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Date: Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 06:00

Hey y’all! Some of you may recall that I attended a Cricut event awhile back and had the chance to do some crafting with their amazing Cricut Explore that just launched this year. Crafters everywhere are high-fiving, feeling newly creative because of this awesome machine. And guess what y’all? I’m super duper thrilled to be able to give one away to one lucky reader!

Cricut Explore giveaway

If you are not yet familiar with all the neat things the Cricut Explore can do, you have got to watch the videos and check it out. It’s crazy what it can cut and how intricate it can get with details.

I’ve been working with a team of talented bloggers over the last few months as part of a competition Cricut is hosting called Design Space Star. We have an amazing group and each month we pick a theme for our projects for the competition. Unfortunately, my participation has been minimal because of the year I’ve had but I have to say, I’m feeling excited now that things are slowing down a bit on the home-front. I can’t wait to share some fun projects with you, using the Cricut Explore. Together, with all the other fabulous ladies, we are giving away this awesome machine to one lucky reader!

Be sure to visit all of these talented bloggers of our team:

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You’re already here visiting me! WOOHOO!
Lindi with Love The Day
Michelle with 4 Men 1 Lady
Kami with NoBiggie
Amy with Pink Parlor Designs
Rebecca with The Crafted Sparrow
Kim with Today’s Creative Blog
Crystal with A Pumpkin and A Princess

Use the widget below to enter! Good Luck to you all!

Cricut Explore Giveaway

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Date: Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 04:38

Who has football fever y’all?! Many thanks to Sam’s Club for sponsoring today’s story and getting me ready for tailgating! WOOHOO!  This is a bittersweet season for me to be honest with ya.  Both of my oldest boys have graduated high school so I no longer have them to watch on Friday nights.  I’m excited for football season but sad I won’t be seeing either of them play out on that field anymore.  I still have Truett to look forward to later on but for now, I’m just gonna have to focus on college and the pros.

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I’m getting my Sam’s Club Tailgating on and loading the basket with all the essentials needed to tailgate at the game and at home!  When you’re feeding these big guys on Thursday, Sunday, and Monday during football games, you gotta shop at Sam’s Club for just about everything, even your tailgating essentials! If you don’t have a membership,  get one.  It’s worthy every cent, especially on the weekends when you can eat samples! HA!!

As all of America knows, football is HUGE in Texas and if you’re living in my neck of the woods, then you’re rootin’ for the ol’ Texas Longhorns.

Tailgating in Texas

You really don’t need much to tailgate in Texas but here are a few must-haves!

  • Portable Grill – Throw on the burgers, sausage, and buffalo wings and chow down on some good ol’ grub! Don’t forget the Kingsford Charcoal!
  • Paper Plates - Well this is a big ol’ duh!
  • Canopy – Tailgating is an all day thing so protecting yourself from the sun is always a good idea!
  • Ranch dressing and KC Masterpiece Barbecue Sauce – OH YEAH!!!  We put these on everything ’round here!

Everyone else is gonna bring the meat and coolers of drinks so you just make sure and have these, and you’ll surely when player of the party.

Tailgating at Home

Sometimes we just prefer to ‘tailgate’ in the comfort of our homes so don’t worry now, I’ve got you covered too!   Here are more Sam’s Club Tailgating must-haves if you’re staying at home:

  • Slow Cooker – Because we want to watch the game, not be cooking all day.
  • Velveeta – Really y’all?  A football game without Velveeta Cheese dip is like playing football without a football.
  • Cooler – Fill that thing up and sit it by your sofa!
  • TV and Surround Sound - If you’re a die hard football fan, you just gotta have the goods to watch it on.

So I’m curious, what are your Sam’s Club tailgating essentials?  And do you prefer at home or do you tailgate like a pro?

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Date: Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 17:15

Denver Broncos Fan Gear

It’s Fall. It’s football season. This year is all about the Denver Broncos, for me at least.  While I do still love & support our Texas based teams, the Cowboys and Texans, I’m rooting one of my other favorite teams on this year, the Denver Broncos. Wearing orange and blue is not just a fashion statement, but absolute must every Sunday. It kills my husband to bring a little bit of Broncos Country to our home but a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!  W enjoy some football food and for this team, some jello shooters, while we sip a little sweet tea as we watch them play great football week after week. This year’s Superbowl is going to have the Broncos in it – just watch and see! I’m excited to pick up some new fan gear this year to show my Denver Broncos pride!

 

Denver Broncos Fan Gear

NFL Denver Broncos Stop Sign $4.83

NFL Denver Broncos Auto Emblem $9.83

100 Things Broncos Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (100 Things…Fans Should Know) $8.69

Denver Broncos NFL Zippered Bottle Cover $5.95

Limited Edition NFL Ladies Denver Broncos Tailgate Tee $29.99

Denver Broncos Orange Sport Utility Gloves $4.25

Official NFL Denver Broncos 6 Quart Crock-pot $97.99

NFL Denver Broncos Deluxe 68-inch Grill Cover $39.56

Denver Broncos Corner Blitz Long Sleeve Shirt $29.95

NFL Denver Broncos Snack Helmet $55.65

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Date: Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 10:00

Technology and super cool gadgets consume our world today. We can use this technology to access a tons of knowledge and entertainment with a simple swipe of our finger.  LOVE this! Don’t y’all??!!!
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Apple’s iPad is such a versatile device that can be used for endless things; cooking in the kitchen with today’s cool recipe apps, college kids, reading, drawing, and the list goes on. The iPad mini just makes it all even more awesome because of its compact size! My son chose the iPad Mini and doesn’t have a single regret. He likes having a size that is compact and easy to carry. Thanks to all the cool accessories out there, he even turned it into a laptop.

