Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Treats & Craft Ideas

My girls love to use any excuse to bake or create goodies...especially fun looking ones.  Here are some of the ideas we've come across while trying to decide what to do for Halloween parties at school and friends' houses.                                    

We've already hit one Trunk-or-Treat event and have a couple more planned on Halloween...PLUS Trick-or-Treating with some good friends. By that time my oldest daughter should have her Red Angry Bird costume. (we improvised and made her a Pop Star for this one)

With very little time on my hands now that I have a new baby demanding all of it, I am pulling on Pinterest like mad this week.  From sweet treats to crafts to drinks...these are the ones that caught my girls' eyes.  Which are your favorites?

To view other ideas, visit my Pinterest Board!

1. Personal Pumpkin Pizzas - TheChattyMom
   My girls absolutely LOVE building their own pizzas. This is just another fun way to enjoy a piece of pizza...err, a whole personal pizza.

2.  Crayon Melt Pumpkins  - BudgetSavvyDiva.com
 
    We will be making a couple of these pumpkins this year...just to be different from our neighbors.

Monday, October 27, 2014

DIY - Toxin-Free Household Cleaning Solution

Lemon and On Guard® Essential Oils ~ The One-Two Punch!

This weekend I decided to try something new.  My sister-in-law has been cleaning her house with a non-toxic solution and loves it.  I had to try it.  Let's face it, housework is no fun and I don't particularly enjoy breathing in all of the fumes and chemicals from the cleaning solutions.  A solution made with essential oils that could get everything clean and disinfected AND smell good?! I'm in!  Not to mention the fact that with the amount of coughing that had started the following Thursday, I really needed to attack things and get our surfaces free of any bacteria lurking about.  (I was already cleaning our air by diffusing Lemon & On Guard®)
 

Now I was desperate and had not ordered my container yet, and to be honest really didn't have much time to
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

There's Still Time ~ October's doTERRA Special

We're in the final 2 weeks of the month, but there is still time to take advantage of this month's specials.  One for existing Wellness Advocates and one for everyone else!


 1   For all Wellness Advocates, Save 10% on Elevation!
 
Elevation is the doTERRA's Joyful Blend.  It is perfect for those moments that you need to be revitalized. This exciting blend provides an invigorating combination of CPTG essential oils that can elevate your mood and increase your vitality. Elevation combines lavandin, tangerine, elemi, lemon myrtle, melissa, ylang ylang, osmanthus, and sandalwood flawlessly for an immediate and dramatic effect.  It is a perfect blend to wear as perfume or for diffusing in your home or office to uplift your mood. 




 2  For anyone NOT YET enrolled with doTERRA, there is an amazing offer for you! 
During the month of October register as a Wholesale Member Wellness Advocate During with an order of at least 100pv or any other Enrollment Kit (i.e. the Family Physician's Kit is 115pv), then place a Loyalty Rewards Order of at least 100pv for the following month (to be billed and shipped during the month of November) ... you will receive the Life Long Vitality Supplements for FREE!! (a $93.13 value) 

 
The Life Long Vitality Supplements have improved countless lives and are doTERRA's number one selling product.  Because they are infused with essential oils, these supplements allow you to help rebuild your body at a cellular level and truly get healthy from the inside out.  This is an amazing opportunity to experience them yourself without any additional cost to you.
 
To watch a video explaining why these supplements are so amazing click HERE.
 
To enroll on your own online, click HERE.
- to the right side of the screen you will see a box with an American Flag that says, "Try the New Checkout Process" Click in this box
- join as a Wholesale Member
- select the enrollment kit of your choice or choose the $35 enrollment option and add 100pv worth of products to your order
- place a 100pv LRP order for next month - November
- email me and tell me if you see yourself as a User, Sharer, or Builder
OR
- email me at tntsamudio@hotmail.com with a convenient time for me to call you and register you over the phone.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A New Season And The Return Of An Old Love

Alright, I know that it has been a long time since I've posted anything but it's because sometimes my life is a bit hectic.  It must be said that turning 40 has brought changes in my life...a new baby boy, girls entering 3rd and 4th grade, and a return of a long lost love of essential oils. I love my family and will do anything I can to help us all stay healthy and functioning at the top of our game.  Sometimes it's harder than it sounds...okay, it can be a downright battle.

I feel so blessed to have an old love of mine work it's way back into my life, at what I feel is the right season, for me to empower my family with knowledge that can help change our daily lives.  Enter ESSENTIAL OILS

I have loved EOs since I was introduced to them when I worked in a little shop adding fragrance grade oils into lotions, shampoo, conditioner, massage oils, and more.  I don't know how, but at some point I let them slip out of my life.  What a fool I was!!  I just did not have an understanding of what was being sown into my life or how powerful therapeutic grade oils really were on a daily basis. Right now, I am most excited to see the impact they will have on my family as we enter flu season once again. 

What are essential oils? 
Here is a quick 2 minute video to briefly explain ~


Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Newest Love Of My Life

 

It's been quite a Summer. We've been extremely busy with the new addition to our family as well as the traditions we do every year... 


We've hit the shores of Lake Tahoe...



Celebrated the Fourth Of July down in Temecula, CA...


Had a water balloon fight at our church's birthday BBQ...


Viewed gorgeous cars during Hot August Nights...


Celebrated a birthday with some friends at a local park...


Grace, 4th Grade

Rose, 3rd Grade
And are now back into the swing of a new school year.

I have been on a break from the blogging world since last November.  (That's a long time!)  Honestly it's been the simple fact that I have lived a life of exhaustion because of my pregnancy and now precious new little son.  This little face has been the center of my world for the past 20 weeks...and I must say that I am madly in love with him.

 
Little James (I use my kiddles' middle names for blogging) has been such an amazing addition to our family.  My hubby has been over-the-moon since he learned that we would be having a son and he hasn't come back to earth yet.  Just when I thought that we wouldn't be able to have an addition to our family, God showed me that He had heard my cries for just one more...and how badly I wanted a son. 
 
 
On March 26th little James came into the world after two days of a whole lot of complications on my part.  Poor little guys was thrust into a whole new world 4 weeks early...and had he not come early I probably would have had a 10-11 pound not-so-little guy.  And of course my child would have to go against the norm and be the featherweight at 7 lb. 1 oz.. I have to say I wasn't too upset about that at all.

 
My husband now has his little football buddy and I have another little love to "Ooo" and "Ahh" over.  My world is still in the midst of Lalaloopsies, Barbies, pink & purple everything, and baubles galore, but change is happening.  I've now added the images of puppies, duckies, and dragons into the mix.  Having blues, browns and greys is a welcomed change.
 
 
Just look at the change that's happened in 5 months!
 
 
And let me just say that motherhood at 40 is a lot more taxing than it was when I started at 30.  Even though it's been 8 years since I dealt with all of a newborn's needs, I honestly don't remember being as exhausted as I am now.  Thank God that I have the Viking mentality of pressing through no matter what. (Although some days the pressing through is actually dragging through my day.)  Most nights are like the one above, up until around 4am or sometimes we watch the sun come up.


 
My girls are getting used to the huge change.  It's taken some time and they are learning to have patience during his fits of cries and screams.  The bonus is that I have two little helpers that argue about who gets to change his diapers and clothes.  (I'm still stuck with the poopey ones though.)
 
 
I'm excited to see this little personality grow and develop.  Everything is different this time around and I know that is going to be the case in almost every instance.  So far all three have been fine tuned to music, maybe that is the common ground my children will always carry with them.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

What's On YOUR Thanksgiving Table This Year?

 
With Thanksgiving knocking on my door, I have been going through tried and true recipes for appetizers, sides and desserts.  Here are the delectable dishes that will be gracing my family's table this Thanksgiving Day.  (Why is the turkey missing?  My mother-in-law has the task of turkey and ham this year.)

Feel free to leave some of your favorite recipe links in the comments below. (I love a good recipe)

Wishing you and your family a wonderful and memorable Thanksgiving Holiday!

APPETIZERS

Prosciutto & Cheese Rosettes ~ The Chatty Mom

 
Bacon Wraps ~ Garlic Herb ~ The Chatty Mom ~ Addictive bites



SIDES

Homemade Cranberry Sauce ~ The Chatty Mom ~ So easy, SO good...You'll never go back to the can!


Photo Source: Ree Drummond ~ ThePioneerWoman.com
Whiskey Glazed Carrots ~ The Pioneer Woman's recipe.  Ahhh-MAzing!

Photo Source: AvocadoPesto.com
Green Beans with Shallots and Pine Nuts ~ Avocado Pesto's recipe - Great alternative to the traditional green bean casserole


 
Sweet Potato Banana Crumble Casserole ~ The Chatty Mom ~ Great as a side OR a dessert.  I top it with vanilla frozen yogurt and serve as dessert! (my oldest daughter's favorite dish)


DESSERTS

Photo Source: PickyPalate.com
Cinnamon Roll Pumpkin Vanilla Sheet Cake ~ Picky Palate ~ A new recipe that I can't wait to have!)
 
Photo Source: Foodnetwork.com
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ Food Network ~ My family LOVES these...without the chocolate chips.  Soft & chewy and SO good!
 
 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Giveaway Link-Up ~ Beginning or Ending In November

I am busy searching for great giveaways & sweepstakes that I find every month...although this month I am a bit behind. And I am definitely blaming it on my pregnancy. I promise you though, you are not going to want to miss out on these great finds!
There's not time like the present to enter. Here We GO!


Copyright (c) 123RF Stock Photos

Do you LOVE entering giveaways? We have a nice little assortment for you to enjoy below! AND there is no limit to the number of giveaways you can access & enter!

