Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Life is Good Go Places Sweepstakes!


We are happily collaborating with Life is Good for this post! 


We just love Life is Good - their values and clothing!   Life is Good is having an inspiring sweepstakes  win your dreamy adventure!  Where do you want to go?  Where do you dream of going?  What do you dream of doing when you get there?  Enter today!

Positive lifestyle brand, Life is Good® wants you to get out and do what you love! It could be a trip to the beaches of Hawaii or snowboarding in Patagonia, but whatever it is, Life is Good wants to help you do it!! Life is Good invites you to join its Go Places! Sweepstakes, July 10-31, in which you can win your dream adventure – so get ready to pack your bags and go!


2 grand prize winners will receive $5,000 toward their dream trip + a “Do What You Love” Travel prize pack. The prize pack includes a $500 Lifeisgood.com gift card, $500 Cabela’s gift card, luggage pack worth $500 from High Sierra or American Tourister, a pair of Bose SoundSport wireless headphones and a SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth Speaker




Where will YOU go?

To enter, simply visit lifeisgood.com or Facebook and input your name and email address for a chance to win!




 Enter HERE!

This is a sponsored post.  We absolutely support and wear Life is Good - sponsored or not! 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

God Bless America & 5 Ways To Celebrate!



Happy Birthday America!  We are so blessed to live in America.  We are thankful to have our freedom - to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  I am thankful we have free elections.  Thankful to honor God and pray.

 I believe if we do not hold these thing dear and sacred, we will lose them.   


We study history, as to never repeat horrors that went on throughout the past.  

Things they're not doing in schools today because it may "offend" someone - that we should be doing and teaching our children.  

5 Ways to Celebrate America & Rebuild Our Communities



Instead of complaining and grumbling - Contribute to society. 

Be kind.

Have gratitude.

Turn off the TV - get out and be a part of your community! 

Unplug from "news" that moves to discord and divide the people.  We are all Americans.
  Fake news that advocates against the Constitution.  God gave you a brain - use it.  


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

         - Preamble to the Declaration of Independence

Monday, July 3, 2017

Sipp Berry Delicious Coolers!

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We are thrilled to team up with Sipp Organic Soda for this delicious patriotic cocktail!

This refreshing red and blue cocktail is super easy to make!


Grab all the fresh berries you can!  We even picked some amazing blueberries at our local farm this weekend!


Ingredients - 

Sipp Organic Mojo Berry Soda
Light Rum
Lime
Berries!

This is according to taste.  My husband like cocktails on the strong side and I like mine pretty light.
Typically pour 10 oz of cold Mojo Berry into a shaker of ice and squeeze a 1/4 of a lime and add 2.5 oz of light rum. Shake gently and pour into fresh glasses of crushed ice.
Garnish with as many berries as you like! I like to let them soak in the cocktail as I'm drinking and gobble them up when I'm done.  
I like to think of this as my healthy cocktail! ;D

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Berry season is the happiest season! 

Check out Sipp Sparkling Organics website for more recipes!


We buy our Sipp Sparkling Organic Soda at Target, Amazon, Fresh Market, some Whole Foods, MOMS Organic Market and more awesome places to come!

Check out Sipp's website for more flavors, recipes and fun! 

We buy Sipp Soda sponsored or not.  

This post is in collaboration with Sipp Organic Sodas.  Opinions are my own.  Yes, we love it!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Berry Buttermilk Skillet Cake!

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We usually make a Strawberry Skillet Cake because it's easy, festive and matches my red skillet.  This week though, I only had a little bit of strawberries and extras of blueberries and blackberries add some brown sugar and this is entirely different!  Moist and delicious even with coffee for breakfast!  I'll take any excuse to eat cake!



