KwikSet SmartCode Keyless Entry Review & Giveaway

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As the wife of a police officer, safety and security issues, especially regarding our home are a frequent topic of discussion. We often see and hear firsthand how vulnerable our home can be. One of the most difficult aspects of home safety for our family is how to balance security and convenience. Before upgrading our entry door to the Kwikset SmartCode lock system, our standard door locks required two different keys. While this is very secure … [Read more...]

5 Sweet Eats Using Apples other than Pie


Fall baking is all about the apples, but it doesn't have to be all about the apple pie. While pie is one of the most comforting desserts of the season, there are so many delicious ways to incorporate apples into your desserts. One of my personal favorites is Apple Pie Bread Pudding because it combines my love of apple pie into the warm goodness of bread pudding. Here are a few more recipes to add to your baking line up this Fall ... Moist … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday – Evolution of a Pumpkin

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With Illinois being the largest producer of pumpkins in the country, it's pretty odd that I actually don't know much about them considering I've lived here most of my life ... other than the fact that they are grown here in abundance. Even stranger, I'm actually not a big fan of pumpkin flavor except when it's a fresh baked pie (not the canned stuff) and only the top layer of the pie, you know the leathery part that has the brown bubbles. Mix … [Read more...]

Memories from 10.10.10

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I've been feeling a bit down lately ... bickering with my husband, stress from the kids, even the weather changes are taking their toll on me. Despite all that, I can always count on a day at the park to cheer me up a bit. I just wish every day was like this. {Football in the park} {Bright Eyes} {Cute Poses} {Rolling in the Leaves} {A Walk to Remember} {Bleeding Colors} … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Family Vacation


Sponsored By Cheerios® is giving you the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, your ultimate family vacation. As part of a paid promotion for their “Do What You Love” Sweepstakes, Cheerios® is sponsoring my post today about what my ultimate family vacation would be. Read mine, Enter the Sweepstakes for a chance to actually win your own fantasy family trip or one of a bunch of other great prizes. My ultimate family vacation … [Read more...]

Total Gym, Total Mom Challenge – Week 3 Update

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"Don't get discouraged!" "Don't get discouraged!" "Don't get discouraged!" Over the last two weeks I've found myself repeating that phrase in my head over and over again. Every weigh in, every measurement ... it feels like a set back when I don't see numbers dropping. But, I also have to remind myself that no change is better than gaining weight. I'm not living the life of The Biggest Loser and I certainly can't expect to drop 5 or 10 … [Read more...]

Wilton Halloween Pumpkin Lollipop Treats


It's no secret that I love to bake and decorate cakes, but I recently discovered something just as fun but more more simple to make ... candy pops! I was browsing my local Michael's craft store and saw this incredible display of Halloween baking and candy products and the cutest little pumpkin mold popped out at me. I immediately thought these would be perfect for my son's 4th grade Fall party except ... we're not allowed to bring anything … [Read more...]

A Multi-Tasking Mishap

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Maybe because it's the end of the week, maybe it's because the weather keeps flip flopping between hot and cold, maybe there's just some strange gravitational funk going on, whatever the reason may be, something is going on in our house that I can't explain. Today was exceptionally problematic for us. Incident 1 - The girls woke up an hour earlier than they typically do. A disruption like this to my sleep cycle can be catastrophic for the … [Read more...]

Beauty and the Beast Diamond Edition on DVD

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On October 5th, store shelves stocked up with copies of Beauty and the Beast Diamond Edition DVD's and Blu-Ray Combo Packs, an absolute must have for your Disney DVD collection. Unavailable in any form since 2003, Beauty and the Beast is being released from the Disney vault for a limited time only. Personally, the last time I remember seeing Beauty and the Beast was when I was about 10 years old and seeing the story again with my girls was … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday – Just a Touch of Fall Color

gold fall leaves

It may feel like Fall around here with the temperatures reaching frost levels at night but it sure doesn't look like it yet. This time last year we were diving into piles of crispy, golden leaves. Yet, everywhere I look there's just a touch of Fall colors .. a few yellow leaves here ... a few crunchy brown ones on the ground ... certainly not enough to make this feel like October. I sure hope the trees kick it in gear, I'm ready to get out … [Read more...]