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Becoming a Pirate

Ok first- disclosure – this purely a joke. I actually hardly drink. But lately I have been saying I am going to become a Pirate. When someone asks why I say because it sounds better than an alcoholic.  Yep- today is going to be one of those posts.

Like everyone else across the world we have been stuck at home. Well sorta. With husband being an LEO and me managing a restuarant we are both considered essential. My kids on the other hand. Well (turn sound on):

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Back to the basics

You know I have been blogging since 2011. I reached a point where I was burnt out and just post here and there now- but there is something that is missing.

With everything going on it is easy to listen to those “you are not good enough” voices in your head. And man have I been listening to them this past year. My parents got divorced after 32 years- my mom became severly mentally unstable and blamed us grown kids. It was rough- My business with The Cocoa Exchange is not doing well- I haven’t been able to finish school for Graphic design. Get the picture? It was easy to fall into the “You are not good enough” darkness.

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide


We are now looking into our 2018 Holiday Gift guide! Here are some ideas of what we can promote for you:

Clothing, books, arts & crafts, things for him, things for her, tweens, experiences (concerts/plays) , kitchen items, and foods.

Who will be doing the review- Myself, my husband (so things for her and him) my kids an 11 year old girl (will be 12 shortly after Christmas) and a 13 year old boy

What we offer:

Review Only- Company sends a product or two for us to review- must be full sized. A social media blast will go out when product is received plus at least one other blast of product in use, company will be tagged. A blog post containing the review of the product- including original photos of the product- links to your site and social media. Blog post will also be promoted on social media .

Review and Giveaway- All of the above- plus a second post containing the giveaway- giveaway will run from November 20th-November 30th.  The shipment of the prize is the responsibility of the company (do not send an extra product to us for the prize we will not be responsible for shipping to the winner). Winner information will be collected and sent on to you for the shipment. Entries include following on any social media you choose and signing up for your news letter as well as browsing your site and referring the giveaway to others.

If you are interested in being featured please fill  out the below form (or click here


Meal Plan for 11/6-11/12

Wow time is flying! This weeks meal plan was a little different because hubs is home from his main job for the week (he has 2 side hustles he does to help clear out medical bills). So I am having to cook for all 4 of us instead of the 3 of us this week.

I am also partnering with PlateJoy and their services. If you missed my review you can read it HERE.

Here is this weeks Menu:

Today (monday) Hashbrown and Ham casserole (recipe to come later this week!)

Tuesday  Chicken Stir Fry

Wednesday  Grilled Beef kababs with Chimichurri and a roll (courtesy PlateJoy)

Thursday  will be leftovers since this is our biggest activity day

Friday   Hubs and I are going out to eat at Texas Roadhouse so kids will have leftovers again

Saturday   Lemon Garlic Chicken with Rice and Spinach  (Courtesy PlateJoy)

Sunday   Ham and Cheese loaf


Now for breakfast- I am not a big breakfast eater- but I am wanting to get a decent blender to make smoothies with, maybe do some more oatmeal. Right now I have an english muffin from time to time. Lunch is usually left overs or a sandwich. But now I am going to include snacks. And this week Platejoy suggested mangos (I am substituting strawberries) and pineapple with mint and lime. So hopefully I wont be tempted to snack on my usual chips and dip.

What are you enjoying this week?









~This posts contains links to PlateJoy where you can save $20 if you sign up. I do not get any compensation for sign ups. I am receiving a 6 month subscription in exchange for blogging about my experience and the meals. No other compensation is exchanged. ~ 

#Fundraising Overload!

I often wonder if life will ever slow down. I feel like I am constantly running every where. Joys of mommy hood and this is why I work my own business. But now this month a new challange:

What is it about October that says FUNDRAISING MONTH?

I mean really- Boy Scouts are selling popcorn. My son brought his stuff home and says he wants to sell $5600 I told him to come up with a realistic goal because we live in a small farming community and have a lot of scouts to compete against. He goest “Fine $4600″…. I admire his dreams and will encourage him to hit that goal. But going door to door, on top of meetings, my daughters tumbling and ballet, school. It is just a lot! To top that off he is also selling Pizza Cards for Casey Pizza’s and Jerky.  All for Boy Scouts to help him pay for the many camps and merit badge universities they go to.

Then my daughter- she is selling Christmas greens for a project called CmPS- Community Problem Solvers. They raise money to do things for the community- like helped pay for new playground equipment at the school, bought the public library new books, sent money to communities that were hit with natural disasters. But again- gotta find time to go door to door.

