Gardening and Old Orchard Mango Lemonade

As a member of the Old Orchard VIP #JuiceCrew I received free samples in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.


Summer is here FINALLY! Well I’m in Florida so it feels like summer just about year round but now it’s officially summer break from homeschool and we are ready for fun in the sun!


This spring we decided to plant a garden, this isn’t our 1st time with previous attempts being unsuccessful, we were really hopeful to have a fruitful garden this time around. We planted a ton of green beans, sweet bi-color corn, tomatoes, jalapenos, cucumbers and watermelons. Gardening is not easy, especially here in Florida but it is so rewarding when you harvest your fresh fruits and veggies. Here’s a sneak peak at a few of our goodies we have growing (there are plenty more where these came from).

So we have had some success mostly with the green beans (we now have a freezer full) as well as a few cucumbers. Our jalapenos, corn, and tomatoes are almost there just waiting for them to be ready to pick and our watermelons still have a while before they are big and round.

What is a better way to cool off after a long day working in the garden then with a nice ice cold glass of Old Orchard Mango Lemonade. Since it’s so hot here and the kids like cool treats while they are outside I like to freeze the juice into ice cubes, then blend them and voila you got homemade icee treats. Quick, easy, cool, delicious treat after a day of play. (Sadly I didn’t get pics of our cool treats because they were eating them faster than I could get them served.)


Thanks to Old Orchard VIP #JuiceCrew I got to sample the Mango Lemonade flavor. I also got a package of  herb seeds that go perfectly with our garden veggies, a set of Old Orchard brand gloves, a DIY project card reusing Old Orchard frozen juice containers and a few coupons for more juice when we run out.

How would you use the Mango Lemonade? I would love to hear your recipes.

Precious Moments Little Book of Grandma’s Love By Jean Fischer {Children’s Book Review}

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BookLook Bloggers. All opinions are always my own.

Some of my best memories include my grandmother. We spent time walking and singing, working in the garden, riding bikes, camping, snuggling up while watching a movie or listening to her read to me. Unfortunately my mother doesn’t leave near us but my children love and miss her dearly. I thought the book Precious Moments Little Book of Grandma’s Love would be a cute little book for my daughter to remember grandma when she isn’t around, and remember the special bond they share even states apart.

Book Description

Grandma’s love is the best kind of love! And nothing is more special than time together, whether you’re making cookies, playing games, or just cuddled up. Precious Moments Little Book of Grandma’s Love celebrates the special connection grandmothers share with their grandchildren and features classic Precious Moments art; sweet, rhyming text; and Scripture.

Time with Grandma is always fun! And what could be more fun than snuggling close and reading together about all the reasons grandmas and grandchildren love each other so very much? From gardening together to playing games to that special hug that only Grandma can give, you’ll love seeing all the ways a grandma’s love is so unique.

Through the classic Precious Moments® artwork, fun poems, sweet prayers, and Bible verses, Precious Moments Little Book of Grandma’s Love will remind your favorite grandma and her grandchildren that only God gives the gift of grandma’s love.

Who doesn’t just love the little adorable Precious Moments people right?! This cute book was written by Jean Fischer and includes all the fun things you can do with grandma in sweet poems, prayers and Bible verses. Reading this book with my daughter reminds me of all the time I spent with my grandma and our very special bond.

Know a grandma who would love to sit down with the grandkids and read this book? Put a smile on grandma’s face and warm her heart with a copy of this adorable, sweet, loving book.

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The Perfect Gift for Mother’s Day- A JORD Watch {Giveaway Inside!}

A few weeks ago I was asked to review a  JORD Wooden Watches (pronounced Yode). At first I was like meh do I really want a watch? I mean I have a watch sitting in my jewelry box that I never wear because I am too cheap to buy a battery for it (they are pricey). Then I went to check them out and was absolutely floored by the stunning watch collections- and immediately I was like HECK YES! I am so glad I did not pass this up.

JORD Wood Watches are not like any ordinary watches out there. They are a luxury, hand crafted all natural wooden watch brand. They carry a wide variety of women’s and men’s watches. Honestly, I was a little afraid to wear this out, this is probably the fanciest thing I own (sad I know…. but hey I’m a mom).

