Ray Rice Isn’t the Story, Domestic Abuse Is


All the world is talking about Ray Rice right now. The attention is on him, the NFL, the local police, everyone who might have seen the video, TMZ, etc. Let’s now take Ray Rice out of the equation and use this as an opportunity to maybe reach some people who need to be reached. This [...]

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 [...]

Believe it or Not: Ripley’s Great Fun for Whole Family

Ripley's Believe It Or Not

Traveling with tween/teen girls is always an adventure. When the kids were small, we knew how to entertain them–slides and playgrounds were fun, cheesy music held their attention, and people dressed as animals or cartoon characters were believable. Now that they have gotten older, planning fun things to do on family vacations is a little [...]

Mom Gets Braces: More Rubber Bands (8)

Braces 14 Months

It’s been 4 months since I last wrote about my braces, and that is because there really wasn’t much to report. I’m now 14 months into the process with approximately 10 months to go (although I am hoping for 9 months left to have them off by Christmas). Ever since I started my triangle elastics [...]

Big Kids Can Show Their #DISNEYSIDE

#DisneySide Party Kit

When I was sent an opportunity to apply for a Disney Side @Home Celebration (thanks, Kim!) through Disney Parks and MomSelect, I jumped at it! We’re huge Disney fans in our house. We own Disney Vacation Club, take at least one Disney trip every year, and take a Disney Cruise every other year. We have [...]

100 Books to Read in a Lifetime

100 Books to Read

Amazon released a list called “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime,” and I was immediately drawn into it. I’m an avid reader but often read a lot of “fluffy” books just to escape. I made a promise to myself last year that I would try to read at least a few books with more [...]

CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion Review (Not Impressed)

Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion

I am not a big makeup wearer, but I do wear the basics pretty much every day. The one thing I almost never leave the house without is mascara. I like to try different types of mascara because my eyelashes are very light colored and not extremely long. I’ve even been known to use two [...]

Buy One Get One Free Cheerios

Free Cheerios

Once upon a time when my kids were small, Cheerios were pretty much their own block in the food pyramid in our house. As they have gotten older, Cheerios have taken on the role they play in most people’s houses–breakfast. However, I have to say that I do make myself a little snack mix with [...]

Free Knife Skill Class from Craftsy

I’ve never really looked closely at Craftsy before because I don’t consider myself a Crafty person at all and probably never will be. But when I saw the advertisement for the free Master Knife Skills class, I became interested. I’m one of those people who loves to cook but has never had any training and [...]