October 16, 2017

Thanks a Latte Giveaway Hop - NCircle 4 Halloween DVD Pack $31 value

Welcome to the WonderFALL Hop organized by MamatheFox

Halloween is almost here and I'm still sewing like a mad woman. That means my kids are getting extra TV time and I'm so thankful that we have some new Halloween DVDs from NCircle to help pass the time. This collection is awesome and perfect for getting my littles in the holiday spirit. Today I want to give you a chance to win this great collection as well. To enter simply use the from below. Good luck!

Thanks a Latte

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October 13, 2017

Game Changer by Charissa Stastny + Giveaway

 Meridee Mansford wants nothing to do with the popular crowd. She’s comfortable being invisible. But that doesn’t stop her from dreaming about the hunky football player who visits the campus ice cream shop where she works. Still, she’s smart enough to know he’d never notice a girl like her, and she’d never want him even if he did. Too much unwelcome attention. Parker Harrington basks in the glory that’s been his since the game-changing passes he caught that pushed his team into the national spotlight. Sticky Fingers is his media moniker now, and the cheerleaders who used to ignore him when he sat the bench have become his most devoted fans. But when he accidentally crashes into a quiet coed and covers her in orange chicken, it throws off his offensive game. As fate, ice cream, and orange chicken throw the opposites together, will Parker continue keeping company with women he knows are only using him for his fame, or will he change up the game and risk his heart on a genuine girl who despises the attention he craves?

Praise for the Book “A fun and flirty new adult romance. It’s a sweet indulgence that keeps you turning pages. The start to what is sure to be a great new series. – Jennifer Peel, author of Pianos and Promises series “Opposites attract when the overlooked sweet girl lands herself the popular football star in this quasi-Cinderella story. It’s the perfect read to keep you up way past your bedtime...”Taylor Dean, author of Chasing Fireflies


Excerpt He reached out and grabbed my hand. “Meridee, I wondered if I could take you out tomorrow night. To make up for that mishap in the CUB, you know?” I blinked, but couldn’t move. Couldn’t even form words. In fanciful daydreams, I’d imagined him holding my hand like this, but never had I expected it to happen. Holy llama. It felt as though Parker was an electrical socket, sending a steady stream of tingling energy pulsing through our connected hands. And wait! Had he just asked me out? I was still playing catch-up. But when his words registered, it was like a bucket of icy water over my head. I whipped my hand away from him. “No, thank you.” I rubbed the shiny counter to conceal a furious blush. For a moment, I’d allowed myself to believe he was serious. “You don’t have to make up for anything. Let’s forget that whole debacle ever happened, shall we?” “Oh, come on. I need a date, and you need some fun.” I scowled. What did he mean by that? Did I appear that pathetic? “Please. I don’t bite.” He playfully chomped his teeth. My lips twitched. “I’ve stopped playing football in the CUB, and haven’t tackled any more girls to the floor. You’ve had a reforming influence on me, Mare.” I narrowed my eyes. “It’s Meridee.” “Please say you’ll go with me, Meridee. We’ll play miniature golf, see a movie. Pretty please with huckleberries on top?” Why would he want to date me when he had that gorgeous cheerleader and every other girl on campus throwing themselves at him? My knees pulled together and I tucked my arms into my side. He really must pity me. “I can’t.” I returned to my needless wiping. “Why not? Do you work?” “No,” I said, grateful I didn’t have to lie. Mom always said my eyes gave me away. “I have tomorrow off.” My body needed the R&R. “Then you can go.” He leaned over the counter and winked. No wonder he wasn’t used to hearing no. When not tackling girls to the floor, he could be very persuasive. I clenched my rag. “No, I can’t. I already have a date.” “Cancel it. Surely he’s not as great a catch as me.” I scrubbed the toppings area with gusto. “I can’t cancel on my fiancĂ©.” I crossed my fingers, hoping that whopper might stay his pity. “You’re engaged?” His disbelieving tone whacked my ego. I nodded without meeting his gaze.  

  Author Charissa Stastny Charissa Stastny is an avid reader, happy writer, wasp-hater, iris-lover, and food connoisseur (especially sushi and chocolate, but not together). She was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, but has never pulled a handle of a slot machine and can’t shuffle cards to save her life. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has four children that make her smile and laugh all the time. She called Idaho her home for years, but has recently moved to Utah, where she was thrilled to discover dozens of flavors of hot chocolate to keep her happy in the winter. The cherry one might be her favorite (this week). She is the author of five books and ‘imagine-eer’ of many more.

