Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Hazli Gymnastics Balance Beam And Mat


Disclosure: I received the items above at no cost to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

 Like many parents, I have kids who are excited to be involved in sports. My oldest is on her high school swim team and my three youngest kids have taken up the exciting sport of Gymnastics. A couple months in, the "Littles" are all still pumped up for class every week. I quickly learned that Gymnastics is a sport of repetition. I also learned one of the difficult aspects of Gymnastics is that most of the skills kids need to practice, require equipment. I'm not quite ready to sign the kids up for Olympic-style training, with time in at the gym every day, but I wanted to find a way for my kids to have tools at home that would help them to excel and would inspire them to reach for the stars. I found Hazli's Foldable Balance Beam and Mat for at-home-practice and it has helped all of my kids advance in both skill and confidence!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Ultimate Gift Guide For Men


Who is the hardest person for you to shop for? If you said a man, you're not alone! Sometimes it can be tough to find the best gifts for men, but we're here to help! Check out all of these great gift ideas your man is sure to like!

Monday, December 3, 2018

Ultimate Gift Guide For Outdoor Lovers



Are you looking for the best gifts for outdoor lovers? If so, you've come to the right place! This outdoor lovers gift guide will give you lots of great gift ideas!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Ultimate Gymnastics Gift Guide

The best gifts for gymnasts

Have a gymnast on your shopping list this holiday season? Jen has several on her list!  She's put together a guide featuring the best gifts for gymnast, whether they are just beginning in the sport or are a seasoned veteran. We think you'll find the perfect gift for your favorite gymnast!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Educational Gifts For Kids


Did you know that Janessa, Miranda from Thrifty Nifty Mommy and I all homeschool our children? We love it when education and fun collide.  So we've put together this gift guide featuring the best educational gifts for kids!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Best Gifts For Big Kids


For elementary-aged kids, Christmas is a pretty big deal! My kids in this age range have been talking about the excitement of new Christmas gifts for weeks! They love to receive but they also enjoy giving as well.  We always let our kids do a "Secret Santa" with each other just so they get to experience that it's really more blessed to give than to receive. Together with Janessa and Miranda of Thrifty Nifty Mommy, I've assembled my top picks for the best gifts for kids! You'll find great ideas here for all the elementary-aged kids on your list, no matter what your budget!

Monday, November 19, 2018

The Mimi Locket Necklace


Disclosure: I received the item above at no cost to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. 

 To me, the perfect give is something that, when opened, leaves the person receiving it breathless. The perfect give is special not because of the price tag, but because of the meaning behind it. All jewelry has a personal touch but no other piece of jewelry expresses those warm and intimate feelings like a locket. In a locket, a loved one's presence can be seen and felt. Children are ageless and those that we've lost in this world are returned for just a moment. The Mimi Locket, from With You Lockets, combines a heart-warming picture of someone special with the absolute beauty of the precious metals it's made with, giving anyone a gift they will forever remember this holiday season.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Get Musical This Christmas With Loog Guitars


This post is sponsored by Loog Guitars. All opinions are my own.

 Choosing Christmas gifts for my kids is something I look forward to every year and now is the time when so many companies vying for my attention. I don't want to spend top dollar for those "wow" gifts that my kids play for for a total of two weeks and then they get tossed into the toy box. I've started choosing gifts that are not only fun, but gifts that can even help enhance my kids growing and learning experience. Loog Guitars are the perfect gift this year to help any child start down the road on their musical journey!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Gifts for Little Kids



Christmas with toddlers and preschoolers just might be my favorite age to celebrate! They are so excited about every aspect of Christmas and they definitely get very excited about the gifts under the tree! We've worked together to assemble a list of great gifts for little kids -- the items are sure to delight on Christmas morning!

Comforting Eucalyptus Soap Melts


Disclosure: I did not receive any product for this post. This post is not sponsored by any company mentioned below. All opinions are my own. 

Pardon the lack of pictures in this post. I wasn't originally intending to post this one so fast but I've had so many requests for these DIY soap melts I wanted to make sure to share in time for those hoping to make some for themselves or family and friends over the holidays. I love making homemade gifts for my family and friends and these turned out to be one of my favorites this year. Whether we like it or not seasonal colds are bound to hit at least one person in the family this year. No one likes to be sick so anything that can be done to help ease symptoms is a plus! I scoured the internet looking at recipes for shower melts and found that a lot of people had trouble with the traditional melt made from corn starch, baking soda, and other powders. I already had soap base on hand so I decided to skip the powders and create my own fragrant, comforting, sinus-opening melts to use in the shower or bath. With just a few supplies and ingredients, you can make your own soap melts!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Turkey and Harvest Dumplings


Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own. 

