October 24, 2014

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Mary-Keith 
 http://marykeithp.blogspot.com/

Mary-Keith
My blog is probably considered a Lifestyle Blog. I talk about things that I find are true, and I don't sugar coat.
 I don't post how-tos because there is nothing in life I have mastered, accept how to take a nap in the middle of the afternoon. I mainly talk about my husband, my Faith in God, my family, 
and sometimes I talk about how bad I am at Yoga

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October 22, 2014

Holiday Toyland and OUR hot toy of the year!!

I hope you were able to make it to your Wal-Mart's ToyLand because it was really cool.  It was the first time we were able to attend this event and the kids LOVED it.  I actually loved that they were able to play with the toys hands on and I could see what they really liked and what they moved on from quickly.  Also, I saw how some of them worked.  The one that Sarah feel in love with was the Deluxe Light Up Flutterbye Fairy.  I could hardly pull her away to see any other toys and when I did that was the one she went back to.

We have a "normal" Flutterbye Fairy which was really cool and she loved but this new one is a rainbow light up one that was the first toy...and the second toy..she put on her list.  If your not familiar with the fairy it really is an amazing technology.  The Flutterbye fairy  can really fly and this new one lights up.  You plug her in on a small charging base.  The base is run with 6 AA batteries that are not included in the purchase so make sure to add that to your list of holiday batteries you will need. Press the button on her decorative base and she will magically lift off into fairy flight.  You guide her movement as she floats just inches over the palm of your hand if you raise your hand she will fly higher and if you lower your hand she will follow your lead.  The new Deluxe Light Up Flutterbye Fairies dress is surrounded by a colorful rainbow of lights.  She is just as adorable as you can imagine and will just capture the heart of any little girl. 

I loved the fact that at the Wal-Mart Holiday Toyland we were able to play around with the toys because I remember when we bought our first Flutterbye I for the life of me couldn't figure it out....sorry I guess all the new technology was over my head.   Since she loved it so much and there was a super large crowd of little girls playing with this doll I knew I needed to get it right away and not take the chance of it being gone.  So I when we were all done I took the kids home and then ran back to Wal-mart to buy it.  So glad that I did because it's all she talks about!! Now the hard part is hiding it from her and resisting the urge to not give it to her early!!

So did you make it to your nearest Wal-mart Holiday Toyland Event?  If so what toys did you kids love?  Is there something that your child is already talking about?


October 21, 2014

39th week of Wake Up Wednesday



               Welcome to the 39th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 


We are so excited to have you all party with us.
Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.
Last week we had  406 awesome linkups!   

 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time!

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The Easiest Princess Anna Inspired Cape

Ruffles And Rain Boots

Simple FROZEN Inspired Princess Anna Cape
This might come as a surprise to you, but it’s cold and rainy a lot here in Seattle in the fall and winter months. Newsflash, right? Anyway, it’s cold and rainy and fleece is cheap, so I am making some accessories for the munchkin’s dress up costumes. Whether trick-or-treating for Halloween or just traipsing about Disney (or the grocery) in the fall or winter, our happy-go-lucky little Princess Anna will be prepared with a caplet to accompany her Princess Anna dress up apron.


Chicken Bacon & Avocado Ranch Flatbread Pizza

I Thee Cook

Here is another super simple easy weeknight meal that your family will surely love. I have been on this easy dinner kick lately. Everyone loves pizza right? We only have one free weeknight in our house this school year so fast and easy dinner ideas are a must. I refuse to succumb to the drive through.  I just wont do it! 



Use what you already have.
Use colorful items as accents.
Add items from the great outdoors.
Use candles. Lots of candles.
Get creative and use different colors, textures and shapes.
Add a little silver or gold spray paint for some glam.
Vary heights and layer.


DIY Garden Tic Tac Toe Game
My boys LOVE playing Tic Tac Toe! Whenever my 8 year old gets a scrap of paper, it’s instantly filled with tic tac toe grids and he’s asking all of us if we want to play. On our road trip this past summer we came across a garden tic tac toe game at the Montana Zoo and I absolutely loved the idea and knew it was one DIY project that I had to make! It wasn’t too hard to make, either, but I didn’t have any motivation to work on the project once I bought the supplies until the weather finally started cooling down here in Phoenix so we could set up our garden tic tac toe game outdoors and try it out.



This Mama Loves

Kids and adults alike will gobble up these delicious and friendly Frankenstein frozen banana pops. A yummy after school treat or a sweet addition to your Halloween party.   They are so simple to put together that the kids can help from start to finish making it not only a great snack but a super fun activity to do together (you can also convince yourself that they are healthy since its fresh fruit).  If you want to lighten up this snack you can probably use yogurt in place of  white chocolate to coat your bananas. This recipe makes 8 small pops but can easily be doubled or tripled

A Scary Halloween

H and I took a little drive today to see the Halloween yard decor ......eek......I'm gonna have night mares tonight!   Who thinks I should have took a selfie with this guy!   


