Friday, November 17, 2017

One on Friday

I know I normally do five today and I had stuff to share but both Bobby and I thought it was necessary that I showcase just one today because it seriously is the one of the best things I have found and totally deserved it's own blog! 

BEST MASHED POTATOES I HAVE EVER HAD. And they aren't bad for you because she incorporates cauliflower. She has a whole line of the O, That's Good and I can't wait to try them all. They are healthier alternatives than the real thing without taking away the flavor. I am dead serious when I say BEST MASHED POTATOES! They are creamy beyond cream. Oh man. Bobby and I just stared at each other like "ummm are you eating what I'm eating..?" Go to the store and by them (they are in the refrigerated section of your grocery store). Hell......use them for Thanksgiving next week and NO ONE will know! Your secret is save. 

She has sides (mashed potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, three cheese pasta and creamy parmesan pasta) and she has soups (baked potato soup, creamy butternut squash soup, broccoli cheddar soup and creamy tomato basil soup). I have every intention of buying it all next shopping trip, included a cart full of those mashed potatoes. These aren't vegan but they are vegetarian which is totally for me!

Next week I will only be blogging Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and taking Thursday and Friday off for Thanksgiving. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Dear Diary,

On Monday of this week, a very special lady went to be with Jesus. My very dear sweet Margie Bates aka Bobby's grandmother aka Honey. She may have not been "my" grandmother by blood, but you best believe I claim her. 

What a women she was. She lived to be 95.....95 can you image? All the historical events she went through. The presidents. The changing of times. She witnessed it all. She was a strong opinionated women who I just adored. She always made me laugh with her honesty and always made sure to give me a kiss and hug when she saw me and when she left. I will miss her blue eye shadow and her crazy Christmas gifts. I will miss her eye rolls and how Brody won't get to know her like I have. 

You will forever be one of my favorite people. I will truly miss you and I am so glad you are not hurting anymore. That you are reunited with your man, that you have gotten to meet Aubrey and Benjamin and be there with them! I pray you know how loved you are and until I see you again...

Love, Me

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Today you would have been 3. 

Today you might have been helping plan your big princess bash or maybe you would have been into dinosaurs and tomboy. 

Today you would have gotten a call from your Aunt Dani telling you how much I love you and how much I love being your aunt. 

Today is your birthday and today I celebrate you. 

You met Jesus way to early in life in my opinion but if you are going to leave us for anyone, you picked the best one to go to. 

You will forever be loved little girl! 

On a side note, my book party is still going on if you would like to purchase some books for your kiddos for Christmas. Here is the ~link~. Thank you to those who participate last night. It was a lot of fun!! 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Book Party

What? An Usborne Online Book Party
When? Tuesday, November 14 @ 8:30 PM- Thursday, November 16 @ midnight (for only the online party part. The link is already open and will be for a little longer for those who forget or miss out). 
Where? Facebook and through this link provided

I am so excited about this. I am having an online book party and your all invited. It is super easy to do and don't worry if you can't make it to the live party. The link will be open for awhile for you to make your purchases. Christmas is right around the corner and what makes for the most perfect gift for all the kiddos in your life? BOOKS! And not just any books, the best books ever. I am so in love with this brand. They have so many to choose from and I have the best helper helping me on this. Her name is Andrea and she is the coordinator. She can help with any of your book needs. 

Out of all the books I have purchased or been given to Brody, Usborne has been on the top of his reading list. From his "That's Not My Puppy" to his sticker books. He loves them all. I have so many stashed away for rainy days and for Christmas already. 

Here's the scoop....if you would like to attend the live party, let me know and I can send you a personal invite to get added. Or even if you can't attend but want help in your selections, I will add you so Andrea can help you choose. Or if you don't have the time, but want to purchase books for Christmas, you can use this LINK. I will be including this link over the next couple of days to the blog for your convenience. 

I hope to see you all there! 

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Walking Dead Monday

Reviewing: TWD: Season 8: Episode 4: Some Guy

SPOILERS AHEAD. Some of the bullet points might give things away so please STOP reading now if you don't want to know anything. Also, they are in no particular order. 

Can we just take a minute for Shiva? I couldn't even watch the scene. Couldn't watch her sacrifice herself for her master. Ugh....tears over a fake tiger! But the feeling was so real and the love felt so real so I am not ashamed. 

Alright....let's get to it. 

