Monday, November 20, 2017

Unique Jewelry from Hidden Hollow Beads #review #MBPHGG17


Thanks to Hidden Hollow Beads for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts shared are my own.

Do you have family and friends on your Christmas list that love cute jewlery?  If so, Hidden Hollow Beads has everything you need.  I enjoyed looking around on their website at all the beautiful things they have...from lanyards to bangle bracelets to keychains to make your own kits.  I received some amazing bangle bracelets and lanyards that I'm so excited to share with you.

Every Hand Has a Story to Tell


Have you ever stopped to examine your hands? I mean, really stopped and taken a close look at them? I have to admit that I have a weird obsession with my hands. I love my hands, in fact. I've always thought that they were one of my nicer features, and have been complimented throughout my life on how pretty my hands are. I notice lots of things about them, from the soft skin that delicately covers and protects them to the imperfections that make them all the more beautiful. Yep- they're definitely my hands.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Putting Around with Putt A Round Golf #review #MBPHGG17

Thanks to Putt A Round for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts shared are my own.

Golf is not something that I have any interest in, but I have a 9 year old son who has decided it's something that he wants to learn to play.  My husband has a set of golf clubs but he doesn't play very often.  I think Aiden getting into golf will get Chris back into it as well.  And I'm glad it's something they can do together.  Aiden likes to go to the driving range and hit golf balls just as hard as he possibly can.  Putt A Round  has been wonderful for him to use in the house to practice his putting and to learn to hit the ball a little easier and have more control over it.  

Many Moons



I am a romantic at heart and see the good in love and marriage in ways that not a lot of people do.  I believe once vows are stated they are meant to be upheld to the best of the couples' ability.  I am inspired by couples that are going the distance or have met milestones in their marriage and are still so very much in love.  I am inspired to value my marriage and my husband to see that we go the distance.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Show Your True Colors in Beautiful Initial and Celestial Jewelry by Mini Mini Jewels #MBPHGG17

This post is sponsored by Mini Mini Jewels. All thoughts are my own.

What do girls really want for the holidays? When making my holiday wish list, I tend to come up with very few suggestions. I wind up spending so much time making to-do lists, helping the kids with their wish lists, and prepping for the actual holidays, that I run out of time to think of what I might like for myself. I recently saw the hit holiday movie, A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS, and while I thought it was entertaining and hilarious, it really made me stop and take a hard look at what it actually takes to make the holidays 'happen.' 

What You Should Know About Laser Tattoo Removal


Do you have a tattoo you'd like removed? I am an inked momma. I got a tattoo when I was in my early twenties, and at the time, it was a bold choice for me. My tattoo is seemingly small, and in an area that's only visible if I'm in a beathing suit. While I don't have plans to have my tattoo removed, I've often thought about what it would take to get it removed if I felt like I wanted to down the road. Do you have a tattoo that you wish you'd never gotten? If so, then consider laser tattoo removal. You probably have a few concerns about this. With that said, here are a few things you should know about laser tattoo removal.

Number 4 Brings High Performance Hair Care To Your Stocking #Review


Thanks to Number 4 for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared below are my own.

I hate how cold and flu season also happens to be the Holiday Season. What terrible timing! I recently got over a nasty cold that had me laid out on the couch for three days. While I made sure I rinsed off every day, my hair was in dire need of TLC!

Have Christmas in Style with Zoey's Personalized Gifts Shirts and Onesie + $35 Gift Certificate Giveaway


Thank you to Zoey's Attic for providing me with product, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.

Are you looking for a place to get some personalized clothing from? Look no further! I have some adorable holiday pieces to show you, and I think you're going to fall in love with these adorable personalized apparel pieces like I have.

Weekends with the Wigglesworths- Double Digits Eve


Happy Saturday! The weekend has finally arrived and in just a few days we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving. Before that though, the Wigglesworth crew will be celebrating a very special occasion, our first born will be turning DOUBLE DIGITS! 

Tips For Easing Pain For Sore Feet On The Job


Numerous jobs require being on your feet for long periods of time.  Following a long day of continuous pounding, everything may hurt from your toes to your heels.  Whether you are a construction worker, sales person, a chef, a food server or nurse, you know precisely what I mean: having sore feet while on the job. There are some people that might have specific conditions such as Tarsal Tunnel syndrome, Morton's neuroma and plantar fasciitis.  Some people might experience tingling, throbbing, itching, burning, numbness and aching.  But it doesn't matter how much your feet might hurt, you have to continue working.  In order to be able to be on your feet feel all day long, here are some useful tips to help you ease the pain.  

Get Glam for the Holidays with PinkBlush Boutique + $75.00 Gift Card #Giveaway #MBPHGG17

Thanks to Pink Blush for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts shared are my own.

Looking for a go-to holiday look this season? I don't get too into dressing for holidays. I like to be festive, but don't like to dress in anything that's over the top or that will hinder me from being able to accomplish my daily tasks and responsibilities. I need cute. I need easy. I need trendy with a hint of glam, and I need to be able to work it into my limited budget for fashion fun. That's a pretty tall order, but I have found an adorable holiday look that I love and am excited to wear this holiday season.

How to Save Resources on Heating this Year


Heating can be an expensive bill on your regular payments but it is also one that can be greatly reduced with a little planning and preparation. Keeping warm in the winter is a proud tradition dating back to our tree-swinging ancestors but it has not been perfected until the advent of modern construction materials and heating devices.

The trick today is to enjoy the comfortable warmth available without breaking the budget. Following are some great techniques for keeping warm and still saving on energy expenses.

How To Get A Better Price On Car Insurance


Better insurance prices mean more money for you at the end of the day. Why be trapped into overpaying? Your hard earned money can be put to much better use than constantly going toward a large insurance payment every month. Don't fall into the trap of getting stuck with a policy and plan that doesn't fit your budget. Here are some great tips to get the best price.

Friday, November 17, 2017

11 Tips To Lose Weight Fast



Losing weight seems like it should be easy. You just have to burn more calories than you take in. It should be simple. Unfortunately, weight loss is a constant struggle for many people and unless you have a trainer and a chef waiting on your needs, you might find that you just can't get the weight off. Losing weight takes work and you have to be disciplined. Read on to learn 11 tips that will make losing weight a little bit easier.

A Heavenly Gift Every Month With God's Glory Box #MBPHGG17 + #COUPON

Thank you to God's Glory Box for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed below are my own.


It seems as though we are living in the era of the "Monthly Subscription Box". From cosmetics to dog treats, dinners to fashion and so much more, we get excited for monthly gifts to arrive on our doorstep. One such subscription box company that has caught my attention is God's Glory Box. I hope you enjoy my review of this thoughtful box geared toward Christians!

Don't Forget the Dogs this Christmas! #review + Doggy Prize Pack #Giveaway #MBPHGG17


Thank you to Sit Stay Go, Puppy Kisses, Treatibles and Smart Bones for providing me with product in exchange for my review. All thoughts shared are my own.

You guys know how much I love my little dog, Bolt.  My husband tells me I go a little overboard sometimes, but he is just jealous!  And he spoils that dog just as much as I do.  When I was asked if I'd like to feature a couple of companies with dog products in our Holiday Gift Guide, I jumped on it.  Bolt has a Christmas stocking and Santa always fills it.  All of these products would make great stocking stuffers for your dogs. 

Now in Theaters: Wonder #Review



Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman.  Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade.  As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie's extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can't blend in when you were born to stand out. Lionsgate presents, in association with Walden Media and Participant Media, a Mandeville Films / Lionsgate production.

Encourage Kids to Work with Computers Using Piper #review #MBPHGG17


Thank you to the Piper Company for the computer kit. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

The holiday season can be a cause of great stress and concern as the ever important decisions about gifts loom over everyone's head. What can I possibly get the person who has everything he or she could ever want? What do I get for the preteen who is only into video games and cash these days? As my eight nieces and nephews get older, it becomes more difficult to find gifts that they will like that are also unique. Their interests change but are also very specific at the moment.

Top 10 Tips for Frugal Living


2017 has been a difficult year for me, financially. A good rule of thumb is probably to not buy a house and plan a wedding in the same year! Every spare dime we have is going straight to the wedding fund for next fall, so my fiance and I have made some hard decisions and we're cracking down on our budget. Here are some habits I've adopted to maximize our spending.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

How to Find and Compare the Best Mattresses

Are you looking for a new mattress? Well, you’ll find that choosing one is not such an easy process. Nowadays, there are many products in the market and differentiating one from the other can be quite tricky. As my kids kept growing up, I’ve had to replace my home mattresses a couple of times.

Kids Will Go Hog Wild for AIR HOGS Micro Race Drone! #MBPHGG2017

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

Being a boy mom is a lot of fun. I actually feel that after seven years of boy mom-hood, I know much more about raising boys than I do girls. My son is growing up, and gone are the days of setting up wooden train tracks in the living room. Now, my little dude is into everything cool and trendy and to my horror, he keeps up with trends better than I do. This year, his Christmas list looks a lot different than it has in years past. As I've looked through it, I've noticed video games, electronics, and RC toys more than anything else. 

Quick And Healthy Weeknight Meal for Busy Families: Smoked Kielbasa Over Rice


Have you hit the weeknight recipe slump? It's easy to run into a bind when constantly on the go. Sure, fast food is always an option, but with simple meal planning at the start of the week, you can have a weekly menu that'll help you stick to your grocery budget, and will afford you some quality family time around the dinner table. MBP has a variety of wonderful recipes for you to Pin and save, and if you're a kielbasa fan, you're going to love this week's featured recipe!

Find Your Fit with iDeal Fit Activewear #MBPHGG17


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

Are you a fit momma? I'm not so much these days, but I certainly aspire to be one once again. Before Baby S was born, I was in amazing shape, and I was proud of of the results of my hard work from proper eating and daily exercise. Life after Baby S came into the world is so different than it was with just one precious child. Now there are two little loves in my life who demand attention and constant care. I love them more than anything, and have had to make some personal sacrifices to be the wife and mom I want to be for my family.

Keep Your Devices Charged & Organized with myCharge Power Extend 3 + myCharge #Giveaway #MBPHGG17


Thanks to MyCharge for providing me with product in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts shared are my own.

Take a minute to think about how many devices you own. My family has well over ten different devices, ranging from smartphones to tablets for kids and grown-ups. It can be a challenge to keep them all charged, especially when we have limited counter space and limited electrical outlets in our old home. Our seven-year-old loves to bring tablets along for rides in the car, and when we go on long car trips, we honestly really rely on the tablets to keep him occupied for a while. We've run into not having devices charged many times and have had a very sad kiddo.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Give the Gift of Adventure with Barefoot Books #MBPHGG17


Christmas always presents overwhelming tasks: planning family gatherings around conflicts, sending the perfect holiday card, and buying the perfect gifts. Now that I have a little one, I can see how those around me with kids struggled to make lists. You want your kids to receive gifts they love, but you also want to balance them out and not create more clutter in the house. Books as gifts-I always love this idea and I especially enjoy the titles from Barefoot Books. 

Outfit Your "Wild Child" With Sawyer + #GIVEAWAY #MBPHGG17

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

The two little guys in the picture above are my sons. They are 5 and 6 years old and the absolute light of my life! Close to four years ago, my family decided to move out of our neighborhood and into a home that is situated on 4 acres, surrounded by trees and serves as our little piece of paradise. These boys have adventurous spirits and absolutely love to be outdoors where they can truly be "wild and free". It can be 4-wheeling through trails in the woods, climbing the ropes which you can see in the picture or flying high on the tree swing, head back with laughter erupting. Whatever they are doing, they are doing it with every bit of gusto within. Sawyer has developed a children's clothing line that captures that raw, natural spirit with unique patterns and quality fabric that have made my sons and I instant fans. 

