#Blogher11: How I am preparing for my first conference: Advice? #salsacraving


I am just barely past my 6 mos. blogoversary.  I am amazed of what I have accomplished.  Such as, who knew I would be attending BlogHer 2011 courtesy of Salsa Sensations.  As Salsa Sensations BlogHer delegate, I am receiving a sponsorship to BlogHer 2011.  Without Salsa Sensations generosity, BlogHer would not be a possibility for me. Preparing for something full of so many possibilites can be over-whelming at times. These are several things I have learned from observations and … [Continue]

Amy Adele Review: Personalized Flat Card Stationary *hard-drawn artwork*


For birthdays, I always try to do something different.  I like to show our personality through our invitations, so I don't normally run to a store to buy cookie-cutter invitation.  Usually we make photo cards of our favorite picture of them.  This year, I am testing out Amy Adele customized note cards. About Amy Since I was a child, I have been hand-drawing birthday and Christmas cards and never took my art very seriously. However, in 2004 our friends and family encouraged my husband and … [Continue]

Celebrating our anniversary: EdenFantasys $50 #Giveaway (adults only)


John & I just celebrated our 6th anniversary.  It sounds like an eternity when we are surrounded by that high divorce rate. We have had an adventurous 6 years, I am hoping the hard part is over.  No matter what though, I don't think relationships just fall into place that is when things become monotonous & boring.  I hate boring!  We work hard to make sure our relationship doesn't fall in a rut. Pink Champagne Dress (Above picture): "This delicate mini dress is made of polyester and … [Continue]

Ore-Ida Sweet Potato Fries by Heinz: 2 dipping sauce recipes: Sweet & Savory! #OreIdaFries


Encouraging my family to eat healthy is very important to me.  As other parents might know, presentation can be essential in getting your kids to try new things.  Isn't it amazing how something as simple as fries (a.k.a. sliced potatoes) can turn sweet potatoes into something edible to kids.  Anyways, I don't care what form our vegetables are served as long as the boys eat them.  I usually make fries (all potato varieties) homemade.  However, Ore-Ida is one of the few fry/hashbrown brands that … [Continue]

@MurphyUSA Pack the Cooler: Day at the Pool with Murphy Sport/Aquafina #MurphyUSA


Weekdays are filled with rushing from work, errands, karate, and any extra activities we add into our week.  It can get overwhelming, so we try to spend our weekends enjoying family time.  This weekend we drove to Baxter Springs, KS (my hometown) to spend a fun-filled day for the boys with grandma, grandpa, and cousins hanging out by the pool.  Preparing for a day at the pool doesn't have to be hectic.  Thanks to MurphyUSA, you can grab last minute supplies... About MurphyUSA   I … [Continue]

Facebook Fan Me Friday Blog Hop: Week 3

Welcome to the third Facebook Fan Me Friday Blog Hop hosted by Saving with Sybil, Sassy Mama in LA, Great Contradictions, and Baby Costcutters.  This is a fun and quick way to find new blogs/business' as well as pick up fans for your blog/business. The rules are simple: 1. Like the four hosts on Facebook at the above links 2. Post ONLY your FACEBOOK URL (others will be deleted) 3. Like any other pages that look interesting to you!     Note: You must use your PERSONAL … [Continue]

@gratefulbodysc *Beauty is not one size fits* all aquative/midnight body oil #giveaway #glutenfree


We are not one size fits all, so there is no need for our beauty needs to be either.  I am almost down to the last 2 weeks of the 90 day beachbody program with RevAbs.  I have been working hard and enjoy treating myself without food. Beauty products are a great way to enhance & encourage all our efforts. So, what is worthy of our efforts... Imagine a company that offers cruelty free, vegan, & raw ingredients.  Then, combine that with the fact that the products are blended by hand … [Continue]

@MIDELCookies easy #glutenfree ice cream sandwich recipe


It doesn't matter that we deal with food restrictions in our house.  What matters is that I work hard so my kids can live a normal life!  If that means they get to have cookies, ice cream sandwiches, or cookie ice cream for goodness sake so be it.  The other day, I was comparing a dessert to a rice krispies treat to my boys. Of course that answer was followed by another question  "what is a rice krispies treat?"* There are things that my boys could potential miss out on due to food restrictions. … [Continue]

Cablemover.com Review & Home Depot Gift card #giveaway #momsparkmedia


Thanks to my husband's opportunity to advance in his career, we have moved 6  times in 6 years.  Over the years, I have gotten better at moving.  However, no matter how prepared you are it is a lot of work especially when we sometimes have 1-2 weeks to find a place and get moved.  It is great that there are services like Cablemover that makes the transition easier. About Cablemover Millions of Americans plan to move this summer. The average American has over 60 tasks to do in order to … [Continue]

Manic Monday Mixer: Make-ahead Rice Pilaf Recipe (#glutenfree naturally)


It is that time again... Manic Monday Mixer! To celebrate the unique nature of blogging, the people who sign up below me in spots 2 & 3 of each list will be my guest hosts. If you are the lucky guest hosts, send me a little about you, your blog, etc… so I can introduce you to the group! About Me: I am a sahm of 3 boys who have helped bring out my creative side. They have taught me so much about being grateful for the little things. I love being able to share my adventures in gluten free … [Continue]