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Choosing the Path that’s right for YOU

As the new school year begins, and with it, fall sports, I am sure that like me, all of you parents of school aged children have been inundated with paperwork, forms, and requests for help in so many areas. My biggest piece of advice, that it took me several years to realize, is that you have to look at the big picture of your life and make sure you are choosing the path that's right for YOU and your family. Sure, you could probably volunteer to do every single thing that's requested, and do it well, but will you be happy…
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Let Coupons.com help you save this Black Friday! #BlackFridayGiveaway

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Coupons. com. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. Let help you save this Black Friday! Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, when many stores offer rock bottom prices and deals to get shoppers in their doors. Over the years I've been able to score some really great deals at store sales on Black Friday. The best deal I've ever scored in a store was on a Hoover Vacuum Cleaner, at Kohls. It was an older model of…
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SEA-BAND® MAMA #SeaBandMamaMorningSicknessRelief

SEA-BAND® MAMA Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sea-Band Mama. The opinions and text are all mine. When I was pregnant with my children, I had different cravings with each child, and morning sickness with all of them! With my oldest two, I had terrible morning sickness, and worked throughout both pregnancies. I had an office where I assisted my customers throughout the day, and I had to keep a stash of the food I craved and the food that helped ease the nausea in my desk, to sneak between clients. Half of all…
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Take control of your credit report with Credit Karma™

Take control of your credit report with Credit Karma™ When I was in college, I began working at a bank as a part time teller. Over the years I worked very hard and earned several promotions and advancements, eventually becoming a Bank Officer who handled many responsibilities, including approving loans. The training I went through really came in handy years later when I had my identity stolen and had to deal with a lot of stressful financial issues. While I was working as a loan officer, I took the opportunity to try and help my customers, going above and beyond…
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Remembering Great Christmas Gifts from the Past #ChosenByKids

This is a sponsored post for Walmart, as part of the Chosen By Kids Campaign. All thoughts and opinions expressed are solely my own. Best Gift I Received as a Child When I was little, we used to always ask for one "big" gift, and then several other smaller gifts that we'd like to have. Our parents would then pass along the smaller gift list to other relatives who wanted ideas of what types of things we were interested in. It worked well for us, and I do the same for my children each holiday season. I have a few…
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Nature Valley #MyAdventure #GetOUTThere

This post is brought to you by Nature Valley, with my sincere THANKS! for the generous package they sent me! We are a very active family,  with all three kids involved in a variety of sports and school activities, so we are on the go 7 days a week! When we do happen to have a spare weekend, or even just a weekend day free of all obligations, we try to spend that time exploring New England. This is a beautiful area, we are fortunate to be within an hour of both mountains, beach, and big city life. We've spent…
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How to Prevent Your Teenager from Experimenting with Drugs

Disclosure: This is a sponsored guest post. How to Prevent Your Teenager from Experimenting with Drugs There are many different methods that parents, schools, and communities employ to increase efforts for drug prevention among teenagers. One of the most popular programs used in school is These methods have proven to show some positive results, but beyond the program, there are a number of ways parents can educate their children about the dangers of drugs. Morningside Recovery Center therapists suggest that parents should take action in the following ways if they feel their children may be experimenting with illegal substances. Teenagers…
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BodyArmor

Disclosure: BodyArmor sent me a generous box of their products to sample and facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are solely my own. All three of my kids are active in sports activities, and I was joking with their dad that he needs to buy me a TAXI sign for my car, because I now spend more time shuttling them around than I do anywhere else! The kids are in 2 different schools, with different start and dismissal times, across town from one another. Morning carpool isn't too bad, but once the afternoon trip starts around 2, I am on…
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VTech Care Line SN6197 Phone #VTechCareLine

Disclosure: VTech sent me the VTech Care Line SN6197 Phone to review, but they haven’t reviewed or approved what I wrote below. While this phone is meant to be a product that we can give to our parents and/or grandparents to help them remain safe and secure, yet independent as they age, it's also a product that we have begun to use in our own home after I tested it out, and I intend to continue to use it. I'll share with you the features, and why it's a phone I'd like for my parents and grandparents to have, then share why…
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Top 5 Wedding Dresses Under $200 #LightInTheBoxWedding

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Coupons. com. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. Some of my close friends have been  HUGE fans of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo since the show first aired. Every time we talk, one particular friend talks about how much she loves watching the show and following along on Twitter during the broadcast. She finally convinced me to watch and we have a blast watching and texting during the show. On the recent season finale, which aired Aug. 14, Anna Shannon wore a wedding dress she…
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7 Uses for Paper Towels

This article is sponsored by Viva. I have three boys approaching their teens. I only THOUGHT I used a lot of paper towels cleaning up messes when they were little! Now that they are older, they are able to help clean up after themselves, so it's important that I have quality materials on hand to get the job done. My former beloved brand wasn't working out well. They were using almost half a roll on a smallish mess. So, we had to experiment to find a new brand that works well for this season of life. I am pleased to…
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Finding the Best Baby Stroller

Out For A Stroll — Finding the Best Baby Stroller Babies aren’t too concerned about the brand names of their strollers . . . and neither should their parents be! It may seem like just another thing to check off the list when expecting a new baby, but purchasing a stroller, can be quite a personal process. Rather than simply landing on the most well-known model out there, the one you and your family settle on should be a direct reflection of your particular lifestyle: where you live, how many children you currently have or hope to have, even how athletic you’d like…
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The Frugal Way Back To School

The Frugal Way Back To School Exhausted parents across the country may be looking forward to back-to-school day, but it can get pretty expensive, depending on how many kids you need to buy for during this season! Be sure you don't miss our Back To School Giveaway, to help the winner with some back to school supplies, but don't worry if you don't win, there are plenty of other ways you can send the little ones off without breaking the bank. Tips & Tricks It's a rare parent who manages to survive the new term without having to splurge on something the kids…
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10 Dorm Room Essentials with Kleenex #KleenexStyle

This article is sponsored by Kleenex + Walmart As the Back To School Rush is approaching and many of us have children returning to school or even going off to college for the first time, it can seem very overwhelming trying to figure out just what is essential and not to be forgotten! I think back on my own dorm room experience fondly, and laugh with my former roommates about our first few days after moving in. Our dorm rooms were set up like mini apartments, and we all figured out quickly that we didn't know much about cooking, cleaning,…
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JCPenney Optical $30 Kids Eyewear Sale and $30 Gift Card #Giveaway {CLOSED}

I received a JCPenney gift card for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. One of my children wears glasses, and we are fortunate that we have very good Vision Insurance. However, our insurance only covers one pair of frames every 24 months and one pair of lenses every 12 months. While he is very careful with his glasses, he has broken them before, and even with replacement insurance, they are expensive to replace! We were so thankful we bought 2 pairs at the JCPenney Optical Kids Eyewear Sale last…
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