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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Well this should go a long way in ending the Mommy Wars!!! #SisterhoodUnite

So this video has been all over the internet but I just finally found the time to watch it. WOW! That is all I can say. I loved it. Just in case you haven't seen it, here it is:

I have so felt like those Mom's sitting on the bench, how about you? Why do we do this to each other? We are all Mom's and we really do have the same basic goal.....doing what is best for our kids. For me that is homeschooling. I also am fully aware that homeschooling isn't for everyone. This video does such a great job of showing that we are all parents first and that we all love our children. #Sisterhoodunite is definitely a movement I believe in! It would have been so nice as a new Mom to feel encouraged and accepted as opposed to judged. Imagine what a difference that can make. It is ok to have opinions and express them but it has to be loving and not judgemental. We have to realize there is more than one way to achieve that same goal. I am a huge advocate of ending the Mommy Wars! I immediately went and liked Similac's facebook page after watching this video! Good job Similac! Kudos to you! 
Thursday, January 8, 2015

How "The List" can change your life!

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I have to be honest and tell you that upon writing this review I am only 70% done with this book. It is not just a book that you read. It is a lot of work. Not the kind of work that you mind doing though. It changes your perspective and gives you a new enthusiasm. This book has you doing work that is both fun and meaningful! Ironically I had already tapped into the power of lists just in a different way as you may remember from this post. Many of my real life friends who are also my reader's have quoted that post as their favorite even though I have written many since then. 

This book has taught me a new way to use the powerful lists. It has taught me to dream big and realize that anything is possible with the right steps. Ironically my New Year's "resolution" (I like to think of them more as ongoing goals) was to be more purposeful and organized. This book fits right into that purpose. He also suggests not to be afraid to ask for help. After all we can't accomplish everything on our own. I'm not sure why society teaches us not to burden other's with our issues. It has not always been that way. There use to be a barter and trade system where we very much relied on each other. Oh how I would love to go back to that time!

At any rate I can tell you this book is life changing! I am only 70 % done but it has definitely changed my thought process. In addition to reminding you to dream big, he helps you to define those dreams and the steps you should take to truly focus them. I am currently working on narrowing down my dreams and coming up with steps to make them a reality. 

Ironically shortly after I started reading this book things started happening for me very quickly. Someone decided to invest in me and one of my dreams which gets me much closer to realizing many of my other dreams! I will go into that more at a later date. Yuval encourages us to shout out our dreams and post it openly. He encourages us to do this so that we can network and share our contacts and time and talents to help each other be successful. So I am going to share with you my broad list that I am working on narrowing down and then I will provide you with the link to where you can get this amazing book!!!

