Letting Go Of The Screen Time Reward

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Screens have a big place in our world. We use phones, computer and tablets for just about everything. My kids ask me a question I don’t know the answer to, I Google it. Need a recipe for dinner? Whip out the tablet. Have a question for Grandma? Shoot her a text. Technology has taken over, and like everything else, it … Continue reading

Top Back to School Trends & Tips #SchoolHappens

Ready for School Trends

It’s that time again! Time to head to the stores with your kids and shop for the hottest trends and products for the new school year! I can recall as a kid trying to pick out the top styles of the new year and still be “mom approved” selections within a budget. This year, it’s easy to combine the two … Continue reading

Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam Recipe

Super easy Strawberry Freezer Jam recipe! It is kid-friendly to make and delicious for everyone. My family’s favorite recipe with instant pectin – tried and true!

I never thought I was a make-it-yourself jam kind of girl. It just looked like way too much work and I can buy a jar of perfectly good jam for about $3. However, a friend turned me onto a Strawberry Freezer Jam recipe that is the BEST jam I’ve ever had, and now my family will eat nothing else. This … Continue reading

Traveling With Toddlers: Do’s and Don’ts


Traveling with toddlers can be a grand adventure. As a mom of three kids under the age of five who logged over 30,000 miles in the car or air with all three in tow in the last year, I consider myself somewhat experienced when it comes to the subject. Here is my list of do’s and don’ts when it comes … Continue reading

Teething Babies: Signs, Relief, and Advice

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Teething is currently a very hot topic at my house. My one-year-old just cut two new teeth and it looks like two more are just about to cut through. Although I’m pretty sure there’s nothing cuter than those new little pearly whites, the teething process is not for the faint of heart. Between the sleepless nights and fussy days, it’s … Continue reading

Sports Photography: Great Shots from the Sidelines

Simple tips and tricks that will help you capture those perfect sports shots, despite your spot on the sidelines. You'll look like your were right in the middle of the action catching these great moments of the game in a picture.

Tips and tricks for getting the most on the sidelines with the Sigma 18-300mm 3.5-6.3 This is a guest article authored by Steve Chesler on behalf of Sigma Photo. The summer youth sports season is well underway, so I pulled out my trusted Sigma 18-300mm f3.5-6.3 lens to capture some of the action. With a little know-how and proper technique, this … Continue reading

6 Ways to Keep Your Dog Entertained


Gunner, my chocolate lab, has been part of my family for almost 5 years. Because he is such a loyal family member, I want to make sure that he is well taken care of: both emotionally and physically. Part of maintaining that emotional health is spending quality time with him. Not to mention, I’ve noticed that the more entertained he … Continue reading

Quick Ways to Save $500 in a Week!

Simple ways that anyone can use to save up $500 quickly - in a week! These unique savings tactics will help you build your emergency fund, pay down debt, or cover an unexpected bill or just help your finances realign. No matter what you're needing the quick cash for - even if it's just for shopping for Christmas or Birthday presents, you'll have funds fast and easy!

Life always bring unexpected challenges – a flat tire, an emergency doctor visit, an unexpected bill. Whatever it might be, there are times when we need to earn some money – quickly – to help us stay afloat. I’m sharing my favorite easy ways to save $500 in a week to help you get back on track. I received compensation … Continue reading

The Perfect Vacation Countdown Ideas

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I love summer, even despite the Phoenix heat, because summer to me means time for vacations and creating those lifelong memories that bond families. One fun way to keep up the excitement for your upcoming vacation is by counting down to the big day! I’m all about hanging up countdowns, checklists, and to-dos right where it’s easy to see everyday … Continue reading