We've Got Winners!! #giveawaywinners


Happy Wednesday!!  It's the middle of the month, so time to announce some winner's.  We have had some amazing giveaways going on and still a lot that haven't ended.  Make sure to check them all out.  

Treat Your Pet with a DIY Holiday Pet Treat Jar & BLUE Santa Snacks #BlueBuffalo


This post is sponsored by BLUE Santa Snacks® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™.
This post is sponsored by BLUE Santa Snacks® and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to help share information about Blue Buffalo Santa Snack, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers Blue Buffalo is not responsible for the content of this article.

This is my absolute favorite time of year. The holidays usher in waves of love and warmth, and my focus is always on taking care of my amazing family, and showing them how much I love them by doing special things for them. Part of what makes our family special, is our sweet and furry friend, Syd. The holidays are even sweeter with a sweet dog by our sides. Syd is a special girl who is a bit of a miracle in our eyes, and we couldn't let the holiday season slip by without showing her how much she means to our family.

Quick and easy snack mix for the holidays!




With the holidays around the corner, I can feel my stress level rising with each passing day. While my career as a middle school teacher is challenging I am blessed to have the holidays with my family and plenty of time to relax and enjoy the moment. The days right before the holiday break are the most stressful. In addition to the normal daily tasks I have shopping, cooking, decorating, and extra organizing/cleaning tasks. Not to mention a wild three-year-old that has embraced the idea of Santa Claus and despite our best efforts thanks Jesus for sending Santa to give him presents.

Peculiar And 'Out Of Place' Decor That Works


In the world of decor design and the time, it takes to truly appreciate what an artist or designer has achieved, can sometimes feel worlds apart. There’s always going to be that one person who is an apparent expert of modern decor that will express that odd shapes and brutalist natures in our homes have transformed the way we think. However for those who don’t believe that decor and its quality should be determined by how far it has come in time.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Nut Job 2: NUTTY BY NATURE- Now Available on BluRay and DVD! #MBPHGG17



THE NUT JOB 2: NUTTY BY NATURE

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL OCTOBER 31, 2017
AND ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD NOVEMBER 14, 2017
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Universal City, September 20, 2017 – Surly and his friends are back in the action-packed animated adventure, The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature, coming to Digital on October 31, 2017 and on Blu-rayTM, DVD, and On Demand on November 14, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Filled with heart and animal hijinks, this family-friendly comedy introduces new fan-favorite characters including Mr. Feng (Jackie Chan, Kung Fu Panda), the adorable but deadly city mouse, and Frankie, the love-struck bulldog (Bobby Canavale, Ant-Man).

Whimsical Style for Every Day by Matilda Jane + Matilda Jane $50.00 GC #Giveaway #MBPFALLFASH17


Thank you to Amie Snuggs-Wargo for providing me with product in exchange for sharing my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Are you ready for a double dose of sweetness? As any mother would be, I am partial to my children. Their sweet smiles just light up my day in a way that nothing else can. For five and a half years, I was a boy mom, and though it was challenging at times, I truly loved every moment of life with my precious boy. When we decided to have another baby, I was convinced that I was destined to be a boy mom, and honestly prepared myself for our OBGYN  to announce 'boy' when our baby's gender was revealed. Imagine my surprise and delight when I found out that we were having a baby girl!

