How to Have a Great Gluten-free Father’s Day {Guest blogger @GlutenFreeforMen}


I think widely celebrated holidays are more fun when you create your own traditions, without the stress of anything being perfect. Each holiday should be a personal experience that can be enjoyed between you and the people you care about, no matter how the day plays out. If you’re a gluten-free dad, or have kids who can’t eat wheat, just look for ways to spend quality time together and you’ll be halfway to a great time. I was a father for two years before I realized I had to go gluten-free. I’m happy to say that I don’t feel like a lot has changed in regards to how I enjoy ‘my day’. Luckily, many of the hearty foods I like to grill are naturally gluten-free. And the few sweet foods I crave can be made easily with gluten-free flour or other safe substitutes. If you have a gluten-free dad, or if you’re a dad with a spouse or child who is glutenfree, I think you should celebrate your favorite gluten-free foods throughout the day. I can’t wait until Oona (my daughter) is old enough … [Read more...]

Betty Crocker & Festive Summer Cakes #ad


We have a lot of celebrating during the summer. Last count the number is around 10 including our extended family! As the baker of the family, I am always trying to find new ways to celebrate that are fun. The key is I want them to be fun, save money, and not spend forever in the kitchen! Summer is the season of carefree fun, bringing out the kid in everyone. That's why Betty Crocker, America's baking expert, is sharing five summery cake recipes that are sure to delight kids of all ages. These vibrant, flavorful, easy-to-make cakes capture the spirit of the season in every bite, helping moms make lasting memories with their families. Here are some Summer Cake ideas from Betty Crocker... Ice Cream Cone Cakes – Treat your family to the delicious fun of an ice cream cone without the melting mess. Kids of all ages will love personalizing these single-serving cakes with sprinkles, crushed candy and even birthday candles at a fun DIY cake bar. Flip-Flops Cake – If you're … [Read more...]

Oklahoma Staycation Fun at Andy Alligator’s Fun Park and Waterpark #ad


First off I don't want to seem insensitive about the recent disasters in Oklahoma. Three deadly tornadoes in a 3 week period is enough to humble anyone. My husband covers business in the whole state of Oklahoma and I was so thankful he wasn't there any of those days. With that being said, we could all use a little fun in our lives and saving money makes it even better! Like most family's there is not enough time (and sometimes money) to get the dream vacation, but staycations are an awesome alternative. We love to venture to Oklahoma City, which is less than 2 hours away from us. We usually go to the Oklahoma Transportation museum, mall, movies, etc... for a change of scenery. I keep thinking we need to get to Andy Alligator's Fun Park and Waterpark with this awesome deal we are going this summer! Andy Alligator's Fun Park and Waterpark are Oklahoma's premier destinations for family fun. Ready to make a splash? Oklahoma's newest family waterpark experience is now open. The new 4.2 … [Read more...]

Summer Salami Pasta with Tyson Sliced Salami #WhatsYourTopping #shop


Summertime is hot in Oklahoma, which means I need meal solutions that are convenient to make and don't require heating an oven. We do a lot of Slow-cooking, but sometimes I don't want to start cooking dinner in the morning. I can't tell you how many times I end up missing breakfast when I am making dinner while the boys eat breakfast! I just need meal solutions that I can whip up quickly or pull out of the refrigerator. Have you seen or tried Tyson's Sliced Salami?  We found it at Walmart! Tyson Sliced Salami is a great topping for meals that eliminates my need to cook meat when I don't want to heat the house up. Walmart has so many varieties of Pepperonis. However, Sliced Hard Salami is not as common. But there it is kind of hidden in the Pepperoni section by the lunch meat. Click here to see the rest of our Walmart shop for Tyson Sliced Salami I personally prefer cooking with Hard Salami over Pepperoni because it has a dryness to it that stands up well with heat rather … [Read more...]

Building Healthy Smiles with Colgate Total #TotalSmile #shop


Think of something that makes most people cringe? What comes to mind? Maybe the dentist for example. My husband and I have both had terrible experiences at the dentist so much that we started avoiding them. We kept up on good oral health to maintain our healthy smiles with daily flossing, brushing 2x a day, and following brushing with mouthwash. Once the boys got old enough for their first dentist appointments we were determined to break the cycle of  dentist anxiety. We all scheduled dentists appointments. I am pleased to say that after a longer hiatus than I want to say that I was cavity free. Just going to the dentist alone is not enough to keep up on good oral hygiene it is also about your daily healthy smile routine! Colgate is our go-to brand for our oral health. Currently Target is having an awesome deal with Buy two get one free promotion on select Colgate items until June 6th. We bought two Colgate Total Toothpaste (each toothpaste happened to include free Colgate … [Read more...]

