LifeStraw® Go Water Filter Water Bottle - A GiveAway!

Monday, October 27, 2014

One of the obsessions in our house, is water bottles.

We have them in every shape, size, and color you can imagine.

Not only do we use them daily at home, at work and at school
 (I love love love that our kiddos' school encourages each child to bring a bottle of water every day 
and keep it with them while they learn...)

We also send a water bottle every day with our kids to Camp in the summer.
The kids are outside all day, every day, hiking, swimming, canoeing, building, crafting, archery-ing and more!

The fresh bottle of water from home only lasts so long, especially when the temps are hot..
And the kids have access & opportunity to fill their water bottles, from a well.

While they assure us the water is 'clean' and safe to drink...
Looking at it would tell a different story.

Time and time again, I have asked my kids...
WHAT IS IN THIS WATER BOTTLE - thinking they pulled it directly from the lake, to catch tadpoles or something! Nope...'Well Water!' they tell me!

So...we've resorted to packing multiple bottles of water for each kiddo, so they can grab a fresh one from home when they run out - not always ideal, and not terribly 'fair' - when others are refilling from the well...but, hey...I wouldn't drink it either!

When we were contacted to see if we were interested in hearing more about  LifeStraw® Go 
I KNEW this would be a great fit for our family!

I only wish it were Summer Camp Season so we had a better opportunity to test this out!
We are giving it a shot at home, because our city water is questionable as well...despite what public officials say...but I KNOW this will be amazing for Summer Camp days and our family camping outings!

·         LifeStraw® Go converts microbiologically contaminated water into safe drinking water, removing 99.9999%.
·         The durable, lightweight bottle is ideal for a variety of users outside of the home, including hikers, runners and campers, and for everyday consumer use.

‘Follow the Liters’ Program:
·         LifeStraw®’s  ’Follow the Liters’ cause marketing campaign harnesses the collaborative power of individuals to help solve one of the world’s most pressing issues – lack of access to safe drinking water for people in developing countries.
·         Under the ’Follow the Liters’ campaign,  when a consumer purchases any LifeStraw® water filter, a portion of the funds are used to provide one school child in Africa with safe drinking water for an entire school year.

·         LifeStraw® is manufactured by Vestergaard a Swiss-based global company dedicated to improving the health of disadvantaged people with game-changing solutions that fight malaria, HIV/AIDS, diarrheal disease and neglected tropical diseases.
·         The company is the largest producer of long-lasting insecticidal bed nets that prevent malaria under the PermaNet® brand, and its award-winning LifeStraw® water filters have been designed for individual, family and community uses.

I have a second LifeStraw® Go to give away!

Who would love to win one?
Simply enter your name in the Rafflecopter below, and stay tuned for the winner, to be drawn on Monday, November 3rd!

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Nutter Butter Acorn Treats! #HormelFamily

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A few years ago, I saw these ADORABLE snacks floating around on Pinterest.
and while I do love me some Pinterest, it's generally one of those things that has me feeling inferior and rolling my eyes...
Not this time...

Nutter Butter Acorns?
I can do that!

It's now a fall tradition that our family loves!
(though you wouldn't HAVE to wait until fall to make these, you can have nuts all year round!)

A bag of Hershey Kisses, Snack Size Nutter Butter Bites, Skippy Peanut Butter, and chocolate chips!

This is one of those super fun, kids in the kitchen projects!
We love those at our house!

We create an assembly line of sorts, and hope that the unwrapped kisses make it to the work space, 
and not JUST in the mouths of those helping!
(though quality control is ever so important!)

You will 'unscrew' the nutter butters, because you'll use one half on the top of each 'acorn' ~ 

To help it stick, because the peanut butter generally stays on one side of the nutter butter when you pull them apart, you can add a little more Skippy Peanut Butter, or melt some chocolate chips and dip the Hershey Kiss in that melted chocolate, to create a chocolate glue to hold it together!

To add a little variety, we also 'glue' a chocolate chip, or a peanut butter chip, (again, with Skippy or melted chocolate chips!!) on the top of the some of the nutter butters, like so!

What say you, people?
Aren't these just soo adorable!?!

A bowl of acorns at your next fall gathering are sure to be a hit!
People love the chocolate and peanut butter combo, and how CUTE are they?

A snack size delight sure to please your party guests!

Do you have a favorite treat you like to make and or bring to gatherings?
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

one day 2014

Today I am joining up with @HollywoodHWife and thousands of others for #OneDayHH

The premise is this...
From HollywoodHouseWife - Most of us are pretty good about getting cute pictures of the kids or selfies with our significant other. But what about all the other details that make up our life? They may seem sort unimportant as we move through the day, but our future selves will soak up the information that we take for granted. One Day is the Wednesday we set aside each year to capture what a typical day looks like in our life from the time we wake up in the morning until our heads hit the pillow at night.
  • Snap pictures throughout the day. Upload to Instagram and make sure and use the #OneDayHH hashtag so that we can all follow one another.
  • Photos don't have to be particularly artsy or beautifully composed. The emphasis is on WHAT you're capturing, not how awesome you can make it look.
  • If you can't commit to the whole day, that's okay! Jump in when you can.

1. Document your day.
2. Post it to Instagram.
3. Make sure you use the hashtag #OneDayHH so you can follow along with others and they can find you.

Easy right?

