9.16.2016

Always Find a Way to Enjoy Everyday No Matter the Obstacle


I made a video on Monday that has a very powerful meaning and I want to share it with each of you. I had a picnic planned and from the start of the day the weather had storms forecasted all day but they seemed to be scattered. I said a little prayer that for our time during the picnic it would stop raining just long enough for us to enjoy. I was determined to have my picnic. My first lesson of the day is to always work around Mother-Nature. 

There were so many obstacles in the way of getting this picnic put together that I cannot begin to explain every detail. From the heat to the rain, to trying to pack the food, and to the lovebugs. Now that a few days have passed I can laugh when I tell you it is Lovebug season, and I had no idea. There were lovebugs everywhere, and I mean hundreds. I was not letting them take over my picnic, and I fought through it. The rain had stopped and now the lovebugs needed to go!



I had everything ready to be so perfect but no one could sit down without having 500,000 bugs try and land on them. I wanted a picture of my cheese display so we sat it down and snapped it while Trey waived his arms all around to try and keep them out of the picture. Then we quickly packed it right back up and had to take it out one at a time to eat it. Yes, I am telling you it was that crazy. We were laughing so hard. 


I found the perfect spot which was far enough away from the road but still had the wonderful view of the water. After walking away from this I learned the lesson that every plan you have might not go  as planned and it is up to you to make the best of it. We ended up laughing on our way home about how many lovebugs can actually find you and feel like they are eating you up. 

Since I did not have the chance to take a photo of everything I should tell you we had delicious panini sandwiches, chips & dip, and these yummy Eclairs.  



As you can see from the video below we had a wonderful time together. I hope you walk away from this thinking about how often you stop to enjoy the small things with your family even if the plans do not go as you expected. Make the most out of everything in your life. Don't focus on perfection and shut down the possibliities because your plans go differently than expected. 

Funny story is the next day when I went to work and brought my bag into my office I had to lovebugs fly out, all I could do was laugh! 


Next time I will be sure to check the weather and the 2 weeks out of the year that the lovebugs are at their heaviest. I defiantly see more picnics in our future! 


I hope you enjoyed the video and I will see you in my next post! 

9.15.2016

Come Visit My Etsy Shop for Digital Stock Photos


I receive requests for tips on how to have a successful blog and my number one tip that I have learned over the years is all around the photos you post. Your pictures have to capture people's attention so they will want to come back and visit again and again. 

It takes time to build up a collection of items to photograph so I am very excited to share that I have opened an Etsy Shop to help you add great looking photos to your blog and social media post. You can visit my shop HERE



I am working to add new items to my shop each week so there is always something new and fresh to view. I am sharing items that work for the everyday blogger to the person that loves to blog about food. 



My photos will help give your viewer a look into every day from the sweet notebooks to the hot cup of coffee we all enjoy. I love fresh fruit and yummy treats. 


I love dishes and entertaining items so much and what a fun new way for me to be able to share with you. I have built up quite the collection of beautiful serving dishes and the photographs look amazing as they pop off the page. 




I have to admit that every day I am so excited about what new photo I will come up with! 



I love the idea that several of my photos also have Ipads and digital items which allow you to add your own text. This is such a fun way to promote your blog and channel! 




This one says everything that is wrapped around Fall. I am ready for a movie night at home or pulling up a chair around the fire pit outside. I can feel the cool breeze when I look at this picture. 



I love this photo below. It reminds me of a busy day at the office and coming home to relax. Pearls off and sitting down to play on my blog. 


I can't wait to have you take a look at my Etsy shop! I hope it helps you take your Blog and social media to the level you are striving for. Be sure to check back often because I will be posting new photos during the week to keep it fresh and new. 


9.14.2016

Breakfast Ideas for the Kids Part Two



I am back with part two of my series with Breakfast Ideas for the Kids. In the video below I have shared the steps needed for three different dishes. The idea behind this is to help us all bring fresh and new items to the breakfast table during the school within a manageable timeframe. 

Some of these are great to make the night before so the only think you need to do is heat them up. The others are recipes you can quickly make and some even have additional tips on how to make them while putting multitasking to the test. 


Keep these ideas in your notebook so you go start logging great new ideas and trade them out during the week. Your kids will love you for it!




Let's start with one of my most favorite dishes. I shared these on my blog about two years ago, and I had to include them with this series. They are cinnamon rolls from the can that you cook in your waffle maker. They cook so fast and are amazing. I like them better this way than the traditional oven way method. 

There is no need to for extra work when making these. You simply place them in the waffle maker that has been sprayed with cooking spray and cook. They cook up quickly so don't walk away. 


