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, […]

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; […]

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 […]

Enjoy a #Staycation in Des Moines, Iowa at @EmbassySuites (Our family fun weekend!)

We were asked by Embassy Suites if our family would like to experience a family staycation. I’ve never really been on a staycation, so we were eager to check it out and have a family fun time! We chose to visit Des Moines, Iowa since it’s relatively close for us to drive to. We loaded […]

Our local Post Alpha-Bits Little Free Library {@LtlFreeLibrary #LittleFreeLibrary}

With it being summertime, are your kids still reading? My little ones love to read, even in the summertime. We were asked by Post Alpha-Bits if we would like to help promote literacy locally, and worldwide, so of course, I jumped at the opportunity! Little Free Library Little Free Library began in 2009 and has […]

At home & on the go with the Motorola MBP34 Video Baby Monitor

You don’t have to be a new parent to a newborn to need and to use a baby monitor, especially a video baby monitor. While my kids are older now, we did use baby monitors when they were babies, but we still use baby monitors, as well as video baby monitors in our house. We […]

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 […]

Rayovac gave us Instant Power during a tornado & power outage! {New Power Packs!}

Last week, the kids and I were stranded right smack dab in the middle of the El Reno, Oklahoma tornadoes. Scared doesn’t even begin to describe the thoughts and feelings that were flowing through my body and through my kids’ minds. When we were alerted to evacuate our hotel rooms and head immediately to the […]

Wendy’s New Salads – Which salad are you? #WendysTasteKitchen

When I was at the Wendy’s Headquarters in April, I was able to visit and experience their test kitchen. This was so much fun and such a neat experience to go through. For those that know me, know that I cannot eat most greens, but it’s something that I am working on. I was able […]

Wendy’s Offers More Nutrition Alternatives #WendysTasteKitchen

In April, I had the fabulous opportunity to visit Dublin, Ohio to check out the Wendy’s headquarters to find out what Wendy’s has coming up. While we try not to eat out too terribly much, I do admit that we are on the go a lot and do find ourselves at a drive through. There […]

I’m going! #Mom2Summit 2014 in Atlanta, GA!

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Mom 2.0 Summit 2013 – I’m going!

I am so excited to be attending Mom 2.0 Summit for the third year in a row May 2-4, 2013 in Laguna Niguel, CA! I will be tweeting, blogging and Facebook’ing on location, so be sure to check back for updated information and the hash tag that you can follow on Twitter. Are you going […]

I’m a Caboodles ‘Go-Getter’!

I travel a lot… like, a whole lot. A lot is for business, but we also travel a lot as a family. When you live 6 hours away from one part of the family and 14 hours away from the other half of the family, there tends to be a lot of going here and […]

#BlogHer13 – I’m going! #SponsorMe #Sponsorship #BlogSponsor #Conference #Chicago

Are you going to BlogHer ‘13 in Chicago in late July next summer? If so, we should meet up! I plan on driving since I’m pretty close to the location in Chicago. Are you a brand that’s not able to attend, but you’re looking to be represented by a spunky, upbeat, and professional person? Contact […]

Posy Lane Ballet Shoes Backpack

School is already back in full swing. I remember when we were shopping for back to school needs, the one thing that I like (as a parent) are to look for things that aren’t your typical school items. For the kids’, we like to look for unique items like clothes, shoes and even backpacks. I […]

Are we There Yet? Top 7 Traveling Apps to Keep you On Track

“Are we there yet?” It’s the most commonly asked question by casual travelers and globe-trotters alike. But to paraphrase Steinbeck, even ‘the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.’ So how do the best of travel planners steer clear of mishaps?  Stay close to your smartphone…because when it doubt, there’s an app […]

I took a Skype Seven-Day Challenge!

We live in the Midwest and while we like living here, we are pretty far away from both of our families and friends, so we do what we can to keep in touch and keep our families close in contact. I have been working with Mom Central and Skype to do a Skype Seven-Day Challenge […]

Wordless Wednesday: Memories were made & even more to be made!

