Win a $25 RagaBabe Gift Card! {Showered with Love}


Welcome to the [3rd Annual] Showered With Love Event hosted by the Lindsey Blogs and Viva Veltoro! We all know that April Showers bring May Flowers, but did you know that some of your favorite bloggers have come together throw a huge Shower of our own – a virtual Baby Shower!

The Showered with Love Event will run from April 1-15, giving you plenty of time to enter all of the great Baby Shower inspired giveaways, in the linky below, and don’t miss the two amazing Grand Prizes from our hosts – a Combi Go and Grow Walker, Play Table and Chairs on Lindsey Blogs and an amazing New Baby Prize Package featuring products from Piyo Piyo, Lulujo, ZOOCCHINI, Poncho Baby, and Bitybean on Viva Veltoro!

For my giveaway one very lucky winner will win a $25 gift certificate to RagaBabe! If you aren’t familiar with RagaBabe, they are a very highly sought after cloth diaper brand. Unfortunately a gift certificate won’t help you score a diaper, but it will at least help you pay for it if you do or you can buy in stock items like wipes, inserts (which are great in pocket diapers and inside covers) or wet bags. 


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Don’t Waste Your Fresh Herbs, Freeze Them

I love to cook with fresh herbs but do you know what I don’t love? The fresh herbs wilting and going bad in my refrigerator before I’ve had a chance to use them. Then there are those recipes where you only need a little but you have to purchase a whole bunch from the store. Sure, planting your own herbs is a great solution but you still need to trim them down before they bolt and then what do you do with them? You can freeze them. 

This is one of those “why didn’t I think of this sooner?” things. It seems so obvious to me now but if it hadn’t occurred to me after years and years of wasting my fresh herbs then maybe it hasn’t occurred to you either. 

Don't waste your fresh herbs, freeze them. Freezing fresh herbs and spices

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Introducing the New Insulated Sipper Tumbler from Tommee Tippee

I received a product sample as a member of the Tommee Mommee blogger program in order to facilitate this review. All opinions and experiences are my own. 

I have often wished for a great quality sippy cup that not only didn’t leak but was insulated. Since we only use sippy cups at night and in the car now we often find that Dub’s water has gotten warm faster than he would like during the night or while out running errands. I am happy to say that Tommee Tippee has give me my wish with their brand new BPA-free Insulated Sipper Tumbler

Tommee Tippee insulated sipper tumbler sippy cup #tommeemommee

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Do You Want to Review Cloth Diapers and Other Baby Products? If So, Please Read.

The time has come to think about bringing someone else on at AJC. Now that Dub is four I have had to turn down a lot of review requests for great baby items and cloth diapers. Plus I really don’t want cloth diaper reviews to go away from this blog so that’s why I need you.

co-reviewer wanted on

Are you interested in reviewing baby/toddler products but don’t want the responsibility of running a blog? Then this opportunity is perfect for you. If you’re interested please email me at with a sample of your writing and several high quality photos of products.

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We Stay Confident and Dry with GoodNites* TRU-FIT*

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for GoodNites* TRU-FIT*. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Bedwetting or nocturnal enuresis is extremely common, affecting one in six children between the ages of four and twelve. At almost four and a half we are having about two nighttime accidents per week so we need to make sure that Dub is covered. Being a mom who used and advocates for cloth diapers, using something that isn’t 100% disposable is important to me. Because of this we decided to give GoodNites* TRU-FIT* a try because they are machine-washable underwear. We have been pleased with the results so far and I’m excited to tell you more about them.  

Is your child having bedwetting issues? We stay confident and dry with GoodNites* TRU-FIT* #WalmartTRUFIT, #IC (ad)

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Easy and Festive Easter Centerpiece Decoration

Confession time: I am not much of a crafter. It’s not that I don’t want to be one, I’m just not. Most of my problem is that I don’t have a heck of a lot of patience. You don’t say?! Yup. I do say. However, I do love to have cute decorations around the house for holidays so I decided that I was going to try my hand at an Easter centerpiece for the kitchen table or a decoration for the buffet. I could go either way with this one. 

Easy Easter egg centerpiece decoration

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Feed Your Cats Naturally with Purina Beyond and Get Your $5 Coupon

I received a complimentary bag of Purina Beyond cat food in exchange for my honest review.

I am particular about what I feed my cats. It must have natural ingredients and not contain any by-products, corn or soy as well as any unnatural colorings and dyes. When I was asked to review Purina Beyond I was happy to give it a try since it fit most of my criteria for food that I would choose for my cats. The only other question was: will my cats like it?

Freya will eat anything but the biggest test for any cat food that we buy is Orion, my incredibly fussy cat. He is a pain to feed and will only eat a couple of brands of dry food and one brand of canned. So what was Orion’s verdict?

Feed your cats naturally with Purina Beyond - get a $5 coupon

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Clean and Moisturize with Dial® Miracle Oil Body Wash {Plus a Giveaway}

As a member of the Purex® Insiders community, I was given a complimentary product to facilitate this review. As always, all opinions are my own.

I never had an issue with dry skin until I reached my thirties. As I get older I find that like many people, my skin is getting drier and itchy and body washes seem to make the problem worse. Another not so pleasant effect that some body washes have on my skin is acne. Yes, at my age I still have problems with acne! Body washes with harsh perfumes and other ingredients really seem to bring it on. I love the convenience of  body wash but don’t always love what they do to my skin so I couldn’t wait to see if Dial® Miracle Oil body wash would help. 

Clean and moisturize with Dial Miracle Oil body wash - plus a giveaway #PurexInsiders

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Blog Post Inspiration: National Days, Holidays & Observances Free Printable

Blog Post Inspiration Free Printable - National Days, Holidays & Observances

My blogging binder is an eclectic mix of printable pages that I’ve found here and there in order to make the perfect-for-me binder. One of those pages was a list of holidays and observances to give me some blog post inspiration when writer’s block strikes. Instead of struggling I can now turn to this list to build a recipe or story around one or a few of these national days. 

As I was starting to plan some posts around a few of these national observances I realized that there were so many more not on the list that fit into my blogging style. This more complete list is now in my binder and I hope that you can use it, too. Note that I intentionally left off holidays where the dates change from year to year so that this list doesn’t become outdated. 

Click the link below to print my list and put it in your own planner for when you need a dose of inspiration.

Blog Post Inspiration Free Printable – National Days, Holidays & Observances

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Crock Pot Guinness Corned Beef & Cabbage Recipe

I was born into a loud, crazy Irish-American family. My grandfather was 100% Irish and that side of the family is exactly what one might expect. Large, fun, and pretty amazing. They even look like leprechauns. Since the Irish side of the family was always the most prevalent because of their numbers we take our Irish pride pretty seriously. So much so that we often seem to forget that we’re also half German. 

Even though it’s a bit of a cliché and really not a popular meal in Ireland (it’s true), every year I look forward to making corned beef and cabbage on Saint Patrick’s Day. It speaks to my Irish-American New England roots. I could easily eat it more than once a year, but I like to keep it special, so I don’t give in to the temptation to make it on a random Saturday in September. A lot of people don’t like it but so many people just boil it in water with the packet that comes with the corned beef then calls that a meal. No thank you! There are two things that I do to set it apart from the plain old corned beef and cabbage that many people are familiar with. 

So if you’re looking for a corned beef and cabbage recipe with some flavor, you’ve come to the right place!

Guinness Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe

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