As the Apple site states: iPad mini with Retina display lets you do more than you ever imagined. Feature for feature, it’s identical to iPad Air in every way. Except for its super-portable, hold-it-in-one-hand, still-just-right mini size.

There are also TONS of apps that you can download for countless purposes–from business to fun to everything in between. The iPad mini is truly a fantastic product!

And…

We are giving one away!!!

The 411 on the 32 GB iPad mini Giveaway

Who?

You, of course!

Note: giveaway is open to the Continental US, Hawaii, and Alaska. Ages 18+.

What?

ONE – 32 GB iPad mini

When?

Giveaway will be open from September 2, 2014 – September 30, 2014. Winner will be chosen at random on or about October 6, 2014. If winner does not respond within 48 hours, an alternate winner will be chosen. Please read more about giveaway terms here.

How?

To have a chance to win the 32 GB iPad mini – all you are required to do is leave a comment below telling us what you would use the ipad mini for if you won!! The rest is up to fate! ;)

All other tasks are optional to increase your chances of winning.

This giveaway is sponsored by:

Moms of Faith
A Cowboy’s Wife
This Roller Coaster Called Life
Tech Savvy Mama
That Bald Chick
The Bright Side of Reality
Run to Radiance
Mom Foodie

Disclaimer: Apple is not affiliated with this ipad mini giveaway or its sponsors. Prize is being provided by sponsors mentioned above.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Date: Saturday, 30 Aug 2014 00:17

I’m excited to have recently partnered up with Delta Faucet to share my HappiMess, and hopefully you’ll share your #HappiMess too!  If you do, you can enter to win an amazing Delta Kitchen & Bath prize package valued at over $2400!  Oh, now you’re listening huh!
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Sometimes a mess just happens.  It might be intentional or accidental but there are actually some good things that can come from them, aka, a HappiMess!  You might know Delta because of there sophisticated, innovative kitchen & bathroom hardware but this initiative they are pushing, shows a different side.  There are so many times we make memories in the kitchen but tend to worry about the mess we’re making.  Delta Faucet wants to change that!  They are challenging you to embrace the HappiMess and share it with others.  Messy moments united y’all! HOORAH!

One of my most recent examples of a #HappiMess, is when me and my friend Shelby spent an entire day preparing 30 days worth of meals!

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Oh my goodness, if you could have seen the mess we had going on!  It was worth it though because we had over 40 meals and a freezer full of easy cooking.

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So tell me folks, are you ready to share your HappiMess with Delta and enter for a chance to win a prize package of over $2400?  OH YEAH!!!!!  If you guys are into social media, be sure and use the #HappiMess hashtag too so I can watch for your story!  Until the next HappiMess………

“Why do people treat mess like it’s a bad thing? It’s actually the evidence of a life well lived. When you’re out there making, creating, doing and playing, embrace your #HappiMess and let Delta kitchen and bath innovations help clean up so you can do it all again tomorrow.”

“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Delta via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Delta.”

 

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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 18:04

In Texas, you go big or you go home!  As the football season rolls in, so do new fashion trends.  Well, actually, here in Texas, we kinda just create our own trends.  There was a time though, when women only wore cowgirl boots on the ranch, to rodeos (with jeans), or long dresses.  Today, everyone has their own style and the ladies ain’t afraid to wear boots with jeans, skirts, shorts, and well, just about anything y’all!

Country Outfitter Cowgirl Cross Boots for Women

Country Outfitter‘s tagline is “We Know Country” and while they have a large variety to suit all sorts of styles, they definitely know southern women!

Wearing athletic shoes to football games are long gone my friends.  Now, we get all gussied up to show our team pride and whether that’s with your team’s colors, your favorite player’s football number, or adding a little yeehaw in your step, it makes no difference! We love to support our players with cheers and hopefully a whole lot of stompin’!

Here are three ways for you to show your football team just how much you love them!

1. Gameday Boots with Team Logo

Gameday Dallas Cowboys Boots at Country OutfitterGameday Texas Longhorns Boots at Country Outfitter

 

Who cares how Dallas is playing, as long as you can wear these boots!  And these Texas Longhorn Gameday Boots are chic!  Gameday boots are quite popular and that’s because there’s just something awesome about showing your team pride when you walk into those stands.   Now if only I could find Abilene Christian University, where my son attends!  GO WILDCATS!

Maybe you want to show spirit with just colors and no logos?  Not a problem y’all.

2. Gameday Boots that are Team Colors

Gameday Texas Tech Boots at Country Gameday Texas Longhorns Boots at Country

Just get red cowgirl boots to show your love for Texas Tech or maybe the Arizona Cardinals, and orange and brown for Washington Redskins or again, the Longhorns.  Buying a boot without logos will allow for more versatile use.

3. Pick Your Pair and Just Wear It

If gameday boots aren’t your thing, just a pick a pair you love and throw on a football shirt, then you’re good to go.  A huge thanks to Kelsi for being such a beautiful model for my own favorite pair of boots!

