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I’m Speaking My Cat’s Love Language with Fancy Feast® Broths

Cat Waiting for Fancy Feast Broths

Today I want to formally introduce you to my cat, Roxy.  We talked a little about her last week and I'm excited for you to see her a little more today!  Roxy was my first baby - she was a stray that I found as a Senior in High School and she blended into my family perfectly then and still does now.  However, she takes more of a back seat these days, but she's pretty happy that way. You see - Roxy is an older [I whispered so she wouldn't hear] and bigger, or shall we say fluffier, cat who doesn't get excited over much these days.  Oh, but I know one thing that gets this 13 year old kitty cat excited, which just happens to be why I was thrilled at the opportunity to try out Fancy Feast® Broths as a part of this sponsored post program. I talk a lot about how we're taking small steps to green our whole family and just how that's … [Read more...]

Kids + Electronics + SIMPLR™ = No More Worries for this Mom [+ $150 Amazon GC Giveaway - 30 Winners!]

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf SIMPLR™. There is one thing that's certain as a parent of two young toddlers - things will get broke.  Actually things will get broken, spilled on, dropped, sat on, and dunked in toilets.  I know there's plenty of ways to ruin everything in your house, but you get the idea.  I can't tell you how many things I've just chalked up to "It happens with kids." A few items that I don't want to add to that column are our price-y electronics.  Sure, I know they are just stuff, but they're stuff that we've invested quite a bit of money in so I try to take precaution.  We have covers on our iPhones and iPads, rules that they are only to be used sitting down, and rules of now food or drink near them, but hey, I know I can get a little lax on those rules sometimes. Which is why I'm … [Read more...]

Beauty Tips for Southern Ladies Graced with ALLERGY FACE®


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ZYRTEC®. I don't know when it happened, but as some point my seasonal allergies became yearly allergies.  I feel like I never get a good break with the runny nose, watery and puffy eyes, and the constant drainage.  I know, I know.  A blog post with a beautiful picture of a flower at the top shouldn't start out talking about drainage, but unfortunately those beautiful flowers are exactly what cause those symptoms for me. Last month when we were driving back from the Beach, we all laughed because I swear the minute we crossed the Tennessee state line, I started sneezing! I have just faced that living in east Tennessee means I'm going to be continually dealing with allergies, but luckily with a little help from Zyrtec® and tips from celebrity makeup artist, Jamie Greenberg, I won't … [Read more...]

Sweet Tea in a Mason Jar: It’s a Southern Breeze Thing

Southern Breeze Sweet Tea Mason Jar

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Southern Breeze Sweet Tea. It's no secret that I'm a Southern Girl.  I've shared with you time and time again that I love living in east Tennessee - at the foot of the mountains in the South. There are so many, many things to love about living in the South - the friendly neighbors, the slow pace of living, but one thing that tops just about everyone's list that are both natives and transplants is... the food.  I can talk to you about Southern and Fried Foods all day long, but there's one thing that you'll almost always see on the table next to any good Southern meal, oh you know what I'm talking about... Tea! Not just any tea, mind you.  Sweet Iced Tea.  If you go to a restaurant and ask for unsweetened Tea, sure you'll get it, but if you order "Tea", it'll come sweet because … [Read more...]

Snacking Smart and Staying Healthy

Pistachios on Desk

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Pistachio Health Institute. One of my least favorite parts of my day is nap time.  Oh, don't get me wrong, I love being able to focus on myself [ie writing, doing laundry, washing dishes] while the girls are asleep, but I always hit a slump.  There's something about midday, when it's quiet, that just makes me want to snack. Snacking doesn't always have to be bad, of course, except that so often the unhealthy snacks seem to be easier to grab for most of us, right?  I've been really striving to eat healthy, be more active and just be happier in my skin so I'm making lifestyle choices and choices at the grocery store to make the good snack choices easier! One of my current favorite snacks is Pistachios!  Who knew a little green nut could be so satisfying!? I have been … [Read more...]

It’s So Easy Eating Green: Love an Avocado Today

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Hass Avocado Board. I'm not really sure what has happened in the past couple of years in my life to make me love green foods as much as I do now!  Maybe it's looking at the color on the screen every day when I visit SEBG?  Probably not.  It definitely has to do with a greater understanding of just how much food and healthy food choices affect my body, energy level, and quality of life. In addition to a new found love for Brussels Sprouts, Asparagus, and Juicing Kale and Spinach comes another lovely green food that I just can't seem to get enough of... Avocados! Honestly, my favorite way to eat an avocado is plain, well, with just a sprinkle of salt.  I love to spread it on crackers, tortillas, and even use it as a sandwich spread substitute! I even blogged awhile back … [Read more...]

