Target has all of your back to school needs!

Head to Target for All of Your Back To School Needs #BTSWithTarget

Whether your child is in elementary school or high school, wears street clothes or uniforms, or likes super stylish or super sporty, Target has everything you need for back to school. Jack’s favorite place to buy clothes is Target because they carry the Shaun White line of apparel. Their colorful skinny jeans fit him perfectly, and there’s always a fun selection of t-shirts to choose from. During the summer, Jack is all about wearing basketball shorts and t-shirts. It’s his…

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Printable Tween Cell Phone Contract

Pantech Vybe and Printable Tween Cell Phone Contract

This post is sponsored by Pantech. As always, all opinions and ideas are my own!  Michael received his first cell phone when he was 10 years old. It wasn’t a necessity, like it is for most kids that age. He wasn’t walking home or staying by himself at home after school. He wanted one more than we had ever seen him want something, and we decided that it was good for our family for different reasons: he could text and…

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Target Backpacks and Lunch Kits for Back to School

Target Backpacks and Lunch Kits #BTSWithTarget

  Have you heard? Every little thing is a really big deal at Target! The kids are back to school here in Tucson, and we were able to grab every supply we needed at our local Target store. They had a huge selection of backpacks and lunch kits for kids of all ages. We loved this bright one from the High Sierra GRIP QUAKE line, which is a slim profile backpack designed to appeal to teenage boys: We loved that there really was something…

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My 5 favorite apps to save money

My 5 Favorite Apps To Save Money #my360independence

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Capital One 360. I’m not a coupon user. There, I’ve said it. I’ve clipped coupons in the past and they were always forgotten on my kitchen counter. I meant well, but in the end I’d just wasted the time it took me to cut them out. One of my very favorite things about smartphones is how easy it is to download coupons and deals–literally the click of a button. I can…

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Let's be an example for our teens and put down our phones. Nothing is worth it.

Let’s be an example for our teen drivers. #DecideToDrive

In just 18 short months, Michael will be able to get his learner’s permit for driving. While this makes me nervous, what really scares me is the state of other drivers “out there.” It seems that most of the people I see while driving are busy–too busy. Applying makeup, staring (literally) at their phone while texting or surfing the internet, eating lunch. The Virginia Transportation Institute reported that teen drivers who text are 23 times more likely to be involved…

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3 Summer Pool Cleaning Tips

Summer Pool Cleaning Tips from #CloroxPool

Clorox Pool & Spa has sponsored this post giving you summer pool cleaning tips to make your life easier this summer.  Summer is here and it’s officially pool season! We have been in our pool almost every day since early May. Every year around this time my husband and I look at each other and agree that we are so thankful we decided to put a pool in our backyard when we did–the kids have a blast swimming every year, and…

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Massage Envy Spa Gift Card

Which type of massage will Dad want? #Massage4DadsDay

  Aftershave? Neck tie? Power tools? No… What Dad’s really want for Father’s Day is a little bit of pampering. A massage, maybe? In addition to relaxing, massages can benefit Dad’s health! It has been said that massage can lower blood pressure, increase circulation, and decrease levels of cortisol–a stress hormone. This Father’s Day, wake Dad up with breakfast in bed and then kick him out of the house and have him head to Massage Envy Spa. My most recent…

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5 Ways to thank military members #ChevySalutes

5 Ways To Show Appreciation for Military Members #ChevySalutes

Compensation for this post was provided by Chevrolet via MSB New Media. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Military families sacrifice so much every day, and showing them we’re a thankful country is important. In addition to months spent away from their families, the military is expected to be on call all day, every day for their ‘regular” jobs. They can be called in at any time, made to stay as long as needed, and often miss important events that we…

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How do I use #AmazonCart?

How to use #AmazonCart to Shop on Twitter #cbias

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias. We live fairly far out of the city of Tucson, so “running to the store” isn’t a phrase we often use. We save our trips and run several errands at once, and if we forget something then we go without. Amazon Prime has changed a lot of this for us in the last few…

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What I'm loving: my health & fitness favorites

What I’m loving: my health and fitness favorites.

A portion of this post is sponsored by Whole Foods Market. There are affiliate (and non-affiliate) links in this post. I’ve been trying to find that fine line of balance–for me, my family, my work, my blog… I wish the line was neon and flashing sometimes! Health and fitness is a big area that I’m trying to improve right now. Michael and I have been going to the Crossfit gym three times a week and I’ve been really concentrating on…

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Celebrate summer with grilled pizza (and Drumsticks!)

Celebrate Summer with Grilled Pizza #SummerGoodies

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This #shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser.  Summer is here, and we are celebrating every way that we can. We love summer because we can enjoy the sunshine a little longer, eat dinner a little later, and spend more time together as a family. Last week, we grilled pizza with the boys and then surprised them with their favorite–NESTLÉ®…

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#ChevySalutes Military Appreciation Month and Instagram Contest

Compensation for this post was provided by Chevrolet via MSB New Media. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Did you know that May is Military Appreciation Month? Steve and I met in 1996 while we were both stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. I was working in the classified communications room and he was an aircraft mechanic. We were married shortly thereafter (very shortly-we were dating for about 9 months before we were married!) and…

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When should I use a home drug test kit?

When should I use a home drug test kit?

This post is sponsored by Touch&Know®. The content is my own. Being a parent these days is tough. And by these days I mean the days of internet and smart phones. Parenting is more difficult now than it was 30 years ago, and it’ll only get harder. It’s easier for our kids to get into serious trouble and to find access to things they shouldn’t be around–I’m thinking about drugs. Thirty years ago it would be a little tougher to get access to…

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Reebok ONE Cushion: A Review

Meeting My Goals With the Help of Reebok ONE

The following post is is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Reebok I really, really can’t complain about the running path near my home. I have this view to look at, the weather is perfect 95% of the time, and I have amazing shoes to run in. The Reebok ONE Cushion: Shoes designed with performance in mind. I love how breathable they are–there is mesh throughout the design, not just in the toe area. While the shoe is flexible,…

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Mother's Day gift guide for the fitness fanatic

Mother’s Day Gifts for the Fitness Fanatic from Best Buy

Mother’s Day is coming up fast, and you need some gift ideas for your fitness-loving mama, don’t you? Here are my top gifts for the fitness fanatic mom in your life, both over and under $100. All of these gifts can be found in the Best Buy Gift Center But first… if I had to choose one, it would definitely be this: I have several friends using the Jawbone Small UP24 ($149.99) and I’d love to connect with them for motivation. This…

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BOLD Cucumber Sandwich: A no-carb recipe

BOLD Cucumber Sandwiches: No Carb Recipe

My family recently tried the new Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh BOLD lunch meat and we love them! Their new flavors, Italian Style Herb Turkey Breast, Cajun Style Turkey Breast, Maple Honey Ham, and Chipotle Season Chicken Breast are so flavorful that they can easily be used alone without extra sauces and spices. My favorite part? There are no artificial preservatives and no artificial flavors! I’m sharing my recipe for BOLD Cucumber Sandwiches today! To make these cucumber sandwiches, you’ll need: Cucumber, skinned Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh…

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