 I absolutely love Thanksgiving! I love the family and friends gathered around the table. I love the laughter and how we all take time to remember how we've been blessed this past year. I also love the food! There's nothing quite as comforting as a Thanksgiving meal. The weather got cold here in West Virginia over the past week and suddenly I found myself wanting to give my family some early Thanksgiving enjoyment. Voila! My Turkey and Harvest Dumplings recipe was born. This recipe is a great way to use up that left over Turkey from the holidays, or you can simply use a 3lb Turkey Boneless Turkey Breast for this recipe. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Rock Hound Backpack Kit


This is a sponsored post on behalf of Home Science Tools. All opinions are my own. 

 Learning and discovery are missing in so many toys these days. Though there are plenty of great products with new technology, many of them still require kids to be connected to electronic and screen devices in order to use them effectively. I love products that help my kids explore the world around them and encourage hands-on learning. The Rock Hound's Backpack Kit is perfect for the little geologist in your family and will unlock an even greater desire to dig deeper into discoveries just outside their own front door!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Stargazer Cast Iron Skillet


Disclosure: I received the item above at no cost to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. 

 As my at-home-chef skills have grown over the years, so has my desire to invest in quality products to help me bring all of my tasty creations to life. It's much more fun to cook when you have all the proper tools. Food also tastes better when you are cooking with pans that hold the proper temperature and don't taint the dish with those nasty non-stick chemicals. I've made it my personal mission to begin replacing all of my generic non-stick pans with cast iron. In my search for the best, I stumbled upon Stargazer Cast Iron. Boy and I glad I did!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Best Gifts For Babies


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Baby's first Christmas is such an exciting time! I've teamed up with Miranda and Janessa of Thrifty Nifty Mommy to compile a list of our best gifts for babies -- we've had 14 babies between the 3 of us! We'll be adding to this list all month long, so keep checking back for great ideas for your little one!

Best Gifts For Infants


Infantino Infant to Toddler Play Gym & Fun Teepee


Babies will go crazy for this multi-functional gym that grows with your little one, transforming from an infant gym to a pretend play teepee. Four hanging toys and a large-mirrored mobile engage infants with overhead discovery. Squeeze the musical owl to delight little ones with a cheerful tune. As baby begins to crawl, close one side of the gym to create a crawl tunnel. For toddlers, unfold the gym's sides to create a fun, playtime teepee. Each side of the teepee features a whimsical mountain scene, from sun rise to night time - complete with accurate constellations.

DockATot


DockATot has been designed to offer a snug and soothing environment for babies. We like to think it's the next best thing to the womb. Babies can rest, play and lounge without the restrictions of buckles or the distraction of bells and whistles. The innovative design helps the baby feel safe and secure. As baby grows, you can open the buckle on the dock.

  Melissa & Doug First Play Elephant Rocking Stacker

Melissa & Doug First Play Elephant Stacker


Sort, stack, and rock six brightly colored wooden pieces, including a topsy-turvy elephant!  This fun First Play Elephant Stacker features a sturdy wooden stacking rod sits on a curved base that rocks and spins. The smooth pieces make it easy for babies and toddlers to grasp. They will delight in sorting and balancing pieces while developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination through imaginative play. First Play toys feature bright colors, bold patterns, and theatrical designs that boost skills while sparking imagination and wonder - right from the very beginning!

Mindware babu Stacker

MindWare babu Stacker


It’s a whimsical take on a classic wooden stacking toy that promotes creativity while introducing a basic lesson in balance!  The babu Stacker's modern twist on the classic toy blocks delivers pure and simple creative play options for kids of all ages. Stack the sleek rainbow pieces by size and sequence to create a traditional pyramid.  Or twist and turn them to make a more fanciful shape.  It's a tactile, timeless and artistic addition to your wooden toys. Each piece is crafted from solid hardwood with a non-toxic, BPA-free, water-based finish.

