Tuesday, December 1, 2015

daydreamer travel pillow.

Travel pillows.

Do you use travel pillows? Do you like them? I strongly urge you to look into the Daydreamer Travel Pillow one. 

You can find it HERE

I am always a little weary of the prices of items. I wonder if I can find it cheaper? Is it worth the money? How well is it made for that price tag? 

This pillow comes with a $24price tag. That seemed a little high to me, until I received it in the mail. This pillow inflates, and inflates in a matter of seconds. Which means, it can tuck into your bag and it will take up a minimal amount of space. Tuck this is your bag and inflate it when you need it. This also inflates by hand...with a pump value...which I find fantastic. 

The Daydreamer pillow comes with a travel bag and is made of soft material. 

This pillow was a hit in my house...my children used it watching tv...relaxing in bed...and while lounging around...we haven't even traveled yet...I am sure there will be drama over who gets to use it. 

* I was given this pillow free of charge in exchange for an honest review. 

Book giveaway. ��

Thanksgiving is over. Can we officially talk about Christmas? 

I love all things Christmas. I really love Christmas books...I love th even more when they talk about Jesus...the reason for the season.

Tommy Nelson is offering a chance for you to win a copy of A Very Merry Christmas Prayer. This book is so sweet and is filled with quaint and beautiful photos. 

To enter...leave a comment telling me what is your favorite Christmas book? 

Friday, November 27, 2015


Do you have a favorite holiday dish?

Was there an appetizer that was a staple in your home growing up?

My mom always made an oh so yummy cheese ball and a divine broccoli salad. If she had a party, those two items were always there. If we have a party or a get together at our house, my children almost always expect me to make pumpkin bread. 

Also, we when we have get togethers a few simple appetizers are a must. When you're so busy planning a party, getting all the final details in order, cleaning the house, and tending to children...do you really have time to cook and prep a huge meal? I have four children, I certainly don't.

I usually like to prepare nice little snacks, that look like I spent hours making...but in reality took about 5 minutes to prepare. 

Most recently I assembled these party skewers. They only required a few simple ingredients... 

Mezzetta Olives 
mozzarella cheese ( cut into chunks ) 
cherry tomatoes ( cut into halves ) 
pre-made biscuits (cut into cubes and then coated in melted butter and sprinkled with garlic salt before baking) 
Salami (optional) 

I cooked the biscuits. While the biscuits were cooking, I cut the tomatoes and cheese. I then assembled the olives, cheeses, tomatoes, and bread onto skewers. I really like using skewers because...well...I am a little bit of a germ-a-phobe...and with skewers it's self serving. 

There you have it, a self serve, simple, and delicious meal that took about 10 minutes to assemble. 

Be sure to check out MEZZETTA for a giveaway! 

p.s. I can't wait to try the blue cheese stuffed olives on a sandwich....yum.yum.yum.

p.s.s. Mezzetta olives are GMO free, gluten free, vegan, cholesterol free, and have no preservatives. Yay!!!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

spread cheer.

Who loves cookies? 

I do! 

Who has the time to bake cookies from scratch...every time you make cookies? 

Not, me. 

Who likes food that doesn't contain weird dyes and artificial colors? 

I do! I do! 

Who likes to do kind things for neighbors, elders, mailmen, and teachers? 

I do! 

Who likes to help me make the cookies? The four small children in my house. Have you even made cookies from scratch with four small children? good times, good times. Thank goodness for Betty Crocker. Using Betty Crocker's Sugar Cookie (which I picked up at my local Wally World...aka... Walmart.) in a package, I was able to spend a lovely Sunday afternoon making cookies with my children. We added butter, and 1 egg, and the package. We baked them, iced them, and sprinkled them. We then boxed them up and like little fairies we left the boxes in mailboxes and doorsteps to help #spreadcheer this holiday season. 

What a simple way to spend quality time with family, while letting others know you care. 

Can I also give a BIG shout out to Betty Crocker. I have a nephew who has a peanut allergy and the sweet and treats that he can actually eat are far a few in between. While it is true that sugar cookies contain no nuts...most companies have a warning about nuts...basically meaning they can't safely say that there is no nut contamination. It was so great to be able to whip up a treat quickly...and safely offer this to him.  Job well done, Betty Crocker

P.S. We iced our cookies with Betty Crocker's Rainbow Chip icing!!! It's back! I have missed it so! 

P.S.S. There is a GIVEAWAY!!! How would you like to #spreadcheer in your neighborhood? Just visit HERE and download the free printable tags and leave a comment letting me know what your favorite tag was and you'll be entered to win $20 to fund your adventure! Winner will be paid via paypal! 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Jewelescents showed up at my door thanks to www.tomoson.com. I am so happy they did. I sort of have a thing for pens. Something about them makes me happy. I love the colors, and the way they write. 

This particular pen set came with 60 colors! One set had neon and one set was even sparkled. Lyla really loved the glitter set. These pens wrote smooth, I love it when pens write smooth. Smooth, smooth, smooth...pen lovers know what I'm talking about. 

They are non-toxic...which is nice...you know...in case your baby likes to eat pens.

These pens would work great for craft projects, grading papers , coloring, decorating Christmas cards, and more. 

I am thinking about stashing these and not sharing. I like them that much. 

Get yours HERE. 

*I was given this pen set, in exchange for an honest review. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

meet eve.


I can't say enough good things about my new friend Eve.

Eve, is a mattress.

A mattress that comes in a box, and arrives at your door step.

I have had my mattress for about three days now. I have slept great! I was honestly a little skeptical because I am a side sleeper. I wondered if I would sink in, or if I would wake up sore. I did neither of those things. I could turn comfortably with no effort. This was firm, but not hard. 

Eve showed up on my door step and arrived in a box. The box weighed about 70lbs. Glad the husband was home, because I would not have been able to get the box up the stairs. I was very easy to remove from the box. I didn't take that long to make its way to normal size...maybe a few hours...tops. It has a new mattress smell, that a few reviews said was too strong. I noticed it the first day...by day three it is gone. 

My children really enjoyed the mattress. They were so giddy. They rolled and jumped and lounged. They wanted to sleep on it...I politely told them...no way...this is MY mattress...and gave them the mattress box to play with...I think they liked the trade. 

I also happen to think yellow is the best color ever, so I really loved the yellow trim around the outside. If yellow isn't your thing, I'll forgive you, and a bed sheet will cover the edge. 

Eve offers a 10 year guarantee and  a 100 night sleep trail. 

Would you ever buy a mattress like this? 


I can't believe that is my baby! Where did the time go? Soooooo.tiny. And the wrinkles...and the clasped hands. Ummmmmm, swoon.

Have you ever heard of Voya? They are launching a brand new initiative,  Born To Save. Their basic mission is to create a retirement plan for your baby. 

Seems like a bit of a crazy idea? Well I wish my mom had created a retirement plan for me...#justsayin ...I'd be ahead of the game by now.

Voya also offers tips for financial success. 

I think it's important for children to know about money. To know that things cost money, and that someone works to pay for those things. We talk about cost and value of many things. I think it's important to teach them to save money. 

Did you have a baby or know a baby born in October 19, 2015??? If so they are eligible for a $500 mutual investment fund...just for having a birthday on October 19. However, you MUST submit this info by December 18, 2015. 

Retirement is something most Americans think about, it is something most of them plan for, and save for. Why not start that process at birth? Why not give the generation we are raising a head start? Voya allows you to start planning now, when our babies are tiny, sweet, and wrinkly. That way when our babies have real wrinkles, they will have one less thing to worry about. 

Rememberit’s never too early — or too late — to save for the future!