Boating on Calm Water Makes me Happy

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

Traveling with your big family can be affordable #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

Dolphin kisses at Discovery Cove Orlando #RockYourVacation

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

Riding the TALLEST SKYCOASTER IN THE WORLD with two mom bloggers #RockYourVacation

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

Zipline through Gatorland! #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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

Lepow Moonstone Portable Charger

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

Battery Free Ultraviolet Water Purifier Perfect for camping

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

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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

#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

Rock NYC Observation Deck Tickets Giveaway

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 travel size lotions

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

Extra Space Storage, sometimes the best solution for clutter

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 #MC

Boating on Lake Michigan

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

happy dog 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...]

Perfect Travel Tote for Moms or Gadget Lovers

jujube pockets galore

Finding a travel tote for all my gadgets has been a goal of mine.  When asked to review a bag from Ju-Ju-Be, I jumped all over it.  The B.F.F. bag is, well, my new BFF!  It's a stylish way for me to carry everything in an extremely organized way. 5 Things I Love About This Travel Tote Let me summarize everything I love about this bag.  It's made my life easier in so many ways, and it will be a … [Read more...]

NYC Weekend Getaway Sweepstakes

new york getaway sweeps

Find a new love for New York City through the eyes of 9 NYC Instagrammers, who will tell their NYC love stories via pictures. I had the pleasure of experiencing this amazing city for the first time last year and cannot wait to go back. It's so alive and full of energy! Make sure you enter to win for a chance to experience it yourself. SWEEPSTAKES: NYC Weekend Getaway Sweepstakes WHO CAN … [Read more...]

Smart Navigation Magellan SmartGPS

Smart Navigation Discover Your World

Part of the reason I want a new car is because I want that sweet in-dash smart navigation system.  Well, now I don't have to wait until I get a new car to have that!  I was given the awesome opportunity to review Magellan's SmartGPS that offers the same features as most of those fancy in-dash versions plus some! Smart Navigation Getting lost is awful.  It is a huge waste of time and can be … [Read more...]

What To Do and Where To Go in Chicago

Where to go in Chicago Seadog Cruise

Sometimes it is hard to figure out what to do or where to go in Chicago.  Not because there isn't enough going on, but because there is so much, it can be overwhelming to make a decision.  I am so excited that Jen and I will be going on the Fireworks Seadog  cruise while attending BlogHer in Chicago this July.  If you have never been on a Seadog cruise, it should definitely be on your list of what … [Read more...]

Genius Pack Carry On Luggage

genius packer

I never gave carry on luggage too much thought before, but I am definitely spoiled now.  Genius Pack has created... well, genius luggage!  It is truly the most functional design.  I was thrilled to be able to review their Genius Packer 22" Carry On. With BlogHer coming up I need to start thinking about packing.  Last year I brought entirely way too much.  Seriously, I had one suitcase just … [Read more...]

I’d Rather Be At the Beach Sweepstakes

beach sweepstakes

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visit Panama City Beach for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Are you ready for the beach?  I sure am.  It seems like we have had a never-ending winter.  It's finally starting to show signs of spring around here, but not fast enough for me.  I have never been to Panama City Beach, but I sure would love to win a trip to change … [Read more...]

Make Baby Travel Easy with BabySuite 100 Playard

Make Baby Travel Easy with BabySuite 100 Playard

Ready for all the summer trips coming up?! With a baby in the house… you have tons of things to bring along. Diapers, extra clothes, toys, a stroller, car seat and somewhere for them to sleep takes up a lot of space! Sometimes you can find a way to pack less – by why not try to find a way to “downsize” – I received a Babysuite 100 Playard from Evenflo recently for review – and it fits just that, … [Read more...]

Airport Parking Problems Solved with The Parking Spot

airport parking

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Parking Spot for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Parking at the airport can be a nightmare.  Not only can it be confusing to navigate, but you also have to worry about your vehicle while it's there.  I was excited to learn about The Parking Spot and all that it has to offer! Better Airport Parking When we went to Vegas for … [Read more...]

Travel High Chair for Babies Review

travel chair for babies

Babies are cute and small, but as I am sure people with babies know, or those who do not have children have heard - they have lots of STUFF to tote around with them. For a day trip you can get away with diapers, wipes, formula, bottles, maybe food if they are at that stage, and a couple changes of clothes - but when you start talking a weekend or more - ah! One thing I do not have to worry about … [Read more...]

Wear Your Baby with Moby Wrap Original

moby wrap

So... exciting news in the lives of Naomi and hubby - we are adopting a baby! We are still a ways out before we are placed with a child, however, we are still planning and searching for all kinds of cool things for baby! Our adoption completion will require us to travel to the country and stay there for SIX weeks while we finalize the adoption, but we are excited about some time to get to know our … [Read more...]

