Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Sundae Seating

Question: What's the coldest day of the week?
Answer: Sundae. 🍨

I saw this chair outside of an ice cream shoppe and I had to stop to take a picture.
Too bad they're closed on Wednesdays, or I'd have gone inside. 🍦💕

5 Things You Can Do Now Ready For The Holidays

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Even though it is still way, WAY too early to do any actual Christmas decorating, now is the time to start getting ready for the upcoming holidays! Start making your preparations immediately to avoid having a stressful holiday season due to supply delays and shortages.

Here are some tips to get you started.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Sustainable Ways to Burn Body Fat

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An excess of body fat is not ideal for anyone’s health. If you are overweight, then it is sensible to look at simple ways of burning body fat that you can stick with until you reach a healthy weight.

If fat loss is not sustainable, you will end up giving up and putting on any of the weight you did manage to lose in the first place, and you will be back to square one.

With that in mind, let’s look at some of the most sustainable ways to burn body fat that you should be able to stick to until you are looking, and more importantly, feeling, your best.

Monday, August 29, 2022

Gigi & Nate in Theaters Sept 2 and $10 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Thanks to Roadside Attractions for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

Gigi & Nate in theaters September 2!

“As much as this is about a monkey and this kid, I think it’s about overcoming difficulties and things that you think
 are impossible that you’ll never come back from.” -Charlie Rowe (Nate in GIGI & Nate)

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Hydrating with Electrolit while he Trains for the Big Day


My teen has try-outs for a very elite team coming up in October. Yesterday was the informational session and about 90 kids showed up (just as coach predicted would happen). Realistically, about ten of those kids are going to make the team. I surely have my fingers and toes crossed that my son is going to be one of them. He plays year-round, but he's really doubled down on training, and is in the gym or on the court most days trying to improve the skills he feels need the most work. On the weekends, he has me taking him to the outside courts. It's hot out there, so we make sure to bring along plenty of ice cold drinks. I always insist we have water, and he also likes to bring along flavored drinks. This time we brought Electrolit ZERO

The Perfect Cure for Scaly Skin: A Step by Step Guide to a Smooth & Healthy Skin

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Scaly skin can be one of the most irritating, uncomfortable, and embarrassing skin conditions out there. Whether you’ve been dealing with dry skin for a long time or it has recently become a problem, it can be challenging to cope with. However, having scaly skin doesn’t mean your life has to be miserable. You can take control of the situation and find natural ways to cure this condition. This article will explain what causes scaly skin, as well as give you some great home remedies that you can use to prevent the reappearance of these uncomfortable scales again!

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Wordless Wednesday: Legacy Matters


This saying moves me. 

What kind of legacy are we leaving behind?

This sign reminds me of so many things...

the environment first and foremost, but so many other things too. 

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Favorite Gift Idea from SportsCustomsLLC Etsy Shop

My teen swears the Evolution Game Ball from Wilson is the best one for indoor practice and game-time. We have one in the house, and when it came time to get the perfect parting gift for his basketball coach (he's aged out of the team), we found an Etsy shop that sells and PERSONALIZES the Evolution basketballs. Our coach deserves a nice gift because he's been an amazing. We've had him for a few years. He's good with the kids, extremely fair and invested in helping them develop their talent. 

My favorite thing about Coach is that he makes each child feel valued and valuable. He went way above and beyond by staying after so many times to 1-V-1 my son after the group coaching sessions had ended. I've got more great videos from those impromptu sessions than I do the practices! 

Coach is a natural for figuring out what each child needs on the basketball court and he meets them where they are... he doesn't try to push anything (for those who wouldn't have responded well to pushing) and he pushes just the right amount (for those who need it).

The Evolution basketballs come in different sizes so you can choose the one that best fits your needs. We always go with the 29.5" because my son is a teen now, in high school (meaning he's man-sized, lol). So, that's the size we chose for the gift as well. 

Evolution feels a little softer than the average basketball, making it easier to grip. They are a little more expensive than the balls you pick up at a department store, but they last longer too, so it all evens out. 

The thing I've seen with my son, is that when he takes this ball to the gym for indoor practice, or open court night, it is the ball everyone wants to use, so I think it's pretty universal that this is a great investment for your ballers. Having it personalized means there's less chance someone else is going to walk off with it too, thinking it's their own.  

We had our ball personalized to honor Coach, but I liked the outcome so much, that I've already decided that at some point in the future (probably my son's birthday, or for the upcoming holidays), I will be ordering one of these with my son's name on it as well.

Honestly, I don't go to Etsy often, but now I have a new favorite shop to add to my very select list, and I know I'll be shopping there more than just this one time. Highly recommend!

Check SportsCustomsLLC out to see the many 
kinds of sports items they have available for customizing!

Thursday, August 11, 2022

XoBakingCo Prize Pack Giveaway (Ends 9/5)

 'tis the season to make comforting eats and sweet treats. It's back-to-school time, or about to be, for many of us, and the kids are apprehensive, excited and in need of our full support. One way I help is to make sure things at home are extra special before the new chapters begin to unfold for the kiddos. Double Chocolate Chip cookies fit the bill here. 💗

Welcome To The XO Baking Co. Prize Pack Giveaway!

This giveaway is part of our Back to School Gift Guide. Stop by to see all the great giveaways and products!

Certified gluten free and dairy free baking mixes. The best you've ever tasted, they promise!

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Liberty Beans Coffee Makes Me Happy

This is how I started my weekend two weeks ago. This is how I assumed this past weekend was going to go as well. I'd snuggle up with my cup of Liberty Beans Coffee (one of my most favorite brands) and get in a little R&R before my day got busy. That's the great thing about weekends, you can take things a little slower in the morning, enjoy your coffee instead of gulping it down... relax a bit.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

4 Lifesaver Items Every New Mom Needs

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Becoming a mom is one of the most amazing experiences a woman can go through, but it can also be quite challenging. There are so many things to learn and new things to take care of! So if you're a new mom, make sure you have these four lifesaver items on hand to make life much easier.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Watching you Like a Hawk

I got a text from someone telling me this bird was in their driveway!!

This is the real photo, I just put it on a purple background.

That's crazy cool to get to see it so up close and personal.

Unfortunately, that also meant something was wrong with it.

They called the proper authorities about it, but someone with a leaf blower blew at it and it hobbled 

away. No one found it after that... I hate when people are mean to animals.

---Different Ways to Wind Down When Life Gets Too Hectic

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We all need to kick back and relax here and there. So many of us lead hectic and busy day to day lives and commonly begin to feel worn down, overwhelmed or experience full blown burnout. This isn’t something that can be maintained long term. It will have a negative impact on your wellbeing, your health and your overall happiness and quality of life. But what can you do to take some time out and really unwind? Here are a few suggestions that should help you to get started on this journey in the right direction.