How to Eat Healthy during the Holidays

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sam’s Club. The opinions and text are all mine.
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Eating Healthy During the Holidays
Awe man, sometimes there’s nothing I want more than a big piece of chocolate cake, but after three kids, it doesn’t always agree with the waist line. Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and that’s a whole food story on its own. In this house, we try to eat healthy at least 80% of the time. The other 20% we are not 100% eating healthy, but that’s okay. This is how we roll in our household with healthy eating, during the holidays, like Thanksgiving.

#1. A Cheat Meal *Once in a While* is Okay

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Stocking Stuffers and Teacher’s Gifts

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ShopatHome. All opinions are my own. You can read my full disclosure here.

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Crazy 8 – Great Gift Ideas Plus 2 Giveaways!!

Disclosure: This post and giveaway are sponsored by Crazy 8. All opinions and text are my own.

Crazy 8 is my favorite brand of clothes that I have bought for my kids for years. Not only have I always been pleased with the quality, but each collection includes pieces that coordinate together, and the prices are always great. Plus, as my tween daughter got older it became harder and harder to find clothes that still looked like a little girl. I know I can always shop at Crazy 8 and find clothes that are both fashionable for her age, without making her look older than necessary.

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As the holiday season is upon us, Crazy 8 is a gr8 place to find holiday gifts that kids love—from stocking stuffers to gifts under $25! Last week I shopped online at and got incredible deals on the cutest clothes. The entire shopping experience was so easy. With 3 kids, homeschooling, and running a home based business I just don’t have time to shop in stores very often. I was able to place my order online without any problems and received my package just a couple of days later. I’m so excited to share a couple of outfits with you.


First, I’d just like to go on record as saying that I have a new respect for people who photograph children. Trying to get all three kids to smile at the same time was just about impossible. This is my oldest, she turned 12 last week. Shopping for her is a little bit of a challenge because she is a sporty girl and doesn’t like anything that is super girly. I found these super cute skinny jeans that fit her perfectly and a long sleeve tee that said Merry & Bright. It was such a cute outfit and will be perfect during the Holiday Season.


My fun loving middle is the most hilarious child! This is my favorite outfit as it suits him perfectly. I paired  jeans with a long sleeved “AWESOME” t-shirt and then layered with a plaid shirt.


If these smiles are any indication, they were very happy with momma’s shopping selections.


There were just no smiles today from our littlest one, but she was captivated by the Christmas tree. Her shirt is much like big sis except it says Happy & Bright. These Fair Isle leggings are super thick and warm perfect for cold winter days. I bought her a couple of other shirts and a pair of red leggings that will all coordinate together. I had planned on taking a picture with her in each outfit, but if you had seen the fit that this girl pitched when I changed her clothes you’d understand why we stopped at one.

You can find great gifts for any kid on your list at Crazy 8 at fabulous prices. Take a look around and see what you can find because……………we’ve got a surprise for you!

Crazy 8 has given us a $100 Crazy 8 gift card to give away to one reader. Follow the rafflecopter giveaway steps below to enter, then scroll down to the bottom of the post for instructions on how to enter the second giveaway.

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Giveaway 2: Crazy 8 is hosting a #Crazy8Kid sweepstakes (11/9-12/4), giving away a Crazy 8 $88 gift card to a fan each week. Crazy8 wants you to share how your #Crazy8Kid jumps for joy this holiday season!

Follow these easy steps to enter:  

  • Take a picture of your #Crazy8Kid jumping for joy
  • Add the following hashtags to your entry: #Crazy8Kid and #Crazy8KidSweepstakes
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DIY Water Balloon Flip-Flops


Dollar Tree has a summer collection of colorful flip-flop that would be perfect for this DIY!  Does anyone wear anything but flip-flops in the Summer? We spend so much time at the pool, or out playing in the sprinkler in our backyard that flip-flops are our regular attire. For a crafting project, I thought it would be fun for my daughter and I to decorate a pair of flip-flops. What better place to go shopping than Dollar Tree, where we can take advantage of their incredible already low prices during their Summer Fun flip-flop frenzy?

Flip-Flop Frenzy Details:

  • Flip-flops are available in solid colors (blue, black, pink, lime, turquoise, yellow, purple, and orange), as well as colorful patterns and styles. Colors and styles vary by store.
  • Flip-flops are available in men’s, women’s, and children’s sizes.
  • Also check out colorful Summer Fun housewares, party supplies, and toys.

After seeing so many different fun flip-flop crafts on Pinterest, my daughter and I settled on water balloon flip-flops. I’m not super-duper crafty, so I wanted to make sure we didn’t bite off more than we could chew.

Water balloon flip-flops are fun, easy and inexpensive to make. I’ve included the supply list and details below.

What you need:

  • flip-flops
  • 1 to 2 packs of water balloons

You’ll want to begin on one end of the flip-flop. First, gently stretch the balloon, then tie tightly in a double knot. Alternating the direction of each balloon, continue until the straps are covered. Make sure to tie balloons closely together. You can follow a color pattern or change it up, depending on your preference.

You’ll have lots and lots of water balloons left over for fun summer water balloon fights. You could probably get away with one pack, however I went ahead and grabbed two just in case. Even so, I ran out of green balloons quickly. My kids are already planning a water balloon fight this afternoon after they finish their school work.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dollar Tree via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.