Tupperware and Christmas are Great Together! #review, #SpotlightSponsor, #MBPHGG17


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

I would love to introduce my friend, Susan Jackson.  She is a Tupperware Consultant and has been our Spotlight Sponsor for Tupperware for quite a while, so some of you may recognize her.  Tupperware is one of my most favorite things ever!  I know that sounds crazy, but I love Tupperware.  That is the only type of storage containers that I have in my home.  My family takes lunch to work and school almost every day and our lunchboxes are full of Tupperware containers.  I had a Tupperware online party with Susan a while back and it was hard for me to pick out my products because I already had so many of them.  Susan has sent me something to share with you all that I didn't have yet and I absolutely love them.

Unleash Your Child's Inner Super Hero With Super Heroic + #Giveaway #MBPHGG17

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



Being a mom to two little boys, as you may expect, is not for the faint of heart! Sometimes I think I can sing the song from "The Wizard of Oz" 
in my head and it goes a little something like this:
Hospitals, Messes and Dirt, OH MY!
 With that being said, the sheer volume of clothing and shoes they tear their way through is mind boggling. I'm always looking for clothing and shoes in particular that are going to provide my little guys with support, durability and a dash of style for good measure. The first time I saw Super Heroic, I became instantly intrigued...

Maintain Your Goal Weight with the EatSmart Precision Digital Scale + #Giveaway #MBPHGG17


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

Throughout my life, I have had terrible body image issues. You might not know this by looking at me, but I struggle with maintaining my goal weight and have for a very long time. As a teen and young adult, I was obsessed with weighing no more than 120 - 125 lbs. I often skipped meals, ate tiny amounts or took other drastic measures to stay thin. Months before my husband and I got married, I became unhealthily thin. With his help and support, I was able to put weight back on and return to a healthy weight.

Advice for Real Life: 3 Easy Ways to "Happy Up" Your Relationship







If you've been in a relationship for a long time, chances are at times you've felt that you're merely living side by side. You miss the fun and excitement from when the relationship was new. A rut has formed where there used to be adventures. Guess what? You don't have to stay feeling this way, but it is going to take some work on your part! 

Superfoods that feed your soul and benefit the world! #MBPHGG17

Thank you to Natierra for providing products for me to review. All thoughts are my own. 

I read an article recently that created a microgeneration that exists between Generation X and Millenials. They call it "Xennials" and those born between 1977-83 are the select few that are a member of this microgeneration. We do not appreciate a lot of the pop culture of Generation X and while we love and adapt to technology we remember life without it and see the value in a balance. Not many can say that the internet was invented when they were in high school. 

Family Friendly Garden Tips for Moms



A nice garden that the whole family can enjoy can be the difference between a house and a home. Sometimes it can seem like style and kid-friendliness are incompatible but that is not always the case! Here are some tips on making most out of the garden; for you and your children. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

4 Tips to Snap Professional-Looking Family Portraits


Have you wondered how some people are able to snap professional-looking family portraits that look as if they’ve been shot in a studio? Honestly you’d be surprised how good your family portraits can turn out even without professional equipment, and all it really takes is the right technique.

If you’d like to snap better and more professional-looking family portraits, here are a few tips that should get you started:

Drive More Safely with The Beebe Company's Phone Holder #review #MBPHGG17



Thank you to The Beebe Company for the product. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Whether we like to admit it or not, we have all been guilty of distracted driving at one time. Drinking water, changing the radio station, checking on little ones in the back, or, most dangerously, checking our phones. Those tiny computers that live in our pockets, diaper bags, and purses keep us safe, but also pose a risk. I can't be the only one who uses my phone as a GPS. I do have an older car so there is no place higher up to place my phone. If I need to look at the maps, I have to look down. Enter The Beebe Company's phone holder. 

Christmas Grilling Made Easy with Yukon Glory #review #MBPHGG17


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

We use our grill a lot around here.  There is nothing like dinner coming straight off the grill.  I have just recently gotten brave enough to grill without Chris being home.  I'm always so nervous about turning on the gas.  I was so excited to check out the 4 Piece BBQ Multi-use Tool Kit and Can Holder from Yukon Glory.  This was the perfect addition to our grill. 

