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The one about my Slimfast Experience.

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Recently, Influenster, a site that connects brands with people to test out free products, sent me a VoxBox from Slimfast. They sent me a days worth of Slimfast products to test out and give my opinion on. Basically the Slimfast diet is this, you replace breakfast and lunch with meal replacement shakes or bars, you have 2-3 Slimfast 100 calorie snacks, fruits, or vegetables, and then a 500-600 calorie healthy dinner. Easy enough, but like most people I was worried that it wouldn't taste good or fill me up. So here's what my day looked like:

Breakfast: Slimfast Creamy Chocolate Meal Replacement Shake

The shake was just like it's named. Creamy and chocolatey. It was really good. The only thing I did not like is that it had artificial sugar. I hate artificial sugar, it always leaves a weird taste. It left me feeling full and satisfied.
Snack 1: Slimfast 100 Calorie Sour Cream & Onion Baked Crisps
The Slimfast 100 Calorie Sour Cream & Onion Baked Crisps were really tast…

The one about Blossom Menstrual Pads!

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Recently I teamed up with Blossom Menstrual Pads to try out their new reusable cloth pads and give you guys my honest review on them. I took a video (starring Harper!) of me unboxing the pads and so it will give you guys a good idea of what they look like and how they're used. Check it out below:



But the real question is, what's the verdict? How did they work for me? And the answer is great! They are super absorbent and stay in place nicely. They work great! I was really pleased with them.

On top of that, they are great for the environment. You can feel good about using them and not filling up the landfill with pads that will never biodegrade. They are also better for your body. If you're like me and have super sensitive skin, you will be relieved to not have a reaction to the adhesive or linings of traditional pads.


The pads are super soft and comfortable. They come in cool, fun designs. They are also really easy to take care of. At the end of the day you just throw them…

The one about the Slimfast VoxBox from Influenster!

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Note: I received these products for free, but the thoughts and opinions are my own!

The one about good things happening.

Things have been going really good. We had Zak's Christmas party at Edgewild, my favorite restaurant. The food was amazing and the company was great. We had a really great time and then as a surprise he got a bonus and a raise. It was much deserved and I couldn't be prouder of him. He's really worked his butt off this year and it's great that his boss recognizes how valuable he is. It's also going to make our lives a lot better and we all couldn't be happier about breathing a little easier every paycheck.

We finally got our Christmas shopping done. We got Harper more My Little Pony stuff than you can shake a stick at. She's going to be a very happy little girl on Christmas. We haven't gotten Tristan's present yet, but his won't be here until after Christmas because it's a big package. We are getting him a climber to keep in the house that he can climb to his heart's content.

Zak's brother just got him an indoor trampoline and he'…

The one about the Filberry Diaper Bag.

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I needed to upgrade my diaper bag. My old diaper bag was an old backpack. It was cumbersome and hard to get things in and out of. After a lot of research, I ended up with this Filberry Messenger Diaper bag. First off, it is quite large. It's not too big, but it's definitely big enough to hold anything you might need for your baby. It's made of thick canvas. It's strong and well-made. That's obvious.

It has 5 large pockets. The main large pocket has 4 smaller pockets perfect for holding diapers and wipes. There is a large outer pocket that has a zippered pocket in it for small items like pacifiers. It also has a place to put pens. I found out that these are also perfect for holding baby spoons. One of the pockets is insulated for holding bottles or other perishable items. You don't need a separate bag which is nice, but it does also come with a bottle holder. So you would be able to safely pack 2 bottles in this bag with no problem. 









The diaper bag also comes with…

The one about what I've been doing and needing more help from the village.

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Things have been busy around here. I've been watching my friend's two girls sometimes and so the kids have been getting good and worn out a lot of the time. They've been staying for overnights and that's kind of a trip. With 4 kiddos here overnight it's almost guaranteed that somebody is going to wake up. Last night Tristan woke up, poor little guy. He's been cutting his canines and he's just been miserable. Any advice for my teething guy is welcome. I think we might have to go back to giving him some pain reliever before bed.

Oh and another thing I need advice on, he's such a monster, lol, him and the little girl his age just won't get along. They hit each other and are generally mean to each other. What are some tactics you've learned to stop kids from hitting? I don't know if Tristan is just too young to get it or what, but he's such a brute.

