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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Upcoming Asheville Events

- Upcoming Asheville Events -

Redstone Arsenal Army Concert Tour
Photo by Rob McIlvaine via Flickr

Bob Dylan

When - Apr 30, 2013 7:30 PM (Tuesday)
Where - US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC

Band of Horses

When - May 1, 2013 8:00 PM (Wednesday)
Where - US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC

Tedeschi Trucks Band

When - May 2, 2013 8:00 PM (Thursday)
Where - US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC

Jim James

When - May 3, 2013 8:00 PM (Friday)
Where - The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC

Opeth plus Katatonia

When - May 6, 2013 8:00 PM (Monday)
Where - The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC

Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus

When - May 9, 2013 7:00 PM (Thursday)
Where - US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC

Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band plus The Felice Brothers

When - May 13, 2013 8:00 PM (Monday)
Where - The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC

Old Crow Medicine Show

When - May 15, 2013 8:00 PM (Wednesday)
Where - US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC

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Crafting Mini-Courses are now available

Craftsy Logo

Craftsy now has mini-courses!!!

Craftsy's mini-courses have the same great content that we all have come to expect from  but feature student-led discussions and are much shorter in length than the regular courses.
They're a perfect way to learn new skills and experience the Craftsy platform first-hand!

I'm super excited about the mini-courses and have big plans on what I'm taking next!

One of the mini-courses at Craftsy is called Sewing Machine 911. I recently got a sewing machine but since I haven't use one in many years... I could use a refresher course. In this course I am hoping to learn how to clean and maintain my sewing machine with lots of neat tips and tricks.
I'm also looking forward to taking The Hand-Painted Cake Course! I look forward to learning how to make edible works of art to show off to my family and friends. My daughters' birthdays are coming up and I would LOVE to make a one of a kind cake for my precious girls!
Take a look at all of the other free Craftsy mini-courses that are available!

Krill Oil Review and Giveaway

When it comes to supplements, I'm no genius. I've taken them in the past but never stuck to anything. When I got the opportunity to try out Everest Nutrition Krill Oil, I wasn't sure how I would like it... Until I did some research!

I learned that not only can krill oil help with my memory and focus but it could also help with my skin condition that likes to try and take over my life... I have psoriasis. Before taking Krill Oil, I had no clue that the Omega-3 that the supplements contain could benefit me and my fiance in more than one way.

I've only been taking Everest Nutrition Krill Oil for a few days and I've already noticed a bit of change. My head hasn't been bothering me nearly as bad as normal and I have to say that I do feel a bit more perkier as well. My fiance and I have been waking up a bit earlier as well. (I'm not a morning person but I'm trying to be)

As with many supplements, gaining all the benefits, comes with continued use. My daughters recently started taking vitamins that contain Omega-3 and they are very excited that mommy and daddy have a supplement to take as well. Healthy behaviors in kids are shown through their parents. If they see us take our vitamins then they will be more likely to want to take theirs on a regular basis and that makes me smile. I'm looking forward to gaining all benefits from the continued use of Everest Nutrition Krill Oil.

Make sure you check out what Pea Of Sweetness and Savory Savings have to say about their experiences with Everest Nutrition Krill Oil as well.
Below I've added a few benefits that I've learned while researching Krill Oil.
I was very surprised at what I was able to find out.


The American Heart Association started recommending eating fish at least twice a week due to the effect of Omega-3 on heart health, but many fish are polluted with mercury and other heavy metals which are detrimental to health. Krill oil is less likely to be polluted and has a much higher level of Omega-3 than regular fish oil.

