A Visit to the Georgia Aquarium

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I have to admit that as much as I fought it, Atlanta has become one of my favorite cities. Being a born and bred west coast transplant, I think that we are prewired to dislike anything that isn’t on the west coast, but Atlanta has won me over, the attractions here are truly world class and fantastic for families visiting, or locals enjoying a staycation. The past few weeks I have had the chance to experience some of Atlanta’s best attractions and I will be sharing them with you over the next few weeks. One of the places I got to visit was the Georgia Aquarium. Opened in 2005, the Georgia … [Read more...]

Hosting an Ice Cream Social

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This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Wet-Nap but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #showusyourmess It was a beautiful weekend here in the south, temps hanging out in the high seventies, party cloudy, and a wonderful spring breeze. Perfect weather for an ice cream social with some of my best friends and their families. I don't know about you but when I was a kid, being invited to an ice cream social was just about the coolest thing ever! All you can eat ice cream fixed any way you like? Yes, please! I hit my local … [Read more...]

Let’em Fight! Why Sibling Fights are Actually a Good Thing

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  As you can imagine, with 6 kids we have A LOT of fighting, seriously, most mornings at our house play out like an episode of Dr. Phil. Drama, accusations, betrayal and if I'm really lucky we devolve into Jerry Springer, complete with hair pulling and an audience cheering them on. What do I do on these glorious mornings when I wake up to another sibling squabble? I grab a cup of coffee and a bowl of popcorn and take advantage of my ringside seats to the fight of the century. Here's the thing, it drives us crazy when our kids fight, it's annoying, heartbreaking and enough to … [Read more...]

Easter Bunny Cones

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Let the Easter madness continue! This is by far my favorite treat, I had a friend show me how to make these years ago and we still make them every Easter, they kids look forward to it every year, even the big ones. The best part is that they are so easy to make, even for little hands. What you will need: Mini cupcakes (from mix or scratch) 2 cups of frosting (you can make your own or the store bought kind works just fine) Ice cream cones M&M's, jelly beans or some other candy to put in the base of the cone Large marshmallows Pink sprinkles, pink sugar beads and candy … [Read more...]

Simple® at Walgreens Saved my Sensitive Skin

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  I have battled sensitive skin all my life, and it looks like I have passed it down to my daughter. I have tired many products in my 30 plus year quest to find something that won't irritate my skin and won't require a second mortgage to buy. In all honesty I have been unsuccessful up to this point, then I found Walgreens new line of Simple® products (can you hear the angels singing?). Simple® is completely natural and free of dyes, perfumes and harsh chemicals that always irritate my sensitive skin. It allows me to be kind to my skin, while also being kind to my bank account. … [Read more...]

April Showers Cash Giveaway!

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Welcome to the $500 April Showers Cash Giveaway! We have joined forces with an amazing group of bloggers to bring you this great giveaway. One lucky person will win $500 cash. What would you do with an extra $500? Take a trip? Landscape your yard? Buy new clothes? If it was me I would totally buy some new outdoor furniture! Enter to win today! Enter to win $500 cash via PayPal. Complete the tasks below to earn entries into this giveaway. Refer your friends using your unique link to earn even more chances to win. Open Worldwide. Ends at 11:59pm EDT on April 22nd, 2014. a … [Read more...]

Rice Krispies Bird Nests – a Fun Easter Treat

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  Can you tell I'm on an Easter treat kick? The kids and I are having such a fun time trying out new ideas for fun Easter snacks and treats. Over the next few days you are going to be bombarded with all our fun and yummy creations! Our latest project turned out even better than I had thought it would, the little birds nests were so adorable I didn't want to see them devoured, but alas, in a house with 6 kids, treats are devoured as soon as they are created (and sometimes sooner lol). I managed to keep them away long enough to get some pictures just so I could share this fun treat … [Read more...]

Vanilla Ice Parenting

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  Got your attention didn't I?  What is Vanilla Ice parenting you ask? Vanilla Ice parenting is my name for helicopter or rescue parenting. Pulled straight out of Ice, Ice, Baby (totally going to show how uncool I really am here) "If you got a problem, yo, I'll solve it" (you know you totally just sang the rest of it!) So what exactly is rescue parenting?  Rescue parenting (also called helicopter parenting, enabling and many other things) is basically just what is says. Parents "rescue" their children from life's uncomfortable moments to keep them from getting hurt, disappointed … [Read more...]

#SummerDreams Camera Ready Sweepstakes

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Welcome to the #SummerDreams Camera Ready Sweepstakes! Organized by Mom Powered Media and hosted by the fantastic #MPMBlogger Elite Team. Take great pictures with the Canon Black EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR Camera with 12.2 Megapixels 18-55mm and 75-300mm Lenses Included. This Canon EOS Rebel T3 features a 12.2MP CMOS Image Sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor for richly detailed images and quick camera response. The Canon Black EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR Camera with 12.2 Megapixels 18-55mm and 75-300mm Lenses Included has Canon's amazing 63-zone, Dual-layer metering for accurate exposures … [Read more...]

Colorful Rice Krispy Easter Eggs

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  I absolutely love creating fun Easter treats. Brightly colored goodies make me a little weak in the knees. I remember making these treats in elementary school and filling them with jelly beans and I make them every year with my kids. They are so simple and yummy and the kids love them! First melt butter and marshmallows in a pot over medium heat stirring constantly Once everything is nice and melted, add food coloring and stir well Next add rice krispies and stir again. Remove from heat and wait for it to cool a bit before handling. Mold into an egg shape. I … [Read more...]