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LED Strip

These LED strips are the coolest thing I have ever bought.  It comes in a spool and you can cut the strip to fit whatever length you need.  It comes with a remote control so you can make the strip change colors more or less often, keep it on one color, or have it flash different colors.  The LED is very bright and would be great for parties.  We put ours on our patio for parties since they are also waterproof.  They are easy to hang since it just uses 3M tape.  They are easy to remove and add more strips to them as well.  These LED strips would be great for bars, kids rooms, parties, pools, anywhere you want to add a little fun.  I highly recommend them!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01L1OROYS/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Wildlife Camera

This wildlife camera is perfect for what I needed it for.  I live in the country and wanted to see what kind of animals are in our backyard.  It only turns on when it senses movement, and then it takes pictures or videos.  The screen is very clear and it was very easy to set up.

I was impressed at how user friendly the camera was.  It took me about 5 minutes to figure it out.  It comes with a strap so you  can easily attach it to a tree, post, or anything really.  The camera is of high quality and made very well.  It has two hinges on the side to keep any weather elements out.  I had it outside when it was raining and it stayed nice and dry.

You can use it for a security camera since it is motion activated or for wildlife.  I like that it has color photos for day pictures and black & white photos for at nighttime.  I highly recommend this camera, it is definitely worth the money.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JHT00PY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Dixie Stampede

My two children were on Spring Break last week and we took a little road trip out to Branson, Missouri to see the sights.  We had the absolute pleasure of attending Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede dinner extraction.  It was quite an experience, one that will never be forgotten.

Dixie Stampede is an unbelievable dinner show which includes horses, buffalo, dogs, and more.  It is a friendly rivalry between the North and the South with history, trick riding, special effects, and LOTS of fun!  Not to mention the full plate of food that is absolutely mouth watering delicious.

We arrived around 3:30 and picked up our tickets which we had already reserved.  This is a must see attraction that usually sells out, so I would definitely plan ahead and buy your tickets ahead of time.  We were instructed to come back no later than 4:15 for the preshow.  In the meantime we walked around the stables to see more than thirty beautiful horses.

The kids loved reading each horse’s name, their favorite was “Star.”

We entered at 4:15 and stood in line for a few minutes.  A professional photographer took a picture of our family, which was then imposed upon different backdrops and then we were able to purchase them.  The prices were very reasonable and the pictures were beautiful.  We then entered the Carriage Room for the Opening Act.

We could sit either at the main level or go upstairs.  The kids of course wanted to go up.  The bar was open to purchase drinks and snacks including popcorn.  The Opening Act changes, but for us was a trio of brothers who sang amazing Bluegrass music.

They really got the crowd involved and we truly enjoyed the 50 minute show.  The dinner bell then rang and we walked into the next room.

My family was in awe when we entered the 35,000 square foot arena.  There was a real waterfall and pond, as well as seats all around.  I honestly don’t thing there was a bad seat in the house.  We found our assigned seats, which happened to be on the South side and were immediately asked what we would like to drink.

All drinks and food were included in the ticket price.  Children 3 and under were free if they sat on an adult’s lap.  The show began minutes later, and we were absolutely blown away.

Thirty-two horses came galloping out in the arena and were introduced as either being on the North or the South side.  We cheered for the South since that was where our seats were.  The show lasted over an hour.

In the beginning they gave some history about what life was like back then with real covered wagons, buffalo, and “belles of the ball” singing.

The second half of the show was dedicated to competition between the North and the South.  This included trick riding, pig races, dog races, lumberjack competitions, and help from the audience.  The finale was phenomenal.  It was all about being patriotic and the love for our country.  My 3 year old and 7 year old could not keep their eyes off of the show.  For me, it flew by.  It is definitely a must see show.

While the show was going on, you are served a 4-course dinner that does not include any silverware.  It begins with a delicious bowl of soup that you must drink since you have no spoon.  Then you are served a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory smoked barbecued pork loin, corn on the cob, a biscuit, and a potato.

