Five Mother’s Journals That Mom Will Actually Use

Mother’s Day is coming up and trust me, mom doesn’t need another mug or pen or brooch. Flowers die and candy boxes never live up to their promise. So what’s a kid to do? Invest in a journal. My mom has been writing in journals for years (I can’t wait to crack open those babies one day.) Writing is great for destressing (which every mom needs!) And journals make a great place to save memories for kids.

But don’t pick up a pretty blank book and call it a day. Instead opt for one of these journals which not only make writing a snap but also open up the lines of communications between mom and kids.
Journals for Mom
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Small Changes for Earth Day

Small Changes for Earth Day
Lately Calamity Jane is totally inspired by her hero Jane Goodall which means she is all about doing everything she can to help endangered animals and save the earth. But not every thing has to be a action like moving to live with the monkeys.

Small changes can make a difference too.
Here are some small changes you can make today to celebrate Earth Day everyday!
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5 Ways to Amp Up Your Smartphone

This post is in partnership with US Cellular.

I have written before about how my eight year old has a cooler phone than I do. When I joined the US Cellular program, we made the decision to give Calamity Jane the iPhone5 to use as her phone when away from us. And it serves as our house phone since I fear otherwise they would never learn how to answer a phone. Or will phones have died out by the time they are adults?

Though I am happy they have it, only the best for my kids an all, I am still a little jealous. But at least I can amp up my phone with the following tips…
Five Ways Up to Amp Up Your Mobile
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Five Awesome Fort Building Secrets

It’s been a rather mild winter here, snow wise. The freezing temps arrived but no flurries. That is going to change this weekend and I am kind of looking forward to it. There’s something about being home bound that just invites coziness. Popsecret is perfect for cozy days. They’ve sponsored this post as part of their #PopSecretForts movement.

1. Make an instant fort with an umbrella. If you have one kiddo or a few that each needs their own personal space, grab a nice big sturdy umbrella and open it. Then drape a blanket or sheet over it and add a flashlight. Tada! Instant hideout!

2. Gather supplies: blankets, sheets, pillows, chairs. And snacks!

3. Clothespins take it to the next level. You can have a fort extend across an entire basement if you have a bag of clothespins.

4. Take over the dining room table with a full scale hangout. Use the chairs to expand!

5. To really step it up, go beyond the blankets with cardboard boxes. Here are some great ideas to get you started!

So whether or not it’s snowing where you live build a pillow fort with your child this weekend! Eat some Pop Secret popcorn and read a few books. Make sure to snap a photo of your child and pillow fort creation, then use the hashtag #popsecretforts. Each person who submits their photo to Pop Secret Facebook page will also be eligible to receive a host of mystery prizes and rewards while supplies last. And while your at the Pop Secret Facebook page download a coupon for $1 off, along with a flag to claim your pillow fort.

Tackling Those Resolutions

Happy new year! Yeah, I know it was last week but the first Monday back at school is my new year. I mean I did write out all of my resolutions on the first but today is the day I start to put them into action. In partnership with Minute Clinic, this sponsored post is about a few ways to get a jump start on goals for 2015!
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12 Days of Christmas Traditions

Family Holiday Traditions
This holiday season I wanted to share some of the traditions we have, especially since we are a non traditional Christmas family! These twelve traditions are ones we have developed as a couple and as a family. They help make the season more special and more meaningful for us. Most importantly, they bring us together as a family.

You can click through to see our list and I would love to hear what you consider to be a holiday tradition. After all, there is always room for a new tradition!
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Move Your Mountain, Or Help Move Someone Else’s

As we move into the holiday season full swing, I wanted to let you know about the site Move Your Mountain. They asked me to check out their site and write a post about it and I was so moved by the stories I found on this unique social funding community fundraising site.
Move Your Mountain Fundraising Site
There are a lot of social support sites out there but I loved the personal touch of the stories I saw on Move Your Mountain, especially The True Love Bucket List couple.
True Love Bucket List
They couldn’t be more different from me but I was touched by their story and the love they have for each other. It’s fascinating to read through the stories on the site and read about causes that inspire people and what dreams people have. Check it out; I think you will find it just as addicting.

