1 Year Later

surrogacy

I can't believe it has already been a year since giving birth to a child that wasn't mine.  One full year later and I'm in still in awe of the journey called surrogacy.  I'll forever be grateful for the opportunity to experience something so incredible and for being just a small part of Zachary's story. Although my surrogacy journey is over, I am … [Read more...]

Enjoying Summer Before Saying Hello to the New School Year

carnival magic cruise

I am a member of the Finish Power & Free Alliance of Moms and I do receive consideration for this partnership. To say that I'm disappointed that summer with my children is almost over, is a huge understatement. I actually enjoy the summer with my children, despite the lack of schedule, bickering and never having a moment alone. My children are … [Read more...]

What to Pack in Your Pool Bag

items to pack in your pool bag

I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy for this #ExtraSavings at CVS campaign. Please join in the fun by posting to your own website, Facebook page or Twitter feed using the hashtag #ExtraSavings. While I am being sponsored to help lead this campaign, all opinions expressed about CVS/pharmacy are my own, and all product claims or program details … [Read more...]

10 Books for Back to School

10 books for children for back to school

Parents are rejoicing because it's almost time for their kids to go back to school.  But the kids may not be clicking their heels in anticipation. For some, the back to school season means a return to the daily grind. For others, going back to school can be scary. Some have worries about a new teacher, fear of getting picked on, or general … [Read more...]

Creating Piston Peak National Park

planes fire and rescue mural at disneytoon studios

When you think about the amount of research that goes into making an animated film, it's no wonder that they take years to create. When I was in LA a few months back, I had the opportunity to speak with some of the folks involved in the research of Planes: Fire & Rescue and got a better understanding of the entire process. Piston Peak … [Read more...]

15 Tips for First Time Cruisers

15-tips-first-time-cruisers

My family was given a complimentary cruise. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Earlier this month my family and I went on a 7-day cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines out of Galveston, Texas. This was my fourth cruise with Carnival and it was as fun and exciting as my first cruise over 11 years ago. We cruised on one of Carnival's Fun … [Read more...]

All-American Grilled BBQ-Bacon Cheeseburgers

cheeseburger recipe

This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. As always, all opinions are my own. It's summertime and for us that means lots and lots of cooking on the grill on our back porch. There is just something special about watching the children and the dog play in the backyard, and helping my husband prepare dinner on the grill. I mostly just watch, because I'm not … [Read more...]

5 Simple Ways to Celebrate Everyday

5 simple ways to celebrate everyday

This is a partnered post with Lunchbox. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Tragedy has been all over the internet the last couple of weeks and when it happens so close to home, it's much more real and the fear, pain and overall emotional impact is so much worse. It makes me look at my life and see how blessed I truly am. The things … [Read more...]

A Perfect Pair

pf changs heirloom tomato salad

This is a partnered post. Thanks to P.F. Chang's for sponsoring today's discussion. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. As cliché as it may sound, my husband and I are a perfect pair. We are total opposites but somehow we balance each other out. He is incredibly loud. I'm quiet. He likes to be center of attention. I'm shy. I'm … [Read more...]

Exploring the Canal du Midi on Le Boat

canal du midi in homps france

During my 10-day adventure in France, I spent two days traveling down the Canal du Midi on a skipper guided tour with Le Boat. Extending the trip to experience France in this way was actually an option and one I didn't want to turn down. Having had the experience of vacationing in a houseboat, I kind of knew what to expect. After our short visit to … [Read more...]

Photo Tour Around Carcassonne, France

walkway between castles in carcassonne france

After leaving Marseille, I made my way to the medieval city of Carcassonne. Knowing I only had a few hours to explore this city, I left everything behind, only grabbing my camera, and headed out to explore. Within only minutes, I knew that a few hours wasn't nearly long enough and that the medieval city of Carcassonne deserves a return visit. … [Read more...]