Thursday, March 23, 2023

Jackson's Review...

*This is a sponsored post written by me on
behalf of Jackson'sAll opinions are 100% mine.*

Thanks to Jackson's I am super excited to tell you about their delicious sweet potato chips!

When the Reamer's son was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder, their top priority was to find ways to ease his symptoms. They discovered that a high fat, low-carb diet with an emphasis on coconut oil and other premium fats greatly improved his health.

Their whole family adopted this way of eating. They missed snack foods, so they set out to make their own. The sweet potato chips were too good not to share so they started Jackson's. His legacy lives on through their company and the snacks he inspired. 

Their story touched our family deeply. We love that these chips only have three simple ingredients! 

They kettle cook their non-GMO, heirloom sweet potatoes in premium avocado or coconut oil to a savory crunch. Then they give them a sprinkle of sea salt. 

It is fantastic even with a sensitive stomach I can enjoy these without feeling yucky after eating them.

We couldn't wait to try them out here at our house...

First, we tried the avocado oil ones. We instantly fell in love with how delicious they are! They are crunchy and so flavorful and good. 

Next, we tried the coconut oil ones. I couldn't decide which I like better because they are both scrumptious! I am so happy to finally have found some healthy chips that I can enjoy at home and on the go!

My hubby said his favorite flavor is the Carolina BBQ. I really love the Sea Salt, but they are all really delicious! I can't wait to serve them at our Easter party, and I know everyone is going to love them as much as we do.

Thank you so much Jackson's for the amazing products!

Thursday, March 9, 2023

A Mom’s Guide To Keeping Up With High-Energy Kids...

Small lifestyle and schedule changes can make a big difference when keeping up with high-energy kids.

Each stage of parenthood comes with its own unique challenges. When your child finally reaches the stage in their development where they learn how to walk, parenthood becomes a game of keeping up with your little explorers. As a parent who may not be used to running around all day to herd young kids, it can be a big adjustment to keep up with high-energy kids.

Fear not, though. This guide is filled with tips and tricks to help you keep up with your kiddos to get the most out of your time together. 

Prioritize your health! Healthy eating and regular exercise can help you boost your energy levels.

Your own health is just as important as your child’s health. If you aren’t taking care of yourself, it will be much more difficult to keep up with your kids. Focusing on a healthy diet is a great way to start. By prioritizing healthy eating, you will notice a huge shift in your energy levels. Plus, practicing healthy eating habits sets a good example for your kids to practice healthy eating habits of their own. 

Another way to prioritize your health is to make time to exercise. After keeping up with high-energy kids all day, it may seem impossible to make time to work out on your own, but working out regularly can actually help you be more energetic.

Even joining your kids during their playtime can be a great way to be active. Try fitting exercise into small chunks, combining your chores and exercise together, or even trade off times with your partner to encourage each other to get in some exercise time. 

Find pain relief remedies that work for you. Don’t let pain and soreness keep you from playtime with your kids.

High-energy kids are on the go non-stop. Let’s face it: any increase in physical activity is likely to cause some soreness in your body. So, you will need to find ways to relieve that pain and soreness in your body to keep up with your kids. While over-the-counter pain relievers, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen, are great ways to find relief, it’s not always recommended to take these medications regularly. Luckily, there are plenty of alternatives to relieve pain naturally and stay moving.

One of the best ways to relieve pain is through a topical pain-relieving cream. Topicals are a great alternative to OTC medications because you can apply the cream right on the spot that’s bothering you to pinpoint pain relief. On the other hand, OTC medications send the medication through your entire body, treating areas that may not need to be treated.

So, how exactly do these topical creams work? Well, most often they contain ingredients like menthol, camphor, and Arnica Montana that act as anti-inflammatories to provide relief. When the topical is applied to the skin, some of the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream to relieve pain while providing a cooling sensation to help decrease blood flow and encourage faster healing.

Try to get enough sleep. Good sleep for parents starts with good sleeping habits for kids.

As a parent, getting enough sleep is often easier said than done, but a good night’s rest is crucial for both you and your kids. Getting enough sleep as a parent starts with helping your kids develop good sleep habits of their own.

