How My Kids Helped Me Accept Myself

How My Daughters Helped Me

I wish that I could be one of those people who doesn’t care what everyone else thinks about me (Hi, mom!). I have always been incredibly self-conscious about just about everything. I’ve been on a constant yo-yo diet since I was 13 (and weighed about half of what I do now!). I straighten my naturally [...]

Will Olaf Be the New “Elf on the Shelf”?

Hide and Hug Olaf

  I know it seems like half of my posts lately have been about Frozen, but if you are a mom, you are probably stuck in the middle of Frozen Mania. Heck, if you speak English, you are probably in the middle of Frozen Mania (like it or not). Disney’s recent product announcement of “Hide [...]

Free Build Your Disney Side Sticker

What Does Your Disney Family Look Like?

Disney has launched a new site in keeping with its “Show Your Disney Site” where you can build your Disney Family and then they will send you the decal for free. The site is running REALLY slowly right now–likely because so many people are trying to get to it. But don’t give up! It may [...]

Reuniting Sisters Over 100 Years Later

Finding Sisters 100 Years Later

A few years ago my grandmother gave me an old (OLD!) family album with pictures dating back to the mid 1800s. Some of the more recent ones had names on them but most did not. There were also some various odds and ends like newspaper clippings and funeral notices. As I worked my way through [...]

Easy Way to Raise Money for Rescue Dog Winston

Help Winston the Rescue Dog

Last month Winston was on the “Kill List.” Today he still has a chance at a happy, healthy life if enough of us come together to help him. Given that the title of my blog is “Helping Moms Connect,” it seems only fitting that my mission today is to help my own mom with something [...]

Graduation Card Tips

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I’m not quite to the point of sending out graduation announcements and invitations yet, but I know that some of you are. I found this great chart from TinyPrints that I think will be useful for you. There are basically 3 different types of cards that you need–Announcements, Party Invitations, and Thank You Cards. Invitations [...]

What Do You Do with Free Samples?

Free Samples

I’m fortunate to receive a lot of different free samples in the mail. Some of them come as review items as part of my job (affiliate marketing). Others come from sites like BzzAgent and Influenster. As I looked through the mountains of stuff in my bathroom, I got to thinking about the samples that I [...]

Throwing a #DisneySide Karaoke Party

Disney Party Food

For an afternoon, my tween and teen (and all their friends) actually acted like kids again and not little adults. I can’t thank Disney enough for that! When I first found out that I was selected by MomSelect to host a DisneySide @Home Celebration, I was so excited. Then as I started seeing the box [...]

Potty Training Sale with a Sticker Bonus

My Potty Activity Book

In my line of work I get to meet a lot of very cool people incredibly creative things. A friend of mine, Tracy Foote, wrote and illustrated a book about Potty Training that I wish I had 10 years ago. It sells for about $10 on Amazon but she is offering a special deal to [...]

Why This Christmas Is Going to Be Different

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This Christmas is going to be different for me and my family. Not because we’ll be spending part of it in a different house or with different family members (although that will certainly be a change!). Not because we’ll be seeing more sand than snow. And not because certain Santa secrets are secrets no more [...]