Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Live the Life You Love with Depend®


This is sponsored content written by me in partnership with Depend®. All opinions are my own.

When you're a mom, you really can't afford interruptions and inconveniences. With two kids under age ten, we're constantly on the go, which means that I don't do a lot of sitting. After having two babies, I have experienced all sorts of changes within my body, which have lead to having to deal with interesting, and sometimes even embarrassing situations. No one wants to be caught off guard in an ever-moving world.

Comfort Your Little one with MAM Products #review #MBPHGG17


Thank you to MAM for the products. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

For over 40 years, MAM's goal has been to simplify and ease the caring of little ones while fostering their development. MAM started in Austria and has since become a global company. It is currently the market leader of soothers in 11 countries, including the United States. All of the products are safe for baby and intended to comfort and soothe; not producing any negative effects or developmental delays. What's not to love about MAM?

Give Peace of Mind this Holiday Season with EZVIZ Home Video Technology #review #MBPHGG17


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

Do you ever wonder what your dog does during the day while you aren't home?  I sure do.  I think that he sleeps, but who really knows.  I can now find out with the EZVIZ Mini Plus that I received.  After I find out what Bolt does during the day, I can see if anyone comes to my front door while we aren't home.  I receive a lot of packages on my porch, so I am excited to have this EZVIZ Mini Plus on guard when I am not home.  

Keep those Memories Organized with Petite Pro Baby Memory Book #review #MBPHGG17

Thank you to Petite Pro Baby Memory Book for the product. All thoughts and opinions are my own.




Petite Pro Baby Memory Book was created for those busy, tired parents to help keep track of milestones. There are guided prompts, a place for a 4X6 picture, and a modern design that anyone would love. The book covers from finding out about the pregnancy to the age of 3. Along with these amazing features, there are also places for baby's hospital bracelet, first ultrasound, baby shower, first words, and blank pages for extra information you want to include. For anyone who struggles to keep track of memories, this book is for you. 

Feed Your Sweet Tooth With These Delicious Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies #Tasty Tuesday


My Crazing pregnancy craving of cream cheese had me up late one night searching Google for dessert ideas. I thought to myself, "there must be more ways to add this ingredient to my  diet". Sure enough, I discovered a super simple recipe that is easy to customize. It's sure to be a hit in your home!

Healthy Hacks For A Vigorous Vacation


Families try to be healthy nowadays because the consequences are dire otherwise. But, the average family also likes to get away from the rigors of life for a few weeks a year. Going on vacation is a fantastic way to relax and recharge and look after one’s mental health. When it comes to physical well-being, a holiday isn’t great. From drinking lots of alcohol to overeating, people tend to take it easy on vacation. It may only be ten days to two weeks, but it’s a long time to be inactive.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Travel in Style with Initials, Inc. #review #MBPHGG17

Thank you to Jennifer King Burroughs with Initials, Inc. for the product. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Initials, Inc. is an innovative company where everyone is included. The Creative Partners, like Jennifer King Burroughs, sell these unique items that come with free personalization if you choose. Looking through the catalog, you can't help but to find something for almost everyone this holiday season. Initials, Inc. strives to help the local communities and to make products ethically that are safe for everyone. It is definitely worth looking at the fall/winter catalog, even if you think you won't want something from them, you may be surprised.

A Good Book Makes a Great Gift With GiftLit Monthly Book Subscription + #Giveaway #MBPHGG17

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


For many (including myself), reading is an important part of life. Many precious memories revolve around reading for me, whether it be when I was very young, curled up next to my mom on the couch before bed as she read aloud a chapter of "Charlotte's Webb", or reading through a page-turning series as an adult. In both of those scenarios, a good book is at the center of an experience that I will never forget. 

Mom's Magic Essentials: Essential Oils by Young Living #MBPHGG17


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

This is the time of year that every mom dreads- cold and flu season. My kids have already had two rounds of fighting colds this fall, and the season has only just begun. Figuring out how to combat those pesky germs that will inevitably make their way home from school with my kids can be a mystery. Even when I feel that I have taken every precaution available, the kids still wind up sick, and then so do I.

