Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Logan's College Graduation


You have no idea how hard it is to get Logan to take pictures of his own for any darn thing.  I got lucky that he came by the house beforehand and let me take a few pics. 

 Logan, my oldest son of the two, graduated college a couple weeks ago.  His major is Human Services and minor is Psychology.  Four years of hard work have paid off!

I know I'm bias (but I think I'm right) :  Logan is one of the most selfless, loving people I know.  He gets along with most everybody and has so many genuine characteristics.  He's not sure where he's going on from here.  Right now he's busting butt as a bartender at Texas Roadhouse and landscaper at a local business.  

It was Henry's first graduation ceremony to attend.  He did so well. 

Logan and Trader Jimmy are best buds.  Logan swears that he's gonna take the cat with him when he gets his own place.  We'll see about that!

It has taken a small village to raise Logan.  He's super smart and super caring but also super forgetful and has a lot of questions about life in general.  For the last two years he's lived at my husband's ex's house.  Back in the day I would've had qualms with that but she's like a second mother to him and has been fantastic with helping raise him into the amazing man he is today.


Logan's Bachelor's degree.  They did a generic form for all graduates, but he should be getting the real deal sometime soon.  


The ceremony itself was divided into three graduations.  Logan's was allotted for the 2 pm time slot.  Due to the pandemic, people had to wear a mask and only six people could attend for each graduate.  I'm totally okay with that!  Made it last a lot shorter than usual.  

It always cracks me up seeing Logan and Allyson together, with their huge difference in height. 

I have no doubt that Logan will do great things in life.  He's one of my favorite people to hang around and be with, and I'm super proud of his accomplishments. 

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Saturday, May 22, 2021

Consider TV Store Online for Father's Day Gifts - Review and Giveaway

 Almost everyone has a TV show or movie that they spout off as their favorite. TV Store Online feeds your TV and movie obsession with its classic TV and movie shirts and memorabilia. You'd be hard pressed not to find a tshirt, accessories, or other apparel featuring one of your favored shows or movies.

TV Store Online has launched a special promo (Buy 1 Tee, Get Two Free) that is running through Father's Day on 6/20/21.  Check out the collection now.  You will will need to use the coupon code: Buy1Get2 for the promo.   And it will run until 6/20 or until supplies last.


I've received several pieces from TVSO in the past and have never been disappointed.  This time around, I got the SOA Samcro Boxed Logo Tank and the Alan One Man Wolfpack Hooded Sweatshirt for my husband.  He's already worn them and really likes both.  I tried to snatch the hooded sweatshirt up for myself, but Jason's laid claim!

Father's Day will soon be upon us and TVStoreOnline.com is a great place to get your geeky gifts for the dad in  your life.  But, if you're a procrastinator and don't get anything ordered in time for Father's Day, go ahead and buy something for yourself.  You won't regret it!

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BIO X4: Weight Management Probiotic - Review

 I'm not a doctor and don't play one on TV so I won't make any medical claims about experiences I've had using probiotics.  With that said, I've been taking BIO X4, a 4-in-1 weight management probiotic for a while now and really like the results it has for my body.

I'm 44 years old and have had several surgeries lately that prevent me from looking like Salma Hayek.  Shoot, I couldn't look like her when I was younger!  So, I've accepted the fact that aging causes the body to deteriorate and the skin to sag.  But, I'm all for taking supplements that bring benefits.  

Nucific has created Bio X4 to help consumers have a little extra push towards starting on a path of healthy eating, with indulgences in moderation. The small pill contains powerful ingredients like Caralluma Fimbriata (which eases unhealthy food cravings), ECCG (a natural compound in green tea that boosts your metabolism and burn fat) and Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium (probiotic strains that help with digestion).  In other words, it has a lot of advantages.  

There are 90 capsules in each bottle of BIO X4 and it's intended to last 30 days.  It is recommended to take 1 capsule with each meal, 3 times per day.  I've went through one bottle now and will possibly purchase more in the future.  BIO X4 is a little bit out of my desired price range but it does seem to personally help with digestion and cravings (especially the ones I have while at work).  

