Vacation Memories and #TradewindsTea #MomentsToSavor #ad

This post is sponsored by Tradewinds and the Mom It Forward Blogging Network. It’s been a couple of years since our family has had a real family vacation. We’ve been so busy with house flipping projects, fixing up our own home, family functions and so forth that we simply haven’t had the time. Not to mention, we have the most adorable puppy (she’s 2 now) that we just don’t want to leave. I’m sure we could find someone to watch her for a few days, but she’s so spoiled and we’d miss her. Taking her isn’t an option either since she’s so big and she’s a little hyper (okay, she’s pretty hyper). Just the other day my boys were talking about their favorite vacations. It was unanimous that our trips to the Smoky Mountains were definitely the favorite vacation spot! We have made some very fond memories there. I can remember the first time we took the boys there. My oldest son got a taste of some southern sweet tea at a restaurant we visited. From then on it was the only thing he drank the … [Read more...]

Trying to Get into the Halloween Mood…

This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading Company. All opinions expressed are our own. Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love that life sort of just slows down. We can cuddle up on the couch and watch movies together on the weekends. Our attire changes over to comfy clothing, cute boots and scarves (I admit that I have more scarves than I really have room for!) I love that we can throw comfort foods into the crockpot, enjoy hot cocoa and coffee and just relax. With that being said, this year things are going to be a little different. Let me explain. We are in the process of selling our home and buying a new home. This will be a challenge as we are homeschooling our 5 boys and we will need to go in and paint and lay new carpet before we can move into the new home. So, we are not exactly relaxing. Instead we are packing, cleaning, and preparing to get busy at the new house. I have had a chance to decorate our current home for fall. I convinced my husband that it would help us … [Read more...]

Woofpup Make a Great Gift #2016HGG

This post is sponsored by Woofpup. All opinions expressed are our own. My boys are real animal lovers! As a matter of fact, they are always trying to bring new pets into the home. I've caught them sneaking frogs in their pockets, worms (ewww), kittens, and even trying to convince me to catch and keep stray dogs! I did give in and we got the most adorable puppy 2 years ago. She's such a great dog for our family, but that doesn't keep them from asking for another pet! Since they love stuffed animals so much I found a product to keep them happy (for now!) In comes Woofpup! We welcomed the most adorable little black Woofpup into our home a couple of weeks ago. He's a cuddly plush pup and my boys have been taking turns sleeping with him every night! About Woofpup is a new online engagement site for families and dog lovers to connect and share stories and photos of their lovable pups. It comes with a monthly treat! Families can play on the site together and help … [Read more...]

Slowing It Down This Fall w/ #TradewindsTea #MomentsToSavor #ad

This post is sponsored by Tradewinds and the Mom It Forward Blogging Network. Life has been crazy busy for our family. You may remember our house flipping venture that we took a little earlier this year? It actually turned out quite well, the house was beautiful when we were finished with it, however we were left very tired and ready to take a break. It took us about 3 months to finish the project, which is quite fast in my opinion, given we did a whole house remodel on a home that was over 2,000 square feet! Our boys love helping us make old homes new again, however they were pretty tired in the end. We recently handed over the keys to that house and are ready to slow it down. (Check out the kitchen before & after. What you aren’t seeing is that there were walls that were taken down and the whole space was opened up. It really was a pretty big project.) We thought we were going to slow down as soon as that house sold, however soccer was in session (it’s coming to an end soon) … [Read more...]

Back to School Backpack Check w/ ChapStick #ad

“The ChapStick® product, information and gift have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.” This year has been a really busy one for us. Typically I spend more time discussing our homeschooling and day to day life with you all, however this year we've been so busy that I've skipped over much of it. I wanted to take a bit to let you all know a little about what we have going on. We are still homeschooling, however we have joined some very nice homeschool groups and are very active in sports and other clubs. Our children have a lot of friends and I believe they are more social and busy now that we are homeschooling than they were when we were at their old school. But, with that being said, we still like to do some of the traditional shop for backpacks and back to school supplies. I'm a little old school and I like to keep things tidy and in order. I purchase the backpacks so that we can easily pack supplies and take them with us when we want to do our schooling … [Read more...]

Making 16th Birthday Memories w/ #TradewindsTea #MomentsToSavor #ad

(This is what it's like trying to take photos of teenage boys!) This post is sponsored by Tradewinds and the Mom It Forward Blogging Network. Our oldest son just turned 16! It's crazy how fast time flies. It really does feel like just yesterday I was rocking him to sleep and changing his dirty diapers. I always thought people were crazy when they said that if you were to blink they would grow up! I totally say that now! My advice to new young moms is often to enjoy every minute with your little ones and enjoy every minute with your older ones. No minute is ever wasted when you are spending time together as a family. We always take our children out to lunch or dinner for their birthday and after we usually ask them if there are any special snacks they would like. Most of the time our boys will want candy, chips and pop. You know, all of the sweet and salty things their little bodies crave!? Well, when we asked our 16 year old what he would like today he said...All I want is for you … [Read more...]

I CAN Be Frugal and Awesome at the Same Time! #Groupon #ad

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. I wasn't always so frugal. There was a time when I would spend money freely on whatever it is I had my eyes/heart set on. I didn't worry at the time about what that purchase might do to set us back, I just wanted to be happy in the moment, and things made me happy---for a minute. It wasn't until I had a couple of children and they were growing---eating more, growing out of their clothing, shoes and so forth---that I realized that I had to find a way to keep myself (and my family happy) without spending so much money. I guess that is about the time that I became what my friends and family like to call me....frugal. At first, I was a little embarrassed to hear them call me frugal. I mean, all of these years I was the one freely spending and now they are saying I'm FRUGAL? It didn't take long for me to adapt and now I actually take it as a compliment! I'm down for finding the best deals on things and my friends and family now contact ME … [Read more...]

Fall Coffee & Hot Drink Recipes

I absolutely love fall! It's my favorite time of the year. I love hoodies, campfires, cuddling under a blanket in sweat pants watching movies and hot drinks---I love hot drinks! Since we recently started school (we homeschool, for those that may not have been around much), I've been playing around with coffee and other hot drinks---this momma runs on hugs, kisses and COFFEE!!!! I thought you might like this list of yummy recipes I compiled from some friends of ours. (You're welcome!) Enjoy! Crockpot Hot Chocolate -Even the kiddos can enjoy this one! Caramel Apple Cider- I'm not a huge apple cider fan, but boy does this taste yummy! It's like eating caramel apples! Slow Cooker Apple Cider- Why buy apple cider when you can make your own? This recipe is super easy too! Pumpkin Spiced Latte- What would a list of hot fall beverages be without a pumpkin spiced latte recipe? Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spiced Latte- This is another great pumpkin latte that you MUST try! Pumpkin Pie Hot … [Read more...]