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Minecraft is something that came into my life in full-force. I understand most of the Minecraft terminology, yet I don’t really know how to play it. Honestly, the gaming controllers intimate me these days. However, for my boys it is a completely different story. They love playing it and from what I can tell, they have learned a lot from the game.

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This post about boosting energy midday has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #V8EnergyBoost #CollectiveBias

One week into summer break and whoa. I can’t believe that I forgot how different it is with three kids home all day, every day. With Ethan accustomed to busy school days, I can tell I have my work cut out for me the next few months. Lots of planning, fun activities, and being on-to-go.

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This post about identity theft is sponsored by LifeLock. All opinions are my own. 

Sometimes my husband tells me I am ‘too nice’ or ‘too trusting’ and he could be right. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt typically. I have a hard time understanding how people take advantage of others so often. How some people can goes as far as swiping your whole identity and causing endless problems. I just don’t get it.

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Being outside is a daily routine for my family. That means I have to make sure proper sun protection is also routine. From going to the park to participating in sporting events to simply playing in the backyard, protecting my family from the sun is important.

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It’s hard to believe Valentine’s Day is next week. I may be a slightly emotional person and it doesn’t take much to make me tear up. Cardstore is reminding us that ‘It’s Okay to Cry’ and embrace these emotions and sentiments. Heartfelt greeting cards are an easy way to express feelings and maybe even say something that is hard to vocalize.

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This #GreatStarts post is sponsored by Kellogg’s. All opinions are my own. 

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Every single day is full of surprises. With three little ones, there is never a calm or dull moment. I always have to be on my game and be ready for whatever the day (or toddler) throws at me. The secret to a successful day, is a great start. I need each day to start out strong for the sake of the whole family.

That’s why I’m excited to announce that Kellogg’s and I are teaming up this winter: to ensure we all get off to great starts when we need them most. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing tips from Team Kellogg’s and how I use these valuable pieces of advice in my household to make the days run smoother.

One of the tips included will be a sleep in tip from a fellow mom. The video below shows how preparing breakfast the night before can save time in the morning, allowing for some time to sleep in. I like to do this on the weekends and will share more on how it also benefits the kids in a few weeks. I can’t wait to share all the great tips with you!

Check out more helpful tips from Team Kellogg’s at Kelloggs.com/GreatStartsTips.



Kellogg’s® believes that From Great Starts Come Great Things®. So we’re helping Moms start every day with a tip from the top athletes of Team Kellogg’s™ and Team USA dietitians. The thirty days leading up to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will each feature fun pieces of advice to help families fuel just like the athletes of Team Kellogg’s. To see all 30 tips, visit Kelloggs.com/GreatStartsTips.

Compensation was provided by Kellogg’s via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Kellogg’s.

Thank you to National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association for sponsoring today’s post. All opinions are my own.

Easy Home Meals is like music to my ears. Trying to make dinner in my house is typically a challenge. With a one year old begging to be picked up while a two and three year old run run around or wrestle each other, it ends up taking me twice as long to make even simple meals. I try to find easy meals as often as possible to help me in the kitchen.

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