2016 Toyota Camry Review – A Time Tested Classic

Having always had a fairly average and used vehicle growing up and in my adult life, any time I drive a brand new car it's pretty awesome. But after testing so many, you really do start to notice the little things that make a huge difference. I was given this vehicle for a week to facilitate this 2016 Toyota Camry review. All thoughts and opinions shared are entirely my own. 2016 Toyota Camry … [Read more...]

Next Level Safety with this Backpack for Biking

Having a backpack for biking is great, but having one that also keeps you safer than ever before? Awesome. I'm so excited to have partnered with the designers of the Aster Backpack for Cycling to bring you this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links help support this blog. Backpack for Biking I'd like to introduce you to Aster, the world's safest cycling backpack. This … [Read more...]

Travel Essentials for Baby and Toddler

My husband and I traveled across the world to become parents through an international adoption, and a few weeks later we were flying home over the pacific with our son. So, when Tommee Tipppee asked me to write a post about travel essentials for baby – I knew I had more than a few to share with readers, but I tried REALLY hard to limit myself to six. As a Tommee Mommee, I received compensation … [Read more...]

For the Ultimate in Family Luxury – 2016 Kia Sedona Review

When I was younger, my friends and I took a vow to never own a minivan. We were just far too 'cool' for that. Well, I was the first to break the vow and after experiencing and writing this 2016 Kia Sedona review, I'd do it again. I got to drive this vehicle for a couple weeks to facilitate this post. Everything shared here is based on my experiences. 2016 Kia Sedona Review What surprised me … [Read more...]

2015 Dodge Durango Review – One Tough SUV

I am so honored to have had the opportunity to put together this 2015 Dodge Durango review. I was able to use this vehicle for almost two weeks and got to know a lot about its features. All thoughts and opinions shared here are based solely on my experience. 2015 Dodge Durango Review The best part about the 2015 Dodge Durango is that is has most of the perks of a minivan without looking … [Read more...]

Wyndham Resort Sale – Comfort and Savings

This is a sponsored post with Wyndham Resorts. However, all opinions are my own. There's a Wyndham Resort Sale going on right now, and it's a great deal. If you're like me, you love a great deal. If you're like me, you also love to feel comfortable and totally at home when you travel. That's what makes this Wyndham Resort Sale so appealing. You get all the comfort of home, with a price normally … [Read more...]

Helpful Products for Traveling with Dogs

Traveling with dogs can be a challenge. One dog is usually no problem, but we plan to drive with all three soon, and we are a little nervous about it. This post is sponsored, but all opinions are my own. Only one of our three dogs is good in the car - The Grump - and, even he gets carsick if we go too far. Hilo, our German Shepherd, is big and awkward in the car, plus he gets nervous. … [Read more...]

Winter Vacation – 5 Tips to Choose the Right Hotel Giveaway

Am I the only one already thinking about a winter vacation? It's been blustery and chilly enough here to get my wheels spinning. This is a Fashionista Event, and a promotional item was provided to me. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. P.S. He put that word on himself.  When I think about a winter vacation, I think sunshine, beaches, and palm trees. We … [Read more...]

May These Luggage Sets Be with You on Your Next Trip

After seeing all the luggage sets that American Tourister had to offer at their booth at the D23 Expo this year, I just knew I had to have a couple pieces from their Star Wars line. We've been traveling a lot more now that I'm done with school and the kids are loving it but they've been dying to get their own wheeled luggage. I was able to get these two pieces of Star Wars luggage for review … [Read more...]

7 Must Have New Car Gadgets for Everyone

With these awesome new car gadgets, you'll be safer, more pampered, and all without the need to buy a new car to have the latest in technology. I attended the exciting tech event, TNTChicago Lunch & Learn hosted by Techlicious and TravelingMom, held at the InterContinental hotel in downtown Chicago. I learned about all the latest gadgets that will have your older vehicle keeping up with the … [Read more...]

Family Fun in the Allegheny Mountains at Omni Resort

There just happened to be a Groupon for the Omni Bedford Springs Resort on sale a couple weeks before we left for our #MFRoadTrip. Driving from Chicago to the East coast, I knew we'd need to stop somewhere in between, so I looked up this gorgeous resort in Pennsylvania. I was able to get discounted media rates for our stay, but all thoughts and opinions shared on this blog are my own. Family … [Read more...]

