Thursday, October 30, 2014

What's On My Mind?

Hey everyone!  I just wanted to take today and just write. Write about life, write about what ever I want.

What going on in my life? - Life has been SUPER busy!  Like crazy busy.  While I like being busy, I don't love being this busy.  I am loving school, but there are two days a week that after 1 I am not home until dark.  It's OK though because the other 3 school days I soak in home life and get a lot accomplished!
A couple weeks ago I took my cute kiddos on a road trip, on my own, up to my moms 60th birthday. My husband had to work, so I drove the 4 hours (that I normally sleep when my husband drives) up to where all of my family lives and didn't once fall asleep driving LOL!   My mom had no clue I was coming and was so excited!! We had such a fun surprise party for her at the pumpkin patch!  She wasn't very excited to be 60, but she makes 60 look good, and in the end I think she had a great day!

I also got to see these sweetest girls be blessed.  They are my new twin nieces and I wish I lived closer to them so I could just hold them all the time!

While on the trip my sweet mother in law had a mild stroke, but she ended up recovering very well so we came home and did school for three days when we found out that my grandma had to have heart surgery, and on that same day my husbands grandpa passed away. It was a bit of a crazy week for our family members. We headed back up north to Logan to his grandfathers funeral.  I didn't know him very well because he lived in Montana and we never saw him very often, but he was a great man and I wish my kids would have gotten to know him better.  We got to see the Logan temple which I haven't ever seen up close. Isn't it beautiful!?!
My husband is starting up his busy season!  He owns and operates a Christmas Light installation company.  While it is great for our family, we hardly see him the month of November, but December is nice because he home tons more!!  So pray we will make it through the month of November!  Being a single mother is hard.  I'm a wimp, I know! So we have been spending a lot of his spare time with him. While up in Utah Valley we went up the canyon to Sqaw Peak and saw all the beautiful fall leaves!  It was breathtaking!

 

What's on my mind? - Oh this might take me all night to write!  Just kidding. What is on my mind lately are a few things.  First, I love life!  I really do.  I am so blessed with a wonderful husband who works so hard and loves me for me!  I have great kids who I love so much and I truly love being their mother, I also love being their teacher at home, as hard as it is some days, it is so fun to homeschool them.

Second, Life is hard.  No matter what...it is hard.  I always thought that if "such and such happened" our life we be great.  I was wrong, life is still difficult with new trials. We have struggles on a weekly basis, but I have learned that when I get up each day and do the things that I know God wants me to do, like pray, read my scriptures and exercise he blesses me and helps me get through hard times with a better attitude.  The days I don't I wake up and get those things done I feel grumpy and tired and less patient with my kids. We all go through trials, small things such as a kid made a big hole in the wall (true story) or the kids fighting, babies crying all day long from teething, to bigger things like financial issues or illness.  That's life, and guess what, it's not going to go away.  I just need to realize that I am strong enough to get through exhausting days with kids that are having their own exhausting days, and I can be strong and get through hard things that come my way!

What am I reading- I just finished the Book of Mormon!  I was SO excited. For the last 3 months I have tried really hard to wake up before my kids and study my scriptures.  I love this book and KNOW it is true and am so grateful for that knowledge!

I am also reading a book called Softly Falling which I will review next month on the blog and a couple kids Christmas books that I will also review in November!

What am I trying to accomplish- I have these cutest stitchings with my kids birth dates and stats about them that I am trying so hard to finish. I am also wanted to make new quilts for my boys beds.  It seems like a daunting task, I am not sure that I am going to be able to finish them by Christmas, but I think they would love it.

I am trying to loose 5 more lbs.  I just participated in a  Meltdown challenge and I lost a little over 9 lbs (you gotta count those ounces, right!:)  I feel great, I just have about 5 lbs of baby weight I want to loose!  I can do it!!

I also am working with some great people to transfer my blog from Blogger to Wordpress!  I am super excited, but kind of nervous with the whole change!  I just picked out my new header.  I hope you like it!  Hopefully it will all be done sometime next month!

So there you go!  A little bit about what is on my mind and how life is going around here!  What's going on in your life?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

An Update On My New Favorite Hair Care Line - Living Proof PHD

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Living Proof. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.

