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  • Coldwater Fair! [VLOG007]

  • A Look At Versailles

    This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. Do you love shows that bring you back to a different time period? If so, you’ll love the series that is premiering tomorrow on Ovation called Versailles. This new show captures the romance, drama and

  • FriDIY-Sock Buddies

    Raise your hand if you have at least 5 socks in your home without a pair! Here’s a great way to re-purpose those lonely socks. What you will need: Socks Poly-fil Craft Glue Googily Eyes Felt Poms Scissors Yarn or rubber bands Imagination 1. Take one of

  • 25 Ways To Waste Time While You Wait

    This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own. Whether it’s the school pickup line, the dentist’s office or the DMV, most of us spend hours each month waiting for things to happen. I thought I’d make a list of some things you could do while w

  • A Weekend Without Daddy

    Last weekend, I flew solo with the kids. At least once a year (twice if we can swing it!) Sean head's off to Men's Advance with Young Living. It's such a good way for him to take a break from... (This is a content summary only. Please click on the title

  • DIY Yarn Ball For Cats

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Mars, Incorporated. All opinions are mine alone. #IAMSVisibleDifference #IAMSCat #CollectiveBias I’ve been talking a lot lately about how I’m trying to get healthier by

  • When Tragedy Strikes What do we tell our Children?

    by: Dyan EybergenIn light of the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11 it proves prudent to address what to tell our children in the wake of disaster. When tragedy strikes, such as recent mass shootings, it’s important to keep a balance by letting children know

  • Windy City Live

    Welcome Windy City Live viewers! I’m happy you’ve stopped by. I write about parenting, travel and a variety of lifestyle topics. You can find all of the recipes for the treats I shared below For my regular blog readers, I just wanted to share that I

  • I Quit Children’s Ministries! And Here’s Why … [VLOG006]

    I’ve been a volunteer Director of Children’s Ministries at our church for a few years now. Before that, I did the same thing in a paid position at a different church. But I’ve finally decided to quit, and this is why.

  • Mini Pumpkin Cake Bites

    I’ve been seeing lots of pictures in my Facebook feed of all my friends at the pumpkin patch with their kids and I can’t wait to go pick pumpkins with my boys this year. I thought it would be fun to make some pumpkin mini cakes to celebrate this wonde

  • Candy Corn Haystacks

    Butterscotch haystacks are one of my favorite cookies and one I make often because they are so easy to make. These no-bake cookies only need a few ingredients and, while the inclusion of noodles in this cookie may make you question them, they really taste

  • Mummy Pretzel Sticks

    Looking for a super easy snack for Halloween parties? These Mummy Pretzel Sticks take less than 10 minutes to make and can be a fun afternoon activity for children to help with. Kids (and adults!) will love these spooky treats. Recipe yields 15-20 Mummy P

  • Step2 Grand Luxe Kitchen Giveaway

    We recently launched a game-changing play kitchen, inspired by the most beautiful kitchens of the world. To celebrate, we want to give one away to one lucky reader! The Step2 Grand Luxe Kitchen has upscale “slate” finish appliances, a farm-style sink

  • Adoption Update & A Job Interview [VLOG004]

  • Discover A Better Fundraiser

    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. With 120 candy bars to sell for Jake’s football and baseball teams, and a few hundred dollars worth of popcorn to sell for scouts, I feel overwhelmed at the moment. Add to that the school fundraisers I know are comi

  • Is Car Ownership On It’s Way Out?

    Is Car Ownership On It’s Way Out? Is car ownership on it’s way out? Do we really all need to own cars? Experts seem to think that by 2025, private car ownership will die. Did you know that the average car is parked 95% of the time?  Thinking to our f

  • Not The Way I Thought It Would Go [VLOG002]

  • How Essential Oils Ruined Our Lives (our 2.5 year update)

    I've been meaning to write this post for awhile. Just kind of toying with the idea of an update on a series that I wrote TWO YEARS ago. It's kind of crazy because in the fast pace of the internet,... (This is a content summary only. Please click on the t

  • 3 Fun Snack Mixes For Kids

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MixMatchMunch #CollectiveBias I shared last month about the fall harvest snack mix I made that was a big hit with my kids. I wanted to share three

  • iPhone 7 Plus Review – Tried, Tested and I Approve!

    iPhone 7 Plus Review – Tried, Tested and I Approve! It’s here, I have an iPhone 7 Plus review, just for you. Here’s the deal. I typically upgrade iPhones every other release. My last smartphone was the iPhone 6, which has been an awesome phone for t

  • 13 Best Small Business Apps – Entrepreneurs and Side Hustlers This is For You

    13 Best Small Business Apps – Entrepreneurs and Side Hustlers This is For You Small business apps are on the rise. I come from a family of entrepreneurs – or hustlers as I like to call them. Several people in my inner circle are also small business ow

  • How Essential Oils Ruined Our Lives (our 2.5 year update)

    I've been meaning to write this post for awhile. Just kind of toying with the idea of an update on a series that I wrote TWO YEARS ago. It's kind of crazy because in the fast pace of the internet,... (This is a content summary only. Please click on the t

  • DIY Galaxy Pumpkin

    Thanks to Amazon Video for sponsoring this post. To celebrate season 2 of the fun kid’s show Creative Galaxy available on Amazon Prime Video today, I wanted to create an out of this world DIY craft. This Galaxy Pumpkin is fun to make and kids can even h

  • Amazon Echo Dot Second Generation Review and Giveaway

    Amazon Echo Dot Second Generation Review and Giveaway Amazon Echo Dot 2nd Generation was announced today, and we couldn’t be more excited. We are super fans of the Amazon Alexa technology and pre-ordered the first generation of the dot. With this 2nd ge

  • The Subtle Beauty of Child Development

    There is has been a lot of talk in the media about rigorous, academic preschools meant to ensure a child’s future academic (if not career) success. First, there was the story of the woman in New York who sued a preschool when she felt it did not ade

  • Monster Krispies

    Now that the kids are back in school we are getting ready for the next big things in our life- our family vacation and Halloween. Since my Disney Halloween playlist is getting so many views the past couple weeks I figured many of you all are in the Hallow

  • Teaching Positive Thinking: Tips to Help Kids Think Positively

    Parenting isn’t easy. Unfortunately it doesn’t come with an instruction manual and no two kids are exactly alike. One thing is for sure – each kid learns behaviors from their parents and their surroundings. Words and actions and very powerful tools

  • Our Favorite Restaurants In Wisconsin Dells

    One of our favorite places to go on long weekends is Wisconsin Dells. During the summer it’s nice to be outside by the lake and playing in the outdoor water parks and during the colder months we can stay inside and splash around at all the indoor water

  • #MakerExpo 2016 in Kitchener, Ontario

    Our boring, no-plans weekend turned into a grand adventure!  On Friday, a friend texted my husband to ask if we’d like to go to #MakerExpo, an event showcasing various technologies and encouraging involvement.  Oh yes, and there would be robots. My hu

  • Celebrating Grandparents Day: Q&A with the Grandparents of Step2

    Grandparents Day is this Sunday, September 11. To celebrate, we asked moms and dads of Step2 employees about what it means to be a grandparent! Tammie “GiGi” Moore & Mark “Poppy” Moore, Grandma and Grandpa to 5-year-old grandson, and mom and dad t

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