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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.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Our Weekend Recap

Our weekend began with Easter pictures for Savannah and Bradley on Friday afternoon.  I told Bradley that his reward for cooperating for pictures would be a trip to Build a Bear and he put on his best behavior for the photographer.  Pictures were a breeze and we were off to Build a Bear because God knows we don't have enough BAB's in this house!  We went to Qdoba for supper.  It was our first time there.  I'm a huge Chipotle fan but I'm now a bigger fan of Qdoba.  Their guacamole was incredible and the chips were super fresh!  They have so many yummy options and the portions are very filling.

We woke up on Saturday morning to 8 inches of snow and it was still coming down.  We had a total of 12 inches and it was the perfect kind for building a snowman so Bradley and I went outside and had some fun.  We went to the Gorham Business Exchange event at USM and Bradley had a blast in the bounce houses and getting his face painted.  I was super happy to get stocked back up on fresh meat, eggs, and my absolutely favorite granola!  Bradley did a great job helping me get Easter cards out in the mail.  Savannah was hyper on Saturday night so she stayed up with Mike and I while we watched a movie.  She was quite the ham bone for us on Saturday night.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Our Weekend Recap

I'm trying to keep up with these weekend recaps but lately it seems like I'm failing miserably.  We had a fantastic weekend that was slammed full of fun activities!  We started Friday night off with Bradley having a friend over, homemade pizza and the new Disney movie, Moana.  None of us liked Moana and the boys didn't even finish watching it.

We had a pretty relaxing Saturday morning with chocolate chip pancakes and bacon.  Bradley and I had an afternoon date and went to go see The Wizard of Oz at a local community theater.  We had two friends in the play and it was so much fun to see their talent at work.  I love these one on one dates with Bradley!

Sunday was my favorite day and I look forward to this day every year.  Every 4th Sunday in March is Maple Sunday in Maine.  The local sugar shacks are open to visitors and you can see how maple syrup is made and taste/buy all their goodies.  This year we went to 4 different sugar shacks with each one offering something different.  Hilltop Boilers has always been one of our must stops because no one can beat their maple whoopie pies!  Hidden Roots Maple Farm was my favorite due to the friendliness of the owners.  This was their first year in business and they were very informative with the process.  We had our first sampling of maple milk and they had some delicious maple peanuts also.  Dunn Family Maple was our 3rd stop and Bradley enjoyed sampling spoonfuls of light and dark maple syrup.  Our last stop was at Coopers Maple Products and the best part about this place was their maple cotton candy.  It was ridiculously addicting.  Another great year of touring sugar shacks and ending our day with headaches and stomach aches from all the sugar consumed!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Writing My Wrongs Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison by Shaka Senghor

 Wow!  Writing My Wrongs is a book that I had a hard time putting down.  I found myself on a roller coaster of emotions with my heart breaking for Shaka and others who find themselves in circumstances like him.  Shaka Senghor was just a 14 year old boy when he got involved in the height of the 1980's crack epidemic.  His life spiraled downhill after the divorce of his parents and poor choices he made.  Shaka takes you into a deep personal side of his life.  The book goes back and forth from Shaka on the streets and his life in prison.  He was only 19 when he ended up in prison charged with second-degree murder.  Shaka doesn't sugar coat prison life in this book.  It's real, it's brutal, and it's heartbreaking.  Shaka spent 19 years in prison and it wasn't until his 19th year that Shaka began to confront the demons of his past and started the process of forgiving those who hurt him.  This is a book that I'll never forget.  A great reminder that our worst deeds don't define us.

*Disclosure - I am a member of Blogging for Books and received this book for free in exchange for a review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent Packs Review

A couple months ago we were experiencing bad chemical smells to our dishes.  I cooked eggs one morning and our eggs tasted awful.  Our glasses smelled like chemicals and the liquid inside had a bad taste inside.  We finally narrowed it down to some new dishwasher tablets I had bought.  These new popular tabs were scented and the scent was rubbing off on everything that was washed in the dishwasher.  

The number one reason I love Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent Packs so much is because they use ZERO synthetic fragrances and ZERO chlorine bleach.   These Ultra Power Plus detergent packs have a dual action formula that is serious about washing off stuck on food and fighting tough stains.  I also love that Seventh Generation is serious about having their consumers know what is in their products.  They list every single ingredient on the back of the packaging. 