Working on Myself #MondayMotivation


Recently, a co-worker made a very rude comment about my attitude. It was completely unwarranted, uncalled for, and extremely unprofessional of a cube-mate. He said, "You're always complaining and you're always so negative." Several thoughts came to mind, but the first one and the one that has stuck with me so far was, "He's probably right."

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Costume SuperCenter has Everything You Need for a Spooktacular Halloween!


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

This is the best and biggest Halloween to date for our family! I love Halloween and really enjoy getting into the spirit of the holiday with and for my kids. This year, the month of October has been so busy for us, that we decided to combine B's birthday party with a Halloween celebration for his friends. I knew that meant that I would have to rely on the power of Pinterest and find some spooktacular games and decorations for our event.

Fall is a Breath of Fresh Air with Pet House Candles and One Fur All #review #giveaway #MBPFALLHOME17


Thank you to Pet House Candles for providing me with product in exchange for my review. All thoughts shared are my own.

My house is very pet friendly.  You guys know that I have my sweet dog Bolt.  I also have a couple friends with small dogs and they are Bolt's best buds.  They come over for sleep overs and play dates at my house when their families go out of town.  Well, you may be wondering what in the world this has to do with a candle.  Especially one as beautiful as the one I received from Pet House Candles!  You are gonna love this!

Emotions can be fun with Make A Face! #BookReview

Thank you to POW! Kids Books for providing product for review. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

When I'm out running errands with my three-year-old and four-month-old it is not uncommon for a stranger to comment on how happy our littlest one is. I almost always reply with "yes, we are so grateful. She is nothing like her brother at this age." This causal banter usually turns into a conversation about the colic days of 2014, which unfortunately due to sleep deprivation have left us with few memories of our son's infant months. We are, however, quick to point out that despite being a really grumpy baby he is a fantastic toddler. Regardless, the toddler is picking up on our emotions and I'm trying to control what I say now for fear that he will think he was a "bad baby". 

Sisters



I grew up in a family with three sisters and remember how much we bickered because we were all so different. Our parents would always tell us that after they were gone all we would have is each other. I despised that speech.  

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Weekends with the Wigglesworths- Heading to the Casino


Happy Saturday! It's the last weekend of October and it definitely feels like it outside, here in Connecticut. Our weekend started with waking up a little too early (for a Saturday) and now we are preparing for our day. It's going to be a little different than most of our weekends since the girls are going to spend time with their Auntie and Matt and I will actually be heading to the casino! 

Friday, October 27, 2017

For the Latest in Fall Fashion, Shop the Mint! + $25.00 GC #Giveaway #MBPHGG17


Thank you to The Mint Julep Boutique for providing me with product for my review. All thoughts shared are my own.

There's been a change in the air, and let me tell you- it's a much-welcomed change! Fall has been around for a few weeks, but it hasn't been until just a few days ago that it has actually felt like fall in NC. My fall wardrobe really needed a reboot after two seasons of wearing maternity and nursing clothing. When I went back to my old clothes, I sort of felt disappointed and was left longing for some new fall looks.

Pregnant? Breastfeeding? Don't Settle for Skincare That Doesn't Work! Get Belli # Review

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

Hormonal acne has plagued me since high school. Since I have been either pregnant or breastfeeding the past five years, I haven't been able to find products that were strong enough to manage it, while still being safe for my babies. That is, until now! 

Why do I still look pregnant?


I admit I am lucky when it comes to birthing babies. I have no problem coasting through labor (with an epidural) and delivery for me is about 15 minutes of pushing.  I also am one of the lucky ones to have few problems nursing an infant. My milk supply is good and my babies have naturally figured it out. Recovery from childbirth, however, is something I am not good at. 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Stuff Their Stockings with Delicious Beef Jerky from Dundalk Dan's + Beef Jerky Bundle #Giveaway #MBPHGG17


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

Do you have friends and family members who are hard to shop for when it comes time for holiday gift-giving? I certainly do! The men in my family are picky dudes, and their interests and hobbies are incredibly specific (and expensive!). They're all so different, but there's one thing that they all have in common... their love for beef jerky! You might chuckle at the thought of gifting beef jerky for the holidays, but to the guys in my life, there's hardly a greater gift out there.