You can follow me on Instagram HERE!
& to find others playing along - search the hashtag #OneDayHH

So...I'll be updating this blog post as the day goes on...or, later tonight after all is said and done!
Play along, won't you?

The time clock. Working for the Man...
Got to work an hour later than planned, because,'s going to be THAT kind of day!

After 2 hours of work, I punch out, head home & get the kiddos up, fed & ready for school.

Being Open Enrolled in a neighboring district means we have no bussing, 
which is both a blessing and a curse.

I'm so so grateful for a job that allows this flexibility, because my family comes first.

While my girl eats breakfast, I braid her hair.
I really ought to watch some YouTube videos about how to do these French Braids, because I'm self taught, and they aren't great. She loves them though, which is what really matters.

Even though they are freezing, because it's a brisk 42 or so degrees, the kids agree to stop and pose for a quick photo, wearing their orange shirts for Unity Day - National Bullying Prevention Day!

The day continues,  since water heaters aren't supposed to leak water out of the bottom...
I set up an appt to have someone come out and replace ours.

Back to work for me...getting in another 6 hour shift before heading back to school to pick up my kids, and two carpool buddies.
Their mom and I take turns doing the afternoon pick up.
Let me tell you what a trip THAT is.
First Grade.
Second Grade. 
Third Grade.
Everyone has something to say. At the same time!

We get home, we open back packs.
I really hate homework.
I try to not voice that... but by golly...we have a life too!
We want to play in the yard, make dinner, go for a bike ride, hit the YMCA pool.
We don't want to sit down to do homework every. single. night!

 A quick peek in the backyard at our beautiful new deck!
13 years in the making, sort of.
Truly, it's only been in progress for the last 6-7? weeks...but we've needed to replace ours for the last 13's finally happening! YAY!

Because we need milk, and ketchup, and a halloween costume that we still have yet to find...
We buzz over to Target...
Great savings this trip! GO ME!
Wish I'd of seen that the new associate charged me TWICE for the same jumbo jar of Peanut Butter before I got all the way home.
Is it even worth going back?

By now it's dark as night, because it is night...
But I've still got to go out...
there's more to do!

The hubs left on a business trip last weekend, and we finally get him home where he belongs!
YAY! For airport pick up line, and not having to take any laps before security scootches us along!

It's after 10 pm and the kids are finally settling down, ready to go to bed...
But me...I've got miles to go before I sleep.

It was fun, taking note of the everyday things for #OneDayHH
Granted, the airport isn't an everyday thing - but it's frequent enough - and it's our life.
I haven't decided yet if it's annoying that I used all instagram screenshots...or if I should upload the real deal photos for blog book purposes...

Did you participate in #OneDayHH?

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Organizing TShirts

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I only wish I had the before shot of this...

Our kids are in charge of putting away all of their own laundry, so today when I went into D's room and saw this drawer barely closing, wrinkled t's sticking out of it...

I knew I had to do something.

I quick emptied it out, folded the t's so you could see what you were getting, and 'stood them up' so to speak...I simply loved the end result!

So much so, that 10 hours later I went back to snap a picture to share with all of you!

Doesn't it look great!

Maybe everyone does this with their t's - 
The hubs and I do - but we don't have the same tshirt collection that our son does.
It doesn't make NEAR the difference that it seems to with our 7 year old's dresser.

Now he can easily see what's where...
Printed fronts are on one side, plain colored or plain striped shirts are together, long sleeved t's are all put together too (the ones that aren't hanging up in the closet that is.)

If he wants to wear a Twins Shirt, or a Minnesota Wild Shirt, or a solid colored shirt, or his Minion Glow in the Dark T...He can easily see and take it out, instead of upending the whole shabang and making a mess.

I hope?

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Back to School Portraits!

It's more a right of passage than anything, school photos each fall, & spring, for that matter - 

since our school does both - 
but we don't go all out because I take hundreds of thousands of photos each year.

I know for many families, this is all they get...
So it's a darn good thing that they do such a great job!

 Even though I got the $8.00 package, I'm still thrilled with the outcome!
It's especially hard for me, not actually BEING there,
to make sure their hair is combed or maybe their top buttons aren't done up too tight. 

This year, I was especially concerned about getting THIS photo via text,
one minute before school started...

With our son wearing what appeared to be a very tight, very small shirt,
that was NOT what we had talked about just hours before.

You see, I headed into the office at the butt crack of dawn,
leaving the kids to mostly fend for themselves, with Dad of course!
Dad didn't know that D and I had discussed a DIFFERENT shirt the night before,
and so........

Thankfully, Lifetouch was able to work some magic,
 and while the shirt WAS too small, it wasn't obnoxiously too small,
as I had thought based on the text photo!


School Pictures 2013

School Pictures 2012

and her very first one, back in 2011?

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Hailey's Birthday Party - Decorating Aprons!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

So, part 2 of the most amazing birthday party ever!!

In addition to the super fun cake decorating we did - we also had the girls create their own aprons!

We set up a table with blank aprons, puffy paint, and gems...

The kids created various designs on the table and on cardboard...

And then my amazing husband and equally awesome sister in law helped the girls glue things on!

The cake decorating and aprons took up most of our 3 hour allotted time frame, but we still found time to make wishes, enjoy some snacks and cake!! and open a few gifts.

Life is to be celebrated, and we have so very very much to be thankful for!

Happy 9th Birthday Hailey Girl.
Here's to all of your dreams coming true!
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