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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 hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your stories with me as well.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Savannah Turns One Year Old!

And just like that, my baby girl turns one year old!  Savannah darling, this has been the fastest year and the slowest year all in one.  You have given me anxiety attacks, turned our world upside down (not necessarily in a good way), and tested our patience in ways beyond words can describe.  And yet you have taught me how to love deeper, focus on the positive moments, and find more compassion within myself.  I'm learning to appreciate the stubborn streak you have because it means you won't give up easy.  Your high maintenance personality means that you know what you want and you will fight hard to get it which will  help you succeed later in life.  Your grumpiness makes me appreciate your smiles so much more.  My dear Savannah, this first year has been such an adventure that I can only imagine what the next year will bring.  I love you with all my heart, dear daughter of mine!

Crying photos are pretty much your specialty.

You love this shirt from Auntie Shannon.

Such disappointment when I told you there were no more presents.

You're a little chef in training and love to be in the kitchen with me.

You were very proud of yourself for figuring out how to open these containers.

Obviously you're not a fan of the snow.

You love your noodles and can eat them like a pro!

You're not fond of sledding either.

Your pigtails just add to the cuteness of your expression.

 Italian food and messes are some of your happiest moments in life.

The ever so "I'm innocent" look.

Sink baths are the best!

I pretty much cried too when I saw this mess.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Tough As They Come by SSG Travis Mills Book Review

Wow!  I have a hard time putting in words what I'm feeling right now after reading this book.   SSG Travis Mills is my hero.  Tough As They Come is a story of endurance, heroism, patriotism, unconditional love, and inspiration that will make you rethink your "bad day".  Just reading about U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills's day to day life while in combat is enough to make you appreciate our freedom in a whole new way.  Travis does an amazing job with drawing you into his life without making you feel sorry for him.  This young man has been through more than I could ever imagine and yet he displays such a sweet attitude despite it all.  I love how he even starts the book telling us that he doesn't value his service in the military above anyone else's.  He didn't serve better or harder than anyone else.  He is just grateful to have had the opportunity to serve our country.  Travis helps us see the big picture of what all our brave service men and women go through every day fighting for our country.  I hold so much respect for his wife, Kelsey.  Her loyalty and unconditional love speaks volumes and I also consider her my hero.  One of my favorite parts is at the end of the book where Travis defines success.  He defines it as "To live in freedom.  To go forward.  To love your family.  To make something of your life.  To never give up.  To never quit.

To order your own copy of Tough As They Come, please click here.  To read more about SSG Travis Mills and his organization, please click here.

**Disclosure - I received a free copy of Tough As They Come by being a member of Blogging for Books.  This copy was provided to me in exchange for a review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Our Visit to Charmingfare Farm

We recently visited Charmingfare Farm in Candia, New Hampshire for their Lighted Winter Wonderland event.  This event is held every Friday and Saturday from now until Christmas Eve.  The Lighted Winter Wonderland features a horse drawn ride that takes you thru the woods and pasture where you will see various holiday displays and Christmas lights until you reach the "North Pole".  At the North Pole you are greeted by holiday costumed characters such as The Gingerbread Man, Frosty the Snowman, The Grinch, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, and others.  Santa and his reindeer are waiting for the you in the barn where each child has a chance to talk to him and have their picture taken with him.  When you are finished visiting the North Pole, a tractor train ride will take you back to the entrance where you can warm up by the bonfire or check out some of the friendly animals in the barn.  The whole experience should take you anywhere from 60-90 minutes.  Dress warmly and wear boots.

Our experience with this event was just ok.  Check-in was easy enough but we weren't given any instructions on where to go once we walked outside. We didn't see any staff so we just followed the path to the barns we saw.  We saw a bunch of Christmas lights in the distance so we just started making our way up there.  Once we arrived, we realized we had walked up the back road to The North Pole and had totally skipped the horse drawn ride.  There was an employee that was extremely helpful and helped us get on the tractor train ride back to the entrance so we could start over.  The line for the horse drawn ride was rather long but I was impressed with how quickly the wait went.  They have a total of four horse drawn wagon rides and each wagon holds about 16-20 people.  The ride up to the North Pole is about 20 minutes and you will see Christmas lights and holiday displays along the way.  It was 34 degrees the night we went so make sure you are bundled up.  Bringing a blanket would actually be a good idea especially for the horse drawn ride.  There is hot chocolate and smores available for purchase once you get to the North Pole.  I was little confused about that because I thought the hot chocolate was a part of the ticket price but I was wrong. The North Pole wasn't as magical as I thought it would be.  Our favorite part was actually seeing all the animals in the barn and being able to pet most of them.  I'm not sure it was worth the 90 minute drive for us and I'm not entirely sure it's worth the $25 ticket price if you are local.  I heard several people say they found a deal on Groupon so I would check that route first before buying online on their website.  If I had paid $25 for each of us, I would have been disappointed in the value I received.  

 **Disclosure - I received free tickets in exchange for a review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.