The First Snow

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I know I often complain that Illinois is a never ending land of cornfields and cows, but there is one thing that makes it worth living here for. SNOW!!!! If you happen to live in a part of the country that isn't blessed with this powdery, white miracle, you are truly missing out. And of course, the FIRST snow fall of the year is always the best! For day's I have been anticipating its arrival since I first saw the forecast and there I … [Read more...]

Super Mom’s serve Ronzoni Spaghetti Review

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Mom's, how you are getting added fiber and calcium into your kid's food at the dinner table? My guess, it's not with liver and onions and brussel sprouts! Before I go into this further, just take a peek at this 2 minute "SuperMom" video from Ronzoni, it's a hoot. Okay, so really, no kid is going to get excited over food high in calcium and fiber like liver, or brussel sprouts, but they will get excited for the oh so kid … [Read more...]

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs & Spaghetti Recipe

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Nothing says family dinner like spaghetti and meatballs! But what's a mom to do when the family says, "awww man, not spaghetti again!" Yes, that implies I cook spaghetti an awful lot. But can you blame me? It's good, it's cheap, it's quick and well...it's spaghetti. This time I decided to change it up them just a little bit and incorporated a little gooey surprise in the meatballs - mozzarella cheese! Ingredients You'll Need: 1 1lb of ground … [Read more...]

It’s Snot Funny

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It's snot funny when your toddler son gets an m&m stuck up his nose. It's snot funny when he doesn't know how to blow his nose. It's snot funny when you frantically call your mother to figure out how in the world you're going to remove it. It's snot funny when your mother suggests a turkey baster and it actually works. It's even more snot funny when your second child does exactly the same thing six years later. After Kaydee's … [Read more...]

LeapFrog My Pal Violet Review

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LeapFrog My Pals Scout and Violet - ages 6 months to 3 years Now with embroidered paws! Give learning a personal touch with this soft, cuddly purple puppy named Violet! Violet connects to the computer so you can customize the music and personalize the learning with your child's name and favorite food, animal and color. Violet comes with 5 pre-loaded songs, or you can select and download your choice of learning tunes and lullabies from an … [Read more...]

Evenflo Triumph Advance Review

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One of the most difficult choices a parent has to make before leaving home with their precious newborn baby is finding the safest and most convenient car seat that fits into your budget. For our family, the right choice is to use a convertible car seat that grows with our baby from the day they leave the hospital until they are toddling around the house. Evenflo Triumph Advanceā„¢ LX Convertible Car Seat A luxurious convertible car seat that … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday – The Colors of Cat

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Far too often I share photos of my kids for Wordless Wednesday, so I thought I'd change it up a bit and poke some fun at myself. Over the years, I've gone through some major color changes...particularly my hair. It's been brown, red, blond...even pink and purple at one point (and it wasn't Halloween). What can I say, I got bored easily. Let's start with my horrific blond dye job in my sophomore year of high school. This was my annual track … [Read more...]

Community Undivided in Holiday Spirit

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In the midst of a time where communities (online) are becoming divided and showing ugly colors, I thought it would be nice to be reminded that there's still a time and a place where communities can pull together and show their beautiful colors - in the form of holiday lights! This past weekend we piled the family into the car to do some sight seeing around town and came upon a small neighborhood that is just bursting at the seams with holiday … [Read more...]

Our Little Turkey’s First Turkey Day

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In my 26 years of celebrating Thanksgiving, this was our first year not having a homemade meal prepared by my mother. Despite the fact we missed celebrating the occasion with our extended families, we had a really nice, quiet and intimate dinner....and realized a few things along the way. -------------------------------- Thanksgiving is more fun when someone else cooks the meal. We had a prepared meal from Cracker Barrel and it was surprisingly … [Read more...]

Vivabox Review – Coffee Talk

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If I had to choose my biggest stress of the holiday season, it would be finding the right gifts for everyone in the family. Some family members you know better than others and some are just picky people. This month I was introduced to a company that takes all of the guesswork and shopping stress out of your hands and puts it in a convenient prepackaged and themed gift box all from Vivabox. A vivabox is an exciting new product that combines … [Read more...]