6 Easy Ways to Save Money at Home #SunrunHome #CG

October 15, 2014
6 Easy Ways to Save Money at Home Home & Family

Welcome to Life Without Pink! You can subscribe to me via RSS feed or find me at Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for visiting!Tweet When my youngest was a baby, I was laid off from my job. I found myself home with two small children and I needed to find easy ways to save money for my family. I’m not big on clipping coupons but I learned a few creative ways to save right from home. Let’s face it, no one likes to stress over money and by making a few painless changes around the house, it can really add up over a year. Here are a few ways you can help stretch your family’s hard-earned money: 1. Turn down the heat. We have a thermostat […]

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National School Lunch Week

October 13, 2014
National School Lunch Week 2014 Parenting

Tweet This post is sponsored by School Nutrition Association. This is the first year that both of my boys are in school full-time. I pack them lunches because not only is it economical, but I also know what’s in their lunchbox. But my oldest does like to buy lunch at school. So every Sunday we go through the school lunch menu for the upcoming week and he picks two days he wants to buy. I have to admit, I wasn’t too educated at first on what was being offered to the kids. Since lunch plays an essential role in a child’s day, as a parent, I wanted to know what’s being offered.  After reviewing the school menu a bit closer and talking with the school […]

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Friday Fresh Picks: 7 Spider-Themed Halloween Ideas

October 10, 2014
7 Spider-Themed Halloween Ideas Create & Learn

Tweet I’m afraid of spiders. It’s true. If I spot one, you’ll see me go running and screaming in the opposite direction. However, when it comes to Halloween it wouldn’t be the same without those long-legged, creepy creatures! Today, I’ve rounded up 7 of my favorite spider-themed ideas for Halloween. It’s a mix of crafts, snacks, and some really fun decorating ideas.  1. Spooky Spider Web Pumpkin / 2. Spider Hairdo /3. Canvas Spider Craft / 4. Spider Cake Pops / 5. Spooky Spider Cookies / 6. Creepy Crawly Spider Pumpkin / 7. Spooky Spider Halloween Lamp   Friday Fresh Picks are hand-picked favorite items, reviews and highlights from the amazing women you see above. Visit their websites to learn about other amazing picks from […]

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MeeGenius: Children’s Book App

October 9, 2014
Screen-Shot-2012-04-25-at-2.48.49-PM-660x493 Products & Gear

Tweet MeeGenius is a virtual bookstore that provides children with picture e-books. The company was formed in 2010 from what its founders saw as a need in the marketplace for a better kids digital book product. Some of the books on MeeGenius are free, while others you will have to purchase. However, all MeeGenius books are available with read-along word highlighting, rich illustrations, and engaging story narration. I like that the books are sorted in a few different ways; editor’s picks, by category, starter packs, new releases, alphabetical, and free. While the books are not sorted by reading level, there is a story preview so the parents can get an idea if the subject matter is appropriate or not for their child.   Some highlights […]

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VTech InnoTab 3S Plus Review + Giveaway

October 8, 2014
Vtech Innotab 3S Plus Products & Gear

Tweet My boys, like most kids, love electronics. In our household we have a rule. No video games during the week. Weekdays are so hectic with homework and activities, that they really don’t have much downtime. However, on weekends they know that as long as they were good during the week they can play, play, play! Of course the first thing they grab is their digital devices and lately they’ve been sitting down together and playing on the VTech InnoTab 3S Plus.  Our kids are surrounded by technology. While I think it’s great, I also want to make sure my boys don’t become tech zombies. I love companies that understand this and offer products that not only entertain kids but also gets their brains working […]

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Boy Mom Spotlight: Meet Shell

October 6, 2014
Boy Mom Spotlight - Meet Shell Boys

Tweet If you are interested in being featured, please fill out this form. Remember you don’t have to be a mom of all boys just one. NOTE: there’s a waiting list and I will contact you about a week or two prior to your scheduled date. I met this week’s boy mom, Shell, about 5 years ago at a Bloggy Bootcamp Baltimore. I was a huge fan of Shell’s before then because every story she wrote on her blog, I could totally relate to. Her story telling really draws you in. Some stories make you laugh, while others really pull on your heart strings. I remember sitting down at the conference table I was assigned to, barely knowing anyone, when a bubbly, blonde came in, and […]

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DiggerFest Runs Throughout October at Diggerland + Discount Code

October 4, 2014
DiggerFest Day Trips

Tweet You know we are big fans of Diggerland around our house. We’ve been there a few times and we always have a blast! The weather is perfect this time of the year and there’s something special about spending the day with your family doing fall activities. Diggerland is kicking off their DiggerFest TODAY and it runs Saturdays and Sundays until October 26th. Purchase of a full-day admission ticketgets you access to all of the rides and attractions at Diggerland USA but also includes these additional features: Children get a special ticket to pick their own pumpkin from our pumpkin patch Access to the Pumpkin Decoration Station (decorate your pumpkins) The DiggerFest Hay Maze Diggerland’s Hay Ride Pumpkin Launching! (purchase of pumpkins to launch is additional) A […]

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Friday Fresh Picks: Spiderman Candy Apples

October 3, 2014
Spiderman Candy Apples 3 Boys

Tweet When I came across this YouTube video by Rosanna Pansino my first thought was “NO WAY! I could NEVER do this!” Then I watched and thought, “You know, maybe I could give it a shot.” It doesn’t look that hard and I know my boys would absolutely LOVE this. I mean can you get any better than this? Superheroes + candy + an apple + marshmallows = WOW factor! You must check out Rosanna’s other videos. She makes everything from Olaf Frozen Treats, Harry Potter Owl Cupcakes to Captain America Ice Cream Sandwiches, and Super Mario Brothers Fire Flower Appetizers. This girl has mad baking skills!   Friday Fresh Picks are hand-picked favorite items, reviews and highlights from the amazing women you see above. […]

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Our Halloween Costumes for 2014 #chasingtreats2014

September 30, 2014
Family Costume Ideas Products & Gear

Tweet Fall is my favorite time of the year. The crisp air, beautiful colored leaves, pumpkin spice coffee, festivals, boots and sweaters, carving pumpkins….I could go on and on! Not to mention, Halloween is a big deal around our house. Not only is it an excuse to dress up but my younger son’s birthday is a few days after Halloween so every year we usually have a Halloween inspired party for him. That’s why I’m thrilled to partner with Chasing Fireflies for the second year to help us choose our costumes. My kids loved studying the Chasing Fireflies Wishcraft catalog and they circled all of their favorite choices. It took a good week before we all decided on which ones we wanted to go with. […]

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