LISTERINE Heroic Habits – Be a Healthy Habit Hero #Sponsored #MC

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** I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. BE A HEALTHY HABIT HERO WITH LISTERINE When it comes to my teeth, I can be pretty fanatical. I brush 2-3 times a day (sometimes more), floss at least once a day, and use mouthwash on the regular. At a young age, clean teeth and fresh breath don't seem to matter quite as much as playing with friends, watching TV, or … [Read more...]

Fitness Trend for Summer – ZUMBA

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Although I'm fairly active, I've never been a big fan of your basic exercise routine. Aerobics, running, crunches... it's alot of work, and quite honestly, not very fun. On the other hand, I LOVE to dance! So, when the Zumba craze began a few years back, my youngest daughter and I decided to give it a shot. Boy, what a workout! But, loads of fun too... you don't even realize how hard you're working from having so much fun! My boys even joined in with us. A recent consumer poll conducted by … [Read more...]

Keep Your Beach Bum With These Beach Workouts

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With a beach vacation only weeks away, you typically work out to look your best. When you actually go on vacation, it's not time to just lay around, you still want to keep that beach bum in shape. Because you don't want to hit a low-lit gym with the beach glowing in the sunlight, there are several beach workouts you can try out.Photo courtesy of Beach Sprints There is nothing like sand to give you the workout of a lifetime. Find an area away from lounging beach-goers, … [Read more...]

Johnson & Johnson HEALTHY ESSENTIALS for my Special Valentine’s Day Celebration #Moms4JNJConsumer

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Use HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® on your Special Date Night and Get Significant Savings, Too! With 5 kiddos, the hubby and I don't get out by ourselves very often. But, there is at least one day of the year that we go "kid-less" and that would be our wedding anniversary, which also happens to be Valentine's Day. This past weekend, we prepared for our much anticipated get away to our favorite casino and hotel in Atlantic City. As I skimmed down my list while packing for our trip, checking once and then … [Read more...]

Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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Yesterday, I had the worst chocolate craving and the only thing I had in my cupboards was a bag of chocolate chips. Should I just eat the chocolate chips directly from the bag? That would've been good, but also pretty boring. No... I was looking for something gooey, buttery and decadent! Problem is.. my hubby doesn't care for chocolate (weird, I know!). So I wanted a recipe that paired his favorite dessert... cheesecake... with my favorite... chocolate. I searched Pinterest (my other obsession) … [Read more...]

Great Starts with Kellogg’s – Recharge for the Day Ahead #GreatStarts


Getting our oldest daughter up for work, our other 3 children out the door for school, and myself dressed and ready to head out to my day job can be quite challenging to say the least! As organized as I try to be and as much as I plan ahead, there are always those days when nothing seems to fall into place as well as you'd like. A homework paper that has suddenly "vanished," a last minute spill on a uniform top, or a missed school bus can really throw a monkey wrench into our day. One thing I … [Read more...]

Go Beyond Breakfast with Kellogg’s Corn Flakes


"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." I find myself saying this to my children several times a week, and giving them all the reasons why they should eat a good breakfast before heading off to school. But, do I take my own advice? Not very often. Usually it's greek yogurt and fruit... easy to grab right from the fridge and take to work. However, I do love my breakfast.. it's probably my most favorite meal of the day. So, when I do have time to sit down before work, my go-to … [Read more...]

A Winter Wonderland of Babies Event #WonderlandofBabies


A Winter Wonderland Of Babies Event Is HERE! We get to CELEBRATE all the new babies in our lives!Joy Of Momma Joyner and Mama On A Green Mission are both welcoming their 3rd babies in the next few weeks! Along with a wonderful group of bloggers, they want to offer ONE WINNER an awesome Prize Package full of great items for Mama, Baby, and even for Siblings! The Prize Package Includes:Halo - Swaddle - $38 Pish Posh Baby - OiOi Diaper Bag - $130 Undercover Mama - Nursing Tank Top - … [Read more...]

Simple Styles from Monroe and Main #MMBloggerSpotlight #Giveaway


** This is a Fashionista Event Opportunity. At this very moment, as I sit here writing this, we have MORE snow falling on top of the many inches already covering the ground here in New Jersey. Can you say "READY FOR SPRING?!" :) If you're feeling anything like I am right now, you would probably welcome a bit of bright sunshine in your days.It has truly been a pleasure to work with a great company like Monroe and Main to review the Knot Your Mother's Dress. As a size 14 gal, I was so happy … [Read more...]

Refuel and Recharge with Kellogg’s – After Activity Snack #GreatStarts


My kids and grandkids are big balls of energy! They can play hard all day with no problem at all. Of course, when you're young, you can do that. However, as you get older, exercise is not as easy or as fun. At least, not for me. :) However, it is a necessary part of life if you want to stay healthy and fit. Working full-time, and then coming home to take care of family and chores, I don't have a great deal of time to workout. That usually means I try to squeeze 5 days worth of exercise into 2 … [Read more...]

Exercise Can Be Fun #GreatStarts


Living in New Jersey in the winter can be rather cold. Trying to get the kids to go outside in the winter can be a struggle for sure. I mean.. who doesn't want to stay wrapped up in their blankets in a warm house during the winter months. One thing I always insist on before they do venture outside is to start with a good, hearty breakfast. Cereal, eggs, fresh fruit, and juice helps to get them fueled up and ready to start their day.Here are a few ways that we try to get some exercise into … [Read more...]

Are You a “Boredom” Eater? #GreatStarts

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With a house full of teens (3 of them) and a pre-teen, I sometimes think I should own stock in the local grocery store. I buy in bulk much of the time as it seems my children want to eat everything up as soon as I walk through the door. The food seems to last a little longer this way. I barely get home from food shopping before they're asking "What did you buy?" I do realize they are active, growing kids and need regular nourishment. However, it seems they try to eat up everything in one … [Read more...]

Savings from Johnson & Johnson Healthy Essentials and a Twitter Party #Moms4JNJConsumer

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Disclosure: This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them. What a great way to start off the new year! I was honored to be invited by The Motherhood to be part of the #Moms4JNJConsumer kickoff blog team with the Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies and … [Read more...]

Crock Pot Hot Chocolate

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Did Someone Say Hot Chocolate? My kids love hot chocolate as much as I love my coffee.. and that's alot of love! It's the perfect winter beverage after a day of playing in the cold and snow. Warm, chocolatey goodness with just the right amount of sweet! I found this recipe on Pinterest a couple years ago.. but the site is no longer listed, so I can't give anyone the credit. :( However, I've come up with my own version .. and boy is it tasty! See for yourself! This recipe is a favorite in my … [Read more...]