A healthy me- week 2


Welcome back! It has been a crazy busy week here. We are getting ready for popcorn sales for Little Man’s cub scouts, plus a camping trip a week away. I have a vendor show for my Dove Chocolate Discoveries business on Saturday and Little Miss is home sick today. Never a dull moment in our house!

This week went a little better on the exercise- I think the field trip we went on last Friday helped out a lot. I probably walked about 2 miles that day before it rained. I do not have a step tracker so I am just guestimating. I also used the elliptical a bit more this week. I did find some work out sessions on Amazon Prime so this week I plan on trying those starting tonight!

The food wise is another topic. I ate like crap. Which is why today’s picture is me telling my stomach to shut up! So Friday- I had some time to kill before I went to the school for the field trip. Clearly that meant I needed a bacon egg and cheese bagel sandwich from McD’s with a medium Caramel Frappe. My son made our lunch which was PB&J, some apples and some Chips. I was still hungry so while I waited for them I got a bacon cheeseburger, fries and a Dr. Pepper from Runza. Yep- totally need those carbs! HA! Really the rest of the week wasn’t to terrible for Breakfast I would mostly just have toast if anything, I did have a bowl of cheerios with banana in it. Lunch was left overs as usual- except for Monday- I was out and about so I stopped at Sonic for a chicken sandwich, tater tots and a Lg Cherry Limeade. (again killed my diet).  I did have a healthy meal plan worked out and grocery shopping done. But my kids probably threw it away because I can’t find it! So here was our dinners for the week-

Saturday- Tacos

Sunday- Left Overs

Monday- Chicken fingers and baked beans

Tuesday- Biscuits and Gravy (it was in the 50’s and drizzling so perfect comfort food)

Wednesday- Pizza (it was just my son and I since Little Miss is sick)

Today I think we will have grilled cheese and tomato soup (another chilly dreary day so more comfort food).


Even though I did not eat the greatest I am down to 188 lbs! So I did lose a pound! This week I am going to focus on continuing the exercise and trying to motivate myself- but also eating better. I noticed I snack a lot when we are running around everywhere and when I am stressed (I broke open a bag of PURE DARK Peppermint Rounds last night). So need to work on that or find healthier options for snacking since my stomach thinks I need to eat when bored.

So topic question of the week: Are you a snacker when you are bored or stressed? What are some of the things you do instead of snacking or what are some of your favorite healthy snacks?




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A Healthy Me- Week 1


This week was hard. Seriously last week, I was determined. I need to start on my healthier me aspect. I need to focus on me. I know that sounds selfish and yes all these sentences are starting with “I”…….. Every now and then it is ok to focus on YOU though and that is what I am trying to do.

The exercising did not happen as much as one would like. I got on the elliptical once. Did some sit ups this week and tomorrow I get to go on a field trip with my son on a day long nature/science hike. I wish I had a step tracker to see how far I walk tomorrow. I have seriously got to find some motivation this week for that aspect of things.

Cucumber Greek Salad from bellofthekitchen.com

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Let the Adventure Begin



I can do this! I am sitting here finishing up some work and I can just feel my blood pressure being high. I have had it! I wasn’t going to start this journey until Monday but that was just an excuse. I need to quit pushing it off.

Tomorrow I start. I need to be strong and stay in this routine. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit. So it is time to form it. No more just sitting around. And hopefully this time I can stick to it. I know I have done some posts like this but then end up throwing in the towel. Well not this time. I can’t give up. My health depends on it.

So next week I will post my weight, what exercises I did, what meals I had. How I am feeling. I will be using the elliptical, I have a zumba video so I plan to use that from time to time. The meals is what I need to work on. I am sure I can find some good healthy foods to eat though.

So here is to me. I believe I can do it. I know I can do. If you are struggling with this please join me in this journey and believe in yourself.

Let the Chaos Begin!

The All-Inclusive Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa

The All-Inclusive Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa

Yep. There. That is right there is where I want to be. I would be in the pool though (I have a fear of open water). School has started and so has the chaos. So escaping to a place like that would be heavenly right about now.

So it has been a while since I have done a random post. My kids started a new school this month. We were having way to many issues at their other school so we had to transfer them. They are loving it though. They have made new friends and have told us they are glad for the change. But with school- comes scouts, piano lessons, and then some. Let the games BEGIN!

Also with that change in school came a change of jobs for me. I sadly had to resign as the special education para. It was really hard for me to do. I cried! But I will have the opportunity to sub for them so I wont miss out completely. Instead I am going to focus on blogging and my Dove Chocolate Discoveries business and my photography! I already have a fun Gift Guide lined up for you for the holidays so I am excited for that.

