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Sep 18, 2014

3 Ways I Get My Child Outdoors

In my busy hours of blogging, I can get carried away (as we sometimes can), only to leave Brody stuck inside for perhaps too long. So when I think it's time for us to go outside to get fresh air and run around we go on a scavenger hunt. Here's 3 ways I get my child outdoors and away from the TV.

I have found with Brody that if he gets too comfortable indoors he won't want to go outside at all. He loves to find things outside...and of course loves to bring them inside too!! I've got him loving nature as much as me. So we grab a bag, a list, and a pencil and we are off outdoors in no time to have a scavenger hunt.

Another fun thing he likes to do is have a race to the mailbox. All I have to say is "I'm going to go check the mail", then he'll say "I'll race ya". We always end up playing outside for at least a little while, until the heat gets to us. Brody doesn't like the hot weather either - thank goodness fall is coming!

Water plants together. This is Brody's favorite thing to help me with...something about that water hose! Most of the time he ends up all wet. In the springtime I have lots of plants and flowers that need watering and care, so that puts us outdoors for at least an hour. 

On side note...what's with boys outdoors??? If I don't watch him, he'll have his pants down peeing in the grass...and did I mention we are in the front yard...AND we live on the corner of a semi busy street. My neighbors sure get a kick out of that!

These 3 things might seem trivial to some, but sometimes I find it hard to get him excited to go outside and play. We have this awesome play set in the backyard that he very seldom will go play in. The last thing I want is for him to be a couch if any of you have any more fun ways to get him outdoors, I'd love to hear it.
Sep 16, 2014

Beat the Seasonal Flu and Help Save a Life #GetAShot at Walgreens

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GetAShot #Immunizations #CollectiveBias

As moms, we know what it takes to take care of our families, but do we apply that to ourselves? There's no better time then now to start taking care of US! Let's stand together and beat the seasonal flu this year and at the same time help save a life! 

Walgreens is leading the Get A Shot. Give A Shot. campaign along side the United Nation Foundation's Shot@Life campaign. What does this means? For every flu shot or other immunization received at Walgreens, they will provide a life-saving vaccine to a child in a developing country. It's great knowing we can help others in doing something that we know can benefit us too. We all need to stay healthy to live a full life and to take care of the ones that are most dear to us.

I'm sure you've seen the commercials on TV about this campaign, or perhaps heard it on the radio or through social media. Walgreens is really striving to make this campaign a success. All children around the world need a chance to live just like we do. Since flu season is just around the corner, perhaps we can contribute to saving a life by getting our immunizations at Walgreens.
"Immunization is one of the world's biggest public health success stories. Yet, 1 in 5 children around the globe still lack access to the lifesaving immunizations. Coordinated worldwide vaccination efforts have made significant progress, particularly in reducing cases of measles and polio."

Here's the two I need to stay healthy for. They depend on me as I know my readers have family that depend on them. Who knows if we will get the flu this year, but Tracy and I both will take precautions by getting a shot. Brody will get his too. We wouldn't want to miss out on our family vacations such as this one we took to the beautiful mountains in Montana. We have Disney World planned next!

Walgreens Helps the United States

They have donated $10 million flu shots to Americans without health insurance, and to those who could not afford the shot through the Department of Health and Human Services.

Let's do our part and support the Get A Shot. Give A Shot. Campaign!! Let Walgreens be your destination for all immunizations and give a child a Shot@Life!

So don't forget - From Sept. 2nd - Oct. 13th, you can get your immunizations for the seasonal flu or any other immunization at Walgreens, and contribute to giving a vaccine to a child that otherwise would never get the chance to... #GetAShot 

Sep 15, 2014

Years of Friendship - We do Lunch!

Magnolia Cheese Co. in Fort Worth, TX seems to be a favorite place to have lunch. Dee and I had lunch there last Christmas where we exchanged homemade gifts. See my story here 

I absolutely LOVE this picture!! We were pretending. I love her gifts and she loves the gifts I give her and we were fighting over the gift she gave me...she wanted it back!!!

Next month (October) all four of us are going to meet in Fredericksburg, TX for a long weekend. Dee will be selling her homemade canning foods at the Fredericksburg Trade Days  

True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.
Sep 14, 2014

Sunday Stroll Giveaways + Link Up - 9/14/14

Mommie..Again has agreed to co-host Sunday Strolls with me!! AND so has Christy's Cozy Corners. So now you can enter on here or on Mommie..Again or on Christy's Cozy Corners and the links will appear on all three!

Please feel free to link up all your wonderful giveaways here!! Link directly to the giveaway. Those linked to websites or main blog pages will be removed.

Please use blog name, giveaway title and end date when posting. Post some, Enter Some, Win Some!
Here is a list of all the book reviews to date (some with on-going giveaways) for "Free Average Joe" @FreeAverageJoe
Sep 11, 2014
Sep 10, 2014

Check Out ABC's New Fall Show Black-ish

Fall in like...or not with ABC's new fall show Black-ish. Don't let the name fool you - watch and laugh as this husband/dad battles to make sense of it all while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood. Family friendly? Depends on the age. My son is 4-1/2 years old and he won't be watching it, but we plan too!! I love Anthony Anderson and have watched him be serious and funny. I like the funny side of him the best. Be sure to tune in on Sept. 24th at 9:30/8:30 CT.


Premieres Wednesday, September 24th 8:30pm on ABC

Andre 'Dr' Johnson (Anthony Anderson) has a great job, a beautiful wife, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), four kids and a colonial home in the 'burbs.  But has success brought too much assimilation for this black family? With a little help from his dad (Laurence Fishburne), Dre sets out to establish a sense of cultural identity for his family that honors their past while embracing the future. 
black-ish stars Anthony Anderson as Dre, Tracee Ellis Ross as Rainbow, Yara Shahidi as Zoey, Marcus Scribner as Andre Jr., Miles Brown as Jack, Marsai Martin as Diane and Laurence Fishburne as Pops.

Sep 9, 2014

Palo Duro Canyon Zip Line; Bucket List Check Off!

Palo Duro Canyon  - located 20 miles south of Amarillo, TX. Brody and I met Tracy there - which is half way between Raton, NM and where we live in Texas. Instead of Tracy having to drive all the way home just for the weekend, we decided to meet in Amarillo. No plans were made, just hanging out and being together. We took a look at the brochures in front of the hotel and decided to go out to the Canyon. I did not tell Tracy I wanted to zip line because he was a little hesitant about it. Once we got there, I said, "we are zip lining today, and so is Brody". Weeeeeheeee!! NOT...for Brody that is.

Palo Duro Canyon is 10 miles out of Canyon, TX. They say it's a small Grand Canyon. The sky was beautiful and only 70 degrees. That's perfect seeing that I came from 90 something degrees. Like I said above, I knew I wanted to zip line, but didn't tell Tracy until we got there. He's a little afraid of doing it and wouldn't dare zip line in Montana last month. Anyway, we all three signed up $25 each for us and only $5 for Brody since he would ride with Tracy.

Taking the jeep to the zip line area. No problem, right. Brody kept saying he wasn't going to do it and we were not going to push him. We thought he'd like it since it bungee jumped every day on our trip to Big Sky, Montana last month.

So here we go...all geared up and ready to go, right???

Nope, not gonna have it. Brody didn't want to. No biggie. The nice girl walked him back down with her.

Good time - Tracy and I can now say we zip lined. AND I can mark that off my bucket list.

I can't wait to do it again. Next time we go back to Montana we are both going to take the plunge and zip there....and it's much longer and much higher there!!

Zip lining is not for everyone. Have you done it? Or, would you do it?