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Green Mountain Gringo’s #TastefullyCrafted Contest


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Green Mountain Gringo all-natural chips and salsa for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. When I say something is Tastefully Crafted what do you think of?  Do you think of deliciously blended foods, a warm cup of coffee, a piece of artwork that hangs on your wall, or a beautiful flower bed that sits in front of your house? I think of all those and so much more.  I guess it's the time of my life when my girls really are my world.  Everything we do as a family or as individuals resolves around Sophia and Moreaya.  As I have shared numerous times, Sophia is now in Pre-K and every day I just see her flourish.  She's growing right before my eyes and I just don't know when it happened.  It was like I blinked and she became a young lady.  Sure, still a very young age at 4, but her mind … [Read more...]

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...]

DIY Frozen Yogurt Pops [Summer Fun with Stonyfield]

Frozen Yogurt and Fruit Pops

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own. Summer is in full swing - it's hot and the girls are loving that they can cool down with cold treats.  The only problem with that is - they ask for cold treats all.the.time.  So, after seeing my blogger friend Ruth's post about making her own Fruit Ice Pops, I was inspired to put a Stonyfield twist and make our own Frozen Yogurt Pops!  That way, the girls could enjoy as many frozen treats as they wanted because I would know exactly what was in them - and they're healthy and delicious! I decided to make these super simple, but there are so many variations you could choose.  A fellow Stonyfield Yo-Getter actually made Peanut Butter and Jelly Popsicles that I'm dying to try!  For our Frozen Yogurt Pops, I stuck with 2 different kinds of pureed fruit - … [Read more...]

How to Throw a RAWRsome Dinosaur Birthday Party

RAWRsome Dinosaur Party

[tps_header] It's been about 2 months since Sophia turned 4 so it's about time I shared her fantastically RAWR-some Dinosaur Birthday Party with you, don't you think!? Sophia's been an independent thinker since she was 1.  No, really, she has.  As I was preparing for her 2nd Birthday Party, I decided on a Dora theme because she was completely in love with Dora at the time and in her little 1 year old voice she proclaimed she did not want a Dora Party, she wanted a Mickey Mouse Party.  Even at a ripe age of 24 months, I knew that if she walked into her Birthday Party and it wasn't Mickey, I would never hear the end of it.  So, Mickey Mouse she got. Then, last year she requested a Disney Princess theme so I took a fun, personalized spin and make it a Princess Tea Party. The week before her 3rd birthday she fell in love with … [Read more...]

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All Your Holiday Photos in One Everalbum


This conversation about preserving holiday photos was inspired by a collaboration with Everalbum.  All opinions expressed are my own. Since today is a great American Holiday, I thought we should talk about preserving Holiday Photos! - If you're like me, and most people in this digital age, you have pictures everywhere.  I have printed pictures in a box in the top of the girls' closet waiting to be put into an album [they've been waiting for about 3 years], pictures on my iPhone that I just can't bear to delete, pictures on an external hard drive that need to be organized, and probably a few more places that I don't even remember! Even worse - I back up my iPhone pictures, which is where I take the most pictures, but then I'm scared that my computer might break and I'll lose all of my pictures that I backed up.  Photographs are … [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...]

Green Kid Crafts: Summer Edition

Green Kid Crafts Summer

Thanks to Green Kid Crafts for providing us with an eco friendly craft subscription box to facilitate this review.  All opinions are my own. Y'all know how I love Green Kid Crafts, right?!  Well, I'm excited to share with you some crafts that have been keeping my girls busy this Summer! The latest box from Green Kid Crafts that the girls have received is Interesting Insects - and it's been a BIG hit.  This box came with 3 pretty time consuming crafts, which are perfect for our family because it's so much better when a craft lasts longer than 5 minutes, right?! Within the box, the girls received a fun new chart to track their boxes from Green Kid Crafts - each box will now come with a sticker so they can see the crafts, at a glance, and remember what they've worked on.  Interesting Insects fit perfectly in our lives right now … [Read more...]

