Sunday, June 11, 2017
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hot Ash Stoves, iZZi Foods, Thermacell, Goosefeet Gear, IceMule Coolers. All opinions are my own.
Just a couple weeks ago, Ben and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary. For some of you that's baby years and for some it seems miles away. We've been through a lot in those 11 years but one thing is for sure; life has brought us closer together, shown us how fast the years go by, and that some days (unlike how Captain and Tennille would have us believe) it's taken more than love to keep us together (lots of our faith, family, and determination go a long way!). A couple weeks ago, my husband said the most romantic thing I've ever heard, "Babe, if you wanna go down the river...I guess I'll go down the river too". This is a pretty big step coming from a guy that grew up near Detroit. But he's grown to love everything the country life has to offer and this year we decided we'd truly get away. Get away from technology. Get away from the hustle and bustle of town and people. Get away from everyone and everything but each other. Our perfect getaway included an overnight kayaking trip down the Shenandoah River, and some great new outdoor gear that helped to make our adventure perfect!
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Disclosure: This trip was sponsored by VisitWV, Country Road Cabins, and Ace Adventure Resort. All opinions are my own.
"Wild and Wonderful". "Almost Heaven". There's so many things that come to mind when I think of my home state, West Virginia. It's where I got my sense of adventure, my love of the mountains and the river, and my inspiration for all that southern cooking. Though the rest of the world runs at a break neck pace, time slows down in West Virginia. I"m a wife and a mom now, but I haven't lost my love for adventure and I give a lot of credit to growing up surrounded by it. There's so much beauty and fun to be found in West Virginia and because adventure is always better with friends, my husband and I grabbed one of our favorite couples (you might recognize Chris, my Gone Girls counterpart!) and headed to the southern part of the state for a mountain getaway filled with rock climbing, repelling, and ending with a climactic white water rafting trip down the Lower Gauley River! Looking for a memory-making trip this Summer? Grab some friends and find the adventure of a lifetime in West Virginia!
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.
My kids loved the first chapter in the story of MAX and when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment contacted me about sharing the second installment of this heroic tale, I knew it was something my family and yours would love! Not only do a I have a sneak peak into who MAX is saving next, but keep reading 'cause I've got your chance to win a copy of your own!
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Okay, I admit it, as much as I love being outdoors, I'm also a sucker for movies. I'm not sure if it comes from acting on stage in dramas and plays throughout my high school years, or due to the fact that growing up, movies were a special treat, but I'm pretty sure one of the main reasons I love a good flick is simply that I work hard. I work hard, my husband works hard, and our plate is often pretty full. My mind is usually thinking about, "Did I accomplish what I needed to today?" "What did I forget to do?" "What do I need to do tomorrow?" "Do the kids have any activities this weekend?" Everything from household chores, to the kids, to work, to my husbands small business runs through my brain on an almost continual basis but I have found two ways to tune it out. One is being outside, and the other is getting lost in a really good movie!
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
If you computer screen could talk, you would hear my high pitch squeals of delight at the fact that the seasons have officially changed. Spring is finally here and Summer ahead of it! It's no secret to anyone who knows me that I love the outdoors and whether my family likes it or not, I'm always dragging them off to one adventure or another. The hubs needs a new pair of hiking boots (because I've got a couple hikes up my sleeve this year) and we found a pair of boots that, from the moment he sunk his feet in them, provided him equal levels of comfort and support. Add the fact that they make any amateur look like a professional and you have the perfect pair of men's hiking boots ready to hit all the trails this season! Forsake provided me the Hiker (pictured above), at no cost to facilitate this review, and I'm here to tell you that if you are looking for a men's hiking boot to make your next adventure perfect, you're gonna want to keep reading!
Sunday, April 2, 2017
As I have grown older there are a few things I have come to appreciate more and more; craftsmanship and keepsakes. As a child I remember watching my grandfather fell a tree, so that he could mill the wood, and then use it to craft every piece of furniture you could think of. Today, my house is filled with those tokens of his love and hard work, everything from rocking chairs to shelves, tables, even a lap and candlestick. It's not just the beauty and the quality that I appreciate, but it's the knowing that though there will come a day when he is no longer on the earth with me, I will always have reminders of times with him, memories sealed in the furniture that he made, that I will one day pass to my own kids. There are many things in our home that will come and go but I try to invest as much as I can in products that will not only last a lifetime but will carry significance long after I'm gone. My youngest son, Levi was very much in desperate need of a toy box and when I found the Wooden Toy Box I instantly fell in love with what I saw. Wooden Toy Box sent me the personalized toy box, pictured above, at no cost to facilitate this review. If you have a child that could use a toy box, a hope chest, or even a gorgeous box to keep their pillows and blankets in, the Wooden Toy Box is the perfect way to house your child's special belongings and give them a special keepsake to treasure for years to come.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Eva is my reader. She is always looking for new and exciting books to read and is always excited when a package from Sky Pony Press shows up at our door. It either means books for her or books that she can read to her younger brothers, so either way, she wins. This time the packaged happened to be just for her with two brand new adventures, received from Sky Pony Press at no cost to facilitate this post, that are just as fun and colorful to read as their covers. If you are looking for new books for your older reader (ages 7 - 9) these are two great stores you'll want to check out!