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Ten Ways to Boost Your Confidence

What makes YOU feel more confident as a woman? How does your confidence level affect your daily life? The truth is that confidence matters. I know that for me personally, when I feel confident – I feel like I can do anything. I can take on the world. The way that I feel about myself […]


Halloween Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Halloween is only a couple of weeks away and it’s time to start planning the evening’s festivities. If you are going trick-or-treating then it is also important to have a safety plan in place. Halloween is a fun holiday, but it is also a prime opportunity for bad things to happen. Today, I thought I’d share […]


New Survey Findings from Cascade Platinum and Marie Claire say – Skip the Pre-Wash!

This post was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Cascade. I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are 100% mine. For years, I have been pre-washing my dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. It usually takes me about 10 extra minutes to “pre-wash” the food and gunk off our dishes. That’s a long […]


Join Us for the Let’s Celebrate Halloween Twitter Party #OrangeTuesday

This is part of a sponsored collaboration with BuyCostumes.  However, all opinions expressed are my own. Boo! Halloween is only a few weeks away, which means that it’s time to start planning a spooktacular night of trick-or-treating with the family. Plus, since Halloween falls on a Friday this year, a party is definitely a must! […]


Useful Mango Tips & Recipes – Learn How To #MasterTheMango

One of our family’s main eating philosophies is to eat produce that’s in season. As the weather gets cooler, the variety of fresh fruit at the grocery store that is actually in season is dismally low. That’s why we love mangos so much! You can find a type of mango that is in season pretty […]

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After School Snack Ideas: Homemade Baked Doughnuts Recipe

Fridays are pretty special around the Jolly household. Friday mornings typically start with Lucas jumping out of bed super-excited that it’s Friday. There are usually a few high fives and TGIF’s thrown around! Lucas loves Fridays because he gets to do a lot of art and the school day is much more relaxed. He also […]

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After School Snack Ideas: Lucas’ Favorite Trail Mix Recipe

One of the main things we focus on after school is reading. We encourage Lucas to pick out his own books. Books that really appeal to him. Sometimes those books are chapter books, sometimes he chooses comic books, or sometimes he will even choose Minecraft Tutorial Books. Honestly, it doesn’t matter to me as long […]

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After School Snack Ideas: Berry Banana Peanut Butter Bars Recipe

There are usually 1-2 days during the week which Lucas doesn’t come straight home after school – sometimes it’s because either Mike or I (depends on who picks him up) has to run a few errands or we have an appointment. On those days, I like to send a portable snack that he can munch […]

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After School Snack Ideas: Cinnamon Raisin Stuffed Apples Recipe

Now that the weather is getting cooler, it’s nice to have a warm and comforting after school snack for Lucas. This is especially true on baseball practice days. Some warm food in his belly helps get him through practice until dinner. One of his favorites snacks (and one the entire family loves) are Cinnamon Raisin […]

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After School Snack Ideas: Almond Cocoa Muffins Recipe

I always like to have a nice snack ready for Lucas when he gets home from school. He usually comes home famished – partly because he spends most of his lunch time socializing rather than eating and partly because he is a growing boy. He needs to have something nutritious in his body to get […]