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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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When my heart stopped

We all have those moments. Where everything just seems to stop as a parent. The moment you know something is wrong with your little one but you can’t fix it. The moment where you feel as if all your concerns are being dismissed and no one is listening to you. The moment you end up in the middle of your kitchen floor just sobbing because your child asks you “Why am I so sick mommy”.  That was me a week an a half ago. Broken hearted, frustrated, hurting for Little Miss who was miserable and feeling like no one cared.

But let’s back up a bit. First this post is going to be hard- so many emotions I have held in because I could not let it show. I had to be strong for my baby girl. But it all started in February. One Sunday Little Miss complained of extreme stomach pain. The pain seemed to disappeared by the morning but we still kept her home from school. She was fine again and we thought maybe she is starting to have more severe reactions to her gluten issues. But then the following Sunday came, we were really careful with food, yet the pain came back. Stronger and this time she threw up twice. We kept her home on that Monday and she refused to eat or drink. She was dehydrated that Tuesday but we got her situated and she went back to school that Wednesday, the 2nd. All was fine. The pain was gone for over a week. Then Thursday the 10th came. The pain came back. Stronger than before. That was it- I had enough. We took her to our local doctor. She was throwing up more and more as the time came. Doctor drew blood and did an xray- and was convinced it was just constipation. It couldn’t be. She was in so much pain and misery, and getting worse. That is where I was- Friday night- her crying asking why she was so sick, why wont the pain go away. I stayed strong. Got her laid back down and went into the kitchen and cried.   Continue reading

Discover Chocolate with #DoveChocolateDiscoveries


Over the past few months I have discovered and become addicted to a new company. Well new to me anyway. But that is Dove Chocolate Discoveries! We all know the Dove brand, we have seen them in the stores. But did you know they have a specialty line available only through the Chocolatiers?

Dove Discoveries offers home parties, and even virtual parties, that allow friends to gather and try some of their exclusive products. I am talking beverages, baking mixes, candies, and even rubs and other seasonings! I have had a few of these products and oh my goodness! Where have these been all my life?!?!?!

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Start A New Year with #Le-Vel


This year I am have a goal. To start being healthier. There are so many things to choose from but what are they all about. Well I thought I would tell you some about Thrive with Le-Vel.

Thrive is a natural supplement with vitamins, minerals, plant extracts, anti-oxidants, enzymes , pro-biotics, and amino acids.  They are lifestyle supplements that are specially formulated for Men and Women. They also have a shake that will help with weight management, fitness and lean muscle support.  Throw in their patch that has a time release delivery for mental clarity and appetite control through out the day. So let’s take a look at those- I will look at the for women ones.

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Sleep with #DoTerra & @doTwithTiffany


A few weeks ago we did a giveaway featuring some DoTerra essential oils from our rep Tiffany. Today I want to get serious and talk about the benefit of the oil, PastTense, that we featured in the giveaway.

First some back ground. Sleep in our house is well- a very rocky thing. My daughter is a night owl, and it takes her forever to unwind. And then she ends up tired and cranky on school mornings because she isn’t getting her sleep. My son is another story. He has some anxiety issues. Nothing major, just if he has to much change at once he goes in anxiety modes and has mood swings and nightmares.

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The Girl from The Train #bookreview #FCBlogger



When one is sick for a month what does one do? They read! And one of the latest books I read was a really good historical fiction book called The Girl from the Train by Irma Joubert.  This book takes you back in time and shows you a different side of things.

About the Author:

Irma Joubert lives and works in South Africa. After teaching for 35 years she decided to pick up writing and writes in her native Afrikaans. Since retiring she has written 8 novels and is often on the best seller list for South Africa and the Netherlands. The Girl from the Train is Irma’s first book to be translated into English.

About the Book:

This book starts out towards the end of World War 2 in Poland. Jakob is a part of the Polish Resistance and is trying to stop the German and Russians and tries to blow up a supply train. The only problem is, a train bound for a concentration camp gets to the bomb first. Leaving a young girl the only survivor. Over the time the two grow close together. But things are changing and they must separate. He sends her to South Africa where her past, including her Jewish roots, must stay hidden.

