2020 - My WAHM Plan

Celebrate Children’s Book Month with Lola Koala’s Travel Adventures Book

Even though I’m not a Mom to littles anymore, I adore children’s books, so when I was asked if I would like to provide coverage of a new preschooler book,  I happily agreed because I know lots of Moms in my audience do have littles and any time I can support childhood literacy, I will. I loved reading to my girls from birth on and strongly feel that by doing so, I gave them the gift of reading as well, that's why I'm part of the Lola Koala's Travel Adventures Book tour! 


 September is Children’s Book month!


I’d love to introduce you to Dr. Tinita Kearney. (Dr. T),  a speech pathologist who wants to empower kids and their parents by teaching foundational language skills in a way that is fun and interactive. Read on to meet Lola Koala and learn four creative ways to help your toddler’s language skills.


Lola Koala’s Travel Adventures Book

Now Available on Digital: Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite!

Hello,  my movie loving friends, have I got exciting news for you!  If you are fans of the Dogs & Cats 1 and 2, then today is the day we have been all waiting for! Grab your paw-pcorn and delicious treats – and get ready for the highly anticipated release of Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite! – the all-new original movie from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment - available on Digital  today, September 15, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on October 13! Read on to get the lowdown on the antics found in this movie.


Movie Release!




Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite Movie

Join Wreaths Across America for special 9/11 Remembrance

I still remember exactly what I was doing and who I was with on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. It was just a little before nine am and my then 2- year old daughter and I were preparing to watch Sesame Street when I got the call from my husband who was on his way to work. That call changed our day and world forever. Do you remember where you were on that tragic day in American history? This year, I’ve been invited to join Wreaths Across America for a special remembrance to honor the Freeport Flag Ladies and those affected by 9/11 and wanted to share their story and extend the invitation to you.


Raise your Flag on 9/11

Refreshing Summer Citrus Skincare Giveaway

Happy last Friday in August! I couldn’t let this day go by without sharing a giveaway to help celebrate summer. PSL may be back, and I may be peeping at the upcoming fall fashion trends, but for now, lets give summer some more love while also giving our summer skin some much needed TLC. I’ve got just the products and giveaway for with Avon’s Refreshing Summer Citrus Skincare Giveaway!


Refreshing Summer Citrus Skincare Giveaway

Eight Simple Productivity Tips while working at home

Can you believe we are in the middle of August already? I took last week off from writing so I could focus on getting my daughter all set for her senior year of high school and to work on my other business, Avon. I’ve been a work at home Mom for many, many years, but I know many of you are working from home for the first time during back to school season. A position many never thought would happen. It can be a tricky transition from office to home office.  First of all, you are no longer surrounded by coworkers, instead you’ve got family and pets, who can grab your attention quickly. Your mindset might be completely different at home than at work, so have grace with yourself during the transition!  Despite its challenges, working from home can be a great opportunity to be productive and possibly even take your quality of work up a notch, with these eight simple productivity tips while working from home.


Eight Simple Productivity Tips while working at home

Houseplant Party by Lisa Steinkopf Book Review & Giveaway

Happy Friday dear readers. If you’ve followed this blog for long, you know I adore gardening and share lots of nature photos here and on social media.  However,  for today’s review and giveaway, lets go inside out of the sweltering August heat and have a house party! A Houseplant party by Lisa Steinkopf is a perfect book for houseplant lovers and those that want to be. Plus, there’s easy to make DIY projects to help you display your houseplants.


It’s time to Party!

Houseplant Party Book Review and Giveaway

Three Helpful Cleaning Essentials I love this summer


Welcome to August and the dog days of summer, where the fruit gets sweeter and juicer by the day. I love having fresh fruit available for my family and friends, but I over the years, I’ve noticed that kids won’t think twice about eating fruit that may or may not be washed. Recently, Arm and Hammer sent me a fabulous solution; their Fruit & Vegetable Wash along with two other helpful cleaning essentials I think you are going to love as much as I do.

Summer Fruit Bowl!




Three Helpful Cleaning Essentials I love this summer Fruit Bowl

All My Favorite Things Summer Edition


Way back in February, before Nashville was hit with a devastating tornado and before the ongoing pandemic flared up, my daughter and I optimistically started a new monthly blog series called All My Favorite Things. You can see the original post here.  We thought this would be a fun way for us to share a few products, mainly beauty and accessories, that we were enjoying that month. Then life happened and our normal routines were upended. Since doing a monthly series seems out of reach right now, we decided instead to do a seasonal post, so here is our All My Favorite Things Summer Edition.



Summer Favorites!




