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Swiffer it Forward with the #ASPCA — the #SwifferEffect

My husband and I married right out of graduate school for me and law school for him so our first few years definitely had that feeling of “playing house.” Once we had managed to keep a plant alive (an astoundingly hardy basil plant), we felt ready to graduate to animals. Our first, Calypso, is a sweet and acrobatic Russian Blue but we were determined that our second adoptee would be a shelter pet. We searched every Texas shelter and pet rescue in a 30 mile radius but we just couldn’t find our kitty–finally we spotted him! He was a little fluffier than we wanted but incredibly sweet. We took him out of the crate and he immediately perched on my husband’s shoulder like a parrot. According to the shelter workers, he was … Read entire article »

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How I Found My Self-Confidence

How I Found My Self-Confidence

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. The bullying began in middle school and continued through high school graduation. My smile in old yearbook photos may have concealed the pain I felt, but the photos awaken memories. I was determined to excel and to put on a happy face. Test scores and awards provided … Read entire article »

November 1 is National Brush Day

November 1 is National Brush Day

Four minutes. Four minutes a day is all it takes to keep our mouths healthy. As a mom, I can attest to the frustration that is involved with getting kids to brush their teeth. It starts when they are little, and they kick and scream before letting you pry their mouths open to scrub off they day’s meals from their teeth. As … Read entire article »

Animal Planet Pet Parade and Costumes

Animal Planet Pet Parade and Costumes

We love to dress up as a family on Halloween and go trick or treating. Our family is sure to include the animals in on the fun.  For the forth year in a row Animal Planet is hosting a virtual Halloween a pet parade featuring its line of costumes. When they contacted me about dressing up one of my pets … Read entire article »

DVDs That Get Us Through Rainy Days!

DVDs That Get Us Through Rainy Days!

What to do on a rainy day? Pop some popcorn and pop in a movie! It may seem like a no-brainer, but once winter comes and that rain turns to snow, you’ll be thanking me later! I was able to see a screener of new DVD that just came out called Hero that highlights the values of fatherhood, sports, and playing … Read entire article »

Fall Skin Care Update with Bremenn Clinical™ Skin Care

Fall Skin Care Update with Bremenn Clinical™ Skin Care

* I was sent this product to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* The leaves are starting to change color and the air is getting cooler- fall is finally here! It happens to be my favorite season :-) But with the cooler weather comes a whole new set of skin issues. What was once oily is now … Read entire article »

Get Organized for Back-to-School with the Epson LW-600P Portable Label Printer

Get Organized for Back-to-School with the Epson LW-600P Portable Label Printer

*I was provided with an Epson LW-600P Portable Label Printer to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.” For those of you who are already Type A and super-duper organized, I don’t need to proselytize on the beauty that is the label. You already know that labels are good for school items, food in the fridge, closet and … Read entire article »

Car Seat Checks for Child Passenger Safety Week

Car Seat Checks for Child Passenger Safety Week

As a mom, this is a sobering fact: Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children age 1 to 13 in the USA. We often take for granted plopping our kids in the car, buckling them up, and heading out for our day. Our babies (no matter how old they may be!) are precious cargo. As parents, … Read entire article »

Room for More in the Toyota Venza

Room for More in the Toyota Venza

(Disclosure: I received a Toyota Venza to drive for week for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own) My oldest son started first grade this week and that means I am out the door early with a car load of kid gear, booster seats and my own work items including laptop, lunch and layered jacket since our air conditioner is … Read entire article »

Be Prepared for National Preparedness Month

Be Prepared for National Preparedness Month

Living on the east coast, it was easy to brush off national weather phenomena. Scary tornados were usually confined to the Midwest, deadly earthquake were a West Coast thing, treacherous blizzards stayed to our north, and devastating hurricanes to our south. But over the years, we’ve had our fair share of bad weather hits, especially in recent years. Super Storm … Read entire article »