I received the Cora Zebrawood & Rose watch. It came fitted around a small pillow and carefully placed in this beautiful wooden box (perfect to give as a gift). The box is a beautiful thick box for you to carefully store your watch in when not in use. It even has a little drawer on bottom to put a humidifier pack to keep the wood in perfect condition. This drawer is for a humidifier pack to keep the wood in perfect condition 🙂  Pictures do not do this watch justice, it is so much more beautiful in person. It is lightweight and comfortable to wear. It is made with one of a kind Zebrawood and has a Rose colored face. Sapphire Glass Crystals take the place of the numbers and it has  gold hands, crown knob and double clasp. Best of all it has no batteries! It has a self-winding automatic system that lasts for 36 hours, then you must twist and rest the time. It includes easy to follow instructions if you are unfamiliar with self-winding watches like I was. On the back of the watch face, as well as a tiny circle on the front face, it has a clear cover so you can see the watch moving. Just another feature making these watches so unique and stunning.

JORD Wood Watches are  treated with tung oil to finish and protect the wood grain making the watches splash proof but not water resistant. These watches can last a real long time with proper care and maintenance. Since it is made with wood you will need to take care of it by making sure it is properly conditioned using JORD Preserve Finishing Oil and JORD Polishing Cloth (both provided for you with your purchase).

These watches are perfect for any occassion or even every day use. You can dress it up or dress it down. Several people have asked me about my watch, and I tell them I got it from JORD. It truly is a stunning watch.

Mother’s Day is coming up in just a few weeks. If you know of a special mom in your life who deserves a little extra something this year get her a JORD Watch! Kids (or husbands) I can promise you that you will be mom’s favorite if you got her one of these 😉


How would you like to win a $100 gift card towards a purchase of any JORD Wooden Watch? Entry is simple, just fill out your name and email to be contacted if you’re a winner. Giveaway ends May 4th, 2019. Not a winner? That’s ok everyone who enters will receive a coupon good for 10% off a purchase.

Enter the giveaway here!

Head over to JORD watches and tell me what your favorite watch is.


Wooden Wrist Watch

Stay Hydrated with Old Orchard Healthy Balance Single-Serve Juice

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Old Orchard As a member of the VIP Juice Crew I received free samples in exchange for my honest opinion.

We are an outdoorsy family. With summer break a few weeks away, that means even more time outdoors. Picnics at the park, swimming at the beach and fishing are a few of the activities we enjoy doing, and we do them often. It’s hot here in Florida so it’s important to stay hydrated, but sometimes water just gets boring.

Old Orchard has a line of Healthy Balance Juices, that taste great but are low in sugar. Sugar is something we actively try to reduce in our house. If you didn’t see my Fruity Summer Sangria post I made with Old Orchard Healthy Balance Mango Tangerine Juice you can check it out here, it’s the perfect summer drink to kick back and relax to. But now you can purchase these juices in single serve 10 oz bottles, which are perfect for outside and traveling! They come in 4 flavors: Apple, Peach Passion Fruit, Mango Tangerine and Strawberry Watermelon. They are 95% less sugar, carbs and calories (just 10 calories per bottle),made with real fruit juice, with no artificial flavors or preservatives, gluten free and are fortified with Vitamin C.

We already love the Mango Tangerine but they are all delicious. Perfect for the entire family to stay hydrated while reeling in that big fish or collecting shells after a swim at the beach. My daughter is obsessed with the Strawberry Watermelon, which I have already had to buy for her.

Available now at select Walmart locations and Schnuck’s Market and other retail locations including my favorite Publix. Check out the store locator here to find a location near you, or you can purchase them online at

What flavor would you like to try?

I am a member of the Old Orchard VIP Juice Crew. Each month I get sent a box of Old Orchard Juice as well as other goodies. For April I received all 4 flavors of the Healthy Balance Single Serve Juices, a cool Old Orchard Hat and Cooler(perfect for outdoors) and a few coupons to buy more juice.


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An Easter Prayer Touch and Feel {By Amy Parker} Children’s Book Review

As a member of BookLookBloggers I received this item free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are always my own.

Spring is here and Easter is just a few short weeks away. If you’re looking for a basket gift for the littles that isn’t candy I have got a great little book.

An Easter Prayer Touch-and-Feel book is written by Amy Parker and illustrated by Alison Edgson. Starting from the front cover there are 7 different textured pictures you can feel throughout the book including a bunny’s furry belly, a rain puddle or even the petal of a beautiful flower. It follows a cute little bunny and chick around as they give special thanks to God for all the wonderful things He has given us; like the rain for puddles, new life for family and friends and ending with being thankful that God sent  His son Jesus who lives again.The book is so wonderfully illustrated with bright, colorful, spring pictures of fun little animals. The sentences are short and sweet and perfect for early readers and younger.


