Her’s Day Thursday

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One of my goals this year is to blog more consistently. I’ve been failing on that front, especially with Her’s Day Thursday posts. I wanted to blog each week about a woman from every state in the U.S. So far this year I’ve hit Alabama and Alaska. Today, I’m getting back on the BAMF blogging wagon and telling you all about a great lady from Arizona: Jane H. Rider!

Jane H. Rider was born in 1889 to a homemaker mother and mining engineer father. From an early age, Jane was very interested in her father’s work. Her parents put education as a top priority and Jane was able to attend a private high school, later attending the University of Arizona. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in civil engineering—Arizona’s first female engineer.

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Her first position as a college graduate was as a bacteriologist for Arizona State Laboratories at the university she graduated from. She moved up the ladder, eventually becoming director of the lab in 1918! Her work included conducting surveys and investigations of the milk and water supplies throughout the state of Arizona. She’d collect samples by train, stagecoach, and even on horseback!


In a newspaper interview in 1966, Jane said this about her work: “In 1913, Arizona had the second highest infant mortality rate in the nation and a good share of the blame went to unsanitary milk,” she recalled in a newspaper interview in 1966. “Do you know what a ‘dobe hole is? When people built their adobe houses they dug the material out of the ground and left the hole. They let this fill with water to water their cattle. Then cows, on hot days, would stand in the ‘dobe hole. Then milking time came but the hossies were not washed off before they were milked, and the dirt and stagnant water got in the buckets.”



Jane pushed for changes in the dairy industry, leading milk producers to pasteurize milk. She also tested foods and medicines for harmful products and worked to improve food products (and this was in the early 1900’s!).


Throughout her career, Jane received many awards and honors. She was accepted into the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Women Engineers, Distinguished Citizen Award from the University of Arizona, and Phoenix Woman of the Year in 1970.

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Jane H. Rider was a force to be reckoned with up until her death in 1981, fighting for cleaner water, food, and sanitary working conditions. A wonderful woman with a remarkable legacy!

Try It Tuesday



If you know me, you know I love coffee and Diet Dr. Pepper. These things however, do not love my teeth. Crest Whitening Strips are too harsh on my sensitive teeth (and are crazy-expensive!) and even the whitener I get from my dentist hurts my teeth. Last fall while visiting my sister in Ohio, she showed me what she uses to keep her teeth nice and bright!


I decided to get my own jar a couple of weeks ago because I’m tired of my stained teeth but I wanted something natural and gentle on my sensitive teeth.

Guys. I love this stuff! When you use it, you totally look like an extra from The Walking Dead because your teeth are black, but after? OMG. You’ll freak out. Seriously. My teeth felt SO. FREAKING. CLEAN. And look at the difference after just three uses:



Sadly, it did nothing to straighten my whacked-out grin, ha! I’m so excited to continue to use this and see even better results!

Have you ever used a charcoal teeth whitener? What were your results? Share in the comments below!


Mommy Monday

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Everyone feeling refreshed and well-rested after spending Spring Break home with your kiddos?


Yeah, me neither.


However, since Easter is coming up, I found some great Easter-themed crafts that your kiddos can do {mostly} by themselves so you can sneak a few minutes hiding in the bathroom inhaling Reese’s Eggs!


Easter Mosaic Cross


This craft is super easy! All you need to do is print off the cross and have the kiddos tear up some construction paper! Give them each a glue stick and let them go to town!


Paper Plate Flowers

Another super simple craft with little prep work! Plus, your littles can get in some cutting practice!





Cross Sunrise Paper Plate 

This craft requires a bit more prep, but still super simple!




Thumbprint Bunnies and Chicks

This craft would make a great keepsake as well!



He Is Risen!

Pair this craft with The Story of Easter and you’ve got a great way to teach kids the real meaning behind this holiday!



Popsicle Stick Chicks

Need a reason to eat up some popsicles? Now you’ve got one!



What are your favorite Easter and springtime crafts? Share in the comments below!

Her’s Day Thursday

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Last Thursday was International Women’s Day and I totally dropped the ball and didn’t blog! Ack! But, to be fair, Huff the Hubs was having major surgery done so I was a teensy bit preoccupied.

There were some great tweets, stories, and announcements on IWD, but I think my favorite was news from Mattel! They are expanding the Barbie line of “Sheroes”–female heroes to help inspire a new generation of young girls! I’ve mentioned the Misty Copeland doll before, but now the doll maker is adding to their fabulous female collection of dolls with over five new ladies!

The new women featured include:

Katherine Johnson

This remarkable woman–who entered high school at the age of TEN–was hired by NASA to basically be a human computer! She was one of the women portrayed in the film Hidden Figures and is definitely a role model!



Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin, now 18 years old, has carried on her father’s legacy and passion for wildlife and conservation, devoting her life to keeping animals off the extinction list! She has also added author and actress to her repertoire, writing several children’s books and starring in films with her favorite co-stars–animals!



Gabby Douglas

Olympic athlete Gabby Douglas charmed the world with her amazing gymnastics abilities and bright smile during the 2012 London Olympics. She is a boundary breaker and an amazing athlete, earning her the title of Sheroe!



To see the rest of the BAMFs on the list, click here!


Try It Tuesday

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One of my goals for 2018 was to incorporate more veggies into my life. The only drawback with that means I have to BUY produce, which usually doesn’t get eaten and goes bad. Enter today’s Try It!
(Yes, yes, I know…they’re Great Value brand. Huff the Hubs gives me a hard time whenever I buy that brand because he says it isn’t as “up to standards” as other stuff. I say, “Uh, whatever! It’s less expensive so I’m buying it!” Anyway, moving on…)
There’s actually quite a few flavors in these smoothie packs but I chose this one because it had spinach and avocados (healthy greens AND healthy fats!). Each bag comes with four packets that look like this:
All you have to do is throw it in a blender with water, juice, or milk and bam! it’s done! I used 3/4 cup water and 1/4 cup apple juice, just to give it a little extra flavor.
This was actually pretty good! I couldn’t taste the spinach or avocado and it kept me full! Most definitely trying this again!
Have you ever tried this? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Last week, Huff the Hubs had his tonsils and adenoids taken out as well as had surgery to fix his deviated septum. When he told me he wanted to have these procedures done, I didn’t know too much about them. Then, I read about how awful it is to have a tonsillectomy as an adult and that you’re basically in a A LOT of pain and pretty much helpless for 14 days.

I was less than thrilled when he said he was making an appointment with an ENT to schedule the surgery.



For one, I didn’t want him to have to go through all that pain and suffering (even though all procedures were very necessary–his deviated septum was so bad, the doctor said it was 90% blocked. Poor guy has been breathing out of only one nostril for his whole life!). And two, I know how men can be when they’ve got a tiny cold, let alone surgery.



But, then I thought back to how sweet and caring Huff the Hubs was when I was recovering from giving birth both times. He really took great care of me. I also thought of something I read in my daily devotional the other day. Granted, it was about parent/child relationships, but I feel like it could be applied to marriage relationships as well. The writer of the devotional said, “Sometimes God uses the struggles of your child to sanctify you both.” I knew it was going to be tough taking care of The Hubs and 100% of everything else in the household. And, for a hot minute, all I could think about was myself: I’m never going to get any rest! I’m going to be so wore out and crabby! I’m stretched too thin as it is! 

But–as weird as this may sound–I’m actually enjoying taking care of him. I’m trying to take this time as a way for God to work in me, to show me how to have self-control and not complain, to show grace and mercy, and also to grow a servant’s heart. I know that, in this day and age, the thought of being a “servant” is met with gasps and statements such as: “I am no one’s ‘servant’!” But God calls us to love and serve one another (now, that doesn’t mean be a doormat and bow to everyone’s will; just wanna clear that up right meow). I’m talking about showing each other genuine love and care and not for praise or for what you think you may get in return. But serving with a loving, giving heart just because.

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Now, come Day 11 or 12 of HtH’s recuperation, I may be going a wee bit crazy (which means imma need some prayer, mmkay?) and I’m sure I’ll probably lose my cool. But for right now, I’m going to embrace this time of service as a “serving bootcamp” of sorts.

How can you be a blessing to someone today and mirror a servant’s heart?

Fan Girl Friday!



Happy Friday, folks! Today, I’ve rounded up some of the newest trailers for upcoming movies I’m super excited about! Let’s dive right in, shall we?


This Christmas, things are getting a little more magical with a new imaging of the Disney classic, Mary Poppins!

We’ll see if Emily Blunt can fill Julie Andrews beautifully tailored boots!


Next up, we’ve got another Star Wars flick to look forward to! This time, we’re going to get the inside scoop on the history of everyone’s scruffy-looking nerf herder!


Every wonder why The Grinch hated Christmas so much? Well, this November we’re going to finally find out! Voiced by Sherlock, er, I mean Benedict Cumberbatch, The Grinch is in theaters this year just in time for the holidays!


Everyone’s favorite super hero family is back this June in the much-anticipated sequel, The Incredibles 2! 


Which movie are you most excited about? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday



Now that I’m–gulp–over 30, I’ve noticed that I can’t use the same beauty products I used when I was 21. I’ve also become a bit more “crunchy” and like to use products that are more natural, like essential oils.

