Seasonal Congestion & Enjoying the Outdoors!

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received a promotional item and a product sample as a thank you for participating.


Hey everyone! Today we are going to be talking about Zarbee’s Naturals and their Seasonal Relief program! I am a victim of seasonal congestion, it is really a pain! Zarbee’s is something that helps me to maintain an active outdoor lifestyle. You know, family walks, trips to the park, etc. I am even going to bite the bullet and start running this summer! Yes, you heard me – running, (wish me luck). Zarbee’s is made for adults and children 12+ so I fit right in that age range ;) and I feel comfortable taking it because it contains all natural ingredients. William also has terrible seasonal congestion so the two of us are just a hot mess in the summer – thank goodness we found something that we can use! We sure do enjoy spending time outdoors, and now it is FINALLY Spring here in Michigan! And there’s nothing better than heading outside together!



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Also, it does NOT make you drowsy which is huge for me – I need to keep every inch of alertness when watching my two little ones all day! If I look away for one second something is knocked over, a toilet paper roll is unrolled, etc. It doesn’t make you jittery either and it uses natural Butterbur. What’s Butterbur? It’s a plant that is actually considered to be a weed – it’s found along rivers and marshes and it is clinically proven to combat congestion! Cool, huh? It actually has been used for quite some time over in Europe but is just beginning to spread in the U.S.

Right now if you head over to learn about Zarbee’s Seasonal Relief Project you can get tons of customized seasonal congestion tips AND snag a FREE sample! Pretty cool, right?


Do you have seasonal congestion?

Head on over and get your sample to try it for yourself!


Dyson DC65 Animal Upright

Disclosure: This product was sent for review. All opinions and my newly discovered love for Dyson is completely my own.

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I’ve always heard about Dyson vacuums but for some reason I never believed the hype. I heard about how they were the best of the best and that they cleaned better than any other vacuum on the market. Again, I didn’t believe it – I just stuck with my $30 Walmart vacuum because if it broke (which many of ours have) I could easily replace it.

Well friends, I am officially admitting right here that I was wrong. This Dyson (we have the DC65 Animal Upright) has completely changed everything. This thing is just so cool I don’t even know where to start.



Putting it together was a breeze and the final product is just absolutely gorgeous. I don’t think I’ve ever called a vacuum “gorgeous” before, but this one is. It is a lovely shade of purple (right on trend for this year) and it is just built so beautifully. It’s incredibly sturdy and well made.


The ball at the base allows the vacuum to easily maneuver around everything – and I really put this to the test because I’ve got lots baby items (baby bouncers, swings, toys, etc.). I would get so frustrated using our old vacuum, always have to work in straight lines – with the Animal you can easily twirl and whirl this bad boy around, it’s great!



See what it says in the image above? It’s got twice the suction of any other vacuum that was studied, that’s a huge deal! We have two cats, a dog, and two messy little ones (and two messy adults) in our home – we needed a vacuum that could keep up with all of the occupants in this house. And believe me, with all the pet hair – we need all of the suction we can get! I was amazed at how well it picked up Emma’s dog hair – she sheds more than the cats do and it feels like with my old vacuum I would have to go over the same spot 100 times to get a single spot clean. Well, not with this vacuum!

Check out this BEFORE & AFTER photo:


Crazy, huh? It picked up EVERYTHING and made the rug look brand-spankin’-new! Oh, and did I mention that this was after I had vacuumed the rug with my old vacuum? That’s how powerful this Dyson is!

It picks up all of the dirt and hair, comes with all of the parts you need, and I don’t have to worry about it breaking because it’s built using the same materials as riot shields and crash helmets – perfect for a household with a toddler who loves to knock things over (like mine!). It also traps allergens and expels cleaner air!

Check out all of these cool attachments it comes with:


Pretty much anything you need cleaned, this Dyson can get it done. Couches, rugs, hard wood floors, carpet, even if you just want to dust! It’s simply amazing. There are two settings – a carpet setting and a hard floor setting. I can literally go from the living room to the kitchen with the push of a button. No sweeping, the vacuum adjusts!

I know that I’m ranting and raving about this vacuum, but I’m honestly telling you that I LOVE it. It has made cleaning so much easier! I can use the wand to reach places I never could before (I’m short) and I can do it with ease. It makes me want to vacuum all the time because it makes our floors look amazing – I just can’t say enough good things about this little purple miracle!

To learn more and to see why Dyson vacuums are the bees-knees, visit them here:

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Now, I’m off to vacuum!


25 Mother’s Day Crafts!

mothersdaycraftsWell, Mother’s Day is just around the corner! I’ll be spending the day with my boys doing the same thing we do every year – going to a local flower house to go browse (and buy!) some new plants for the summer. I love Mother’s Day because it’s a special reminder how lucky I am to have these two little ones. They are two of the most amazing guys I know ;). Here’s a few crafts that I have rounded up that would be perfect to give as gifts or just to make on the special day! Enjoy! :)

25 Mothers Day Crafts:

  1. Lavender Bubbling Bath Salts / Saving with Shellie
  2. Confetti Painted Tiered Planter / Do More for Less
  3. Grandma Photo Bracelet / The Country Chic Cottage
  4. Mother’s Day Cootie Catcher / The Country Chic Cottage
  5. Mother’s Day Decorative Glass Bowl / Designed by BH
  6. Painting a ceramic flower pot / Confessions of an Overworked Mom
  7. Cinnamon Stick Votive Holder / Confessions of an Overworked Mom
  8. Herb Garden / Confessions of an Overworked Mom
  9. Ombre Floral Tea Towel / Uncommon Designs
  10. Lace Embellished Tote Bag / Uncommon Designs
  11. HandPrint Terra Cotta Planter / Stockpiling Moms
  12. DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub / Stockpiling Moms
  13. HandPrint Embroidery Hoop / Second Chance to Dream
  14. Personalized Footprint Gift / Second Chance to Dream
  15. Handprint and Heart Painting / Songbirds & Buttons
  16. Spring Candy Jar / Savvy Saving Couple
  17. DIY Bird Feeder / The Grant Life
  18. Flower Gift Bags / Glued to my Crafts
  19. Handprint Flower Pot / Glued to my Crafts
  20. DIY Succulent Book Planter / Second Chance to Dream
  21. Tea Cup Succulent Planter / Second Chance to Dream
  22. 20 Minute Mother’s Day Topiary / Crafts ‘n Coffee
  23. Button Bouquet / Crafts ‘n Coffee
  24. Hand Print Planter / Some of This and That and other things
  25. DIY Whipped Body Butter Lotion / Some of This and That and other things