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The Future of TV is coming to Best Buy


A television is no longer just a television anymore. It became abundantly clear when we were searching for a TV for our new playroom. Everyone in the house had an opinion on what the TV needed to have, from screen size to pixels to how many HDMI ports as well as wi-fi!  With everyone’s list of wants, the pressure was overwhelming to make everyone happy while maintaining my budget. Luckily for my family I am also of the mindset that certain things are an investment, at the right price.  We invested in our first VIZIO SmartCast TV at that time, […]

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Bring More Travel to Your Family

My world traveler waiting for his next flight.

Having grown up with 2 very hard working parents, my family and I didn’t travel much.  Yes we did a trip to Niagara Falls one year, even a road trip to Florida, but to say we explored would be a major no. They both were more of a step foot and touch the ground before we turned around and went back home.  It sounds rather sad, but it’s to no fault of my parents.  We were very poor then and they had hungry mouths to feed but travel was a thing that I only read about in books and they […]

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Sleep, Is It Really Overrated?


Listen here kids (and Dads!).  You want a NO frills, NO cost present for mom? Consider this, let mom sleep in! In a survey of my mom friends, we all agreed that we are sleep deprived. To get ourselves through it, we all have taken to using the same blanket statement, “it’s overrated”. But really, is it? A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP CAN: improve one’s memory, so mom’s not frazzled wondering where her keys are, or what class you’re suppose to be at and what time. help you live longer and don’t you want mom around forever?! improve your health, meaning less […]

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Look No More, The Best Gift for Mom this Mother’s Day is…

Selfie taken at the Sci-Fi Diner, a drive-in theater experience (in the dark!)

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and everyone’s a little stress getting a gift for the woman who does everything for you, the reason you’re living and breathing. Maybe it’s just me, mom of 3, but let me ask you this, does any of the following descriptions fit the mom in your life? Always on the go, shuffling you and your family here and there, grocery shopping, juggling her schedule, your schedule, doctors appointments and so much more Always has her cellphone with her and clutches it like it’s her lifeline Always loses her cellphone, sort of, probably because […]

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5 Ways to WOW Mom this Mother’s Day!

Top: Worthington, Jeans: Belle  Sky, Shoes: Liz Claiborne.  All JC Penney.

This past weekend, Ellie and I had a chance to host a very special event at a local JCPenney that celebrated Moms.  JCPenney teamed up with Pinterest to create a fabulous board full of fashion, beauty and fun that came to life. Shoppers were invited to check out and participate in fashion and beauty demonstrations.  They were gifted with special savings just for following JCPenney on Pinterest or signing up for the new JC Penney Rewards Program. We picked up a bunch of great tips and ideas to make this Mother’s Day the best one yet! Here are our 5 […]

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Pampers Swaddlers Honors Nurses with #ThankYouNurses Awards


Nursing isn’t just any career, or a routine way to make a living. It’s a profession that takes a certain type of passionate and caring person. Nursing feels more like it is an art form that requires devotion, dedication and a strong sense of compassion. Being a nurse often means putting others before yourself and often being away from your family to care for someone else’s.  Most nurses can say that they have missed countless holidays and family moments over the years. Despite all this, we, as nurses, don’t go to work looking for recognition or praise. We go to work every day […]

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Ha-Ha, the Jokes on Ava!


I’m not going to lie. Reading is not a favorite activity for Ava of She doesn’t hate reading. It’s just not the first thing she’d choose to do if she had some free time. That’s okay though, I get it. She’s a busy girl with lots of friends, lots of extracurricular activities, she vlogs. She’s busy. Heck I’m busy too. I haven’t read a book with her in ages, in fact, probably not since she was little and reading books now usually is reserved for 3 year old little brother in hopes of building that love of learning right […]

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The Beauty of Giving Birth #HonestLovesParis


If you haven’t heard it enough, I love my job. One of the most beautiful and precious things that I have the privilege to be a part of every day as a labor & delivery nurse is helping a mother welcome the birth of a new baby into her family. I get to be there to support and coach her into this momentous occasion as well as a short time after as she transitions to life with a new baby. The whole experience can be overwhelming but at the root of it all is the wish for a happy healthy […]

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