Monday, May 29, 2017

What I am thinking this Memorial Day

Many years ago a man fought in the war. He went off to fight for his country. Then he came home and married. They had 8 children, 4 sons and 4 daughters. One of those sons had 1 son and 3 daughters. 1 of those daughters is me. My grandfather fought in the war and survived. Because he survived I was born.

There are many many men and women for whom the story was not so rosy. Many men went off to war to fight for their country and never returned. There are many children and grandchildren who were never born because of a war. There are many children who grew up without a father or mother because of a war. And many people have grieved lost loved ones.

On this day, Memorial Day, we remember those people who were lost in service to our country. I want to thank you to all those who have lost loved ones. Thank you for your sacrifice. I am so grateful to live in a country that has so many freedoms. I am so sorry for your loss.


Monday, May 1, 2017

Give your Bedroom a Spring Cleaning




Cleaning up for Springtime
Guest Post by Leesa Content Team

Springtime is finally here and I think we all know what that means. Spring cleaning! If you’re anything like me, you have a long list of things to do around the house, but the best place to start is the bedroom. Believe me, if your sleep space is organized and clean, it’ll put you in the spring mood and motivate you to clean the rest of your home! Here are a few tips to help you conquer spring cleaning and redecorating your bedroom.

Out with the old and in with the new

One great way to get your bedroom ready for spring is to get rid of  things you don’t need anymore. That includes clothes, shoes, jewelry, old furniture, desk supplies, etc. If you haven’t touched it in months (with exclusion to seasonal items) it’s time for it to go. Clearing out some clutter will help make you feel lighter and your room feel more open.

Time for a change

Springtime is the perfect time to change out those flannel sheets, heavy blankets, and old mattresses. It’s always a good idea to change up your bedding this time of year with something lighter in both color and weight. If you’re interested in some new bedding and sheets check out Parachute for some great options. But if you’re going as far as changing your whole mattress, check out Leesa for Awesome mattresses online.

Wash your pillows

Most people forget this step, but washing your pillows is super important this time of year. If your type of pillow allows, throw them in the wash once with soap and another with just a water spin cycle, just to make sure all the soap is out. Then throw them in the dryer with a few tennis balls to help keep them the fibers from clumping. This helps get all those indoor allergens and dust mites out.

Flower decor

April showers bring May flowers, but that doesn’t mean they need to stay outside. Flowers and other greenery are a great way to spruce up your room decor for spring. Whether they are real, fake, in a picture, or even on your bedding, they will definitely put you in the spring mood!

Switch out your curtains & open the windows

In the winter, most people keep their blinds shut and their windows closed, but since the sun is out, why not open the windows? Letting some fresh air in is always beneficial and changing out your curtains for something lighter and sheer is helpful to keep the sun coming in. Also, make sure you have some blinds for when you want to block out the sun and get some sleep in the morning.

These are just a few ways you can help change things up for this time of year, but there are so many other things you can do.

What ways do you revamp your bedroom for spring?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Free Adult Coloring Book Page 5 - Psalm 148:1-5 (Free Printable)



I have been drawing my own coloring book. Someday I hope to self-publish it but for now I decided to stop hiding my light under a bushel and share it. So here you go! All of these are hand drawn, I am having so much fun letting my creativity flow. These pages are based on verses that God has placed on my heart. They are very meaningful to me. I hope you ave as much fun coloring them as I had drawing them. I would love to see your colored pages, post them in the comments!

Print Coloring Page Here

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Free Adult Coloring Book Page 4 - Psalm 119:94 (Free Printable)




I have been drawing my own coloring book. Someday I hope to self-publish it but for now I decided to stop hiding my light under a bushel and share it. So here you go! All of these are hand drawn, I am having so much fun letting my creativity flow. These pages are based on verses that God has placed on my heart. They are very meaningful to me. I hope you ave as much fun coloring them as I had drawing them. I would love to see your colored pages, post them in the comments!

Print Coloring Page Here

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Free Adult Coloring Book Page 3 - Psalm 62:1-2 (Free Printable)





I have been drawing my own coloring book. Someday I hope to self-publish it but for now I decided to stop hiding my light under a bushel and share it. So here you go! All of these are hand drawn, I am having so much fun letting my creativity flow. These pages are based on verses that God has placed on my heart. They are very meaningful to me. I hope you ave as much fun coloring them as I had drawing them. I would love to see your colored pages, post them in the comments!

Print Coloring Page Here

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Free Adult Coloring Book Page 2 - Isaiah 61:1b and Isaiah 58:6 (Free Printable)





I have been drawing my own coloring book. Someday I hope to self-publish it but for now I decided to stop hiding my light under a bushel and share it. So here you go! All of these are hand drawn, I am having so much fun letting my creativity flow. These pages are based on verses that God has placed on my heart. They are very meaningful to me. I hope you ave as much fun coloring them as I had drawing them. I would love to see your colored pages, post them in the comments!

