Craving Chocolate and Lazy Days

School is back in session

Living in a college town I always tell when school starts.  The traffic just about doubles from summer to fall.  It is crazy!  The nice thing is the students boost our economy.  Between rent, food, and gas students pay a lot of money.  Normally I would say books cost a lot too but now they don’t have to.

logo is a great resource for affordable college textbooks.  By renting books from you can save 40-90% off of bookstore prices!  With savings like that students can afford other things.  To help students save even more, offers free shipping both ways!

Beyond the money aspect, allows you to highlight in the textbooks so it is as if they are yours.  Keep them for as long or as short as you need.  With flexible renting periods you decide how long you need the book and only pay for the time you have it.

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Also when you rent textbooks through they donate to Operation Smile.  Operation Smile is an international charity for children that heals their smiles and forever changes their lives.  Operation Smile is a “force of medical professionals and caring hearts who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery and related medical care for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate.”  Everyone deserves to be able to smile and Operation Smile helps with that.  Working ”in over 60 countries” they are bringing hope for a better future. For more information on Operation Smile go HERE.

operation smile will not only rent books to you but with their new RentBack program, you can rent your textbooks out that you own!  RentBack is new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own – to other students  This allows students to make 2-4x more money than if they were to sell their books back to the bookstore.

Not only does help you save money, they help you make money…all while changing lives for so many children around the world!



Firmoo Giveaway---5 winners

The other day I introduced you to and showed you my cool prescription sunglasses.


Today Firmoo is giving 5 lucky winners a $15 gift voucher to use on any new arrivals pair of glasses.

To enter simply leave me a comment below with your favorite NEW ARRIVAL glasses.For an additional entry follow me on Instagram and leave me a comment with your username.

–The giveaway will close at midnight MST on August 18th.
–The voucher cannot be used on shipping costs.
–Open internationally.  Click HERE to see where Firmoo delivers to.

See in the Sun

When I was little I tried to fake that I had bad eyes so I could get glasses.  I loved the way they looked.  When I was in high school I bought a pair of black framed glasses from Claire’s so I could wear them on days I wanted to look a little more hipster.  (I was sporting the hipster look before hipster was cool.  You could say I was a trend setter ;-) )  For my wedding I bought colored contacts so my eyes would be a brighter color of wedding photos.  They ripped when I went to put them in.  Womp! Womp!   Now that I am 30, I finally need glasses!  Some may say I am crazy to be excited that my eyesight is off but I kind of am!  I love wearing glasses.  I love that they can be a fun accessory to your outfit.  I love that you can see personality in glasses.  I love everything about them.  The only thing I don’t love is that when I forget them things can be a little fuzzy.  Then I feel like I need to pull out my eyeballs and wash them off so I can see better. 

I may or may not have passed along my love for glasses to my son :)


When I began wearing glasses I had a dilemma when I drove.  I either had the sun in my eyes because I was wearing my glasses or things were a little fuzzy because I was wearing my sunglasses.  I didn’t want to spend a lot on prescription sunglasses so I decided not to own any. is “the world’s most popular online eyeglasses store.”  They offer a large variety prescription eyewear in high quality yet at extremely affordable prices. When I say affordable I mean it!  I am talking $16 and up!  I think the most expensive pair I saw were just $66.  Try to find deals like that in a brick and mortar store.


I was given the opportunity to receive a pair of prescription sunglasses.  No longer would have have to debate between being able to see in the sun and being able to actually SEE in the sun.  I was so excited to try out my first pair of prescription sunnies.  The site is super simple to use.  Just find the style you like, put in your prescription information, check out, and done!  The hardest part is trying to decide which pair to get.

I chose this great pair of tortoise glasses and then picked the option to darken the lens to a dark brown.  They currently retail for $33 and to darken the lens it is an additional $10.  Talk about a great price for prescription sunglasses!!  The frame is light weight without feeling cheap.  It is a tortoise shell look.  They are a little more on the red-brown side…not chocolate brown.  I like this because it gives it a little more spunk than a chocolate brown tortoise design would.


I really like these glasses.  The tint is nice and dark and keeps the sun out of my eyes.  The lightweight frame keeps me from getting a headache.  These are cute and stylish and at a price that can’t be beat.




Right now Firmoo is offering the FIRST PAIR FREE!  Click the banner below or HERE for more details.  How can you turn down a FREE pair of glasses?  Go on!  Give Firmoo a try and see for yourself why I like Firmoo.

Summer Protection

Most of your know by now I am anti-tanning.  As a past tanner and a past tanning salon store manager I have done my fair share of tanning.  Now I am the proud owner of 20 scars from having pre-cancerous moles removed.  Cute huh!?  I will repeat again what I have said 100′s of times….DO NOT TAN!!  (Read HERE for the whole DO NOT TAN background)

This summer protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun.  Don’t forget about your little ones!  Their sensitive little kid skin needs protection too.  Plus, healthy habits are formed at a young age.  Set a good example by putting on sunscreen when you go for a walk, go to the park, play in the backyard, and work in the yard.  It is quick and easy to do.

As a BzzAgent I received coupons and samples of the Coppertone Clearly Sheer line to try out.  This is a skin friendly formula that won’t cause your pores to clog and is safe for sensitive skin.  It was even tested on acne-prone skin and proved to not cause breakouts.  This is nice because now you can protect your skin from harmful rays EVERYDAY!  This sunscreen can be worn under you makeup.  The lightly scented cream will keep you from smelling like a tanning bed or like you just got back from the pool.

I have been using it because it has a great matte finish so no one even knows I have it on.  I am telling you…you NEED to protect your skin.  You will wrinkle sooner.  You will have sunspots earlier.  You will lose that healthy glow you know you want.  If you haven’t been good with sun protection up to this point in your life, it is never too late to start.

I've Got the Power!

I saw this video yesterday and can totally relate to it right now.  Especially the part where she swipes the little girls ice cream cone. LOL GIVE ME THAT!!

TwigTale Sale

Remember when I told you about Beckham’s new TwigTale book and how it is helping him learn about becoming a big brother?  Well, TwigTale is having the best sale of the year just in time for Mother’s Day!


Head over to Plum District and buy 1 for $12 or 2 for $20!  Normally each book is $20 so this is a great deal!!!  Make a book like mine that teaches your child or “the books can just be a heartwarming way to show your child about a Mother’s (or Grandma’s or Daddy’s) love with the Mommy Loves Me, Me & Mommy, or our Daddy & Me titles for Mother’s or Father’s Day.”  Either way, grab this deal while you can!

*I didn’t receive compensation or a free product for this post.  I just wanted to share a great deal with you!

Walking Review::

20140314_195943Beckham is at the age where he wants to do everything on his own.  He wants to put things in the grocery cart, read books alone, put DVDs in the player, walk through stores, and go to the car.  Well some of these things are okay to do by himself.  I am good with letting him go down the slide alone.  I am great with letting him try to put on his own clothes.  I am perfectly fine with handing him things to put in the grocery cart.  I am NOT okay with him opening and closing and opening and closing the DVD disc drawer.  I am NOT good with allowing him to drink Diet Coke out of the can in front of my computer.  I am CERTAINLY NOT okay with letting him enter a parking lot without a hand.

We are getting to the point where he is starting to drop to his knees and refusing to walk.  He is beginning to cry when he doesn’t get his way.  He is yanking his hand away when I try to hold it.  I understand the need to allow him to be independent but there are just some things he is too small to do on his own.  Walking alone through a store, the zoo, or in the parking lot are among those things.

tmart logo sent me the Child Keeper Safety Harness Strap Bat Backpack.  To get Beckham used to wearing it I took the strap off and let him wear it around the house like a backpack.  He thought it was pretty cool to have it on and see the bat wings in the mirror, but after a while he wanted it off.  I just put it on him for a little bit at a time until he didn’t seem bothered by it.  Then we ventured out for a walk.  He didn’t like it at first…I tell you this kid is getting too independent…but he would rather walk than be in the stroller so he kept it on.  After a little bit he was okay hopping in the stroller and taking it off.  We will get there.

I do have a few issues with it though.  The product information online and on the tag of the product itself says it has padded shoulder straps.  As you can see from the picture below those straps are not padded.  Also it has a little zippered pocket but that is in the side facing the childs back.  This means in order to get anything out of the pocket you have to take the harness off.  Not very smart if you are hoping to carry tissues, gloves, etc. in it.  This product retails for $7.99 so I guess you get what you pay for?

Check out for tons of other gadgets, accessories, and other needs.  They have tons of lower priced items!

Spring Is Coming!

I can’t wait for spring.  I mean I have spring fever bad!!  I want to see flowers, hear birds tweeting, and break out my spring clothes.

Speaking of clothes, over at Real Moms Real Views, you can read all about the spring trends for 2014.  I was just given the opportunity to go to Kohl’s to pick up some of these new trends.  What choices!  (Seriously!  Ask my mom…I was there for…well let’s just say she had enough time to go get her teeth cleaned and come back :) )  I wanted to share a few of the trends over here so you could see them too.

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Head over to Real Moms Real Views to learn more about these trends.  While you are there enter to win one of the many giveaways that are open.  (Especially check out the Highlights Magazine giveaway.  It has low entries!!)

Big Brother Beckham! PLUS Giveaway!

In the last few weeks I have been trying to teach Beckham that he is going to be a big brother.  I have been showing him the ultrasound and saying “baby!”  Then pointing to my belly and telling him there is a baby inside.  When we see babies at the store I point them out and tell him, “That is a baby.  Mommy is going to have a baby too.  You are going to be a big brother!”  We talk about baby brothers and baby sisters all the time…I don’t think he gets that but I am trying.


TwigTale is helping me teach Beckham about what a baby is, where the baby is, and what will happen when the baby is born.  It is a great company that helps you create personalized stories to teach your child about new adventures and situations that will happen in their life.  They can help you teach your child about becoming a big brother or sister, potty training, how they were adopted, sickness in the family, losing a pet, moving, parents going on vacation, and more!  You can even just document their memories.  Being able to preview the entire book before getting started on your project makes finding the right book for your situation very easy.


We received the Soon-To-Be New Sibling book that we titled, “Big Brother Beckham”.  It was so easy to make and really quick.  It only took me about 20 minutes to complete it.  They provide you with a list of pictures they suggest to use of your child.  If you refer to this list, find your pictures, and save them to your desktop it makes the process really quick.  I just found the pictures on my memory card as I went and still got it done in no time.  As you go along you are given the opportunity to edit the books wording to make it more personalized for your child and allows you to word the book to fit your talking style.


Beckham LOVES books so when this arrived he couldn’t wait to read it.  We pulled it out right away and read it….three times in a row.  Then when Daddy got home he wanted him to read it to him.  Beckham loves seeing the pictures of him, his family, and his mommy and daddy.  He also likes hearing a story about him and the new baby.  We have read this book over and over and over again.  I know he is learning, which makes me happy.

bookThese books retail for $20 and are totally worth it.  (Shipping is just $5.50)  I can’t wait for the next little milestone of Beckham’s so we can get him another one.  Not only do these books help your child grow and learn at the specific time in their life, they serve as a little scrapbook too.  These will be fun for Beckham to look at later in life.

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Kid Free Cruising

In January my parents took my sisters and brothers-in-law on the most amazing cruise to celebrate their 40th anniversary year.  It was so much fun!  I had been a little anxious before leaving.  I hadn’t been away from Beckham for more than a few hours on a date night so I got a little nervous leaving him for 12 days.  I was also a little anxious about what if we didn’t return.  I didn’t want Beckham to grow up without a mom, dad, or even both.  I know…silly thoughts…but thoughts that still made me nervous.

After preparing, packing, and writing our will (yes, we really did that!) we took Beckham over to my mother-in-laws house.  She and my sister-in-law were taking on the big task of watching him the entire time we were gone.  We set up his bedroom…complete with pack and play with a mattress, music box (Check it out here…it is one of the most used things Beckham has), diapers galore, and a photo album so he doesn’t forget who we are.  We kissed and kissed and kissed Beckham and Max before hitting the road.  We may or may not have cried as we drove away.   Soon enough we were at the airport and on our way to Ft. Lauderdale.

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The next morning we made the short trip down to the port and embarked the Coral Princess.  We were all so excited to get going and see our digs for the next 11 days.  The boat was absolutely beautiful!  After grabbing some lunch and a pina colada (virgin of course) we waved goodbye to the US and set sail.


Next, mustering!  Can’t forget to muster!  Then on to dinner and a little welcome show that night.

Day 1  on the boat was sailing toward Jamaica.  We kept busy by playing wooden pony races.  Erin won $6 and I won a baseball hat. :)    Bring on the luck!  Next we tried our hand at bingo but didn’t have any luck.  BOO!  That evening was a formal night.  I think it is so much fun getting all fancied up to eat and enjoy a show.  This is something we never really get a chance to do.  I guess I was the only one who really like it because after dinner everyone wanted to change into something more comfortable.  ha ha

Day1ADay 2–JAMAICA!  Ya mon!  Jamaica is beautiful!  We loved the slogan “There are no problems, just situations.”  Such a laid back culture.  Why can’t we be more like them?

First we headed up a chair lift in the middle of the rain forest.  Talk about gorgeous.  When we got to the top we made fools of ourselves with the dancers before headed on the bobsled coaster.  Then Erin, Josh, and I hit up the water slide that dumped us into an infinity pool overlooking the island.  Look!  You can even see our boat in the distance!