I can't guarantee BIO-X4 will solve your problems.  Proper diet and exercise is the best answer for weight management and digestion, but these pills help kickstart and maintain. 


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Mother's Day and Baby Dedication

Henry with his momma, Allyson

Mother's Day this year wasn't extravagant or over-the-top but it was one of my favorites yet.  It started out with attending church and watching my grandson, Henry, be dedicated.  Basically, it means his parents have publicly announced they will raise Henry the best they can in the eyes of God.  Immediately after, we gathered together for a small luncheon at the church.

I was happy to be there, but not too excited about the weather.

Within the last 6 or 7 years, Jason's ex and I have gotten along quite well.  The days of drama are behind us and it feels good to be in the same company as her without any awkwardness or pettiness.  The luncheon was hosted by Jason's ex brother-in-law and it was mainly the ex's family there.  It's nice to be at a point in time where all our kids can be together, without worrying if it's going to upset one parent or another.  The weather was colder than a brass toilet and the wind wasn't forgiving, so I spent some time trying to keep from exposing my neither regions while wearing a dress when I was outside.
Zebediah kept Henry entertained during lunch

Baby Dedication certificate

another of my super cute grandson

Logan took me out to eat at a Mexican restaurant the next day.  Low-key and simple, with a heart full of joy.

How did you spend Mother's Day?

Monday, May 17, 2021

Fire Dept. Coffee and Espresso - Review

I'm no virtuoso when it comes to coffee.  I'm a simple layman that knows what I like and don't know much about the science behind the perfect brew or blend.  If I find a brand of coffee that suits my taste buds, I will happily dabble in trying their different varieties.  One company that I recently became acquainted with is Fire Department Coffee.  I must say that I'm impressed with the boldness and flavor. 


Not only am I impressed with their ground coffee and espresso, I'm also bias to the fact that the company is located in Rockford, IL.  I don't live in that city, but do live in Illinois.  Also, I love that Fire Dept. Coffee Fire Dept. supports heroes in need through the Fire Dept. Coffee Foundation. Ten percent of net proceeds are donated to help provide essential resources and assistance to first responders who have been injured on the job, mentally or physically, or who are facing other serious health challenges.  I've worked as a 9-1-1 Dispatcher for 16 years, so I hold other first responders' needs near and dear.


Fire Dept. Coffee offers a variety of blends, with choice of ground or whole bean.  I received the Skull-Crushing Espresso and the Vanilla Bean Bourbon Infused Coffee in ground form.  Admittedly, I've never made Espresso before so I took it to work and had a co-worker do her magic.  She blended it with frothed milk to create a strong, bold-flavored drink.  As for the Vanilla Bean Bourbon Infused Coffee, I also took it to work and have been making cups of coffee for myself and other dispatchers while we labor during night shift.  Although it's infused with bourbon, it's not actually an alcoholic drink (so don't go reporting to HR!)  It's unlike any other coffee I've drank before and it's definitely one of my faves.  There's a hint of vanilla and bourbon flavor, but not overpowering.

I may be no expert and knowing my coffee terms but I'm an expert in what I like to drink.  Fire Dept. Coffee knows their stuff and I was very pleased with how each cup of roasted coffee tasted.  In conclusion, go order yourself some flavorful coffee and help with a good cause.


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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

TVStoreOnline Father's Day Promo: Buy 1 Get 2 Free

TV Store Online feeds your TV and movie obsession with its classic TV and movie shirts and memorabilia. You'd be hard pressed not to find a tshirt or memorabilia featuring one of your favorite shows or movies.  I've received pajamas and sweaters from the company and have been nothing but impressed.

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Yaheetech Rattan Chairs and Table - Review



I've lived in my current home for almost two years now.  A few months ago Jason built a deck on to the side of the house.  I entertain in my home often, and appreciate that I can have ample seating when people come over.  I recently added the Yaheetech Rattan Chairs and Table to my deck as another option for people to sit.  