  Manhattan Toy Company THE MAKE BELIEVE WORLD OF WINKEL BOARD BOOK + WINKEL

Manhattan Toy Company The Make Believe World Of Winkel Board Book + Toy 


The time-honored classic Winkel rattle and teether, by Manhattan Toy, is an award-winning classic, a true “must have” for parents and infants. Its maze of soft, continuous tubes and its stunning colors instantly capture and hold baby’s attention. The mesmerizing loop design and lightweight construction make it easy for little hands to grab, hold, and rattle - perfect clutching toy to engage baby’s gross motor skills. The center cube features a quiet rattle so baby can explore sound and cause and effect. The soft, pliable loops are BPA-free for teething or gumming babies. This bundle also Introduces your young one into The Make Believe World of Winkel, through the amazing board book.

Comfy Joey Ring Sling - Big Blowout Sale!

Comfy Joey Ring Sling

Wearing baby has never been more comfortable!  Your little sweetie will be a hit with everyone while riding at eye-level in this easygoing, but sturdy, Comfy Joey Ring Sling.  The sling is 100% linen fabric, airy and supportive, though a bit stiff at first, will soften with wash and use. Linen slings are good for newborns or toddlers, and excellent for summer heat.  By far, my absolute favorite ring sling!   And they come in a variety of colors and lengths.  Don't wait! Head over now because they will be running a variety of sales throughout the holidays at throwaway prices of $30 or less!

  Melissa & Doug First Play Friendly Frogs Pull Toy

Melissa & Doug First Play Friendly Frogs Pull Toy


Hop to it with this gorgeous Melissa & Doug Frog Pull Toy! These friendly frogs will follow kids anywhere! Two brightly colored frogs, with designs on both sides, chase and race each other as kids 18 months and older maneuver this sturdy rolling wooden pull toy, encouraging movement and sensory development. There are plenty of polka-dots and fun details to discover that help build color and shape recognition. First Play toys feature bright colors, bold patterns, and creative designs that boost skills while sparking imagination and wonder--right from the start!

 

Infantino Grow-With-Me Activity Gym & Ball Pit


Have a ball with this action-packed activity gym! This one-of-a-kind playset converts into a fun, sensory-stimulating ball pit that’s perfect for busy toddlers. Includes 40 colorful balls with convenient storage inside the turtle’s head. Four adorable sea pals delight little ones with a peek-a-boo mirror, grasping ring, textured teether and rattle. This versatile playtime favorite will grow with your family to offer years of priceless entertainment.

  BBLUV Sölar Baby & Toddler Sunglasses

BBLUV Sölar Sunglasses


Let your young child be stylish with these BBLUV Sölar Sunglasses!   Thee cute little shades offer an optimal protection against harmful UV rays.  The ultra-resistant and flexible frames are perfect for those little hands that are constantly moving.  The reversible and polarized sunglasses are made for better clarity and comfort too.  Currently available in three fun colors: aqua, lime, and pink!  The carrying/cleaning pouch and cord included.

  Manhattan Toy Company A Little Unicorn Pink Baby Book & Toy Bundle Set

Manhattan Toy Company Petals The Pink Unicorn Book & Toy Combos


Gifting a book and toy together is the perfect duo and Petals The Pink Unicorn is a memory-making choice for the little girls in your life.  Introduce your little one into the playful world of the Adorables, with everyone's favorite Petals Unicorn character! This book featuring 10 full-color and beautifully designed pages of unique artwork by the talented Madelyn Kozlowski at Manhattan Toy, and a soft, padded cover for your young one. An enchanting book to read to your young one, they will instantly connect and fall in love with Petals Unicorn and the adventure that awaits.  Pair with one of several great stuffed animals, toys, blankie, or teether for a winning combination.

  BBLUV Termö 4-in-1 Digital Thermometer

Termö 4-in-1 Digital Thermometer


If you're looking for a useful gift that will give back for years, grab the Termö 4-in-1 Digital Thermometer!   It allows precise, instantaneous and non-contact temperature measurement. Multi-purpose, it's designed to measure body temperature such as your child’s forehead, ears, and armpit as well as various surfaces such as bottle of milk, food, or bath water.  And it can even measure room temperature too!  The Termö can even memorize up to 32 readings.  It's a tool that is both practical and essential in your care kit.

