Monday, September 25, 2017

Math is Stylish with the Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus CE #review #MBPBacktoSchool

Thank you to Texas Instruments for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared below are my own. 

Texas Instruments is a well known name in many households.  I remember when I was in high school and I got to shop for my calculator for math class.  That was many, many years ago and I don't remember which style it was or what specific class I needed it for. But I do remember that it was not as fancy or as pretty as they are today.  I also didn't need it until high school and know they are on the middle school supply list.  Times have sure changed but Texas Instruments has changed along with that and are still there to provide what students need to succeed.

Momma, You Don't Have To Do It Alone!

If you're a Mother, you'll know all the different roles you have to play in order to juggle everything from work life, family life, and relationships. It's never easy, and although you may put on a brave face because, well, that's just what you do - it's important to know that you're not alone. When times get tough, and you start to feel overwhelmed, it's okay to take a break and ask for help! That doesn't make you weak or a 'bad Mother' - it makes you a human being.

So if you feel like you're barely able to stay above water - it's time to take a load off. Here's how you can do that.

What is the Role of Youth Sports?

Our youngest is almost twelve weeks old and I soon go back to work full-time as a teacher and she is struggling with bottle feeding. If I told you that I'm taking the transition well I would be lying. I am looking forward to a more consistent routine but despite our best efforts, I'm terrified that she is going to scream all day just wanting her momma. 

Oska Pulse: A New Way to Manage Everyday Aches & Persistent Pain + Oska Pulse #Giveaway ($399.00 RV)

Thank you to Oska for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts shared are my own.

When I was in college, I slipped and fell, and blew my knee out- not once, but twice! At the time, the doctors weren't sure if I would need surgery, so they put me in a knee brace and immobilized me for six weeks after each injury. For years, my knee has given me trouble. I know that surgery is inevitable at this point, but with two little kids at home, being out of commission for a few weeks is out of the question. I've used over the counter medicines, topical creams, gels and sprays to try to manage the pain for years, and the pain just seems to be getting worse. My knee pain keeps me from doing things I enjoy, like hiking, certain types of exercise, etc. I've been looking for an easier way to manage the pain without medicines or surgery, and I think I've finally found the solution to my pain problem.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Enjoy an International Snacking Experience with MunchPak

Thank you to MunchPak for providing me with a complimentary box for my review. All thoughts are my own.

How do you like to snack? Do you ever find yourself in the mood for something sweet, salty, and maybe just a little bit different from the snacks that you normally reach for on the store shelves? Throughout my life, I've been known to graze, rather than eat large meals. It's just something that my family did when I was growing up. There was always food out to munch on, especially when we had family get-togethers. Snacking is just part of life for us, and we usually try to keep our snacks pretty healthy, but every now and then, we treat ourselves to something a little bit different. What if I told you that there's a simple way to discover tasty, interesting snacks from all over the world without ever having to leave home?

Dream Big

We all have at least one thing in common and that would be when we sleep we dream.  What we dream is something else entirely. Growing up we are told to dream big so we can set goals and work to achieve them.  As an adult, our dreams don't stop being big as our goals change over time.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Weekends with the Wigglesworths- That Was Fast!

Happy Saturday! I'm not sure how it happened so fast, but it's already the second to last weekend of September! This past week was a pretty busy one and I am excited to get a chance to relax, although it looks like we'll be running to a bunch of soccer games again this weekend. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Our Day At Biltmore Estate! #daytrips

As of late, I haven’t been anywhere but work, but I did want to share about a day trip my other half and I took for our anniversary awhile back. We spent the day at the beautiful Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. 

Stylish Organic Cotton PJs for Baby & Beyond: Finn + Emma + PJ Set

Thank you to Finn + Emma for providing me with product in exchange for my review. All thoughts shared are my own.

