Family Life

On Saturday, we celebrated my 40th birthday. We don’t celebrate the way most people do — with a huge crowd, going out to eat, or going all out. We like having a small intimate get together with our friends or our kids, and that is exactly what we did this time around. It’s funny, because I always seem to forget to take pictures, but this year, I wanted to capture the moment.

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I love making homemade goodies to give to my friends and family. I always like to find ways to personalize them, so that they know how much fun I had making something special for them. When I was first introduced to Kidecals, I thought, how am I going to use these school labels — we homeschool! But then, I found out that they have personalized baking decals as well and NOT just decals for school supplies.

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I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

Ever since Steve Irwin came on the television with his Crocodile Hunter show, I have wanted to visit Australia. It’s not about the animals, but the adventure I seek. I want to go on a walk about like John Locke from Lost. I want to watch baby kangaroos frolicking with their mamas, and I want to visit the Australia Zoo. Yes — that is definitely my dream vacation.

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Last night, I started contemplating my birthday coming up Sunday. Yes — I’ll be the ripe old age of 40. While most women start to have a midlife crisis at this point, I pride myself on saying — 40 doesn’t bother me. Yet, the more I think about that, the more I realize that it is bothering me. I learned that lesson through my minivan.

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Did you know that September is Self Improvement Month? I am going to be up front and honest with you – I stress about a lot of things – many of them to do with finances. My husband tells me all the time that I don’t need to worry about it, but I do. The stress of always worrying whether or not we will have enough to pay the bills, save for the future, sock away some for college, afraid that my bank account and Paypal account will get hacked one day – all of that weighs heavily on my mind.

 Please tell me I am not the only mother that feels the weight of these questions.

Since I am such a chronic worrier about these issues, I have made it my mission this month to STOP stressing so much. How am I going to do that you ask? LifeLock is helping me feel financially secure.

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One of my favorite things to do when I go to the Type-A Conference is to attend the parties and hang out with my blogging friends. Those parties usually involve dancing of some sort, and if jumping is going on like this year — bladder leakage. This year, the party was a 90′s parties, so when Jump Around came on, all the moms in the place hit the dance floor. →']);" class="more-link">Continue reading

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With the kids back in school, it won’t be long before they are rekindling old friendships and making new ones, and with that comes throwing a party. At some point, they’ll want to have their friends over for a party and you’ll want to say yes. Whether it’s a birthday party or something fun for Halloween, you’ll need to juggle finances if you have a tight budget, especially if you haven’t already allotted extra money for party supplies.

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I am a list maker. I always have been. In fact, I write EVERYTHING down. It’s how I get things done in my life. Going to the grocery? I make a list. Packing? I make a list. The same rule applies to me when I am goal setting. Here are my 5 tips on how to set and make your goals. These are important to help you achieve everything you have ever wanted to achieve for your life.

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I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and have been compensated in my time sharing this post with you. All opinions listed are 100% my own.

In my home, movie night is a weekly thing. With teenagers growing and having their own lives, my hubby and I find it hard to get everyone together to watch a movie. But, we started when they were young and we have always deemed either Thursday or Friday as family movie night.

Here are some titles on Netflix that you and your crew might find intriguing for your next family movie night.

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This is a sponsored post with Together Counts/Girl Scouts of USA and Mom it Forward. All my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.

When I was a little girl, I love being a Girl Scout. Me and my other friends would get together and hang out and talk about all the new stuff we were learning about. My daughter was never one that wanted to be “in” girl scouts, although she was intrigued. But — just because she never was in a troop did not mean we didn’t learn some of their amazing healthy habits and ethics that they stand for.

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