Authors Chop Off Hair for Locks of Love!

You should know by now, I am a total sucker for a good cause! But just in case wearing blue wigs, passing around purple purses, digging in and doing good, or sharing about Dependable Leaders wasn’t quite enough to convince you, here is further proof!

You might remember a few years ago when we cut Amber’s hair for the second time we donated it to Locks of Love. It was something that I’d always wanted to do myself but anytime my hair was long enough to donate, it was also bleached blonde, which Locks of Love can’t use.

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Stand Up To Cancer and #DoGood with MasterCard #MC

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Stand Up To Cancer #shop

Stand Up To Cancer and #DoGood with MasterCard

Although he has never experienced it, my little boy has made me feel the disastrous, horrible, gut-wrenching effects of cancer the most. His vibrant little face, and the people who have missed out on seeing it, are what drive my passion to Stand Up To Cancer.
The very first time that evil word, cancer, popped into my mind in association with Tyler was when I found out I was pregnant with him. After the initial joy and sharing the news, there was a sadness that came along.

Fantasy Vs. Reality – Thanksgiving Edition inspired by NickMom


This post was inspired by the following picture from NickMom. I immediately started laughing, because it’s SO TRUE. And then it launched me into all thoughts pertaining to fantasy vs. reality when it comes to Thanksgiving from the depressing to the inspiring to the #MotherFunny . So without further adieu I bring you….


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The Gift of Holiday Smells

Febreze Holiday Scent
Legalese Nonsense: I shop at Walmart weekly and we *always* have a huge stock of Febreze products on hand, so when SheSpeaks offered to send me a kit with some love from both companies my nose couldn’t have been happier! All stinky families, smell induced nostalgia, and turkey princesses are my own!

The Gift of Holiday Smells

When I think of the holidays my mind always goes to the sights, sounds, tastes and smells! To me the holidays just wouldn’t be the holidays without the smells! From my homemade cookies of all varieties baking in the oven, to the crisp smells of fall, to the scent of evergreen, to the spicy kitchen smells from sizzling goodness, and cranberry laden wreaths I just LOVES the smells of the holiday!

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Maytag Dependable Leader Award
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Maytag. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Wigs from addcolo

Maytag Dependable Leader Award

As you all know by now I *love* kids and I’m a total sucker when it comes to a great cause! That why I wanted to share with you that Maytag needs your help to select the best candidate for the 2013 Maytag Dependable Leader Award – an award to recognize someone committed to making a difference in the lives of youth! From November 12th through November 29th, you can visit here  to learn about all five finalists and the exemplary work they do in their respective communities, and to help make a difference, vote once a day for the nominee you think best represents a Maytag Dependable Leader! The choices are tough ones! The finalists are:

Albert Hernandez – Boys & Girls Club of Pasadena
Ethan Harris – Boys & Girls Club of Bryant
Nate Ford – Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco
Ricky Gallon – Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay
Steve Hixson – Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland

The winner will join 24 of this year’s other Dependable Leaders across the country and receive a $20,000 financial grant to help his Club continue to improve its impact in its community. The Maytag Dependable Leader Award gives back to Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s professionals and volunteers who continuously give their days to help better the world of youth with whom they work.

America’s Vote is an extension of the Awards, inviting Americans to select the final Maytag Dependable Leader Award winner in 2013 by voting online! So do your good deed to pay it forward today and help out by taking a few moments of your time to get a great grant to some amazing people! #MC

Christmas Gift Guide 2013 ~ The Perfect Gift for Any Baby

Christmas Gift Guide

Yes–that’s right! This is the kick off post to my Christmas Gift Guide!

Now, now–before you start hurling rotten tomatoes at me and shouting the virtues of Thanksgiving hear me out! I agree–the Christmas trees up in the mall already *are* a bit much. But when it comes to shopping–well I’ve been Christmas shopping since February!! If you were around last year you’ll know I believe in shopping early and staying organized, and then using the month of December for traditions and family — not fighting the crowds and focusing on the material! Every year I try to have ALL my Christmas gifts bought and shipped by December 1st–I’m nearly there!

