Bigelow Tea Rub Ribs: Sweet Tea!


Please note: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias Labor Day is almost here! For most of us grilling and a day off come to mind when we think of Labor Day. However, there's more to it than that. We need to remember the men and women who have fought for us! Bigelow Tea is All American: 100% American made by an American Family; an American Company for the American consumer. Available at an American Retailer - Walmart. Bigelow #AmericasTea seems like the perfect way to celebrate Labor Day! Did you know that Bigelow Tea has a program for the  Troops?  Their Bigelow Tea Troops Program has sent almost 4 million bags of tea have been sent to troops overseas! Last year I had the pleasure of visiting Charleston Tea Plantation: America's only Tea Garden. Bigelow Tea Guests are invited to the Charleston Tea Plantation for weddings, tours and even a variety of music festivals. It’s a tea-riffic way … [Read more...]

Palmolive Dish Soap Ideas: Scratch Off Cards #Palmolive25ways #cbias


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias The end of summer is a hectic and expensive time of the year for our family! Along with summer vacations and back to school shopping, we also have 2 birthdays! Stretching our money and finding bargains is a fun game for me with obvious perks especially this time of year. Not too mention that  I love using my creative side to come up with fun new ways to use items already in the pantry. Palmolive Dish Soap uses go well beyond our kitchen sink with #Palmolive25Ways! Read on to see how we created these scratch off cards with Palmolive Dish Soap that we picked up at Wal-Mart and a few simple supplies. Palmolive dish soap is tough on grease while soft on hands making it a perfect match for any of our needs! Not too mention the Beachy Breeze offered a nice scent! Basic Supplies Needed: Palmolive Dish Soap Silver Acrylic Paint Clear Tape (I like packing … [Read more...]

High Protein Tie-Dye Pancakes


Please note: this post is a part of my sponsorship with Great Day Farms eggs Pancakes are a breakfast staple in our house. However, I am always trying to up the healthy factor in everything! This recipe is higher in protein than traditional boxed pancakes, colorful fun for the kids, and still easy for the cook! We tend to get stuck in a rut when it comes to meals especially breakfast! We get in such a hurry that we go for convenience. This is my way of being convenient in a way that makes it fun for the kids while still allowing me to give my kids a proper breakfast. Even without the homemade blueberry sauce my kids love these, but I like to take it one step further to make sure they are eating nutritious. So head on over to Great Day Farms website to get the recipe! Print High Protein Tie-Dye Pancakes Author: Natalie Z.   Pancakes are a breakfast staple in our house. However, I am always trying to up the healthy factor in everything! This recipe … [Read more...]

Roadtrip to Florida with Bigelow Cold Brew Tea Recipe


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias Join us along our Roadtrip to Florida!  This is our first road trip as a family so I am pulling out all the tricks including using family owned Bigelow Tea we picked out at Walmart . I am thinking that 2 parents, 3 kids, & 18 hours of driving calls for a treat so let's make some Bigelow Cold Brew #Americastea the car! Cold Brewing tea is a great way to make tea during the summer without having to heat up the house as well as being a more energy efficient way to make delicious tea. I have come up with a plan to make delicious Bigelow Tea in our cooler on our drive.   Road Trip to Miami Beach!and here's how to save your sanity with some refreshing cold brew Bigelow Tea! First things first, place bottled water in freezer to keep your Bigelow cold brew tea cold. I put mine in the freezer about 8 hours before we left. For my cooler, I used an … [Read more...]

Letting Juicy Fruit Bring out our Fun Side Road Trip Style


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias This summer is all about celebrating! My final baby starts full time school in the fall. I am determined to make this summer memorable. Next plan is a road trip to Florida! The destination sounds exciting with staying at my sister in law's house by the Everglades, taking the boys to the beach for the first time, and lots of other fun plans for our week stay. However, I am a bit nervous about an 18 hour drive with 3 kids. I am bringing out all my tricks and Juicy Fruit Chewing Gum is going to help! Welcome to #JuicyFruitFunSide! When it comes to situations that have the potential to be stressful, I think that being prepared is key! That's why we created a Juicy Fruit Survival Kit to celebrate the fun side while traveling (in & out of the car) Snacks Juicy Fruit Fruity Chews I Spy For the game: I let the boys help me create an I spy game … [Read more...]