Don't Blink or You Just Might Miss Something: A Reflection on Ten Years of Married Life


Tell anyone who knows me and my husband that we'll be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary this month, and they'll likely chime in with, 'Well, that was fast!' I concur. The years have passed by so quickly, and here we are, married for ten years, with two amazing children. Our love story is one of fairytales... you know the kind of story that either makes you swoon or makes you want to throw up.

Creative Winter Activities for The Family That Are Completely Free


The backyard isn’t just for summer after all. For those of us who live in the sections of the world where winter is a very real, and snowy season, we still need to get outside and experience nature and get our exercise.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Holiday Gift Preview: GOTRAX Hoverfly #MBPHGG17


I am being provided with a sample from Go Trax in exchange for my review.

If you have older kids to buy holiday gifts for, you already know that the struggle is real. I have a teenage boy to shop for- yikes! This is the same boy who I used to love picking out cars and trucks for, or making licensed character tie blankets for... the same little dude who was ring bearer in our wedding ten years ago is now a teenager, and is into activewear that I can't afford, and not much else. He's an active teen who loves the latest in electronics and technology, though, so I figured a Hoverboard just might be a safe bet... and I was right!

30 days of Thanks

For as long as I can remember, November is the month in which we express our thanks.  There are the daily posts on Facebook for each day where we each express what we are thankful for.  While the concept of this leads me to believe that people are remembering to express thanks and be grateful for what and who they have in their lives, I also believe this shouldn't be a once a year behavior or action.  
I want to express what I am grateful for everyday... sometimes I forget or am overwhelmed with other things that I forget to understand what it means to be grateful or thankful.  The years go by too quickly not to recognize that the good and the bad things and people we encounter are put in our paths for a reason.  The bad days are meant to show us how special the good days are.


Thankful for Love


I am thankful for the people I have in my life.  I am overjoyed with the family and friends that are a part of my life.  I am thankful for my husband: He is the perfect opposite of who I am and he balances out who I am.  I am thankful for my children.  They make me want to be the best version of myself.  I am thankful for my coworkers who band together and work as a team and go above and beyond the term of coworker... they are my work family.

Thankful for Time
I am thankful for the days where I can wake up and enjoy the sunrise and sunset. I am thankful for the time I spend with my family and the time I spend following my passions.  No tomorrow is ever promised so it is our duty and right to live each day to the fullest. What are you thankful for? 


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Amp Up Your Style with Designer Glasses and Sunglasses from SmartBuyGlasses + #Giveaway #MBPHGG17


Thanks to SmartBuyGlasses for providing me with product in exchange for my review. All thoughts expressed are my own.

Have you ever owned a pair of truly amazing sunglasses that you absolutely loved? I have, and recently, Baby S got ahold of them. You can probably guess what happened next. My poor designer sunnies met their doom at the hands of my innocent toddler. I almost cried after it happened... they way they were broken is irreparable. It took me years to find a pair of sunglasses that looked as good, fit as well and were just plain as amazing as those now broken sunglasses. I thought I'd never find another pair of sunglasses that I would love as much as those, but I was wrong.

Weekends with the Wigglesworths- Give Me All the Coffee!!


Happy Saturday! I was so excited for this weekend, since the girls had no school yesterday and everyone seemed to be feeling better. We had a pretty relaxing day yesterday and were getting ready for our sleepover in the living room and guess what happened? D started in with the coughing. I have been avoiding whatever germs have been shared in this house, first with the pink eye, then the coughing/sneezing cold that had it's grips on both girls and Matt. I am not sure how much longer I can stay healthy, especially since I am the one doing all of the care taking. 

Top 5 Ways to Update the Kitchen on a Budget


Making minor improvements here and there is among the smartest ways to keep the heart of the home looking updated and functioning optimally.  With the right plan, you can transform your kitchen into a beautiful and functional space.  Best of all, you can make a huge impact with the budget-friendly, value-boosting updates highlighted below: