The Cutest Bows Right to Your Door!

So I love mail, packages and what have you. I do a lot of my shopping online and I have a lot of mail subscriptions. One of my more recent discoveries since having a baby girl, Little Poppy Co.

A 3 bow a month subscription for only $11.99/month!
(When my 4 year old was a baby I bought custom made bows online all the time and spent up to $8-$10 a piece on them. If you do the math on this subscription you’re only spending about $4 a piece)

The link below will take you to their website where you can sign up for your subscription using my referral.

Having a baby girl!? You can get your first month FREE just pay shipping!

Did you know that moms to be of baby girls and new moms with a baby girl under 1 month old, get a month free when they make a new post to Instagram with a shoutout to Little Poppy Co in the following context:

“Hey @littlepoppyco , It’s a girl!! #littlepoppycobowsformybabe ”

little poppy co

Want more free bows? After you’ve signed up for your monthly Little Poppy Co. bow subscription, refer your friends! It’s that easy.

I’ve signed up just in time for their MAY bows, so here’s a peek at those. Orders for the following month ship 25th-28th of each month, so if you want these May bows you have to sign up quick! They have clips or nylon bands to choose from.



DISCLAIMER: These opinions are my own. I am not affiliated with this company and not paid to promote this business in any way.

The Cutest Bows Right to Your Door!

Perfect Treats for the Family

I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to try some products I’ve never used before and to even get the familiar products we  love to review on.

I’ve received my first TastyVoxBox via Influenster for free and I was thrilled to discover what was inside and begin my reviews.


Tasty VoxBox Included:

1- Full size bottle of Frank’s Red Hot Original Hot Sauce
1- Full size can of French’s Crispy Fried Onions2- Yogi Tea Bags
1- Bag of Kashi Dark Cocoa Power – Plant Shake
2- Packets of Splenda Naturals (Sugar Substitute)
1- Country Crock Recipe
Coupon for Country Crock and Smart Ones



Now I’m still in the process of testing these products, but I’ve gotten a few under way already.

Splenda Natuals
I’ve had pre-existing experience with this product and though it’s not my go-to, it’s tolerable to me in some instances, like for instance running out of coffee creamer. I enjoyed a cup of coffee with milk and Splenda last night to quench my craving. It’s definitely an acquired taste in my opinion, especially when you are used to using granulated sugar.


Frank’s Red Hot

This was already one of my favorite hot sauce brands. My husband and I pretty much can put hot sauce on everything. Chili, BBQ, Pizza, Stews, Tacos, Quesadillas, etc. It’s the perfect amount of spicy with excellent flavor. We love it.


French’s Crispy Fried Onions

My husband and I enjoy these on many things. Him and the kids can eat them straight out of the can. Hubby also likes them on Green Bean Casserole. We also eat them on our hamburgers, inside our diced home-style potatoes and mixed with green peppers for steak toppings. Today I enjoyed them on top of my BBQ burger sliders!


Country Crock

We use this for oiling a pan prior to cooking to add great flavor to food. I’ve also used it in baking and absolutely love the easement of it’s packaging and the flavor it brings out in our treats. I’ll have to use the coupon to get some more because when using it for baking and cooking a lot, it doesn’t last long here. I’ll probably bake some holiday cookies soon!


The other items in the box I’ve never tried but will definitely get around to them so I can review them for this campaign with Influenster. I’m glad I got the chance to help spread the word and get some of these product names out there. For those who are already fans, cool; If you’re just discovering some of them like I am, I hope you’ll continue to try new things as I do!


Perfect Treats for the Family

How much love do you want?

I’m a big fan of custom artisan work. I love the creativity and beauty in the products of these artists. I adore walking through farmers markets and festivals and looking at all the work other people do. All the time and dedication in each piece. It’s incredible and inspiring. Of course artisan work is going to be more costly than the mass-produced products you find in the common department stores, but being handmade and covering costs and at least some time, it’s to be expected and should be appreciated.

One of my favorites is where I buy my custom jewelry MADE WITH LOVE BY LAURETTE
(affiliate link) Her jewelry is one of kind and truly made with love. I love browsing all of her creations because it’s magnificent how beautiful all her pieces are. They make great gifts for yourself, friends and family for any occasion. I love my bracelets from her and I wear them all the time. Every time I put them on I think about how neat they are and how much time and effort went into making them. It makes me appreciate them that much more.

She doesn’t stop at just bracelets. There are earrings, necklaces, awareness, and even cremation/memorial jewelry also. She can even make custom matching sets! Her work is just great. You can check her out at the link above or below. I’m sharing purely based on the love of her work and wanting to help make it seen because it is beautiful.

Made With Love Etsy
Made With Love Facebook

How much love do you want?

What I do to feel refreshed and focused

I use many home remedies when it comes to treating myself and my family. I have a morning routine that allows me to feel revitalized by a lemon sugar facial scrub I make myself to wake up my face, a cold shower or hot bath depending on my mood and of course who can forget coffee. A big role in my morning, but what do I do when none of these things seem to be working for me? I use one of my  favorite supplements  Freeman Formula Upgrade.


I wrote a short e-book explaining a little about the caffeine energy products versus the FF Upgrade product and you can access that e-book free right here EnergyShots(1)

If you don’t like the “crashes” of the other energy shots you’ve used or are currently using, then you should try FF Upgrade. One of my favorite things about it is that I can have the refreshing boost of energy and focus, makes me feel more alive and awake, without the crash that I’ve had with other brands I’ve tried. My husband and I also have used it to help with other ailments we may boast.

