2017 - My WAHM Plan

ADORED 365-day devotional for young women book review & giveaway

Happy Friday! If you’ve been reading my blog for long, you know I love posting giveaways on Friday’s. It just feels like the perfect way to end the week. Today, I’ve partnered with Flyby, to share a beautiful book with you; ADORED 365-day devotional for young women book. If you are raising a teen daughter like I am, this Christian based devotional book may be a perfect Christmas gift, so please enter my giveaway after reading my review. 


#AdoredByGod #Flyby book review and giveaway #ad


Wordless Wednesday: From my viewpoint




Our land at sunrise #nature #WordlessWednesday



Parmigiano Reggiano tomato and spinach Tortellini salad Recipe

In an effort to shake up dinner time here, I’ve been giving some of my staple recipes a creative twist. Sometimes I’ll add a different sauce or vegetable; or I’ll try a different cooking method. When I received a lovely assortment of Parmigiano Reggiano as part of a blogger ambassador program, I knew I had to make something that would allow the “King of Cheese” to shine! I think I was successful with my Parmigiano Tomato and Spinach Tortellini Salad Recipe.   I’m happy to I’ll share it and some interesting facts about Parmigiano Reggiano and their sweepstakes with you today.


Parmesan Reggiano tomato and spinach Tortellini salad Recipe #sponsored

Wish Big. Give Big with Avon's Holiday Gift Guide

Hello my friends and happy November! It is a rainy day here in middle Tennessee and all this grey has me looking for ways to cheer up my home and blog, so even though it is a little early for me, I'm going to share Avon's holiday gift guide now because it is full of happy colors and savings! I hope you enjoy looking at all the pretty and useful products Avon offers.


Avon Holiday Gift Guide #AvonRep #sponsored

We #ChooseKind- WONDER the movie in theaters Nov. 17

On a hot summer day, I received an unexpected package that contained a book and a tee-shirt that changed my way of looking at situations for the better. You see, the fates smiled upon me and I had received a complimentary hardbound copy of WONDER- a New York Times bestseller book by R.J. Palacio and the softest t-shirt on behalf of Lionsgate. My special thanks to them for that package and the surprise Halloween goodies as well. If you haven’t met and been moved by Auggie Pullman yet, read on to learn about the book and the movie WONDER! All opinions expressed are 100% my own. 





Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween movie swag giveaway

Scary movies abound this time of year with Halloween rapidly approaching. I'm not much for gore and guts, preferring a more Hocus Pocus style of movie and I know I'm not alone in my desire to laugh more and scream less. I think laughing truly is one of life's best medicine's and that's what makes Tyler Perry's Boo! movies such a hit. I'm excited to partner with today's sponsor to offer up this fun Boo 2!A Madea Halloween  movie swag prize pack for those of us who love to laugh!

Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween movie #ad
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Same Kind of Different as me movie sneak peek + giveaway for 2 Fandango tickets

Are you a fan of Renee Zellweger? How about Greg Kinnear?  If you said yes to one or both of those questions, chances are you like feel good/drama movies too. I think you are going to like the movie I’m getting ready to tell you about since it’s since it features both Renee Zellweger and Greg Kinnear. They are both very talented actors, who in my opinion,  play their respective parts so effortlessly that you become emotionally attached to their characters. I think we will remember them as Ron and Debbie Hall after watching Same Kind of different as me in theaters starting October 20, 2017. 


Same Kind of Different as me movie


How Nature walks help me get back in shape & Own My Greatness

I have always loved being outside. I love to feel the sunshine and wind on my face. I adore snapping photos of the abundance of beauty in my surroundings, whether I’m in the middle of a park, or walking the fence line on my land. I love gardening, especially flowers and herbs.  But truth be told, I’ve let my activity levels decline over the last year. I’ve come to the point in life that health and happiness go hand in hand, so I’m adding nature walks to my routine this fall to get back in shape and feel great again. Read on to discover how and please join me!


