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Color of the Month- June 2017- True Red

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Hello my friends! I've missed you. I took some much needed time off from writing and creating here to get my family and I prepped for summer, which officially starts tonight. Hello summer! Today I'm seeing red, a beautiful true red inspired from crazy good summer fruit like strawberries and watermelon. Take a look at my Color of the month for June inspiration and collab board below.


fresh sliced strawberries true red


And here is my Color of the month Pinterest collaboration board. I hope you see lots of pretty, functional, and inspiring true red items you'll want to add to your life right now. 





Great News!

Starting next month, I will be expanding on my color of the month inspirations by sharing the color the first week of the month. Then, I'll share a weekly post showing you how to wear and accessorize it, decorate your home and garden with it, cook with each color all month long!



I'm excited to expand on this great theme and hope you'll stop by each week starting in July to see how this evolves. Special thanks to my daughter's Melissa and Tera who helped in the growth of this creative idea.



Please share in comments: Do you like to wear or decorate with true red? And is there anything the color red near you right now? I have a shiny brand new red pencil near me.


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Wordless Wednesday: Night Lights

Wednesday, June 7, 2017




deck lights at party #summer





Moon and clouds #nightlights




bonfire #nightlights



Please share in comments: Which is your favorite night light?

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Max 2: White House Hero Blu-ray combo pack giveaway

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Max, an all American hero dog is back again to save the day in a new adventure film for the whole family in Max 2: White House Hero.  This movie is out on Blu-ray from Warner Bros Home Entertainment on DVD, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack On May 23, 2017 & Digital HD now. I’m excited to be able to share this movie and giveaway with you today thanks to my partnership with TetherGroup and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. 




Please note: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own and no further compensation was given. It is my pleasure to share great movies and giveaways with you.




Max 2 White House Hero Blu-ray combo pack giveaway



If you didn’t get a chance to meet Max in his first movie in 2015, you don’t need to worry about watching that one first. Max, a.k.a. man’s best friend and our country’s biggest hero is ready to answer the call of duty!




About Max 2: White House Hero: 





“Duty calls again, and our hero dog Max returns to action in Max 2: White House Hero. His new assignment brings him to Washington, D.C. to serve on the U.S. president's Secret Service detail. When a foreign leader arrives with his precocious daughter Alex (Francesca Capaldi), tensions arise between both countries. 

First Son TJ (Zane Austin), along with Max and Alex, uncover a dangerous plot that puts both kids and both nations in jeopardy. A highly-sensitive mission will push Max’s specialized skills, intelligence and loyalty to the test.” 


You can learn more about Max, the movie and the actors by following along on Facebook and by visiting the movie’s website.




Our Thoughts:

Be prepared for a cute family movie that features one of the smartest, handsomest dogs I’ve ever seen on screen and that’s saying a lot since I grew up watching Lassie! If we were dog people and sometimes, I wish we were, we’d get a German Shepard like Max. Alas, we are cat people, who simply love other people’s dogs, but that didn’t stop us from loving how Max stole the show, or film rather! 


Max 2: White House Hero will captivate your six to ten year old's. Parents will probably find themselves rooting on Max and TJ as well.  I liked that TJ lets us know very early on that being part of the first family wasn’t his idea and that he wants to be a regular 12 year old kid with friends. Little did he know what a great friend he would get with Max in the White House. 


Before you scroll down to enter the giveaway, I’ve got a fun game for you to play, which includes a trailer of the movie and information on how to purchase it if you don’t win a copy. 





This is a fun game that your kids are sure to like, so be sure to share this post with them.




Win It:

Thanks to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, one lucky reader will receive MAX 2: White House Hero Blu-ray movie combo pack. 





Terms: No purchase is necessary to enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Open to residents in the United States and Canada, who are 18+ or older.  Must use a valid email address to enter. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes since the prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS.  One winner per household only.  My WAHM Plan is not responsible for prize fulfillment, sponsor is. Winners will be notified by email used on entry form and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.




Please share in comments: Are you a dog family? If yes, what breed (s) of dogs do you have?

Good Luck!

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Two unique ways the USO supports military families

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

For countless people, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer. My family is among those numbers.  This weekend was especially joyous for us as our oldest daughter’s high school graduation ceremony was on Saturday morning. Our weekend was filled to the brim with activity, some major milestones (like graduating!) and some more routine, like having a cookout and buying flowers for our porches. 



getting porches ready for summer



It wasn’t until my husband hung our new flag, that I stopped to pay my respects again for the people who died while serving in our countries armed forces. I decided then to write about the two unique and new to me ways I found the USO supports military families. 


USO logo
The United Services Organization, most commonly known as the USO, is a nonprofit organization that provides programs, services and live entertainment to United States service members and their families. 

Their website USO.org states their mission as: 

 “The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.”


One of the biggest supporters of the USO in our time was the great Bob Hope. He started performing for the troops in 1941 and his legacy lives on today. The first unique way the USO supports military families is part of the Bob Hope Reading Program, called Read2Connect.


1. About Read2Connect:


According to the USO’s website, Read2Connect is a program that provides military children with an opportunity to record themselves reading a book of their choice aloud to their family or friends. Then, the recording is packed with a handwritten note and mailed to the loved one so they can watch their military child friend or relative read them a story.

