≡ Menu

Manners – The Greek Language

kids without manners, spoiled kids, asshole kids

This past weekend my G celebrated his 13th birthday. I am still in denial that my baby faced boy is slowly becoming a man-child. With his celebration came his ideas to celebrate, he handled the planning while The Chad and I executed on his behalf. So we rallied the food, the cake, the custom invitations and we managed the RSVP. The intention of his party was to be very low-key. Pokemon Go, pizza, swimming and movie by the pool were his itinerary. We couldn’t be more happy for our man-child. What we weren’t expecting were unhappy attendees with manners of a farm hog. Apparently manners are like the Greek language to one child who attended. Or manners were a dead language or one that evolved into entitled demands and not a single thank you. [click to continue…]

Enough is Enough

For the last ten months of my life I have been completely disheveled: mentally, emotionally, and most days, quite literally, physically. A choice of my own making as I went on a personal overhaul of my health, physical appearance, mental capacity, and spiritual cognizance. Late last year I made an extreme decision to take ownership of my weight and weight loss. I decided I wanted to lose all of my baby weight from my twins (maybe some extra), transform my body and participate in a bodybuilding fitness competition. Knowing this decision was not light, the road would be long, hard and a challenge to say the very least, I accepted my personal call to action. Like anything else in my life, I was all in! No one could stop me. Yet, somewhere along the way I deviated from my original goal to transform my body. My waters muddied, my train running away from itself and this monster of a being began to emerge. [click to continue…]

Identity Book Giveaway & $25 Gift Card


Identity: An Almost Perfect Escape is a suspenseful romance available in ebook form from Amazon. This is the first of a three part series. [click to continue…]

Luxe Organix Hydrating Styling Cream

luxe organix styling cream

Beauty regimens are such a pain in my ass. My skin is finicky and my hair is unruly. While my mother always told me I was beautiful, in all her bias, I struggled to maintain and or work at what was considered “beautiful.” Now that I am older I am appreciating being more natural in my beauty regimen, less is more. I am doing my hair less and going bare faced more, something I thought I would never do with my look or routine. Especially since I have unruly hair, but I found using the Luxe Organix hydrating styling cream to be an awesome addition to my beauty arsenal. [click to continue…]

52 Weeks to Toxin Free DIY Facial Toner

DIY facial toner

Our skin is the most vulnerable and the most absorbent to toxins. We take for granted that our skin is porous and acts as a sponge to all environmental factors. Consider your daily beauty routine: lotions, toothpastes, moisturizers, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, toners, foundation, the list can go on with toxic products. An area I have had major concern with regard to toxins is my skin; I have extremely sensitive skin and when your skin acts like a sponge is absorbs everything. My skin and body exhibited the greatest difference when I began to incorporate my DIY toxin free products in my daily beauty and personal care regimen. So for fresh, luminous, toxin free skin I researched some alternatives to my beauty routine and found an amazing DIY facial toner. [click to continue…]

Love Doesn’t Flow Up


Events in our lives, such as the death of a loved one, can seem to bring about great reflection regarding life. We often reflect in a rear facing manner on the “could have,” “should have,” and “would have” in relation to the loss of our loved one but never about the can and will be of the future. The loss of my maternal grandfather resulted in one of many talks The Chad and I have had over the years about our upbringings, our great similarities and triumphant differences. What we found in our discussion regarding family is that love doesn’t flow up. With that idea we both vowed to intentionally raise our children a bit differently, giving them what we did not have in our lives, in our relationships, fulfilling our needs and those of our children. Many parents say they will raise their children different from their parents methods, however they fall short to parenting by default, parenting by what was learned. [click to continue…]

Christina Banner How to Build a Gingerbread House


Christina Banner is a beautiful Cake and Gingerbread Artist. Gingerbread making isn’t just for Christmas, it is a delicious art form that can be celebrated year around. One of Christina’s recent projects are Earth Day Cookies. These beautiful cookies are perfect for celebrating year round but most particularly on Earth Day when we are all reminded to leave a kinder and gentler carbon footprint. [click to continue…]

Chapul Cricket Bars and Flour

chapul flour

Expanding on sustainable food sources has been the greatest advancement and leap for food producers and brands over the last 10 years. As the worlds population continues to grow as well as urban development, food makers are looking for ways to capitalize on the same nutritional levels we need to survive with a minimal impact on land and resources. What consumers did not expect is one of the resources could be the most pesky, yet delicious. Chapul capitalized on the idea for sustainable food sources through their international adventures; the delicacy of sauteed crickets around the world resulted in the next big food revolution. Thus Chapul Cricket Bars and Flour were born. [click to continue…]

Scrubba Wash Bag

Scrubba Wash bag

Laundry is the bane to our existence. Having clean clothes can be a challenge when you have a busy life, are on the go or find yourself like our family, enjoying the great outdoors. Washing machines are not in the highest demand at the gym or the woods if you find yourself camping, however, situations present themselves where you need access to clean clothes and you don’t have access to a washer. The Scrubba Wash Bag is the most convenient and green solution for clean clothes on the go! [click to continue…]

Estimating Remodeling Costs

estimating remodeling costs

Unless you know a good bit about remodeling, you want to get an estimate from a contractor to see where you stand with the price of the supplies that you need and the time that it will take to complete the job. It’s best to find a few different companies so that you can find estimates from local contractors today before the best contractors get their schedules filled. [click to continue…]