Grand Country Inn

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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!

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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...]

Branson Trip {Day 2} Silver Dollar City & Jonah

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Please note: This post is a part of my sponsored Explore Branson trip with my honest opinions. Day 2 of the Explore Branson trip started early at Silver Dollar City. Silver Dollar City is a great place for kids of all ages! My 9 year old was able to ride on every ride and my 2 younger sons (4 & 6) had the option to ride all the rides with an adult except a few.  There was a time when amusement parks were dreaded with food allergies but there are options for gluten free now! Let's get this day started... Gluten Free doesn't leave you hungry at Silver Dollar City that's for sure! After the delicious buffet at Mill Restaurant, we headed to the Grand Exposition area of Silver Dollar City to get the boys measured (measuring station is located right by the Grand Exposition Coaster). The Mighty Galleon, Racing Regatta, Grand Exposition Coaster and more make up this fun kid-friendly part of Silver Dollar City Silver Dollar City has a full schedule of a … [Read more...]

Branson Trip {Day 1}: Showboat Branson Belle

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Please note: this is a post sponsored by Explore Branson with my honest opinions. Explore Branson selected several bloggers to avoid a fun-filled 4 days in Branson. Lucky for my family we were selected. Branson, MO is a place that holds many great memories for me as a child. I love enjoyed having the opportunity to do all that again (along with some new things for me as well) with my boys was a great experience! Let's get started on Day 1 of the Branson Trip... Honestly, I never would have considered a family outing on a dinner cruise. Once I looked into Showboat Branson Belle when dealing with food restrictions, I found out that with proper notice they could accomodate us! Along with Celiac Disease, I have a severe chicken and shellfish allergy. Below see some of what we ate... Please note that not everything above is gluten free. I was able to eat a Prime rib, snap peas, and baked potato (pictured top left) as well as a fruit plate for dessert. It was all so … [Read more...]

Saluting the Military with Red, White, & Blue Delight featuring Coffee-mate

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In honor of our military heroes, Nestle Coffee-mate is proud to partner with Operation Homefront. Coffee-mate’s contribution helps Operation Homefront provide a wide range of support for military families. We all have ideas of what goes on as a soldier. Along with creating a patriotic twist of a family tradition in collaboration with #CollectiveBias, I wanted to be able to share a soldier's perspective to give you a personal look into what it was really like for "Rich*" (a family member). Let me share a story with you... "Rich" was in combat for about 30 months. During his time serving, Rich's MOS (job) in the army was first as a combat engineer. Then he changed to a forward observer. Brief summary from "Rich" on his experiences through his 30 months Highlights during deployment to Baquba Iraq in 2005 -2006 are: experienced first IED {improvised explosive device} convoy escort witnessed chow hall bombing helicopter shot down witness buddies … [Read more...]

Summer Fresh Egg Salad

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This sponsored post is in collaboration with my partnership as a Great Day Farms blogger. Lunch is my often forgotten meal. Between getting the boys taken care of, working, and cleaning the house, I just forget to set down and eat! I have been trying to do better about eating though. During the summer, we need a simple and fresh meal during the hot days. When you use Great Days Farms 2-pack of hard-boiled eggs, you can make this lunch even easier. Garden fresh ingredients, fresh herbs/spices, and Great Day Farms hard-boiled eggs make this a well-rounded, tastebud enticing lunch when you are short on time! ~~~~~ Great Day Farms pre-boiled eggs packaging has had a makeover so I didn't want you to overlook them! If you haven't tried Great Day Farms pre-boiled eggs, you can find them in 2 packs & 6 packs in the Walmart Deli kiosk. ~~~~~ There is a lot of flavor going on in this simple lunch. Feel free to switch up fruit, cheeses, and herbs to make it your own! I especially … [Read more...]

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!

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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

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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

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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...]