Nature walks at the park #OwnMyGreatness #ad


Celebrate National Taco Day with Uncle Ben’s and win $15K

Tacos are on my weekly family menu plan  in one form or another. The recipes vary to keep things fresh, but one thing is for sure- we are a taco loving bunch! To celebrate National Taco day (today!) and taco Tuesday, we made Shredded Chicken Verde tacos with refried beans and Spanish style rice. Thanks to today’s sponsor, Uncle Ben’s, you too can serve up a plate of tacos, beans and Spanish style rice quickly and if you upload a photo of your rice dish, you could win 15 thousand dollars for you and your school a 30 thousand dollar cafeteria makeover! 


Shredded Chicken Verde tacos with refried beans and Spanish style rice

Color of the Month- October 2017 -Raven Black

Happy October everyone! September flew by in a blur of activities and I never got my September color of the month blog post up. I feel bad about missing it, but in all honesty, I was so burned out (see last post here), that I wasn't sure if I even wanted to post these anymore. Then, a magical thing happened over the weekend- my inbox overflowed with positive "bloggy" things and I had to make the decision to sulk and give up on blogging, or suck it up and come back swinging. I chose the latter.  So, without further ado, I wanted to get my color of the month post up ASAP so I can add to it (and so can you!) all month. 



For October, I was inspired by all the pretty Raven black I've been seeing everywhere, including both my cats! While they aren't full raven black cats, they both have the prettiest black fur! 

Dottie my Raven black and white cat

Earn extra cash like I do with Avon

Normally on a Wednesday, I would be sharing a Wordless Wednesday post showcasing what I’m  enjoying in my life. From felines to flowers, I’ve done a lot of WW sharing over the last seven years. Yep, My WAHM Plan is seven years old this month and instead of celebrating its longevity to the fullest- I’m going to share a part of my life most bloggers fear sharing. I’m burned out


I’m tired, oh, so tired of all the moving parts of blogging for an income. Income is the reason for this post today my friends. I earn extra cash every week with my side hustle business Avon! Read on to learn a little history of My WAHM Plan and earning then and now.



Earn extra cash with Avon
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Win ALL IN CD by Matthew West

Happy Friday and happy fall everyone! Indian summer is in full swing this week here in the Nashville Tennessee area, but that won’t stop me from picking up pumpkins and gourds this weekend. While I’m driving all around town, I’ll be listening to this complementary CD I received from Flyby for today’s post and giveaway. I’ve been a fan of Matthew West for a while now, so I was thrilled to add his latest to my CD collection.



Win ALL IN CD by Matthew West

Wordless Wednesday: Fall Flowers



An array of Mums fall flowers




Grow beyond Mums in your garden this fall

There is no mistaking the beauty and allure of a vibrant Chrysanthemum this time of year.  They can be found everywhere from nurseries, to farms markets and even school fundraisers have Mums for sale and I am a willing buyer. Mums are one of the few flowers that can be both annuals and perennials depending on what variety you buy. If I’m lucky enough to find “hardy Mums” the perennial variety, I’ll plant them in my flower beds this month. If I find annuals, they will go in containers. In order to have more variety in my garden this fall, I wanted to grow beyond Mums and found three plants perfect for fall planting I’d like to share with you today. 


Sedum blooms Grow beyond Mums this fall
Sedum Blooms

Wordless Wednesday: Steam Train




Steam train in Nashville TN.


9/11 Film Charlie Sheen Autographed Poster & #Remember911 Gift Pack Giveaway

Happy Friday and happy September everyone! September is a month of promise and new beginnings for me. We have settled into our school routines, the weather will finally turn cooler and I start my fall busy work schedule. Actually, this blog will turn 7 years old later this month. That is worth celebrating! 

With all the positives in this month, there is one event that I will never forget- September 11, 2001. I was at home with my two year old daughter when my husband called to tell me the news. I was stunned and horrified and scared, right along with the rest of America.  We will always remember 9/11!

I happily teamed up with TetherGroup to bring you this amazing giveaway today. I will receive the prize pack offered in the giveaway to thank me for my time. No other compensation given. All opinions are my own.

