21 Day Blogging Challenge: Our Christmas Adventures

We don’t travel often but when we do we always to try to do something that is super fun and we try to stay for at least a week wherever we go. This year we ended up in Colorado and Wyoming to visit family over the summer. I assumed those places would be cooler than what they were. In my mind it should be like 70* for the high. It was HOT! I was so disappointed, it was hot and sweaty and gross. To top it all off there was no wildlife whatsoever! We had fun but I was so disappointed in the weather and lack of wildlife that I did not want to ever go back lol!

When my mother approached me about renting a cabin for Christmas in Colorado I was hesitant. Colorado? Again? That was literally my answer to her. I was trying to be positive that Colorado would be fantastic in the winter but I did not want to go! So I put on a brave face and agreed to the trip. So here we are in Estes Park, Colorado….

I don’t regret it! The day after we got here it snowed! We don’t get much snow where we are from, so my kids were super excited! 🙂 It was a fun adventure into the Rocky Mountain National Park and shopping in town! I will continue to share our adventures this week for Christmas! It’s going to be a whirlwind but it has definitely changed my perspective on the state of Colorado lol!

I definitely recommend going to the Rocky Mountain National Park if you ever get a chance to go!

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Blog Challenge from https://votedooleynoted.wordpress.com/2018/09/27/21-day-blog-challenge/

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What hot toys are your kids asking for this year?

My kids watch YouTube videos whenever they are given time on their Ipads (which isn’t often lol). They are obsessed with the toy destruction videos or the unwrapping of toys… super boring right? My kids are making those YouTube kids millions of dollars (Ryan’s Toys Review). I want that kind of job lol, make millions videoing my kids unwrapping toys and playing with them? Yes, please!

Anyways, they are always asking throughout the year for whatever new toy those kids are playing with. I’m not sure what you played with when you were kids but some of the junk they ask for is insane. Toys are definitely not what they used to be. Let’s get real here, I still own several of my childhood toys and guess what? They are still in perfect shape after years of being played with and my kids now play with those toys and they don’t break. I bought a Buzz Lghtyear a couple years ago for my youngest and within two days the damn thing had quit working. Um, seriously? A $50 toy that works for less than 48 hours.

I’m that mom that refused to buy fidget spinners for my kids (boo on me, I know).

I’m also the mom that refuses to buy gadgets that are crazy expensive or things that make my kids lazy. (hover boards, the latest video games, etc.)

I’m also that mom that won’t let my kids play Fortnight or anything else that you have includes an online chatroom. Stranger danger, come on parents.

I’m the mom that gave my kids an Ipad (that we bought super cheap, long story lol) but only let them play with it for 2 hours a week.

In short, I am a mean mom. But I. don’t. freaking. care. Kid’s these days are lazy, ungrateful and don’t know the meaning of go play outside and use your imagination.

Luckily by the time they write their letters to Santa my boys didn’t ask for too crazy of things, they must be learning.  😉 I tell them if mom doesn’t approve then I will call Santa and tell him not to bring those toys. (insert maniacal laughter right here) They asked for some video games which is OK but there were a lot of Lego sets and actual fun toys that I don’t mind having Santa put under our tree. My middle son did go a little crazy and asked for $100 cash lol! Me too son, me too. Can Santa bring me cash for Christmas?

I want to hear it! What crazy, craziness did your kiddos ask for this year???

I love the website LoveMatters, they had a great story about a crazy wish list for Christmas! Definitely check it out, you will chuckle! 🙂

https://www.lovewhatmatters.com/after-spending-13-on-low-brow-tacos-my-wife-and-i-went-christmas-shopping-for-our-kids-this-was-our-date-for-the-month-this-is-parenthood-sexy/

Happy shopping parents!

Tis the Season to pretend to be Santa and the Elf on the Shelf!

Isn’t parenting fun?!? 😉

 

Here is my kids’ Christmas lists, they get to start them in November so they have time to add to them before we go writing Santa letters. Santa letters went out yesterday, the perks of living in a small town we have our own Santa mailbox and the kids get return letters. 🙂 (These are just the lists they made, they actually wrote different letters but I forgot to take pictures of them)

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My Favorite Christmas movies on Netflix!

