Saturday, August 1, 2015

Smoky Mountain Vaction & A Giveaway

Since we went to Disney last fall, didn't make any grand summer vacation plans this year. But by the time July rolled around, we were all getting a little bored sticking close to home. We've been talking about making a road trip to Tennessee for quite some time, so we tossed around some ideas and decided we would take the girls to The Smoky Mountains. I'm so glad we had a last minute summer vacation before the girls went back to school. Even though I spent a lot of time in TN on my grandma's farm as a child, I forgot how breathtaking it is there. It's a trip my girls will definitely remember forever!

Our first morning, we did a little bike riding through the mountains. In Cades Cove you can rent comfort bikes by the hour. It is a one way road and you do have to ride along with the cars, but it's still pretty safe for all ages. The trail is 11 miles long, but since it was sooo hot out, we only did the 8 mile loop. We did the 8 miles in about 2 hours, so the bike rentals only cost around $50 for the 4 of us.

Bike Riding Smoky Mountains

Smokey Mountains Bike Riding

Later that afternoon, we planned an hour long horseback riding session. This activity isn't cheap, costing around $130 for the 4 of us. However, riding horses through The Great Smoky Mountains is such an amazing experience, it's well worth the cost!



As soon as we returned back to the stables, who should appear but a hungry black bear! We didn't see much wildlife, short of a few turkeys, so we were pretty excited to see a bear out in the open! He wasn't too concerned with us humans, he just wanted a little of the pony grub. The stable boys chased him off before he became a nuisance.


Honestly, I was a little disappointed we didn't see more wild life, but maybe we just weren't looking hard enough. On our way out, I somehow spotted this little beauty camouflaged in the trees and made Jason go back so I could snap a quick photo.


We were intrigued by the cabins and churches in the park because they were all leveled onto heaping piles of rocks. It looked weird, but they were all very stable.

Smoky Mountains Cabin

We were only able to stay a day and a half, but we are dying to go back soon. There is so much more we want to explore, you just can't enjoy it all on such a short time frame.

Smoky Mountains
Barely awake. Very early morning and the smoke/fog is just rolling through the mountains! Simply stunning views!

Have you been to The Great Smoky Mountains? Where is your dream road trip destination?


Since summer is winding down, I thought I'd host a little giveaway for my readers for their back-to-school shopping. Now through 8/8, enter to win $15 to Amazon! Giveaway is open to my readers worldwide! Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email before a new winner is selected.
 
*All entries are verified, so please make sure you are properly entering for the entries you claim. 

**Amazon is not a sponsor/affiliated with this giveaway.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Peanut Butter Dip For After School Snacking

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


Like most kids, my girls are hungry when they walk in the door from school. Bags get discarded on the floor and they are high-tailing it into the kitchen looking for something to eat. It's important for us to have something filling and healthy on hand for after school snacking. While they do like fruits and veggies, it's always a treat to add a dip into the mix. My family loves peanut butter, and since it pairs well with fruit, veggies and pretzels, I think we will be keeping this Peanut Butter Dip from Golden Blossom Honey on hand for delicious and healthy after school snacking. 

peanut butter dip

The recipe didn't call for it, but I added in some chocolate chips for a little special treat. It's a small indulgence that my kids enjoy. 


Ingredients
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/4 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE




You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.

If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!

Do you eat your fruits and veggies raw, or do you like to eat them with a dip?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SinfulColors Is A Class Act

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.

We are getting down to the wire for back-to-school shopping. We have already bought most of the basics: writing utensils, backpacks, paper and folders. Tomorrow we will finish up our school clothing purchases as well. In addition to the supplies and clothes, we like to add in a few extra fun purchases too. New cosmetics are always on our back-to-school list, so the girls can walk into class on the first day with fresh faces. However, my girls don't wear much as far as cosmetics go. A little tinted facial moisturizer, powder, and keeping a stick of concealer handy for those occasional teen breakouts usually covers it. Also on the list is a new shade or two of nail color. 

SinfulColors Nail Polish

Heading into the 2015 school year, SinfulColors has an impressive 27 new shades that put your manicure at the top of the class! Beautiful denim blues and shimmering silvers, purples and teals all deserve straight A's!



