myCharge It Up this Mother's Day!

****Thanks to myCharge for sponsoring today's post with compensation and the HubMax 9000mAh portable charger so I could share this fab new product with you!**** So here's the thing, friends, I've become "terribly important" in my own life. As in, when the SignUp Genius link for the school's Teacher Appreciation luncheon goes around, a gal's gotta be on her game with responding so she doesn't get stuck with bringing the zillion mini spinach quiches that no store in a 500-mile radius carries. You know how it goes. What does this mean? As a modern mama, I am completely, sold-out dependent on my phone. ...

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Zero Dollar Based Budgeting

I'm delighted to introduce Suzanne as a member of The Mom of the Year team! Suzanne amazes me with her incredible budgeting smarts and financial savvy. She regularly makes magic happen for her family for a song, organizing their lifestyle around a firmly established budget. Suzanne will be sharing her economic techniques and ideas with us, and I can't wait for all of us to learn from her! ****************************************************** Let’s face it friends, life is expensive. Gas prices change quicker than my mood on a Monday, milk and bread are no longer cheap staples, and fruit can catapult your grocery budget into the red quicker than a rogue marker ...

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Mother's Day Win with Johnsonville Sausage Breakfast Sliders

****This post is sponsored by Johnsonville. Product and compensation was provided in exchange for an honest review.**** What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with a menu item you’ll find yourself coming back to again and again because it’s super easy, and a total hit with kids and adults, alike! Johnsonville has jumped right into my heart with these Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausages. They’re so easy that I was motivated to actually invite my daughter into the kitchen to help me create these fun little sliders. No complicated cooking steps means this mama can be more adventurous in her choice for kitchen help. ;) Our ...

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Scoop up the Freebies with PINCHme

Anyone here like freebies? Me too! As a self-proclaimed product junkie, trying new stuff for free is my favorite. So when the product sampling gurus at PINCHme asked if I'd be like to check out one of their monthly boxes for review, I was game. What is PINCHme? It's an online destination that lets you try products from leading brands completely for free from the comfort of your own home! In exchange, you are only asked to leave feedback on the products you receive. Every month, an amazing range of new free samples are released on Sample Tuesday (a specified Tuesday each month when samples are released) for members to ...

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Workout Hacks for the Multitasking Mom

Do you know those “gym rats” that you see at the gym every day after work? The ones that actually know how to use those foreign gym machines? Yeah, that was me. I took pride in keeping lean and fit, and had a fancy gym membership to prove it. Until I had kids. Suddenly, I traded in abs for a muffin top, and that gym membership that cost $100 a month? Well, since I became a stay at home mom, it was no longer in the budget. I tried many different workouts and videos but when it came down to it, it was downright impossible ...

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