All my Favorite Things Summer Edition

$10 Amazon Gift Card in Feline Fine Giveaway Hop


The summertime heat is on, but I hope that won’t stop you from enjoying some good summertime fun! Around here, we are planning our next bonfire and cookout! We are still practicing social distancing and keeping the invites to a bare minimum, but it’s still good a good time, that leaves us all with smiles on our faces and feeling fine. That’s what today’s giveaway is for. I’ve teamed up with a great group of bloggers for the Feline Fine Giveaway hop, where I’ll be giving away a ten dollar Amazon gift card.



Feline Good Giveaway Hop!

Feline Good Giveaway Hop


I decided to join this blog hop after chatting with a few Moms in a Facebook group. They are so nice and supportive, I figured it would be a nice way for not only me to connect with other Mom bloggers, but it’s a great way to share multiple giveaways with you my dear readers. Win, win! And, the hop has this adorable kitten and who can resist them? Not this cat mom. 





How to Participate in my blog giveaway and the Giveaway Hop:

First, you can enter my giveaway for a $10 Amazon Gift Card here using the Rafflecopter form below. It’s easy and free to do. Just read the TERMS below and leave a comment on my blog as asked for entry.


Next, check out the LINKY form and find a giveaway that sounds good to you and RIGHT click on that link to go to that blog to enter. Then, open my blogs tab again and repeat that process to enter as many giveaways as you’d like! 



Win It: Ten Dollar Amazon Gift Card:

Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card

I’m excited to be part of the Feline Fine July Giveaway Hop! I wanted to thank you all for your readership, and I figured a $10 gift card to Amazon was the best option, since most everyone I know shops Amazon. There are so many things you can get at there for just $10, but since this is a “feline” themed hop, I thought I’d share some ideas.

  • A Gentle Grooming Glove Brush
  • Temptations Cat Treats
  • Cat ball Toys
  • Soft Claw Covers
  • Bow and Tie breakaway Cat collars
  • Catnip Toys
  • Dry Shampoo for Cats (a must try!)


Terms: 

No purchase is necessary to enter using the Rafflecopter form below.  My WAHM Plan is responsible for prize fulfillment, which will be sent via email. Winners will be notified by email used on entry form and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.  This giveaway is not associated with nor endorsed by Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, or any other social channel. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Good luck and thank you for entering my giveaway! Now, it’s time to enter the giveaway hop! Be sure to right click links below, so you can keep my blog tab open to keep your place on the hop entry list.




Feline Fine July Giveaway Hop Links: Open from July 14, 2020 – July 28, 2020:

Feline Good July Giveaway hop






Thank you so much for participating in my first ever blog hop! I hope you enjoyed it and good luck on all the giveaways, including mine!





Please share in comments: Would you like to see more giveaway hops here on My WAHM Plan?


The Vacation by T.M. Logan Book Review


Happy July friends! I hope you all had a wonderful 4th! I took some much-needed time off and must say, the stay-cation was just what I needed! I’m all set to jump back into blogging and think it’s pure serendipity that my first post back is a book review called The Vacation. If you like psychological thrillers, then the latest book by T.M. Logan, The Vacation is for you.


The Vacation by T.M. Logan Book Review #BookedUpAllNightReads

Five Tips to ease tired eyes due to Screen Time and Blue Light


Did you know that last month was National Vision Month? It seems like there is a national month or day for pretty much everything these days, and while I take most of them in stride with a smile, I try to make my families eye health a priority, so I was happy to receive an email from Viteyes®, a leading eye supplement company who invited me to try their supplements and share some helpful information with you today. Their supplements were made to help ease tired eyes due to screen time and blue light.


Help For Tired Eyes:



Blue Light Defender Supplements to help ease tired eyes #ad

Spontuneous The Song Game for Cool Music Loving Dads


Have you ever started singing a song simply from hearing a word or phrase? I know I do! In fact, music plays a big part of my life with my husband as well. From going to concerts together, to sharing a new cool tune we’ve discovered, music has been a staple in our relationship for almost 30 years. When I was asked if I’d like to receive a complimentary board game called Spontuneous The Song Game to share with you, I happily agreed because I thought it would be a perfect gift for my husband and I thought you might be looking for a last minute gift idea for Father’s Day. Come check out this game for cool music loving Dads with me.


Great Father's Day Gift Idea!


Spontuneous: The Song Game for Cool Music Loving Dads

Kitchen Garden Revival Book Review and Giveaway


I first learned about today’s book author, Nicole Johnsey Burke on my Instagram feed. Her account, GardenaryCo. is a lush, colorful garden paradise! If you love to garden, or want to start, you’ll want to follow that Instagram account for sure. Today’s post is about her newest book-  Kitchen Garden Revival- A modern guide to creating a stylish, small scale, low maintenance edible garden. I am thrilled to hold this book in my hands! I have talked myself out of having another garden for one too many seasons, but not this summer. It’s not too late for me or you to have a small kitchen garden this year, so let’s get started.


