Showing posts from April, 2019

#MothersDaySavings Visa Giveaway & Gift Guide #MothersDay2019

Tuesday, April 30th at 12:00 AM PT to Friday, May 3rd at 11:59 PM PT. Ten (10) winners will receive a $50 Visa gift card. Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Mother's Day Circular page on and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page. The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Monday (5/6) via the email address they used to enter.

Patriotic Color Love

So it is that time of year where we can get out our patriotic swag. Red, white, and blue gear, baby! Maybe sport your patriotic shirts for Memorial Day or 4th of July. I don't really need a reason, as I love these colors and I wear them year round. Maybe it is the Army Wife in me, I don’t know. But there sure are some cute things out there these days with Old Glory on them! I can’t resist when I am shopping to grab something with a flag on it! Especially in the summertime, they come out with some really cute stuff! Tank tops, v-necks, even have seen beach kimono cover-ups! Come on! Adorable! I also have my yard and garden decor as red, white, and blue! I love it! Do you like patriotic colors? What are some of your favorite items in these colors? Show us! We’d love to see!
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believ…

Making Some Extra Dough $$

It would be most people’s dreams to work from home, right? Be self employed even! Well, it sure would be nice. I love my full-time job, but I have from time to time researched how to be self-employed. And though I am not self-employed, I do make some small side cash blogging. A lot of people are always asking me, how do you do that blogging thing where you get products and stuff? It is soooo hard to explain it to people. It is not like it happened overnight. It has taken me over 5 years to get to the point that I am at, and I am not even considered one of the "big" blogs that are out there, doing the same thing I do. When I am trying to explain it to people what I do, I first ask if they know what a blog is, and most people go: Yeah, kind of. No. Not really. So, errrr, how do I explain a blog? I guess I say it is like an online journal.
And that is how I started out, back when Jason was in the Army and we were living in Fort Hood, Texas. I used Yahoo 360 as a platform (anyon…

Circled By #MothersDay2019

Bracelets and Photo Charms for Mothers Day from “Circled By” What mother or grandmother doesn't want to show off her babies? We've all seen kids photos posted on Facebook and other social media. We've waited patiently while Grandma's scroll endlessly on their phones looking for photos. Now mama's and Grandma's can show off their prides and joys all in one place! On her arm!

#ZalesForMom Giveaway & Deals

Monday, April 24th at 12:00 AM PT to Friday, May 3rd at 11:59 PM PT.  Five (5) winners will receive a $100 gift card from Zales. Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Zales page on and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page. The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Monday (5/6) via the email address they used to enter.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

National Pediatric Transplant Week

National Pediatric Transplant Week takes place the last full week of National Donate Life Month in April. It focuses on the powerful message of ending the pediatric transplant waiting list. Throughout the week, clinical partners share their innovative work and patient stories (candidates and recipients), donor families whose children have saved and healed lives through organ, eye, and tissue donation are honored, and recipient families share their thanks and celebrate milestones.

Happy Easter #Easter2019


Getting The RV Ready

I am super excited to go camping this summer and use our new RV, that we only used twice last year. It is not a brand new RV. But it is new to us. There were some repairs that needed to be done to it, and Jason is pretty handy that way. And I get to decorate the inside, which is super fun, right? And we need to redo all the upholstery and foam. I am so not a seamstress and not good at any of that stuff. So thank goodness there is Foam By Mail where they can help me with custom foam factory cushions. So I am all set there.
I think we will take our maiden voyage sometime in mid-June this year, and I am thinking it will be to Big Falls campground, since it seems to be good fishing, and Callan enjoys the swimming. I can not wait!
Any big camping plans for any of you this summer?

#HPWarehouseSale Giveaway

Wednesday, April 17th at 12:00 AM PT to Tuesday, April 30th at 11:59 PM PT. Five (5) winners will receive a $100 HP gift card. Users enter the giveaway by heading to the HP page on and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page. The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Wednesday (5/1) via the email address they used to enter.

I Love Being A Homeowner

I love being a homeowner. Did I ever think I would actually get to become one? No, not really. I thought we would be the family who always rented. And that would have been okay too. We did it for many years. Even when the boys were young. But when we had the opportunity to own our own home, we took it. It was not an easy task to get a home loan though. It involved a lot more than I ever thought it would, really. But we found a great bank that helped us. And when we had to refinance on our mortgage, they were there for that too. I feel like we were pretty lucky, actually. It is a great bank for home loans, self employed loans, personal loans, etc. Yeah, we hit the jackpot with them! And they were excellent at helping us navigate with military home loans as well, which also can be very tricky. So shout out to Security Bank!
And now it is close to springtime. Well, actually the calendar did tell me it was spring, but here in Minnesota, we still have snow. In fact, over the weekend we just…

The Law School Journey

When my husband told me last summer that he wanted to go back to college, I was not really phased. He often times seeks to better himself. What did phase me was that he chose to study pre-law. Ummmm, what? He is nearly 40 years old, he already had a good stable job, and we certainly were set in our ways financially and doing just fine. And this a huge thing to take on. Of course, I supported him, and thus he began his journey.
But it is not going to be an easy task. And he is still in his first year, but the workload is already fierce. But I have never met a more determined person than my husband. This is the man that came home after 9/11 had happened and told me point blank - “I enlisted today,” and I of course responded, “Ok, then we are getting married.” And here we are. He already has 4 Associate’s Degrees, so why not go for some more? Some concerns were his time for work versus school, because yes, he would still have to hold down a full time job, as well as attend school full tim…

Is Assisted Living Right for Your Loved One?