My current list of dreams in no certain order which is being refined ( and will be reshared at some point ) :
1. New Shower curtain for kids bathroom
2. Curtains for kids bathroom
3.Shelves and baskets for both bathrooms
4. New boxspring
5. Fence in yard
6. Buy dishwasher
7. Get a Credit card for my new business venture to build credit in business name
8. Take Zoe to clown conference
9. Get kids back in sports
10. Leave a debt free lifestyle continually but maintain good credit as well
11. Help Kevin start Skewer Shields and patent it
12. Buy a Toyota Sienna
13. Buy a truck
14. Donate car
15. Get Amazon Fire Phones
16. Take kids to Disney for luck
17. Take a cruise with my sister
18 .Take my Step-Dad on vacation to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg, Tn.
19. Get a chicken coop
20. Get chickens
21. Get Goats
22. Build a storage shed house with a loft area, each kid has their own room, an office, a large living area w/ a fireplace, master bedroom sharing a 2 sided fireplace to the master bathroom with a jetted garden tub, and with solar power panels and do it debt free!
23. Clear some more of the land but leave a tree line around the entire property as it is now for privacy
24. Get kids a wooden play place
25. Get 4-wheelers
26. Get a few hammocks in the yard
27. Learn to crochet more patterns
28. Go to Hawaii
29. Open a boutique store
30. Help Kevin and my sister start a rental business and flip houses
31. Homeschool the kids through graduation
32. Help all 4 kids go to college, start their own businesses, etc. 
33. Buy kid's first homes on our land, tiny houses possibly
34. start a tanning bed business
35. Open a YMCA
36. Go to Australia
37. Visit all 50 states with the kids. 
38. See the 7 Wonder's of the world with all 4 kids
39. Take a whale watching watching cruise in Alaska
40. Make $ with my Photography ( I have accomplished this in the past but would like to do more)
41. Have 1000 followers  on all social media for my blog (Click on those adorable social media icons for me and follow me, please. :) )
42. Have 1000 visitors on my blog monthly (please share my blog with all of your friends as often as you can. I appreciate it!)
43. Start tiny house villages for homeless vets
44. Own a custom fish tank like on tanked
45. Learn to Scuba Dive
46. Work at an animal reserve like Noah's Ark
47. Study Zoo-ology
48. Study CSI
49. Have a consistent family game night
50. Learn to play Chess and Checkers with the kids
51. Go Kayaking with my sister
52. Learn to start a fire naturally
53. Learn to cook on an open fire
54. Learn survivalist techniques
55. Learn Korean (In progress)
56. Visit South Korea
57. Own a Thomas Kincaid painting
58. Learn to Garden
59. Get Horse Riding lessons for kids (again)
60. Help with Animal rescue (In progress on a small scale)
61. Do Birth Photography as a business (will have to be on hold until the kids are older)
62. Have an Inground pool
63. Become a Mgr. with Lilla Rose
64. Buy a riding lawnmower
65. New Rainbow
66. Buy a storage building for the property
67. Buy an outside dog kennel 
69. Be more organized (use time more wisely to accomplish my goals)
70. Have a Daily schedule (to go with the above)
71. Get Fringe bangs
72. Get nails done every 2 weeks
73. Get a pedicure every 2 weeks
74. Help Kids achieve their goals and dreams
75. Read the Bible cover to cover
76. Have Filmstrip panels of Kids done from 2 years ago as planned
77. Catch up on Scrapbooks 
78. Have all the photo's framed that I sorted from last year
79. Go on Missions trips
80. Teach the kids to have servant's hearts and help when and how they can while also being cautious
81. Teach kids to love to learn, or rather help them continue to love to learn as they naturally do (why I homeschool!)
82. Help kids discover their purpose
83. Go to a Murder Mystery dinner (have done a few period era parties and loved them!)
84. Build a tree house
85. Get the tire swing put up
86. Visit Jamaica and swim with the Dolphins again
87. Have a pet Parrot
88. Lose 30 lbs
89. Take Kevin to the Melting Pot
90. Get all the supplies for tent camping that my heart desires!
91. Camp more often
92. Learn to shoot better/hunt
93. Buy a gun
94. Learn to hunt as a family
95. Teach kids to shoot (suppose it could go with above)
96. Get Zoe a bow & arrow and lessons
97. Encourage Justice's fashion designer dream (the boys don't have a certain focus just yet)
98. Raise Happy, loving kids with good morals and good hearts
99. Adopt 
100. Save for retirement ( be very financially secure and live debt free)

When he instructed to make a list of 100 dreams, big and small, I didn't think I would be able to. In fact my husband said good luck! LOL! Once I started though it was interesting how easily they came. Now it did take a few hours but I enjoyed it! Now looking back I do see where some of the goals are really just smaller goals within a bigger goal but he said not to analyze it while you wrote it. The next step is to narrow it down and come up with exact steps to accomplish them. I have only shared with you the very basic ideal of the book. The way that he leads you along this journey is amazing. The goals he has accomplished with this method is amazing!

You can see more on my Good Reads account as well as keep up with my thoughts on my progress. I really can't encourage you enough to get this book for yourself! You can find it on Amazon below for only $2.99! It is definitely worth $2.99 to invest in yourself and your dreams! It is also the perfect time to read it as we are starting the new year with a fresh start for 2015!
Click on the link below to get yours. 

The List: Shout Out Your Dreams! (Motivation & Inspiration For Success & Happy Life)
Saturday, January 3, 2015

Our Talk to Santa video conference experience & some tips!

I know Christmas is over but we had some great moments that I am still wanting to share. One of those great moments was our video conference with Santa. My kids loved this! They were in awe!

The customer service at Talk to Santa is great and they stay in contact very well. They start out by sending you an email with instructions on how to get on to your live video chat with a reminder of the date. 

Next I received an email with these wonderful invitations to give to the kids to get them excited!

