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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.

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.