2018 - My WAHM Plan

Cinnamon Banana Bread Recipe

The temperatures are starting to fall here in middle Tennessee and I’m so ready for all things fall! This is a nesting season for me and lots of you I’m sure, which means I’ll be talking more about cleaning, cooking, decorating and baking! My oldest daughter was home for fall break this past weekend, and we had planned on baking pumpkin bread, so as I hurried through grocery shopping, I picked up a can of regular pumpkin. Or so I thought. Read on to see how this oops became a tasty recipe and a lot of fun!

Cinnamon Banana Bread:



Cinnamon Banana Bread recipe

Parenting our girls Then and Now

This post is sponsored by the Center for Parent and Teen Communication.  All opinions and total Mom moments are my own.


My laptop has been acting up the last few weeks, which forced me to work on the family desktop computer. She may be a bit of a dinosaur, but she is as reliable as the day is long. As soon as I sat down to work and started downloading needed photos for a campaign, I was swept up in nostalgia and found myself going back down memory lane. My girls have grown and changed so much from the early years of parenting, but their bond remains strong. 

Then: 



#ad after school playtime then


Make the switch to tree free sustainable paper products

Over the past few years, I've been working on transitioning my home to natural and environmentally friendly products. I love a clean and tidy home, and while I’m doing well with my cleaning products, there is one thing I've struggled with though, my continued use of paper products. Folks, not going to lie, I use a lot of paper towels and napkins! That's why I'm happy to partner with Grove Collabortive today to share a new eco-friendly product line with you. 


Introducing:  Seedling By Grove Collaborative


#ad Seedling paper products a re tree free #grovepartner

Don’t let laundry stains keep you from enjoying outdoor activities

Yesterday found us at a family member’s home, enjoying family, the fantastic fall weather and of course, delicious food. The time for cookouts, corn mazes, pumpkins patches, hayrides, and bonfires has finally arrived! We are excited to dive into all the fun festivities, but I’ve learned from our previous cookouts and bonfires to expect lots of laundry stains. Don’t let laundry stains keep you from enjoying outdoor activities, simply use my secret weapon- Biz Stain Fighter!


#ad family cookouts mean laundry stains #Biz

The Jigsaw Puzzle app is engaging and fun anytime

This post is sponsored by Jigsaw Puzzle but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

I got my love of Jigsaw puzzles from my Mom. I can remember coming home from school to find a puzzle in progress on our dining room table. My Mom would happily allow anyone who passed by the table to try adding a piece or two, as long as you followed her rules. It’s hard to say which I loved more, helping her lay out a brand new 1000 piece puzzle (corners first of course!), or helping her find the final piece. We had hours of fun together and now thanks to the Jigsaw Puzzle app I can take that fun with me and have fun anytime!


#ad I love this  #Jigsawpuzzle Color Streak puzzle

Little Women $25 Fandango movie ticket Giveaway: In theaters 9/28

Have you read Little Women? I did when I was a teen.  It’s such a beloved classic.  I am excited to see a modern day re-telling to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of Louisa May Alcott’s enduring story about family, love, hope, and sisterhood! I’m also excited to share this giveaway with you today. Read to see how you can win a $25 Fandango gift card to take you and maybe your sister to see Little Women.



Little Women Fandango movie ticket Giveaway: In theaters 9/28 #LittleWomenL3

Bathroom Baskets- A clever way to keep hygiene essentials on hand



This post is sponsored by Depend, Poise, Ensure, and Glucerna but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.



My role as a homemaker is one I treasure. I try my best to think of the wants and needs of not only my family but of all who may visit and spend time in our home so they will feel welcomed and comfortable. When planning for company, there is one room in the home that deserves a little more time and attention than others. No, it’s not the kitchen or the living room. Today I want to focus on the bathroom. Ever since I helped take care of my mother in law, I've looked at what is available in bathrooms from a caregivers perspective, so  I’ve made a quick and easy hygiene essentials basket perfect for every guest, including seniors. 