New Lil' Book Caddy

I found this little wooden caddy awhile back and painted it yellow.   I didn't like the results and decided to paint it a mint color.  I absolutely love this color right now and happened to score this quart for a dollar at Home Depot awhile back.  I actually would like to paint my daughter's room this color and accent her room with pink and yellow hues



How many times in your spiritual walk have you found yourself needing guidance or wish you had someone that you trust to talk about a problem you were having?  Over the last few years, I’ve become more intentional about reading and studying the Bible and I’ve became very interested in what it takes to be a Titus 2 and Proverbs 31 woman.


Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

It’s finally here, my favorite season of the year, Fall! I love the cooler temperatures and the changing colors of the leaves during this time, not to mention it’s football season..Yaay! 
And while everyone else is making everything pumpkin and apple right now, I’m off in another direction, marching to the beat of a different drummer, going towards….wait for it…..peanut butter! Ah yes, the creaminess and peanutty deliciousness of peanut butter. 


Nanaimo Bars, and Some Canada Love

  Last year I shared a recipe for my favourite cheesecake, from my favourite Victoria restaurant.  It is truly the best cheesecake I've ever eaten.  Just like these Nanaimo Bars are among the best bars I've ever had.  They've always been one of my favourite sweet treats, and coincidentally also come from Vancouver Island.  Nanaimo, obviously. 


West Coast Mama

holland-in-his-sling
Just eight days shy of his second birthday, Holland took a spill off of the couch and broke a bone.
We had spent one night in our new home, I was upstairs in the kitchen putting the kids dinner together, and I heard a thump and some crying. I had left both children on the couch, watching a television show, innocent enough. But toddlers are not predictable. In fact, they are quite the opposite.


Cocktail: Candy Corn Pain Killer

We were playing around with pumpkin puree making two different kinds of pumpkin cocktails and this one was AMAZING! We started off with the intentions of using rum (traditional Pain Killer ingredient), which was great but not something I would rave about. We had some candy corn infused vodka remaining and substituted the rum with the infused vodka, the end result was FALL heaven. I hope you enjoy this Candy Corn Pain Killer Cocktail!



DIY Photo Collage Letters

A few weekends ago was spent celebrating with my friend that will be moving away to San Diego.  So today I am sharing this personalized gift that a friend and I made for her.  We wanted to make something that represented SLC and also all the fun times we had together with our group of girlfriends.  So being that we live in Salt Lake City, we decided to get some wood blocks that say SLC and put a photo collage of all the fun times we had together in with the girls!


Valentia Even Glow Serum - 6
I tested the Valentia Even Glow Serum by applying the product to my freshly washed face (using my regular cleansing products) once a day at bedtime – without moisturizer – over a period of a few weeks so I could see if I noticed a difference in the appearance and texture of my skin.



a house tour & a love story

The Honeycomb Home

mirror over fire place
I have an amazing home tour to share with you today!  This house belongs to my husband’s cousin, Cindy.  Cindy was gracious enough to have my daughter and I over to photograph her home and share her story with us. I called this A House Tour and A Love Story because to Cindy and her husband, Gary, creating this home was a labor of love. Wait until you see what they did with the place with an eye for design & an ultimate DIY attitude!


Stone Cottage Sweet Tea

Stone Cottage Adventures
Everyone who drinks my sweet tea always says, "How do you make sweet tea?  I love this!"  Here is the recipe: 


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October 20, 2014

Have you ever heard of Align My Refills program??

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the 
American Pharmacists Association Foundation.

I remember as a child tagging along with my mother when we would go to my grandparents house to check in on them. I also remember the doctors appointments, the shopping and the constant trips to the pharmacy to refill prescriptions.  As a child I loved it, after all the pharmacist had a big jar full of lollipops.  We didn't grow up with much money so a free piece of candy was an awesome treat for me so the more we went the happier I was but now that I am older and my mother has become the senior those experiences take on a whole new life.  It's not as much fun going to the pharmacists over and over again...to the point that I know them and all the pharmacy technicians by name.  They see me in line an usually have already pulled her medication out they know me so well.

Maybe you would say that is just part of taking care of your parents which honestly I would agree.  I was the child and she took care of me when I couldn't and now it's simply my time to return the love. Yet the numerous trips to pick up medication is only the tip of the iceberg. The problem is when she runs out of medication and doesn't tell me or when she knows she is running late so she will skip a couple doses or cut pills in half so that way she thinks she is helping out. Not taking medicine as prescribed causes 125,000 deaths annually, and accounts for 10%-25% of hospital and nursing home admissions,  1/3 of patients who take regular medications miss doses because they run our before refilling their prescriptions.  