Fashionably Fit with Active by Old Navy #ad


  When I am not working out and taking care of my body physically, I am not myself. Last year I was not myself. Obviously it wasn't by choice, but I just didn't feel awesome about myself. I completely agree with the statement below STRONG IS BEAUTIFUL! Now that I am getting back to normal since the car wreck, I have been rewarding myself with new clothes. Have you seen the current Active by Old Navy line? Old Navy has some inspiring and bright options this season Here's what I picked out Reaction I am not one to wear baggy workout clothes, so I like the selection of fitted options.  I wanted something that I could wear outside of the gym as well. I like the stripes on these compression capri pants to add something unique. The inspiration shirts are fun and not too cheesy or too young way. I am a fan of capri pants. I tried some of the shorts, but some were too baggy and not flattering. The other short options were too short and too fitted. While I was pleased with the … [Read more...]

Albion Fit Review & Giveaway


I recently lost over 15 pounds. Yay me! The issue with losing weight is then finding clothes to fit better. I am not going to complain since I have been enjoying finding comfortable, quality, and figure-flattering clothes from workout gear to dressy clothes. I am totally in love with Albion Fit (click here to see more). About Albion fit garments are fashionable and unique, but more importantly practical and technical. Designed by women, our apparel is crafted for women wherever they may be in their fitness goals. Our clothes easily transition from work out gear to lounging gear: whether she's running an errand or 26.2 miles across a finish line.   Albion fit is committed to our environment and our community by continually striving to make our manufacturing facility greener each day by recycling plant waste and by using earth friendly materials in our products. We follow fair labor practices with all of our employees and business partners to create a … [Read more...]

DIY Colorblock Nail Art #beauty


As I have mentioned before, I was a nail biter for 20+ years. I am relieved to have that addiction over with. Of course, when you have never really had to deal with having nails I felt like I was missing some key information on how to do at-home manicures. I started out with just solid colors to get use to painting my nails. I am a perfectionist so this was an obstacle for me at first. Now I am testing out some of the new nail art trends with my healthy nails and more confidence in the process.  Supplies: Sally Hansen Salon Manicure in Sheer Bliss Sally Hansen INSTA-DRI in Brisk Blue Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Coral Sally Hansen UV Top Coat optionally: I keep Sally Hansen No More Mistakes handy for quick touchups! Apply coat of Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Sheer Bliss. You may want to add an extra coat depending on the amount of coverage you want. Normally I would use nail art tape, but I was all out. I couldn't find any at several locations so I decided … [Read more...]

Apple-Pomegranate Pizzazz Tea Syrup with GF Cornmeal Pancake Recipe #AmericasTea


A while back I did a post about a Bigelow Tea Contest (click here to see it). I was one of the selected to attend this once in a lifetime opportunity with my mom. Here's a little bit of the itinery... Arrival Night: Cocktail Reception hosted by David & Eunice Bigelow at the Edmondston-Alston House Day 2: Among many other things, we will be doing a tour of the Charleston Tea Plantation, Tea Tasting with Cindi Bigelow, and ending with a Southern Style BBQ! I look forward to sharing all about it with all the gorgeous pictures I plan to take when I return. While I am away though, I wanted to leave you all with a tea-inspiring recipe Print Apple-Pomegranate Pizzazz Tea Syrup with GF Cornmeal Pancake Recipe #AmericasTea   Ingredients ¾ c. Gf flour mixture ½ c. Cornmeal 2.5 tbsp Sugar 2 tsp. Baking powder ¼ tsp. Salt ½ tsp. Cinnamon 3 Egg whites, slightly beaten ¾ c. Skim milk 1 tsp. Corn oil ⅔ c. … [Read more...]

InfinitiPRO by Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron to the rescue for wavy hair #SoFabCon #beauty


I have no time for myself. I have been known on occasion to leave the house without even looking in the mirror. I like to consider myself low maintenance. I detest spending forever getting ready. However, as much as I love being low maintenance, I enjoy when I get the chance to get pampered, but who has the spare time though? I am lucky to get in for a hair trim every 3-6 months. When I was at SoFabCon recently, Conair was one of the generous brands located in the brand salon. I had to check it out and lucky for me they were giving away InfinitiPRO by Conair Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Irons. They were also doing hair makeovers, but everytime I stopped by there was a line. I have never (Seriously NEVER) even attempted to use a flat iron. With my wavy hair, I feel like my hair is always in between. I generally wear it wavy because it's easy and maybe with some extra curl added since my hair curls easily.  This is me first thing in the morning. This is actually I pretty good hair … [Read more...]