With the changing seasons, my kids always outgrow their well-worn and well-loved pajamas. They love to be comfy and cozy, and my 6-year-old would spend all day in his PJs if I'd let him. Baby S is learning the art of comfortable lounging, and what it means to enjoy a comfortable sleep. Neither of my children are easy sleepers. They must sleep in total darkness with white noise, weighted blankets, and the perfect temperature. Let's just say that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

On The Go Charging with MyCharge HUBMINI #review #giveaway

Thank you to MyCharge for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared below are my own. 

I am always on the go and my phone is always almost dead.  I have an older phone and it looses it's charge pretty quickly.  I feel like I am always looking for a charger at work to plug it into or plugging it up in the car as soon as I get in there.  I couldn't wait to try out the HubMini and see if it was going to become my phone's new best friend!

Wear Your Favorite Keepsakes from The Silver Sculptor! #review #giveaway

Thank you to The Silver Sculptor for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.

I have something so special to share with you!  This beautiful charm on my new necklace is my sweet Aiden's footprint!  Yes...his exact footprint.  This my friends, is one of the most special pieces of jewelry that I have and I love wearing it daily!  The Silver Sculptor can make your most special piece of jewelry also!

Ingredients You Recognize: DIY Lip Moisturizer AND Lip Exfoliator Recipes!

This lip balm cannot possibly be HOMEMADE, can it? Wait... that's a really cute label that must belong to a company somewhere, right? My homemade lip moisturizer is going to knock your socks off! You know what, the ingredients are so universal, go ahead and knock your socks off and rub some on those hoofs!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Learning to potty can be enjoyable! #PBS KIDS

Thank you to PBS for providing this product for review. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

When my son was an infant he had "colic" and screamed for 20+ hours per day for 10 months. We finally found a doctor that gave us options and discovered he had acid reflux. After a week of treatment, we had a calm cuddly little boy for the first time since his birth.

Change Can Be Beautiful! #WordlessWednesday

Ever find yourself stressed out about upcoming changes? D just started fifth grade, but there are times that I find myself thinking ahead and ever so slightly panicking about the changes that will come with sixth grade.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

It's time for some Winners!!

Happy Tuesday!  Hope you are all having a great week! We're excited to announce another round of recent MBP giveaway winners. We've had some fabulous giveaways recently, and as always, we thank you- our readers for entering, and thank our sponsors, as well!

Let's get down to the winner's list!

Keep Your Pool Perfectly Balanced with pHin #review

Thank you to pHin for the product. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

For those of you who own a pool, you know that testing your water and maintaining your chemicals can be challenging. 

I have been lucky enough to test out the pHin. This innovative product was created by Justin Miller and Mark Janes, both experienced and successful entrepreneurs. The pHin allows any pool owner to access the pool chemical information through a mobile device.

Easy Make & Freeze Breakfast Sandwiches

If mornings at your house are anything like mornings at mine, they're pretty crazy and you have little to no time to get everyone properly fed before you all have to be out the door and on your way to school, work, etc. I was spending so much time each morning, making different breakfast items for everyone, trying my best to make sure everyone got to eat something they liked... and then who would wind up not eating a proper meal? That's right, mom (i.e. me)! I finally wised up and decided to make a few freezable breakfast items that can be warmed in the microwave and eaten on the go. Our go-to breakfast meal is a sausage, egg & cheese English muffin sandwich. Easy to make, easy to freeze, and then easy to heat and eat- anywhere!

Britax Frontier ClickTight Harnessed Booster Seat #Giveaway

 It's Child Passenger Safety week! This week at Thrifty Nifty Mommy, Janessa is sharing reviews for some of the best car seats on the market. Today she's got a review of the Britax Frontier ClickTight. Make sure you head over and read her full review plus find out more about why ClickTight makes seatbelt installation a breeze.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Get Your Little Ones In the Zone with the New Light ‘n Go 3-in-1 Sports Zone from Little Tikes!

Thank you to Little Tikes for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts shared are my own.

