FELS-NAPTHA Laundry Bar & Stain Remover & GIVEAWAY!

I was sent this product for review, however all opinions are my own. 

I received this product on behalf of Purex and I am so excited to share it with you all today! 
“Fels-Naptha is a laundry bar that works overtime to remove your toughest stains. Whether it is dirt, grease, or a ring-around-the-collar, a bar of Purex Fels-Naptha can clean up the mess.”

When I first received this package in the mail, I was instantly taken over with the aroma from the laundry bar. I knew if I could smell it through the package, this laundry bar meant business! 

A few weekends ago for my bridal shower I had purchased new white shoes. Good idea, minus the fact that it was outdoors and I got mud on them. Depressing, huh? So what do I naturally try to do? Rub it off with a paper towel. No luck. 

When I got home,  I remembered the package I had gotten before I left and I figured I would give this laundry bar a try.   
I followed the directions that said “1. Wet stain, the run with bar 2. Wait 1 minute and wash as normal”

I wet the areas where there was mud, rubbed the bar on, and waited. However, this is where I got nervous. The bar left a yellow residue on the stain and I thought it was going to leave yellow marks on my cute new shoes. 

ALAS! I waited a minute and rubbed off the laundry bar. The stains were gone! How awesome is that?! The mud wasn’t there any more! 

This is a very heavy scented laundry bar which I’m not sure if I love that or not yet. I want to try to shred this down and use it in a homemade laundry detergent. Would anyone be interested in seeing that? Let me know in the comments below! 

Now who doesn’t love free coupons?!
Purex has also sent me coupons for some of YOU to try this laundry bar for FREE! 
Just enter the giveaway below!  (There will be 3 winners)

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We are homeowners, wait what?!

If this is the only social networking site you follow me on, well…get with the program and follow me on Facebook and Instagram. 😉 
As of tuesday, WE ARE HOMEOWNERS! Crazy, right?!
Do you remember the post about becoming a stay at home mom? Well part of that is that we knew we were going to be moving. Actually, since the end of August when we put our offer in on the home we now own. I know, I know…i’m sorry for keeping the secret for so long! I just didn’t want something to fall through and then we didn’t have a house and I would have to explain everything and so forth and so on. So nonetheless, here’s our announcement, WE HAVE THE HOUSE! Can you tell i’m excited?

The week M told me to quit my job was also the week we decided we hated where we were living (okay, maybe just me hating it) and making this move would benefit us in every aspect of our life. 
A fun little recap of our buying experience? We placed our offer at the end of August. We thought this was going to be a quick process hoping that no one else was placing offers on the house. (And let’s be honest, that was a far off chance that someone was, even though our realtor told us there was.) Moving forward and QUEUE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN! Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal other than the fact that it affected our GOVERNMENT LOAN. Annoying, right?
After the lovely two(ish) weeks of waiting this out, it turned out our loan wasn’t going to work after all. Did I mention we had already packed up our things, put stuff in storage, and moved in with my future in-laws? Lucky for me, my in-laws are amazing and home cooked meals are always a plus. 

Back to our loan…we quickly changed things around, fixed our loan, and got things rolling again. I felt like every week we would hear “we will know more next week.” It was killing me. Finally on Monday, M went a signed the papers we needed to get signed, and Tuesday the house was all OURS! 
Everyone keeps asking “omg I wanna see pictures!” I get it people, you want to stalk me. 😉 Hahaha. 
I kid, I kid! But in all honesty, we bought a fixer upper. It’s not your cookie cutter home. It isn’t in a development and we aren’t picking out which light fixtures or upgrades we want added to our layout. We wanted a house with character, we wanted a house we could work on, we wanted a house we could truly make our own HOME. 

Over the next months, I will be posting our journey of home renovations and DIY projects. Y’all just WAIT until you see the awesome before and after pictures that are about to swarm my blog! We are both so excited for this next chapter! Having a home is a huge step and I seriously can’t believe we have been so blessed with such an amazing life together! Here’s to the next part of our adventure! Cheers! 

