East Coast Mama

7 Tips for Keep the Spark Alive, After Having Kids!

When your young and in love, passion comes easily.  Like most, I never thought it was something that I would need to work at one day.  That was until I had three kids, one crawling into bed with us each night, and twins learning to sleep through the night.  Combine sleepless nights with long days wearing old yoga pants with spit up stains on them, and the passion and romance had been replaced with bags under my eyes and a quick kiss as we ran in opposite directions.

Getting Stuff Done with the Samsung Galaxy Note5 and Sprint! #SprintMom

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Sprint. I received product to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
My newest tech love is the Samsung Galaxy Note5!  
If you know me, you know I love taking notes, the notes section of my phones is jam packed with everything from a grocery list to the next date a dermatologist will be at the salon I go to.  Everything I think I might need to remember, ends up in the notes section of my phone, and the Galaxy Note5 is so perfect for me.  I am obsessed with the S Pen that has made putting notes on my phone faster and easier than any of my previous phones.

Self Employed, Health Care, and Your Taxes! What it all means.

The holidays will be over before we know and the 2015 year will be coming to an end.  It really feels like this year flew by in the blink of an eye!  With the new year comes the new stress of tax time. 
Back when my husband and I both had 9 to 5 jobs with a simple W-2 form, I never gave tax time a second thought.  I would jump on Turbo Tax as soon as the W-2's came in the mail and have our taxes finished in less than 30 minutes.
Now that we are both self employed, things have changed.  Being self employed means we no longer have the luxury of W-2 forms. I no who thinks of tax forms as luxury?  However I can honestly say going from the once a year task of entering a few numbers into a space to the now daily task of tracking our income, expenses, and potential write offs, makes me realize how easy things were.

Share Your #ImEnough Story with Us! Giveaway & The Mrs Band $750+ Sweepstakes!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of The Mrs Band. I hope it encourages you to remember this holiday season that #EvenThough things might not be perfect, you are enough!
Last year during the holiday season, it was my job to make Nana's almond bars for our annual family get together.  I have baked these a thousand times in my life and its one of the special treats me and the kids make together every year.  However for some reason, I couldn't get my head straight that weekend.  With the cleaning, shopping, wrapping, and packing because we were traveling just a few days later to spend the holidays in South Carolina, baking just wasn't as appealing as it usually is.

Turning our Sofa into a Pirate Ship with Wayfair!

It's getting colder outside and that means us mommies need to come up with some fun ways to keep the kids busy and happy inside.  For us, one of the funnest ways to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon is by grabbing a bunch of blankets and pillows and building a fun Sofa Fort in the livingroom. 

The kids will spend hours imagining their fort is a house, ship, or tent.  Then once they are done playing, we usually end up reading stories, making flashlight puppets, and having snacks inside the fort.

What Lilly Believes This Christmas! Plus her Oshkosh B'gosh Style

This post is sponsored by OshKosh B’Gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Christmas time is our favorite time of the year!  We visit Santa, enjoy parties with family which always means yummy treats, decorate the house from top to bottom, and best of all curl up as a family and watch endless Christmas movies while sipping cocoa.

This year I sat down and asked the kids some fun holiday question to find out what they believed about Christmas.  The answers I got were so cute!

The questions I asked:
1. Where does Santa live?
2. What does Santa say?
3. What do you think Snowman eat for breakfast?
4. How do Santa's reindeer fly?
5. What do you think Santa's elves learn when they go to school?

How to Make a Bostonian Difference on Giving Tuesday! #EverydayMoneyBoston

While it feels like a lifetime ago, I can still remember the feeling of financial desperation.  I remember the worthless feeling of standing in line hoping for a hand out, so that I could give my son a Christmas present.  A decade ago my husband was stuck in another country, and I was suddenly alone with a toddler,  trying to find work, while facing eviction.

That scared desperation and embarrassment that hit my heart while searching for help, is what drives me to constantly find ways to give back in my community.  It's been almost a decade sense I was that scared single mom, but I will always remember the smiling faces of the selfless people who were willing to help out a stranger.  They weren't the rich or the famous,  they were everyday people who worked hard and cared enough to do what they could.