  • Krill Oil greatly enhances the functioning of the brain. Deteriorating of the brain has increased in adults due to dementia. It seems like some even start in their 40's.
  • It's easier to prevent diseases of the brain than to treat them. Mercury, aluminum and other heavy metals have been said to cause several forms of dementia. The brain is 50% fat.
  • It's important to have high-quality Omega-3 fats that are not oxidized.
  • Krill oil contains a special antioxidant that keeps the Omega-3 from being destroyed so you can gain the krill oil benefits.
  • Krill Oil can also improve your heart and cardiovascular system.
  • Omega-3 can help with all diseases of inflammation from arthritis to joint pain to cancer.
  • It is also said that the Omega-3 in krill oil can help with skin conditions such as dermatitis and psoriasis, and even help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. (This is a big plus for me due to me having psoriasis)
  • It is also said that the oil found naturally in krill can help with symptoms of PMS, including bloating, anxiousness, and abdominal or lower back pain! (This is another big plus for me)
  • Another of the krill oil benefits is that this oil can help people with high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  • Krill oil is full of Omega-3 and can help lower triglycerides and Apo proteins (which are said to lead to Diabetes)


This information is not to be construed as medical advice. Consult a physician before using any vitamins or supplements.

Win your own bottle of Everest Nutrition Krill Oil supplements through the giveaway below. Their will be 2 winners!

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post other than the free product mentioned above for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own and was influenced by noone. My opinions may differ from your own. The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with the company named above. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received.
** This promotion is no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Etsy or Instagram**
To win, you must complete the Entry.
This giveaway is compliant with Facebook Rules!
Must be aged 18+ to enter and win. US Only.
Bloggers are NOT responsible for delivery of prize. 

Natural Acne Mask

- Natural Acne Mask -
Using Tomato Juice

Photo by hermanturnip on Flickr

  • Cleanse face with Soap and Warm Water
  • Dry Face
  • Cut a Tomato in half and rub the cut side over the surface of your face while gebtly squeezing to slowly release the juices
  • Leave the juice on your face for 10-15 minutes
  • Rinse

Always remember to be cautious when your putting things on your skin, even if it's natural. Some people may be sensitive to the acid in tomato juice.

I love going on a search for Natural Remedies!
You can find all kinds of different ways to natural cure or help something without putting all those harmful chemicals in/on our bodies. It makes me feel better to know that my daughters' sensitive skin won't be irritated.
I found this remedie at

As Seen On TV

- As Seen On TV -

I don't know about you but I LOVE all those cool products that you see on TV that are only sold from the TV ad, online or from one of the As Seen On TV Stores.

I've made a list of my favorite As Seen On TV products.
If you would like to find out more about the product or purchase one for yourself, click the banners and you will be taken to just the place you'll want to be.


As Seen On TV Banana Giant - Grow Your Own Delicious Bananas. Bananas are the perfect ingredient for cereal, pancakes, muffins and bread. Five times the vitamin A, five times the iron, 3 times the phosphorus and lots of potassium.

Buy 1 Plant, Get 1 Plant Free for Only $10 + P&H
Click Here

As Seen on TV Tomato Giant - Super Size Your Tomatoes

Grow juicy tomatoes in your very own home

Buy 2 Giant Tomato Trees, Get 1 Free for Only $10 + S&H
Click Here

Topsy Turvy upside down tomato planter grows delicious homegrown tomatoes without the backbreaking work. Topsy Turvy tomato planter works in a simple yet ingenious way. **New offer - Get 2 Topsy Turvy Tomato Planters and 2 Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planters - only $10.00 + P&H.** (originally $19.95 for just the Tomato Planters) Click Here

Monday, April 29, 2013

A Monster of a Mother’s Day Giveaway - Over $3,000 in Giveaways and 23 Winners!

Are you ready for a MONSTERIOUS Mother's Day Giveaway??

Ok guys! I have been working hard to bring you an AMAZING
Mother's Day Giveaway
with lots of gifts that you all will LOVE!

These prizes are WONDERFUL and some of them you won't be able to get through another giveaway anytime soon!!
Don't miss your chance!