#ad Poise Liners hygiene essentials basket #FamilyCaregivingAtSC



















Wordless Wednesday- late summer nature finds



Acorn and leaves






Purple wildflowers and moth







Coneflower seed pod



Please share in comments: What are you finding on your nature walks this time of year?

Serve lunchtime smiles with Jif & Smuckers and Imagine If Contest

Eating Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch is as American as apple pie. I can remember picking out a different flavor of jam or jelly each week for my beloved PB&J’s. I was delighted when we found Jif peanut butter or Smuckers on sale that week because that meant my Mom would stock up on our favorite flavors.  My go-to then and now is creamy Jif peanut butter with Smuckers Strawberry fruit spread.  So, so good! I bet you have a favorite PB&J combo as well. I’m excited to be working with Jif and Smuckers today to share with you some new products and to let you know about the Imagine If with Jif Contest.


#ad Jif and Smuckers #PBJLove

Send students back to school with a reusable notebook

By now, most kids across the country have either gone back to school or will be very shortly. While the kids get excited about a new school year, we parents may become a bit frazzled with all the necessary back to school supply shopping we must do. The supply lists seem to get longer and more costly each year, that’s why I’m so excited to share an innovated product with you today. Read on to see how you can send your students back to school with a reusable notebook too.



Rocketbook Everlast reusable notebook #ad

Healed by Grace 2- Ten Days of Grace Movie review & DVD's giveaway

It’s the last Friday of the month and I couldn’t think of a better movie to talk about than the feel-good, family-friendly Healed by Grace 2. I wanted to review this movie today because I’m a mom of a teen daughter who loves horses like the main character does. While my girl has stopped asking for a pony for her birthday, I still found so many relatable scenes in this movie. If you love family-friendly movies about family, faith, forgiveness, and reconciliation, then please read on for my review and to enter our great giveaway for a DVD  combo pack for Healed by Grace ( the original) and Healed by Grace 2 ( the sequel). 


Healed by Grace 2- Ten Days of Grace Movie review & giveaway #ad #HealedByGrace2L3

Keep toiletries organized when traveling with The Better Beauty Case

Last month we went on a wonderful family beach vacation where I got to try out this life-changing beauty case. You may be thinking, life-changing, really? I’m here to tell you, yes, it completely changed the way we packed and stored our toiletries for the better!  I’ll never leave home without this roomy Better Beauty Case. Read on to learn how it can help you keep your toiletries organized when traveling.




The Better Beauty Case by Joy Mangano:




The Better Beauty Case



Wordless Wednesday: Summer Greens



Summer on the water of the gulf coast



ZeroWater pitcher helps college students have pure drinking water + giveaway

It’s that time of year again parents. The time we both dread and love- back to school time is here in middle Tennessee and in communities all around the south. This year will be a little easier for us with our oldest daughter since she will be a sophomore in college. We know better what to expect with her living on campus.  We wanted to ensure she had cleaning drinking water when she moved into another dorm hall this year, and working with ZeroWater will ensure that.



 AD: ZeroWater pitcher helps college students have pure drinking water + giveaway


Start your day off right with this hearty breakfast cereal


This post has been sponsored by SheSpeaks, Inc., General Mills, and Cheerios. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


I’ve been trying to take better care of myself this summer by focusing on positive ways I can switch up my daily routine. I’ve been moving more, drinking more water and listening to my body when it says I need a break from work. These are all good ways to show myself some love and I’m feeling really good about my progress so far! I still need to work on eating breakfasts though. It’s a proven fact that a good way to start your day off right is with a hearty breakfast and I’m happy to share a new breakfast cereal I love and will eat most mornings!


#CheeriosOatCrunch #ad @Cheerios @SheSpeaksUp @Walmart


The Hundred Story Home book review and giveaway

How does one go about finding faith in ourselves or something bigger than ourselves? How do we step out in faith and believe in the whisper that some of us hear that says… do this instead of that? These questions and potentially finding the answers to my own nagging whisper had me happily agreeing to review a complimentary copy of The Hundred Story Home by Kathy Izard and to hosting a giveaway for 3 copies for you! 



