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As usual, POPSUGAR sent me this box as a goodie to share with you guys. All opinions are MINE and ONLY mine. I know y’all have heard me obsess over PopSugar Must Have boxes before, but that’s because they’re so fun and awesome. This month’s box, was a birthday celebration of Lisa Sugar creating […]
Did you know that every 2 seconds someone is need of blood transfusion? 1 out of 7 people that enter a hospital needs a transfusion. I was almost one of them and it was really scary but made me really thankful for other people that took the time to donate. One donation can help 3 […]
Can you believe that it is already back to school time?! My kiddos have about a week still -give or take a few days. But I was so shocked to see a few of my friends’ kiddos starting up on August 1st. That just seemed SO soon. When do your kids go back? Are you […]
As usual, POPSUGAR sent me this box as a goodie to share with you guys. All opinions are MINE and ONLY mine.
I know y’all have heard me obsess over PopSugar Must Have boxes before, but that’s because they’re so fun and awesome. This month’s box, was a birthday celebration of Lisa Sugar creating PopSugar. And because of that, each new signup can get TEN dollars off using the code PARTY (expires 8/31). Head here to sign up.
Each box contains over $100 worth of full size products! Such a great way to try new products. This month’s box was catered towards birthday celebrations of course and I’m loving everything that came.
What about you? Are you a POPSUGAR Must Have Subscriber? Monthly boxes full of goodies! Where do I sign up?! Here… here’s where. *wink*
Did you know that every 2 seconds someone is need of blood transfusion? 1 out of 7 people that enter a hospital needs a transfusion. I was almost one of them and it was really scary but made me really thankful for other people that took the time to donate. One donation can help 3 patients!
Once upon a time, long, long, long ago during David’s 2nd deployment I was a scared mom of TWO. I’d just had my 2nd C-Section and given birth to a beautiful little baby girl. Everyone was so pleased to meet this little lady. Her daddy even got the chance to call and check in on us from Afghanistan before going out on an 8-day mission. I was told I’d lost a lot of blood and may need a blood transfusion. At this point, it’s just me & this little lady & I’m trying to not panic. Everyone had left, I couldn’t call & cry to David. I was a mess. Thankfully, I ended up NOT needing the transfusion (phew) and we were fine and dandy, spent an extra day in the hospital and were good to go home. By the time I was able to talk to my husband again, the transfusion was a thing of the past & I’d already almost forgotten all about it.
In addition to donating blood you can also donate platelets, which help treat cancer and other patients. Platelets have a shelf life of 5 days so they’re always needed. Plasma (which contains proteins to help treat severe burns, tramaus, blood clotting disorders, organ transplants and premie babies) is another thing you can easily donate. Plasma has the same lifesaving effects and is in great need.
To this day, it makes me so thankful knowing that there were donations out there to help me in the event that I’d needed it. Blood is always in critical supply but it’s especially needed in the summer when donations typically drop 20%. Are you a donor? How can YOU get involved? Find out at BeImpulsiveRSVP.com.
Can you believe that it is already back to school time?! My kiddos have about a week still -give or take a few days. But I was so shocked to see a few of my friends’ kiddos starting up on August 1st. That just seemed SO soon. When do your kids go back? Are you planning road trips still? How many have you taken this summer? We only have one road trip planned for this summer, a 10 hour drive to visit some of our family in Oklahoma (where the wind comes sweeping down the plains). We do plan to hit up a few touristy spots along as well. In preperation for our trip, I loaded up the kiddos the other day & headed to Walmart to stock up on Road trip neccessities. Like, Dannon® Danimals®. We went with the Yogurt Smoothies Strawberry Explosion® 12 pack and a 6 pack of cotton candy. Maddie was excited about these purchases. Haha
(Photos not taken while driving). The kids love Danimals®. They’re not only great for road trips, but also lunch boxes & after school snacks as well. Danimals® are a staple in our house, they’re bought 2-3 times a month and the kiddos just eat em right up. Danimals® dairy products provide kids with a good source of calcium and vitamin D to help kids build strong bones and regulate muscle function.
We’ve taken them in our lunchboxes while our hiking (like this blog post). They’re just a huge hit no matter where we take them. And we have taken them just about everywhere you could think of.
