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May 3, 2021

Low- Carb Chicken Wrap Recipe

I won't even lie, I saw this in a Facebook video! I love making "on the fly". It's a popular recipe I posted WAYYYYYY back when I first started this website. It is very similar to that but you fold the Wrap differently. WAHT?! I decided to give it a try and low and behold it makes cooking this so much easier!! Who knew? Have fun trip down memory lane and check out my OLD recipe here.
What you will need:
Low Carb tortilla shells
Baby Spring Mix
Chunky Salsa ( you can use any kind you enjoy)
Shredded Cheese
Sour Cream
Cooked, shredded Chicken
Let me give you advice on how to construct these without anything falling out. You need to cut your Tortilla from the middle. You just need one slice and that's it. Next, make sure to place your spread (salsa or cream cheese) to the right of your slice. Next the lettuce, chicken and cheese. You can really add any toppings or filler you want just be sure to have the sticky or liquid to the right of your slice.
Simply fold up, fold to the left and then fold down. 
When you are done you will get a wrap similar to the one pictured above.
Spray your frying pan and place them in. 
I like to cook them until the cheese is melted and or golden brown.
Have you ever tried making wraps this way??
I get our Low-card tortilla wraps at our local Aldi.

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May 1, 2021

2021 Spring Gift Guide

All gifts in this guide presented a sample for quality control to ensure the best suggestions were being given. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.

We all know that being a mom is a full-time job! Maybe you don't KNOW but I am here to tell you it truly is. If you are a Mom(parent really) you have probably have felt unappreciated, taken advantage of, stressed out and a bit crazy at times. Let's make sure to appreciate those powerhouse women in our lives who somehow manage to get it ALL done! Here is to the mother's who worry about our children's hygiene, scraps, BO-boo's, emotions, schooling, what they are eating, education, what they wear, how they speak to others, the list is endless. Cheers to you! You are doing it, you are AWESOME and YOU are appreciated! Your child will learn through your examples. Remember to take some "you-time" and smile! Here are a few gift suggestions for this coming Mother's Day and the Spring Season!
Need a unique gift for a Mother in your life? Send a Punchbowl Digital Mother's Day greeting cards with a video message, include a gift card, schedule in advance and they are deliver by text or email! They are even hosting a "2021 Mom of the Year Video Contest"!! Find all the details on this page. They are encouraging people to nominate any mom they know (friends, sisters, aunts, daughters, grandmas, and more), and no reason is too small. 
Danica Rose is a lucious and vibrant flavors of crisp white peach, fresh cut melon with tart strawberry and hibiscus. A crisp well-balanced wine perfect for date night, celebratory beverage or Virtual night in with the girls. 
Shop for some Danica Rose Wine here.
Anyone else remodeling an RV or their bathroom?? I don't know about you but I love updating things. We are using this Nebia by Moen showerhead, pictured above, and I have to say if you are in the market, this is a QUALITY product. Meticulously engineered for optimal warmth, rinsing and body coverage, Nebia by Moen offers a superior shower experience through atomization, the process of breaking up water into tiny droplets. This patented spray technology creates the sensation of more water, while actually using 45% less than a conventional showerhead. This means each water drop works harder to get you clean, refreshed and ready to take on the day. 
The Ultimate Meal-Prep Cookbook, which features 25 thoughtfully curated, absolutely doable weekly meal plans that take the stress and guesswork out of dinner planning, grocery shopping, and ingredient prep. From comfort foods and lighter, healthful fare to one-pot meals and globally inspired dishes, there are a range of flavors, cuisine types, and cooking methods. Plans are introduced with a handy guide that contains a grocery list (with a maximum of only 12 ingredients!), ingredient prep-ahead and make-ahead lists, and ingredient substitution information that helps you customize meals to your tastes and what you have on hand. Shop for your copy of Ultimate Meal-Prep Cookbook!
Kō Hana Distillers, Hawai‘i’s only farm-to-bottle rum distillery, announced that it has leased an additional 220 acres of farmland in Hale‘iwa on O‘ahu’s North Shore, further expanding its heirloom Hawaiian sugarcane farming operation. The harvests from this new field, which can begin as soon as one year, will enable Kō Hana’s rum production to reach 75,000 cases per year. We have a Rum and Coke fan in the family and this was the perfect gift for them! 
With Trust Biologic’s line of cruelty free, vegan, gluten free, and all natural products, CBD has no age limit! Fight aging, improve skin health, and reduce inflammation, imbalance, aches, and pains with their 4 key formulations. From adaptogens to cannabinoids, their formulators, chemists, scientists, and licensed estheticians have come together to create products for the unique needs of those needing not not only age gracefully, but confidently as well.
Switching things up this year by adding a "Kid's Gift ideas section". Without these adorable blessings many of us would not be parents. So in true form, I decided to give you some fun hands on items to enjoy with them during the Spring and Summer time!
Does your budding little artist also have a thing for stuffies?  If so give this Paint Your Own Squishy by Doodle Hog a try!  This medium sized white squishy (great for our sensory kids, too!) comes with brushes and three colors of paint so your child can customize their new treasure.  After a short amount of time your freshly painted squishy is dry and ready for squashing!  So much fun, minimal cleanup and creatively encouraging, this squishy makes a great gift for any child looking for something to hug and get their creativity going. Check them out here.
Have you ever wished you could bring your sidewalk chalk doodles to life? When you head outside with your Chalk Alive 4D  Interactive Chalk Art kit you can do just that! Use the 3 reusable stencils and washable chalk to create your masterpieces and then scan them with the Chalk Alive app on your phone to bring your creations to life. Follow prompts to interact with them and you can even screenshot and record your experience to share with your friends! Your doodles just got way cooler and way more fun!
Make craft time easy and fun with Creative Roots Paint your Own Turtle. This amazing little kit has everything you need for your little one to make an adorable ceramic turtle to add character to your garden or bring life to your windowsill. This kit includes 6 vibrant acrylic paints, your ready to paint turtle, and a paintbrush. You bring the imagination, and Creative Roots will handle the rest!