#Remember911 Gift Pack Giveaway #sponsored


Avon offers two ways to help with Hurricane Harvey Relief

For over 130 years, Avon has been a company that cares about women, our families our communities, our health and our livelihoods. Today Avon is offering two ways to help with hurricane Harvey relief. As a proud Avon Representative, I naturally wanted to help, but that isn’t my only reason for this post. I’m also a flood survivor.  As a teenager, my family lost everything in a flood. Our home, our cars, our clothes, our food, our security.  My heart goes out to each and every single person who has been touched by hurricane Harvey. This post is for you. Avon is here to help you. I am here to help you. My family and I stand strong with you.  If you would like to learn how you can partner with Avon today, read on please.  


Avon hurricane Harvey relief donations

Wordless Wednesday: Nature walks





trees and walking trail





Send college kids care packages that nourishes body and soul

August is a bittersweet month for families with college bound kids. While we are extremely proud of their hard work and scholastic accomplishments that got them accepted into their college of choice; the thought of actually leaving our kids in a dorm room can be heart-wrenching. 

We moved our daughter to a local university campus two weeks ago and I’m still adjusting to not having her sweet presence at home every night! I know that we are lucky to have her attend a local college, but like many parents, we were searching for a way to offer our support and encouragement in a tangible way and I found it with SoulFeed. Read on to discover how you can send care packages that nourish body and soul. 



Nourish the body, feed the soul. Care packages #ad SoulFeed



Color of the month- July 2017 – Burgundy

We did a lot of back to school and dorm room shopping over the last few weeks, which led to my color of the month post being shared a little later than I wanted. The upside is I discovered the perfect color of the month to share because we saw it everywhere! From velveteen throw pillows to cute dresses, a deep, rich, warm and inviting Burgundy has me longing for crisp fall days.






My Summer Skincare Routine with Burt’s Bees + Grove Collaborative


Is your skin feeling the effects of summer heat? If you live someplace that's hot (and most all of us do now that it's August), it may be time to change up your beauty and skincare routine. During the summer, I find myself using fewer products and spending less time primping and prepping. In fact, if you were to drop by my house, you’d most likely find me running around barefaced. Letting your skin breath is the first step to a better beauty day, the second is to pick multi-tasking products that are easy to use. Burt’s Bees + Grove Collaborative make it easy to find fuss-free natural products.


Burt's Bees sale #ad


Wordless Wednesday: Basil, Blackberries, Bananas

Happy August and happy Wordless Wednesday! This post isn't going to be wordless though, since it needs a little explanation. Since I've been on a summer schedule here on the blog, posting about once a week, I thought it would be fun to show you what I've been doing offline besides being with my family. 



Basil plants in containers



Cool off with Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen passport to summer menu

Ah, summer, how we love you! The season full of family traditions like road trips and sleeping in since there’s no school; eating ripe, juicy, summer fruits that drip down your chin and eating out instead of cooking in a hot kitchen.  Recently when we got hungry for a good home-style meal we didn’t have to cook, we headed to our local Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen to let them do the cooking while we cooled off.



Cheddar's sweet heat chicken and shrimp meal #ad

Beat the dog days of summer- win six months of Netflix


Happy Saturday readers! Someday's are just too hot to be outside for long now that we've reached the dog days of summer. Why not stay cool inside and check out some cool shows on Netflix? Don't have it you say? Well today is your lucky day then. I've partnered up with a great group of bloggers to bring you this awesome giveaway for 6 months of Netflix! That will help you beat summer boredom. 


Nanny to Mommy is a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam and receives complimentary products as such. All opinions are her own.


Netflix giveaway hosted by Nanny to Mommy

Six Months of Netflix Giveaway Event!
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Win Avon decor for your next Summer Soiree

Did you know that Avon, the iconic beauty brand has a line of gorgeous home decor? If you answered no, you are not alone! Most people categorize the Avon name with beauty, skincare and maybe fragrances, but the New Avon LLC offers savvy shoppers so much more. That’s why I’m excited to share their current sweepstakes for gorgeous dinnerware and decorative accents with you. 


Avon summer soiree sweeps #AvonRep
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Color of the month- July 2017 - All White

July is a hot and humid month here in the southeast so wearing breathable cotton clothing is a must and my go to color? All white. According to Farrow & Ball, the craftsmen in paint & paper:
“All White is exactly what it says! Unusually, it contains no other pigment except for white, creating the softest most sympathetic color without the colder blue undertones of a brilliant white.”  

