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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.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp

Bradley had the opportunity to attend British Soccer camp hosted by Challenger Sports this past week.  It was a 90 minute camp Monday - Friday night which helped Bradley learn the fundamentals of soccer.  This was his first soccer experience and he absolutely loved it! 

 Coach Jonathan was a fantastic coach.  He interacted with the kids on their level by using techniques that they could understand and have fun while doing it. 

We saw improvement with Bradley's skills in just one week.  This week of camp has created a love for soccer in Bradley that he will never forget.

I thought Challenger Sports did a great job with British Soccer camp.  The coaches were all professional and interacted with the children in an expert way.  The sessions were well timed and they kept the children active and focused the entire session.  The jersey's were well made and Bradley loved his uniform including shin guards and socks that I was able to easily purchase online after registering him.

To find out more about Challenger Sports, British Soccer Camp or more of their summer camp programs, please click here.

*Disclosure - I'm a member of US Family Guide and received a free week of camp in exchange for a review.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

LL Bean & Amazon Coupons using Groupon

I am a huge online shopper.  Besides the convenience of shopping online, you can find incredible coupons and deals online by using several different sites.  One of my favorite sites to use is Groupon.  I've purchased 3 different Groupon deals within the last week.  With a huge selection of restaurants, hair salons, local fun activities, and so much more, you can save a substantial amount of money along with having fun trying out new local places!  You can also find coupon codes for some popular retailers such as LL Bean and Amazon which are some of my favorite!  One of the great discounts on Groupon right now for Amazon is being able to receive free shipping without being a Prime member!

Check it out and let me know your favorite retailers and/or coupons you found on Groupon!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Our Staycation 2017

Bradley and Savannah's daycare was closed this past week so Mike and I decided to take off the entire week from work and have a staycation.  We might as well take advantage of the Vacationland we live in!  What an amazing week of biking, hiking, riding the Downeaster to Boston, taking a boat over to Peaks Island and exploring the island by golf cart.  We ate at some new restaurants, took advantage of some local Groupon deals, found new hiking trails, and some beautiful beaches.  The beauty of Maine is breathtaking and there's nothing that makes me happier than being outside and experiencing it all.  Here are some of my favorite pictures of the week!



Saturday, June 17, 2017

Label Daddy Review

With one kid in school and the other in daycare, name labels are a must have in our household.  Between water bottles, lunch boxes, and food containers, the kids are always bringing something to school or daycare with them.  And more than likely, someone else is going to have that same water bottle or lunch box.  I was recently able to try out labels from Label Daddy and I had positive results with them.  They are easy to apply and don't bubble up.  They have been through the dishwasher many times and haven't come off the container.  I have even put these labels on clothes which get washed and dried without affecting the label at all.  When I do want to take them off, they pull right off without any sticky residue.

The website is easy enough to order from and they have lots of designs to choose from.  I was disappointed they no longer offer Disney characters like they have in the past.  It took awhile for me to receive the labels despite choosing priority shipping so make sure to order at least a couple weeks before needing the labels.

To check out Label Daddy and order your own labels, please click here.  

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

Monday, June 5, 2017

Bradley's Minecraft Birthday Party

Bradley has asked for a Minecraft birthday party for the past 2 years and he finally had his little dream come true yesterday!  I don't understand Minecraft at all.  I've tried watching him when he plays it on the Xbox but I can't help but to space out.  So planning a Minecraft birthday party wasn't exactly something I was excited about.  But thanks to a couple Pinterest ideas and my husband's amazing hidden decorating talents, the party was a huge success!

The birthday invitations were ordered on Etsy by seller CENDETGACOR.  I received the download within an hour.  I printed the invitation on white paper and then glued it on yellow card stock.

The best decision I made was to have his cake professionally made.  That saved me a ton of time and it was one less thing to stress about.  Cakes Extraordinaire did an amazing job and the cake was delicious!  

I ordered all of the party favor trinkets from Oriental Trading and Amazon.   The party favors included a mini rubix cube, a Minecraft bracelet, plush toy and sticker, a rock shaped bouncy ball, and milk chocolate rocks.  I used clear boxes to put everything in and printed out the Minecraft picture from his birthday invitation to insert in the front.