We've had some really cool and rainy days in the Carolinas lately. I don't usually expect fall to arrive this early, but honey, it sort of feels like fall to me. September is often one of the hottest months of the year for us, but it's been so cool outside that we've had to don jackets every morning this week. Chilly temps and rain often mean that we can't get outside to play, and that's usually a bit of a bummer both for me and the kids. They love having the opportunity to run around outside, kicking the soccer ball around, and I love the easy entertainment! I have a feeling that we might as well settle in for a long and cool fall and winter season. No worries about not being able to play outside, though- we've got the perfect solution, thanks to Little Tikes!

Balancing Work & Home Life as a Work at Home Mom

It's not something that rolls easily off the tongue... I'm a blogger, that's my job. It's a job that a lot of people don't understand, and it incorporates so many more roles than just writing. I'm a writer, an editor, a photographer, a team manager, a web administrator, a social media manager, and more! I don't work 'normal' work hours, as I work from home or on the go. My job as a blogger or influencer helps to pay the bills and allows our family to have a lot of wonderful experiences that we might not have otherwise. As awesome as blogging looks or sounds to others, it's also tough on me and on my family.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

What is Love?

I think one falls in love in stages throughout their life.  People fall in love as kids and I call this puppy love.  Puppy love feels so real in the moment and it teaches you about yourself.  It teaches you what you want in a partner and what you are willing to compromise on to be with the one you love.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Perfect Picnic Basket for Late Summer Adventures by D'Eco Housewares #MBPEndofSummer

Thank you to D'Eco for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts shared are my own.

My family loves to picnic. Well, I should say that my husband and I love to picnic. It's just one of those things that we did when we were growing up, and nothing ever sounded more fun to us than packing a picnic lunch, heading to the park, and spending time with our families. These days, it's hard to convince kids that anything other than looking at a screen is fun. We try our very best to limit screen time and make sure that we're spending quality time together as a family. When the weather is nice, taking a picnic lunch somewhere is always a go-to activity, and we have lots of picnics planned for the fall.

DIY Chalkboard Door Reading Tree!

This past Summer, I found myself with a rising Kindergartner and rising 1st grader. If you have had children pass through these ages then you will know exactly how important reading becomes! Everything else they do and learn as they get older will stem from this cognitive ability to read and comprehend. But let's be real a sec. Can we be real? My grammar gets lost when I get real apparently. Reading is NOT ALWAYS FUN. Let me rephrase that, LEARNING to read is not always fun. Selfishly, I imagined my children and I clumped together in a pile on the sofa, our noses in our own separate fantasies for hours on end. I love to read, so obviously they will also love to read... right?

Weekends with the Wigglesworths- This Mom Needs a Time Out!

Happy Saturday! Can you believe we are already half-way through September?!? We've been so busy running here, there, and (seemingly) everywhere, that I can hardly keep track of the date. I know I was a little mopey about our lack of activities during the summer, but now it appears there was a reason for our season of near tranquility.... it was the "quiet before the storm". 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Do's and Don'ts When Choosing a Crib Mattress

Are you in need of a crib mattress? Shopping for a comfortable and safe mattress for your baby to be can be a bit tricky. Before you hit the road in search of a local big box baby gear store to find the perfect mattress, take some time and review the following helpful tips for buying a crib mattress.

Jumpstart Your Child's Education at Learning Steps Day Care & Preschool

This conversation is sponsored by Learning Steps Day Care & Preschool.

If you have little ones, you already know that sending them off to day care or preschool is a big decision and isn't to be taken lightly. There are many reasons to enroll a child in day care or preschool at an early age. My daughter is 17 months old, and my husband and I decided that we wanted to start her in school before the age her brother was when he started. We thought it would be better for her to get used to new surroundings, care givers, and social situations at a young age. Enrolling her in a local day school toddler class allows me to work from home, fully focused on my work two mornings a week. It also gives S the opportunity to enjoy playing with friends and learning from her wonderful teachers.

Build your imagination with Waffle Blocks!

