When we first moved to Colorado Springs, we looked into zoo memberships, aquarium memberships, etc etc. All the things we knew we'd need while living here. The zoo membership price almost scared us off, but honestly it paid for itself within the first TWO visits. Do you know how often we go to the zoo? Sometimes just David & I go --KID FREE--. … // Read More...
When we first moved to Colorado Springs, we looked into zoo memberships, aquarium memberships, etc etc. All the things we knew we’d need while living here. The zoo membership price almost scared us off, but honestly it paid for itself within the first TWO visits. Do you know how often we go to the zoo? […]
Hello, hello! Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. Our was good, just loooooong. The kids had a four day for Parent Teacher Conferences, I had a work event, David had class and DR appts 2/4 of those days… just a long weekend. And somehwere in all of this was a 2am […]
This post is sponsored by Tyson, but all opinions, ideas, and wording are mine. I love October. It’s officially Fall, Halloween is right around the corner, it’s pumpkin carving time, the world is changing colors around us. I mean, I think if I had to pick a favorite month, it’d be October.Halloween wins hands down. […]
This post is sponsored by Red Baron, but as usual all thoughts and opinions are completely mine. Are you a fan of game day entertaining? Me too! I love entertaining in general. It’s exhausting and I almost always try to talk myself out of it at first because cleaning, cooking, entertaining, it’s a lot […]
When we first moved to Colorado Springs, we looked into zoo memberships, aquarium memberships, etc etc. All the things we knew we’d need while living here. The zoo membership price almost scared us off, but honestly it paid for itself within the first TWO visits. Do you know how often we go to the zoo? Sometimes just David & I go –KID FREE–. Sometimes we take all the kids. Heck, we’ve even gone with 1/3 or 2/3 of the kids. We LOVE the zoo. We take a different route everytime we walk around it, we choose which animals we want to hang out with that day, and we just go.
How often do you get to visit a zoo? What’s your favorite animal to see?
I’m on this kick of sharing photos/outfits I’ve worn. Not in a fashion blogger type of way, but just in a “these are my clothes, I feel cute and the world should see” kind of way. haha.
Since droppping some MAJOR poundage, my wardrobe is constantly changing & growing. It’s weird and kind of irritating if I’m being honest with you guys. It’s just a lot of work to revamp a wardrboe on a SUPER tight budget, but when you HAVE to because NONE of your clothes fit… well, thrift stores to the rescue! haha.
No, but seriously… I’ve always been a thrifter. Call me “frugal” or “cheap” but in reality, I just can’t see spending full price on something that I can pick up for a small percentage of full price from a thrift store. The other day I came across a pair of sweatpants from Abercrombie & Fitch with NEW STORE TAGS still on em. I paid $6.99 for them. Scooped them up SO fast though.
Now that doesn’t mean that I never buy new – I totally do. BUT when it’s time for a new winter wardrobe for everyone, (because kids grow sooooooo fast) we head to a thrift store. We grab a few tops/bottoms for each of us. WIN all around. The other day we spent $108 on a new winter coat for Owen & myself. A hoodie, pants, a shirt for Fin. Pants, a shir for Owen. A sweater, shirt, pants for Maddie. 3 pairs of pants for me. 1 pair for David and some shirts for us. We had like 20 items ….. $108. <– that’s why I thrift shop. My 3 pants would’ve costed me $100+ had I bought them new.
See my jeans & ear warmer below? Totally snagged those up brand new from a new boutique. <-- not sponsored in any way. I just REALLY love my jeans & ear warmer & the prices were great.
So, out of all of the above – which pieces are your favorites? Which would you wear? Are you a thrifter too? Tell me the coolest thing you’ve ever thrifted!
We love food. We love to make food. We love to eat food. Most of the time we choose to eat at home, it’s honestly because we know we can make it better than the local restuarant. So, the other day we were at Albertsons doing a bit of shopping and were so excited to grab these flavors of Great Midwest Cheese.
Chicken (boiled in chicken broth, salt and pepper, then shredded) Buns of some sort. We actually meant to grab Hoagie buns, but grabbed sausage rolls by mistake. haha. They worked, they were delicious Turkey bacon Peppers, diced
Great Midwest cheese (We used Habenero Jack & Jalapeno Jack) Butter & milk to melt cheese down. Garlic, salt & pepper (to taste-while typing this, my husband informed me that this was “cullinary terminology”)
For these sandwiches, we chose to melt down our cheese to drizzle over the top of the sandwiches. Melting cheese in a pot is pretty simple really, melt a bit of butter, add some flour, some hot milk, cheese. Stir, stir, stir. Don’t let it get too hot though.
Once the chicken was shredded, we threw it into a skillet with the cooked bacon, the peppers, a bit of garlic, salt, & pepper. Stir, cook til peppers are done and tender.
Start assembling plates. (We paired our with french fries). Once you’ve got your chicken mix onto your buns, add the cheese.
Serve and enjoy. Head hereto check out all the other tasty cheese flavors.