  Manhattan Toy Company SLEEPY NOT SLEEPY - A TINY DINO'S BEDTIME ADVENTURE BOARD BOOK + Toys

Manhattan Toy Company Little Jurassics Chomp Book + Toy Combos


Introduce your little one into the wonderful and enchanting world of Little Jurassics, with everyone's favorite Chomp dinosaur character!  Pair the book that features 10 full-color and beautifully designed pages of unique artwork by the talented Madelyn Kozlowski at Manhattan Toy.  Kids will instantly connect and fall in love with Chomp and soon discover the adventure that awaits.  There's fun to be had as they let their imagination run wild through stories and play.  Toy options include: Chomp Blankie, Pull Musical Toy, Silicone Teether, and Cuddly Plush.

Little Book Of You Personalized Story About Your Child

Little Book Of You Personalized Story


Capture your most cherished memories in a one-of-a-kind book from Little Book Of You Personalized Story. Fill out your custom baby book in 15 minutes or less and leave the rest to Little Book Of You!  This book includes all the most wonderful and fun details about your child’s arrival.  Rich in design and made to last, these hardcover books are made with the highest quality paper and materials so your book will continue to look great reading after reading.   A beautiful, personalized story about your child that will be treasured by you and your child for years to come.

  BBLUV Miäm Silicone Plate & Spoon Set

BBLUV Miäm Silicone Plate & Spoon Set

Babies get so excited when it's time to taste food!  Make transitioning to food easier with the help of the BBLUV Miäm Silicone Plate & Spoon Set.  It's the ideal plate starting with the very first mouthful to continued use years down the road. The suction base,  makes parent’s lives easier too.  The durable, stain-resistant, and anti-bacterial silicone construction features three separate compartments for food.  Currently available in fun aqua or lime colors.

  MyBaby by HoMedics Comfort Creatures™ Elephant Color Changing Nightlight

MyBaby by HoMedics Comfort Creatures Elephant Color Changing Nightlight


Night lights provide a neutering appeal that babies and children love. The MyBaby by HoMedics Comfort Creatures Elephant Color Changing Nightlight is a gender-neutral kids night light that is perfect for any nursery or décor.  Choose from five soothing LED color options with just a press of a button.  To switch color, simply press the button repeatedly until you reach your desired color option.  The auto timer will help ease your child to sleep while also saving on energy with the auto-off function.  Easily set your comfort creature to turn off after 15, 30, or 60 minutes intervals.  The cute and cuddly design makes for the perfect bedside friend.

  Squishmallow Baby Rattles

Squishmallows Baby Squad

Start your own small Squishmallows Squad with these adorable 8" Baby Squishmallows!  Each features a built in rattle for added playtime fun.  These loveable buddies are made from a super soft marshmallow-like texture and polyester blend which makes them ultra soft for hugging. They can even be washed and dried as needed.  Super cute and available in a variety of whimsical animals and designs, they are truly perfect for any age.

  Sleeping Baby Zipadee Zip

Sleeping Baby ZipadeeZip


A big "must have" baby product is the Sleeping Baby ZipadeeZip.  The star-shaped pointed sleeves and star-fish design is patent pending because it inspires sounder sleep than any other wearable blankets on the market. The slight resistance in the wing-span allows a baby to move around freely while still providing the enclosed, womb-like sensation babies enjoy so much. The Zipadee-Zip was designed to aid the swaddle transition but has so many other fabulous uses as well!  Sizes range from 0-3 months all the way through preschool and school age!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Ultimate Edition {PLUS a Giveaway!!}

Disclosure: I received the item above, at no cost, to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

Whether you like it or not, Christas is on the way! While I hate the cold, windy months, I love the wonder of Christmas and the excitement my kids have during the holiday season. Our family has lots of Christmas traditions; the tree, Christmas cookies, family parties, and always, always movie nights to enjoy all our favorite Christmas flicks! We each have our favorites, but How The Grinch Stole Christmas has always been my son, Elijah's number one pick. I can't wait to enjoy this new Ultimate Edition with our family this year!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Quality Headphones For Little Ears


This post is sponsored by Pure Sound Labs. 

