What to Take on a Cross Country Road Trip with Kids Under 6
August 3, 2018

What to Take on a Cross Country Road Trip with Kids Under 6

I received some of these items complimentary to facilitate this article.  There are also affiliate links in this post.  I only write about products that I like.  All opinions are my own. We had been getting ready for this road trip for a year.  After living in Florida for 24 years, we decided to make a change and move back to Arizona, where I grew up.  Florida has been my home though, a place where I grew up as a person and blossomed into a young woman, got married and had children. As we were preparing for the trip, I realized that I had never been on a road trip longer than a day.  Even a day trip, maybe four hours.  In those situations, you …

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Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana Scottsdale
July 25, 2018

Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana Scottsdale

Thank you to Pomo Pizzaria for hosting me to facilitate this article. When was the last time you went to an Italian restaurant? I mean a real Italian restaurant. Not a NY style Italian that really serves American food with Italian names. I'm talking about an Italian restaurant where almost the majority of the ingredients come from Italy. And again, not some commercial European business importing low quality Italian olive oil. I mean high-end Italian ingredients sourced for their quality and authenticity, regardless of their cost. So now that I've set the ground rules, I will ask you again… when was the last time you went to an Italian restaurant? The answer for the great majority of you is going to be never. Sure, we’ve all had …

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Why It's Not Too Late to Make the Switch to Mineral Sunscreen
July 17, 2018

Why It's Not Too Late to Make the Switch to Mineral Sunscreen

This is a Sponsored Post for Goddess Garden.  However, all opinions are my own.  It's been six years now, since I have dived into the world of organic sunscreen.  It was a little scary for me as I didn't know anything about it.  When I worked in the cosmetics industry in big retailers, we were always educated on the effects of the sun and how it damages the skin, but the traditional sunscreens I sold were packed with synthetic chemicals which were never talked about, like oxybenzone, a common chemical sunscreen that was named allergen of the year in 2014. Unfortunately, and fortunately I didn't get the importance of organic, mineral sunscreen until I had children. But it's never too late to make the switch from …

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The First-Ever Monster Jam Dirt Show is Coming to the BB&T Center
July 17, 2018

The First-Ever Monster Jam Dirt Show is Coming to the BB&T Center

I received complimentary tickets to facilitate this post. However, all opinions are my own. I've got some exciting news for my South Florida peeps! The first-ever Monster Jam dirt show at BB&T Center is coming into town from August 11-12!  It's an incredible family‐friendly experience starring the biggest performers on four wheels.  Monster Jam is taking their show to the next level, combining spontaneous entertainment with the ultimate off-road, motorsport competition, and featuring the most recognizable trucks in the world including El Toro Loco, FTI Torque, Grave Digger, Ice Cream Man and XTermigator.  It's going to be insane! We are so excited to see these twelve‐feet‐tall, ten‐thousand‐pound machines!  Monster Jam provides a massive night’s entertainment tailored perfectly for your family’s budget, and these colorful, larger‐than‐life beasts …

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How to Entertain with Wheat and Gluten Free Snacks
July 15, 2018

How to Entertain with Wheat and Gluten Free Snacks

This post was sponsored by Blue Diamond® Nut-Thins and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. My kids and I are snackaholics.  We love snacking, especially on crispy, crunchy foods, like crackers and chips.  However, these don't always sit well with us.  I have noticed my kids having blotchy skin and breakouts after eating gluten.  I also don't feel good eating wheat, so I have eliminated it for the most part. Of course, my kids just want a tasty snack.  They don't take into consideration whether it is gluten free or not.  It's up to me to find that out and make sure it meets their little picky standards. Children don't understand the benefits of a wheat and gluten free snack.  They care about flavor, yet …

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Why Fresh Produce is Essential for Canning
July 11, 2018

Why Fresh Produce is Essential for Canning

This is a Sponsored Post for Ball with Everywhere Agency.  However, all opinions are my own. I love preserving food and canning. Whether it be making jam, meal prepping, or simply storing beans and pasta.  It is a no-brainer for a busy mom like myself.  But what's the point in canning if you're not using the freshest ingredients? Why would you can and preserve something that is not at its freshest? And where do you find the freshest ingredients? I have purchased my fruits and veggies from grocery stores and either scrubbed them or purchased organic only to be disappointed by the quality. So, I started going to Farmers Markets. I like to learn about where the produce is locally grown, and get to know the people.   …

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A Staycation at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort Before Our Cross Country Road Trip
June 28, 2018

A Staycation at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort Before Our Cross Country Road Trip

I received a complimentary stay at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort to facilitate this article.  However, all opinions are my own. We had about three days before we were heading out of Florida.  Florida, my home for the last 24 years was now in the distant past as we were getting ready for a new chapter in our lives in Phoenix, Arizona. I lived in Phoenix once upon a time.  But I "grew up" in Florida.  First Miami Beach, then Midtown, North Miami, Parkland, and finally Deerfield Beach. What better way to start our journey than a staycation!  With all the prepping for the big move, the kids getting out of school, packing, etc., we really needed it.  Who can say no to 33 steps from the …

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#StartingIsBelieving Twitter Chat
May 31, 2018

#StartingIsBelieving Twitter Chat

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Bloggin’ Mamas & the Florida Prepaid College Board. All opinions expressed are my own. Summer is a great time to save for college, especially with a little help from Florida Prepaid. Through June 30, if you open a tax-advantaged Florida 529 Savings Plan. They'll seed your account with $25 and set up automatic monthly contributions. Plus, they'll add another $25 as part of their 529 Summer Jump-Start Promotion.* That's a fantastic deal! There is no age limit, you don't have to be a Florida resident to purchase and the plan can be used nationwide; so it's a flexible option for parents who don't want to commit to a Florida Prepaid College Savings Plan yet OR it can be used …

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3 Ways to Get Your Skin Summer Ready
May 28, 2018

3 Ways to Get Your Skin Summer Ready

This is a Sponsored Post for Silk'n, however; all opinions are my own. As summer approaches, the bathing suits come out, the diets start, and the task of putting the kids in summer camps is on the list of things to do. We prep and prime, pluck and shave, and the beauty rituals begin so that we can look summer fresh, all by putting a huge dent in our wallet and irritating our skin.  What we do for to look good! There are three things I do to get summer ready, all without spending too much money and causing discomfort. 1.Exfoliate Exfoliate Exfoliate There's nothing like beautiful, glowing skin.  The skin can only receive the benefits of serums and creams if it's primed properly.  You need to get rid of …

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How to Pull off the "No Makeup" Makeup Look when Pushing Fifty
May 11, 2018

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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