Friday, January 16, 2015

15 Ways to Eat Healthy in 2015 *eMeals tips and tricks*

As part of my journey to become healthier, I'm open to all kinds of (reasonable) advice, tips, and tricks. Fortunately for me, eMeals has put together this great list: 15 Ways to Eat Healthy in 2015

15 ways to eat healthy in 2015

I am an eMeals blogger, and as such have received a complimentary subscription to their services. All opinions are my own, and I would never promote a service, brand, or item I have not tried myself or would not recommend to a member of my own family. 

Each New Year ushers in a new set of resolutions—oftentimes centered on improving your health and changing up less-than-desirable eating habits. Making changes, especially when involving food, can be challenging. The key to success is to start small. Here are 15 tips to get you—and your family—headed in the right direction. Before you know it, you’ll be feeling healthier and happier all the way around.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Little Mermaid Legacy Collection: Review and GIVEAWAY

I received the Little Mermaid Legacy Collection CD as a member of the Entertainment New Media Network. No further compensation was received and all opinions are my own. This post may also contain affiliate links.

The Little Mermaid Legacy Collection #DisneyMusic #ENMNetwork
I'm about to seriously date myself here, but do you remember when The Little Mermaid was first released in theaters? I remember my friend Kelly, who lived up the street from me, had the soundtrack. I remember jealously thinking how lucky she was. So you can imagine it was like fulfilling a childhood dream when I heard about this release and that I would be getting my very own copy. It's the little things in life, right?

And, as you might also imagine, I have a couple kids who love all things magical and Disney - with mermaids being absolutely no exception!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Organization Amidst Chaos: eMeals meal planning for 2015

If you are anything like me, and if your holidays have been anything like mine, your home is pretty much the epitome of "hot mess" right now. Except it's super cold outside.
Organization Amidst Chaos: eMeals meal planning for 2015

I am desperate to get this clutter taken care of. Are you kidding me with all the presents? And a huge problem in my personal space is that I get tunnel vision while working on sewing and craft projects, and the whole house suffers. I've started chipping away at the giant mess, but it's nice not to have to worry about what's for dinner; you know?

You know I've been a blogger for eMeals for quite a while now. In exchange for sharing my (hugely positive) opinion on their services, I receive a subscription of my own. In the time since I first began with eMeals (nearly two years ago!!!), they've added a lot more options and choices. I'm still sticking with the slow-cooker plan at the moment, because - it's cold and I have limited time.

If you're strapped for time as well, but not so much interested in slow cooker meals, you can try the 30 Minute Family Plan!
eMeals 30 Minute Family Plan

For those of you out there who are like my father-in-law or my own my mom, there's a Diabetic Dinner Plan, which I think is exciting news.

eMeals has been around for 10 years now, so it's no wonder the plans have so much variety now! 16 dinner options, a breakfast plan, a lunch plan, and even a plan for desserts!
eMeals meal planning
just a sampling of the dinner plan options eMeals offers
If you're still on the fence, or just not sure if this is worth the cost (despite the glowing endorsement from Dave Ramsey!), you're in luck! eMeals has just rolled out a two week FREE trial program for new members. So now is the perfect time

Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping up with meal planning? I definitely feel that it makes the whole week go smoother when I know what I'll be making for dinner ahead of time. 

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014


It feels like I've been hiding out from my blog. In truth, I have been. At first, it was because I was just too tired - with the pregnancy, with the kids, with helping my sister-in-law get her social media accounts more active, and just with life in general.

After E was born (and I do promise I'm still planning to publish the birth story, for those who are interested), I was tired from getting up during the night, then sending the older two to school. There's always something.

There's always something, especially with PPD.

I'm one of the lucky ones that has gotten it after each birth. I've even had the joy of antenatal depression. It's really not much fun, to be honest.

And while we're being honest here, I was having trouble functioning well enough to be bothered with a blog, or twitter, or Facebook. But now I'm in the mood to unload again, if that makes sense. 

Watch out World, I'm blogging again. Or something like that. The past few nights I haven't gotten to bed before midnight, and not for lack of trying. Between the three kids, my candle's being burned from all sides. So let's see what this sleep deprived mama can come up with.

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Emme & Macy's: Fall Fashion Show

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post about Macy's and Emme. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

Were you starting to wonder if I'd ever get back to this blog? Trust me, I have been working on my latest birth story for the past three months. Adjusting to three kids has been far more daunting than I'd expected, but I'll share more details on that another time. Right now, I want to share with you a fun event taking place this week that I will be attending. Don't worry - it's totally free for anyone interested!

Through my weight loss experience this past year, I definitely learned a lot about myself and my personal struggle with body image. I still struggle with it. If you've somehow never heard of Emme, she is considered to be the first plus size super-model. In an industry that is focused almost entirely on physical appearance, Emme has done some amazing work to promote positive self-image in people of all shapes and sizes.
Macy's and Emme Fall Fashion Show

This Thursday evening, October 2 at 6pm, the Clackamas Town Center Macy's will be hosting Emme and a fun fall fashion event. After the runway show, Emme will hang out to talk to the audience about the fashion industry, as well as her work in promoting positive self-image.

After personally experiencing a series of significantly life-changing events, Emme Nation was created - an amazing community and forum providing women with a positive environment to share, learn, grow, and support one another in whatever challenges they may be facing. I love the message she has, and find her outlook incredibly inspiring.

If you're interested in learning more you can check out the link HERE or simply reserve your ticket now at While the event is free, seating IS limited, so you'll want to RSVP in order to guarantee yourself a seat for the event.

I hope to see you there!

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