Scramble the Eggs and Butter the Bread- It’s National School Breakfast Week!

Starting off each morning with a nutritious breakfast is the best way to ensure a more productive day. Children, in particular, benefit greatly from a good breakfast and studies show that children are more attentive in school and perform better when the day begins with a nutritious meal. Schools often serve breakfast and this early… [Continue Reading]

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VIP Meet and Greet Giveaway featuring Disney’s Olivia Holt

Have you bought your tickets for the McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival yet? If not you can get those right here – or you can enter to win our terrific ticket giveaway! Need even more incentive to attend the festival? Not only is it the biggest children’s festival in the nation, which provides support to an… [Continue Reading]

Olivia Holt

The McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival 2015 ticket giveaway

The Official McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival is coming March 28th & 29th. If you’re looking to get out, support a good cause and have a great time make sure you have your schedule free. The kids will have a blast meeting some celebs from their favorite TV shows, as well as riding rides and more!  We’ve been there several years… [Continue Reading]

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Big Hero 6 is a big hit in our household

    Big heroes can come in small packages, don’t let Baymax size fool you! Big Hero 6 is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD so your little heroes can enjoy it time and time again – just like mine are! Disclosure: I received a review copy of the DVD in order to make this… [Continue Reading]

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Bear Creek Soups: Just add water and your creativity for homemade taste

It’s been an unusually cold winter, even here in Houston and soup is always a welcome meal in my house. Bear Creek Country Kitchens has made it possible for me to make delicious soups with homemade tastes in just minutes. More importantly the family loves the food and doesn’t even know I used a shortcut! Disclosure:… [Continue Reading]

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Relive the Past at Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

  Ford Motor Company is the quintessential American brand. Founded by Henry Ford, this automotive giant has been at the forefront of American manufacturing ingenuity with a history that spans from the early days of the twentieth century to the present day. Detroit, Michigan was ground zero for Ford’s innovation and the place where it… [Continue Reading]

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Where to go, what to do? Let Vimbly help you

  We travel frequently and have to depend greatly on online resources for information on where to go and what to do. It’s not just when we travel, but here in Houston there’s so much to do and see that it’s hard to know which activities, events, classes and attractions are a priority for our… [Continue Reading]

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Evoz Smart Parenting for Modern Families

There are tons of nanny cams and baby monitors out there to choose from. But what if there was one which allowed you to do more than just check on your child? What if you could monitor the temperature of the room, sing to your child or even keep track of you baby’s sleeping habits?… [Continue Reading]

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Super summer soccer camp! British Soccer Camp and money saving deal

Last fall my daughter discovered a passion for soccer. She has always enjoyed going to the Houston Dynamo games, but now she’s not just interested in watching, she’s interested in playing. With summer around the corner our family is looking for ways to indulge this passion for the pitch. I recently learned about British Soccer Camp,… [Continue Reading]

Snickers Smooch drink recipe featuring Baileys Salted Caramel Irish Creme

  Give me a little smooch won’t you honey? Just in time for Valentine’s Day I’d like to share with you this drink recipe I made for myself and Mr. Money Saving Parent. I call it the Snickers Smooch.  Just think, chocolate, Baileys Salted Caramel Irish Creme  and ice cream all in one grown up drink.… [Continue Reading]

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GeckoTech reusable hook: A new way of ‘hanging around’ with things

While I’m not one for “New Year’s Resolutions,” I do set goals, both for the new year and throughout the year. One of those goals last month was to find ways to be a little more organized. Sometimes that means just putting things where they go when they arrive in the house and other times… [Continue Reading]

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We dare you to share your heart healthy tips

Do you love to share? Do you love a good dare? If so I have the perfect dare and share for you, and it may even win you some money!  UnitedHealthcare is daring you and your family to share each month what you are doing to get and stay healthy. The “We Dare You” consumer… [Continue Reading]

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Lake Hefner: Recreation and More in Oklahoma City

Residents of large, inland cities often have to travel long distances to find water. There might be a small river flowing through town, but serious water recreation often requires a road trip to the countryside. But this isn’t the case in Oklahoma City because just a few minutes northwest of downtown lies a body of… [Continue Reading]

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Kangu cares: Providing healthcare to prevent maternal and newborn deaths

  Every expectant mother has worries and concerns about her and her baby’s health. But just imagine having those concerns and not being able to do anything about them because there is no money and no health services available to you. That’s where Kangu comes into the picture. Kangu is a non profit organization providing… [Continue Reading]

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Alexander and the Terrible Horrible …Very Bad Day is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD!