Thank you to Little Tikes for providing product for me to review. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

I grew up with an older brother and I never quite understood his fascination with building blocks. I was the annoying little sister that just enjoyed knocking them over. I would play with them occasionally but I much preferred my baby dolls and Polly Pocket.

Tubing the New River with Wahoo's Adventures! #daytrip

My family had never been tubing before and my Dad had the brilliant idea to go one Sunday last month while my niece and nephew were in town visiting.  I was a little worried about my parents tubing, especially my mom because she has problems with her feet and isn't a steady walker.  My Dad booked our trip with Wahoo's Advnetures and the kids were so excited! We arrived at Wahoo's ready to go.  

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Little Ones Learn Their Messy ABC's with Elmo & Friends + Personalized Book Bundle #Giveaway #MBPBacktoSchool

Thank you to Put Me In the Story for providing me with product in exchange for my review. All thoughts shared are my own.

Just as much as my older son B likes to read, Baby S loves to read, as well. Both of my children were read to before they even made their grand entrance into the world. B would sit next to me, and sweetly read stories to 'mommy's tummy' while I was pregnant with S. They come by their love for reading honestly, as their grandmother is the head of the History Room at our local library, and their great grandmother was also a librarian. Everyone in our family loves to read, and it brings a big smile to my lips when I see my kids reaching for books rather than toys or the remote controls for the TV.

Zen Band, An Innovative Headband with Built-in Headphones

It is said that music is calming, motivating, and encouraging when we need it to be.  I was introduced to Zen Band from our friends at Blooming Wellness and given the opportunity to try the product in exchange for my honest review.  All thoughts are my own.

My Pet, My Friend.

I have had many pets over the years, but I had two favorite pets as a child.  One, was my hamster, Mushroom.  She was the sweetest hamster.  She loved to run in her ball and would come if you called her name.  I was maybe 9 or 10 when she passed away and I can still remember the way it made me feel and how I reacted.  My dad had left a plastic bag too close to her cage and she nibbled on it and I think she choked on it. My mom wasn't home at the time, but I called her and was screaming and crying into the phone about how my dad killed Mushroom.  I was hysterical.  As an adult, I am terrified of hamsters and wouldn't welcome another one.  Is it odd that a loved pet from childhood would be intimidating as an adult?

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

New Series for Elementary & Middle Grade Readers: The Nocturnals + Book Set #Giveaway #MBPBacktoSchool

 Thank you to Fabeled Films Press for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.

One of my favorite ways to pass the time is to sit down and get lost in a really good book. Lately, I haven't had a lot of extra time to spend reading like I used to. Most of the reading I do anymore is with my kids. I am so thankful that both of my kids love books. Every night, we sit down for about half an hour before bedtime and read together. This is something that I started doing with B when he was just a baby, and we've carried on the tradition through the years. Sometimes I read to him, he reads to me, or he reads board books to his baby sister. I always look forward to our reading time together.

Creamy Crunchy Chicken Bake for Dinner Tonight! (Recipe and How-To)

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday! It's mid-week and if you are anything like me, Friday is so close I can taste it! In the meantime, while we are still sitting over here on Wednesday, let's at least taste something delicious. I'm attempting to transfer this recipe from my head to something legible that other's can read and understand. I really want everyone to go make this. Now! Right now. If you're eating anything else for dinner tonight, you're missing out.

I think I've played it up enough now. Let's get to cooking!

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Is There a Doctor in Your House? There Can Be With Little Medical School #Review

Thank you to Little Medical School for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared below are my own.

"Momma, I have a booboo!", am I the only one that hears this about 100 times a day? Thankfully most of these "booboos" are pretend; my daughters love to play doctor. Now that my oldest is 4, she's also becoming more inquisitive. She wants to learn everything she can about her ever-growing interests. Sometimes moms need a little help answering "why?".

Protect Your Eyes with REKS Sunglasses #review #giveaway

Thanks to Reks for the sunglasses to review.  All opinions shared are my own.

