Pineapple Cranberry Holiday Salad

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With the holidays right here upon us, the kids are out of school, and we are super busy, so I’m always looking for quick meal ideas. Let’s be honest…we are busy people. It doesn’t matter if they are in school or not, I’m constantly on the hunt for quick and easy meal ideas. And, I like to keep healthy options front and center. That’s why I love this Pineapple Cranberry Holiday Salad recipe and I’m super excited to share it with you. A big thanks to Minute® Rice for sponsoring this post and giving me that opportunity!



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Add Some Fun to Your Christmas Decor with Hallmark

Christmas decorating is one of my favorite things to do all year long. I have boxes of Christmas decor and I LOVE adding to it all, every year! For the past few years, I’ve been in love with any pieces of decor that involve typography. 

One of my favorite spots to decorate inside of the house is our antique buffet, located in our front entryway. It’s the first thing anyone sees when they walk into our house and I’m a big believer in making a good first impression because it’s usually the most important one. 


I love adding pieces I’ve created myself, as well as things I’ve picked up along the way. And, of course, I love adding simple pieces like ornaments that can be thrown together to look beautiful!


This year, I made a stop at a Hallmark Gold Crown store to see what I could pick up. Take a look at the video from my trip and see what I was able to pick up for my own Christmas decor collection!

The sleigh and sign fit in perfectly with the rest of my decor. I loved them so much that I wanted to add them where everyone will see them as they walk in our front door. :)



Hallmark Gold Crown has so many different items to help you create a Christmas vignette you will love, as well! Be sure you stop in your local store. You’ll love browsing with all of the Christmas cheer they have to choose from. If my budget had allowed, I would have come home with a whole lot more! :)

Now that my buffet is done, and perfect, I’m ready to move on to my next favorite Christmas decor spot in the house, the mantle!

What’s your favorite spot inside of the house to decorate?

10 Potty Training Tips & Tricks

Our last baby is past ready to kiss the diaper stage goodbye. It should have been done 6 months ago, but we’ve honestly been dragging our feet because she’s the baby and we’re in denial about not having anymore babies in our house. But it’s time. Six+ years of diaper changing is long enough. It’s time to close the baby chapter in our lives, and that means one thing — the dreaded potty training. 

Fortunately we’ve been through this a few times and it should be easy peasy, but let’s be honest. Potty training is never easy. However, I have learned a few things along the way and if you are in the same boat, you may be interested in what I have to share with you. 

10 Potty Training Tips & Tricks

Potty Training

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Have Family Science Fun at Sci-Tech Discovery Center with Eyellusions

I have partnered with Sci-Tech Discovery Center in Frisco to share our experience with you, however all opinions are my own.

Are you looking for some educational family fun in the Dallas area? It’s time to check out Sci-Tech Discovery Center in Frisco, especially now that they’re hosting the Eyelusions exhibit from now until January 4th. 


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That Time I Rolled Around on Gorgeous Carpet Singing for the Camera

If you know me well, you know I’m not much of a singer, and while I do love cameras, I’m often behind them, so I’m sure this title got your attention. 😉 BUT, it’s 100% true. I DID do that. It may have been lip-syncing, but hey, we’ll still call it singing. Milli Vanilli did. Ha! {Totally showing my 80s girl status there.} 😉

A few months ago, I was contacted by Mohawk Flooring about working with Laughing Moms to create a parody video featuring their SmartStrand carpet. My parents paid for a few years of acting lessons when I was a kid. I had a pretty important role in my high school play. I’m not too shy in front of the camera. Oh sure, why not?! This could be fun.


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Create Better Photos with Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan Software

Are you a photography enthusiast who’s always looking to take better pictures? Everyone says you should really learn how to properly use your camera but even knowing exactly how to use your DSLR can only take you so far. The professionals actually use editing software to really make their pictures stand out, too. 

I recently took an amazing trip with Ford across Colorado and was fortunate enough to see incredible scenic views. This one was one of my very favorites but when I got back home, this picture was just a little boring, which was completely opposite of the feeling I had when I took it. 