Country Outfitter Boots

Sometimes it’s just about good ol’ Texas fun and just putting on whatever makes you happy…..happy at a game, happy at church, or happy out dancing the night away.

Country Outfitter Boots and Football Fun

Don’t let boots intimidate you.  Boots are a fashion trend that has always been and will always be.  If you can’t go big, then you need to go home ’cause today’s boots are big, especially here in Texas, and are made to be shown off.

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Disclosure: Compensation and product was provided for my time & efforts to create this post. All opinions are my own, always. 

 

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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 10:00

There is something about electronics that make me squeal with nerd noises!  Some gals love jewelry, some love clothes, but I love technology.  This Epson LW-600P LabelWorks label maker is dreamy and all tech’d up with innovative features!  And, it’s mobile y’all! **nerd rockets of excitement shooting off everywhere**

Epson LW-600P

So first off, you’ll see that the size is definitely quite mobile.  It’s light, fits in my hand easily, and can run off AA batteries.

Epson LW-600P size

You’ll need to open up and put them tape in, which is seriously the easiest thing I’ve ever ‘installed’.  You’ll also need to download the Epson iLabel app as well.  Use either the AC adapter or batteries and turn it on.  When turned on, you’ll need to go to your mobile device’s settings and turn on bluetooth to connect to the Epson iLabel app.  The bluetooth light will blink on the unit until it has paired. When paired, it will stay solid blue.

Epson LW-600P tape

Once you’re all linked up, you’re ready to make a label.  As you can see below, you have a choice on what you want to make.  I chose original label but did play with the QR code later.  When you click on original label, you’ll see the bottom left picture setup.  You can choose your font, size, alignment, etc.  You’ll be able to add frames, clipart, photos, or even your own handwriting.  It can do soooo much y’all!  I kept it simple for review purposes.  I picked the little icon and put FALCON since we are the only ones at the school with that name.  I wanted to put this on his backpack so that teachers or students would know exactly who it belongs to.   It literally took a couple of minutes to make the label, and that’s with it being my first time!  Easy peasy y’all!

Epson LW-600P App Pics

When you’re happy with your design, you simply click the green print button at the bottom center.  It prints FAST! It has an automatic cutter too.

Epson LW-600P Label

I peeled the back off the label, laid it down on the backpack, placed a washcloth over the label and heated it up with my iron for a few seconds.  It worked perfectly and looks great!   And don’t panic, there are all sorts of tape available to suit your needs!

Epson LabelWorks Tape

 

Epson LW-600P on backpack

I haven’t had a chance to play with the QR code much but plan too.  Here is so more info that might intrigue you!

  • Wireless
  • Handwriting mode
  • Prints up to a 1 inch label
  • Compatible with a variety of tapes, including iron-on, glow in the dark, metallic reflective, and ribbons.
  • Speech-to-text voice transcription and printing (neato!)
  • In-app storage of created label for future use
  • import of crustom graphics such as symbols, logos, and photographs to copy & paste onto labels for a more professional look or just to personalize.
  • Creation of QR code labels for content sharing or barcode labels for inventory management, which can be scanned by third-part QR/barcode apps!  Two I recommend checking out are ScanLife and Stkr.it.

You can download the Epson iLabel app on IOS and Android.  The " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Epson LW-600P LabelWorks Label Maker will run at about $100 bucks, and in my opinion, is worth the money.

Disclosure: Epson provided me with a review sample so that I could give you guys my honest opinion on the product.  Opinions are my own, always. 

 

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Date: Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 10:00

Sleep – who needs it? Well, actually, we all do. Everyone here in my house knows that if I haven’t slept good through the night, you do NOT want to talk to me in the mornings. Really though, sleep is vital to our health so I’m gonna share MY tips for a great night’s sleep and how to enter to win a heavenly mattress set from Havertys during their HUGE Labor Day sale!

  1. BED - One of the most important pieces of a good sleep is your mattress. My dad always said to spend good money on your shoes and your mattress because you spend much of your life in either/or. You can enter to win a mattress at Havertys until September 1st. (more on that below)
  2. SHEETS – A good sheet set can really make a difference. When purchasing, keep a couple of things in mind; feel and temperature. You don’t want sheets that pill or ones that make you hot.
  3. PILLOW - Finding a great pillow can be a challenge so be patient. And I have found, that the higher end pillows aren’t always the best. Keep your receipts, remembering the terms on when you can return, and try your pillow out for a bit. When you think you have found a good one, I highly suggest stocking up!
  4. ENVIRONMENT - Are you one of those that keep the rest of the house clean but your room is a mess? Uh huh…me too. I have found that going to bed in a clean room can make a world of difference. There is something about walking into a clean room with a bed that is made with fresh, clean sheets! Seriously, try it and see what I’m talking about!
  5. NIGHTLY ROUTINE – A good night’s sleep doesn’t start when your head hits the pillow y’all. Everything that leads up to that, totally affects how well you sleep. I try not to eat (or drink too much) after a certain time and I do something that allows my mind to decompress from the day; reading, a bath, or just sitting outside enjoying the stars.

