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A bit about me, my children, my writing, my life.

Bear and I!

Bear is now 3 years old, we rescued him from our local animal shelter December of 2014! Read about his adoption and always check with your local shelter when looking to adopt a loveable pet!

Adopting a Cat

Meet Jingles our newest furry friend and read about his adoption story!



Today Remember This

~Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.~ 1 Corinthians 13:4

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Meal Prep Must have - Meet your Master

Ultimate 3-in-1 Bundle

SmartPrep's 3 in 1 bundle for food preparing is the ultimate must have in your kitchen. Preparing food regardless if its for your lunch, dinner, or even the children's school lunch is now made so much easier with this bundle. I'm a Mom and I like to be able to prepare my own meals due to my diet and I'm even using this for my children for when school starts back as it  has enough room for their dietary needs. These are good for packing and preparing meals, on-the-go, packing a picnic lunch, this is your must have meal prep set!

Let me tell you what all is included in this awesome bundle! A slim HD tempered glass digital scale, which will help to portion out and weigh your food to be placed in the 1 of the 10 snap tight containers. The containers are made out of very firm and sturdy plastic, very durable! The scale can weigh accurately from 0.05oz to 12lbs (1g to 5750g). The 3 section meal containers feature the following: 32oz: 8oz, 8oz & 16oz sections. The containers are also microwave safe, freezer safe, and dishwasher safe for re-use! Added bonus is that they are BPA and DHEP free!

Digital HD Scale

Making a salad? Slicing some veggie pasta? Included is a super cool SpiralBuddy® Premium Vegetable Spiralizer. The SpiralBuddy® Premium Vegetable Spiralizer has 4 blade sizes made of stainless steel.

Looking for some meal prep ideas and ways to effectively use your SpiralBuddy? This set includes a BONUS of 2 free e-books titled: The Easy Guide to Meal Prep for Fat Loss & Muscle Gain & Delicious & Healthy Spiralizer Recipes.

If your not completely satisfied you are obligated to a full 30 day refund but I'm sure you will love this bundle because its one of the best ones I've seen on the market for the amount of products and the quality.

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I received this product at a discount for my honest and unbiased review. All thoughts are personally mine, I test out everything personally that I buy before writing up my review to help ensure that you are getting my honest opinion on the product(s).  Affiliate links may be included in this post.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Pop Star Minnie DVD Giveaway

Win a copy of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Pop Star Minnie on DVD

Hosted by A Medic's World

   Hop Aboard The Magical, Musical, Clubhouse Tour Bus! with the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Pop Star Minnie DVD. Minnie’s dream of singing onstage is about to come true — until her Clubhouse back-up band pals discover that their musical instruments are gone!

Now, the race is on to track them down and reach Melody Mountain by sunset. But, even if they find the missing instruments in time, should Minnie sing the blues, croon a country tune or boogie to a disco beat?

 It’s going to take help from YOU – plus a few Mouseketools – to get Minnie in the right groove to totally rock out! Bursting with fun, surprises, and four more exciting adventures, Pop Star Minnie is simply song-sational! Comes with an Inflatable Guitar, so that the little one's can play along with the video. How cool is that? A Medic's World and blogs like mine are happy to offer you a chance to win this wonderful DVD that the whole family is sure to love.

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Pop Star Minnie on DVD Giveaway hosted by A Medic's World Good Luck, have a great day!

Giveaway is open to U.S. Residents 18 years of age or older. A Medic's World nor any of the other bloggers were paid for this post. Click-Comm PR is responsible for prize delivery. Giveaway Ends 1/29 at 11:59pm EST. Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, are not associated with this giveaway in any way. Winner will have 24 hours from winning email sent to respond. If not, a new winner will be selected.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Happy New Year #2016 #HappyNewYear


(picture is drawn by my daughter *Laney Doll)

The beach is on her To Do in the New Year List. 

She is a simple and humble child.

I asked her several times if that was all she wanted to do in 2016 and her answer again and again was to go to the Beach! 

She loves the ocean, the sand, swimming, and the sun! 

Who doesn't love beach fun?

(*names changed for privacy reasons)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Decorating for Christmas 2015

We went "live" this year! Our tree is from Mountain Boy Trees a family company who has been in the Christmas Tree business for over 40 years in North Carolina.. 

The kids had a great time helping to decorate. We went with clear lights, blue & silver balls (shatterproof of course due to the cats), and other special ornaments we've had throughout the years. 

We water our tree daily and Mountain Boy Trees says the key to having a live tree until Valentine's is plenty of water and re-cut the bottom!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Healthy Girls, Energy Balance, and the Girl Scouts #HealthyHabits

Let's get our Health on Girls!!!

Summer is here, that means getting outside, being active and having fun! I have some great tips for this summer for all girls thanks to the Girl Scouts and The Together Counts Program on how to incorporate healthy habits along with healthy lifestyles this Summer! 

