Southwest Family Road Trip Day 2: Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks Memorial


Day 2 of Southwest Family Road Trip is off to a beautiful start at Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks Memorial. Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks Memorial is near Cochiti Pueblo, NM. It was about a 40-minute drive from Santa Fe. Trust me when I saw that Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks was worth the Drive! We originally thought of omitting this from our itinerary due to the drive. We were afraid if we didn't get there early enough it would be too hot since there is limited shade. We woke up early so we would arrive shortly after sunrise. It was perfectly timed considering the weather and it was less crowded at that time. As we were leaving Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks Memorial, the trails were definitely becoming more congested. We started in the slot canyon trail. We planned our day to start close to sunrise. In retrospect, We should have started the loop trail first since it had no shade. The Slot Canyon is an amazing way to show kids science at it's finest. It is magnificent to see in person how wind and water … [Read more...]

Southwest Family Roadtrip Day #1: Winsor Trail


Now that we are living in a small town of a little over 4000 people, I am determined to keep my boys traveling the world. As much as we have dreamed of buying a home. It can be a bit scary to be committed to a location forever. At times that thought can be overwhelming. Anyways we are on a mission to help our kids see all that is out there beyond the midwest. Don't get me wrong I love the midwest. We have traveled all around it and while we planned on moving to the pacific northwest someday our dreams have changed. This summer we took our boys on a journey that would end with the Grand Canyon. I hope you follow along as we go from  Santa Fe to Petrified Forest to the Grand Canyon and everything in between! Day 1 began in Santa Fe, NM: We checked into a cabin at Rancheros de Santa Fe Campground off old Las Vegas Highway. Technology has become such an important part of our days so we wanted to reconnect with nature on this trip. This campground was perfect for that! However with a … [Read more...]

How to slow the signs of Aging with Jouviance {Giveaway Alert}


Please note: See how I slow the signs of aging in this honestly sponsored Soapbox Influence Campaign in collaboration with #BonjourJouviance & The Women Bloggers. Giveaway is sponsored by the Kendal King Group This month I turn 34. It's funny how I find it annoying at times when people think I am much younger than I am. I am the one who always gets carded when we go out with friends. The thing about looking younger now is that I am certain I will be thrilled when I am REALLY old! Here's the truth, though, slowing the signs of aging to look more youthful isn't by accident. My routine isn't elaborate but some good Anti-aging products like Jouviance {found at CVS} paired with healthy living choices can go a long way to slow the signs of aging. I have always heard that genetics play a role in how we age. While this may be true, the choices that we make can definitely affect how youthful we look. I pride myself on being low-maintenance. I usually only wear makeup for a night out on the … [Read more...]

“Made Better By our Stories” {Prim Goods}


Please note: I received review products in exchange for my honest content. The overall theme of Great Contradictions is inside and out healthy living. For that reason, I was especially excited to work with Prim Goods since they have a similar philosophy. Brands that help resonate my true passion really make this job worthwhile. But it's not just about a job. It's more personal than that. I am the child of a recovered addict. It's not something that I often talk about. However, addiction has been a major part of how I turned out the way I did. It forced me to grow up quicker. It made me more cautious in my risk taking. It made me aware of how easy it would be to give in to my addictive personality. My personal experiences in life resulted in a career working to help teens with their drug recovery to help break the cycle. Today I am pleased to be able to talk to you about an innovative type of residential recovery center for women and women with young children called Primrose … [Read more...]

DIY Vanilla Mint Body Scrub


This year I will probably sound like a broken record. This is the year of taking care of ourselves. This is the year to pamper ourselves. I don't know what your situation is but odds are likely you need some pampering. Do you have a hectic schedule these days? Try this DIY vanilla mint body scrub to pamper yourself in the comfort of your home. Are you making more time for yourself? I broke my hand in December. It has been quite a battle conquering not just the movement issues but the severe dry skin. This is a tame version of my hand in recovery. Cast hand took my winter skin issues to a whole new level! What I love about DIY projects is that they use many items already found in the pantry! At-home pampering can save you time and money which most of us are short on these days. What are some of your favorite pantry items you keep on hand for DIY projects?   5.0 from 3 reviews Print DIY Vanilla Mint Body Scrub Author: Natalie Z.   … [Read more...]

