Saturday, September 16, 2017

5 Fall Health & Wellness Essentials + Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!




I loooove fall. The crisp air, falling leaves, hot coffee cup in hand...what a peaceful transition into the next season after a hot and humid summer. What I do not like is that along with the beauty and peacefulness that comes with fall, comes sickness like colds, flu, and that horrible stomach bug.



 Here are my top favorite sick season essentials : 

1. Seventh Generation Plant Based Disinfecting Cleaners

Seventh Generation cleaning products are my go-to for keeping the nasty germs away. The disinfecting multi-surface plant-based spray cleans and disinfects in one quick and easy step. No rinsing or wiping is required, even on food contact surfaces. My mind is at ease, because this streak-free cleaner kills 99.99% of germs botanically and is effective against many Influenza A viruses including H1N1, Rhinovirus, MRSA, Staph, Salmonella.


To browse the selection of Seventh Generation household cleaners, click here.



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Confessions of a Sleep Deprived Homeschooler - Episode One : Flowers & People Who Do Not Take Showers







Yesterday marked the first official day of the 2017/2018 school year. This year, both of my boys are in a "hybrid" school in which they attend a classroom two times per week and I help them with the work assigned by their teachers on the other three days.

Sounds beautiful right? 

In many ways yes, the answer is yes. I do not have to piece together my own curriculum, I get a much needed "mommy break" part of the week, I get to see my kids more, be a crucial piece to their learning, and I am less likely to "slack off" and keep somewhat of a schedule. They both adored their teachers and spoke a mile per minute about all of the fun things and assignments that they did that day and could not wait to go back. However, today was the first day of schooling at home...and I already want to throw in the towel.

Between a fussy child that wants to nurse every time that I want to sit and catch a breath (and still wakes up every one to two hours per night / early morning) and the seven year old who thinks that math was a creation of the devil, I cry inside.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Amazon Prime Day STARTS TONIGHT - PLUS $100.00 Credit Towards Diapers & Wipes!





 Starting TONIGHT 6pm PST / 9pm EST Amazon Prime deals begin! These special deals are for Prime Members only, but the GOOD NEWS is that you can sign up for a FREE 30-day trial or a FREE 6-month trial if you are a student!



I have been a Prime member since my oldest was a baby (almost 9 years ago) and my family relies heavily on Amazon Prime for so much, stream-able movies, music, and free 2-day shipping (a HUGE savings in itself because all of our family and friends live out of state and shipping for gifts can cost a small fortune). To make your Amazon savings stretch even further, you can get 20% back on select items on Prime Day with an Amazon Prime credit card!

Also during this special sale, you can get 40% off a 6-month Audible audio book subscription, perfect for those summer road trips or for those who travel for their jobs. My husband greatly appreciates this service since he is on the road quite frequently.



Also, if you are expecting, this is the time to open an Amazon Baby Gift Registry, because you can get a $100 credit towards diapers and wipes! Us parents know how quickly $100.00 can add up!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Low Carb & Gluten-Free Blackberry Cheese Danish Coffee Cake



One of my favorite times of year is picking sweet, delicious blackberries with my kids in our backyard and they are overjoyed when they get to have a special treat like "cake" for breakfast!


Here is a  family favorite recipe that I wanted to share with you, that my oldest boys and I made last year with our blackberry harvest. Keep in mind that this "dessert" is not incredibly sweet like any dessert found at a bakery do to its absence of cups of sugar, but it is tasty and I do not feel guilty feeding it to my little ones!

Low-Carb Blackberry Cheese Danish Coffee Cake

Ingredients :

Cake :
6 Tbsp butter
⅓ cup Swerve sweetener (or sweetener of choice)
2 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup almond flour
¼ cup coconut flour
pinch of salt
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp xanthan gum
½ cup almond milk
1¼ cups blackberries

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mount McKinley Wooden Swing Set Giveaway!



If your kids are just bursting full of energy like mine, you are probably going as crazy as I am! Need a a way to let your young ones to burn off all of that steam? Look no further than Backyard Discovery's wooden swing sets. Amber at Viva Veltoro recently shared how their new swing set is bringing her family together and building her kids' relationship with each other. We've teamed up with some of our favorite bloggers to give away a Mount McKinley Wooden Swing Set from Backyard Discovery!



Here are some details about the swing set from Backyard Discovery's website:

A towering tribute constructed for the most daring of little tike climbers: the Mount McKinley. Whether they scale the rock climbing wall, scramble up the step ladder, or pull themselves up the rope ladder, your kids will feel like they reached the highest peaks on the deck of this play set. You don’t need an off-road vehicle to feel like you’re cruising along the Rockies — the open wooden plank structure of the upper outdoor playhouse, along with its bright green tarp roof, telescope and steering wheel, transport every imagination to a mountain range oasis. Taking a quick slide back down from the summit, you’ll store your nature souvenirs in the toy storage box and then finish your adventure on the belt swings or swing trapeze bar.

The Mount McKinley is made from 100% cedar. With small, tight knot structure, your lumber will be less likely to develop small cracks emanating from knots.