Now here was the part that really surprised me. They actually call just a few minutes before our video chat time! I was very impressed. I also love that you can add other locations in case your family lives far apart. It is a great way to share something special and feel close! Then after the video you can download the video to keep it always! Below is our video!

After the video I received these adorable certified nice list certificates for the kids!

Over all it was a very positive experience! I would do it again. However there was a few things I wish I had known before hand.

For one my kids were so in awe that they were so quiet. LOL! They were not at all there normal talkative selves. So I would suggest sitting them down and asking them what questions they would like to ask Santa. That way they would have a list and could remember all the things they wanted to ask him.

Secondly, use the notes section! Put as much information in there as you can. If you have seen Santa somewhere be sure to note that. If there is anything you would prefer Santa not to say make a note of that too! The only part of the video I wasn't thrilled with was the fact he told the kids that the mall Santa's aren't real. :/ We have a great Santa that we go to see every year at Santa's Wonderland. He looks very much like Santa and is just wonderful. Now I am wondering if next year that visit will still be as magical. No-one asked me about it and I haven't elaborated on it. He did say he sneaks in sometimes so atleast I have that in my back pocket if it comes up next year. 

My Faux mantle. My solution for hanging stockings

My original plan was to use a shelf similar to this one upside down and to attach hangers to the bottom.

John Sterling KT-0148-818WT Wood Shelf Kit, White, 8-Inch by 18-Inch

First I headed off to Hobby Lobby to get some inspiration. While I was there I noticed they were having a huge sale. In addition to that I found a piece that I loved but found that it was slightly damaged. It had drawers that had little ceramic numbers on them. One of the numbers had broken off. I thought to myself that would be such an easy fix. My husband is the king of deals so I knew damaged items are additionally discounted. So I found an associate and asked about it. She told me that it would be an additional discount. So I scored this shelf for $24.95!!! It was originally over $80!!! I couldn't turn that price down. I knew that my idea would run about that so I snatched it up right away! So here is my new faux mantle!

In this photo you can see the little chalkboards above. I absolutely love it!

So don't be afraid to ask for those discounts! Don't even be afraid to leave the house and go looking for them! I know I am going to get a ton of use out of my faux mantle! I am planning to add two small shelves next to it at some point. I would love to hear what you think!

How our Liztek Bluetooth speaker added nice ambience to our Christmas morning!

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We love listening to Christmas music while we watch the kids play on Christmas morning. We don't rush to get anywhere or worry about to do lists. It is pure bliss. There is just something so calming and peaceful about it. Well before we had to stop and look it up on the computer or set up a cd player. Well now we have access to music right in our hands via our Iphones. Let's face it though, they are not very loud and would probably not be heard over the giggles and squeals of excited children. We bought a bluetooth speaker back in August. I was not happy with it. My husband uses it. For me I found it hard to get it to connect. Not to mention it just wasn't as loud as I expected either. I think we spent about $100 on it but I am not certain. When I heard from Liztek I was excited to give another speaker a try. 

Christmas morning is not the only time we listen to music. I enjoy listening to it on family game nights, picnics, and even just relaxing in a bath. There is just something about music that connects to my soul. It can bring back memories in an instant. I love how there is music to connect to every emotion. I found the Liztek speaker to be very easy to connect to my phone. It literally took me two seconds to connect to it! It definitely added that something special to our Christmas morning and I am sure it will be attending many more of our events and even be used on a daily basis! I highly suggest it! Judge for yourself:

It is much more affordable than the others that I have seen at only $34.95! Get yours below:

Liztek PSS-60 Ultra-Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker,Powerful Sound with build in Microphone, Works for Iphone, Ipad Mini, Ipad 4/3/2, Itouch, Blackberry, Nexus, Samsung and other Smart Phones and Mp3 Players (Black)

My last minute Christmas DIY gift! Peppermint Body Scrub!

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I was trying to think of something else affordable to add to my extended family's gifts this year when my friend Liz called me. She had posted this sugar scrub on her page that she had learned to make. I told her that I wanted to buy a few jars. She said to me "Oh it is so easy to make!". As it turned out I had just received some peppermint oil and was trying different ways to use it. So I went to work! Here is what you will need to make this sugar scrub for yourself. 