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April 29, 2021

Kid Friendly Nature Activities | Discover the Arboretum in North Carolina

“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.” – Gertrude Jekyll
While visiting the Asheville, North Carolina area we had a free day. We slept in a bit and just slowly got up to get ready for our day. I saw the Blue Ridge Parkway welcome center was open so we ventured there to see what fun activities we could do locally. While there I spotted a sign advertising the Arboretum. We didn't expecting anything, just quickly googled it and headed that way. I was very pleasantly surprised by this place. So much so, we spent the entire day here! 
I also realized we are drawn to Nature activities with our son as he gets older. This is a transition from the kiddy activities we used to do. Not saying Nature Activities are not for littler kids. I want to give some great ways to encourage Nature Activities while discussing our visit to the Arboretum! 
One of the most important things to me is spending quality time with my family. 
After parking ( there is no, you just pay for parking your vehicle), we made a quick stop in the office of the Arboretum. They had great kid activities (pictured above) laid out which included: a scavenger hunt and a fun nature hide & seek!
Kid friendly nature activities you can do:
● Have them experience art. Whether it is backyard art or art hung in your local museums. We found a wonderful area at the Arboretum for example, that housed artists work from the gardens. Some were photos, paintings and or sketches. This was such a great way to enter the Arboretum because it gave us some different view points. We also learned what the Gardens look like when the Seasons change.
 Let them grab a pamphlet to explore and navigate with. My son LOVES maps so he always picks one of these up. I encourage him to navigate our walks and to see what they offer to help facilitate what he wants to explore.  

● One of the best things to encourage Nature Activities in kids is to simply observe what nature has to offer. Let them pick out different twigs and leaves. We have a rule he can't pick up anything living though.
● Go hiking. It is simple, often free, and fun. The Arboretum had several great hiking trails around their property. We found it was a great way to spend our day. I have even found hiking tails in our area. Just bringing your children with you to walk can be so beneficial, I am sure I've mentioned this several times before! 
● Bring things for a picnic. I am sure every parent out there brings snacks when they travel anywhere! When we hike, we always pack a lunch as well. This particular day we did not have any real plans so we took advantage of the café at the Arboretum. They have a nice seated area to sit, relax and eat some lunch. I will say this particular spot had a little wait time but you can order online to help with anyone getting HANGRY.
● Anytime you are able to extend your time outdoors with kids, by having a snack or meal for example helps tremendously. Use this opportunity to bird watch or talk with your kids about what they have seen or learned. We often play the "what was your favorite part" game and take turns all answering.
When I started noticing just how glued we are to electronics, I decided to do something about it (especially over the lock down this past year). Technology is great and it offers plenty of advantages, but I want my son to get outdoors and explore. That is exactly what we did! The Arboretum offers so many great things for all different ages. Some of the best takeaways we had as a family were:
🌲 We all loved the Art
🌲 The hiking trails were a great Nature Activity
🌲 We loved the pace, rocking chairs and Mountain views
🌲 🌲 I do want to say I would recommend arriving early if you want to skip out on larger crowd gatherings. As well as plan because the area gets warm and if you have smaller kids they might not want to hike in high heats. Arriving early in the day helps eliminate high temps as well.
Getting out and enjoying nature is important. If you’re looking forward to getting out with the kids, try some of these activities. How do you enjoy Nature? 
What Nature activities do you do with kids (if you have them)?
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April 27, 2021

Big Dot of Happiness launched a new Heartiversary Product Line

"A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others".
 - Frank Morgan
I am so happy to live in a world where we can truly celebrate life's miracles. If you know someone who has needed heart surgery or any major surgery really; you know what a journey it is! The time they spent in doctor offices, seeing specialists, surgeries and their recovery. Always fighting for another day, these Heart Warriors look forward to their Heartiversary, which is the anniversary of a heart surgery  and can start your second chance at life. Big Dot of Happiness has just launched their new Heartiversary product line! I am all about spreading awareness and inviting you to do the same.
 
