Easy DIY Roman Shades

I’m taking my bedroom back. When my husband and I were newlyweds, it started as a nice, clean, orderly room. There was a new bedspread, freshly painted furniture, and light, airy curtains freshly matched for our new life together. Over the past 14 years it has morphed into something completely different. The bedspread has grown old and worn and has been puked on (kids). The furniture has gotten nicked and scratched (again, kids). The curtains have been pulled down (you guessed it--kids yet again!) and clawed (the cat!). In addition to damage, it’s not uncommon for us to settle in at night to find stuffed animals, toys or even a kid ...

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3 Ways to Stick to a Budget While on Vacation

Summer and vacation go together like winter and snow. Daydreaming of sunshine makes those long, dark winter days a bit more bearable. But no need to dream any more, summer is here! Your trips have likely been paid for and planned. You just have one task left--stick to a budget while on vacation. It’s so easy to loose track of our spending and be free with our wallets on vacation. But just like the excessive calorie consumption that seems to occur while you're away (it’s not just me right?), overspending will leave you feeling guilty when you return home to reality. Below I’ve detailed a few small ideas that ...

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5 Zoodles Recipes the Whole Family Will Love

Zoodles! Zoodles! Zoodles! What’s that? You’re not sure? You haven’t tried them yet? Are you like me, who feigned ignorance under the assumption that they couldn’t possibly hold a candle to that old pantry standby; pasta? Well, it’s time. It’s past time. Get your hands on a spiralizer, and hold on to your hat, mamas. I'm here with five zoodles recipes the whole family will love. My husband was reluctant. He usually only likes zucchini prepared a few ways, so I didn’t have high hopes for this challenge. My daughter on the other hand was pumped from the beginning. She was so excited that we were making ...

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It's All about the Kids at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

***Disclosure: This post about kids at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom is sponsored by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand, and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own.*** My family's newest avid crush this summer is Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom. The fun events and special promotions at this amusement park? Roll on all summer long! I shared in May about our first-time visit for Mother's Day, and this week, we got to visit again to check out two really cool campaigns happening this month. The month of June is all about kids at Dorney ...

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Easy Way to Make Money at Home

***Disclosure: This post about how to make money at home is sponsored by Survey Sampling International in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own*** Long about oh, an almost exact seven years ago, I found my world completely upended. That nifty two-salary gig my husband and I had been rocking? Gone. Replaced neatly with a little bundle of love and a massive amount of diapers. Another new addition to the scene? Money stress. While the ends always met up somehow, the stretch was tight. I found myself with no extra cash, a strong ...

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