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What Statement are you Making This Year?

Fashion is a big part of life and always has been, tribal attire from times gone is always so beautiful to me!  What fashion statement are you making this year?  Personally, planning on reflecting what I’d like to become on the inside!  These boots scream happy and fun loving, don’t you think?

What Statement are you Making This Year?

Lugz Empire Hi CR Boots

Perfect for winter, these boots definitely get some attention!  Loving the shine and comfort they provide!  Perfect fashion statement to make while keeping your feet warm and comfortable!  As with the Lugz Mallard’s, the memory foam keeps your feet comfortable from the first time you put them on and beyond!

They too are water proof and can easily be wiped off to keep them looking new!  The only thing I wasn’t a fan of was that they don’t have the strip on the back to pull the boots up, so I had to loosen the shoe strings quite a bit to get them on.

Never really thought that was something I should check for when buying boots, but in the future it won’t be forgotten!  In the meantime, I’m still wearing my Lugz Empire Hi CR’s and enjoying the glitzy look they give me!

They go great with a white tops and dark pants!  I also really enjoy the sparkle they put off when the light hits them in the dark!  They’ll be taking me to some concerts in the future!  Until then, my fashion statement for this year is that I’m here, I’m gorgeous, and I’m comfortable in my skin (and my boots too!).  Take that 2018!


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Only in Arkansas…

Sorry for the lack of zoom here, but Chief Zoo Keeper took the photo so I am blaming him.
Now, I can honestly say I have no idea WHY there is a beat up old ironing board leaning against this car.  I just know it was ever so slightly amusing to us.  Hope it makes you smile too!

Originally posted 2013-03-06 06:00:00.

Hand Lettering with @QuartoKnows #VDAY19 @SMGurusNetwork

Hand Lettering is made so much easier with this fantastic book! Check it out and enter to win your own! Hurry, giveaway ends January 31st!

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Hand Lettering

Calligraphy is a beautiful way of writing which is why we spend tons of money on décor and cards with beautiful scripts scrawled on them! However, in this world of DIY love (I mean, every crafty person and then some have Pinterest right?) we can easily learn to do amazing projects all on our own! It’s much more special when it’s hand made anyway! So, why not put that on your list and learn a new skill?

Hand Lettering with @QuartoKnows #VDAY19 @SMGurusNetwork

The Complete Photo Guide to Hand Lettering & Calligraphy is a fantastic way to learn how to write Calligraphy and do hand lettering! I love the photo tutorials throughout the book and the extra features, such as how to do flourishes, where to add them, what pens to use, practice sheets with various calligraphy and fonts!

There are some great projects in the book as well! There are step by step, photo and written instructions that are clear and easy to follow. Such as personalized totes, DIY Phone Cases, notebook covers, and more! My personal favorites are the decorative plates and wood slats.

Digital Lettering

There is also an entire chapter on how to do digital lettering. Specifically, they give Adobe instructions, step by step. However, if you use a different software I believe it could easily be done in other software applications. Gimp is a free photo editing software that I’ve been told is just like Adobe but costs nothing!

All in all, this book is a great addition to my collection! You may have seen my other post about the previous calligraphy book recently. If not, and you are interested in learning it, check it out for sure! Between the two books, I’ve learned a ton and am enjoying it immensely! Definitely looking forward to spending some time making gifts for next year, once I get it down to my liking.

My Demonstration:

Here’s one of my practice projects. Not quite where I want it to be quite yet, but I was proud as I did this without tracing!

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Beef Noodle Tallerine – An Okie #Recipe!

Beef Noodle Tallerine is a delicious casserole! I’ve gotten rave reviews and you will too!  Try it out tonight!

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Beef Noodle Tallerine - An Okie #Recipe! Try it tonight!Beef Noodle Tallerine

I have to admit, when I saw this recipe I had no idea what tallerine was.  Had to do some homework and managed to learn that it is basically a casserole with beef and noodles.  There are tons of variations.   Seems to be a basic ‘poor persons’ casserole.

The Beef Noodle Tallerine was made for our guys at the Masonic Lodge.  I didn’t put much cayenne in it because I was afraid it would be too much heat, probably about an 1/8 of a teaspoon.  So, the only complaint I got was that it needed more heat. The guys mixed in Louisiana Hot Sauce and said, with that addition, it was perfect.

Feel free to change it up, this is certainly Okie’d up!  Add your local favorites to it and take it for a new spin!  Just be sure and come back here and let me know about your variation so we can all try it too!


