5 Questions I wish I would have asked my OBGYN with my first Pregnancy

This post is sponsored by Cord Blood Registry, CBR®, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

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It feels like forever since my first pregnancy! But I tell you what, I don’t think I will EVER forget those 9 months of ups and downs and the fear and excitement.

I headed into my first pregnancy with what I thought was a pretty decent knowledge on the subject of being pregnant and birth and babies… But I didn’t know as much as I assumed. And I realized after giving birth that there were several key questions I should have asked my OBGYN.  Read more

How to Reconnect with your child after school and create Smile Worthy Moments

How to Reconnect with your child after school and create Smile Worthy Moments



I love reconnecting with my children after school. They have had such a day full of new things, friends, activities, and maybe even some hard things.

Reality is… I have six kids clamoring for attention and giving me paperwork all at once as soon as we walk in the door! It can be pure chaos!

After a few attempts, we finally found our groove. And the kids know that I will give them the attention they need after we all unload, settle in and have our afterschool snack.

One of our favorite after school snacks is Goldfish crackers. They love them because they are colorful, packed with cheddar flavor and just fun! I love them because the colors are sourced from plants and they inspire my children to have fun with their food.

I have some really creative kids and we love to play with our food! I give them each a piece of paper to be their placemat and art canvas during snack time.

Sometimes we make fun pictures using the Goldfish crackers.


And sometimes, we get really creative and draw scene for the Goldfish to play in!

Jimmy, 2nd grade, wanted to draw his classroom and school and make a School of Goldfish! I was so impressed by his creativity!

What you can’t see in the picture above is the special conversation he and I had while he created this Goldfish Moment.

He told me about his classroom and classmates.

He shared with me how someone was being mean to another student and he told them to stop.

He talked about the fractions his teacher had put on the board and was teaching them about.

He gave me a rundown on how everything is set up in his classroom and he likes the way his teacher helps him when he gets stuck.


My momma heart was so happy and proud!

A little activity like creating this Goldfish Tale can make the most special moments! If you are looking for ways to connect with your children after school or any time. Create a GoldfishTale together! It can be a picture, a scene, or even a stop motion video! For inspiration visit the Goldfish Tales page! It has some really cool ideas from other Goldfish Fans!

I raise my bag of Goldfish crackers to you, my fellow mommas! You are amazing! You have the time to connect with your kids. You are doing a fabulous job!

Happy Goldfish Moments,


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A Gift for the Holidays for the Family

A Gift for the Holidays for the Family

**This post is sponsored by Cord Blood Registry, CBR®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

The most amazing gifts that were ever placed in my arms were my six children. If you are a mom you know the joy of those first moments with your child. And if you are about to become a mother for the first time your heart is about to burst with love!

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When I gave birth to my three biological children I vaguely remember a pamphlet about Cord Blood Registry (CBR), but no one I knew had ever done it or talked about it.  Read more

Gift Mom a Night off with Coca-Cola & Kroger Fresh Ready to Heat Pizza

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company all opinions are mine alone. #KrogerPizzaDeal #CollectiveBias

The holidays are a perfect time to gift mom a night off!!! Kroger makes it so easy with their Fresh Ready-to-Heat Pizza and a Coca-Cola™. The whole family is happy and mom gets to put her feet up for a bit!

Gift mom a night off

Halloween came and we hit the ground running for the holiday season! If you are a mom, you know that from Halloween till the kids go back to school after New Years you have a list a mile long and a calendar so full you need an assistant to keep up with it!

Let’s not even talk about the fact that this is also the season of getting nasty viruses, coughs, colds and the crazy exhaustion that the kids feel just as much as you do!

I believe it’s safe to say, that while we as moms absolutely love the holiday season… it can be quite exhausting to keep up with!


Just this past week, we have had doctor appointments, school programs, after-school activities, events, seeing Santa, decorations to put up, house to clean for company, Christmas present shopping, 1,000 trips to the grocery store and a whole bunch of other things my brain just can’t remember!


Please, don’t get me wrong, I am NOT complaining! I love this crazy season with my children. They find so much magic in seeing the lights on our Christmas tree and putting the star on top. I am giddy with excitement over some of the toys I will be gifting them for Christmas. And I just about balled my eyes out at the girl’s little Christmas program, they were just too adorable!


But…. When my husband suggested I needed a night off… I am pretty sure I did a little happy dance!

My night off did NOT even make a scratch in our tight holiday budget. Want to know my secret?

Kroger loyalty members can purchase a fresh, ready-to-heat pizza at a hot price point for $5.99 and save $1 off a 1.25:L Coca-Cola™ beverage or 1L DASANI® (making the drink nearly free)! (valid through 12/3/17 – 1/3/18)

Gift Mom a Night off with Coca-Cola & Kroger Fresh Ready to Heat Pizza

It’s such an amazing deal! We bought three pizzas for our big family!

You have no idea how much it means to a mom to have a night where the kitchen doesn’t have to be a disaster zone and the constant “What’s for dinner?” question doesn’t get asked a thousand times!


My husband even got the big boys to join in and help him with my night off. They even served me dinner on the couch.


We watched a Christmas movie after dinner and then my husband put the kids to bed. It was just wonderful!

If you are a mom, please feel free to share this with your hubby as a “Ahem” SUBTLE HINT! Or when you are at Kroger this week stock up on a few Kroger fresh ready-to-heat pizzas and Coca-Colas and plan your own night off when you need it the most!IMG_4274

It will do you a world of good!

Happy Night Off!!!!


Make sure you are signed up as a Kroger Loyalty Member DO IT NOW!!! It’s worth it!