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My Favorite Vehicles at the 2017 New England Auto Show #ToyotaBoston

This post is sponsored by and partnering with Toyota Boston to attend the 2017 New England International Auto Show. All views expressed are that of our own. My Favorite Vehicles at the 2017 New England Auto Show I am so thankful that I was asked to join She Buys Cars as an ambassador at the 2017 New England Auto Show. As someone who has had Car Buying Anxiety for many years, it wouldn't seem like this would be a good fit for me, but my car buying experiences here in New England with Grappone Automotive Group and their no-haggle pricing…
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The gadget all busy parents need

This post is sponsored by Verizon, all thoughts and opinions are my own. The gadget all busy parents need We are longtime Verizon customers. Over the years, they've provided quality products and great service for our family. We've established guidelines for when our kids will each get their own phones, because as they begin competing on middle school sports teams and stay after school for clubs and meetings, we need to make sure they have a reliable phone to communicate with us. Recently, when it was time for Nick and one of the boys to upgrade, they selected Google XL's…
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2017 New England International Auto Show #Giveaway #ToyotaBoston

This post is sponsored by and partnering with Toyota Boston to attend the 2017 New England International Auto Show and offering the giveaway mentioned in this post.  All views expressed are that of our own. We are entering our 5th year living in New England. When we first moved here, we quickly realized that we needed to upgrade one of our vehicles to a 4 wheel drive. The town road crews do an excellent job of quickly clearing and treating the roads when storms hit, but sometimes you get caught out in them, and at other times, the snow is…
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Holiday Gift Guide

Thermos Travel Mug & Thermos Soup Mug

Thermos Soup Mug A few weeks ago, my partners at Thermos sent me a Thermos Soup Mug and Thermos Travel Mug. My kids are all in middle school, and they do not have a microwave in their cafeteria. They are able to bring lunch from home or get a hot lunch. They primarily get the hot lunch, because it's the "cool" thing to do, but they've figured out which items they like, which they can tolerate, and which they'd rather not eat. If it's something they don't want to eat, they've been struggling to come up with ideas for things that…
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How to make traveling with a Baby easier

Traveling with a Baby Traveling with a baby can be challenging, if you don't make preparations before you hit the road. Granted, no one can prepare for EVERY situation that may arise (thank goodness for superstores near highway exits!), or for a baby that gets fussy for no apparent reason, BUT, you can try to anticipate situations that will occur. As the holiday season approaches, many families will hit the road to travel with their kids, to visit other family members. As the kids get older, I've found traveling DOES get a bit easier (though different issues need to be…
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Summer 2016 #MiniVantures {Part 2}

You can click this link to read about our Summer 2016 #MiniVantures {Part 1} Day 3: Bristol, TN As we left Pennsylvania, we traveled south, crossing the Mason-Dixon Line. We passed through Maryland, into West Virginia, and continued through Virginia. The views in Virginia are simply stunning. The mountains are gorgeous, and the entire area is full of so much history! We saw signs all along the highway about the various battlegrounds. We tuned the AM Radio in to the designated channel hoping for some tidbits of information, but it was a terrible signal and only gave driving directions to the…
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Summer 2016 #MiniVantures {Part 1}

1 Week Prior to Departure Day: I was at home finalizing the route I wanted to take, and estimating how far I thought we could drive each day. I didn't want to make reservations for hotels, except for the first night, because I wasn't sure just how far we'd make it each day. I had my travel checklist complete, I knew what I needed to pack for everyone, and what I needed to shop for. Around lunchtime, the phone rang. It was the Middle School Nurse. A child had fallen in the parking lot on the asphalt where they have…
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Visiting Hershey, PA #MiniVantures #ChocolateWorld

