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Have you signed up for an affiliate program or become affiliated with a company and you are hoping to make a few extra dollars or even get rich? Here are some tips that over the last few years have helped me profit with affiliate programs and marketing. 1.  Think First. Who do you want...
My son loves to build, use his hands and create things. He has a knack for figuring out puzzles and solving problems (I wish he got this from me). We have blocks in all shapes, colors and styles because hello, I have Master's in early childhood and encourage building and creative play! We have all sorts of connecting toys...
How to clean up dog urine natrually
With a new puppy, accidents happen and if you are not careful your home can end up smelling  like urine. With our Ellie, we’ve had accidents and most of these all of these are from us not paying close enough attention to her cues and signs that she needs to attend to personal matters. With odor attracting dogs to return...
I don’t know about you but bugs love me. Every time we go mushroom hunting, sit on the deck, take a walk in the woods or any other outdoor adventure I’m the main course for mosquitoes. I have had to drape myself in mosquito netting while walking through the woods; it’s not an attractive look. I’ve tried bathing in...
Change is hard. It is constant and so is life but it still doesn’t make it easier.  My son started first grade, I work full-time, consult and run business all while being a wife and mommy to a three year old. Needless to say, some days are a juggling act but when we have a routine life runs smoothly. When mommy...
Non-profits, business and organizations often have promotional items to pass out at expos, fairs and for "goody bags" that help brand their company, remind the customer of who they are and how they can be reached. It is common to see pens, bags, notebooks, key chains, etc. as promotional items. It is always a challenge to look for an...
Tis the season for packing lunches. I've gotten some emails asking for tips on how to pack a healthy school lunch and to "green" the lunch box. I have to say, when it comes to packing a healthy lunch I think parents have to keep in mind, the lunch room is competitive and there are lots of trades made....
Reuse school supplies to make your school year a little greenER and other great tips for back to school!
Back to school doesn’t have to mean spending a fortune on new school supplies and clothing. In fact, it isn’t too hard to green your back to school experience! With these simple 5 steps you can choose eco-friendly school supplies, save money and make everyone in the house happy! 1.  Shop eBay or eBay Classifieds. All this week (August 2nd-August...
Thanks to a family owned and managed business,Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, who consider themselves the vanilla specialists we are able to provide you with some yummy, inexpensive, and kid friendly gift ideas for Mother's Day. For more recipes and fun facts on vanilla visit their website. Have a yummy Mother's Day! Delightful Gift Ideas (for Kids to Make!) Add a Touch of...
With Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution I’m even more inspired to cook healthy food for my children and inspire others. When we consider a French fry to be a vegetable for our children’s school lunch program, we have a huge problem! Children have to learn to associate food with fueling their bodies and for being healthy. We need to eat...
I thought I would do a quite review of the Lifefactory glass bottle I recently got hold of. Lifefactory glass bottles are great because you can reuse them and not have to waste plastic. Something I absolutely love. Not only that, but they are obviously BPA free, which is a big issue for me, and my kids, these days. But,...
When my children like something they tend to tell each other to not touch it, they hide it or even ask mom or dad to “save it”, as though we are the great protectors of all things precious. This sandwich is kind of like that – it is one of those things that that your children might become protective...
The benefit of blogging, sometimes I get to try some great stuff and share items with others to try, experience and give their feed back on. When I attended a Euro Pro event in New York City I was fortunate enough to a) mingle with some great people b) meet Robin Miller c) have the opportunity to experience some...
I live in a smaller town with only a few grocery stores. We have one natural food store and the options are good but the cost is high. This is where I get my local milk, local bread and other local products. I do like to shop around because two of our smaller grocery stores are beginning to carry...
Easy. Quick. Cheap. Filling. I love soup but I love, love white chili! It's one of those hearty soups that I crave year around but when the snow falls; it's something I want to eat a few times a week! I've created my own simple recipe that makes a small pan and lasts me most of the week for...
As promised, I told you I would tell you all about the Shark Steam Cleaner; after trying the Shark Navigator. This was sent to me by the company as a thank you product to review, if I chose to, after attending an event Euro Pro hosted in New York City. Steam cleaning has always appealed to me as an alternative...
I almost never read a press release and post it but after I read the following information I realized that to summarize all of this would be crazy and I love the cause, idea and promoting reuse! Check it out.... Beginning yesterday, post or pick up any quality second-hand item on Kashless.org, and earn Points that can be redeemed for...
I love toys. My children love toys. I just don't like all of the toys that I seem to trip on, step on, that break and are cheap, cannot be recycled and are they non-toxic, where did they come from and when they go to the landfill how long do they stay there - forever? Responsible buying, heriloum toys...
Chemicals and back to school - it is bugging me. A friend of mine told me her daughter was spraying Lysol at school for a classroom job and my jaw dropped. Yes there is hand sanitzer all over the place and yes schools still have to disenfect and santize but should the children really be spraying a toxic substance that...
Update: After tweeting this and having my @thesmartmama, Jennifer Taggart on my team and investigating the product it has come to my attention that this product is made of PVC and contains harmful toxic phthalates that are released while we are washing our clothing. The manufacture confirmed to Jennifer that DINP (a phthalate) is released. Another example of a...