On top of that we have swim class and dance class and Christmas shopping to contend with and …

The one about a Giveaway!

It's Christmastime. I love the holidays because it means that we get to get together with family, Zak gets extra days off of work, we all get to spend more time together, you get presents, and the list goes on and on. The holidays are my favorite time of year. I love giving. When people open gifts and look genuinely happy, it's a great feeling. I love that feeling. 
In the spirit of the holidays and all the feelings, I'm giving away another $10 Amazon gift card! 
Maybe you had a bad day. 
Maybe you wouldn't mind having an extra $10.
Maybe you thought Jose Aldo was going to win last night. 
Who cares the reason? You deserve a free $10 gift card. Enter below!
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The one about Perfect Chunky Chili.

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It's unusually warm outside here in Missouri. Seriously, it was like 70 degrees today. It was the perfect day to enjoy an iced coffee and hang out and not do much. Then dinner rolled around and I was thinking of just going out, but instead I decided to make a big pot of chili. Chili is one of those versatile meals that can be served when it's hot or cold and it still just rocks. I make my chili super chunky. I like for there to be tons of beans, tomatoes, and meat in every bite. My husband is a huge fan of my chili. We both think it's the perfect recipe. Try it out for yourself!


Ingredients: 28 Ounce Can of Tomato Sauce2 Cans Diced Tomatoes, Undrained2 Cans Kidney Beans, Drained1 Can Red Beans, Drained1 Pound Ground Beef or TurkeyHomemade Chili Seasoning:2 Tablespoons Chili Powder1 Tablespoon Flour1 Tablespoon Cumin1/2 Tablespoon Garlic Powder1/2 Tablespoon Onion Powder1/2 Tablespoon Sugar1 Teaspoon Paprika1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper1/2 Teaspoon Seasoned Salt1/2 Teaspoon Crus…

The one about Hair Growth Botanical Renovation Conditioner.

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Recently I teamed up with Hair Growth Botanical Renovation to test out their new hair conditioner. I don't need any help in the hair growth department, but I'm always trying to condition my dry, frizzy hair. Hair Growth Botanical Renovation Paraben-free Deep Reconstructive Conditioner restores damaged frizz-prone hair and prevents hair breakage by coating and penetrating the hair shaft to create a protective barrier that restores hair and prevents further damage. By smoothing the hair surface it reduces hair knotting and breakage, so hair looks healthy, shiny and easy to manage because of improved elasticity. 
When I got the product, the first thing I did was open it up and smell it. I always like to smell my hair products before I use them because it's just a big selling point to me that the product smell good. I got the Cypress and Lavender scent. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed. I was hoping for more lavender, but it definitely smelled way stronger of cypress. If…

The one about Slow Cooker Cube Steaks and Gravy.

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It's the weekend. This weekend we actually don't have much going on for once, so we are just relaxing, putting up Christmas decorations and spending time together as a family. I couldn't think of a better meal to put on the table than some good comfort food and that's exactly what this dish is. It's easy, you throw the ingredients in your slow cooker and at the end of the day you've got a home cooked meal that's been making your house smell like heaven all day. I love simple easy meals like this. Plus cube steak is on sale all the time and so it's cheap, too. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. We unfortunately never have leftovers.



Ingredients:

4 cube steaks2 cans cream of mushroom soup with roasted garlic (you can use the regular kind, too)1 packet of onion soup mix Directions: In a small bowl mix together canned soup and onion soup mix.In the bottom of the slow cooker place your cube steaks.Pour soup mixture on top of cube steaks covering fu…

The one about Geneva's Tutus and a giveaway!

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Harper is a girly girl. She won't wear pants. If it's not a skirt or a dress she simply doesn't like it. She loves nail polish, makeup, and accessories. She absolutely loves hair bows and headbands. Recently, I was referred to a very talented bow maker, Geneva's Tutus, by my good friend Amanda. Amanda is a hair accessory nut. (She has like 3 billion bows. Literally.) I decided to enter a little contest Geneva's Tutus was having, not thinking much of it. (I never win anything.) But to my surprise I won! We got a Frozen Anna My Little Pony hair bow and the rest is history, I was hooked. The bow was such high quality and it was also really freaking cute.