  It’s HERE! And, last night my oldest daughter watched it for the first time, while her younger sisters and I watched it for the 5th time. I guess whatever thoughts I share about “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” from here on on will come as no surprise to you.… [Continue Reading]

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School Nutrition Association

Scramble the Eggs and Butter the Bread- It’s National School Breakfast Week!

Starting off each morning with a nutritious breakfast is the best way to ensure a more productive day. Children, in particular, benefit greatly from a good breakfast and studies show that children are more attentive in school and perform better when the day begins with a nutritious meal. Schools often serve breakfast and this early (Continue Reading…);

Olivia Holt

VIP Meet and Greet Giveaway featuring Disney’s Olivia Holt

Have you bought your tickets for the McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival yet? If not you can get those right here – or you can enter to win our terrific ticket giveaway! Need even more incentive to attend the festival? Not only is it the biggest children’s festival in the nation, which provides support to an (Continue Reading…);

houston children's festival

The McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival 2015 ticket giveaway

The Official McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival is coming March 28th & 29th. If you’re looking to get out, support a good cause and have a great time make sure you have your schedule free. The kids will have a blast meeting some celebs from their favorite TV shows, as well as riding rides and more!  We’ve been there several years (Continue Reading…);

Credit: Bryan Carey

Lake Hefner: Recreation and More in Oklahoma City

Residents of large, inland cities often have to travel long distances to find water. There might be a small river flowing through town, but serious water recreation often requires a road trip to the countryside. But this isn’t the case in Oklahoma City because just a few minutes northwest of downtown lies a body of (Continue Reading…);

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Big Hero 6 is a big hit in our household

    Big heroes can come in small packages, don’t let Baymax size fool you! Big Hero 6 is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD so your little heroes can enjoy it time and time again – just like mine are! Disclosure: I received a review copy of the DVD in order to make this (Continue Reading…);

alexander terrible horrible no good very bad day

Alexander and the Terrible Horrible …Very Bad Day is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD!

  It’s HERE! And, last night my oldest daughter watched it for the first time, while her younger sisters and I watched it for the 5th time. I guess whatever thoughts I share about “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” from here on on will come as no surprise to you. (Continue Reading…);

Free printable recipes from The Hundred Foot Journey

Want to recreate some of the fabulous food featured in “The Hundred Food Journey?” Recipes include “Herbs de Provence-Crusted Turkey” and “Kheewa: Indian Ground Beef with Peas.” Well, what are you waiting for? It’s time to start cooking! I admit I don’t like peas, but I do like this dish!

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Behind the scenes of Planes: Fire and Rescue with Paul Gerard and Jeff Howard

      With the release of Planes: Fire an Rescue on Blu-Ray and DVD  I was recently able to have to extreme opportunity to talk with writer, Jeff Howard and director of creative development, Paul Gerard! During our interview I was able to find out so many interesting facts that went into the making of the (Continue Reading…);

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15 money saving tips for going green

  You don’t have to spend money to save money, energy and the environment. With these twenty tips you can do all that and with some imagination and creativity you can save even more. 15 Money Saving Tips for Going Green Turn off ceiling fans and lights at night. Just leave on the fans in (Continue Reading…);

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Vegan and Gluten Free Sweet Potato Pie recipe

Are you looking for a new side dish featuring sweet potatoes this holiday season? SideChef is the leading step-by-step cooking app, featured in the Top 10 apps in the Food & Drinks category, shares this recipe for vegan and gluten-free sweet potato pie, following up their tips on how to make any recipe vegan or gluten-free. This (Continue Reading…);

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California Bans Plastic Grocery Bags

California, the nation’s most populous state and a hotbed of political and social activism, has taken a step many felt was long overdue: It has outlawed the use of plastic shopping bags across the state, citing environmental and other concerns. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law September 30, 2014, making California the first (Continue Reading…);

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National Geographic Ice Cream Expedition: Take the pledge, eat some ice cream

