After school snacks kids can make for themselves!

Bagel Bites and Delimex Taquitos After School Snacks #shop |

**Full Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AfterSchoolSnacks #CollectiveBias When James gets home from school, the only thing on his mind is FOOD!  If I have time, I'll get the after school snacks made before he comes through the door.  But most days he has to find and make his own snack which is why I keep Bagel Bites and Delimex Taquitos on hand! Bagel Bites and Delimex are pretty easy to find and reasonably priced at Walmart, so when I am there, I pick up a couple boxes of each. Bagel Bites are made with real cheese and homemade sauce with 0g trans fat which makes them a good after school snack!  Plus you can add your own toppings and customize them to fit your kids' desires. James grabs the Bagel Bites as his after school snack more often than he does the Delimex. He opens the box. He puts the snack food in the microwave. He pulls the Bagel Bites out of the … [Continue]

Febreze #Noseblind Test {Plus #Giveaway}

Febreze Air Effects

**Full Disclosure: This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Febreze.  I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine. Are you noseblind? Noseblind [nohz-blihnd], noun; The gradual acclimation to the smells of one’s home, car, or belongings, in which the affected does not notice them (even though their guests do). I definitely am!  Especially after the trash hasn't been taken out for a few days.  I'll go out to run an errand and when I come home, I think 'what's that SMELL?!'  Sure enough, it's the trash.  I take it out and everything is better.  And of course I think to myself, 'MAN! I am sure glad no one came over with my house smelling like that!' Febreze sent me a kit so I could perform a noseblind test.  With my sister in town, it was the perfect opportunity!  My parents, sister, brother-in-law and niece came over to visit and I put them to work!  The filled out an online survey when they got here. … [Continue]

Kids in the Kitchen: No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge |

Fudge isn't something I've ever attempted to make - until now.  I always thought fudge would be finicky and I didn't want to deal with it.  But my friend Kathy gave me her recipe for No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge and it's really SO much easier than I could have imagined. James and Colin worked together to make the fudge.  Colin measured the wet ingredients and James did the dry.  It took about 10 minutes to measure and mix all the ingredients together.  It's messy, but so much … [Continue]

AdventureCon 2014: Storytelling #WildSide14

AdvenutureCon at Sea World San Antonio

**Full Disclosure:  As a PROUD Sea World 2014 Wildside Blogger, my family and I were provided with season passes and AdventureCon tickets (which included the Quick Que Passes and Food Passes for the weekend).  I was not asked to write about my experience.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  Photo Credit: Rachel at Last year I attended AdventureCon for the first time.  As soon as the conference ended, I was ready for the next one. AdventureCon is an annual … [Continue]

2014 Toyota Tundra {#Review}

Toyota Tundra |

**Full Disclosure: I test-drove the 2014 Toyota Tundra for seven days for review purposes.  No compensation was received.  All opinions are my own.  When I turned 16, my dad told me I could have his truck.  I understand that I was lucky to have that option, but I didn't want it!  It was big and I was scared to drive it.  After some convincing, dad agreed to sell his truck and let me get a (cheap) car.  Since then, I've driven trucks a handful of times but it's not my favorite thing to do. … [Continue]

Wordless Wednesday: Lazy River

Lazy River Fun |

Have a lazy day!!  … [Continue]

Nestle Nesquik and Back-to-School Lunch Ideas #shop #FoodMadeSimple

Lunchbox Idea with Nesquik #shop |

**Full Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #FoodMadeSimple In about a month, my kids will head back to school.  I'm not sure happened to our summer but I am not ready for the routine that comes with back to school.  James is ready - and has been since the first day of summer.  Colin will start kindergarten and he is not excited about the idea of something new. My kids are picky eaters, so … [Continue]

Summer Learning with Netflix #StreamTeam

Educational Netflix Shows - Big Kids

**Full Disclosure: As a member of the Stream Team, I was provided a Netflix subscription, ROKU 3 and an HDMI cable.  No compensation was received.  All opinions are my own. I enjoy learning - whether I am at a museum, library or at home watching documentaries - I am happy to be adding knowledge to my brain.  My husband and kids are much the same.  We enjoy learning new things because knowledge is power! Summer isn't just about staying up late to watch silly movies.  It's also about taking … [Continue]

Mommy and Me Monday: #DisneySMMoms Edition

Sara at Disney

Every week, my friend Krystyn (from Really, Are You Serious?) challenges moms to step out from behind the camera and capture a photo or two with their kids.  She says that moms are missing from photo albums - and she is RIGHT! Last week I was dared to post an image with 5 pictures of myself.  It was HARD!  I looked through all my images from May, June and July but didn't find a single photo of myself (with or without my kids!).  We went to Disneyland in April, so I was able to find a few … [Continue]

National Lollipop Day with a See’s Candies Review {and #Giveaway}

National Lollipop Day |

**Full Disclosure: I was given a gift card to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions are my own. Once a month, my kids and I visit the LEGO store.  After they are done perusing all the LEGOs, I force my kids into See's Candies as my 'we did it!' treat.  See's Candies is one of my favorite candy stores.  I always buy at least three Scotchkisses (and they don't usually make it all the way home!). When I was if I wanted to review See's Candies, I couldn't … [Continue]

It’s time to put a STOP to Child Hunger! #ChildHunger

Child Hunger Ends Here Pin

**Full Disclosure: This sponsored discussion about childhood hunger is made possible by ConAgra foods and The Motherhood. I can't even imagine what it would be like just to be hungry - especially not as a child.  But more than one in five children in the U.S., including more than one in four Latino children, may not know where their next meal is coming from.  That’s nearly 16 million children, a number that could fill 8,000 playgrounds. But we can help put a STOP to child … [Continue]

2014 Toyota Sienna XLE {#Review}

Toyota Sienna |

**Full Disclosure: I test-drove the 2014 Toyota Sienna for seven days for review purposes.  No compensation was received.  All opinions are my own.  I learned how to drive in my mom's minivan.  I didn't think I'd ever want to drive one again!  But when I was given the opportunity to check out the 2014 Toyota Sienna, I couldn't say no.  I wanted to see how far minivans have come in the last 15 years. I was pleasantly surprised by the Sienna and all of its really cool features!  But I … [Continue]

Wordless Wednesday: Summer Haircuts

Colin |

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VHS to DVD Transfer with YesVideo! {#Giveaway} #DivaMemories CLOSED

YesVideo Logo

**Full Disclosure: This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and YesVideo.  I received the featured service free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine. Do you have a VHS tape or two that you can't watch anymore because you don't have a player for them?  I do - my wedding video and my high school graduation.  There are such special memories on those ancient media storage devices; throwing them out would be heart-breaking option. … [Continue]