The Hundred Story Home book #review and #giveaway #ad


3 ways to achieve your health goals this summer


Abbott partnered with influencers such as me for its Ensure Program. As part of this Program, I received compensation for my time. Abbott/Ensure believes that consumers and influencers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Abbott/Ensure policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.


This post is sponsored by Ensure®, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. 

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle should be something we all strive for all year; and while I try to do my best most days, one look at me in last year’s swimsuit was enough to let me know I needed to revisit some of my healthy living habits.  I’m not into fad diets, body shaming or negative self-talk, so my post today will focus on the positive actions I’ve taken in the past that have worked well. I think they will work for you too. Here are 3 ways to achieve your health goals this summer.



3 ways to achieve your health goals this summer #ad #EnsureMaxProteinAtWalmart

Easily remove makeup stains from wash cloths with Biz Stain Fighter

Have you ever washed off the day’s makeup only to find it isn’t rinsing off your washcloth? You rinse again, maybe try a little hand soap on the worse stains, but that waterproof mascara and stay forever lip gloss isn’t budging.  With three ladies in the house removing makeup on the daily, it can become a hassle to pre-treat each and every washcloth, so I knew from the moment I became a Biz Ambassador that this was a stain challenge I wanted Biz to win!  Here’s my simple to steps on getting makeup stains out of washcloths easily with Biz Stain Fighter. 



Remove Makeup Stains:


 Easily remove makeup stains from wash cloths with Biz Stain Fighter #ad #brandambassador

4 hair care products to help you love your hair this summer

Loving your hair in any season can be tricky, but when the temperatures rise and the great outdoors beckons, our relationship with our hair can become quite complicated. Depending on your hair type you may be trying to control frizz, add volume, combat dryness,  keep your color longer, get your hair to grow,  all why having fun in the sun.  We all search for products to help us fix our most pressing hair concerns so when I was offered the opportunity to try 4 complimentary products I said yes, please! 


Summer Hair Care Products Reviews:


 #ad 4 hair care products to help you love your hair this summer

Wordless Wednesday: Father's Day Dinner Ideas





Shredded Chicken Verde Tacos with Rice and Beans


Steps of Faith Movie review and DVD giveaway

Happy June my friends! Are you already in full summertime mode?  We are here! We’ve been enjoying meals on the back deck are planning fun activities for this happy season.  For us, summer means move family movie nights so I’m excited to share this movie review and giveaway with you today.  Steps of Faith movie is perfect for all ages, making it a great addition to your movie collection.


Steps of Faith Movie:



Steps of Faith movie #review and #giveaway #StepsOfFaith3 #ad

Wordless Wednesday: Pink Flower Power




Vincas






Peony 






Primroses









A Giveaway and our Updated Privacy Policy

Hello, my dear readers! It’s nice to be back with you after taking a few days off to celebrate my daughter’s successful completion of their freshman years at college and high school.  We gearing up for a fun Memorial Day weekend, our unofficial start of summer and can’t wait to share all sorts of fun posts with you! First, though, I must share with you our updated privacy policy so that My WAHM Plan complies with the GDPR. 



Welcome Summer with iced tea


A safer way to trap pests inside and out this summer

The warm spring days that feel more like summer have arrived in middle Tennessee. With our crazy cooler than average April temps, it is a welcome feeling to be wearing flip-flops instead of layers! My family and I are so ready to start spending our evenings outside. Unfortunately, warmer weather has brought out a legion of flying bugs and pests. Thanks to today’s sponsor, DynaTrap, I have a safer way to trap pests both inside and out this summer. 


