This post was sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Children’s as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Roughly fifteen years ago my parents came to me and explained that my dad had been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease). As a child a virus had attacked his heart which is what caused it to become abnormally enlarged. As a result his hearts ability to pump blood had become weakened and his ejection fraction was very low. Ejection fraction is a measurement of how much blood the left ventricle pumps out with each contraction. … …..
Happy Fourth of July weekend! Later this afternoon the Harper household will be heading to Portage Lakes State Park to enjoy this beautiful weather with my sister, her boyfriend, my parents, and some close family friends. The girls are so excited to spend some time on the water relaxing on a pontoon boat and playing on the private beach. I can’t wait to spend time with family, grill out, and watch the amazing Portage Lakes fireworks display over the lake. There’s just something about being on the water that just forces you to relax by escaping the stresses of the … …..
This #SummerofGrilling shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. One of my favorite things about summer is grilling out. While the hubby mans the grill our girls have fun playing in the backyard. Plus there’s just nothing better than enjoying a big juicy cheeseburger fresh off the grill with the entire family gathered around the table on our back patio. But before we can enjoy that yummy food I have to make a stop by the grocery store. My favorite local retailer for all of my grilling needs is by far Giant … …..
It’s amazing how much toilet paper our family of six goes through on a daily basis. It seems at least once a day I hear one of my children calling from the bathroom that they need more toilet paper. I head to the linen closet to grab them a fresh roll, but more times than I would care to admit I realize we are completely out. I know why this happens. I see the stock pile dwindling as I replace the rolls day after day. I make a mental note that I need to buy more toilet paper the next … …..
Last week while her big sisters were at Vacation Bible School in the evening I spent some quality time hanging out with my little Lilah Rose. One of those evenings we used that time to wander around Target checking out the dollar spot as well as peeking at all of the clearance end caps. We also swung by the baby food aisle to stock up on some Gerber snacks for Lilah. All four of my girls have been big fans of Gerber Lil’ Crunchies, but while selecting a few flavors a new product caught my eye on the shelf above. … …..
Two words that definitely describe me are crafty and creative. I love thinking up new ideas and seeing my thoughts become a reality. My hubby on the other hand tends to roll his eyes when the wheels in my brain start turning because he knows I will be asking him to assist when it comes to using saws, drills, and other tools. But recently I had the opportunity to try out the new BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX* Lithium 2-Speed Drill and decided this project was going to be completed entirely on my own. I envisioned an American Flag comprised of wood … …..
We’ve been a family of 6 for just about 4 weeks now, and summer break is in full swing. While my husband has been off work with me to adjust to our new family and sweet baby Julian, we’ve had so much fun spending quality time with our boys. Since the weather has been pretty much beautiful, we’ve spent a ton of time enjoying the outdoors. Our boys play outside every day they possibly can, and we’ve been burning through the sunscreen like no tomorrow. Since children receive three times as much sun exposure than adults do every year, we … …..
Summer time has finally arrived which means our family is spending most of our days beside the pool. We decided to invest in a pool pass and so far have been at the pool at least twice a week. If we decide to stay home for the day at the very least the kiddie pool gets filled in the backyard. Basically to us summer fun equals water. During our time at the pool I have seen quite a few waterlogged stuffed animals tossed to the side which is why I never let my girls take their favorite plush pals anywhere … …..
This is our first summer in our new house, and the boys are so excited to spend tons of time outdoors. Before, we lived in the city with a sizeable yard for the neighborhood, but it was shaded and pretty rocky. Now we sit on almost half an acre with a tulip tree and some pine trees, and flat, beautifully green country lawn. The boys have already started soaking up the summer sun with their swing set and trampoline, but we had a heat wave last week that demanded something a bit more cool. We broke out our brand new … …..
Laundry. I admit that it is my least favorite chore because it never seems to be done. It’s a never ending cycle that I just never can quite catch up on. Especially with four little ones in the house and a husband that comes home from work covered in dirt. There is some laundry that didn’t seem to bother me nearly as much. Those teeny tiny newborn outfits fresh out of the wash filling my nose with the delicious baby scent. There’s just something about tiny outfits and that distinct scent that makes the task of laundry a tad more … …..