Jul 28, 2015

Carlton Landing: Family Cottage Resort Living

Disclosure: My family stayed at Carlton Landing in a comfy cottage home for 2 nights free to help facilitate this blog post. 

Nestled on Oklahoma's largest lake, Lake Eufaula is this quaint urban resort community called Carlton Landing. Known for its tranquil scenic views and comfortable cottage living, Carlton Landing is the perfect get-away for a relaxing stress-free vacation with the whole family.

Located just off US Highway 69, Carlton Landing is just a short drive from Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Dallas, and Northwest Arkansas. It took us about 3.5 hours to get there which made another successful road trip for this summer, not to mention one of the best summer get-a-ways we've had that's close to home.

Carlton Landing offers home buyers the perfect living location to get away from the husle and busle of the city life, and permanent vacation homes surrounded by water, and rentals for those special vacations for the whole family to enjoy. Most if not all the homes are cottage style with several floor plans to choose from and lots of luxurious amenities. These photos are just a few of the homes I took pictures of, including the one we stayed in. I was in awe of every one of them!!

We stayed on the Boardwalk, which is an area close to the community pool and a hop skip and a jump from the dock where all water sports are located. Actually, anywhere you stay is a great location. Tracy and I spent quite a bit on the porch (above) watching Brody play outside. My husband took his morning walks around the whole place and came back with all sorts of things to tell me. There's quite a bit of construction happening here - with new homes going up all over the place.

There are a couple of restaurants soon to open, which will feature gourmet meals made from Carlton Landing's on-site farm. Farm-to-table is what it's all about here. There's also a small General Store that offers hamburgers and such, but most residents and renters bring their own food.

Carlton Landing residents and their renters can enjoy nature trails,  kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming in the lake and pool, fishing and lots of relaxation and most of all cherished moments with your family. I had the opportunity to meet and talk with a renter first-hand. She and her family are from the Dallas area and spent their summer vacation on the property. I asked her what brought them there, and she said  that her husband and boys wanted to be outdoors and do some fishing while she wanting air conditioning and a pool. Carlton Landing was a win win for all of them. She went on to say that Carlton Landing is the next big thing to happen in that area. She couldn't say enough about the world class architect of the buildings. I think she loved it!!!

Of course, my son's favorite place was the community pool. He would have stayed all day AND swam in the rain if we let him. Located next to the pool is a nice hot tub, and on the other side is a small splash area.

Gorgeous landscape and beautiful flowers surround the cottage homes. I was in awe while walking around.

More landscape along the Boardwalk.

On our second day, it rained and rained. I got a chance to take a few pictures of the rain around the cottage we were staying in. I love taking pictures after a good pour down. My pics seems to always turn out so gorgeous.

When it rains it pours, right?

Here's a video I took of the running watering along side of our cottage we were staying in. It's just absolutely gorgeous...and listening to the sound of the water trickling down all the way to the lake is worth it all.

From what we saw under construction it's safe to say that Carlton Landing is growing rapidly and a popular place to be. They even have their own private school and wedding chapel.

Carlton Landing
Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma
918-617-7688 or 918-452-2509

For a weekend, a week or a lifetime, check out more of Carlton Landing today!!
Jul 27, 2015

Bone and Joint Strength for those FUN Outdoor Activities

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone and should not be taken as medical advice. #Caltrate3in1 #CollectiveBias

So my sister rented this paddle board thing because she had the notion that riding in the boat, inner tubing behind the boat, and swimming in the lake wasn't enough fun for our family weekend at our parent's house on the lake!! OK, don't laugh - this is me trying to stand up on the paddle board. I've never done it before...looks easy, uh? NOT!! All I need is a little more bone and joint strength and I think I can do it!! I THINK I CAN I THINK I CAN!!

Midlife lady trying to stand up on paddle board in lake

My sister knows I've been struggling with symptoms of menopause and thyroid issues, and also knows I like to try fun things. I am feeling better these days because I've finally found the correct medicine dosage for my hypothyroidism and the right supplements to take. I was so terrified that I wouldn't be able to do the things I love to do so much with all these symptoms, i.e. back ache, no energy, feeling all over lousy. Besides minor arthritis settling in, I can honestly say I'm the woman I was several years back before all these issues arose. Since I raise my grandson, I need all the help and support I can get to keep up with him. Glad there's Caltrate Bone and Joint Health.

Have you heard of Caltrate Bone & Joint Health? It's a new daily supplement that contains vitamins and minerals to help support bone strength as well as joint and bone flexibility. It only takes one tablet a day to be on the way to a better YOU. With Calcium + Vitamin D3 for bone strength included you don't have to take so many pills. I was able to get rid of one myself. Extra minerals for bone flexibility sure sounds good to me too. I would love to be as flexible as I was back in grade school doing flip flaps and back bends in gymnastics class. Okay, I won't go that far!!

This is my sister showing me how to ride the paddle board. She makes it look so easy...but she was also playing around and being silly about it. Paddle boarding is fun, as you'll see my niece (below) doing it with no problem. Since I've been taking my supplements regularly, and feeling pretty good that day, I gave it my best shot. See the video below showing how I tried my hardest to get up on that darn board!! 

