My Suburban Life


I used to think that the suburbs weren’t for me.  I’m not that girl, I would tell myself, and I meant it. I didn’t want a cookie cutter house, a tiny postage stamp of a lawn, an HOA telling me what I could and could not have in the front yard. The thought of making… 

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#GetGoing Soccer Practice

Enter for a Chance to Win $1,000 from Jif To Go

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for Jif To Go Dippers. I received a sample to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating. I had this thought that when the kids started school, life would settle down. It would be calmer, more organized, less hectic. The kids would in… 

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Bugs BunnyBoomTown Airplanes

It’s a Brand New Bugs Bunny BoomTown at Six Flags Over Texas!

We received tickets to Six Flags Over Texas to check out the new Bugs Bunny BoomTown. All opinions are 100% my own. Six Flags is a popular summer destination in Texas. In fact, we visited Six Flags twice this summer! But the fun doesn’t stop when school starts…Six Flags has festivals and family-friendly celebrations taking place… 

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Mom-Approved TV Shows for Kids

10 Mom-Approved TV Shows for Kids

My kids would watch TV all day long if I’d let them. We actually limit them to one hour per day, but there are always exceptions and days when honestly? I need TV to help a sister out as I’m trying to get things done around the house or, you know, WORK.  As the kids get older,… 

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Candy Corn Wreath

DIY Candy Corn Wreath

Well, ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for my quarterly food craft! I’m not crafty very often, but when I am…I like to use candy as my medium of choice. I mean, I can’t feel guilty about eating 32,000 candy corns before the second week of September has even started if it’s for a CRAFT, right?!… 

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Pirate Beach at Legoland Discovery Center

Arrrrrrgh! It’s Pirate Beach at LEGOLAND Discovery Center

We received tickets to visit Pirate Beach at LEGOLAND Discovery Center so I could share my experience with you.  Jack’s birthday isn’t until December. And yet, he’s known exactly what he wants to do for his birthday since March (not even kidding!). Instead of a party, he’s decided that he wants to visit LEGOLAND Discovery… 

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Dark Hope

Dark Hope by Monica McGurk Fuels My “YA” Obsession

A couple of years ago, I didn’t even know what “YA” meant. For the uninitiated, “YA” is an abbreviation for “Young Adult” and refers to an entire genre of literature based on (you guessed it!) young adults. Teenagers. Kids. Actual young people. But YA doesn’t mean a book is necessarily just written for kids, although they are… 

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LEGO KidsFest Dallas

LEGO KidsFest Texas is This Weekend!

My family is receiving tickets to LEGO KidsFest in Dallas through US Family Guide in exchange for sharing this information with my readers. If you’re in Dallas, check out the fun giveaway for a pair of LEFO KidsFest tickets at the bottom of this post! Last night, we picked Jack up from Kindergarten, headed home for a quick… 

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Wordy Wednesday

Wordy Wednesday

This week has been BIG. First? Jack started Kindergarten. I thought I was just going to be super excited about the whole thing and that was it, but in reality I had all kinds of crazy emotions coursing through my veins. We now have two full days under our belts, and truly…I think Jack is… 

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Blog Coaching

Blog Coaching: Build a Strong Foundation for Your Blog

Now that school is started, I finally have time to announce something I’m very excited about. Starting now (no time like the present!), I will be offering blog coaching to newbie bloggers, wannabe bloggers who don’t know where to start, and small businesses who want to add a blog and social media presence to their… 

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First Day of School

I’m Sad About the First Day of School. But I’m also Excited. And Anxious. And Excited.

I feel all kinds of emotions about my kids starting school. Especially about Jack starting Kindergarten. Kindergarten! Today he said to me, “Are you sad that I’m starting Kindergarten?” “Yes,” I told him. “I am, a little.” “Why?” he asked, digging into the pudding cup I’d just made him open all on his own (because… 

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