Space Boy and His Dog by Dian Curtis Regan {Giveaway}

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Upon first glance, I knew
Space Boy and His Dog by Dian Curtis Regan would capture my kids attention.
The clever combination of comic book style writing & colorful illustrations, outer space, a bit of sibling rivalry, and the promise of a grand adventure, and my boys were hooked from the beginning. 

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Layered Taco Salad Dip- Easy, Last Minute Summer Potluck Dish

Monday, August 3, 2015

"Hey mom, by the way, that party for band that starts in an hour? Yeah, I just remembered it's potluck and I need to bring a dish".

Teenagers. Mine in particular, loves to wait until the last minute to remember little details like, oh, an entire dish he needs to bring somewhere in an hour.
Lucky for him, I already had ingredients for this easy and delicious layered taco salad dip, which also doubles as a summer dinner dish for my family, so I made him one for his party.

It really is easy though, and even if you don't have all the ingredients on hand, chances are you have some things that will make good substitutes (or even extra layers if you should have everything plus some).


One 16oz can fat free refried beans
1 lb ground beef or turkey
1 taco seasoning packet
1 15 oz jar of cheese queso (your favorite flavor)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded lettuce
5-8 cherry or grape tomatoes sliced
Torilla chips


Heat refried beans until warm, layer on bottom of 9x13 dish
Cook ground meat, drain, and mix taco seasoning according to package instructions. Layer on top of refried beans.
Heat queso dip until warm, pour over ground meat for next layer.
Sprinkle 3/4 C shredded cheddar cheese over queso.
Layer shredded lettuce next, top with sliced tomatoes and remaining cheddar cheese.
Serve with tortilla chips.
Tastes great while bottom layers are still warm, or can also be refrigerated until cool (really, just your personal preference).

Additional layer & topping suggestions:

Black beans
Spanish rice
Sour cream
Chopped onion
Black olives
Fresh chopped cilantro

I like to put my dish on a large tray and surround it with chips. This may seem like a sparse dinner, but paired with black beans and rice, it becomes a great warm weather dish. We love to eat it outside on the patio, and everyone can help themselves.

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Flea Markets and Antiquing at Lake Okoboji, Iowa

Friday, July 31, 2015

I asked someone once where I could find a really nice flea market around, and they looked at me funny and replied that there was no such thing. 
Well thrifters, vintage and antique fanatics, treasure hunters, junkers, up cyclers, and whatever else we want to call ourselves know that there is most definitely such thing

I've always been a little envious of one of my friends who grew up in the midwest, because she was always telling me how great the vintage and thrift shopping is there. I never really knew what she meant until 
our recent family vacation to the Lake Okoboji, Iowa area, and I was able to see for myself the array of vintage, antique, and unique treasures that we don't see often here in the South.

We did a little research and realized the Treasure Village Flea Market would be open during the 4th of July while we were in the area, so we added it to our must-visit list. Well I did anyway, my husband and sons faithfully tagged along.

It was set up very well, a bit quaint and a little quirky, but I loved it! The vendors were so nice, the weather was perfect (well, maybe a little humid the day we were there), and there were most definitely treasures to behold! 

We shopped a few more antique shops in the area, but fell in love with the Antique Mall. The place was unassuming from the outside, and I almost didn't even go in. But I'm so happy we did. So are the vendors, because we spent our fair share of money. But treasure hunters all know, you only regret the purchases you didn't make, right?

My daughter and I could've spent hours browsing here, there was so much to see. Like many antique stores, some vendors were over crowed, others were just right. But that's the thrill of the hunt, browsing and looking, seeing something new every time you look.

My favorite things to find are wooden crates, large glass jugs, and milk glass, and we found a little of it all.
What about you readers, do you have a favorite that you look for when you shop vintage? I'd love to know! 

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The Song of David by Amy Harmon {Summer Reading Series} #TagTeam

Monday, July 27, 2015

The next book up from my recommended 
Summer reading series is The Song of David by Amy Harmon.
I'll be honest, I finished this book a month ago and have waited until I was in the right head space to write my review. You see, it's the type of unconventional story that makes you think. It makes you ponder, and it takes a minute to actually put your feelings together (and oh, there are so many).
The Song of David follows The Law of Moses, and I highly recommend you read that first. This story is about David 'Tag' Taggert, whom we met as a supporting character in The Law of Moses.

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A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer {Summer Reading Series}

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Courage and determination come packaged in many ways. In A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer, Charlotte Atherton and Stone Hammond are as different and as can be, but each are uniquely brave as they learn to stretch their boundaries of trust, both in each other and in the Lord.

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The Perfect Graduation Gift for the Girl Who Has Everything

Friday, June 26, 2015
I received a Wendell August product for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

My daughter
just graduated high school at the beginning of June. Finding her the perfect gift wasn't easy. She has what she needs, and never really asks for much. One thing I knew she'd like, because she loves custom unique gifts, is the Upcycled Hydrangea Monogram Bracelet made by Wendell August. 
This is a new company to me, and this gorgeous bracelet is the first thing I've ever ordered from them. 

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