Fin loves em so much he barely makes it to his mouth — this happens often with this kiddo; he’s very messy. haha. Aren’t most kids though?! Have you heard or purchased Dannon® Danimals® yet? If you’ve never heard of em, head here to learn more and to find out where you can grab some locally! Try them! Not only will your kids love them, but they’re perfect for road trips, after school snacking, and just everyday adventures in general.
Now, if you’ll excuse me – gotta go get a car tune up! Safe travels and happy snacking, friends.
Broken collarbones are lame. He’s a trooper and totally fine. He landed on it wrong playing at the park.
Cat has been a turd lately. He ran out the backdoor last night into the rain and then again earlier today.
My phone is so full of random selfies. Thus the life of a LipSense distributor. I make myself LOL
Owen asked me to take a picture of him cuddling with Missy. Little goober. Ignore the unswept floor (it had been swept that morning, like EVERY SINGLE morning, but dogs & kids & dogs & kids & dogs & kids & you see my point here…)
And last but not least, precollarbone — look at that smile! This kid never smiles in photos but he’s got the greatest genuine smile. So nice to catch it oh camera from time to time. Btw – collarbone is healed. He’s out of the splint. We’re on week 4 and just waiting for his last checkup/”all clear”
I guess I could’ve alternately titled this post, “photos of Fin – the kids you never see”. Did you forget I had three? haha. It’s usually just Maddie & Owen that are my camera ready ones. That’s all I’ve got for y’all today – summer = MYPOORBRAIN.
Side note again — kids talk a lot… side note again — so do husbands actually.
When does school start again? I’m totally asking for a friend 😉
Back to school season is upon us. Does anyone else feel like summer just FLEW by?! In the midst of back to school shopping, we like to throw in fun. Fun doesn’t always have to be costly. Fun can be as simple as a library trip or a park trip… or if you’re like us, a park trip on the walk home from the library. Have I mentioned I love where we live?! Not the busy town, but our actual house location. No matter what your idea of fun is, it’s probably going to involve snacks. EVERYTHING WE DO INVOLVES SNACKS. It’s like an automatic thing with kids. They’re ALWAYS hungry. A huge staple in our house is a big ole box of Goldfish® crackers. We usually have little bags of various flavors and then baggies of them premade to grab & go into lunch boxes or backpacks for after school snacks.
With back to school comes chaos and stress trying to budget in all the things you/your kids will need. So, it is especially important to keep things fun when live gets chaotic. It is not that hard to get involved and to keep things fun with your kids. Kids are SO easy to please and they’re only little for so long. You don’t get that time back. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to spend time. We live on a strict budget (especially now thanks to retirement).
If there’s more than one park in your town, pack a lunch and spend the day park hopping. Even if there is only one park near you – pack some Goldfish® as a snack and park your bootie at the park… chase your kids around, push them on the swing, play hide n seek… just set your phone down for 10 minutes and PLAY. That ten minutes won’t kill you and your kid(s) will LOVE the time you chased them.
A few quick reasons to love Goldfish® snacks: They’re always baked with real cheese. They contain no artificial preservatives. The colors are sourced from Plants, such as annatto extracted from the reddish seeds of the Achiote Tree. Baked with Whole Grain Cheddar variety has 12 g of WG per serving Goldfish® crackers are a snack you can feel good about serving your kids.
Even on rainy days, encourage play. It doesn’t always have to be WITH YOU, I told Owen “Mommy’s in work-mode… Owen needs to play with OWEN” and he’s sitting behind me as I type this up playing with a dinosaur, mini trains, a police truck, and a stuffed animal. All while feeding his animal friend Goldfish® snacks & drinks of water. Before I started “work mode”, I helped him pack a little snackbox and he was all set for OWEN TIME. Because I explained it and helped him get settled, he’s totally content and good to go.
So, are Goldfish® snacks a staple in your house too? How do you encouarage fun among the chaos?
Have you ever attended a Paint With A Twist class?! If not, you need to. Let me repeat… you NEED to! They are SO much fun! I’ve had the chance to attend three now (two in Georgia and one here in Colorado) and each time was just fun! You always start off a bit nervous, especially when you see what you’re painting. You think, “Oh gosh…mine isn’t going to look like that at all” but then you see the final result & all the sudden you realize how ridiculously talented you really are at bascially following directions and only using the colors provided to you. Haha.
There were fun photoprops to help pass time while we waited for others to show up and get settled in. There were drinks to be enjoyed.
