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Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free 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.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Taste and See by John Piper Book Review

Taste and See is a 125 day devotional filled with daily meditations that will encourage your heart.  John Piper is a very well known author and he does a fantastic job making these daily meditations short but full of substance that will give you a better understanding of who God is and what He wants from us.  Some of the topics Piper speaks on are God's sovereignty, hypocrisy, body image, retirement, adoption, mental health, assurance, gender, and so many more topics we deal with every day.  This book reminded me a lot of Streams in the Desert and My Utmost for His Highest but in easier reading form.  To read more about Taste and See or more on John Piper, please click here.

Disclosure - I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for a review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Free Magazines and More with Recyclebank

I love this website!  Recyclebank is an easy way to get free subscriptions to magazines.  I just scored Bradley a free year subscription of Sports Illustrated Kids magazine and it only took about 20 minutes of my time!  Earning points is easy enough by watching videos, reading and answering questions, and taking surveys all while learning the importance of recycling.  There are other rewards you can earn but the magazines are my favorite!

Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent Review

Laundry detergent is a big deal at my house.  And I'm pretty sure it's a big deal at your house too.  Our laundry piles are endless and it's something that won't go away.  

Do you know what's hiding in your favorite detergent?  So many companies don't list all the ingredients on their labels.  Seventh Generation is not one of those companies and I love the fact that their laundry detergent is clean!  Not only does the plant-derived power and triple enzymes of the laundry detergent blast away dirt, grease, and set-in stains, it's free & clear from toxic fragrances!  Did you know that the term "fragrance" may refer to a mixture of any or over 3,000 chemicals including potential carcinogens, allergens, and reproductive toxins? I don't have to worry about these hidden toxic chemicals that are harmful to my family when choosing Seventh Generation.  

I have a two children, a 5 year old boy who loves playing outside and getting dirt and grass stains on his clothes.  And I have a 7 month old girl who is in the messy baby food eating stage and her clothes are covered with every possible food particle there is.  Their clothes get DIRTY.  And Seventh Generation laundry detergent is fabulous at getting those nasty stains out of the clothes in just one wash.  

Disclosure - I received a free product coupon from #GenerationGood in exchange for a review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Imagine This Photo Contest!

Post a Photo of Your GREATEST ORIGINAL LEGO CREATION For A Chance to Win $200 And Be Featured in A NATIONAL BRICKS 4 KIDZ ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN! Want to win? Here's how...Click here and Submit Your Photo. Encourage friends and family to VOTE FOR YOUR PHOTO. The person with the most votes wins!

The contest runs from July 11th to September 12th. The person with the most votes will receive a $200 cash prize and be featured in the 2017 Bricks 4 Kidz advertising campaign. Second and third place winners will receive a $50 cash prize. Enter your Creation Today! 

Check out Bradley's entry by clicking here.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Our Weekend Recap

Um, what happened to July? We only have two weekend left this month!!  The summer is supposed to slow down and it's doing the complete opposite.  We started off our weekend with a Friday night at home.  It was wicked hot so the little kiddie pool was perfect for our Friday family night.  Mike and Bradley stayed up to play some XBox games while Savannah and I went to bed early.

On Saturday we headed to Porter's Preserve near Boothbay Harbor. Mommyhood kicked my butt last week and I needed a good hike.  It would have just been about a 90 minute drive there but we ended up getting lost so it took us almost two hours.  The drive was worth it.  We saw gorgeous scenery, found two geocaches, and I worked off some steam so it was a success!  We drove around Sawyer's Island for awhile and came across Gregory Hiking Trail which was a super easy hike with more pretty scenery.  We didn't find the geocache there and Savannah was done with the carrier at that point so we decided to give up looking for it. We came home and ended our night with board games and ice cream sundaes.

We were all moving slow on Sunday morning so we went to the second service at church.  Our afternoon was full of checking off our to do list.  Haircut for Mike, outdoor fire pit was completed, most of the laundry is finished, Mike finished fixing a free antique table I found on the road and we hung up some pictures.  We've been in this house for almost two years and we are still decorating the walls.  Savannah was in bed by 7 :15 pm,  Bradley and Mike played some more XBox and I completed a bunch of online reviews that were piling up in my inbox.  Another great weekend and no one had the Sunday night blues.  I'm pretty sure it's because we are so excited about our friends from SC coming to visit this week!!  

Friday, July 15, 2016

Savannah is 7 Months Old!

Savannah, you are 7 months old today!  So much has happened in the last month.  You are now a foodie.  You love food and you pretty much went straight for the real stuff.  Some of your favorite foods are sweet potatoes, strawberries, mangoes, and donuts of course. 

You had your first fever which ended up being a horrible UTI for you.  We had to take you to the emergency room and you were such a trooper as they checked you out.  You wanted to be held for two days and we actually soaked it up since we've waited almost 7 months for cuddle time to happen with you.  

Nobody has as many facial expressions as you do and some of them can be pretty fierce while others can be mischievous, the famous blank stare or the "I'm tolerating you" look.

Some of your favorite things are to be outside, sitting on the floor with your piano, the swings at the park, or playing in Bradley's room with his toys.

You still show us your high maintenance personality even when it came down to your $350 car seat.  Apparently it still didn't provide enough cushion for your princess tush.

  Savannah dear, I've never had a baby like you.  You play with my emotions like a puppet on a string.  We have our good days and bad days together.  But there is nothing that makes me happier or my heart melt faster than when I see your beautiful sweet face light up with a great big smile showing off those little white chompers!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Roasted Sweet Potato Bites with Coconut Oil & Honey

  So these roasted sweet potato bites are like eating candy.  They are incredibly easy to make and oh so delicious!  Try not eating the entire pan.

3 large sweet potatoes (washed, peeled and diced into 1 inch chunks)
4 tablespoons honey
4 tablespoons coconut oil in liquid form
1 tablespoon cinnamon
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy cleanup.  Put diced sweet potatoes into a Ziploc bag and add all ingredients.  Shake bag until sweet potatoes are evenly coated.  Spread onto baking sheet.  Bake for about 20 minutes or until soft and tender.  Make sure to flip sweet potatoes over at least once while baking.