Stay a Little Longer at Homewood Suites by Hilton #MFRoadTrip

We have two regrets from our trip to the Charleston, South Carolina Homewood Suites by Hilton Extended Stay hotel. First, not staying longer. Second--every blogger's biggest mistake--not capturing the kids' initial reactions to our suite on camera. The gasps and squeals of delight were hysterical. Otherwise, we couldn't have asked for more. We were given a complementary one night stay at this … [Read more...]

10 Reasons to Stay at the Hampton by Hilton in Louisville #WeGoTogether

On the way back home from our Modern Family Road Trip (#MFRoadTrip) we stayed in Louisville, Kentucky at the Hampton by Hilton downtown location. This place was perfect for our family. While we were able to stay for free to facilitate this post, all thoughts and opinions are always my own. The Hampton by Hilton - Downtown Louisville There are numerous reasons my family and I love this hotel. … [Read more...]

Disneyland Celebrates 60 Years with Diamonds #Disneyland60

Disneyland has been creating and putting magic into the world for six decades. To celebrate, they're filling the sky, painting the walls, and even splashing the scene with diamonds. I was able to attend these events as part of a press junket sponsored by Disney. All thoughts and opinions shared on this blog are my own. Disneyland Turns 60 This was my very first trip to Disneyland so I'm now … [Read more...]

Magical Things are About to Happen at the Disney #D23Expo

You probably are already aware that I'll be attending Disney's #D23Expo later this week. I haven't shut up about it. But that's because some truly magical things are going to happen and I simply cannot believe that I'll be there! Disney really does make dreams come true. This trip will be paid entirely by Disney as part of a press junket. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I've included … [Read more...]

Portable Air Cleaner for Allergy Sufferers

I received product for my honest review of the Air Angel air cleaner. However, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. True confession: My office is the most disgusting room in the house. Well, the crawlspace is probably worse, but my office has to be a close second. Our plans to completely gut the room keep getting delayed because, well, I need my office. The room has the original carpet … [Read more...]

Searching for the Best Hotels in Chicago

Searching for the Best Hotels Finding the best hotels in Chicago can be a fun experience. There are many options out there, but you want to choose the best one for your individual needs. Shop around and compare different hotel room rates, and you can also find deals online that may combine your hotel room and flight for the best possible price. Consider Your Itinerary Think about your … [Read more...]

Vacation Fund – How to Add Extra Spending Money

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chase Ultimate Rewards for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. If you have a vacation fund, you probably add spending money into the equation. Well, I believe there should be extra spending money in that fund. When it comes to vacationing, couples can have a difference of opinions when it comes to what to do. Vacation Fund - How to Add … [Read more...]

My Costume Ideas for the Disney #D23EXPO

First, I'M GOING TO THE D23EXPO!!! I am so gosh darn excited I can't even handle it. This is going to be an all expenses paid trip sponsored by Disney. I don't have the full itinerary yet, but I know it's going to be jam packed with fun. Plus, we were just told costumes are allowed--pfft, more like required--at the expo. Here are some of my costume ideas... (I included a few affiliate links where … [Read more...]

I’m Going to LA ! #InsideOutEvent #TeenBeach2Event #PhineasAndFerbEvent

Disney has been a part of my life since I can remember. Some of my favorite childhood memories include binge watching all my favorite Disney VHS tapes on rainy days or at sleepovers. So... it is with monumental excitement that I announce:  I will being heading to LA to attend an amazing Disney event--the red carpet premiere of Disney Pixar's Inside Out! We'll also be doing a bunch of other fun … [Read more...]

9 Reasons Why I Love the 2016 Mazda6

The 2016 Mazda6 is a true joy to drive. We were given one to test drive for a week, and I didn't want to give it back. Neither of us did. In fact, I think Mike may have driven it more than I did. He's a car guy and was very impressed by the 2016 Mazda6. Since I love so much about this vehicle, allow me to express my adoration in list form. 9 Reasons Why I Love the 2016 Mazda6 Sharp … [Read more...]

