Mom Gets The Night Off with Papa John’s – Worry Free Dinner with Better Ingredients

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Papa John’s and Tapinfluence. Many years ago, when we were searching for homeopathic ways to help our daughter’s ADHD, I stumbled across something called the Feingold Diet. (I’ve talked about this before). At the time, I’d thought we were doing pretty okay in the food […]

Natural, Non-Toxic Bug Spray with Young Living Essential Oils

Spring is here, and that means the bugs return. I’m doing my best to take all the precautions I can to create an all-natural bug spray to prevent their invasion into my home, especially since my Champion of Bug Killing Extraordinaire is currently deployed and half way around the world. We live in North Carolina […]

5 Tips for Weight Loss After Baby {& Giveaway} #DeltaLabs

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC. I know some women are concerned about weight loss after pregnancy, especially considering breastfeeding. What about supply? What will happen to the baby’s milk? What can I do, or can’t I do? Child birth is a traumatic event for our bodies, much more traumatic than our body changes during […]

Updated Liquid Calm Recipe with Young Living Oils

While on a brand trip a couple weeks ago, my friend Christine was gushing about an oil combination she uses regularly to help keep her calm and relieve her occasional anxiousness. I use essential oils for that myself, having my own concoction of oils and other products to aid in keeping me calm, but I […]

Six Pounds Lost on Diet Changes Alone. OMG!

Before I mention the changes I’ve been up to, I’d like to discuss more about where I’ve been and how I got here in the first place. As you know, I’ve been battling much of 2013 with my weight and plateauing. In the beginning-to-middle of October, I was about 10-15lbs from “goal” weight. I had […]


She wanted princesses and sprinkles. She was adamant about that. And so, with sparkly confetti, princess-colored pink and purple decorations and crepe paper, I went to work, using her many Princess toys to form her centerpieces. We kept her upstairs until the big “reveal” at dinner – her favorite – barbecue chicken. We had a […]

Happiness is ______ {Week Forty-Nine} #happinessis

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so […]

Why I Use Young Living Essential Oils

Not everyone will understand my story or my experiences. Not everyone experienced a pregnancy with her husband deployed, a daughter with attention issues. Not everyone will be able to relate to the debilitating things burdening my body. Not everyone will understand my “whys” for seeking out a more natural way to live, for both my family […]

Weight Loss Progress?

I started a new workout regimen to get back into the swing of things since the holidays, and it’s KICKING MY ARSE. I tried to put the giant bottle of peanut butter on the table earlier, after serving a spoonful to my son, and I almost couldn’t do it. I couldn’t lift and extend my arm […]

How to Grocery Shop at Whole Foods Market on a Budget

I was issued a grocery challenge – grocery shop at Whole Foods Market on a budget, by shopping for my family of nine for under $250. I don’t back down to challenges, ever, and I love puzzle-piecing things together to work in our favor. I love seeing how far I can stretch a dollar and make […]

Glazed Strawberry Doughnuts

I’ve been on quite the strawberry kick lately. Between snacking on them with my kids, enjoying them in my smoothies, and making them in cakes, I am excited to have them on-hand constantly. A week or so ago, I pinned this recipe on Pinterest. Source: via Lisa on Pinterest   The day we had […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Shake

When I find myself needing an afternoon pick-me-up in between meals, or something to help pump me up for workouts, this is my go-to, because it feels like I’m cheating and having a delectable malt when I’m not. Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Shake Recipe Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Shake   Save Print Prep […]

Top 5 Green Cleaning Products for Everyday Use

You know how much I’m into all-natural cleaning solutions for my home. I have tried nearly every green cleaner out there, and I can tell you, I’m quite passionate about finding what works best, not only for cleaning’s sake, but for the money. Here’s my top 5 green cleaning products in order of AWESOMEST EVER […]

Tales from My Outdoorsy, Dirt-Filled Childhood

Seeing the gigantic unopened ten-pound bag of potatoes was enough for me to crave a nice, bitey potato salad. As I washed, peeled and marveled at the size of some of these monsters from the fresh sack, the smell of soil and earth infiltrated my nostrils. I couldn’t help but close my eyes at the […]

