Go for happy. It’s allowed. And it’s ok.

SaraHappyLast week I had the privilege to be alone.

Wait. Let me get there. Let me explain. As moms, alone time is precious. I’m not talking alone time with friends or even alone time at the spa. I mean, alone time… in your home, the kind of alone time that forces you to really examine yourself and where you are in life. This is the alone time that will either A. Make you cry or B. Force you to want some sort of change in your life. In my case… it did both.

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You’re invited: Meet Lianna Grethel at Babies “R” Us in Houston {Giveaway}

Wooden ChildrenA's ChairProcter & Gamble and Babies “R” Us are teaming up to celebrate milestones with Lianna Grethel, host of Alarma TV on the Estrella TV network, an internationally recognized model and a “Deal or No Deal” model on the popular NBC hit game show. “Whether it’s a baby’s first smile, first crawl or the first meal, Babies“R”Us is there every step of the way to help prepare me – and every mom – for all the milestones with baby,” said Lianna. She understands that busy moms (like yourself) need a one-stop destination for all your baby’s needs.

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How does a marriage survive a long distance relationship?

SaraFamilyWe’ve been here before. .. . the long distance thing. My husband used to travel a lot. When I say a lot, I mean about 3 weeks out of each month. He worked long hours when he was in town.

We adapted. We transitioned. We got used to Dad being away and created an environment conducive to a one parent household. But that was many years ago. We did it when the kids were very young. Now? Now they are grown up little people. They have friendships and sports and school performances and church commitments and their whole little life is vital to having Dad at home.

So, we’re here again.

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Giveaway: Mega Bloks Barbie Build ‘n Play Luxe Camper

BarbieCamperBoxIt’s the weekend! We’re day dreaming of our upcoming Spring Break, knowing that it marks the beginning of a very busy baseball season with the little one. Before we know it Summer will be around the corner! Can I get an Amen?! So, what are you planning for Summer and does it involve camping? If so, I’ve got the PERFECT giveaway for your little one! Introducing Mega Bloks Barbie Build ‘n Play Luxe Camper! We’re giving it away to one lucky winner. Enter below and good luck!

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Review and Giveaway: Perfectly Pure Coconut Set

PerfectlyPureCoconutI have a love/hate relationship with my hair. It’s coarse. It’s curly. It’s thick. And eck.

I’m one of “those” women. You know the kind. The one who goes through the beauty aisle looking at EVERY.SINGLE.HAIR PRODUCT. I just knew in my heart that there would be some magical hair product that could tame my hair into beautiful ringlets. In comes the coconut.

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Week 2: Let’s talk about schedules

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A few weeks ago, Brian and I launched a marriage series. We planned to discuss one topic each week in hopes it would open a conversation with young married couples online. We had every intention of being honest and open with all of you. We planned to lay it all out. Real.Married.Life.

But we failed.

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The Little Mermaid II and Ariel’s Beginning 2 debuts Nov. 19

TheLittleMermaidAs a little girl, I used to play the The Little Mermaid VHS tape over and over again. Heck, even as I grew older, I told people this was my absolute favorite Disney movie EVER with Beauty and the Beast coming in second.

Now, you can join Ariel in two underwater adventures in  The Little Mermaid II and Ariel’s Beginning 2-Movie Collection (Blu-ray + 2-Disc DVD) for the first time on Disney Blu-ray™ Combo Pack November 19th!

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Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Muffins {Smart Ones Giveaway}

recipe-apple cinn muffins-450x260.ashxA few weeks ago, I tried the new Smart Ones Oatmeal. It’s so convenient for me when I’m rushing out the door for work. Check out my Smart Ones review here if you’re interested in reading what I think about their newest product.

Today, however, it’s not about me, but about YOU guys instead. I’ve been experimenting with the new microwaveable oatmeal on the weekends with the kids. Yesterday, we made Apple Cinnamon Muffins and I just couldn’t help, but share with you. Also, I want to give one lucky reader FIVE (yes 5) coupons for FREE Smart Ones oatmeal. Just enter below and don’t forget to print the recipe and let me know how you like the muffins!

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The Ugly Blue Sofas: Part 1

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What causes selfishness?  The need to put yourself before other people is one of the worst characteristics that anyone can possess.  Nobody wants to be selfish, but most everyone is.  This story is not easy for me to tell, because it is an account of me at my very worst.  However, if I were to produce a VH1: Behind the Music of my life, this would be the beginning of my path into tragedy, then transformation.  I’m choosing, at this time, to omit some details from the story, as they’ll be relative in other topics that Sara and I will be swimming in soon enough.  I’ll finish the preface with one more note.  Remember that we are all capable of terrible things.  We all have choices to make on a daily basis that affect others.  None of us can say that we’ve never lied, belittled, or hurt someone for selfish gain. We are all capable.

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