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Get 25% off this special box with code SAFARI. The order cut-off date to receive this box is February 16 or until supplies last.

I’m baaack!

After a long hiatus, I’m back in the blogging world!  Now that the girls are older and don’t require so much of my time and entergy, I hope to renew my blog and the connection I’ve made.  During my hiatus, I’ve discovered Young Living essential oils, so in addition to sharing about my life with the girls, I will also be sharing about these oils that I’ve come to love so much!  Please email if you have any questions!

Find Beauty in the Fall with Miracle Grow

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts Miracle-Gro for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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One of the things that I look forward to in the fall is the seasonal decorations that begin a long holiday season.  Even though September in south  Arkansas is usually still very warm with temperatures in the upper 80's looking at fall decorations makes me think of cooler temps that are coming soon.  The flower that comes to mind when I think of Fall gardening is the mum.  I love decorating the front porch with containers of brightly colored mums.  It signifies the end of summer and the beginning of fall.  

I am definitely not a creative person, so I turn to Pinterest to get ideas from others who do have that creative eye.  I immediately found a front porch display that I love.  And it looks pretty easy too!  Right now, it's easier to do container planting than to try to put them in the ground in the flower beds.  And to make things even easier, I of course will turn to Miracle-Gro! 

To create this fall look, you simply pot several different colors of fall mums, add a bale of hay and several pumpkins and gourds, and arrange them in a beautiful design.  Using these pictures as guides, I should have no trouble getting my front porch into the fall spirit!

Miracle-Gro has many products to help me Find beauty in the Fall including Fall plant and feed products.  Miracle-Gro potting mix makes container planting super easy and Liquafeed makes feeding as easy as watering.  It feeds plant through both the leaves and roots.  You simply attach the Liquafeed to your water hose and water as you normally would.  I love combining feeding and watering into 1 step.   

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Looking for ideas for fall gardening?  Want to share stories with fellow garderners?  Visit and "like" the Miracle-Gro Facebook page and Find beauty in the Fall!

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8 months

I can’t believe that Jillian has been with us for 8 months now.  She is growing and changing and learning every day.  I love watching her try new things and am fascinated by how fast she learns.  She’s started going to daycare, and so far we love it.  She’s a very social baby and she loves playing with the other children.  I really wasn’t 100% sure about daycare, and in spite of not wanting to like it, I really do.  Her teachers are wonderful and do a good job with all the babies in the Turtle room. 

 Jillian is beginning to understand that I still exist even if she can’t see me, so she doesn’t like for me to walk out of a room or put her down.  She says “mama” and “dada.”  And she loves to eat! 

 

8 Months!

 At 8 months, some things she should be doing are:

  • Bearing weight on legs when held.  Oh yeah, she’s pulling up in her crib, in her play pen, on the coffee table.  No trouble bearing weight!
  • Raking with finger and object and picking up with fist.  She’s been using her fist to pick up those Gerber puffs, but in the last week or so, I’ve noticed that she’s beginning to use her finger and thumb and gets more in her mouth than she drops.
  • Looking for dropped object.  Uh yeah.  Little booger drops things on purpose because it’s hilarious to watch Mom pick them up.
  • ADVANCED SKILL:  Play patty cake.  Not quite here yet.  She loves to watch me patty cake and cackles when I make her hands do the motions, but no independent clapping  on her part yet.
  • ADVANCED SKILL:  Understand “no” but not always obey it.  We definitely understand “no” means to stop what I’m doing and see what Mom is so cranky about.  She will stop momentarily, look at me, and most times, go right back to what she was doing. 

 

Mr Chewy

When you have 5 dogs who spend time inside the house, it’s extremely important that they know how to behave.  Especially now with the baby.  Fortunately, we taught them basic manners before Jillian arrived.  But as with kids, they only want to behave if its beneficial to them.  Meaning TREATS.  And lots of them.  And since our dogs range in size from a little Chihuahua to a big chocolate Lab (we call him our horse), we need all sizes of treats.  Obviously, the Lab would be ticked if all he got was a bite suited for the Chihuahua.  He wouldn’t even know that he’d gotten a reward! 

Because we live in rural Arkansas, there are not a lot of shopping opportunities when it comes to dog treats and food.  We’re pretty much limited to what they have at Walmart.  However, I was given the chance to try Mr Chewy, an online site, with many different brands and varieties of food and treats.  I got a $50 code to shop with and was so surprised how much I could pack in to my cart for $50.  We got a variety of flavors and sizes.  Look what all we found when we opened the box:

Shopping with Mr Chewy was incredibly fast and easy. Something we value with 5 dogs and a baby! Oh, and anything over $49 is shipped free! Another thing we value!  We will definitely use Mr Chewy again because it was so easy and such a great value for the money.  These treats will keep our pups behaving for a while!

Progressive Snapshot Giveaway ends 9/15

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I was recently given the opportunity to participate in the Progressive Shapshot program.  Snapshot is a small device that plugs into your vehicle and based on your driving habits gives you an idea of how much you could save on insurance.  It taks a “snapshot” of a day in your life.  Unfortunately, my life is very boring, and my Snapshot refelcts that!  It measures hard brakes, rapid accelerations, and mileage.  I average about 12 miles a day.  LoL!  Here is a snapshot of a “day in the life.”  I get up, get me and the baby ready for the day, drive to the daycare (about 3 miles from our house), drive to work (about 3 miles from the daycare), work all day, drive to the daycare to pick up baby and then back home.  Every now and then, I have an errand to run before picking Jillian up from daycare, so that might add an extra mile or two.  However, given my boring life, Snapshot says I’m on track to save 20%! 

Surely some of you guys have a more exciting life than I do!  Leave a comment telling me about a day in your life and enter to win some Team Flo Swag (Flo costume, t-shirt, magnet, mints & notebook).

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Leave a comment telling me what a typical driving day in your life is like.

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My Well Being

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of My Well-Being Powered by Humana for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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There's more to being "well" than just health and wellness.  General well-being consists of so much more!  Yes, good health is a part of your general well-being, but so is being financially stable, being successful in your career, and having healthy relationships with family and friends.  Think about how good it feels to be connected to your community and feeling like you belong.  What about being able to pay all the bills and still have a little left over for fun?  Or maybe traveling and experiencing new things makes you feel good. 

What well-being means to you really is as individual and complex as you are.  That's why there's My Well-Being powered by Humana.  It's the place that knows well being is about every aspect of your life.  Content is personalized just for you.  Read articles, watch videos, and get daily tips to create the website that's just for you. 

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When you sign up not only do you get a FREE Dummies book that's fits your life, but you have the opportunity to take the My Well-Being Assessment.  It measures different areas of your life to see your strenths and weaknesses.  Not surprisingly, one of my lower scoring areas is health.  I can definitely do better in exercising and eating healthy.  Thanks to My Well-Being, I can get articles, tips, and other information to help me make healthier lifestyle choices and improve my health score!

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Back to School

School started here this past Monday, and by now everyone is starting to figure out the new routine and is probably ready for Friday!  While it’s an exciting time, it can also be a stressful time!  Need some tips on getting back into the school year routine?  No matter if you’ve got a kindergartener or a college student, celebrate back to school with Purex and get tips for back to school savings, downloadable lists of back to school essentials, and enter to win $1000 for a Back to School shopping spree!!!! 

Don’t forget to “like” Purex on Facebook for a chance to win $10,000!

Cover Girl and Olay

I’m really not a “make-up” person. I don’t usually wear eyeshadow and chapstick is all that goes on my lips. However, I do make sure that I wear foundation and/or powder every day.  My skin tends to have a reddish tint to it, especially my cheeks and nose.  I depend on foundation to keep my color even over my whole face.  I also tend to have blemishes occasionally and need something to cover them up.  Or at least to make them less noticeable!

Through my status as Bzz Agent I recently received a sample and had the opportunity to try the Covergirl & Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation and Covergirl & Olay Pressed Powder.  I was immediately impressed with the foundation.  One pump instantly covered discolorations and blemishes.  What I liked the most was that the foundation smelled so good!  It smelled like I was putting lotion on my face.  After applying the foundation I followed up with the pressed powder.  It instantly helps brighten skin tone while softening the look of imperfections.  I was pleased with the coverage that I got with these products and pleasantly surprised that at lunch it had not all worn off. 

You can find these products at all major retailers.  Visit covergirl.com to get shade matched, discover tips, and learn more!

Shakeology: New Superfood Formula

If you are a Shakeology fan, you may have noticed that your last bag of chocolate looked a little different than usual.  Say hello to the new “superfood formula!”  Why the new look and new formula?  Several new superfoods have been discovered since Shakeology was 3 years ago, and Beachbody wants to ensure that we have the latest, healthiest shake possible!

So what are the main changes in this new formula? 

  • Less fructose.  This is great for my household because my husband is a Type 1 diabetic, and after my bout with gestational diabetes, I have to be super careful about my sugar intake as well.
  • More fiber.  This will help you feel full longer, is better for digestion, and may even help cholesterol. 
  • 4 new superfoods:  Moringa, Coconut Flower Nectar, Luo Han Guo, and Himalayan salt.

I haven’t opened my new bag yet, so I’m looking forward to trying out the new formula.  You can try it to!

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