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2014 10/17

Michigan Apple Secrets Revealed

I’ll admit it, when it comes to fresh produce, we are pretty spoiled here in Michigan. Every season brings a new bounty of amazing fresh fruits and vegetables. And, where in more places you have to buy those local fruits & vegetables at a farmers’ market or roadside stand, we can actually find many locally grown goodies right in our grocery store! I totally take that for granted!

But I never realized how much “work” is put in to making those apples magically appear in the produce section of our grocery store. Or the fact that the apples always look good at the grocery store. Or the fact that I can still buy delicious Michigan grown apples in February or March (way past the harvest season) and they still taste amazing.

Well, get ready to have those Michigan apple secrets revealed! Read the rest of this entry…

2014 10/14

Sleeping Beauty Sleepover

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With last week’s release of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty on DVD and Blu-ray, now is a great time to host a #DisneyBeauties inspired sleepover!!!

And here’s the thing…your kids are going to think you are so super awesome and it’s going to take very little work for you to pull this off! Read the rest of this entry…

2014 10/09

Skip the scary and go for fun this Halloween

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My kids have always loved Halloween. They love the dressing-up, the trick-or-treating & candy (of course), and the parties. But what they don’t love is the overly-spooky side of Halloween.

Being pretty young yet, cackling witches, scary skeletons, and creepy costumes don’t sit well with them. Some day they’ll laugh at all those things but, for now, we try to keep Halloween fun and not so scary.

Here are three quick & easy ways to have a Spook-tacular Halloween Party fit for preschoolers! Read the rest of this entry…

2014 10/08

Celebrate Pet Adoption Month with #PedigreeGives

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My husband often jokes that if I were to regularly volunteer my time at our local animal shelter, I would come home with a new pet every time. And it’s so true! There is just something about knowing you’re helping an animal. And somehow, of all things I could pass down to my child, I have seemed to pass this love for animals on to Abbi.

While she has a heart for helping people, her heart absolutely knows no limits when it comes to animals. It’s one of the very best things about her.

So, when I told her that October is Pet Adoption Month, she immediately began asking how many more pets we could adopt! Read the rest of this entry…

2014 10/07

brushing…flossing…mouth washing…oh my!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

We’ve officially been back to school for a month now. Honestly, most days it feels like we’ve been back for a solid six months. So you’d think we had our School Day Schedules down to a science now. Nope. Not even close!

Every day we are still scrambling to get out the door on time. Regardless of how early I get up or how early the kids get up, it always happens. And, in such a scramble, some things just don’t happen. Beds go unmade. Toys are left out. Permission slips are being signed in the car. It happens. But the one thing I am not budging on is brushing teeth.

And it’s the one thing my kids challenge me on. Every day. Read the rest of this entry…

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