Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Grace Hill Media Sponsored Post - GREATER

I've partnered with Grace Hill Media again, this time to bring you a wonderful, family friendly film called GREATER. GREATER is an inspirational movie based on the life of Brandon Burlsworth that reminds us that any dream is possible. GREATER releases in theaters this August 26. Brandon had one dream – to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks.  Unfortunately, Brandon was a clumsy player who lacked the physical prowess to make the team.  He was written off by coaches and teased by his fellow teammates.  Undeterred, Brandon continued to show-up for practice.  He woke up before anyone else and worked harder than anyone else, until his determination paid off.  Not only was he given an opportunity to walk-on and play football – he became one of the greatest players on the field, and was drafted to the Indianapolis Colts. 

Brandon was known for his character, he was a devoted Christian who never drank or cursed. He was humble and went home to visit his mother every weekend. Not only did he play football he also earned a bachelor's and master's degree while doing it.

Here is a movie that will inspire your family and teach you to never give up. The main character is a Christian and his faith is shown often during the film. The world needs more films like this!

Watch the trailer here:

What dreams or goals do you have for this school year? Be like Brandon and don't give up, inspire others! My goal for this school year is to run a successful business (more on that later...) and to get out of myself and be more outgoing. As an introvert it is hard for me to talk to people and at times that is a real struggle. I don't want to teach my girls the same trait, and it definitely is not good for business. So I have a goal to try and make more connections, be friendly even when I struggle to talk to new people and really work on being successful.

This is not a large goal compared to some. But if you are an introvert you know how hard it is to change that!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Summer Wind Down

Can someone tell me how there's only 2 weeks left until school starts back up?! I feel like summer just went so fast! Don't get me wrong, I actually am sort of looking forward to school starting up because I think that there needs to be some structure put back into Anni's day, and that's hard for me to do here (which is why I don't homeschool...) It will be good for her to get back into consistent learning. And, it will be so quiet here during the day!

The state fair starts this week too. I did get a doll done for it, so we will see how this year turns out. So far I have gotten 4th and 3rd places. I think it's an old lady who judges the dolls, because her comments on the judge card afterwards are always hilarious to me... like she doesn't like the color combination of the clothes, or the hair (real alpaca locks which are pricey!) looks messy. So this year I went with a baby, somewhat based off of Anni as a toddler.

My garden went okay this year. I'm hoping to build a raised bed out in the actual yard next year, because my current garden doesn't get enough sun in it so many of the plants don't get big enough. Some do fine, but not all. So we will see. I still have gourds growing, so hopefully they get large enough, they're to make birdhouses with. Anni planted some watermelon, but I doubt they will get large enough to eat because of lack of sun. And my potatoes always do well.

Other than that, nothing too exciting here, which is why the lack of posting. I feel like there was so much I wanted to get done this summer, and I don't even know if I did it all! It went so fast. Ah well. Pretty soon is my favorite season, fall. And then hockey season starts :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Gah. Again I am so behind. Sorry! But somehow my baby turned one last Thursday. What? How?

I had given her the birthday gift from me a week early as I found it used on a b/s/t group, and a baby doesn't know one day from another really. But she did open a few gifts from my sister on her actual birthday, and then we had a party for her at my parent's house on Friday. My mom and her actually have the same birthday!

I swear even though the time goes fast once you have a child, it goes even faster the second time around!

Anni was walking before 11 months and she is still not walking, but she does a funny sloth crawl with her back legs fully extended, which I think is her transition into walking, and she can stand on her own. She's also much quieter but that's okay too. I know she just takes after me more, more laid back and quiet.

So, here's some pictures!

 With her birthday present from me, a ride on toy and walker combo the YBike Pewi

On her birthday opening a few presents

At her party, unlike her big sister she devoured the cake. Anni wouldn't even eat the frosting when she turned one haha!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

TCC Wireless School Rocks Backpack Giveaways

I just thought I'd share this info in case it will help anyone out, I haven't participated in the past, but maybe someone will need this info.

On this Saturday, July 30th, from noon-3, many TCC Wireless locations will be giving away 200 backpacks with school supplies in them per location. You can search for participating locations here, if there's a backpack icon by the location then they will have them, but you may want to call the location to confirm.

The child does need to be present to get the backpack however.

So, if your child is in need of school supplies go check it out! Not every area has these stores though!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Feast of St. Anne

I'm feeling pretty on top of it this time around, today is the Feast of St. Anne and Joachim in the Catholic Church, and I finally this year remembered to celebrate since part of Anni's name comes from St. Anne. I'm striving to bring more faith into our home life, and this is one simple way to do it.

