Understanding the Dedication Behind Bigelow Tea

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I was not compensated directly for this post, however I do have a professional connection to Bigelow Tea through my employer Collective Bias.  All opinions are my own.  #AmericasTea #CollectiveBias #cbias During this season of transition to colder temperatures and changing colors, there is a quiet comfort that comes from enjoying a warm cup of tea.  My favorite way to sip Bigelow Tea is by witnessing the morning light descend upon the autumn colors that I can view outside my windows.  I need to see open spaces to clear my mind and make me feel at ease. Luckily there … [Read more...]

Back-to-School Rules for Being a Kid

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This post has been created as part of my partnership with Popsicle®, all opinions are entirely my own.  After Labor Day weekend school begins in the state of Minnesota. During this first month the temperature is bound to be summer-like one week and chilly the next.  And just like the variance in climate, these first few weeks of school can create a mixture of emotions. There are first day jitters and the excitement of making new friends, and the sudden shock that school is EVERY day.  There is no more sleeping in, no more endless hours of play.  It's time to … [Read more...]

Fostering Math Skills with Go Math! Academy™

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I received compensation from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for writing this post. I've struggled to understand math from an early age. I'm no Einstein, but most school subjects came quite easily to me- except math. I remember my father painfully trying to explain fractions to me in the third grade. I just couldn't understand. I recall the feeling of my father's bewilderment and exasperation that I couldn't understand this obviously very useful and important concept. Since then I'm pleased to report that I finally conquered fractions as an adult when I started researching my genealogy. … [Read more...]

Easy Tunes with a SOL REPUBLIC DECK Wireless Speaker & a Giveaway

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I received the following product for review purposes, all opinions are my own.   Listening to music is no longer what it once was.  My parents loved listening to their records.  On a record player.  This method of music officially fits into the antique category, yet I still distinctly remember the skip my favorite Christmas album would make as my mom and I made cookies.  When I was about ten years old I felt very "cool" to own a radio with a tape player.  I have some humorous tapes from that season of my life when I thought it was hilarious to tape my … [Read more...]

Summer Isn’t Over Yet with Rules for Being a Kid Guidebook

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This post has been created as part of my partnership with Popsicle®, all opinions are entirely my own.  Back to school shopping is on my agenda and I've even spotted Halloween decorations in some stores, but summer isn't over yet! I live in Minnesota.  Let's be realistic, snow isn't too far off on the horizon.  Thankfully we have a few more weeks to enjoy summer fun. Inspired by Popsicle® Rules for Being a Kid Guidebook my little fellas have embraced the "Get Wet Rule".  They recently completed swimming lessons, but any form of water fun is their favorite. … [Read more...]

Summer Sparkles & Junior Adventures

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This post has been created as part of my partnership with Popsicle,  all opinions are my own. Boys are busy.  When my little guys are at home there is a constant stream of movement and activity.  It's harnessing that energy into a forward moving, positive momentum that is my task.  How do I attempt to do that? With plenty of summer activities, of course!  There is no epic summer vacation this year (because of our recent move), instead we are having what I refer to as "junior adventures".   Luckily we now live in an area that has a plethora of new sights to … [Read more...]

Reading Under the Stars with the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

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I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.  The 4th of July marks the midway point for summer vacation in my opinion.  In typical fashion the season is zipping by.  Luckily there is still plenty of time for more adventures and fun.  My boys have been enjoying "discovering" their books as we unpack and move into our new house.  I knew we had quite a few books, but I can definitely confirm that we have a LOT of books after recently moving every single one of them!   As we read we are logging our minutes as part of the Scholastic Summer … [Read more...]

POPSICLE® Rules For Being A Kid Guidebook

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I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.   Most of us should embrace our inner child a bit more often.  If you happen to actually be around children on regular basis you might be inspired to dive into the fun.  Or you might be caught up in the do's, the don'ts, and the musts.  It is hard not to be sucked into the responsibilities of life.   My boys seek fun openly and play everyday.  In fact if they don't have sufficient time for free imaginative play everyday- they become very crabby.  Life is limitless in many aspects … [Read more...]

