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Pirate’s Code: The Adventures of Mickey Matson. If You Live In Michigan And Have Kids – You MUST See This Movie!

If you’re from here, you get it.  Michigan flies under the radar sometimes as having a distinct ‘feel’ to it – but it’s there. Michigan-ness.  It’s not often you get a surge of Michigan pride while watching a movie but it happened tonight. We had the priveledge (I don’t say that lightly) of attending the [Read On]


Five Tips For Getting The Most Out Of A Visit To Kalahari Waterpark

No more beaches, no more pools… it’s getting to be time to head indoors for swimming.  My kids LOVE water parks, and when we visited the Kalahari Waterpark in Sandusky a while ago, I thought for certain my kids would bump it up to the number one spot in their ranking.  Being water park professionals; [Read On]

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Celebrating Small Wins When Moving: Keeping My Hardwood Floors Clean

Libman provided me with a Libman Freedom Spray Mop and compensation.  All opinions are my own. When I was in college, I moved on just about a quarterly basis.  I don’t remember it being a hassle at all.  I had a hatchback and if I recall correctly, about 10 trips out to the car and [Read On]

Why you gotta lie, Rachel Ray?

Shepherd’s Pie – With Lamb!

When A.P. revealed to us that he like to eat ‘delicacies‘, we were making a large list of family dinners that we all agreed upon ahead of time.  It’s a trick I learned at work; called ‘getting buy-in‘. Make people THINK they have some control over a process and they will Feel Ownership and have [Read On]


An Awesome Lasagna Recipe

I found an awesome lasagne recipe on Epicurious and have been waiting for cold weather to hit so I could stand having my oven on for a long time. I made it in my test kitchen (that’s what I’m calling it now to make myself feel better about failures.  They were just experiments!) and it [Read On]


It’s #FreakyFusion At Monster High!

This is a compensated post on behalf of Lunchbox and Monster High Freaky Fusion. My daughter’s taste in toys never ceases to amaze me. Just when I think I have her figured out; she throws me a curve ball and starts asking about Monster High and the “Freaky Fusion” dolls. Um, what? I had NO [Read On]


Research Confirms What We Already Know To Be True: Making Dinner Kind Of Sucks

Finally, research dollars were spent establishing something that I want to talk about: DINNER. The research revealed that tired, busy moms trying to prepare healthy and well balanced meals that their families will actually eat is reason enough to be frustrated.  Attempting to accomplish this in 30 minutes or less so we can hang out [Read On]

Rainforest Cafe

Get A Discount AND In Front Of The Line At Rainforest Cafe

The first time I went to a Rainforest Cafe, I thought it was kinda cute but touristy and the food was pretty good but not amazing. I loved the gift shop. Fifteen years later, I returned with two kids.  I thought it was kinda cute but touristy and the food was pretty good but not [Read On]

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Loews Portofino Hotel Orlando Review {Should You Stay Onsite or Offsite At Universal?}

There are a lot of good things about travel; but one of the best is that travel begats travel. I always return home from a trip with a list of somewhere else I want to visit. It’s impossible for me to have a bucket list; it grows as I age instead of shrinks and is [Read On]


mike’s hard pink lemonade – a reminder to relax and slow down!

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for mike’s hard lemonade. I received a Circle K gift card to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. I live on a lake now.  It’s a big deal to me, because even when the day is a [Read On]