Here are some tips to help you get started:
Establish a routine - Starting a routine with your kids will help them recognize when it’s time to go to bed. Take the time to give them a bath, brush their teeth, or read a bedtime story. 
Avoid high-energy activities right before bed - Especially with high-energy kids, it may feel like letting them get their energy out right before bedtime will help them sleep better. This will actually just get them too energized and excited, which may make it harder for them to go to bed. Instead, choose calming activities like listening to quiet music. 
Make their environment as comfortable as possible - Make sure your kid’s room is set up so they have fewer excuses to fight sleep. Get them a bottle of water, put a night light on, or whatever else they may need to sleep better. You can even let them take their favorite toy or blanket to bed as long as they are sleep-safe.  
Avoid co-sleeping - Letting your kids sleep in the same bed as you can make it harder for them to fall asleep when they are in bed alone. While it is OK to let your kids sleep in bed with you from time to time, it’s best that they sleep alone. 
Stop going into their room to check in on them - This is normally the hardest of all rules to follow, but it can make a big difference in your child’s sleeping habits. Your child may figure out that each time they cry, someone will come to check on them. So, as long as you make sure they are safe before bed, you should avoid popping into their room every evening when they cry. 
Be consistent - Consistency is key to good sleep. Keep consistent with your bedtime routine and make bedtime the same every night so your child knows what to expect every evening. 
Be patient - Especially if your child has had trouble sleeping, keep in mind that change is not going to happen overnight. Be patient and stay positive with your children as they adjust to this change.

With good sleeping habits underway, you can finally follow that age-old tip “sleep when your kids do.” As you work to help your child develop healthy sleeping habits of their own, consider making positive changes in your own routine to help you sleep better as well.

Maintain a routine, family routines give kids a sense of structure and stability.

Kids need structure and routine in their lives. Family routines can not only help your family strengthen your relationships, but they can also provide a predictable environment for your kids, which helps them feel safer and more comfortable. Routine can also help your children develop responsible habits and basic skills that will help allow them to be more independent later in life.
Good routines and structure have three key components: 
Consistency - Make sure you do the same thing every time. 
Predictability - Allow your child to understand or expect what is going to happen on a day-to-day basis. 
Follow-through - Use consequences—both positive and negative—to enforce the routine. Positive consequences can be things like offering praise when your child follows the routine, and negative consequences can be things like a time-out when they do not follow the routine. 
Establishing and sticking to routines for high-energy kids will help them understand and differentiate when it’s time to let their energy out and when it’s time to settle down into a calmer mood.

Follow the 10-minute clean rule. Schedule small chunks of time to accomplish household tasks and get your kids involved in the action.

Having high-energy kids can sometimes feel like you have mini tornados ripping through your home. After playing all day, it can sometimes feel impossible to find time to clean the house. The 10-minute cleaning rule can help boost your productivity and motivation to accomplish some of your household tasks.

Here’s what you need to do:
Make a to-do list of all the cleaning tasks you want to accomplish.
Find a chunk of time that you can devote 10 minutes to cleaning. 
From your to-do list, pick out the most important task for you to accomplish. 
Set a timer for 10 minutes and for that entire time, focus only on that task. 
Do this every day and you can start to chip away at the daunting cleaning tasks that may feel too overwhelming to start. 

To get your cleaning tasks finished even quicker, you can enlist your kids to help out without making it feel like they’re doing chores. Here are some ways you can encourage your kids to help around the house:

Make it fun by giving your kids a title - Giving your kids a title like “helper” is a fun way to get them excited about household tasks. It will help them understand they are doing a good job and encourage them to want to help more. 
Give age-appropriate tasks - Kids at almost every age can do something to help out with cleaning chores. Toddlers can do something as simple as putting their toys away where as older kids can take on a bit more responsibility. 
Establish a routine - Giving your child tasks to do on a regular basis—whether it is daily or a couple of times per week—helps establish a sense of responsibility in your child. Be sure to switch up their tasks from time to time so that they don’t get bored. 
Praise the work they do - Give your child a positive response to their accomplishments through praise. Tell them they’ve done a good job and that you are proud of their work. This will give them a positive outlook on the tasks they are doing and encourage them to continue helping. 
Carving time out and encouraging your kiddos to help out from time to time will help you keep up with the tasks you need to complete around the house. 

All in all, keeping pace with a high-energy kid can be a challenge. However, with a few adjustments in your schedule and your lifestyle, you can make sure you’re up to the challenge. By making these small adjustments and sticking to them, you can make the most of your time with your kiddos.