This post is sponsored in collaboration with Big Dot of Happiness. All comments and opinions are my own.
We got our Big Dot of Happiness care package the other day to help showcase celebrating these special victories. “Real People, Real Parties, with a Real Purpose”.
Little celebrations, like this, can truly make a difference in your life and in the lives of your family members. The journey of being in the hospital usually takes a toll both on the individual and family. Why not have a stress-free party by grabbing some of these already made products? They carry: Photo Booth Props, CHD Awareness Hanging Decor, Bunting Banners. Wine Labels, Coasters you name it!
● Explore & create your very own Heartiversary. We would love to hear your journey!
● Big Dot of Happiness donates 10% of every Heartiversary sale to the Children’s Heart Foundation. 
Big Dot of Happiness’ passion is creating Goose Bump Moments and memories that will last a lifetime! The designer party collections make it easier for everyone to be a Party-Throwing Hero. Life is one big celebration why not join in all the fun!
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April 26, 2021

A full review of the Nintendo Switch Pokémon Shield Game

“Even if you lose in battle, if you surpass what you’ve done before, you have bested yourself.” 
— Marshall
When I was young, we collected Pokémon cards and played video games on our Nintendo. We have come full circle since now my son is into the same things. Of course the technology has improved, which has upped the gaming worlds! As a Mom it is hard to keep up with all the new products on the market but my son helps with that!
“We were sent a copy of Pokémon Shield to help facilitate a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations."
He may have gotten a TAD excited when he opened this box and the new 
Pokémon Shield game was in it for his Nintendo Switch. He immediately opened it and put it to good use! 
Since he is the one playing Pokémon Shield, I felt he should review it for you. From my 11 year old's perspective:
Pokémon Shield is  both fun and exciting to play. Featuring new dynamax Pokémon and new Galar region Pokémon. Try to find out the mystery of the Legendary Pokémon Zamazenta. Unlike Pokémon Sword you try to find out the mystery of Zacian. Choose from the new Galar Pokémon starters, Scorebunny, Sobble and Grooky. Once you become a Pokémon trainer with help of your friend Hop, you can try and beat the Pokémon champion Leon. 
Have you or your kids played the Pokémon Shield game??
What are your thoughts of Pokémon games on the Nintendo Switch??
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April 25, 2021

Amanda Jo, Organic Bunny

If you didn’t already know, Amanda Jo, Organic Bunny is a beauty and skin care guru/enthusiast known for Organic Bunny. The goal is to provide eco-friendly products for those who love all things beauty, but don’t want to use harsh, harmful products that are bad for the environment. If you’re looking for a way to continue taking care of your skin while using high-quality products, it’s a great idea to check out what Organic Bunny can offer you.

Let me start by saying my skin is SUPER sensitive. Because of this, I need to cleanse it or I will break out. Luckily, with these products I don't have any sort of reactions. I also have combination skin which means it sometimes is oily and other times it is super dry.
This is a sponsored post with Amanda Jo, Organic BunnyThe opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
Reasons to use products from Amanda Jo, Organic Bunny:

● Some beauty products contain harmful carcinogens that aren’t good for the skin. While they may look good, they can take a toll on your skin and overall health. Making a switch to green products is naturally better for you in the long run.

● There are products available for all skin types. You’ll find an extensive variety of products you can use to treat different concerns, such as signs of aging or acne.

● Organic Bunny has a huge line of products. Besides skin care products, you’ll find all kinds of makeup and products you can use on your hair.

