Another “Snow” Day Means Movie Day

January 28, 2014

The weather here in Texas is so strange in the winter. Although the temps are falling way lower than a typical winter, I’m told it’s pretty normal for it to drop or rise in temperature almost 30 degrees overnight. I saw the following image yesterday on a friend’s Facebook page and giggled. With snow fall […]

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Keep Your Floors Clean with Swiffer

January 27, 2014

Keeping the floors clean with kiddos in the house is not easy. There always seems to be a mess, especially with so much wood… The Swiffer Sweep & Trap has become one of my newest must-have tools. We use it every day. It has soft, rotating blades to pick up large pieces of food and trash […]

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#Safety1st Travel Safety #Giveaway

January 19, 2014

It is super important to travel safely with your kiddos. With the help of Safety 1st, we have always been well prepared for a quick trip to the grocery store or a long day trip. The Elite 80 3-in-1 car seat is one of the best on the market, in my opinion. With it’s super-extended weight […]

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#SiennaDiaries Entry #5: Saying Goodbye

January 18, 2014

So, I knew that we had to say goodbye to our Sienna, at some point. But, before she was collected, I noticed on the nav map that there were little white dots along each road we had travelled. Some roads, like those from home to the kids’ schools, were most covered. While others, had just […]

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My Life List {or 99 Things I Want to do Before I Die}

January 16, 2014

I began a Life List years ago. This list contained all of the things – big and small – that I would like to do in my lifetime. In fact, last Spring I chose forty of these “things” and put together a list of those I wanted to accomplish before I turn the big 4-0. I […]

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Our Visit to Mormon Island at Folsom Lake

January 14, 2014

While in California, my family and I spent an afternoon at Folsom Lake. Or what’s left of it anyway. It is the lowest it has been in 60 years. And boy, is it sad… -photo source It may be a sad sight to see the lake so low, but it’s a well-visited area, even now […]

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#SiennaDiaries Entry #4: All the Comforts and Conveniences

January 12, 2014

The Toyota Sienna was quite the posh ride. All of us were very comfortable any time we drove that vehicle anywhere. Here are some of the resaons why – Heated Seats – Need I say more?! Automatic Doors – With just a simple touch of a button, the automatic doors make loading and unloading super […]

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My {simple} New Year’s Look

December 26, 2013

One day I’d like to get all decked out in a fancy dress, with a romantic up-do, and dramatic makeup to celebrate a year gone and count down to a new one. But, alas, we have kids, and for now we stay in and watch the ball drop with them. Even though we will be […]

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How to Make Fragrant Pomanders {with Halos Mandarins and a Whole Lot o’ Love}

December 23, 2013

This post has been sponsored by Halos. I have received Halos Mandarins, as well as monetary compensation, to facilitate this post. We love fresh fruit around here, especially citrus fruit. Lemons, oranges, limes, and grapefruits are all bound to bring a little energy to and freshness to our days inside escaping the cold weather. Halos […]

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Last Minute Gift Ideas

December 16, 2013

Are you looking for some last minute ideas for those gifts that slipped your mind? Well, I have a couple of ideas. This year we needed a couple of little gifts for our housekeeper, dog sitter, and a few hostess gifts, but I had completely forgotten until today. So, I ran up to Walmart, with […]

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Homemade Cookies ‘n Cream Ice Cream

December 16, 2013

My mom makes the best ice cream. Vanilla is usually the all-around favorite, but any time she adds fruit, cookies, or candy, it’s quite a delicious treat. Well, today my kiddos had the privilege of making Cookies ‘n Cream ice cream with Mimi. She agreed to share her recipe, which is super sweet! (scoop of […]

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Doing Good With #Toyota {#SiennaDiaries}

December 15, 2013

As part of my involvement with Toyota through December they gave us some fun money to bless others. How did we use it? We went shopping! Julia and I loaded up a Walmart cart with toys and filled the cargo space in our Sienna. We plan to donate the brand new toys to kids in […]

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Bake Like A Cake Boss This Holiday Season #cakebosscakes

December 14, 2013

As you all may know, I love to bake, but this is especially true around the holidays. There is just something about the scent of cinnamon and nutmeg, chocolate and brown sugar, a toasty warm house, and fresh out of the oven goodness. I also love watching baking shows – Ace of Cakes, Cupcake Wars, […]

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Seize the Holidays with Krusteaz

December 13, 2013

Krusteaz is a staple around here. The pancake mix is a favorite and there are so many delicious holiday inspired mixes we’ve tried out most recently. The Lemon Bars and Crumb Cake are so yummy, and we can’t wait to try the Molten Deep Dish Classic Cookies. I’ll let you know how it goes! Are […]

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Keeping Baby Safe While Away From Home for the Holidays

December 12, 2013

We plan to be in California for the Holidays. We will be far away from home, in someone else’s home. My parents’ house is really no longer kid-friendly, and I don’t know what I’m getting our family in to wehn we stay with other family members. I plan to be prepared! Are you and your […]

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“How many?”

December 11, 2013

I saw this on Pinterest the other day and I just couldn’t resist posting it here… No matter where we go, we are always met with looks, stares, and questions. I generally don’t give it much thought – I smile, nod, and answer the questions. But, sometimes… well, I can’t help but sigh and roll […]

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Christmas Tablescape on a Budget

December 10, 2013

As you all probably know by now, I’m a huge fan of Walmart. With a busy family and budget, what’s not to love? So it should come as no surprise that when it came time to spruce up my table for company, I turned to my favorite one stop shop. I didn’t want to spend […]

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#SiennaDiaries Entry #2: Lots of Room to Spare

December 9, 2013

A trip to Coscto typically means driving two vehicles, just so we have plenty of room for all of us AND all of the food we need to purchase for our large family. But, on this last trip we loaded up in the Toyota Sienna, confident that we would be able to fit everyone AND […]

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Smiling it Forward with Alyson Hannigan

December 9, 2013

Like most of us moms, How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan, loves sharing photos of her young daughters with friends, family and fans online. Y’all know how often I do the same! For this very reason, I have teamed up with Alyson , SheSpeaks, and Tylenol as a “Smile Squad” blogger to help spread […]

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Entertainment Coupon Book 2014 :: Great Gift Idea

December 8, 2013

As you may have gathered, Ray and I love food. We love to try new places, visit our favorites, and we often will eat out on our date nights. We saved so much money using the Entertainment Coupon Book in California, and we would even purchase one every time we visited San Diego – it […]

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Find the Perfect Gift with Catalog Spree

December 8, 2013

Are you still shopping for Christmas gifts, like I am? Did you know you can do so from the comfort of your couch in your jammies, with your iPod and Catalog Spree? What’s Catalog Spree? Catalog Spree is the #1 catalog shopping app with more than 350 full-page digital catalogs all in one place! Catalogs from […]

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Depression, Anxiety, and Me {Part Three}

December 7, 2013

{{Read Part One}} {{Read Part Two}} According to the American Psychological Association, nearly 40% of women reported having emotional and physical symptoms of stress. These symptoms are very similar to those of anxiety, depression, and even fibromyalgia.At last I had an official diagnosis. Three, in fact. I knew I wasn’t crazy. I was no longer […]

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