If you’re looking for a new mattress but maybe can’t buy one just yet, you can always enter to win a mattress y’all! Havertys is giving a TEMPUR-pedic Mattress Queen Cloud Supreme Mattress Set away that retails at $2,699!! HOLY COW, ain’t that a sweet sleep deal! It’s as simple as an online entry form to enter. Just in case you’ve been slacking in your social media skillzzzz, here’s a list of all the places you can find Havertys online! This will be useful because you earn additional entries by using their contest hashtag #HavertysYawn Also, using that same hashtag, you can join in on the fun twitter party they’ll be having on August 27th at 1pm EST!!

​​Let me know what tips you guys have too and let me know if you enter! I’d love to see one of my readers win such a great prize! Good luck y’all!

Visit http://www.havertys.com/ to enter the TEMPUR-pedic conetst for your chance to win a TEMPUR-pedic Mattress!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Havertys. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Date: Friday, 15 Aug 2014 10:30

I don’t know about all colleges but Toby’s college, Abilene Christian University, requires an iPad for classes.  Toby already had an iPad Mini but since it was something that would be consistently used for class, he wanted a keyboard.  There are tons of keyboard cases out there but nothing as sleek & dependable as the Clamcase Pro Keyboard Case.

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It looks just like a laptop doesn’t it?!  The Clamcase Pro can adjust to 3 positions thanks to the 360′ hinge; the standard laptop position like above, the touchscreen position, and the tablet position.

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The case is tough too!  It has an aluminum enclosure and polycarbonate shell that make it mega durable…perfect for a college student!  It has a full QWERTY Keyboard that is slightly elevated, which makes it very comfortable.  Clamcase Keyboard Case3

You’ll find that the lithium-ion battery will allow for months of use on just ONE charge. Now that’s awesome!  The Clamcase Pro has Auto wake and sleep and bluetooth connectivity.  There’s even feet on the bottom of the case so that it’s not sliding around everywhere.  If we had to find a flaw, it would be the weight.  It does make your iPad heavier but for us, it’s worth it for the added protection.

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Toby is pretty impressed, expressing how sharp it is.  Me and Toby both agree that the Clamcase Pro Keyboard Case is worth the $129 price tag.  He may end up using this way more than his laptop! If that happens, I may steal his laptop ’cause I’m due for one!

Clamcase Keyboard Case

 

 

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Date: Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 10:00

Have you guys heard of CoSchedule?  OMYCOW! This social media editorial calendar is the most useful tool I’ve ever had as a blogger.  I was using another editorial calendar but man, it does NOT even compare to what this puppy can do.  Thank you Trisha for sharing this bit of awesomeness that will help simplify my job!

CoSchedule

First off, you can use this in your blog dashboard, or stand alone at the CoSchedule website.  HELLLOOOO!! Already coolness y’all.   It’s so easy to use.  You’ll first need to connect all your social media networks.  It takes not time to do.  With Pinterest, you’ll have to connect each board you think you’ll be scheduling too. Again, that takes all of 30 seconds.  Then you’ll add your blog and viola, everything is connected.  You’ll be able to use it there or head to your blog dashboard and use it from there, if you prefer.  Once inside, you’ll be able to schedule posts quickly and in a visual manner, which I love!  I want to know how it’s gonna look before it’s posted so that was important to me.  Within a blog post, you’ll find a drop down menu like this:

CoSchedule Drop Down Menu

You’ll click on ‘Create Your First Message’ and there will be a list of social networks you are connected to, to the left.  You click which one you want and then you’ll visually see your social media post begin to form.

CoSchedule Social Media Posts

What’s super cool, is you can pick ANY day, ANY time you want it to post.  You’ll be able to do this for any of them so you literally could schedule social media posts a month ahead if you wanted!  SWEEEET!   Another cool factor is that you can literally drag and drop so if a client needs you to change the date of a social media post and you already had it scheduled, you simply drag it to that day.  teehee.  {{in love}}  And guess what bloggers???!!!!  You can additional blogs!  OH YEAH!  You’ll be able to use color coding to distinguish what’s what on the calendar and you’ll be able to navigate the blog you want on the left hand side.  Holy cow….I want to squeeeee.  Seriously y’all.

Sometimes pictures just can’t do justice so I encourage you watch the video.

If that’s not enough, CoSchedule has a pretty amazing referral program that I just love.  Once you see how awesome it is, it’s totally gonna help you save some money by spreading the word.  You’ll get to try it free and then after that, it’s $10 a month or if you pay annually, you’ll save $20.   For each referral that signs up using your link, you’ll receive a discount of 10%. As long as they keep their subscription, you’ll get your discount.  And guess what? There’s more.  If you find that you love it, and I promise you will, you can write a review like I’m doing now and receive 50% off your subscription for the entire year.  WOOHOO!!

So, what ya waiting for?  You know you’re curious!  Check out CoSchedule, the most awesome social media editorial calendar, ever!

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Date: Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 03:39

The last time we took a Carnival Cruise, it happen to be our 20th anniversary.  This go ’round, it was time for a family trip.  After losing my dad, getting my mom moved and situated, enrolling one kid in college, another contemplating his dream of cowboying, and one ready for 2nd grade, we were due some rest and relaxation time.  I can’t thank Carnival Cruise enough for sponsoring such a tremendous opportunity for me and my family.

