MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron Family Time


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AvengersUnite #CollectiveBias I am Black Widow. Fine...I am a normal mom who is trying to deal with life's obstacles as a super hero. Hunter has been sick since he was about 4 months old. I think going through health problems as a family really helps put things into perspective. Quality family time is the most important thing in our home! Since Hunter started having procedures as a baby, we started letting him wear costumes to help make bad days better. I know it doesn't take away the pain or fear. However, role playing helps make those moments seem less scary. Lately we have been having a difficult time with Hunter's health again so we are counting down the days until MARVEL's The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Role playing also helps us build up anticipation for upcoming events like the May 1st release of MARVEL's The Avengers: Age of Ultron instead of thinking about more biopsies … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake Recipe


Strawberry Shortcake is one of my favorite desserts from my childhood. I remember going to the grocery store to pick up those delightful packages of shortcake, strawberries, and cool whip. While some things have changed since when I was a kid, my love of such a simple dessert has not! Join me in creating a fresh and gluten free version of Strawberry Shortcake. I like to use Nordic Ware Shortcake basket pan to create a similar shape to the store-bought kind. Print Gluten Free Strawberry Shortcake Recipe Author: Natalie Z. Cook time:  15 mins Total time:  15 mins   Ingredients 1 stick butter 1 cup powdered sugar 4 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup cornstarch 1 1⁄4 teaspoons baking powder Instructions Preheat oven to 375 degree. Cream butter and sugar using mixer. Mix in eggs and vanilla until combined. In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch and baking powder together. Add butter mixture to cornstarch mixture until well blended. Fill the greased … [Read more...]

Make every day Earth Day with these tips


Spring time I am always trying to come up with more ways to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. There was a time when I put minimal effort into making green choices. However over time, I realized that really you CAN make a difference when you make minimal effort in lots of ways! I have compiled some of my favorite ways to live an eco-friendly lifestyle that do not cost a fortune. Beginning with 2 of my most popular posts: DIY Compost Bin and DIY Solar Oven ~Start your own Garden Starting your own garden does not require a lot of space, time, or money. For years, I stuck to containers only since we had limited space and moved often. Now we have a full garden with lots of edibles and pretty things to look at! Some of our favorite things to grow that have been low maintenance are greens, herbs, tomatoes, peppers, and strawberries. This year we are starting a few new things in the garden. The good thing about gardening is that it's okay to mess up! Those mistakes teach us what doesn't … [Read more...]

DIY Green Tea Lip Balm with Bigelow Tea


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AmericasTea #CollectiveBias March and April are my favorite times to go green with Saint Patrick's Day, Earth Day approaching, and who can forget the much anticipated Spring! When we start thinking about St. Patrick's Day, we immediately think of green everything even green tea, foods, etc... Green Tea is one of my favorite ways to enjoy tea. It has a nice subtle flavor for days when I want more tea but do not want a lot of caffeine. Bigelow Green Tea is available in original, lemon, pomegranate, mango, and so many more flavors. Bigelow Tea is found at many retailers including Walmart (my favorite place to stock up on tea). Bigelow Tea values doing their part in being sustainable {click here to read more about it}. It inspires me that such a well-known brand makes the effort to be green. Remember going green doesn't have to be difficult! I love to find ways to make green … [Read more...]

Optic White Smile with Colgate Express White {DIY Mint Latte Lip Scrub}


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OpticSmiles #CollectiveBias Over time our features change to give away our age. The whiteness of our smile is one of the obvious signs of our aging beauty. We go through a lot of coffee and tea in our household. Those drinks just happen to stain teeth even with regularly brushing and flossing. During my recent trip to Walmart, I picked up Colgate® Optic White® Express White to try to turn back time with my smile.  After looking through some past pictures, I noticed that I generally smile with a closed mouth. I have dealt with crooked and stained teeth for years. I guess subconsciously I have always tried to hard them. Join me on the journey to open-mouthed smiles, smoother lips, and a brighter smile! Unlike most whitening toothpastes, Colgate® Optic White® Express White Toothpaste contains the professionally recommended ingredient hydrogen peroxide to whiten faster. This … [Read more...]

Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake


Please note: This is a sponsored post. As always I have provided my honest opinion. At the beginning of the month, I shared with you ways to live on a budget gluten free (click here to read that post). Walmart is an easy one-stop shop for us living in a small town offering some of the same gluten free products for several dollars below some of our local compeititors. Udi's Gluten Free is definitely one of our favorite brands available in the Walmart freezer section. Bread goes quickly in our house of the boys. I like to find ways to make certain gluten free items go further. For example, french toast bakes are an easy way to get more out of a loaf of gluten free bread. I am busy mom of 3 so this recipe is one of the many that looks more difficult than it is to make! I use Udi's gluten free country seeded bread and many other items normally found in my kitchen. Remember not to tear all of the bread slices so you have some whole slices for the "cinnamon rolls". The … [Read more...]

Vitamin C is a year-round need: Crockpot Honey Oat Bread


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its Advertiser. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone and should not be construed as medical advice. #24HourEsterC #CollectiveBias During the colder months, we are all thinking about ways to improve our immune support. We don’t always think about the fact that improving our immune support is something that we need to keep balanced all year long. Vitamin C is important for reasons you might not have linked to this particular supplement. Most of all Vitamin C is an important part of keeping us balanced and at our healthy best! Join me to see what getting a healthy dose of Vitamin C can do for you with Ester-C supplement conveniently located at many locals stores like Walmart. (And it’s currently on rollback!) Many people don’t get the suggested number of fruits and vegetables to get the daily nutrients from food alone. Oranges and orange juice are some of the first sources of Vitamin C that we consider when thinking … [Read more...]

Surviving Cold, Cough, and Flu with Bigelow Tea Spiced Apple Juice


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AmericasTea #CollectiveBias Cold, Cough, and Flu is inevitable in our house dealing with an auto-immune disorder. We can try our hardest to stay well but it's inevitable that we will catch something. Sometimes we just need to keep supplies on hand to soothe our scratchy throat or allow us to get something to stay down that has a dose of healthy antioxidants. During our regular trips to Walmart, I always stock up on some of our favorite Bigelow Tea varieties to soothe whatever symptoms cold, cough, and flu season brings our way! 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. The last 2 weeks have been pretty miserable in our house. Our youngest son is in school for the first time. While school in general seems to bring lots of sick germs home, the first … [Read more...]

Gluten Free on a Budget with Walmart


Please note: This is a sponsored post with my honest opinions as always Gluten Free is a big part of our lives since we have members of the family with Celiac Disease. We have been gluten free for about 7 years now. In the beginning, I bought mostly processed and convenience gluten free foods. It made my life easier, but didn't necessarily save us any money. Over the years, I have learned how to make more gluten free foods homemade and the brands/stores that can save us when we are short on time or money. Living in a small town has it limitations on where we can find gluten free. There are actually 2 stores nearby but most of the items I like to have on hand are at least $2 cheaper at Walmart. Udi's Gluten Free is one of the brands we have grown to trust that just so happens to be available at Walmart. Now if you are anything like me, committing to buying a new food item can feel like a big committment. Not everyone brand lives up to the standards that we have set; such as, the same … [Read more...]