  • Almost all of Ezekiel's people die. He gets shot in the leg in all the madness. Carol and Jerry are the only survivers besides E. Jerry ends up saving E after a Savior tries to kidnap him and Jerry chops the guy up with an ax. Carol is inside the building after the guns and after some quick moves and killing a few, she sees Jerry and E in trouble. She ends up helping them but in return has to leave the guns behind. 
  • Now we know where all the guns Rick and Daryl have been looking for are. Where Ezekiel and his people get blasted at. 
  • Just when you think the saviors are getting away with the guns, the dynamic duo shows up and an awesome car chase gives way. R and D end up getting the guns in the end. 
  • Carol, Jerry and E have to escape on foot but because the king the shot, he slows them down. Jerry keeps calling him 'the king' and he finally screams at Jerry that he is no king, he is just some guy and he says it without his accent. He wants them to leave him because they are getting chased by the nastiest zombies but that's when Shiva springs in. She takes out a lot of them but not enough and they take her out. 
  • After C, J and E manage to return to the kingdom, no one has any speeches. No one says a word. E is defeated because all his people are dead and the thing he loved the most is gone. When his people try to greet him, he just walks past. 

Thoughts along the way:

  • Finally TWD is back. It was fast paced and full of life. Not boring or speech after speech after speech. 
  • You could actually follow along to this episode. It wasn't confusing nor jumbled like the others have been this season. 
  • In my heart of hearts, I don't thank a massive size tiger could not get away. She's manage to survive this long...seemed like maybe they didn't want the CGI bill anymore to create her but oh well. 
  • Again no Negan but this episode I didn't miss him. It was jammed pack but I do hope we find out soon what the hell is going on with him. 

Where does it go now?
  • Ezekiel is a changed man so if I had to guess, he might come clean to the rest of his people like he did Jerry. 
  • Now that Rick and Daryl got the guns, they really do have the advantage now. I just don't know how many more Saviors there are and how they all get back to Negan. 

Feel free to leave your comments, thoughts and or ideas on this episode or where you think it might go next. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Five on Friday

one. Purl Lamb
After I posted pictures of Brody this week in a green Dude two-piece outfit, I kept getting asked where it was from. It is from a company called Purl Lamb and I know you have heard me talking about them before. I LOVE everything she makes. I have multiple pieces from her and they fit great. Brody is a little over 3 feet tall, 32 pounds and a 2T fits him like a glove. I could get a 3T but it might be a tad baggy on him and he prefers his clothes tighter. Best thing is, they are having a SALE right now so it's the best time to buy.

It's here! Here new album dropped today and I can't wait to listen to it. When Brody goes down for a nap, I plan on putting on my headphones and listening to the whole thing. I absolutely love her and I know this one is going to be just as good as the others. 

three. Little Gym
This week at Little Gym, Brody received a medal for walking backwards on the beam. Of course he had help but he was so excited when he got one. I have met some of the most amazing moms because of Little Gym and I always highly recommend them to anyone. 

So I don't believe this is a new product but it was the first time for me trying it. It comes in a milk carton and you add hot water to it and let it sit for 12 minutes. Then you add some oil to a pan, dump the remaining water in the carton out and then add these to that oil and fry them pretty much. First off, this does take some time. It took me about 30 minutes including the 12 minute wait time for the water to soak in to the potatoes. But they were DELICIOUS. Brody even devoured them! I added a little salt and pepper while they were cooking. If you have the time in the morning, I highly recommend them. They come in Original, Cheesy and Black Pepper/Onion. 

five. Veterans Day
Tomorrow is Veterans Day so I just want to take the time to thank each and every person who has served for this country. I could never do what you did or continue to do. Your bravery alone is something we should feel honored by. I wish I could shake each and every persons hand and hear their stories. Thank You Thank You Thank You and God Bless each of you! For those who are Veterans (and I believe those who continue to serve), I found this website that is telling you of 50 different restaurants that are either offering free meals or discounts to you tomorrow (some start today). Click ~HERE~ for more info. 

Thursday, November 9, 2017


Dear Diary,

The CMA's were on last night and once again hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. I think Carrie had at least 10 different dresses, I lost count by the end of the night. Besides Garth Brooks getting Entertainer of the Year....there was only one thing that had me in tears. And it was Carrie singing "Softly and Tenderly" and dedicating it to the victims of the Las Vegas Shooting. There was not a dry eye in the house. Not only can the girl sing...but listening to her sing one of the most beautiful Christian songs at this time in our lives just moves me. I'm tearing up just thinking about it. Due to copy right laws, I am not able to load the video on my blog but I did find the full video ~HERE~ for you to go watch if you missed it or want to see it again. 

Thank you Carrie for reminding us of Jesus's love. Thank you for doing this for the victims. We will never forget. 

Love, Me