Thursday, April 23, 2015

3 Ways to Encourage a Love of Reading in Children

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Purina for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

As a homeschooling mom is can be hard to encourage my children to pick up a book. When I was a child I always had a book in my hand. I loved them and they were my escape. In these modern days though, children are far more likely to pick up a cell phone or tablet before they ever pick up their first book. So, what can parents do to help encourage a love of reading in today's kids?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

#WhenWeBake Memories are Made + Country Crock Prize Pack #Giveaway - Sponsored Video

Some of my best memories have been made in the kitchen, both as a parent and with my own parents. I have fond memories of my dad teaching me to cook, chili, spaghetti and meatloaf are among a few of the recipes I learned from him. My mom on the other hand instructed me in the art of baking, especially around the holidays. I can remember the house constantly filled with the smell of fresh baked cookies as she made batch after batch of so many different varieties, and sometimes, I got to help. I cherished those moments with her in the kitchen as a child, and still do as an adult. Now, I make even more memories in the kitchen with my own children.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Burst into Spring and #GetUpsideDown at Dairy Queen

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dairy Queen. I received a product sample and promotional item to thank me for my participation

The flowers are blooming, the showers are showering and the bugs are biting. That can only mean one thing, Spring is here! Now, for those of you who know me, you know how much the boys and I love Dairy Queen. I can't even tell you how many Dairy Queen restaurants we stopped at all over the US last year on our #70dayroadtrip. So, when want to celebrate something, say the start of Spring, we head on over to Dairy Queen for a blizzard, our absolute favorite treat.

A Weekend of Adventure at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee #FamilyTravel

Kissimmee has been one of our favorite "go to" family vacation spots for years now. A step away from the hustle and bustle of the major theme parks, Kissimmee is centrally located to a whole lot of fun, offers budget-priced accommodations and has many action-packed attractions of its own for visitors. A few weekends ago, the boys and I were given the opportunity to experience some of the best that Kissimmee has to offer while attending the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo.