Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hefty + a tip + coupon.

This post is sponsored by Hefty but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.


You guys. I'm freakishly weak. I rely on the help of my husband way more than I should admit. He's John Cena strong. I can name many moments where I have needed strength like that...the time the mouse decided our pantry would make a nice home...every year to hang my Christmas lights...when heavy lighting needs to be done...when dryers need to be fixed...and oh yes...every Tuesday night when the trash needs to be collected and taken to the curb. 

A family of six can collect some trash, let me tell ya. 

Confession: I have maybe...and I mean a strong maybe...taken out the trash one time in 12 years of marriage...that how I roll...I'm cool like that. My children have also never taken the trash to the curb either...sure they help dad from time to time...but they are still fairly young...most of our trash would be too heavy for them...and they are not a stage where they would willingly volunteer to do that chore...

With that said I have a secret...shhhhh...don't tell them...

Ok. So. I Christmas shop year round...this lightens the load during the holidays. Now with that said...I also need to hide these presents from my children...enter Hefty Ultra Strong...I take the present I purchase and I place them in a trash bag...and I store them in the back corner of the garage (away from where the real trash is kept) ...this works so well for so many reasons! The Hefty Ultra Strong bags are strong enough for me to cram big boxes and toys in with our the bag ripping...they also protect the presents from dust and dirt in the garage...and the best part...since my children would never willing take out the trash...I know that they would also never snoop through what looks like an ordinary bag of trash to them...winning.

I also love Hefty Ultra Strong trash bags for everyday trash purposes because they offer...

Exceptional performance (Hefty’s best kitchen bag ever) at a new low price (cheaper than Glad!)
Arm & Hammer patented odor neutralizer
Active Tear Resistant Technology for superior strength 
Break resistant grip drawstring

Are you an Ibotta user? CLICK HERE to save $1 off your next Hefty Ultra Strong purchase. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Pendant light.


I received this lovely pendant light from for free in exchange for an honest review.

I have been in the process of switching out my fixtures to lights that are clear that I can place Thomson Edison style light bulbs in them. I love this look so much and I feel that it adds warmth to any room. Anyone who has purchased or prices light fixtures knows how pricey they can be.

This pendant style light can be found HERE and it only cost $36.99...and the light bulb is included! Sometimes those style of light bulbs can be $15+ a piece. This whole set is a steal in my opinion. 

I loved the color. The chord was very long and was easily adjusted. The best part? The light was very easily installed. 

Tea + biscuits.


This is one of the prettiest tea/coffee makers I have owned!

FULL disclosure...I received this for free in exchange for an honest review.

I have only used this for tea and hot far so works as you would expect. The water heats up nicely...and I love how I can keep this on my counter and it fits in with the rest of my decor in my kitcken. The spout is sleep and long...perfect for pouring.

Pick up your Willow and Everett electric kettle today!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Save with Family Dollar!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FamilySavings #CollectiveBias
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

DIY pineapple costume + Babies "R" Us + Huggies.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #BacktoBabyBasics #CollectiveBias

Is Brooke not the cutest little pineapple you've ever seen????

Ok, I might be a little bias...but I do think the baby and this DIY pineapple costume are the bee's knees.

I'm going to show you the steps of this simple DIY!

First thing is first...

You'll need:

A white one piece body suit...short sleeved or long's your choice. I knew I wanted a long sleeve one piece suit...I live in the Midwest...Halloween is not usually a warm's almost always cold. I picked up my long sleeve bodysuit at Babies "R" Us...because I knew they would carry that item. Those long sleeve one pieces can be hard to find...unless you look at Babies "R" Us...they always have them in stock. 

You can always use a yellow shirt if you have one. My favorite color is yellow and plain yellow clothing can be difficult to track down.


Have you been to Babies "R" Us lately??...they have sooooooooooo many items to choose from! It is more than just a retailer destination. I was really impressed with the selection of items they had on the floor for many items to look at...size up...touch... to see the see how the item maneuvers...that is the kind of experience you can't get online.

Ok...back to what you'll need.

Hot glue gun + sticks
Gold ribbon - 2-3 yards ( I used glitter gold ribbon and I like that effect)
Elastic - ( or any type of headband )
Green feathers - I used 5 
Turmeric - that's right...turmeric...that is what I used to dye my white bodysuit yellow.



STEP TWO: Cut and lay out gold ribbon in diagonal in the below photograph.
STEP THREE: Start hot gluing the ribbon to the can either trim and glue the end pieces as you work or save that task for the end...I trimmed and glued my pieces at the end.


STEP FOUR: Glue down the top layer of ribbon.

STEP FIVE: Once all the ribbon is trimmed and glued...start working on the headband. You can use a headband you already have or cut a piece of stretchy elastic (sold at almost any craft store) ... measure your little one's head and then simple tie a simple knot where needed and cut the end. 


STEP SIX: Cut a piece of elastic and glue the feathers on this small strip...I did this because I knew my toddler would not enjoy those feather ends pressed up against her forehead...your kiddo might not mind just adjust this step accordingly. 

STEP SEVEN: Glue the feather piece onto the elastic headband.


Annnnnnnnnd....that's it! 

This is a fairly simple took me around 20 minutes to put together.

I kept Huggies wipes on hand because I wanted to keep my new outfit clean. Prior to dressing my little gal up as a pineapple...I first needed to wipe up all the chocolate cookie smashed onto her face and cheeks...that is the last thing I wanted...cookie all over my pineapple.

You're in luck... Huggies Natural Care Wipes are available at stores nationwide

The cost of this project was very reasonable as well...

$10 for bodysuits ( I only used 1 for this project - so $2)
$3 for ribbon
$2 elastic (I had enough left over for extra projects)
$2 for feathers ( I too had a few left over for a future project)


I really loved how this simple outfit turned out!

Don't you? 

Would you ever try this?

Do you have any Halloween plans yet??

If you don't be sure to check out...

Baby's First Halloween Instore Event!!! 

The event is October 15th...11am-12pm...

  • Celebrate Baby’s First Halloween with a keepsake craft & parade around the store.
  • Help mom get ready for colder weather highlighting product solutions & tips.
  • Meet and mingle with local moms who have babies of similar ages.
  • There will be giveaways & Raffle Prizes!

Check out the event finder at Babies "R" Us website found HERE.


DIY natural dying using turmeric / Boil 12 cups of water and 1/4 cup of turmeric / Turn heat off and place white article of clothing in the water for 5-10 minutes...the longer you keep in the mixture the bolder the color will be. / DO NOT RINSE! allow this to air dry for a few hours and then dry in high heat. *hand wash separately 

Be sure to pick up all your Huggies + baby's need at Babies "R" Us Today!  

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Gymnastic rings.


Gymnastics rings. I signed up with Tomoson to review a pair of these rings for free in exchange for an honest review.

I was excited to try these out for my children. I decided to place these on my outdoor swing set. They were crazy easy to install and the straps were so sturdy and thick...I have no doubt that they are safe enough for my children to use. The rings are wooded and would be loved by any gymnast. I plan on hanging these in our basement during the winter months when it is too cold to go out side. 

Are you a gymnast? 
Would you by these for your children to use?


Friday, October 7, 2016

Book review + giveaway.


A new book 📚 from @christomlin & @patbarrett >>> Good Father <<< and its available today from @tommynelsonbooks ... want a chance to win a copy??? Leave a comment telling me what makes a Good Father (earthly or heavenly) 

This book is adorable, sweetly illustrated, and offers a fantastic message. If you e spent any time living know moods...and needs...and desires...and circumstances can change at any moment...but God stays the same...and he willing and able to help.