I have been binge watching Christmas movies for about a month now on Netflix. There are so many to choose from! There are some that are super duper cheesy, then there are others that make you cry! 🙂 I love them all! The cheesy, you know what’s going to happen, romantic movies are my favorite. Here is my list of the best Christmas movies on Netflix in order of awesomeness. Get ready, get your hot cocoa and go binge watch some movies! 🙂

  1. White Christmas
  2. Holiday Inn
  3. Christmas Chronicles
  4. The Spirit Of Christmas
  5. The Grinch
  6. The Princess Switch
  7. Merry Kissmas
  8. Christmas Wedding Planner
  9. Coffeeshop
  10. Christmas Crush
  11. A Christmas Prince
  12. The Holiday Calendar
  13. A Christmas Prince: Royal Wedding
  14. Christmas Inheritance
  15. Dear Santa

 

I’m sure there are so many more that I haven’t gotten to yet! This is the time of year that I wish we had cable! Hallmark channel, I love you, I just can’t see you right now! LOL! 🙂 Sorry, it had to be said! We only have Netflix at our house but they have a plethora of things to watch. If you are bored check these out! If you have one that you absolutely love give me a shout I want to hear about it and add it to my list!

Merry Christmas and Happy Binge Watching 🙂

Review: Jialebi Bluetooth Headphones

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Bluetooth headphones are fantastic, easy to use and are great if you like to listen to music while exercising. My husband has been through a couple different pairs and he seems to enjoy them! I don’t ever really get a chance to use them, I’m the one who blares my music in the house for all to hear lol!

My husband however loves to use them when he runs, mows the lawn and when the football game is on and no one else is in the mood to watch it. They are handy to have around and being cordless is a big plus. This particular brand is found on Amazon. They are a great price and a pretty nice product. They are lightweight and are easy to use. They are waterproof to boot! It claims to have 15 hours of use between charging, but I didn’t test that out lol! I will take their word for it, they do last a pretty long time though.

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Being rechargeable is a must and these include a USB cord to charge them. It does not come with the plug box (for the cord) but so far no brand of headphones has come with a box. It comes with replaceable earbud covers which is nice in case you lose one or something happens to one of them. Overall, this is a great product and it is a reasonable price. Some bluetooth headphones on the market are pretty steep in price and I just can’t see spending a ton on them, especially with kids and animals in the house lol.

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The best thing about this brand of headphones is the fact that the entire thing is flexible. No breaking of the neckband or bending it on accident. My husband’s very first pair got snapped in half by our toddler lol. It was a bad day in our house when those got broken. But this pair is comfy, flexible and the sound quality is great. I was very impressed with these headphones and I highly recommend them.

You can check them out at Amazon!

Review: Garcinia Cambogia Weight Loss Gummies

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First of all it is very hard to review something if you have only been taking it for 20 days. So this is my honest opinion so far! I got these gummies because I have had the hardest time shedding the extra baby weight from 5 years ago lol. I have tried hard working out, eating right and cutting all of the bad crap from my diet. I just can’t seem to get rid of it.

The side effects from weight loss supplements scare me. I am always concerned about the what-ifs of anything that I might be taking. I always triple check ingredients and make sure it has nothing in it that I might be allergic to. Yes, I am that person who has drug allergies. It sucks. But I was excited to see a supplement that was claiming to be all-natural. It peaked my interest and the reviews were decent. On went my crazy researching and the results were scary.

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Liver failure, low blood sugar, can react to allergy medicines, diarrhea, etc… The list goes on and on. It was different with each website I scrolled through. With this not being an FDA approved drug, I wasn’t sure if anything I was reading was legit because let’s face it the internet lies. I don’t care what website you are on it could be faked. There is no honest truths in this world anymore. But the things I was reading scared me enough that I honestly didn’t take it.

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The thing that made me the most nervous was the fact that you shouldn’t take it if you are taking any kind of allergy medicine. I have the most terrible allergies and take not 1 but 2 different allergy medicines daily. Controlling those allergies are way more important to me than losing weight. So knowing that I didn’t actually take it may turn you away but that’s OK. It’s your life and if you want to try out this supplement then go ahead. Check it out, the links are below as well as the links that I found the side effects. But like it says on the bottle, check with your Dr before starting any kind of new supplement.

The price is great compared to the others on the market. It smells really good, a great pineapple flavored smell. They list what it is contained in the gummies which is the Garcinia Cambogia (a plant) and just the things needed to make it the form of a gummy. I can’t honestly give my opinion on whether or not they work, that is for you to decide.