Here’s my not so wordless Wednesday! I had to share this amazing picture jam packed with fabulous people from when I visited the Ripley’s Aquarium at Broadway at Myrtle Beach! Kimberly on the far left & Mary in the middle from the fabulous PR firm representing Visit Myrtle Beach & Gone Coastal Beach House followed […]

I’m going coastal in Myrtle Beach! #MYR_60Days

In less than 24 hours, I will be on a plane heading to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I’ve been to South Carolina before, but never to Myrtle Beach, so I’m pretty excited! I’ll be staying in this gorgeous beach house with 6 other fabulous bloggers. Gone Coastal Beach House Property Description May 2011-New flooring, wood […]

Travel in style with Brookstone’s Dash 20″ Upright Wheeled Luggage

I travel a lot. OK, so I travel a whooooole lot. I cannot begin to tell you how many suitcases that I have, yet I don’t like any of them. The main reason is because they are too heavy, too bulky, my ‘carry-on’ won’t fit in the overhead bin or they are just plain ugly. […]

Reporting ‘live’ from Bacara Spa & Resort in Santa Barbara, CA!

Greetings from gorgeous Santa Barbara, California! I am here for a top secret event that I cannot tell you what it’s about until I am directed to do so. Don’t you dislike secrets? Trust me, it will be worth it! In the meantime, I wanted to share the beautiful resort that I am staying at. […]

Wallet Security while Traveling

How NOT to lose your wallet while traveling. Yes, I’ve lost my wallet a number of times. It’s challenging to get through TSA at the airport with no ID, no driver’s license, no credit cards, no cash. Short story: Drill hole in flat wallet, zip tie (melt zip closure to enforce security) attach key ring, […]

Our fun trip to Six Flags Over Texas

This summer has been a crazy busy one, to say the least. We made sure to make all that we could of this summer with plenty of family fun time. While we were in Texas to visit family, we made a stop at Six Flags Over Texas. We surprised another family by taking them with […]

Traveling with our Verizon xyboard

We have been on the go all summer. When we travel, we travel with just about any toy, book and electronic that we can to keep the kids entertained on road trips. While we’ve been reviewing  the Motorola xyboard powered by Verizon’s 4G service, we thought we’d download a few things that would allow us […]

We’re back from Palace Resorts ~ Moon Palace!

I am so stinking excited to share with you our recent trip to Cancun to visit the Palace Resorts Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort! We’ve had a whirlwind past 3 weeks, so bear with me to get emails replied to, winners drawn and posts live. While being in Texas for a week to visit […]

Favorite Apps for Android & Motorola xyBoard

A couple of weeks ago, I announced that I was a Verizon Midwest Savvy Saver and I received a Verizon powered Motorola xyboard to test out and explore all options that it has. I will go in to even more details with it on the go as we travel at the end of the month, […]

Kid-friendly iPad covers from M-Edge

When I bought my iPad 2, I had thought about selling my iPad 1, but then I decided to keep it for the kids to play games on and use the learning apps that I downloaded on for them. With such an expensive piece of electronic, we like to protect it in any way, while […]

Women’s SKECHERS Stride Running Shoes

Earlier this month, I received a pair of SKECHERS Stride Running shoes. With my daily workouts, I thought I would start up running. I have never been much of a runner, but I started to get the urge to start something different from my daily elliptical workouts and routines. Women’s SKECHERS Stride Running Shoes Run, […]

Brookstone iConvert Scanner for iPad

Ever since I built my home office, I have been organizing things left and right, as well as making sure that all my receipts and paper documents are organized. While I have a home scanner, there are times that I may be upstairs and I come across some things that I’d rather scan right there, […]

Microsoft Touch Mouse

I have a laptop and while it has a touch pad for the mouse, I don’t like to use it. In a simple term, it just annoys me. I have to have an actual mouse. I tend to work faster with using a mouse. I had the chance to replace my current mouse with a […]

3M Privacy iPad screen

I travel quite a bit. This ranges from holiday family travel, personal out of state travel and quite a bit of media travels. I always take my iPad with me and when I am on an airplane, it’s kind of hard to get work done and type without the person directly next to me gazing […]

