New! Scotch Restickable Shapes for Back to School

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Now that back to school season is officially here, I've started to reorganize our lives just a bit. With the new school year comes crazy schedules, homework, projects and plenty of artwork coming in and out of the house. I'm the kind of mom that just can't let go of all of the little papers that my pre-school daughter brings home. It's all little piece of who she is and over the years, shows me who she's becoming. The problem that comes with … [Read more...]

Meal Solutions with New Hillshire Farm #GrilledEssentials

Garlic Butter Chicken

This past week I was given a mission to cook, eat and create a few meals with a brand new product from Hillshire Farm called Grilled Essentials. In a nutshell, Grilled Essentials are prepackaged, precooked chicken breasts which are grilled and offered in four varieties including: Lemon Pepper, Original Grilled, Italian Style and Garlic Herb. Each package contains two individually packaged chicken breasts that are only 120 calories per serving, … [Read more...]

Back to School, There Goes My 5th Grader

Mattison 5th Grade

I realize the phrase is a bit overused, but I can't help but think how quickly time sure does fly. It seems like just yesterday I was holding this little guy in my arms and today he's just a few inches shorter than me, walking off to the bus stop for his first day of the 5th grade. I have a feeling I'm going to blink and he'll be driving off to high school. Just before yesterday's school supply fiasco we started preparing our son for his … [Read more...]

Soccer Balls, School Supplies and Sanity

Kaydee First Soccer Game

Have you ever had a moment where you thought to yourself? ... This isn't happening to me, this is the kind of stuff you read on some mom's blog, laugh your butt off and say to yourself, thank goodness those aren't my kids! I say that to myself all the time, except today, it is happening to me, it is on a mom blog and I'm even laughing but they are my kids. Sigh. Yesterday started out as a pretty normal day. The only thing that upped the … [Read more...]

My Coke Rewards Schools Program

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This post brought to you by My Coke Rewards. All opinions are 100% mine. The back to school shopping season is in full swing and while you might be busy buying school supplies, new clothes for the kids and maybe even some extras for your child's classroom there's something extra special you can do for your child's school. If you have a Coke drinker in your home, you may have noticed each package includes My Coke Rewards points. While you may … [Read more...]

Meet Cecile & Marie-Grace, Two New Historial Characters from American Girl

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For the first time in American Girl's 25-year history, the company is introducing two different historical characters, Cecile Rey and Marie-Grace Gardner, on one six-book series set in 1850's New Orleans. The new characters - one African American and one Caucasian - show the power of friendship and community as they reach across the boundaries of race and class to help their families, friends and city during a time of great need. About … [Read more...]

Home Farming Challenge – Harvest Time & VOTING

Raised Bed Home Farm Final Collage

VOTE FOR CAT'S HOME FARM For three very long months I've been tending to a raised bed home farm that I built with my own two hands, plus the helping hands of my father. Week after week I water it, picked bugs off the plants and the day has finally come that my family and I are finally able to enjoy the fruits (or should I say vegetables) of my labor. The first moment of pure joy and excitement came when I was able to harvest and cook my first … [Read more...]

Photography – Little Football Dudes, Go Titans!

Chatham Titans White 5th Grade Football Team

Today, my little football dude played his first real game of football. After a few weeks of 4 days a week practices in the sweltering heat, he put his new skill set to use on the field. My husband says he's an "offensive tackle" and alternates as a "defensive tackle" sometimes but don't ask me what any of that means. All I know is he squats, crashes into someone and it's over. What I do know for sure is it's a sport he's quickly learning to love, … [Read more...]