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Announcing the 2016 Sweet Country Chaos #HolidayGiftGuide

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I know! I am so sorry but I have got to get going on this! I am doing a Holiday Gift Guide again this year! But with a twist! I want to feature the work at home mom’s out there! So if you are in Direct Sales, or own an etsy shop or are a crafter here is what I can offer you:

Product Review Post: Send me a product and I will do a post about it, the quality, and you and your “why”. The post will link back to your site and encourage people to follow you and check you out for the holiday’s! The product must be an unused FULL SIZE (no sample sizes as i can’t gauge off of a small one time use). The post will be promoted on social media and pinned!

Product Review & Giveaway:  So this would include the above (so send me a product and you will get the above).  PLUS if you want we can run a giveaway- you get to choose the prize so it can be a product (this will be the second product) or it can be a gift card/code to your site for the dollar amount of your choice. The giveaway will be done on the same post as the review. It will be promoted several times during the giveaway period and also promoted on one of the top giveaway sites- contestgirl.com. You will be responsible for shipping the prize directly to the winner.

We have 2 kids- a boy age 11, and a girl that will be 10 a few days after Christmas. Then there is my husband and I, so we can feature gifts for kids, him, her or home.

So as a WAHM you are asking- why is she requiring products: well because that is my payment. I to am a WAHM. It takes time to promote and network to further the reach and trust me it is worth it! I will do everything I can to try to get your products and brands out there!

Contact me today by filling out the form below.  I will need all products by November 1st! I would like to have all giveaways ended no later than December 1st to assure that products are received in time for Christmas!  I should mention I do sell Younique and Dove myself so I will not accept inquiries from those two companies.

Below is a list of companies I am talking to. If the Sponsor is in bold that means they are CONFIRMED (confirmed will be I have the review product in my hands):







Cassandra Creations




White Chocolate Raspberry Honey Mustard #DCD


I am really excited! So awhile back I announced that I had joined Dove Chocolate Discoveries and even shared a Stir Fry Recipe featuring one of their products. Well today I want to introduce you to one of our new products released just this past month:  White Chocolate Raspberry Honey Mustard!

Ok no crinkling your nose yet, trust me. So This White Chocolate Raspberry Honey Mustard is a mouthful. But oh is it worth it. Even if you don’t like chocolate (yes I have actually had people say that) or maybe it is the raspberry thought making that nose crinkle. The thing I like about this dipping sauce is- It really isn’t an over bearing taste of either one! I am on the not big on Raspberry side of things and seriously the taste is so subtle. My husband on the other hand is 100% abnormal and isn’t big on chocolate- he LOVES this dipping sauce.

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Reptile Gardens- an adventure! @reptilegardens @southdakota


Reptile Gardens. Man I remember that place. I went when I was a kid so probably late 80’s and again in the 90’s. I know I totally just aged myself. But I remember it was a fun time. I remember riding on a giant tortoise, the pretty flowers, the reptiles. So when we found out we were going to South Dakota I just knew I had to take my kids.

Oh and how it did not disappoint. I loved seeing all the different flowers and birds in the botanical garden area.

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My daughter loved seeing all the tropical birds and the beautiful flowers! I loved the vibrant colors of them. There was just one thing though- this guy:

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Deep in the BadLands @southdakota


Wow! What a crazy July! My son’s birthday, baseball tournaments, and our annual family adventure. This year it took us up to mountains. Ok to me they are mountains compared to the mass flatness of corn that we have hear. But either way you look at it- South Dakota is a beautiful state to visit. This year we visited the southwest corner of their state. And God, could I go back there in a heart beat!

Our first stop we made was more like a drive through. The Badlands. A place were you can see the perfect formations caused by weathering and erosion. God’s beautiful handi work all around. But sorry- man was it hot!  Ok enough of that.

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A Trip Back in Time @stuhrmuseum


This weekend as a weekend of family fun. We went back in time. And honestly that has more meaning to the Popo and I then the title holds!

We took our kids to a place I hold fond memories of. For those just joining in I do civil war reenacting. The event that started it all, was here at Stuhr Museum. But that isn’t all:


This is area of the museum I met my husband for the first time! We were at a reenactment here and one of my friends rode up to my friend and I with my husband. So Stuhr holds a special place in my heart- it is where I have met many good friends, and The Popo. But I love not only for that but for the History!

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