Ingredients - 

Butter - grassfed 8oz
Brown Sugar - 5 oz
Eggs - pasture raised - 2
Oat Flour - 8 oz
Baking Powder - 1 teas
Cardamon - 1 teas
Buttermilk - 4 oz

Coconut oil - 1 tablespoon for skillet bottom

Berries - strawberry halves, blackberries, blueberries

Set oven to preheat at 350 degrees
Mix dry ingredients in small bowl.
Mix butter and sugar then add-in eggs in mixing bowl and stir.
Add-in dry ingredients then immediately add-in buttermilk.
Mix well.
Coat skillet with coconut oil.
Pour in cake batter.
Top with strawberry halves, blackberries and blueberries.  This is a great job for the kids!
Bake in oven at 350 degrees about 25 minutes or until done.
Cool and enjoy!
Red, White & Blue!

Show your colors for the with red, white and blue skillet cake! 


My Notes:

Let the kids help with this one - Stirring, washing the berries and cutting the strawberries in half with a small butter knife (age appropriate of course)
Placing the berries on the cake is loads of fun!

Berries are extremely high on pesticides. We always choose organic.  Right now they're in season and usually on sale!

Happy Summer!


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary DVD!

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We are happy to collaborate with Disney to bring you this movie announcement! Yay!


I know, I know - it's summer...but I simply can't help but be excited about seasons, holidays and the happiness that comes with it!  Disney's Mickey Mouse: Merry & Scary DVD comes out the end of August!  Get ready! 


The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular!
For Halloween, Mickey has tricked out his house like a “tomb, sweet, tomb" and along with his pals Donald and Goofy, plans to tell hair-raising Halloween stories! However, his attempt at being scary falls flatter than a pancake. Can Mickey conjure up a truly terrifying tale before the stroke of midnight

Duck The Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…to migrate south for the winter! But Donald wants to stay put and celebrate his first Christmas with his friends. Mickey creates the ultimate list of everything to make Donald's first Christmas great, but before you can catch a snowflake on your tongue, Donald has turned into a shivering, sneezing duck-cicle! 

Voice CastChris Diamantopoulus as Mickey Mouse/Vampire; Russi Taylor as Minnie/Huey/Dewey/Louie/The Witch; Bill Farmer as Goofy; Tony Anselmo as Donald Duck; Tress MacNeille as Daisy Duck; and Corey Burton as Professor Von Drake.

Episodes: Includes two 22-minute holiday themed episodes (Halloween & Christmas)
·         The Scariest Story Ever: A Mickey Mouse Halloween Spooktacular
·         Duck The Halls: A Mickey Mouse Christmas Special

Bonus Shorts: Five 3-minute shorts
·         Ghoul Friend
·         The Boiler Room
·         Black & White
·         Entombed
·         Split Decision

This is a sponsored post. Opinions are my own! 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Watermelon Lime Slushies!

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Happy, Happy Summer!  It's crazy hot here and the kids are wanting a cool down drink and this Watermelon Lime Slushy hits the spot!  Let the kids help with this one - cubing watermelon, squeezing the limes and adding in the syrup.  We also added some vodka to this and well...this is our new favorite happy hour drink! 

Ingredients - 

Watermelon - large
Limes - 2
Simple Syrup
Ice - lots of ice!

The night before you make these drinks, make sure your watermelon is in the fridge overnight.
Fill your high powered blender with large watermelon chunks
Squeeze the limes over top of the watermelon
Add 1 tablespoon of simple syrup
Add 1.5 cups of crushed ice on top

Blend!
Taste!
Tweak - if necessary 

Pour the kids their drinks and make sure to leave out extra that they will surely want.

For Moms & Dads -

After the kids have theirs, blend in a shot of vodka or rum to the rest and pour in your cup.
Obviously don't get the alcohol mix up with the kid's version.  

Add a bit of chili pepper to add some heat to this icy slushy!

Cheers!
My Notes -

As stated above - make sure the watermelon has been in fridge all night.  It makes the drink and the extra watermelon is cold for the kids to eat wedges.
While you're at it - put the vodka in the freezer to get chilled for your summer drinks.
We just love Reyka Icelandic small batch vodka.
Get the kids involved with this recipe. 
Kids can cut the watermelon (with a butterknife) into chunks. Obviously this is after you've cut open the watermelon.  If this is not obvious, please stay out of the kitchen all-together.
Kids can squeeze the limes.

This is not sponsored. Just delicious and our new summer favorite drink! 


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Boozy Cherry-Lemonade!

