November 30, 2012

The {NEW} Shutterfly Family Photo Site + Giveaway #cardworthy

Recently I had the opportunity to meet up with some other local Phoenix bloggers and hear all about Shutterfly's new Family Photo Site.
Sara from Mom Endeavors blog hosted us for the evening with dinner at the Phoenix City Grille. I love trying new places to eat and this one did not disappoint at all. BIG thanks to Shutterfly and Phoenix City Grille for hosting our night together!

enjoying some yummy food at Phoenix City Grille with fellow blogger & friend Kim from A Night Owl 

You already know how much I love Shutterfly and their awesome products! I've already ordered & addressed my Christmas cards. I'm just waiting on the awesome matching labels to arrive in the mail before I send them! Shutterfly is launching a brand new Family Photo Site. The idea behind it being that every photo is #cardworthy when it reflects your family and what's important to you. They have even created the idea of a family photo day getting together with your friends and creating family photos that last a lifetime and make some awesome memories. 


I love the idea of encouraging families to take some time out and capture themselves just as they are. Check out their family photo day ideas here. While you're there check out their CardWorthy Photo Sweepstakes where you can upload your photos each week for 4 weeks (Nov 14-Dec 9) to win some awesome prizes. The Grand prize being a dream trip for a family of 4 (their choice), other place winners will receive Shutterfly photo credits worth up to $500! Jump on over to their FACEBOOK page to enter. 

Now, for the awesome part! Shutterfly is letting me give a $50 credit to YOU! One lucky winner with receive a $50 credit to to spend on whatever you'd like. I know you probably need photo cards, calendars, or some other awesome photo gifts! I've been eyeing these phone cases from Shutterfly for a while.

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 Disclosure: I was given a Shutterfly credit for myself in addition to the one I’m giving away. All opinions are my own!

November 28, 2012

Yummy Brown Sugar Apple Dip


This is my go to fruit dip! It's the perfect dip for any type of fruit, but I love it paired with crisp apples. Plus, it's super simple to make you'll wanna make it all the time for your guests.

What you'll need:
1 block (10 oz.) of cream cheese softened 
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Here's what to do:
In a small mixing bowl add your cream cheese and brown sugar, cream together till blended. Add in the vanilla extract till all creamed together. Top with a sprinkle of brown sugar for presentation. 

Cut up some apple slices for dipping. 

That's it! SO simple and easy right?! This makes the perfect snack or appetizer for all your upcoming holiday parties. 

Happy Dipping! 

Psst- there's still time to enter the $250 shopping spree giveaway! Go here to enter! 

November 26, 2012

Holiday Shopping Spree Giveaway!!!

Happy Monday Everyone!! I'm excited for today because today I have an awesome special treat for all of you. I've teamed up with some of my other fave bloggers to bring you an awesome GIVEAWAY today!


Today we're giving away some awesome gift cards to some of your favorite stores! Use these to help complete your holiday shopping or spend a little on yourself this holiday! Your choice if you win! Here's what's up for grabs:
$100 Target Gift card
$50 Lowe's Gift card
$50 JoAnns Gift card
$50 Amazon Gift card

Isn't that awesome?! I wish I could enter and win too! This giveaway starts now and ends at the end of the day Monday, Dec. 3. All the awesome bloggers that are helping host this giveaway are listed below! I'm so excited to be giving away these awesome prizes with these ladies!
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November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from Our Family to Yours


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I hope that you are enjoying your day with family and friends today. From our family to yours we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

This year I am thankful for my God, who always provides. This year his provision and keeping of my family has been amazing to see HIM work. 

I am thankful for my Husband who is a great leader, father, husband and friend.

Thankful for my children Ava and baby Worley. We're excited for you to come baby brother. 

I am also thankful for my parents, siblings, grandparents and extended family. Family is one of the biggest blessings ever. 

This year we are blessed beyond measure by so many things.

What are you thankful for this year? I'd love to hear your list. 

Have a wonderful day! 

Mommy Break & PEOPLE Magazines Sexiest Man Alive Issue

Last week PEOPLE Magazines Annual Sexiest Man Alive issue came out, did you pick up your copy yet? I did. And I took a much needed Mommy break to read one of my fave issues that comes out once a year.

Did you guess right on this year's winner? What do you think of the winner, Channing Tatum? I loved him in Step Up and again in The Vow.

I love to sit in the mornings on my days off before Ava wakes up and enjoy my coffee and breakfast alone and have some quiet "mommy" time. And having a good read like PEOPLE Magazine is always welcomed. 


This issue is all about PEOPLE'S Sexiest Man Alive issue, I always loved reading the covers. It helps me in general determine if I'm going to buy it or not based on who's on the cover and what articles their high lighting on the cover. I always really love the celebrity news sections, it's where I find out all my "need to know" and "useless" facts about celebs to impress my friends! ;) HA!



