Christmas 2015

12.27.2015


I hope you all had a beautiful, wonderful, relaxing Christmas.  The holidays are my favorite time of year - especially now, with two children.  It's more exciting with kids.. seeing their faces Christmas morning and doing all the fun holidays crafts.  I'm always a bit sad when it's all over with, but I'm looking forward to a new year and a new start.  I know it's been quiet around here, but I have lots of plans for 2016 - here's to hoping I can make it all happen.

Tylenol: How We Family

12.14.2015

I have received information from the makers of TYLENOL®.  The opinions stated are my own.  This is a sponsored post.


This holiday season, TYLENOL® is continuing to celebrate all families and how they come together during this special time of the year. The video is a compilation of real moments from real families that showcases joy, laughter, surprise, and unconditional love. 

If this video doesn't get you right in the feels, then I don't know what will.  The holidays have always been my favorite time of the year.  It gives me the warm and fuzzier, thinking of all the traditions and memories I get to carry on with my own little family.  One of those is being gathered in the kitchen with my kids, while they help me cook and bake.  It's something I treasure and something I hope they treasure for the years to come.

How do YOU family?


#HowWeFamily

Say More with Hershey's KISSES Deluxe

12.12.2015

"I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Hershey's KISSES Deluxe.  I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation."

Can you even believe that Christmas is just a couple weeks away?  The same time every year and yet it still sneaks up on me - even moreso now that I'm busy with two little ones this year.  

But today I want to tell you about my new favorite chocolate candies.. Hershey's KISSES Deluxe.  These are no ordinary KISSES.. these, my friends, are twice the size of original KISSES.. with a whole roasted hazelnut in the center, surrounded by delicious and smooth milk chocolate.  My 4-year old found my stash and likes to steal them from me, so good luck keeping them all to yourself! ;)

But you should't just keep them to yourself anyway, these sweet treats are a thoughtful way to show your affection to those around you.  The mailman, a friend, coworker.. I've picked up a few of these Hershey's KISSES Deluxe, as a way to "say more".. to say, "hey, you're appreciated".. because what better way to do that, than with chocolate?  ;)


Hershey’s KISSES Chocolates are the #1 holiday chocolate, helping millions of American families connect with one another through longstanding traditions of baking, crafting and sharing.  This holiday season, KISSES Deluxe will allow people to elevate their holiday season and “Say More,” creating a rallying cry to take the time to talk with friends and family in more meaningful ways. Heartfelt stories will be shared through videos and on Hershey’s social channels, along with information on how to #SayMore to the ones you love.

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Peach Lemon Iced Tea with Milo's

12.07.2015

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Milo’s Tea, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #HolidaysWithMilos  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

I'm a northern girl living in the south.. and if there's one thing I've noticed.. it's that they drink sweet tea with everything.  All year round.  I've gotten used to keeping Milo's Tea in the fridge at all times for my husband (who is from Arkansas).  We love Milo's Tea because it's all natural - using no preservatives or additives and only fresh ingredients, which is what makes it different than other beverages out there.  They also have the No Calorie or Unsweet option if you're into those.  ;)

Walmart is always my go-to for our favorite tea!
With the Christmas holiday coming up, there's absolutely NO doubt that there will be tea served with dinner.  My husband will more than likely be enjoying his Milo Sweet Tea.  Me, on the other hand.. I always prefer more fruit drinks.  So I decided to try out a new recipe, and I must say, it's a keeper.  


Peach Lemon Iced Tea

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 ripe peaches, sliced (or you can use frozen)
1 lemon
Milo's Tea

Bring sugar, water, and peaches to a boil in a small pot.  Then lower the heat and continue to stir and crush the peaches for added flavor.  Once you dissolve the sugar, cover and remove from heat.  Let the peaches steep and add flavor for about 30 minutes.  Then strain your simple syrup into a bottle.

To serve, I prefer to add it to the glass as I'm drinking.  Pour yourself a glass of Milo's Tea, and then top of with a little simple syrup.  Add some fresh peaches and lemons and stir.  Enjoy!

Buy 2 gallons of Milo’s Tea for just $5 on rollback while supplies last at Walmart!




How To: Organize Your Phone Photos

11.24.2015

Do you hoard photos?  Unload them all on your computer and then overwhelmed when it comes to printing, weeding through them, and backing them up?  I'm especially bad at this with my cell phone pictures..



I was so tired of seeing the dreaded "storage almost full" box pop up on my phone - I take SO many phone pictures because it's always on me and so convenient.  I was tired of missing moments because I haven't yet cleaned off my photos and my storage was full.  So I was on the hunt for a GOOD way to print those off and have them in our home to look at any time.  I mean, what good do they do if they're locked up on my computer anyway?

I've looked into so many photo books, it has made my head spin.  But then I heard about Chatbooks, and once I tried it was so ECSTATIC.. because it was easy, convenient, and I was finally getting all my photos printed.  Grab the app for your phone and you can make Custom Books or you can make Ongoing Series Books - I do the Ongoing Series.  I add in the photos as I go.  It's $8 for a 60-page soft cover book, or you can upgrade to a hard cover book for $13 and there's always free shipping.  It's a 6in x 6in book, and I love how the spine of the book has the dates on it.  Each page has the date of the photo on it also, so it's just a continuing book of your life basically.  ;)

Also, I keep ALL of my photos backed up in two different places (because I'm a freak like that and would have a severe meltdown if I lost them, ha) - I use an external hard drive and then I also use Amazon Cloud Drive because we use Amazon Prime and it comes with unlimited photo storage.. score.  :)  When I back up my photos I make a year (ex: 2015) folder, and then I make monthly subfolders and organize them that way.



I love that you write captions underneath the photos!
Once you reach 60 images, Chapbooks sends you an email giving notice that the book will go to print in 3 days.  In that timeframe you are able to edit the title, cover photo, edit captions, or delete images if you want to.  Then off it goes.  I love that automatically goes to press because then I won't forget to order, etc - it's all taken care of for me and in a couple weeks I'll have it in my mailbox.  Easy peasy.

They also have good customer service - which is a two thumbs up in my book.  All in all, I love them and am SO glad I found them.

Clara loves flipping through them and enjoying the memories - totally worth it to have them printed instead of just sitting on my phone or computer where they don't get enjoyed as they should!  Have you used Chatbooks?  Do you use a different photo book service, or how to use organize/print your cell phone pics?

My Favorite Thanksgiving Tablescapes

11.21.2015

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Wayfair. All ideas and opinions are 100% my own.

The holidays are my favorite.  And I especially love Thanksgiving.  Good food, good family time, good time to kick back.. relax.. and not have to rush or worry.  These days should be enjoyable and not stressful - but I still love to decorate and have things looking nice for guests.  That's why I like to keep it SIMPLE.

And these simple Thanksgiving tablescapes are some of my favorites...

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What do you like to do for your Thanksgiving decor?  Are you a simple gal, or do you like to dress it up a bit more?  Either way, I guarantee Wayfair has what you need - I absolutely LOVE their decor selections!