Enlist the Help of Others to To Avoid Running Out of Essentials (Featuring Chore Cards)

Enlist the Help of Others to Avoid the Running Out of Essentials (featuring Chore Cards)

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This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks and Walmart. All opinions are mine.

Summertime.  The long days, relaxing time with family and friends, no school, no worries, no problems….right?  No.  If you are a parent, you know that summer can be chaotic, tiring, and just hard.  The first few weeks of our summer were fun…Daddy went to camps and we went to visit family and the boys and I really had a good time together.  But then the Captain got sick and everything came to a halt.  I felt like I either had to entertain the boys the entire day or they would be stuck in front of a screen until I forced them to move.  So, I had to do something.  We still use the reward system based on good behavior from two summers ago, but that just is not enough.  The boys have been in school and need some sort of structure, even though all I want to do is fly by the seat of my pants.  It's what I do best, but it is not the best for the boys.

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Effortless Summer Solutions To Savor Your Time By The Pool

Effortless Summer Solutions To Savor Your Time By The Pool

Effortless Summer Solutions to savor Your Time by The pool

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G. All opinions are mine.

You know when the days get hot and the days get longer, it is time to head to the pool!  For those of us who have kids who could swim all day long if we would let them, we need some effortless preparation to make our time by the pool enjoyable and luxurious.  Savor this time relaxing by the pool this summer!

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Mommy Monday Link Up Party – Week 18 – How Do You Save Money on Kids’ Clothes?

Mommy Monday Link Up Party – Week 18 – How Do You Save Money on Kids' Clothes?

Mommy Monday

Welcome to Mommy Monday!

Mommy Monday is a prompt based link up party with a theme.  We'll supply the prompts and you link up your related posts.  Anything and everything family friendly, old, new, even reviews and giveaways are welcome, as long as they relate to this week's prompt.

This Week's and Next Week's Prompt

This week's prompt is to How do you save money on kids' clothes?  Add your link to your post with this theme in the linky below.  

Plan ahead!  Next week's prompt is: Share your end of the school year or beginning of summer activities.

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Mommy Monday Link Up Party – Week 17 – Parenting Decisions

Mommy Monday Link Up Party – Week 17 – What's one parenting decision you've made that you've stuck to?

Mommy Monday

Welcome to Mommy Monday!

Mommy Monday is a prompt based link up party with a theme.  We'll supply the prompts and you link up your related posts.  Anything and everything family friendly, old, new, even reviews and giveaways are welcome, as long as they relate to this week's prompt.

This Week's and Next Week's Prompt

This week's prompt is to What's one parenting decision that you have made and stuck to?  Add your link to your post with this theme in the linky below.  

Plan ahead!  Next week's prompt is Where do you find great deals on kid's clothes?

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Mommy Link Up Party – Week 15 – Allowance

Mommy Link Up Party – Week 15 – Allowance

Mommy Monday

Welcome to Mommy Monday!

Mommy Monday is a prompt based link up party with a theme.  We'll supply the prompts and you link up your related posts.  Anything and everything family friendly, old, new, even reviews and giveaways are welcome, as long as they relate to this week's prompt.

This Week's and Next Week's Prompt

This week's prompt is How do you handle allowance in your house?  Add your link to your post with this theme in the linky below.  

Plan ahead!  Next week's prompt is to write a letter to your child for their 18th birthday.  

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Mommy Link Up Party – Week 14 – Silly Photos

I'm thrilled to be joining Mandi from Sweet Tiny Blessings with this fun, prompt based weekly linky party!  Big thanks to Mandi for this opportunity!

Mommy Monday

Welcome to Mommy Monday!

Mommy Monday is a prompt based link up party with a theme.  We'll supply the prompts and you link up your related posts.  Anything and everything family friendly, old, new, even reviews and giveaways are welcome, as long as they relate to this week's prompt.

