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Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic. A must-see for families. #travel #festivals

Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Festival

The Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classic was founded in 1978 and takes place every Memorial Day weekend in Decatur, Alabama. I have fond childhood memories of waking up in the dark to attend the Hare and Hound hot air balloon race with my friend Julie and her dad. We'd usually buy a t-shirt and he'd always take us to McDonald's … [Read More...]

Cheap and Easy Patriotic Craft for Kids #memorialday #july4th #FouthOfJuly

Easy Kid’s Craft: Felt Necklace

This easy felt necklace costs 75 cents to make. Elementary-age kids can create it on their own felt necklace. Preschoolers will need help from a parent but will enjoy the cutting practice. The patriotic colors make this felt necklace perfect for Memorial Day or the 4th of July. Change up the colors for Christmas, Easter, or Valentine's … [Read More...]

Natural Help for Depression with Young Living Essential Oils #oilyfamilies

Free from Anti-depressants…for the first time in a decade.

Do you struggle with depression? So very many modern women do, especially moms. Why is this? I think there are many factors involved besides the obvious fact that we are fragile human beings. Modern life doesn't agree with us on many levels (yay for the masses not dying of flu or in childbirth anymore though, right? Never think I don't … [Read More...]


Diets and Dinners and Dishes…oh my! #FinishMoms #CleanItForward

About a month ago we packed up our winter clothing and broke out our spring duds. Nothing fit me! Last spring I was burning up 500 calories per day thanks to breastfeeding and had to buy smaller clothing due to the weight loss. Even though Gus has been weaned for a while, I've still retained the eating habits of a nursing mom and my waistline … [Read More...]


Front Yard Makeover

The front of our house got a makeover this month when my in-laws came for a visit. Linda has quite the green thumb and transformed our flowerbeds during her visit. Wait. We didn't even have flowerbeds before her visit so she did some landscaping while she was at it. Since we moved in 6 months ago, we've devoted all our time and attention to … [Read More...]

DIY Deep Conditioner #essentialoils #youngliving #DIY #oilyfamilies

DIY Deep Conditioner

My mom tried this DIY Deep Conditioner on her hair and liked it so much she decided to make some to share. DIY Deep Conditioner Ingredients: 1/4 cup Olive Oil 5 drops Young Living Lemongrass Essential Oil Combine two ingredients and store in a glass jar. A baby food jar will work. When ready to use, warm the jar in a pan of boiling … [Read More...]

Date Night with @Breyers Gelato Indulgences #GelatoLove

Date Night with @Breyers #GelatoLove

This post brought to you by Breyers Gelato Indulgences. All opinions are 100% mine. If you've been married any length of time, you know the importance regular date nights play in keeping your relationship strong. This is especially true if you have children in the home! It's a little ironic though because the very beings that necessitate date … [Read More...]


Look at your reflection and smile back!

I've always appreciated The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, even more so now that I have a daughter. Dove and Walgreens are committed to building positive self-esteem and inspiring women to reach their full potential, acknowledging that beauty is defined in different ways.   Dove is building a movement in which women everywhere have the … [Read More...]

Rainy Day Activity Jar with over 50 Activites

Rainy Day Activity Jar

This rainy day activity jar has over 50 easy ideas for keeping little ones busy on days when playing outside isn't possible. Most are fun or crafty but there are a couple of chores mixed in too. Whenever you hear "I'm bored" just reach for a slip of paper and complete the activity. Repeat as necessary. Rainy Day Activity Jar You will need: 1 … [Read More...]

diy natural insect repellent #youngliving #essentialoils #oilyfamilies

DIY Natural Insect Repellent

The mosquito is the state bird here in Alabama and we're already being feasted on every time we step outside. I'm not ok with spraying my children down with DEET but we can't just stay indoors until winter. What to do? Create an all-natural insect repellent with Young Living Essential Oils. DIY Natural Insect Repellent 5 drops thieves … [Read More...]

new couch

Pin to Win with Haverty Spring Refresh #HavertysRefresh

For the last six months I've been slowly feathering our new nest. For my birthday last month, Hubs bought me a new couch and a chair to match. Sweet T immediately staked out her spot.  We have a few more miles to go with our new home, but I prefer to look at what we've accomplished so far instead of what we still have left to do. And by "we" I … [Read More...]

5-layer Reeses Peanut Butter Cheesecake. No Bake! #dessert

Five-Layer Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Two Thanksgivings ago, my mother-in-law made a chocolate peanut butter cheesecake that was the stuff of legends. We haven't stopped talking about it. Seriously, this cheesecake comes up in conversation once a week at least. So when they came up for visit this week I begged MIL to help me make one. It was just as epic as we remembered. 5 Layers … [Read More...]

5 Gifts New Moms Really Want #mothersday #motherhood

Gift Ideas for New Moms

With Mother's Day coming up, I thought it would be helpful to offer some gift ideas for new moms. Friends and family, if you like to bring new moms a gift either at the hospital, at home or to commemorate her first Mother's Day here are a few ideas. Cute newborn outfits are standard and fun, but not usually needful. Try including one of the … [Read More...]

mom waterfall

Celebrate Mother’s Day with eBay and Win! #eBayMom

How are you celebrating Mother's Day this year? I feel richly blessed to be in this season of life.  Not only do I get to enjoy motherhood myself, but I also get to enjoy spending time with my own mother. My mom loves to travel... And she loves to eat good food. Preferably while she's traveling... And she loves to enjoy … [Read More...]