As loved ones grow older, it can be difficult to assess if they need extra help around the house. If so, how much attention do they require? What kind of help should you turn to? Below is a breakdown of signs that your loved one may need extra support and the types of care available to them. Signs That Assisted Living Is NeededThere is a wide range of ways to test whether a senior is in need of outside care. A simple assessment can involve seeing how many daily activities your loved one can complete on his or her own. This includes ability in dressing, bathing and going to the bathroom, as well as a broader determination of whether he or she can successfully pay bills, cook and socialize. Aside from those indications, there are others to watch out for when entering a loved one’s home. Extreme changes in weight, frailness or body odor indicate the senior is not taking proper care of him or herself. Bills sitting in a large pile of unopened mail or an obvious lack of cleaning and old take…

National Blue & Green Day


Shaping and Maintaining Beautiful Brows

It’s official: thin, skinny eyebrows are out and thick, full eyebrows are in. The size and shape of your brows can really make an impact on your overall look. Here are some simple ways to care for your eyebrows and keep them looking their absolute best while following this latest trend. Remove Unwanted HairsEven thin, over-plucked brows still need to be cleaned up on a regular basis. Unkempt eyebrows can actually appear smaller in addition to looking unsightly. If you’re not a fan of waxing and plucking, you may want to try the eyebrow threading jacksonville beach fl salons offer. A natural, alternative method of hair removal, threading may be a more appealing option to those with sensitive skin. Grow Fuller EyebrowsIf you want to grow more hair to fill in your sparse brows, mix up a combination of one part coconut oil and two parts castor oil and store the mixture in a small jar. Use a disposable mascara wand brush to liberally apply the mixture to clean eyebrows every night before bed…

#SpringIntoHomeDepot Giveaway & Deals!

Tuesday, April 9th at 12:00 AM PT to Wednesday, April 17th at 11:59 PM PT. Ten (10) winners will receive a $50 Home Depot gift card. Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Home Depot page on and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page. The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Thursday (4/18) via the email address they used to enter.

Easter Gifts For Grownups #Easter2019


Maintenance Repairs You Should Never Skip For Your Car

Don't Let Your Car Breakdown For many car owners, they typically ride their car right up to the point where the car finally breaks down. Because going to the local repair shop can be seen as a hassle, many don't do it. However, this can be a costly mistake to make. Not only does fixing a broken car end up costing you more than just having your car tuned up when it needs it, but it also means even more of your time is spent waiting for your car to be fixed. In order to keep your car going strong, here are a few tune-up repairs that you should always send your car in for.
1. Oil Change You've likely heard how important oil is but you may not understand why. Think of oil as the lifeblood of your car. It's responsible for keeping everything running smoothly. When that oil runs out, your car runs a lot harder and can break. That's why having your oil levels inspected regularly is a good idea. However, besides the amount of oil in your car, the quality of oil in your car is…

Ian Doescher's Pop Shakespeare Series

Quirk Books continues the tradition of blending Shakespeare and Pop Culture with Ian Doescher's Pop Shakespeare Series. Get Thee Back To The Future About The Book: In the iconic film by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, teenaged Marty McFly travels back in time from the 1980's to the 1950's, changing the path of his parents’ well as his own. Now fans of the movie can journey back even further - to the 16th century, when the Bard of Avon unveils his latest masterpiece: William Shakespeare’s Get Thee Back to the Future! Every scene and line of dialogue from the hit movie is re-created with authentic Shakespearean rhyme, meter, and stage directions. This reimagining also includes jokes and Easter eggs for movie fans, from Huey Lewis call-outs to the inner thoughts of Einstein (the dog). By the time you’ve finished reading, you’ll be convinced that Shakespeare had a time-traveling DeLorean of his own, speeding to our era so he could pen this time-tossed tale. Much Ado A…

Sequin Sparkle And Change Bible

Sparkle And Change Bible About The Book:  The Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible is sure to be a hit with girls! This fabulous material is on everything from pillows to t-shirts. The sequins change color right before your eyes. Girls will love the design and will want to carry this Bible with them everywhere! The Sequin Sparkle and Change Bible: Silver and Gold NKJV features sequins that change color depending on which way your child swipes. It’s double the fun! This Bible is perfect for kids ages 6 to 10 to take to Sunday school, read with the family, or study on their own. The accurate and reliable New King James Version also contains beautifully illustrated insert pages in a style that will delight children's imaginations and include topics such as: Bible timeline information about Jesus, Journaling for favorite Bible verses, Bible maps, Study helps such as how to study the Bible and how to pray, Articles to build a child's faith, including How Do I Know Jesus Loves Me?, Bib…

April Is National Donate Life Month


Brooklyn Cloth

Brooklyn Cloth is a fashion-forward line in the “fast fashion” junior’s market, co-founded by Daron Jacob while working with Urban Outfitters and Tilly’s. Jacob noticed many of the kid's products in the mass market were too pricey, so he created fresh designs for a low price point with Brooklyn Cloth. Created to fit the laid-back, yet distinguished child that roams the boroughs of New York City, the design team mirrors this demographic and lifestyle. The energy and attitude of bustling streets and the vibes of the East Coast are woven into the fabrics of the garments, giving off an authentic, pure aesthetic of this unique lifestyle. The makers design their own fabrics, beginning from the yarn level - focusing on items such as Joggers, Shorts, and tees using Space Dye and Snow. Jacob notes, “We are focused on the Gen Z consumer. Someone who is not defined as one fashion or style but likes to change up their looks depending on their mood.”  Established in 2011, Brooklyn Cloth is a le…