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Life is good, I take it for granted too often. I have a fabulous, supportive husband and a beautiful son who is always teaching me the simplicity of life. My day is made when samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I'm addicted to coupons and every penny counts. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your success stories with me as well.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Our Weekend Recap

Wow!  I blinked and the weekend was over.  We were super busy this weekend which didn't help slow it down any.

I started Saturday morning off with a massage.  My back is doing so much better with a chiropractor visit and two massages in the last week.  Mike took Bradley to get a passport picture.  His first mug shot is hilarious!  

It was Maine Maple weekend which means sugar shacks are open to the public.  It was so much fun seeing how our maple syrup is made and seeing all the new baby farm animals.  We tried our first maple donut and went on our first sleigh ride!  Hilltop Boilers was our favorite out of the 3 sugar shacks we visited.  The maple fudge was OH MY GOSH delicious.  I only wish I had bought more than one piece!  We came back home and I made a pot of chili and we ended our Saturday evening with Mike and Bradley watching basketball while I knitted.  I'm finally seeing progress on my knitting skills!

It started snowing on our sleigh ride which make the ride even more magical.  Well, it was magical other than smelling strong horse poo the entire time.

The ride was so pretty with all the snow!

Our first maple donut.  
It wasn't as delicious as apple cider donuts but it was super yummy!

The farms tap the trees differently.  Some use the metal buckets and other use the plastic tubing which taps multiple trees and then drains into one large metal bucket.  

The baby animals were oh so sweet.  I really wanted to take one of the piglets home with me.  And the calf was just born on Friday morning so he was a little over 24 hours old when we saw him.

Bradley didn't like all the steam in the sugar shacks.  After watching the long process of making maple syrup, I completely understand why maple syrup is so expensive!

He was much happier outside riding on the tractor.

I watched the 4's and 5's in church nursery on Sunday morning and then we went to Cracker Barrel for lunch . We were all feeling a little homesick and needed a southern meal of fried chicken, fried okra and sweet tea!  It was comfort food and it was perfect.  Then we made our usual trip to Lowes to pick up a ceiling fan, stopped at a couple furniture stores to check out some accent chairs, and then to Snip It's for Bradley to get a haircut.  Back home to make 4 batches of cookies dough while Mike installed the new ceiling fan.  And we ended the night with some more basketball....I have a feeling the next week or so will be filled with lots of basketball.

Before...he requested for his hair to look like Kaden's (his friend from SC).

After...golly he's so grown up looking!

Y'all!  I went through 8 sticks of butter, 6 cups of sugar and 12 eggs for 4 batches of cookie dough!  Chocolate chip cookies to put back in the freezer for company and sugar cookies for our Easter Egg Hunt at church on Saturday.

That's one wicked sexy handyman replacing our ceiling fan!  

The old really dirty white and gold fan was replaced by a much nicer fan!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap Review & Giveaway!

Any Mom with children knows that hand washing happens often!  Whether it's playing in the dirt, art projects, or pretending to be a lion and crawling on the floor in Walmart my son's hands are a germ factory.  

I was recently able to try the New Dial Boutique Collection Hand Soap in Sugar Cane scent.  The smell was wonderful!  The hand soap has these tiny little micro-scrubbers that gently helps remove germs while moisturizing and smoothing your hands.  The new boutique collection comes in four different scents including Yellow Raspberry & Black Sugar, Water Blossoms, Coconut Lime Verbena, and Sugar Cane.

Would you like a chance to try a hand soap from Dial?  I have three free product coupons to give away to one of my awesome readers!  Just enter below and the winner will be chosen on Friday, April 3rd.  Good luck!

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*Disclosure - The Dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap in exchange for a product review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Finding Your Way Back To God by Dave Ferguson & Jon Ferguson Book Review

My two favorite thoughts in this book were "God wants to be found even more than you want to find Him." and 'The problem isn't believing in God, it's that we forget Him."

This book goes in depth of 5 Awakenings to Your New Life:

Your awakening to longing - "There's got to be more!"
Your awakening to regret - "I wish I could start over."
Your awakening to help - "I can't do this on my own."
Your awakening to love - "God loves me deeply after all."
Your awakening to life - "Now this is living!"

Dave and Jon help you begin by encouraging you with simple prayers for each awakening. There is a 30-day guide in the back of the book that helps you think, journal, and pray over different questions.

