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“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.” Did you know that June is Internet Safety Awareness Month? This month marks the third consecutive year that BGCA (The Boys & Girls Clubs of America), along with Sprint, are helping to educate parents about internet safety awareness. They are asking parents to submit questions they may have about cyberbullying, social networking, online...

This post brought to you by Purina. The content and opinions expressed below are that of http://frugalmaine.com/. “I like books.” Those are the first real words I spoke to the man I would marry almost two years later when he asked me what I like. Little did he realize how much I actually like books. I’m a word nerd. A book fiend. I read books...

Yesterday, due to a tw0-hour delay at my kids’ schools because of the storm here in the northeast, I didn’t get a chance to write a post, wishing my daughter a Happy 13th Birthday. I was too busy making her a cake and wrapping presents among other things. I didn’t want to skip posting about her birthday this year, though, because it’s...

Months ago I made a promise to my stepson; if he would start trying new things he’s afraid of or unsure of, that I would do the same. He and I both had tendencies in the past to let our fears consume us and stop us from experiencing new things. In fact, my own fear has kept me from participating in things that could have changed the course of my life....

Today was a very special but emotional day for me, as are all days like this one. Today my son turned seven years old. And honestly, I don’t know how that’s possible. How did seven years already go by? Where did my baby go? I know in my heart he will always be my baby, as will his sister, but he’s not a baby anymore. He’s not the little...

Sunday night, while perusing Facebook before bed, I came across an update on author and podcaster P.G. Holyfield that made my eyes fill with tears and made me question why life has to be so unfair. Several weeks ago P.G. was diagnosed with a particularly vicious and fast-moving cancer…Cholangiocarcinoma. The cancer spread quickly and time seemed...

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...

Disclosure: “I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.” The relationship that exists between mothers and daughters is unlike any other. It has many unique moments, memories, and yes, even challenges along the way. The relationship dynamic can be even trickier when your daughter is in those tween-age years. What can be even more difficult is when some people dismiss certain behaviors as “typical tween girl behavior”...

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of New York Life for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Like the young lady and her family in the video above, my fiance and I have worked hard to build my daughter up during this year’s past track and field season so she would have the confidence and ability to go the distance, even if it was her...

For the last month things have been crazy insane around here and it has impacted this site significantly. We went away for Valentine’s Day and when we got back we only had two weeks before school vacation started. During that time we had some snow days.  And then two days before February vacation started, my son came down with a cold and ended up...