The Story of Shauna and her Life with Congenital Heart Defects

The Story of Shauna and her Life with Congenital Heart Defects

Did you know that 1 in every 100 babies is born with a heart defect? Did you know that 50% of them are at risk of death if their defect is not surgically corrected? How about that Congenital Heart Disease is the NUMBER ONE MOST COMMON BIRTH DEFECT? It is also the number one cause of infant mortality. You’d think that would be more widely known and publicized, but it isn’t. Most people think of other defects when they are asked about the most common. Because Congenital Heart Disease (or Defects as it was previously known) has so many different ways to manifest itself, many people don’t put it all together.

Get Outside, Go Hiking And Explore with Lugz Boots

Get Outside, Go Hiking And Explore with Lugz Boots

Since we live in a primarily rural area now, we have the ability to walk to a lot more places that are outdoors. One of my favorite places to get out and walk is around the “Rez” or the reservoir. Our Rez is HUGE at 212 acres and a circumference of 2.5 miles and at it’s deepest point its 33ft deep. My husband and I go up there and walk around a bit when it’s warmer and not as windy. Unless I get antsy at home and want to go bird watching for the local Bald Eagles. Bald Eagles were my mom’s favorite bird and when she passed, my brother and I both saw a bald eagle within a couple days of her passing. We took it as “Mom’s with us, watching us.” So now whenever we see one, we simply say “Hi mom, love you!” 

150 US Based Restaurants that Kids Eat Free or Super Cheap

150 US Based Restaurants that Kids Eat Free or Super Cheap

Sometimes cooking a meal just isn’t in your daily plans whether it be work, kids’ activities, traffic, or you’re just having a bad day. For me, it’s usually the later, or I just don’t feel like cooking because, that takes too much work after working all day. Typically we tend to go out to eat to ease the remainder of the day, but dining out can be expensive especially if you do it more than once a week. Which is why we either go out just once a month, or we utilize other savings methods.
You should definitely double check with the restaurants prior to taking advantage of their promotions as most national chains have franchises and independently owned locations.

Continuing a Tradition: Valentine’s Day Holiday Tree

Continuing a Tradition: Valentine’s Day Holiday Tree

When we bought our home, put the Christmas tree up, I decided, I’m now the matriarch of the family, so it’s now my duty to continue the tradition of the Holiday Tree. My husband wasn’t exactly “jumping for joy” when I made this decision, however, he knows what it means to me. He tends to go along with a lot of my crazy ideas, a lot of times he drags his feet on the ideas, but he’ll still join me on the crazy ride. Anyway, a lot of the decorations that my mom had were either damaged from storage because the totes weren’t sealed right or they were broken and I didn’t realize it, so I had to make new decorations or get creative.

Your 2019 Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gifts for Guys, Ladies & Couples

Your 2019 Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gifts for Guys, Ladies & Couples

Valentine’s Day is one of the two love holidays of the year (Sweetest day is the second one and it’s in October if you’re in the Great Lakes Region for a heads up.) It’s a day where most men buy their ladies candies, roses, and jewelry to profess their undying love. It originally started off as a ritual performed by the Romans from February 13th to 15th to avert evil spirits and purify the city, releasing health and fertility. I won’t go into the details of what entailed during the ritual, you can do that research yourself. Around the 3rd century, Emperor Claudius II executed 2 men with the name Valentine on February 14th in two different years and eventually the Catholic Church declared February 14th as “St. Valentine’s day”.

Key Decor Elements of a Gorgeous Contemporary Bedroom

Key Decor Elements of a Gorgeous Contemporary Bedroom

Unlike any other space in your home, the bedroom should be that special getaway and sanctuary that reflects your feelings through color, style and accessories. Designing this space is not an easy task, but if you manage to it properly, you’ll be rewarded with a safe haven where you can rest and unwind. With this in mind, here are the main considerations for decorating a gorgeous contemporary bedroom. You’ll need to think about lighting, storage, and even the linens, all of which we will discuss in this post.

2 Quick and Easy Meals Using Barilla Chickpea Rotini

2 Quick and Easy Meals Using Barilla Chickpea Rotini

Quick and easy are my favorite type of meals, mostly because I grew up having them almost every night. We were always so busy with school, sports, extra curricular activities that we ate a lot of quick and easy meals. My parents knew how to cook, but when you have a dad who works 3rd shift and a mom who works 2 jobs, quick & easy meals are pretty much all you eat Monday through Friday. Now I don’t work outside of the home, but I am either busy doing lots of blog work, cleaning the house, or getting distracted with Facebook or Instagram. So quick & easy meals are still kinda my jam. We’ve been trying to be a little more healthy lately, but every now and again, we enjoy a little carb splurge. We partnered with Barilla and bring you two delicious pasta recipes that you can easily swap out normal rotini noodles with and use the Barilla Chickpea Rotini in it’s place.

Be The Best You When You Start Investing In YOUR Health

Be The Best You When You Start Investing In YOUR Health

Investing in your health is something that everyone needs to do, most people don’t and they end up paying for in the long run. Health is a rabbit hole, something that can always be improved, something that must always be taken care of. Thankfully, investing in your own health isn’t nearly as difficult as some think. While it’s often something you feel directly, though not always immediate, it definitely benefits you over the long term, so don’t give up too early. Health has many different aspects. While mental health and functioning is essential to consider, for the purposes of this article we are to focus on physical health. Thankfully, physical health is one of the most effective precursors to mental wellness, so this can be a useful set of advice in itself.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Arrives January 29 + Giveaway

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Arrives January 29 + Giveaway

In “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” Clara travels along a golden thread, presented at Drosselmeyer’s (Morgan Freeman) annual party, eagerly searching for a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a music box that holds a priceless gift. When she enters a mysterious parallel world, Clara encounters a Nutcracker soldier named Phillip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), a gang of mice and three Realm regents, including the Sugar Plum Fairy (Keira Knightley). Ultimately, she must brave the ominous Fourth Realm, home to the tyrant Mother Ginger (Helen Mirren), to retrieve the key and return harmony to the unstable world.

FortNite Has Taken Over Our Home and I’m Okay With it + Giveaway

FortNite Has Taken Over Our Home and I’m Okay With it + Giveaway

I know you’re probably thinking I’m crazy for saying that I’m okay with FortNite taking over our home, and you’re probably right. It’s a game my son loves, is into and even though he can get a little out of hand at times. It shows his determination to keep getting better. Here’s the thing, so many people are against video gaming, especially FortNite, because they say it doesn’t teach kids today how to succeed. I believe it’s quite the opposite. Kids who are playing video games, whether it’s FortNite, COD, GTA, etc.

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