I received a free bag of Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent Packs and I'm so impressed with them.  My dishes are clean (and I am NOT a rinse before washing type of person) but most importantly, there is no chemical residue left on them.  I love the convenience of the packs so there is no measuring or spilled, wasted detergent.  To find out more about Seventh Generation and their products, click here

*Disclosure - I received a free bag of Seventh Generation Dishwasher Detergent Packs in exchange for a review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

British Soccer Camp Sign Ups

Bradley has been wanting to play soccer so I'm so excited to see that the British Soccer Camp is being offered in our local town.  I'll be signing him up for a week in July and he's going to be so excited!

British Soccer Camp is the most popular camp in North America - 150,000 campers!  With an innovative curriculum that develops skills, speed, and confidence in players ages 3-18, British Soccer Camps provide boys and girls with a rare opportunity to receive high-level soccer coaching from a team of international expert's right in the heart of their own community.  In addition to teaching new skills and improving game performance, each British Soccer Camp provides lessons in character development, cultural education and is the most fun your child can have learning the sport they love!  Enroll your child in a British Soccer Camp today.  Get a free water bottle with code:  USFG16.  @ChallengerCamps @usfg

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, Onion, and Garlic

I never liked Brussel Sprouts...until now.  I actually never tasted one until yesterday so I'm not sure how I came to the conclusion that I didn't like Brussel Sprouts.  But I'm trying to be braver with trying new vegetables this year and I surprised myself with how much I actually love these little guys.  Mike has always loved Brussel Sprouts and he said the ones I made last night were the best he's ever eaten.  They were like candy if vegetables could taste like candy.  These are so simple to make and I'm confident I will be eating a lot more of these.  

One pound fresh Brussel Sprouts
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1/4 small onion, diced 
1 Tablespoon fresh minced garlic
4 pieces of crispy bacon, broken into pieces
Salt & pepper

Cut the brown ends off each brussel sprout and remove any yellowing leaf.  Place them on cookie sheet and toss with olive oil and salt and pepper.  Add diced onion, garlic, and bacon pieces and mix together.  Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Farm Rich Snacks & Appetizers Review

We were so excited to try Farm Rich Jalapeno Peppers since these types of snacks are a rare treat in our house.  I was very impressed with how quickly it provided a filling snack for everyone in just a matter of minutes.  Farm Rich offers five different variety of snacks and appetizers that are easy to make and full of real, hearty ingredients.  We tried both the jalapeno poppers and the pizza roll-ups.  Both snacks were a simple "throw on a cookie sheet and pop in the oven" that were ready in about 15 minutes.  We all agreed that these tasted crispy and fresh and were very filling.  #GotItFree #FarmRich

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

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Our Weekend Recap

I really don't want this weekend to end.  We have gotten so much accomplished along with having loads of fun that I truly don't want Monday to come.

I finished most all the laundry on Saturday which is a huge success in itself.  All of our paperwork for taxes is in order so as soon as we receive one more W-2 we can file our taxes.  We, well actually I, binged watched several episodes of Gilmore Girls.  My co-worker got me hooked on the series so I blame her for all the time consumed trying to catch up on the episodes.  Bradley and I made a trip to the library where the roles are now reversed and he's picking out books to read to me.  It's so exciting to see him in this new stage of life.  We went to church on Saturday night and had just a beautiful night of worship.

We woke up on Sunday morning itching to go on a road trip.  After a couple of searches on google, I found a lighthouse that we've never been to that was less than 2 hours away.  I made a quick breakfast of egg & bacon biscuits and we were on the road by 9:30 am.  Pemaquid Point Lighthouse is located in Bristol and it is a really quaint lighthouse with gorgeous ocean views.  If it had been just a little warmer (it was 38 degrees), we would have stayed all morning.  We then headed to Fort William Henry but stopped at The Cupboard Cafe on the way.  We almost drove right by this cafe and Mike was pretty skeptical about eating there.  But I'm so glad I went with my instincts and insisted we eat there because it was phenomenal!  And the owner was just an angel.  Truly one of our best experiences we've ever had eating out.  Fort William Henry was a lot of fun to visit with more beautiful views.  I'm going to sound really strange saying this but one of my favorite things about this place was the graveyard.  It was so beautiful right on the edge of the ocean.  Graves that were so old and full of so many brave people.  We came home and Mike made homemade pizza for supper while I worked on my menu and grocery list.  I'm loving the new online ordering for Hannafords and I can pick up my groceries right after work tomorrow!  Our weekend ends with watching the Patriots/Steelers game.  Go Patriots!