Fresh from the Garden!



Kitchen Garden Revival Book shares garden crop

Yummy Double Chocolate S’mores dessert to welcome summer

Hello June and hello to summer with all it’s fun activities! One of my families favorite summer activities is having cookouts or bonfires where we serve S’mores for dessert. There’s just something so wholesome and fun about serving this dessert and now, thanks to Stuffed Puffs latest creation, we can have yummy double chocolate S'mores dessert to welcome summer!


Stuffed Puffs for the Summer Dessert Win- S’mores!


Yummy Double Chocolate S’mores dessert to welcome summer


Three Simple steps to help relieve sore muscles this summer


On Memorial Day, I celebrated another trip around the sun by spending time with my family who showered me with love and lots of goodies to plant and tend to in my garden. They know that being in nature, surrounded by flowers, herbs and lush greenery is my Zen. One of the pluses of being in my fifties is I know myself really well and I’ve come to accept that my body, while still very capable, will respond to a day in the garden with aches and pains, especially in my back and knees by nightfall. Thankfully, I’ve discovered some simple steps to relieve my sore muscles that I think will help you this summer too.




Three Simple steps to help relieve sore muscles this summer

Christmas in May: Warner Bros. Top 10 Binge Watching Guide


It’s beginning to look a lot like, Memorial Day weekend and the kickoff to summer fun, so why am I posting about Christmas in May? Apparently, this lover of all things Christmas didn’t get the memo that some Americans start putting up their Christmas lights now to help spread cheer throughout the year. Are you among them?  Now that I know this tidbit of information, I’ll be looking for Christmas decorations everywhere. 

Don’t feel like putting up the full display just yet? Well, have no fear, as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is dedicating this week’s Top 10 Binge Watching Guide to the most wonderful time of the year to lift your spirits and make you feel jolly!


Christmas in May: Warner Bros. Top 10 Binge Watching Guide#BingeWatchWednesdays


Easy DIY Seasonal Vases with Hy-Lite Acrylic Craft Blocks


One of the ways I invite each new season into my home is by changing up my tablescapes. I do this by adding seasonal touches like flowers in pretty vases and containers, textural items like raffia and ribbons and of course lots of color found in nature during the current season. When I received an invitation to work with Hy-Lite acrylic craft blocks, I immediately started thinking of festive, seasonal vases. I received three complimentary Hy-Lite acrylic craft blocks that I used to make a spring, summer, and fall vase that I hope will inspire you to try this fun DIY.



 Easy DIY Seasonal Vases with Hy-Lite Acrylic Craft Blocks

Hello May! Breathe Freely Wellness Bundle Giveaway

It's May first and Friday, which makes today extra special in my book. I love May for so many reasons! The main one being the weather. May welcomes outside and reintroduces us to our yards that need cutting, our flowerbeds that need tending and our porches, decks and patios that need a deep cleaning. With all that outdoor time, we are prone to coming in contact with lots of dust and pollen, that's why I was happy to team up with a great group of bloggers to bring you today's giveaway. Read on to discover how we are saying Hello May! with a fab Breathe Freely Wellness Bundle and meet some new bloggers along the way.



Breathe Freely Wellness Bundle Giveaway

Earth Day Goes Digital to Celebrate 50 Years

Tomorrow, April 22, 2020 marks 50 years of Earth day. Every year, my family and I celebrate this special day by planting trees, visiting Centennial Park to celebrate Earth Day with other Nashville area Earth Lovers, picking up trash from roadsides, supporting local nurseries and more. However, as with so many other events normally held this time of year, things will be different this year thanks to our need to stay home. That doesn't mean we can't all come together digitally to celebrate 50 years!



#EarthDay2020 Digtial Celebration


Life Essentials Interactive Study Bible Giveaway


Happy Friday! It’s hard for me to believe we’ve already reached the middle of April! It feels like this month is simply zooming when compared to last month. March may have had thirty-one days, but I’m fairly sure we all lived those days twice or something, because March really took a toll on our nation and the world. I’m doing my best to remain hopeful during these trying times and I’ve found that spending time reading and studying the bible for a few minutes in the morning is helping. I received a complimentary Life Essentials Interactive Study Bible from Lev3l Digital to review and host a giveaway. Read on to learn more about this new bible.


Read. Watch. Apply. 


Life Essentials Interactive Study Bible Giveaway #ad

Review: Roux® Weightless Precious Oils Hair Care Collection


Last month, I received a beautifully wrapped spa collection set of Roux newest hair care line, Precious Oils Collection to review. I could tell by the attention to detail of the packaging (complete with tied bow!) that I was in for a treat. Roux didn’t disappoint! They sent me a thick terry robe with matching slippers and three full sized products in a lovely shade of yellow that made me immediately think of lemons, which I love. Imagine my delight when I  opened the products for their sniff test, and they smell delightfully lemony! Read on to for my full review of the complete weightless precious hair care collection.