Thanks to the Mom It Forward Blogger Net-work I bring you this post. This post is compensated by the Together Counts/Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital for my participation in this campaign. All opinions are solely my own.

The Girl Scouts have teamed up with the Together Counts Program to promote Energy Balance.

In partnership with the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, the Girl Scouts developed three "healthy habits" booklets to easily incorporate energy balance into meetings, outings, events and adventures. The free booklets help guide girls as they learn to lead active, healthy lifestyles.

Download these Healthy Habits Program & Booklets  (Daisy, Brownie, and Junior booklets)  for free:  Through the use of these free resources for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors, Girl Scout volunteers and families can guide girls in fun, easy ways to achieve "energy balance."

  • Between Earth & Sky Healthy Habits - girls learn about the many plants, trees, and animals that flourish in nature, and also build important leadership skills.
  • WOW! Wonders of Water with Healthy Habits - girls discover the many forms and paths that water takes and how to protect it. They also learn how to engage in teamwork, speak effectively to convey a message, and inspire others
  • Get Moving! with Healthy Habits - girls learn how to use their energy to protect Earth’s energy and build important leadership skills. Tips for Creating your Energy Balance this Summer:
Nature is a perfect place to start! Nature has so much to offer for fit and fab fun! Your local park typically has playgrounds, walking tracks, nature trails, fishing, camping, paddle boating, and outdoor sports. The Pool - In our area we have splash pads, community pools, member based pools and even a water-park nearby! Swimming and water sports are great ways to keep cool in the hot summer days all while keeping active! Don't forget the sunscreen!

Outdoor Sports/Games: Soccer, volleyball, tennis, the list goes on and on and many programs are available every summer in your area. Getting kids active with sports is a great way to incorporate energy balance. Get creative with outdoor games. Pitch up a volleyball net, badminton, shoot some hoops. Some games my family like to play are simple and fun like Four Square. Four Square just takes chalk, a lightweight bouncy ball, and 4 people. Its a fast paced game that keeps you moving!

Farm Fresh Fruits & Veggies - Our kids love checking out our local farmers market and farms in the area. Most of the farms carry a wide variety of in-season vegetables and fruit, dairy farms have milk and ice cream, and most allow tours for free! Its a good way to get the kids involved in making healthy food choices and helps to support local farmers. This would be an easy way to teach variety of good food choices by incorporating new foods that are good for your energy balance. #HealthyHabits

My daughter Laney Doll joined the Girl Scouts last Fall as a Daisy. The Girl Scouts is a great program for girls, their mission gives girls the opportunity to grow, explore, and have fun. They are very active in their missions with camping, crafts, outdoor activities, volunteering their time to help out others, and empowering girls of today. Its more than just selling cookies and earning badges, girls build confidence, stay active, and learn a lot of valuable lessons in the scouts!

Health and fitness have been part of Girl Scouting since girls ran foot races back in 1912! Camping has always been what everyone thinks about when you hear anyone mention the Girl Scouts.

The Girl Scouts' leadership program is girl-led. Girl scouts have great guidance from caring adult mentors. Mom's! you can volunteer! They have training courses online and in classroom settings available. If Girl Scouts is something that you are interested in click here to find your areas local council.

About the Together Counts Program: 

The Together Counts program is nationwide and provided by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation to inspire active and healthy living via physical activity and nutrition, a fundamental underpinning of efforts to reduce obesity. The principle behind the program is called Energy Balance, which just means balancing the calories we consume with the calories we expend. 

Energy In: The Calories you get from eating and drinking.

Energy Out: The Calories you burn from physical activities. 

About the Girl Scouts of the Nation:
The Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital is a nonprofit membership organization serving over 90,000 members grades K-12. Girl Scouting helps girls to develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and to provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others. 

Links of Interest to keep in the loop with Girl Scouts of the Nation & Together Counts:

  • Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital Twitter: On Twitter, GSNC shares council information including awards, resources, highlights from council events and volunteering opportunities.
  • Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital Facebook: Similar to Twitter, the GSNC Facebook page shares photo albums of troop activities, news from around the region, and partner content from Together Counts.
  • Together Counts Website –The website is consumer friendly—aimed at parents and educators and provides resources, tips, recipes and more.
  • Together Counts Blog – The Together Counts blog is the main source of all consumer-friendly news including HWCF campaigns, announcements and content from HWCF partners around the topic of healthy eating habits and incorporating more physical activity.
  • Together Counts Twitter – On Twitter, Together Counts shares everything from digital assets (video, infographics) to industry or conference news related to food in addition to campaign and partner news.
  • Together Counts Pinterest – Together Counts’ resource for sharing recipe inspiration from across the network, family activity ideas and pins from partners that relate to family eating and activity including Girl Scouts, Healthy Dining Finders, etc.

We are partnering with Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital and Together Counts. The client’s partnership is with Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital, not Girl Scouts of the USA.  Together Counts is a program by the “Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation” .