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I wrote this post on behalf of Walgreens and Global Influence.  This is a sponsored review and all views and opinions are of my own and were not influenced in anyway.
When I was little, we lived in a little country home on a farm with cows, horses, and chickens. Even though we lived so far out, the ice cream truck came around at least once a week. We would all line up in our little bathing suits and get excited about the choice of ice cream we were going to choose.
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At any given point in my home, you will find my teenagers and their dad having nerf wars. You will find us piled up on the couch watching countless hours of Lost and other shows on Netflix. You might even find my house flooded with our youth group members.

You will see our kitchen counters cluttered with things like food we have made, groceries we have bought that I have not put away yet, and items I need to review. It may look like we are disorganized and messy to some, but for me, it is a serious #happimess, because while some strive for a spic and span clean home, my family and I are out having a good time — enjoying each other’s company.

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“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for the American Optometric Association. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

As a homeschool family, my daughter does most of her school work on the computer. To top that off, she has an iPhone and spends quite a lot of time staring at the screen texting her friends. To say that she is on an electronic device for most of the day  would be a very true statement. Because of that, she deals with digital eye strain all the time.

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This past week has been super crazy as I plan our homeschool year. I have been so behind because of traveling and vacation, so I am having to play catchup and scrunch everything into one week. Yes — you heard me right — one week. I am thankful that while I am super busy and don’t have a lot of time for myself, I can take a 15 minute break every day and allow myself a permissable indulgence through the deliciousness of Skinny Cow Snacks.

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Global Influence invited me to participate in a campaign for PearUp.com. I received compensation for my time, but opinions are 100% mine and unaffected by other parties.

When my kids were little, they played basketball –both of them — at the same time, which took a big hit on our pocketbook every year. Playing sports can be expensive for the parents AND the team.  But, now there’s a great way to raise funds for your team’s apparel from the comfort of your own home! Let me introduce you to Pear.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Master Lock through Global Influence.

This coming week, school will begin again in our area. I cannot believe how quickly the summer has passed and now, the new school year is upon us.

While my kids are homeschooled, I know many teenagers who will be heading off and I can pretty much guess, someone will wind up with something stolen in the first few days. Thankfully, Master Lock has some amazing new products to help us keep those precious items like keys, money, and cellphones safe.

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Every single time I am at Walmart doing my grocery shopping, my daughter makes the same exact comment — “Do you remember when I was a little girl, and I used to eat Bagel Bites all the time?” To which I always reply, “Yes I do. That has always been your favorite fun snack, ever since you were 3 years old.”

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We just returned from our annual youth camp. My husband and I are youth leaders at our church and so this year, we loaded up 16 teenagers, 6 chaperones and drove 6 hours to a cabin in the woods. We cooked a ton of food while there, so I knew I was going to be taking something for those crazy teenagers who love to digest any kind of food. Somehow, I knew I was going to need PEPCID®COMPLETE® this week — and boy was I right.

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My daughter is an animal lover. She has been since she was about a year old. When she was 5, she discovered the beauty of the hummingbird and how to make your own hummingbird food.

My mom used to keep feeders around all the time and they would sit out on her back porch and watch them flitter and fly around, going from one to the next. She always said when she got older, she was going to do the same thing. Now — at 16, she has her own feeders, makes her own food for them, and sits and takes amazing photos of them eating and flying around.

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I was provided samples of Oriental Trading Patriotic products to facilitate this post. Opinions expressed are that of my own.

If you are looking for a few easy short cuts to any party you plan on having this year, or just want to add decorations to your home, Oriental Trading has some great solutions. We used them during our huge 4th of July Celebration and we had a blast! (no pun intended).

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