Fundraising with Coca Cola Products & My Coke Rewards

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

I love love love to volunteer at school with our kids.

I've been lucky enough to go out on a few field trips this year, and it's so fun to get to spend time with the kids and their classmates!

I wish I could do more, but life gets in the way of that....

One thing that we are able to do, however, to give back to our school, is the MyCokeRewards for schools program!

We don't drink a lot of pop at home (anymore) but we know a lot of folks who do, and we do buy cases of water, and some cases (Dasani) have codes on the bottom of their plastic packages!

Each Coca Cola rewards code varies in points from 3 points for the codes in the caps, to 10-25, depending on if you get the code from a 12 pack, a case, or one of those shrink wrapped packages of bottles from your local big big box store.

Every 3 points is the equivalent to a nickel!

Doesn't take long for all those codes to add up, and after entering those codes, you can go under 'CAUSES' in your MyCokeRewards account, find your cause, and viola!


1000 points is a quick $15.00 for your cause!

(Ours being our kiddos elementary school!)

Doesn't get much easier than that, does it? Well, I guess it can...
If you don't save your Coke Rewards codes, or don't want to enter them yourself, we'd love to add them to our collection along with our Box Tops for Education! 

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St Louis Missouri - Spring Break (or) Bust!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

This year for Spring Break, we decided to Road Trip it.
Cross a few things off of the Bucket List...

First Stop?


We were arriving into St. Loo, just before 8 pm, and I thought...
I wonder how late the Arch is open?

Maybe we could pop in at night, before we go to our hotel?
Maybe it's cool at night??

So...I pulled up the info on my phone....
What DID we do before smartphones?

Apparently, I should've done my research before we left Minnesota!

You guys!!
I cannot make this up!!

So, we went to the hotel, to make a plan...
We had 10 days off, a car packed full...and zero plan.

That WAS the plans.
Just us and the open road.

After finding out that the Arch, Grant's Farm AND Meramec Caverns were all closed...

ALL closed...

We did the best we could.

dozens of family selfies, as close as we could get!

No Trespassing!


 St Louis did not disappoint, however.

Turns out, they celebrate St. Patty's Day a whole week early, 
and they do it in pretty exciting style!

After taking our selfies outside of the arch, wandering around outside of the (closed!!) Cardinal's Stadium,  and people watching during the St. Patrick's Day parade...

We decided to get out of dodge...

It was cool, literally, with some sprinkles and rain showers mixed in...
but we've got places to go and things to see!

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Photo Fun with Pixie's Photography - Boudoir Shoot in the Twin Cities! $149!

Monday, March 7, 2016

One thing I am working on this year, is saying NO, more.
I find myself tired, frazzled, and worn down, before I even hit week's end, and that's no good for anyone.

One way to curb that, is to stop agreeing to so many things.
I'm getting better at that, and trying to spend a night or two with no outside commitments, just me, and my family.

I was recently invited to a little get together with some local folks, some I knew, some I didn't....

and while it was tempting to say NO...
I found myself disappointed when the first date set, didn't work for me.

When the next date came, though it wasn't ideal...
I knew I had to commit.

For me.

Stepping, literally, a bit out of my comfort zone.

The two women behind Pixie's Photography could not have made this experience any easier.
They were laid back, welcoming, professional, and so. much. FUN!

From helping to get our hair and make up just right....

To making sure we were in the most flattering of poses...

Boudoir photos can be super scary, but they don't have to be.
Feeling beautiful isn't just for the size zeros of the world.
You can get amazing photos with your clothes on! 
I did!!

Getting some beauty sleep will help you look well rested...I am at a major cross roads in my life, so while this might not be the best time to be doing a photo shoot like this, (hello, not sleeping well, panic attacks and anti anxiety meds!) 
this means that this was also the best time to be doing a photo shoot like this!

Who doesn't want a little help finding some beauty in themselves?

Friends, if you've ever thought about doing a boudoir shoot, I encourage you to do so.
NOW is the time.

Not when you are sleeping better. 
Not when you lose 10 or 20 or 40 pounds. 