I just had to update you about my awesome Living Proof PHD (Perfect Hair Day) Shampoo, Conditioner and 5-in-1 Styling Treatment that I told you about last month here!  I was really excited to tell you about this product a month ago when I started using it, and I am even more excited to tell you that it did everything I wanted it to and more.  I kid you not, I love this stuff.  I hardly have to use very much (which compared to my old stuff I would use a whole palm full of conditioner and I was always so mad
Since using these great products my hair isn't as frizzy, it actually dries a lot straighter and faster, and I don't have to use my flat iron as much.  My hair is SUPER smooth. The other day I was talking to my husband in the car and I was like…"Just feel it, it feels so soft"  He did and he agreed!  I get that feeling  like when you walk out of salon every single day. Oh and that's the other thing.  I could wear it down at least two  days in a row, and the 3rd day I would sometimes curl it or do more of an out of my face look! Washing your hair frequently is actually quite unhealthy for your locks. I totally found that I didn't have to wash my hair as much now since I have been using this great product!

I love the scent.  A friend of mine asked me what it smells like.  It is not strong by any means, the word I think of to describe it is just fresh!

Now through November 8th, with an order of $20 or more, you can enter the exclusive code below to get a free Perfect hair Day (PhD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment in travel size. With this order you will also receive free samples and free shipping! Just use Shopping Code: NOV2014

We went and took a few family picture up in the canyon and I actually love how my hair looks compared to a few months ago…
Check out these two picture.  The one on the left is before PHD and the one on the right is after.  I haven't colored or cut my hair. Yes there is an histogram filter on the one on the left, but it still has more flyways and isn't as smooth.

My daughter has also used it and has seen a huge difference in her hair.  She puts the 5-in-1 styling treatment in her hair and scrunches it up in the morning when it's wet and it makes her curls look so much prettier and way less frizzy! She doesn't even use gel on it.  I still have to use gel on my girls, but the 5-in-1 totally helps them stay in longer!

 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My Favorite Christmas Gift as a Child


When I was a little girl Christmas was always so magical to me.  I loved waking up on Christmas morning and seeing the stockings on our couch filled with fruits and treats, and looking at the tree shinning in the dimly lit room all lit up with presents underneath for everyone.  Santa usually left our stuff by our stockings unwrapped for us to enjoy right away.  We would play with those for a while and then sit around the tree and one by one (which I love best) watch each other open gifts!  I remember the one Christmas I ran into the room and saw a handmade wooden picnic table all set up with a checkered table cloth, dishes and fake food!  It was a dream come true.
I LOVED to play kitchen with my family and friends.  I remember that year I also got some fun pretend kitchen appliances to go along with it.  It was a Christmas I cherish.  I remember sitting at that table eating fake food and having picnics with my friends.  Now the table still sits in my moms family room for all the grandkids to enjoy.  I have been tempted to bring the table back to my house for my kids to enjoy, but I realized I love to see all my kids with their cousins squished on that table enjoying playing kitchen or eating their Sunday family dinners together!  I'll get it here one day, but it will be a while.  It just belongs right were it is!  I have many fond memories of Christmas and have made some wonderful ones with my own family.

I am really excited for Christmas this year. I love everything about it. I love to buy people gifts and see the joy on their faces!  While we are very simple in what we get for each other, we never buy toys unless it is their birthday, so Christmas is a time I love to get them one special thing that they are super excited about.  They love walking around Walmart and telling me things they want.  They know they might get one of those special things under the tree, and maybe even Santa might bring them something else!

Walmart is having an in-story Toyland event where you can come and interact with this years hottest holiday toys and you or your children can become official Toy Testers!  I will be there on the 8th checking out some toys I know my kids will love! Check out this link and see if a Walmart near you is hosting one of these events in your area!

I would love to know what your favorite Christmas memory was?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as part of the Walmart Holiday Toyland campaign through Sverve. All views and opinions expressed are 100% my own! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sports Safety Tips for Kids + Ultimate College Football Sweepstakes


I love sports!  Growing up I played basketball, soccer, softball, and I was even clogged! Weak ankles is something I have always had to deal with.  I had to wear a brace on both ankles after spraining them numerous times. They look a bit dorky, but I don't care, they save me.  I remember putting on ankle braces and shin guards for soccer.  It saved me but was quite bulky!  It's way better than being carried of a field wanting to puke and pass out.   As I got older I ran Cross Country and had a lot of issues with my body then also, but I loved to do it.  So I pushed through it and made sure I was taking the precautions that I needed to.  We as parents want our kids to love sports, and be active! We also want them to be safe in whatever sport they participate in, but sometimes things happen.  We can try to help prevent injuries by making sure the kids are follow safety guidelines.  Here are some tips that I use to make sure I can help ensure their safety when participating in sports.   