Boating on Calm Water Makes me Happy

Boating is supposed to be a nice, relaxing summer activity. I only feel that way on calm water. This is a Fashionista Events opportunity. There have been times when we have gone out on Lake Michigan and I am white knuckling it the whole way. The waves can get scary big and they can be quite unpredictable. I trust my hubby as a captain and know he would never put us in danger, but I am an anxious … [Read more...]

Traveling with Your Big Family #RockYourVacation

Growing up we went on several vacations and it's only now that I'm an adult with my own family that I realize how fortunate we were. With a blended family consisting of 8 of us, I cannot believe my parents were able and brave enough to take us anywhere! While on the #RockYourVacation trip, I learned several ways big families can make traveling easier, more fun and affordable. I went on this trip … [Read more...]

My Dreams Come True at Discovery Cove

Okay, I don't even know how to begin to describe the awesomeness that is Discovery Cove. Spending half a day at this wonderful park in Orlando, was part of the #RockYourVacation FAM trip. While I received these opportunities for free, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Discovery Cove Orlando - Dolphins Perhaps I should first let you know that I have wanted to swim with dolphins since I … [Read more...]

If You’re going to Kissimmee This is a MUST

Going to Kissimmee, Florida on the #RockYourVacation trip was seriously the best vacation of my life. The only thing that would have made it better, was to have my family there too. But, I got to hang with some of the coolest bloggers I have ever met! I was able to go on this trip free of charge, but all thoughts and opinions are completely my own. If You're In Kissimmee... If you're in, near or … [Read more...]

Follow Me to Kissimmee and See How To #RockYourVacation

Next week I have the extraordinary pleasure of accompanying the Instagram #RockYourVacation winner, Brandy, and some fellow bloggers on a trip to Kissimmee, Florida. This is sure to be the time of my life! I would love for all of you to follow me on this fun-filled trip and take notes so you can #RockYourVacation too! Here's a sneak peak at what is in store for us... Follow Me to … [Read more...]

Trip to Outback Headquarters in Tampa #OutbackBestmates

As an Outback Bestmate I was invited to visit their headquarters in Tampa, Florida. All expenses were paid, but all opinions are my own. When I agreed to work with Outback I had no idea that a trip would be involved. What a thrilling opportunity and great chance to really learn about the company. Trip to Outback Headquarters in Tampa We had already been fans of Outback Steakhouse. It's an … [Read more...]

Pack Smarter with TravelWise Packing Cubes

I need to pack smarter and TravelWise sent me their packing cubes to help me do so. Products were received free of charge, but all opinions are my own. I am not a newbie when it comes to packing, but I certainly pack like I am. Each time is an unorganized mess. Packing Cubes can help minimize the stress and help you pack smarter. Pack Smarter with TravelWise Packing Cubes Having reviewed … [Read more...]

Waka Waka Solar Powered Charger and Light

I was sent a Waka Waka Solar Powered Charger for review purposes. All opinions are my own. There are many reasons that one would want to own a solar powered charger and light. Think of all the emergency situations that it could come in handy during, not to mention just for pure convenience. Solar Powered Power Pack Perfect for Boating Let me tell you about a little run-in that we had last … [Read more...]

Color Block Side Panel Dress from Anatomie

We received an Audrey dress from Anatomie for review. All opinions are our own. The Audrey dress features the figure-flattering color block side panels that are on trend lately. I just love this look and find it extremely slimming. The darker side panels provide an illusion of an hourglass figure. Color Block Side Panel Dress from Anatomie My friend, Colleene, modeled this dress for me. She … [Read more...]

RAVPower Luster Series Power Bank

I was sent RAVPower power banks for review purposes. All opinions are my own. RAVPower offers affordable options in portable chargers. The Luster Series power banks are reliable and a great value for the money. Being a blogger I am constantly on at least one device. I learned the hard way recently while at an event at the Chicago Auto Show how quickly being active on social media can drain your … [Read more...]

One of the Best Educational Apps for Kids

When my kids were in preschool there weren't any apps available for teaching or entertaining them.  In fact, the concept of the app was just being realized.  This is a sponsored post written on behalf of GS Preschool Games.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. One of the Best Educational Apps for Kids - Preschoolers Technology is a fact of life.  The earlier kids are able to use it the better. … [Read more...]