OR

Do you have a giveaway beginning or ending in the month of November? 
Leave a comment with a link to your giveaway and I will add it to our ever growing list!
SO, why not link-up and share information for readers to find your great giveaways?! 

Giveaways in gray have ended, but the links remain active.
1. Choose Your Gadget Giveaway ~ The Chatty Mom (Ends 11/21)
2. It's Christmas Giveaway Event ~ The Chatty Mom (Ends 12/02)
3. K'NEX Super Mario Bros. 3D Building Set ~ Just Short Of Crazy (Ends 12/10)
4. It's Christmas Bakers Edition KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway ~ Growing Up Bilingual (Ends 12/02)
5. Buick & GMC's National Sweepstakes! 2014 Vehicle of Your Choice!~ Ends 12/31/13
6. Google Chromecast ~ 20 Winners! ~ WomanFreebies (Ends 11/26)
7. Coach Tablet Case Giveaway ~ Stokes Contests (Ends 10/29) 
8.$5 Starbucks GC ~ 3 Winners! ~ Crunchy Beach Mama (Ends 11/21)
9. 9th and Elm Gift Certificates! ~ 3 Winners! (1st - $200; 2nd & 3rd - $100) ~ Still Blonde After All These Years (Ends 11/31)
10. $100 PayPal Cash & Colonic with Bodywrap ($270 total value) ~ Bargain Hound (Ends 12/11)
11. Obol Giveaway  ~ Bargain Hound (Ends 12/07) 
12. $1,000 Amazon Gift Card! ~ Growing Up Bilingual (Ends 11/29)
13. $1,000 Daily Prize ~ RewardIt.com
14. $10,000 Cover Look Sweepstakes (Furnishings!) ~ House Beautiful (Ends 3/1/14)
15. Xbox One Giveaway ~ Mom To Bed By 8 (Ends 12/02)

18 Weeks Down, 22 To Go!


This week I entered into 18 weeks of my pregnancy!  AND felt my little darling move for the first time!!  Let's just say that my heart was overflowing with joy.  I had forgotten how amazing those first few kicks can be. (it has been over 7 years since my last "first kicks")
 
Funny thing about this whole pregnancy is that it has been completely different in the realm of how I'm carrying the baby, cravings and energy. This little one has basically been off center and leaning to my right...which I am hoping quickly self-corrects so that I don't end up totally lop-sided.  A wonderful change is that I am showing just a little this time around, which means that I am still comfortably in my regular clothes! (well, a little more filled out in them but still in them) It also means that I've stayed in the range of only a 5 pound weight gain so far!  WOOHOO!!  With my first daughter I was definitely showing at 3 months and had already gained 10 pounds...my body totally freaked out.  The second was a little less dramatic in the weight gain category, but at 3 months I was again showing.
 
Cravings...well, I'm not craving the salads and fruit that I did during my prior pregnancies either.  Something totally contrary to my even non-preggy norm has entered in...a craving for protein like no other.  I am a 90% chicken, 8% pork and 2% beef kinda lady.  Not with this pregnancy.  I find myself dreaming of ginger teriyaki glazed brisket or flank steak...in fact now I can't get it out of my head. Guess I need to pull down my crockpot and get some beef going.
 
And then there's the craving for sweets, which I really did not have with the other two.  So, to keep myself in check I have stayed with 60% or more dark chocolate chips with pecans or melted down with coconut oil which I then dip frozen banana slices into.  SO GOOD!  This helps me stay away from the urge to bake tons of brownies and muffins...and cookies and scones...and gallons of ice cream.
 
If any of you have insight of how to battle against what feels like extreme exhaustion, PLEASE share!  This little one has completely zapped me...every day.  I can be in the middle of something and sit down for literally 2 minutes...and wake up 1-3 hours later when my alarm goes off letting me know of commitments I need to attend to.  It's ridiculous really...my girls laugh about it but are also wanting their "fun mom" back.  Apparently when you are tired every afternoon you become the boring mom.
 
Aside from those little issues, everything is going well.  My blood pressure seems to be keeping under control with the meds I'm taking, breathing exercises, celery juicing, stretching and pregnancy Pilates I'm doing.  And trust me, this is a huge thing since I went through it with both of my girls and I'm also in a much higher altitude.  I hate blood pressure issues, so anything to keep it down is welcomed.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Christmas Giveaway Event ~ Ends 12/02



It’s Christmas Giveaway Event






My household is always so excited for Christmas to come.  Especially my darling Grace since she is the Christmas Eve Baby.  Every year she is so proud of her birthdate because it is the day before we celebrate the birth of her Savior.  It makes me so proud when I hear her talking to tellers, clerks and really anyone that will give her a moment because she just bubbles over about how cool it is to share  her birthday with the Christmas celebration.  I love it!  And we always make sure to keep Christmas Eve Day about her...and then we start our Christmas celebration that evening.  It's really such a special time for us to share with her.