10 Sports Safety Tips for Kids
  1. Stay Hydrated.
  2. Wear proper safety equipment.
  3. Eat Healthy the day before and day of.
  4. Get good sleep the day before you perform.
  5. Check play area for possible hazards.
  6. Warm up and cool down before and after event.
  7. Follow the rules of your sport.
  8. Don't be careless about your equipment. Pick it up after you are done using it. 
  9. Make sue you are insured in case of an accident.
  10. If you are already injured, listen to your doctors orders about when you can start playing again.  


Accidents happen. One way to help alleviate the financial strain of the costs associated with injuries is with supplemental insurance to help with out-of-pocket expenses. When a covered accident happens, supplemental accident insurance pays the policyholder cash benefits for the unexpected medical and everyday expenses that begin to add up almost immediately. When unexpected illness or injuries DO happen, make sure you’re prepared with supplemental insurance.  AFLAC supplemental insurance is a great choice to help take away the financial worries surrounding sports accidents. AFLAC can help with things like broken teeth, concussions, ambulance, and other costs that insurance may not fully cover. Click here to read more about covering your family’s unexpected costs.
Speaking of sports and AFLAC...AFLAC is sponsoring the Ultimate College Football Experiences Sweepstakes this fall, and it looks amazing for any football fans out there! 

Go enter the Ultimate College Football Experiences Sweepstakes by going here.  Here is a little bit about it…
Are you the ultimate college football fan? If so, this #AflacSweeps is for you! Three lucky fans will win a trip for two, a pair of tickets to one of three college football games in early November, a chance to meet Desmond Howard and more.
Enter once per 24 hours on Facebook; for bonus entries, share on Twitter.
Enter today and then spread the word to let your friends know it’s #GameOn! Enter @AflacDuck's sweeps for a chance to meet Desmond Howard, win football tickets & more! #AflacSweeps #GameOn. Rules: http://afl.ac/ABZgj
CONSUMER NOTICE: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. Open to legal permanent residents of 50 U.S. states and DC, 21 or older, who have Internet access and valid email address prior to 08/28/14. To enter and for Official Rules, including odds and prize descriptions, click here. This sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook or Twitter. For a winner's list (after 11/10/14), visit the Ultimate College Football Experience tab of this page or mail request to Aflac "Ultimate College Football Experience" (Specify Winner List), Media Relations, 1932 Wynnton Road, Columbus, GA 31999. Sponsor: American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Merry Christmas Cox's Honey Giveaway


Merry Christmas Coxs Honey Giveaway Oct. 27th-Nov. 2nd, 2014 by FoodStorageMoms.com
 
The holidays are right around the corner so what better way than to have Cox's Honey involved in a giveaway again! This giveaway is a little different. We will have one winner chosen through our Rafflecopter system. Then that winner will give the names and addresses to Cox's Honey for FIVE of their friends to receive the same giftpack shown above! WooHoo! This is a sponsored group giveaway and we thank Cox's Honey for these awesome prizes. Have you tried their creamed honey....fabulous! Have you seen: Cox's Honey Website?

This Cox's Honey Gift Pack Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Monday, Oct. 27th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Sunday, Nov.2nd, 2014 at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone! Let's be prepared for the unexpected!

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

5 Ways to Help Your Family Develop Good Health Habits!


“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.” 

A couple weeks ago I introduced you to some pretty awesome LISTERINE products when I wrote this post!  I wanted to let you all know how we are doing incorporating better oral health habits into our family.  I gave my boys their own floss and then told them to share the mouth wash. They were adorable and super excited to try them out.  My sons set up a schedule as to when they would use the LISTERINE SMART RINSE ANTICAVITY FLUORIDE RINSE. They decided every Monday and Friday at night would be good!! They would even have us time them as they "Swissheded"!  I worked harder at flossing and actually did really good.  I used to have the floss higher up on the shelf not by my toothpaste. I put it right by my toothbrush, and that helped a lot!  It hurt for the first couple of days, but now I love it.  It feels so much better!  I used the LISTERINE HEALTHY WHITE MINT FLOSS and liked it, but I ended up really liking the LISTERINE® ULTRACLEAN® ACCESS FLOSSER, because it was super easy and way more convenient to floss with. My husband loved his New LISTERINE® HEALTHY WHITE™ GENTLE Rinse that whitens without irritating! We still can keep improving, but I'd say the we are doing a lot better±
As a mom I have to help teach my children good health habits.  I love the phrase…healthy habit hero!  Here are 5 ways I help my family develop good health habits.

