@drinkmayesa Healthy Chocolate to help you maintain healthy resolutions & a chance to get 6-pk


Sponsored by Tomoson.com Every year we make different goals to help us become healthier.  The problem is if we don't plan ahead or make feasible plans to achieve our goal than we just get discouraged.   Product Description  Can chocolate and good health go together? It sure can when you drink Mayesa! Made from organic cacao, and full of antioxidants along with Omega 3 & 6, this chocolate drink is also soy-free and dairy-free. The "Mint" flavor is also gluten-free. Mayesa is a healthy chocolate drink for children and adults alike. It’s rich, it’s delicious, and it’s Good for you! Mayesa is made from organic cacao (the purest form of chocolate). We blend hemp protein, rice and select spices for an indulgent and satisfying taste experience. We provide you with a tasty source of fiber, calcium, potassium, vitamin D and antioxidants. Our product is dairy free, lactose free, gluten free, has no cholesterol and no trans fats.  Cacao and hemp have been used for centuries … [Read more...]

Color, Click, Capture Photography Week 1 Challenge: Red is the color of…


Welcome to Week 1 of Color, Click, Capture photography challenge hosted by East9thStreet and 4 other blogs! The color this week is RED. Red is a powerful color. Visually it just commands "Look at me!" and when wearing it you can't help feeling more confident! As I am coming back from my blogging break, I am working on making both my personal life and professional life better. It seems perfect that my favorite color is week 1 for Color, Click, Capture since I am wanting to perfect my photograhpy skills. I have become addicted to taking pictures. Of course, most of them are for my eyes only. Personally, I have been a nail biter for *gasp*gasp* over 20 years. It has been one of those addictions that drove me crazy, but I just couldn't stop. I had an incredibly stressful 2011, which makes me that much more proud of being a recovering nail biter! Anyways, red is the color that helps encourage my photography addiction while helping me beat my nail biting addiction... 4 mos. of "sobriety" … [Read more...]

@GerberLife & @RIFWEB launch Project Open Book ($25 Snapfish GiveAway too) #momsparkmedia


Education is an important aspect of parenting that starts at birth.  As a higher-educated mother of 3 kids, college is something that often crosses my mind especially with my monthly reminder of student loan payments.  I grew up one of four siblings, so I learned a bit about being responsible.  However, due to my family's  income, I didn't qualify for financial assistance.  I had to pay for my college education by student loans. I would never wish that on my kids.  Please read on to learn more about Gerber Life College Plan, Project Open Book, and how you can enter to win a Snapfish giveaway for all those precious moments! About Gerber Life Insurance Company, founded in 1967, provides affordable, industry-leading juvenile life insurance and other financial products to young families.  It is Gerber Life’s mission to be the brand parents and grandparents trust to help them achieve financial security and protection for their families at every stage of life.  Throughout the United … [Read more...]

Use @bootstroot to eliminate unsightly bunching during these cold winter days


  There's nothing like a nice pair of boots in the winter.  If you are the practical type, they keep your jeans from getting dirty & wet when it is raining or snowing.  However, they also just look quite trendy with jeans on the inside of the boots. I will not deny that my biggest setback is that I am a perfectionist. No matter how skinny my jeans are, I can't seem to keep my jeans from bunching when I try to wear boots & jeans together. If I am going to spend the day analyzing myself then I often don't step out of my comfort zone.  Introducing Boot Stroot... Description: Cuff, Wrap and Strap your way to no bulges and no bunching when you wear jeans with boots. Our revolutionary product allows you to quickly and easily cuff boot cut jeans, normal flare jeans or straight leg jeans and slip into boots without uncomfortable bunching or unsightly bulging. The Boot Stroot holds your pants in place so your jeans never ride up your leg!  Stand, sit, dance or run; … [Read more...]

To a new year of holding ourselves accountable (linky for you to add your resolution post)


(our family prior to our dad passing away December 2011) Somewhere around mid year, life tried to get the best of me. I just kept feeling like there was literally a tornado of bad around us. From the tornado to loss of nephew's dad to my health to hunter's health to Frank's eye to loss of stepdad to my dad's health and I am sure more that I haven't mentioned. I just felt like the moment I picked myself back up something would knock me back down. My mom has always told me "God doesn't give us more than we can handle". I learned a valuable lesson by that comment on the day my step-dad was dying. I told my mom remember what you always say and she said sobbing, but I don't want to handle this. Life has the power of taking us through situations we thought were unthinkable. After about 9 hours of holding on to stepdad's fleeting life, you learn just how quick everything can change. You find out your strengths, weakness, and so much about yourself. For a week, I stopped worrying about … [Read more...]

