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5 ways to help on National Shelter Pet Day April 30th

Friday, April 28, 2017

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


Ten years ago this month, we adopted this sweet girl. Dottie as my then small girls named her (because she has dots by her pink nose and on her chin) is a quiet girl who prefers to sit beside you rather than cuddle. 

She’s a soft purr girl who cries when her family leaves. Her heart belongs to my husband, Kevin. From the very first moment Dottie saw him that day long ago at the shelter, she has been drawn to him and tolerates the rest of us. The adoption fees we paid helped cover the cost of her care and helped keep the shelter open. That’s the first way you can help




1. Adopt a Pet:

If you’ve been thinking about adopting a pet, this weekend is the time to take action since shelters all across the country are waiving the adoption fee! Here’s what Metro Nashville, TN. animal control center put of their Facebook wall:
“Spread the word MACC is hosting a Shelter Pawty to celebrate National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. Adoption fees will be waived for all shelter residents this Saturday and SUNDAY!
The ‘Pawty’ begins Saturday, April 29 and continues through Sunday, April 30 from 12pm-4pm, with special Sunday Adoption Hours.
Share, share, share this post, let’s clear the Shelter for National Adopt a Shelter Day. #shelterpawty #nationaladoptashelterpetday#cleartheshelter

Not sure if your local shelters are waiving their adoption fees? Google it! Seek out shelters on Facebook, or go really old school and call them. 



2. Shop locally:


Our cat, Fiona adopted from a mobile shelter


Fiona was adopted 4 years ago from a mobile shelter that had set up near our local pet supply store. We weren’t thinking of adopting another cat, but every time we drove by the sign, our youngest would ask if we could at least go in to “see” the kittens. 

As most parents know, once you agree to “seeing” an animal, nine times out of ten, you will be bringing one home! That’s what happened once we relented and saw this sweet babies face. Her little black nose and unique markings drew us to her.  We adopted her and bought all her food and accessories at the local pet store hosting the adoption event. 

Could we have saved a few bucks shopping at a big box retailer? Yes, but we wanted to help this shelter and this store. We are very happy we did! Fiona is our sweet fur baby, who is a Mama’s girl. She also adores her big sister Tera and helps her with her home- work often. 




 3. Donate to local shelters:

Maybe you just aren’t ready to adopt a pet this weekend, or any weekend in the near future. Owning a pet while rewarding is a big life decision that shouldn’t be entered into lightly. If people spayed and neutered pets and thought before adopting cute little animals, our shelters may not be so full. I’m getting off my soapbox now to list a few things animal shelters always need.




 4. Fulfill Pet Shelters Wish Lists:


  • Volunteers – show up, help clean up, pet the animals, walk them, show them kindness, and work in office.
  • Give pet supplies- water and food bowls, toys, leashes and collars, brushes, grooming tools, pet beds, blankets, and towels.
  • Give Pet Food and Litter- wet dog/cat food, dog/cat treats, clumping cat litter, non-clay cat litter (for kittens).
  • Give money- it doesn’t have to be a big donation. ANY donation helps. I just read a neat idea from Pet Finder that suggests donating part of your wedding or event registry to pets! How cool would that be? Just ask your local shelter if they can set up a registry of items they need.




5. Take in a Stray:


Our cat, Catty Cat adopted us


The last way you can help on National Shelter Pet Day is to take in a stray thereby keeping that animal out of a shelter. That’s exactly what we did several years ago with this sweet girl, Catty-Cat. Don’t judge me too harshly on the name. She was a very scared, very hungry kitty when she first showed up on the stoop on a cold February morning. It took me days to gain her trust, to assure her that I wouldn’t hurt her, so I had to call her something. 

She is the sweetest, smartest cat we have and she adores our Melissa. They are best buds, taking walks together, gardening, finding cool shade spots and delightfully cool water down at the pond on hot summer days. This one prefers to stay outside most days, but has a cushy set up in the garage for storms (she is scared of them) or cold winter weather. 



Our lives are enriched by these different, beautiful, fun cats! As you may have noticed by now, we aren’t a dog family. It’s not that we don’t like other people’s dogs, and delight in the occasional puppy kiss, we just know our own personalities and realized early on, cats were more our thing. It goes without saying that dog’s need our love and support as well, so if you don’t mind slobber, love going for walks and tossing balls, please consider adopting a dog this weekend too.


I hope this post will help you plan a trip to your local shelter this weekend to adopt, give or volunteer this weekend and be part of national pet shelter day this year. 




Do you have pets? If yes, were they shelter adoptions?

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Earth Day 2017 Reduce Our Footprint

Saturday, April 22, 2017


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



Footprint Facts:


According to Earthday.org, “Humans are consuming natural resources at an alarming rate. For the past couple of decades we have consumed more resources annually than the Earth can replenish. Today humans consume the equivalent of 1.5 planets’ worth of resources every year and, unless something changes, we are expected to consume 2 planets’ worth of resources by 2050! If we don’t act now to reduce this unsustainable behavior, we will cripple the planet and threaten the living conditions of future generations.”