 With so many electronic devices available to children, it's important to set limitations. It's also equally important to protect their sensitive hearing when using tablets, phones, iPods, video games and the like. Our entire family as become fans of Puro Sound Labs headphones! I like them because they are durable, easy for my kids to use, and most importantly, give optimal, quality sound while setting a limit on volume levels. My kids love them for their bright colors, wireless capability, and superb comfort! The holidays are just around the corner and if your kids are like mine, they have already started making their Christmas lists. Have a child looking for headphones under the tree this year? Look no further than Puro Sound Labs headphones to make the perfect gift this holiday season!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Enjoy A Campfire Anywhere, Anytime With The Pop-Up Pit


Disclosure: I received a Pop-Up Pit at no cost to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. 

 Our family loves camping, being outdoors, and especially campfires! For my kids, roasting hotdogs and marshmallows over the fire is probably their favorite part. They'd go camping just for that alone! Some weekends are just too busy or the weather doesn't corporate for an overnight under the stars but now, thanks to the Pop-Up Pit from Fireside Outdoor, that no longer means we can't still enjoy an evening by the fire! I've finally found a product that makes cooking over and enjoying a roaring fire a possibility no matter where the adventure takes us!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Four Things You Need For The Perfect Girls Weekend Getaway

 

Disclosure: I received items featured below to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. 

 A couple months ago, my best friend from college, Shree and I finally got with the times and started FaceTiming each other. It was so great to catch up but it also reminded me how much I missed her! Shortly after, while my husband Ben and I were out to lunch after church, he leaned over and said, "You should buy a plane ticket to go down and spend a long weekend with Shree". Needless to say, I was elated! Since Shree lives in Alabama and I live in West Virginia, seeing each other frequently has never been an option, in fact it had been eight years since we'd seen each other. I knew my girls getaway was going to be absolutely fantastic, but I also knew there were a few things I needed to make my trip just perfect and I'm excited to share them with you today! Here's four products you are going to want to have for your next girls' getaway!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Fall Asleep In Warmth & Comfort With Berkshire Blanket


Disclosure: I received the item above at no cost to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. 

It's almost time for the leaves to start changing colors as the cooler weather comes swooping in and the season change from warm summer nights to the chilly evenings of autumn. Mother Nature likes to change it up in her own way with bright colors and fun textures so why not follow in her footsteps and update your own dwelling place with a new bedding set from Berkshire Blanket? We got to experience the warmth and comfort of their Reversible VelvetLoft and Sherpa Comforter and Sham Set this past week in an all new review. All I can say is "Sweet Dreams"! 

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Scooby-Doo And The Gourmet Ghost

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What's not to love about the classics? As a Mom, there's nothing I appreciate more than being able to pop in a movie for my kids while I need some quiet to finish up work, or to help pass the time when we're traveling (three cheers for whoever made all dreams come true by installing DVD players in vehicles!) and not have to worry about content. Scooby-Doo has always been a family favorite with exciting mysteries, lovable characters, and not-too-scary villains that we all know from the very beginning aren't real. Our family is also a big fan of Food Network cooking shows and competitions so when we found out that Scooby-Doo and Shaggy teamed up with Bobbly Flay and Giada De Laurentis, I knew this was a movie we had to check out! And what a fun movie it was!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Mamoo Bags Are Ready For Adventure!



Disclosure: I received the bags featured in this post at no cost to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. 

 As a family with three homeschooling kids ,our school backpacks don't always look like everyone else's. Instead of learning in the classroom, the kids and I take every opportunity to learn by experiencing things in the wide open world. This year I'm planning lots of field trips and I wanted to find a backpack more suitable than the typical school backpack. Heavy backpacks are great for hauling books to and from school, but if you are looking for a bag that kids will be excited to take to the park, the beach, the zoo, or on any adventure their feet can get them to, bags from Mamoo have just what you need!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Stuffed Avocados


I have a lot of ground beef in my freezer and I was racking my brain to try to think of some different ways to use it all up (I can only eat so much spaghetti). I wanted to prepare something light, fresh, and easy for dinner tonight and voila, my stuffed avocados were born! If you have avocado fans in your house they will enjoy these as much as my family did! We have a family of 6 so I made enough for each person to have two halves. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Power Ball Recipe



My kids have a new found excitement for a little snack we call Power Balls. This no-bake treat is a great choice if you want a healthier option for baked cookies. They are easy to prepare and any home chef can change them up to their personal preference. In our house, one Power Ball silences those claims of starvation and satisfies the cravings for sweets. They've really become a staple around our house!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Work & Play With Groove Life Rings