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Eat Smart Soup!

I was sent this product for review purposes. All opinions are my own and I was not influenced in any way. 

You know those quick and ‘easy-to-make’ meals? Let’s be honest, some days those are my favorite. The soups from Smart Soup have helped me accomplish that on more than one occasion lately. Although we are not gluten free eaters, these soups are gluten free and I know that appeals to a lot of lifestyles these days. They have seven awesome flavors and I can’t wait to try all seven. So far we have tried, Santa Fe Corn Chowder and French Lentil. These soups can be cooked one of two ways, on the stove or in the microwave. I have tried each way and I think microwaving works the best. The boxes contain two frozen pouches and I love that for portion control. If you only want to serve one person, you don’t have to make a whole thing of soup and store the rest, you just pull out one bag. How awesome is that?! 
With the Corn Chowder I just mixed up some corn bread and served it with that. Ironic, eh? (Did I mention this company is based out of Canada?) 
With the French Lentil soup I paired it with a grilled cheese sandwich and it was delicious. I don’t know why I was expecting these to taste like “healthy” soups because they were gluten free, but I really enjoyed them. Each of the soups i’ve tried has had a lot of flavor and like I said before, I can’t wait to try the rest! I am most excited about Greek Minestrone and Moroccan Chick Pea! 
Have any of you tried Smart Soups before? 

This was the French Lentil soup with Grilled Cheese. I forgot to take a picture of the box. Oops. 


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The biggest blonde moment of my life

I am praying I am not the only human to have done this. You know those things that happen and you are just uncontrollably laughing at how….stupid you are? Welcome to the biggest blonde moment of my entire life.
Wedding planning is fun, right? 
All the lovely pictures you put on Pinterest going into action, right?! 
Unless you’re me, and you realize how poor you are and that your Pinterest board is a far off pigment of your imagination. Nonetheless, wedding planning IS getting done around here! This is the time of the planning process where you pick out invitations and mail them out to all your amazing guests. Apparently you’re supposed to order a million “sample” invitations and decide what ones you like. How many “samples” did I order? Oh you know, none. And apparently you’re supposed to hire a calligrapher. In the wise words of my soon to be husband, “you only hire those if you’re rich”. Touché future husband, touché. None the less, I found some wedding invitations online that I loved. And how did I decide which ones to pick do you ask? The coupon code they sent me! Okay, just kidding. (Kind of) 
Really though, the invitations we ordered are perfect in every way and I LOVE them. 
Now for the good part? Here I am in my head: “So we have 135 people on the guest list, so order a few more than that…so the option for 144 invitations would be enough.”….enough was an understatement. 
Silly little me didn’t take into account that 135 people included couples and families and invitations that were being sent to the SAME ADDRESS. Moral of the story? I ordered about 3/4 too many invitations. The upside? I still LOVE the invitations and we got an AWESOME deal on them! 

Okay okay, you can all laugh at me now. Because let’s be honest, i’m still dying laughing at my stupidity. HAHAHA. 
Am I the only person who has ever done this?! I really really hope not. 
So uh….if anyone wants a wedding invitation for you know….scrapbooking….or fire starter…or whatever, hit a girl up. 😉 

Our invitations we’re sending out

The amount of invitations we have left over
Thank you for reading along in my absolutely stupidity. Feel free to judge me at any time. Hahaha. 
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5 Foods I Loathe

You know those foods that just make you cringe? Step into my world of absolute disgust as I tell you about the top five foods on this planet that I can not stand. 

1. Mayo
You know that episode of Honey Boo Boo where she licks the spoon of mayo? Ya, I almost threw up. I’m not afraid of it like Mama June, but I do hate it. Something about that white spread just makes me quiver. Can you blame a girl?

2. Jello
Jello is a consistency issue for me and I just do NOT like it. Something about the slimy, block like sugar substance just doesn’t fancy my tastebuds. 