This book was easy to read, some really great pondering points, inspiration and motivation to find your way back to God and live the full life that He wants for all of us.

Disclosure - I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Randoms - A New Candy From Wonka

Leave it to Wonka to come out with an Endless Gummy Variety!  This new gummy candy called Randoms comes in 70 different shapes, 7 fruit flavors, and 3 gummy candy textures.  Really...70 different shapes.  I've yet to find the same shape in my bag.  All the flavors, shapes, and textures are mixed up in one bag so you will never know what you'll find next in your bag!  This is not a good idea if you don't like surprises when you bite into candy.  My personal favorite is the jelly filled one with the white coating.

Randoms has been a fun treat for Bradley since we rarely buy this type of candy.  On the plus side they don't have any artificial flavoring and they contain real fruit juice.  They probably won't be on our list of approved snacks, but confections in moderation can be part of a balanced diet, especially when trying something new!

*Disclosure - I received a free sample of Randoms from Smiley 360 in exchange for a review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

How I Get Products to Review for my Blog

One of the reasons I love being a blogger is for free stuff.  Yep, I'm cheap like that.  I love having a chance to try an item, review it, and tell the world my opinion.  Not that anyone cares, but it makes me feel important.  Here are four of my favorite groups that I'm a part of:

Smiley 360 - This is one of my favorites!  It's super easy to accomplish missions by either posting reviews on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog.  You can also make YouTube video reviews which earns you extra points.  I love the variety of products I've been able to try through Smiley 360.

Purex Insiders - This one is really great for trying new laundry products, bath wash, and hand soap!  You will be trying Purex and Dial products.  I love the free product coupons that are included so I can offer giveaways on my blog so y'all can have a chance at trying these new products.

Moms Meet - I've only been selected 3-4 times from this group but it's still been a lot of fun. They send me a full size product and 10-15 samples so I can immediately pass out to my friends.  After sampling the item, you complete an online survey of how you and your friends liked the product.

Blogging For Books - This has been a great one to give me more motivation to read.  You can request hard copy or e-books to read and review.  Once you finish a review, you are allowed to choose another book.  A super, easy way to read new books and build your library!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Our Weekend Recap

Our weekend was pretty laid back.  I've been having a lot of back problems that last couple of weeks so I went in for a deep tissue hip massage on Saturday morning.  It was the most painful massage I have ever had.  My massage therapist is pretty sure my left hip is out of socket which would explain why I've been in so much pain.  I spent pretty much the rest of Saturday on the couch with an ice pack.  I've taken 2 knitting classes this month so it was nice to have some extra time to work on my knitting skills.  It's a slow process because I'm left-handed learning the right-handed way.  It's not the prettiest but it's progress!

After church on Sunday, we went out to eat with some new friends and then went bowling.  It's $1 shoes and $1 games on Sunday during certain hours.  Bowling in Maine is not like bowling in SC or any other state I suppose.  The balls you use are like softballs and the bowling pins are super thin and small.  You have 3 chances rather than 2 to knock the pins down.  You have to keep your own points and reset the pins after every turn.  It's going to take some getting used to for sure! 

And then of course, it had to snow on Sunday afternoon.  Thankfully it didn't stick and there wasn't much.  Just enough for Bradley to get excited about seeing snow falling again.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Hello Fresh - A Fun New Way to Plan Your Menu!

I recently tried out a new meal service called HelloFresh.  I received my first box this week and I must say it was really cool to have the ingredients for 3 dinners delivered to my front door step.  Grocery shopping was a piece of cake this week!  Right now when you sign up, you will receive $40 off your first box.  I think it's a great deal to have 3 really nice meals for $29.99 which is $10 a meal for 2 people.  The meat was antibiotic free which was a plus and the veggies were all super fresh.  

All the ingredients were packed inside insulated bubble wrap with ice packs.  Everything was chilled nicely and nothing was damaged.

I loved the way they packaged everything making each meal as easy as possible to put together.  They even included items like rosemary, red pepper flakes, sour cream, and a few other great little ingredients.  I'm not a huge fish person but tilapia was one of the meats they sent.  I did tweak the recipe some and we all (including Bradley) ate it and thought it was good.

Overall, I think this is a fabulous service especially when both Dad and Mom are working full time.  It's great for those people who want variety in their menu and are open to trying new foods.  I'm not sure it's a service that I will continue with in the future due to the cost without the special coupon.  But for the $29.99 introductory rate, it was a fun thing to try!