Reduce your footprint


Where to Start:

  • Take the Ecological Foot Print Quiz here
  • Select your location on the Map.
  • Taking the quiz took just 5 minutes.

Select your location on map



Here are my results:

It would take 4.5 Earth’s to provide enough resources for our lifestyle and 20 global acres of land! Wow! I had no idea our ecological footprint was this large. You can see all of our numbers on the graph below.




My ecological footprint quiz results


Even though my family and I do well with our reduce, reuse, recycle plan of action; 44% of our footprint is in services. 



My Take Away:

It looks like this Earth Day, my family needs to discuss and brainstorm ideas of how we can reduce our consumerism. Some ideas off the top of my head are:
  • Reduce our shopping trips
  • Think of long term use of clothing and accessories
  • Reduce paper consumption by reading papers and magazines online
  • Buy clothing accessories from Consignment shops more often


I plan on working on reducing our footprint throughout the year and will be taking this quiz again next April. I’ll share my numbers again next Earth Day



Join Us:

I hope you’ll join us today as we make global strides to better our Earth. This is the only home we’ve got and it is our responsibility to leave it in good standing for future generations! Find several causes to plug in to at EarthDay.org.



How do you celebrate Earth Day? 



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Easy Al Fresco Dining with Good Food Made Simple

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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


Turn on the TV and you’ll likely be bombarded with perfection. Perfect homes, perfect food, perfect kids, and perfect pets. Go online and again you’ll find perfection, I’m looking at you Pinterest and Instagram and dare I say it- blogs! But here is the thing, nobody really lives like that! Our true lives are messy and imperfect, so I for one have decided to embrace imperfection, starting with our impromptu Al Fresco dinner! Here’s how I did it.



Don’t Stress:



  • The setting- Pick a clean, well-lit, or sunny spot in your yard or on your patio/porch making sure you have a nice view of nature or other focal point. Use your existing furniture, like your patio set.  We brought out a long table we use on game night so we could set up dining closer to our pond. A card table will do!


Dining Al Fresco pick the setting #outside



  • The Tableware- Now is not the time to break out the company is coming place settings. Keep things easy yet pretty by selecting plates, glasses and flatware that make you happy when you use them. Throw a pretty tablecloth on the table; add some candles and a plant or flowers and you are good.


Setting a simple Al Fresco Dining table



  • The Food- This may be the hardest part of the Al Fresco dining experience for many of us because food to us is a love thing. I get that and the old me would have planned and fretted this idea until I was stressing the details. Since I’m embracing imperfection now, I was totally okay with heating and serving Good Food Made Simple Entrees!




Good Food Made Simple entrees #food #ad #giveaway




Have you heard of them? I’ve been seeing (and drooling) over their Facebook shares recently and was thrilled when asked if I would like to work with them, try their food and host a giveaway for my readers. 



About Good Food Made Simple: 






Good Food Made Simple offers chef crafted frozen meals using clean, simple ingredients. They believe when it comes to food, less is more. They believe simplifying food is the key to goodness and they want us to eat simply with good food for all. I love that! Who among us doesn’t want to serve up wholesome meals?


Options:


They offer several breakfast, snack and entree options at several retailers. You can find a retailer near you by visiting their website to use their Where to Buy tab. While there, be sure to check out their ingredient list. I was happy to learn they make everything from scratch with simple ingredients like antibiotic-free meats, cage free eggs and real cheese! The real cheese was a deciding factor for my entree choice; Cavatappi Bolognese



Cavatappi Bolognese from Good Food Made Simple #food #giveaway #ad



My Thoughts:


The cream and mozzarella were quite tasty as was the beef sauce. Honestly, this dish went above and beyond my expectations! If I were to serve this to you just like I served myself, I think you would never believe this was a frozen entree! I will definitely keep some of these on hand for those busy nights when I need to feed my family, but don't want to hit a drive through. And another Al Fresco dining evening may come again soon!



I hope you found my easy tips for dining Al Fresco helpful and the idea of embracing imperfection encouraging! That’s my new motto and will be top of mind as I share posts from now on. 



Win It:



Good Food Made Simple prize #giveaway #ad


Thanks to my awesome sponsor, Good Food Made Simple, one lucky reader will receive 9 free product coupons! Retail value $35.00. 



Terms:

No purchase is necessary to enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Must live in the United States and be 18+ or older to enter. Must use a valid email address to enter. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes. 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.



Good Luck!


Which Good Food Made Simple entree would you most likely purchase and why?





Disclosure:

This giveaway is not associated with nor endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or any other social channel. My WAHM Plan was compensated/and or received promotional products to share this information

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Color of the Month - April 2017 - Lilac

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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


My Instagram followers seem to agree that they smell heavenly and remind us of our grandmothers. Here's to grandmothers and lilacs!







Here is my Pinterest board for the month. I hope you enjoy it and will take time to go outside and smell these gorgeous blooms before they leave us once more.