3. Tuna
Tuna is probably the worst smelling stuff on this entire planet. Why? I’m not sure. But I would be a happy camper if I never smelt it again in my life time. Another problem with tuna? The majority of time people eat it, they mix it with mayo. Refer to answer one and you will find my dilemma.

4. Chili Cheese Fritos
A terrible combination at its finest. 

5. Celery
The funny thing about my hate for celery? I love the smell of it. If i’m ever cooking with it, or giving it to someone as a snack, I absolutely love the smell of it. If you’re one of those people who is going to tell me “celery doesn’t have a taste”, you can put a cork in it. IT DOES HAVE A TASTE AND IT IS TERRIBLE! Not only is it terrible, I feel like the taste of celery lingers in my mouth for WEEKS after i’ve eaten it and i’m constantly reminded of how terrible it is! 

There’s my fun food rant of the day for you! 
Which foods do you hate?
Do like or dislike the foods on my list?!

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Bridal Shower Galore!

How lucky am I to have had TWO amazing bridal showers?! My family threw M and I one in Ohio, and then we had an all girls one here in Arizona. 
Our shower in Ohio was awesome because M got to meet so much of my family. And my favorite part? The amazing cake my dad and his wife had ordered for the party. It was DELICIOUS! 

My sister made all the banner decorations at this party as well as the centerpieces and they were absolutely perfect! 

The next party was thrown by two of my bridesmaids. It was at the cutest restaurant and the set up was absolutely adorable. I would describe it as an “american tea party” type of place. The food was delicious and the service was amazing! 

How cute is this bag?! I call it the “Honeymoon Swag Bag”. It had every essential one would need for a honeymoon trip to Mexico! This was a gift from two of my bridesmaids and I think it is perfect! If you are ever wondering what to get a bride, I would recommend something like this! It came with sandals, a swim suit, a ‘just married’ tank top, swimsuit cover-up, a book, sunglasses, sunscreen, aloe vera, lotion, and other things I will absolutely be using!

I LOVED both my showers and I can’t thank everyone enough who contributed to them! M and I are so thankful for the family we have and how gracious everyone has been! Thank you again to everyone who came to each of these parties! We appreciate you all so so much! 

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College Starter Pack Giveaway!

Who wants to win some sweet bedding?! Myself and some other awesome ladies are here to bring you this giveaway! Enter via the Rafflecopter form below and GOOD LUCK! 🙂 
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 Enter to win the amazing college Started Pack show in the above image. The Starter Pack includes:

  • 2 extra-long fitted sheets
  • 2 extra-long flat sheets
  • 2 standard pillow cases
  • 1 extra-fluffy pillow
  • 1 extra-long reversible comforter
  • 1 extra-long quilted mattress pad
  • 2 all-cotton bath towels
  • 2 matching cotton hand towels
  • 2 matching cotton wash cloths
  • 1 extra-long thermal cotton blanket
  • 1 bedside buddy

Giveaway is open to US residents, and will start 11/13 running for 2 weeks. Please see terms and conditions on the Rafflecopter form above for more information. 
Thank you and Good Luck Everyone!! 
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Homemade Pizza!

Let’s talk about how heavenly pizza is. The possibilities for pizza are endless and that’s why I would put pizza on my list of ‘Top 5 Favorite Foods’. Even better than just regular pizza? Making “homemade” pizza. Not only is it fun to do, but I love the different combinations you can come up with. Making pizzas are incredibly easy and also a great thing for kids to take part in! Last night I made two kinds; Pesto Spinach Artichoke and Buffalo BBQ Chicken.


Pesto Artichoke Spinach Pizza
-One crust
-Parmesan cheese
-Pesto (I used store bought but you could use homemade if you like it better)

Buffalo BBQ Chicken Pizza
-One crust
-Fully cooked shredded chicken.
-Buffalo sauce
-BBQ sauce
-Pizza cheese

For the Pesto Artichoke Spinach pizza I lightly brushed the crust with olive oil. Then I spread an even amount of pesto on the crust, followed by a few handfuls of spinach, artichokes, and a few handfuls of parmesan cheese. It’s as simple as that people! 

