Lifestyle

By Shannon Gurnee
In Beauty
May 20th, 2015
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I have received information, product and materials from McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc., the makers of MOTRIN®. The opinions stated are my own. This is a sponsored post. Are you a woman with a busy lifestyle? I sure am! Taking care of my family, working from home, running errands and keeping up on […]...
By Frank Gurnee
In Crafts
May 10th, 2015
25 Comments
634 Views
In our family, we have a tradition every year to have an Easter Egg Hunt for our six kids! We fill lots and lots of plastic Easter eggs with candy, money and other goodies and hide them in the backyard. However, this year we changed things up. We decided to try something new and it […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Family
May 6th, 2015
35 Comments
1262 Views
Some of my fondest memories with my mother are in the kitchen when we were cooking together. These memories are at various stages of my life, ranging from the age of a child to a mother with a big family. Cooking together not only resulted in amazing dishes (and some not so great – ha ha), but in memories […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In California
May 2nd, 2015
4 Comments
757 Views
For the last few years I’ve slowly transitioned into a runner. Do I love to run? No. Well, not when I’m running, but I like the feeling of accomplishment when I’m done. Typically, I try to run a few times a week usually completing 3-mile runs.   But running tends to get boring. That’s why I […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In Food Review
Apr 27th, 2015
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I find that as my children grow older they are starting to have their own opinions, and we don’t always see eye-to-eye. They don’t just do what I tell them to, or eat what I want them to. However, one of the things we do agree on are Chobani® products.  My yogurts started disappearing more […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Coupons
Apr 15th, 2015
2 Comments
639 Views
With a big family like ours, we are constantly on the lookout for how we can save money. Whether it’s stocking up on sale items, buying in bulk or using coupons, we are always saving on our purchases. My husband is especially good when it comes to searching for coupons. He finds coupons for eating […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Cleaning Review
Apr 10th, 2015
25 Comments
1155 Views
  We love to eat pizza in our family! Heck, since purchasing our Blackstone Pizza Oven, we’ve been enjoying a lot more pizzas a lot more often! Not to mention the money it’s saved us as well – saving us more than half the cost of buying them from local pizza places!  My husband is the […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Cleaning Review
Mar 31st, 2015
27 Comments
1373 Views
  I love a clean home, but I just don’t like the process of having to clean it. Unfortunately, we can’t afford to have a housekeeper do it for us, so I have to do what I can to keep it as clean as I can. Every now and again, I get into what I […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Family
Mar 23rd, 2015
57 Comments
4297 Views
My husband and I love watching movies. Our 6 kids love watching movies. We love going to the movies as a family, too! However, it can be pretty overwhelming waiting in lines to buy tickets and then waiting in line to redeem tickets. This doesn’t even include waiting in line for popcorn, candy and soda, but […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Health
Mar 23rd, 2015
1 Comment
629 Views
    Over the past few months, I’ve had the opportunity to be a part of the Tobacco-Free Kids Network. I’ve really loved learning more about Tobacco-Free Retailers, keeping our kids Tobacco-Free and sharing what I learn on my blog and social media channels. One of my favorite local stores to shop at is CVS. […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Beauty
Mar 21st, 2015
72 Comments
5989 Views
Can you believe it? I am married!!!! I married such an amazing man and have been waiting months to show him (and you) my gorgeous, perfect wedding dress! Here it is…finally!!!       I can’t say that I found my wedding dress the way most brides do. I didn’t find it in a bridal boutique. […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Lifestyle
Mar 20th, 2015
1 Comment
471 Views
While many throughout the U.S. may still be in the midst of winter’s deep freeze, the team at Babies”R”Us is starting to warm up with thoughts of Easter! In fact, they’ll be celebrating Baby’s First Easter in a big way at Babies”R”Us stores across the country!   Beginning this month, Babies”R”Us stores nationwi...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In California
Feb 22nd, 2015
1 Comment
1177 Views
Laguna Lake Park is a nice 375-acre park in San Luis just south of Cerro San Luis Mountain. This park used to have a beautiful 25-acre lake that has now shrunken to look more like a pond, but the ducks are still there and like to be fed. There is also a very nice playground […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Family
Jan 31st, 2015
0 Comments
711 Views
Do you shop at Tobacco-Free Retailers? I definitely make an effort to do so. So why should you shop Tobacco-Free? What’s the cost of not shopping Tobacco-Free?  Tobacco not only has health costs, but also financial costs. I was shocked by how much cigarettes cost in stores now. Some are as much as $8.00 a […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Health
Jan 26th, 2015
15 Comments
1334 Views
With Winter comes holidays, parties and a chill in the air, but also the cold weather blues. Have you ever felt the blues during the Winter? The first ever Blue Monday – January 24, 2005 – was established as a marketing idea for a travel company to boost sales during the winter. Psychologist Cliff Arnall […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In California
Jan 24th, 2015
0 Comments
1331 Views
I’m still trying to catch up on my hiking posts from the past few months. Finding the time, as I’m sure we all can attest to, seems harder and harder as the kids get older with all of their extracurricular activities…but I’ll save that for future posts because I digress and need to stay focused […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In California
Jan 23rd, 2015
2 Comments
2424 Views
Riddle me this… Who can run like a Goddess while still here on Earth, drink the nectar of the gods in a place that looks like heaven? Answer:  YOU!!! Wait, what?!?  Now I’ve had the pleasure of participating in a lot of “fun runs,” mud runs, and a half marathon…but THIS run is just what […]...
By Caroline Hileman-Schaffer
In California
Jan 5th, 2015
0 Comments
1233 Views
What a way to end 2014! On Christmas day, Russel and I decided to get out and drive…just drive…find our own little adventure. Being kid-free this year it was easy for us to be on the go with no plans or expectations. For those of you who know me, I am always up for a […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Fitness
Jan 5th, 2015
23 Comments
2285 Views
Happy New Year!  Have you made any New Year’s resolutions or goals for 2015?  Perhaps getting into shape is one of the goals?  I don’t know about you, but I find it pretty difficult to run or walk at a fast pace with regular headphones in my ears.  They just seem to keep falling out. […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Budgeting
Dec 31st, 2014
25 Comments
1930 Views
Having a big family can add up to a lot of money fast if we aren’t careful about how we spend it.  We save money by stocking up on sale items and using lots of coupons.  Growing up, my mother clipped coupons every weekend.  In this day and age, we can still clip coupons, but […]...
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