Carnival Magic

For now, I’m gonna give you a quick overview of our trip, but stay tuned for more detailed posts regarding things for kids to do, things for adults to do, and off the ship excursions. I may even throw in a few tips that you might not know about!

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A perk to our sponsored family trip, was being VIP. You could get some of the same perks as we did buy grabbing the Faster to the Fun pass!  We were swept aside to another room where they gave us our cards immediately, and we were able to sit in a nice room with complimentary beverages.  We were traveling with 5 other families so we stepped out of the room occasionally to wave hi. lol  Within a few minutes, we were then taken aboard the ship, into the main lobby where we received complimentary drinks.  I had a Miami Vice, Truett & Toby had smoothies, and my husband enjoyed a beer.  Vacation had truly begun!  We immediately started experiencing random happiness all around the ship.

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When we got to our rooms, we made sure to set some ground rules, particularly for Truett.  We explained how the Sail & Sign card worked, where maps of the ship were, and what to do if he couldn’t ever find his way to wherever he was going.    With that, we let loose and enjoyed the ride.

Sea-esta on the Carnival magic

Having two sea days before our first port, allowed us to explore and enjoy many of the onboard fun & services immediately.  Truett’s favorites were the WaterWorks and Putt-Putt course but he also had plenty of other things that made him happy…..like the ice cream machine.  Need I say more? Seriously, even adults were eating ice cream for breakfast and at midnight. It’s vacation after all so who cares, right?!

I have to say, this is THE most photos me and my husband have ever taken together and I LOVED it.  That’s what a Carnival Cruise will do for you.  It just liberates you and lets you be carefree, fun, and a go-with-the-flow type of person.

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The first day we really did decompress from our 8hr drive and from “reality”  as we know it.   It was nice to just to soak up the sun on the decks, enjoy the music, and watch Truett be in awe of everything.  And really, to see Toby embrace something so new, was awesome. Our kids have lived very sheltered lives living on those ranches, far from anything.  This was such a nice change of environment for them.  To make things even lovelier, we traveled with 5 other families so we had friends to hang out with too!  This sweet gal, even made our matching shirts for the cruise!

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There’s sooooo much to tell you guys about but that comes next week so STAY TUNED Y’ALL!! I have cool stuff to share and if my Toby can cruise, you can too!!!!  He thought he would hate it but he loved it.  Until then……

 

 

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Date: Saturday, 09 Aug 2014 03:38


My son Toby leaves for Abilene Christian University very soon, while Truett will be entering the second grade.  It hasn’t been until the last couple of weeks that it has really start to hit me that I will only have one boy at home.  It’s not just that either, it’s the fact that Toby and Truett are soooooo close.  Toby has always, since Truett was very little, been a very overprotective, awesome big brother.  I don’t think either have any idea how much they’ll miss each other and it makes my heart heavy.

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As we’ve slowly gathered items for Toby’s dorm room, he sorta raised an eyebrow when I mentioned that he needed Kleenex tissues.  I explained that because they had a community bathroom and not their own private one, that he wouldn’t be able to just quickly grab tissue for a runny nose and that having some Kleenex at his bedside will be a nice convenience.   I had to give a logical reason because, in truth, Toby could care less about the style of dorm room.  He plans to study and sleep there, not host anyone.  Of course, I wanted to spruce his dorm up just a bit so I bought some of these super cool Kleenex Oval Expression tissues in colorful chevron patterns.  Who would have thought that you could have such Kleenex style with facial tissue?   I bought several and put them all over the house but Toby’s preference was blue to do with his denim comforter.  He said it was less girly that way.  I totally get that.

Kleenex Expression Oval Facial Tissue

As we count down the days until he leaves home for college, I have used my fair share of tissues.  Since not much can cheer me up during this time, I can at least have a cute Kleenex design tissue box by my side to brighten the moment, right?  Hey, whatever works you know?

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Anyways, in honor of Toby heading to college, I wanted to share with you what Toby’s Dorm essentials are.

  1. Of course, Kleenex Expression Oval Facial Tissue boxes are especially handy when you don’t have your own bathroom to grab some TP.  Plus, these super cute designs help spruce up a dull guy’s dorm room.  And really, they are just soft and nice to have for blowing the nose. Yep.
  2. Having a desk lamp that can stretch out is pretty handy for when lazy bones doesn’t want to sit at the desk, but instead lay in bed.
  3. Fridge with dry erase board  is fantastic for remembering birthdays and to-do’s.
  4. Towels!  And if you’re lucky enough to have a special lady in your life to embroider their initials on them, that’s even better. Then you don’t have to worry about who’s taking your towels!
  5. Toby likes a clean environment so he definitely recommends a cordless vacuum for hard floors and area rugs.
  6. Coffee maker is a must.  It can be used for coffee but also hot teas and may become a necessity during test time.
  7. Hangers y’all.  There won’t be much drawer space for things so make you send hangers so they can hang up as much as possible.
  8. Gotta protect those electronics with a good surge protector.  We recommend one with USB ports so that portable electronics can be charged without taking another plug.
  9. Bed throw pillows.  There also won’t be much room for chairs so having these types of pillows will allow a friend to sit back against it on the bed.   Kinda handy!
  10. And finally, not shown in the picture but totally an awesome essential to have….bonus tip for the GUYS……an umbrella!!!  Thanks to Toby’s great Aunt Kathy, Toby has learned that an umbrella is absolutely necessary for two reasons.  1) obviously it will protect you from the rain and 2) it will protect you and the ladies from the rain. Yep, have an umbrella and that girl that doesn’t want to get her hair all wet will be running to get under that thing!  Chick magnet yo!

