Make Everyday Father’s Day w/ Heart-Healthy Bigelow Earl Grey Coconut Avocado Ice Cream #AmericasTea

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Tea seems like such a little thing, but the benefits are amazing! In May, I had the pleasure of meeting with the Bigelow Family for a once in a lifetime trip to Charleston, SC and the fabulous Charleston Tea Plantation. We did drink a lot of Bigelow Tea, but we did so much more than that! I was truly inspired by their family's passion not just for tea, but for their dedication to continuing family traditions and to focus on the health benefits as well. One of the many things I learned is that the different varieties of tea all come from the Camellia sinensis leaf. The difference in teas is during the oxidation process! My husband's side of the family has some scary heart health issues. Many of his male family members haven't lived past their 30s despite their family being relatively healthy. My husband is 31 now. I have been trying to be proactive about keeping him around for longer despite the health odds. Did you know that black tea is great for cardiovascular … [Read more...]

Shop Your Way with Sears: Dress for your body with affordable fashion #ThisisStyle #shop

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Fashion and beauty is a great way to reward ourselves for making steps to keep ourselves healthy! I am like most moms where I am on the back burner when it comes to getting something special for myself or making time for myself. Sears is a great place for me to find affordable fashion especially with their shop your way rewards! When I decided to do some online window shopping, look what I found about to expire... $27 was all the motivation I needed to make Sears even more affordable fashion! I was able to get 3 dresses plus a hat for about $60 at Sears because of my Shop Your Way rewards and current offers available. To see more about my shopping adventure for Sears affordable fashion click here to see my Google+ album! I had been in a slump for a year that caused me to gain 15 extra pounds for someone petite that was a lot for me. I worked hard to get rid of the excess in many areas of my life including my extra weight that was dragging me down. Now that I am in my 30s, I … [Read more...]

Summer Makeup Trend: Go Nude with Rimmel Makeup! #RimmelRealBeauty #shop

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In Oklahoma, we don't get a break from the heat with months of 90-100+ humid weather. Weather like this means I need shine control and natural looks for summer with staying power. I don't know about you, but I am constantly looking for the next best affordable product. The Walmart makeup section is a great starting point for me while I am out doing our everyday shopping anyways!  My night out on the town look often is smokey eyes and bold red lips. It is a glamourous look that as a mom in a house of boys I don't get to do as often as I would like. Sometimes a full face of makeup (as shown above on the right) can be too much. Not too mention that pairing a face full of makeup with summer heat can cause quite an unflattering mess as well!As much as I love the glam makeup trend,  I need natural looks for summer. I am testing out the Go Nude Summer makeup trend with Rimmel products from the Walmart makeup section. The Go Nude makeup trend is not about not wearing makeup; however, it is … [Read more...]

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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  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

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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...]