But I also know this community is being hit with another school’s band selling greens, another organization doing meat, cheese, and fruit sales, girl scouts doing nuts & candy. So why do all these organizations hit all at once?

Anyone else feel the finacial stress of fundraising?  If not want to buy popcorn from my son who wants to hit $4600 in sales? 😂

(in case you do want to support boy scouts you can order at )

Work Work Work


Photo taken by me near a river.


Now more then ever our blog name is really fitting! Sweet Country Chaos! lol

So I have been looking for part time work to no avail (hard to find part time work when you are in middle of towns that are less than 1000 people. So the Popo is working 2 more jobs to help us out. What does that mean to me? Time to crack down on my work from home prospects! As mentioned I am with The Cocoa Exchange and I am ready to take that to the next level!

I will be sharing some recipes on here and some products. But I also want to get back to why I wanted to blog- to share our chaos! After all with the Popo gone literally 6 days a week (sometimes 7) I have me myself and I to talk to! That means now starting to talk to you more!

Little Miss has also been keeping me on my toes. Her stomach pains decided to make a return but not as severe as last time. So off to a GI doctor we go in a couple of weeks along with an ultrasound and blood work before we go. She is oh so happy with me!

Soon school will be out for the summer and that means some adventure posts for you guys! I can not wait to share some of our favorite adventures.  I am also thinking about getting back to my weekly menu planning. I loved hearing your thoughts on meals and ideas. Back to the basic and why I loved to write!

Where we have been



Wow what a crazy winter and year! So sorry I have been MIA we have just had a lot going on! It has been almost a year since my daughter’s unexpected surgery and she is doing great. Little Miss is truly a trooper and bounced back quickly. We are still under the care of a GI- we had her on a regular diet for testing and she had NO reactions to the regular foods. The GI believes she either a- never had a gluten sensitivity and was misdiagnosed or she out grew it. Either way with Celiac running in our family we are still watching our gluten intake but are not strictly guten free any more.

As to the rest of us- Little Man (I think I need a new nickname for him) is doing good. He recently crossed over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts so on to a next chapter for that. The Popo has switched days off so the kids get to see him a bit more. And well me- I am now 100% stay at home mom. I have had some medical issues but are slowly working through those. The biggest thing is my blood pressure and needing to lose weight. So be on the look out for some healthier meals and recipes.  But also for some that use CHOCOLATE!  Yes I am with (formerly Dove Chocolate Discoveries) The Cocoa Exchange and am loving it. It has been a huge blessing to our family during this transition.

Well that is about all! Stay tuned as we work out some summer activities, recipes, father’s day gifts, mother’s days gifts and so much more as I get back into blogging!

Christmas Parties with #Tyra #HolidayGiftGuide2016

So many parties and so little time! Seriously is it me or is this time of year a bit crazy? So when time really has me in a loop I look for quick make up options!  But then I met Tyra Beauty.

Tyra beauty was created by Tyra Banks to give you a flawless look, and quick! I love her honesty on her website about her products. On her site she flats out tells us how it is

“to give you the power to transform what you’ve got, into what you want—fast! Until now, quality makeup has been time consuming, complicated, and pretty damn intimidating. Forget all that! We’ve created innovative, luxurious and easy-to-use products to help you look and feel your fiercest—in just minutes!”

And she isn’t kidding! I have had the pleasure to try her products and I was impressed. I have always been afraid to highlight and contour- it just looks to complicated. But with some goodies I received from one her of her wonderful Beautytainers, I was ready to attempt it!


OK so this is me with no make up on. Feel loved, because I never take my picture let alone with out make up! My make up routine consists of foundation, eye shadow and mascara. That is it. So here it goes:


My kids call this my “war paint”. I think they watch to much Peter Pan but never mind that! This product is their Sculpt in a Stick and their Light in a Stick (aka their 2 Minute TyOver). I just put the Sculpt in a Stick just below my cheek bone and the Light in a Stick on my cheek bone, and jaw bone (below the dark) and blended it in. SIMPLE!

Once I was done with that I moved onto my eyes- I used Tyra’s Eyes in a Stick in the color “Once you go brown” and “TyTy’s EyesEyes” along with a lighter almost white color in the corners. I was curious how this would look because I have never heard of eye shadow like this- But I am impressed! It went on smooth and lasted all day and night! I finished my eye look with their Brow.Set.Match. Something I honestly would have never tried- but I like how it filled in the eyebrows I already have but not over powering it. And then of course Tyra’s Mascara, which is fun to use with the hint of blue it has in it.


