Friday, October 27, 2017
Being in the outdoors is one the things I love most. With all of the busyness of life; raising kids, keeping house, homeschooling and everything else grabbing for my attention, there's something about sunshine through the pine trees, and the sounds of creation that makes time stand still. For a moment I get to breathe in the stillness. Being in the outdoors for me is freedom, even if it's only for an afternoon. Laying in a hammock is one of the best ways to enjoy the great outdoors and I've got Go Outfitter's newest Go Camping Hammock 2.0, given to me at no cost to facilitate this review, to share with you today!
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Remember when we were in our teens and it seemed like we'd live on this earth forever? The years eked slowly by and the Summers were endless. As I've grown older, along with learning that life is indeed very short, I've also come to realize the importance of seizing the moment. I love to push myself. I love the feeling of facing something that seems absolutely crazy to accomplish and then completing the task, if for nothing else than just to say, "I did it!". Anyone else out there like me? This Fall I challenged myself (and dragged my husband and some friends along with me) to bike 60 miles of the C&0 Canal. Thanks to some amazing companies that helped along the way, and provided me products at no cost to facilitate this post, I finished the adventure; but not without a few bumps along the way!
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Most people who know me know that I love cooking as much as I can from scratch. Sometimes though, like today, I had to give myself a little pass. It has been a horribly busy week with no relief in sight. Cooking is usually my way to de-stress and wind down but the thought of cooking this week just made me feel more exhausted. On nights like these, I can still offer my family some delicious comfort food, but in a way that makes my evenings a little bit easier. Growing up my Mom had four kids to feed on a single-parent's budget. She was never able to serve us the choice cuts of beef (in fact, I really can't ever remember a night where we actually ate "real steak") but every once in a while, she would treat us to a cube steak dinner and it was one of my favorites. Tonight I decided to treat my family to their own cube steak dinner with a recipe I cooked up that included some great ways to cheat and still get that home-cooked flavor!
Thursday, October 12, 2017
All of the kids in our house recently started the "Book It!" program and it's now off to the races to see who can read the most chapter books and earn themselves some Pizza Hut! My Science-loving daughter, Eva never has to be encouraged to do extra reading and when I heard about the new Lucy's Lab series from Skyhorse Publishing (who sent me the books pictured above at no cost to facilitate this review), I knew there would be no doubt she would enjoy these books. If you have a Science-loving kid of your own, you won't want to miss these delightful and humorous new books that open up a window into the fascinating world of Science!
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Our weather has started to change here in West Virginia from hot, sticky temperatures to cool breezy nights. It's always sometime during the month of October that I drag out all those plastic totes, one after another, from the basement and complete that seasonal task of changing over all our Spring and Summer clothes to Fall and Winter. This year, along with changing out my daughter Eva's clothes, I decided it was time for her bed to have a little seasonal makeover of it's own! For all my blanket and bedding needs, there's no other company that I turn to other than Berkshire Blanket. They were excited for the opportunity to share a twin set of the bedding pictured above, at no cost to facilitate this review, and I'm excited that I get to share how you can give your own bed a makeover with Berkshire Blanket!