As an avid reader and supporter of literacy programs, I was happy to learn about this program and hear about it from a 13 year old, Jordan Scott who is participating in Read2Connect while living in Japan. Here is his video.




If you would like to learn more about this program and see how you can help, go here. Follow the link at the bottom of the article. 



The second unique way the USO is helping military families is with baby showers through their What to Expect Foundation


2. About the What To Expect Foundation: (What to Expect Present Special Delivery): 

“For the USO and the What to Expect Foundation, the goal of each Special Delivery shower is the same: Educate and empower military moms and foster a sense of community where it might be needed most – far from home and family."

"These things are important to moms-to-be, which is why the USO and the What to Expect Foundation teamed up in 2013 to host baby showers for military moms. Heidi Murkoff, who established the What to Expect Foundation in 1997, serves as the host for each shower, answering questions, signing copies of her best-selling book, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” and posing for photos with expectant mothers.


You can learn more about this program and see cute babies, by watching this video. 




If you would like to learn more about this program and help out moms to be, go here



How you can help:

I learned that the USO is a well-respected and valuable resource for military families and there are so many ways we can plug in and help, globally, nationally or in our own communities. If my two unique ways of helping don’t speak to you, I invite you to visit the USO.org and check out all the programs they offer hereI’m sure you’ll find a program that is just right for you, even if that means a monetary donation rather than a time commitment. 


My family and I wish to extend our sincere gratitude for all the men and women who are serving our country now, or who have in the past. I’m hopeful that I can keep the giving spirit alive and well within myself and my family long past this Memorial Day



Please share in comments: Are you a military family? Do you utilize any of the USO programs? 



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Host a fun and tasty movie night with G.H. Cretors popped corn

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Our schedules have been fairly non-stop this month with both of our daughter’s graduating from either middle or high school. When we do get to spend time together at home, one of our favorite ways to spend family time is watching movies.



Host a fun and tasty movie night with G.H. Cretors popped corn



Since both our girls are in their teens, our genre selection has become more varied, but one thing remains constant. Every movie night needs snacks and our family loves popcorn! When the nice folks at G.H. Cretors asked if I’d like to host a movie night, receive their complimentary movie night kit and try their popped corn I immediately said yes, of course! 

My thanks to them for the tasty treats, the Oscar nominated movies Arrival and Moonlight, the cozy blanket to snuggle with and the “obsessively delicious" popped corn! While I did receive products to facilitate today's post, all opinions are my own. 


When the company representative contacted me, I have to confess, the name G.H. Cretors didn’t ring a bell, so I followed the link she provided to learn more.  I’d love to share their story with you now. 


About G.H. Cretors and how they got their tag line Obsessively Good


G.H. Cretors logo

G.H. Cretors history dates back to 1893 with Charles Cretors, confectioner and inventor, who unveiled the first popcorn machine at the Chicago World’s Fair. Their artisanal popcorn is made in small batches using only the highest quality ingredients which makes it the perfect snack for at home movie nights. Whether watching a new film or an old favorite, nothing pairs better than a bowl of obsessively delicious popcorn. 



Why Obsessively Good?




Host a fun and tasty movie night with G.H. Cretors popped corn



Great-great granddaughter, Claire Cretors, popped the first batch of “obsessively delicious” flavors four decades later, to what we know today as G.H. Cretors Popped Corn. After trying their Just the Cheese Corn and The Mix (cheddar cheese and caramel), we wholeheartedly agree with Claire!  G.H. Cretors snacks are so good and a bag or two can get gobbled up quickly! You can feel good about serving this snack because they use Non-GMO popcorn and other Non-GMO ingredients whenever possible, and has a line of organic offerings as well. 

You have your choice of nine flavors which include:


  • The Mix
  • Organic Chile Jalapeno White Cheddar
  • Organic Dill Pickle
  • Just the Cheese
  • Just the Caramel
  • Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Organic White Cheddar
  • Organic Honey Butter Kettle-corn
  • Organic Salted Butter 



Yum! All these delightful sounding flavors have my mouth watering. Just the smell of popping corn is enough to get my taste buds ready. We are a nation that loves our pop-corn for sure. Check out these fun popcorn facts and let me know in comments how many you already knew.


Fun Facts about Popcorn from G.H. Cretors:

  • Americans eat an estimated 17 billion quarts of popcorn every year!
  • Nearly 70% of popcorn is eaten at home.
  • Popcorn can pop up to three feet in the air!
  • Popcorn is the official snack of the State of Illinois, where G.H. Cretors is made.


Host a fun and tasty movie night with G.H. Cretors popped corn


                                                         
We’ve watched and loved Arrival now and once we can squeeze another family movie night in our schedule, we are looking forward to watching Moonlight. I’m asking my family to nominate their favorite G.H. Cretors flavor.  


I’ll be able to find them easily because they can be found nationwide in Walgreens, Target, Rite Aid, BJs and more. For full retail locations near you, check out the store locator here and be sure to tag them on social channels once you start munching using hashtag #GHCretorsMovieNight .

Instagram: @ghcretors
Twitter: @GHCretors 



Make time for movie night this summer:


The school year is officially done for the year as of this afternoon. By Memorial Day, we’ll be in full summertime mode where our pace slows down and we savor and enjoy out time together so why not host a fun and tasty movie night at your house and grab a bag or two of G.H. Cretors for movie time munching?




Please share in comments: Which popped corn flavor choice from the list above would you try first?

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