It was so much food I could barely finish half.  They do offer to go containers for anything you do not finish.  Dessert was an apple turnover that was to die for.  The food was absolutely delicious.

I cannot say enough great things about the Dixie Stampede.  Not only was the show jaw-dropping spectacular, but the food was incredible, and the service was great.  Both of my kids have asked every single day if we can go back to the Dixie Stampede, they had so much fun.  We will definitely go back.  It is well worth it!

Branson, MO

 

Abask Dust Buster

I absolutely love the Abask handheld vacuum. VERY easy to assemble, and lasts for over 10 minutes without recharging. It comes with different attachments to get in crevices, go on carpeting, use on tile, etc.

I was pleasantly surprised it came with enough attachments so I could stand and vacuum. Most handheld cordless vacuums do not have this option. I was able to vacuum three tile bathroom floors, my large tile laundry room, and my carpeted steps and it did not even start to slow down. It comes with a bag to hold all of the attachments, which I love, and a hook so I can hang it. It’s easy to clean, easy to use, and best of all it has great suction. I HIGHLY recommend this handheld vacuum. I had a few questions for the company, and they were very quick to respond as well. Great customer service.

https://www.amazon.com/Abask-Household-Ni-CD2200MA-Accessories-Rechargeable/dp/B01N1KJ314/ref=cm_rdp_product

Home & Garden Devotions

I absolutely love reading the Bible and Christian stories, but honestly I never take the time to sit down and actually read.  I start, and then I start thinking about all of the other things in my life I should be doing, or I fall asleep since they really relax me.  I figured this book would be great for me since it’s one page a day.

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Each day of the year has a short story that is easy to relate to.  It centers around home, family, gardening, and God.  At the end it closes with a short Bible verse.  I now look forward to reading my page a day and really focusing on what it’s saying to me.  I highly suggest this devotional for people who are short on time, but need their daily dose of God.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

Life-Changing Magic

IMG_1371Most journals I have used have been blank.  I usually pick ones out that have a pretty cover, or easy to write in pages.  This journal is much different from others I have used.  On every few pages there is a quote that really makes you think about your life and the direction you are headed.  For example, one page says, “Look more closely at what is there.”  I wish there was a quote on each page or every other page, but it’s a nice feature to have.

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Another neat aspect of this journal is each day is a page, and each day is broken up into three parts.  You write what year it is in each part.  So in reality, this journal should last three years.  I think what’s cool, is that next year, when I write in it, I can read what I wrote last year at that time.  It’s always nice to reminisce, and this journal makes that part easy.

If you are interested in learning more about the author, Marie Kondo you can read her Bio here:

http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/222813/marie-kondo/

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

One Step at a Time

I have gone the past few years living with a lot of anxiety and stress. Many people don’t think I should be stressed. I’m a Stay at Home Mom of two kids, my husband has a great job, we are close with our family, no financial hardships, sounds pretty good? Even I’m convinced. It wasn’t until I read this book, that I realized it’s not my fault I have anxiety. My brain is constantly going 240, and most of the time worrying, or thinking about negative things. Why? I have no clue. This book made me realize that I’m not alone, and that there are real ways to conquer these problems without medication. I refuse to take medication, so I was super excited to find out simple exercises to do to make me a more positive person.

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I have not changed over night, or even in a week, but I notice little things. For example, I’m more aware of when I’m getting angry over things I cannot control. When I start thinking negative thoughts, I realize it, and try to pull out a positive. One step at a time I am gaining my life back. The beginning of the book is a little complex with all of the science and psychology, but it’s very interesting and eye-opening.

http://danielamenmd.amenclinics.com/

“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”

If You Like Pina Coladas…

I went on vacation to an indoor waterpark the past few days. They made the best Pina Coladas ever.  I was craving one today so I whipped up a much healthier version.   I have to say it was absolutely delicious!

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Ingredients:

  • Handful of spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup of Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of pineapple
  • 1 tsp coconut extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
  • 1 cup water

Blend all together and enjoy!

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