Watch Out Fish! Rapala Searchbait and RipStop Make Fishing Easy For Anyone! #MBPHGG17

Thank you to Rapala for providing me with product for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed below are my own.


Fishing is an activity and pastime that I grew up enjoying with my dad. He would take my brother and I to the local lake near our home, tackle boxes and worms in tow. I have fond memories of my dad teaching me how to bait a hook, cast a line and reel in fish. There is nothing like the first time you catch a fish. For many women, this may not be a substantial memory to draw from but for me, it was special because it was between my dad and I! Given the opportunity to shed some light on a company like Rapala  has been an absolute privilege as it has taken me back to those memories and given me a reason to be excited about new ones made with my own children! 

Give The Perfect Personalized Gift With Susabella + #Giveaway #MBPHGG17

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

Susabella is an Etsy shop that specializes in hand-crafted, personalized items for your home. Every piece that Susan Shapiro makes is done with precision and attention to detail and you will be sure to find that special something you are looking for this holiday gift giving season!

Girly Girl or Tomboy- They All Need a Tutu! Satsuma Designs #Review #Promo Code

Thanks to Jennifer at Satsuma Designs for providing me with product in exchange for sharing my honest thoughts.

My daughters are only 22 months apart, but they are totally different in almost every way! The oldest is all about princesses, flowers, and romance; the younger one loves to roughhouse and wants to be Maui when she grows up. Their differences make watching them grow up even more special.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Glow and Shine This Holiday Season With Kerstin Florian Skincare and Bio Ionic #MBPHGG17

Thank you to Kerstin Florian and Bio Ionic for providing me with product for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared below are my own.




I would like to invite you to take a little trip with me to Lindsey's Online Spa. So, for the moment, you're going to have to live vicariously through me as I tell you all about some amazing companies and products that I've had the privilege of experiencing recently. However, you too can see for yourself why I am so excited and have felt as though I am taking a trip to the spa each and every day!



When Did He Get Scary?? #wordlesswednesday


I hope this picture doesn't scare anyone!  I can tell you that it kinda scares me because it is my 9 year old under all that scariness!!  When did we go from the cute costumes to these?  It seems like it has happened in a flash.  

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

A Bad Moms Christmas Advance Screening (Charlotte, NC) Tickets #Giveaway


A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS follows our three under-appreciated and over-burdened women as they rebel against the challenges and expectations of the Super Bowl for moms: Christmas.  And if creating a more perfect holiday for their families wasn’t hard enough, they have to do all of that while hosting and entertaining their own mothers.  By the end of the journey, our moms will redefine how to make the holidays special for all and discover a closer relationship with their mothers.

Paw Patrol: The Great Snow Rescue is Now Available on Nickelodeon DVD + #Giveaway


Thanks to Nickelodeon for providing me with product in exchange for sharing my honest thoughts.

The pups are back and ready for adventure! The PAW Patrol brave the snow in an all-new DVD collection, PAW Patrol: The Great Snow Rescue, featuring seven action-packed adventures. Fans can join the heroic pack of rescue pups as they work together to save the Adventure Bay Snow Show, help a sleepwalking bear, rescue penguins and more. Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, PAW Patrol: The Great Snow Rescue will be available on DVD October 24, for the suggested retail price of $10.99.

Jazz Up Your Child's School Lunch This Year With These Fun Choices! #MBPBacktoSchool #Review AND #Giveaway

Thanks to 5WPR for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared below are my own.






Has everyone adjusted to the big "back to school" craze?! Have you found yourself into somewhat of a new norm, yet? I'm getting there. I have a Kindergartner and a 1st Grader this year so my mornings are filled with breakfast choices, shoes, uniforms, backpacks (or book bags depending on where you live), homework, lunches and out the door to to make it in the school drop-off line before the late bell! Getting back to school is a stressful, busy time for every family, be it traditional school or home school and I have a feeling the lunch packing scene plays a big role here too! 

