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So you have a pond, now what? #Sponsored

So you have a pond, now what? #Sponsored

This post contains information provided by my sponsor. I have no personal experience with the product. We all have different landscape goals in mind when we choose how to incorporate water into our plans. In my case, I decided that reducing runoff from my property was more important than maintaining a pond or other permanent

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Time for a fallback plan...

Time for a fallback plan…

Even the best of us have had a day that got away from us and realized that everyone is hungry and there’s nothing in the fridge but a few paltry leftovers that won’t quite make a full dinner for the family and the last of the milk. Oops. Time for some PB&J, or to pull a rabbit out of the hat. If breakfast for dinner is getting old, you can throw together this (meatless!) Black Beans and Rice in less time than you’d wait for delivery, and entirely from pantry staples.

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ASCENDERS by C.L. Gaber: perfect summer reading for moms or young adults

ASCENDERS by C.L. Gaber: perfect summer reading for moms or young adults

  “Paranormal romance” isn’t usually my thing, but this one sounded appealing, so I dove right in. Blurb: Walker Callaghan doesn’t know what happened to her. One minute she was living her teenage life in suburban Chicago…and the next minute, she was in a strange place and in a brand new school with absolutely no

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LOVE INSPIRED SERIES Book Review & #Giveaway ends 5/13

LOVE INSPIRED SERIES Book Review & #Giveaway ends 5/13

Everyone and anyone who has ever met me knows that I love to read.  I read while waiting to pick up the kids, I read to reduce stress.  I may or may not have been caught reading a book at yesterday’s playdate (Sorry about that Karen.  I had a lovely time!). My kids have picked

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Wilderness Walkabout giveaway ends 4/24

Wilderness Walkabout giveaway ends 4/24

1 Lucky Winner will receive the kit above which was reviewed by The Cheshire Cat’s Looking Glass. You can see everything you will be getting here. Cooper & Kid may be on a mission to make Dad’s cooler than moms, but this kit can be done with either parent. Cooper Kit is a quarterly subscription

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You are an oak

You are an oak

Oak trees are famous for strength and indomitability. They have a very hard wood, and they live a long time. Their acorns feed many forms of wildlife and occasionally people. They are a widely recognized symbol of strength. They are not always pretty. The very things that make them strong scar them. They have bad

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Rainy Day Game Fun Giveaway ends 5/6

Rainy Day Game Fun Giveaway ends 5/6

Rainy Day Game Fun Giveaway Hosted by: Savory Savings Co-hosted by: Michigan Saving & More  and Joy Makin’ Mamas Sponsored by:  Winning Moves USA They say April showers bring May flowers, but what does it do for stir crazy kiddos (and their parents!)?  Well end the chorus of “I’m BORED!” by handing your kiddos this fun

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Back of the pack, and proud of it. #IPlayLikeAGirl

Back of the pack, and proud of it. #IPlayLikeAGirl

Even “small” competitions in any sport require preparation. Sometimes weeks. Sometimes months. Celebrating every competitor is not a celebration of “losing.” It’s a celebration of dedication. Even if I actually am the slowest land mammal on earth, (probably I’m not, right?) the weeks of sticking to my training schedule that have allowed me to finish a race- first, last, or anything in between- makes it impossible for me to be a “loser.”

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National Arboretum offers all the beauty with fewer crowds

National Arboretum offers all the beauty with fewer crowds

For those of you who aren’t local, the DC cherry blossoms are more than a little bit of a “thing.” The trees in bloom are so famously beautiful that they inspire their own festival and a slew of spinoff events titled “Cherry Blossom ___________” every year. The festival is a huge tourist draw, and multitudes

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Smile Brilliant Review & #Giveaway ends 4/29

Smile Brilliant Review & #Giveaway ends 4/29

Ah, tax time. For some reason, every year around now I start really scrutinizing our household’s financial health and asking myself if I’m really making smart decisions. I don’t know about your insurance plan, but my dental insurance covers routine cleanings and most of any necessary dental work like fillings. For anything that is deemed

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We had a Kids' Cookie Baking Adventure Party, and you can too!

We had a Kids’ Cookie Baking Adventure Party, and you can too!

Thanks to the review copy I received from Mimi’s Adventures in Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies, we embarked on a Cookie adventure with our friends! Baking is a fantastic way to introduce kids to the kitchen, because they are really interested in the results. (I mean… chocolate chip cookies! Who doesn’t want those?) Mimi’s Adventures in

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I seem to have the infamous Cobbler's Children.

I seem to have the infamous Cobbler’s Children.

Ever buy something that might or might not be a good product just so you won’t have to face the experience of shopping for it again? Yeah, that’s where we are.