● Being glamorous doesn’t have to cause you your health. If you’d like to make an eco-friendly change while continuing to look and feel your best, you can use the Organic Bunny products to your advantage.
If you love skin care products, hair care products, and even makeup, but you have concerns about the toxic ingredients in them, you might want to make the switch to Organic Bunny. If you’re going to give it a try, which product do you plan on using first?
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April 22, 2021

Spring Blooms at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina

“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.” – Luther Burbank
When researching the Asheville, North Carolina, every website and person suggested visiting the Biltmore. Built in 1895, this majestic American Home Estate is as beautiful in person as it is in all the photos on the inter-webs! We were lucky to hit the Spring bloom peak season just as things were warming up. Might I suggest booking your tour of the Biltmore Home in the morning. 
For so many reasons but manly to have the place practically to yourself!
When I booked our reservations online I did not realize I was signing up for the tour of the home. I fingered it was a slotted time to get within the 8,000 acres. That being said we arrived 30 minutes prior to our reservation and headed to Will Call. Because our time slot was 9:30am, we managed to get in, grab our tickets and find parking in LOT A. Even though we planned a head and arrived early we still didn't manage to get to the Biltmore Home by 9:30 ( closer to 9:45am). The tickets are good for thirty minutes around your time slot thankfully but its worth mentioning GO EARLY. Give yourself time to park and get through traffic! This place fills up so quickly. 
I took so many pictures while in the Biltmore but have decided to hold off on posting them. You pay a pretty good sum of money to visit, with that being said I think it's worth it if you see the rooms for yourself! 
When I say rooms, I mean ROOMS! George Vanderbilt's has a whooping 250 room home to take in. Including a indoor pool, bowling alley, several food pantries, statues and an elegant library I wish I could take home with me!
Since we were running a bit behind when heading to the Biltmore, I was unable to grab a ton of pictures before crowds entered. I did manage to grab this panoramic shot. It is so stunning words just escape me.
Spring Blooms at the Biltmore. I know many people flock to the Biltmore at Christmas time but I have to say the gardens are where it's at! 
Call me crazy but the tulip walls, Orchid collection and luscious designs by Fredrick Law Olmstead are were I spent the most time! 
Our son enjoyed the greenhouses. Not because of the flowers or plants but rather the railroads that are woven throughout. 
You will find the buildings constructed by the railroads made with materials found on the Biltmore grounds. A mix of creativity, artistry and garden symmetry. Just outside the Conservatory they have a food area. Their lemonade is AMAZING, get yourself some!!
We spent a full day exploring, walking, touring and taking pictures. Ate lunch in the open courtyard by the Biltmore entrance. This is were you will find restrooms, gift shops and some nice shaded areas if you need to escape the hot temperatures. 
I should also state while they have it posted EVERYWHERE you can't bring food, drinks or bags within the Biltmore. They only allow clear bags! So many people did not heed the large sign warnings so I wanted to mention this again. They do stop and check you and make you place your items in a clear bag. I simply carried my camera around my neck and left my wallet in my car. Once we were done touring I went to the car and grabbed my bags again. They do have some lockers you can use but those also fill up pretty quickly. I guess this goes hand in hand with be early, be prepared and plan ahead! 
Spring Blooms at the Biltmore
Have you ever visited the Biltmore Estate?
When do you prefer to Visit the Biltmore??
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April 20, 2021

Gain Confidence in High-Quality Clothing

Feeling confident in what you wear is important. Not only do you need to make sure your clothes are comfortable, but you’ll also need to make sure you feel good while wearing them. I am excited to see events start to open safely back up. Time to shop the Festival Outfits department! 
If you thought that dressing in high-quality clothing was expensive, it doesn’t have to be.
Take measurements, try different outfits on, and get a feel for which colors suit you best. Like slapping on a Femme Luxe Co. Bodycon
Midi Dress for example. Everyone should own one for the Summer time! Don’t hesitate to step out of the box and try new garments that you wouldn’t normally wear. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to fall in love with fashion while becoming more confident in your outfit choices. I never thought a Milkmaid Top would be flatter for instance and I was completely wrong.
How to feel more confident when wearing new clothes:

● Pair an Femme Luxe Co oversized button-up pocket shacket with a cropped tank top and high-waisted pants. The casual outfit looks great on women of all sizes. I worse this particular number (pictured above) to our local "Nailed it" competition and WON!! Just a group of the girls getting together to decorate cakes while spilling the latest tea!
● Try a Femme Luxe Co cropped denim jacket with a cropped t-shirt and high-waisted joggers for a relaxed and comfortable look and feel.

● Wear a Femme Luxe Co ribbed v-front top in a light color, such as pink, with just about any bottoms. Such a classic top can get paired with joggers, leggings, and even denim. You might even want to wear the ribbed t-shirt with the cropped denim jacket to complete the look.
● Keep it cozy and simple in a black Femme Luxe Co Grey Loungewear or the CoOrd Sets. The matching top and bottoms will keep you warm on a chilly morning while you go out for a jog or brisk walk. I like to wear this when we go out hiking. The weather here goes from 60 degrees just yesterday to 2-4 inches of snow today.

Believe it or not, it’s possible to find high-quality clothes at decent prices that are trendy and comfortable. Which clothes do you think you’d like most?

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