Mike made all the wall decorations and I was blown away with his creativity.  He got the main Creeper piece idea from Pinterest but the other pieces were his own.  He's pretty amazing like that!

 We had a bounce house for the kids to jump in and of course the tire swing and tree house was a big hit.  We had one group game that was a lot of fun.  Mike and I hid 8 bags of Legos in four different locations in the backyard.  One set was hidden in a tree, one set was in the fire pit, one set was in the tree house, and one set was buried in the ground.  We split the kids into 2 teams and each team was given a map.  The map had a drawing on where they could find their bags of Legos.  Once the team had found all 4 bags of Legos, they brought them to a table and created their own mini world as a team.  After they finished, we had bean bags the other team could throw at the mini world.  The mini world that stayed in tact the longest won.  

Bradley said the bounce house was his favorite thing about the party!

And the hunt begins!
Digging the Legos out was pretty cool for them.

Working hard to build their mini world out of Legos.
The finished results!

I kept the food easy by just offering cake, ice cream, and juice boxes.  That saved me a lot of prep time!  My favorite thing I did was to take pictures of all our party decorations and post them on our local online FB yard sale page.  Mike had spent so much time and hard work putting these decorations together that I hated the thought of them ending up in the recycle bin just a few hours after the party.  I had a lady contact me right away asking for them since her son was having a Minecraft party in August.  It made me feel so great to give her these decorations to be reused! 

The cutest birthday boy ever!  
Presents Time!

Opening Presents!  I love how Savannah is sitting right next to him.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

English Lessons by Andrea Lucado Book Review

Andrea Lucado is the daughter of Max Lucado who is a very well known author.  Andrea writes about her journey of changing faith and an unchanging God in her book English Lessons.
This book took me awhile to finish.  I had a hard time following her at times and even became bored with the book at times.  BUT I did pick out a few things she said that stuck with me.

"The labels we like to slap on people from a distance begin to peel off as we get closer to them."

"How much faith and trust is required of you when you go home versus when you step into something unknown?"

"Sometimes when a chapter isn't finished, it's best not to force its ending."

To read more about this book and the author, click here.

*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.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day 2017

I started my Mother's Day by running a 5k.  My doctor told me about this particular 5k since she knew my Mom died of breast cancer.  Proceeds from the race went to breast cancer patients and research which made this more meaningful for me.  I had not trained much for this 5k.  I ran one 5 years ago with my siblings that I trained over a month for.  Life has been so busy for our family the past couple of months that training hasn't been a priority.  I have run twice outside in the last 2 months and twice on the treadmill.  I began dreading this race last night especially when I saw the weather.  Cold temps, rain, and wind were all in the forecast.  It's not what the weather I imagined when I signed up for the race.

I arrived at 8:30 am and by 9 am, I couldn't feel my toes.  Standing in the street with the rain coming down waiting for the race to begin was not easy.  But then I started to realize how appropriate this kind of weather was.   Motherhood isn't easy.  There are days of sunshine and flowers but there are also days full of rainy, gray clouds that I can't run away from.   Mistakes will be made but love overcomes those mistakes.  Every time.  I can only hope and pray that I won't allow my pride to stop me from admitting when I'm wrong.  I hope I'll always be humble enough to ask for forgiveness.  Because life is too short to believe that I've failed at Motherhood.   There's beauty to be found in knowing that when I fail, forgiveness is always there.  All I have to do is ask.  

Bradley and Savannah, you have made me a Mom.  You are truly my world and bring out the best and worst in me.  You have made me laugh and you have brought me to tears.  And Savannah, you have made me drink.  But my heart is full knowing that I have two incredible children that call me Mom.  Always remember how much I love and adore you both.

 I finished the race in 33:41.  It was a tough run for me.  But I never stopped running.  And I'll keep running through this journey of Motherhood, mistakes and accomplishments.  Because there is no greater feeling than reaching the end and knowing you didn't give up. 

 "It's never too late to be what you might have been."