Print Coloring Page Here

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Free Adult Coloring Book Page 1 - 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a (Free Printable)




I have been drawing my own coloring book. Someday I hope to self-publish it but for now I decided to stop hiding my light under a bushel and share it. So here you go! All of these are hand drawn, I am having so much fun letting my creativity flow. These pages are based on verses that God has placed on my heart. They are very meaningful to me. I hope you ave as much fun coloring them as I had drawing them. I would love to see your colored pages, post them in the comments!

Print Coloring Page Here

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

How to Take Prenatal Vitamins When You Can't Swallow Pills and a Premama Prenatal Supplement Review! #DrinkPremama #IC #ad


This post was sponsored by Premama as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.




When I was young I couldn't swallow pills. And I also have always wanted to have children. I don't remember exactly when I realized that those things didn't work together, but I am pretty sure it involved a movie or commercial talking about how gigantic prenatal vitamins were. I was shocked, in order to have a healthy baby I would have to swallow huge pills?  I couldn't even swallow a tictac. What was I going to do? Fortunately I did learn to swallow pills. But for those who share in the conundrum of wanting to take prenatal vitamins but not being able to take pills there are now great alternatives!

Premama is a multivitamin supplement line that offers complete maternity wellness in drinkable and chewable forms!

Premama's drink mix line includes Fertility Reproductive Support, Essentials Prenatal Vitamins, Essentials + DHA Prenatal Vitamins, and Lactation Support. The Fertility and Essentials drink mixes are unflavored so you can mix them into any cold flavored drink you enjoy (do not heat or warm the drink mixes). They can be mixed into juice, cider, ice tea, smoothies, etc. The Essentials + DHA mix is citrus flavored and the Lactation mix is mixed berry flavored. They can be mixed into a flavored drink or into water. The drink mixes are gluten free, vegetarian or vegan, and non-gmo. Their folic acid levels are similar to prescription prenatal vitamins and as good as or better than other OTC brands (Premama is OTC). They also have Omega-3 fatty acids and non-constipation causing iron that are usually only found in prescription prenatals. These products are formulated to help before, during, and after pregnancy. If you are trying to conceive, currently pregnant, or nursing a baby they have a product for you!

Premama's also has Digestive Aid Prenatal Fiber & Probiotic Chews. They are vanilla caramel flavored, vegetarian, and naturally flavored. They are formulated to help ease constipation and bloating, and support a healthy immune system. I really wanted to try the chews because they look so yummy, but the contain soy and I am intolerant to soy :(.




My Experience

I tried the Essentials and Lactation drink mixes. I tried Essentials mixed in Apple Cider and I couldn't even tell it was there. I was amazed! I am enjoying drinking these every day. I tried Lactation with water to see how it tastes by itself because it is berry flavor. If you are used to supplement drinks it is pretty good, and it is not chalky! If you don't like supplement drinks it would be good mixed in with juice, ice tea, or smoothies. It would be really amazing in smoothies! I will be saving the rest of the Lactation mixes for after I deliver in 4-6 weeks :).


I got my Premama products at Meijers, they are in the vitamin section. I found them with the other prenatal supplements. The Meijer I went to had a great selection! Oh and they are on sale at Meijer through September 25! Go in right now and get $3-5 off depending on the product. Get it on sale now!

Find Premama at a store near you using their store locator.

You can also get a free sample of Lactation or Fertility through September 29th on their facebook giveaway! Enter to win by completing two social media actions.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Grocery Picks of the Week 6/10/16



These are the things that are a good price/ I am planning to buy this week. These are the on sale things in my area. I shop in Fort Wayne, IN so I know the prices are good there. I think that they might also be good in other places in Northern Indiana, Ohio, and southern Michigan, but check your own ads before you head to the store!  Also the ads change over on different days, so make sure the sale hasn't ended before you go! Also you can ad match at Walmart, so if all you need are these things then go to Walmart and shop there, I never go to all these stores :). Happy Shopping! I hope you get some great deals!

*disclaimer* I am not guarenteeing to do this every week, because I do not go shopping every single week, but when I do check the ads I will try to update you all :).

*disclaimer* these prices represent the prices in my area at the time of publication. I can not be held responsible for changes in price, etc. Check your ads before you go to the store! (pretty much all ads are available online or on the flipp app)

*disclaimer* the produce prices are often not for organic produce. At the quantity that my family goes through produce I can't afford to shop organic. If I find an organic price that I am willing to pay it will be listed on here.

My short hand:

StF! - Stock the Freezer! - these are great prices that are so great that I would buy a bunch of them and put the extra in the freezer. Pretty much all meat and most produce can be frozen. There are plenty of instructions for how to freeze things online. I have instructions for butter, cream cheese, browned meat, and marshmallows.

Gp - Good price -this is a good price that is worth getting enough for the week (or however long it will be good for fresh, some things are only good a few days, some are good for several weeks - months) but it is not good enough to StF!