Getting Back on the Fit Wagon


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of NUTRILITE®. I fell off the wagon this year folks.  The "I'm going to get healthy, keep off this baby weight, and eat right" wagon.  Last year I did so well with my running and exercising.  I got down to only 5 pounds from my total goal weight of a 20 pound weight loss!  It was incredible!  I felt great, had so much energy, truly loved myself and how I looked. Then  in the Winter, the laziness and weight crept back on slowly.  Now, I haven't gained it all back - thankfully, but honestly I have no clue how much I have gained back.  I haven't stepped on my bathroom scale in months, fearful of what the numbers will say.  I'm not trying at all.  I sit, complain, mope about how I look and feel and do absolutely nothing. Totally makes sense, right? No, no it doesn't. But it's going to … [Read more...]

I’m Opening Up about Sinus Pressure #SudafedOpenUp


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sudafed. This post could not have come at a better time for me as I sit with tissues all around for a stuffy and runny nose at the same time.  Please explain to me how that is possible.  I also sit with a cotton ball in one ear because I'm pretty sure the sinus pressure has traveled elsewhere. In fact, I took out a little frustration on my sinus pressure by sketching out exactly how I feel with the Sudafed OPEN UP™ app on Facebook this afternoon... The most obvious thing you can tell from my sketch is... I'm not exactly Picasso, right?  But it's truly how I feel - I can't tell you if my nose is going to run or be stuffy 5 minutes from now and if my head feels like it's being hit with a sledgehammer or exploding at the same time.  Tell me - how can a little sinus pressure … [Read more...]

Grilling, Garden, and Grapeseed Oil

jalapeno peach shrimp skewers

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian Olive Oil. There are two things my family is enjoying outside this summer in our backyard... our garden and our grill! We purchased a new grill at the beginning of the season because we went all Summer without one last year and just knew we couldn't do it again.  Grilling is both Rob and I's favorite way to prepare foods any time of the year - but especially Summer.  There's less mess inside the house, less heating up the inside of the house, and food just tastes better to me when cooked over an open flame! Some of our favorite foods to grill are Corn on the Cob {in Husks}, Hamburgers, Marinated Fruits, and Kabobs!  Rob is really the grilling master.  Although I do pretty good, I often tend to not season the food … [Read more...]

The Sparkling Truth about Motherhood


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glaceau fruitwater®. From the outside, looking in motherhood is totally rosy.  Don't get me wrong, it is pretty grand.  But there are times when I think, "Really?  Realllly..." You know the time when Sophia littered our entire living room with crinkled red paper. Perhaps I had those thoughts on days like this one when I let go of control so a toddler can experiment with using a spoon. Or when crazy shenanigans always seem to happen around the Tide box!?  Like a mouse being hidden by Sophia or Miss Moreaya {being way too quiet one morning} trying to wash cloth diapers herself!? But guess what - those moments are very few and far between.  Ok, not that far between because my house is … [Read more...]

Reflecting on Our Organic Gardening Journey


I was inspired to write this Organic Gardening series after partnering with The Home Depot.  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Home Depot. My Organic Gardening series is coming to a close, but it's still far from over in real life.  We're just now getting to see the real fruits of our labor.  The only plant producing in our garden right now is our strawberries - we're still waiting on all those delicious tomatoes, peppers, and herbs.  Actually the herbs are getting to the point that they're ready to be collected so I've been googling and searching Pinterest on how to do just that.  I've also been reading up on the task through the Home Depot Garden Club to see just how to collect the herbs, as well as dry them. It's hard to believe … [Read more...]

Alternative to Metal Braces {and Grade School Yearbook Pictures!}


This post was inspired by partnerting with Invasaign.  This is a sponsored post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I know one of the biggest expenses for my parents, other than my education obviously, was my orthodontics.  Apparently my mouth wasn't quite large enough {although some of my grade school teachers would probably disagree} for all of those adult teeth I was getting! Yep - I totally went there with a yearbook picture! My husband was the same and wore metal braces for over two years, which leads me to believe that our girls will endure orthodontics in the future as well.  It has me preparing for the future and reflecting on my own journey with orthodontic dental history, which lasted for FIVE years! In 5th grade, I wore a "lip … [Read more...]