Thursday, March 26, 2015

Happy Birthday Giveaway

Hey Everyone!
Happy Thursday! I don't know about you guys but I am SO enjoying this spring weather! Now if the cold will only stay away! I have teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you a great giveaway to celebrate Kaelyn from My Fair Daily 26th birthday!

The giveaway is for a Sephora gift card as well as one lucky reader will receive ad space on The So-Called Homemaker. Please check out Kaelyn's video for more details as well as the rafflecopter widget below to enter to win! Thank you for helping celebrate, and here's to another year of fun, laughter and love. And as always, Good luck <3

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Shenanigans

Happy Post Green Day everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful day and remembered to wear green. We are thrilled because it FINALLY is actually beginning to feel like spring in Georgia. 

This St. Patrick's Day was one of the most fun yet thanks to a St. Patrick's Day parade at my son's school. This event was pretty much the cutest thing ever. The teachers dressed their students up for the parade. The infant kiddos, in decorated buggies, and the older classes walked around the parking lot to music for all the parents. Totally adorbs. Here are some pictures from the event.

What did you do to celebrate St. Patty's Day?

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Great Savings on RO*TEL at Walmart!

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Great Savings on RO*TEL at Walmart!

Are you creating a big snacking spread for the Big Tournament? Looking for ways to spice up game day and save money at the same time? #JustAddRotel is the perfect way to spice up your favorite recipes. 

From guacamole to pot roast sliders, adding a can of RO*TEL makes a traditional game day recipe into something extraordinary. 

Click this link  to print a Walmart coupon where you buy 3 cans of RO*TEL and get 1 free! Hurry, this coupon expires on April 6th and is only while supplies last so hurry and download and use it today! 

RO*TEL makes a fantastic ingredient to many awesome dips! Just in time for basketball games! :)

Be sure to look for RO*TEL in either the Pasta or Hispanic aisle in Walmart!

How do you use RO*TEL?

Let's Be Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends,
What a day to celebrate! This is the 109th week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week!

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!
The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!
There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! :)

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs, comment, and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news!

***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop.
Meet your hosts:

The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'

Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'
Meet this week's co-hosts:
PicMonkey Collage317
***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:

1st blog conf

Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner!
Is there anything we can do differently or better? Please share in the comments!
... onto the winner!

Hello everyone! This is Chelsee. Wow you all linked up amazing posts last week! I am so excited to share this week's winner. This blogger wrote such an inspirational post about tips for attending blog conferences. This is something I think at some point crossed every blogger's mind. I have for a year now thought about attending a blog conference. Mandi from All My Happy Endings shared some amazing tips consisting of: What to pack, how to act, and what to do! I knew time I read this post that I had to pass it along. If you are thinking of going to a blog conference, I recommend you read this post!

Mandi has one awesome blog, All My Happy Endings. I have followed Mandi for literally years and she even use to host this hop! She is an amazing person and blogger. Go follow her!
Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

5 Ways I am Learning to Be Less Stressed

Let's admit it. We live busy lifestyles. Whether we work inside or outside the home, volunteer in our community, take care of our kids, take care of ourselves, or do it all we are busy! Busy lifestyles tend to lead to stressful lives. If my husband and I thought we were busy and stressed before coming parents add in being solely responsible for a human being, very little sleep, and about 1,500 more to-do's each week and your head starts to spin! 

We are learning...slowly might I add...that we can not do it all...which means we have to say no to more so we can say yes to the best things. I think we would all agree we are at our best when we are stress free. 

Minimizing stress is different for everyone. For me it's combination of the below things: 
  1. Spending time focusing on my health and well being by attending Barre class 
  2. Spending time in prayer and reflection in my quite time with the Lord
  3. Having time to spend focusing on my husband
  4. Time to focus on my son and playtime with him
  5. Time to nurture my friendships with my friends
I find that if I am able to accomplish the above 5 tasks stress stays away. The challenge becomes finding time to accomplish these tasks. As I mentioned above I am learning that to have time to focus on my 5 items above I am learning I have to say no to more. I am currently in the process of reading an awesome book that I would encourage you all to read called "The Best Yes" by Lysa Terkeurst. This book is really helping me gain prospective on what to say no to and on how to make decisions. 

I have also learned that just like a marriage or friendship there are times in your life that your tank for your "me" categories will be fuller than others. There will be days where your life feels like it is caving in upon you. Something unravels at work. Your child is sick for the 10th day in a row and you are going on 2 weeks of no sleep. Everything in your home is literally falling apart at once. These are the days you have to swallow, thank God your alive, and get through so you can make it to the wonderful days again. These are also the days you look at pictures like the below picture of the beach and wish you were there...right? HA!

I have recently discovered a product called RESCUE that is a natural stress relief assistance. RESCUE Remedy is the natural way to help restore your inner calm and regain control in stressful situations and contains nothing but natural ingredients. If you are like me you want to know more. My main question is what is this natural product made of? Turns out it was developed by a doctor and is a flower! 
  • Rock Rose for confidence & composure
  • Impatiens for patience & tolerance
  • Clematis for focus & motivation
  • Star of Bethlehem for comfort & reassurance
  • Cherry Plum for self-control & stability

On those really hard days I mentioned above I have personally tried this product (I purchased the RESCUE Pastilles which are chewables) and it seems to help me turn my brain off at night. If you are interested in trying this product you can download a coupon hereRESCUE stress relief products are available now in the US at CVS, Walgreens, Whole Foods, Sprouts and wherever you find natural products!

What tips/tricks do you have for reducing stress?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.