Use @Elmers to create DIY frugal Snowman Lanterns from recycled bottles #ElmersHoliday #GlueNGlitter #cbias

snowman family

The holiday season is here!  This year has been pretty eventful in our household so I am trying to help the kids to spread the true spirit of Christmas & constantly reminding them that Christmas is not about how much money we spend.  Instead we are helping them to focus on the fact that  Christmas is about doing things for others no matter how big or small it seems.  I have seen these adorable Snowman lanterns and decided that these would be perfect to give to teachers & hostesses for Christmas! Walmart is a great place for one-stop shopping.  I was able to search for gifts, craft supplies, and more without dragging the boys from store to store.  I won't lie that I love shopping at Hobby Lobby & Michael's, but only when I have a 40% coupon does it make it worth going.  However, then I feel like I can only purchase one item at a time, which makes me make several trips to those craft stores.  As far as Walmart, with so many departments it just makes it easier for me to … [Read more...]

@_TORANI_ inspired Hazelnut Granola Brittle Recipe #SSTorani + Torani Prize Pack


Back in college I worked at a health food/ Coffee shop, I remember all the coffees made with Torani syrup... there are so many different flavors.  I especially like the sugar free options.  Obviously making coffee at home with Torani can save you money while still letting you indulge.  Depending on your taste about 1/2 - 1 oz creates a coffee just like your favorite coffee shop version for a fraction of the cost.  But, I am not here to talk about coffee.  I want to help you create a delicious holiday candy using Torani Hazelnut syrup.  The holidays are approaching!  As Thanksgiving & Christmas arrive it is easy to focus on how gluten free living affects us during this season.  Peanut Brittle is one of those things I miss.  Corn Syrup isn't always gluten free and since I have a slight allergy to peanuts I can't eat more than a few peanuts without getting a migraine. Visit Torani's website to find out more or buy of their 100+ flavors & don't forget to check out the giveaway … [Read more...]

@Heelysworldwide fun for kids & your inner child: roll or walk with these dual function shoes #Heelys


Heely's is not a new concept, but new to us.  I remember seeing Teens racing down the sidewalks & Mall thinking it seems kind of dangerous.  However, you can't deny that it does seem fun too.  I gave in and decided to let my 6 year old test them out. About Heelys are the two-in-one shoe that lets you take life at your own pace. With the wheels out, the stylish designs perform and look just like any other shoe. When you easily put the wheels in, you roll at a different speed. Heelys are about exploring your freedom, unleashing the fun and empowering you to be fearless. To buy or learn more about Heely's visit their website. Click here to find a local retailer   Double Threat (pictured below) Combining form and function, Double Threat's sleek, multi textured design and stealth wheels bring you the best of both worlds. Wear them as a cool looking pair of shoes or pop in the wheels when you're ready to have some fun. Reaction I have been a bit of a … [Read more...]

Beginning of “Beyond the spoon”: Harvest Granola Recipe


I absolutely love how versatile granola is!  There are so many ways to enjoy granola "beyond the spoon" so I am letting you in on my favorite granola recipe.  Don't forget to keep an eye out for some upcoming recipes featuring granola from breakfast to holiday candy! Harvest Granola Recipe makes approximately 12 cups Ingredients: 6 cups rolled oats (Bob's Red Mill is my gf brand) 1 cup almonds, slivers or chopped 1 cup pumpkin seeds 1 cup coconut 1 cup flax seed...or meal if some family members protest :) 1/4 cup brown rice flour* 1/4 cup sorghum flour* 1 TBSP cinnamon 1 cup oil (vegetable or coconut are my choices) 1 cup maple syrup (or honey) 1/3 cup water 2 TBSP vanilla extract 1 tsp salt *if not making gluten free, use 1 cup whole wheat flour. Directions: Preheat oven to 275 degrees 1. Place dry ingredients in mixing bowl. Stir. Set aside. 2. Combine liquid ingredients in saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to a boil then remove from heat. … [Read more...]

Party Beans Personalized gifts and party favors


Party Beans offers Personalized gifts & party favors  for unique, one-of-a-kind items to make any occasion special! starting at just $1.99 no minimums ships next day KOSHER (OU) certified Upload photos, add text Wedding Favors Birthday Favors Baby Shower Favors Bridal Shower Favors Graduation Favors Anniversary Favors Holiday Favors Promotional Items Corporate Gifts Ad Specialty Products Reaction: I cannot get enough of photo gifts!  From greeting cards to puzzles to calendars, I am a huge fan.  Of course, when I heard about Party Beans, I knew I had to test their services.  Party Beans allows you to easily make high quality looking products that reflect your personality at reasonable prices.  We created some Christmas gifts for long-distance relatives as well as adorable stocking stuffers that represent how different our children are.  Below see just as easy it is to create Party Beans Personalized gifts & party … [Read more...]