FREE Texas Travel Guide

Friday, April 18, 2014

If you're planning to visit Texas, rediscover Texas, or just want to teach your kids about Texas, you can get a FREE Texas Travel Guide from! It comes with a 272-page travel guide and Texas map. Allow up to 8 weeks for delivery.

ModCloth’s ‘Spring-Time to Shine’ Contest

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Share your spring style with ModCloth’s ‘Spring-Time to Shine’ Contest, and you could win a $50 gift cerfiticate! Entering is simple -- just snap a photo of yourself in your freshest spring ensemble and upload to the Style Gallery. Outfits do not need to feature ModCloth (although it is encouraged!), and users can submit as many entries as their hearts desire. Two winners will be chosen and featured by ModCloth. This contest is open to both domestic and international applications through 1 p.m. PT on 4/28. Please see our blog for more details. Good luck!

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Buy a 12 issue subscription of ALL YOU and give an additional yearlong subscription as a gift! That is 2 subscriptions of ALL YOU for only $19.92, which comes out to only $0.83 per issue! This is a perfect opportunity to share all the benefits of ALL YOU with someone special in your life, we suggest Mom! Find great money saving coupons, shopping tips, family menus, free samples, and a whole lot more!

LeapFrog LeapPad2 Disney Bundle $50

At Target, you can get a LeapFrog LeapPad2 Disney Princess Enchanted Bundle for only $50! It includes the LeapFrog LeapPad2 tablet, which features 4GB of memory and two cameras, a carrying case, six game cartridges, and a $20 digital download card. Shipping starts out at $5.94 or you can get free in-store pickup.

Blogging How-To: Blogging Safely

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Blogging Safely- what you need to know to keep you and your family safe!

When does posting about your family and daily life become too personal? It all depends on what you blog about. Mommy blogs post about mommy problems and kid things, which is normal. I even post about my personal life once in a blue moon, mostly because I am a pretty private person. But I have started notice that before blogging became popular, parents would use initials instead of the child's first name, which is now the case. If the blogger has her last name listed somewhere on the blog, anyone seeing the child's first name and the blogger's last name will now have your child's full name. If put into the wrong hands, things can go down south VERY quickly.

I don't want to scare you, but a fellow blogger had to close her blog because she wanted to keep her family safe. So today, we are going to take a look at ways you can keep you and your family safe while still blogging:

  1. Don't divulge too much information. Refrain from using full first names for children. Use initials or their nicknames.
  2. If you do use your child's full first name, don't put your last name on your blog. Use an initial instead.
  3. NEVER put your address in a public media kit. If you have to, make sure the media kit is password protected or just send it to those who request one. 
  4. Try not to make any enemies in the blogging world. This can be hard, but we never truly know who is behind the blog.
  5. When you talk about certain personal problems, keep the details to a minimum. Don't talk about certain places, unless their widely known, especially if you live in a small town.
  6. Don't take picture of things that could point out full names, addresses, or numbers. If you take a picture of your new car, blur out the license plate number.
  7. Be careful when complaining about a company. If the company believes that you are doing it out of spite, they can legally sue you for defamation. 
  8. NEVER agree to meet a blogger or reader alone. Always use the buddy system and meet in public. Let others know you are going to meet them and keep your phone handy at all times, just in case.
Blogging, while oftentimes fun, can have its dangerous side. While I never had any safety issues while blogging, it does happen and I want all of my fellow bloggers and their families to stay safe!

When life gave us lemons...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It seems as life is testing us. Life keeps handing us lemons, and we're out of sugar, or vodka. Well, technically, I think there is still some sugar in a cupboard somewhere. Don't quote me on that, though. LOL Anyways, when life would give us lemons, I was always determined that I would turn those lemons into lemonade and make the best of the situation.

I am generally a strong person, carrying anyone and everyone who needed a sign of strength. Despite that, a recent event brought down my defenses and I became depressed. I didn't want to eat. I couldn't concentrate. Pinterest, which was something I had become somewhat addicted to, seemed uninteresting. I would try to play Super Mario Brothers on RetroUprising to see if it would distract me, but the distraction didn't work. Even listening to Journey, my go-to music for happiness, just seemed even more depressing. (Except for that song that Family Guy ruined and I can't listen to it without giggling.).

What did I do? I cried. I cried all the tears I had been holding in for so long. I don't cry often anymore, so everything that deserved a tear got it. I cried for our situation. I cried for my aunt, who is battling cancer. I cried because I had been so strong for too long. I cried as long as I needed to, and whenever the tears were starting to brim, I would let them fall.

Why would I cry when I was already depressed? Those tears represented the tears that should have fallen before, and I was able to think about each thing that was adding to my depression. I wasn't depressed for long, mind you, but once those problem-tears dropped from my eyes, I could feel my depression weaken a little.

If you ever feel like crying, even if it's just at a sappy part in the movie, cry. Bawl your eyes out, if you have to. Those tears may represent something else, but no one has to know. Just let those tears fall.