Annual DaySpring Christmas Preview + Amazon #Giveaway – ends 10/3 INT


Now that the temperatures are dropping and leaves are changing color, we’re starting to think past fall and into the holidays already. What about you? (Full disclosure: I received product samples for this post, and my affiliate links are used. If you make a purchase, I may earn a commission. The giveaway is self-sponsored. Opinions shared are mine.)
Buckle up, it’s time for DaySpring’s Annual Christmas Preview.  The site is full of amazing home decor, gift ideas, and more…..just waiting for you to check it out.  [Read more…]

Surprising Places Where You’ll Find Halloween Decor

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I’d like to be able to make special trips for Halloween decor to create the perfect Spooky-Land for the kids.   As it is, there’s barely enough time to get my hair cut; therefore, my home decor purchases are generally impulse buys made while I run other errands.  Here are some surprising places where I’ve found great holiday decorations at affordable prices.  [Read more…]

Join me – take the #EncouragementDare #Giveaway

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Life is hard, people.  No matter what circumstances we face daily, whether we’re in a first-world or third-world country, despite our color or gender or religion….life is hard.  Think about the last time someone offered encouragement to help you rise to a challenge.  It’s time to take the Encouragement Dare and pay it forward.  [Read more…]

Thumbs Up Johnnie Family Night Adventures #giveaway ends 9/20 #FallingIntoFall

Disclosure:  We want to thank Ovation Brands for partnering with us on this post.  We’ll receive a prize box like this one, and post contains affiliate links (so we’ll earn a commission if you make a purchase). Opinions shared are mine.

First, let’s just get this out of the way. How cute is this book?! [Read more…]

Why I Broke Up With Birchbox and my Luxury Sample Box from Amazon #Giveaway

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Sadly, I broke up with Birchbox this year after many years of getting the subscription box.  Lately, I just wasn’t feeling the love with my box.  The joy of getting new cosmetics (especially mascara and eyeliner) was muted by all the self tanners and stinky shampoos that kept coming.  Did anyone even look at my profile?!  The final nail in the coffin was the change in points.   [Read more…]

What’s your 9/11 story? #Remember911 @9_11Movie

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It’s always fascinated me that people can so distinctly remember a snapshot of a shared public event.  For example, those who were living when JFK was assassinated can usually tell you specific details about where they were, what they were doing, and even what they wore as the news broke.  I remember seeing the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle when I was in school, and can see our little class sitting on the floor crowded around the big TV cart.   [Read more…]

Unleashed the movie – are you #TeamDog or #TeamCat?

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Now that school started back, our lives have been crazy busy. Additionally, my husband and I have had some unexpected health issues that had us down for the count. Hey, universe, it’s time for a breather! SIGH.

Unleashed is the type of movie you watch with your significant other, or even teenage daughter, when you’re in the mood to not take things too seriously.
There’s got to be some fun involved when a girl’s cat and dog turn into eligible dates, right?  [Read more…]

The last of the summer squash and the Perfect Twist vegetable spiralizer

Disclosure: I partnered with Smart Buy Center for this review. Post contains affiliate links; if you make a purchase, I may earn a commission. Opinions shared are mine.

This year, I’ve sadly neglected my garden.  It’s overgrown with weeds and untamed vegetable plants. Somehow it struggles on without my help, relying on rain and hope to keep going.  Today I harvested a few tomatoes, and discovered 2 yellow squash that were so big and hard that they resembled gourds you’d use for a bird feeder.  What to do?  It was time to pull out the Vegetable Spiralizer I just received from Smart Buy Center. [Read more…]

Faithful Workouts FREE 1 year membership f4 Plan

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My family and friends are too nice to comment about it, but it really bugs me that I’ve gained 90 pounds in 13 years.  I remember the day the scale showed 150 pounds when I was walking into the hospital to deliver my first child…that seems like my SKINNY days now!  There are a lot of barriers to losing the weight, but time is the primary factor.  Between work, commuting, parenting, wife-ing, and all the other responsibilities I shoulder, going to a gym does not appeal to me at all.  We live on a busy road where walking=a death wish.  Most of my activity happens on camping trips when we swim, walk, and ride bikes.  What to do in between those weekend excursions?  I was invited to try Faithful Workouts and decided it was time to stop making excuses.

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SingleCare FREE service helps you find the best prices on medical care #ad

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My mom did a great job raising two kids on her own. It wasn’t easy to be a single mom in a foreign country, but she worked her fingers to the bone to provide for our little trio. At the time, I didn’t realize how much she must have worried when we fell ill with one sickness or another. You see, my dad held the family’s health insurance, and that luxury went away with the divorce.  That’s why I’m really excited to share SingleCare with you today. Who hasn’t worried about health care costs at some point in their adult lives?  Have you lived the balancing act of figuring out provider networks, deductibles, or coverage limitations? You NEED to know about your SingleCare option.

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