I went back last week on her site to a sale she was having and ordered a bunch more My Little Pony bows for Christmas. They will make great stocking stuffers and they will make my My Little Pony crazed girl ecstatic. Here are some examples of bows she has made:




Aren't they adorable?! 
To ring in the holidays, I…

The one about Nature Cups Coffee.

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Recently, I teamed up with Nature Cups coffee to test out their product, Wakey Wakey Coffee Cups. First of all, Nature Cups is a super cool company. They make recyclable K Cups. K Cups are generally not recyclable. Did you know that in 2014 alone, 9 Billion K-Cups were thrown in landfills?In fact, there are enough non-recyclable K-Cups sitting in landfills right now to circle the Earth 14 TIMES! Nature Cups is on a mission to provide good coffee that is good for the Earth. 
I ordered a sample pack and I was ready to try out my coffee. This is what the sample pack looks like: 

 I'm pretty picky about my coffee, so I was hopeful that it would be something I liked. I wasn't disappointed. I started out my normal routine. I turned on my Keurig K145 (read about my brewer here) and waited for the water to warm up. I pulled out a K Cup. It looked just like a normal K Cup, I couldn't tell any difference really between it and any other K Cup.


I brewed my cup of coffee on the medium siz…

The truth about extracurricular activities with an overactive toddler.

It's that season of life right now. Harper is old enough now to do activities and so we have her enrolled in dance class and swim lessons. She absolutely loves doing these activities and they are great for her. She's making friends and gaining confidence, both skills which she needs practice on. I couldn't be happier for her. But the truth is, I could be happier. The reality is I've got an almost 2-year old who is very active and stubborn which means one thing. THESE ACTIVITIES SUCK FOR ME.

Instead of enjoying the activities that she's doing, I run back and forth in the viewing area after my crazy toddler. At dance class, the viewing area is tiny and adjacent to two rooms full of child hazards. It's absolutely insane the amount of stuff that he gets into in such a short period of time, Some favorite activities include playing with blind cords, trying to open the backdoor to escape, standing just out of sight so I have to come get him, and climbing on desks, ben…

The one about Thanksgiving tradition

Today is the glorious yearly feasting day for my family. We always celebrate Thanksgiving on a day other than Thanksgiving. It's a tradition. We get up somewhat early and cook turkey. Then we sit around and hang out all day while we wait for the festivous time of intense cooking. The end of the day is full of chaos as we prepare 10 dishes at once timing each one perfectly to magically get done at the same time. Mostly because when it comes to Thanksgiving we are pretty much ballers. 
We also have a turkey day tradition of eating out for lunch. We grease those palates with some fast food that's terrible for you because damn it if you're going to eat a feast full of cheese and gravy than you better already be full from lunch. That's just how we roll. Today we had Steak 'n Shake. It was awesome. After that we made homemade bread. While we wait for it to rise we are sitting around playing video games and hanging out and these are the times that I cherish most. 
I love ou…

The one about the BabyBazoo Backseat Mirror (Video Review)!

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UNBOXING:

PRODUCT REVIEW:


Note: I received this product for free, but the opinions are my own!
Link to buy: http://amzn.com/B012CPA37U



The one about what I'm thankful for and a giveaway!

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Late Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers! I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving. I spent the day with my family at my mother-in-laws feasting on all the classic Thanksgiving food. It was a really good holiday. As always, Thanksgiving reminds me of all the things I am thankful for. I am really thankful for my family. They are my heart and I couldn't be happier to have them.

I'm thankful for children that keep me on my toes. For instance, today we went to see my sisters in law and my niece and nephew. The kids had a great time and I couldn't be happier that they have a lot of cousins around the same age. Tristan also learned a new way to go downstairs. He slides headfirst on his stomach. It's super safe. Hence the keeping me on my toes.

Bur the really fun thing happened sometime on the drive home. I looked back and this is what I saw:


Apparently somewhere along the drive, Harper got bored and decided to color all over her and Tristan's face with marker. Apparent…

The one where it takes a village.

