Summer Fun At The Lake

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I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer!!! Sorry it has been so long since I have posted, between the end of the school year and the work and fun we have been having in the summer I have been busy, but I am back and will be back to posting more often.

This summer has been one of the best summers I have had in a very long time. We as a family have been spending a lot of our weekends this summer at the lake and it has been a blast. We have been fishing,

Josh fishing

riding on the boat, riding jet skis, tubing, and swimming. It is amazing because we are making tons of memories that we will always have and never forget. Josh loves fishing, swimming and tubing, Gideon loves swimming, and I love just being able to spend time with my family.

on the tube

It feels like this summer has flown by. We are already at the end of July. School will be starting in a few weeks (My baby is going to 1st grade). We won’t be getting to spend as much time at the lake once school starts, but we will have the memories we made this summer and will be making lots more next summer. We cannot wait.

What have you been doing with your summer? Has it been fun? Have you been busy? Have the kids been complaining about being bored? If so well take a weekend or even just a Saturday if you can and head to the lake like we did. The best part of going to the lake, is making memories. I advise you, that if you haven’t been making memories, that you start before it is to late. Not only will you remember them, but your kids will even long after you are gone.

Making memories with the little man

Another amazing thing about the lake is that it is pretty cheep to do. You are really only paying for the gas in your car and the food and drinks you are taking (we take snacks and then eat a great lunch or dinner later). There are a lot of things you can do on the lake. You can relax and let the kids swim, go fishing if you are into that, or even rent a boat ( if you want to spend the money) and enjoy riding on the lake, and letting the kids jump from the boat. Please make sure your kids have a life jacket if you do that. you can get them from anywhere. We like getting ours from Bass Pro Shop. They might be a bit on the expensive side, but we know they will keep everyone on safe out on the water.

Making memories with my love

Please tell me about your summers. I want to know what other moms (and dads) do with their kids. What are some great things you can do with your kids that will give you memories that will last a life time. Maybe we will try out what you do and if you would let me I can blog about them.

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Let’s Talk About Destiny

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Before we begin I just want to note that apart from the summary and rating of the game, that these are opinions and opinions alone. I was not given any compensation in anyway for these. I just wanted to state how I felt about this game. I am not trying to push you one way or the other on the game just helping you if you seem unsure. Now on with the show.

Destiny is an online only, multiplayer, first person shooter game for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. It was originally released in 2014 with expansions being released during the last few years. In this game you are the Guardian of the last safe city on Earth. You use the power of Light to help you defeat different alien races and try to revive a celestial being. You as the Guardian must travel to different “worlds” to fight and kill the aliens and save human kind from being wiped out. You can play missions with friends or play them solo, the choice is yours. This game is rated T for teens due to animated blood and violence and it is suggested that children do not play this game.

I am not going to lie I think this is a great game, however I do not think I will be letting my son play it. I do not know about your children, but my son is very easily swayed and still does not understand the difference between reality and fiction sometimes. I am to worried that he will try to do in real life what they do in this game. It is that reason and the fact that I agree that young children do not need to play games with that much violence that I will hold out on letting him play a game like this until he is much older.

Are you still unsure of whether this game would be a good for your young ones to play? Well check out the game play video below thanks to my husband who has recently started gaming and posting on YouTube. Hopefully it will give you a chance to see some of the game play so you can determine your own opinion. If you have any questions comment below and we will answer them the best we can.

If there is a game you are unsure of that you want to get for you little ones and you would like for us to review and tell you what you think before you buy it, do not hesitate to let us know. We love playing games and we will play and review all day if we can. We will try to do a post like this from time to time. Have Fun and Game On.