Other ailments we’ve used Upgrade for successfully.

  • Headaches/Migraines that I suffer from regularly
  • Fatigue when we just feel absolutely drained
  • Energy boost & focus to complete a specific task mentally or physically
  • Motivational energy boost when down with a cold


It really is a great product. You can find out for yourself by purchasing online through the Freeman Formula website or in person at the following NY stores.



***(This is NOT a paid advertisement. Freeman Formula is in no way affiliated with the e-book or this blog. The information I’ve shared is simply because we’ve personally tried this product and it worked for us, we just want to spread the word.)***

What I do to feel refreshed and focused

Kid approved BIC #2 Pencils Xtra-Fun

So I usually purchase the regular yellow or solid colored BIC pencils but recently I  was given the opportunity to test some new pencils from the brand I like for free from BIC through BzzAgent.

They are called BIC #2 Pencils Xtra-Fun Stripes! Pack of 10. They are neat and colorful additions to any book bag supply list for school or to just have at home or the office.


One cool thing about these besides the way they look, I’m a fan of stripes and color, is that they come already sharpened! How awesome is that? I couldn’t tell you how many times I wish the pencils I bought already came sharpened because when it was time to use a new pencil I had to go dig for a pencil sharpener that I may not have found because children misplaced it. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve had to use a pocketknife to sharpen a pencil. OH and when it is time to finally sharpen them, they sharpen so smoothly! It’s amazing how quick and easy it sharpens on the first try every time, no breaking no having to start over. It’s great.

My daughter liked that they were easily erased. Some pencils seem to be impossible to erase off a piece of paper without leaving the writing visible. These pencils on several different pieces of paper have all erased very cleanly. Another reason why I already purchase BIC brand pencils.


She has been using it today for her summer reading quizzes and she really likes them. The tip doesn’t break easily like some other brands. They are comfortable to hold. She likes the way they look and she said she wants me to get these ones from now on. So they will definitely be on my shopping list for pencils when the kids go back to school and for home especially since coupons came with the campaign package.

My son asked specifically to send blue striped ones to school with him. I think the kids find these more fun than the yellow or solid colored #2 pencils.


  • Kid approved
  • Affordable
  • Comes pre-sharpened
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Fun to look at
  • Colorful variety
  • Easy to erase
  • Strong lead
  • Writes good
  • Great brand



Kid approved BIC #2 Pencils Xtra-Fun

Lego Obsessions

Who doesn’t love legos!?

I can remember playing with Duplo legos when I was young, but I never had the opportunity to play with the more intricate lego sets. As a mother, I have found that my children are absolutely obsessed with legos from their very first time being able to play with some, and I have grown to love them too! Now we gift legos to them just about every opportunity we get, just wait until Christmas. We already bought all 6 kids their Christmas presents and it’s mostly all legos for the older kids.

I have 3 children whose birthdays fall into the same week as my own (May 14, 15, 16 & 20). A lot of May birthdays, so we celebrated them all over the weekend. My oldest daughter got 3 sets of legos between her grandparents gift and our gift to her. Each one has many pieces and extensive instruction manuals.


Last night my 10 year old and I put together the Elves set she got. It took an hour to complete and I did not realize how complex and time consuming lego building actually was until that moment. But it was neat to watch as the instructions grew this blob of blocks into a neat little structured creation


My youngest daughter who actually turned 4 today, got a duplo set yesterday that she had been asking us to get her for an entire month. She was so excited to open that present.


She continues to put it together, take it apart and put it together all by herself and she loves it.


Even my son who is about to turn 5 got a little lego set for his birthday.



My husband and I wanted to build the kids a lego room but have since had a change of plans. For now we just help keep their sets organized and have bought them bins to keep them in so the pieces do not get mixed up. We’ve definitely turned into a lego household within the past year since our children are getting old enough to really play with them. I can admit myself that I think legos are pretty freaking neat. I think my husband and I may be equally excitable from them. We can’t even go into the store without having to walk down the lego aisles just to see if there are any we want to get next.

Lego Obsessions

Made With Love – Custom Jewelry

My birthday is in 9 days and my hubby had ordered me a custom piece of jewelry that I just had to have! It’s made from beautiful exotic wood and I absolutely love the coloring….


I ordered it custom made from Timber Treasure Troves / Made With Love By Laurette (according to the size of my wrist where I’d wear it, which I preferred snug). It’s cuff style, so I would suggest sizing the circumference of your arm/wrist at least 3  inches down from your palm.

There are many other types and styles of jewelry available on Timber Treasure Troves / Made With Love By Laurette’s Etsy Store.

One of which styles, is the memory wire bracelet, that hubby had customized for Mother’s Day in secret. Though I admire his attempt to be undiscovered, I found out he ordered it, I just don’t know what it’s going to look like and that will be the surprise. I’ll be receiving it this Sunday for Mother’s Day and once I have photos I’ll be updating here.


Here’s the picture of my mother’s day bracelet. It’s my favorite colors, it has our initials stamped on a heart and also has all 6 kid’s (step-daughter included) birthstone colors in order of oldest to youngest in the center (July, May, December, May, May, July). It’s beautiful and I love it!!


I’ve also ordered 2 other memory wire bracelets (anniversary and mother’s day) in 2013 from Made With Love by Laurette. They’ve withstood much wear and life with 3 small wild children. I absolutely love the styles, the creatively and craftsmanship behind the finished pieces they have.


Made With Love – Custom Jewelry