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One Father's proven method to get his kid to eat and like VEGGIES!

by Heather Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Before I became a father, culture and society had drilled it into my head that you had to bribe kids to get them to eat vegetables. Fortunately, with our son on the way, I forgot about all of this — and accidentally tricked him into wanting to eat vegetables and salad greens.

The unconscious, devious plan actually started before little Joseph was born …

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Moms Like To Rock Too! Rock Out In the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer!

by Heather Thursday, February 26, 2015

You know you do it, you try to hide it, you don’t tell your friends, family and you definitely don’t let your neighbors see you do it but once you are out on the open road you turn that music up and you rock out!

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The Fun and Easy Way to Protect Your Children's Teeth!

by Heather Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I  participated in this campaign on behalf of Scholastic I received compensation as a thank you for participating. All opinions are my own.

As a mom who has had two teeth extracted, too many cavities to remember and countless root canals I knew I wanted my kid’s dental health to be different. I want them to smile and be proud of what beautiful little smiles they have. I have always had my kids brush their teeth, but when they would only do it for about twenty seconds I would shrug it off and think “well at least they don’t eat a lot of sweets; their teeth should still be really healthy” then came one of my daughters checkups and the dentist turned to me and said “looks like she has about six cavities” SIX CAVITIES!! I think I almost fainted. I was naïve in thinking a little bit of brushing and cutting back on sweets would somehow save them from cavities. 

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Healthy Family Traditions with DOLE Red Grapefruit Sunrise Fruit Bowls!

by Heather Thursday, February 19, 2015


I have been compensated by DOLE for my participation in this campaign as a part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. As always though all my crazy opinions and stories are my own.

One of my earliest memories of my grandfather is sitting down with him and enjoying one of his favorite things… grapefruit. We would wake up super early, sit down at the kitchen table, he would get half and I would get the other half. He would put salt on his half and sprinkle sugar on mine. We would then talk about our plans for the day or try to guess how long Grandma would end up sleeping in.

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An Unforgettable Time on Martha's Vineyard With The Harbor View Hotel

by Heather Wednesday, February 4, 2015

When we recently visited New England I knew the trip wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Martha’s Vineyard. Whether you have visited Martha’s Vineyard or not it is notorious for being an amazing vacation destination. When planning a trip to Martha’s Vineyard you want it to be as perfect as possible and you need to start with a hotel that matches those expectations. When I was researching hotels on the island there was only one that struck me and I knew it was the one. Welcome to the Harbor View Hotel!

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Elegant Pub Fare - Henry's Restaurant Review

by Heather Wednesday, February 4, 2015

If you find yourself on Martha’s Vineyard, one of the first things you will probably do is look for a place for lunch or dinner. Now if you are staying at the Harbor View Hotel you will have about 50 feet or less to go, but if you are just there for a day trip, you will want to head over for some delectable fare at Henry’s or Water Street. We recently had the opportunity to try Henry’s and experience what they have to offer.

Technically Henry’s is the hotels bar, but they have some great food as well. Right away we noticed patrons that were talking not like travelers, but locals. We spoke with them for a little bit and they told us how they frequent Henry’s all the time and that it is some of the best food on the island.

You know when it’s a local favorite that it’s going to be good. Everything looks amazing on the menu, but I love steak try as I may to order something new, different or local (like seafood) the thought of a juicy tender dripping hunk of meat always wins me over. I was delighted to see Henry’s had a dry aged ribeye with frites and it didn't disappoint, an immaculate piece of meat came out from the kitchen to greet me and I couldn't have been happier.  

I was so full and happy afterward and in that awkward, “I want dessert, but I probably shouldn't” moment, but our fantastic waiter had a perfect solution, he suggested some cookies and milk to go that we could have in our room later.

With the amazing service and food it’s no wonder locals and travelers alike have been coming here for years and I can’t wait to get back. Maybe I will try something new next time, who I am kidding I’m going back for that rib-eye.

Check out Henry’s here and also be sure to check out Water Street

Mama

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**Must Read** How I Made $2,145 By Decluttering!!

by Heather Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A few months ago I began a journey towards minimalism.  And not the weird kind where you sleep on the floor and only have one plate and one fork, but a kind where I question all my possessions and get rid of the stuff I don’t need.

I had read a few books that were getting me inspired and then I had the great pleasure of spending some time with Joshua Becker who is one of the premier minimalism authors out there.  Spending time together was refreshing on a whole lot of levels, but as far as this article is concerned he helped spur me on to take major action in this direction.

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*Must Read* 50 Things I've Learned in 10 Years of Parenting

by Heather Tuesday, January 20, 2015

1. I've learned that the best toys are seen but not heard.

2. I've learned that a "friend with benefits" is a friend with a kid old enough to babysit.

3. I've learned how frightening it is to have a 2-year-old walk up to you when you thought he was asleep in his crib.

4. I've learned that a child's first instinct isn't to walk around a puddle.

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An Education on Kids Car Seats from #ChiccoKidFit - Plus "Look Mom No More Icky Seat!"

by Heather Monday, January 19, 2015

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Chicco. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.

When purchasing a car seat for me it’s not just all about safety, I think I hear gasping off in the distance. Don’t get me wrong I am very concerned about my children’s safety, the first time we left the hospital with our bundle of joy I rode in the back seat with her and was prepared to lunge across her in the case of any danger. I was terrified and it took more than thirty minutes after we had her completely secure to finally be ok setting off. That’s why I was so grateful for diagrams like the one below from Chicco. Do you know for sure that you are using your car seat right?

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Move Over Man Cave and Make Way for the Pinterest Room!

by Heather Friday, January 9, 2015

A room of one’s own isn’t new — nod to Virginia Woolf — but what we ladies do with and in the space is changing.

Our grandmothers had “boudoirs,” where they primped and lounged. Our mothers had sewing rooms and craft rooms. 

Today’s “me” room encompasses all those activities and so much more, according to a Detroit Free Press article. The story says that while guys are tricking out their man caves with sports memorabilia and big-screen TVs, women are turning their spaces into multipurpose rooms with an emphasis on pretty and creative storage.

But we think the article missed a recent phenomenon that will affect how we design, and what we call, our special spaces moving forward.

Today, women are embracing social media much more enthusiastically than men — especially Pinterest and Facebook — and need some privacy to post their latest pictures and thoughts. And when we’re not trying to connect with others, we’re trying to find our bliss through yoga or meditation, which require peace and quiet, too.

So, this begs the question: what do we call these multipurpose rooms? “Woman cave” is so derivative and, well, hairy. “Boudoir” and “sewing room” are so last century.

What would you call a room of your own, and what would you do there?

Mama

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