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Tristan has been a real handful lately. First of all, he's decided he's a nudist. He's figured out how to take off all his clothes including his diaper. So far we've had 3 accidents on the floor. I feel a bit like I'm taking care of a puppy. He, however, is not even close to being ready to potty train because he is still non-verbal and he doesn't understand the concept of the bathroom whatsoever other than thinking it's a fun place to shred up toilet paper and get stuff out of cabinets. I was at a loss as to what to do. I was getting him re-dressed sometimes 10 times a day and I was at my wits end. Thank god for my sister who suggested putting zipper sleepers on him backwards. It looks a little funny, but it works! He can't get to the zipper so he can't take it off. Crossing my fingers that this is just a temporary problem and that I don't have to dress my kid backwards for the next 10 years.

They have that saying that it takes a village to rais…

The one about Earth's Pearl Children's Probiotic

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Recently I teamed up with Earth's Pearl Probiotics to test out their new product, Earth's Pearl Children's Probiotic. I started giving it to Harper a few days ago and already I've noticed a difference in her regularity and general energy level. She seems to be a little healthier and that's great. Probiotics are awesome for your immune system and your digestive tract. They say your health all starts in your gut. These little pearls get your gut in line, so it's a definite win-win situation.

Earth's Pearl Children's Probiotics are sugar free, non-GMO, and all good stuff. They contain billions of good bacteria. The pearls are easy to swallow or chew. Harper won't swallow pills so she chews them and she says they taste good. She asked if she could have more this morning. It's definitely going to become part of our nighttime routine.


Here is some information comparing Earth's Pearl Probiotics to other Probiotics on the market:


In short, I defini…

The one about Slow Cooker Vegetarian Taco Soup

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Baby it's cold outside. There's nothing I like better on a cold day than throwing something in my crock pot in the morning and having it be ready for dinner. This recipe is super easy. We're talking opening a few cans and packets and you're done. It's so good and pretty good for you, too. I usually make this recipe vegetarian, but it can totally easily be made for meat eaters, too. Check it out.


Ingredients: 1 Can Chili Beans1 Can Black Beans1 Can Corn2 Cans of Ro-Tel1 Can of Vegetable Broth (14.5 ounces)1-2 Packets of Taco Seasoning (depending on how flavorful and spicy you want it to be, I use 2) Optional Garnishes: ShreddedSour Cream Tortilla Strips or Crushed Tortilla ChipsAvacados Directions: Dump all ingredients in your crockpot.Cook on Low 8-10 hours or High for 3 hours.Garnish and Serve. Meat Options:
Chicken Taco Soup: Add 2-3 Frozen Chicken Breasts to Ingredients. Substitute chicken broth for vegetable broth.Cook on Low 8-10 hours. Before serving, remove chick…

The one about the deep cleaning.

Something has come over me. I couldn't take it anymore. I decided to CLEAN MY HOUSE. And I don't mean just a little tidying up, I mean scrubbing everything down and making every inch of it clean because the chaos is driving me crazy.

It's been really tough for me to clean lately because of my oomph problem. You can read about that here. But I'm slowly trying to get my oomph back in all the ways I know how to. The first step was to stop napping during the day. I did really good except for today but I'm under the weather and I didn't intentionally go in there to nap when the kids did, I accidentally fell asleep putting Tristan down. Second step. starting to keep a really clean, cool house. I've been working hard on that one. Right now I've adopted the one room a day policy. Today we are deep cleaning the playroom and I have HUGE news. We moved Harper!

She's been in our bedroom for a very long time. But today we moved her out. She was so excited SHE AC…

The one about Chicken and Dumplings and a Crazy Monkey

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Tristan's current favorite thing to do is type on my computer. It's very conducive to blogging and general internet usage. No matter how many times I say no, he tries every time I get my computer out. It's sort of frustrating. Especially since his favorite button is the power button.

He's also kind of a monkey. He's figured out that he can scoot chairs around to get into cabinets and things that are high up. Much to my chagrin. Just as I was typing this he got into the school supply cabinet and pulled out a ton of markers. All the markers in this house are put up high because of this:



He's a regular Picasso. That marker, yeah, it's permanent.

At least it's getting cold outside. I love winter because winter means I get to make my favorite comfort foods. Casseroles and soups galore! There is nothing better than coming home on a cold night to a hot comfort meal. Mmm. This recipe is a super easy one that I like to make. You just throw it all in the slow coo…

The one about manicures.