Touch and feel books were some of my absolute favorite books to read when I was a wee little one, and my kids loved them too!

You can purchase this on Amazon just in time to fill those baskets.

Buck Denver’s Giant Robot Suit & Buck Denver’s Bad, Bad Day {Children’s Book Reviews}

I received free copies of the books below in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are always my own.


If any of you have kids who love Veggie Tales you will be excited about these next 2 books I am going to share with you. Buck Denver’s Giant Robot Suit and Buck Denver’s Bad, Bad Day are written by Veggie Tales creator Phil Vischer and are based on the video series Buck Denver Asks… What’s in the Bible? .

My daughter loves reading and I love books that I know have value, show character but are also fun to read and engaging. These books are books that I don’t have to worry what they are reading. You can never read enough about God or the Bible and these books are great and sharing our love of both.


Buck Denver’s Giant Robot Suit

What does it mean to be a good friend?

Buck Denver wants to be friends with God, so he makes a giant robot suit to be closer to Him. To help Buck understand the true meaning of friendship, his friends share their favorite Bible stories. First, Sunday School Lady tells him all about David and Jonathan and their loyalty to one another in tough times. Then Pastor Paul talks about how Jesus offers friendship to each of us. In the end, Buck learns that God uses friends to help us grow stronger and our friendship with Jesus helps us grow closer to God!

My Review

I love how this how this book focused on friendship. My daughter is 8 and very friendly. This book showed her how to be a great friend and how God uses friends to help us through life. Friends are an important part of our life and helps us be stronger.

In the back of the book is a section called “Family Connection”. It lists questions for you to ask your child and really get them thinking about the lessons in the book and  Bible verses to read. This is such an awesome thing to include in the book.


Buck Denver’s Bad, Bad Day

What does it mean to be thankful?

Buck Denver has had a bad, bad day, so his friends take him on a quest to learn about thankfulness. Soon, he’s on a ride with Sunday School Lady, Marcy, and Brother Louie to learn about Jehoshaphat and Lazarus. In the end, Buck learns that on good days AND bad days, God is good and worthy of our thanks-every day, no matter what!

My Review

Thankful…that is a word that I actively try to teach my children all the time. Be thankful for the big, the small, the things you see and even the things you don’t see. This book is a fun, gentle approach that helps children remember just how great God is and to thankful all the time. This book to has the “Family Connection” section in the back.

Easter is coming up these would make perfect basket stuffers. They are fun to read but also remind the children of some important life lessons. Friendship and thankfulness are 2 very important life lessons that many people lack today in this sometimes harsh world. Let’s remind our littles how great God is and how he provides for us every…single…day!


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Out With the Old In With the New {Living Room Decor Tips}

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Is it time for a change? With the new year I always feel it’s time to get rid of the old and in with the new. Whether it’s a new year or you just need a change of scenery in your home, I have some great tips to change up your living room decor.

A New Year A New Living Room Décor

An enthralling New Year has just blossomed with petals of new dreams and aspirations! Having a comfortable home is one’s most beautiful dream. Whether it is a small cottage or a big mansion, home is a person’s most prized possession.  It is the reflection of one’s personality. Reflect your vibrant soul with decorative wall panels and exuberant marble floors. Make your living room an epitome of comfort, peace, and satisfaction where families bond, children nurture and elders feel loved. Let your walls speak the language of your heart with lively 3D wall panels that broadcast your class. Whether you are a minimalist or a maximalist, you can customize your theme selection accordingly to pave way for a fresh new start.


The bamboo effect

Light yet sturdy, minimal and also cheap, yes it’s the bamboo that makes any decoration unique! Try using bamboo to give an ecstatic vision of simplicity and grace. Using bamboo wall panels for your living rooms could be an excellent option for bringing life to any size of the room. With minimal maintenance, bamboo can make any place look stylish. It can be used as a screen or as a natural curtain or it can be used as a dividing wall for different zones in a huge room. Oversized hanging bamboo lampshades make a bold impact in a room or balcony. Bamboo blinds and decorative baskets give a rustic and relaxed effect to any area in the living room. Pairing up with wood or stone, bamboo can add a soothing echo to any room.