So, this morning I surprised her with this pretty statue for her room.

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We just recently got her a bigger bed, she's been in a tiny toddler bed up until now, I'll have to share photos, I found a free bed one a local b/s/t group I'm in on facebook and I repainted it and her mattress should get here tomorrow. So, she's finally getting a big girl room.

We also had cupcakes for breakfast :) If I was more crazy I would have made something more specifically relating to St. Anne, but who doesn't love cupcakes for breakfast. Next year I need to plan better and do more activities, but as the first year I actually remembered before the day, at least we made it a little fun for her today.

Also, I've got an easy giveaway happening over at this post if you missed it. Nominate someone to win a $25 gift card! I'll probably pick a winner Monday.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Born This Way - Sponsored Post and Giveaway!

I'm partnering with Grace Hill Media to talk about a great show on A&E called "Born This Way" and as an added plus, Grace Hill Media has kindly donated a $25 Target gift card to be given away too, read further for more details!

Born This Way chronicles the lives of a group of young adults born with Down syndrome as they pursue their passions while defying society's expectations. The series also follows their parents who share their own journey of joy, sacrifice, and unconditional love.

Born This Way season 2 airs Tuesday July 26th on A&E at 10/9c.

Watch season 2 trailer here

Born This Way is such an inspirational show, watching young adults overcome society's view of how a person with Down syndrome should live and bringing more awareness to society as a whole makes this show a must watch in my opinion. I know I will be watching!

Now for the giveaway! Grace Hill Media has kindly offered a $25 Target gift card to another inspirational person. So, please nominate someone who has been inspirational to you in the comments and they could win the gift card! I will randomly choose a winner to receive the gift card, or have Anni pick a name out of a hat :)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Homemade Bluebird Suet Recipe

We've been feeding the bluebirds in our yard mealworms out of a dish (actually a dish in an Oriole feeder, but since I never saw an Oriole I switched to feeding bluebirds out of it as it has two dishes, which makes it perfect for feeding mealworms in one dish and suet in the other!) but I really wanted to offer something else too, I mean, mealworms don't seem like they're all that nutritious by themselves.

So, here is one of the many various homemade suet recipes that you can make, and it seems like birds much prefer homemade to the store bought suet too! And, as a plus many other birds will eat this suet, it's not just for bluebirds, woodpeckers, blue jays and many other birds will enjoy this too if you don't have bluebirds in your yard!

I've posted the video at the end if you'd like to watch how to make it with us.

  • 1 c crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 c melted vegetable shortening (Crisco or lard)
  • 1 c honey
  • 1 c unbleached or whole flour (can use white if that's all you have)
  • 3 c yellow cornmeal
  • 1 c quick cook oats
  • Extras: we used 3/4 c chopped raisins, can also use chopped dried blueberriess, chopped peanut hearts or 1 c fine sunflower seed chips
Amounts don't need to exact for this recipe, so it's a great one to do with kids!

First you will melt your vegetable shortening in the microwave for about 2 minutes, or until melted.Once that is melted, add the peanut butter to it and stir, the peanut butter will melt in the hot vegetable shortening making it easier to mix. Also add the honey to this mix, you can melt the honey a bit also if it's too hard to mix.

In a separate bowl, add your dry ingredients together (1 c flour,  3 c yellow cornmeal and 1 c quick cook oats)

Then, to your dry ingredients pour in your shortening, peanut butter and honey mix. Also add in any extras, I used chopped raisins since whole are too big for bluebirds. You can chop them, but I just did mine in a food processor with a dash of water to prevent them from sticking together in a huge lump.

Then mix it all together. It will be hard to mix, so you can choose to use your hands if you want. You'll want it to be like cookie dough when done. If it's too sticky you can add more flour, or if not sticky enough you can add more honey.

I then crumbled mine into bite size pieces as seen in the photo and laid them on a cookie sheet. Once they were cooled off then I put a majority of them in a storage container and put them in the freezer to take out ass needed. If you don't want crumbles you can also press this into a greased cookie sheet, perhaps add more seeds to this so that it is a thicker consistency and then refrigerate. When hard you can slice it and store the blocks in the freezer in a bag, separated with wax paper.

You can easily customize this to whatever birds you have in your area, if you have more woodpeckers, add more peanuts and seeds instead of fruit. Lots of possibilities!

And here is the video!