Homemade Pumpkin Pie with Eagle Brand & Crisco

I was at an event with Smucker’s this past week where we had a lot of hands on experience from learning about the differences in Coffee, food photography (info to come!), as well as learning how to make our own homemade pie crusts using Crisco. I did have a lot of fun and I learned […]

Smucker’s Event – Our Family Table

As this post goes live to my feed, I will be either in a car in route to the airport at 4:00 in the morning, or on a place in the air heading to Akron, Ohio. A car picks me at 3:45 in the morning on Tuesday. *yawn* Where am I going? Well, in late […]

Get comfy with Flat Out Heels

When it comes to traveling for media events, there are times where we have done more walking than I had anticipated and where my shoes have left me so uncomfortable, achy and blisters on my heels. There is a solution for just that! Flat Out of Heels Flat Out Heels are a revolutionary rollable ballet […]

Master Lock Portable Key Safe

When I was growing up, I remember having some friends that were ‘latch key kids’ (kids that carried a house key with them to school because their parents worked outside the home). These days, there are better things where the key doesn’t have to be carried around and may be lost. Master Lock is here […]

ISOTONER smarTouch gloves

I live in the Midwest, so at least half of our year includes painful cold and snow. While I travel a lot for media events, as well as for family travels, I have my phone in hand pretty much all the time. I don’t have time to take my gloves off and reply to a […]

I love traveling thanks to Brookstone Compact Rolling Traveler!

I travel…. A….. lot! There are times that I will fly for an overnight media event, or it may be a 2 day media event, or even a week away road trip. With many trips, I need that perfect suitcase for the event. While I have a carry on suitcase, there are times that I […]

Johnsonville Kitchens – Blog for a Cause!

In March, I had the opportunity to visit the Johnsonville company and kitchens in Milwaukee, WI. Well, today, I am back in route to Milwaukee, but this time not only to cook in their kitchens again, but to Blog for a Cause. I am excited to see everyone again, but even more so, to give […]

Rayovac Rechargeable Powerpack: Lithium-ion Charger

I travel a lot and one thing that I am always in the need for while on the go is power. With the constant use of Twitter, Facebook, email, texting, phone calls and picture taking, I have a constant need for power. I need power for my Windows Phone, as well as my iPod nano. […]

Master Lock 5900D Portable Safe

I travel a lot. With those travels, come toting along small electronics, cash, credit cards and valuables such as jewelry. Most hotels will have a safe for you to use while you are staying, but what I have been looking for is something that I can take with me, that has my own combination and […]

Traveling with our Bounce House – Portable fun!

Just last month, I posted about our new bounce house. I cannot begin to tell you how much we love and have been using it. Seriously one of the best inventions ever! This month, I wanted to share with you how easy it is to travel with Inflatable Bouncers. While it is a nice size […]

Brookstone 4-in-1 Power Charger

I travel quite a bit. With the constant packing, unpacking and repacking, there’s one thing that I have found that I always take more than I need… chargers. I have to have one for my Windows Phone that plugs in the wall, but I also have been traveling with a car charger for it. Too […]

Windows Live Photo Gallery

I love to take pictures, but most of all – I love to share those pictures! What would you do if you were able to create your own panoramic view using the images that you take, but don’t want to spend the money on a lens or equipment to take those pictures? What if you […]

AViiQ Smart Case for iPad 2

I travel everywhere with my iPad 2. When I first bought my Smart Cover for it, I wasn’t sure what to think about it since it only protected the front of the iPad. AViiQ makes a Smart Case for the iPad 2 that lets you use your Smart Cover to keep the front protected but […]

Omaha Children’s Museum

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and son had a daddy–son day out. They decided to make a day of it with lunch, then heading over to the Omaha Children’s Museum. Omaha Children’s Museum Omaha Children’s Museum is a great place to learn through play. To make your visits fun and easy, the museum […]

Windows HTC 7 Pro

With as much as I travel with my blog, as well as for personal pleasure, there’s no doubt that I need to have access to my email as much as possible – without being glued to a computer 24/7. I need to have access to emails, my blog, the internet, social networking, as well as […]