I wear sunglasses every time I am outside, even when the sun isn't bright.  I have always had very sensitive eyes and am squinting even on cloudy days.  I'm always on the lookout for stylish sunglasses that also are comfortable to wear for long periods of time.  Reks sent me two pairs of their sunglasses and they have become my new favorites.

The Importance of Making Time for Your Spouse

Last weekend, my hubby and I had the pleasure of attending a wedding together. One of Sacha's buddies from high school and college finally found the girl of his dreams, and we were overjoyed to celebrate such a wonderful day with them. After we sent in our RSVP for the wedding a few months ago, Sacha's friend said, 'We'll be so excited to see you, and we're really looking forward to meeting your kids!' After Sacha told me this, I felt slightly guilty. You see, we had already decided not to bring the kids along to the wedding.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

5 Ground Level Tips to Help Kickstart That Back Pocket Business Idea You've Been Carrying Around

This is a sponsored post. All thoughts shared are my own.

We've all heard the expression, "The early bird gets the worm." The bird pictured above was so early, he not only got the worm, he got every other bird's worm (aka his competition) as well. 

Starting a business can be intimidating, time-consuming and full of trial and error. I cannot tell you how often I hear about an idea that someone has and before they act on it, someone else gets the "worm". Keep reading below for five simple and practical ways that may just help you get your idea out of your back pocket and into the world of the consumer!

Tell Me a Fairy Tale by the Fire: Curonian Fairy Tale Fire Basket #Review + Fire Basket #Giveaway ($279.00 RV)

Thank you to Curonian for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts shared are my own.

What comes to mind when you think of fall? I envision Pinterest boards depicting happy families around a fire pit on a crisp evening, roasting marshmallows and wrapping up in blanket scarves. As lovely as that sounds, my life is a bit more down to earth and chaotic than those beautiful pins on my boards would allow. I do want those 'magical' fall moments for my family, though, and this fall, we're hoping to create lasting memories right in our own backyard.

Instant body Massage, Anywhere Thanks to Bodyworks Ball + #Giveaway

Thank you to BodyworksBall for supplying me with a product for review. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

I am a worrier. I tell myself not do it and I can list all the reasons why one shouldn't worry, but I still do it. All of the worrying and anxiety that I carry around all day doesn't seem to affect me until after I finally can sit down for the night and I can feel the weight of all that worrying built up in my shoulders.

I'm Sprinkling with Pink Zebra and You Can, Too! #Review + #Giveaway

Thank you to Kelly Frye for providing me with Pink Zebra product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts shared are my own.

I'm excited to introduce you all to my friend, Kelly Frye.  Kelly is a Consultant with Pink Zebra and she is one of our awesome Spotlight Sponsors. She has tons of sprinkles and scents  And with so many scents available, you can mix and match to make anything you can imagine.

Back to School Dinners Made Easy with Ragu Homestyle Sauces- #Review and #Giveaway

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Thank you to Ragu for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared below are my own.

Well, we have been back to school for two weeks now, and I am happy to report that things are going well. Both girls have wonderful teachers and I am enjoying the quiet that allows me to get some work done during the day. The only (small) struggle we have experienced is dealing with both back to school and weekday soccer games while trying to make sure we are eating moderately healthy dinners together. It's not so bad when it's my night to cook, but when it's one of the girls' nights to cook (we've been having them contribute a few times a week and it has been amazing) and there is a game, the temptation to just grab fast food is strong. Thankfully, we found a way to make things easier using Ragu Homestyle Sauces.

Monday, September 11, 2017

A Healthy Snack for Busy Families: GoGo Squeez #review #MBPBacktoSchool

Thank you to GoGo Squeeze for providing me with product in exchange for my review. All thoughts are my own.

 GoGo Squeez has been making healthy, on-the-go snacks since 2008. It is the company's goal to provide healthy alternatives for busy families. They have over 20 different types! These include yogurt, fruit and veggie mixes, and applesauce. 

Clothes so cute you'll wish they made them in adult sizes!

