My Favorite Go-To Relaxing Activity

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Since I was little jigsaw puzzles were my go to activity, I was an only child for many years, never having a partner to play board games,  puzzles were a way I could occupy my self during the long winter and rainy days. My shelves were stacked full of puzzles, I’d redo my jigsaw puzzles dozens of times in a day, even turning them upside down to make for more of a challenge.

 Fast forward to today and there are Jigsaw Puzzles at our fingertips, now I simply adjustable the time clock setting to give more of a challenging experience.

This is still my go-to activity, but I no longer have to camp-out at the dining room table, having the ability to take them on the go, I don’t stress out when it dinner time if my puzzle isn’t finished.

I especially like the ability to add more pieces and play up to 1024 puzzle pieces on our tablet and 400 puzzle pieces on the phone.

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Over 20,000 puzzles to choose from, you can customize the game-board by choosing from dozens of free backgrounds and if you’re like me and like listening to music while playing solo. RFU Jigsaw Puzzle App 06

Starting my mornings off with a walk to the bay,  watching the sunrise, listen to the pelicans and of course a Jigsaw Puzzle to get my mind going.

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Afternoons can be waiting for a client at the local coffee house or unwinding on the sofa with my favorite bunny.RFU Jigsaw Puzzle App 08

Jigsaw Puzzle is great for puzzler players of all ages and possibly an inquisitive bunny! Offering over 10,000 eye-catching HD puzzles, Jigsaw Puzzle is currently the most searched jigsaw puzzle app on the App Store, also available on Google Play as well as the Amazon Kindle Fire. RFU Jigsaw Puzzle App 01Why is it that Grocery store lines are so long? I usually skim though the latest magazines at the register to ward off boredom, but the Jigsaw Puzzle app is way more fulfilling and keeps my stress level down to finish off the day on a good note.

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Fall puzzles are currently available and so pretty! If you’re looking forward to the beautiful colors of the season as much as me, it will put you in the mood for warm apple cider and pumpkin pie!

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A great way to stimulate your brain and stay sharp!

 

Click the below to watch a short video showing us using the Jigsaw Puzzle App.

Youtube Video Here

Smelly car? Fix, Vent Clips from Refresh Your Car®! GIVEAWAY!

This post is sponsored by Refresh Your Car®! but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

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Whether it’s attack of the smelly feet from the back seat during a pit stop or taking our three favorite furry friends to the vet, so we can keep enjoying are road trips together Refresh Air Vent Clips Fresh Strawberry & Cool Lemonade sweetens the ride! and brightens up even the longest of road trips.

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DIY: Pool Noodle Race Car Track

It’s Wednesday my favorite day of the week, when I was little it was the day my Dad took us for pizza when my Mom was at work, sometimes I still fell like a kid especially when were in the backyard holding matchbox derbies, we’re so excited to  show you our latest summer fun project, we actually it can be used all year round and is great indoors too!

Start your engines!

Now I saw this done with marbles, the noodle was a much small diameter, so when I saw the giant noodle on sale at the grocery store we snagged the last one!

My new obsession other than drilling holes in toys is matchbox cars, wait till I show you are flying ones!

But that will have to wait for another week since their just so so cool they deserve their own DIY post.

  1. Buy an extra large diameter foam pool noodle, I got mine 1/2 price at the super market ($1.50)
  2. cut the noodle in half with a serrated knife (one side than the other side or electric knife you can cut straight through both sides)
  3. once the noodle is in two pieces lay them on the ground side by side
  4. insert toothpicks where the two halves of the foam noodles touch each other
  5. use as many toothpicks as need to hold the noodle tracks tight together
  6. then with a need nose pliers clip the ends of the tooth picks flush to the noodle

 Now you’re ready to decorate your track

Using cardstock at toothpicks I created small flags for along the sides of the track

 Again with cardstock cut to size I stamped Start and Finish then I cut wooden or bamboo skewers down to size leaving the pointed end exposed (makes it easier to insert into the foam) I then used fast drying Aleene’s Tacky glue I glued the two pieces of cardstock together with the cut ends of the wooden skewers sandwiched in between and we were ready to race!

Finally just prop the track up on a chair, table, bed, pretty much anything, the higher the prop the faster the cars go.

 17 is my lucky number, guess who won?

I don’t bet on the races but it wouldn’t have hurt this time.

This DIY project rates low on the skill level scale, it was very easy and I came out looking like Super Mom!