Easy Homemade Beef Stroganoff Recipe

When we were coming up with what to eat this week, we wanted to eat something a little different, something easy but tasty. Beef Stroganoffwas one of those recipes you grew up with as a kid, and immediately both my husband and I knew we had a winner on our hands. I adapted Paula Deen’s […]

5 Tips to Throw an Awesome Halloween Party (Post Sponsored by Kmart)

My husband leaves this Sunday to go away for two weeks, and will miss spending Halloween with us. We decided not to let this news get us down, so we threw our own Halloween party this weekend, before he leaves, complete with Halloween costumes, Halloween decorated house, and Halloween party snacks out of this world. Tip #1: […]

Being a Sports Mom, New Gatorade Naturals and Keeping Kids Hydrated

Gatorade invited me and other Sports Moms out to their beautiful Chicago HQ over a month ago to tell me all about their new “G-Series” product lines, to include “Pro” and “Fit” and my new favorite, Gatorade Naturals. I was already familiar with their “G2” products, using them myself for workouts, and was eager to […]

Staying Cool This Summer with Flavored Water

Every day since we’ve gotten to San Antonio, it’s been 100+ degrees outside. I am doing my best to keep ’em hydrated and cool, complete with a purified in-fridge water and ice system, as well as staying indoors during the hottest hours of the day (which seems like every hour, I won’t lie), but for […]

The Cookie-Doler-Outer Failure

“Mommy, I wanna too-tee,” both my toddlers asked me, in their cute, toddleresque kind-of way. “We don’t have any cookies right now, but why don’t we all get dressed, and go to the store to get some, okay?!” I had to go to the store to pick up a few things, anyway, so this just […]

Vegan Banana Berry Smoothie – Addicted to Smoothie Recipes #mamavation

I thought that I’d share with you, as my first and introductory post to Mamavation and being the newest Mamavation Mentor/Cheerleader, my current addiction love of smoothies. I’m one of those people who, if I love something, I balls-to-the-wall love something. Like, can’t eat, can’t sleep, can’t stop talking about it, making my family and […]

Breakfast for Dinner

Every so often, you’ve got to do it. You know? Sometimes, it’s just gotta happen, when breakfast for dinner is warranted. When I was a kid, it was because we wanted a little celebration, or maybe we forgot to take out dinner in time and were stuck with what to make, and eggs, bacon and […]

All Natural and Organic Halloween Candy Alternatives

Halloween is upon us this weekend, and we’ve been preparing for it accordingly by purchasing our candy for the Halloween Trading Post we do every year. Here’s more information: Our children go out trick-or-treating, collecting various chemically-burdened, artificially-colored and preservative-laden confectioneries from our neighbors. Instead of allowing them to eat said candies, they give us […]

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies (and Other Delicious Pumpkin Recipes)

Pumpkins are out in full force and I am a happy baking momma. Yesterday, I invited people on Twitter to visit my Blog Frog Community to post their favorite pumpkin recipes. Here’s what I received in a mere couple of hours: Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies Quick Pumpkin Recipes for Halloween Pumpkin […]

Eat Clean with Asian Noodle Bowls and Nakano Rice Vinegar

Do you like Asian food? We eat something Asian-inspired at least once a week here, preparing anything from stir fry, to wontons, and much more. (Can you tell we love it?) Our newest favorite dish combines chicken strips with soba noodles, soy sauce, peanuts and Nakano Rice Vinegar to make a lovely meal. This recipe […]

Unicorns and Rainbows

I have many weapons in my stress-killing arsenal that have been put to the test these past couple weeks with my husband away. Yesterday, however, I took them all at once. It was that kind of day, friends. And do you know what happened? Unicorns and rainbows happened. Like, eleventy-billion of ’em. It was frickin’ […]

All Natural Halloween Candy Alternatives

It’s time for the Halloween Trading Post again. What is the Halloween Trading post, you ask? You see, our children go out trick-or-treating, collecting various chemically-burdened, artificially-colored and preservative-laden confectioneries from our neighbors. Instead of allowing them to eat said candies, they give us everything they’ve collected from our neighbors, and in return, get safe, […]

Shaklee Basic H2 Review

I have to confess to you something. I lurve me some Shaklee. So much so I used to sell it (don’t anymore). That is how much I love it. I still order when I need something, my children take their vitamins religiously, as do I. But my favorite product of theirs, hands down, is their […]