I’m really thankful that my sister remembers to take photos when I forget. All of these except the last one are taken by her. Thanks, Court! Last one is the group photo taken from my local PWAT’s FB page. I was lucky enough to attend with my mom and sister. The room next to ours was full of bridesmaids! Paint with a Twist is literally fun for all ages. If you look at the group photo, you’ll notice just that — all ages!
Our class was painting a Harvest Moon with a tree, and birds in the moon, and an owl on a branch. At one point, Ceeleste (the enabler, not instructor) said, “And just add a tale if your owl looks like a cat” See the kid across from me? He later told me I should probably go ahead and add a tale to mine. HA!
You’ll eventually reach break time — aka drying time — but don’t worry, they’ll help you pass that time as well with GAMES! Seriously, so fun! We played a version of musical chairs and had two winners! They even gave out PRIZES! One winner went home with a PWAT t-shirt and the other left with a coffee mug! Never a dull moment in sight.
The whole class is full of upbeat music and instructors. They even have a snack bar and offer drinks. You can not BYOB, but they offer a pretty good variety. I had an apple cider mimosa and my mom had a cranberry mimosa. They also offer snacks & soda & water – something for everyone.
If you’ve ever been to one, what did you paint? Did you hang yours in your house? One of mine is hanging in my daughter’s room, one got damaged in our last move, and the latest one is on the mantle above the fireplace.
So, if you’re looking for something new & exciting to break up the boredom, look no further! Head HERE and find yourself a Paint With A Twist class! You won’t regret it. PWAT classes are perfect for date night, family bonding, a night out with your girlfriends, or as a TREAT Yo’self night!
Now, I just struggle with where to put it! haha. On the mantle? Hanging in the dining room? The upstairs hallway? I have NO idea! I have a feeling it’ll get moved around regularly like everything else in this house. Haha. I get bored easily & love to rearrange houses. 😉
This post is sponsored by Bush’s Beans. All opinions are (as always) completely my own.
Bush Brothers beans are the ultimate versatile ingredient for creative recipes. <-- I firmly stand by that statement. Beans are so great to keep on hand for last-minute meal needs. They have been life-savers for us in this 90-100 degree weather (plus, NO AC! Hotter in than out!). A lot of our dinners lately have been made outside on the grill... if it requires the stove, it probably won't get made. And in the event that we decide to use the stove, it gets so hot that you lose your appetite anyway. That's no fun. So, my husband and I have been working on lots of none cooking side dishes to help us survive this Colorado heat-wave. We're SOOOOO close to "monsoon season" as it's called. Monsoon season is that time of year that Colorado gets SLAMMED with rain storms. I mean, scattered, hard, crazy, unpredictable until it's on top of you, rain. (I got caught in one last summer trying to drive the last 30 minutes home... 3 lanes of one way traffic and nobody could even make out where their white lines were. You just drove & prayed... a lot.. my hands were literally sore the next day from gripping the steering wheel so hard, you guys! SCARY! CRAZY!). But, until monsoon season gets here and cools us down, we'll be eating our non cooked sides. A lot of those sides involve beans - such a versatile little thing, the bean. A new favorite recipe of ours, is the easy summer salad I'm sharing below.To make this you will need:
Bush’s Garbonzo beans Red onion Italian dressing Black olives Cherry tomatoes Cucumber Feta cheese
Chop up your onion, your tomatoes, and your cucumber. Simply toss in some olives, garbonzo beans, feta cheese and add some italian dressing. Mix and toss and serve. SO yummy. AND, the best part?! I didn’t break a sweat while making it! Woooooo! Yay! That’s a huge relief, really.
You could also try adding some grilled chicken to this to make a whole meal out of it, or throw it on a wrap with grilled chicken! Yum! I’m making myself hungry just thinking about this. I would literally sit and eat this as a meal itself. I love that it’s so easy to stretch your food budget by adding beans to meals, you guys. Grab yours from Walmart like I did and let me know how you like this once you make it. Be sure to check out the hashtag #MyBestWithBushBeans on your social media channels for other tasty recipes and tips.
Slider burgers, summer grilling, and wine is a summary of today’s blog post! You excited?! Me too! CK Mondavi got a face lift & it is really pretty. (Insert heart eyes emoji here). It just hit stores starting in June! Maybe you’ve seen it already & didn’t even realize it, but next time you’re out & about, just pause and look how pretty. K?! Thanks. There are brand new flavor descriptors on the front of the bottles like “bright and fresh” and “rich and velvety” providing consumers with an easy way to identify the perfect wine for their celebration and make wine easier to grab on the go. Don’t you just love that?! I do!