Just look at this pretty All White room they share for this versatile color. 


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Remove odors from vintage fabrics safely and easily

When you live in a house for almost a decade, you tend to accumulate a lot of stuff. Not just new stuff, either. With every home my husband and I have purchased, we’ve brought boxes from our previous home to go through later. Later is now for me!


remove odors from vintage fabrics safely and easily #sponsored

Research your next vehicle purchase thoroughly with Cars.com

Buying a new vehicle is a long and sometimes, highly frustrating task. Beyond all the hype of TV commercials and radio spots from local car dealers, we all want a place that will answer all of our questions quickly and honestly.  After a recent trip to the shop, we are thinking it may be time to trade in my beloved minivan and so starts our questions. 


This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cars.com I will receive a promotional item to thank me for my time. All opinions are mine.


American made Jeep found at #CarsCom #ad
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Give your grad a gift card for stock with Stockpile + $5 freebie

Talks about money, whether the topic is earning it, saving it, or spending it have been in heavy rotation the last couple of weeks here at our home because oldest has graduated from high school and will be attending a nearby university in the fall. 



my happy high school graduate

Change your look and hairstyle without cutting your hair

The hair we were born with can bring on a complex set of feelings.  We love it or hate it by turns. Get 5 women or girls in a room and ask them to talk about what they like or dislike about their hair and you’ve got a fantastic conversation starter. That conversation could last for an hour as each takes her turn sharing a hair story. Until recently, I hadn’t considered adding a wig to my hairstyle story, but thanks to today’s sponsor, Divatress, I’ve learned their products make it easy to change your look and hairstyle without cutting your hair.


This is a sponsored post on behalf of Divatress. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.



mom and daughter hairstyle date

Wordless Wednesday: Found in the garden


Take a walk through your yard and garden today to see what you can find.



ripening blackberries on the vine


Color of the Month- June 2017- True Red


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

Wordless Wednesday: Night Lights




deck lights at party #summer





Moon and clouds #nightlights




bonfire #nightlights



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

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

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


Two unique ways the USO supports military families

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


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


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



Independent film Urban Hymn movie review

We love watching movies from a variety of genres, everything from Sci-Fi to Disney animations we will watch with an open mind.   In my opinion, having an open mind is necessary when reviewing any movie; most especially when the film is a un- rated independent film like Urban Hymn.  Thanks to my partnership with Level 33 Entertainment, I received a complimentary early screener copy of Urban Hymn to facilitate today’s review. No further compensation was provided. All opinions are my own.



Urban Hymn film review


Organize your closet in an afternoon with simple accessories


Spring cleaning continues this month at Casa Kinsman and while I feel like I’m making headway in some areas (hello recycling bins filled to the brim!), I’ve just started on closets. Oh, closet organization, how I avoid you, until now. When my friends over at Tidy Living ask if I would like to work with them on their May Madness spring cleaning sale, I happily said yes because I knew I couldn’t let my closets stay messy. With the help of two cool clothing accessories I received from today’s sponsor, I was able to organize the messiest closet in one afternoon. Here’s how I did it. 


This is a sponsored post on behalf of Tidy Living. I received information/product to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.



Organize your closet in an afternoon with a garment rack from TidyLiving.com  #ad


Color of the Month - May 2017 - Fern Green

May is a beautiful month for anyone who loves nature. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, bees are buzzing and there is greenery everywhere and in a myriad of shades to adore. 

I have a fantastic view of my front yard down to our pond from my office chair and I can count at least six different shades of green. It was hard to narrow down a particular shade, but after scanning my photos, I chose Fern Green as my May color of the month.


Blackberry bush with fern green leaves and white bloom


A tote bag that gives hope this Mother’s Day


Mother’s Day is almost here and I just had to share a great gift idea that I recently discovered while working my other job as an Avon Representative. I know most of you have heard of this iconic beauty brand, but do you know the giving side of Avon? The Avon Foundation for Women launched its Speak out against Domestic Violence program back in 2004.  One of its main pillars is to fund shelters across the United States that provide safe spaces for women and children in imminent danger where they can heal emotionally and physically, move toward self-sufficiency, and learn positive coping skills.