Though I only stood up for a second or two then fell, I'm certainly not giving up. I am thankful that I had the strength and confidence to even want to try. A few months back I wouldn't have even wanted to try because of the lack of energy and strength I didn't have. I truly believe in taking daily supplements such as Caltrate Bone & Joint Health to help our bodies move and to stay healthy. For the record, my sister wasn't able to get up either!! 

Look for Caltrate Bone & Joint Health in the 'joint care' section near the pharmacy at Walgreens.

Current promotion at Walgreens for Caltrate Bone & Joint Health

Get $5 off with the in-store instant value coupon book available at your local Walgreens. The nice gentlemen used his coupon to swipe. You may just want to mention it to the cashier. I certainly like saving money and using my rewards points at Walgreens!!

Here's my niece Kirsi showing us just how to ride the paddle board. She even stayed up after those two jumped on. Look, no life jacket either...show off!!! She's also 21 yrs younger than us!! 

The below photo is a recent picture I took of my parent's gorgeous yard on Cedar Creek Lake (which is located SE of Dallas). This is where everything fun happens with the family and friends. So naturally, I wouldn't want to miss a thing!! Staying healthy and active is what it's all about...especially when you get to your midlife years. That's my tip for you!! 

Remember, you don't have to give up the things you love to do. I once thought so, but now I don't, thanks to the confidence, the strength, and the support I now have with Caltrate Bone and Joint Health and all my supplements. 

Trying new outdoor activities like paddle boarding is how I stay active and confident. I couldn't do it without Caltrate Bone & Joint Health. What outdoor activity (or activities) would you do more of with more bone and joint confidence?

Jul 26, 2015

Sunday Stroll Giveaway Link Up - 7/26/15

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! AND Why don't you follow me on Bloglovin' so you will be the first to know what's up at Miki's Hope!
Jul 24, 2015

It's Walmart Back to School Time

A boy's hand prints in yellow and orange paint on a wood table

It's back to school time at Walmart and I'm gearing up for the shopping experience, About you? I know I know many of you are dreading the school shopping thing, but this Mommie...Again is looking forward to back to school at WalmartSince this is my first time to shop for school supplies (well, it's really my second go-around since I raise my grandson), but who's keeping track?  I intend on getting a head start so hopefully that will assure me that all the school supplies on Brody's list will be in the store so I won't have to make another trip!!

Be sure to look packages with the Box Tops while stocking up for things for school and your home. I know Kleenex is on every one's school supply list, and it's usually more than one box, right? You'll be happy to know that Kleenex at Walmart is offering Double Box Tops...so hurry and get yours before they are gone. You will also get double Box Tops on Scott and Viva at Walmart. This will be my first year to collect Box Tops and I sure hope it pays off for Brody's Kindergarten class.

I do know from Pre-K that everything you take to school needs to have their name on it...so don't forget that. AND...if you have a Kindergartner going to school this year (or maybe next) and would like to see a list of things they should know or at least be familiar with, check out my blog post on Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten - A Checklist You Can Use!!

Don't waist time going here and there...shop Like A Boss and check out Walmart Back to School for all your paper needs and supplies for your kiddos! Stock up on all double Box Tops products too!!

If you have any "first day of school" tips for me and my Kindergartner, I'd love to hear them!


Jul 20, 2015

Something New at the Fort Worth Stock Yards

FORT WORTH, TX – This summer, experience the historic Fort Worth Stockyards with the all-new Stockyards Adventure Pass, a money-saving package that includes admission to several Stockyards attractions.
The adventure pass includes admission to the “Spirit of the West” movie at the Stockyards Station, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and Stockyards Museum, a guided Stockyards Historic Walking Tour and a photo on the signature faux bucking bull at Billy Bob’s Texas – the world’s largest honky-tonk. Adventurers can also experience the Stockyard’s live cattle drives that take place twice daily.
Stockyards Adventure passes are available at www.fortworth.com/StockyardsAdventure/. Tickets are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors and $24 for children Monday through Saturday. Sundays, tickets start at $28 for adults, $26 for seniors and $24 for children.
After a day at the Stockyards, families can unwind at the all-new Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa. Located in the heart of Fort Worth at 1701 Commerce Street, the hotel is just minutes from the Fort Worth Stockyards, Sundance Square, Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth Cultural District, Bass Performance Hall and other attractions.
Best of all, the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa has just completed amulti-million dollar, property-wide transformation debuting all-new guest rooms and suites, the largest in the city, with Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Beds, sleek new furnishings and bath amenities. The property also added an enhanced LobbyBar and lobby-level Perks breakfast and lunch bistro, plus guests can enjoy complimentary high-speed Internet access throughout the hotel.
*****For more fun at the Fort Worth Stock Yards, here's a list of things my family likes to do there! http://www.mommieagain.com/2014/05/fun-thing-to-do-at-fort-worth.html
For more information, go to www.SheratonFortWorth.com,“like” the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa at www.Facebook.com/FWSheraton and follow the Sheraton Fort Worth on Twitter @FWSheraton and Instagram @SheratonFortWorth.