Homemade Kefir – Save Money and Learn How to Make Your Own Kefir

what homemade kefir looks like when ready

  I have the pleasure (?) of having three lactose intolerant children.  I think my kids all turned out pretty cute so I know my husband and my genes aren’t totally incompatible. Unfortunately, however, all of my children have soem fairly serious food intolerances and allergies. I stayed off dairy for 18 months while I… [read more]

Natural Personal Care Products – Great Alternatives to the Toxin-Filled Products We Currently Use

Oral Essentials Mouthwash Review

Disclosure: Some samples were received. So you’re looking to “green” your personal care routine a bit but aren’t ready to make the leap to “no poo”. You want to healthify your life, but prefer to try on “a little crunchy” before taking the plunge to full-on “granola”. Yep, I’m with you on this one.  While… [read more]

I’ll Love You Forever String Art Valentine

I'll Love You Forever, String Art Valentine

This year I wanted to help my kids do something special for their grandma’s for Valentine’s Day. Because my blogging schedule was so crazy during the months of November and December we really didn’t do anything for Christmas gifts for the Grandmas. There were so many things I wanted to do. But I prefer to… [read more]

Santa Fe Chicken Quinoa Casserole Recipe

Santa Fe Chicken Quinoa Casserole

Quinoa is an AMAZING food.  So versatile, so healthy, and so filling.  And I can’t tell you how many times it took me to get it right.  The first time I cooked it it was crunchy like caviar, and we all thought it tasted kind of funny. I’ve since learned the proper water to quinoa ratio,… [read more]

Sesame Street Live is coming to Bossier City, Louisiana! Promo Code + Giveaway!

Sesame Street Live, Shreveport, Bossier City Let's Dance giveaway

  I’m so excited to announce that Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” is coming to Shreveport / Bossier City, LA February 17 & 18!  Make sure you keep reading for important details about the event including a Sesame Street Live promo code! Sesame Street Live is a larger-than-life, musical touring stage production featuring Big Bird, Elmo, Cookie Monster,… [read more]

Academics’ Choice Winners! Doodle Quest and The SMART Playbook

Doodle Quest game

As we’ve homeschooled this year I’ve been eager to add games to our daily curricula.  While I love games that teach straightforward academic concepts, I always get especially excited when I find a game that teaches more abstract concepts like creativity, perspective taking, and so on. As an Academics’ Choice Advocate and reviewer I was… [read more]

My 2015 Fitness Goals – TomTom Runner Cardio GPS Watch #GiveAGoal #Giveaway

TomTom Runner Cardio

Disclosure: Thank you to TomTom for sponsoring this conversation, and for helping me get my rear into gear for 2015! I think one of the most difficult things about motherhood is finding a spare moment to take care of myself.  There are days when I forget to have a meal because I’m so busy rescuing my… [read more]

Give the Gift of Comfort – HoMedics Triple Shiatsu Massage Cushion #HolidayGiftGuide

HoMedics Triple Massage cushion

I’m not sure if there are more than a few handfuls of adults in existence who can say that they never experience back and neck tension.  In our age today we often work sedentary, or high-stress–or both–jobs that take their toll on our bodies.  Motherhood is no exception.  Truly, some of the worst back and… [read more]

Easy Meal Prep and Clean Up with T-fal and Zabada! + RV $130 Giveaway! #TfalZabadaHolidays

Christmas image

Disclosure: I received the following products for review purposes. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions expressed are honest and are my own.   Tis the season for holiday entertaining! I’m a low maintenance, low stress kind of gal so when I entertain during the holidays you can be sure I’m using every holiday hack… [read more]

26 Delicious, Relaxing, and Just Plain Cool Mason Jar Gifts!

Fun-way-to-give-holiday-gift-money-via-Chase-the-Star1

  It is not the gift, but the thought that counts. – Henry Van Dyke I say – Why not both? Fun to make and fun to receive, Mason jar gifts are the perfect holiday gifts for many reasons. Who doesn’t like to get these miniature packaged presents? Gifts in a jar are perfect for family, neighbors,… [read more]

Discover, Learn, and Enjoy the Perot Museum in Dallas + Giveaway

Perot Museum giveaway

Last week while in Dallas for our Thanksgiving break my boys and I had the chance to visit the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.  We’d been to the Perot Museum once before, but due to it’s massive size we only made it to two of its 5 floors. The Perot Museum of Nature and… [read more]

Top Tech Gifts from Verizon + How to get FREE Phones, FREE Tablets, and FREE Data!

Top Tech gifts from Verizon

Disclosure: I received a promotional item from Verizon as a thank you for my time in attending the event and posting the recap. Last week I had the fun opportunity to visit the Verizon headquarters in Irving, Texas.  Not only did I get to see some awesome bloggers, I got to see and learn about… [read more]

Elf on the Shelf 101 for Elf Newbies

Elf on the Shelf 101, Ideas for introducing and picking a name for your Elf on the Shelf, plus free Elf on the Shelf Printables, and Elf on the Shelf Ideas

Chances are you’ve heard of Elf on the Shelf. Santa’s little helper that visits your family during December, delighting children with his mischievous nighttime antics. Well, if you haven’t, this post will certainly be eye-opening.   For the rest of you who are ready to jump on board with your first child now of age… [read more]