Celebrate Mardi Gras at Grand Lux Cafe

***Thank you to Grand Lux Cafe for hosting my family and sponsoring this post so I can tell you about this fun way to celebrate Mardi Gras!*** Despite the low temps putting a chill on things, there are lots of fun things to celebrate in February. Valentines Day, of course, but don't forget about Mardi Gras. And did you know that February 21 is also National Sticky Bun Day? True story. And if you're any thing like me, celebrating these special days is a super way to keep the fun rolling while we're hibernating down in these winter months! So when Grand Lux ...

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San-J Mongolian Chicken Takeout Fake Out

***Thank you to San-J for sponsoring this blog post so I could share my honest opinion of their sauces and this recipe for Mongolian Chicken takeout fake out with all of you!*** You’ve been running full tilt since your alarm jolted you out of bed. Virtually nothing has gone as planned and you’ve felt like you were a half hour behind all day long. If you’ve had one of those days, the last thing you want to think about it how to get dinner on the table for your family. Those kinds of days are the ones that leave me reaching for the takeout ...

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Budget-Friendly DIY Beauty Hacks

When was the last time you got to the spa? Yeah, me too. These days it’s not exactly in the budget…time or money wise. But that doesn’t mean you can’t pamper yourself at home. With these budget-friendly DIY beauty hacks you can make yourself look and feel good all month long. Frugal, time-conscience, and fun, these hacks are perfect for moms! Budget-friendly DIY beauty hacks: Sugar scrub. A good exfoliation is good for the soul; out with the old and in with the new! What’s not good for the soul is paying $20 for something you can make out of pantry ingredients. Some raw sugar, ...

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When Sensory Issues Hurt

The last week was a rough one. More accurately stated, it was a fantastically nasty beast of days that left me stamping down a persistant well of tears and longingly eyeing the wine bottle (darn the new diet!). While on Day 19,000 of some hellacious flu/cold/sinus infection/Satan's scourge-on-the-world mash-up, some kids made fun of my son. Amidst the coughing fits, I welcomed in the middle-of-the-night hours with a hurt more stinging than that of any physical illness. My son was in pain, so I was in pain. And so, while the rest of the world doesn't get his sensory issues, together my little dude and ...

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Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even if You’re Not)

Goodness knows as parents we've got a ton of responsibilties in raising our kiddos on this earth! Somewhere in between feeding them and generally keeping them alive, we need to sneak in some of those important lessons--like the value of money money and how to effectively manage it. We have chatted here before about tips and tricks for teaching kids financial smarts, and what a perfect fit to follow up this discussion by recommending the hot new book that hits stands today, Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even if You’re Not) by Beth Kobliner. What is Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even ...

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