Being #CartonSmart For The Holiday Season

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carton Smart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. If most of you are like me, you will purchase products in advance to use to prepare your holiday dishes with. This year, I had the opportunity to try out some great products from Pacific Foods that were packaged in Tetra Pak cartons.  Tetra Pak

Happy Holidays and Blog Ownership Transfer

Hi friends! I know I’ve been a little non-existent lately and there is good reason for that. In May of this year I decided that it was time for me to go back to working outside of the home. This was the best decision for our family, and it has been a true blessing. However, it sadly leaves me with no time to talk to

Cheese Dip with Sausage and Brown Rice Triscuit Crackers #BrownRiceTriscuit

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Triscuit. I received products to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. If you’ve ever stuck your nose in the cabinet and looked for a snack that gives you a little something more, then you need to try the new Brown Rice Triscuit line. I’ve enjoyed Triscuit

Black Bean and Corn Salsa Recipe – Libby’s #DinnerDilemma

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored on behalf of Libby’s. All thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and that of my own. Convenience is key when it comes to creating delicious meals in our home. Libby’s makes that possible by offering so many options of canned vegetables and fruits. When I’m running low on time and need to add a vegetable to the nightly meal, grabbing

You Could Win a Trip to Paris From Buddy Fruits!

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Social Moms and Buddy Fruits. All thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and that of my own.   What’s not to love about Buddy Fruits? They provide a mess-free, healthy snack for kids on the go! These squeezable pouches have been amazing in our household. They make eating fruit fun and convenient for both parents and

Keeping Your Family Healthy: 5 Tips

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As the the kids are going back to school, and we are nearing fall, it seems like this is the prime time for someone to get sick in our household. We all have pretty bad allergies, and in the Midwest the fall is usually when the farmers harvest the crops and all of the allergens are left flying through the air.  Because I can’t limit

What Would You Do If You Won Some Extra Cash?

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I remember being a young child when I first heard about the Publishers Clearing House brand. My grandparents were diligent about entering and I would often see the material sitting around the house. (Back then, they didn’t have any digital properties yet.) I asked my grandpa why he entered the PCH so consistently and he always replied, “You never know, one of these times I could

Family Time on the Lake #DiscoverBoating

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Discover Boating. I received collateral to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Being outdoors by the lake in the summer makes me very happy. There is something about the scenery and the sound of the water splashing that is very calming, and this mama loves a nice calm evening.

Subaru Backseat Living #SubaruBackseat

Let’s talk a bit today about life in the car, or rather, the backset. Before becoming a mom, the only time I was remotely worried about the backset of my car was when I had to get groceries. Does this sound like you? Now, I’m all about making sure the backseat is comfortable for my child, and whatever else might be back there with her. 

Legends of Amun Ra: The Emerald Tablet by Joshua Silverman

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Leoros doesn’t have many friends. The son of a scientist and archeologist, he is constantly on the move. But when his parents make a startling discovery in Egypt, Leoros’ world is turned upside down. Do you wish you could have the power of a god? Would you use it for good…or for evil? When an archaeologist discovers the mythic Emerald Tablet buried beneath Egypt’s desert,

My Fruit Juice Sparkles with #MyPlatinum

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. It’s week 4 of the Cascade Platinum Ambassadorship and I have to say that I am loving the sparkle that the Platinum puts on my dishes. The glasses look so bright and shiny that it

Get Your Car Ready For Summer Driving with Hankook Tires #HankookUSA

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hankook Tires. The opinions and text are all mine. As I’ve been going more places recently, I’ve noticed that my tires are wearing and it is time to replace them. What steps do you take to ensure that your vehicle is ready for the summer? I have three general tasks that I perform on

Bumbleberry Pie Sundae #MyPlatinum

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. My husband wanted to grill out for Father’s Day, so I was looking for a great sweet treat to accompany our T-Bone steaks. Chef Gail Simmons has a fantastic Bumbleberry Pie Sundae recipe that I

Summer Boating: I’m a Discover Boating Ambassador! #DiscoverBoating

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Discover Boating. I received collateral to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. I would like to announce that I am a Discover Boating Ambassador! Do you go boating in the summer? As a family we try to go several times each summer. We have a lake not far

National Internet Safety Month #CyberSafe

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. June is National Internet Safety Month. How do you feel about your Cyber Smarts when it comes to your children being on the Internet? The Boys and Girls Clubs of America has set up a website where you

Dental Health – Show Off Your Floss Face #FlossFace

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I participated in this sponsored campaign for One2One Network. I received monetary compensation and product to facilitate my post, but all opinions stated are my own. When it comes to oral care, I am a bit obsessed. I tend to brush and floss my teeth much more than the recommended amount. It’s easy to take care of your teeth when you have such amazing products

Cascade Platinum and the #MyPlatinum Instagram Contest

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. I received my Cascade Platinum pacs in the mail and took them out of the package. My husband looks at me and says, “I just bought those and they work fantastic!” (He’s been handling dish-duty

