This is Where I Leave You Book Club #TIWILY


  This post is sponsored by Warner Bros. Pictures’ THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU, but all thoughts are my own. When I was offered the chance to check out the book This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper before the movie comes out on September 19, I chuckled at the timeliness. Why […]

One Last Night with My Siblings #PSF


  Today’s post is going to be short because I’m currently packing up to make the return trip home to Maryland after being gone all summer. My emotions are running high right now…I’ll be leaving my oldest daughter in this state as we drive across the country and I won’t be seeing her again until […]

And a New Stage of Motherhood Has Begun… #WW


  On Monday, I dropped my oldest daughter off at her college apartment. I’ve entered a new stage of motherhood. We made a dozen trips carrying all of her possessions up to her 2nd floor apartment, unpacked what we could, did a big grocery shopping trip to stock her fridge and kitchen shelves….and then we […]

Transitions and Growing Up #GoodNeighbor


  Compensation was provided by State Farm via Mode Media. All opinions and statements within this post are my own. Our recent cross-country trek from Maryland to Utah to deliver our oldest daughter to college has gotten me thinking about a cross-country trek that I took many years ago, when we were very young parents […]

L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift Blur Foundation #VLBlurfection

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  This post is brought to you by L’Oréal Paris and She Speaks. All opinions are my own. I had pretty decent skin as a teenager. I remember one of my best friends complaining that my skin was a little TOO flawless (of course, I didn’t agree with her!). Now that I’m approaching my 40th […]

Food Stains and Dirt Stains and Pit Stains. Oh My! #BizChallenge


This post brought to you by Biz Stain & Odor Eliminator. All opinions are 100% mine.     As a mom of 5, I do a lot of laundry. I used to think that as my kids got older, I'd have less of a problem with pesky stains on their clothes, but although the stains […]

See Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage


  I was 13 years old in 1987 when Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey danced across the screen in the movie sensation, Dirty Dancing. When I saw West Side Story in June, I saw that Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage was coming to National Theatre in Washington DC. I made a mental note […]

Our Trip to Mount Rushmore #PSF – Give Me Your Best Shot

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  Mount Rushmore is one of those places that every American should make a point to see in person. It took us several days of driving to finally make it to South Dakota, but the time to find Mount Rushmore was worth the effort. I think that my favorite part of visiting Mount Rushmore was […]

Convenience. Assortment. Savings. From the Comfort of the Computer (1)

  As much as I LOVE shopping (and I really do) sometimes it’s nice to shop from the comfort of home (particularly the convenience and comfort of the computer)….so when I was given the opportunity to do some household shopping for Kimberly’s new apartment at college, I jumped at the chance. Although a gift card […]

How to Raise Confident Cooks #BensBeginners


When I was growing up, I had certain responsibilities in the kitchen. Mom always had me take a turn stirring our traditional holiday caramels, which made me feel so grown up! And anytime we had ground beef on the menu, I was the designated ground beef-browner. It was an easy job, but it taught be […]