Lego Valentines {Free Printable}


{Please note: This is not a sponsored post. However there are affiliate links} This week is Valentine's Day! I like to let my kids do their own thing. Despite having all boys they all have their own likes and hobbies. However Legos definitely play a role during their days. If your kids love Legos like mine, print off these Lego Valentines! These Lego valentines are versatile enough for boys or girls. I know in the past I have bought multiple boxes of Valentines to keep both the girls and the boys happy.  Buying some boxes of cats or princess valentines for the girls. Buying super hero or dinosaurs for the boys. What I love about these Lego valentines are that they are a fun way to be neutral to keep everyone happy! ~~~~~ All you have to do is click the image below and print the Lego valentines! Pair these Lego valentines with homemade crayons (find my tutorial here) or chocolates with these molds    to this   or these fun Lego head cakepops Are you ready for … [Read more...]

Gluten free Ghirardelli filled Chocolate Cake and $75 gift card giveaway


Please note: this post is sponsored by Ghirardelli chocolate. As always I have provided my honest opinions in this post. Less than two weeks until Valentine's Day! We have been busy relocating from Little Rock to Southeast Kansas where I am originally from. It has been quite a transition especially with their buying our first home. Valentine's Day is probably going to be more of an at home experience this year while we are buying a house, renovating said house, and dealing with all those fun grown up things. At our recent trip to Walmart, I found some Ghirardelli chocolates with Valentine theme that are going to be a great addition to Valentine gift for the teachers, my kids, and my secret ingredient in the gluten free Ghirardelli filled Chocolate Cake found below! After you are done checking out the delicious recipe, don't forget to enter for a chance to win $75 American Express gift card {2 winners}! What are your plans for Valentine's Day? John and I have been together for … [Read more...]

How Rewarding Yourself Helps You Achieve Your Goals

As is the routine for this time of year, people all over the world are plotting and planning. They are reflecting on the past year and coming up with ways to make this year even better. For most, this means setting some pretty big goals that they want to accomplish. However, setting goals is the easy part. Once you set them, you have to get to work. You have to have a plan for achieving them. You have to figure out a way to gain some momentum. Even that can be pretty straightforward, though. ~~~~~ The problem comes when that momentum slows to a crawl (or stops altogether). What do you do to help you get through those periods when the motivation that you have right now is waning? Better yet, how can you prevent yourself from losing that motivation? One simple, scientifically-proven way to achieve your goals is to establish a connection between making progress and feelings of happiness. ~~~~~ Let’s take potty-training a child as an example. When it is time to potty-train a child, … [Read more...]

DIY Peppermint Body Scrub


Every year I say I am going to take better care of myself. Every year I spend my days taking care of others. This is my Valentine gift to the people like me! I hope you do what you can to take care of yourself. Try this homemade whipped peppermint body scrub to get off to a good start! What are you doing to pamper yourself?  ~~~~~ Some people are just born nurturers. The hard part is making sure to nurture ourselves. Sometimes there just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to help everyone else and still find time for us.  ~~~~~ My proposition to all you helpers out there is to save some moments for you! You know who you are !  All you moms, caregivers, people who can't say no, etc... Make a batch of this homemade whipped peppermint body scrub for pick me up pampering session. This homemade peppermint body scrub can be stored for up to 6 months.   4.8 from 6 reviews Print Whipped Peppermint Body Scrub Author: Natalie Z.   Ingredients … [Read more...]

Star Wars Valentines {Free Printable}


Valentine's Day is less than a month away! On top of getting ready for Valentine's Day, we are also packing for a move. It seems like as moms we are ALWAYS multi-tasking! I don't know when being a mom got so complicated. Everyone has gotten so crafty that holidays aren't always as simple as buying something at a store. Let me help you by saving time and money with free printable Star Wars Valentines. These Star Wars Valentines will make any Star Wars Force Awakens fan happy while being unique enough you can't just buy them at a store.   I have to admit we are a little bit obsessed with Star Wars {hint: Soon keep an eye out for more Star Wars Printables!} When it comes to Star Wars we all know that it is all about the light sabers! I found some allergy friendly &/or gluten free ideas using either glow sticks or our favorite allergy-friendly treat (click here for tutorial & template for Light Saber Smarties) We used a variety of Sixlets, Smarties, and glow … [Read more...]