Animal Art from Fulcrum Gallery


We move every few years so we are renters. The problem with renting is making a house feel like a home without being able to remodel or paint. Art is our way of adding our own unique touch to a rental home. Recently I went art shopping at Fulcrum Gallery for comtemporary bird art Fulcrum Gallery has a a great selection of canvas, prints, photographs, and framed Art.  Fulcrum Gallery has such a great selection it was really hard to narrow done which one I wanted! Birds on the Wire was my 2nd pick so I figured I should give it a shout out. I loved how many different styles of  images there was to choose from. There really is something for everyone at any budget! About Fulcrum Gallery's journey We had only a couple hundred pieces of art for sale, all original art (mostly oil paintings). It wasn't until early 2004 that we expanded our product offering to a few thousand open edition fine-art prints. In October of 2004, we added our online Frame Shop, enabling customers to preview … [Read more...]

Branson Trip {Day 4} Titanic Museum Attraction


Please note: This sponsored post is in collaboration with my Explore Branson trip The final day of our trip has arrived. We are sad that we will be heading on our way after our last stop...Titanic Museum Attraction! Titanic is one of those places that I keep meaning to go, but always run out of time. I am so glad we made the time for it! Once we got there, I found out no pictures were allowed inside. The Titanic staff was kind enough to point us in the direction of some scenic picture sights outside before heading inside. Titanic Museum Attraction offers an audio tour with interactive features. Receive a Boarding Pass of an actual Titanicpassenger/crew member (kid's also receive captain badge with name along with quiz on back of their boarding pass) View $4.5 million + of Titanic artifacts Walk the $1 Million exact replica of Titanic's Grand Staircase Touch an iceberg and feel 28-degree water Shovel "coal" in Titanic's Boiler Room Learn how to send an … [Read more...]

Summertime Celebrating Every Goal before School Starts

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This summertime is for celebrating every goal. This summertime is like no other for us  me because we are preparing for the big celebration of all my boys going to full-day school in the fall. I am nervous and excited about the upcoming future. However, as I prepare for the school year, I have a lot of decisions to make. Will I go back to work? What if I have to miss out of some of my boys' firsts for the first time? I have decided I will put it all in the back of my mind for now while helping my kids  #CelebrateEveryGoal with #CollectiveBias. See what we bought during our recent trip to Walgreens to pickup healthy essentials for my boys! Life with 3 boys is full of scrapes and bruises. It is amazing how BAND-AID® and NEOSPORIN® paired with mommy love make the perfect healthy essentials to alleviate pain. ~~~~~ What's even better right now while  summertime is going on is that Balance Reward members can earn 3,000 points when they buy select $15 J&J products (the select … [Read more...]

Grand Country Inn


Please note: We received 3 night stay at Grand Country Inn in collaboration with the Explore Branson trip.  The boys always point out Grand Country Inn when we have been in Branson, MO. We were excited to stay somewhere new! We normally stay a little off the main strip to avoid traffic. However, I can see the appeal of being in the heart of it all after trying it out. Grand Country Inn has easy access to highways plus it's an easy drive to nearby attractions! Obviously the big appeal is all of the family fun available nearby! Indoor Waterpark, Splash Country a theater 3 restaurants, indoor mini-golf deluxe arcade ~~~~~ Traveling as a family with food allergies and restrictions can get complicated. We love to stay at hotels with refrigerators which Grand Country Inn has! Pretty much right across the street is a Walmart and PriceChopper. At PriceChopper, we were able to get some gluten free essentials and even some fun items like gluten free donuts on sale to bring … [Read more...]

Branson Trip {Day 3} White Water, Ride the Ducks, & Acrobats…oh my!


Please note: This sponsored post is a part of my Explore Branson trip. Explore Branson trip Day 3 began sweetly at College of the Ozarks Next off to one of my favorite places...White Water Waterpark! I have been going since I was little and couldnt wait to take my boys! While the slides are so much fun from Kapau Plummet to Ohana Falls, the family especially loved the Surf's Up Wave Pool that we could all enjoy! After a fun-filled trip down memory lane at White Water with my boys, we headed off for the last few things on our agenda. Ride the Ducks Ride the Ducks is an awesome way to tour Branson and Table Rock on land and water. The driver was quite entertaining while providing us a history lesson that left all the boys mesmerized!  Acrobats of China The Acrobats of China are located at the New Shanghai Theatre. Getting 3 kids to sit still is sometimes quite an accomplishment. However, they were in awe during entire show! There's was lots of oh mys, … [Read more...]