Father’s Day Gift Guide: Automatic Watches {Featured Guest @thetimebum}

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Father's Day is coming soon and you are probably scratching your head, trying to think of a gift. Sure, you could just buy him another tie, but I propose you buy him a watch instead. Not just any watch, but a mechanical automatic that uses no batteries and gets its power from his wrist. Something he will use and cherish for years to come. Don’t know an automatic watch from Adam? Never fear, The Time Bum is here to help. First, things first: what is an “automatic” watch and why would Dad want one? The engine of a watch is called a "movement," and there are two kinds of movements: mechanical and quartz. A quartz watch stores energy in a battery that powers the watch with electricity. Quartz watches took hold of the market in the 1970s, quickly becoming the most common type of watch movement, and for good reason. They are very cheap to produce, so they made it possible to sell tough, accurate watches for very little money, and very high profit. Even many very expensive, designer brand … [Read more...]

Can’t wait to share with you our Explore Branson Trip!


Please note: This post is in collaboration with my sponsored Explore Branson trip. Itinerary has been received. Bags are backed. We are so ready to take our boys on this surprise vacation to Explore Branson, MO. We took the boys to Silver Dollar City 3 years ago so they were too young to remember it all  On the itinerary are attractions that hold great childhood memories for me like Silver Dollar City and White Water. Along with Branson attractions that are new to me like Showboat Branson Belle and Titantic Museum Attraction. I can't wait to tell you all about our 4 days of family fun in Branson, MO! Have you ever been to Branson, MO? If so what is your favorite thing to do?   … [Read more...]

Monte Cristo: For the Love of grilled cheese & french toast #ad


This is a sponsored post in collaboration with my partnership as a Great Day Farms Blogger I don't know if it's just me, but I have been a bit of a lazy cook lately. Getting in a food rut really uninspires me. However, I don't always have the time to spend whipping up a gourmet like meal during the summer. Working at home and entertaining 3 kids can be quite the energy drain. With that being said, we should all keep some recipes on hand that require minimal effort and still make us proud to feed to our family! Brinner inspirations is that for me. It's cheap, quick, and delicious! Monte Cristo is our favorite brinner specialty. If you love grilled cheese and french toast, this is the recipe for you. Using Great Day Farms eggs from Walmart, I created a sweet monte cristo and... savory version for everyone! Now go to the store to get the ingredients that you don't already have in your kitchen! Then head on over to Great Day Farms to see how to make Monte Cristo here! … [Read more...]

10 Things about Me #SoFabCon14


I am getting ready to leave for SoFabCon. We have been challenged to create a "10 Things About Me" post. So here it is... This is me Here it is... 1. I have moved 7 times in the past 8 years  John works at Enterprise Holdings (Enterprise, National, & Alamo). We have to be willing to relocate for him to move up in the company. We have moved all over the midwest. I love the adventure of learning about new places. 2. Small town girl living in the City I grew up in a town of 4200 people called Baxter Springs, KS. When I was attending Pittsburg State University (30 minutes from my hometown), I met my husband John. We relocated to Little Rock, AR last December. Sadly my hometown was devastated by the April 27, 2014 tornadoes.   3. I have 3 sons  My boys are my life! Dylan is 9, Hunter is 6, and Elliott is 4. They are all so different from each other and I love that! Anyone that thinks a household of boys is drama free they haven't met mine. My oldest … [Read more...]

May Flowers Giveaway: 16GB Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Tablet PLUS a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

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Are you ready to win? Do you want the newest technology and some money to buy apps and books and other special treats? Well look no further. Because when it rains, it pours, and our April Showers have brought you some AWESOME May Flowers in the form of a HUGE giveaway! We're giving one lucky winner their very own 16GB Kindle Fire HDX 7" Tablet (ARV: $229) PLUS a $100 Amazon Gift Card! That's $329 worth of prizes, and all you have to do is enter below.   This giveaway is brought to you by your host: A Mother Thing Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Google + And your Amazing Co-Hosts: No Holding Back Facebook | Twitter | Instagram |Pinterest Diamond in the Rough Facebook | Twitter | Instagram |Pinterest We're Far From Normal Facebook | Twitter | Instagram |Pinterest Epic Mommy Adventures Facebook | Twitter | Instagram |Pinterest My Balanced Plate Facebook | Twitter | Instagram |Pinterest Look By Liz Lewis Facebook | Twitter | Instagram … [Read more...]