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October 11, 2017

The Perfect Cure for The Shoeless Summer Heels

Shoes, as far as I'm concerned, during the summers shoes are an only when necessary type of item. In that case, I never wear them. Even when I'm working in the barnyard I tend to be barefoot simply because it's my favorite way to be.

This does create a problem however. Because of my barefootedness, my feet are almost always cracked and dry. Recently however I found a product that is helping to fix that condition for the winter. It's called InstantPeel.

InstantPeel is naturally formulated to peel away dead skin cells, debris, and impurities, revealing your skin's natural glow, youth and vibrancy. Your skin texture is dramatically improved and becomes more radiant with each use of InstantPeel.

For me the neat thing is that InstantPeel stops working once all the debris and dead skin has peeled away, revealing your natural, healthy, glowing skin. It is safe for all skin types and will work on most any part of the body.

Now, who's ready to give it a try?

The Must Haves to Begin Stitching

One of the things I enjoy doing as the weather gets colder and I'm forced inside is cross-stitching. It's simple to do, I don't have to do it all at once, and the results are beautiful. Some people may thing I'm old fashioned but for me it's a great way to spend my time. If this is a hobby you'd like to try here are a list of tools you should invest in to get started.

  • Cloth - a good cloth is essential. I tend to work on white but there are a lot of other options out there depending on what your preference is.
  • Thread - I like to keep a variety of colors on hand. There are standards, like black and white, that you should always have but it's fun to have a good selection of colors to work with.
  • Hoop - a wood (or plastic) hoop is not essential but it sure does make the job easier. I like a mid-size hoop that I can hold in one hand but you may like larger or smaller depending on the project.
  • Needles - again, I like to have a bunch. I tend to leave one needle on each color of thread so that I don't have to spend as much time threading needles. One is enough but the more the marrier as far as I'm concerned.
  • Scissors - I have a small pair that locks closed that I keep in my needlework bag. Something that either locks closed or has a cover (or both) is ideal but any sharp scissors will work.
Well, for me that's the basic kit. Once you have that you just need a pattern, or to design your own. You may already have most of these things around the house but if you don't you can buy pre-packaged kits to get you started. Happy Stitching! I can't wait to show you my finished project in a few weeks.

October 10, 2017

Howl-o-ween Giveaway Hop - NCircle ABC Monsters $10 Value

Who's ready for Halloween? I know we're not. This mama has a lot of sewing to do but it will all be worth it in the end. The question at my house is always how am I going to keep the littles occupied while I sew and this year I'm excited that we have some new Halloween movies for them to watch. One of the ones I'm most excited about is ABC Monsters. These little stories are perfect for my preschoolers as they show letters and words that use the letters to make a fun story.

Today I'm excited to give you the opportunity to win your very own copy of this awesome DVD! To enter simply use the form below. And when you're done entering here make sure you check out all the other great giveaways that can be found on blogs participating in this hop. Good luck!

Howl-o-ween Giveaway Hop Landing Page (Automatic)
This hop is organized by The Kids Did It & The Mommy Island.

October 6, 2017

Enter for your chance to win (1) Kikki Backpack by Deuter - Valued at $45


Deuter is a front runner in high quality hiking and mountain climbing backpacks. They hit the ball out of the park with their children's backpack - the Kikki. This versatile backpack is the perfect size for the free personal bag for children flying on airplanes; making this the perfect kids carry on. Now you have a chance to win one in the color of your choice. Come back daily to increase your odds of winning this stellar backpack. Learn more about flying with the Kikki here.

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Palmer Candy Giveaway

Sponsored By: RM Palmer

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

Winner will receive: 

A variety of RM Palmer candy shown in the giveaway image!

Palmer's products don't just look great; for Palmer, taste and quality are equally important – from creamy, smooth milk chocolate and famous crunchy Double Crisp to delicious filled candies of all shapes. Palmer offers a wide assortment of sweet candy treats for holidays, celebrations and every day enjoyment.
Open to US entrants only and must be 18+ to enter.
Giveaway Dates ~ 10/6 9:00 AM EST through 10/22 11:59PM EST
Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winner will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.

October 4, 2017

A Greenhouse Hose

I told you earlier about the new spray nozzle I got for the barnyard but the other big improvement we are making to the watering system is putting a sink in the greenhouse. Yes, I'm a crazy person that grows fresh veggies and other goodies all year round in Idaho, but we love it!