A little quiet time in the morning by myself is the perfect re charge for the day! Sneak away some time for yourself this week big or small I encourage you to do so! You deserve it, especially after all this Thanksgiving prep you're probably doing!

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media
Group™, but all my opinions are my own as always I only promote/recommend products that are a good fit with my own lifestyle and ones that I feel would be a good fit for my readers as well.

November 21, 2012

Starbucks and Wal-Mart #DeliciousPairings

I love a good coffee pairing, and Starbucks is my first coffee of choice. I love that I can brew it at home with my Keurig single cup brewer! Perfect since I'm the only one in my house that drinks coffee. I headed to WalMart this week to scoop up some more coffee as we approach the holiday season. A great cup of coffee is a must have in my book before prepping and starting to cook those holiday meals.



Anything chocolate is a great pairing with Italian Roast Coffee as is also spices and caramelized sugar.

I love when I get some quiet time in the mornings to enjoy my coffee and breakfast while everyone is still sleeping. It's a nice little "me" time escape before everyone wakes up, that was this morning was like and it was wonderful.


I made my coffee like normal and added Peppermint Mocha creamer to it, love these flavors for the holiday season. Coffee alone just doesn't taste as great as when you have a yummy baked treat to go with it. 


These chocolate chip muffins were the perfect sweet treat to pair with my Starbucks coffee! You can pick them up for yourself at your local bakery section at WalMart. They also have lots of other yummy baked treats there too you can choose from. This is a perfect pairing for on the go holiday shopping like Black Friday, it's also the perfect on the go breakfast for my Hubby when he gets up early tomorrow to play in the Turkey Bowl! 

Do you have any Thanksgiving morning traditions? I'd love to hear them in the comments below. 

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™. #CBias #SocialFabric all opinions are my own. As always I only recommend products/services that are a good fit for my lifestyle and ones that I feel would fit my readers as well. 

November 20, 2012

Holiday Hostess Gifts with World Market + A Giveaway!

The Holidays are upon us can you believe that Thanksgiving is just two days away! Today I'm excited to share with you a Holiday Hostess guide in partnership with one of my favorite stores World Market! World Market is easily one of my faves because of their wide range of selection anything from food to home decor and furniture. I'm always instantly inspired when I walk into the store, and can easily always find a few things "I just can't live without."

I was just in there a couple days ago and I'm loving all their new Christmas ornaments, table decor and even some new furniture pieces that I've got my eye on for the new casa!

Today, I put together a little holiday hostess gift guide. I think hostess gifts are such a nice gesture and a nice way to say thank you to any host. I think they are a lost art form actually and such a small gesture can go along way in making your host feel special. With the holidays quickly upon us I think it's so important to make these gestures for all those holiday parties, events and dinners you'll be attending.

We're spending Thanksgiving with some friends again this year, and I always like to bring our host something. They've opened their home to us, cooked an amazing meal and it's something I can easily do to say Thank you for all of that. Plus, I really love giving gifts, shopping for them and packaging them just so.

Hostess gifts don't have to be grand or expensive. You can do something small, write a little note with it and present it to your hosts. I personally don't like to bring flowers as a hostess gift. They are so pretty, but more often than not you give them to your host and she lays them down to finish preparing the meal or say hello to other guests and before the night is over they are wilted and dead. I like to give tangible gifts that they can open later and enjoy.

Today I've rounded up some lovely finds with the help of World Market that range in pricing from $2.50-$30. Perfect for any budget, c'mon let's see what I've found.

Holiday Hostess Guide

1. Ikat Bowl Set- I love these small bowls. They come in a set of two, perfect for holding jewelry or using as part of your home decor.
2. Holiday House Kit- This is a fun gift the whole family can enjoy putting together!
3. 6 Bud Vases in Holder- I love this little bud vase caddy. So perfect and cute, would be fun in the kitchen with flowers.
4. Good Morning Mug Set- Who doesn't love a cute mug filled with hot cocoa?! These are adorable and say "good morning."
5. Snowflake Cupcake Kit- Another fun foodie item to give to a baker or to a family.
6. Glass Pitcher- I'm a firm believer that every woman should own a nice glass water pitcher for serving, and I love the shape of this one.
7. White Glitter Trees- the perfect holiday decor gift, white trees go with any decor and they have glitter on them, what could be better?!?
8. Cute Napkins- You can mix & match patterns so fun to give an assortment away to your host.
9. Mason Jar Beverage Dispenser- an adorable way to serve up that holiday punch!

What a fun round up right?! I'd gladly love to have any of these, wouldn't you? That's not all friends World Market has some great Black Friday deals going on for you right now to take advantage of, along with the Life of Pi Movie Sweepstakes. See below for your chance to enter and win!