Eggshell Mosaic Birdhouse & other garden uses for Great Day Farms eggs #ad


  There's something about Spring that brings out my green side. I am in gardening mode now and couldn't be happier digging in the dirt with my boys! I would love to share some ways to use your leftover Great Day Farms eggshells and packaging to create a fun & healthy garden! Use Great Day Farms eggshells, egg carton, and strawberry clamshell to create a mini greenhouse here Put them crushed in you garden or compost bin to add nutrients to your soil. Don't have a compost bin? Make your own with my easy tutorial  Use brown eggshells from Great Day Farms Cage Free eggs to create this personal eggshell mosaic family tree along with canvas and assorted stampers (click here to see it)  and last but not least... Eggshell Mosaic Bird Feeder featured on Great Day Farms. Go now to see how it turned out! {click here}   … [Read more...]

Mr. Coffee® Best Coffee Maker for my #CoffeeJourneys! Millstone® coffee recipe & Giveaway too! #CollectiveBias #ad


I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias, Millstone® coffee, and Mr. Coffee® Some people like my husband consider coffee a necessity. I personally find it an indulgence. He's a "first thing in the morning must have my coffee" kind of person (love you John!). I wake up with a smile on my face sprinting to get my boys ready for school. I drink my coffee cold not because I always prefer it that way. I just can't seem to make it to the cup when it's warm. I was on a mission to find a new drip coffee maker to help me keep my schedule and have my Millstone® flavored coffee hot at 8 am with the Best Coffee Maker!  At Walmart, we found the Mr. Coffee® 10-cup Optimal Brew™ Thermal Coffee Maker and picked it up without hesitating! We had been using a single cup coffee maker, but I find it inconvenient when entertaining. Not too mention those days you just need coffee and … [Read more...]

Sharing Positivity with Bracelet Review and Giveaway #ad


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Teaching my kids to be good and caring people is what really matters to me! Constantly we discuss ways that we can do just that! As a family, we volunteer and do non-profit work to establish a positive foundation for them. I am so excited to tell you about how Positivity “Angels”  can share the Positivity with Alexa's Angels Bracelets! Check out Alexa's Angels for "Pass it on" Bundles and fundraising options too! About This product was developed after a devastating tornado hit the community of Windsor, CO, where Alexa's Angels headquarters. The bracelet sets were an immediate hit, serving as a way to keep a positive attitude and to share hope with others in the midst of tragedy. Their popularity has grown as customers find inspiration in the product and use it as a way to connect with others during times of tragedy and also for joyful occasions like weddings and family reunions. They make perfect gifts for friends, … [Read more...]

Show your kids how to be a real life Super Hero with The Super Run #ad


Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Having fun as a family is what it is all about for us! We reuse our Halloween costumes to celebrate Super Hero Sundays or Star Wars Saturday. It just wouldn't be the same without Mom & Dad participating as well! I think it is so important to teach our kids how fun healthy living can be! One of our favorite ways to stay active together are doing 5ks as a family! What's so great about The Super Run is that by participating you are becoming a real life superhero -both in the way you dress (with your superhero cape of course!) and in your actions by supporting your local non-profit community. The Super Run has over 20 locations nationally, with more coming soon! What separates us from other events is that you can select the non-profit that you’d like your fundraising efforts to benefit. We want to spread the word to all non-profits that we’re here to help. WHO: The Super Run® WHAT: A family-friendly fun run that … [Read more...]

Feelin’ SoFabulous #3: Finding balance #SoFabulous #SoFabCon


This is the 3rd post on my journey to be SoFabulous for SoFabCon (click here to see the other posts). When we look through the window at others' lives, we often feel like we are missing something. Comparing ourselves to others' is the biggest flaw we can have. The slight glimpse we get into someone's life is just that...  a slight glimpse. They seem to have the perfect family, but maybe they can't get it together financially. They have a dream job, but their home life is suffering as a result. You get the idea that things are not always as they seem. We all have areas that we excel and others that take more effort to make it all happen. Being a working (whether at home or not) mom is not always as easy as it looks. Over the past 3 years, I have had to work hard to figure out a way to be well-balanced. Three years ago, I was a mom of 3 boys (age 1, 3, 6) with a really messy house who just started blogging. At first, I thought what was I thinking!?! How can I manage a blog when … [Read more...]