Snack Time Morning, Noon, and Night with Arla Dofino

Snack Time Morning, Noon, and Night with Arla Dofino #HarvartiParty #MC #ad

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Arla Dofino. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. Our family... I swear, we are a bunch of mice! We love all things cheese! All. Things. Cheese. I would guesstimate that we eat cheese on a daily basis, or at least 5 days a week which is why we love snack time morning, noon, and night with Arla Dofino! We are new to the … [Read more...]

The Girl In Black Pajamas by Chris Birdy {Book Review}

The Girl in Black Pajamas

Genre: Mystery, Suspense Pages: 278 pages Rating: 5 out of 5 R&B Investigations is under attack. Their employee is shot in the back as he enters the building, and a hacker is trying to compromise their secure network. While the Boston police investigate the shooting, Bogie McGruder needs to find the culprit who is trying to put them out of business. Bogie and his partner Rose Jones can’t disclose their internet problems to the cops since Bogie is a hacker himself. Bogie McGruder … [Read more...]

Depression vs Sadness & How to Help a Loved One

Depression vs Sadness & How to Help a Loved One

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by Whitney Hollingshead. Life as Leels received some form of compensation in exchange for this post. Watching from the sidelines as someone you care about goes through something difficult can be one of the most trying challenges of life. When you know something is wrong, but can’t provide a permanent fix to the problem, you may feel helpless. Such a challenge occurs when someone you love is sad or depressed. In order to help in constructive ways, … [Read more...]

GiveForward and Show #Love>Hate

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

A month or so ago, the big 'fad' was the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - dumping buckets of ice cold water over your head and donating money for ALS in an attempt to fund-raise and raise awareness of the cause. Everyone was doing it. Even we did it! (And I have to admit, it definitely exceeded its goal in fundraising and raising awareness!) All was fun and games until... (you know someone always has to ruin it) In Bay Village, Ohio, three teens challenged one of their fellow students, a … [Read more...]

Lethal Greed by John W Mefford {Book Review}

Lethal Greed by John W Mefford

Genre:Mystery Pages:271 pages Rating: 4 out of 5 How often do start-up companies promise untold riches? How many of those firms are drug cartels? Seduced by an insatiable urge to escape reality, North Texas teens are falling prey to the one weakness parents fear most about their kids—taking illicit drugs. More than a thousand miles away, two contemptible hooligans plot their path to the top of an emerging start-up company. But what will it cost them? With his city under siege by a … [Read more...]

The Samantha Clark Mysteries by Kathryne Arnold {Book Review}

The Resurrection of Hannah

"The Resurrection of Hannah is the story of a woman whose path is forever altered, her first tentative step leading to an astonishing life journey. As the story develops, Samantha is torn between the polarities of everyday existence ―between present and past, love and fear, hope and despair—finding herself unable to exist in two very different worlds, she must go full circle to find her way home. The Resurrection of Hannah was inspired by true events, the first in what I believe is a unique … [Read more...]

Rock the Lunchbox This School Year

Rock the Lunchbox this School Year #ad

My kids love bringing lunch from home during the school week, but sometimes, our creativity sputters out and we get boring lunches. I am so excited this year to try and Rock the Lunchbox! We were gifted this awesome laptop lunch box (that came with all those awesome containers with lids that fit neatly inside), metal container, reusable sandwich bag, and the Rock the Lunchbox bag. We loved it all so much, I had to purchase one for everyone in the family! I had all three of … [Read more...]

Motor Dog by Kurt Cyrus and David Gordon {Children’s Book Review}

Motor Dog by Kurt Cyrus and David Gordon {Children's Book Review}

Genre: Children Pages: 40 Rating: 5 out of 5 Here's a tale of a boy and his robotic best (canine) friend. When Scoot the Cat comes on the scene, Motor Dog does what any normal dog would do: gives chase! Our boy Flip does everything he can to call him off, but no commands-verbal or electronic-can stop his new dog. When Flip runs after his malfunctioning pet, things go haywire! Will Motor Dog come through when Flip's in danger? Merging Kurt Cyrus' dynamic poetry with David Gordon's stellar art … [Read more...]

{Semi} Wordless Wednesday


Baby Girl likes to copy just about everything she sees and hears (she is 18 months now). If I do it, she does it. If she sees it on TV, she does it. Tonight, while watching our recorded episode of Dancing With the Stars, she was dancing in the living room and then walked up to her daddy, grabbed him by the hand and tugged on him. I knew what she wanted. She wanted to dance with daddy while Smokey Robinson and Aloe Blacc sang 'My Girl' on the television. … [Read more...]

Talking to Your Children About Alcohol & Drugs

Talking to Your Children About Alcohol & Drugs

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Adelphi University. The opinions and text are all mine. I don't keep it any secret that I am an adult child of an alcoholic. I know the importance of talking to your kids about drugs and alcohol. My father passed away in May of 2011 due to cirrhosis of the liver as a result of his alcoholism. He was 56 years old. In addition, my father in law is a recovering alcoholic of 25+ years. I worked in an … [Read more...]