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 2 c corn kernels (or 1 can, drained)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 sm onion, minced
  • 1 – 8 oz bag shredded cheese
  • cayenne pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 c cooked noodles
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • Sliced Pimento Olives


  1. Brown the ground beef with the onions, season with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper.
  2. Add all ingredients, except olives, and mix in 13 x 9 casserole dish. Garnish the top with olives.
  3. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.

* If you don’t have or want to use cayenne pepper, you can use Louisiana Hot Sauce to add some hit so that you don’t have to add it to the entire dish.

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New Year's Party: Hat's Off #Giveawway Hop! #Enter daily! Ends 1/31Welcome to The Hat’s Off Giveaway Hop!

We are super grateful to Mama The Fox for putting this together and hosting this awesome hop!  We love hops and parties!

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Balancing Busy Motherhood with a Wonderful WIP Guest Post

Balancing Busy Motherhood with a Wonderful WIP

1. Be stellar 80% of the time. No need to have the house sparkling or a gourmet dinner prepared (was this even a goal?), being a part-time writer, part-time busy mother, part-time wife and all else means that something has gotta give. The great news is that being eighty percent fabulous is usually plenty. So let go of searching for the perfect Halloween costume, reuse another sibling’s with new extras. Help out at the school but once a week instead of three. Make dinner but use paper plates until dirty dish piles are diminished. Take a few shortcuts and you’ll find some of the to-do fat is gone and you’re savoring the good stuff.

2. Create a place and purpose for your writing. Most moms don’t have the luxury of a writing office (it’s usually the craft/sewing/computer/general abyss junk room). Clear a corner, chair, or tote bag for your WIP binder, notes, and techie gadgets. That way you always have a writing “home.” I use my bedside desk for administrative items for my business, Back to Basics, and for writing nonfiction like my blog posts, magazine articles, etc. For writing fiction, I use my husband’s massage chair by the picture window overlooking the forest. Using two places for two different kinds of writing helps my brain make those neuro-associations with my writing needs and does the subconscious prep work for me.

As for purpose, don’t put “Write today” on your To Do list. Instead, put an appointment on your smartphone, with details like “Review last chapter, check research on two locations, type voice memo notes 1-4.” You’ll find yourself more productive and enjoying the process all because you know exactly what to do with your time.

Give one of these try and let me know how it works for you!

Written By Author Connie Sokol

Connie Sokol is a mother of seven, and a sought after national and local speaker. She is a monthly contributor on KSL TV’s “Studio 5” and regular blogger for KSL’s “Motherhood Matters” blog. She is a former TV and radio host for Bonneville Communications, and columnist for Deseret News and Utah Valley Magazine. Mrs. Sokol is the author of several books including the award-nominated romance Caribbean Crossroads, Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, Life is Too Short for One Hair Color Series, and Motherhood Matters as well as talk CDs and podcasts. Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats.

40 Days with the Savior
by Connie E. Sokol

Do you desire a more Christ-centered Easter?
You’ll experience a more fulfilling Easter season with this collection of inspirational thoughts on trying to become more like the Savior. For forty days, enjoy a daily scripture and personal insight on a character trait of Jesus Christ. Learn more of who He was and what He taught.
As you read these daily devotionals, you’ll feel a joyful connection to the character of Jesus Christ, understand how much He is involved in your life, and discover how knowing Him better makes your life better, too.

~Connie donates 100% of the profits from her books to charity~

Originally posted 2013-03-06 06:00:00.

Children’s Book: Fuzzwipper’s Play Fair

Hello all!  Now that we’ve met the Fuzzwippers, we are ready for another great adventure!  Today we’ve had the privilege of going on an adventure about playing fair with them!  On their adventure on the playground they explore taking turns and playing nicely with others.  Fuzzy the Fuzzwipper helps his special friend George to share with the others how to play fairly so that they can all share the playground equipment without problems!

As is typical of the Fuzzwipper books, there are some great lessons tucked in the pages of these imaginative stories!  In the back of the book, there is a section to help us to begin a dialogue with our Monkeys about playing fair and sharing.  In addition, there is that area that has quickly become my favorite of any book: an area where your child can draw their Fuzzwipper and tell of their own adventures with them!  I think it would be so great to look back one day on what their amazing little minds came up with!

Originally posted 2013-03-05 06:00:00.

Pups Save Puplantis DVD Giveaway!

Pups Save Puplantis DVD Giveaway!

Welcome to the Pups Save Puplantis DVD Giveaway!

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This giveaway is part of our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.

Host that put together this giveaway is SaraLee’s Deals, Steals, and Giveaways

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The PAW Patrol are diving back in for 6 underwater adventures! Join Marshall, Chase, Zuma, Skye, Rubble, and Rocky as they save Puplantis, rescue a wiggly whale and save the Sea Patroller from Pirates!

