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10 Back To School Planning Tips

10 back to school planning tips

If you haven't figured it out from the signs and supplies in the stores, commercials all over TV, and ads plastered everywhere, we've started back-to-school time. In honor of this time of year, I've come up with 10 back to school planning tips. 1) Assess the clothes situation Go through all your kids clothes to see what they have for this coming school year. Learn that one or more of your children has had a growth spurt sometime this summer and you have to buy an entirely new wardrobe. 2) Drink a glass of wine 3) Assess the supply situation Go through the school supply list you received from your child's teacher and assess what you can reuse and what you have to buy. Argue with your child that their backpack and lunch box from last year ARE good enough to use again this year. Realize that you have to buy the rest of the school supplies. 4) Drink a glass of wine 5) Schedule doctor appointments/physicals Discover that you waited to long to schedule your appointments and your … [Read more...]

Then & Now: Kemps State Fair Photo Contest

kemps minnesota state fair then and now photo contest

I received compensation for help in promoting this contest. The Minnesota State Fair, aka The Great Minnesota Get Together, has been part of Minnesota tradition since 1859 (a year after Minnesota was granted statehood). In it's present location since 1885, the Minnesota State Fair now features 320 acres of food and fun; and is the largest state fair in the United States by average daily attendance boasting upwards of 200,00 attendees a day! Just like the state fair, Kemps has also been a Minnesota tradition for generations. From it's beginnings as a small creamery in Southeastern Minnesota in 1914, to operating six manufacturing facilities in Minnesota and Wisconsin with over 1,200 employees, Kemps delights families with their milk, ice cream and milk products. To celebrate special family memories and to create memories that will stick with families for years to come, Kemps has come up with the ‘Then & Now: Kemps State Fair Photo Contest’. Rich in history and the … [Read more...]

DIY CD Spinning “Tops”

DIY CD Spinning Tops

I saw these DIY CD spinning "tops" on Pinterest a while ago and thought they'd be fun for my girls to make. Unfortunately, the pin did not lead to the site from which the photo came, so I can't credit the original idea. My girls' first response when I told them what we were going to do, was "um, lame mom." I told the girls to give these tops a chance, they just might like them... Not only did the girls like these CD spinning tops, they each made TWO of them! You can see their reactions in the video below. To make your own DIY CD spinning tops, you'll need: Old cds bottle tops (from things such as water bottles) marbles paint hot glue gun with glue 1) Start by painting one side of the CD. You can paint them however you want but bigger designs, such as chunks of color, work better. 2) Once the paint is dry, glue the bottle top onto the center of the cd on the painted side. 3) Flip the CD over to the unpainted side and glue the marble into the center … [Read more...]

6 Tips for Bath Time Made Easy #ad


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sterling for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. With two kids and two dogs my bathtub gets a lot of use! The girls take baths every other day (or daily depending on what we've done) and the dogs are bathed at least once a week in the summer because we spend time at the river. My girls still need a little help with shampoo and conditioner and obviously my dogs can't bathe themselves. That means I spend a lot of time leaning over the bathtub. Ugh. Not only it is uncomfortable for my back to be leaning over the tub, it's also uncomfortable for my arms. Hard shower door tracks hurt my arms and leave marks that take a while to go away. Sterling knows that's an issue for more than just me so they came up with Sterling shower doors with ComforTrack technology. ComforTrack’s flexible bottom track supports the shower door’s glide while the cushioned threshold bends under pressure, allowing the user to kneel, sit, or lean on the track … [Read more...]

Pet Safety on the 4th of July

Pet Safety on the 4th of July

More pets are lost on the 4th of July than any other day of the year. July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters nationwide. How sad (and scary) are those facts? While you are out having fun, remember your pets and pet safety on the 4th of July. Keep your pet inside Pets are often scared of fireworks and will injure themselves trying to find a place to hide from the noise. Even if your pet is usually an outdoor pet, fireworks are an exception to the usual noise they hear. Make sure your pet has a safe place INSIDE to escape. Close windows and doors to lessen the noise and play a fan or background music/tv to help drown out the pops and bangs. Don't use insect repellent or sunscreen on your pet Just because it's not toxic to humans does not mean it's not toxic to pets. Pets lick their fur, we don't lick our skin. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. Ingestion of insect repellents that … [Read more...]

My Pregnancy Story #AstroglideTTC #ad

Astroglide TTC Trying To Conceive

Ok, so the title of my post is a bit misleading. This isn't the story of my pregnancy, rather it's the story before my pregnancy and my difficulties trying to conceive. Not many people know this story because I don't share it often. After all, getting pregnant for me wasn't nearly as difficult as some of my friends but I did have issues. When I was in my early 20's I had an abnormal pap smear which lead to having a colposcopy and biopsy. The biopsy came back positive for pre-cancerous cells and I had to have a LEEP procedure to remove them. As un-luck would have it, I became one of those rare women to develop a cervical and uterine infection post LEEP procedure. In fact, infections are so rare that it took a month of excruciating pain and three different doctors before someone believed me. The infection became so bad that I spent 4 days in the hospital combating it. Fast-forward a few years and I tell my OB/GYN that Hubby and I want to get pregnant. She warned me that I might … [Read more...]

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