Celebrate Father’s Day – with JORD Watches!




We’re seeing the end of May right around the corner, which means that Father’s Day is fast-approaching!

When I think of Father’s Day, I always think of the year that I was about 9 years old, and my sister was about 3. Mom had taken us shopping to buy something special for dad, and we picked a very nice leather belt, with a cool buckle to boot. We were so excited to give it to him that weekend! When we got home, we hid our gift so he wouldn’t find it beforehand.

Except when HE got home from work that day, my little sister piped up with a very loud, “Oh, daddy, I need to show you something!” and disappeared down the hallway. I was helping my mom set the table for dinner, so I didn’t pay her much attention…until she came flying into the living room waving around the belt we had purchased for my dad and shouting, “Look what we got you for Father’s Day!” 

Needless to say, I was not a happy camper, and my poor dad ended up having to comfort two crying daughters while he still tried to convey his appreciation for the EARLY Father’s Day Gift!

These days things are a bit different. Each year, I try to figure out what my dad would like, and each year, he tells me he doesn’t need anything. I always find something to get for him, but he is one of the hardest guys in the world to shop for, I promise!

And THIS year, since my hubby made Mother’s Day (I called it a half-baked Mother’s Day, since I haven’t even given birth yet!) extremely special for me, I wanted to make Father’s Day special for him, too! So when Stacy from JORD contacted me about their line of watches, it was literally the perfect fit!

I’ve been following JORD for a while, because their watches aren’t like the average timepiece. JORD watches are made of WOOD.

And the fact that my hubby is a huge watch fanatic made the situation even better! He’s got about a dozen different watches: from sports watches to dress watches to one of those fancy Apple watches…but no wooden watches to speak of.

So, JORD sent me an absolutely BEAUTIFUL timepiece for my hubby! Check it out!

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Obviously, the mechanisms are not wood, but everything else IS! 

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Favorite Photo Shoots from 2015

Most of you know by now that I work full-time in insurance marketing, and I also run a photography business on the side. I normally like to do one post a year just on the photo shoot aspect of things, and show everyone what I’ve been up to in my other life! You’ll see everything from theater shots to business shots to family shots and more. So, here are a few of my favorites from last year, 2015!

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Overnight Salad: A Family Favorite!

My husband’s family is BIG on getting together! Everyone gathers often at the family home, in the “party room”, as they call it (which is an old workshop transformed into a huge eating room with an attached screen porch and a full kitchen!) There are normally about 50 of us out there for any given event, and one of the favorite dishes of all is always the Overnight Salad.

I first had the Overnight Salad a few years ago when I attended the first dinner with my husband (before we were even married) and I LOVED it! Number one, it was gluten-free, which is how I must eat, and number two, it was GOOD!

Over the next couple of years, I helped prepare the Overnight Salad on several occasions, and my hubby’s aunt finally gave me the recipe. She’s not exactly sure where it came from, but one thing’s for sure – she can make it in her sleep now, and I’m well on my way, too!

So, without further ado, may I present…

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Van’s Giveaway for Celiac Awareness Month!

It’s no secret to anyone who follows this blog that I have Celiac Disease. And, if you’ve been around long enough, you know that Van’s is one of my favorite brands of gluten-free foods! They really were a lifesaver for me when I was first diagnosed – and they’re still extremely helpful…most recently in the throes of morning sickness!

So the fact that May is Celiac Awareness Month makes it the perfect time to share food options for those with gluten sensitivity! And that’s exactly what Van’s is doing, offering an opportunity to try its NEW gluten-free granola and snack bars, and get in on a giveaway event valued at more than $150!

Van’s, a leader in wholesome new snacks sure to satisfy the kid in everyone, kicks off summer with two new snack bars (Banana Bread and Gramwich- a chocolate stuffed graham cracker sandwich) and Soft-Baked Whole Grain Granola Clusters in Double Chocolate and Banana Nut.

Van’s decadent, bite-sized gluten-free granola – perfect for family road trips, an easy addition to breakfast or anytime on the go – are a soft and chewy portable snack perfect with frozen or Greek yogurt or by the handful when a craving hits. The Double Chocolate and Banana Nut Granola is baked with delicious, gluten-free, whole grain oats and offer 12-14 grams of whole grains per serving – with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Need some creative ideas for using Van’s Granola?

Check out this recipe from Melanie of Nutritious Eats!

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7 Fun Ideas to Keep Your Day Entertaining…at Home!

Although right now we’re in the throes of Spring (my allergies can totally attest to that) Summer will soon be upon us! I just wrote an article for the magazine I contribute to on How to Organize Your Summer Vacation, and then it dawned on me: maybe not everyone GOES on summer vacation. I mean, growing up, we always did. I guess I got used to that. But some folks would rather be at home, which is a great way to spend the summer, too! As long as you’re not hearing the words, “I’m bored!” within the first day of Summer vacation. Ugh. 

So when Katleen Brown contacted me about a post full of ways to keep a day at home entertaining, I figured it was the perfect follow-up! She’s got some fantastic ideas here! Check them out!

Sometimes, staying at home can cause boredom, especially if one is not creative enough to figure out what can make a day spent indoors FUN. For those with children, it can be unfortunate if one has no ideas on how they can make the stay at home enjoyable. 

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It is essential to learn about ways to keep the children, and yourself relaxed and entertained as you spend time indoors.

Make Finger Puppets

This is one way of letting the children have fun as they exercise their creativity.  They can remain busy for several hours, and therefore, you will not have to listen to them complaining of boredom or wanting to go out.  They do not need a lot of things for this activity. They only require having papers and paint boxes as well as some glue.  You can help them make monsters or even animals. Using these tools, you can help them to make stories. If you have one child, you can help him or her through the whole process and provide moral support. However, you can invite other kids to your house and have them work with your child. If you have two more kids in the house, you can assist them for a while and then leave them to have fun and exercise creativity on their own.

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