Disclosure: I received Groove Life rings at no cost to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

 If you are married and you enjoy doing anything outdoors, or support your family by working with your own two hands, you are going to want to pay attention to this post! It's been a couple years now since Ben and I transitioned from a couple who weren't able to get out much, to a kayaking, bike riding, hiking, "let's get on the river" kind of couple. We've made time for ourselves and choose activities that alleviate distractions from our life which has brought us even closer together. I can't remember how many times we were out in our kayaks (and especially the time when we were white water rafting on the Gauley River) that I went, "Oh my gosh my wedding rings!". I just never take them off. I always, always forgot until it was too late to put them in a place of safety. Thankfully, my wedding bands have made it through all my adventures but a couple weeks ago, we decided it was time to try out some rings that were a little more fitting for adventures and work. We found Groove Life and they changed everything I ever thought about silicone wedding rings.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Southern Meatballs & Gravy


It has been raining for what seems like an entire month straight. Our farmers are thrilled but all of the rainy gloominess made me hungry for some comfort food. Years ago our family attended a Christian Summer camp that, aside from it's life-changing experiences with God, was also known for its delicious southern cooking. One of my absolute favorite dishes was meatballs and gravy that they served over a bed of white rice. I decided this week to develop my own recipe which I served over mashed potatoes. The kids raved and each gave their blessing to pass the goodness on to you. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

In A Snap Banana Muffins


Yesterday our home was snackless. The kids are out of school for the summer and their attempts to clean out my fridge and pantry since day one had on not gone unnoticed. My fruit bowl had dwindled down to two lonely bananas that were well past their prime. I had spent the better part of my day trying to get our home office in order and my will to whip up anything home had gotten lost somewhere between the 3-foot stack of papers I had organized and relabeling all of our manila folders for upcoming jobs. By mid-day the natives had finally grown restless and I needed a brain break. Turns out it was the perfect scenario to create one of our favorite summer snacks yet; banana muffins, which I whipped up in a snap!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Climb And Conquer In Xero Shoes



Disclosure: I received the hiking boots featured in this post to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own. 

 If you've followed my posts or Our Southern Style for any length of time, it's probably no surprise that you're finding me on yet, another adventure. I love pushing myself and finding out just what I'm capable of. It's part of what has helped me become the determined person that I am today. For me, it's easy to apply each and every one of those adventures to every day life. Life has a way of showing just how strong we really are and hiking, biking, kayaking, rock climbing, (insert your favorite adventure here) is a reminder that I can conquer anything if I put my mind to it. Some friends and I set out to take on the "Old Rag", a rigorous 10 mile hike in the Shenandoah Mountains, and the only thing on my mind was making sure I had a good set of hiking shoes. Lately, I've been discovering the greatness of barefoot shoes and wondered how I'd do in a pair on such a long hike. Ben, myself, and two of our friends had the pleasure of trying out two styles of Xero Shoes hiking boots in both men and women's styles and I'm giving you the scoop on why these are one of the greatest hiking shoes I have put on my feet!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Kayak Warm This Spring With Wetsuit Wearhouse



 Disclosure: I received the wetsuits worn above to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

 It's here! It's here! It's finally here! Ya'll have no idea how much I have been longing for this day; the day that I finally get to take my kayak out on the water! After months of passing by my yak every time I went down to the basement, to say I was excited about finally taking her out would be an understatement. Even though the air is warmer, the water is still bitter cold in our part of West Virginia. To travel safely and keep from a potential bone-chilling moment should we capsize our boats, we turned to our friends at Wetsuit Wearhouse to outfit Ben and I with their best spring Shorties. If you enjoy water sports, you won't want to miss this review!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Free Your Feet With Vivo Barefoot Shoes!


Disclosure: I received the shoes featured in the picture above to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. 

 I hate socks and shoes. I always have and I probably always will. Probably one of the reasons I love Summer so much is because  I truly get to set my feet free! One of the best sensations in the world is feeling the ground beneath my feet and the air on my toes. I'm sure many of you have heard about the "barefoot" shoe craze. Apparently it's been around for a while but somehow I'm just now discovering it. I began to research all of the benefits of going barefoot and decided this was definitely something I had to try Our family loves being outdoors and when I searched for a company that made barefoot shoes for the whole family, Vivo was at the top of the list. Vivo sent shoes made for our littlest (Levi, age 5) all the way up to my and my hubby (age 36 for the both of us) and we set off to our favorite mountain retreat to test them out. Think going barefoot might be for you? Keep reading!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Get Your Bike Spring Ready With Topeak


Disclosure: I received items featured to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. 