And if you have a goal you need help with or a cause you want to raise money for, the site makes it easy to get started. I love that they guide you through setting everything up and writing a compelling story. And then walk you through spreading the word on social media, which can be daunting for many people. Plus the pricing is upfront and clear.

Jump into the Shark Tank with U.S. Cellular

As part of my sponsored partnership with U.S. Cellular, I am happy to share this information about their partnership with ABC’s “Shark Tank. They have created ”“Shark Tank Meets Main Street,” a strategic collaboration with ABC’s “Shark Tank” that harnesses the credibility and reach of this popular and award-winning show to support small businesses in the U.S. Cellular footprint and beyond.

To start, U.S. Cellular brought provided access to the prime time show via a casting tour exclusively in their footprint, giving small businesses the opportunity to pitch their business, product or idea for a chance to appear before the Sharks on Shark Tank, airing on national TV. To make the casting call experience top notch, U.S. Cellular provided a first of its kind experience on site, inclusive of hospitality areas, charging stations, beverages, and giveaways.

Now it’s your turn!
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Please Join Us for the Miracle Marathon

Why The Miracle Marathon
Rarely have I felt as strongly about a blogging project as I do about the one I am embarking on with the girls next week. Being a lead blogger for the Miracle Marathon isn’t just about numbers or awareness or charity for me. It’s about thanking the people who helped my daughter through surgery and continue to help her. Having a Children’s Hospital in town can make all the difference in not only the experience but also your child’s health.

I firmly believe that the innovations and support system Miracle Network hospitals are able to offer make a huge different in the well being of the children in their community. And the Miracle Marathon is such an appropriate way to raise money because it’s about improving your own health by getting active every day while you raise money for a great cause.

And what does this money go towards? Look at some of the things my daughter experienced while being treated at MU…
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Super Fun Beauty Giveaway!


Welcome To The Fit Girls Get Pretty Giveaway!

This giveaway is hosted by MeOnlyBetterFitness and comes about because of a very special and exciting occasion. Veronica Spriggs founder of MeOnlyOnlyBetterFitness is a finalist in the Beachbody Challenge!

She has lost nearly 300 pounds and is now in the running to win $100,000! View the amazing transformation here. You can help by casting your vote for Veronica S. In the Beachbody Challenge Annual Contest. By doing so you will be entered for a chance to win this amazing Beauty Basket valued at $300. Vote EVERY DAY until the contest ends to increase your chance of winning.


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How To Vote:



You will need to sign up for a free account at Once you’ve done that just log in and vote for Veronica S! You can vote once a day every vote increases your chances to win. Once you’ve voted be sure to enter your the email you used to register in the Rafflecopter form.



Here is the official giveaway prize list

  • BH Cosmetics 120 Color Palette 3rd Edition – Value $34.95
  • Bath & Body Works Amber Blush Fragrance Mist – Value $14
  • Bath & Body Works Amber Blush Shower Gel – Value $12.50
  • Bath & Body Works Amber Blush Lotion – Value $12.50
  • Giorgio Red 3oz (Sample No top Included) Value $40
  • Urban Decay DeSlick XL (Extra Large) Value $30
  • Nordstrom Natruals Palette – Value $15
  • Coastal Scents Juicy Pink Lip Quad – Value $6.95
  • Coastal Scents Passion Berry Lip Quad Value $6.95
  • Lorac Starry Eyed Trio – Value $27
  • Lorac CoStars Lip Duo – Value $22
  • Lorac Lip Liner – Value $19
  • Urban Decay Lip Love – Value $12
  • Urban Decay Ink For Eyes – Value $20
  • Shaun T’s T25 Core Speed from Beachbody – Value $19.95
  • Make Up Case packed with Deluxe Samples from Urban Decay, StriVectin, Lancome, Laura Mercer, Living Proof, Amore Pacific, a pair of Swarovski Crystal Earrings and more!