Bursting with Energy

June 26, 2015 By · 1 Comment


Besides the fact I have been watching my oldest pack and repack his bags which means sometimes I begin to get that knot that grows ever so slightly when you know your bird is about to leave the nest. Yes, I said bird, but ya’ll know what I mean. Every time I see him pack his bag I get a sadness but a happiness that grows over me. See it isn’t like I’m just releasing him to a world unknown, in fact he will be leaving California with his dad and moving in with him until he has enough to move out on his own …. if he chooses to do so.

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Dine at Denny’s With the Penguins

May 22, 2015 By · 4 Comments


I live in a small town, so small we really only have two main roads. Denny’s is literally straight down the road from my house, about a 10 minute drive, which means we go there as often as we can. Hey, with five kids and myself it can get awfully expensive. Somehow I had not realized there is a secret to eating at Denny’s….go on Tuesday because kids eat FREE. haha. “Kids eat free 4-10PM on Tuesdays at Denny’s.” Of course ask your server because you do have to have certain things to go with this, ie, I think it is one adult meal per free kid meal. It worked out great for me because it was myself, SoccerBoy (18) and BalletGirl (14) which is the three adult meals with BabyGirl, Little A and Nicoli (ordered from the kids menu). I love a place that caters to my kids and our servers are the best! They know to always bring my youngest his pancakes and a different plate for the remainder of the Jr. grand slam.  The menus have so many healthy choices from yogurt, veggie sticks, sliced bananas to salads.

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Old Spice Welcome to Smellcome Giveaway #Scentresponsibly

February 24, 2014 By · 65 Comments

Disclosure: This review was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Old Spice. I was provided the featured product free of charge to facilitate my review, but all opinions are 100% mine and the two boys, err one boy (hehe).


 My oldest loves helping me out when it comes to reviews, he’s the one that can always make me laugh when I’m taking pictures in the store of a product. Imagine how it felt to hear him agree to actually doing a video with me for this review. EEEeeek, I could only wonder what he would come up with when we were asked to try out the new Welcome to Manhood’s Smellcome package for the #scentresponsibly campaign. I must admit that he is one that loves to shower, shave and spray on the good stuff. But he had recently ran out of his normal type and I wasn’t 100% sure if he’d agree to wear “Old Spice” as he had told me, “Isn’t that for “older” men?” In other words he thought it was for the older generation and not the older teens to younger 20s. haha
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Holiday Movie~ Journey to the Christmas Star DVD Review & Giveaway

December 6, 2013 By · 5 Comments

(Disclosure: We were sent the DVD below for review purposes, all opinions are my own. There are affiliate links within this post)

Journey to the Christmas Star

Director: Nils Gaup
Cast: Agnes Kittelsen, Jakob Oftebro

Synopsis: A courageous girl sets out on a hazardous journey to find the Christmas Star in order to free the kingdom from a curse and bring back a long lost princess, but some mighty foes try to stop her. A Christmas adventure for the whole family set in a magnificent winter

Running Time: 77 Minutes
Rating: G
MSRP: $14.99
Format: DVD
Audio Format: DD 5.1
Vertical Entertainment
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Get Ready for the Holidays with Christmas Tree Lights Etc

November 11, 2013 By · 1 Comment

It’s that time of year again. You know when people love to decorate their homes in Christmas lights, outdoor winter displays and have their Christmas trees all decked out in fun and lights for everyone to see. To me, this is what makes everything feel like Christmas season, I love going driving through the town and checking out all the homes that have their lights on. Last year was the first year I didn’t see many homes displaying lights, I am really hoping to see a lot of homes this year with them. But living in the desert I’m not so sure we’ll see that.


Ever since I can remember, we have always had artificial trees in my home, even growing up. Only thing I miss out on is the smell the real one makes, but thankfully not the mess. I love all things Christmas, which means the Christmas trees, Christmas decorations especially the Christmas lights and outdoor displays you find around town.  My current tree is a cheap one I bought at the store, however my favorite would have to be what is known as the Colorado Pine.  I love the big bottom trees that get smaller at the top, but I also enjoy having a prelit one so I don not go crazy trying to string it myself.  I have discovered a 6.5ft Pine at  Christmas Lights Etc for $459 , where you can actually order yourself one today and get a coupon code for 11% off your order because of Veteran’s Day. I love that you can see exactly what the tree and limbs look like before purchasing. Unlike those prelit ones you buy in the store inside a box. Never turns out looking like the picture on the outside, but these have multiple shots and this tree has the extra bonus of pincone clusters at the tips of the branches.

Coupon Code: VETERANS (ends today)


To me, there is just something magical about Christmas lights. I love decorating inside and out. Who is with me on that? I typically set up my Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving, which means I need to start figuring out what all we need to buy for the house. I know I will want LED lights for outside because of the way they glow, but I also want garland to string around my porch. The Garland lights (which I had not even thought of) will probably look best on my porch and then it’ll be easy to take down after the holidays. Garland lights come in either LED, clear, colored or twinkle and are 6’ beaded garlands to 18’ for the larger porches. I think the lights of a pre-lit Christmas tree is enough on the tree but I’ll still need something for my windows. How much do you decorate?

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