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The links to what I was reading.

WebMD
Rxlist
Healthline

There are so many more! I just googled the name of the supplement. The more you know! 🙂

Thanks for reading and good luck on your weight loss journey! 

Namaste! 🙂 

Elf on the Shelf is back at it again….

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? Do you often wish that it would go away permanently. Do you tend to forget said Elf and then wake in a panicked state when you realize you forgot to move the damn thing again?

That was me last year.. I was constantly forgetting to move it and then I would quickly get down stairs before the kids awoke to do something silly with it. There were a few nights that I was actually prepared for it and it turned out awesome. I am way better prepared for it this year, thank you Pinterest.  I have actually printed off some letters and pre-cut out items and purchased items for the shenanigans that our little Luigi will be getting into this year.

This year is tough though! We will vacationing in Colorado for a week and the Elf has to go with us. My creative juices are already flowing but if you have any great ideas I would love to see them! 🙂

I would love to see your ELF! 🙂

This is what our little Luigi has been up to so far this year!

 

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More shenanigans to come…..

 

 

 

“When Through Deep Waters” ~Rachelle Dekker~ Review

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Author:

The oldest daughter of New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker, Rachelle Dekker was inspired early on to discover truth through the avenue of storytelling. She writes full time from her home in Nashville, where she lives with her husband, Daniel, and their diva cat Blair.

Connect with Rachelle online at her website (www.rachelledekker.com) or on any of these social media platforms:

Facebook.com/rachelledekkerauthor

Instagram.com/rachelle_dekker

Twitter.com/rachelledekker

Synopsis:

Alicen McCaffrey finally has the life her mother always dreamed for her: beautiful home in Santa Monica, successful husband, adorable daughter. Then tragedy blows her carefully assembled façade to pieces. Worse yet—Alicen feels solely responsible. At rock bottom, she decides to accompany a childhood friend back to Red Lodge, Montana, where they spent summers together as kids.

The peaceful mountain landscape, accented with lush forests and small-town charm, brings back happy memories of time spent with her beloved, eccentric Grandma Josephine. Alicen begins to hope that perhaps things could be different here. Perhaps the oppressive guilt will lift—if only for a moment.

But when Alicen starts hearing voices and seeing mysterious figures near the river in the woods, she begins to fear she’s completely lost her sanity, as it’s rumored her grandmother did. Or might there be more to Red Lodge than meets the eye? Could the voices and visions be real—and her only means of finding the healing she so desperately needs? Or will they prove to be her final undoing?

Review:

This book is so sad! It starts you right off with the death of Alicen’s daughter. Poor Alicen has lost her daughter and her husband has left her, what is she to do with her life? What would you do? I would be so devastated and honestly don’t know how I would handle losing everything that is important in your life. The first chapter is pretty gripping. It really sucks you in, but it loses momentum pretty quickly.

It is an interesting book but it moves very slowly. It is like reading a story within a story within a story. Yes there are that many stories and I didn’t just accidentally repeat myself lol. You have the story of what Alicen is dealing with in the here and now, you have the story of her grandmother, the story of her mother and how she failed her, and then finally the story of Victoria. There is so much going on and so many different directions that the story is going it is hard to keep track of it all.

I wasn’t really sure how I felt about this book at first. I was actually terrified to read it because I knew that her daughter died and as a mother that is heart-wrenching and I can’t imagine that happening. When I read the part where she loses her daugher, I cried. I cried like a little baby, because it is so sad and it was an accident that could easily happen to any one of us. Pool drownings happen more often that we would like to think about. My kids spend a lot of time in the pool and this just made me nauseous at the thought of something like this happening. Unfortunately, this is the only gripping part of the book. It takes a turn for the slow and boring after the first chapter. Super disappointing when a certain part can affect you so violently but there is no continuation of the feeling. I was hoping for more from this book.

If you would like to check it out, you can find it on AMAZON.

“A Cordial Killing” ~Vikki Walton~

Author:

Born in Chicago, Vikki lived outside of Paris for a few years as a small child. That may account for her love of travel. She spent much of her youth growing up in Schertz, a tiny town outside of San Antonio. Vikki’s first words were “I get it!” This attitude became her life-long mantra to always go after what she wants. It also helped her realize her desire to help others get what they really want out of life.Vikki became a Work Quilter™ combining her many passions to create multiple income streams. She started speaking and teaching adults on myriad topics.
You’ll most often find Vikki hiking with her dog, out in her garden, traveling abroad, or writing her next book. She divides her time between Colorado Springs and her numerous homes around the world. Okay, so they’re not really her homes, since she’s a house and pet sitter, but she always wanted to include that in her bio. And so she did.