Hello, hello! Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. Our was good, just loooooong. The kids had a four day for Parent Teacher Conferences, I had a work event, David had class and DR appts 2/4 of those days… just a long weekend. And somehwere in all of this was a 2am dog accident in the bedroom carpet. . . twice. (and then once the next day, thankfully on the hardwood floor instead of carpet)… shots, y’all. Poor thing… poor me. Eww.
Anyway, … I thought I’d drop in and share a few photos from our weekend with you.
I don’t know if this is a National thing, but our town had a little FB group about rocks. They paint cute ones, mark em with the group information and ‘hide’ them. I think you’re supposed to post about them when you find them, but I’m not 100% on the rules. But, the kids found this one and another on the way to the library and it was cute.
Selfie because why not 😉 (shameless plug –> wearing Amethyst ShadowSense & Caramel Latte plus Fire Opal LipSense on my lips. Can’t beat no budging makeup *wink* Link to group on my sidebar)
Maddie & I did an event on Saturday night for LipSense and she got to wander off for a second with some Derby girls. She was SO excited!
And somewhere in there was that library trip that included a park stop for drone flying and rock hunting fun.
That pretty much sums up our weekend. Like I said earlier, I hope you had a good one. Oh, and if you’re looking for some quick & simple “spooky” Halloween food ideas, check out this post.
This post is sponsored by Tyson, but all opinions, ideas, and wording are mine.
I love October. It’s officially Fall, Halloween is right around the corner, it’s pumpkin carving time, the world is changing colors around us. I mean, I think if I had to pick a favorite month, it’d be October.Halloween wins hands down. We’re a bit Halloween obsessed in this house. We just love it. It’s so fun, spooky, creative, tasty, colorful… I mean so many adjectives describe Halloween and October. Anyway, I’ve gotten side tracked with my October/Halloween love. We went pumpkin picking this past weekend (say that 3x fast). We just grabbed some from Walmart because as a family of 5 pumpkin patches just seem a bit pricier than going to Walmart. Plus, I needed to grab a few food items and other things while there. Win, win, right?!
While there, we made sure to grab up a few things to help us get through the rest of this month: quick fixing foods because phew. Next week is Parent Teacher conferences meaning we won’t even get home until like 7pm. As the nights get busy, the food gets quicker and I’m SO thankful for convenient foods easily found at Walmart. We grabbed up some Ballpark Hotdogs (100% beef), some Tyson Any’Tizers,Tyson Crispy Strips (100% white meat, no antibiotics) and some State Fair Corndogs (no by products, great source of protein).
So, after our adventures in Walmart, we headed home to get our carving on. Yay! I popped some Any’Tizers in the oven for a quick snack while we set up and then we prepped the rest of the food and the house for our carving friends to arrive.
Overall, we had a blast! The food was a HUGE hit. I thought my kiddos were going to BURST at the seems waiting (not so) patiently to get to eat their “fingers” haha.
It was so funny to see the designs created. Owen went with a dragon. Maddie went with a ghost but then broke her pumpkin (toothpicks to the rescue) and Fin did a bug thing. David took control over our pumpkin (win for me, I was just left to cook & take photos). Our pumpkin is a goofy looking fella.
What do you think? Have you ever hosted a Pumpkin Carving party? It was so much fun! And I had a BLAST creating those little finger *wink* foods.
This post is sponsored by Red Baron, but as usual all thoughts and opinions are completely mine.
Are you a fan of game day entertaining? Me too! I love entertaining in general. It’s exhausting and I almost always try to talk myself out of it at first because cleaning, cooking, entertaining, it’s a lot adds up quickly, and before you know it, I’m over it before it even began. Ha. You too? Tell me I’m not alone in this?! I love entertaining though. I love having people over. It’s just so fun and it’s what we’ve done for years now, that is seems weird when we don’t have people over for the holidays or sporting events or whatever we’d normally have em over for. Moving is weird and kind of a pain. Making friends as an adult is challenging, but man making those friends & getting to invite them over… worth it.
This game day though, I decided to simplify things a bit. I headed to Sam’s Club (we’re a family of 5…bulk shopping is our thing) and grabbed a few Red Baron Minis and Red Baron Deep Dish Singles. Who doesn’t love pizza?! Pizza and game day?! That’s a no brainer.
So, Sam’s club pizzas, drinks, chips, and a few other things and we were set to watch the game. I kept it simple, wanted the main to focus to be the Red Baron pizzas. Plus, Sam’s club shopping, saving in bulk – that’s a total win in itself. Overall, we all had a really great time. Good food, good company, good ending to a game day.
What about you? Do you have a go-to tip to share with me for game day entertaining? What’s your go to dish to serve? I love being the hostess with the mostest, but I also love simple sanity saving tips and Red Baron was my sanity saver this game day.
And the best part?! Since I bought them in bulk, I have more in the freezer just waiting to be baked.