#ad Review: Roux® Weightless Precious Oils Hair Care Collection

Free Homeschool Labs Student COVID-19 Printable Lesson & Worksheet


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Greg Landry's Homeschool Labs.


Happy Saturday friends. The term homeschool has taken on a whole new meaning for so many over the last few weeks hasn't it? In our home, we have Juniors. One in college and one in high school. Fortunately, they are self- starters who do all their assignments independently and have continued to do all assignments provided by their respective schools. When I was asked if I'd like to collaborate with Greg Landry (a homeschool STEM pioneer) to share his free Homeschool Labs Student COVID-19 Printable Lesson & Worksheet I said yes, because I feel science is an important subject and this is a timely topic that can help our middle and high school students better understand the COVID-19 virus.


Daughter doing homework

Hydrate easily with Zoku Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle Giveaway


Happy Saturday friends! I usually start my giveaway’s on Friday’s, but decided why not start this one early for a little Saturday fun? Have you been getting outside more these past few weeks? We sure have!  We’ve been planting flowers and herbs, picking up limbs and other yard debris and taking lots of walks. All this leads to the need for portable hydration and I have the perfect solution! I can now hydrate easily with the Zoku 18 ounce insulated stainless steel water bottle. It keeps water cool and refreshing for hours. They were kind enough to send me a complimentary one for today’s post and giveaway, so you can try one too!

A Beautiful Spring Day!



A spring day at the park

CocoaVia™ helps your body perform at its best + Giveaway


Hello friends! We’ve made it to the last Friday of the month and boy, what a month it’s been. Our collective world’s have been turned upside down for what feels like months, so today, I want to control what I can in my little corner of the web by hosting a giveaway for you, just like I’ve done on countless other Friday’s. Today’s giveaway is one I think you’ll really like because I know how much you love eating healthy snacks and learning about good for you food and supplements, which aligns with today’s sponsor, CocoaVia™  mission perfectly.  Their products can help your body perform at it’s best. Read on to learn more about them and enter our giveaway.




CocoaVia™ helps your body perform at its best + Giveawa

Ten Free ACA Virtual Camps for Kids


For most families, spring break has come and gone in a blink. This March looks vastly different than last year where spring break vacations and camps were the norm. Today, I’m welcoming a guest post from the American Camp Association on their virtual camps starting this week. I hope you'll find this list of ten free ACA virtual camps helpful. All camps listed below are available to join and enjoy immediately.




Ten Free ACA Virtual Camps for Kids:


Boys smiling at camp




Shrubs & Hedges Book by Eva Monheim review and giveaway


With the official start of spring just one week away, I wanted to continue sharing helpful gardening resources with you so you can be armed with lots of information and tips to start the gardening season off strong. Today, I’m reviewing and hosting a giveaway for a fantastic resource on shrubs and hedges. This is a newly published book written by Eva Monheim. It’s a practical, ordinary person’s guide to choosing, planting, and caring for the world’s most popular plants, shrubs and hedges. Personally, I love having them in my yard and garden. They add so much beauty and color and are a bee’s paradise. Read on to learn about my favorites and how you to can add shrubs & hedges to your garden plan this year and enter the giveaway!


My All Time Favorite Shrub- Lilac!


Lilacs in bloom

What will you create in National Crafting Month?


It all started innocently enough on Friday evening. I entered a cool giveaway on Instagram for a wonderful craft prize bundle to celebrate March National Crafting Month. I entered and naturally shared the love with a couple of my crafty friends. One of these friends direct messaged me to ask what I’m going to create this month. Great question I said! Because, it seriously is a great question. I may make a new spring wreath, or new garden stakes and plant markers, or I could finally allow myself to set aside the time to learn a new craft like crewel embroidery like my Mom used to do. Or maybe I’ll make a simple pastel flower garland to brighten our hearth and welcome spring. The possibilities are truly endless thanks to all the fun classes available with Bluprint!


What will you create in National Crafting Month? #Bluprintaffiliate

All My Favorite Things February Edition


I was sharing with my daughter Melissa that I wanted to learn how to take better flat lay photos like hers recently, when she said she would be happy to teach me by showing me how. I’m so stoked to be working with her because she slays flat lay photography and is on top of all things beauty and fashion. We’ve decided to do a new blog series together called All My Favorite Things. Welcome to the February Edition, we hope you like it.



My Favorite Things in February:




All My Favorite Things February Edition

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.



Amber Vale Home Candles #ad #giveaway

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?




#ad Cheerios™ Oat Crunch Oats ‘N Honey for breakfast



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