I'm so excited to have a sink in the greenhouse because it will allow me with more flexibility for watering and cleaning up without having to track dirt and mud through the house. It will be my very own little mud room in the barnyard which is much needed. Anyway, the sink isn't here yet but the hose that will be attached is and it's going to be great!

I got an expandable hose so that it doesn't take up too much space but can still reach as needed. I also like that it has a valve on the spray end so that I can turn it off there as needed and, this particular one, comes with a hook that I can use to hold the hose when not in use and keep myself from tripping on it. *Bonus* Anyway, I'm a dork but I'm excited to show you how everything is coming together soon!

New Sprayer for the Barnyard

I know, I still haven't taken you for a tour of our barnyard but I promise it is coming. We are working on a couple of improvements that I want to get finished before we officially show you around.

One of the things we are doing is upgrading our watering system. At the beginning of the summer E installed a water line from the house to the barnyard to make it easier to water animals which has been nice but with inter coming we are adjusting it a little bit to make it work for us year round. One of the things we are doing is adding a new spray nozzle with a valve so that we can turn the water off and on there. Hopefully this will make it easier for the kids to adjust the spray of the water as they are filling things and not get themselves as wet.

Anyhow, the new nozzle arrived and I'm so excited to get it installed. Hopefully it will be just what we need to get through watering this winter. Ugh! So not looking forward to the cold! What adjustments are you making at your house before winter hits? Are you insulating or adding new features to make chores easier? Tell me about it!

Beards ... Why Not?

So...at the Kerr house we have a no facial hair policy. Partially because E's work has one but mostly because I don't like the feel of facial hair. However, my boys constantly complain that they don't have anything manly in the bathroom. We have princess brushes for the girls and I have all sorts of accessories that live there but there is nothing other than toothbrushes for the boys. Poor kids!

Recently we have decided to remedy that by getting them some personalized combs. We decided to go with beard combs simply because they are small, easy to use, and the price is right. Once I started looking however I found even more things that I like about these little tools. The ones we picked out are made of natural wood which is always a bonus, come with a case that I can personalize for the kids, and are anti-static which if you've ever seen the hair at my house you know we need.

I'm excited to see what the boys think of these. I think we'll end up saving them for Christmas but hopefully they enjoy them as much as we think they will. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

October 2, 2017

The Perfect Football Season Menu

It’s football season! Yeah! And this year, we’re excited to announce an extra special deal! Brought to you by Dr Pepper ® and Albertsons Companies.

Right now at Albertsons you can buy fun, college football themed boxes of Dr Pepper® cans  for your game day party. These will be a big hit if you’re celebrating at the game or at home. We all have a favorite team that we cheer on, some of us more than one, and Dr Pepper has given us another awesome reason to celebrate!

How does Dr Pepper help you get excited? When you buy any 2 Dr Pepper 12-Pack 12oz Cans, 6-Pack 16.9oz Bottles or 8-Pack 12oz Bottles and text FANGEAR to 811811, you can receive a $5 Fanatics promo code! Just follow the instructions to send a photo of your receipt, and you will receive a $5 Fanatics promo code that you can use to get gear for your favorite team!  Learn more at www.GameTimeFanGear.com

So, besides Dr Pepper, what else are we using at the Kerr house to help us get in the game day spirit? Here’s a preview of our homegrown, kid friendly menu.

Roasted Rabbit
Corn on the Cob
Watermelon & Grape Skewers
Zucchini Cake frosted in our Team Colors

It’s simply yummy and perfect for us spending time watching the game.  Rabbit probably isn’t on most of your menu lists and I’ll be sharing more of the why and how in the near future, but today I want to share the recipe for a yummy zucchini cake that pairs perfectly with Dr Pepper for your game day party.

Chocolate Zucchini Cake
courtesy of Blackfoot’s Fire Department

½ c. soft margarine
½ c. oil
1 ¾ c. sugar
3 eggs
2 c. grated zucchini
2 ½ c. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
½ c. buttermilk
5 Tbsp. cocoa
1 tsp. soda
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp cinnamon

Mix margarine, oil, sugar, and eggs. Add vanilla. Mix flour, cocoa, soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add the mixture alternately with buttermilk. Add zucchini. Pour into greased and floured 10x13 inch pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

What’s your favorite game day recipe? Please share so we can try it out too. We’re always looking for fun, new ideas! Happy partying!