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. Living in a home with four kids and two dogs can get downright smelly at times, especially when one child *cough* my daughter *cough* refuses to clean her backpack out, and when she  finally does it, she find months’ old sandwiches in her lunchbox and bag. BLECH! (Once it was a forgotten egg that she left underneath their bed...

I have a confession to make. I’ve had a hard time loving myself over the past two years or so. See, I’ve battled depression and feelings of worthlessness off and on for years. I’ve had good years. And I’ve had bad. The last few months before my divorce I finally started to take better care of myself after years of not caring. I felt better about how I looked. I carried myself with confidence. I lost weight. I smiled more. I felt beautiful for the first time in years. But a few months after...

Yesterday my July ipsy Bag came in the mail and I was super excited to check it out. I’ve been a member of ipsy for two months now, and I am not disappointed in the least. The $10 a month that they charge is totally worth it, in my opinion. You can sign up here, but be prepared to be on a waitlist for a bit. I think I was on for about a month. Every month your ipsy bag will arrive in a cute bag. This month’s is my favorite out of the two I’ve received. It’s hot pink and perfect to carry makeup in. The contents: bareMinerals...

While others turn up their noses at thrift and second-hand stores, I am not one of those people. I am not a snob. I have no issues with shopping there. I know you can get name-brand clothing there at a fraction of the price. And with a family of six, we need to save money wherever we can. We don’t have access to a money tree that we can shake whenever we need moola. I wish we did, but we don’t. So we have to be savvy when possible. The other day my husband and I were talking about summer clothes and how our girls still...

Disclosure: This sponsored post is brought to you by Global Influence Network. I was provided with compensation in regards for writing the post below. All photos within post were provided by the sponsor. Growing up, soccer played a huge part in my husband’s life. He began playing at the tender age of five and continued to play until he blew out his knee during his freshman year of high school. Had he not hurt himself, who’s to say where soccer would have taken him. He was always asked to play with the age group above...

A couple weeks ago I decided, yet again, to watch what I eat in hopes I lose some weight. This decision came after a particularly frustrating trip to Kohl’s to buy some shorts for me. I couldn’t find any that didn’t make my legs look fat. This is something I’ve always struggled with because one: I have short legs, and two: I have thick calves and thighs (always have). Even when I was a zero, I didn’t like the way shorts looked on me. I’m not even sure I will like the way they look on me when I...

A few years ago I decided I wanted to (eventually) get my nose pierced but up until this week, hadn’t done it. Money and time was always a factor. Well…I finally did it! While at the Mall of New Hampshire in Manchester, NH, my husband told me I should get it done since we had the opportunity to. And I did. The pain wasn’t too bad. I did say “oh shit”, though, when the stud went in because it was shocking and weird. It did make my eyes tear up too, but in comparison to pushing two kids out of my body,...

Disclosure: “I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Sea Tow. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.” I haven’t always loved boating. In fact, when I was a little girl, I went in a canoe with my dad and lost my mind. I was convinced that imminent danger was just around each bend in the lake, in the form of Nessie…or a low-hanging branch prepared to take our heads off and launch them into outer space. My very overactive imagination...

I admit, I am very apprehensive when it comes to trying new (potentially dangerous) things, like riding a motorcycle or a jet ski. I tend to let my fears get the best of me. Over our honeymoon, though, my husband decided that he wanted to rent a jet ski, and instead of letting my fears take over, I went into the experience with an openmind. And what do you know? I actually learned somethings about myself. I LOVE TO JET SKI! If you’re like me, and would like the exhilarating experience of cruising across an open body...

Over the course of the next few weeks, I will be writing a slew of wedding-related posts to share with all of you. I wanted to wait until after my husband and I got married before I shared some of what we did to prepare for our wedding. And, of course, I want to share with all of you what our wedding was like, as well as our honeymoon. (Hint: It was AMAZING!) During the months leading up to the wedding, I spent MANY hours on Pinterest, looking for beautiful wedding photo ideas. It was extremely important to me to have photos...

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