Saturday, November 18, 2017

Tis The Season - For HOLIDAY Baking! Falalalaaaa...

Tonight, we really felt it!  
THE HOLIDAYS ARE APPROACHING! 
 Tomorrow we are celebrating Thanksgiving early with all six of our kids and our family here in town. 
 I CAN'T WAIT!!  I'm so excited!  
Even the leaves in our yard have accepted the fact that it's indeed becoming the season of HOLIDAY CHEER!

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That means turkey, mashed potatoes, and all the fixing...plus all six of our kids together to celebrate what we are THANKFUL for this year!  

That also means that we had to do some HOLIDAY BAKING tonight.  
I have a "fool proof" Martha Stewart Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe that has been my favorite for years.  
Even Santa has given props for these delicious baked goods over the years!  
So tonight, I whipped up a batch for us to enjoy!!  And trust me, enjoy them we will!
Meanwhile, our kitchen was busy with my oldest daughter too...who decided after all day being obsessed with the thought, of making Candied Maple Bacon Cupcakes.  Is your mouth watering yet?

I think everything came out pretty good and our taste testers would agree!  YUMMY!

What things are you starting to BAKE for the holidays?  
Do you have any family recipes you can't wait to start baking?  
THE SMELLS ARE WORTH IT!  
Okay...your tastebuds will be super excited for the holidays too!

COMMENT BELOW what your favorite thing is to bake during the holidays!

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@TechnoChicShop - Taking Crafting & LED Lighting To An Adorable Level Of Cuteness

I love companies that make projects that serve more than one purpose! 
Companies that like to help parents out by making our kids use their mind, adding in a little science, some imagination & creativity...to create something that also can be usable in real life.  
Companies that use a little more creativity and a lot less SCREEN TIME! 

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TechoChic contacted me to see if I'd be interested in checking out a few of their products.  
We tried the DIY Blinky Bow Ties kit first.  
My little guy offered to be my assistant! 
 This kit comes with everything you need to make several completed paper BLINKY BOW TIES.  You can create the in black, in red, or mix them up for a black/red combo.  We created an all RED bow tie.  
It was easy to do and when we connected the battery and it lit up, my son got pretty excited!
I think these BLINKY BOW TIES are super adorable!  
These would be great for a prom/formal, where the goers like "less than traditional" accessories.   They are also super cute for the little guy to wear when he's feeling "FANCY".   I can guarantee you that my sister and her dates, back when they were in high school, would have absolutely loved this "OVER THE TOP" kinda quirky accessory.  LOVE IT!!
We also got to try out the DIY Light-Up Flashy Flowers.  
This kit comes with everything you need to make TONS of Light-UP Flashy Flowers.  
My youngest daughter wanted to assist me with this and she did it all mainly by herself.  Assembled the flower, connected the battery, attached the pin and then we added it to the hairband (that came with an additional accessory kit).  
The finished product is super cute, makes a great pin, hair flower or even attached to a stick/straw...can be the perfect party decoration that LIGHTS UP.  
LOVE IT!

Both of these kits were super fun to try out...and create products that are FLASHY and BRIGHT!  Perfect for adding a little bling to parties or even decorations for events (especially night events).

CLICK HERE to learn more about these kits from TechnoChic and all the other kits they offer!

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

She's 6 Mos Old And FULL OF IT!! #PUPPYUPDATE

It's time for another update on our puppy HARLEY!!  
You guys have been enjoying this...right?
We've made it to her HALF Birthday!  She's officially 6 mos old!  
She's so funny!  She loves her big brother Bear and follows him around.  He's teaching her how to guard the yard and he's her favorite play mate. 
She's a bit of a MOMMY's girl and likes to keep an eye, foot or body part on me in some way, all day long.  If I go upstairs, she goes with me.  
If I am folding laundry, she's laying on the laundry room floor waiting for me.  
She's MY GIRL!
She goes on HUNGER STRIKES while the kids are at school, because she misses them.  Our youngest daughter is her favorite person to feed her!  It is adorable and makes our daughter feel a special connection with her.
She is smart and learning tricks!  
This is her "sitting pretty".  Pretty good, right?
She is by far the most obedient, self aware and curious puppy I've ever had or trained.  I'll chalk that up to her breed and the fact that she is just a good temperment dog...and I'll count my blessings!

ENJOY THE PUPPY UPDATE and keep checking back...as we inch our way towards a year!  
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Meet KINGSLEY The @Fingerlings Sloth - THEN GO BUY Him EXCLUSIVELY AT WALMART!

As you know, we have been telling you a lot lately about these adorable, noisy, fun and interactive toys that will be on MOST KID'S Christmas Wish Lists this year!!

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It's The Fingerlings!!

Did you know that the newest member of the WowWee Fingerlings Family will be introduced & exclusive to buy from 
Walmart on November 17?  
His name is Kingsley and he's the most adorable SLOTH!  
In true SLOTH FASHION & STYLE, he moves 20% slower than the other Fingerlings critters.  
He still does all the other sweet things that Fingerlings do, he sings, he blows kisses, he goes to sleep, he makes all sorts of noises, he passes gas, he likes to be rocked or swing from his tail, etc.  
SIMPLY PUT, he's adorably entertaining in slower SLOTH manner!
I'm telling you right now...if you have a SLOTH LOVER in your home, you are going to want this little guy!  
He will be available starting on the 17th of November...so RUN, get in line or call dibs on HIM before he's sold out in stores...cause it's going to happen quick!  That's why I am telling you about him now!!
Kinglsey the sloth, the newest Fingerlings Friend makes an adorable addition to the already SUPER STICKY SWEET Fingerlings Family!  
CLICK HERE to learn more about Fingerlings and why your children will be obsessed with them this Christmas!