*This article is in collaboration with Responsival!

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

I love to pamper myself while traveling...

My hubby and I love to travel! We have been blessed to be able to travel all over the world. I also have had many opportunities to be on movie sets and it's a blast!

We always love affordable international vacations that we plan together as well. My angel mom used to always tell us that half the fun is in the planning, and she is so right! 

When we travel, we like to learn about where we are going before we get there. We research about the place, and then it is always more meaningful to us when we travel. My dear parents shared with us that they went on their honeymoon to a private island. Then for our wedding anniversary, we had so much fun going to the same island they went to on their honeymoon.

It is always so exciting spending time together looking for the best vacation spots. We had lots of fun in Paris...

We enjoyed all of the amazing things there was to see and do there! Our room had a magical view of the Eiffel Tower. We loved seeing it all lit up, it was so stunning! 

I never dreamed when I was younger that I would be able to travel as much as I get to. I am extremely thankful for all of our incredible experiences that our family gets to share together. Building memories together is so wonderful and something that we all love to do.

My hubby and I love to fly and it's always so exciting looking forward to our next adventure! 

I always enjoy pampering myself and trying lots of different types of foods when I travel as well. This world is such a magnificent place and there is so much to discover and see!

Here are some pamper ideas for when you travel:

1. I love to listen to some of my favorite audiobooks when waiting in lines and when on long flights.
2. Bring along your relaxing sound machine or have a saved playlist so you can listen while traveling. 
3. We love getting massages and visiting elegant day spas.
4. Make time to unplug and just savor the moment and enjoy the peace and beauty around you.
5. Pack your comfy and also luxurious pajamas. 
6. I always wear shoes that I have worn before and that I know will be comfortable when I walk a lot.
7. Leave time open for relaxing and to have room to add activities that you find or see.
8. Try something each time you travel that is new and that you have never done before to pamper yourself. Even if it is just a new location to slow down and find calm in.

You know all of those places you want to see and all of those cool things you want to do? It is time to start planning them and setting goals to make them happen! 

This year I have set some amazing travel goals. I am ready to experience new levels of awesomeness! I would love to hear some of your favorite places that you have traveled. 

*This article is in collaboration with Responsival!

Monday, March 6, 2023

Superior Source March Review and Giveaway...

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf
 of Superior Source. All opinions are 100% mine.*

Thanks to Superior Sourceam super excited to tell you about some of their products!

Our family loves their micro instant dissolve tablets...

ALL of the Superior Source Vitamins are clean, pure and simple - the way nature intended.
  • NO chemicals, preservatives, binders, excessive fillers or artificial colors
  • Their tiny MicroLingual® Tablets dissolve instantly for quicker absorption!
  • NO pills to swallow – NO water needed
  • Trusted Brand – Made in the USA
  • Making quality vitamins and supplements for over 50 years!

Since we travel often, the micro tablets and small bottles they come in are just perfect for us! It is also great you can even take them without water. 

The soft molded MicroLingual® tablets dissolve immediately under the tongue, resulting in quick absorption into the body where potency isn’t lost in the high acid environment of the stomach.

I can't wait to share these amazing deals with you...

Superior Source has partnered with to ring in a healthy year with their best-selling vitamins 15% to 30% OFF – while supplies last here.

We are thrilled to have these fantastic products in our home! They are just what we need to help us stay healthy. Thank you so very much Superior Source for the amazing products!
Now here's the really exciting part!
I get to give a really lucky winner these 6 amazing vitamins: Melatonin, Vitamin B12, Kid’s Clean Melts™ – C + D3, Vitamin D3, Biotin and Vitamin K!

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Thursday, February 16, 2023

I love dried flowers and calming bath gifts!

I love to give gifts that are calming and help uplift people. I think these dried flowers are absolutely beautiful! Our family thinks it is great that when cared for properly, dried flowers last for a long time.

With life getting so busy it is important to relax and pamper ourselves. My hubby is so sweet and will often spoil me with gifts that help me to stay calm. Dried flowers and bath gifts are a couple of my personal favorites! When I am looking for gift ideas for family and friends, I try to think of things that will help calm and uplift them as well.

I think white dried palm flowers are so elegant. They remind me of all of the fun tropical places we travel to. What a classy idea to add some of them to one of our bathrooms. Our master bathroom has a tropical theme that they would be perfect in. It would be cool to add other dried flowers with color to them also. I could have so much fun coming up with different ways to use them.