Life of Pi is the story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper’s son, who survives a
disaster at sea and is thrown into an epic journey. While adrift in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another a fearsome Bengal tiger. The movie opens in theaters November 21, 2012. You can watch the trailer for Life of Pi here:!/watch-trailer

The first 100 customers to shop in-store on 11/23(Black Friday) will receive a FREE Limited Edition Life of Pi ornament and a FREE Life of Pi movie ticket. The first 100 customers to shop in-store on Saturday, 11/24 & Sunday, 11/25 will receive a FREE Limited Edition Life of Pi Tote Bag and a movie ticket.

The Life of Pi Sweepstakes
  • Grand Prize package includes: a dream trip for 2 to India and a $1,000 World Market Gift card.
  • There will also be 3 runner up prize winners that will each receive a $500 World Market gift card!
  • The Life of Pi Sweepstakes runs from 11/17 - 12/28.
  • If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.
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This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions are my own. as always I only promote/recommend products that are a good fit for my own lifestyle and ones that I feel would be a good fit for my readers as well.

November 19, 2012

Creating Christmas Cards with Shutterfly

Winners of the Shutterfly prize packs are:
Alicia F.
please email me ( your addresses within 24 hours. If I don't hear from you in this time frame I will draw new winners. 

I was excited again this year to create and order our Christmas cards. It's something I look forward to every year sending out our annual card to family and friends. Here's a preview of this year's card, I went with a totally different theme and colors than I normally do and I'm really loving how they turned out!

Stationery card
View the entire collection of cards.

Shutterfly has some awesome promotions going on right now you too can take advantage of! I saved $94 on my cards this year by combining some of these awesome promotions:

1 FREE 5x7 Card using code: CARD4U
40% off all cards using code: CARD40
FREE Shipping using code: SHIP30

Cold and Flu Season Prep with Kleenex &

Temperatures are dropping, cold and flu season is upon us. You wouldn't think that living in Arizona we'd have much of a cold and flu season but germs are germs my friends. Seems like every season my family battles coughs, colds, and ear infections just like any other family.

Every year I like to arm my family with the essentials to get through the season, and make having a cold a little easier on everyone. Kids always seem to get the colds the fastest, and my daughter has fought ear infections for the last couple years multiple times as well. Here's a few things I love to have on hand during this season to help.


Little Remedies makes a great line of saline drops and cold medicine that I love. I also love Boogie Wipes as well, they have special saline infused right into the wipes to help brake up icky mucus that may get stuck on their little noses. I have a pack of these in my diaper bag at all times.


And of coarse for us adults I love having a multi symptom day/night medicine like DayQuil on hand.


And, we can't forget the Kleenex for all those running noses and sneezes! I picked up these specially marked packages of Kleenex brand with a coupon offer for a $4 movie credit to on the box. When you're sick snuggling up with a nice warm blanket, soup and a great movie can really help make you feel better and at least take your mind off your sickness for a little bit.

Have you ever heard of It's a great website for renting movies at home and streaming them digitally through your Blu Ray player or gaming device. My family has been using Vudu for over a hear now and it's so nice to have the streaming option right at home and not have to leave the house to rent a movie. Simply visit to sign up through your device.

And entering your special codes off the Kleenex box is easy as three steps, like this:

First visit  and click the link.


It will automatically take you to where you can sign up for an account or if you already have one you can sign in.


Then you'll enter your code, once you hit submit it'll confirm that your code was added! It's that simple, now you're ready to curl up on the couch, relax and watch a great movie.


If you've never tried Vudo before I encourage you to check it out. You can stream movies from you gaming device, PC or Mac or Blu Ray player. Like I mentioned before it's so easy to use and very convenient my family and I love it. 

To read more about my shopping experience visit my Google+ page here.  

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Kleenex® Brand Tissues  #CBias #SocialFabric. All opinions are my own, I only recommend products/services that are a good fit for my lifestyle and ones I feel would be a good fit for my readers.

November 17, 2012

{Review} Home Executive Planner

Today, I'm excited to share with you all a really great planner that I've been using personally to help keep our home organized! I'm in no way affiliated with Picket Fence Publications, I just really love this planner and wanted to share with you my thoughts. Watch the video below to see my thoughts on this great planner.



Want to scoop one up for yourself? Visit Picket Fence Publications here. 

As I mentioned this is a really great planner for an amazing price of $11.99

It only took a few days for me to get mine, shipping was crazy fast. 

I was giddy with excitement once I got mine, I know you will be too! 

Psst- if you haven't had a chance yet go enter this week's giveaways

To enter the $20 Walgreens gift card giveaway go here.

To enter the Shutterfly giveaway go here.

Winners will be announced Monday.

Happy Saturday! 