We find that it works better for Eddie to get Trey ready while he is also getting ready for his day, but I want Trey to know I had a part in the start of his morning. I like to make items the night before, and Eddie can heat them up which makes things easy for him and Trey knows I had a part in it. If you have followed me for any amount of time then you know I always say that you should use the pretty things every day, and that is just what I do. From sun up to sun down, I find a way to use my pretty things every day. 


One of the other items I share in the video below is my Mini Sausages with Fruit. This is such a great treat, and I can make these the night before, and the guys heat them up for 10-15 seconds, and they are set. The prep work on this is very minimum and perfect for breakfast. 

Can we just talk about how cute the plate and bowl are! The little bowl is from Target, and the plate is from HomeGoods. Oh, how I love the combination of anything from Target and HomeGoods.


I plan to continue this series as we move through the school year so you can add new ideas and recipes to your weekly routine. 


Now you can sit back and enjoy the video as I walk you through the steps of three different ideas for this month. Be sure to subscribe to my channel so you never miss out on something fun and new! 


See you in the next blog post! 

9.12.2016

Target Dollar Spot has Fur Top Winter Hats


I recently shared in one of my videos from my Weekly Vlog Series on my YouTube channel that I wanted to get my hands on a Pom Pom Knit Cap for this Winter and I was surprised when one of you shared with me that the Target Dollar Spot had a selection. Today I found these two and I am just so excited. They are $5.00 each and the quality is amazing. 


Even though it is still in the mid 90's I am going to do a quick try on for you so we can both take a look at how they will fit me. This is definitely out of my normal comfort style but let's live a little! 


They had black, cream, and gray so I went with the black and cream. The gray was also very nice but I could not justify purchasing three hats when I have never worn one in the past. This will be the first Winter that I wear one and not to mention one that has a pom pom on it! I am venturing out and living a little with the pom pom look! 


I love everything about these little caps. They yarn is soft and they seem like they would be from a high-end store instead of the Target Dollar Bullseye Spot. I am very pleased with them and can not wait to match them up with some of my Winter outfits. 


I would love to hear from you! Do you like wearing a cap during the Winter months? 

See you in my next post! 



9.10.2016

Practical Ideas for a Better You to Put Into Practice




Tip #1
Thank You Notes

Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, and acknowledging everything that you receive. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present. Giving thanks makes people happier and more resilient, it strengthens relationships, it improves health, and it reduces stress.

At this point find a way to start sending one thank you note a week. Just one......you can do that! That's 52 times you say thank you in a year, we can all do that. 

Take your printable sheet below and write down how you are doing in this area. When was the last time you sent someone a thank you note?
Was it for something other than a present that was given you?
How did you feel when you sent the note?

At this point find a way to start sending a thank you note a week. Just one......you can do that! 


Research Shows Gratitude Heightens Quality of Life


Tip #2 
Positive Daily Thoughts

Would you say your daily thoughts are more positive or negative? Take a minute and write down a few things. How do you react to situations in a normal day? What do you expect to happen in an average day? Do you expect good things to happen to you?

Many people do not know that positive thinking has a lot of health benefits. If you keep your mind in good shape, you’ll have an optimistic view of life and that affects your health and wellbeing in an extremely positive way. On the same note, thinking negatively can actually have an opposite effect on your health. In more often than not, pessimistic thoughts makes you feel uneasy and might even increase illness. 

Let's spend the next few weeks really staying focused on our thoughts. Remember to write down how you are doing in this area.




Tip #3 
Write Down Task and Check Them Off

If you are in  a slump and feel like you are doing so such at such a fast pace but not seeing many results take 5 minutes at the end of each day and write down a few things that you did that day that maybe were not on a previous to-do list. Then reward yourself by checking them off the list. There is something so rewarding about checking things off a list. 

We do way more than we give ourselves credit for and to help you get over this slump you might be in write them down after the fact and start checking things off. 

Take a minute and reflect on how you are doing in this area. Do you feel overwhelmed? Do you feel like you are accomplishing what you want in a day? Do you see all the work you are doing and giving yourself credit?


Tip #4
Smile More

If you were to ask someone who knows me to describe who I am, one of the first things that they will say is that I am a continually happy or ‘smiley’ person. This is something that I always laugh about as it has been mentioned many times throughout my life! The good thing is I’m not complaining as a smile has a tonne of benefits to your overall wellbeing.


When you’re smiling, no doubt you’re having a much better time than when you’re not! Smiling simply makes you feel better!
Research has shown that smiling releases serotonin – a neurotransmitter that produces feelings of happiness and wellbeing. It’s like a circle of happiness. Smile and you feel happy, you feel happy and you smile! Even when you’re not feeling great, try smiling, genuinely, and see how you feel!
Take a minute and reflect on your worksheet how you are doing in this area. Do you need to smile more? What's holding you back from smiling? Do you smile at others? 

