Cook your own Authentic Costa Rican Meal at Arenal Vida Campesina
March 21, 2019

Cook your own Authentic Costa Rican Meal at Arenal Vida Campesina

  This trip was made possible through Il Viaggio Travel and Family Travel Association. However, all opinions are my own. I recently spent six days in Costa Rica enjoying everything the country has to offer through a family focused tour operator called: Costa Rica Family Holidays. We could not have truly enjoyed these beautiful sites without our amazing tour guide Luis Diego Soto from Il Viaggio Travel. We visited many family friendly destinations during our trip to Costa Rica, including Arenal Vida Campesina, a self-sustained, organic, cultural education center. There are many things to do at Arenal Vida Campesina and it makes for a great family destination where all ages will find something to enjoy.  You will learn about the culture and take an educational tour of this beautiful organic …

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5 Easy Ways To Calm Kids Down
March 10, 2019

5 Easy Ways To Calm Kids Down

This is a sponsored post for BookRoo, however, all opinions are mine. There are affiliate links in this post which means if you click on something and make a purchase, I receive a commission.  It happens in a split of a second. It only takes the wrong outfit or food touching each other. I've even listed reasons for crazy behavior in my article in the Huffington Post, 19 Reasons My Son Cries. I like to make light of it because, let's face it, we must laugh. Without laughing, I would not get through life. But the truth is, that all of it is very real. Kids have big feelings and sometimes don't know what to do with them. I can relate. But I have found some …

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How to Make a Play Room Look Like a Living Room Space
March 6, 2019

How to Make a Play Room Look Like a Living Room Space

  This is a Sponsored Post for Home Depot.  However, all opinions are my own. Last year, we moved from Florida to Arizona and settled into a bigger house. In Florida things were a little cramped and the kids shared a room. Now they both have their own rooms and we have a huge back yard and extra space for them to have their own playroom. Yea! It was a total win moving to Arizona. With all this space, we have a playroom which is also a front living room and it looks cluttered.  We need some major home improvement. My visions of having tea with a friend while the kids play were starting to look slim.  No one wants to sit in a pile of …

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How to Pull off the "No Makeup" Makeup Look when Pushing 50
March 2, 2019

How to Pull off the

I received Giorgio Armani Beauty products to facilitate this article.  However, all opinions are my own. Ah, that big scary number "50" is no longer scary to me. These days 50 is the new 35ish.  I loved Giorgio Armani Beauty when I was 35 years-old and I love it now that I am 47 years-old. I'm not afraid of 50! But I am a firm believer that every woman over 40 should wear Giorgio Armani Beauty.  Because, let's face it; that youthful glow we took advantage of when we were younger slips away as we age.  It's just part of the process.  We can do all the masks and peels but in the end Giorgio Armani's signature "Armani Glow" brings it back.  For good. I am …

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15 Easy DIY Easter Crafts for Kids
February 26, 2019

15 Easy DIY Easter Crafts for Kids

Easter is around the corner and I am trying to drum up some new crafts for the kids.  They love Easter, more than Valentine's Day, so we try to make it a big deal in our house.  We don't do big Easter Baskets, but instead we get crafty.  That's not to say they don't get a ton of candy and chocolate for Easter but Easter Baskets are not the priority in our house. Last Easter I did a couple of fun Easter Crafts with my boys, like the Bird's Nests Easter Treats and the Bunny Pops. The Bird's Nests were just an excuse to get sugared up! But the best craft we did was the Keepsake DIY Painted Eggs. This is an awesome craft because you can personalize …

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6 DIY Easter Bunny Treats
February 17, 2019

6 DIY Easter Bunny Treats

I was never into Easter decorations and sweets until I had kids.  In Greece, Easter is a major religious holiday and in England we had a chocolate egg filled with chocolates but no Easter Baskets. When I moved to the U.S. it was a little strange getting an Easter Basket.  So, I still don't really do anything too big for the kids.  I'd rather make stuff with them.  I hide some eggs and get some items from  Target to build a little basket for them.  But I don't like to be excessive. I do really love fun DIY Easter Bunny treats though and so do the kids. So, I found 6 really awesome DIY Easter Bunny treats to make this Easter. The first one is my …

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How to take a Solo Vacation Guilt Free
February 15, 2019

How to take a Solo Vacation Guilt Free

This is a Sponsored Post.  However, all opinions are my own. How many times do people tell us moms to take a vacation solo? "You need to get away", they say, "have some time to yourself, without the kids." Well, it's easy for them to say but not so easy to do.  So, when I had the opportunity to take a vacation by myself, at first I said yes right away.  But then a little mom-guilt set in.  My boys were asking why they couldn't go.  I had just come back from a press trip to Costa Rica.  I had mom-guilt all the way! We do go on a lot of family trips, like the one where we stayed at the Wyndham Sedona. We go to Disney, …

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How to Live a Stress Free Life with Natural Vitality
February 13, 2019

How to Live a Stress Free Life with Natural Vitality

This post is sponsored by Natural Vitality, however, all opinions are my own.   This year I promised myself that I'd take better care of myself.  I know, I know, promises, promises. But good health is all about balance. This doesn't happen over night and I have made many mistakes to learn this.  Life can get so stressful that we lose that balance in our lives.  In the moments when we should be taking care of ourselves, we get so stressed and busy, we forget self-care.  But it's progress, not perfection.  I'm always striving for balance and a stress-free life. Taking care of myself means a healthy diet and a healthy mind and body.  I practice the Keto way of life and ease stress by …

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Keto Bars are Now Available in Lemon Poppyseed and Salted Caramel
February 11, 2019

Keto Bars are Now Available in Lemon Poppyseed and Salted Caramel

This post has affiliate links which means that if you click on a link and purchase something I will make a commission.  However, all opinions are my own. It's Monday peeps! Guess what? My favorite, clean, keto-friendly snack bars, Keto Bars, are now available in two brand new delicious flavors: Lemon Poppyseed and Salted Caramel. What are Keto Bars? They’re literally the cleanest bar on the planet. They: ✅ Taste like dessert, but have no sugar alcohols, dairy, fillers or junk ✅ Have 3g of net carbs ✅ Contain 10g+ of grass-fed collagen protein ✅ Are specially formulated to minimize impact to blood sugar levels Everything these days says “Keto” on it. But these actually are keto - meaning they won’t jack up your blood sugar and they won’t kick you out …

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How to make Chocolate Playdough
February 10, 2019

How to make Chocolate Playdough

By now, you would think that I know how to make chocolate playdough, but I've honestly never thought about it until my 4-year-old's teacher asked me to make it for the class.  We've made regular playdough, but never scented, especially chocolate scented! I'm not going to say no to my son's teacher, right? But then it opened the doors to other things like mud play dough and poop playdough.  Only a #boymom could understand why anyone would want to make poopplay dough.  My boys are obsessed with anything that is related to poop (farting, burping, etc.). Play dough has many benefits like teaching kid's fine motor skills and creativity.  There are even sensory benefits to using playdough.  I put the pot on the counter so that they …

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