Travel in Comfort with the Sondre Travel Pillow + #Giveaway #MBPHGG17


Are you and your family constantly on the go? I feel like mine is. We're always hopping into the car for a day out, or better yet, a fun family adventure! We travel several times a year, and the holiday season doesn't show any signs of a slowdown in travel for our family. We're looking ahead to fun fall and pre-holiday adventures, and looking forward to our post-Christmas family vacation, too! What better way to enjoy travel than to be fully comfortable, whether in the car, on a plane, train, or boat?

Two Months Until Christmas Eve 2017 #Tip Tuesday


Not to alarm you, but Christmas Eve is two months away! I don't know about you, but I absolutely dread heading to the store for gift shopping. I dread it even more the closer it gets to the holidays. This year, I'm feeling more determined than ever to finish my shopping before "Black Friday", and I have a few tips that I will be using to help.

Keep Your Hot Beverages Hot this Winter with Coffee Cookie #review #MBPHGG17




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

An MIT graduate recently created the innovative Coffee Cookie. It is a tiny gadget designed to help keep your coffee warm while you're on the go. It simply fits under the paper cup and keeps the beverage at the desired temperature for 15 minutes. The Coffee Cookie is equipped with a micro-USB plug to charge at your convenience. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Minecraft Fans will Love the Series from Sky Pony Press #review #MBPHGG17

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

Aiden is Minecraft crazy.  He likes to play it on the iPad and his iPod.  He has started watching other people playing Minecraft on YouTube (I don't get how that is entertaining).  I on the other hand, do not understand one thing about Minecraft.  It makes no sense to me.  We were both pretty excited to see some Minecraft books that he would enjoy.  If he enjoys it and wants to spend his time with Minecraft, it might as well be reading about it.  That makes me happy! 

Pamper Yourself And Care For Your Skin With Babor #MBPHGG17

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

It's possible that perhaps you haven't come across Babor yet in your ever present quest to find the perfect skin regiment that you trust and believe in. I'm happy you've landed here.  The goal of Babor is to empower women while creating beautiful skin they can live in and love every single day. The science and research has been done. This company values innovative active ingredients that work together perfectly to create a product that produces flawless skin. The reason I can type that honestly is because I have been using this skin cleansing set for over a week straight, daily, and my skin has never felt better.

Color your way through art history!

Thank you to Schiffer Publishing for providing product for review. All thoughts are 100% my own. 

It is no secret that my life revolves around my family, my students, and my health. The three of these can be stressful but I love my life.  My family is my number one priority but I also have a duty to help educate future generations, particularly in my favorite subject, history. For me to be able to do the things I love the most I have to make my health a priority as well.

Motivational Monday: A Year From Now You'll Be Wishing You Had Started Today


 Three years ago, I found myself at a crossroads. I knew I could either continue down the same path that I had been on for most of my adult life, or make a life-altering, drastic choice that would forever change me. I chose the latter. I chose the change. I chose to walk down a very difficult path, completely in the dark, but knowing without a doubt it was the right thing to do.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Family Time with Game Night in a Can #review #giveaway #MBPHGG17

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

We love to play games and lately Aiden has been on an UNO kick.  He was very excited when we opened Game Night in a Can.  And so was I.  I couldn't wait to check out a new game.  Game Night in a Can has so  many fun games you can play.  It gives you a chance to really be creative!

Enter to Win Cash or Pacifiers from MAM! #Giveaway


MAM, the maker of attractive and effective baby products, is hosting 2 giveaways! If you have a unique pregnancy announcement or would like to win a pack of pacifiers, read the information and follow the instructions.

Date Day with History





We started off the day with a book reading at my hometown library.  It gave me the opportunity to see the city in a way that I haven't in years.  There is a history there, a beauty that comes from the uniqueness of the building. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Bring the Sweet and Salty Snack Popcornopolis #review #MBPHGG17

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

Popcornopolis is a well established and well-known brand. With their high quality and innovative flavors, Popcornopolis continues to be a successful company. The family-owned company also backs all their products with a 100% guarantee. There are few places that have that policy and follow through. Popcornopolis wants to maintain their delicious, fresh flavors and provide an enjoyable eating experience for everyone. 

Whether you're buying it for a holiday gathering, a gift, or simply to have while hosting, Popcornopolis is sure to please the crowd.

