Top 5 Must-Capture Moments on Vacation

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Family vacations bring so many beautiful moments that we want to remember - and yet sadly so often we forget to capture those moments through photographs! Or if we do take photos, more often than not, it’s more of an afterthought as we reach for our phones and take a few quick snapshots in the midst of an important moment.

If you’re one of those ‘snapshot-takers’ who only uses an iPhone for photos, don’t worry - this doesn’t have to be super complicated. So dust off that ‘fancy camera’ and plan to capture some beautiful images on your next vacation. Not sure what to capture? We’ve broken it down into 5 categories to make this a simple process for you. 

Top 5 Must-Capture Moments on Vacation

Traveling? Here's How To Prevernt Your House From Being Burglarized


Burglaries are far more common than you'd think and often family homes, due to the sheer amount of electronics, jewelry and even expensive appliances, are often the first to be targeted. So the question you need to ask yourself, honestly, is: do you think your house is safe?

Home Life Getting Out Of Control? Apply A Little Organization To The Problem



Organization is important in all aspects of life. Too many of us forget to organize our homes. It makes sense. We spend enough time organizing every other aspect of our lives, right? Even so, turning your attention to home organization could be what you need to get your home the way you want it. If you’ve never organized your home life before, you probably aren’t sure where to start. This list should give you some idea of where to focus your attention.

Thinking About A Second Child? Consider This First

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It only seems like yesterday when your baby was born. You remember every single detail of the pregnancy and the birth vividly. However, now that your baby has gone from a tiny little bundle to a walking, talking toddler bursting with energy, you may find yourself thinking about having a second child, and whether if it is the right time for you to have a second child. Ultimately, it is up to only you and your partner to think about when the ideal time is for having more children.

Ideas for Family Fun in the Sun


Though summertime may feel like it is a lifetime away right now, there is no harm in getting ready for the warmer weather. If you are prepared for it during the winter, then you will be able to enjoy the entirety of the season in style. If nothing else, it gives you something to look forward to! You will want to find some activities that you can do in your own back garden so you and your family can enjoy some quality time together.

Cruise Planning: 30 Days Before Your Cruise - What to Do | CarnivalMiracle

This post is part of a sponsored series of collaborations I am doing with Carnival.  As always, all opinions are my own.

I have just about hit that big 3-0 in my "days to cruising" countdown on the Carnival website.  Things are starting to get real now.  If you are at the 30-day countdown, too, congrats!  Here's what you should have done by now and what you need to do before our next planning checkpoint (15 days).

Puppy Love: 5 Celebrity Dogs to Follow in 2017


As a dog lover, you read every blog article, post, even caption you find online concerning dogs. With headlines reading “20 Cutest Puppies” or “10 Senior Dogs Looking for Their Fur-ever Homes,” you can’t help but click on the link and take a look at their sweet puppy faces. It doesn’t matter how old the dog is either. You could be looking at a 13-year-old gray-faced black lab, but you still call her a puppy.

Carry Bradshaw Eat Your Heart Out! How To Do New York Chic


New Yorkers are known for their no-nonsense sense of style, and that is definitely something that we moms are interested in right? But is it possible to attain their look as a busy mom? Well, keep reading to find out.

How Avoid The Hidden Horrors In Your Home



Have you been feeling a little ‘off’ recently? The cause could be lurking in your home. Most of us spend a lot of time in our home environment, and automatically consider it safe from anything that could make us ill. The key is knowing what to watch out for, so that you can treat issues as they arise and before you get really sick. Read on for my top three home horrors to watch out for, and how to fix them…

Broaden Your Horizons With These Middle-Eastern Dishes

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We live in a post-takeaway world, where the cuisines of all kinds of various exotic nations really don’t feel so exotic anymore! Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’re almost an expert in Asian and Mediterranean food. If you’re looking to broaden your horizons a little, then why not try some genuine middle-eastern dishes? Here are a few that everyone should try at least once…

You Like To Move It, Move It (To Australia)


There are literally a thousand reasons why moving to Australia is the most amazing idea, including the 300 days of gorgeous barbecue weather, the endless sandy beaches, the language, the sense of humor, the economy (by that we mean the amount you’re going to get paid to work), the wildlife and, of course, the fact they have epic place names, like Eggs and Bacon Bay in Tasmania.

2017 Valentine's Cards for Kids

This is a sponsored post on behalf of my affiliate partner, Minted.  As always, all opinions are my own.  Post contains affiliate links.
DIY Valentine's Cards

Thinking back to Valentine's Day celebrations in class when I was a kid, I remember getting loads of cards each year.  But what I remember the most is receiving cards with candy attached to them.  That was the best!

I always try to make my daughter's school Valentine's cards extra special with some sort of treat - lollipops, snack size bags of M&Ms, Valentine's Muddy Buddies, etc., but what I'm not a huge fan of are the generic Valentine's cards that everyone buys from Target or Walmart.  Sure, they're cute, but we end up getting 10 of the same cards by the end of the holiday.

What You Should Know About Buying Toys For Your Kids


When we have kids, it’s natural to want to give the world to them. However, buying them lots of toys isn’t necessarily good for their development. Some toys can be great, while others can be waste of money, space, and time. Here’s what you should know about buying toys for your kids:

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