This Week's and Next Week's Prompt

This week's prompt is to share your favorite silly photo of your family or kids.  Add your link to your post with this theme in the linky below.  

Plan ahead!  Next week's prompt is how do you handle allowances in your house?  

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Why Replacing Your Old Fridge Can Save You Money

Why Replacing Your Old Fridge Can Save You Money

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A few days ago, I went to Best Buy to pick up Hubby's birthday gift that I had bought online.  I noticed signs for their Earth Day sale, where you can get up to 30% off of major appliances.  I was intrigued.  It has been a few years since we have bought a major appliance, so I know they have done big things to make appliances more Earth friendly.  

Appliances and "Earth friendly" did not really fit in the same sentence until recently, but now they do!  Recent improvements in insulation and compressors have made the refrigerators of today use much less energy than older models.  Look for an ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator, and you know you are maximizing your energy and dollar savings.  And you will not even be able to tell a difference in the features.

ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators are about 9-10 percent more energy efficient than models that meet the federal minimum energy efficiency standard.

Recycle Your Old Refrigerator

There are an estimated 170 million refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers in the United States.  More than 60 million of these are over 10 years old.  It is great that they last so long, but they are actually costing us consumers more money in the long run…..up to $4.7 billion a year in energy costs!  By properly recycling your old refrigerator and replacing it with a new ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator, you can save between $35–$300 on energy costs over its lifetime. Find out how much money you will save by using the ENERGY STAR Savings Calculator.

What is so special about ENERGY STAR?

ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators use less energy and help us reduce our impact on the environment.  One might assume that all of the refrigerators sold in the United States are ENERGY STAR certified, but sadly, that is not true.  If all the refrigerators sold were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $400 million each year and 8 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, (equivalent to the emissions from 750,000 vehicles.)  That would make a HUGE difference!

Where to Start?

Now that you know how important recycling your old fridge and replacing it with an ENERGY STAR fridge is, where do you start?  My suggestion….start with the LG Studio Collection at Best Buy.  It's beautiful, but more than that, the features are drool worthy, too.

Why Replacing Your Old Fridge Can Save You Money

This Nate Berkus-inspired line has pro-style features like hefty metal knobs and flat doors.  It is well-designed, looks amazing, and it does it's job well.  Refrigerators, cooking appliances, dishwashers, over-the-range microwaves and more, you will find the perfect kitchen with these appliances.

Now at Best Buy, get 18 months major appliance financing or 10% rewards (increased from 5 to10% for April!) and 10% back in grocery purchases.  You will also get free delivery on purchases $399!

Fun Mother’s Day Printables – Mom and Grandma Facts Sheets

Fun Mother's Day Printables – Mom and Grandma Facts

Mother's Day Printables

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May means flowers, sunshine, bbqs, and Mother's Day!  This holiday is a day for moms, grandmas, and any other special women filling the role of mom this year!  

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What’s Your Coffee Mood?

What's Your Coffee Mood?

What's Your Coffee Mood?

This post is sponsored by Folgers and She Speaks. All opinions are mine.

We have three little boys and only one can sleep soundly and sleep in late in the mornings.  Hubby and I both enjoying sleeping, as well, so this presents a bit of a problem.  I am so thankful for my programmable coffee maker in the mornings because coffee is a must.  There is never a morning when I say "you know, I think I can go without coffee today."  Nope.  Three kids.  Two of which we are pretty sure hate sleeping.  

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Spring Clean Your Backyard with One Simple Cleaning Hack

Spring Clean Your Backyard with One Simple Cleaning Hack

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This review was made possible by iConnect and Mr. Clean. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are my 100% mine.

Is it just me or was that the longest winter ever?  I have no idea why I feel that way, I mean I'm in TEXAS, I should not feel that way!  There were plenty of warm days, but I just hate the cold more and more as I get older.  Or maybe it is because I have three little boys that do not thrive indoors!  I am SO glad that Spring is here, but Winter sure did leave a huge mess in our backyard!

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