Monday, December 15, 2014


My work team is very competitive. Every year for the past three years at Christmas time we have had a recipe competition. The first year it was cheese balls. Last year it was dips. This year we did crock pot recipes.

This year was a little different in we had the idea to all make a crock pot recipe (10 people on my team) but to invite our entire department to come taste test the recipes and judge which one was the best. We volunteered a few weeks ago at a homeless shelter in Atlanta and realized that they had  a very large need for bed sheets so we decided that as the "cover fee" to taste test our food we would ask everyone in our department to bring in a set of sheets as their entry fee. They could then try, and rank, all recipes from best to worst (#1 being the best, #10 being the worst).

It was a blast! All in all we were able to collect 15 sets of bed linens, 2 pillows, and $135 dollars in donations to purchase additional sheets! But best of all guess who the winner was?!? That's right! I won!! Whoop, whoop! I thought I would share with you all the winning recipe below. This is my husband's absolute favorite and is SO easy to make!

Italian Chicken
You need:
·         4 chicken breasts
·         Can of cream of chicken soup
·         Packet of Italian dressing salad dressing mix
·         Cream cheese (I use the fat free) block
Melt the cream cheese and soup together in a pan on the stove. Put the chicken in the crockpot and sprinkle the Italian dressing over the chicken. Pour the mixture of soup and cream cheese over the top. Cook for 4-5 on high or 6-8.5 hours on low. Shred chicken. This dish is delicious served over bow tie pasta or brown rice. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Perfect Gift for the Music Lover

I have found the perfect gift for any music lover (male or female)! Geoartcrafts sells homemade clocks made out of records! This is truly a unique gift that the music lover in your life will love! 

Here is the clock I received. It looks great hanging over the table in my Bonus room.

They also sell other really neat record clocks. Check out some of my favorites below:

These clocks are really affordable. Most run about $30. These clocks ships from Athens, Greece so I would encourage you to reach out to the shop owner to see about an ETA for shipping purposes if you are interested in purchasing one of these clocks as a Christmas gift. Check out Geo Art Crafts today

I did receive a sample of this product in exchange for my honest review and post. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Awaken Your Loveship Ya'll

Did the blog post title spark your interest? Without further ado here is what I mean by awakening your loveship. ;) 

I had the opportunity to receive a copy of the devotional book "The Song: Awaken Love a Couple's Devotional Journey" to work through with my hubby. The devotional is a 6 week book for couples that can help awaken love in their marriage. This devotional is perfect for couples that are very much in love and are not necessarily struggling with their relationship but still want to devote time to making their marriage even better. The book offers daily relationship insights and prayer points drawn from Song of Solomon that help couples grow in their relationship with God and one another. To me there is nothing I treasure more than quality one-on-one time with my hubby and the Lord talking about our relationship. 

Inspired by the Song of Solomon, The Song is both a full length movie and a resource for churches to explore God's plan for relationships, love, and marriage. 

If you are interested I highly encourage you to check out the trailer for the movie. This is a great story you guys and one that I think will encourage each and every marriage. 

GREAT NEWS: I have another copy to give away to one lucky reader of my blog (USA and Canada only). All you need to do to enter to win is comment with why you would like to receive a copy of this devotional. Giveaway ends 12/16.
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on anotehr blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verfication. 

Many thanks to Propeller consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. 

Honey for the Holidays from Don Victor

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HoneyForHolidays #DonVictor #CollectiveBias

Looking for a great holiday gourmet gift idea? Don Victor provides premium quality gourmet products with superior taste. Their line of honey includes premium orange blossom honey that is 100% pure and natural and is packed with a large piece of honeycomb inside a beautiful glass globe jar. Don Victor also offers a unique line of whipped honey with cinnamon, cocoa, or caramel to create a sweet, creamy spread: perfect for breads and pastries and a fantastic alternative to syrup and butter for kids pancakes and waffles. Personally, I think it would be delicious on a cracker for an afternoon snack! Or, for a more savory item, Don Victor Extra Virgin Olive Oil is cultivated and harvested from the fields of Jaen, Andalucia, Spain and their decorative, heavy glass cruets look beautiful in any kitchen or table. Don Victor products would make an ideal gift this holiday season! 

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Deck the Halls for Baby's First Christmas

I know...I's not even Thanksgiving yet. But today is the 25th which means there is ONE MONTH until Christmas! I am so excited to celebrate the birth of our Savior with our little guy for the first time this year!

Over our four years of married Christmases Josh and I have developed several traditions that we are so excited to get to share with our little guy. This weekend we got an early start by venturing out to purchase our Christmas tree. E LOVES Christmas lights and was engrossed in the entire process of setting up and trimming the tree. We have not gotten around yet to putting the ornaments on the tree but hey...the tree is picked out and trimmed (go live or go home ya'll) and the lights are on! And we have some really cute pictures to document the experience.

Some of our other fun Christmas traditions include:
  •  Watching all kinds of Christmas movies in front of the tree (Elf, Four Christmases, and Christmas Vacation are a must); plus I'm a sucker for anything that comes on Hallmark this time of year
  • Making hot chocolate and driving around the neighborhood looking at lights
  • Going on a hayride through a light show on Thanksgiving night
  • Watching the Macy's Thanksgiving parade on Thanksgiving morning...when Santa makes his grand appearance we all know the season has finally begun
  • Reading the Christmas Story in Luke together as a family
  • Putting together Operation Christmas boxes to send to a boy or girl over seas and praying over our boxes 

And some we are excited to start this year with our little one include:
  • Visiting Santa
  • Elf on the Shelf (so maybe we will wait until next year to start this one but I am so excited)
What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?