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Saturday, December 20, 2014

10 Minute DIY Homemade Bath Salts Using Essential Oils

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My goal every year is to make more homemade DIY gifts for the holidays.  It never happens.  This year I told myself that I have to at least make one thing for one person that is homemade.  I know, personally, that I always love these gifts the most.  The fact that they are made with thought and love is so much more meaningful to me than anything else.  Okay, besides anything from my girl...and diamonds, I'd never turn down diamonds.  

Friday, December 19, 2014

Mayo Crusted Chicken Bacon Avocado Grilled Cheese

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One of my absolutely favorite foods growing up was grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup.  We had it weekly and it never got old.  I ate it well into my college days.  However, since we started eating better canned soup and processed sliced cheese were one of the first things to go.  I started making our own soup and buying real cheese to make everyone's favorite meal healthier.  Even more recently I started playing around with more gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and after discovering Just Mayo from Hampton Creek, I'm sure I've stumbled upon the best combination to a sandwich known to man.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thrilling Thursdays Giveaway Link Up

Our Thrilling Thursdays Giveaway link-up is the best around!  This awesome link-up features some of the hottest giveaways all over the internet form your favorite bloggers!  We're even more excited to continue this journey with each of you, so thanks for coming back and linking up each week! From now until Saturday some of our favorite bloggers will be linking up their giveaways they currently have going on and you have the opportunity to see all of them in one place!!
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Helping a Community for the Holidays #TwinHillsSanta

Are you in the holiday spirit yet?  There always seems to be a little extra magic in the air during this time of the year. People seem to smile more, have longer conversations with people they don’t know, hold doors open and find ways to do more kind things for people.  People they may know or they may not.  It's the holidays!  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pineapple Orange Glazed Cookies

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Growing up, baking cookies was an integral part of our holiday planning.  And not just a few cookies one time.  We baked for DAYS.  At our house, at our aunt's house, at friend's houses.  Everywhere.  It's such a great memory and I've enjoyed doing it with Skibbles this year as well.  One fond memory I have is that every year my mom would do a cookie swap with friends.  Every year it was on a rotating schedule of who would host, but without fail, my mom would always make her Pineapple Glazed cookies for the swap.  I've upheld the tradition with my own friends the last two years and added my own twist with my Pineapple Orange Glazed Cookies.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Proactiv Plus Review

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I remember having acne breakouts during my teenage years.  There was nothing more embarrassing than having to go to school or a school function with a breakout all over your face.  Since my triggers were typically stress related, it always seem like I broke out during the most inconvenient times -- prom, date with a new boyfriend, school photos, etc.  My family couldn't afford much when it came to acne treatments, so I was left with my mom's best solution - pop it and put Neosporin on it.  Let me tell you--- it didn't help.  

Sunday, December 14, 2014

This Holiday Season Consider Adoption

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Growing up, my dad desperately wanted a boy.  Instead, he got my sister and I.  I remember him frequently talking about adopting a boy, however, my mother would never agree.  He somewhat lucked out when he married my stepmother who already had a son, however, I know that if he could, he would still adopt children.  He's been on two missions trips and each time I have expected for him to come back and tell me that he got an expedited adoption and I should come over to meet my new little brother.  I'll admit that growing up, I secretly prayed that my mother would agree to an adoption so I could have a younger sibling.  As I have grown up and started my own family, I frequently consider adoption down the line after I am finished having children of my own.  Adoption and foster parenting have always held a special place in my heart.