Do you love flowers? Why not follow me on Instagram and Pinterest? I share nature pics often.



Please share in comments: Do you have lilacs in your yard? Which picture from my collaboration Pinterest board are you drawn to?



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Pan seared Potato, Bacon and Green onion Salad recipe

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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



The great thing about this potato salad, besides its delightful taste, is how well it holds up at events. It is the perfect next day left over too- if you’ve made enough for there to be leftovers. Here’s what you’ll need.



Ingredients:


green onions and celery with lots of leaves



  • 8 russet potatoes
  • 2 bunches green onions
  • 3 large stalks celery (use lots of leaves)
  • 3 large dill pickles (optional)
  • ½ pound thick cut Apple wood smoked bacon
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Heavy splash of Balsamic vinegar if you omitted pickles




Directions:


chopped Applewood smoked bacon


  • Peel and cut potatoes into bite size cubes, cover with water, add salt and bring to a boil. Boil until just fork tender, drain potatoes let rest.
  • Start frying bacon in large skillet on medium heat. Remove cooked bacon to paper towel lined plate.
  • While bacon is frying, chop up celery, celery leaves and green onions into small pieces, set aside.
  • Once all bacon is fried, drain bacon grease, but leave pan drippings. 
  • Turn skillet to medium low temperature and add chopped celery, celery leaves and green onions to pan, lightly saute. 
Saute celery, celery leaves and green onions in bacon grease drippings



  • Salt and pepper veggies to taste.
  • Once veggies are done, pull from pan and place in large mixing bowl.
  • Add drained bowled potatoes to skillet.
  • Cover potatoes with a drizzle of olive oil, cook until lightly brown. Don’t overwork potatoes in skillet. You want them to retain some of their form.
  • While potatoes are browning, wipe off excess grease off cooled bacon and chop into bite size pieces.
  • Add to chopped bacon to sauteed vegetables in mixing bowl.
  • Once potatoes are lightly browned, add them to your mixing bowl and lightly toss all ingredients together. 


pan seared potatoes in mixing bowl


  • Add remaining olive oil.
  • Add pickles or Balsamic vinegar.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.


You can serve this Pan seared Potato, Bacon and Green onion Salad warm, or chill for later if you’ve made it earlier in the day. This versatile potato salad will probably become a favorite go-to salad like it is in my house; especially as the days get warmer.


Enjoy!



Pan seared Potato, Bacon and Green onion Salad recipe



Do you have a family member who loves a more traditional potato salad with Mayonnaise? My husband eats this salad both ways. When he wants the more traditional texture and taste, he simply adds mayo to his serving.



Please share in comments: Do you have an upcoming spring event this potato salad would be perfect for? 

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

Saturday, April 1, 2017

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






About SMURFS: The Lost Village movie:

“In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a roller-coaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!


This sounds like a fun movie to go see with my daughters. Even though they are teens now, they still love a good animated movie with a strong female character and Smurfette rocks that role! As a matter of fact, my daughter, Melissa was inspired to create this super cool, on-trend DIY SMURF blue metallic lip


DIY SMURF blue metallic lip #beauty



DIY SMURF BLUE METALLIC LIPS



Step 1:

Apply a clear and moisturizing lip balm





Melissa moisturizes lips first for SMURF Blue Metallic lip look #beauty




Step 2:


Begin applying a dark blue eyeshadow into the outer edges, layering until you get desired intensity.


Melissa applies dark blue eye-shadow next for SMURF Blue Metallic lip #beauty



Step 3:


Begin adding light blue metallic eyeshadow over top and focus layering in the center of your mouth.


Melissa adds light blue metallic eyeshadow next for SMURF Blue Metallic lips #beauty



Step 4:

Line your lips in blue to finish off the look. (I used starry night blue eyeliner.


Melissa finishes her SMURF Blue Metallic lips look with starry night blue eyeliner. #beauty



I think Smurfette would love Melissa’s look inspired by her and SMURFS The lost village movie! You can learn all about the #SmurfsMovie by visiting their website and following them on Facebook and Twitter




Win It: 

SMURFS The Lost Village swag #giveaway prize pack


One lucky reader will win a SMURFS: The Lost Village swag bag. It includes: activity pages, bookmark, planter, t-shirt - please note- sizes shipped vary, at sole discretion of prize fulfillment and tattoos. Retail Value $20



Terms: 

No purchase is necessary to enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Must live in the United States and be 18+ or older to enter. Must use a valid email address to enter. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes. 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. 




Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway





Please share in comments: If you win, who will you share your SMURFS: The Lost Village movie swag prize with? 






Disclosure:



This giveaway is not associated with nor endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or any other social channel. My WAHM Plan was compensated/and or received promotional products to share this information. 
If you shop want to shop the DIY SMURF Blue Metallic lips look by using the handy links provided, you will be shopping at my Avon e-store. As an Avon Rep., I will receive compensation on your purchases. 


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