So with that disclosure I’m super excited to bring you ….

 Graco Little Lounger
Legalese Nonsense: I will absolutely drive to Dallas if it means I get to meet other bloggers, have 3 hours of drive time sans kids singing at the top of my lungs, get fed, learn exercise tips from a pro, and walk away with one of the coolest baby products I’ve ever seen. All mommy thoughts, lack of pregnancy announcements, and before mentioned erratic behavior is all my own.

First off I will preface this post with the fact that NO — contrary to what you seeing me with a baby swing that holds infants up to 30 lbs. might lead you to believe — there will be NO big, exciting announcements from me concerning the expansion of our family at any point within the next-couple-of-years future! (unless you all know something I don’t?!) *However* I know that most of you do have babies, will also at some point in the next-few-years future have one, or know someone who is pregnant right now. I seems like every time I turn around another friend or family member is announcing their pregnancy, so there is a lot of use for the Graco Little Lounger in my life and I knew there would be in yours as well!

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Looks for The Holiday ~ Easy Holiday Nails

Since I’m currently helping run the #ThisisStyle campaign for SocialFabric my mind is now turned to all things fashion and beauty more than ever! I find myself looking at people in the school pick up line going, “Oh her outfit is so on trend!” Or, “Wow her makeup is complementing her skin tone and nails perfectly!” It’s too funny!

Because of this being very much “on the brain” I thought it would be lots of fun to bring you a few awesome posts about Looks for the Holiday — I’ll be covering clothes, makeup, and accessories — but today I wanted to start off with Nails! This is a looooong post but hang in there–I want to give you the *whole* story about this product, and remember–there’s a giveaway at the bottom!

Jamberry Nails VS Nailpolish
Legalese Disclosure Nonsense: If it has to do with beauty, friends, and a review-I’m bound to say yes! All glorious nail pictures, skepticism, and Jamberisms are my own!

Looks for The Holiday ~ Easy Holiday Nails

As I’ve mentioned before I’m a huge fan of pretty nails–but I hate the time and hassle they represent. So basically ever since I’ve had kids I always keep my toe nails painted (or try to–until they totally chip off..yeah….) but my finger nails are always, sadly, naked. The only time I have to do them is during the kids bath time once every couple of weeks (usually I’m working–like, yes right this second while Tyler is in the bath). I’d heard of Jamberry Nail Shields in passing but never much about them. Awhile ago a friend was posting about them on Facebook and saying how great they were and how well they’d held up against her busy mom lifestyle. I was intrigued, especially when she kept talking about how great they still were and posting pictures to prove it.

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#CelebrateMom Huge November Prize Bundle

#CelebrateMom Monthly Giveaway

If you’ve been around for awhile you already know all about Mompact! and how they’re all about taking the time to #CelebrateMom from supporting Mom Inventors, Bloggers to stay at home moms! If you’re not familiar with them take a few minutes to go check out their website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter to learn a little more on what they’re all about!

This month a bunch of the amazing Mom Inventors that Mompact is proud to support are joining together to host this *amazing* giveaway! Here are the complete list of products!

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Yesterland Farm, Canton, Texas

Legalese Nonsense: We were given the chance to check out Yesterland Farms as a family so that I could give you the low down on the good, the bad, and the corny! All adorable families, pony ride memories, and sunny corn maze pictures are my own!

What: Yesterland Farm

Where: Canton, Texas right off I-20

How Much: 3-55 $11.95 ; “Wisdom Discount” (aka 55+) $9.95 ; 2 & Under FREE! Plus Go Here for a $2 off Coupon to make those prices even lower!!

When: Weekends September 22 – November 11th

We had a wonderful time at Yesterland Farms last weekend! I’ve always thought when we drove past it on our way to Canton Trade Days and Dallas that we needed to go so I was so happy we finally got the chance to!

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