Support Our Veterans :: Greenlight a Vet

Today is Veteran’s Day, but it should not be the only day that we honor the men and women who have served for our country. For us. These men and women are some of America’s bravest and hard-working. They are the reason we are free. They deserve our respect and honor.

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It can be hard to show our veterans the appreciation they deserve when, back home and out of uniform, they’re more camouflaged than ever. Greenlight A Vet is a campaign to establish visible national support for our veterans by changing one light to green.

How can you get involved?
Change one light to green in a visible location-on your porch, in your home, or at your office-and keep it glowing every day as a symbol of appreciation and support for our veterans. Then, share your support by taking a picture of your green light and posting it using the hashtag #greenlightavet.

Visit to learn more about additional resources and organizations that support veterans and their families. Together, we can build a bridge between veterans and civilians and make a better tomorrow for all Americans.

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

How Do You Honor Your Dad on Father’s Day?

Father’s Day. A day to honor all the dads in our lives. The Great Grandfathers, the Grandfathers, and all those whom we, and those before us, call Daddy.

This year I recognize many of the great fathers in my life:

My Great Grandpa Les, who has gone home to be with the Lord. He was fun, goofy, loving, generous, and kind. I learned so much from him. I miss him every day and wish my children had been given the privilege to know him.

My Great Grandpa Joe, aka Poppy Joe. In spite of his grumpy looks and always calling us all by the wrong names (on  purpose!), we love his kind heart and gruff ways.

The one who gave my husband life – my father-in-law, Paul. Thank you for raising my babies’ daddy to be such a god-fearing man. You are loved.

My Dad. I used to call him Pa. My children call him Poppy. The one who has loved me for as long as I can remember, let me hop on him, taught me how to ride a bike and swim, pulled out my loose teeth (with pliers!), acted as the “tooth angel,” provided for me, protected me, and so much more. I love you, Dad!

And, last but not least, my husband – the father of our seven beautiful children. Thank you for loving our kids so fiercely, for leading us, for providing for us all without complaint, for finding new and adventurous ways to have fun with us, and for always doing all you do in such a big way. I am so grateful that God brought us together to do this parenting thing side by side. You make me a better mom and our kids are so very blessed. We love you!!

Fathers Day

To honor my kiddos’ dad this year, we treated him to lunch out, enjoyed an afternoon of Monopoly and soccer with him, and then he decided he wanted to grill some tri-tip for us all for dinner. It was a great day for all of us!

How about you? What did you do to honor the dads in your life today?

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Disclosure: I have partnered with Oral-B to bring you this post.

Update Your Wardrobe for Summer

Here in Texas, summer seems to come pretty early. I’ve been wearing my beloved tanks for a while now, but just headed to Walmart to find some summer attire that included some shorts, since the temperatures promised to be in the upper 80s and low 90s this weekend.

I was not disappointed… I found a couple of great pairs of shorts, both in denim and a cool cotton fabric. Of course, I added a couple of tank tops to my ever growing collection, but I also found a sheer flowery top to wear over a cami, that came with a belt. A perfect way to complete a summer outfit that is not too casual, but can be dressed up to be worn throughout the summer for just about any occasion.

The demin shorts I added to my wardrobe for summer are mid-thigh. I did choose the distressed look, just because I am still young at heart and feel like I can pull off the look. I paired these with the flowery top  (link to similar style online) I found and a pair of brown flats.

denim mid-thigh shorts
Summer fashion - dress up those shorts

The second pair of shorts I picked up are No Boundaries Soft Challis (in mutli Aztec stripes). These are super comfy and I will most likely wear them with a tank top, but can dress them up with a black belt if the occasion so calls for a more chic look.

Summer Style

All in all, I found just what I was looking for at Walmart, but will say that there were many summery dresses that I will most likely add to my wardrobe in the coming weeks.

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Holidays Have Come and Gone

If you are anything like me, you hate to see the holidays go. After all of the planning, prep, fun, and excitement, the regular everyday busyness of life takes over again and the holidays become just a memory.

3 wise men

This year, mainly because of our pending move, but also maybe because we bought a dead live tree, I put away most of our Christmas decorations just two days after Christmas. Wreaths and candles, stockings and tree decorations, all got boxed up, leaving behind an incredible mess. Pine needles were everywhere, and dust lined the shelves and the mantle around where our decorations sat.

I hurriedly stacked the boxes full of memories with most of the other packed boxes in our house, so we could ready our half-packed house for guests to help us ring in the New Year. Those dusty shelves were wiped down and a few of our new Christmas gifts – decor that matched perfectly with our personalities – were placed on them, avoiding a box for a bit. Our house was made ready for yet another celebration.

Happy New Year

Just like after any good party, there was quite a mess to clean up afterwards… noise makers left on the floor, along with cookie crumbs and popcorn kernels; wine glasses on coffee tables, some still half full; and confetti everywhere. A messy house evident of a good time had by all.

Once recovered from these joyful celebrations with family and friends, out came the cleaning supplies and to work I went. Now, cleaning house is not exactly my favorite thing to do, but I decided to tackle one room at a time before taking a break. After all, it was still winter break for my kids, so I took advantage of some down time, too.

With the help of CVS Total Home products, I was able to do everything from wiping down our dusty mantle and shelves to cleaning our toilets – all four of them. I’m a fan of using paper towels when cleaning (no judging!), so stocking up before a big clean is a must, but I was able to find just about everything I needed at CVS.

The first of the year is also a good time to check home air filters, replace lightbulbs, and change the batteries in smoke detectors. Look for all you need at your local CVS!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Our Afternoon at Ripley’s San Antonio

We have been to San Antonio several times. The Alamo and River Walk are among our favorite places to visit. We had always walked by Ripley’s and I thought it would be a fun place to take the kids, but we never had a chance to stop in and visit. Until last Saturday.

Ripley's San Antonio

We kind of got a late start, but arrived at Ripley’s mid-afternoon. We had 3-way combo tickets, but knew we’d have plenty of time to tour the Odditorium and Wax Museum, and sneak in to the 4D Theater – the attractions wouldn’t close until 10pm (8pm, Mon-Thur).

Louis Tussaud’s was first on the agenda. We mingled with movie stars, celebrities, and prominent figures. All wax, of course!

Ripley's 3-way combo

Walt Disney and the 7 dwarves, Marilyn Monroe, the President, and more… All so lifelike! (Others, not so much, and quite scary, to be honest.)

WaxWorks San Antonio

Next up was the 4D Theater. This was Timmy’s favorite of all of the attractions – We wore 3D glasses and had quite the wild ride, during two different adventures, making it feel as though we were inside the movie! (Great for 4 year olds, but the older kids felt like it was eh, and unfortunately the experience made Ray feel queasy.)

Ripley's - 4D Theater

Imagine the following in 3D, moving in your seat with all the bumps and turns…


Last, but certainly not least, was the Odditorium. Since 1918, the Believe It or Not Odditoriums have showcased the eclectically bizarre collection of Robert Ripley – the world’s most unbelievable exhibits. Authentic shrunken heads, two-headed animals, and a 19th century vampire killing kit only scratches the surface of what’s behind the doors of Ripley’s San Antonio.

Ripley's Believe it or Not Odditorium

This was a great way for us to spend the afternoon as a family. There was lots to see and we all learned a bit, as well!

Disclosure: We received complimentary 3-way combo tickets, courtesy of Ripley’s. This post also includes affiliate links, but all thoughts and opinions are mine, of course.