This is a sponsored post. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
YOU GUYS!! I did it! I finished the 28 day Olay challenge! Do you follow me on Instagram or Facebook? If not, you might not know what I’m talking about. (ambernmccain is me, but you can click to go straight to either) If you didn’t do the challenge, I suggest you give it a try. I mean, it’s 28 days. What do you have to lose? That’s not even that long. Start with a visit to Olay Skin Advisor. It is the most precise skin diagnosis available to the public. By doing this, you can really save yourself a lot of time and money wasted on products that you don’t need. It’s a no brainer way to make a decision about what skin care regimen is right for you. After using Skin Advisor, 95% of women agreed that the products recommended to her were “right” for her! YAY! Isn’t that awesome?! Keep scrolling down for more info, my final results, and a coupon code just for you!
So, I’m 28 days in. Here’s my before photo & the products I’ve been using.
I’ve been using Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel & Olay Total Effects Moisturizer with SPF 15.
The Total Effects Moisturizer with SPF 15 benefits include: healthier looking skin, noticeable difference after ONE day, and provides 7 benefits in 1 (replenishes moisture, evens skin tone, enhances brightness, visibly smooths lines & wrinkles, minimizes the look of pores, restores firmness, and visibly reduces dark spots)
The Hydrating Eye Gel benefits include: hydrating and plumping of tired eyes, instantly hydrates for a wide-awake look, fast-absorbing, long-lasting, cooling formula helps fight signs of fatigue and dehydration.
Two weeks into this challenge I shared this photo update. I could already see some changes from the before photo.
Now that we’re 28 days in, let me chat a bit about how I’m feeling about it. GREAT! That’s how! This challenge has been SO fun & really, pretty easy. I mean, two products and done. It’s saved me a ton of time I’m LOVING the eye gel. I love the Moisturizer as well. My pores look smaller. I look less tired and worn out. Well, see for youself… here’s my after photo.
I can see a difference. My skin looks better than ever. My eyes look less puffy and brighter. My skintone overall looks more evened out. My face just feels more moisturized. My eyes just look less tired. Win all around. Are you taking the 28 Day Challenge? Start with a visit to the Olay Skin Advisor. Wanna save $40 on your purchase? Use the code 28DAYS9101 First come, first serve, limited. I can’t wait to see your results! Tag me (@ambernmccain) when you post them so I can see 🙂
The other day David and I dropped the kids off at school and headed up to Denver to do some shopping. YAY! If you remember, I’ve lost a decent amount of weight over the last year-ish so new clothes definitely can’t hurt at this point. Have you heard of Evereve yet? Such a cute little shop!
Evereve is a retail brand founded by moms for moms. We all know the shopping struggles, with kids especially…phew. Evereve has that taken care of for you! The moms running the Evereve we went to were so stinkin’ cute and friendly.
Evereve is on a mission to inspire you to embrace your beauty and power, and to show that dressing like a mom is a really great thing.
Poor David had NO idea what to do with himself while we were there though, because when he shops with me, his main job is to hold my items, but every single time he’d have one, she’d come grab it from him to put into my dressing room. MY dressing room. She’d set it up for me, even put various sizes in there for me just in case because she knew some things ran up or ran small. They wrote my name on there, gave me feedback on every outfit I walked out in, it was just such an amazing shopping experience. It was just so much fun! I felt like such a VIP that day, and I WAS!
Keep scrolling to see which I took home! The grey sweater? The jeans? Those camo joggers?! So many great options! Sharing more on my Instagram as well.
Evereve is also offering one of you the chance to win a $500 shopping spree! Isn’t that awesome?! Follow them on Facebook. Head here for more details. Side note, I greatly regret not getting that long grey sweater. Hopefully when Evereve opens up here in Colorado Springs next month they’ll have it and I can grab it because *heart eyes*.
Thank you Bush’s beans for sponsoring today’s post. As usual, all opinions and thoughts are my own. 🙂
It was a cold and gloomy afternoon…. school pick up had taken longer than normal, I was already a bit on edge, grumpy and just worn out… these are the days that the idea of making dinner just drains me.
I’m usually pretty good about meal-planning and being prepared, but that’s just gone out the window lately as our life schedule changes up. I keep a few things on hand for days like that, for easy, fool-proof meals that I know won’t break the bank, my family will eat and enjoy, and it’ll feed all of us. Bush’s beans is a staple in this house. They’re just so handy for all the things.
On this particular night, I was thankful to find some Bush’s Chili beans as well as some Bush’s kidney beans. This particular night was perfect for Chili and cornbread. Chili is just such a quick and easy thing to make. Keeping Bush’s beans on hand is just a smart choice for all seasons. Do you remember the simple bean salad I made over the summer? Once again, because I had Bush’s beans on hand. STAPLE ITEM!!
If you haven’t tried Bush’s Chili beans yet, I highly recommend you grab some next time you’re at Walmart. Also, you should totally try some sausage in your chili. We usually use ground turkey and some ground sausage mixed together. I suggest trying that as well.