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By Shannon Gurnee
In Caribbean
Mar 24th, 2017
28 Comments
1763 Views
One of the many things I love about my husband is his shared love for cruising and traveling. While we don’t travel as often as some bloggers out there, we do enjoy our yearly getaway (usually lasting about a week or so). Last year, we took a cruise via the Carnival Conquest to the Western […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Caribbean
Feb 15th, 2017
32 Comments
3296 Views
On our most recent cruises (last summer), Frank and I cruised on the Carnival Conquest. It was a really nice ship and we had a lot of fun, as well as relaxed a bunch on our trip. One of the ports we stopped in was Cozumel, Mexico. While I took Geography in high school, I […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Family
Oct 31st, 2016
3 Comments
2024 Views
This post includes affiliate links. All opinions are my own. Happy Halloween! I hope you all have a Happy Halloween! I love this day because I have great memories as a kid dressing up and trick-or-treating. Our kids I hope have great memories as well. My husband did an awesome job ordering all of their […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Oct 5th, 2016
2 Comments
2454 Views
We love to go RV camping in our family! In our RV, we can travel to different places and feel really comfortable while doing it.  The kids love traveling in the RV because it has a bathroom, a kitchen, TVs and fun places to sleep and hang out! I love traveling in the RV because it […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Bullying
Oct 3rd, 2016
1 Comment
1388 Views
When I was in elementary school, I was the source of a lot of teasing. Not only did I have red hair, but I also had freckles, crooked teeth, very fair skin and was tall and skinny and didn’t shave my leg until I was in 6th grade (so I was hairy too)! I came […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Cleaning
Mar 26th, 2016
8 Comments
2524 Views
It’s that time of year again – time for Spring cleaning! We’ve set our clocks back, opened our windows, and begun to think about what needs cleaning (or getting rid of) in our homes. With kids, it can be a big challenge trying to get them to help out with Spring cleaning. Here are 5 […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Family
Mar 25th, 2016
16 Comments
1949 Views
This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/POWERADE. #spon When our boys were younger, they loved to participate in soccer. As an active soccer mom, I loved to help with their games and practice with them for fun. I was a team mom a few times (organizing snacks, planning parties, and calling parents with announcements) and […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Family
Dec 1st, 2015
18 Comments
2294 Views
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. Not only does it include delicious dishes and a juicy turkey, but it also includes laughter, stories and thankfulness with our family and friends. This year, we enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner at my sister and brother-in-law’s home. In attendance were my dad and stepmom, mother- and […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Education
Sep 25th, 2015
21 Comments
4031 Views
School is back in session! That means early mornings, schoolwork during the day and no more late nights during the week. However, just because school is in session doesn’t mean kids can’t still have fun! In fact, we as parents can make learning fun for our kids! Our kids love to swim, go bowling, play games, cook and more! […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Back-to-School
Sep 23rd, 2015
17 Comments
3092 Views
It’s hard to believe that school is already in session, right? With 6 kids, you can just imagine how crazy busy it got shopping for shoes, clothes and supplies! I’m so glad that there are sites like Zappos that make shopping for the back-to-school season easy and fun! As one of the largest online retailers […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In California
Sep 13th, 2015
26 Comments
4511 Views
This summer, we took our kids to both the Santa Barbara County Fair (located in Santa Maria, California) and the California Mid-State Fair (located in Paso Robles, California). This blog post is going to be all about the Santa Barbara County Fair! While our four older kids went on a camping trip with their grandpa, Frank […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Do-It-Yourself
Aug 22nd, 2015
16 Comments
4311 Views
Do you have kids at home? Are you looking to do something creative, fun and educational with them that doesn’t cost a fortune? How about creating a Rock Band??!!  You don’t need to give an arm and a leg to get an instrument for your kid – all you need are your own two hands. […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Family
Jun 28th, 2015
26 Comments
4487 Views
Growing up, I felt like I didn’t matter. It wasn’t that I didn’t matter with my parents, it was that I felt I didn’t matter with my peers, my friends, my schoolmates. I was the one who was teased for the red hair, fair skin, skinny legs, and crooked teeth. I was the last one […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Family
May 6th, 2015
35 Comments
6710 Views
Some of my fondest memories with my mother are in the kitchen when we were cooking together. These memories are at various stages of my life, ranging from the age of a child to a mother with a big family. Cooking together not only resulted in amazing dishes (and some not so great – ha ha), but in memories […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Cleaning Review
Apr 10th, 2015
25 Comments
4407 Views
  We love to eat pizza in our family! Heck, since purchasing our Blackstone Pizza Oven, we’ve been enjoying a lot more pizzas a lot more often! Not to mention the money it’s saved us as well – saving us more than half the cost of buying them from local pizza places!  My husband is the […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Family
Mar 23rd, 2015
57 Comments
11209 Views
My husband and I love watching movies. Our 6 kids love watching movies. We love going to the movies as a family, too! However, it can be pretty overwhelming waiting in lines to buy tickets and then waiting in line to redeem tickets. This doesn’t even include waiting in line for popcorn, candy and soda, but […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Family
Jan 31st, 2015
0 Comments
2372 Views
Do you shop at Tobacco-Free Retailers? I definitely make an effort to do so. So why should you shop Tobacco-Free? What’s the cost of not shopping Tobacco-Free?  Tobacco not only has health costs, but also financial costs. I was shocked by how much cigarettes cost in stores now. Some are as much as $8.00 a […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Community
Dec 10th, 2014
28 Comments
8586 Views
I love to travel!  I’ve traveled to Russia, Mexico, Canada and different states throughout the U.S.  One of the things I love being about a blogger is sharing those experiences on The Mommy-Files.  Now, I want to start off by saying that I have never been to The Amazon myself, but I have virtually – […]...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Family
Nov 29th, 2014
65 Comments
6826 Views
Growing up, I loved watching television and some of my favorite television shows were those that featured the “perfect” mother.  I’m talking about “The Brady Bunch,” “Leave It To Beaver,” and “The Cosby Show.”  You remember those, right?  Then there were the television shows with the mothers...
By Shannon Gurnee
In Family
Nov 28th, 2014
39 Comments
10335 Views
  We love going to the movies!  I remember going to the movies when I was a little girl!  I remember sitting in the big seats with my feet in the air because I was too short to reach the floor.  I remember grabbing popcorn out of the giant bucket and eating candy, while sipping […]...
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