Road Trips – 5 Tips for Surviving with Your Sanity

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Pop Quiz Hot Shots — Road Trips are:

a) a major contributing factor to my sanity disappearing

b) the reason I no longer offer rides to co-workers and friends

c) an “opportunity” to listen to the Frozen soundtrack on a loop for 7 hours

d) All of the above

If you picked “d” welcome to life of traveling with a small child and pets. [Read more…]

Holiday Shopping – According to my Toddler

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She was a pint-sized gal on a mission.  ACat sat in that familiar red cart with her eyes laser focused on on what to get her family for the holidays. [Read more…]

Giveaway: Cheering Up Those Magical Meltdowns with myCharge RazorPlus

Giveaway: $25 Visa Gift Card and a RazorPlus Portable Charger from myCharge #myChargeCheer

Ho! Ho! Ho!  ‘Tis the season for pint sized meltdowns in crowded public places.  Wait, wait.  that’s every season (see Exhibit A of ACat’s antics this year)

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When a meltdown is inflicted on you, you first dig through your overflowing bag for any distraction.  Your offers of everything from pretzels to books to pen and paper are met with emphatic no’s.  [Read more…]

Easy Orange-Cranberry Gluten Free Muffins

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Nothing beats a muffin right out of the oven with a touch of jam or butter.  Who am I kidding? Not a touch, globs of that goodness. You only live one life right?  [Read more…]

You Won’t Turn Into A Chia Pet: Embracing Green Smoothies

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See that photo — it is a snapshot of one of the most critical crossroads in my life.

Until 2 months ago, my idea of a healthy smoothie was just strawberries, bananas, and yogurt.  Green smoothies, full of critical nutrients, were far from my mind.

  • Blended Kale – Yeah Right
  • Goji Berries – Say What?!
  • Chia Seeds – WTF, am I going to sprout little green leaves like a chia pet?

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7 Tips for Surviving the Ice Capades with Your Sanity

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The e-mail burned in my inbox one Summer morning.

The Subject: “Exclusive Presale: Disney On Ice presents Frozen”

Shoot me now.  Not Again. [Read more…]

National Dog Day — No, I don’t Want THAT Chocolate Pie

Happy National Dog Day!

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Celebrating National Dog Day from Dog’s View

How did our furry little guard dog celebrate?

Running around the yard? Nope

Sleeping on the couch?  Nada

Eating poop out of the toddler’s potty chair as I tended to the kid?  Ding Ding Ding [Read more…]

Wait Summer Don’t Go! Boogie Wipes Great Grape Summer Giveaway

I don’t know about you, but my facebook, twitter, pinterest, and instagram feeds are exploding with back-to-school posts.   Maybe because my munchkin is in day care, late August feels just like late April in our house in terms of stress, but I’m refusing to kiss the summer goodbye.   Saying goodbye to summer means saying hello to cold weather and runny noses.  What’s the fun in rushing for all of that!  There are so many more days for lounging on the beach, driving to an unexplored playground, and of course eating every drop of ice cream.   Just last night we kissed our evening routine goodbye and headed to our local diner for a yummy meal.  Here is ACat enjoying her ice cream.  Clearly it tastes better with two spoons.
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In celebration of Great Grape Boogie Wipes being sold at Walmart, I’m teaming up with Boogie Wipes to offer the Great Grape Summer Giveaway!
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Back-to-School Giveaway with Boogie Wipes

Ah, back to school time! Are you like me and didn’t realize how early you have to call to get your kid a physical and now faced with an appointment after the start of school? Why isn’t this covered in the dusty pile of parenting guides in my house? Just so you know, calling mid-July for an August appointment is way too late.

While I’m hoping for a last minute open appointment (or for August to add 10 more days), I thought you should know I’m teaming up with Boogie Wipes to offer an awesome Back-to-School Giveaway for kids and moms!  This item is definitely on my supply list as my daughter does not scream when I use these wipes.

Back-to-School giveaway from Boogie Wipes. Three winners will win a backpack and mommy clutch - full of school supplies, gift cards and Boogie Wipes. Ends August 22. Enter now!

Three lucky winners will receive a backpack stocked with school supplies (and Boogie Wipes) and a Mommy Clutch – full of everything moms needs (including gift cards!)

How to Enter

From following Boogie Wipes on social media to instagramming a picture of your favorite Boogie Wipes products, there are dozens of ways to enter – and a few ways to enter every single day.

Back-to-School giveaway from Boogie Wipes. Three winners will win a backpack and mommy clutch - full of school supplies, gift cards and Boogie Wipes. Ends August 22. Enter now!

Complete the form below to get started.

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Looking for Great Back-to-School Ideas?

Visit the Boogie Wipes blog for six back-to-school ideas for parents, plus a coupon to save on your favorite Boogie Wipes products.

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Good luck!

Giveaway is live Tuesday, August 5, 2014 until midnight on August 22, 2014. US and Canada residents only (excluding Quebec). Three winners will be randomly chosen and notified via email. received no compensation for sponsoring this event, and is not responsible for the delivery of the prize. Prize delivery is the sole responsibility of Boogie Wipes.

Would You Rather – Pet Edition

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Last month, I hinted that there would be some big news out of Woof Tweet Waah in July. I’m very excited to share that I am now a contributing blogger for ASPCA Parents.  You can see my first piece here.  Each month, I will touch on some of the unique highlights of my wild and crazy household.  Precious memories like unexplained urine, destroyed play spaces, and car rides that will make you want to drive off a cliff.  I bet you are dying to move right into my nuthouse.

And on that note, we’re going to kick-off this Manic Monday with a spin on my favorite drinking game, Would You Rather?  So grab your red silo cup and let the games begin.  [Read more…]