November 16, 2012

Shutterfly More Merry House Party

This past weekend I hosted a Shutterfly More Merry House party. Shutterfly has been my "go to" for ordering Christmas cards. I've been using them for the last couple years. So I was excited to get to host this party again this year and share with my girlfriends why I love Shutterfly, and offer them some great free products courtesy of Shutterfly and House Party.


One thing I love about Shutterfly is they always have great deals and sales. They are always running a special to help you get the best value, and they have some of the neatest ideas for photo gifts. Everyone on your list will be impressed.


fun straws from The TomKat Studio Shop


Yummy Brown Sugar Apple Dip {recipe coming next week}


Spiced Chai Cupcakes {recipe here}


This year I'm excited to try something new with my cards. The last couple years I've chosen the same color scheme and this year I want to branch out and do something different.

Want to know how you can get in on the action and try Shutterfly too?

Read below for the details on how you can enter & win!


Now for the fun giveaway part! 5 Winners will be chosen, each to receive:
10 FREE holiday cards
1 8x8 photo book
101 free prints credit

U.S. residents only. Giveaway will run from now until Monday. Winners announced Monday morning. 
Please use the Raffle Copter below to enter.

Mandatory entry: Please visit and tell me what your fave holiday card design is. 

November 14, 2012

Mommy Break with PEOPLE Magazine + a $20 Walgreens Gift Card.

Every woman needs a mommy break every now and then! It doesn't have to be long or a full day even, sometimes I just like to take 10 minutes for myself, or a half hour and grab Starbucks and just sit for a minute. I think it makes you a better mommy and woman when you take some small amounts of time for yourself. 

What could be a better break than a coffee stop with your fave drink and a copy of PEOPLE Magazine to catch up on all your fave celeb news?! A few minutes later after I've caught up with Beiber and Duchess Kate I feel like I can conquer that pile of laundry waiting for me at home! ;)

I also love catching up on all the fashion posts and reviews!  PEOPLE Magazine’s Annual Sexiest Man Alive issue is coming out soon (Nov 15th) it's one of my fave issues all year! If I can't see my Hubby on the cover (naturally) I'd love to see Ryan Gosling or Ben Affleck! Who would be your pick for this years winner?


Today I have a fun giveaway for you, a $20 gift card to Walgreens!

Twenty smackaroos to help you with your own Mommy break!

Buy some nail polish, your fave drink and your own copy of PEOPLE Magazine
and create the perfect mommy break for yourself. Please use the RaffleCopter below to enter.
Giveaway will run today through Monday Nov 19th. Winner will have 24 hours to respond before
I choose another winner.

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but all my opinions are my own as always I only recommend products that are a fit for my lifestyle and ones that I think my readers will enjoy as well.

November 12, 2012

{Free} Thanksgiving Printables

I shared this post last week on Mom Endeavors during her Cornucopia of Creativity Series, but I wanted to share here as well.

Thanksgiving is just a week away, can you believe it? I love the holiday season so much. Thanksgiving kicks everything off.

I've created three free print ables for you to enjoy during the Thanksgiving holiday season in your home or office space or really where ever you'd like to enjoy them at. These would also be fun additions to your holiday decor or tablescapes. You can print them off at home on your printer or down load the files and have them printed for you at Office Max, Kinkos, Staples, etc.

Each print is sized to an 8x10 print and can be down loaded in PDF format. Click each link below to down load them and print them off. (please don't right click & save the images, these images have been reduced in size and won't print to scale if you do that.)


A traditional Happy Thanksgiving print
click here to down load


1 Thess 5:18 Scripture Print
click here to down load


Thankful Heart Print
click here to down load

What are you plans for Thanksgiving? Do you host it in your home or go somewhere else? I'd love to hear your favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Leave them in the comments below, ready set go!

Have a great week!

November 9, 2012

A Coffee Date: 11-9-12

Hi Everyone!

Happy Friday, hope you all are doing well. 

Today I'm sharing some random thoughts on what we've been up to these last couple weeks
as we meet for coffee today! Enjoy, and don't forget to visit Alissa and link up your own
coffee date on her blog page! 

I'm always trying to keep these videos around 5-10 minutes,
this one went a lil' longer. Thanks for listening to me :)

Linking up with Alissa at Rags to Stitches today. Head on over
to her blog and catch up on coffee with her and some other fantastic ladies!

GO here.

30B430: Celebrate my Husband's 35th Birthday in a Fun Way


My husband turned 35 this year, originally I wanted to celebrate with a gigantic party to celebrate the milestone. But he's not really into parties, so I wanted to do something that he'd enjoy and love. My parent's surprised him with tickets to the Oklahoma Sooner vs. Iowa State game. He loves college football and the Sooners are his favorite team, this was perfect. 

Friday the day of his birthday we took him to the airport so he could fly to Iowa for the game. His Sooners won, and that made me even more excited that he was able to attend a game and truly do something that was fun for him. 



#27 cross off the list. See the full list here


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