Culturelle Kids Helps with Digestion and Boosts the Immune System

keep kids entertained while driving

When anything messes with digestion, it can be devastating to your day.  Worse, is watching your kids suffer with this misery.  Even worse still, is having this occur while on vacation.  Especially, when you have a long car ride with barely any rest stops along the way... Digestion Help for Kids Thankfully we have Culterelle Kids!  It comes in packets that you dissolve in a drink and … [Read more...]

The School Lunch Ritual is Already Here

work or school lunch kit

School Lunch In our house, making school lunch is a daily routine in the morning.  I have battled baggies, paper, foil and plastic wrap all before coffee and it has always ended badly.  This is not just obnoxious, it's expensive, wasteful and terrible for the planet.  And, at that hour, I want everything to be as close to thoughtless as possible--my brain isn't actually functional until early … [Read more...]

Craftsy Quilt Cruise Sweepstakes

craftsy cruise

SWEEPSTAKES: Craftsy Quilt Cruise Sweepstakes All Aboard! Craftsy’s first-ever Quilt Cruise will be leaving the dock on March 23, 2013, for a week-long Caribbean vacation full of your favorite pastime. Join instructors Carol Ann Waugh, Weeks Ringle, Pam Holland, and Sue Bouchard on the high seas to learn new techniques, fun spins on traditional methods, and a variety of projects. WHO CAN … [Read more...]

Summer is NOT Over Yet Get More Vacation

kids smiling on vacation

One More Vacation Although it may not seem like it, there is still time to squeeze in at least one more family vacation this summer. Especially with all the extra perks Embassy Suites has to offer. Time flies when you're having fun, and boy did we have a blast this summer!  I can't believe the kids and I are already heading back to school (next week--seems so early?) Thanks to this … [Read more...]

Rubbermaid LunchBlox Sandwich Kit Review

rubbermaid lunchblox sandwich kit

The Rubbermaid LunchBlox Sandwich Kit is the way to pack the perfect lunch.  Its perfectly portioned containers allow you to pack some of the most common lunch foods easily into your lunch bag.  This fun "blox" setup is the ideal way to keep your lunch organized. Rubbermaid LunchBlox Sandwich Kit - Lunch Perfectly Packed Each one of the Rubbermaid LunchBlox Sandwich Kit modular containers … [Read more...]

We Got More Vacation Thanks to Embassy Suites

beautiful Chicago

More Vacation Getting more vacation time takes planning and forethought.  However, Embassy Suites also makes it very easy to get more vacation.  With two room suites, free cooked-to-order breakfast, in-room snacks, and a nightly Manager's Reception, we had plenty of funds to spend on other fun things!  Not having to spend so much on food is a huge deal while vacationing. Day One From the … [Read more...]

Get MORE Vacation with Embassy Suites

Embassy Suites logo

More Vacation I don't know anyone that doesn't want more vacation time especially to spend time with family.  Embassy Suites Hotels, a Hilton Worldwide brand and one ofParents magazine's "10 Best Hotel Chains for Families of 2012", gives guests more during every stay.  The full service, upscale chain offers two-room suites, free cooked-to-order breakfast and a nightly Manager's Reception with … [Read more...]

Kia Sorento Midsize SUV 2012 Review

kia sorento

Kia Sorento Midsize SUV 2012 Review We were loaned a 2012 Kia Sorento for a week to review and it was a treat!  The Kia Sorento is a spacious, midsize crossover SUV that is perfect for families or anyone who enjoys extra space without all the extra cost! Over the years I somehow developed an inaccurate opinion about Kias.  I am not even sure when or why this happened, but I had it in my … [Read more...]

Sleeping Mask Review

sleep mask

Sleeping Mask Reviews: For review, Dream Essentials—quickly becoming my favorite source for all creature-comforts—sent me the Dreamlite™ Sleeping Mask and the Sweet Dreams™ Sleeping Mask with Carry Pouch and Earplugs. Dream Essentials Sweet Dreams™ Sleeping Mask with Carry Pouch and Earplugs Man, do I wish I had this on the flight to Hawaii!  I got stuck next to a person that wanted to have the … [Read more...]

ToiletTree Products Toiletry Bag Review

Toiletry Bag

I think I've said this before- but I LOVE traveling. However, I hate the packing part. It's just never any fun, requires too much of my time, and is simply frustrating. I mean consider, to even take your own toiletries with you, you have to be sure that each bottle is 3 oz. or less, and that they all fit into a clear zip-lock baggie, and blah blah blah. Not very many people carry around loads of … [Read more...]

Comfortable Pet Travel with Sleepypod Air Review

sleeypod air

Sleepypod Air is an airline approved pet carrier that allows your pet to travel in the ultimate comfort.  Sleepypod Air is adjustable in order to meet the rules of pet carry-on for all major airlines. Sleepypod Air for Comfortable Pet Travel Most of us have probably gotten on a plane with our fingers crossed that our carry-on baggage is an "okay" size.  I know I have.  Well, no one wants to play … [Read more...]

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