I was doing a little “research” on Pinterest for natural skin care and came across a DIY anti-aging serum and decided to give it a try!

Here’s what I used:


~1 oz lavender oil

~1 oz jojoba oil

~1 oz Vitamin E oil

~1 oz Frankincense oil

~glass dropper


I mixed it all together and poured it into my glass dropper. Boom. Done.



Here’s a picture of me without makeup (don’t judge me; I have two kids) before I started using the serum:



I applied the serum every night after washing my face/before bed:








So, let me start by saying that the lighting in my bathroom SUCKS so these pictures may not be the best at comparing. Having said that, I COULD tell a difference, if ever so slight. I saw a small difference in the look of my skin but I saw the biggest difference in how it felt. It felt softer, more hydrated, less tight (you know when your skin is dry and it gets that tight feeling? That’s what I’m referring to), and smoother. I also noticed that any blemishes I got went away SUPER fast (I’m talking the NEXT day they were gone)!

Was it worth it? I think so. I mean, its not like some “revolutionary thing” (for me anyway) but I’m pretty pleased with the positive effects on my skin, so I’m going to keep using it until its gone.

Have you ever done this skincare regimen before? What were your results? Share in the comments below!



Mommy Monday

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Sometimes I feel like we’re a little behind the times. Ahem, its 2018 and I STILL do not have a hoverboard, self-tying shoes, or food in the form of pills. Back to the Future really set us up for heartbreak.

However, I have found some gadgets that are sure to help you in your parenting journey and maybe, just maybe, make you feel a little more like one of the McFly’s!

If you’re a parent of a pre-teen or teen, I’m sure you’re already having the “Holy-Crap-My-Kid-Is-About-To-Be-Behind-The-Wheel-Of-A-Car” anxiety. Worry no more, because Autobrain is here for you!


Autobrain is a small device (with accompanying app) that plugs into any car made after 1995 that can monitor speed, location, fuel levels, and battery levels. If the vehicle is in an accident, Autobrain automatically calls 911 and gives the location of the accident. This is not only great for new drivers, but for seniors whose older children may worry about them on the road.

New parents are usually walking around in a fog for about the first four months of their baby’s life. This means you can do a lot of crazy things from being sleep-deprived. Breaking your toe because you jumped out of bed to soothe a crying baby at 3:00 a.m. shouldn’t be one of them. Enter: Bright Feet!


These LED-lighted slippers can help you maneuver the hellacious hallways while getting up at all hours to change diapers, feed your baby, or even do some late-night snacking!


Y’all, flu season really did a number on my nerves. Seriously. Everywhere we went I didn’t see people, I just saw piles of germs and bacteria waiting to attach to my family and I. My hands are literally cracking and bleeding because they are so dry from all the hand washing and Purell wipes I’ve been using. Thankfully, there’s a better–and more posh–way to sanitize my kids’ stuff!


Meet Ellie, the first UV sterilizing pod! Here’s the skinny, according to the pod’s website: “Germs are a fact of life. Some bacteria are actually beneficial to us. But for dangerous, illness-causing, and potentially life-threatening bacteria and viruses—there’s Ellie with patented TRUVIOLET™ technology. Its digital UV light kills germs in a matter of seconds, eradicating E. coli, Salmonella, Staph and Listeria, plus antibiotic-resistant superbugs such as MRSA. It’s the most powerful, portable solution for sterilizing bottles, pacifiers and anything babies put in their mouths.” Yes, I’d like five, please.


Not only was I super-terrified of germs during this wave of the flu, but I was also scared that every sniffle, cough, or sneeze meant the flu! There were so many times I called the nurse’s line or wanted to go straight to the ER because I was sure we all had ebola. Thankfully, this was not the case. However, it does make me want to invest in the TytoHome Telehealth Kit!


This kit can examine your child’s ears, nose, throat, abdomen, heart, lungs, and skin as well as monitor heart rate and temperature. The data can then be sent to your child’s doctor to remotely diagnose things such as ear infections, flu, upper respiratory infections, sinus infections, pink eye, and many more common ailments. And, you don’t have to drag your sick kiddo to the petri dish, er, I mean doctor’s office!


Now that its FINALLY starting to warm up outside, I’m able to take the kids out and go for a walk. After reading about the 4Moms Moxi Stroller, I want to snag one for myself!

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This ain’t your momma’s stroller, honey. This bad boy is PACKED with features! Not only does it grow with your baby (going from bassinet, parent-facing seat, to a forward-facing seat) but this stroller also has headlights and taillights, an LCD-screen that displays distance walked, speed, calorie burn, temperature, time, and battery level, and it can even charge your phone! That’s right–there’s a self-charging battery via generators in rear wheels! Holla!


BRB, gonna go on Amazon and get to shopping!