Day2Then we headed to the Dunns River Falls and climbed up….along with 2000 middle schoolers.  It was a busy place but we sure had fun.  Nothing gives you more inspiration and motivation to lose weight than to see your bloated and pregnant body in a bathing suit.  YIKES!  Good thing I will never see all those people again.

After a nice relaxing day at sea we woke up in Costa Rica!  Another beautiful and tropical location.  We left the boat and headed for the rain forest so we could get our zip line on!  Talk about a cool experience.  They hooked us all up in the most flattering safety gear known to man before showing us how to zip line from tree to tree.  We were hundreds of feet off the ground in the middle of the rain forest!!  SOOOO COOOOL!

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The next morning we woke up bright and early to see our boat enter the Panama Canal locks.  This was such a cool site to see.  It was neat to watch the water lift the boat up to the next level, see the boat creep through to the next lock, and then watch the water pour in to the previous lock before starting the rotation all over again.  3 locks later we were in Gatun Lake.


Then we jumped onto the tenders and headed to shore.  After a little drive we boarded boats and hit the canal to find wildlife.  This was so fun.  The canal water was splashing on our faces as we felt itty bitty next to the large ships transporting all kinds of cargo.  We stopped by some trees just off the water and saw monkeys!  Real life monkeys in the wild!  It was really amazing.  After another ride down the canal we pulled up to some more trees and saw even more!  Our driver put some apple pieces on the front of our boat and the monkey jumped right out of the tree on to the boat, grabbed the apple, and hopped back up into the tree.  WHAT!  AWESOME!!  In all we saw about 4 different species of monkeys.  We also saw a sloth (sleeping of course), an alligator, and a bunch of different birds.


After cruising throughout the night we woke up almost to our Columbia port.  First we celebrated Erin’s birthday before disembarking in Cartegena.  On our way to find a driver to give us a tour of the city we walked through this really cool visitor’s center.  It was like a mini rain forest with all kinds of birds and animals there.  We saw toucans, parrots, monkeys, lizards, bunnies, miniature pigs or something, and other funky rain forest creatures.


After Ryan used his Spanish to hook us up with a taxi driver and a good deal, we all piled in a van and took off to see the city of Cartegena.  At first I was a little nervous because when I think of Columbia I think of the drug cartel and all the scary things that go along with that.  After a while I just felt like I was in another Spanish speaking city.  We stopped first at the fort to see some of the history.  Then we headed to the “old town” to see what the city within the old walls looked like.  It was beautiful.  You could definitely see the influence of the founders.  While we were there we stopped in a Hard Rock and celebrated Erin’s birthday again.  Can’t celebrate too much.  Then we headed to the “new town” to get a quick glance and stop at the beach.  Can’t go all the way to Columbia and not step on the beach!!


After three days of sight seeing we enjoyed a day at sea soaking up the sun.  It was nice to have a relaxation day, sipping pina coladas, eating fruit, and watching movies by the pool.

The next morning we woke up at the beautiful island of Aruba!  I have been to Aruba before but not this port so it was like I was in a different place.  We  hopped on a bus that took us to a waiting catamaran.  After boarding we set sail and got hooked up with snorkel gear.  After a short sail time we stopped, jumped off the boat, and got our snorkel on.  It was fantastic!  The water was great and the fish were beautiful!


The last two days of the cruise we spent on the sea, soaking up the lasts rays of sunshine that we could, eating as much food as we could, playing Bingo again (I never won but Erin and my mom won TWICE!), and eating even more food!  What a great way to end 11 days of awesomeness!!

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After we got kicked off the boat we headed to the airport.  We hung out for a little bit only to find out that our flight was canceled because of weather in Atlanta.  Normally getting stuck in Florida and being forced to have another day on vacation would rock but it was raining, we didn’t have our luggage, and I missed Beckham and Max like a crazy person.  But after a night in a cool modern hotel, we made it!  I grabbed my little boy, swung his around, and kissed him like crazy.  Actually I think Max was more excited to see Adam and I but I talked myself into thinking Beckham missed me as much as I missed him.

This cruise was a dream!  I loved spending time with my parents, sisters, and brothers-in-law.  I especially loved being able to spend time with them without having to worry about what the kids are doing, cooking, and cleaning up.  It was just a nice relaxing time in the sun, laughing, and eating way too much food.  Thank you Mom and Dad for giving us such a wonderful present, memories that we wouldn’t trade for anything, and some killer couple time.  Happy 40th Anniversary!  We love you guys like crazy!!!