Saturday, June 25, 2016

VivaRoses - Flowers Delivered Straight from the Farm!

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, sponsored content or reviewed products. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own. I would never suggest anything to you that I wouldn't use myself. -Jennifer


I love having flowers in the home. I think that fresh flowers liven up the room, and brightens up the day. Waking up and watering them (and talking to them) is something I remember my mom doing when I was a kid. I don't often have fresh (and real) flowers, but it is something I'm trying to do more of.

When they contacted me to see if I'd like to work with them, I, of course, said yes! I chose Summer Luvin' - a beautiful bouquet of yellow and pink roses. I selected a date for them to be delivered after we returned from our weekend vacay to Rocky Point, Mexico.

VivaRoses has a super cute story of how they began.
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They have a variety of flowers on the website, all of which would be great for any occasion (wedding, birthday, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, or just because). Whatever the reason, whoever receives them will be totally in love with them.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Remember When.... #BehindTheBlogger

I don't even know how to start this post. I actually started writing it two weeks before its "due" to go up on the blog. So this post may just end up being my thought process. I might just leave it all in if it's good. Hey, it just may make a great post!

I'm wondering what exactly should I remember? I feel like I can't really write this like others can because my whole adult life I've been a mom, and I'm only going on 30. So while I feel like I haven't lived much, I've also seen quite a bit in 30 years. Technology has grown SO much. But, I don't really know what to write about. (future note: I'm afraid that once the kids are grown and gone that I'm going to have a hard time. I don't know how to be just 'wife' and not mom....)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Shopping For an Engagement Ring

It would be a standout amongst the most important memories throughout your life. You take out an engagement ring out of your pocket and solicit the love of your life to be your significant other. You urgently need her to say yes and experience passionate feelings for her ring as well, right? You can ensure that happens when you pick out the right ring. Here are some tips to select the ideal engagement ring.
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Monday, June 13, 2016

Review: Oz Naturals 2.5% Retinol Serum

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, sponsored content or reviewed products. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own. I would never suggest anything to you that I wouldn't use myself. -Jennifer

I'll be 30 this year. I'll admit, that up till recently I haven't taken care of my skin the way I now wish I would have. I wasn't necessarily taught what to do, other than to wash and moisturize. But now I realize that during my 20s I should have been doing so much more. So, better now than never!

I've tried a variety of Oz Naturals products. I have had no complaints so far with any of their products. This one is no different. This is a 2.5% Retinol Serum. Basically, according to Oz Naturals, this is a powerful cocktail of antioxidants combined with Vitamin A to help diminish the appearance of fine lines. While you're probably thinking that I, an almost 30-year-old, don't have fine lines. I am starting to notice them around my eyes a bit. This serum also helps fight free radical damage as well as restores and renews firmness, elasticity, and thickness to the skin, while the Vitamin A boasts a long list of proven restorative, anti-aging, and youth-enhancing properties.

Knife Sharpener and Cabinet Lighting Reviews

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If you're new to my blog, welcome! If you're new you may not know that I've been to culinary school and I love to cook. So when I got the chance ot review a knife sharpener from E-Prance, I jumped at it. My culinary school knives have only ever been sharpened with my steel (the long thing chefs use with their knives). But it was time for them to get a better sharpen. Plus, my steak knives were starting to get really dull. So I was excited to try this out.

Budget Friendly Father's Day Gift Ideas

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, sponsored content or reviewed products. Regardless, all opinions expressed here are my own. I would never suggest anything to you that I wouldn't use myself. -Jennifer

Father’s Day is when we get to say thanks and celebrate the fatherly figure that influences our lives. Whether that is a birth father, step-father, friend of the family, uncle or whoever that male role model in your life is/was. This gift guide has some amazing personalized options to help tell dad you love him while making his big day a bit more special. You could also give this to your husband/boyfriend/significant other from the kids for Father's Day.

Here's a short list of 16 budget friendly things your dad may enjoy!

4 Amazing Ways to Make Your Meals Healthier This Summer

With summer here, quite a few of us are on the lookout for ways that we can be healthier. We all know that we need to move more, right? We need to exercise and burn up more calories than we consume. To lose weight anyway. But a lot of our health is cooked up in the kitchen.  The key to our health is what we eat. It can affect our weight, our energy levels and other ailments too. So how can you actually eat better food and cook in a more healthy way? Here are some of my thoughts.


Must Have's for the Java Junkie in You!

Coffee is an integral part of American life, whether it’s used as a simple way to relax and unwind, or as a means of body fuel. We are a society that is fuelled by coffee, and that’s why it’s important to enjoy as much as we can. Sure, you could visit Starbucks each day for a coffee. But, this is a very time-consuming and expensive way of getting the coffee you want. Instead, you can make your own from home as long as you have all these essentials.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

All About Celebrating the Milestones in Your Daughter's Life

It is so important to celebrate the milestones in your daughter’s life; whether they are big or small. They are the kind of things that you will look back on when you remember her growing up. They are things that she will look back on too. So you want her to have happy, fond memories of them. Life goes by too quickly sometimes so celebrating special occasions is important. Why not make the most of them?

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Depending on your lifestyle or religious choices, there may be a celebration when she is younger. There might be a baptism, christening or naming ceremony when she is a baby. This isn’t one of the things that she will go on to remember, but it is a good job we can capture photos of the day! They are all lovely family occasions, though, to celebrate the arrival of your baby. When she gets a little older, there may be the milestone of choosing first communion dresses ready for the event itself. This is another family celebration and the dress itself could become a bit of an heirloom and passed onto other generations in the family. A perfect way to mark the occasion.

Quite a lot of people think that around the ages of eleven and twelve are rather important. So for those birthdays, or even just randomly, it is worth bearing in mind all of the milestones that are coming up. You might not want to admit it at such a tender age, but your daughter is growing up. Think about how you could mark events such as getting her first proper bra or starting her period. She will be growing up fast, and it is important that she feels she can talk to you about these kinds of things. It shouldn’t be anything that she feels embarrassed or awkward about. There are things that would be suitable to get as gifts for her too. Perhaps her first makeup set or a razor to shave her legs with.


As your daughter gets even older, there are plenty of milestones and important dates. Sweet sixteen is a pretty big deal as she will be getting ready to get her driver’s permit. Then there will be first dates and dances at school. Prom is pretty much a big deal, and it should be something to celebrate and remember. Going to choose a prom dress should be something to celebrate together. Then the next big milestones will be things like graduating high school and then going on to college perhaps. So think about all the ways that you could celebrate these momentous occasions with her.

It doesn’t matter what you do to celebrate or mark the milestones. It just matters that you are doing something to celebrate or mark the occasion. Whatever ways you choose to celebrate, just remember that the ways you celebrate will be remembered by your daughter. It shows her how you feel about her but also teaches her the values that you have as a family.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Places to Visit in Arizona During the Summer

For the past few years, people have been doing staycations more and more. While originally it started from necessity, now people are taking staycations as a great, affordable alternative that allows them to visit their area or state.

If you’re here in Arizona, especially in the Valley, you know the temps are brutal. Already this year (2016) we hit 117! It’s only early June! If you’re like me, you’re thinking of ways to escape the heat. For me, my husband and I (along with some friends and family) are going to Rocky Point to enjoy the beach for a weekend. But I get it, some people are afraid of going into Mexico, and others don’t have passports or don’t want to get one right now.

For others, though, they may decide to visit northern Arizona where the temps are much cooler. Of course, obvious choices would be The Grand Canyon and areas near that, but let's not write about what has been written! Let's do something different! In this post, I’ll give some suggestions of places to visit in Arizona during the summer.


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