This became a big concern to me.  No longer could I just count pills and know that she was on time with her medication.  There was no way I could make sure that she was taking the right dose every day.  But it didn't have to be me working on solving this problem alone.  That was when I learned about Med Sync Programs.  Even better is that they are not just for seniors, or those helping a senior it can be super beneficial for anyone who takes a monthly medication....even better for those moms like us who are trying to balance a home with several loved ones on a monthly medication.  So what is a Med sync program? Great question!! Med sync programs are personalized for each patient. Medication synchronization is when the pharmacist coordinates the refill of your medications so you can pick them up on a single day each month. Many people miss doses of their regular medications and med sync can make you more likely to take them. Med Sync does the following:
  • Eliminates the need to call in multiple prescription refills
  • Allows you the convenience of fewer trips to the pharmacy
  • Provides an opportunity to meet with your pharmacist on a monthly basis to discuss your medications
Find a pharmacist near you participating in the Align My Refills program, or talk to a local pharmacist about a med synch program for you and your family and get started on this great program.  Make sure you visit the Align My Refills web page to learn more and find a list of the pharmacy's near you that work in this program....I bet you will find that yours is already part of this program.  After all...getting healthy and staying healthy shouldn't be complicated Your pharmacist is an integrated part of your healthcare team. They are there to help you!


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the 
American Pharmacists Association Foundation.

Great Blog train results!!!

God’s Growing Garden

The 22nd GREAT BLOG TRAIN was a blast! - We all safely reached our destination: COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO. It was a wonderful trip with 40 boxcars!! We (the Engineers) would like to thank all of you for travelling with us and we hope that you all had a wonderful time!

The Giveaway Winner is: E.A.
(I have contacted the winner by email)
Congrats!!!



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(Being a "Destination Cohost" means that you get to pick our next destination!!  It also means that you will post The Great Blog Train on your blog on the first Wednesday of whatever month you will be cohosting (1 different cohost per month).  We (the engineers or hosts) will provide you with the html code for the blog hop & for the Giveaway - all you will have to do is add into that post some information on the destination that you picked (like population, known for, location etc - basic family friendly facts) and add a few pictures.  Also, if you cohost we ask that you promote it on your social media sites) (We are now scheduling for 2015).


If you are interested in being a Co-host for the Great Blog Train then please click HERE and fill out the form (THANK YOU!!)

We are now featuring the top 3 Boxcars!  (These are the links that received the most clicks)
Crocheted Cowl Giveaway & Introduction to My Etsy Store by Hope in the Healing

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My Flea Market Garden by My Flagstaff Home



Please join us for the NOVEMBER Great Blog Train
on November 5th, 2014!





October 17, 2014

Yogurt - A Good Source of Calcium For Kids


Yogurt - A Good Source of Calcium For Kids

Any parent will tell you how hard it is to get kids to eat healthy, nutritious foods. Although kids love foods that taste good, unfortunately a lot of those foods are high in fat or sugar. Low-fat, calcium-rich foods, like yogurt and gelato products, are often last on the favorite food list. 

A calcium-rich diet is important to good bone health and skeletal development in children. From early toddler years through teenage years, calcium plays an important role in bone mass, especially important for adolescent girls who are more prone to osteoporosis in later life. According to studies by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), children don't get the minimum daily calcium requirements necessary for strong bone health. Studies show that infants (age one to three) need 500 mg of calcium per day; children (age four to ten) need 800 mg per day; and children (age ten to 18) need 1,300 mg per day. 

By serving live and active culture yogurt, parents can help kids get their daily calcium requirements. Yogurt is a good source of calcium, high in protein, and easy to digest by lactose-sensitive kids. Even if your child is a picky eater, you can work yogurt into their diet with healthy food and snack ideas. Here are some great tips:

* Vegetables – Replace the sour cream topping on a baked potato or chicken burrito with plain yogurt. They have a similar taste, and your kids may not even know the difference. 

* Salads – Prepare chicken or tuna salad with one-half mayonnaise and one-half plain yogurt. Serve as a snack with whole grain crackers, or pack a healthy sandwich in the lunch box.

* Dips – Make a vegetable or chip dip with plain yogurt and seasonings like dill, chili powder and cumin. Chill and serve as a healthy after school or Saturday snack. 

* Pancakes – Fruit-flavored yogurt makes a great topping for pancakes and waffles, a favorite breakfast food for most kids any day of the week. 

* Drinks – Whip up a batch of yogurt smoothies by filling the blender with plain or fruit-flavored yogurt, your child's favorite fruit, ice, and blend. Serve it in glasses with plastic yogurt spoons or colorful straws.

* Desserts – Use frozen yogurt instead of ice cream to top pie or cake. Fill a chocolate cookie pie crust with frozen yogurt, freeze, and serve as a no-bake pie your kids will love.

Welcome To The TGIF Hop!

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