Friday, August 29, 2014

Choosing and Purchasing New Furniture- My Sauder Experience

I haven't purchased a new piece of furniture for my home in a very long time. Why? Because I usually keep myself on a strict budget and of course being a DIYer I like to "just see what I can come up with". However, my front room has been in need of a serious makeover for years, so when I had the opportunity to choose and purchase a brand new piece of furniture from Sauder I was so excited! I knew I wouldn't have to adjust, paint, fix, or do anything to my new furniture, simply choose it, order it, assemble it, and enjoy it.

Although I do like to be thrifty, I also know that when purchasing a new piece of furniture, I don't want to skimp on style but, I do still want to be budget conscious. Thankfully, the Sauder experience is just right for my goals.

Monday, August 25, 2014

PicMonkey Tutorial- How to Create a Simple Circle Graphic with Curved Text

For Church Kids Camp this year one of the special costume nights was "Twin Night" so I decided to make twin shirts for all four boys and the two counselors (my hubby being one of them) in my son's group. Yes, I know a set of six babies are not called twins, they're called sextuplets but that would've been really awkward on these shirts, yes? So, for the purpose and fun of this costume night, I made shirts for TWINS 1-6.

Make it a Date Night at Bonefish Grill! #HelloNewMenu

One of my husband Dave and my most favorite dinner spots for date night is Bonefish Grill. I remember how excited I was years ago when I heard they were opening one of these restaurants in my city, and ever since it's been on our go-to spot list. Bonefish Grill sets the perfect romantic ambiance for date night with your love or a fun mood for Girls Night Out. Beyond the atmosphere, the food has always been the perfect portions and absolutely delicious.

The food selections are always wonderful but Dave and I heard about the new menu Bonefish Grill has launched, and knew date night this week would be the perfect time to try it out. We had been blessed with a gift card, so we got the babysitter to the house and headed out for a nice evening. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Orkin Scientific Back-to-School PRIZE PACK Giveaway! #OrkinMan

This post and giveaway is sponsored by PartnersHub Family & Orkin Pest Control

I'm not sure if I've ever really questioned what I knew about bugs. I mean, you grow up and hear from your parents, teachers, whoever, certain bits of information that you assume are fact and you take those facts with you into adulthood.

“Daddy longlegs are poisonous.”
“Mosquitoes prefer adults over children.”
“Ants can survive underwater.”

Saturday, August 23, 2014

{Weekend Reads} With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden


Elizabeth Camden has done it again- she's brought intricate characters to life straight from America's past.
After reading With Every Breath, I feel like I walked the streets of our nations capitol, had dinner at one of the most famous boardinghouses in the area, and worked side by side our main characters in Washington Memorial Hospital, all while in 1891.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Little Critter books for Kids: We All Need Forgiveness and Being Thankful {Book Set Giveaway}

The Little Critter books have been favorites of mine since I was a little girl. It's always great fun to read with my kids the same stories I enjoyed. It's also exciting that there are new Little Critter books still being made today. The Inspired Kids books are a faith-based series teaching young ones timeless messages and strong morals featuring our favorite Little Critter characters.

The two newest in the series are
*ages 4-7
*Faith-inspired message shows kids the importance 
of thankfulness and forgiveness
*Available in both softcover ($3.99) and board book ($9.99)

Monday, August 18, 2014

*Making Healthy Choices* Free Printable Lunchbox Notes and Incentive Coupons for Kids #HorizonB2S

It's back to school time already. Like many other parents out there, I'm with you in wondering where in the world the time went. Also like most parents I want to help my kids have a great year, learn and grow, make new friends, and healthy choices.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

It's Game Time! Q's Race to the Top Board Game #Qsracetothetop

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and EQtainment, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #Qsracetothetop http://my-­

Does your family enjoy board games? Our youngest son is a board game enthusiast. I can't count the hours we've spent playing games with him and my other children. While we've never really set one particular evening aside as an official "Game Night", we tend to have them quite frequently. It's been fun seeing the types of games we enjoy change over the years. If your family is like mine and enjoys similar time together, you've probably come to realize like I have that this time is precious and can create great opportunities for open conversation while also being educational.

The value of this quality time hasn't gone unnoticed by game creators EQtainment. Their new Q Wunder Board Game- Q's Race to the Top is created specifically for the purpose of improving your children's emotional intelligence, or emotional quotent.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Josh's Young Justice Robin Costume- His Newest All-Time Favorite Costume EVER!

All these years I thought I was a cool mom to my boys because I know my super heroes. I mean, my oldest boy is 14 so I've been immersed in them for over a good decade. They've always had a blast with fun costumes of their favorite heroes. They've made great imaginative play over the years, so I thought I knew all of them.

However, I got a bit schooled by my third grader Josh when I let him choose a new batman themed costume from Anytime Costumes. To my surprise, even with the fabulous selection of batman costumes, he chose Robin, The Boy Wonder. But not just any Robin, Young Justice Robin.

Friday, August 8, 2014

No-Bake Oatmeal M&M Bites {Recipe} And why I love my KitchenMade™ #MeasuringCups

As my kids have grown older, I've found myself spending so much more time in the kitchen than I used to be able to. It's been fun discovering new recipes and a passion for cooking I never even knew I had. With the kids starting back to school, I've experimented with recipes from here and there across the internet and have created a great after school snack- No-Bake Oatmeal M&M bites. Yummy!

I didn't realize I'd become a fan of stainless steel in the kitchen.  I don't mean the appliances, I'm talking about the stuff you use to prepare and cook with. My thoughts were always that one type of bowl is the same as the other. Not so. Over the years, I've been able to collect a set of mixing bowls, cookware, and my newest favorite- KitchenMade™ stainless steel measuring cups. 
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