Weekends with the Wigglesworths- Hooray and Happy Saturday!


Happy Saturday! I don't know about you, but I'm a little more excited than usual about the weekend finally arriving. I guess when you experience an entire week of insanity, the feeling you get when you realize it's the weekend can only be described as pure joy. That last sentence was filled with a little hyperbole, the entire week wasn't crazy, just Wednesday-Friday. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Your Child's Favorite New Mix & Match Friends Are Here! Meet the Animoodles!


This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Animoodles. All thoughts are my own.

Do you ever stop and take the time to simply enjoy watching your kids play - or better yet, playing with them? As a parent, I can honestly say that it's one of the greatest joys in life. When you know your children are happy and are enjoying themselves, there's no greater feeling. Their smiles are priceless. Those laughs that echo from the depths of their bellies are so innocent, and I truly wish that they'd never end. These are the moments that I savor as a mom, and let me tell you, they're not always easy to come by.

Happy Wax Keeps Your Home Smelling Fresh this Holiday Season #review #MBPHGG17

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

Happy Wax is dedicated to clean, safe scents for your home. The all natural soy wax and essential oil-infused scents are phthalate-free. Their latest design includes a silicone dish that you don't have to scrape! For anyone with littles, this is perfect because it is much safer and makes your home cozy for the holidays.

Friends that are Family! #writerschoice


I love the beautiful ladies in this picture so much!  They are friends that you consider family.  The five of us worked together for about 10 years and we became so much more than co-workers.  We vacationed together, celebrated holidays together, supported each other during weddings, birth of children and hard family situations.  I have many people that I call my friends, but these girls right here are the life long friends that are there for you every step of the way, no matter the situation.  This is the most recent picture of us as we gathered to celebrate the wedding of Allison's daughter!  The four of us cried when we saw Allison (mother of the bride) walk down  the aisle to her seat.  We looked at each other and said how gorgeous she looked!  We finish each other's sentences and know each others thoughts.  We no longer work together and unfortunately don't see each other as often as we would like, but we pick up exactly as we left off...every single time.  Aiden calls all these beautiful ladies his Aunts.  I know that they would do anything for Aiden, anytime he needed them.  I tell him very often how important friendships like this are and that I pray for him to have them as he grows.  

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Focus On Good Health in Just Live Activewear + $100.00 Gift Card #Giveaway #MBPHGG17


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

Have you ever been in an exercise slump? Lately, I've been having trouble staying motivated to work out. After the birth of my son, seven years ago, I took him on walks twice a day and did cardio/toning exercises on top of that. The baby weight just melted off, and I was back to my pre-baby weight in a matter of just a few months. It's been a different story for me after the birth of my daughter, five and a half years after the birth of my son. The baby weight has hung around, despite constant nursing and watching what I eat.

Top 5 Home Fire Safety Tips to Keep Your Family Safe by Elmridge Protection Products


This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of iEvac. All thoughts shared are my own.

Ever since my little guy was a preschooler, he's been interested in firefighters. He's loved playing with his fire trucks, and dressing up as a fireman is one of his favorite pastimes. When he was learning about community helpers and given the chance to choose which helper he wanted to be when he grew up, the answer was always 'fireman.' Fast forward a few years, and B still loves the idea of becoming a firefighter and helps to make sure that our family always has a fire safety plan in place.

Favorite Halloween Experience



One of my favorite memories is from when Ethan was 4 and we took him trick or treating. In his favorite hero costume, Buzz Light Year, we took to walking to our neighbors and partaking in October's most beloved day.  

Ethan did great with all the costumes and using manners when trick or treating.  Towards the end of our walk we stopped at one house that will forever change his take on trick or treating.  On the front porch was a man in costume with a mask on his hand that he was using as a puppet.  Ethan must have gotten spooked because he threw his candy bag at the man and took off running.  How horrible is it that I was laughing so hard that I couldn't catch up for a minute?  He has gone trick or treating once since. 


What is your favorite Halloween memory?  What are your throwback pictures?

Here are mine?-- At least before I realized clowns are terrifying.







Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER - New Trailer and Poster #BlackPanther


Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.