Next I did the Buffalo Chicken Pizza. I had leftover buffalo chicken from appetizers I made the night before. However, it doesn’t take much to make the chicken. Cook up the chicken, shred it, and toss it in buffalo sauce. There you have it. For this pizza, I also brushed the crust with olive oil. I then spread BBQ sauce on the crusted, spread the buffalo chicken around evenly, and topped it off with a few handfuls of cheese. 

I baked each of these in the oven at 425 degrees for about 10 mins. 10 MINS PEOPLE! 

I promise you all, there is no easier dinner! And the best part? It’s about what YOU like! Don’t like spinach? Don’t use it. Want less cheese? By all means don’t use so much cheese!!

Do you like homemade pizza?
What’s your favorite combination?

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5 Current Goals

Goals. Everyone has them. Quite frankly, mine probably aren’t much different from anyone else’s I know. However, they’re the goals I am trying to achieve right now. I think having goals are important because it keeps you striving for something to better yourself or others. Without further ado, my current goals. 

1. Exercise more. Or at all. I ran today for the first time in just about forever. I know you are all expecting me to say “IT FELT AWESOME!” or “It was totally worth it!” But you know what? It kind of sucked. A lot. It took everything in me to reach my goal of running/walking one mile. But I did it. And like M told me, “It will just be that much easier tomorrow”. He’s right. Tomorrow will be a better day at the run and each day is a new day for new running/exercising goals. I’m not concerned with losing weight exactly, although that would be awesome, I just wanted to be healthier and more in shape! 

2. Eat better. Who doesn’t want this in their life? There’s always room for improvement. In my case? A lot of improvement. I love ice cream, popcorn, snacking on candy, and eating really bad for me foods. The next few weeks I am going to try really watching what i’m eating and also what i’m cooking for my family. 

3. Try to cut dairy out. A few years ago I became allergic to dairy. Don’t tell me “wow that sucks”,I KNOW IT DOES!!! I don’t think i’ll ever be able to fully cut dairy out, but I am taking baby steps to do what I can do quit eating it in every single thing I eat. Because lets be honest, being sick every day is becoming really, REALLY old. 

4. Not stress about the wedding. Dream big, right? Just kidding. I just don’t want to become bridezilla in the next two months and be the girl everyone hates. I’m trying to stay calm while still getting things done. It’s possible, right?

5. Swoon my handsome. With the wedding coming so soon and a million other things taking place right now, I want to make a serious effort to keep things exciting with M and I. Seems silly, but hey, it is a goal. (PS, I LOVE YOU BABE!)

I feel like writing down goals helps you stay accountable a little easier. Also, posting it on the internet gives you crazy people who read my blog permission to kick my butt about any of the above listed goals. 😉 

Do you have current goals?
How do you stay on track?

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How many of you are addicted to the Target clearance end caps? Come on, raise your hand! NO SHAME HERE, PEOPLE! If you’re not raising your hand, I question your existence, or commitment to Target. If you thought to yourself “I don’t even look at the clearance racks”, well my friend, you are a better human than I. 

I am a person who uses coupons. I like finding deals, saving money, etc. When people ask me about my couponing, I literally get every excuse as to why they don’t do it. “There’s no coupons for what I want. It takes too much time. I don’t get it.” Etc, etc, etc. Well people, did you ever take into account that you truly don’t need coupons to save money?! I present to you, Target Clearance Finds. 

I feel like more and more lately, Target has more than half their store on clearance. But hey, i’m not complaining! I picked up some grass seed and plant food, leggings, tons of scrapbooking things, party supplies, a halloween costume I am going to use as a christmas present for baby girl, and a halloween baking book. Retail value? $100. What did I pay? $40! I saved SIXTY dollars, people! 

I also really like Targets clearance items because they have the percentage you’re getting off marked on the actual sticker. I love shopping at Target because I feel I can get my “retail therapy” out of the way without breaking the bank! 

Do you shop Target clearance items?
What has been your best find?

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