Quick and Easy Sandwiches at Home with Hormel Foods!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A person can only have so much leftover turkey...
(or ham, if that's your Thanksgiving thing!)

With Salami, shredded cheese, & fresh lettuce?

Toss a couple of pickles on the top for good measure, 
and Viola!

A delish, tastes-like-you-are-dining-out, sandwich, made at home!

As we close out the year, and look ahead to 2016...

Eating at home and bringing our lunches to work is moving up the priority list...
(again! GAH!)

Hormel Foods makes that easier with Natural Choice Products:

Hard Salami
Honey Deli Turkey
Deli Roast Beef
Canadian Bacon and so much more....

What is your go to bring it for lunch thing?

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Brace Face...

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Well, he got his expander off a couple of weeks ago, thankfully!

Mom is NOT a fan of the palate expander experience...but wow, are our kids troopers!
Why does he look so different to me, in these pictures taken 30 minutes apart?

No, it's not JUST the braces...........

But the braces sure do make a difference, already!!

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Buck Hill Season Passes - Warm Weather Assurance!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

With the kiddo hanging up his hockey skates this season...

We knew we wanted to find something to keep both kids busy, now that we aren't committing to the ice rink...

They both enjoyed their snowboarding lessons so much last winter...

We decided to go for the season passes...


They are NOT CHEAP...
Hard to swallow that big of an expense all at once...

but, when you live in Minnesota, you have to embrace the winters, cold weather, snow, and all...

So here's to a great ski and snowboard season ahead...
Maybe the first of many?

But if I'm being honest, if it means NO SNOW and these amazing temps hitting 60 degrees with Thanksgiving NEXT WEEK...I'd buy these passes every year! 

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Because when you are 8...

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Isn't this the most logical place to park your bike at the local park?

 ah, being a parent is never dull, is it?

And warm, sunny sixty + degree days in the middle of November? That doesn't get old either!

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School Pictures...Take 1 and Take 2

Thursday, November 5, 2015

I say this every year...
I don't put a ton of stock into school pictures...

I take a ton, a TON, of photos all the time...so school pictures...
I can take them or leave them...
we usually leave them...

Except...they go in the yearbook - in color, no less...

Remember when I shared one of the super cool pictures from their school yearbook???

So when I got these back...
I was like...


How do you not see the kid has his eyes barely open?
Man, is that every annoying...

 Hers turned out great, however!
4th grade!

The boy was so annoyed with me that he had to go in for retakes...but seriously...

Isn't take 2 soo much better?

Geez! How hard can it be, with digital cameras???

Derek Robert, 3rd Grade

I'm glad we didn't just ignore this and go with the originals...
The retakes turned out so much better!

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20% Off your Entire Purchase at Gordmans!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hey Guys?

I've got  a great coupon to share, exclusively with blog readers!

20% off your ENTIRE PURCHASE at Gordmans!

Print this coupon and run to your nearest Gordmans to start your holiday shopping!


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Fits like a Glove!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

We had literally, like 2 choices, from something like a dozen stores - 

So beggers can't be choosers!

Fits like a glove!

Why blog this?
Because I love before and afters, that's why!

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Cousin Time on the North Shore!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Cousin time doesn't happen for our kids nearly enough...

But this day was super special...
Luke and Caleb AND Baby Norah...all at once!

I wish we could make this happen more frequently!

And when your dad teaches you to skip rocks on Lake Superior after the party?

'Mom! Take my picture!'

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Sunscreen and Skin Cancer PSA

Friday, October 16, 2015

If you have a little freckle on your lip - 
you might just chalk it up to being a sun worshipper for the previous several decades...

But just in case, you might decide to go see a Dermatologist, you know, just in case...

And he might tell you that he isn't a psychologist, 
and that he needs to do a biopsy right then and there...


and then you have to hope that no news is good news...
until actual news arrives...

And then you can celebrate...
And remember to wear sunscreen!

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Home Remodel Update - Long Overdue Carpet Project

Sunday, October 11, 2015

If we stay or if we go...
One thing was for certain...

That carpet.

Never mind the duct tape - we had some subfloor replaced, then patched er up until the carpet installers could come!

And various forms of carpet, from room to room.

The stairs were the WORST!
15 years of traffic....

The hubs convinced me we also needed to redo the 'shoe floor' - in the entry way - 

Thank GOD he did!

What a difference!
I can't wait to do the kitchen in this easy snaps together laminate flooring too!

Before and after of the entry way - YES! Another one of those...

The carpet has since been replaced...and looks one trillion times better!

Home Improvements never end, do they?
At least with us, we wait so very very long - that the before and afters are simply amazing! HA!

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