DynaTrap Sonata A safer way to trap pests (sponsored)

Blueberry Loaf makes a perfect Mother’s Day gift

I love receiving homemade gifts any time of year, but most especially on Mother’s Day.  We are a family of traditions and one that I adore is having the kids serve me breakfast they made themselves. When they were little, Daddy helped of course; but as they got older they wanted to take on more of the responsibility.  I’ve been served everything from toast with jam to chocolate covered strawberries. I know my daughters would love whipping up this simple Blueberry loaf recipe from celeb chef Zipora Einav for me. Baked goods make a perfect Mother’s Day gift!



Blueberry Loaf - a perfect homemade Mother’s Day gift:


Blueberry Loaf #recipe by chef Zipora


Christie Brinkley Authentic Beauty Products make perfect Mother’s Day Gifts

Coming of age in the 80’s like I did, it was hard not to see and want to be more like Christie Brinkley. The woman was everywhere! She graced over 200 magazine covers, most notably for fashion, beauty, and swimsuits. It comes as no surprise to me that at 63, Christie is still active in these industries.  In February, Christie added prestige color cosmetics to her Authentic Beauty line and as fate would have it; I finally get to be more like Christie when I received some of her Authentic Beauty products to share with you today. I think they would make perfect Mother’s Day Gifts! 


 Christie Brinkley Authentic Beauty Products #MothersDay #gifts


Wordless Wednesday: Drive thru downtown Nashville


Musicians Hall of Fame at Nashville Mun. Auditorium Gay St.
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum at Nashville Mun. Auditorium Gay St. 



Find Paid Blogging Jobs with Get Blogged


Are you a blogger looking for a more paid blogging jobs?  I was when I recently read a referral post from a blogging buddy that introduced me to a brand new company called Get Blogged. I visited their site and liked what I saw. They offer paid writing jobs at every blogging level, depending on your domain authority first, rather than your social stats! I signed up and within one week, I received my first paid job! In fact, this introduction post is it. Read on if you would like an in-depth look into Get Blogged. 

Find Paid Blogging Jobs with Get Blogged #ad

Need a day date? Have Brunch at City Tap House Nashville

Last Saturday was a date day for the husband and me. We got invited to try a new to us pub in the heart of downtown Nashville in SoBro (South of Broadway) as it’s called locally. We’ve been working hard and haven’t been downtown in months, so this date was special.  If you and your significant other need a day a day date too, read on! Come along with me as I show you how fun and tasty it is to eat and do a little day drinking at City Tap House in Nashville. 

Welcome to City Tap House Nashville:


City Tap House Nashville #ad

Gardenite Garden Nozzle hand sprayer review & giveaway

For many of us across the United States, it may still look and feel like winter with snow on the ground. Even here in the south, I’m covering my Clematis and Peony bushes while praying that we will see our last freeze or frost warning of the season soon. Our fickle spring weather may be keeping us from working in our gardens, but we can use this time to get our gardening tools in order.  It’s time to clean those shovels and trowels and replace any worn tools. Here in my garden, I’m starting the growing season with a new garden hose nozzle sprayer from Gardenite. 

Gardenite Garden Nozzle Hand Sprayer: 


Gardenite Garden Nozzle Hand Sprayer review & giveaway #ad

Healed- Health and Wellness for the 21st Century book review & giveaway

If you were to read a headline that announced a way to ditch the pharmacies and toxins and get “healed” the right way, would you be intrigued? I know I was when that very subject line appeared in my inbox a few weeks ago.  I was offered a complimentary copy of Healed- Health and Wellness for the 21st Century written by integrative medicine expert Dr. Robin Miller and I’m so glad I accepted that offer. Not only am I learning how to heal of host of ailments for myself, family and friends, I’m able to gift one of you with your own copy. 