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Friday, November 10, 2017

#HugAVeteran - IN HONOR OF VETERAN'S DAY 2017

There are a few VETERANS in my life that mean the world to me...

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Do you have a VETERAN in your life you can HUG TODAY?
My Grandpa was a WWII War Air Force Veteran!  
He was a bomber pilot and was amazingly brave and focused!  He was an extremely humble man who lived a life of integity & morals.  
I was proud to be his Granddaughter, even though we didn't share the same DNA.  
My oldest son has always admired him, the stories he would share with him about his war time and just about life, and has always been super proud to be his Great Grandson.  
My daddy is a Veteran too, just like his dad!  
He proudly served in the Air Force, and after his service in the military, became a 25 year Air Traffic Controller.  I'm proud to be a daughter of a Veteran man who works fiercly and did an amazing job providing for his family over the years.  He's thoughtful, loving and a wonderful Grandpa to my kids!  In fact, he even officiated my wedding day in May, which was another proud daddy/daughter moment.  My dad lives in Texas and is too far away for me to to HUG today...so I am posting this picture from my wedding day because the PURE JOY on his face makes me smile even now!  

There are more Veteran's in my life who I would love to hug...my other Grandfather (who is also no longer on earth), etc.  
I've been raised by a family of Veterans!
Chances are there are some in your life that you could offer a hug to, today too.  
DO IT!  
You never know...they might REALLY NEED THAT HUG!!

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Don't Let Your Phone & Computer Usage Effect Your Vision - @SpektrumGlasses

How many hours a day, are you in front of some sort of screen?  
COMPUTER SCREEN?
TV Screen?
Cellphone Screen?

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 Did you know that staring at those screens with your bare eyes can be harmful to your vision?  
That the blue light can be especially harmful?
Heaven knows that everyone in this house is guilty, in some form or another, of being on a screen a little too much.  
In fact, my husband is on his screen more than anyone with his writing and with my blogging too, we both use our screens a lot.
Our kids are just as busy on their screens, playing games, watching shows and even texting their friends on their phones.
WE LIVE IN SUCH A VIRTUAL WORLD!
Spektrum sent me a pair of Prospek glasses.  
These glasses are not only very simliar in frame to my other glasses (even though I wear contacts most of the time), but also makes a HUGE difference when you wear them during your screen time.
The Prospek glasses they sent me are the 50% Blocking glasses!  
Honestly, I just might have to buy a pair of these for my handsome husband to wear when he's working or even at night when he's reading in bed.  
Preserving his vision is important to me and to him as well.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Spektrum Prospek Glasses.  

If you are on a screen a lot...you NEED THESE GLASSES!  Your future eyes will thank you!

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

An ADORABLE Infant Toy For Your Sweet Little One - @EduShape Happy Kitten

We have a new baby girl joining the family in January!!  
I LOVE NEW BABIES, and being an AUNTIE is my favorite!
She's already more loved than she could ever imagine! 
We are all super excited and cannot wait to finally meet her! 

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In fact, tomorrow is her baby shower!
Because it's been awhile since I've shopped for new babies...since my baby himself is now 9 years old...I love learning about newest products for our sweet new additions to the family.
EduShape sent us the HAPPY KITTEN!
This is the most adorable, super soft, entertaining little friend for your infant/toddler.  
There is so much about this little HAPPY KITTEN that I love.  
Watch the video below, so I can show you why I love this so much:
I cannot wait to give this sweet Happy Kitten to my niece and watch her play with it, chew on it, snuggle it and enjoy it as she grows. 
She'll be chewing on the both teethers, playing with the Happy Kitten's hair, rubbing his crinkly ears, pulling on his tail, arms & legs, etc. !  
HOW CUTE, right?

CLICK HERE to learn all about Edushape Products!  They offer safe, smart and durable products!

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

ANOTHER HOTT CHRISTMAS 2017 TOY ALERT: Magnaflex @WowWeeWorld

They're making their lists and checking them twice...making sure that every toy they have seen advertised this year is on there!  
Making sure that SANTA CLAUS brings to them their hearts desire.

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It's also that time of year when mom's and dad's everywhere start buying those "wish list" items before they are sold out of stores and they have to borrow, beg and pay way more than they should for toys on e-bay or whereever else they can find them.
SO LET ME GIVE YOU A HEAD START on a toy that boys and girls alike (but especially boys) are going to love from WowWee
The Magnaflex Set is not only super fun, but also taps into the creative side of play for your kids.  They can bend them, stick them together and make all sorts of shapes & objects. 
Our youngest son was enthralled & intriqued by them right away!  
He built the plane immediately (which did take him some time because the magnets stick together and it takes some work to get them to cooperate)...but he was super excited and proud about his final product!  
And I'll admit, it was pretty cool!  
I mean...look at his proud little face!
Even the older girls (and our daughter's friends) got into some of the creative fun...when he was willing to share!  HA HA!
This Magnaflex Kit comes with enough pieces to create lots of different things, but can also be combined with other sets to create even bigger & more incredible things!
I'm SERIOUS...this is a toy that will bring hours of imaginative fun to your children & maybe even some peace and quiet in your home as they are creating and building.  
You might also find yourself playing with the Magnaflex kit, with your children...because they are fun for all ages too!

CLICK HERE to learn more about Magnaflex and where you can purchase some for your kids this Christmas!

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