Visiting Hershey, PA When we departed New Hampshire on our trek halfway across the country to Tennessee this past June, we planned our first stop to be in Hershey, Pennsylvania. We left town a bit later than planned, due to the Departure Day Drama, but full of excitement for what was in store! We had Cuddles with us, so we needed a pet friendly place to spend the night. The only pet friendly hotel in the area with a vacancy, was the Red Roof Inn. It was dark and rainy as we were driving, so we couldn't really see much of…
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Plantronics BackBeat FIT Bluetooth Stereo Headset #MiniVanTures

Thank you to my partners at Verizon for allowing me to test out the newly released HTC 10 as we depart for a summer of MiniVanTures, and for sponsoring a Giveaway of a Plantronics BackBeat FIT Bluetooth Stereo Headset. My kids and I are departing on a journey this summer, visiting or passing through at least 10 states, maybe more depending on what route we decide to take home. When my partners at Verizon heard that I was taking a long trip, they generously offered to let me test out the newly released HTC 10 with it's fantastic video/camera, updated apps,…
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Summer Beach Must Haves, because Life’s A Beach!

  Summer Beach Must Haves, because Life's A Beach! We are fortunate to live less than an hour from the beach, however, since we live in New England, the water is COLD. Even in August. It's COLD. My kids are brave enough to jump in, but I don't like to be cold like that :) I do love going to the beach though, it's really relaxing to just spend time together as a family, read a good book, and enjoy nature. There are few places to park, "Close" to the beach area, so often we need to walk a bit.…
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Things Remembered

The personalized Baggallini® Avenue Tote Bag from Things Remembered will soon be your go-to bag. Lightweight and roomy, this purse has a place for everything, with interior organizational pockets, a padded compartment for laptops up to 15", and a zippered smartphone pocket. Holiday Gift Guide: Baggallini® Black Avenue Tote Details: Things Remembered, the nation's leading retailer of personalized merchandise, is offering customizable gifts this holiday season. I received a Baggallini® Black Avenue Tote, monogrammed with my initials on it, and I am infatuated with it! Should you see me out and about around New England or at a Conference, I'll be happy…
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Winter Emergency Supplies to keep in your car.

Winter is unpredictable, it's important to know which Winter Emergency Supplies to keep in your car, so you aren't caught unprepared! The first year we lived in New England, we found out just how much we didn't know about being prepared for winter weather. We found ourselves unprepared for many different situations, and 3 years later, we're still learning. Things come up that you just weren't aware were even possibilities, so you don't know to prepare for them. I'm hoping I can save someone some stress by sharing with you a few things we've found useful and helpful. I don't…
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Warm Up with Winter Savings $500 Hyatt Digital GC #Giveaway {Ends 12/4} #InAHyattWorld

Don't let winter's cold blast give you the blues, escape to a tropical location, and let Hyatt help you warm up with winter savings! This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic. Winter is rapidly approaching, and the cold air is seeping in here in New Hampshire. Thinking back to last Thanksgiving, we were literally freezing when a blizzard hit, and knocked out power for a few days, as we were buried in snow. Ugh. Today, our snow plow person stopped by and placed the stakes…
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HP and PicCollage work together so you can print photos from your phone! #PicCollage #HP

I am participating in a promotional program with HP, PicCollage, and MomSelect. While this post is sponsored by them, the thoughts and opinions expressed are solely my own. HP and PicCollage work together so you can print photos from your phone! Recently, I got a new HP Envy 7640 printer (NOT part of this promotion, just for your reference, because I think it's helpful to know what type of printer I was using when I printed these pictures). I tend to take the vast majority of my pictures with my phone, and it wasn't compatible with the existing printer we had to print…
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Car Valet #PFHGG

Holiday Gift Guide: Car Valet Great gift idea for: All drivers in the family Age Range: Ages 16+ Cost: $ Details: Car Valet is a new, organizational tool for your car. It fills the gap between your seat and the console and holds all your needed items within close reach so you can safely keep your eyes on the road. Best of all, the organizer doesn’t take up extra seat space or ruin the aesthetic of your vehicle. Buy It Now: Car Valet can be purchased at the Car Valet website and also at Walmart and Bed Bath & Beyond. My Thoughts: I received…
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