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Learn how to make witch's brew punch, a foggy bubbling cauldron and a smoking Jack-O-Lantern, plus lots of other dry ice experiments for Halloween and beyond.

You can’t have a spooky Halloween display without some special effects. A cauldron, plus dry ice and hot water equals a fog effect that will have those trick-or-treaters hightailing it off your porch before they become an ingredient in the witch’s brew! Continental Carbonic, a manufacturer of dry ice with 39 branches in the eastern […]

Best Toys for Father-Son Bonding #TargetToys #Cbias #shop

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TargetToys #CollectiveBias. Read my full disclosure policy here. Families that play together stay together. I’m a firm believer in that. Even as our lives get busy and our kids grow older and more independent with their own interests […]

Hallmark Jumbo Poster Kids Cards at Walmart

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #collectivebias Read my full disclosure policy here. Life lessons and teachable moments — you can never plan for them, can you? Who would have thought a movie about a bunch of misfit superheroes would be chock full of […]

Gift for Mom: #ShareItForward with a Timeout Gift Basket for Mom #shop

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareitForward #CollectiveBias It’s time to pay it forward. Because sometimes mama needs a timeout. A little time to kick her feet up. Some pampering in the middle of a busy day. A few minutes to get lost in […]

Maple Nut Goodie Toast and 30+ Quick Breakfast Recipes

Lately, I’ve been into sharing recipes that really aren’t — dishes that require minimal ingredients and cooking time but that are still super tasty. It might have something to do with the lazy days of summer… ..but those lazy days are winding down more quickly than I would like. The countdown to school is on. […]

Fun Family Activities: Inexpensive Ways to Bond With Your Family This Weekend Close to Home

Weekends are made for family time. And in the summer, we’re always looking for fun things to do outdoors… …whether it’s a picnic in the backyard… a trip to the beach or the lake… …or a fun outing with friends to pick blueberries for pies and homemade muffins. There’s nothing wrong with a lazy summer day […]

Kid Friendly Potty Humor Printables #CtnlCareRoutine #Pmedia

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Cottonelle but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #CtnlCareRoutine http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO If silly potty humor offends you, please stop reading now! This post most definitely contain jokes about bodily functions  that polite, dignified people don’t talk about. But if […]

Tips for Making Mornings Less Chaotic with Jimmy Dean #RedboxBreakfast #ad #pmedia

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Jimmy Dean, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #RedboxBreakfast http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO Weekday mornings are not always fun in this house. The alarm clock goes off — or the canine alarm clock starts up with the shrill barking that […]

Motherhood & the Myth of More Time

I have noticed something about mothers. As our kids get older and pass from one milestone to the next, their time with us each day is shorter. School days get longer. Play dates, extracurricular activities and later, part-time jobs, keep them away from home longer. While we as mothers do not wish their childhoods away, […]

Camp Hanes Summer Camp

With the exception of a few camping overnight trips with my Girl Scout troop, I never went away to camp as a kid. So, everything I know about sleep-away summer camp I learned from the movies. You know, Friday the 13th, Uncle Buck, Dirty Dancing, Meatballs, Space Camp. Plot points that were fun, exciting, funny, […]