Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Year's Resolutions Have Gone to the Dogs, Literally.


With 2016 finally here, I've already been planning about how to make this new year the healthiest one yet. Although there are numerous ways I could improve myself (couldn't we all) and my health, what if I could also get my family involved including my furry family members, too? Milk-Bone (the makers of my pup's favorite dog treats) recently conducted an original survey of 3,000 pet parents nationwide to find out which healthy habits families are pledging in the new year. 
 
See the results below:

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: I see me

 
I know as a kid, I loved seeing my name on TV, in a book, the newspaper etc. It made you feel like you were someone because that famous person had the same name as you. I have a feeling that kids these days are no different. The I See Me book gives kids that same feeling. Monkey has an odd name, one that you have to make all the Christmas ornaments for because his name doesn't exist. When he got the I See Me book and it had his name plaster throughout the book, he was so excited, kind of like how I used to get when I would see my name on TV. He wanted to have the book read to him right away.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Welcome 2016




2015 brought the Anderson household many ups and downs and I am sure 2016 will be the same. In 2015 the Lord blessed us with a house, me a job and many other things that our family needed. There are some BIG blessings coming to us in the 2016 year as well. I have learned that when you wait for the Lord and quit trying to make things happen he will truly bless with much more then you could ever imagine!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Top 10 List: America's Favorite Holiday Comfort Foods

It's my favorite time of the year! I love having friends and family over to enjoy delicious meals and fellowship together. 
 
Preparing holiday meals is an extremely important tradition in my family -- it has been since I was a little girl. During the holiday season, we'd always make tons of cookies and candies for our extended family. I used to love the smell of everything baking in the oven. I still do. 
 
I recently partnered with Del Monte (the makers of premium canned vegetables and so much more) to share with you some fun stats on what Americans love to eat during the holidays. They just published their Del Monte Comfort Food Index, which ranked the Top 10 Holiday Comfort Foods.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Love, Cookie

   
I just love when I get food to test, so you can imagine my excitement when a box of cookies came to my door. Bug healthier than most and my husband were the first one with their hands in the cookie box.

  Baker Maid is a family owned company based in New Orleans that is known for their cakes and cookies. Their newest brand is Love, Cookie. Love, Cookie comes in 8 different varieties making it easy or maybe hard to choose your favorite cookie.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Amazing DIY holiday ideas, tips, tools and more for your furry family members

Happy Howlidays! 
 
I love the holiday season — the cold weather, the yummy food, and of course, all of the festivities! You know who else loves them too? My dogs, Daisy & Ginger. I'm thinking it may be because of all the extra lovin' and gifts he gets from the family.
 
It turns out that I'm not the only pet mama to spoil her pup during this time of year.  That's why I love this super cute website called TheNosePrint.com from Big Heart Pet Brands (the makers of Milk-Bone, Pup-Peroni, Canine Carry Outs, and Milo's Kitchen).  They really know how to celebrate the holidays with your pup!
 
On TheNosePrint.com, check out some of the fun doggy do-it-yourself ideas they've dreamed up:

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Numi Organic Tea: Tea by Mood

  

 Like most mom's, I have a pretty hectic schedule. Sometimes all I want is to relax with a nice cup of tea. Well, I have yet to ever have that happen. If I'm lucky, I might get a cup of tea while I'm chasing kids or making supper. Tea by Mood has 8 different tea flavors so you should definately find a tea to fit the mood. Tea by mood is organic, non-GMO  and Fair Trade Certified Tea. Tea by Mood comes with 8 different teas totaling 40 tea bags.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Santa Sent Me A Letter #Giveaway


With my kids getting older they are starting to not believe in Santa and well I am just not ready for my kids to grow up. I love the fun and excitement that Santa brings to the Holiday season for kids. This year each of my kids will be receiving a personalized letter from Santa this year. Each one of the letters are personalized to each child and also note the reason for the season being our Lord Jesus Christ. 

There are several different letter options you can choose from so you get what is just right for you and your family. 

#TheStorkOTC and Giveaway


New Clinical Study Demonstrates Stork OTC Home Conception Kit is More Effective At Delivering Sperm to The Cervix Than Natural Intercourse When Trying to Get Pregnant.  The Stork OTC is a promising option for women and couples having trouble getting pregnant--a safe, and easy-to-use way to optimize chances for conception, at home. 

The first and only conception assistance device to meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s strict requirements and be cleared for over-the-counter sales, without a prescription, The Stork OTC is the product of years of meticulous design and testing.