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Introducing preschool? Plans at your fingertips! Enter by 4/21 @CHALKPreschool

Introducing preschool? Plans at your fingertips! Enter by 4/21 @CHALKPreschool

CHALK Preschool Online’scontent is professional, upbeat, and free of annoying voices and the nerve wracking, rage inducing, practically tuneless songs that some kids’ videos seem to think are required. (You all know the ones I’m talking about. The ones you want to kill with fire.)

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Teeth Fairies by Ingrid Bencosme Review & Giveaway ends 4/12

Teeth Fairies by Ingrid Bencosme Review & Giveaway ends 4/12

Part game, part family tradition, part incentive to brush their teeth, your kiddo is sure to love their teeth fairies doll and story no matter how and when you introduce her. (Both of my boys, 7.5 and 3.5, tried to make off with her while I was reading the story book to see what it’s

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Housewitch: A Novel by Katie Schickel review + #giveaway ends 3/28

Housewitch: A Novel by Katie Schickel review + #giveaway ends 3/28

Former foster child, now a stay-at-home mom of three, Allison Darling desperately wants to fit in with the latte drinking, hundred-dollar-yoga-pants wearing moms that run her charming seaside town, Monrovia. Constantly feeling like an outsider, Allison dreams of more for her children.
When Allison’s estranged mother passes away, her previously dormant special talents emerge. Soon she is reunited with the family that abandoned her and learns of their heartbreaking legacy.

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You could be the next athlete highlighted in #IPlayLikeAGirl

You could be the next athlete highlighted in #IPlayLikeAGirl

Use the hashtag #IPlayLikeAGirl to participate! I am so excited to see what some of you share! Creating a strong emotional connection with women and girls, #IPlayLikeAGirl is centered on a one-minute video that showcases sporty girls and young women practicing Yoga, running a mile, lifting weights, dancing and boxing among other physical activities. Condensed into thirty and fifteen second television and radio advertisements, their impactful messages will be seen and heard throughout all of the major broadcast outlets in the Dallas, Texas, region.

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Path in the Darkness Review (+ Firefly Clue giveaway, ends 3/29)

Path in the Darkness Review (+ Firefly Clue giveaway, ends 3/29)

Back in the beginning of February I reviewed  a science fiction novel for you called ‘Outsystem’ that I loved, loved, loved. I told you then I was going to rush right out and get the sequel and do little happy dances as soon as the children were in bed.   Well it turns out that

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Smoothie Recipe featuring @NielsenMassey vanilla

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Smoothie Recipe featuring @NielsenMassey vanilla

Spoiler: Does not contain cookie dough! So when your brain, which frankly doesn’t have to wear jeans and therefore doesn’t care whether they fit or not, will not shut up about wanting cookie dough, try feeding it this instead, and see if you can distract it long enough to make a salad sound like a good idea. (Ha ha. Just kidding, salad is good too…)

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Take a shortcut to a decadent dessert course and enjoy a #HoneyBakedEaster #sponsored

Take a shortcut to a decadent dessert course and enjoy a #HoneyBakedEaster #sponsored

When I was growing up, we joined my extended family out of state every year for a holiday celebration that included a leisurely, over the top feast that seemed impressive even when I didn’t understand the amount of work required to pull it off. I’ve already told you that one of my favorite ways to

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Texas K-9 Unit series: Smut free romance + giveaway ENDS 3/23

Texas K-9 Unit series: Smut free romance + giveaway ENDS 3/23

Harlequin’s Love Inspired books are a nice alternative for those people who want a sweet romance without all of the graphic sex scenes.  A steamy love scene can be fun, but it also has been known to let an author or two take the easy way out.  I always find these books to be a nice

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Leontyne Pryce, Voice of a Century

Leontyne Pryce, Voice of a Century

I confess, it has taken me a lot longer to do this review than I think it should have, because ever since my review copy arrived, I have been taking it out and looking at it, and then putting it away. It’s not that I didn’t love it more each time I looked at it.

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Give a humble onion a star makeover and push it to the center of the plate.

Give a humble onion a star makeover and push it to the center of the plate.

Hollowing an onion is not as hard as one might think, and these stuffed onions make what would otherwise be a plain-Jane casserole into a rock star entree that’s fancy enough for company, but easy enough for family dinners.

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Easy Lentil and Rice Pilaf - microwave OR slow cooker recipe

Easy Lentil and Rice Pilaf – microwave OR slow cooker recipe

I have always loved those rice pilaf mixes that come in a box. The ones with rice and pasta or rice and another grain, that come pre-seasoned. You know the ones! They are easy to make and they go well with lots of foods. Unfortunately, they tend to be really high in sodium, the price

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New slow cooker cookbook takes your crock beyond soups and stews (+ recipes for you to try!)

New slow cooker cookbook takes your crock beyond soups and stews (+ recipes for you to try!)

I have featured my bottom of the line, workhorse 4 quart slow cooker in my photos so often that I have occasionally thought maybe I should get a new one just so you guys would have something new to look at. I kept using it even after the original handle broke off- I just picked

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