TED Talks: What ideas would you spread?

What ideas would you spreadA month ago I finally had a dream come true. Judging by the title of this post, you can probably guess that I attended a TED Talks conference. Ok, it was a TEDx conference, which is an independently organized conference, usually for a specific city or area, that is done outside of TED, but within their guidelines to still be considered a TED conference. This makes it no less exciting for me, and actually a bit more exciting because all of the speakers are those who are in my community! These are people I can meet up with, talk to and continue to share ideas with.

As I was sitting through these amazing talks, I got to wondering. What idea would I spread if I were asked to be a presenter at TED? Continue reading

LeapTV Party Fun!

I received free products, including a LeapTV and LeapTV games, in order to host the LeapFrog sponsored MommyParty. The opinions expressed here are my own, but you can take my lead and host your own LeapTV Party!LeapTV Party Time Title

A couple weeks ago we hosted a LeapFrog sponsored party focusing on the new LeapTV and it was amazing! Like any other party, I always hope I have enough food, a good balance of healthy and sweets, will the kids stay entertained or will they riot and have the adults waving the white flag.  Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but it’s still a worry I have before every party I host with a lot of kids in my house. Continue reading

Chocolate Coated Holiday Nut Brittle Recipe

This shop for Planters Holiday Collection nuts has been compensated by#CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone but you can enjoy the Chocolate Coated Holiday Nut Brittle Recipe included below, too!Chocolate Coated Holiday Nut Brittle

 The holiday’s are here and I couldn’t be happier! Why? Because one of my favorite places is in the kitchen and with the cold weather upon us, my stove is calling my name. When I go into cooking mode, I’m doing everything from treats to home cooked meals. Every time I walk in the store I’m inspired to make something new. If you need more inspiration than the store, you can check out the Cooking Up Good website for recipes, sweepstakes, loyalty programs, coupons and more!

When I walked in Walmart the other day, how could I not be inspired by this Planters sleigh display? Continue reading

Chipotle Gouda and Sweet Pepper Quesadilla Recipe

Chipotle Gouda and Sweet Pepper QuesadillasI received a wedge of Arla Dofino Chipotle Gouda free through BzzAgent and I couldn’t wait to try it out. The problem was, I didn’t know what to make with it! I thought for quite a while and received numerous suggestions, including quiche and mac-n-cheese, but none of it sounded right for this particular flavor combination.

Then I finally figured it out. Continue reading

Discover with Dr Cool Crystal Growing Kit Review

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post.
I received a sample of the product for review purposes.Crystal Growing Kit

As a homeschooling family you can bet I jumped on getting this crystal growing kit to review. This is perfect timing for us too. Right now Charlie is excited about learning more about paleontology, and part of that education is geology.

Here’s what was included in the kit. Continue reading

November Blog Prompts: NaNoWriMo Edition

November Blog Prompts 2014

Originally I was going to give you a list of writing prompts related to Autumn, or thankfulness or something that seemed related to the start of family gatherings. Instead I decided I’d give you a list of blog prompts specifically focused on National Novel Writing Month, which is affectionately known as NaNoWriMo. I’ll tell you more about this writing challenge in another post, for now, here’s your list of thirty blog prompts to get you inspired and writing. Continue reading

The Thirty Year Anniversary

Me as a flower girlThis photograph was taken exactly 30 years ago. I have no idea who that boy in the picture is, but I can tell you who the girl is. Me. At the ripe old age of four I was the flower girl in my sisters wedding. With that said:

Happy anniversary to my sister and brother in law! Thirty years strong, may there be many more!

This, however, is not the story of my sister’s wedding. Continue reading