SinfulColors A Class Act line of nail polishes blend well with the latest fall fashions. While you may grow bored in class, you will never grow bored with the many different shade options! 

SinfulColors Nail Polish

The SinfulColors Back-To-School collection will be available for $1.99 each at Walgreens and many other mass retailers in August and September 2015. 


If you would like to learn more about these SinfulColors shades, be sure to check out their website. Additionally, stay up to date on new products and promotions by following SinfulColors on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


What are some of your favorite shades from the SinfulColors A Class Act Back-To-School collection?

 

Monday, July 27, 2015

New Dial Rewards Offer Exciting Opportunities To Win Big!

*Disclosure- I did not receive compensation to promote New Dial Rewards. I am sharing the information with my readers in part with my partnership with Purex Insiders. 


Do you like contests? If so, you are definitely going to like this new program from Dial, where you have the opportunity to win some pretty nice prizes! Recently launched, new Dial Rewards is a simple way to get rewarded with cash and gift cards just by entering codes and completing easy tasks each day.

Dial Rewards
Earn points every day just by signing into the program, then earn more points by purchasing Dial products, entering codes, watching videos or taking surveys. Take those points and cash them in for contest entries for a chance to win cash or gift cards to fun places like Amazon, Panera Bread or Home Depot!


Signing up is done in a snap. Go to www.dialrewards.com and enter activation code: 9G1L8 fyi- this is my referral code. I don't receive anything if you use this code to sign up, but I could win a prize if you do :) You'll then input a little basic information, like your name, email, d.o.b. and zip code. After you confirm your email, you are ready to start earning points towards those amazing prizes! Just click on the reward you would like to win, click Play Now, and immediately see if you are or are not an instant winner! You get 20 plays per day, so there are plenty of opportunities to win!

You will receive 50 points as a sign up bonus! Be sure to log in each day for your sign in bonus points!



Do you use rewards programs for the products you frequently buy?



Friday, July 24, 2015

Pineapple Bread Pudding

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


I eat pineapple year round, but there's something extra tasty about eating it in summer. There are so many ways you can incorporate it into delicious recipes, pineapple upside down cake being one of my favorites. I saw Pineapple Bread Pudding on Golden Blossom Honey not too long ago and thought it would be a yummy recipe for a summer picnic or gathering.  


The recipe calls for 7 pieces of sliced white bread. I think Texas Toast or cubed French bread would work wonderfully for this recipe as well. 


Ingredients
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple
7 slices white bread, cubed

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE



You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.

If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!

What are some of your favorite ways to use pineapple in your recipes?


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Walmart Back To School! Getting BTS Essentials Like A Boss #BTSLikeABoss



The first half of our summer started out lazy and slow. The second half? Not so much. We are trying to pack in a family vacation, a drivers test, last minute doctor and dental appointments, and Mariah just informed me she has changes that need to be made to her class schedule before heading back to school in a few weeks. We have A LOT going on these next few weeks and we still need to do most of our back-to-school shopping. Trying to squeeze everything in can get a little overwhelming, but thankfully busy moms like me know that I can get everything I need in one stop for back to school at Walmart.

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Pens, pencils, paper and crayons. Rulers, markers, folders and binders. Each year the list of back to school essentials grows and grows. Times that by 2 kids, I have a lot to buy. In addition to the reading, writing and arithmetic utensils, the teachers usually request paper products to be sent in as well. Paper towels, toilet paper and facial tissue are usually in high demand. Saving money on our back-to-school purchases is equally important as saving time, so I am thankful that I can grab the teacher requested paper essentials, like Kleenex at Walmart while I am making the rest of my back-to-school purchases.

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I love being able to get all of our back-to-school supplies in one stop while saving money, too! This year I am really excited to see select products are offering Bonus Boxtops For Education on the product packing!

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Not only am I able to fulfill the school paper essentials, I am also helping the school earn some much needed money with those extra Boxtops! Grab Kleenex, Scott Extra Soft and Viva at Walmart, and be sure to look for the back-to-school packing with the bonus Boxtops to help your school today!

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Once you've completed your Walmart Back To School shopping, be sure to share how you did your shopping like a boss with the #BTSLikeABoss hashtag on your social media channels!

What's on your back-to-school essential list this year?


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