Synopsis:

Anne is excited for the opening of the Brandywine Inn. Kandi and Hope are her partners in the bed-and-breakfast in Carolan Springs, Colorado, where they also provide homesteading and herbal workshops for guests.

As soon as the guests arrive, it’s plain that the five old college chums have bad blood between them. When Anne finds a threatening note, it’s clear that someone is out for revenge. Then they find a guest dead. At first, the death appears to be natural, but suspicions begin to grow.

When a blizzard threatens the Inn, will it trap them all with a killer and no way out?

Cordial Killing is a classic who-dun-it with a twist. Set in the fictional small town of Carolan Springs, you will enjoy an armchair getaway into beautiful Colorado.

Review:

The prologue was the most exciting part of the book lol! She definitely had my attention when I first began but I had a really rough time getting into this book once I passed the prologue. It sounded really interesting to me and I am a huge fan of murder-mystery. There are so many characters! The first few pages of the book is a list of names and what part they play within the story. That is all well and good but once I began the story I kept having to go back to that character page just to try to figure out who I was reading about. This becomes difficult when you are reading on your Kindle app on your phone. It would be completely different if I was holding the book in my hands.

I gave it a good try, but I was so confused by the first chapter that I became disinterested. I hate when this happens because then it all becomes a blur and you can’t remember what you just read, so you have to start the page or chapter all over again. Yea, this was my situation and it continued through most of the book. Finally by about half way through the characters obviously became more familiar and I was able to power through it and finish the book. (I’m no quitter lol)

Overall, an okay book. Decent characters and the story was interesting. I didn’t read the first book in this series so that may have been why I had such a hard time with all the characters. But if the first book has that many characters I think I’ll pass on reading it. I would definitely recommend reading the first book The Chicken Culprit first before reading this book.

If you want to check it out, it is on AMAZON.

 

Alpaca My Bags by Violet Patton GIVEAWAY TIME! ♥

Alpaca My Bags: Dying to Leave the Oasis (A Desert Oasis Cozy Mystery Book 1) by Violet Patton

Cozy Mystery

First in Series

Amazon Digital Services (December 1st, 2018)

231 pages

Digital ASIN: B07JX5WHB5

At it on GOODREADS!

Murder? Romance? Intrigue? The Desert Oasis runs rampant with gossip and secrets.

Sweetie Bastard told Hunny Bunny—pack your bags we’re moving to lovely Tucson, Arizona. She didn’t have a choice. He sold her house and bought a park model online sight unseen in the Desert Oasis 55 plus community.

The park was more asphalt than oasis—hot—dry—terrible.

The trailer was a wreck. No air-conditioning. No beautiful view of the San Francisco Bay.

There’s an Arizona room to build. A golf cart to buy. Dances, crafts and funerals to attend.

Bunny agrees to take water aerobics. She hates water.

First lesson—the park’s ladies’ man athletic director was found weighed down and dead at the bottom of the swimming pool. Who killed philandering Dan? And why?

The last tenant in their new home, Wanda, left behind her clothes, knickknacks and dishes. The place gives her the willies. Bunny can’t stand an unsolved mystery, and she’ll dig deep and wide to solve Wanda’s case.

Download Alpaca My Bags today. Will Bunny agree to live happily ever after in the Oasis, or will she make Sweetie Bastard move to posh Scottsdale?

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About the author

I grew up in Arkansas, just a few miles from Louisiana. Violet Patton was a grandmother. I took her name as a pen name in her honor. She didn’t read much and when she did it was True Confessions magazine. She married a man twice her age at 18 and she did not have romance in her life, but she longed for it. She was tough, picking cotton, milking cows and tending a garden to keep her family alive. Behind her toughness was a sweet tenderness which showed through her beautiful blue eyes. Now as I age, I miss her more and more. Her photograph graces my desk, and I often ask for her advice or read my stories aloud to her. I can hear her laugh as I read my stories and I remember that spirit she never lost despite her adversities.

Thank you for giving me everything you had.

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