Did you know that it was the dream of Cesare and Rosa Mondavi to offer wine to your family at a low price? And now the 4th generation of Mondavis are involved in the winery winemaking! Isn’t that just neat?! I think so anyway. I love knowing little tidbits like that.
I’m teaming up with CK Mondavi again this month to bring you burgers, buns, wine, and more. Okay – well I’m not really bringing you any of that, but I am going to tell you how to make the perfect little slider burgers. Ready?!
We love to grill. It’s our go-to almost nightly in the summer especially when it ends up hotter in the house than it actually is outside. Cooking inside becomes a horrible, sweaty, grumpy task so we avoid it at all costs! Haha. That means a lot of grilling, which is perfect for summer anyway, so no major complaints from me (Plus, grilling means David cooks and that I don’t have to!)
Shape your little patties. Add some salt & pepper to both sides. Grill. Sizzle, sizzle. Top with cheese if you wish. Prepare the bun. Add burger to bun. Eat & enjoy.
We like to grill ours with flavored woodchips but that’s totally optional.
CK Mondavi is doing summer in-store promotions for burgers, buns, cheese and charcoal. Look for in-store promotions wherever you can find CK Mondavi and Family wines!
My little sister just moved to town, well about an hour away to my Mom’s town. But, we went out to see them yesterday & in the process of visiting, had a chat about how long it had been since we’d seen each other, how big the kids were, etc etc… then we got to talking about how old we all are now and WHOA. That’s a weird one. I feel young, I feel great… however when I see myself in the mirror, I can see signs of aging. That’s not always a bad thing – I’ve been blessed with a good life up until now, and am OK with my laugh wrinkles overall, but if I also really like seeing the shock on stranger’s faces when they realize that I have older kids and not just my preschooler. I love seeing them try to do math to figure out how old I am when I say that my oldest is almost 10.
Y’all…. my oldest is almost TEN. It’s high time to invest in a good cream, don’t you think!? Something hiding the fact that I’ve been tired for the last decade, maybe?! 😉
Applying this to my skin was such a little treat. It smelled good, it was so smooth, it left my skin feeling smooth to the touch. There was no sticky, icky feeling leftover on my skin (I know you know what I mean). I didn’t feel like there was anything on my face & that’s just always a nice bonus.
At Good Housekeeping Institute, GHI’s engineers, scientists, and other experts test products & evaluate them based on a few things: Performance, ease of use, safety, durability, and design. This year, GHK tested the latest Micro-Sculpting Cream formula (found online for under $300) against TEN prestige creams found in most department stores (prices ranging $26-440). Good Housekeeping Institute’s Beauty Lab conducted clinical & blinded consumer studies. Scientists collected more than 10,000 hydration measurements and Olay rose to the top.
At the 3hr mark, Olay moisturized 400% better than a cream nearly 18x in price. Olay increased moisture by 50% on average over a 24hr period. In some blind comparisons, costumers preferred Olay 80% of the time over other creams – reporting it felt “rich” without feeling heavy. Olay improved skin’s texture by 10% in four weeks! That’s impressive, huh?!
These new findings underpin Olay’s commitment to bringing visible anti-aging products to women without premium prices. A recent Olay study with 155,000 women showed that 80% of skin’s anti-aging destiny is in a women’s control and not related to genes.
The new formula contains a new ingredient, Carob Seed Extract that aids in skin repair & regeneration according to in vitro & in vivo testing. Other ingredients include: Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) which boosts cell turnover & maintains skin’s moisture barrier. Amino-peptid helps decrease the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. Panthenol (Vitamin B5) soothes & moisturizes the skin Vitamin E is an oil-soluble anti-oxidant which protects against free radicals. Olivem is a derivative of olive oil that’s been modified to increase the penetration of anti-aging ingredients into the skin’s stratum conium Glycerin & Hyaluronic Acid -humectants with intense miniaturization properties.
I haven’t used this for the full 4 weeks yet, but overall I’m pretty pleased with this product.
You simply apply it to your face & neck morning & night to clean skin. So easy, huh?! Don’t believe me? Try for yourself — grab one here.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Olay. The opinions and text are all mine. #ad #ageless