Avon Reps at Sanctuary for Families New York
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5 ways to help on National Shelter Pet Day April 30th

Having pets and treating them like family is fairly common all across America and yet, our shelters are at capacity year round; especially no-kill shelters, which is where we adopted both our indoor cats. We love and adore our fur babies and we couldn’t imagine our lives without them. While we can’t adopt another animal at this time, we are going to help on national shelter pet day, which is on Sunday April 30th this year.  Here are some ways to help in your community.



Our cat Dottie adopted from animal shelter

Earth Day 2017 Reduce Our Footprint


Happy Earth Day readers! It’s a grey, semi-rainy day here in middle Tennessee, but that won’t stop us from doing a few things in our own piece of good earth. I’m weeding my front flower beds in between rain drops while enjoying my Primroses and thinking about how best my family can reduce our footprint for our Earth Day cause this year. 


Primroses


Easy Al Fresco Dining with Good Food Made Simple

April is the perfect time of year to clean off your deck, porch or patio and take mealtime outside. In the south, the first burst of pollen has subsided, it’s not too hot and the bugs aren’t matching us bite for bite yet, so we call that a win. Today, I want to share how easy Al Fresco dining can be with our sponsor, Good Food Made Simple combined with a healthy dose of spontaneity.  There’s a giveaway too! 


This is a sponsored post on behalf of Good Food Made Simple. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. 


Easy Al Fresco Dining with Good Food Made Simple #ad #foodie

Color of the Month - April 2017 - Lilac

I adore lilacs of all colors and varieties, but there is just something so nostalgic and perfect about the classic light purple lilac. I'm singing its praises for my April color of the month once more.


purple lilacs


Pan seared Potato, Bacon and Green onion Salad recipe

My daughters and I are in the midst of planning their graduation parties. In May, my oldest will graduate from high school and my youngest will graduate from middle school. While both are causes for celebration on their own, my girls have decided to have a combo BBQ/Bonfire with both sets of their friends. That means cooking good food and lots of it, but we don't mind that.  You can’t have a BBQ without serving salads, so I’m going to make this tasty no mayo potato salad recipe I’ve been perfecting for a decade. I think you are going to like my pan seared potato, bacon and green onion salad as much as we do!



Pan seared potato bacon and green onion salad recipe


SMURFS: The Lost Village swag giveaway and DIY SMURF Blue Metallic lips

It may be hard to believe, but the Smurfs will be 36 years old this September. I can remember watching the Smurfs cartoon on Saturday mornings with my nieces. While they liked Papa Smurf, it was Smurfette that my little nieces adored.  Fast forward to 2017 and Smurfette is getting ready to go on an epic adventure in Sony Pictures Animation 3D movie SMURFS: The Lost Village coming to theaters April 7th



This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Sony Pictures. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.


SMURFS:The Lost Village movie #swag giveaway



The Underground Culinary Tour by Damien Mogavero book review


We live south of the newest “IT” city, Nashville Tennessee. Our local news station has a series on the boom in growth Nashville is having and one of the most interesting area of growth to me is the plethora of new places to eat. From fine dining to food trucks; Nashville is making a name for itself as a foodie city



Demos Restaurant downtown Nashville


The Gospel of Mark DVD Giveaway

Spring is knocking on the door here, not only in the beautiful Tennessee landscape I adore, but in my heart as well. To me, spring is always a time of renewal, reflection and rebirth. As a Christian family, it is an important time in our lives with Lent and soon, Easter. I'm glad I was given the opportunity to share a Christian based movie with you today.


This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for The Lumo Project. I received information to facilitate my review and will receive a copy of movie to thank me for my participation.


I am really excited to have an opportunity to watch The Gospel of Mark, but as luck would have it, my package hasn't arrived yet. Since the movie became available March 14th, I'm choosing to host my giveaway first and come back and share my review later. 



#TheGospelofMark DVD giveaway #RWM


Wordless Wednesday: Spring blooming trees






Bradford Pear bouquet #spring #blooming #trees