Thank you, Hi Little One for providing me products to review. All opinions are 100% my own. 

I will admit that I have never been a fan of the traditional baby outfits. You know the ones that have either a peter pan collar, seersucker material or so much embroidering that you would think they were royalty.  Nope, not this family. We are a plain, t-shirt and jeans, gotta get going and get stuff done kinda family. Then enters my experience with Hi Little One and I'm making my wish list already! 

Going Diving for Pearls with Kassidy Smith and Marly Ray #MBPSpotlightSponsor, #Review, #Giveaway

Thank you to Kassidy Smith for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts shared are my own.

Hi guys!  I'm thrilled to introduce you to my new friend, Kassidy Smith.  Kassidy is a Pearlette with Marly Ray.  I was not familiar with Marly Ray and was so excited to check it out.  Kassidy has been so great to work with and it has been fun to check out her page and learn all about it.  You will love what Kassidy does as a Pearlette.

Perhaps When You Lose Who You Were, You Find Who You Are Meant To Be #MondayMotivation

 I've had some conversation lately with a close friend about 'losing yourself' when you become a mom. We are both stay at home moms and I think like most moms (working outside of the home or within), we catch ourselves feeling the occasional itch to remember who we were pre-children. What brought us joy? What was a favorite pastime? When did we feel our prettiest? I think our society with an inclination to being very superficial, would love to take every opportunity to pressure us women into feeling less than. 

Gear Up for Fall in Sweet & Affordable Styles from Healthtex #MBPBacktoSchool

Thank you to Healthtex for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thought are my own.

It's that time of year where the weather is totally unpredicatable. Every day last week, we woke up to lows in the 40's and 50's, which is almost unheard of for this time of year in the Piedmont of NC. We're topping out in the 70's and 80's rather than the 90's, and I hope these gorgeous temperatures are here for good! Baby S started Day School last week, and I wanted to make sure that she was dressed appropriately for chilly mornings without having to pack lots of layers back and forth between home and school. Kids clothing can be pricey and can add up quickly, so I tend to look for cute clothes that are budget-friendly, yet still durable, high-quality pieces that will last all season long.

Surprisingly Favorable Alternatives To Your Favorite Apps


If Madonna was living in a material world and she was a material girl, then who can doubt that we’re all now digital girls who claim permanent residency in a digital world. In today’s fast paced digital world we entrust our every activity to internet based apps and services.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Tips on Cooking a Perfect Turkey for Unforgettable BBQ Cooking Experience

Grilling and smoking never become old-fashioned methods for cooking a turkey. Keep reading to learn awesome tips on cooking a perfect turkey.

Holiday is the great time for holding BBQ parties. A turkey is the great star of the show, especially on the Thanksgiving day. Grilling or smoking a turkey outdoor is fun and convenient because this not only provides your family and friends with a superior-tasting meal but also frees up your kitchen space.
Keep reading our post to learn awesome tips on cooking a perfect turkey!

Dry Rub

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Tales of the TMNT- Wanted: Beebop & Rocksteady Will Have Your Kids Craving More Turtle Power! + DVD #Giveaway

Thank you to Nickelodeon for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.

NEW YORK - July 6, 2017 - For the first time ever, episodes of Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will arrive on DVD two months before their television debut in Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wanted: Bebop & Rocksteady, hitting shelves September 12. This clock-stopping and time-hopping special is sure to be an instant favorite among modern day fans as well as superfans of the original 1980's series.

Get Kids Excited About Bedtime with the ZAQ Sky Essential Oil Diffuser & Starry Sky Projector

 Thank you to ZAQ Sky for providing me with product in exchange for my review. All thoughts shared are my own.

Bedtime is always a special time for our family. This is the time of day where everyone is winding down, and we really tune into one another. It's a little chaotic at home between the time I pick my oldest up from school in the afternoons, to the time bedtime rolls around. When it's time to hit the hay, we're looking for ways to help settle our little ones and make sure that they receive a restful night of sleep.