***The Destiny image is not mine and is was acquired from the Wikipedia website through google images. You can find the image here as well as what Wikipedia has to say about the game. Please not that anyone can edit Wikipedia and it is likely what you read is someone’s opinion. Keep that in mind if you are researching the game more.***

Surviving Kindergarten

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We are a few weeks into the second semester of Gideon’s first school year!!! Last semester was quite a rollercoaster the last few months of the First semester, with Gideon getting used to a new routine. It was hard and sometimes we got so frustrated because he was STRUGGLING so much with behavior and academics and not always coming home with good days. The school uses a color system (green for a good day, yellow for an okay day, and red for a bad day) to tell parents how the kids did. He was doing great at first getting mainly greens, but then all of a sudden he started getting a few yellows and even got a few reds…YIKES. He wouldn’t get them all the time, but when he did it was always back to back. We were at our wits ends on what was going on and how to help him. Then all of a sudden it seems like something snapped in him. He was out sick for a week with the FLU….sad I know. After being out for a week with the flu he completely turned everything around and got mainly greens from then until school let out for Christmas. He got one yellow at that point, but that was nothing compared to the turn around he had. Not only was doing better and getting greens, he was doing amazingly well academically. At the beginning he was struggling to focus, read, and write, now he is doing so much better that his teacher even met me outside one afternoon when I was picking him up from school to tell me about it. I am so proud of him for this turn around. I know he will not have a perfect year and will have mess ups, but I think we will make it through and he will have a blast. I was super worried as to how this year would be. However now the only thing I worry about is what color he comes home with oh and doing homework. Homework is a topic for another day. I am hoping he continues to do well and enjoys school. He has started struggling again a little bit with his behavior, but I know he will turn it around, we just have to figure out why he is doing it and then work to fix it. I am so blessed to have this little man. I will update again as the year comes to a close. ūüôā

Having been through what I have been going through and learning what I need to do and not do to help make sure Gideon has a successful year, I decided to give you all some tips of mine and my husbands that we have been using that have really been helping us.

1. Routine, routine, routine. This is super important. If you do not have a routine with your little one now, start one. I cannot stress enough how hard it was because we did not always stick to a routine. Like with bed time being the same time every night, or reading to him, or even getting a jump start on working with him on his ABC’s and 123’s. Even something as small as eating at the same time everyday or goes a long way in helping with routines.

2. Work with your child before the start school as well as during the year. Like I mentioned start a routine where you add a little “school” time in each day. Don’t stop at letters and numbers. Add colors, shapes, words and others. This will help with the learning process because they will already have a strong foundation in their learning and will help the transition. Keep it going after school starts. Having these routines at school and home all the time will help keep them structured.

3. Mommy’s Day Out, Day School Programs, Daycare. If you can afford it, enroll your child in one of these to start getting them used to a structured environment that is the classroom. Even if they only go a few days a week it will be worth it to get them used to school.

4. Let them game. Believe it or not, video games help teach hand eye coordination, so let them play. However do it in moderation. Do not let them play games all day and do nothing else, this can be a bad thing. Also when you let them play games, have them play some educational games. There are lots of games out there that are free, or don’t cost much, fun and educational. just search educational games in your app store.

5. Play with them. Whether it be outside running around, playing a sport or their choosing, or inside playing with their toys or even their games. You can begin teaching them to play together with others and share the toys or games. Sharing is often a big problem with young children as they want to play with everything they touch and not let anyone else have it.

*These are my top 5 of all time. I have other tips and tricks. If you would like to know them or want me to add them leave a comment in the comment section. Are there any tips or tricks that you use that are not on here? Comment in the comment section and I will add them to the list.

Gideon Is All Grown Up

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It’s the middle of July and I am freaking out!!!

My little boy is starting KINDERGARTEN this year. I cannot believe in a little over a month I will be walking him to his school and dropping him off to meet his teacher and new friends for the first time. I can tell you right now that he is super excited. Going to school is all he ever talks about. At least once a day Gideon makes some comment about meeting new friends, or meeting his teacher, or getting to play at recess. It warms my heart to see his passion and I love it so very much. I just worry about how he will do. He has never really been around kids his own age. We tried daycare and preschool before and everyone said he was a problem child and was not welcomed at their facility. We have NEVER had a problem like they would describe until after he was removed from their care. It makes it hard for me to trust people in that type of setting with my child. (If I ever have any more children, and one day we will, I will never take them to any of the places I took Gideon.)