Tip #5
Read a Self-Improvement Book


There are several benefits of reading self-help books. The first benefit of reading self-help books is the experience puts the reader on a path to where they can read, practice the strategies learned, and make improvements in their lives without having to ask others for help. If we read, learn and decide to create our own life plan and carefully do the necessary things that can make us better, we can accomplish our goals and improve our lives.

Reading self-help books can also build a higher sense of confidence in a person that can help them to get out of almost any challenging situation without resorting to the help of others.

 Another benefit of self-help books is that one develops the mentally tough attitude of relying on oneself and develops the skills of addressing and untying the knots of day-to-day life.

Take a minute and write down how you are doing in this area. When was the last time you read something on self-improvement? Did you find that it helped you in any way? What was it on, cleaning, parenting, life?





Below is the printout you can use for this exercise. I am very excited to have these on hand for you from this point on. We can work together during one of my videos so you can share your thoughts and see how you are doing. No worries, they are only for you to see! Just click the photo, save to desktop, and then print! 

I would hold onto these in a notebook once you complete so you can go back in a month and rewatch the video to see how you are doing! 




The key here is to take small steps over time to be the best you. Make the changes you want for you and not to impress others. I hope you enjoyed this and would love to hear your feedback in the comments below. Also be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you never miss out! 



Here is the video to was will following along with the post! Be sure to subscribe so you never miss out on this series! 


See you in my next post! 


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9.06.2016

Ideas for Breakfast During School Year



I stay very busy as do all of you! I want to share ideas with you on how we can make yummy breakfast items for the kids during the school mornings. These are very simple ideas but will have your kids feeling very special. I will be sharing this as a series throughout the school year. This will help you add something new to your morning routine for the kids. 

The first tip I want to share is that you should use your pretty items even on weekday mornings. I have always said on my Youtube channel and blog that you should use your pretty things every day.  Putting them out for your family will have them feeling special just like you feel when you use them. 


I love that these ideas work for a child with a hearty appetite and for a child like my son that does not like a big breakfast. The idea is to put something on their stomach to help get them going in a positive way. Also many of the recipes I will be sharing are items that you can make the night before and heat up in the morning. They will just take minutes to warm and serve. 



We are going to start with my Sausage Casserole that is a huge hit in my family. I could make this once a week and my family would be thrilled. It is very quick and easy to make the night before and they heat it up in the microwave for about 30 seconds to a minute and you are set. I like to serve it with a big bowl of fruit to start them off with the balanced meal. 


Here is how you will make this casserole:

You will cook your sausage until browned. Turn off the stove and drain any grease. Quickly put the sausage back in the pan and on the stove but do not turn back on. The pan and meat will still be warm so you will cut the cream cheese into squares and place in pan. Stir until the cream cheese melts and is mixed well. 

Lay the first can of crescent rolls in the bottom of a well sprayed 13 x 9 dish so it looks like one sheet of dough. Spread the mixture over the dough. Then lay the 2nd can over the mixture. Bake at 350 until dough is golden.

If you are making the night before, let it cool and place in the refrigerator. The next morning you can heat in the microwave until warm and serve. 



I love to make muffins the night before so we can heat them in the microwave and serve the next morning. Let me say loud and clear that there is nothing wrong with making your muffins from a box. You do not have to get in the kitchen and cook them from scratch. 

Trey loves warm Blueberry muffins and Lemon Poppyseed muffins. This is another great dish to put fresh fruit with. 




Come take a look below at my step by step video as we plan breakfast for the kids! Be sure to subscribe so you never miss out!


See you in my next post! 


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9.05.2016

My Favorite New TUCCH Wallet iPhone Case



I have been on the hunt for a new cell phone case because I stuck a sticky card holder on the back of my current case and it came off leaving the stickiness. Its funny to be so excited about a phone case but I am very excited about this one. If you follow my YouTube channel then you know I am on the go 24/7 and the idea that I can have one case that holds everything for me is wonderful. It's hard enough trying to remember to grab my camera equipment, my GoPro, tripods, chargers, batteries and the very idea now having my phone and wallet all in one helps even more! 




This holds my cash, credit cards, and of course my cell phone. I also love that I dont have to fuss with it when I want to plug in my headphones which I use all the time. When I am traveling in the car on road trips or on planes I always use my headphones for projects or entertainment. I like to be able to get to everything easily. The charger is also opened and very easy to use. 




This case actually has its own protective storage case for the times you are not using it which for me will be never. I love this rich color of this case and it matches everything from outfits to my purses. To close the case it has a very strong magnet clasp which works great. 


The very best part of this case is the price. They are available on Amazon and the company is offering you a discount with the coupon code. 

New Cell Phone Case link HERE

Coupon code just for you!
15% off code LB39ZUQ2, expires on 10/31
(This code is applicable for all products sold in TUCCH Amazon US store)

You can also see me use this case in this week's video below! 


See you in my next post!



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