1- Be an example - I have to have good habits myself if I except my children to.
2- Provide an environment in your home for them to be healthy children, especially when it comes to food!
2- Get them outside or doing something active inside at least once a day for at least a hour.
3- Encourage them to drink a lot of water and to choose healthy snacks.
4- Remind them to brush their teeth and floss morning and night.

what do you do that helps your family incorporate healthy daily activities, whether in oral care, food choices, or other lifestyle aspects?

You can check out where LISTERINE products are available for purchase here!  You can also check out the LISTERINE YouTube page featuring the Healthy Habit Heroes video series here

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Stars, Stockings, and Shepherds: Discover the Meaning of Christmas Symbols

If you have followed my Christmas post in years past you know how much I love Christmas! And with two posts in a row about Christmas stuff you might think I am thinking about it way to much!  I don't skip over the other holidays, I love Thanksgiving and feel gratitude all season long, but Christmas  really is something I love to be prepared for!
Every year we do 25 Days of Christmas Spirit, Service and Fun and one of the things we do for our Christmas Spirit day is we talk about the meaning of Christmas symbols.  Usually we just look it up online, or figure it out on our own.  I was so excited when I received this book from Shersta Chabot and Cedar Fort Publishing “Stars, Stockings, and Shepherds”.  This book goes through 24 Christmastime object and what they symbolize.  We are going to read it as one of our books that we read each night, but you could even read one page a night up to Christmas!  It is a darling book, with beautiful illustrations by Cory Egbert. This book is the perfect for any children, parents, or grandparents to read at Christmas time. Make your family’s holiday season one to remember with this inspiring reminder of the gospel roots behind our treasured Christmas traditions.

You can purchase her book Here on Amazon!


 About the author: Shersta Chabot grew up in Utah, the oldest in a family of eleven children. After working for several years in both corporate and small business accounting, she returned to her first love—English literature—and completed her Bachelor’s degree at Utah Valley University while working as Acquisitions Editor for a local trade publishing company. Currently, she lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her three children, where she has taken on the dual challenges of graduate student and teacher of writing at Arizona State University. Shersta is the author of The Symbols of Christmas.

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FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher as part of the author’s virtual book tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are 100% my own.

 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Free Holiday Hot List Digital Coupon Book ~ Let the shopping begin!!

As a blogger I wish everyone that enters my giveaways could win.  Seriously, I hate picking that winner, because I want everyone to win!  Well, Mariel from Or So She Says… and 3 other blogger friends were feeling bummed that all their readers couldn’t be winners of their giveaways. So, they put their heads together and made it possible for you ALL to win something super amazing and super perfect for the upcoming holidays…

What is it?!?
A digital coupon book, filled with lots of exclusive coupons from your favorite online shops. Hello, holiday shopping!!!

And, when I say favorite online shops, I’m talking coupons to DownEast Clothing, Melissa and Doug, World Market, Kiwi Crate, Charmed Collection, Groop Dealz, and more! Believe me, you want it and you can totally have it… for free. All coupons are valid until right before Christmas, so if you’re not ready to start your holiday shopping, you can still use them when you are ready. Which is great for me since I can't start shopping until mid November!

All you have to do to receive your coupon book its to enter your email! You’ll be signed up for the blogger’s newsletters and receive a SPECIAL email with the digital holiday coupon book, within 48 hours. WHOO-HOO!! Let the shopping begin!


Holiday Hot List Coupons: Get Away Today, Lollipics, GroopDealz, Blendtec, Ruby Blue, Raise, Cherishables, Ghiradelli, Build a Sign, Sassy Steals, My Sisters Tee, OverstockDeals, Piper Street, Silhouette, Little Acorns, Linenspa, DownEast Basics, Melissa and Doug, Easy Canvas Prints, Jewelry.com, Our World Boutique, Kiwi Crate, World Market, Indie Gift Box, Cents of Style, CreativeBug, Babylit, Manhattanite, Sweet Tooth Fairy, Charmed Collection.

