Keep The Weeds AWAY!

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It has been awhile since I have worked in our flower beds.  I had surgery a few years back on my knee, which held a long recovery time for me.  Kneeling down and working in flower beds just wasn't anything that I looked forward to, so I abandoned my flower bed duties. This year for Mother's Day my husband bought tons of flowers for our home.  He planted tons in the front and my son and I planted the remaining ones in our back flower beds.  It was … [Read more...]

Cleaning Tips For Your Makeup Brushes

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Dirty Dingy Makeup Brushes? Makeup brushes can be very pricey if you buy the good ones. You want to make them last as long as you possibly can, so that you aren't spending an arm and a leg on brushes. Dirty makeup brushes can cause breakouts because the dirt and oil from your skin transfer to the brushes. Clean makeup brushes will help you to avoid any nasty breakouts and skin irritation. This way you’re taking care of your makeup brushes and … [Read more...]

FREE Ebooks On Amazon

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Finally, Ebooks have made it into our household.  Since I am stubborn and "old school" in many ways, I have fought the idea of reading an electronic book until this past week.  I was away for vacation and thinking that laying out in the sun with a great book sounded like an excellent idea.  I had a lounge chair and the perfect day for laying out in the sun, but since I was away from home, I had no books with me.  One of my blogger buddies had … [Read more...]

Brought Back 8 Pounds From Vacation

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Have you been able to go away on vacation?  We went home to visit family for a week and I brought eight pounds with me back home to Texas.  I knew I was gaining weight while I was away, but I did the best that I could considering all the food that I ate while I was gone: 4 dozen donuts which were bought on two different donut runs Special fudge from Holiday World Chocolate Bundt Cake Lemon Bundt Cake Blackberry Cobbler Huge … [Read more...]

Spend Quality Time With Your Family

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We visited family in Kentucky last week and were about to leave back home for Texas, when the porch windows for the Grandparent's new enclosed porch came in.  The back porch project was a big one, so my husband volunteered to stay longer in order to help get the project underway.  We all pulled together and got started by installing 6 large windows.  Next came flooring and drywall the following day.  Travis and Dad had a good time working … [Read more...]

We Started A Coy Gold Fish Pond

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This past week, spent some time in Kentucky visiting family.  My husband's parents have this cool pond right outside their back porch and my husband decided that it needed some Coy Goldfish in it.  We headed off to the pet store one afternoon and spoke with someone in the fish department about adding fish to the decorative pond. We wanted to buy some sucker fish (plecostomus) to control the algae on the rocks, but the lady at the fish … [Read more...]

Blackberry Picking at Anderson’s Berryland

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This past week, we went to Kentucky to visit my Dad.  We were in luck, his Triple Crown, thornless blackberries were in season and ready to be picked!  These blackberries taste SO good and can be eaten directly from the vine.  Above you can see the box of berries that my kids and I picked.  It weighs about seven pounds.  There were so many blackberries, that picking these didn't take us too long, even with me eating so many as we went … [Read more...]

Pack The Perfect Vacation Snack Basket

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When we go on trips, I always pack our snacks in a plastic tub or laundry basket that will not get smashed easily. Before I start putting our snack basket together, I ask each family member what they would most like to carry along with them on our trip.  My kids enjoy being part of the snack basket planning. My youngest son’s favorite road trip snacks are Cheezit crackers so I pack a full size box of Cheezit's Its and a box of zip loc baggies … [Read more...]

Unattended Cars KILL Children, Educate Yourself!

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After watching the latest news about father Justin Ross whose 22 month old son died after he left him alone in his car for hours, I decided to research deeper into this issue.  Hyperthermia is another name for a heat stroke and children are at a much greater risk for a heatstroke than adults.  This is because a child's body will heat up 3 to 5 times faster than the body of an adult. Internal organs start to shut down once body temperature reaches … [Read more...]

Road Trip Coolers Are A Must – Get Organized!

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I carry a cooler in my car at all times whether I am headed out on a few errands or planning for a long road trip. I use this cooler to hold my “melt-able” snacks and a few drinks.  This keeps my family from having the urge to stop for a drink or a snack when we’re away from the house.  My “cooler carrying addiction” has truly saved my family TONS of money because if I didn’t have drinks accessible, my family would be buying multiple drinks and … [Read more...]

Car Seat Reviews Are Very Helpful

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How many times do you browse reviews before making a important purchase?  My kids are older now, but I can't tell you how many car seats that we went through.  I always purchased our car seats based on appearance and accessories.  I wish I would have known more about car seats when we were choosing them for our boys. I wanted to talk about how to find car seat reviews today because Danielle, one of my reader's sent in the following guest post … [Read more...]

Kids Pool Party Ideas and Tips

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Kids Pool Party Ideas and Tips What kid doesn’t look forward to the words, “pool party?” If you plan to host your son or daughter’s pool party this season, here are a few tips for creating a memorable pool party, including age-appropriate activities that will provide an enjoyable and relaxing day for all. Keep in mind, this is just a sampling. Here are even more pool party ideas! Pick a Theme Big-box retailers and neighborhood dollar … [Read more...]

Free Average Joe Interview Video

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Yesterday my husband was interviewed on video by Brad Ruekberg from Channel3.com concerning his new book, "An Average Joe's Pursuit To Financial Freedom."  Once Brad arrived, he began selecting the best places in our home to conduct the interview, then the lighting was brought into our home.  Above, you can see my husband Michael, Free Average Joe, sitting at the kitchen table while they set up their equipment. Here's a shot of Brad … [Read more...]

Ryan Buys The 4 Wheeler!

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We have had our 4 Wheeler listed for sale on a local website for awhile now and got a few calls about it, but nothing promising, until last night.  I received an email asking for additional pictures and more information.  The guy and I emailed back and forth for some time until he said, "My dad is going to look around a little harder then I'll get back to you."  This is when I realized that I hadn't been dealing with an adult and that this kid … [Read more...]

Simple Tricks Make Small Rooms Look Bigger

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In large cities where space is at a premium, many people have to settle for homes and apartments that are smaller than what they had hoped for.  Even in a large and spacious house, one particular room may not be as large as the owner would like.  However, smaller living spaces have a lot of charm, and they offer the added benefit of giving you less to clean and keep up.  In addition, there are a number of simple steps you can take to make even … [Read more...]

2 Week FREE Trial Membership YMCA

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My area YMCA will allow you to sign up for a trial membership for two weeks so that you can get a feel for their facilities and see if that is something that would benefit your family.  My kids and I took full advantage of this trial membership opportunity a few years ago because I didn't want to sign up for a membership, pay dues and then have my family complain about the facilities.  If you would like to try out your gym, I recommend inquiring … [Read more...]