Adding Life to walls

Walls could be of bricks or of stones, it’s is their color and texture that makes the house a home. Experimenting with paints on different sized walls could be an easy option, but this is not all. Life is 3 dimensional so why not our walls? Here comes the 3D wall panel to the rescue. If it sounds difficult, there are certain other easy options for quick modifications. Adding a simple green tall plant to a corner of a wall or next to a piece of furniture makes a serene and lasting impact. Changing the texture by using thematic textured wall panels can help to personalize your walls. If you want to make a signature effect, a single large antique mirror can be hanged over a fireplace. Mirrors open up spaces to provide a relaxing effect.  Make way for some textile wall art, which can beautifully cover a large wall. If you have geeky genes then you may make way for optical illusion using funkily patterned wall tiles which make smaller rooms look big.  You may also go for some artsy bookshelves to make a mini library.


Floor décor

Highlight your space by decorating the most important aspect which occupies the largest space in your house. Yes, it is the floor.  The color, the texture, the type of material used, all decide the tempo of the room. The color and the material used speak for itself but the other decorative items can spice things up. The use of light colored flooring can create a cooling effect and also make smaller rooms look large. Decorative area rugs of contrasting colors from the floor can be treated like a piece of art to decorate the large frame of your floors. Adding to that, illuminating floor lamps at the corners of the wall adds reflective light from walls to creating a magical lasting impact. Add some floral plants to the corners of the rooms. They not only decorate the floor space but also clean the air. Floor poufs and other decorative seating items can add coziness to the home. Using large pillows around small tables are a good option for small gatherings in the room. Wooden flooring can also be a great option to bring warmth and coziness in the room.

Creative lightening

Good lightening is the key to promised beautiful architecture. It needs to be creatively focused over the items one needs to highlight. Chandeliers provide elegant vintage lights. They can either be hanged alone or in pairs. Dramatic effects can be added by repeating ceiling fixtures in long hallways every few feet. Eco-friendly LED Lights can be used to illuminate architectural details with different colors. Pendant lights can be hanged over center tables to make a great statement. Floor lamps have the power to enlighten dark rooms. Small disk lights can also be used in cabinets to create a dazzling showroom effect. The right amount of lightning at the right place can leave an extremely great effect on the architecture. 


Beautiful rooms are created not just by making big changes, but also by adding small details. Accessorize your home with decorative storage items, hanging pieces of artwork, pictures, floating shelves, artistic curtains, and bookshelves. Replacing old furniture with a new one that matches your style is of utmost importance. Spray paint can be used to renew old storage boxes. Hanging artwork, pictures and posters personalize your space. Floating shelves can also be used to create some extra space. Curtains, on the other hand, are the most underused decorating tools. Different colored curtains can be combined with contrasting walls to create a textured look. Layering with different patterns can also be done to increase visual interests in a room. Another way could be the display of highly curated collectibles on a small table or shelf. Antiques can also be grouped by different colors.

This New Year, renew your living room beautifully to instill positive vibes that soothe your soul the whole year round. Paying attention to the little details can help in providing good design to your living room. Choose from a variety of designs depending on your budget. Something low in cost can also be made splendid if used in an unusual way. Adopting strategies that best suit your space and using appropriate colors can magically transform any simple looking house into a cozy home. Make an innovative start but beware, the comfort you receive might make you homesick!

Cool Off With This Easy Recipe for My Summer Sangria {Featuring Old Orchard Healthy Balance Mango Tangerine}

I am a member of the Old Orchard VIP Juice Crew and received free samples in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Although it’s not summer just yet it sure feels like it here in Florida. That means pool and cool drinks are in my future. And I have the perfect summer drink recipe that you can make at home with just a few ingredients. This adult beverage is fresh, delish and low in sugar too! Make it for yourself or friends as you’re hanging out in the pool, picnicking in the backyard or as a weekend treat.

As a member of Old Orchard VIP Juice Crew I get a box of goodies every month to try and share. This month I got in my box I got a bottle of Old Orchard Healthy Balance Mango Tangerine Juice. Now what makes me so excited about this juice it it’s low in sugar. Since last summer I  have been actively reducing the amount of sugar I have been intaking, successfully I might add.  Low sugar & fresh fruit, so I guess you could say this is kinda healthy right?! Even if you don’t make the recipe it’s still a great juice to drink alone.



Easy Summer Sangria



  • 3 Cups Old Orchard Healthy Balance Mango Tangerine Juice
  • 2 Cups of your favorite white wine
  • Fresh pineapple, strawberries and peaches (you could also use any fruit combo you like)
  • 2Qt. Pitcher



  • Chop fruit and add to bottom of pitcher
  • Add your juice & wine
  • Stir
  • Chill at least 2 hours
  • Serve & Enjoy!


I love this recipe because it is so easy to make and takes little time. If you make it be sure to come back and let me know what you think of it.