2020 - My WAHM Plan

My Amber Vale Home Ambassadorship starts with Candles giveaway


Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope today has been filled with all the people and things that make you feel loved. One way I show love here is to host giveaways.  I’m especially happy to share that today’s giveaway is a favorite- candles! Not just any candles, these are beautiful hand poured candles with wooden wicks, made locally in Franklin TN. You may remember my holiday candle set giveaway from November, where I introduced you to Amber Vale Home. That giveaway had over 1500 entries in just a week, so I know you will love this giveaway and I hope you’ll join me in celebrating my partnership with them as their ambassador! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share this small business with amazing candles with you.



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School Safe, Allergen-friendly Valentine’s Day treats


Even though it’s been a few years since I was a room Mom setting up a classroom party in middle and elementary school, I remember always putting allergy reminders on the classroom sign up invitations. Even though I’d ask for individually wrapped treats with no peanuts or eggs, there would still be a well-meaning parent that would send in treats that weren’t clearly labeled. Finding just the right classroom approved treats can be stressful!  I’m happy to share a solution for this problem just in time for Valentine’s day parties and gift exchanges- Made Good Chocolate Chip Mini Granola Bars in a just for Valentine’s Day size box!


Yummy Treats!



Made Good mini granola bars for Valentine's Day

Organize Kitchen Cabinets with Nesting Containers + Giveaway


Maybe it’s the dreary weather, but February finds me wanting to clean and organize my home. I look around and see hot spots here and there, but I’m giving myself grace and reminding myself that this is a home full of people making these hot spots and it will take time to get to each area.  I’ve decided to start small with the most obvious hot spot- my kitchen cabinets and the plethora of plastic containers. I’ve tried getting rid of them completely, but that only lasts so long, because we are a family that cooks, so having handy storage containers is a must. Thankfully, a solution arrived when I was asked if I’d like to review Zoku products, including their Neat Stack Nesting Container Set, which will make organizing kitchen cabinets a snap!


Organized Plastic Containers:



Zoku Nesting Containers for kitchen cabinet organization #ad

The Complete Book of Ferns Giveaway


It’s the last Friday of the first month of the year, so let’s celebrate with a giveaway!  I’m ready for whimsical February to arrive and bring along some warmer temperatures. While we wait for garden season, I’ve been reading gardening books and sharing them here with you. Recently, I’ve been learning about Ferns from The Complete Book of Ferns by Mobee Weinstein. I’ve been wanting to add ferns to my outdoor gardens, so being asked if I’d like to review it and host a giveaway was a happy bit of luck.



Outdoor ferns stretch up to the sunlight
from The Complete Book of Ferns 

Pan Seared Lemon Pepper Salmon Recipe


One of the best gifts I received over the holiday’s was a box of Sitka Wild Alaskan Coho Salmon and  Wild Alaskan Pacific Cod straight from the fishermen in Sitka Alaska. To my delight, I opened the special cold delivery box to find beautiful pieces of flash frozen Salmon and Cod. My mouth watered, just thinking of all the ways I might cook these beauties. Since we’re back to busy work and school schedule’s I wanted to share a super simple Salmon recipe that will have you out of the kitchen fast. It is such a crowd pleaser here at my house, and I’m betting your family is going to love my Pan Seared Lemon Pepper Salmon too.



Winner, Winner, Salmon Dinner!




 Pan Seared Lemon Pepper Salmon #recipe

Make Time to Sit and Savor Breakfast more often this year


This post is sponsored by General Mills. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



Okay busy ladies everywhere, I see you. The holidays are behind us, the kids are back at school and your back to work game is strong, so strong that it doesn’t even feel like you stepped away at all in the last weeks of 2019. Is that you? Because, that has been me. Year after busy year going by with me steadfast in the knowledge that as long as I planned my days, all would be well. I planned my days, so well in fact that I stopped allocating time for a proper breakfast. Countless mornings found me grabbing a quick bowl of cereal that I mindlessly ate at the kitchen sink. Sound familiar? Why don’t we all make time to sit and savor breakfast more often this year?




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Two Fresh Income Streams you can do on the weekends


It’s the third Friday in this brand-new year and decade my friends, how are you feeling? I for one am really happy with how this year (and decade!) have started. I’m a positive person by nature, so I do tend to see the good in most situations, including my day job right here on the blog. Sure, I’ve had my ups and down’s in this ever-changing industry, but I think my positivity and professionalism rise to the top, because recently a friend asked me for career advice.  She works full time outside the home but had been toying with the idea of adding an additional income stream she could do on weekends and thought of me as her knowledgeable go-to person! I immediately shared my two income stream ideas with her and wanted to share them with you today.


Choose Your Own Path:



Choose your own path in 2020

Win Eco Friendly reusable pocket straw with carrying case


Have you made the switch to reusable straws at home yet? I’m sure trying! I’ve bought several stainless- steel straws and have a plethora of reusable to go cups with straws which has helped cut back on our plastic straw usage. When I re-do our pantry next month, I’m hoping to be able to rid my home of all plastic straws! The only time I really use them now, is when we go out to eat, but even that will change this year thanks to a cool straw I received for today’s post from Zoku. This is an eco-friendly reusable straw that comes with a carrying case so I can take it with me and not be plastic straw dependent!

Win Eco Friendly reusable pocket straw with carrying case

The Pollinator Victory Garden Book Review and Giveaway


Happy New Year and happy Friday dear blog readers! I’m pretty stoked to be starting my tenth year of blogging this year! My blogoversary isn’t until September, but I’m counting this whole year as a victory! Which leads me to today’s post about a really cool book I received last month to share with you called The Pollinator Victory Garden Book by Kin Eierman. In the Pollinator Victory Garden Book, Kim will teach us how to win the war on pollinator decline with ecological gardening. Don’t worry if you have never gardened before, this book will take you by the hand walk you through the process and winter is the perfect time to plan for this year’s garden!



The Pollinator Victory Garden Book Review and Giveaway #ad