Great Savings on RO*TEL at Walmart!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #JustAddRotel #CollectiveBias


Great Savings on RO*TEL at Walmart!

Are you creating a big snacking spread for the Big Tournament? Looking for ways to spice up game day and save money at the same time? #JustAddRotel is the perfect way to spice up your favorite recipes. From guacamole to pot roast sliders, adding a can of RO*TEL makes a traditional game day recipe into something extraordinary. Click here to print a Walmart coupon where you buy 3 cans of RO*TEL, you will get 1 can free!

Hurry, this coupon expires on April 6th and is only while supplies last!

Be sure to look for RO*TEL in either the Pasta or Hispanic aisle in Walmart!



This RO*TEL coupon deal ends April 6th (while supplies last) so download and use it today!

Burlington Stores Spring Shopping Spree

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I don’t know about you, but I love buying new clothes. Since I just had a baby 4 months ago, I haven’t quite gotten back into my clothes so I needed to pick up a couple of new tops for Spring. When I was approached by Burlington Stores to highlight 2015 ladies Spring fashion trends I was super excited! Not only could I pick up a couple of new pieces for my Spring wardrobe, but with Burlington’s fabulous prices (up to 65% off of retail price) I’d get more bang for my money!



After church on Sunday, my hubby, 3 kids, and I loaded up to head to Burlington stores. Shopping with three kids is always an adventure, but it’s the season of life I’m in right now that I’m fully embracing. Thankfully, everyone cooperated and we were in and out of the store in record time. Nothing can make you shop faster than a hungry 4 month old baby.

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Specifically, I was looking for some of the 2015 ladies spring fashion trends -prints, florals, boho, white with a pop of color, color block, blush. I found four tops that I loved along with a floral scarf. The retail price for all the items was $252, but Burlimgton’s price was only $102.95. That’s a savings of 59%! WOW!! My favorite top is the gray tunic with floral scarf. I love the material, how it fits, and the pop of color that the scarf adds.

I wish I could take you on a shopping trip with me, but since that’s impossible I created a virtual shopping video so I could show you what I found. I apologize in advance for all the wind noise at the beginning of the video, it was so windy here in Tennessee yesterday. Plus, my local Burlington store was so packed full of shoppers we had to video in the baby section. Shout out to my amazing kiddos who were so good while mommy shopped and made the video!

Did you know that Burlington is committed to educating women about the importance of their heart health through their annual Red Dress Event in partnership with the national non-profit, WomenHeart, as heart disease is the leading cause of death in women.

  • Customers can donate $1 or more at checkout to support women’s heart health through March 31st
  • And for every dress purchased throughout the campaign, Burlington will donate $1, up to $25,000 to support WomenHeart whose mission is to educate and support women living with heart disease.

Don’t you want to go shopping after seeing these deals? Click here to locate a Burlington store near you.

Burlington Stores sponsored this blog post.  The opinions and text are all mine.

Saving for a SUNNY DAY #mysunnyday

Most of us have heard the importance of saving for a “rainy day.” We’ve always been intentional with our money.I am so thankful for our “rainy day” savings as a couple of years ago when my husband experienced three layoffs within five years. Having gone through that, we KNOW the importance of saving for those “rainy day,” or in our case “rainy years.” There will always be unexpected expenses. For me, having money in savings means peace of mind. It’s important to us to reestablish our savings as we slowly get back on our feet and recover from those years. Our goal is to have a 6 month emergency fund in our savings account. In order for us to accomplish this, we have to be intentional to put money in our savings account. [Read more...]

Barissimo Premium Coffee at ALDI and a Giveaway!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ALDI. All opinions are my own. You can read my full disclosure here.

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Since many of you are fans of premium coffee, I wanted to let you know about ALDI’s new premium coffee line. Recently, ALDI rolled out their new Barissimo premium coffee. A number of Beaumont Coffee products will transition to the new Barissimo brand in early 2015 but the product taste and pricing remain the same. The line features nine bagged and single serve coffee items, along with additional seasonal and Special Buy items that will be available for a limited time.

From the looks of this picture, the new Barissimo brand is very popular at my local ALDI.

The following items are now sold under the Barissimo brand: 
  • Ready-to-drink Iced Coffees (French Vanilla, Mocha and Coffee) – $1.19
  • Whole Bean Coffee (Morning Roast and Donut Store) – $3.99
  • Fair Trade Coffee (Medium and Dark Roast) – $3.99
  • Donut Store Ground Coffee – $3.99
  • 12 oz. Bag Coffee (Breakfast Blend, House Blend, and French Roast) – $3.99
  • Assorted Flavored Coffee (French Vanilla and Hazelnut) – $4.99
  • Flavored Coffee Cups (French Vanilla and Hazelnut) – $4.79
  • Regular Roast Coffee Cups (Breakfast and Donut) – $4.79
  • Specialty Roast Coffee Cups (Fair Trade Colombian and Dark Roast) – $4.79
Prices based on retails on 1/7/2015. Prices subject to change and may vary by store location. Click here to find an ALDI store closest to you! 

ENTER TO WIN a three-month’s supply of Barissimo coffee and a $25 ALDI gift certificate. 

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