I finished off the look with the “What it Takes” Lip Model color. It is a bit bolder then I am used to but I liked it! It was also very long lasting.


And there you have it! A quick easy to do look in just minutes. It honestly did not take me long to do. Less then 5 minutes I want to say. This look lasted all day and into the night. I was really happy with it!

So this holiday season for your parties- or even as stucking stuffers for the make up lover in your life check out Tyra! If you need help I highly recommend talking with Sharon! She is a great help and an amazing rep!

You can learn more by visiting Sharon’s Tyra page or contact her on Facebook!  So go check it out! Right now if you spend $85 you get a free make up bag and a free mystery gift!









~I received the above products in order to facilitate a review. No other form of compensation was exchanged. Regardless the above thoughts are my own and honest opinions!~ 


Focusing on the #Holiday with #Nerium #HolidayGiftGuide2016

I don’t know about you but the Holiday season, ok well winter in general, leaves me in a fog and chaos. One thing I have always been told is to take certain vitamins but I have been a skeptic.

But that is where Nerium has come into play. Nerium is a line of age defying products for the face, mind and body. Using science they have been able to create unique ingredients that help you. From Eye serum, creams, to suppliments Nerium can help you.

I have been using Nerium’s EHT Age Defying Suppliment for a while now. Again at first I was a skeptic. With ingredients like Vitamin D, B12, B6, and Magnesium and EHT (a natural mixture of molecules isolated from Coffee) it helps you stay focused and your brain alert.

Like I mentioned this time of year- I am in a fog- between the crazy schedules, the holiday programs, then the constantly gray cold- my mind is mush. So I was willing to give this a try. I must admit; I have noticed a difference. I am more alert- it is easier for me to get things done. And I notice if I miss a day. I take 1 tablet every morning with breakfast and I am ready to seize the day!

So if you are like me and find it hard to stay on top of the holiday chaos- I highly suggest giving Nerium a try! If you like it- then give their other products a go as well! You can learn more about Nerium by visiting their website.




~I received the above product from an indepent rep with Nerium in order to facilitate a review. The above thoughts are my own and honest opinions. Please note- I am not a nutritionist nor a doctor- the above article is NOT to be used for medical advice.~ 

Holiday Parties with LuLaRoe #2016HolidayGiftGuide

This year when you are looking for your Christmas Party outfit start with  LuLaRoe! What is LuLaRoe? Why it is clothing! Your own personal stylist that can come to your door and help you find some really cute clothes with really unique prints!

Ok- So this post- I was going to take pictures of me in the items I was sent but you know me- I am self conscience and hate being in pictures. But I received a really cute skirt, some leggings and a cute and comfortable shirt. And I love them all! The shirt is actually one of my favorites to wear when I am hanging out at home. Comfortable- then the leggings… Oh my goodness- see I am a bit overweight so I would have never thought of wearing them. but they are too comfy not to wear! Each stylist has their own inventory of one of a kind prints and styles.

The other thing I like about it is that you can dress it up and dress it down and have several outfits with 1 item. Take these two for example:

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You can be dressed for work, for shopping or for that holiday party!  I absolutely love things that you can change up and make a small wardrobe look big! They also have some really cute things for kids!

Now these particular LuLaRoe outfits and the items I received are courteous of Kimberly. 27 year old SAHM and entrepreneur. She is from Boulder CO and is married to her high school sweet heart with 2 kiddos! Now why did she choose LuLaRoe- well I was going to try to explain it but her words are better ” I chose LuLaRoe because of the amazing company and support system. At a time where I felt I was losing myself after being a stay at home mom for 5 years I needed a way to help find myself again. LuLaRoe has ignited a fire in me that seemed to have been gone for a long time. ”

Kimberly in her family all dressed in LuLaRoe clothing!

Kimberly in her family all dressed in LuLaRoe clothing!

I think we can all relate to that! Wondering what we can do to help out our families while still being there for them. It is companies like LuLaRoe that make that happen for people! So this Holiday season check out what Kimberly has to offer by joining her facebook group.

She will be having a Black Friday deal with free shipping so please join in on her group so you do not miss out on those. Also if you are in the Boulder CO area and want to get some girl friends together Kimberly can bring her inventory to you for some fun, clothes, and shopping! The first 5 ladies from Boulder and surrounding areas who schedule an in home party will not only get the usual host incentives of 1 free item for every 10 items solds, plus % off for any item in between PLUS a free pair of leggings, and 1 item of your choice!! JOIN HERE to book your party!!!







~I received some items from Kimberly to review- no other form of compensation was exchanged. Regardless the above thoughts are my own and honest opinions!~