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! National Geographic recognizes the love of ice cream and has found a way to connect it with the next generation of explorers. Caleb, Jordan and Cameron approached National Geographic and National Geographic Kids with an idea that would inspire the nation to protect and conserve (Continue Reading…);

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Olivia Holt

VIP Meet and Greet Giveaway featuring Disney’s Olivia Holt

Have you bought your tickets for the McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival yet? If not you can get those right here – or you can enter to win our terrific ticket giveaway! Need even more incentive to attend the festival? Not only is it the biggest children’s festival in the nation, which provides support to an (Continue Reading…);

houston children's festival

The McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival 2015 ticket giveaway

The Official McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival is coming March 28th & 29th. If you’re looking to get out, support a good cause and have a great time make sure you have your schedule free. The kids will have a blast meeting some celebs from their favorite TV shows, as well as riding rides and more!  We’ve been there several years (Continue Reading…);

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Loving Lush Decor in my home and you can too! $200 Lush Decor Giveaway

Our empty nest is not so empty. As a result we have found that there are some updates we need to make to our decorations. My oldest daughter has returned home and it’s time to update the middle daughter’s bedroom decor from “little kid” to “big girl. As I result of all these changes I (Continue Reading…);

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Chicken Parmesan Lasagna recipe + Lasagna Kit Giveaway

  Our family loves their lasagna. I admit that the traditional style has always been a favorite, but thanks to a recipe from Red Gold now there is a new favorite in town. It combines their favorite Italian Chicken dish of Chicken Parmesan with their favorite dish, Lasagna. Disclosure: I was provided with some of (Continue Reading…);

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Olivia Holt

VIP Meet and Greet Giveaway featuring Disney’s Olivia Holt

Have you bought your tickets for the McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival yet? If not you can get those right here – or you can enter to win our terrific ticket giveaway! Need even more incentive to attend the festival? Not only is it the biggest children’s festival in the nation, which provides support to an (Continue Reading…);

houston children's festival

The McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival 2015 ticket giveaway

The Official McDonald’s Houston Children’s Festival is coming March 28th & 29th. If you’re looking to get out, support a good cause and have a great time make sure you have your schedule free. The kids will have a blast meeting some celebs from their favorite TV shows, as well as riding rides and more!  We’ve been there several years (Continue Reading…);

Summer camp savings at Digital Media Academy

My best friend said to me, “Oh I’ve already done my deposit for these two summer camps! Haven’t you?” My response is a blank stare. I can’t believe it! It’s already time to start looking for our summer camp experiences! What would I do without her to remind me it’s that time of the year (Continue Reading…);

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Park Restaurant and Grill: Winning Wyndham Quality

Hotel restaurants vary widely. Some offer a quick, cafeteria style meal while others offer more formal, sit- down, customer- centric service. Here in Houston, one of our best hotels is also home to one of the better restaurants, featuring sit down service and customer focus. The hotel is Wyndham Houston West Energy Corridor and its (Continue Reading…);

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School Nutrition Association

Scramble the Eggs and Butter the Bread- It’s National School Breakfast Week!

Starting off each morning with a nutritious breakfast is the best way to ensure a more productive day. Children, in particular, benefit greatly from a good breakfast and studies show that children are more attentive in school and perform better when the day begins with a nutritious meal. Schools often serve breakfast and this early (Continue Reading…);

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Baby and Bath time: #SoMuchMore than You May Think

I think one of the greatest joys of parenthood is being able to bath our baby. First we start with a beautiful baby and the next thing you know they are telling you they are big enough to take a bath or shower “all by myself!”  But there is so much more power in bath (Continue Reading…);

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Alternative vaccination schedule: Tips from expert Dr. Robert Sears

Due to the recent outbreak of measles the conversation about vaccinations has become a hot topic. There are those for and against. But what about those that would just like to know about the alternatives? Maybe we could create the best of both worlds by addressing our concerns about the ingredients in vaccines and immunizations (Continue Reading…);

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Energy Drinks Pose Potential Risk to Young Children

Parents can add another item to the growing list of things to keep out of the stomachs of young children. Energy drinks, popular for their vitamin supplements and ability to provide an oft- needed alertness boost, have been singled out for causing adverse health effects in children. The concerns stem from a research study presented (Continue Reading…);

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