Scentsy Wickless Candle Warmer Review & Giveaway

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Anyone that knows me well or has even stepped foot in my house, knows that I love candles. And now that I've discovered Scentsy products, I love them even more. We recently received a Full-size ceramic Scentsy Warmer to try in our home. For those that don't know, Scentsy offers a wide variety of ceramic candle warmers that not only are beautiful decorative piece for your home, but they use the heat of a light bulb to melt scented wax which fills … [Read more...]

Wannabe Southern Girl Fell for Southern Plate

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Have you ever thought about the life you live and felt like you were born in the wrong place, wrong time? While I completely love and embrace the technological advances of this decade, in my heart, I've always felt like had I been a teenager in the 50's, I would have totally rocked that decade. Fifty some odd years ago, I would have been sporting poodle skirts, cateye glasses and my all time favorite ... saddle shoes. I feel much the same … [Read more...]

Southern Plate Apple Fritters Recipe


Have you ever tried a recipe for the first time and thought to yourself, where have you been all my life? Well, that was me just this past weekend when I opened up my newest cookbook. If you're wondering, be sure to hop over to my family blog and find out how I discovered the Southern Plate Cookbook on twitter. Now about the fritters, I'm almost ashamed to admit this, but I've never had an Apple Fritter before, actually, not even a fritter … [Read more...]

Our Trip to the Apple Barn

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There's a very short list of reasons I have for enjoying living in the small town of Chatham, Illinois. One of those reasons at the very top of said list ... Apple Barn. It's a small, family owned country store just a few blocks from our home. In fact, the family orchard is less than a block from our backyard. Over the course of the three years we've been living here, we've probably made a visit to the Apple Barn at least a couple dozen times. … [Read more...]

KwikSet SmartCode Keyless Entry Review & Giveaway

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As the wife of a police officer, safety and security issues, especially regarding our home are a frequent topic of discussion. We often see and hear firsthand how vulnerable our home can be. One of the most difficult aspects of home safety for our family is how to balance security and convenience. Before upgrading our entry door to the Kwikset SmartCode lock system, our standard door locks required two different keys. While this is very secure … [Read more...]

5 Sweet Eats Using Apples other than Pie


Fall baking is all about the apples, but it doesn't have to be all about the apple pie. While pie is one of the most comforting desserts of the season, there are so many delicious ways to incorporate apples into your desserts. One of my personal favorites is Apple Pie Bread Pudding because it combines my love of apple pie into the warm goodness of bread pudding. Here are a few more recipes to add to your baking line up this Fall ... Moist … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday – Evolution of a Pumpkin

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With Illinois being the largest producer of pumpkins in the country, it's pretty odd that I actually don't know much about them considering I've lived here most of my life ... other than the fact that they are grown here in abundance. Even stranger, I'm actually not a big fan of pumpkin flavor except when it's a fresh baked pie (not the canned stuff) and only the top layer of the pie, you know the leathery part that has the brown bubbles. Mix … [Read more...]

Memories from 10.10.10

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I've been feeling a bit down lately ... bickering with my husband, stress from the kids, even the weather changes are taking their toll on me. Despite all that, I can always count on a day at the park to cheer me up a bit. I just wish every day was like this. {Football in the park} {Bright Eyes} {Cute Poses} {Rolling in the Leaves} {A Walk to Remember} {Bleeding Colors} … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Family Vacation


Sponsored By Cheerios® is giving you the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, your ultimate family vacation. As part of a paid promotion for their “Do What You Love” Sweepstakes, Cheerios® is sponsoring my post today about what my ultimate family vacation would be. Read mine, Enter the Sweepstakes for a chance to actually win your own fantasy family trip or one of a bunch of other great prizes. My ultimate family vacation … [Read more...]

Total Gym, Total Mom Challenge – Week 3 Update

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"Don't get discouraged!" "Don't get discouraged!" "Don't get discouraged!" Over the last two weeks I've found myself repeating that phrase in my head over and over again. Every weigh in, every measurement ... it feels like a set back when I don't see numbers dropping. But, I also have to remind myself that no change is better than gaining weight. I'm not living the life of The Biggest Loser and I certainly can't expect to drop 5 or 10 … [Read more...]