How to Make a DIY Holiday Centerpiece with Halos Mandarin Oranges

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One of my favorite fruits growing up were the California Mandarins that were small, sweet, seedless and easy to peel.  These beautiful orange fruits are also enjoyed by everyone in our home.  So, when I was invited to come up with a crafty idea involving these delicious mandarins, I jumped at the opportunity.  I had […]

Simply Fun – Take Your Pick Game Giveaway

Take Your Pick

With the holiday break quickly approaching, I find my social calendar suddenly overflowing.  Are you hosting a party?  Having family visit from out of town? Or are you planning on slowing down this season and spending time at home with your family?  Who knows, you may be doing all of the above!   This is a […]

Send Your Holiday Packages via FedEx One Rate + Countless Possibilities Through Education Contest

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Tis the season for holiday shopping and shipping!  What perfect timing for FedEx to introduce their new One Rate shipping options for the holiday season.  The new FedEx One Rate flat rate shipping option gives customers countless possibilities for their shipping needs.  This holiday season, FedEx is doing even more by delivering countless possibilities to […]

Bundle Up This Holiday Season with


I love food.  Not just because it can taste amazing, but because I associate feelings and memories a lot of the time with the food we eat.  Whether it’s a recipe passed down through the family, new foods on a family trip or warm and flavorful meals during the holidays, these meals create an experience. […]

Holiday Gift Guide: 5 Tips for Hosting a Cookie Exchange

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Every year, I host an Annual Cookie Exchange and invite our family and friends.  It’s a fun event where we socialize, eat, exchange cookies, eat, laugh, and eat some more!  A big part of the Cookie Exchange is obviously the assortment of cookies that everyone brings, but it’s also the snacks and foods you provide […]

Our Life in Pictures (Throwback Thursday) – Christmas 2010


Today, Frank and I gave a beautiful roll top desk to a friend of ours for her daughter’s birthday.  To my surprise, I found an old Christmas picture of the boys with Santa when we first moved here to California.  You’ll notice that the only one in the picture with his eyes closed is Santa. […]

Tips for Online Safety and Security This Busy Holiday Season

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Tis the season for online shopping.  I know that this holiday season, Frank and I will be making a lot of our purchases online.  Yes, I used to love waking up super early and heading to the store on Black Friday when I was younger, but not so much anymore.  I would rather sit in […] Advent Calendar Review

Advent Calendar

I cannot believe that Christmas is right around the corner!  I remember as a child being so excited for Christmas, and now with children I still get excited.  It’s a different kind of excitement these days.  I want to make long lasting memories and start (or carry on) family traditions.  I remember how much fun […]

Get a $1.00 Coupon off Gingerbread M&Ms + A Fun Instagram Contest

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I love this time of year with all the Christmas lights, red and green colors decorating the streets and store shelves and the happiness that goes along with the season.  I also love this time of year because it’s when M&Ms comes out with their holiday flavors.  Brighten your home for the holidays with red […]

The Mommy-Files Holiday Gift Guide is Here!

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I am so excited to announce that The Mommy-Files Gift Guide is here!  With 6 kids (4 boys and 2 girls), we’ll have a variety of items (as well as giveaways) perfect for the child (or tween) on your list.  Plus, we’ll include items that are great gifts for dad (we all know how hard […]

Get Ready for the Holidays with KitchenAid’s Savor the Savings Event!

KitchenAid Stained Glass Ornaments

I love the Fall and holiday seasons and can’t believe it’s almost that time of year again!  KitchenAid® is one of my favorite appliance brands in our kitchen.  I use our KitchenAid® for practically all of my baking and mixing needs and love it!  I have the KitchenAid® Stand-Up Mixer Empire Red 5 Quart Mixer and […]

The Mommy-Files Vlog Series: Birthday Cards and Harvest Decor

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Hope everyone is having a great week! Check out the latest vlog on some really cute Harvest decorations I picked up, as well as how I store my birthday cards.

Kmart Layaway Makes Shopping Easy and Affordable

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Have you heard the latest?  There’s a new condition going around this season and it’s called “Layaway Regret.”  Experts describe “Layaway Regret” as feeling the opposite of the common condition called “buyer’s remorse.”  Many have experienced symptoms of general discomfort, mental anguish and a longing feeling.  But what is the main cause of “Layaway Regret?” […]

Sammy’s 4th Birthday and an Awesome “Cars 2″ Cake!


Yesterday was Sammy’s birthday, but we celebrated it today at our local Chuck E Cheese.  My little boy is now 4 years old!!!  Crazy how the time flies by!  Well, I have been talking with my boyfriend’s mom for a little while now about the cake she wanted to make for Sam’s birthday.  She made […]

Our Life in Pictures – February 14 – 2012

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Brian was so excited to look through the bag of Valentines in his class at school.  It was so awesome hearing the excitement in the kids’ voices and listening to them thank one another!  That’s what I remember about Valentine’s Day when I was a kid.