This Holiday Hot List is sponsored by: Or so she says… Freebies 2 DealsSimply Kierste, and The Crafting Chicks

Wonder Oven Giveaway


My Wonder Oven Slow Cooker Giveaway-Oct.24th-29th, 2014 by FoodStorageMoms.com 
This beautiful picture above is called My Wonder Oven by Joyce at My Wonder Oven.com. A group of bloggers decided to let you know about these awesome slow cookers. I haven't ever tried one but they look pretty cool or hot! haha! They can be used to keep food cold as well. In order to slow cook food all you do is use a pan with a lid and bring the food to a boil. The food cannot be frozen when placed in your pan. You bring the food to a boil for about 10-15 minutes. We are talking a rolling boil here. Quickly place the lid on your pan and place it in the Wonder Oven. You can place a towel around your pan to keep the drips off your Wonder Oven. These are great for camping, or just getting your cooking done in the morning and having it finished by dinner time! Read about My Wonder Ovens Top Ten Features and then go enter the giveaway!

My Wonder Oven Top Ten Features:

1. 100% Cotton

We promise the fabric won't melt!

2. Double Stitched

We want to make sure those beads stay right where we put them!

3. 3 mm Polystyrene beads

Smaller beads conduct the heat better because there is less air space around them. Bigger is NOT always better.

4. VIRGIN beads

My Wonder Oven beads have not not been recycled from someone else's bean bag.

5. Floppy rather than overstuffed

My Wonder Oven Slow Cooker Giveaway-Oct.24th-29th, 2014 by FoodStorageMoms.com 
This feature makes it easier to store, and allows you to fit it into a container (which is great when you're cooking on the go) or wrap it around your food. Go freestyle, baby.

6. Washable

If My Wonder Oven gets soiled, simply wash that area with soap and water and allow to dry. (I'm pretty sloppy myself, so I always place a towel around the pot. I've found that a solar blanket also works great to catch spills and reduce condensation.

7. Cook on the road!

My Wonder Oven Slow Cooker Giveaway-Oct.24th-29th, 2014 by FoodStorageMoms.com 
Think of it as a non-electric slow cooker.

8. Refrigerate on the road

Great for keeping groceries cool, or even frozen, on the ride home.

9. Made is the USA

Even better, made in TEXAS.

10. Affordable pricing

Because I can purchase the fabric and those 3 mm VIRGIN beads here locally, I can keep the costs down.

Now here is your chance to enter the giveaway below so you will have a chance to win one of these awesome My Wonder Ovens!

Terms & Conditions:

This My Wonder Oven Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Friday, Oct. 24th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Space Scouts Giveaway



My kids love getting mail, especially if it's fun stuff just for them.  I am excited to tell you about a fun new monthly subscription club called Space Scouts.  Last year in school we learned about Astronomy, and my kids loved every second of it! They now want to go to space as soon as they graduate for college! (If you do The Family School and are on Year 2 this would be perfect for your kids!)  Anyway, Space Scouts is a monthly subscription that will send children on a expedition through our solar system.  It is $11.95 plus shipping, and a whole lot of fun!!  
Here is a little bit about how the packets work from their website!
Each monthly packet will include a Space Scouts exploration plan describing the place to be scouted, a space Scouts magnet to add to the Space Scouts lunchbox, a Space Scouts sticker to add to the Space Scouts solar system poster, a Space Scouts activity sheet loaded with puzzles, games, and activities, a Space Scouts sticker scramble (unscramble the numbered stickers to reveal a surprise!), a Space Scouts souvenir toy to use in learning activities, a Space Scouts constellation card, and a Space Scouts constellation activity sheet that includes the mythological stories and other learning activities to help your child identify the constellation in the night sky.
As you can see Jack Jack and his brothers were super excited about this "CLAW"!  The kids walked around the house for about two hours playing with it.  He also loves his Lunchbox and is excited to do some of the actives!!

This great company also has a sister company called Animal Trackers Club that looks equally as fun for animal lovers!  This would be a great gift idea for your children or grandkids for their birthdays or holidays!  This giveaways is almost over, but I wanted my readers to have a chance to enter!

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