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So as I sit and watch my son sort through college emails and finalize everything, I remember when he was born and those tiny little fingers.  I remember when he was 2 and so dramatic when he’d fall down, telling me he was bleeding.  I remember when he was 13, running around the rain with his little bitty brother.  I remember high school graduation and his chest boasting with pride.  So even when away at college, I’ll always remember his beautiful smile…….and that my friends, is why I also need Kleenex Oval Expression Tissues.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided for my time & efforts courtesy of Kleenex + Walmart. All opinions and stories are my own, always heartfelt, and the truth. That’s just how I roll.

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Date: Saturday, 28 Jun 2014 06:05

Sin seems to be on my mind pretty regularly these days.   Obviously we all sin and even acknowledge our sin most times, but what’s interesting, is how we all justify it.   When we justify sin, in my opinion, it’s a blatant disregard for God.  We are pretty much saying, we don’t need Him and that Jesus dying on that cross for our sins, was for nothing.  When we justify sin, we do it because we want what WE want, and not what God wants.  You know, being selfish, as usual.

My heart holds much conviction about certain things;  things that affect me, my family, and my friends.  And because of this, I struggle with how to deal with my own sin…….and the sin of others.  Maybe you can’t relate, but maybe you can?   I’m really bad about comparing sin.  You know, like, I drink way too much soda (when I know it’s not good for my body), but it’s not as bad as, say, alcohol…..right?  Justifying sin.

So why is it so hard to be good?  God did make each of us unique, but we are also to be of the fruit of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23 “But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law.”

God asks us to change and put off sin, not make excuses for it.   When WE control our flesh, Satan boldly and creatively slithers his way in and justifies our sins.  But when we allow the Lord to work through us, we can choose to change how we sin, and how we deal with sin.   We need to constantly ‘inspect’ the fruit so that it doesn’t get rotten.

I pray that God will continue to lay conviction on my heart on things He wants changed.   I pray that the conviction is so heavy and undeniable, that my only choice will be to change into what He wants me to be.

Ephesians 4:20-25 “But that isn’t what you were taught when you learned about Christ. Since you have heard all about him and have learned the truth that is in Jesus, throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God’s likeness — righteous, holy, and true. So put away all falsehood and “tell your neighbor the truth” because we belong to each other.”

 

Author: "A Cowboy's Wife" Tags: "Spiritual Food, God, sin, spiritual food"
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Date: Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 15:20

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If you haven’t heard of Rust-Oleum NeverWet™ Moisture Repelling Treatment, don’t worry, neither had I.  Thanks to my son Toby, I got a winded explanation of what it is.  Apparently, it’s awesomeness in a can.
Rust-Oleum Moisture Repelling Treatment

Basically, Rust-Oleum NeverWet™ repels water.  You spray it on in a 2 step process and magic happens.  Since I hadn’t heard of it before, Toby was quick to show me exactly how cool it was.  He took a white tshirt and did the neverwet process on it.  Once it was dry, he put it on.  Next thing I knew, he was grabbing condiments out of my fridge, specifically mustard and this is what happened….

Pretty stinkin’ cool huh!  We did this for fun just but I wanted to share with you so that you could get the whole idea of how it works.   While I could think of 100 things on what to spray the Rust-Oleum NeverWet™ on, I simply wanted to make my bird feeder a little tougher against the Texas wind, heat, and rain.

Bird feeders can get expensive but I bought this little one for $3.97. I used Rust-Oleum red spray paint to give it a quick makeover.  Once dry, I started the NeverWet process.

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You start with Step 1, the base coat. You spray a coat of Rust-Oleum NeverWet™ and let dry 30 minutes.

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Once the base coat is dry, you go to step 2 and spray a coat of the top coat.  You’ll let this dry as well and then repeat.

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The Frosty Clear Rust-Oleum NeverWet™ does discolor slightly to a flat frost finish.  You can see in the final photo that it wasn’t that noticeable on this particular project but you should always test. When we tested it by pouring water on it, you could see the water beads roll right off the bird feeder.  SUCCESS!

Rust-Oleum NeverWet™  can be used on metal, wood, aluminum, galvanized metal, PVC, concrete, masonry, asphalt, vinyl siding, fiberglass, canvas, most plastics and more.  It is NOT recommended for clothing or electronics.  As I said above, the white shirt demo that my son did, was just to show you how it works.

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I could think of tons of other uses too but I wanna know what you would use it on?  I think my next project is to repaint my metal wagon wheels and then apply the NeverWet to minimize rust!
Rust-Oleum NeverWet LogoRust-Oleum®’s NeverWet® contains breakthrough technology that protects virtually any surfaces with a superhydrophic treatment that dramatically repels water, mud, ice and other liquids.

Author: "A Cowboy's Wife" Tags: "DIY & Crafts, diy, rust-oleum"
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Date: Thursday, 05 Jun 2014 12:39

What better way to kick of the summer than with a $100 Kohl’s gift card giveaway!? With all the hustle and bustle of the summer months, and the kids in need of activities and more of our time; a $100 trip to Kohl’s –just for mom– may be just what the doctor ordered!

