Helping During The Holidays With Goodwill #DonateStuffCreateJobs

The holidays are a time of love, joy and pure magic for most of us. But if we are really being honest, there are a lot of people who struggle through the holidays. While everyone is celebrating, cooking, gathering with friends and shopping – there are those out there who are struggling to find jobs and keep the lights on. So in a time of giving – a time that is a joy for some and a struggle for others – how do you help? It’s simple. When you donate your stuff to Goodwill®, you create … [Read more...]

Surprise Your Child With a PackageFromSanta.com!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.  All opinions, as always, are 100% my own! With the wonderful Christmas season, comes the magic of Santa. Riley recently received a PackageFromSanta.com package, that she absolutely loved! I am excited to share her unboxing video and more details so you can share this fun with your kids! With PackageFromSanta.com you can surprise your child with a fun package and more from Santa! There are three great packages to choose from.  PackageFromSanta.com is … [Read more...]

Santa’s Apprentice and The Magic Snowflake Holiday Double Feature Giveaway (Ends 12/4) #OMHoliday16 #HolidayMagic

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season, besides spending time with family and friends, is watching holiday movies. The fun Holiday Double Feature DVD pack shown above is perfect! It includes two great movies - Santa's Apprentice and The Magic Snowflake. These are both films that my family and I enjoyed, and we are sure you will, too! In Santa’s Apprentice, starring Julie Gayet (My Best Friend, Select Hotel), Jean-Pierre Marielle (The Da Vinci Code), Max Cullen (The Great Gatsby, … [Read more...]

Keeping Your Cats Healthy & Happy During The Holidays #CLUMPandSEAL

This post is sponsored by ARM & HAMMER™ and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about ARM & HAMMER CLUMP & SEAL™ available at PetSmart®, but Optimistic Mommy only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Arm & Hammer and PetSmart are not responsible for the content of this article. The holidays are upon us, and we are preparing to have our family and friends over for the festivities. While you are preparing, … [Read more...]

Turkey Sweet Potato Hash with Baked Eggs Recipe + Turkey Twitter Party!

This post is in partnership with Ohio Poultry Association. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own! Can you believe it - next week is Thanksgiving! This year has absolutely flown by. There are many things I love about Thanksgiving, including visiting family and friends, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, and of course turkey! I have partnered with the Ohio Poultry Association again this year to share a delicious recipe with you, some fun info about turkeys, and to let you know about a fun Twitter … [Read more...]

Preparing Your House For Thanksgiving Guests

Thanksgiving can be a beautiful time of warmth and love. Planning for Thanksgiving is a great investment of your time, because it pays off with a fun, stress-free day with your family. Some preparations for holiday guests take only a few minutes; some take a lot longer. My advice: start preparing your home for the holidays now. See the steps to take this week to enjoy Turkey day this year. Prioritize The day before guests arrive is no time to pull apart junk drawers and clean out … [Read more...]

Christmas Crisis? Here’s How to Save the Holidays

It's the worst time to have any kind of emergency. You're about to sit down to dinner for Thanksgiving or Christmas, and something terrible happens. Your boiler breaks down, the kitchen floods or someone starts to feel terribly ill. You're now worried about a loved one or about your home. You're going to have to postpone the holiday for at least a couple of hours. Don't panic too much, though. You may still be able to salvage the day. And, if you can't, you could always arrange to do it another … [Read more...]

My Favorite Things Round Robin Giveaway (Ends 11/9)

I am super excited to be sharing a fun My Favorite Things round robin giveaway with you today! I have teamed up with my fellow contributors of Sweet Tea and Saving Grace to bring you all some of our favorite things, and we're giving them away to you! Since I am a huge adult coloring fan, I am giving away some goodies for you to color and color with so you can take some time to relax this holiday season!Crayola Colored Pencils, 50 Count - You can't color without some coloring utensils, and I love … [Read more...]