 Maybe it's because I really ramped up my outdoor excursions and adventures last year. Maybe it's because we got a big snow storm (in APRIL!). Maybe it's just because cabin fever has reached it's height. Whatever the reason, Spring is here and I'm ready to get outside and get on my bike! If there's one activity that is almost as exciting as the event itself, it's the getting ready part. Remember how excited you are to be packing your bags before you go on vacation? It's makes me almost as happy as the vacation itself! Getting my bike Spring ready is part of the fun. It gets my blood pumping and fuels the anticipation of all my upcoming rides. There's one company I always go to when I'm looking to upgrade my bike: Topeak!  Topeak has everything I need to get my wheels ready to ride!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Paddington 2 Reminds Us Why We Love This Bear!


Disclosure: I received a copy of Paddington 2 to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. 

I will always have a love for Paddington because it was the first movie where my son Elijah truly enjoyed what we all love about films. Paddington was the first movie where Elijah laughed so hard he could barely breath, smiled from ear to ear, and became totally wrapped up in the story of this sweet bear. When we heard Paddington 2 was coming to theaters the whole family knew it was one we had to see. The new installment of Paddington didn't disappoint but reminded us of all the reasons why we love this adorable, lovable bear.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Cherry Chocolate Mini Cupcakes (With Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting)


This week I was so excited that the first day of Spring was almost here! And then it came...with 14 inches of snow! Public schools were closed and there was no going anywhere for a good two days here in West Virginia. Try as I might I just couldn't stop myself from baking. It happens every time it snows. I knew I couldn't run out to the store for ingredients so I decided to go on an expedition into my cabinets and fridge to see what I could use for inspiration. I came away with something the whole family agrees were some of my best cupcakes yet!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Fill Easter Baskets With ORBS!

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Seems like Christmas was just yesterday and here we are with another holiday right in front of our eyes! Easter is almost here and Ben and I love putting together fun baskets for all of our kids. Of course I include a few sweet treats, (because what's Easter with out chocolate eggs, bunnies, and marshmallow chicks?) but I also prefer to fill our children's baskets with fun surprises they can enjoy long after the candy is gone. There's nothing more exciting to kids theses days than slime and squishy things! ORB has some great products to add to your Easter baskets this year, all under $15 making celebrating this Easter season easily affordable!

Slimy Dinos



Find the Dinosaur in your OrbSlimy. Each Dino egg contains one of 10 mystery dinos to reveal. Collect them all. OrbSlimy is the best slime available on the market. It feels amazing and is completely non-sticky. Squeeze it, stretch it, ooze it, and more! OrbSlimy is the tactile toy trend kids can't get enough of. 


Orb Slimy Original



OrbSlimy Original is the classic slime in an easy to store container. 

If there's one creative play toy my kids all agree is fantastically fun, hands down, it's slime! My daughter Eva constantly scours the internet looking for new slime recipes but she's not found any that come close to the feel and quality of ORB Slimy! The kids can't stop playing with it and I love that it's easy to clean and put away. The Dino Slime will be an extra special surprise in her Easter basket because in addition to loving slime, she's also a dino-lover! For Eva, there will be nothing better than digging her way through an egg full of slime to uncover a dinosaur treasure!

Soft'n Slo Squishies


Soft'n Slo Squishies are slow rising and ultra soft. Touch it, squeeze it, and watch your Soft'n Slo Squishies transform as it slowly rises. 

Elijah is my "softie" of all my kids and he simply can't keep his hands off of anything cute and cuddly. There are so many varieties of the Soft'n Slow Squishies that you simply have to go check them all out. Squishy food. Squishy animals. Squishy monsters. There's even squishy poo! My kids are going to get a kick out of playing with these fun sensory toys and I know they will make a cute addition to their Easter baskets this year. 


ORB Toys was just what I needed to add some hands-on-fun to our Easter baskets this year. I love that their products are fun, adorable, and fit our budget. Sensory toys can be so much fun and I know my kids will be excited to discover these in their baskets on Easter morning.

Click HERE to check out all the Easter possibilities with ORB Toys this year! 

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