Summer Fun Awaits at Noah’s Ark Waterpark in the Wisconsin Dells!

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I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.  This past weekend we made the trek to Noah's Ark Waterpark in the Wisconsin Dells for a day of water and sun-induced fun.  As I mentioned in my previous post my little fellas were VERY excited to explore the park and enjoy the rides available for their respective ages.  We were fortunate to experience a beautiful day with sunny skies that were not too scorching.  As I expected the park and all it's possibilities was entirely overwhelming for my guys.  We settled ourselves in a shaded cabana next to … [Read more...]

America’s Largest Waterpark: Noah’s Ark Waterpark in the Wisconsin Dells

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I have been compensated for this post, all opinions expressed are my own. #NoahsArkDells  Our summer is a little topsy turvy this year.  We are currently in transition to a move to a new house and a new area (a Twin Cities suburb). Within this crazy time I knew my little guys would need an epic adventure. Our destination? Noah's Ark Waterpark in the Wisconsin Dells! But let me be truthful,  my little guys love a waterpark at any time.  Since they received the news they have been keeping careful count on how many days until they soak up some water induced fun. As … [Read more...]

Beat the Summer Slide with Scholastic’s Summer Reading Challenge

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I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own.  It is official~ summer is here! My boy and I are destined to have an action packed season.  Swimming, hiking, camping plus moving and exploring a new area.  Summer is a time of almost constant motion.  But during this time of summer fun it's important to soak up quiet moments with a good book.  Who am I kidding? I'm a book fanatic regardless of the season.  And I've unabashedly encouraged this passion with my children as well. Summer, fall, winter, or spring our home is always full of great … [Read more...]

Popsicle® Summer 2014~ Rules for Being a Kid!

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 The summer of 2014 is imminent. My boys are excited to embrace all those classic summer moments for another year. Water gun fights, summer vacation, playing at the park, camping, 4th of July fireworks....there are so many moments that make summer special. Last summer I had the privilege to be a Popsicle® Brand Ambassador and I was honored to be selected as an ambassador this summer as well.  I was delighted.  My boys? They were ecstatic.  What's better than a mom who is compelled to focus on Popsicle®'s as her job? Life truly is sweet for my little … [Read more...]

Strawberry Vanilla Pudding Trifle {#LuckyLeafSpring}

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Spring has finally come to Minnesota.  Well, at least I hope so.  Technically the trees don't have any buds yet, but the robins have descended.  That's a good sign, right?  To help bring a bit of spring from the outdoors into my home, I recently received a bouquet of tulips from FTD.  Receive a special discount of $10 off select spring bouquets courtesy of Lucky Leaf.  While I might not have any tulips yet outside, at least I can have my own spring indoors with these beautiful flowers.   To coincide with my spring tulips I also created a delicious Strawberry … [Read more...]

Cauliflower Tabouli with Minnesota Farmers Market Cookbook

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 During the cold winter months it might seem improbable, but summer is bound to come again.  Minnesota residents  live a bulk of the year in the midst of snowy skies and freezing temperatures.  The sunny summer months can be short and intense.  Those that live in mild California might have access to a farmers market year around.  This concept of fresh, local vegetables and fruits year round is not a reality here.  Our local produce availability has a short, but plentiful time span. We are inspired to "live it up".  To help Minnesota resident make the … [Read more...]

Buildable Heroes with Mega Bloks #Skylanders SWAP Force™ & a Giveaway

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 I have taken a lot of pride in the fact that we have kept Skylanders out of our house.  Well, that is until recently.  But with three young boys the interactive video game toys are right up their alley.  And while the character aspect is undoubtedly cool, I didn't really want them to be so intrigued by a video game.  But if you'll notice in the character featured above, these Skylanders are a bit different, they are Mega Bloks!     Mega Bloks Skylanders SWAP Force™ heroes are Skylanders fun without any commitments.  They are build-able, … [Read more...]