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Summer is here! It's here, it's finally here!  We wait all year for cherry season and to get organic cherries...well, that is a treat all it's own!   The kids and I were making yummy cherry-lemonades - a fun drink that the kids can squeeze, stir and pour all themselves.  When they took their drinks outside, I found, if you just add a little bit of rum...you've got a whole other experience!  Happy summer to me!
Ingredients - 

Fresh cherries - juiced (organic, if available) - 6 oz
Lemon - juice from 2 large lemons & extra slices for garnish
Simple syrup - 2 oz
Carbonated Water - like Perrier -8 oz
Ice - Crushed or Cubed

Simple syrup is just equal parts of sugar and water.  Bring the mixture to almost a boil where the sugar melts.  Cool and keep extra in the fridge.  Use for any cocktails or drinks.

In small pitcher add-in cherry juice, lemon juice, simple syrup and stir.
  Add-in carbonated water and stir gently 

Taste and add more simple syrup, if needed.

Pour into serving glasses with ice.

For the boozy part - Add-in one shot of vodka per glass - stir gently

Top with halved cherries and lemon wedge.

Cheers!
Top with extra cherries and lemon wedge!


Organic Cherries is a short in season, but one of our most favorites!


Happy Summer!

My Notes -

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 I used to think I didn't like vodka.  I just do not like cheap vodka.  
Try Reyka - you're welcome!

Pretty fruit holders are from Crate and Barrel

No, this is not sponsored.  Just delicious! 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Celebrate The Men In Your Life!

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I think we need to express our appreciation for the men in our lives.   The world seems crazy right now and there is so much animosity towards men.  We need women AND men to play their roles for us to be successful as families and society in general.  Father's day is here -  please let the dads, husbands, grandpas, sons, brothers and friends around you who are getting it done, know how very much you value and appreciate them and all they do every day.  


5 Ways To Show Appreciation 

Cook his favorite meal and sit down to eat. 

Say THANK YOU! Say I really appreciate what you do for us / me.

Do something he enjoys together.  If it's not your cup of tea...don't complain.

Rent the movie he wants to rent.  No, he really doesn't want to watch the "girly" movie that everyone will cry over but, has a great story written by that author.  

Buy him a great adventure novel! Leap a breakthrough book is an awesome adventure he's sure to love. (no, this is not an affiliate link or sponsored)


Celebrate! 



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Simple Summer Style!

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This is a sponsored post - opinions are my own!

Summer style can and should be simple - all summer long!  Basics that work and look amazing  all-the-while you are on-the-go, running after the kids with hot coffee that is spilling all over you is key to a great looking summer! Here are some of our most favorites!

Simple things that look good and work well is the key to things running smoothly getting ready in the morning.  Happy music and easy accessories are the "extras" that we can't do without.

A good pair of jeans is hard to find and a great pair is even harder!  We found these prAna boyfriend style jeans and made of organic cotton.  The fit and absence of toxins next to my skin makes these jeans our most favorites. The prAna Honour Jeans style is our favorite prAna jeans and perfect for a simple summer style!


Sunhat is from Aventura and can smooch in our tote and be just fine!

prAna code S17TRAVELLS for 15% off and free shipping over $100!


My Summer Favorite Styles - 

prAna - for the perfect jeans - boyfriend fit and wash!  And this Beach Bag - we bought in Boulder at the prAna store - organic and huge - the best bag!  The Honour jeans are completely perfect for me in every way!


Crunchi Makeup - this is it!  I have searched for years for the perfect lip gloss - a gloss that is not sticky, perfect color and zero nasties! (you would not believe what is in most makeup!)  My favorite is Namaste for everyday color - pretty neutral, goes with everything and great for on my way out the door.  However, the Summer Nights color (appropriately named) is absolutely the color to show off your tan and for summer fun!  The brushes are the best I've used and the mascara is excellent and can hold it's own to show off your face!

Acure - the Coconut Body Oil Spray - you'll see.  Trust me.

BKR Water Bottle - it's glass and colorful and I seem to be somewhat obsessed with collecting every single color.  Beautiful skin from the inside out!  Clean water matters - no fluoride, toxins and reverse osmosis.  Add in your minerals and you're good to go!