Hair That Goes from Day to Night Effortlessly with TRESemmé

Spring has sprung, flowers are in bloom, there’s a gently warm bay breeze and of course the humidity is at 96%, long hair can be hard to keep up with this time of year.
I need something that can hold my long hair, and three teen age daughter with their trendy hairstyles, and still let’s our hair move in the breeze. Thanks to NEW TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray, a day at the beach won’t have us looking wind blown and running back home to re-style before dinner.
Introducing the revolutionary TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray, the newest innovation in styling from TRESemmé. Whether you are looking for a date night look or everyday style, these hairsprays keep any look intact that’s full of life and movement.
Our local Walmart had a great display to chose from, TRESemme BOOST 3 was a perfect fit, gives an all-day hold for our brushable styles and it’s humidity resistant!

What’s yours?

First Make-Up Essentials for Teens with Neutrogena

New year, new skin challenges so it’s time for a beauty reset. This is one of the coldest winters on record and our skin is starting to show it. Neutrogena® SkinClearing and HydroBoost Cosmetics are here to stay! While they help cover up imperfections, and with 3teens girls these products are a main part of our new morning routine, lucky for us we also three bath rooms to easy the rush out the door. 
 We don’t over do it, a more natural look suits us just fine, a lit goes a long way.
We were able to find just the right shade of Skin Clearing Makeup Blemish Treatment and Blemish Concealer for each of my three teens, each with their own number, and one was just perfect for even my my overly sun damaged skin.


New Year, New You!

Winning Game Day Recipe: Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Bites

 

Growing up game day was a big deal, from the food to spending time with family. Every Sunday during football season we’d head over to my Grandmother’s house, home games were so much fun! She lived so close, I could hear the roar of the crowd cheering in the stands. Now that we live in another part of the country where football is even bigger and the food takes on a more coastal flavor, I still get excited for Game day! The must have finger food every year is definitely the Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Bites!

 

 

 

I headed to the local Walmart and picked up our favorite Wright® Brand bacon for our favorite game day finger food, goes great with our Game Day spread, Cornbread, Chips, State Fair®Corn Dogs, Sweet Rolls and Green Bean Casserole. 

 

 

 

 

 

Spicy Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Bites Recipe 

Ingredients:

8 slices of Wright BrandDouble Smoked Bacon 

 

32 Medium Shrimp (deveined, no tails)
Sriracha Sauce (or any hot sauce)
Melted Butter
French Bread or
Crackers for serving (Optional)

Cooking Directions:
 
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F

 

Cook the Bacon on a baking sheet half way (about 8-10 minutes)

 

Add Hot Sauce (I prefer Sriracha Sauce) to the thawed Medium Shrimp in a bowl and chill 10 minutes

 

Cut Bacon Slices in Half on a diagonal

 

Wrap 1-2 pieces shrimp with 1/2 slice of bacon, securing with a toothpick. Be sure and use 2 medium or 1 large shrimp–the cooking time for the shrimp and the bacon is similar

 

Line a metal pan with parchment paper, place the bacon wrapped shrimp back in the 425 degree oven, cook 12-14 minutes, place on thinly cut French bread rounds, drizzle with hot sauce and butter, cook an additional 3 minutes at 350 degrees F.

 

Let sit for 3-5 minutes and serve.

Start your ultimate Game Day off right, go to Walmart and purchase Tyson products for your game winning recipe to add to your festivities.

 

 

 

Mississippi’s City with Soul, Jackson

Our family loves to travel, but with a menagerie of pets we have to limit our adventures to day-tripping around. We enjoy sightseeing, visiting art museum, music festivals, and we’re big on history!
Jackson, Mississippi met all our criteria and them some. Known as the City with Soul, Jackson has tons of amazing history and has everything from arts to the music scene, museum and culinary arts!
All we pack in a cooler of drink for the ride, so we have a big appetite to sample all the local food.
Jackson has such a mix of culture and the architecture, it’s a real gem of the south and lucky for us we can visit again and again. Next time it won’t be on Christmas Eve and we can explore the many museums. Jackson’s Museum of Natural Science with it’s 2 headed snake is first on our list.
The Mississippi State Capitol Building is just amazing!

Remember to big a camera, from the buildings to the birds, there’s something to capture around every turn.
Jackson has wonderful videos showing what this great city has to offer and to get started on planning your future visit! HERE

Click to watch the Visit Jackson docu-series: