TBT: Clearly Canadian

So it all started with a facebook post from Jake’s high school friend JD.  He had found Clearly Canadian drinks, something I haven’t seen since high school.   He had all the flavors:  Country Peach, Wild Cherry,  Mountain Blackberry and Raspberry.  I was in awe, and wishing he could just ship me some – even if it was to just have a taste of each one and share with my kids.

Fast forward a few months, and we happened to be stopping in a shopping center that had World Market.  After following Jake and Jonathan around Best Buy & Petsmart, I decided that we were going to go to World Market (if mom has to be dragged into stores, they can return the favor).  I had remembered JD mentioning that he had heard about them being found in the World Market stores.

After browsing a few aisles, I made my way back to the food & beverage section (which is probably my favorite section of that store anyway).  We found them – by the bottle or by the case.  I quickly sent Jonathan to the truck for my purse, and I went off to find a basket.  We loaded up on 3 per flavor (except peach, because I remember hating that flavor) – and off to the register we went.  Later that night, we popped the first one open and sure enough, it tastes just like I remember.  Now if we could get companies to bring back Pudding Pops, I’d be pretty set.   I have been enjoying packing these lovely little drinks with my lunch this week!

What items would you like to see brought back?  Any childhood favorites that we could interest you in?


just another manic monday

Y’all – I swear I have the best of intentions to keep writing, but man life is just busy sometimes!   Before Jake and I started dating, I had a ton of time on Tuesdays/Wednesdays when the kids would go to their dads to write, go to the library and just work.  Then when we started dating, I wanted to spend the time with them – so the writing (and reading) fell by the wayside.  It actually is a long running joke between Jake and I about reading.  In the first few weeks we were dating, he would text me and ask me what I was doing.  An hour later, we’d still be texting (or chatting) and he would ask how the book was.  My standard line was “you know damn well I haven’t been reading”.  Yeah, life is still like that – although now we live in the same house and are married.  Our nights with the kids home are filled with dinner, homework, showers & bedtime routines.   The nights without the kids are spent cleaning up, going for walks and watching jeopardy nightly (yes, I still beat him at jeopardy most nights).    I love devoting my evenings to my husband and my kids.  I spend all day on a computer at work, and lots of times don’t want to turn one on when I get home.

I do try to get some posts up & scheduled.  I am trying to sort out who I am going to work with this holiday season.  Blogging has gotten slower than it once was in terms of sponsored postings.  I used to work with Best Buy a great deal, but that has since slowed down a lot.  I should be better about promoting my own business – and I have a plan to do that.   Its the execution that I am slacking on.

I have some posts scheduled out for this week, some wedding posts & some funny.  Now that I have gotten into a routine of packing my lunch, I can spend the lunch breaks locked in my office writing & working my business like I should.

So for now, know that I always have the best of intentions – and I’m a work in progress.


Fall Swago!


The digital rewards site Swagbucks is celebrating the fall with another big “Swago” promotion starting Monday, October 9th at 9am PDT! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you’re filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you’re thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips:

  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, October 16th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you’ll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!

The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, October 16th to use all your spins.

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points – if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice.

Click here right now and click “Join” to get started! If you don’t already have a Swagbucks account, you’ll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of next month, you’ll get a bonus 300 SB!

Wedding Wednesday – Dance Off!

A few more shots from our wedding – all the dancing!  I am so glad we went with a DJ, I’m so excited we got to dance.  I do wish the dancing had lasted longer into the
evening, but it was hot – so I get it!    I know we were dancing to “Girls, Girls, Girls”
in some of these photos. 


It is hard to believe we are so far into fall.  The kids have settled into good routines with school, but us as parents on the other hand – yeah….we are working on it.  Throwing a honeymoon into the middle threw us off a bit, but we are catching back on quick.    Life has been good, although work has been stressful and busy.  We try to keep work at work as best we can, but sometimes it creeps into home life.   I did want to type out  a quick blog post to tell everyone, we are still here and kicking!  

We have hit our 1st home Carolina game, battled a cold (me), and babysat for friends.  We have plans to attend a few more Carolina games (we are season ticket holders), we took Katie to Biltmore & hopefully we can hit up a brewery and IKEA at some point this fall.  We need to get Katie a new bed frame, and get Jonathan one too (he is quickly outgrowing his loft bed).

It may be fall, but you know South Carolina – if we don’t hit 90 everyday until damn near the end of October it wouldn’t be normal.   Y’all know I love the hot weather – but I’m so ready to open the windows and air the house out a bit!    I would love to take the kids to pick pumpkins, but closer to Halloween.  I think carving pumpkins is so incredibly gross – but the kids love it – so I think I’ll leave that task to Jake!  

What is on tap for you this fall?   Cider Mills, breweries, pumpkin patches?  









wedding Wednesday!

Just a few shots from when we were doing our vows to one another.  We wrote our own, and didn’t let the other see/hear until that day.  Such a special moment between Jake and I, and I am so glad we did it.

a transition point

Jake and I have found ourselves in a bit of a quandary.  We love our church we currently attend and have attended for almost 2 years.  We love the services, the friends we have made in our Sunday School class and the overall atmosphere of the church.  However – we are not fond of our new pastor.   We know that with any transition such as this, that there are changes made and you have to give it time.  Our new pastor came around Easter of this year when our old pastor (who we loved) retired.  We have tried and tried, but find ourselves wanting to skip because we just don’t like the way he preaches.  Having been through several pastor transitions in my home church in VA, I know that some people will just “suck it up” because it is their home church and they don’t want to change.  We have adapted to some changes in regards to service times, the way that the children’s space is run – but we cannot get past the fact that we are just not fond of the pastor.   One of the other things that sits with us, is that our church is on the far side of the city – about 25 minutes away on a Sunday morning – but on a weekday evening – much more with traffic.  We are not able to do things in the evenings because by the time we got home from work to go there, it would be too late.  Leaving our jobs early is not an option.

However, the challenge in finding a new church is that Lexington has a lot of options, so so many in fact.  We want to be able to “plug in” to small groups, and Wednesday night suppers and be active in our church in a way that we cannot with our current church.  But we are faced with this scary prospect of “church shopping”.  We are fond of contemporary services with bands and praise music, and if you can wear jeans its a plus (in our minds, god doesn’t care what you wear, he cares you are there).   We have gotten a list together, and researched their websites.  We have listened to sermons & podcasts of different activities and our next step is just getting out there and going.

I guess in some ways I wanted to type this all out to “get it out” and ask that others pray for us in this transition.  It is hard to leave behind something, and maybe it is more so the people for us – we adore our Sunday school class.  While I guess it is possible to just go to that portion, and skip service – I feel like we would be doing ourselves a disservice.  And also, we would be unplugging ourselves from so many opportunities to mission to others.   I’d love to hear from others that have been in a similar position as us, so give me a shout if you have been through something similar.




Swagbucks & Disneyland!

Swagbucks, the online rewards site where you earn cash and free gift cards for the everyday things you do online, has added Disneyland eTickets to their lineup of rewards!

If you haven’t used Swagbucks before, here’s how it works: You get points (called SB) for things like online shopping, discovering new products and services, answering surveys, watching videos, and even searching the web. Then you redeem those points for gift cards from places like Amazon, PayPal, Walmart, Target, Starbucks, and now you can redeem them for tickets to Disneyland!

For you Disney fanatics out there who are planning a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth, Swagbucks is a great way to stretch that travel budget further. You can earn while booking your hotel, get gift cards for travel and restaurants while you’re away, or just offset the cost of the tickets using your SB points!

Here’s some information from their FAQs about it:

How will I receive my eTickets?
These are electronic tickets that will be delivered to you via email.

Where can these eTicket be used?
These eTickets are specifically for use at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA, and cannot be used at Disney World in Florida, or at any Disney Stores or other Disney resorts. Tickets cannot be used for admission to special events (ie. Mickey’s Halloween Party).

What type of eTickets does Swagbucks offer?
2 Day, 1 Park, Child (ages 3-9)
2 Day, 1 Park, Adult (ages 10+)
2 Day, Park Hopper, Child (ages 3-9)
2 Day, Park Hopper, Adult (ages 10+)
3 Day, 1 Park, Child (ages 3-9)
3 Day, 1 Park, Adult (ages 10+)
3 Day, Park Hopper, Child (ages 3-9)
3 Day, Park Hopper Adult (ages 10+)

What happens if I redeem for the wrong ticket?
These eTickets are non-refundable. Please make sure you are redeeming for the correct ticket and pay close attention to the type of ticket you are selecting, as there are different tickets depending on the amount of days you wish to attend the park, the type of ticket (one park per day vs. Park Hopper), and the age range the ticket is for (adult vs. child). Adult tickets are for ages 10 and up.

Also, please keep in mind it may take a few business days for you to receive your eTicket, so be sure to give yourself enough time when redeeming before you plan to visit the park.

WW – the way he looks at me

I was looking back through our wedding photos a few days ago, and I was struck (again) at some of them.  I have looked at them dozens of times, but one thing stands out in all of them:  The way that Jake looks at me.   He looks at me like I am the one person he has been waiting his whole life for and truth be told, there are some photos of me looking at him the same way.  He is, he is the man that I  wanted and what my heart needed.  He is the man that God led me to, in the right time and space.  For some looking at this photo he looks terrified…LOL – and I get it.  This was the moment they opened the doors and I started walking down the aisle.   He started tearing up and I had the biggest smile on my face (trying not to cry!).   I knew I was walking down that aisle to my best friend & the love of my life.
I’m so glad that you picked me Jake – I love you babe!

The way you look at me with that spark in your eyes shows me just how much you love me
and remind me of all the reasons I love you.