John Masters - the Sea Mist spray.  I grew up on the ocean and there is nothing more than I like than salt in my hair.  This spray adds volume and make you feel like you can do anything!  Okay, perhaps that's a stretch, but it al least will make you yearn to be seaside.  Just try it.

Sunglasses - choose 100% protection from UVA and UVB rays and I love large one for summer.  I feel mysterious in them.  Or at least hope that's what people will think...not noticing I'm really wearing them because I've gotten little sleep from the noisy neighbors in the city and am all jacked-up on caffeine.  Yes, mysterious sounds so much better.  I bought these at Whole Foods in a hurry.  Long story that involves crying over a donut.  Doesn't everyone cry over a donut at least once a week?

Birkenstocks - well...because....Birkenstocks.

Juice Beauty - even in the summer, slather moisturizer on your face - daily!  Loving this Apple Moisturizer!

California Baby - hair moisturizer and sunblock which is not shown because husband had the nerve to take to work.  Like what am I supposed to use whilst I'm laying in the sun, reading my Garden and Gun laying in the sun watching the kids play?  *gasp*  
Great sunblock - goes on pretty sheer.  Not gloppy and white like toothpaste all over your face.

Summer Reads - at the pool, in the yard or at the beach, I don't usually like novel reading.  I'm distracted watching the kids and the dog and I really like light reading.  Garden & Gun it is! 

1 Good Deed Bracelets can make you seem all-pulled-together in an instant!  Try the Spicy Red Color!  Yes, the black is shown...that's because I didn't want to take off the Spicy red one.  I'm selfish that way.

Music - We like the Amazon Tap (the Amazon Eco freaks us out...always listening! A bit too weird for me) The Tap runs on bluetooth and sounds amazing!  We love Jimmy Buffet, the 70s station on Prime music and quite frankly the soundtrack to Walter Mitty makes us pretty darn happy! 

prAna Code:

For savings at prAna on a pair of Honour jeans of your own or anything you want get 15% off using code prAna code S17TRAVELLS 

Our favorite summer recipes and foods coming soon! 


Yes, for the most part this blog post is sponsored. (some of these things are mine) That's my job to collaborate and find awesome products to share so you don't have to waste money on things that don't work or fit.  Opinions are always my own. I would not suggest things I did not use and really like! 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Hattie & Hudson Picture Book Giveaway!

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We just opened Hattie & Hudson today by author and illustrator, Chris Van Dusen and could not be happier!  It is the happiest summer adventure - a cabin on the lake in the woods and a mysterious wonderful "monster" - simply delightful!  
The art absolutely brings you in and the story between Hattie and her new friend, Hudson is so much fun.  This book reminds me of older simpler days.  We all really love Hattie & Hudson!

If I am headed to your kiddos birthday party this summer...this is what she / he is getting! 
Don't see that as a spoiler...now you can look forward to it! :)


Hattie McFadden is a born explorer. Every morning she grabs her life jacket and paddles out in her canoe to discover something new on the lake, singing a little song on her way. When her singing draws up from the depths a huge mysterious beast, everyone in town is terrified — except Hattie, who looks into the creature’s friendly, curious eyes and knows that this is no monster. So Hattie sneaks out at night to see the giant — whom she names Hudson — and the two become friends. But how can she make the frightened, hostile townspeople see that Hudson isn’t scary or dangerous at all? Chris Van Dusen brings his colorful, perspective-bending artwork to this satisfying new story about acceptance, friendship, and sticking up for those who are different. - Candlewick Press 


Between the story and the engaging artwork, this is one of our new favorites! 

Buy your own copy on Amazon
(not an affiliate link)


Giveaway - 

Candlewick Press has a hardcover copy to giveaway!  US residents only please.  Prize is shipped via publisher - we are not responsible for shipping or if your little one needs to head to the lake to find a Hudson of his own! 



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We happily join with Candlewick Press and introduce the most imaginative and inspiring books your kids are sure to love.  Opinions are my own. I buy Candlewick books sponsored or not!