The 411 on the $100 Kohl’s Gift Card Giveaway

Who?

You, of course!

Note: giveaway is open to the Continental US, Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada. However, if winner chosen is in Hawaii, Alaska, or Canada, they will receive an e-gift card instead of one via snail mail.

What?

$100 Kohl’s Gift Card.

When?

Giveaway will be open from June 5, 2014 – June 27, 2014. Winner will be chosen at random on or about June 30, 2014 and their name will be displayed in the Rafflecopter widget below. If winner does not respond within 48 hours, an alternate winner will be chosen.

How?

Just leave a comment below telling us what you would do with the $100 Kohl’s gift card if you won, and leave the rest to fate! ;)

All other tasks are optional to increase your chances of winning.

This giveaway is sponsored by:

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Disclaimer:Kohl’s is not affiliated with this giveaway or its sponsors. Prize is being provided by sponsors mentioned above.

Author: "A Cowboy's Wife" Tags: "Giveaways, giveaway, Kohl's"
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Date: Friday, 30 May 2014 21:52

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The kids are out of school, the Texas heat is in full swing, and grilling has begun!  It’s time to spend our evenings in the backyard y’all!

 Rust-Oleum® Universal® Gloss Spray

This year, we needed a new patio set but with Toby’s graduation, we needed to be a little more money conscious.  We decided to give our current patio set a fresh look by repainting the furniture with Rust-Oleum® Universal® Gloss Spray and recovering the cushions.   In total, for 4 recovered cushions and 4 cans of Rust-Oleum spray paint, we spent just under $80 bucks.  Unfortunately, you won’t get to see the cushions yet, as they didn’t arrive in time.  Here’s the dull brown look the set had before…

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 Rust-Oleum® Universal® Gloss Spray

Rust-Oleum® Universal® Gloss Spray is pretty cool because you can spray from all angles; sideways, upside down, etc.  It has a very comfortable spray trigger.  My hands have cramped up from other spray can nozzles but I didn’t have that issue with this one.  There’s also a red pin that you pull out to use the spray for the first time.  It’s a nice little safety feature to prevent accidental spray leakage on its ride home from the store!

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I thought this coverage was gorgeous and sprayed evenly.  I did 4 chairs and a table with 4 cans.  I had a little left in the 4th can.   You can’t beat the price of repainting vs buying a new patio set!  I think it looks beautiful and when I get my cushions and add a few accent pieces, it will feel like home!

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I really love this particular type of spray paint. Coverage is great, price is fabulous, and the nozzle makes it a breeze with these old hands! I totally recommend y’all try it for a project. Maybe you’ve got an old mailbox that needs a new look or some planters that need sprucing up. I challenge y’all to try it and see what you can make drab into fab!

Rust-Oleum Universal LogoRust-Oleum ® Universal® Spray Paints offer a variety of on-trend colors and unique finishes, and boast the first-of-its-kind 360 degree any-angle delivery system that allows DIYers to tackle those hard to reach areas, even upside down.

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Date: Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 03:33

Recently, I embarked on a journey across the ocean, into the not-so-deep Mexico.  I call it a Brandcation, but you’d probably know it better as a cruise.  More specifically, it was a Royal Caribbean cruise on the Liberty of the Seas ship.  Thanks to the fabulous sponsor, Royal Caribbean, I had the opportunity to sail away on a 5 day/4 night cruise, along with 39 other bloggers.

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Imagine my fear of being with 39 other bloggers, that I didn’t know.  Just a handful I knew online but that’s about it and as an introvert at heart, I was terrified of being ‘that girl’.   And in the end, the women were absolutely fantastic, but it was ultimately the activities on the ship that made all the difference at getting me out of my oh-so-comfy box.

1. Cupcake Decorating at The Cupcake Cupboard

When the class is given, there will be several of you decorating at once.  You’re sitting there with people you know, some you don’t, sizing up each others capabilities. You know, figuring out who’s gonna make the best darn cupcake ever, right?  But if you’re the shy girl, you’re just praying that yours won’t be considered a new trend in modern art.  You’re probably hoping that nobody is looking at yours , especially all the people that are walking by staring at everyone taking the class. Within 5 minutes, you realize that most everyone is no master at cupcake decorating and their cupcake looks as though it belongs in the same art gallery as yours.  You’re laughing & surprised at how well you’re doing, and even making friends with all the folks passing by, who happen to be telling you how awesome you’re doing.   Totally fly y’all!