Colorado road

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Italian Sausage Skillet Pasta

Now that fall is in full swing and we’re creeping up on winter, we seem to have found our school routine. I wish I could say I’ve found more hours in the day or that the kids didn’t need to eat every night, but neither of those is true, so I’m constantly looking for quick and easy ways to get dinner on the table. After all, I want  to spend less time working on dinner and more time enjoying my kids. After all, they’re only little for so long. And surprisingly, my little ones loved this quick and easy Italian Sausage Skillet Pasta!

Italian Sausage Skillet Pasta

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Getting Prepared for The Susan G. Komen 3-Day

The big event is almost here! I’ve been spending a lot of time getting prepared for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® walk, set to start next Friday, November 6th and last through the weekend. 60 miles, y’all. That’s a LOT, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s so minor compared to the women who have fought the long and difficult fight with breast cancer. That reminder is what keeps me going and encouraged. I’m not doing this for me. This is for every one of them

Susan G. Komen 3 Day


I’ve been following a training schedule provided by the folks from the Susan G. Komen 3-Day and using that in combination with my regular boot camp workouts. As hard as I’ve been working, I really hope I’m ready for an endurance walk like this one. I’ve never walked 60 miles before, but I’m thankful for the training program they provided me with. I’ve also attended a training walk with other 3-Day walkers who are preparing for the same mission. It’s fun to get prepared with others who are working toward the same goal.


I visited a New Balance store and was fitted for a pair of shoes that was right for my feet. I can’t say enough about how important it is to actually meet with a representative at a store like this one. They will ask you what you plan to do most while wearing your shoes, watch how you walk, and then pair you up with a shoe that is not only perfect for your activities but also works with how you walk. When you’re walking 60 miles, the most important part of your body to take care of is most likely your feet. 


Aside from your feet carrying you those 60 miles, it’s important to make sure your body is prepared for a physical challenge like this one. I’ve been focusing on eating well, especially these past few weeks and hope that my effort in that department will help give me the energy needed to finish out this huge challenge. 


I’ve checked the schedule, and made sure I’m prepared for exactly where I’m supposed to be, and when. Not only have I had to worry about my own schedule, but knowing I’ll be away from home for 3 days, I’ve made sure to tie up all loose ends around the house, mainly childcare! Thank goodness for grandparents and a supportive husband who are making this possible for me to participate. 

I’m so excited to meet up with the sea of pink and get started on this 60 mile walk journey with them. 

I can’t wait to share my experience with all of you, following the event. Of course, I’d love your support along the way. I’ll be sharing on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Follow along with me! 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.

DIY Pallet Wall Art

It has cooled down quite a bit this weekend, and I’m thinking we might have seen the last of Summer weather, which I know a lot of people are thankful for, but I LOVE hot weather. I’m sad to see the high temps go. :/ But, the change in temps reminded me I needed to share one of my favorite projects from this summer with you guys. This DIY Pallet Wall Art was a pretty easy and fun project, making a great statement piece on our large and somewhat boring brick wall in the backyard. 

DIY Pallet Wood State Wall Art

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How to Make a Homecoming Mum

This season, OZARKA® will be celebrating the three main facets of Texas high school football -community pride, homecoming and tailgating: I’ve partnered with OZARKA to bring homecoming to life and share my tips and tricks for how to make the best mums around.

Before school even starts back up in the Fall, we are already getting in to the swing of things with football, since we now have a high school football player. We’re a family of sports fans, so it’s no surprise we love our local football teams. Not only that, but we love all of the events that surround high school football, especially when Homecoming rolls around. I have a special reason Homecoming is so near and dear to my heart I’ll share later in this post.

When the topic of Homecoming comes up, most people think about football and dances. Here in Texas, most people think about mums, because they are BIG! No really, they are huge. I hear it’s just a Texas thing, but since I’ve lived here my entire life, I don’t really know any other way. I will say that over time, these beauties have only gotten bigger! The bigger they are, the most expensive they are, too. BUT, you can save yourself quite a bit of money if you know how to make a Homecoming mum!  

How to Make a Homecoming Mum

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