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 Woofpup.com 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 things...like 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...]

Labor Day Recipes The Whole Family Will Enjoy

Don't show up to your Labor Day parties empty handed! We've got you covered and these delicious recipes are bound to make you the head chef at the party---ok, maybe not, but they are delicious! Check out this delicious Strawberry Poke Cake Recipe (Who says dessert has to come last?) http://www.bakingbeauty.net/strawberry-poke-cake/ We think you'll enjoy this Bacon Broccoli Salad as well! Get the full recipe here: http://www.bakingbeauty.net/bacon-broccoli-salad/ Don't forget the pasta salad! This pasta salad recipe will have everyone's mouths watering! http://lovetobeinthekitchen.com/2015/06/09/supreme-pasta-salad/ Don't forget the chicken! Dad's Grilled Chicken Marinade will have your guests begging for the recipe! http://lovetobeinthekitchen.com/2016/04/29/dads-marinated-grilled-chicken/ Don't forget the potato salad! This bacon & cheddar potato salad is the best! http://homecookingmemories.com/bacon-cheddar-potato-salad/ And let's not forget the burgers! … [Read more...]

Back to School Savings For Homeschoolers

Post may contain affiliate links. This week is back to school week for our family! We started just a tad later this year than we normally do, however we've been extra busy over the summer and ended a little later last year, so we needed that extra few days! Our older 2 boys started school today and the younger boys will start in a couple of days. We are all ready to get this new year started and excited about the new things we are going to learn along the way! Since it is back to school season, we thought you might like to hear about back to school deals! We know how busy you can be once the school year gets started, so to save you the hassle of checking around I've rounded up my top back to school picks in science, reading and writing and made sure you're saving at least 20%! Tip: Use WELCOME16 for Free Shipping and 15% off if you're new to Educents.com (you won't see that on their website). How to Teach the 5 Paragraph Essay: Save 25% A great lesson plan on this crucial … [Read more...]