Healed- Health and Wellness for the 21st Century:


Healed- Health and Wellness for the 21st Century book review and giveaway #ad

Wordless Wednesday: Blooms abound



First Lilac of Spring Blooms abound



Light bladder leakage won’t keep me from my gardening goals





Yesterday started out like many spring mornings, with grey skies and a light, gentle rain. Nothing like the previous night's storms that broke off a big branch of my just blooming Hawthorne tree! As I stood at my window and surveyed the damage, the quote "A goal without a plan is just a wish" by Antione de Saint Exupery was top of mind. 



Planning out my Gardening Goals:

I pulled out my brand new garden journal, deciding to write my gardening ideas and goals down this year. There's lots of hard work and lifting ahead, so I'm not going to let light bladder leakage (LBL) keep me from my gardening goals!




Poise® helps me keep my #gardening goals #ad #PoiseMoment

iPhone 6 Cell Phone Wallet Case review and giveaway

I have a friend who always shows up at our coffee dates looking stylish, pulled together and amazingly without a purse. I’ve often marveled at her ability to walk out of the house with just her phone, keys and her cute little wallet, so when I had the opportunity to try this pretty iPhone case I happily agreed to give a no purse outing a try. 


iPhone 6 Cell Phone Wallet Case (sponsored)

Do you need a soul refresh this Spring?

Happy Spring everybody! Oh, how I’ve longed for this season to arrive. Truthfully, I long for spring to arrive every year because it is the season of renewal- from our gardens to our homes. This post was supposed to be part of my new series WAHM Tip Wedneday, but I decided to wait until spring, the season of renewal had arrived to share it!  We are all ready to open up the windows, chase some dust bunnies, do some gardening and welcome in this beautiful season. Before we do that, why not take a day or two right now when spring is fresh and brand new to refresh our soul? 


Spring Soul Refresh #wahm #blogger #selfcare

Wordless Wednesday: Shades of Blue




Fish Tank with Blue Fish




Paul, The Apostle of Christ movie review and Fandango ticket giveaway

Love is the only way.  That is a powerful message to convey to today's’ world, but love is really at the heart of life isn’t it? When a child acts out, what do parents do? We love them more. When a loved one or friend hurts, we hurt along with them and pour love over them.  When a community weeps, we weep with them and try to help by showing acts of kindness, support, and love. Just like Apostle Paul, we should adopt the love is the only way mentality.  I am thrilled to partner with Lev3l Digital and Sony Pictures Entertainment/ AFFIRM Films for today's’ post about the movie Paul, the Apostle of Christ coming to theaters just in time for Easter. 



Paul, The Apostle of Christ movie review and Fandango ticket giveaway #ad


Elevate your mood with travel inspired aromatherapy

We all strive to make our homes a welcoming place for ourselves and our friends and family because no matter how far we travel, there truly is no place like home. Scents play a bigger role in that welcoming feeling than you may imagine. 

Scents like fresh baked cookies, or lemon zest or fresh Eucalyptus, for example, are scents that I associate with pleasant memories from places we’ve traveled too, or places I’ve lived.  I’ve been reading up on Aromatherapy and the use of essential oils which led me to partner with Oojra, a woman-owned company that makes travel-inspired Essential Oil Reed diffusers and soy candles. This is Aromatherapy at its best, bringing exotic fragrances of the world into homes around the world.

Oojra essential oil reed diffusers and soy candles #ad #aromatherapy


Wordless Wednesday: Signs of Spring



Bradford Pear Trees #nature #trees




Come out of Hibernation with Avon’s End Of Winter Giveaway

Happy Friday and happy March! If we can make it through the winter portion of this month, we will be rewarded with the lovely spring-like weather we all long for before we greet April, so let’s all celebrate today and be thankful! I’m thankful for so very many things right now- the fact that my family has not been adversely affected by the flooding rains we’ve been getting.

I’m thankful for my ability to work at home as a blogger and as an Avon Representative!  That’s why today showing love to both my challenging, yet rewarding work at home jobs by sharing Avon’s The End of Winter giveaway with you. Lastly, I’m thankful for you- YES, you! Thank you for being part of my community!  Now to the giveaway. 