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Feeling Amazing Here. You Can Too. #VDAY19

Feeling amazing. For real. You can too. Whether you try these or not, you can feel amazing.

Pure Spa Basket Giveaway! @pure_parker @CraftyZoo @SMGurusNetwork #VDAY19

Pure by Rachelle Parker has a lot of wonderful products. They sell Essential Oils, Spa products, Natural body scrubs and more!  Their Spa Collection makes the perfect gifts for Valentine’s Day, birthdays,  anniversaries and whatever occasion one might need something for.  Especially just because occasions!

Feeling Amazing Here You Can Too. #VDAY19 @pure_parker

We had the privilege of checking out their 14 Special Grade Pack of Essential Oils and their Arabica Coffee Scrub.  We’ll start with the oils, as they are amazing!  Of course, most of us know the love for oils, if you don’t, feel free to click on any of the oil links and learn the uses for them! You’ll love them soon enough!

Ready to Start Feeling Amazing?

Here’s How.

Alright. These products can do some awesome fantastic stuff. I’m loving them. I’m also confident that you will to.  Before they can help you though, you have to know something. I’ll tell you, but you gotta know this: I am not often wrong. Especially when it comes to the good in people.  So, don’t argue. Check out my credentials. But listen.

You, yes you, are amazing. I am too. It’s not something I often realize in myself, I’d wager that you are like me: always forgetting that you are amazing. But here’s the deal, whether we remember or not, it’s true. It’s time to start feeling it.

There is something, without a one on one I can’t call them out individually, but there is. You are beautiful, regardless of what you tell yourself or may think. There is beauty. Start feeling it.

I’ve dealt with a lot of depression, especially since we lost our baby girl. Today, I am pulling myself up and realizing my beauty.  You wanted it enough to read this, so you will to. It’s a step, trust me I know those. I’m here, on various social media, there’s even an email address listed. Reach out if you want.

Regardless, know that YOU are amazing.

It’s time to start feeling it. Now.

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14 Special Collection

The collection is a fantastic selection! It contains many of my favorites and some that I haven’t had the chance to try yet!  I’m super excited, here’s what they it contains:

Pure Essentials Collection #VDAY19 @pure_parkerOne of the things I was most pleasantly surprised by was the insert in the box.  Let’s face it, this girl loves surprises!  But even more so, I love that it is a handy reference for the oils! Each oil has listed the Aroma and the benefits.

Arabica Coffee Scrub. Feel Amazing @pure_parker #VDAY19

Arabica Coffee Scrub

Alright, who doesn’t love coffee to wake up to in the morning? If you answered me, just move on. There’s no hope for you. haha.  For the rest of us, oh my goodness!

The Arabica Coffee Scrub is definitely the best way to wake up in the shower! Go and start your coffee to drink then take a hot shower with Arabica! Not only will it wake you up, there are additional benefits for your skin!

What skin benefits you ask? Well, let me tell you!  This coffee scrub targets cellulite, stretch marks, and acne while moisturizing, regenerating and exfoliating with coffee, oils and salts!

The Test

I use lotion a lot. Not cheap lotion, not just good smelling stuff either and am still seriously battling this winter with dry, dry skin.   That of course meant the coffee scrub was up for a test! It’s quite pleasing to say that it made my hands immediately softer.  I’m quite confident that after a few more uses the rough patches of dry skin will be completely gone!

Feeling Amazing Here. You Can Too. #VDAY19

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NAAT Curly Hair Treatment Review

Hey everyone!
Chief Zoo Keeper is always trying to get me to get stuff for him when I do reviews so I was really excited when I was able to get NAAT for him to try out!  He was really happy but it didn’t fare so well.
Let me continue by saying, if you haven’t noticed in the pics, my husband is black.  That’s why we thought the NAAT Curly Hair treatment would be perfect.  Unfortunately, NAAT didn’t work very well for Black People’s hair.  He said that it made his hair frizzy, which is exactly what it’s supposed to prevent.  Of course, maybe Latina curls would be different.
As for me and my straight hair, NAAT gave me some curl which was great as far as I was concerned!  I appreciated the additional body that NAAT provided.  The shampoo was somewhat thinner than I am accustomed to, but other than that I had no problems with it.  I really liked that it gave me some curl, as I usually can’t get my hair to curl for anything!
Anyway, if you have other experiences with NAAT hair products, I’d love to hear your thoughts!
As a disclaimer, in case you are offended by my lack of using ‘African American’, my husband says he has never been to Africa, and is simply an American.  Therefore, if one needs to specify race, his race is Black.  Just letting ya know.  LOL.  He is pretty clear about his thoughts, you’d get a kick out of them!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Originally posted 2013-02-28 17:21:00.

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