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…]

Flower Art craft kit – coloring book and paper flowers #giveaway

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Crafting isn’t my strongest skill. Though I enjoy creating, it’s very important that I have all the necessary materials at the ready. Otherwise, my crafts tend to go unfinished.  Parragon Books craft sets top my list because they contain a fully stocked kit.  Remember the Sock Monkey we shared with you?  Here’s a Flower Art version! [Read more…]

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

Disclosure: I received a screener of the movie. Opinions shared are mine.


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…]

Gatlinburg East KOA Campground in Cosby TN

For our first camping trip in Pigeon Forge, we chose Gatlinburg East KOA Campground in Cosby, TN.  There were so many options in the area that the selecting one was overwhelming!  We finally chose the KOA because it had excellent TripAdvisor reviews.  It was simple to make reservations online, and the Value Kard fee paid for itself ($30 cost, gives a 10% discount).   [Read more…]

Faithful Workouts FREE 1 year membership f4 Plan

Disclosure: I received a free membership to Faithful Workouts.  Opinions shared are mine.

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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Head to Kaye’s Kitchen for Saturday breakfast – Newland, NC

When we packed up for the Roan Mountain State Park campground last weekend, I decided not to fill the fridge with meals.  Before work, I put a roast in the slow cooker, which we enjoyed for supper the first night.  After that, we alternated between leftovers and going out for meals.  It was a real treat for me, since I didn’t need to cook and clean for our short trip.  On Saturday morning, we tried to find a new dive for breakfast.  We hit the jackpot with Kaye’s Kitchen!

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Savings for a fun day at The Island in Pigeon Forge, TN #TheIslandPF

So, when we got discounted tickets for the 7D ride at The Island in Pigeon Forge, I had NO IDEA about the other rides that were just around the corner. It was our first time going there, but I just hadn’t researched it at all.  We didn’t have time to check out the rides, so we promised the kids we’d go back the next day when we had more time.  My son was especially interested in the ropes course!

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7D Dark Ride Adventure at The Island in Pigeon Forge, TN #TheIslandPF

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We enjoyed a fun afternoon at The Island in Pigeon Forge during our recent Gatlinburg camping trip.  In fact, we enjoyed it so much we went back the next day!  We landed at The Island by happy accident, since I’d purchased Groupon package for the 7D Dark Ride Adventure.  We saw The Great Smoky Wheel and couldn’t wait to get there.   [Read more…]

Baileyton RV Park & Cabins near Greeneville TN

If you’re traveling on I-81 on the Northeast Tennessee side, and you need a place to stop, consider Baileyton RV & Cabins. We had the pleasure of staying in this campground for one week in July.  It was the first time we’d stayed at a campground without seeing it firsthand, so I was a little wary.  The TripAdvisor reviews were good and they had a high rank with Good Sam. I convinced my husband to give it a try!

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All Saints movie + Fandango #giveaway #AllSaintsFlyBy #FlyBy #AllSaintsMovie

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I received a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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