I know the teachers in a school setting are different and they will not treat him that way, but I still just worry about how he will adjust. For the last year or two he has been going to work everyday with his daddy and I just hope we all can adjust to him being in school. With it being summer Gideon stays with me at home, unless we decide to go to work with Josh, and when we stay home, Josh always makes a comment about how weird it was because it was so quiet with out the little man there and how it is going to be weird at first when the little man starts school. I guess on the bright side he will be right across the street from me everyday so if something were to happen I am right there. I just really hope everything turns out okay. I pray everyday that God would give us all strength and wisdom as we head off on this wonderful new journey in all of our lives.

Little Man

I honestly cannot wait for Gideon’s first day of school. Yeah I might be freaking out, but I know it will be good for all of us. I especially cannot wait to go pick him up at the end of the day and hear about all of the amazing things that he got to do and all of the great friends he will make, as well as all about his teacher who I just know he is going to love.

I hope you all will follow us on our journey this year as I will try to post as often as possible about Gideon’s wonderful year of Kindergarten. If you have any tips for me or any moms, comment below. Every little bit of courage or wisdom will help us all.

Downy Ball, The Easiest Way To Soften Your Clothes… Review/Giveaway (CLOSED)

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Disclosure: I was given the Downy Ball to review. However ALL opinions are mine and mine alone.

My clothes are soft and they smell great. Who doesn’t like their clothes to be soft and smell fresh after going through the laundry? I know I love it, but I don’t like the hassle of having to pour the fabric softener in the dispenser and hoping that the dispenser is working right. So for the longest time I never would use any kind of fabric softener. I have now found a better way of getting mine and my families clothes soft and smelling great. It is with my Downy Ball. I love how this little ball can help me on laundry day so I can spend more time with my little one.

Downy Ball WashThis little ball is amazingly easy to us. This ball is so simple to use, you just simply fill up the ball to the desired line, that matches your fill load of laundry, with your fabric softener and then drop it on top of your clothes before closing the lid and letting the washing machine do the rest. The ball will open on its own during the cycle and disperse the softener making sure it gets to all of your clothes. The best part of it all is that you no longer would have to use a dryer sheet in the dryer if you use fabric softener in the wash. If you know and do that already, cuddos to you. I never knew that before I got my Downy Ball, again because I never really used fabric softener. However if I had I would have been doing it all along as I do not really like the dryer sheets. The Downy Ball is super fantastic and easy to carry around, which makes it great to take of trips where you will be gone a while and be doing your laundry while there. Just take your Downy Ball and a small bottle of fabric softener with you to help keep those clothes soft and fresh no matter where you are.

Use With Ultra DownyThe only down side to the Downy Ball is that on the package it will tell you to only use Downy brand fabric softener, however that is not a problem for me because it is the only type I use. I would not recommend using the Downy Ball with any other fabric softener just because it is safer to use what the package says to use. I would like to use it with other fabric softeners and maybe one day Downy will make a newer ball that will allow you to do that. Until then I will stick with my Downy Ball and Downy softener so I no longer have to worry about not using fabric softener.

You too can get your very own Downy Ball from online by clicking here and ordering from them directly. You can also buy it from most drugstores or super centers like WalMart. Or you can enter my GIVEAWAY. I am giving away one (1) Downy Ball, with coupons and one (1) bottle of Downy fabric softener (size to be determined) to one (1) lucky reader. Just enter the giveaway below. Giveaway


One (1) lucky reader will receive the following items: One (1) Downy Ball, One (1) Bottle of Downy Fabric Softener, and coupons. Open to residents of the U.S. ages 18+. Just enter the giveaway below.

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Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus- Your New Iron For Traveling

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***Disclosure: Please note that this is a review of the Downey Wrinkle Releaser Travel Bottle. I was just given the product to try and give my honest opinion on.***

You are going on a trip, like Spring Break, and as you are folding your clothes neatly and placing them in your suitcase you start to think, “I’m sure there will be an iron wherever I go, so it is okay if my clothes wrinkle.” Then you get to your destination and begin to sort your clothes, seeing that you will need to iron them after all. However for whatever reason you do not have access to an iron. Now you are stuck with wrinkled clothes. Sure you can look up some tips to get wrinkles out of your clothes, like hanging them in the bathroom with the hot water from the shower running causing the steam to eventually dewrinkle your clothes, but that could take forever and your clothes could become damp from the moisture in the air. There is a better way…

