Back to School - Save 20% off your entire purchase at Gordmans!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Take this page with you to your local gordmans store and save 20% off your entire purchase!!

While we don't love back to school, we love gordmans!
Clothes, shoes, jewelry, hand bags, blankets, pillows, fun things for your dorm room...

They've got it!

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Pfizer Pediatric Platform #GiveAway

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pfizer Pediatric Platform

We got really, really lucky this past winter...
Not one sick day taken by anyone, not even the kiddos.
Is that unheard of, or what?

We made it through the winter...but we didn't get too far into spring, before #SickJustGotReal
Allergies, we thought.

But then with both kids coughing...not just the runny nose, stuffy nose combo action...
We knew it was more than just springtime allergies....

Pfizer Pediatric Platform to the rescue.

Maybe I'm weird that way, but I always like to have something on hand.
Just. In. Case.

and I'm glad I did...
Because while no one needed a sick day,
 it was sure nice to be able to go to the medicine chest and find some relief for not one, but both of our kiddos!!

A few great options?

Ease those aches and pains, while reducing a child’s fever fast with Children’s Advil®, a great solution for kids as young as 2 and up to 11. Children’s Advil® comes in several great-tasting flavors, including: Sugar-free Dye-free Berry, Bubble Gum, Grape, Blue Raspberry, Fruit and Dye-Free White Grape flavors. There’s also Infants’ Advil® White Grape, which provides unsurpassed fever relief with a syringe for easy dosing for children 6-23 months.

My kids prefer grape...and thankfully, have always taken meds like a champ!

Formulated just for kids, Children's Robitussin® DM Day/Night Pack (Children’s Robitussin® Cough & Chest Congestion and Children’s Robitussin® Nighttime Cough) non-drowsy daytime formula helps break up chest congestion, while the long-acting nighttime formula relieves coughs and runny noses to help kids get the rest they need.

All in a great tasting grape flavor, Children’s Dimetapp® Cold & Cough tackles a child’s most bothersome stuffy and runny noses, all while working to relieve cough.

*It is important to remember to always read and keep the cartons for complete warnings and dosing information on Pfizer Pediatric Platform products and to use as directed!! 

And check those expiration dates!
We are known for keeping stuff on hand, but it needs to be changed out and updated - though I much prefer to do it that way, vs having to go to the store at midnight so people can get some decent rest!

How would you like to stock your medicine cabinet with the Pfizer Pediatric Platform?
(Children’s Advil®, Children’s Robitussin®, Children’s Dimetapp®)

Pfizer Consumer HealthCare is giving away a prize pack to one lucky winner!

Simply enter via the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!

For more information - feel free to snoop around

·         Sick just got real.™ website
·         Sick just got real.™ Facebook page
·         Pfizer products available on

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 “The Pfizer Pediatric Platform products, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. All thoughts and reviews are my own.”

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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