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Harper's new most favorite thing is giving manicures. She runs up to me nail polish bottle in hand and yells, "Mommy, it's time for me to do your nails!" I sit patiently while she carefully paints each fingernail and finger, too. By the time it's all said and done my fingers are covered in polish. But I make a big production out of telling her how pretty they are and what a great job she's done. I wait until it's dry and I painstakingly scrape off the extra paint. What's left on my fingernails I leave even though it's sloppy and not even covering the whole nail.

I wouldn't trade our little manicures for the world. She is so proud of herself at the work she's done. She likes to look at my fingernails for the next few days and take in the fact that I left it on and that I'm proud of it, too. She paints her own fingernails to match although she always scrapes it off within a few hours.

These manicures are like so much of parenthood. Slop…

The one about where I've been lately

I've been away for awhile. I quit doing anything. I take care of the kids, go to the gym when I can muster up the gusto, and I read a lot. I think it has to do with my bipolar. Sometimes you just lose your oomph. My oomph has been gone for months and it's hard to even admit it to yourself.

I need to get back my oomph. The first step is getting back to doing what I love. What I love is writing. I like the feeling of writing. It's kind of an ethereal experience for me. It lifts me from the dark and brings me back to the light.

A bipolar swing that is in the depression side of things is an awful thing. It's a silent hell. Like I said it's one you don't even admit to yourself. But you can see it. You lose the joy in things. Things that you used to enjoy like going to the gym or writing become such an unwanted burden. You feel like you are walking through mud that you just can't get through. You know that you enjoy those things but you feel like you don't an…

The one about Welch's Refreshingly Simple Juice!

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Recently I was asked by BzzAgent to review Welch's new Refreshingly Simple Juice. For those of you that don't know, BzzAgent is a cool program where you get free stuff in exchange for social media buzz and honest reviews of products. I use it pretty often and I've gotten lots of cool products from it. Some things that I love about it are the ease of use and the kinds of products they have. It's always products that my family uses. But, let me tell you about this juice!

Welch's Refreshingly Simple Juice is just that Refreshingly Simple. It has nothing artificial. No sweeteners, no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial flavors, or preservatives. It's all the good stuff and none of the junk. The first thing I worried about was whether or not my kids would notice it was good for you. As a general rule if it's good for you they want to avoid it like the plague in favor of junk. Tristan isn't picky so he immediately loved it. One kid down. Now to the big b…

The one about Harper's birthday bonanza!

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This year Harper is going to be in the hospital on her birthday. So we went all out and had a big birthday weekend for her this past weekend since her birthday is going to end up being a wash. First Harper and I went and saw Frozen on Ice.



Me and Harper had such a good time at Frozen on Ice! It was just like the movie and so she was hanging on to every word and really just loved it. I spoiled her with cotton candy and a snow cone. Frozen on Ice was a really good show and I highly recommend it. If you have a Frozen fan then this is definitely a good show to go see.
On Saturday, we had her birthday party. It was a snowy mess so a lot of people couldn't make it, but it was still a great time. Harper was showered with gifts and she got a huge Frozen strawberry cake! She loves everything strawberry! Everyone had a great time visiting and celebrating and everyone made it home in one piece so we couldn't complain too much!

I can't believe my little girl is turning 4! It seems lik…

The one about the Dreft to go stain remover pen!

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I was really excited on Thursday because I got a prize that I won for blogging about Dove in the mail. It was a super luxurious Dove bath robe and a full sized bottle of Dove Nutrium body wash.

The robe is super luxurious, but it has one major problem, it's white. I don't own white things because generally they are kid stain magnets. But I'd just received the Dreft to go stain remover pen, so I thought that I'd better give my white robe a try. And try it did. Within 30 minutes of putting on the robe I kid you not Tristan fell off the couch and bloodied his lip and got blood all over my super fancy robe. Yikes. Blood is one of those substances that is not easy to get out by any means. 
I pulled out the Dreft pen and hoped for the best but expected the worst. The Dreft pen has a couple of features, the stain removing liquid and then the pen also has teeth to scrub out the stain. I put it to work and magically, I was able to get the blood out of the robe. I have to say th…