I’m a Cascade #MyPlatinum Ambassador! #Sponsored

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Washing dishes is a task that we all participate in daily. Luckily, I have a dishwasher (other than my husband) that I can load and start so that I don’t have to put a lot

5 Tips for Furnishing an Outdoor Space #DigIn

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. When trying to furnish your outdoor living space, it is important to keep many factors in mind: weather, size of your space, and your lifestyle. 1. Choose a flooring that is right for the conditions in your area. You want a flooring for your outdoor living space that can withstand the

Shopping For Outdoor Living Furniture: Online vs Store #DigIn

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. In yesterday’s post, I briefly talked about shopping for outdoor living furniture and mentioned that I had browsed online and at the store. The Home Depot has such a great selection of outdoor living furniture online. The following is a photo of the Hampton Bay Edington 4-pc Seating Set. The reason

Outdoor Living Ideas: Outdoor Furniture #DigIn

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. When it came down to searching for places in the backyard to create outdoor living spaces, I evaluated my yard space, and then started looking around for outdoor furniture. At our home we have to not only choose outdoor furniture based upon our lifestyle, but we also need to find quality

Spending More Time Outdoors #DigIn

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. Since we moved into our home four years ago, we really haven’t done much with our outdoor living space. I would love to create something like the photo below to our backyard so that we would be able to actually enjoy our backyard this Spring. To gather some inspiration for outdoor

Barbie Color Magic Mermaid Doll

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Disclosure: I was provided with this product for review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and that of my own. My daughter loves her growing collection of Barbie dolls. Her newest doll is the Color Magic Mermaid Barbie, which features color changing hair and is safe in the bathtub. While wet, this Barbie’s hair could change pink, purple, and blue – it’s a surprise!

Indoor Play Ideas with Toy Story Zing-Ems

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Disclosure: I received this product in exchange for an honest review. I like to come up with several indoor play ideas during the winter because it is so hard for us to get outside. In Nebraska we tend to have such cold, blustery winds that no one wants to be outside in. So, on chilly days, we spend our time discovering new ways to learn,

Shake Up Your Wake Up #SilkFruit

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This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Silk blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. There are mornings when I don’t feel like eating anything at all for breakfast. I know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I am also well aware that I am not getting enough protein during this meal. So,

If Your Dog Could Talk, What Would He Say?

Disclosure: This is a Fashionista opportunity. In my house, we treat our pets like people, so I am curious to see what they would say if they had the ability to talk. I have a very vocal yorkie that makes a loud howl noise that sounds like “yow, yow, yow, yow” when we have guests. It’s funny because we always say that is him greeting

Diagnose Your Sticky Situation with the Clorox Ick-tionary

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This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Clorox blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. To read more posts on this topic, click here. Have you ever had a sticky situation that was tough to describe? Messes are disgusting, but as parents we combat our fair share of them and may as well have a laugh! Head on over

My Summer Beauty Routine #JergensNaturalGlow

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jergens. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules  My beauty regime during the summer changes quite a bit from that of the winter. I’ve learned over the past five years since I’ve lived in Nebraska that the weather is a little bit of everything. In the past two weeks alone we’ve

The Blasphemy Box by Mandy Behbehani

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“You know that nightmare you’ve always had? The one where you wake up one day to find yourself fat, frumpy, fifty and alone? I’m living it.” Maddy Nelson has an idyllic existence: a handsome husband, great kids, a comfortable, affluent lifestyle. One morning soon after she turns fifty, however, she wakes up in her San Francisco home to find her husband Steven announcing that he’s

YumEarth Mother’s Day Candy Giveaway

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YumEarth Organics Wishes Moms A Sweet & Healthy Mother’s Day! YumEarth Organics Gummy Bears and Lollipops and YumEarth Naturals Sour Beans are made with real fruit juice and other natural ingredients for mom’s who care. YumEarth thanks all the moms out there for their growing concern to feed their families healthier food, made with organic and natural ingredients like ours. Show your sweet mom you

Veggie’s Bully by C. JoVan Williams

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A Book Encouraging Self Esteem for Readers Young and Old A book inspiring lessons about self love, Veggie Bunnie learns something that all readers need to know…. Love yourself, no matter what others may say! Filled with colorful illustrations, this book follows Veggie’s relationship with her friends Carb Monkey and his Uncle Bear. Throughout the book, ‘Carb’ wants to get even with the bully that

Thor and Me #ThorDarkWorld

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I know what you are thinking… what type of ridiculousness have you come up with now, Amanda? Titling a post, “Thor and Me.” Well, this is my point. Here is Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, in the upcoming movie Thor: The Dark World. Handsome, right? No one beats Thor. And this is me, Amanda, as Thor. Tee hee. I did that through an Augmented Reality

Iron Man 3 New Clip Available #IronMan3

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As the release date for Iron Man 3 nears, I am getting more excited for this movie! Last night I watched the red carpet premier coverage and enjoyed hearing the cast and directors talk more about this movie. Enjoy this new clip “Nothing Has Been The Same Since New York.” This clip makes my heart melt! Iron Man 3 opens in theaters on May 3rd

