Photo Scavenger Hunt

A few weeks ago we were at this restaurant in Hutchinson, Kansas where they sold all kinds of trinkets. You know, the stuff you think you need but when you get home, it sits on your counter for six weeks and then you forget that you bought it. Well, one of the things they had were these car bingo games. At first I thought it would be really fun for Brecken on our many road trips but then I realized, in reality it would become one of those things that just sat on the shelf, or in this case, in … Read More>

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Visiting South Dakota – Day 2

Yes, it's been several months since my trip and South Dakota and I'm finally writing the second post. I'll shed some light on why I've been such a "slacker" later, but for now, let's talk about visiting South Dakota! Day 2 brought the same thing Day 1 did: rain. In fact, we talked with one person who said it had rained or SNOWED every day since April! Hearing her story made me thankful we only had to deal with rain. I've never slept in a tent in really cold weather and definitely didn't want … Read More>

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Happy Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July! I hope that everyone spent time surrounded by family and friends, enjoyed some good, old-fashioned fireworks and made little piglets of themselves. :) For us, we started the day off on our bikes. After half a cup of coffee, some of a Clif Bar and quite a bit of whining (me, not my daughter), we rolled out of the garage (literally and figuratively) and did some gravel grinding.  Along the ride we came across these tractors, each displaying an American Flag and had to stop … Read More>

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Visiting South Dakota – Day 1

For me, beginning a blog post can be very difficult, especially with a travel related post. Usually there are so many different thoughts and ideas going through my head, I can't get them in any type of sequential order. Writing about my recent visit to South Dakota is no different. So many memorable things happened on this trip, I don't know where to begin, so I'll take the easy route and start from the beginning. The drive from Wichita to Custer, South Dakota is 11-12 hours. Something that … Read More>

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Fight Seasonal Allergies with Bona

There are number of ways to fight seasonal allergies. You can try bee pollen. According to some websites, it will give you energy and helps reduce seasonal allergies. I have friends who mix it in with their food (usually smoothies or yogurt) and swear by it. I'd love to say that I agree with them but I can't get over the taste. I'd rather have seasonal allergies than choke down even a teaspoon of bee pollen each day. You can get rid of your four-legged friend. Now, I would NEVER do this. … Read More>

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Support Your Local Food Bank

As a participant in this campaign with Walmart, I have received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. #WeSparkChange #Shop2Give When is the last time you ate something? For me, it was 30 seconds ago. I finished off a meal from a local fast-food establishment that I am now regretting! I'm pretty lucky. If I'm hungry, I have access to healthy (and not-so-healthy) food. Instead of worrying about where my next meal will come from, I only … Read More>

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30 Day Squat Challenge

For some reason, I like 30 day challenges. A while ago, I gave up diet pop for 30 days. I know, it's hard to believe but I did actually do it. I didn't stick with it but did give up the pop for longer than 30 days and even to date, I drink less than I used to. This month, I decided instead of giving up something from my daily routine, I was going to add something and decided to try the 30 day squat challenge. For those of you who have never walked behind me, I have AFAS. That would be Asian … Read More>


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Pumpkin Cookies with Caramel Frosting

Fall is my favorite time of the year. While I don't like my days getting shorter, I love seeing the leaves turn different colors, getting to wear my warm sweaters and having most importantly, having … Read More>

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Easy Weeknight Meals with Manwich

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. In a few short weeks, I'll have about 5 minutes of daylight before I pick my daughter … Read More>

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Captain America Cookie Cake

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #HeroesEatMMs My nephew is turning 11 next month. His dad and I have talked … Read More>



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Visiting South Dakota – Day 1

For me, beginning a blog post can be very difficult, especially with a travel related post. Usually there are so many different thoughts and ideas going through my head, I can't get them in any type … Read More>

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Camping with Kids

Kids never forget anything you want them to. Say one little cuss word and they remember it forever. Have a minor meltdown over your dog getting sick all over your clean floors and they tell their … Read More>

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Kayaking the Buffalo River in Arkansas

Have you ever slept in the back of a Jeep? I have and I'll be the first to admit, it's not the most comfortable experience. But, I'd gladly crawl in the back of that Jeep again to spend the day … Read More>