Tp - Treat price - This is an ok price, that is better than what the price has been recently so I might buy 1 or 2 depending on what else I am buying, but it would just be for a treat, not enough for all week and definitely not StF!.

ea - each, it is priced per item

/(quantity) - it is priced per quanity - per pound (/lb), per ounce (/oz), per 8 ounce package (/8oz pkg), etc.


My picks:
I only need produce this week, so that is all I looked at in the ads


Fresh Thyme
  • Organic Raspberries $0.88/6oz gp/StF! I think that this is the best price I have seen for raspberries. However since rasperries are so much more than other fruit I would not personally stock up on them. But if you do tend to eat/buy a lot of frozen raspberries then this is probably a better price so you should stock the freezer!
  • Seedless Watermelons $2.88 ea gp/StF! (this is a great price so I usually buy as many as I think we will go through in 1-3 weeks, I don't usually freeze or save them, but I do know you can freeze the fruit, and they are also really yummy dehydrated)
  • Cucumbers $0.49 ea gp 
  • Honeydews 2/$3 gp
  • Carrots $049/lb StF!
  • Peaches, Yellow & White Nectarines, White Peaches, or Apricots $0.99/lb gp 
  • Red or Green Leaf Lettuce $0.99ea gp
  • Green Bell Peppers $0.49 ea gp
Aldi
  •  Red Grapes $0.89/lb StF!
  • Cantaloupes $0.99 ea gp
  • Strawberries $1.49/lb tp
  • Blueberries $1.49/pint tp
Kroger
  • Green Beans $0.99/lb gp
  • Zuccini or Yellow Squash $0.99/lb gp
Meijer
  •  Cook's Shank Portion Smoked Ham $0.99/lb gp
Walmart
  • Sweet Corn $0.20 ea gp

Friday, June 3, 2016

Grocery Picks of the Week 6/3/2016



I realized that I am going through ads to find the best deals and there are other people out there who would love to have this information. So I decided to start a new series. These are the things that are a good price/ I am planning to buy this week. These are the on sale things in my area. I shop in Fort Wayne, IN so I know the prices are good there. I think that they might also be good in other places in Northern Indiana, Ohio, and southern Michigan, but check your own ads before you head to the store!  Also the ads change over on different days, so make sure the sale hasn't ended before you go! Also you can ad match at Walmart, so if all you need are these things then go to Walmart and shop there, I never go to all these stores :). I am not guarenteeing to do this every week, because I do not go shopping every single week, but when I do check the ads I will try to update you all :). Happy Shopping! I hope you get some great deals!

*disclaimer* these prices represent the prices in my area at the time of publication. I can not be held responsible for changes in price, etc. Check your ads before you go to the store! (pretty much all ads are available online or on the flipp app)

*disclaimer* the produce prices are often not for organic produce. At the quantity that my family goes through produce I can't afford to shop organic. If I find an organic price that I am willing to pay it will be listed on here.

My short hand:

StF! - Stock the Freezer! - these are great prices that are so great that I would buy a bunch of them and put the extra in the freezer. Pretty much all meat and most produce can be frozen. There are plenty of instructions for how to freeze things online. I have instructions for butter, cream cheese, browned meat, and marshmallows.

Gp - Good price -this is a good price that is worth getting enough for the week (or however long it will be good for fresh, some things are only good a few days, some are good for several weeks - months) but it is not good enough to StF!

Tp - Treat price - This is an ok price, that is better than what the price has been recently so I might buy 1 or 2 depending on what else I am buying, but it would just be for a treat, not enough for all week and definitely not StF!.

ea - each, it is priced per item

/(quantity) - it is priced per quanity - per pound (/lb), per ounce (/oz), per 8 ounce package (/8oz pkg), etc.


My picks:
I only need produce this week, so that is all I looked at in the ads


Fresh Thyme
Grapes $0.88/lb, StF!
peaches$0.88/lb, StF!

Kroger
Fresh Pineapple - $0.99 ea, Gp

ALDIs
Mushrooms $0.69 /8oz, StF!
Seedless Cucumbers $0.69 ea, gp
Kiwi $0.69/ 3 pk ($0.23 ea), gp
Grape tomatoes $0.99 /pt, gp
Blueberries $1.49 /pt, Tp

Meijer
Raspberries 10/$10 (1-6oz pkg for $1 or buy 10 and get 11th free), Tp
Organic baby Cut carrots $1/ 1 lb bag, gp

Rural King
Seedless Watermelon 2.98 ea, StF!/gp (this is a great price so I usually buy as many as I think we will go through in 1-3 weeks, I don't usually freeze or save them, but I do know you can freeze the fruit, and they are also really yummy dehydrated) (I am not positive that Walmart will ad matchRural King so if they don't I will use the price below)

Save a Lot
Seedless Watermelon 3.99 ea, gp



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