Blog Pic 5Introducing the Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus Travel Bottle. I have fallen in love with this product. It is so simple to use and a great fit for your travels. This little 3-oz travel bottle fits greats in any of your travel bags, and it meets air-line standards so you can take it with you even if your flying too. This little gem is so simple and easy to use. You simply spray on your wrinkled clothes, tug on the shirt, smooth out the wrinkles, and then hang it for about 10 minutes to let it dry. After that you are ready to go and your clothes not only look better, but with the fresh scent from the spray your clothes will smell great too. Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus can also double as an odor eliminator. Got pesky smells on your pillowcases, or curtains? Say no more and spray them away. Try it out some of your favorite items that you cannot wash with out them messing up and I believe it will smell better than ever before.

what-to-wear-on-a-plane-Downy-Wrinkle-Releaser-Plus Are you going on a trip some time in the near future? Here are some must have tips for when you are going on said trip. Most of these are travel tips for when you are flying, but you can use these if your going on a long car trip as well.

I will always carry a bottle with me whenever I am going on a trip, because you never know what life is going to throw at you and it is always better to be prepared.

NatraCure Plantar Fasciitis Cold Therapy Socks

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***This post is not meant for you to treat any problems you might have with your feet. This is just to inform you about a great product I have tried to help alleviate the pain in my feet. Please consult a doctor if you feel you have feet pain before trying to manage it on your own.***

Plantar Sock 1A little while back¬†my wife talked to you about NatraCure’s Cold Therapy Socks and told you how they are great for everything feet pain related. Well today we are brining you a different sock specifically designed for Plantar Fasciitis. It is their very special Plantar Fasciitis Cold Therapy Sock. I am sure you are thinking to yourself, “What is the difference between the two socks?” The answer is simple. The Plantar Fasciitis socks have a special strap¬†that wraps around your foot while you are using the heat or cold for extra arch support as well as reducing the pain and swelling associated with Plantar Fasciitis.

You maybe wondering to yourself why we are telling you about these socks. Well as a parent who has feet pain, often times I find it difficult to be able to run and play with my son because of the pain or even stand for more than an hour with out constant swelling in the tended and unbearable pain. I also couldn’t really work out because the pain was so bad. However now that I have found these socks that help with the pain, I can play with my son as much as I want too, workout and even just walk around with little to¬†no pain.¬†When I’m done I just ice or heat my feet to keep the pain at bay. I would rather feel a little pain that I can just relieve with these socks later and play with my son, versus not playing with him at all. (These socks alone did not completely get rid of my pain, but they did make it tolerable. I have been working out and working with my doctor to get rid of the pain).

Which do you pickYou can use these socks, just like the other Cold Therapy Socks for any kind of feet pain, but these are designed specifically to help alleviate that pain in your Plantar Fascia and get you back to the healthy way you were before. You can order these online from the Natra Cure website by clicking here, for a great price of $24.95 plus shipping and handling.

I would recommend these to anyone who has feet pain like I did that you give them a try. (Again if you are not sure if you should use this product, please consult your doctor first)


***The opinions in this post are just that, opinions. Mommy’s Everyday Life was given the product to review and give an honest opinion about. Nothing else was given.***

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NatraCure Arthritis Mittens

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Have you ever suffered for pain in your hands from typing on a computer keyboard all day? Maybe your suffered from pain in your hands due to having to write all day. What about possible arthritis, or you hands get really cold, but you do not want to place them in front of a heater because they might get to hot at that point?

Every person goes through one of these things at some point in their life.

What if I told you that I was introduced to these amazing mittens that not only keep your hands warm, but also help with the pain? Do you think I am lying? Well I am not, introducing from NatraCure, their Arthritis Mittens!cold

These mittens are among the most amazing things I have ever used. Now I do not have arthritis, but I do sometimes type or write for long periods of time at my job or home and my hands often end up hurting and my hands end up cold a lot. Especially in this crazy Texas weather. I mean hot one day and freezing the next, my poor hands just could not keep up. So I was so blessed to be able to try these mittens, that I just could not say no, and I found that they really work.

They release a lot of different essential oils that are used to combat pain in the hands and keeps the hands feeling smooth (at least it did to mine). So if you do have pain in your hands just use these to help get rid of it and keeps you hands warm and feeling good.

