Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Give the Gift of Music this Holiday Season with Fender Play

Give the gift of music this holiday season with Fender Play! #sponsored #FenderPlay #guitar #music

If your kids are anything like mine, they don't need many toys for Christmas! Our living room very closely resembles a toy store. Because we have an abundance of THINGS, we would happily welcome an experience or an activity as a gift this holiday season!

For several years we have encouraged our loved ones to give our children gifts that are not the norm, and it turns out that those gifts are always the favorite presents! Memberships to the zoo or a museum gives us a year's worth of adventures. Gift cards to a movie theater or a restaurant gives us a much needed family night out. Gifting them necessities for their favorite sports and activities are always a hit. Those presents are gifts of EXPERIENCES, and that's what my kids will remember!

And now, you can easily give the gift of music, thanks to Fender Play!

Fender Play

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Orange Creamsicle Jello Recipe - Delicious, easy & quick to make! {Tuesday Talk}

Orange Creamsicle Jello Recipe

Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and I'm currently thinking about all the delicious food I'm going to eat! I mean, of course I'm going to whip up some recipes, too, but thinking about eating is much more fun. Our upcoming Thanksgiving meal inspired me to share an Orange Jello family recipe that has been a part of every holiday meal for literally as long as I can remember!

Orange Creamsicle Jello Recipe

This recipe, like every other recipe that I share, is easy to make. I do have four kids, and very little time, so complicated, time-consuming recipes are a no go! In order for a recipe to become shareable, it must be both delicious AND simple to whip up.  Cooking/Baking time is also a factor. The faster it is to make, the more likely it is to top my list of favorites!

Orange Creamsicle Jello Recipe

My older sister, Sharilyn, serves this Jello dessert at every holiday dinner, and it has been one of my favorites since I was a young child. No matter how many times I make it, I still have to text her before I do, and ask her for the measurements just so I don't mess up a good thing. So now it's recorded forever, and I have a point of reference. It just didn't have a name, so I had to give it one: Orange Creamsicle Jello! Holiday dinners just aren't the same without it!

Orange Creamsicle Jello Recipe

This Orange Creamsicle Jello recipe was perfect to share for this month's Year of Color post!

A Year of Color Link Party

Orange Creamsicle Jello Recipe

Orange Creamsicle Jello

Orange Creamsicle Jello Recipe

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Healthcare App for Busy Moms #AnywhereCare

This is a sponsored post in partnership with The Motherhood on behalf of UPMC.

Whether you are a working mom or a stay-at-home mom, have one kid or 10 kids, life as a mom is busy! As a mom of four, wrangling chaos and juggling kids and schedules is my norm. I don’t have much time to worry about anything else. Worrying about arranging healthcare, especially for sick visits, shouldn’t top my list of worries!

Healthcare App

Thankfully, there’s an app for that! UPMC Anywhere Care allows you to have a face-to-face visit with a doctor right from your mobile device or computer! The app is free to download, and it’s also free to sign up for an account. The visits start at $49, but for those with a UPMC Health Plan, the cost is similar to a copay.

If you live in Pennsylvania, you will be able to visit with a UPMC doctor during your video consultation. For those outside of Pennsylvania, you will be able to visit a doctor from American Well, which is an online care group. All video consultations occur in real-time.

UPMC AnywhereCare

When one of my kids gets sick, it’s a lot of work just to schedule an appointment with their pediatrician. Not only do I have to work around five different schedules, but I also have to arrange childcare for my other kids, unless I want to bring my entire crew to the sick visit.  If that doesn’t work, we end up at Urgent Care after my husband gets home from the office. Although necessary, it does cause added stress for all of us. And if there’s a sick parent? Those appointments rarely happen!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lily's 6th Birthday

Lily's 6th Birthday

Time is a bittersweet thing. It goes by way too quickly and just slips through my fingers! One event flows rapidly into the next until it's a steady stream of constant activity, and before I know it, months have gone by.  I'm going to be completely honest with you. I can barely keep up and my days are a complete blur! That's my only explanation as to why I'm posting about Lily's 6th Birthday three months after the fact!

The sad part is, I didn't even realize it until I was clearing out my drafts folder. I *thought* I had posted about it already. Actually, I also found Liam's birthday post and the rest of our vacation posts in there, so I'm going to be interspersing those events with current posts over the next few weeks.  Such is the life of a mom of four: Always playing catch up!'s hard to believe, but Lily is now 6 years old, and she has been for, oh, 3 1/2 months. But still...6 is so old! When I think about how big she is getting, it makes me both incredibly proud of the amazing person she is growing up to be, yet sad at the same time!

Lily had an awesome birthday this year! We work so hard to make birthdays special for our kids, and it always pays off. She was busy from the moment she woke up until the moment her head hit the pillow that night! 

On the beautiful morning of August 3rd, Lily awoke to a bedroom filled with balloons, a brand new outfit hanging up, and a living room decorated just for her! She was still sleepy, but oh so excited!

6th Birthday