Heart shaped dried flowers are brilliant...

This blossom and twig wreath is so pretty! It would be fabulous to hang in my master bedroom. I love all things hearts. They remind me of my angel mom who is in Heaven. She is truly inspiring, beautiful and a great loving example for all of her family and friends.

I remember when I was a young girl my angel mom gave me some cute, dried flowers. I had them in a little vase sitting by my bed and they made me smile. Special memories like that are so dear to me.

Heart dried flower gifts are a great way to show your love. We all could help bring more joy and love into the world. I am a firm believer of spreading love and sunshine. These dried sunrise and floral wreaths are nice too!

To add to my heart collection, these heart bath soaps are just what I need...

I can't wait to try these petite quartz crystal infused soaps! They sound heavenly and are fragranced with ylang ylang, wild orange, rosemary, lavender and peppermint. Scented soaps are for sure a great way to add more luxury to your home spa experience.

When you add dried flowers and amazing scents to your bathroom it helps it become luxurious. I travel often but when I am not on vacation, I like to bring calm and tranquility into my home as much as possible.

I have a heart shaped candle that I love for bath time as well. Bath salts, bath fizzes and travel candles are other things I use often to help me relax and stay calm. I make time daily for pampering myself sessions to help me stay at my very best.

Another one of my must haves are shower steamers...

You can elevate your shower with shower steamers in different botanical fragrances. You just get them wet to activate and then place them on the shelf or floor of your shower to diffuse the scent. We think it is awesome that the tablets can also be used in your bath.

Shower steamers smell good, relax you, can relieve congestion and they don't leave oils on your skin. I love including these with dried flowers for gift giving. My hubby and I both like to use them at home and when we are traveling.

When I first found out about shower steamers I was thrilled. They are perfect for when I am in a hurry and don't have time for a bath, but I still want to experience relaxation. The ones that include pure energy peppermint and eucalyptus are great for clearing my sinuses.

I adore Fields of Lavendar Bouquets...

This dried flower classic features natural dried lavender. What an excellent gift idea. The benefits of lavender are incredible! It can help with sleep, reducing pain and inflammation, helps with mood and much more.

As I learn more about all of the different benefits of lavender, I have been including it into my home more often. I enjoy sipping on herbal lavender tea before bed. It helps me relax and sleep well through the night. 

I hope you enjoyed reading about how dried flowers and bath gifts are some of my favorite calming gifts. As we make time to pamper ourselves and bring joy to others, let us spread love and kindness along the way.

*This article is in collaboration with!

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

February Gift Guide 2023

*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the
companies included in this gift guideAll opinions are 100% mine.* 

I am super excited to share some of our favorite gifts with you in this February 2023 Gift Guide!

First, check out these awesome custom pet portraits...

Our family loves all of the different costumes and backgrounds they have to pick from.

My hubby was excited they have Film and TV themes.

They also have options for more than one pet as well which we think is marvelous! 

We know these custom pet portraits are for sure going to be a huge hit! They design an incredible life like masterpiece based on the photo of your pet. 

It's super easy just choose your costume, upload your photo, then your art will be ready to preview in 2-3 days!

What a brilliant idea to surprise family and friends with!

I am excited to see the joy and smiles they will bring. 

These custom pet portraits make the perfect pet lover gift that everyone will love and treasure! 

*This is in collaboration with Responsival!


Next, we love the amazing products that Lovepop offers...

They have such a fun variety of products for everyone on your list! 
Their love items are fabulous, and they have several different ones to pick from.

Their I Love You Pop-up card with adorable hearts is so fun! I am a firm believer of spreading love and sunshine and these are a great way to help do that.

We also love the Truckloads of Love card... 

The license plate says love on the front and the heart mirrors make me smile. I know my dad is going to love it!

These cards also come with a little note card that slides away for you to add your own personal message on. 

Next, check out their new Handcrafted Paper Flowers...

These roses are allergy-friendly, will never wilt, no water is needed, and they will last. I think they are so beautiful! 

From decorations and flower bouquets to shareable cards and stationery, Lovepop’s handcrafted pop-up products make it easy to celebrate every holiday, milestone, and occasion in meaningful and memorable ways. 

Make sure and head on over to Lovepop to see so many more and get your fabulous items ordered now!


