IMG_4383.JPG

Playing in the Park #ww

DIY Sugar Skulls for Day of the Dead

DIY Sugar Skulls for Day of the Dead

What is a Day of the Dead celebration without Sugar Skulls!? I saw my first sugar skull in Cancun last month. The proper name for a Sugar Skull is calavera and it can be made from sugar cane, chocolate or clay. Sugar and chocolate sounds way more appealing though. They are given as a gift to the […]

Book of Life La Muerte Sugar Skull Day of the Dead Make Up Tutorial

Day of the Dead – Book of Life La Muerte Make-up Tutorial

This post brought to you by Tulip® Body Art® and Blueprint Social.  I’ve been looking forward the Day of the Dead since August. Seriously, months. I knew I wanted to focus on it and visit the celebration that they have at the Atlanta History Center that they put on each year. Then I saw that The […]

Paper Mexican Marigold Flower Head Piece Craft

Paper Mexican Marigold Flower Headpiece Craft

Ever since I returned from Mexico I’ve been reading a lot about the culture and the Dia de Muertos or Day of the Dead. It’s a day that coincides with All Hallows Eve and it takes place over three days. It’s a day for honoring the dead with alters, sugar skulls, marigolds and gifts of […]

CHOA_SleepSafe_Gymnast_01

NICU Baby Dreams

As a mother of a NICU baby, my heart melted when I saw these adorable and sweet pictures that the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta took of these babies and their bright futures. They spend their days dreaming as they heal. The NICU nurses know that tubes, wires and beeping can be scary so they make […]

IMG_4160.JPG

Let’s Buy White… Said No Mother Ever

My mother the artist, she brings out the colorful, artsy side of my children. When they visit with her I make sure to pack extra clothes. One time my mother encouraged them to color of the walls in a place that she was staying to make the walls more fun. Needless to say it took […]

zoneperfect

Blog Forward Recharge

This is a letter to myself for the Blog Forward challenge from Zone Perfect. Although they have sent me product, all views are my own. As always.  Boy this year went by fast, it’s hard to believe that Fall is now here! But it’s time to look back at my Blog Forward goals that I made […]

5 Awesome Stay at Home Date Night Ideas

5 Awesome Stay at Home Date Night Ideas

This post brought to you by Breyers Gelato Indulgences . All opinions are 100% mine. Date night gets harder when you become a parent so it’s a good idea to come up with fun date nights that you can have at home after your kids are in bed or maybe they stayed the night at […]

Pumpkin Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats

Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Surprise Rice Krispies Treats

I love Fall, it’s my favorite time of the year. It’s not hot but not yet cold. We break out the sweaters, scarves, and boots. But the best part of Fall is all things pumpkin! I made these Rice Krispies treats last year when I found a host of Pumpkin flavored treats to mix together […]

GS Healthy Habits 1

Healthy Habits Booklets from the Girl Scouts and Together Counts

I’m participating in a campaign with mom it Forward on behalf of the Girl Scouts and Together Counts, all opinions are my own. I’d like to think that my daughter lives a healthy lifestyle but to be honest it’s because I’m there to make sure she makes the right choices. There have been times when […]

First Day of School Pics

First Day of 1st Grade

This kid is growing up too fast and this summer flew by too fast. It was like a blink of the eye and they are already heading back to school. JaMonkey was super excited to go back to school though. She always has a blast at school and being with her friends. I can’t wait […]

Puppy Kisses

For the Love of Dog

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of K9 Advantix® II. The opinions and text are all mine. I was walking through the mall one day when I stopped in to look at the pets in the pet store. There he was, with his floppy ears and his tongue poking out of […]

Blowing Bubbles

My Water Babies

This post is brought to you on behalf of Dixie® Consumer Products. My kids love being in the water. Since we bought one of those molded pools with the slide built in, I haven’t been able to keep them out of the yard. I find them sneaking into it with all of their clothes on and I’m […]

IMG_0413

Cool Dad’s Gift – Superman Hall of Heroes

My husband garnered the nickname Super Cooper in his office before we met. It’s a name that has stuck with him and even morphed into the Superman himself. His hair, the glasses. He even wears his Superman shirt under his work clothes so that his coworkers can see it when he puffs his chest out. […]

Cooper Tire Super Mom Test Track

My Time on the Test Track

A few weeks ago Cooper Tires brought me and few other bloggers out to San Antonio Texas to test our skills and knowledge of tires on the road. I can’t tell you how excited I was to go out there and drive the way I’ve always wanted to without being arrested. It was a pure […]

