Living the American Dream

August 28th, 2015 Tags: family home memories opinions

A few weeks ago, I posted about living for a “sunny day” in your life. A “sunny day” is any happy day that you look forward to, like going to college, getting married, or buying a car, that requires a little planning ahead of time. Today I’d like to talk about another equally important day you’ll want to be saving for: the day you become a homeowner. Owning a home may seem like a daunting task, but I can assure you after living the experience myself over the last year, it’s not as hard as it looks.[more ...]

Get #BackToClean with an Easy Routine

August 24th, 2015 Tags: cleaning family mom life

Easy Cleaning Routine with Clorox WipesThis shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BackToClean #CollectiveBias Well, y’all, it’s that time of year again. Time to get my house cleaned and de-cluttered from all the chaos of the previous season. I know there is a lot of focus on “spring cleaning” every year, but I feel like my house needs a good “deep clean” whenever the seasons change. One of the go-to products I use every time I clean is Clorox Disinfecting Wipes.[more ...]

3 Things I Hope to Learn At SoFabU On the Road

August 20th, 2015 Tags: blogging local thoughts

SoFabUOTR AtlantaI am writing this post in exchange for a discounted conference ticket to SoFabU on the Road; however, all opinions are mine and mine alone. #SoFabUOTR #CollectiveBias #ad I am so excited to be attending my first official blogging conference next month! I’ve been blogging for a while now, but I’ve decided it’s time to get “serious” with it if I want it to grow. When I began blogging back in 2011, it was mostly to fill in family members on the daily ins and outs of life with the twins.[more ...]

Thanks for the Judgement, but I’ll Pass

August 18th, 2015 Tags: family mom life parenting

Last week, David Beckham made headlines, but not for his amazing work on the soccer field. Instead, David (and by relation his wife Victoria) was ridiculed in the media and the public eye for “allowing” his daughter, who happens to be 4, to be seen in public with a pacifier. Everyone lost their minds. Kinda like the Ryan Reynolds baby-wearing snafu, right? People. People. Chill out. I feel like the collective world needs a nice cold drink and a nap with all this judgement we are throwing around at one another.[more ...]

What’s Your Legacy?

August 14th, 2015 Tags: blogging disney family giveaway thoughts

I am participating in this campaign as a member of Entertainment New Media Network. Although this is not a paid post, I was sent a small thank you gift for my participation. All opinions expressed are my own. #ShareYourLegacy #ENMNetwork We are all linked by legacy… I have to admit, I was a little intimidated by this task at first. Thinking about the legacy I’m going to leave behind one day was be a bit overwhelming until I broke it down into smaller parts. For me, it really comes down to a few simple things.[more ...]

No Bake, 3 Ingredient Cereal Bars #QuakerTime

August 13th, 2015 Tags: family food mom life recipes

Quaker-No-Bake-3-Ingredient-Cereal-BarThis shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #QuakerTime #CollectiveBias What’s breakfast time like at your house? Chances are, if you’re anything like me, it is a fast and furious affair. With our fall schedule about to get into full swing, I know I’m going to be crunched for time in the mornings, but I still want to make sure everyone has a chance to have a good breakfast to start their day. I love having the option of grabbing a delicious Quaker Chewy Dipps Peanut Butter bar when I’m pressed for time, but I know how much my girls love their cereal, so I figured out a way to incorporate a quick and easy cereal recipe that you can eat without a bowl or spoon!Inspired by my children’s love of cereal and the need to spend my time wisely, this recipe is “no bake” and only requires 3 ingredients: butter, marshmallows, and Quaker Life Cereal.[more ...]

#FeelInvigorated with Glade at Walmart (and a great giveaway!)

August 10th, 2015 Tags: candles decorating giveaway

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FeelInvigorated #CollectiveBias Do you love the way candles make you feel? Do you love the way candles make your home smell? I know I do. For me, personally, candles have a unique ability to make me feel peaceful and transport me to another place and time when I need a quick breather from the hectic pace of life. I particularly love it when I can get some amazingly aromatic candles without breaking the bank, and that’s exactly what you can get with Glade candles at Walmart.[more ...]

Living for a Sunny Day

August 7th, 2015 Tags: family love memories opinions weddings

Gilliland-Wedding-Day“I’m saving that for a rainy day.” “Let’s put that in our ‘rainy day’ fund.” Have you ever heard people use those phrases? I have. I absolutely understand the desire to save for the inevitable bumps in the road of life, but what about saving for a sunny day? A “sunny day” could be anything that brings “sun” to your life. Do you ever think about saving for the fun part of life or just the occasional “rainy day?” I attended the wedding of a close friend this summer, and, as weddings often do, it made me think back to Neil and I’s big day.[more ...]

I’m a Podcaster! Great! What Does that Mean?

August 5th, 2015 Tags: blogging disney podcasting

mobile-logo-podcast-646x361If you follow my other blog, you’ve learned by now that we recently delved into the world of podcasting. It’s been a little tumultuous, to say the least, but we’ve finally gotten the hang of it, and now it’s turning into a lot of fun! It’s been really exciting to have people in my community approach me and say, “Hey! I listened to your podcast last week. It was great!” That’s totally humbling and really neat to know that there are people actually listening to us talk instead of wondering if we’re just putting our voices out into the abyss of the world wide web.[more ...]

A Penny for Your Thoughts

August 3rd, 2015 Tags: family kiddos mom life thoughts

Happy-CarolineMy kids are a mystery to me sometimes. Even when they won’t stop talking, which seems to be more often than not nowadays, I’m not always sure I understand them. We went to our zoo last week and did something new while we were there. I tried to get Caroline to talk to me about her experience while I was videoing her and I got “the look.” Parents, you know the one. The one they aren’t supposed to give out until they’re teens (or so I’ve been told). Apparently, my four year old didn’t get the memo about not giving me “the look” 9 years too soon.[more ...]