I promises these mittens are so simple to use too. All you have to do is place them in your microwave for about 40 seconds each glove and wait for the dark blue symbol to turn read indicating it is ready for you to put them on. Then you just wear them until the symbol turns dark blue again indicating that the time is up. That truly is super

I know you are not going to just take my word on this and you would like to know more about these amazing mittens and how to get your hands on them. Well all you have to do is click here to find all the information I have mentioned and more on these amazing mittens. They are very reasonable priced at just $19.99. You can also order them from Amazon, if you shop from there a lot too.

I truly recommend that if you work on a computer, write a lot, or your hands get cold easy, that you get yourself a pair of these great mittens to wear. These will help combat the cold and those aches in your hands.

*** The opinions in this review are the authors and the authors alone. The author was given the mittens to try in exchange for their honest opinion. ***

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NatraCure Cold Therapy Socks

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Feet pain, we all get it at some point in time in our lives. Some of us get it from just being on our feet for 8+ hours a day, while others get it as a result of a lot of high impact on our feet from years of being athletic to working out the wrong way, to even just jumping in to much impact on our feet after years of not much impact at all. There are many things you can do to help with the pain, from over the counter meds, prescription meds, to home remedies, to physical therapy, to heat and cold packs and more. I however have found an amazing product that takes away most of the pain to where I do not really need meds or home remedies anymore. They are Cold Therapy Socks from NatraCure.
Cold therapy Socks 2

Are you thinking they are just sock you heat up or place in the freezer then put them on? If so you are not alone, I thought that at first until I saw a picture of them. Cold Therapy Socks are regular everyday socks that have two gel packs that you insert into these pockets located one on the bottom and one on the top of the socks. They are placed in a way that there is a layer of sock in between your foot and the gel pack, so as to keep you from burning or freezing your foot from direct contact with the gel packs.
Cold Therapy Socks 1

There are two different ways to use these socks. You can use them cold as in their name sake by placing them in the fridge or freezer at least two hours before you plan to use them. So if you know you are going to be doing an activity that will cause your feet to be sore, or if you know you have to ice your feet once a day for what ever reason, you just place the packs to cool so they are ready to go when you are ready to use them. The other way you can use them is hot. Now when you use them hot you do not stick the gel packs directly in the microwave by themselves. Doing that can ruin your gel packs. Instead you place them in the designated spots and then place the sock in the microwave, heating it up for 10 seconds at a time on both top and bottom, so they are heated evenly, for a total of 40 seconds only. Any more time than that can ruin your gel packs as well. Also the gel packs must be at room temperature before you go to heat them as well as cool them. This will also help you keep from ruining them and they will last longer.

You can order these socks at the NatraCure website or on Amazon. Just follow the prompts to find what you need. These socks are retailed at $19.99 and worth every penny. I recommend these and their other products to anyone needing or wanting extra support from those little body pains we get in life.

*** The opinions in this review are the authors and the authors alone. The author was given the socks to try in exchange for their honest opinion. ***

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Little Laundry Lifehacks Giveaway (CLOSED)

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I’m teaming up with some great brands and bloggers to share some of my favorite laundry hacks, plus a chance to win a Little Laundry Lifehacks Giveaway (including a $150 Walmart gift card.)

Four Fabulous Laundry Hacks

1. Sick of ironing? Put your iron away and use Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus instead. Just spray, smooth and tug and watch those wrinkles disappear! Click here to download a coupon.

DWR to the rescue

2. Have a stain while you’re out and about? Use the Dreft Stain Stick to remove the stain ASAP. Click here to download a coupon.


3. Keep forgetting those wet towels in the wash? Febreze In-Wash Odor Eliminator to the rescue. Add some to your next load of laundry, and #SinktheStink. Click here to download a coupon.


Image courtesy of Kids Activities Blog.

4. Trying to get your clothes as soft as possible – and don’t have an HE washer? Don’t forget about the Downy Ball! Click here to download a coupon.


Enter to Win

Complete the form below to enter to win a Laundry Lifehack prize pack – full of product from Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus, Febreze In-Wash Odor Eliminator, Dreft Home and Downy Ball. Plus a $150 Walmart Gift Card.