Stop waiting for someday, grab life by the horns, and do it!

Pixie's Photography is offering a Silver Package to our readers:
Choice of Wardrobe
Choice of Set
Professional Hair, Make Up and Lashes (oh, how I LOVED MY LASHES!!)
Multiple Guided Poses
Approximately 50 proofs to choose from, including their 11x17 12 month/6 photo calendar (a $155 value by itself!!)
for just $149.00
USE CODE FEB161 when you call!

This would've been a fantastic way to celebrate my big milestone birthday last year, a party with some girlfriends in the Pixie's Photography Studio, getting dolled up and taking turns going behind the curtain for a photo shoot! 
So. Much. Fun!

I'm glad I was able to do this mini - shoot, and I cannot wait to go back and have more time, more ME time, in a full on session. It was nice being doted on, if you will.
... sitting back and being taken care of... 
Having these amazing women bring out the beauty that is within all of us.

Mine gets buried under my jeans and my hoodies and my messy bun, day after day after day....
Next time, I'm booking for a morning session, so I can have the great natural lighting AND go all around town the rest of the weekend, wearing those amazing eye lashes! 

Here's an outtake that a friend snapped on my cell phone during my shoot - 
Thanks, Kate! For everything!!

$149.00 for a Silver Package...What are you waiting for?  
Call the girls behind Pixie's Photography.

You won't regret it!

Friends, I loved my lashes so much, I kept them on and wore them to Como Zoo Field trip with the 3rd grade class the next day! HA HA! Sadly, they fell off the next night! 

Several friends have reached out to me, privately, with questions, after seeing my pictures on Instagram and on Facebook. Please don't hesitate to ask, if you have any other questions about the process, or if you want me to come along!

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*** In exchange for sharing about my experience with you, dear readers, I was treated to a fun night at Pixie's Photography. Purchasing any portraits from my mini-shoot will be at my expense...and for my eyes only! HA HA! ***

Mashed Potato Bar with #HormelFamily

Sunday, December 20, 2015

It's Holiday Time! YAY! 

I love love love me some Christmastime, don't you?
Friends, Family, Chaos!
Sing it with me, now.... 

It's the most wonderful time of the YEAR! 

One thing that I do tend to stress about, a little...


This year, we have a small crowd, and one very picky eater (ours!) and while I don't want to cater to her, I do want her to be included...
And the

Doesn't that look AMAZING?
And what a fun way to use some festive holiday glassware too!

Some ideas for toppings can include:

I cannot wait to put together a mashed potato bar!
I MAY even do some baked potatoes in a crock pot too!

How can I go wrong?
Help a girl out here...what else am I missing?
Would you add any toppings that aren't included above?

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*** I am not compensated for my post. As a Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger, I am occasionally given Hormel Foods products to try or coupons to off set the price of purchasing my own Hormel products to help facilitate a blog post. ***

First Day of School - Date Day!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Because we are a two parent working household, with no family in town...
date nights are virtually unheard of.
They AREN'T non-existent, but it sure feels like it.

We get a sitter from time to time, but man, who can afford them?

But when the kids are in school?


The Hubs spun the big wheel at Family Night out at a St. Paul Saints game and won $100!
Well, not really, it's a $100 play card thingy...

And so play we did!
But one of us is a double-upper, and one of us isn't...
I'll let you decide who's who, if you don't already know!

Even looking into the sun, this man humored me and posed for a selfie with our winnings...
not quite the $100+ we had hoped for, but...........

And a great lunch, a bit closer to home, where our luck continued!

A chip in the shape of Minnesota!
That's pretty cool!
As much as I love our kids and the family we've built, I think date-days and date-nights are so so important. Do you date your spouse regularly?
What's your favorite date night?

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Back Yard Shananigans

Sunday, November 29, 2015

You have to look really, really hard, but if you do - can you see a deer? 

I love when these little fellas pay us a visit, though I don't think the DNR feels the same way, as they are currently doing some sort of deer reduction in the hood.

We won't tell the kids that part, and we'll just marvel at the beauty that is these guys visiting our backyard and those around us!
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