6 Benefits of Drinking Water: Wellness Challenge Update

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Last week I started my Two Month Wellness Challenge. The challenge is all about observing my health habits, good or bad, and making conscious choices to improve the not so good for me choices. You know, things like drinking more water and exercising more. It’s also focused on learning what works for me and ditching the rest. Why keep what doesn’t work or makes me miserable? Continue reading

Mega Mesh Premium Magnetic Screen Door Review

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The mosquitos have been insane around here lately! I mean, I haven’t seen this many mosquitos in the area in years. It’s a mix of the wet weather we’ve been having as well as the colder air that followed a high humidity stretch. I don’t know a lot about bugs, but this seems to have been the perfect breeding grounds for those little buggers! Continue reading

Two Month Wellness Challenge: Balancing my life, managing my surroundings

after2I know, this isn’t the most flattering picture of me. But, for me, it’s an important picture. This here is the last Coke I’m going to have for awhile. Maybe. I hope. Possibly.

You’re thinking all the self doubt up there and wishy washy-ness isn’t going to help me achieve my goal. Actually, I’m doing it on purpose. I don’t want to be miserable. It also plays into how the wellness challenge, my challenge (remember, I don’t let society tell me what to do anymore), is going to work. Continue reading

Black Bean and Corn Chopped Salad with Herdez Frozen Bowls

Thank you to the makers of HERDEZ® brand for sponsoring todays post and inspiring me to try the Cocina Mexican Frozen Bowls. Black Bean and Corn Chopped Salad Recipe

I tried out Herdez frozen bowls and discovered they are a delicious and easy lunch. I was impressed by the flavor compared to the cost. It’s a great value. After I realized how much I like these bowls I decided they would be great for dinner! However a single bowls isn’t quite enough for a full dinner, so I decided to pair it with a chopped salad.

Chopped salads are the best! You don’t have to fight over giant chunks of vegetables, and you get a beautifully melded flavor in every bite. Since Herdez frozen bowls are Mexican I thought a Southwestern styled salad was called for. Thus, the Black Bean & Corn Chopped Salad was born.

The main dish was the easiest. For this meal I made the Herdez Cocina Beef Barbacoa. I heated up one bowl for each of us, at approximately five minutes per bowl. Then I chopped up the ingredients for the salad while each was cooking.

Herdez Beef BarbacoaBlack Bean and Corn Chopped Salad


  • Half a head of iceberg lettuce chopped
  • 1 roma tomato diced small
  • 1/2 small or medium red onion diced small
  • 1 red pepper, diced small
  • 2 to 4 tbsp minced black olive (to taste)
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 to 4 tbsp freshly chopped cilantro (to taste)
  • 1 cup shredded cheese

Combine all ingredients and gently toss them until thoroughly mixed. Add salt and pepper for flavor if you’d like. I did not add this, but I know some people like this addition.  We served salsa and a spicy ranch salad dressing on the side because not everyone in our family likes dressing.  If your family does like dressing you can add 1/4 cup salad dressing (give or take per preference) to the salad and combine until it’s completely mixed in.

This salad will make 4 large dinner servings, or 8 smaller side salad servings.

It’s a great salad to enjoy with your family or take to a pot luck for everyone to enjoy!

Didn’t the spread look awesome!

Black Bean and Corn Chopped Salad Recipe

In case you’re wondering, those green things in the back are guacamole chips. They complimented the meal nicely. The adults also had margaritas on the rocks, while the kids enjoyed lemonade.


If you’d like to give the Herdez frozen bowls a try, head over to their site and grab a $1 off coupon!

Have you tried the Herdez frozen bowls? If so, which was your favorite flavor? If not, which of the 10 flavors would you like to try?

Five Ways to Stay Entertained with The Sims™ 4

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Ok, so I’ll admit it. September 2nd was The Sims 4 launch, and I was one of the first in line at Walmart to pick up my copy of it.

Look how excited I am! I was thrilled I didn’t have to have a staff member unlock the video game cabinets because I probably would have kissed them and gotten myself kicked out of the store. I will not confirm or deny if that has happened in the past (it hasn’t…but I’ve come close!) Continue reading

Pixie Mandy’s Projects – Kids Sewing DVD Review

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I received a sample of the product for review purposes.Pixie Mandy Sewing Projects

I haven’t really used a sewing machine since I was a freshman in high school taking a home ec class. I remember sewing a giant stuffed foot pillow. I was proud of that project, but I remember how hard it was for me to sew those toes! I did it, but it was tough.

Since then, I’ve purchased a sewing machine, because I know their value, but I never seem to find an excuse to break it out. Sure I want to learn to quilt and I’ve attempted (and failed) at sewing costumes for the kids. Most of all, I want to teach my girls how to use it! When I was asked to review Pixie Mandy’s Projects, Beginning Projects for Sewing Machine, I knew this was the tutorial for us! We could learn to sew together! Continue reading

How to Celebrate the First Day of School Pirate Style with Cards for Kids!

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This week we celebrated our first day of Homeschool for the year with a kid’s card and an adventure the kids won’t soon forget! Ok, actually we homeschool year round, but with all the Back to School fun going on around us we decided it would be fun to celebrate the birthday of a new school year.  We get to have birthday parties, why can’t our homeschool have one too!

Our very first homeschool co-op will begin tomorrow and it is a pirate theme so we thought our birthday party would be fun to do in that theme as well. This party had adventure, doubloons, treasure, rescue missions, treasure map reading and a tasty reward. Here’s how the adventure took place. Continue reading

Craft Mat by Ultra PRO Giveaway

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I received a sample of the product for review purposes.Craft Mat by Ultra PRO Giveaway

 Would you love to win a craft mat by Ultra PRO? I reviewed the mat on the blog so check it out, learn a little about it, then fill out this rafflecopter form and enter! It has extremely easy entries, so there really is no reason not to enter!

You’ll be entering for a chance to win the exact same mat I reviewed. The giveaway runs from Sept 1st through Sept 7th at 11:59pm CST. There are daily entries, so make sure you get in on it now! Continue reading

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