Give Thanks Giveaway w/ Rachael Ray #ad

This post is sponsored by Rachael Ray Every Day Magazine, Dean’s Dairy Dip & California Walnuts. All opinions expressed are our own. We are so excited for the holidays to be right around the corner! I know I keep talking about how I’m ready to kick my feet up and relax, but I can’t help it! We have been on the go for so many months and the thought of just being able to slow life down and relax is really sort of exciting to us. We are hoping to be moved into our new home before Thanksgiving and can’t wait to share the holiday with our family in our new home! Today I wanted to tell you about a fun new giveaway! Our friends at Rachael Ray Every Day Magazine, Dean’s Dairy Dip & California Walnuts sent us an amazing “Give Thanks” package to help us host the ultimate gatherings this fall and holiday season! We received items from Rachael Ray cookware to Dean's Dairy Dip product/swag and  California Walnuts.  It will be great using all of this stuff in our new home! I’m thinking … [Read more...]

Picture Keeper Giveaway #2016HGG

I am an avid picture taker. I follow my children around with the camera (they do not love it), I take senior photos for people, and I've even done a few weddings. There is just something about getting that perfect shot that is a thrill for me, but when my camera is acting up, I sure get frustrated. Have you ever received that dreaded error message that says, "Memory Full" when trying to take pictures on your mobile device? That error always comes at the wrong time and can really put a damper in your activity for the day. Picture Keeper is a little device that is so easy to use and helpful in preventing that error from ruining your day. This handy little device runs a back up of your pictures so that you can be rest assured that they are safe and continue taking pictures! No matter where you are, Picture Keeper is convenient and easy to use. You simply download the FREE app (available on iOS and Android systems), plug this into your phone and then run a backup. How easy is that? … [Read more...]

Preparing For Winter When You Have Kids #SierraTradingPost #TrailTime

This post is sponsored by Sierra Trading Post. All opinions expressed are our own. Preparing For Winter When You Have Kids I'm sure most of you have been through many winter months, however have you ever actually sat down and prepared before the cold and snow hit? Are you shaking your head no? For years I would wait until the cold hit and then I would run out for things that we were in need of. You know, coats, boots, all of the necessities to keep us warm from the cold and weather? I decided a couple of years ago that it was silly to wait until the last minute to buy these items, especially since I already knew I was going to be needing them. That's when I started to make a list of everything I would need for the colder months and I went out and purchased those items before they were at their peak price. I mean, retailers can charge more for a winter coat when they know you need it. I found all of the items we need at Sierra Trading Post and was super impressed with the … [Read more...]

Having Fun With Our PLAYMOBIL Hockey Game #ad

We received free product from Playmobil to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed are our own. There's nothing I love more than to see my children sitting around a table playing nicely with one another. I love to watch my boys interact, use their imaginations and enjoy each others company. A couple of weeks ago we received PLAYMOBIL's NHL Hockey Arena. My boys are big soccer players, but they still enjoy the sport of hockey and were pretty excited to rip this big box open! I must say that setting it up was a breeze. As a matter of fact, my 11 year old pretty much had everything snapped together and in place before I could get my camera ready! There are 4 NHL players included in the box. They have movable arms and hockey sticks which make it fun to block goals! There's a joystick that you can use to maneuver the goalie from side to side. I must say that I thought this was going to be a lot smaller. I also wasn't sure how much play time it would get. I'm pleasantly … [Read more...]

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 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...]