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Love Yourself Enough to Take 5 Minutes for You

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 30, 2016 | Categories: Motivational, Parenting, Women
Take 5 with Cafe Breaks from Ingles using Ibotta app.

As a mom, it is so easy to get caught up with family and work responsibilities so much so that we oftentimes put everyone else first. It’s nice to get a helping hand from brands like today’s sponsor, Cafe Breaks through Acorn Influence. They want to help moms like me to recharge, relax, and take […]

Dog Treats Tailored for Your Furry Friends

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 29, 2016 | Categories: Dogs, Pets
Dog treats that promote a healthy lifestyle like TopDogDinners Herbal Dog Treats

Our pup is a member of our family, so it’s important that what we feed him is good for him. I really appreciate brands like today’s sponsor, TopDogFoods, who make dog treats with our dog’s health in mind. Just like people, not every dog is alike. Of course there’s different dog breeds (to be exact) […]

Robotic Arm by Hexbug for STEM Education

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 28, 2016 | Categories: Education, Gadgets, Technology
STEM learning with Vex Robotics Robotic Arm by Hexbug from Best Buy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. My son has always loved science, tech, and engineering, and even if math isn’t is favorite subject, he happens to be just naturally good at it. He’s also got a love […]

Soccer Has Gone Global Like Never Before

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 27, 2016 | Categories: Sports

I received compensation for this post about how SAP is changing the game of soccer (football) but all opinions are 100% my own. I will only endorse companies, products and services that I believe, based on my own experiences, are worthy of endorsement. Something big, I mean really BIG is taking place this year. What […]

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5 Fun Things to do With Your Teen Son This Summer

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 22, 2016 | Categories: Family, Parenting
General Mills Tiny Toast cereal from Kroger a great summer snack

Between end of school year activities and summer trips and projects, it’s nice to get a helping hand from brands like today’s sponsor, General Mills. They want to help moms keep their teens fueled with fun snacks this summer. It is officially summer!  Although, judging by the weather, it has felt like summer for the […]

June is Scleroderma Awareness Month

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 20, 2016 | Categories: Health and Fitness
Scleroderma awareness pledge

This post was sponsored by Scleroderma as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I can remember the first time I heard the word “Scleroderma”. I knew “derma” had something to do with the skin and figured it was some kind of skin disease/disorder, but that was all. When my friend told me that […]

How to Celebrate Dad this Father’s Day

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 19, 2016 | Categories: Holidays and Observances, How To, Tips
Ways to celebrate dads on Father's Day

Between working hard to support his family, helping with the kids, and doing things to alleviate stress for Mom, Dad’s do a lot for their families. I know how fortunate I am to have a husband who is a very active participant in co-parenting our son. I am equally blessed with a stepdad that has […]

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Samsung Gear VR for Father’s Day from Best Buy

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 16, 2016 | Categories: Gadgets, Holidays and Observances, Technology
Samsung Gear VR from Best Buy for Father's Day

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. With all of the end of school year activities going on, our son’s NYC trip, and the opening weekend (plus all the to and from rehearsals) of our son’s play this […]

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Actiontec From Best Buy Replacing HDMI Cables with Wireless

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 8, 2016 | Categories: Entertainment, Gadgets, Technology
Actiontec MyWirelessTV 2 and ScreenBeam Mini2

Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. One thing I hate is wires and cables all over the place. It doesn’t matter how neat my office is, if there are wires and cables strung everywhere, it makes my […]

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Waste Not Want Not: Smart and Simple Tips for Avoiding Food Waste

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 7, 2016 | Categories: Food, Home and Garden, Tips
Waste Not Want Not: Tips for avoiding food waste

If you are trying to reduce the amount of waste your family produces, then you are part of a nationwide effort to reduce the amount of trash that goes into the nation’s landfills. However, wastefulness might still be happening right in your own kitchen. Food waste is a serious problem for many families, and according […]