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The Shak

The Shak Restaurant: Somerville, Alabama

Having a head cold on your birthday is the pits. Hubs asked me if I felt like going out to eat and my answer was, "No, but I sure don't feel like cooking!" Since we had to pick Sweet T up from my Aunt's anyway, we decided to try a local restaurant near their home that is off the beaten path. The Shak Restaurant serves Southern style cuisine at … [Read More...]

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How to get rid of gnats in your home

Gnats! They've invaded our home. In seasons past it seemed they only showed up if we had old bananas, but I guess since we had such a warm winter the bugs (including gnats) are out in full force. One thing in our home that attracts gnats is our compost bowl where I throw vegetable scraps before they go out to the compost pile or to the chickens. In … [Read More...]


It’s my birthday and I’ll nap if I want to {Blue Bunny Ice Cream Giveaway – Ends 5/1}

Winner: Patrice W. Today is the big 3-0 for me! I'd planned on doing more that sitting at the computer or napping, but since a horrific head cold decided to strike yesterday keeping me awake until 4:30 AM, a birthday nap is sounding pretty good. Thankfully my aunt volunteered to keep Sweet T for the day so I can relax. When you're pregnant and … [Read More...]


Platex Baby Contest

What did you least expect when you were pregnant or a new Mom? We all have great stories to share, and Playtex Baby wants to hear them! Starting April 16th Playtex Baby is holding a contest on their Facebook page, asking Moms to share candid, unexpected moments of pregnancy and motherhood. They will be selecting daily winners, as well as a grand … [Read More...]

lemon cheesecake bars

Lemon Cheesecake Bars

At, you can bring spring inspiration to life through their new “My Look Book” feature. It's easy to collect and organize ideas with this personalized digital scrapbooks. I added the Easy Layered Salad, Lasagna Formaggio, and Red Velvet Cheesecake to my Look Book, but decided to make these Lemon Cheesecake Bars as a special treat for … [Read More...]

Our Yard Needs Help!

This post brought to you by Scotts®. All opinions are 100% mine. Living in the country, we don't have a "lawn" but a yard; a rather big one at that. While it's impractical to turn nearly two acres of dandelions, crab crass, fire ant beds, clover, and other assorted weeds  into beautiful grass, I would love to give our relatively small front yard … [Read More...]



I saw this on Facebook today and it cracked me up. … [Read More...]

painted toddler toenails


Sweet T is obsessed with having her toenails painted! If I leave my manicure bag laying out she'll bring bottles of polish to me shouting "Toe! Toe!" Purple seems to be her favorite color (I'm not sure if it really is or if she just likes it because it's one of the few colors she can actually pronounce right now) so I got her some purple glitter … [Read More...]


My Job Chart: Helping parents teach financial responsibility, an online chore chart was designed to teach young people the concept of responsibility, work ethic and the value of money by giving them a way to earn points for completing their chores. The free site has always offered a way for young users to ‘spend’ their points on rewards they want, ‘share’ what they earn with a … [Read More...]

Easy baked oysters

Easy Baked Oysters

I"m constantly looking for creative ways to keep my iron levels up during pregnancy. Oysters will do the trick just like chicken livers, but my favorite way to eat oysters is raw on the half shell. No can do with a baby on the way! Here's a simple way to enjoy baked oysters instead that are almost as good as raw. ;) Ingredients: 1/4c olive … [Read More...]

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Easter Fun

Hope everyone had a happy Easter! We started the day off with Easter baskets in our PJ's and let Sweet T enjoy a Lindt chick for breakfast. Don't worry. Chocolate for breakfast won't happen again until November 1st. ;) Sweet T also got Play-Doh and hair elastics in her basket. We're keeping it low-key and cheap for as long as we can get away … [Read More...]

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Guardsman Furniture Care

Most of my furniture stays caked with dust these days. With a toddler to chase, a baby on the way, and a blog to run, house keeping has taken a back seat. What little cleaning I do accomplish is usually the basics: dishes, laundry, floors, swishy the toilet, done! However I do have a couple of heirloom pieces of wood furniture that I try not to … [Read More...]

Fighting Hunger this Spring

This post brought to you by The Walmart Foundation. All opinions are 100% mine. I tend to think of hunger as a battle being fought in developing countries, but did you know that over 50 Million Americans don't know where their next meal will come from? One of the largest causes of hunger in the United States in unemployment, and in this economy … [Read More...]

Hoppy Easter Basket lindt

Mommy gets an Easter basket this year!

Sweet T and I were doing some Easter shopping last week where I picked up goodies for her Easter basket (including some Lindt mini chicks, aka "bok-boks") and a few little things for Hubs and my parents. I had a brief melancholy moment realizing that I'm "the mom" now and won't be getting Easter baskets anymore. Let's face it ladies. If a man … [Read More...]

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