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The Rattan Chairs and Table include two chairs, two cushions, and one table with a glass top.  The tea chairs and table set is mainly made from steel, PE rattan, and tempered glass. The whole frame is steel and all-around covered by PE rattan. The tabletop comes with tempered glass and each chair comes with a soft cushion.  The glass adheres to the table tightly through four suction cups at four corners.  You can put some drinks or magazines on it, or even remove the glass if desired.  

There is some simple assembly in putting the chairs and table together.  All pieces arrived in a large box.    An instruction manual is included but the overall assembly was fairly easy.  There was one part in the manual that did not show where certain bolts were required, but Jason was able to figure it out and put them in the proper place.  

I love the overall look of the chairs and table set.  It fits nicely on my deck and the chairs are quite comfortable to sit in.  The cushions have good padding.  I do take the cushions inside when not in use, to protect them from the elements of the weather.  Several people have already sat in the chairs and have complimented the look and sturdiness of the set.  One thing I like is that the set is durable, but not ultra heavy.  When I choose, I can put it in the back of my truck and use it when we go camping.  The chairs will hold a weight of almost 300 pounds, but the width may hinder a broad-sized person.

Yaheetech is an e-commerce company specializing in the sale of heavy goods. Since becoming aware of all they have to offer (and being pleased with the table and chair set), I've definitely got my eyes set on purchasing products in the future.  

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The Unofficial ALDI Cookbook - Review and Giveaway


Book Overview:

Get ready to discover the countless wallet-friendly and tasty meals you can make with one-stop shopping using your favorite ALDI products!

Introducing The Unofficial ALDI Cookbook: Delicious Recipes Made with Fan Favorites from the Award-Winning Grocery Store [978-1-64604-124-4, $17.95, Ulysses Press, February 23, 2021] by Jeanette Hurt, a full-color cookbook that takes simple, budget-friendly ALDI-brand ingredients and turns them into fantastic dishes.

ALDI started out as Albrecht’s grocery store in 1913 in Germany. Eventually, the Albrecht brothers took over from their mama, and they turned it into Albrecht Discount, or ALDI, for short. In 1976, ALDI opened its first store in the United States in Iowa. Today, the company’s on track to become the third largest grocery chain in the United States, with more than two thousand stores open now.

Fans of ALDI, it’s time to celebrate your love of the best-ever grocery store with a cookbook dedicated entirely to your favorite products. From healthy appetizers to restaurant-worthy comfort food classics and everything in between, you’ll be surprised at the amazing breakfasts, lunches, and dinners you can make after a shopping trip to your local ALDI, including Wine Slushie, Dalgona Coffee Two Ways, Jade’s JalapeƱo Dip, Baked Onion Soup, Pancake Cereal, Cake Mix Coffee Cake, Baked Salmon with Honey-Mustard Sauce, Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Cannoli Dip, and much more!

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My Review:

I like to shop at ALDI once every couple of months.  The store carries so much stuff that's affordable, and stuff I can't find at other grocery stores.  With The Unofficial ALDI Cookbook, I can create recipes that are delicious and aren't expensive.   There's many recipes that an "average cook" can create without going above budget or looking for ingredients you can't normally find at ALDI.  

Other than the fact that the pages don't always lay flat, this cookbook is one of my favorite I've owned.  Not only does it have so many recipes (some I've made and more I plan on making) but it also full of tips, pointers, facts and strategies.   

The cookbook is divided into different sections, and includes information about ALDI history and pointers.  There are 75 recipes and illustrations to help you create a delicious appetizer, drink, or meal.  

We've cooked up a few of the recipes already, with plans to make more. A couple that we really like are the Smoked Salmon Dip and the Cake Mix Coffee Cake. The recipes do not require high-dollar ingredients and I've found that it does not cost much as a whole to feed the family.

I'm not a cookbook collector, but I'm sure this is one I will keep and refer to often. There are loads of meals that I can't wait to still try.


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