Next, I adore Shamelessly Glamorous and their products...

Have you ever signed your love letters with X's and O's?

Well now you don't have to, you can just wear your X's and O's Tee and save the ink.

I think the Hugs and Kisses Tee is so fun and cute! What a great idea for gifts as well.
With Valentine's Day coming soon this would be fabulous to wear and show off to family and friends. 
I also love the different accessories they have...

The cute and sassy cap is made of 100% cotton and is comfortable and easy to wear. 

I think the pink bag with changeable camouflage strap is just what I need to add to my collection.

Check out these awesome red Corkys Boujee Boots...

They are sleek, comfortable, and have a 2-inch heel. These boots will be perfect for a night out on the town.

The zip-back closure with tassel detailing makes them really easy to take on and off.

I think it is great they even have memory foam inside. I love boots and these are stunning!

Make sure and check out this boutique and all of the other amazing Shamelessly Glamorous products


Next, we love Winning Moves Games...

This month is a wonderful time to play some fun games as you gather together with your loved ones. 

I am excited to tell you about a few of their new games...

Mix up the Twistables puzzle and then twist the puzzle back in order as quickly as you can, so that each of the six sides shows a solid color. 

This cool puzzle also comes in a 2x2x2 and 4x4x4 size as well. What a great idea to get several of them for everyone on your list to enjoy!

Next, check out their Insert Card Here game...

Things move fast as the high and low cards in play change quickly throughout this game. 

You have to manage your cards carefully, so you have one that fits between the high and low cards on your turn. The wild and reverse cards keep the game hopping.

Our family is excited to play Scattergories Stackagories...

The great game of Scattergories debuted in 1988 and now there’s a new twist on the game! Each player controls their own set of colored stacking pieces.

Lay out the Letter Cards, flip a Category Card and the one-minute timer and the game is on! Players, playing simultaneously, shout out words that fit the category and place one of their stacking pieces on the corresponding letter card.

When time’s up, the player who has their colored stacking piece on the top of the stack scores for that card. The more pieces under their piece, the higher the score!

Make sure and check out Winning Moves Games!


Next, we love APCO Boutique and their products...

You can find fabulous, hand-picked items that make perfect gifts at this modern lifestyle shop!

Their luxury hand creams moisturize and nourish with vitamin E, pure natural oil, and botanical extracts. 

Turn any space into a deserved and luxurious escape with The Beauty of Hope’s signature Peach & White Tea candle.

Fill the room with the light, crisp, sweet scent of fresh peach and the soft, floral notes of white tea.

It has 60 hours of burn time, hand-poured with 100% soybeans and has a lead-free cotton wick.

These fabulous flower bath bombs are just what I need to help me to stay calm. 

Fragrances are an assortment of lavender, lilac, hibiscus, citrus blossom, orange blossom, eucalyptus, cherry blossom, peony, honeysuckle, rose, and plumeria.

Check out their Eternal Love Necklace Set...

This beautiful set comes with a heart charm paperclip chain and a ball chain necklace with black pendant. 

I enjoy giving and receiving gifts that help you relax, unplug and take time for yourself to rebuild and refuel.

Our family also loves that they have fabulous apparel, accessories, baby & kid's items and more.

Make sure and check out APCO Boutique!


Next, I know all of the people on your list will love some yummy goodness from Mackenzie Limited...

In their serious pursuit of culinary excellence, they travel the world to uncover the “best of the best”.

When you order from Mackenzie Limited, you receive unique, outstanding and scrumptious gourmet foods.

The Linzer Heart Cookies feature a heart-shaped butter cookie, topped with raspberry jam and a hand-piped almond meringue. These are so yummy, we love them!
I think these are going to be amazing to serve at our next family get together as well. 

These adorable Valentine's Petit Fours have delicate layers of moist cake filled with a delicious variety of buttercreams and fruit purees.

They feature four incredible flavors: strawberry cream, truffle, chocolate cherry, and raspberry. 

You also will not want to miss out on these incredible milk chocolate Heart-Shaped Cocoa Bombs.

They are filled with shaved chocolate and mini marshmallows. Drop them in a mug of hot milk and watch them dissolve into a decadent hot cocoa.

Make sure and visit Mackenzie Limited we know you will love them as much as we do!

Thank you so very much for checking out my February Gift Guide, watch for more gift ideas coming soon.