Lepow Moonstone Portable Charger Review

I think all of us have been in that helpless situation where our precious devices are dying and we are without a charger.  It can feel like my own lifeline is being slowly cut.  So, I am beyond thrilled to bring you this review and giveaway for the Lepow Moonstone Portable Charger.  I received this product for free in exchange for my honest feedback.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. Lepow … [Read more...]

Ultraviolet Water Purifier SteriPEN Sidewinder Review

Who doesn't want to be ready for the zombie apocalypse?!  I know I am not taking any chances.  Which is why I am beyond thrilled to have had the chance to review the hand powered Ultraviolet SteriPEN Sidewinder.  I received this item for free in exchange for my honest feedback.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. Ultraviolet Water Purification The whole concept of ultraviolet water … [Read more...]

7 Reasons to Vacation to Puerto Rico

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Puerto Rico, The All-Star Island. All opinions are 100% mine. Puerto Rico is quickly climbing my vacation "to-do" list.  I have been begging the hubby to go on a beautiful beach vacation for quite some time now.  There are several reasons why Puerto Rico sounds like the best choice. 7 Reasons to Vacation to Puerto Rico Beaches:  270 miles … [Read more...]

Join Us for the #XmasCountdown Twitter Party

We have an amazing Twitter party two-day event just in time for the holidays.  Join us for the #XmasCountdown fun.  We will be featuring some of the hottest gift ideas, plus giving you a chance to win them!  The generous sponsors are providing the prizes for this event.  No compensation was received for hosting. The first party will consist of info and exciting prizes from the following … [Read more...]

Grand Crowne Spin for Cash or Travel sweepstakes

Spin for Cash or Travel. Spin for your chance to take home $3,000 in cash or a Dream Vacation or receive a promotional travel package to one of Grand Crowne Resorts three locations. SWEEPSTAKES: Grand Crowne Spin for Cash or Travel sweepstakes WHO CAN ENTER: US and Canada SWEEPSTAKES EXPIRES: 01/31/2013 PRIZE(S): Grand Crowne Spin for Cash or Travel. Spin for your chance to take … [Read more...]

Top of the Rock NYC Observation Deck Tickets

Compensation was received for this Top of the Rock giveaway.  All opinions are my own.  With Fall rolling through and everything cooling down, there's never a better time of year to take a stroll through Manhattan. A New York sightseeing trip is fun for the whole family, and if you're going to visit the Big Apple, you'll want the best experience a ticket can provide. A ticket to Top of the Rock … [Read more...]

Coppertone Travel Size Lotions Review

Coppertone sent me a wide variety of their travel size lotions for review.  All opinions are my own.  Traveling with anything liquid can be tricky these days.  Not only do you have to worry about regulations, but it's also a hassle to lug huge bottles around for a short trip.  Coppertone now offers an easy solution to this problem. Coppertone Travel Size Lotions Just because boating season … [Read more...]

Organize Yourself With Extra Space

I try and try to teach my kids how to organize their room, but with limited space and, well, me as their teacher, we are pretty much doomed.  This post is brought to you by Extra Space Storage.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. Organize... What?! Hoarding runs in my family, BIG TIME.  I'm talking, I have it on both sides of my bloodlines.  That being said, I have a huge problem knowing … [Read more...]

Our New Favorite Place in Chicago #LoveThisCity

Chicago is a beautiful city that I grow more impressed with each time I visit.  Growing up in the suburbs my whole life, I have made frequent trips to the city of Chicago over the years.  As an adult, I find that I appreciate everything that it has to offer so much more.  I pay better attention to my surroundings and soak it all in.  The people, the architecture, the sounds, the energy, the food - … [Read more...]

Take Your Dog on an Adventure Beyond The Fence

I'm thrilled to bring you a super fun sponsored post about bringing your dog along on your adventures.  The "Dog Days" of summer are upon us. Dog Fence DIY encourages exploration beyond the fence! Adventures Beyond the Fence Taking your dog outside of his normal environment can be a little stressful at first.  Depending on the temperament of your pup, you may worry about him running away, … [Read more...]

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