The End Of Winter Giveaway: Hosted by Avon


Avon End of Winter giveaway #ad #AvonRep
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The Gig Is Up- Thrive in the Gig Economy Book Review

I’ve been a part-time freelancer for several years now and I speak from that experience when I say; the ability to get good gigs in my industry (blogging and brand awareness) is getting harder and harder each day as more people enter the workforce and embrace the “gig economy”.  Seeing more and more marketing pros talk about multiple streams of income and what “side hustle” you may be able to pick up to achieve financial security led me to agree to review The Gig Is Up: Thrive in the Gig Economy, Where Old Jobs Are Obsolete and Freelancing Is the Future by Olga Mizrahi. 


The Gig is Up by Olga Mizrahi book review #ad

I’m Excited to Be a Biz Ambassador This Year

Happy Friday everyone! It is indeed a happy Friday for me as I write my first post for my newest ambassadorship with Biz Stain Fighter.  I do a lot of laundry around here and I know you do too, so I’m excited about sharing this great cleaning product with you. If you don’t know about the line of Biz Stain Fighter products, or maybe need a refresher, please read on. I’ll be sharing a coupon as well. 

Biz Stain Fighter Ambassador #ad

Fresh ground coffee lovers will love this manual coffee grinder + giveaway

Have you ever been awakened to the delightful scent of freshly brewed coffee? It’s a delightful way to start your day. I have so many good memories surrounding that smell. From my childhood with my parent's brew to today, where my husband and I take turns making special coffee on the weekends. What makes it special you ask? Freshly ground beans! My husband and I have been sipping coffee together for a long time, we are true coffee lovers. One of our favorite hobbies as a couple is trying new coffee blends and ways in which to brew it. I love gifting him gifting him coffee related items, so when an opportunity from Coastal Brew arrived in my inbox, I thought this non-electric manual coffee grinder is perfect for my husband! 


Coastal Brew manual coffee grinder #giveaway #ad


Fantastic hunger relief scholars program for teens



Food and water, two resources most of us in America; especially in suburbia, take for granted. I know that I do. Turning on the tap for clean water, or opening my pantry for food is something I’m so accustomed to doing; I’ve become spoiled. Sure, my family and I give to our local food pantries, Goodwill store, and local shelter and we do our best not to waste water by turning off taps and conserving water when gardening, but there is so much more we can and should do to help protect our natural resources and help end hunger. I’m thrilled to partner with General Mills on their hunger relief scholars program for teens today. I think it’s a fantastic program! If you have teens, please read on!




How would you feed the future scholars contest #ad

Be Prepared- Flu may strike you or a loved one

With six more weeks of winter to go, we all must take every precaution to keep ourselves and our families well since the flu shows no signs of slowing down. This strain is nothing to trifle with as reports of hospitalizations and sadly, even deaths are on the evening news day after day. 

I’ve already succumbed to this nasty virus around Christmas time so I can attest to this virus’ strength. I was lucky I didn’t have to be hospitalized, so I was only too happy to partner with Mucinex and help spread the word about their maximum strength products. Stocking up on these products now will help you be prepared in case flu strikes you or a loved one. 


Care tray for loved one be prepared in case flu strikes #ad

Jalapeno Cheddar Bacon wafers, a perfect game day app

February has finally arrived, which is cause for celebration for so many of us.  There is just so much to look forward to and celebrate this month. For those fortunate enough to live in warmer regions, you may start feeling the call of spring by the end of this month. Then there’s love to celebrate in its many forms on Valentine’s Day and a whole new line up of drivers will be greeting us at  Nascar's Daytona 500 on the 18th. Today though, we are talking about appetizers for the BIG GAME! Are you ready for some football this Sunday? Here are some tasty crowd-pleasing Jalapeno Cheddar Bacon wafers we whipped up recently that are a perfect game day appetizer.  

Jalapeno Cheddar Bacon wafers



Jalapeno Cheddar Bacon wafers, a perfect game day app