You can also reuse jelly, jam, or spaghetti sauce jars to keep the cost down. You ca use any sugar that you prefer. After making this I still had  a practically full bottle of Peppermint oil. This bottle will last a good long time! Do be cautious when you use any essential oil and understand how it works and the risks associated. Not all oils are good to apply to your skin and some can even burn you if not diluted. 

These scrubs were a big hit with the family members that I gave it to! Here is a video on how to make it. 

By the way, one goal that I have for 2015 is to learn more about video editing and youtube so that I can make these videos better for you and grow my youtube channel! :) I would greatly appreciate it if you would follow me on youtube. :)

Does your pooch have hip issues? Savings enclosed!

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You may remember this photo from this post. My entire family are animal lovers! If you have followed me on Instagram then you probably realized I was. My kids are definitely following in my foot steps. My husband has a soft spot for animals too but doesn't like to admit it. You may remember my post about this great dog food or this wonderful dog shampoo or even my most recent post on Snoutstick. So as I am sure you can see that as important as it is to me to take care of myself and my family, it is just as important to me to take care of our pets. I consider them part of my family. So I was super excited to review Peachy Dog Dogplus hip & joint supplements!

Particularly since Adela is half Dalmation and they are prone to hip dysplasia. My dogs loved this supplement and ate them like they were treats. To show you just how easy it was to give to the dogs I made a little video for you all.

Here are some more information on how great these supplements are!!!

So if you think this is something that your doggies would benefit from you can find it below:

And for a limited time they are offering you all a great deal!!!!

So hurry and take advantage of those great savings!!!
Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My Christmas Eve baking tips (from a non-baker!).

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So I have told you many times that I am not a baker. :) However there are a few times a year that I will attempt to bake. One of those is Thanksgiving and the other is Christmas. Then every once in a while throughout the year as a treat for the kids. I am a decent cook but I am not good at baking! As much as I would love to be a "foodie" I am just not. LOL! I enjoy food but I cook because it is a necessity. :)

This year we did a conference call with Santa and he told the kids he really likes home made cookies so..........yeah. LOL! That is what inspired my cookie round up post. I chose the one that looked the simplest. There were a few things that made my Christmas baking a tad easier and I decided to share them with you in a video.

Now please don't mind my messy house. It was Christmas Eve and I was doing a decent amount of cooking among other things. In addition to that there is tape from where we winterized the windows. We chose to buy a lot of land with a small older mobile  home on it and we are living in it until we build. ;)

So the first thing that I do to minimize my clumsiness while I bake is put my hair up! On this particular night I chose to use my favorite Lilla Rose u-pins. They are not only pretty but they hold very well. They are also very comfortable! Here is a photo of my 10 yr. old wearing them.

The next thing that I love and feel helps make my baking misadventures a little easier are these Silicone heat resistant gloves.  There are several reasons I like these! I can be a tad clumsy so I love that these have a non-slip pattern on them. In addition to that they are waterproof. This means no hot liquids seeping through the oven mitts. They are washing machine safe and super easy to clean. They also give me more mobility and grip since they are much thinner than the traditional oven mitt. They are just as effective if not more effective as traditional oven mitts. I love that they have a life time warranty as well!

If you would like a pair for yourself you can find them by clicking below:
AYL® Silicone Heat Resistant Grilling BBQ Gloves Set: #1 Best Value ★ Perfect For Use As Cooking Gloves, Baking, Smoking, Or Potholder ★ For Use on Hot Food in High Temperature In The Kitchen, Use As Grilling Gloves, Oven Gloves, Or Even Camping! ★ Protect Your Hands And Avoid Accidents With Insulated Waterproof Five Fingered Grip ★ Far More Protection And Easier to Use Than Oven Mittens!

The last item that I use and love is my silicone baking mat! I love the measurements and circles. Yes, I really need to be walked through baking to that extent! LOL! The best thing about it though is definitely the non-stick feature. I have messed up many cookies trying to get them off the pan even with using cooking spray. The one thing I forgot to mention about it in the video is that it rolls up making it very easy to store! It is also dishwasher safe. I enjoy the bright colors too. That is just an added little bonus though. :) 

If you would like your own Silicone baking mat you can get find it by clicking below:

So these are a few of my favorite things when it comes to baking. I am working on my baking skills so maybe some day I will have even better tips! ;) Until then I will share little things like this that will make it easier for you.