Father's Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

 I love finding unique Father’s day gifts. Men are simple creatures really, you can tell them they are going fishing all day and they would be happy. Sometimes this makes buying gifts interesting.  Here is a list of “guy approved” gifts that any Dad would love to have.  My husband likes making his own home-brew, […]

last day kindergarten

JaMonkey’s Last Day of Kindergarten

I’m so proud of this girl. She has blown me away with how much she’s learned this year. She reads me stories now before bed time and asks us a million science questions. She wanted to be a teacher most of the year but towards the end it change to a veterinarian or a doctor. […]

What she sees

Tales of the Toilet Monster

When my daughter tells me she needs to go to the bathroom in a public area, I cringe. My oldest daughter has a ridiculous phobia of automatic toilets. So when I walk into any public bathroom and see that sensor, I have to prepare her for a life lesson that just doesn’t seem to sink […]

640px-StateLibQld_1_198699_1926_Essex,_the_MacKenzie_family_car_of_the_1920s-2

Tools to Keep your Kids Happy on Long Road Trips

This is a sponsored post Family road trips can be a great way to get out and see the sights of any destination and can be both learning and bonding experiences. Yet they can also quickly deteriorate into hours of backseat bickering and whining if you’re not careful. It’s not easy for little ones to […]

Keep-Calm-Happy-Birthday

Adult Birthdays Suck

As a child, birthday’s are magical. People bring you gifts and food. Our parents plan everything down to that scary clown that now haunts your dreams. But you can overlook that when there is a sugar coma that follows. Boy, does that change as you get older. The teen years are spent trying to get hammered […]

Easter Wine Pairings

Easter Brunch and Dinnner Wine Pairings

I was sent Mirassou® Wine to try and share with my family. All opinions are my own.  It’s time for the big southern brunches and dinners. Families coming together to eat good and share a holiday together. Southerns do it big too, go big or go home. We like big meals filled with a glazed ham […]

coconut oil

75 Uses and Benefits to Coconut Oil

I bet you didn’t know that Coconut Oil had so many awesome benefits and uses? This past year I switched out the vegetable and canola oil in my house and replaced it with Coconut oil that I buy in massive tubes from Costco. But I really love the Fair Trade, Kelapo Coconut Oil. They shared […]

50 Teachers Gifts for Any Occasion

Best Teachers Gifts for Any Time of the Year

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up and I thought I would do a round up of some of my favorite gifts for Teachers that I’ve given  to my daughters teachers or plan to give over the years. These are the cutest, most practical gifts that I’ve been told by many teachers are the best ideas. […]

SONY DSC

5 Tips for Creating the Best Easter Basket

Creating the perfect Easter basket is easier than you think. These 5 tips will give you some great ideas for special gifts and treats all while keeping it eco friendly. Recycled Easter Basket – Keep your Easter baskets from previous years. Store them with your Easter decorations just like you would Christmas decorations. Pick out […]

SONY DSC

DIY Natural Easter Table Centerpiece

I love earthy tones and things to look more natural when it comes to decorating. The same goes for my holiday decorations. I created this great table centerpiece to bring some springtime into my house along with a great Easter theme. It was simple to create and came out exactly as I envisioned it. Here […]

20140323-201346.jpg

Day 19 – 40 Bags in 40 Days

Another day down and I tackled the Tupperware cabinet. The one that always gets out of hand. I recycled a bag of containers that didn’t have lids and placed a shelf in the cabinet to make more room for storage. Follow my 40 Bags in 40 Days journey! Need organizing tips? Here are 50 for […]

20140322-220608.jpg

Day 18 – 40 Bags in 40 Days

We are now on day 18 of 40 Bags in 40 Days and I’ve slowed down quite a bit because life has gotten crazy busy. I’m still taking on the challenge and I’ve rearranged my schedule because some days that I had allotted more time didn’t take as long as I thought they would. So […]

20140316-210932.jpg

Day 9 and 10 – 40 Bags in 40 Days

Generally We would rest on Sunday but when it’s the only time my husband and I aren’t exhausted from the day or week we have been se cluttering all weekend and resting on Fridays. This weekend we tackled our master bedroom closet. It was a huge undertaking because it really branched out into the master […]

20140313-224158.jpg

Day 8 – 40 Bags in 40 Days

Tackled my daughters bathroom today. We had A LOT of hotel toiletries. Two grocery bags full. Lots of stuff that belonged in my bathroom too. My bathroom project just got a little harder. Follow my 40 Bags in 40 Days journey! Need organizing tips? Here are 50 for every room in your house! 

20140312-210241.jpg

Day 7 – 40 Bags in 40 Days

I took on a catch all cabinet today. Filled with lots of platters and glass vases. A giant pile to go to the recycling for sure. Not looking forward to tackling my bedroom or our garage. That’s going to be a few days for sure.

Creative Commons License