And Then I Tried to Break a Flashlight

This post is sponsored as part of the Rayovac Power Blogger program.  All opinions are my own.  And that light saber down there belongs to my son. From time to time my family gets to try out Rayovac products as part of the Rayovac Power Blogger program.  We’ve had fun testing everything from an awesome…

Back to School with Kohl’s

I’ve been avoiding thinking about back to school and enjoying every last moment of summer fun.  But the truth is that back-to-school is already here for many of you and right around the corner for us. Nothing gets me more motivated to prepare for back to school than a shopping challenge.  While I really don’t…

Web Hosting For Dummies

Last night I partied on Twitter with Andrea and Melissa, authors of Klout For Dummies and Blog Design For Dummies.  Those two incredibly resourceful books are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to blogging resources from the For Dummies family of books.  Peter Pollock recently published Web Hosting For Dummies, a guide…

Monsters University and LeapFrog

We are huge Disney * Pixar Monsters University fans in my house, so I was excited to find out that LeapFrog now offers two Monsters University themed learning products for kids. LeapReader™ 3D Book: The Monsters University LeapFrog book focuses on the following three learning areas – nouns and verbs, deductive reasoning, and position words….

Zazoo Kids Photo Clock

From the moment we moved our son from his crib to a big boy bed, we knew there was going to be an issue.  This is our first “successful” attempt to get Noah to sleep in his big boy bed… Even once we conquered the going to bed issue with our son, we continued to…

Rayovac 7-Hour Power Product Review

As a Rayovac Power Blogger, I’ve had the opportunity to review several Rayovac products from lanterns we’ve used for camping to flashlights that can get our family through any crazy summer storm power outage.  Today, however, I am reviewing a product that kind of made my summer.  When storms pop up and cause the loss…

Go Playfully with GoGo SqueeZ (Giveaway)

This post is a guest review written by Shannan Powell of Resourceful Mommy Media. I have to admit, I’m a sucker for convenience products. While I am a foodie at heart and love nothing better than making a home-cooked gourmet meal for my family, the reality of being a WAHM means that I need to…

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Portable Power with Rayovac

Disclosure: this post contains sponsored content. CONFESSION: I have a phone with a dreadful battery life.  A couple years ago I had a dinosaur of the smart phone world, and while I took a healthy dose of teasing for my beast, the battery would last for days.  (Days, I tell you!!)  Since making the switch…

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Mother’s Day Stress

This post contains sponsored content. I have enjoyed celebrating Mother’s Day for the last 9 years, the extra cuddles from the kids, the flower on the way out of the sanctuary at church,the breakfast in bed.  What I love most about this day is that it is usually stress free.  My biggest effort is to…

Tax Refund Tech Purchase? Consider th...

You’ve all seen the commercial for the Microsoft Surface and if you’re like me, you’ve probably seen it too many times. But just in case, here it is one more time: When I first saw it on TV I immediately thought, “One more thing I’m going to be convinced I need.  Just one more thing…”…

Martha Stewart Home Office with Avery...

Hi, my name is Amy and I’m addicted to office supplies. I love the white glow of a new, clean planner, the feel of a red rubber eraser, and binder clips…oh, how you make my heart race. Last year I introduced you to the Martha Stewart Home Office line of products from Avery available exclusively…

Toy Story Zing-Ems™ Playset Giveaway

My family loves all things Toy Story, from the movies to the attractions at Walt Disney World to the associated toys and games.  For this reason, my children were excited to try the new Toy Story Zing-Ems™ Playset from Mattel. Zing-Ems™, made for children three and up, are two-inch figures that feature a bobble shape and rolling…

#PathfinderAdventures Giveaway

Yesterday a nice gentleman came and took away the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder I was test-driving.  It was a sad moment, but we made some great memories on our week together. I wanted desperately to take the Pathfinder’s 4WD goodness out into the snow, but a shift in the weather pattern took last weekend’s snowpocalypse too…

Join Me On My Pathfinder Adventure

I have a confession to make. I have never bought a car. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania means that you are provided with something to drive when you turn sixteen because your parents are sick of playing chauffeur from one far flung friend to the other.  When your dad is a motor-head like mine, it…

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American Girl Girl of the Year Saige

My eight year old daughter has fallen in love with American Girl almost exclusively through their line of books including the historical fiction, advice, and activity lines.  As a mother-daughter pair we are reading The Care and Keeping of You, and right now my daughter is planning a sleepover with the American Girl title, Slumber Wonders.  Her…

Martha Stewart Holiday Review

This weekend I will be sitting in front of the fireplace, White Christmas on the television, and wrapping gifts for friends and family.  This is one of my favorite times of the season, even more fun than actually buying the gifts.  I love to carefully wrap each gift in beautiful paper and carefully write names on…

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Does This Church Make Me Look Fat Review

One weekend I was headed to a blogging conference when I found myself at the airport without my Nook. I wandered into the book store (yes, with real paper books!) and a book titled Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen caught my eye. I grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch Country and anticipated…

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31 Days of Disney: Etnies Launches Di...

To explain how much the members of my family love Disney’s Phineas and Ferb, you have to listen to my cell phone. The text notification tone is a Perry the Platypus sound, and the ringtone is the Doofenshmirtz Evil, Inc. jingle. Our house is filled with everything from Agent P flip-flops to Phineas and Ferb…

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Hallmark Text Bands Giveaway

It should come as no surprise that my kids love technical gadgets.  While at eight and six they have not begun to ask for smart phones, they are very aware of features such as texting.  My son asks me who has sent me a message when he hears my phone chirp, and my daughter asks…

HP Envy 23 – Our Family’s...

I have been an HP fan for a few years ever since I fell in love with the HP Vivienne Tam Mini.  I never bought the computer, but I did get the matching scarf! Because even in my early days of blogging I realized that HP has a way to meet all of my technology…

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Spilt Milk: A Book Review

Do you have one of those friends, or maybe it’s your mom, who will tell you what seems at first to be just an interesting story? She engages you, draws you in, makes you laugh. Then, at the end of her story, there is suddenly a lesson to be learned that you never saw coming,…