When Mr A. and I were trying to conceive it seemed like nothing would work. We tracked my ovulation and tested his sperm count and everything was "working" but we were not getting pregnant. I truly feel that had we had the The Stork OTC kit we would have been able to conceive quicker and easier. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

2015 Christmas Giveaway

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Hosted by: Kay from The More The Merrier Amy from This Mamas Life

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Sponsors:
Guitar Hero Live - $99.99 Value 
  Peg + Cat book - $10.00 Value 
  YOXO "Wynd" Pegasus - $29.99 Value 
  Jamberry Gift Card - $50.00 Value 
  Civilized Cats Book - $15.00 Value 
  GreenTreeJewelry - 3 Pairs of earrings chosen by sponsor - $44 Value

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Thirty -one and World Vision team up #GivingTuesday



In the midst of the retail frenzy that follows Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday provides an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others by focusing on charitable giving. On Dec. 1, 2015 – the 4th annual #GivingTuesday – World Vision will partner with Thirty-One Gifts to help charitable donations make twice the impact.

On #GivingTuesday, every donation made by phone (1-888-511-6588) or online (Worldvisiongifts.org) to World Vision will be matched by Thirty-One Gifts – a direct-selling company offering totes, purses and more – with a donation of one of their products, such as a tote bag or blanket, up to a total of $1MM worth of products for women and girls in need around the world. 

Tips for Planning a Family Ski Trip


As the weather gets chillier and the school holidays approach, lots of families are excitedly looking forward to hitting the slopes for some skiing and snowboarding. Whether you’re a lifelong skier and are looking forward to teaching your kids for the first time, or you’re all beginners excited to play in the snow, it’s great fun for all. We all know that travelling with kids can be challenging, especially when they’re young - so here’s some tips for a fuss-free holiday.

Tips for Cruising with Children


How to Keep the Children Entertained on a Cruise

A cruise is a great way see more of the world in a short space of time. When travelling with kids, though, it can sometimes be difficult to keep the journey in-between stops entertaining. Fortunately, there are many trips centered around those that are bringing young children along with them, with a wide-range of on-board activities. Here’s just a few of the things you should look out for to make sure you get the most out of your family vacation.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Everlast Weighted Jump rope



  
I am not a big fan of exercise. I will do the basics and that's about it. I do, however, like to jump rope. I recently received the Everlast Weighted Jump Rope to try. Which lets me jump rope and exercise at the same time and not complain, too much. Jumping rope is a great way to burn a lot of calories so why not jump with weights? Don't worry, its not as hard as it sounds. The Everlast Weighted Jump Rope has 1.5 lbs of removable weight in each handle.

Monday, November 16, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Touch Coffee and Beverage Machine



If you love coffee like most people do then you will be very interested in this Holiday Gift Guide feature! I was sent a T414S Brewer to review along with some wonderful L.A. Coffee XBold Cups. With living a very busy life coffee was something I only got from drive thru's. I didn't have time to make a pot of coffee and I am the only one in my house that would drink it anyways. So why waste the time and resources for just one cup of coffee? Now thanks my Touch system I can easily make one cup of coffee while rushing out the door with the kids in the morning.

Monday, November 9, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: The Mill Fudge Factory



  

OK, so who out there does not like fudge? Especially homemade fudge? I know that I can not resist homemade fudge neither can my husband. I was lucky enough to receive a one pound sampler pack from The Mill Fudge Factory. The Mill Fudge Factory makes their own fudge in the Lakes region of New Hampshire. The sampler pack I received contained 4 different types of fudge. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Quarto Kids Books


If you haven't guessed yet we love books in our house. The kids book shelf is overfilled and we are starting another one. Some of our newest books to our collection are The Crow's Tale and The 50 States. My mother in law has fallen in love with The Crow's Tale and the boys are really enjoying The 50 States book.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Harriet's Big Adventure



Did you know that studies show that 26 percent of children who are read to three or four times a week recognize all the letters of the alphabet compared to 14 percent of children who are read to less frequently? Those stats just amaze me and make me realize how lucky my children are since they are read to on a daily basis. One of the newest books added to our collection is Harriet's Big Adventure. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Jackpot Candles



One thing I am a big fan of is candles! I love having my home smelling wonderful and inviting when guests come over. With having asthma though I have a hard time getting candles that do not bother me. Lucky for me soy candles typically do not bother my asthma unless it's a super strong smell. I am cautious when picking out my scents due to my knowledge about scents and my asthma. My newest candle that I am currently burning and have fallen in love with is the Jackpot Candles Hot Fudge Brownie.