Making Healthy Choices as a Family

Tracking my healthy choices with #BalanceRewards #CollectiveBias #shop

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Our family has undergone a bit of a lifestyle change these past few weeks.  Instead of going back to work at the library, I have decided to stay home and work on my travel business. For me, that means a lot of sitting during the day.   I NEED to get up and move around, otherwise I feel blah.  Not only that, but I need to be making healthy choices and I need to be aware of my own wellness so I can be an example to our kiddos.  Working from home is a blessing, for sure.  But it is also hard to balance both working at home and spending time with my family.  So, we have been trying to get out more and enjoy the nice weather and our local area.

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Family Chore List & Easy Command Center

Easy Family Chore Chart and Command Center #sparklysavings #cbias #shop

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Are you into the back to school routine?  We are working our way there!  I love being home with the kiddos in the summer, but now that I work from home, it’s nice to have the house to myself for a few hours each day.  Since we have fallen into the school routine, I thought it was time to fall into a simple chore routine.  In our house, the one thing the boys fight over is who is loading and unloading the dishwasher.  I mean it really can’t be easier.  We use Finish Tabs, so there’s no mess and whoever gets to unload opens a very clean dishwasher with sparkling dishes every time   Alas, there is always fighting over who “does the dishes”.  So, I started a small chore list, with meal time responsibilities.  Today, I want to share my Easy Family Chore List & Command Center and I hope you’ll avoid some responsibility conflict with your kiddos!

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Silhouette Portrait Fabric Bundle Sale & 40% off Adhesive Cardstock

Adhesive Cardstock

As you all know, my Silhouette Cameo has been a great investment for me! I use it ALL THE TIME!  This week, the Silhouette Portrait is on sale, along with the Silhouette Adhesive card stock.  The Silhouette Portrait is awesome!  It can do everything the Silhouette Cameo can do, just in a smaller size and with a smaller price tag.  Yay!

This week, you can get 40% off Silhouette Adhesive Cardstock in the Silhouette Store using code FINDS from September 15-22.  I LOVE the adhesive card stock.  I use it a lot to make gift tags that I stick right to the package, and I even used it for my 3-D Flower Wreath from last spring.  It’s also perfect for small pieces on crafts like these Owl Valentine’s we made last year.

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Captain America M&Ms Cookie Pizza

Captain America M&M's Cookie Pizza #heroeseatmms #cbias #shop

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Do you have a Captain America fan in your house?  If you do, as I have three of them, you know that the new Captain America Two:  The Winter Soldier is out on DVD and Blu Ray.  If you haven’t picked it up yet, you can save $5 at WalMart!  And, what do you do when you have three fans who love their superhero movies?  Of course you make them a fun dessert to eat while watching the movie.  So, I whipped up one of those easy, and SO good, M&M’s Cookie Pizzas.  We all loved it, and devoured it.  Plus, I’m always looking for recipes that I already have ingredients for, or can easily pick up at my local WalMart when I’m out on errands.

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Fall Pallet Mantel Sign {Grateful, Thankful, Blessed}

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It’s that time of year!  Yay!  It’s time to get out the fall decor and start showering our homes with fall colors and pumpkins!  Yay!  I am so excited.  I love fall.  I love decorating for fall, especially my mantle.  It not only gives me a reason to do some crafting, but it just gives our home a more “cozy” feel to it.  As part of my fall mantle {which I’ll be sharing more of that in future posts}, I created a Fall Pallet Wood Sign, to add some simple color and dimension to our mantle. [Read more...]

Head Start on Your Favorite Recipes with Easy Cucumber Chicken Salad

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I am just so excited to share some wonderful news with you all today!  I am ready to get back into blogging after a huge break!  I think my last post was in July where I shared some ideas for Family Costumes at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  Are you going?   And I have undergone a little bit of a lifestyle change.  I have decided to quit my part time library job, and work my travel business full time!  Yay!  That means more blogging, more crafts and recipes for all of you, and more Disney travel tips!  For my family, they think me working from home means more made from scratch cooking.  Right.

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party-10 Fun Family Costume Ideas

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party-10 Fun Family Costumes

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is one of the most unique, exciting events that Disney puts on in the fall season. For the months of September through early November, you can enjoy trick or treating at the Magic Kingdom,  Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween Parade, Hallowishes, and characters galore on select nights beginning at 7PM.  The most fun of all is that this is one of the rare times that Disney allows adult guests into the parks in costume.  Many families dress in a theme, or at least dress the kids in a fun theme for the party nights.  So, today, I want to share with you 10 Fun Family Costume Ideas for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

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10 Tips to Surviving a Road Trip with Your Children

10 Tips to Surviving a Summer Road Trip with Children #summer #roadtrip

Road trips are part of our family travel routine.  We drive to Florida every summer, and for us that is 16 hours at least in the car.  We’ve driven to Niagara Falls, as well as the beach, and this year we are going to Hilton Head for vacation.  So that means another family road trip!  One thing I love about road trips is that our children are great road travelers.  They have only flown a handful of times, so getting in the car for vacation is now part of the adventure.  They don’t complain about driving and they know it means some fun extra activities and snacks that they may not get if we stayed at home.  But, surviving a road trip with your children may take some work on your part.  So today, I want to share 10 Tips to Surviving a Road Trip with Your Children.

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Church Nursery Wall Quote

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For this month’s Silhouette Challenge, our theme is MY FAVORITE THINGS!  And, if you’ve been around the blog long enough-you know that my Silhouette Cameo is one of my FAVORITE things EVER!  My husband always says it was the best $200 he’s ever spent on me :).    My favorite aspect of having a Cameo is that I feel like I can create ANYTHING!  I absolutely love the versatility of this machine.  And this month, my fellow bloggers and I have our Favorite Things for you!

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Disney Social Media Moms on the Road in Philadelphia

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When I was chosen to attend the Disney Social Media Moms on the Road in Philadelphia, I didn’t know I was in for such a dose of Disney magic and pixie dust!  Was it worth the 8 hour drive, both ways?  Absolutely!  But I didn’t drive that far only for a Mickey shaped Rice Krispie treat.  I wanted to learn how to grow my blog, and of course learning from the best in business-Disney-was a must!  Not only did I learn a ton, but it also reinforced my passion for selling Disney travel.  I have always loved Disney, Disney travel, and the memories associated with Disney.  And now, seeing it from a mom, blogger, AND travel agent perspective, I love it even more!

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