My Weight Loss Journey | Losing Over 180 Pounds | Half My Body Weight

My Weight Loss Journey | I Lost 180 Pounds Updated at the bottom! It's crazy for me to believe that it's been 14 years now since I took my most desperate step to take back control of my life. At 367 pounds I felt like I had tried everything in my power to lose weight … EVERYTHING . I tried every fad diet (remember cabbage soup?), I tried programs like Weight Watchers and Nutrisystem, I even tried a year of cardio only at the gym (I went 7 … [Read more...]

Back to College Essentials for Restful Sleep | Queen Sheets #GIVEAWAY | ends 9/9

Samples received. All opinions are my own. My second oldest is heading back for his third year in college.... where did the time go?! One of the most important things we've learned is that, especially in the dorms, a good night's sleep is hard to get. Finding products to send back with him to help him sleep better will improve his concentration, memory and overall mood. Fortunately I found several Therapedic® products online at Bed, … [Read more...]

Monday Morning Link Up | Giveaway Linky

Monday Morning Link Up | Giveaway Linky Welcome to Monday Morning Link Up! This is a great way to spread the word about your giveaways and find a few to enter as well! The rules are simple: 1) Giveaways must be family friendly 2) Check out a few giveaways for yourself! (there is no obligation to enter any) … [Read more...]

Honeycomb Cereal Makes Breakfast Biggerer | $25 GC #GIVEAWAY | ends 8/19

This post brought to you by Honeycomb and Post Cereal. All opinions are my own. With the kids heading off to school this week, I have been brainstorming way to expand their smaller summer breakfast into a "biggerer" option to help them stay focused until lunch. The kids love cereal, so I took this opportunity to introduce them to a childhood classic... Honeycomb. The type of classics never go out of style. My first bite brought back … [Read more...]

Apple Shaped Rice Krispie Treats

Apple Shaped Rice Krispie Treats Fall is in full force and that means apple season. Whether you are homeschooling and are looking to expand your curriculum a bit or just want to create a playful treat, these apple shaped rice krispie treats are a winner. My kids really enjoy these occasional surprises like this as marshmallows, candy and fruit roll ups are not usually on the menu. (Yield about 18) INGREDIENTS 6 cup Rice Krispies … [Read more...]

Recognizing Sensitivities in Children

Recognizing Sensitivities in Children Children can have a wide variety of different types of sensitivities. In fact, it’s difficult to list them all. They include sensitivity to foods, sensitivity to medicines (like penicillin or aspirin) and sensitivity to different chemicals in common household products. Moreover, each type of sensitivity requires a completely different set of protocols to cope with the issue. Sensitivities are not always … [Read more...]

6 Things to Avoid Doing in New York

6 Things to Avoid Doing in New York If you had to choose just one place in North America to visit, then New York would probably be it - although this, of course depends on your taste for urban or rural areas. The Big Apple has it all; an indelible sense of history mixed in with modernity. The Statue of Liberty is there, as are the famously expensive swaths of Manhattan real estate. In fact, while you’re there, you it is best to take a … [Read more...]

Homemade Orange Creamsicle Freezer Pop Recipe

Homemade Orange Creamsicle Freezer Pop Recipe Orange creamsicles have always been a favorite of mine. The refreshing taste of oranges with the creamy “ice cream” like center... just the sound of them makes my mouth water. Now we can make orange creamsicles at home with just 4 simple ingredients! This recipe makes about 3 pops and is being made in the Zoku Quick Pop Maker. I have seen these at our local Marshalls and Ross stores, you can … [Read more...]

Apartment Family Life Has Many Advantages

Apartment Family Life Has Many Advantages The Luxury Apartment Route Families are expensive. There’s no other way around it. You’re going to end up paying more over time. For that reason it often makes sense to buy into a mortgage on a home, as at least your monthly payments are securing your investment in that property. However, sometimes neighborhoods decline in value, or flat-out change. In San Francisco especially, there has been … [Read more...]

Questions To Ask When Hiring A Plumbing Contractor

Questions To Ask When Hiring A Plumbing Contractor A clogged drain or a leaky faucet can be an inconvenience, but when it comes to plumbing problems, the stakes can be much higher. Imagine skyrocketing water bills due to an undetected leak or water damage caused by a burst pipe. Hiring the right plumbing contractor is critical. In addition to performing preventative maintenance, a plumber will offer professional solutions and handle home … [Read more...]