My Experience on the Red Carpet of THE GOOD DINOSAUR! #GoodDinoEvent

This afternoon I got home from a whirlwind trip to Los Angeles for the #GoodDinoEvent!  It was full of so many exciting experiences that I cannot wait to share with all of you.  First off, I'm going to share my experience on the red carpet of The Good Dinosaur premiere that happened this Tuesday evening! Before heading to the red carpet, all 25 bloggers and Marshall (the one who made this all possible!) all had to get a photo together, of course!  How gorgeous do we all look?  I think we … [Read more...]

Preparing For Christmas #HolidaysAreCalling #CollectiveBias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HolidaysAreCalling #CollectiveBias Christmas is a very special time of the year.  There is just something about all the lights, the Christmas music, and everything else that goes along with this beautiful season.  I thought I would share with you today how my family and I prepare for Christmas.  From decorating to planning gifts and more, I'm excited to share with you how we get ready for … [Read more...]

It’s National Influenza Vaccination Week! #NIVW2014

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Motherhood.  All opinions, as always, are 100% my own! As a mom, one of my top priorities is making sure that my daughter is healthy.  From the foods we eat, to making sure she gets to the doctor when she is supposed to, and getting the vaccinations she needs, I do everything in my power to keep her happy and healthy.  When it is time, I always get her flu shot.  There was one year that I didn't get the flu vaccination when I was in high school and, of … [Read more...]

World Pet Association’s Aquatic Experience Chicago #OMTravels

Disclosure: I received media passes to attend Aquatic Experience.  All opinions, as always, are 100% my own! A couple weeks ago I got the wonderful chance to visit Chicago.  The World Pet Association was having their Aquatic Experience at the Schaumburg Convention Center.  Fortunately my husband was able to get off work, so we went together as a family.  I just wanted to share some of my favorite photos with you and tell you a little bit about what Aquatic Experience was all about! Aquatic … [Read more...]

PishPoshBaby Skip Hop Zoo Pack Review + Giveaway

It's some parent's favorite time of year - back to school!  For me, it's kind of a bittersweet time; my daughter starts her first day of preschool on August 27th!  It's crazy how time flies.  We've been busy getting ready and finding that perfect backpack. Thanks to PishPoshBaby, we have a super cute one!  Their Skip Hop Zoo Packs are absolutely adorable!  Available in a butterfly, penguin, hedgehog, monkey, cow, zebra, bee or frog, there is sure to be one your child will love!  Miss Riley … [Read more...]

September Photo A Day Promps #FMSPhotoADay

So I haven't done this in quite a long time, but I've decided I need to get back in the swing of taking pictures.  So what better than to join back in and do the September Photo A Day made by Fat Mum Slim.  If you follow on Instagram or Twitter you can follow along by following @optimistic_mama on Twitter or @courtneylynne09 on Instagram.  And you can see everyone else's creations by following along with the hashtag #FMSPhotoADay.  Here's September's prompts:   What's the … [Read more...]

Tidy Books Kid’s Bookshelf Review & Giveaway

If you are a parent you know that reading is extremely important for your child.  The sooner you start reading to your children, the better.  For us, we started reading to Riley the day we got home.  Our voices soothed her when she was upset.  She is now two (where in the world does the time go??) and she absolutely adores books!  We probably read 10 different books a day on any given day.  Seeing her point at pictures and saying "dog" or "kitty" or if I ask her where Elmo's nose is and she … [Read more...]

April Photo A Day Challenge #FMSPhotoADay

There's nothing I love more than taking pictures (well, except for blogging and sharing my love of recipes, crafts, and more with all of you!), so that is why I love to share Fat Mum Slim's April Photo A Day Challenge each month. Fat Mum Slim has released the prompts for the April Photo A Day Challenge!  I know that quite a few of you join in, so here is the list!  If you would like a run down on the meaning/challenge of each prompt, make sure you check out Fat Mum Slim's blog! Credit: … [Read more...]