My thoughts:

This book had me hooked! It focused on the issues over in Europe even after the war and it addressed the adoption of many orphaned children. Through out the book she would give you enough of a line at each chapter to make you want to read on. I could not put this book down and it honestly did not take me long to read. Then again when you are sick you have a lot of time to read! I love historical fiction books and this one was just as good as all the others I have read. You can’t help but to fall in love with the whit that Gretl has, and you can just sense the charm and passion Jakob has running through him. It is so easy to fall into the story as if you are there with them. I must admit the ending was quite the surprise to me so you will have to pick up the book and find out why!

You can find this book online at the Family Christian Store. I highly recommend getting it today! It would make a great gift for a book lover this Christmas!

Announcing the #2015HolidayGiftGuide



I will be hosting a 2015 Holiday Gift Guide! I am looking for products to feature. Products we are open to featuring:

Gifts for Her: Clothing, jewelry, home decor items

Gifts for Him: Anything guys would like- sporting gear, clothing home decor

Gifts for Girls: I have a 9 year old little girl, so anything girly or horses. I do have a 3 year old niece so I could also feature something for that age as well.

Gifts for Boys: I have a 10 year old boy, sports, outdoors, science things.  I also have a 3 year old nephew and a 6 month old nephew so I can feature that age range as well!

Here is how you can get your company involved:

Sponsored Post: $50, I post a min of 300 words about your company with 2 links of your choice recommending your product for this years holiday shopping

Product Review: Cost of Product sent to me. Product will not be returned. In exchange an honest review will be published featuring 3 links, links to your social media, and original photos of the product.

Product Review & Giveaway: Cost: 1 product sent to me to review (see the description of review above). At the bottom of the review post a giveaway form will be set up to giveaway prize of your choice (gift card to site, or product of your choice to be sent to winner by you). The giveaway will have entries for following social media and browsing your site.

All Posts will be promoted on the Holiday Gift Guide tab, a Holiday Pinterest Board, and other Social Media. All posts will go live between November 15th and December 15th.

To join in on this fill out the form below!



Am I Worthy?


This is me. On a good day. I was tired of feeling depressed and if I was a good enough mother and wife. It has been a battle that I have been struggling with for the longest time. Which is why I have not been blogging much. And honestly normally I do not take my picture. I hate the way I look, my weight, my outdated hair. But my husband loves me the way I am. Well one day I thought I would actually do my hair and my make up. A task that took me 2 hours to do because well, as you can see I have a lot of hair. I started doing my make up more and actually trying to look nice even while doing house work. I have been keeping up on the house work and even helping my husband with tasks like cleaning the barn and picking up things covered in spiders (ewwww). But that has not helped my battle with self worth at all.

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#Project52Photos ~Week 21~ Family #KerrieOn

Whimsy & Hope by Sarah Halstead

First- I would like to thank Sarah for featuring my Nature picture from last week! This week is a hard post for me. It is a post of Family. And while I could show you the typical family, my kids, my mom, my dad, my aunts, my uncles, or a family of Lemurs at the zoo. I want to show you a bigger family that I am beyond blessed to be a part of. This honestly is the hardest post I have ever typed up because I am still grieving the loss of that family. The family of blue. I hope that our hosts-  Marvelous MommySarah, and Angie – do not mind me doing this instead of a typical photography post. And to help you understand our Family- I had to share more than one picture and explain a little.

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#Project52Photos Week 18- Sky!

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Yay! I made it through another week! Ok. So that is also mostly excitement for this past weeks weather. STORMS GALORE! And that means a ton of amazing SKY photos. I am pretty sure I annoyed the Popo with how often I was out there just taking pictures. So I really had fun with this theme that our hosts Marvelous MommySarah, and Angie picked for us this week. Now the bigger problem- Which one do I show you guys? So I thought I would do some before and after pictures. We did after all have a week of storms, tornado warnings, and flooding. Hmmmm where was this weather for our water week?


I love how storm clouds look when they are coming in. Sadly this day they missed us but I didn’t miss the beauty.

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