebok. I received a Famous Footwear gift card to purchase a pair of Reebok shoes to facilitate my review and to thank me for participating. It’s been a crazy busy summer, so I haven’t had a chance to get to the gym. Now […]