Presenting Aluminyze: A New Kind of Art to Preserve Memories

Aluminyze Portrait

Thanks to Aluminyze for sponsoring this conversation and for the portrait that helped facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed are my own. There are so many ways that families can choose to preserve family memories - printed pictures, digital frames, canvas prints, and one of the newest forms, to me, is on aluminum plates. Aluminyze is a totally unique and revolutionary form of artwork for your walls... or desk or phone or... well, the possibilities are almost endless!  I chose to have a picture printed from our recent family beach vacation to cherish the memory and have a more recent photograph of the girls in our home. I ordered our print easily on the site.  I simply uploaded a picture from my iPhone [although they suggest you use higher quality images, I was pleasantly impressed with the quality of my plaque … [Read more...]

Swing into Summer with the Brylane Home Family Swing

Brylane Home Swing Review

Thank you to Brylane Home for sending a Family Swing to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed are my own. We spend a lot of time outdoors... a lot.  That's why I love living where we live because we have a large backyard for the girls to roam and roam they do!  Luckily they're getting to the age where they can roam without me being right on top of them so I've been looking for ways to lounge a little lazily, but still be able to keep them in full sight.  Sure - lounging in my Zero Gravity Chair is where you'll usually find me, but sometimes a girl just wants to swing! Boy, did I get my wish with our new Brylane Home Extra Wide Textured Vinyl 3-Seat Swing!  It arrived at our house just a little over a week ago and I begged Rob to help me put it together this past weekend.  Once we saw the box I was glad that I had begged … [Read more...]

5 Easy Ways to Green Your Laundry Routine

Green Your Laundry Routine

Thanks to Simple Green for sponsoring today's discussion about 5 easy ways to Green Your Laundry Routine. It's a chore that most of us, especially Moms, do almost daily.  Lucky for me, Laundry is a chore that I really kind of enjoy?  Yeah, I said that as a question because people usually look at me like I have 2 heads when I say it.  It's true, though, stick me in the Laundry Room all day and I'll be happy... make me clean 1 shower, and you're in for it! Perhaps one reason that I enjoy doing laundry is because I really have perfected my routine.  I take pride in the fact that I've made some easy green steps with this chore and today I'm sharing with you 5 super easy ways to green your laundry routine! Wash in Cold Water Not only will you save on your energy bill, you'll notice that your clothes will come out just as clean when … [Read more...]

Natural Skincare Products from Four Cow Farm

Four Cow Farm Review

Y'all know I like to try out new products, right?  I'm always on the search for products that make my life a little easier and green-er, so when Four Cow Farm approached me with the idea to review their products, at no charge to me, I graciously accepted.  After a few minutes looking around their site, well, how could I not?! Four Cow Farm is a real farm named after our four bovine lodgers. Nestled amongst the lush farmland of the Blackall Range of S.E. Queensland, you can learn more about our farm, our ingredients and Nanna's range of hand-crafted baby skincare here. Although the products and the Four Cow Farm are located in Queensland, they have a U.S. online store that you can shop from any time - with orders over $49 shipping free and fast!  Now, I know you want to see the natural skincare products, right?  They all feature … [Read more...]

Preventing Eczema Flare Ups with CLn Skin Care Products

CLn Bath Routine

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for CLn Skin Care. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. It's no secret that both of my girls have battled with eczema throughout their young lives because I've shared our struggles with you several times.  We've been able to figure out a few triggers, but still sometimes the girls will have a flare up and I simply just don't know why or how to really make it go away.  So, I have found that the best way to control their eczema flare ups is to avoid them altogether, makes sense, right!? Sadly, they're not alone - did you know that eczema is a disease that affects 30 million Americans and 20% of children?!  I'm completely intrigued on why the numbers of eczema are so high and … [Read more...]