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2. Vitality Spa

When we arrived at Cozumel, I got off for just a bit of shopping but actually ended up going back on the ship.  It seemed like the perfect time to browse the ship since so many get off at the ports.  Since this was a work related trip, we had several to-do’s that kept us busy so when I found myself at the Vitality spa, I decided to step outside of my comfy box and get ‘the works’.  They were having a special where I could get 5 different things for $99 bucks and since my hair was becoming a close resemblance of someone who had just been electrocuted, I decided to splurge on a haircut as well!  I know, I know…you’re thinking that had to be crazy expensive huh?  Well, it was more than what it cost here, $79 to be exact, but I have to say, they did an amazing job and TOOK THEIR TIME!! The problem with salons these days, is they seem to always be in such a hurry to get you outta there that they forget that for some of us, this is a luxury.   As far as the spa treatments go, they were incredible.  Andi tended to me and she made me feel very comfortable, knowing darn well that it really wasn’t my thing.  I had a mini facial, massage, foot & leg massage, and then sun glow applied to my face.  Considering I didn’t have any makeup on, I think the bronzer made a big difference in how I looked!  I absolutely believe that the spa treatments and haircut & style, totally made me fly!  And with that, here’s my before and after……

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3.  Catacombs Night Club

If there is anything that can turn a shy girl into a fly girl, it’s dancing, YO!  Catacombs was a fun little night club that had us ladies whoopin’ it up for hours!   They played everything from the 70′s to the current hits of today.  It was a blast!  Not only was it fun to dance, it was hilarious to watch others dance, because you know, not everyone has skillzzzz.  Even so, props to everyone who gets out there and ‘kicks it’. I wish more had the guts to dance!!!!   Most of the night, there was a big group of us girls dancing in the center but there was once where they all ditched me!  Actually, they were just faster than me at getting off the dance floor and within seconds, this guy started dancing with me. EEEEEK!!  I’m not even sure what kind of dancing it was and even though there were plenty of awkward dancing moments, I just went with the flow.  I don’t think his boyfriend was too thrilled though….Thanks girls, for leaving me out there!!!

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4.  On Air, Karaoke Style!

As someone who loves to sing but stinks at it, I’m sure it’s obvious that Karaoke would NOT be my thing.  In fact, it never will be and I’ll probably never do it.  When we got there, the waiting list was already filled up. We were bummed, until we turned around and saw the Karaoke booth! Oh yeah, a sound proof booth y’all!!  That was pretty stinkin’ awesome.  Even more awesome, is listening to a bunch of girls sing ‘Girls Just a Wanna Have Fun’ at the top of their lungs.  And even though I hid in the corner and laughed more than I sang, I still feel pretty darn fly for trying to participate.   And because I don’t want you to miss out on the amazing voices of these bloggers, Jessica was happy to share the recording!  Enjoy y’all!

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5.  Casino

How could I not try my hand at the casino slots?  You can’t win if you don’t play right?  Two of the 4 nights, I mosey’d on in to see just how lucky I was.  Considering that I won $100 bucks, I guess you could say I was pretty darn lucky!  Since I won, I tried the next evening. I put in $20 and and ended up cashing out at $300!!  I played the same game, Alice in Wonderland, and it was great! There’s all kinds of bonuses and it makes all sorts of sounds that are just fun.  Having been to several casinos, I was impressed with the various styles of machines. They had plenty for everyone and there was always some sort of slot tournaments or bingo games happening while you were in there.  I never played any of the poker but I heard all sorts of winning going on around me.  Since I ended up winning $400 on my Royal Caribbean cruise, it totally makes me fly.  I met some cool old ladies too that had me talking to my machine, you know, to help me win and all.  Guess it worked!

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While I’m not obligated to write any more posts about Royal Caribbean, I plan to since I have much more to share.  Simply put, my Royal Caribbean cruise on the Liberty of the Seas was absolutely fantastic and I can’t recommend it enough y’all!

 

 

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Date: Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 15:10

Here’s an easy and fun way to dress those plain ol’ marshmallow peeps you see everywhere!  Chocolate dipped with sprinkles y’all. Doesn’t get any easier than that and what a great treat for the kiddos school party or church Easter egg hunt!

Chocolate Dipped Bunny Marshmallow Peeps

Push a stick through the bunny, dip in melted chocolate, and sprinkle with all the colorful sprinkles! It makes you look like you’re super food crafty but it seriously can’t get much simpler than that. Oh wait, actually it can because I have some cookies coming soon that are even easier.  It just adds a fun touch to the same ol’ thing put out every season.   Come on now, you know you want to be #thatmom, the one bringing all the cool treats.  You don’t have to pretend with me. You want the recognition without all the work….uh huh.  Enjoy y’all!

Chocolate Dipped Bunny Peeps

 

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Date: Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 00:27

While being a Walmart Mom has brought me a flood of opportunities, in many ways, it has also prevented them.  Being so exclusive with Walmart meant that I couldn’t work with Sears, Best Buy, Kohl’s, H.E.B, etc.  Not necessarily because Walmart didn’t allow it, but because it was a clear conflict of interest on both sides.  I totally understood that and it was a sacrifice I chose to make to continue my Walmart relationship.

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After several years as a Walmart Mom, we’ve decided to part ways. I’ve greatly enjoyed my time with them, but I’m so stinkin’ excited at the prospect of being able to work with other companies and brands that I previously had to turn down!  I believe in the whole “when one door closes, another opens” saying, and I do see new opportunities in my future…….God has a purpose for me and I welcome it with open arms.

 

 

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Date: Monday, 17 Mar 2014 13:17

Happy St. Patrick’s Day y’all!  Here’s a super fast St. Patrick’s Day treat for you that takes just 5 minutes to put together; Marshmallow ‘POPS‘.

Marshmallow Pops

Just place a large marshmallow on a stick, melt your Wilton candies, and drizzle!

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Be sure and also check out the Oreo truffles too. They are delicious and a simple, fun treat to make.

St Pattys Day Oreo Truffles

May you be blessed with luck this year!

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