Here are ALL the participating brands and ALL of the details!
There will be ONE Winner for each gift!

writeon-Mother's Day

1. 2 nights at the Palms Resort in Las Vegas $600

2. $250 Gift Certificate to Posh Tots $250
3. Timi + Leslie Abby Bag in Ocean Blue $180
4. Sail to Sable Mommy + Me Tunic $206
5. Lane Boots in Bella $420
6. Temptu Flawless Complexion Airbrush Makeup System $225
7. Tieks Ballet Flats $295
8. Hayden Reis Cross Fit I LOVE Squats Tote $68
9. Zulily Aimee Canvas Beach Tote in Jade Green $60
10. Gyft Gift Certificates $50 Zappos, $50 Sephora
11. Skinny Bikini Turquoise Russian Doll Kaftan $248
12. Goods by Grinn gold foil heart pillow $36
13. Olivia + Joy Trixie Bag $78
14. $100 gift certificate to Lending Luxury $100
16. Dogeared I love Mom Pearl Necklace $44
18. Compliment Short Jade Malaysian necklace $42
20. Essence of Vail Soothing Sleep Gift Box $72
22. Jordache leopard skinny jeans $15.44
23. Origami Owl charms from Amy $60

There will be ONE lucky Mommy Guru winner for each item.
There are a lot of ways for you to enter and to gain more entries.
To enter, please use the Rafflecopter form below.
Giveaway ends May 12th at 11:59pm EST open to US residents only
Ages 18+

Good luck!

The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received.
** This promotion is no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Etsy or Instagram**
To win, you must fill out the Entry.
This giveaway is compliant with Facebook Rules!
Must be aged 18+ to enter and win. US Only.
Bloggers are NOT responsible for delivery of prize.

The Skoy Scrub Giveaway

Welcome to the Skoy Scrub Giveaway!

Hosted by: Savory Savings

Co-hosted by: What the Buzz is All About

Sponsored by: Skoy Scrubs


The Skoy Scrub is the latest in concepts to replace the traditional kitchen scrubbie (you know what I am talking about, those funny little green meshy things??)  The Skoy Scrub is not only a more attractive option coming in several colors and patterns, but also has more practical uses as well!

Help your child's school

- Box Tops for Education -

Help your school earn cash and rewards by signing up for Box Tops for Education!
Registration is FREE!

My daughters are all about collecting Box Tops for their school. I don't know if the teachers are pushing it or that they are so interested in the Box Tops because I've been collecting them since right before Loran started kindergarten. Every time we go to the grocery store, my daughters always find things with the Box Tops and use those as an excuse to buy the treat. It's funny but I love that Loran and Jade want to help their school. They both know why we save Box Tops and they are NOT happy if they happen to find one in the trash that I didn't catch. I've had my girls pull boxes out of the trash, find my scissors and bring it all to me, just so I could cut out the Box Top!!
Each month I separate our Box Top collection into 2 baggies and put them in Jade and Loran's school folders. 

Collecting Box Tops is a great way to help out your child's school. You can even earn them online by registering online for FREE! It only tales a few seconds to fill out the small form to start helping your child's school... From Online and Off!

My daughters get to use iPads at school sometimes and that's all because of the money the school earned from the Box Tops! Knowing my daughters are getting the best education at a wonderful school, makes me smile!

Our New Car

Saturday morning, my family woke up at 7am and took a trip to Hudson, NC. My fiance is from the Hudson, Hickory, Lenior area. (I know that’s 3 towns but it‘ll about the same area to me) Alan had to work last night so we had to start out trip early… My girls were not real happy. I can’t say that I was either, I’ve never been a morning person.

Why did we drive to Hudson from Asheville if we couldn't stay all day?

To get a new car!!

Last Summer, Alan wrecked our car on his way to work and we haven’t been able to get it fixed since it happened. It got banged up pretty bad but it was still driveable. He hit a truck that was carrying Oxygen Tanks and if Alan’s car would of hit just a few inches further back then where he hit, the driver said that the truck would of tipped over and they would of blown up! It’s scary to think about! I’m extremely happy that Alan made it back home safe and the only that that was broken was the car.

- Back to the story -

We haven’t been able to find the parts to get our broken car fixed and inspection is creeping up on us. Since the car original belonged to Alan’s grandfather, he decided to get us a new car. Not because he wanted to help Alan and I out but because he wanted to help our daughters out. He said that the girls are little and they need to be drove around in a safe and legal car. Alan’s family may not of liked me too much when we first got together (that‘s a whole different story on it‘s own) but after 9 years, they like me now and I have to say that Alan has a pretty great family!

When Alan’s grandfather took him to get the car, we wasn't sure what kind of car it was. All Alan’s step-dad would tell us was that it was a rice burner lol All we could take from that was that our new car was going to be an import (Not made in America).

The girls and I stayed at Grannies when Alan left to go get his new car. He returned back about an hour later in a burgundy Honda Civic! It’s awesome! Good on gas, Small, and looks nice! We are VERY happy with our new car! Alan has wanted a Honda for years and he finally has one! Yay! Our girls are even happy about the new car. Loran kissed the old one Good-Bye and told it that she would miss it… She about cried, it was so sweet!

The only thing is that the Honda didn't have a lot of horsepower going up Black Mountain but it rides very smoothly and IT HAS A SUN ROOF!!!!!

Have you bought a new car lately or planning on buying one soon?

The Speakers of The Blog Workshop

I can't wait!!!

I'm so excited about being able to attend this years Blog Workshop! The speakers are wonderful and I wanted to share them with you. If your interested in attending The Blog Workshop, register now! Tickets are LIMITED. It will be an ONLINE Conference so there will be no need for babysitters, travel expenses etc. The tickets are only $175! REGISTER FAST!

The Speakers of The Blog Workshop are:

  • Ryan Schram - Chief Marketing Officer at IZEA
  • Lindsay - Co-Founder of Blog Trends
  • Robert Mooney - Sales Strategist at
  • Da Vinci - Lifestyle Blogger/Vlogger at Your Life After 25
  • Dee Dee Cocheta - Public Relations & Branding at A.B.C. Publicity
  • Jeneba Ghatt - Attorney & Columnist at Ghatt Law Group
  • Dan R Morris - S.E.O. & Affiliate Marketing at
  • Holly Hamann - Sponsorship & Monetization at Tap Influence
  • Kelly Whalen - Blogger Finances at
  • Rohit Vashisht - Small-Mid Size Business Marketing at
  • Laura Summers - Blogging for Business at
  • Paige Wilcox - Community Development Specialist at
  • Deborah Anderson - Community Building Strategist at Social Web Cafe
  • Crystal Duncan - Director, Client Strategy & Operations at IZEA
  • Charnita Fance - Social Media Blogger & TBW Chat Correspondent at Social Web Tools
Check out this Video Playlist of the Speakers letting us all know what to expect from their presentations.

Don't they sound wonderful?

The Schedule is pretty awesome too!

I get antsy just thinking about it!
The Blog Workshop begins on May 17 and runs through May 19
- Just 17 days left!! -

If you would like to learn more about The Blog Workshop, visit their website.

Question of the Day - April 29

- Question of the Day -

What's you first memory as a child?

Mine is pretty funny.... I remember crying up against a wall when my mama told me that I couldn't out water in my Barbie Pool. I cried until she decided to let me go ahead and put water in it :-) The joy of being an only child for a few years

What's you first memory as a child?
Do you have a funny childhood story you would like to share?

DIY Dollhouse Toilet

- DIY Dollhouse Toilet -

It took me a long time to come up with a way to make a toilet... I couldn't figure out how I was going to turn randoms from my house into a toilet!

I came up with a Pink Toilet that Jade happy added to her little bathroom.

To make the toilet, I used:

A Toothpaste Box

Duck Tape
Hot Glue Gun
Top off of a lotion container

  • I started by cutting off the bottom of the toothpaste box, making it about 1 1/2 inches tall.
  • I then covered the outside of the box with Pink Duck tape
  • Using a lotion top, my fiance cut the hole bigger using a box cutter and a file. (It wasn't easy)
  • I use a hot glue gun to secure the 2 together. I had to add a small piece of cardboard wrapped in duck tape between the lid and box so the lid had room to open.

Vaa La!!!!

You have a tiny toilet for your child's dollhouse!!


#Hashtag Happenings - #ConfessionNight

I completely forgot about my Sunday #Hashtag post so it never got posted yesterday :(
Since I didn't get it posted yesterday as planned....

How about a...

Monday Morning
Hashtag Happenings

Today's Trending #Hashtag is:

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Bounce House Blogger Opp

I'm very sorry, but it seems that this Blogger opp is no longer available.

You may take a peak at my Available Opps at the link below, if you like! :)
Available Blogger Opps

Enter the Giveaway here!


Silly Face Game


Need to occupy your kids for a few minutes and don't have much time to plan a game or activity?

Make a quick Silly Faces Game and let your kids use their imagination to create all kinds of different silly faces!

  1. To make the Silly Face Game just simply draw a big oval on a sheet of paper. 
  2. You can use colored paper and make hair, eyes, flowers etc.
  3. Collect a few odds and ends from your craft bag and from around your house and give them all to your child.
  4. It's time to be creative! You'll be surprised at all the silly faces your kiddo's will come up with.
  5. Don't be afraid to let them explore your home for other small things to be used for their faces!

My daughters sat on their bed and played with their faces for a while! All I heard was giggles through the walls!

How many Silly Faces can your kids come up with??

Here are a couple of the faces my girls made:

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Bitter Sweet Memories

So many people are having babies these days, it's like it's the Baby Boom all over again! 2 out of the 5 pregnant women that I know had their baby boys during the past 2 weeks and I've seen many more facebook notifications and statuses announcing even more new babies that have been brought into the world throughout the past couple days.

2018 Kindergarten Teachers better be ready for some big class sizes!!!

I'm very sad to say that in alittle over a month, my daughters will be 6 and 7 yrs old! No longer babies :( I can't believe it's been over 6 years since I had my first child. Loran was a true blessing to me. I was quiet the party girl when I was younger and I was never into the whole settling down and getting married dream like most girls my age were. (I'm still not interested in the whole marriage ordeal as an adult) I just wanted to have fun and I didn't care who I hurt in the process. I made my way through alot of dust trails in my teen years but I wouldn't change a thing. It all lead to the way my life is today. No, we're not rich and my relationship is no where near perfect but I do believe that I found a wonderful man who I am proud to say is the father of my girls. Our family is happy and that's all that matters.

I'd had many family members tell me that getting with Alan was the wrong choice because he was 5 years older than me and already had 2 kids of his own but that didn't matter to me. I fell inlove with those little boys of his just like I fell inlove with their father. It's not like I was with the man for 2 months and got pregnant.... we were together for over a year before I got pregnant with Loran. When I found out I was pregnant, I had just turned 18, had a full time job and had been in a serious relationship for just over a year. Yes, I lived with my mama, my boyfriend did as well. You may not agree with the way we lived or the way I was raised but it worked. I was able to be there for my mama and little brothers and she was able to be there for me. (My step-dad was jealous of my mama and I's relationship so me and him never got along) I went months before I told my mama I was pregnant. She kind of already knew but I would never confirm it. When I finally told her that I was pregnant.... she cried. The only thing she could say was "What are you going to do?" Of course I replied with "I'm going to have a baby!"

It didn't take long before she was just as happy as I was that a new baby was going to be added to the family. Once I went to the doctor, I realized that i was 4 months pregnant...... I had turned 18 just 2 months before that... I got pregnant at the age of 17. Yes, that's young but I have to say that kids these days are starting alot earlier than I did and I'm not okay with it... I do have 2 DAUGHTERS!

Anyways, I gave birth to Loran on June 12 of 2006. A beautiful baby girl that already looked just like her daddy. Alan and I got our own place and about 3 months later I realized that I was pregnant again! I wasn't as happy about this pregnancy as I was about the first but once I found out i was having another girl, I felt alittle better. As soon as I was able to feel my baby girl move inside my belly..... I was inlove! No one was going to tell me that I wasn't going to be able to raise my daughters. They were my life now and I would risk mine to save them.

Jade was born at the end of May... Just 2 weeks before her sisters 1st birthday! My daughters are only 11 months apart... for 2 weeks out of the year my daughters are the same age! They look nothing alike so noone can mistake them as twins but if I get asked about their age during that 2 weeks out of the year.... I get some crazy looks. It's pretty funny and even though my daughters fight OFTEN, they love each other and  will never be without a best friend. They support each other and protect each other and that's what makes me smile.

This summer is going to be so bitter sweet when my girls become even bigger girls then they are right now... Age 7 is no longer a baby and I'm not sure how I will feel when the end of May starts getting closer.