Put A New Twist On The Way You Clean

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Disclosure: I was provided with a sample of the product in order to write my post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and are that of my own. How many different cleaning products do you find yourself carrying around from room to room as you clean? I took this challenge and found myself carrying several from room to room. Now, how would you feel

The Lone Ranger – New Posters & Livestream Event #TheLoneRanger

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The Lone Ranger hits theaters on July 3rd (during my birthday month, yay!). Growing up I used to watch The Lone Ranger black and white television shows on the weekends. I’ve never been a huge fan of black and white tv, so I am super excited to see that Walt Disney Studios is remaking this movie, and (ahem) that Johnny Depp is Tonto. Here are

Countdown to Iron Man 3: Lego Posters #IronMan3

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I am a huge Iron Man fan, so I am excited to see Iron Man 3 hit theaters on May 3rd, 2013. New movie posters have been released today  with LEGO minifigs as Iron Man characters! How many of you are minifig collectors? I used to hoard all of my brother’s LEGO people and mix and match their bodies. I grew up with two brothers,

Happy National Poetry Month! #DeliciousPairings

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Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? National Poetry Month was started in 1996 as a way for us to celebrate and share poetry among our culture. Nationally, libraries and schools participate in this event by holding poetry readings, setting up displays, and holding workshops for people who are interested to learn and practice the craft. I started writing when I was young,

Showing More Skin This Spring #JergensNaturalGlow

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jergens Skincare®. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules. Okay friends, I’ll admit now that I am a tshirt and jeans type of girl. I cannot tell you the last time that I wore a dress and I have issues with wearing tops that have a short sleeve because I hate the

It’s Easy to Share Your Purchases Visually with Finds

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I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Finds mobile app. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Ever have a friend share a photo of cute new shoes with you via social media and wonder where she got them so that you can go snatch up a pair for yourself? Yeah, me too. Well, now

5 Tips To Maintain a Healthy Household

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for LYSOL®. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating. Staying healthy is a priority at my house. Since I own my own business working from home, and have a toddler to watch full-time, I don’t get sick days where I can lay in bed and nurse myself back to health. I often spend

The Divine Tempest (A Scholar’s Journey) by Herrick C. Erickson-Brigl

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A Scholar’s Journey: The Divine Tempest A Scholar’s Journey: The Divine Tempest is a no-holds-barred fantasy brawl. It begins when the God of Justice and Retribution opens The Abyss and unleashes a vengeful demon upon the mortal realm of Therra. Now it is up to scholar Penndarius Greyson and his tormented protector, martial artist Soren Luna Mortalitas, to stop a crisis that would send shockwaves

The Legend of Mickey Tussler by Frank Nappi

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In the late 1940s, the minor league Milwaukee Brewers are foundering yet again and manager Arthur Murphy is desperate. When he sees seventeen-year old Mickey Tussler throwing apples into a barrel, he knows he has found the next pitching phenom. But not everyone is so hopeful. Mickey’s autism—a disorder still not truly understood even today—has alienated the boy from the world, and he is berated

Spring is Coming… Eventually. It’s Time To Visit The Garden Club

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. I know it seems like Spring keeps peeking it’s head out and running back in to hide lately here in the Midwest, but eventually, it will be here to stay. I am chomping at the bit to start working on some new home DIY projects. Last year I planted a few

Sunless Tanning Solutions: How I Maintain a Natural Glow

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Jergens Skincare®. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules. I was just complaining of how pale and pasty my skin looked a few weeks back and one of my friends from the East Coast tells me, “Well of course, you are from the Midwest.” Sadly, the truth is that during the

Motivational #Quotes

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I wanted to put together a list of motivational quotes to get myself back in gear. I have several goals set for both my personal and professional life this year. But, with the huge goals that I have set for myself, I’m going to need to keep up my motivation so that I can achieve them all! I’ve put together a fun list of motivational

Shepherd’s Pie: Velveeta Cheesy Casseroles Dinner Kit

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Velveeta via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Velveeta. Shepherd’s Pie is one of my favorite casserole dishes. I love the combination of the ground beef with the mashed potatoes on top. It’s the best comfort food. Ever. Velveeta has just come out with Cheesy

20 Minutes or Less: Taco Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Kraft via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Kraft. Sometimes as moms we have limited time to cook meals, and I am all about things that can be made quick and easy. Today, I want to share a recipe that I’ve been making for a

Evil on the Peace River by Beverly Lein

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Evil on the Peace River There’s no name for the kind of evil that’s taken a foothold in the hills… The calmness of the community is reflected in its name. Peace River is the kind of small town you read about: where everyone knows your name; where neighbours look out for each other; and where the toughest kind of criminal you’re likely to come across

Chronicles of Trellah: The Perpetual Rain by T.S. Graham

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“The World’s Toughest Book Critics” have weighed in, and it’s high praise for Trellah! “An excellent choice for readers eager for a suspenseful, emotionally satisfying fantasy adventure.” -Kirkus Book Reviews Fourteen-year-old Sophina Murray will be the first to tell you: Bad luck comes in threes. First, her father is lost at sea. Then, the rains start . And don’t stop. And finally, her little brother