Show Your Creativity with the Vecco DIY Rug Texas Pride Contest

This DIY rug post has been sponsored by Vecco.  All opinions are mine.

In our house, we have mostly hardwood floor – no carpet.  That is perfectly fine with me, as I believe hardwood floors are easier to take care of.  We do have an area rug in most rooms to help with the falls, noise level, and to create a place to play and read books!  When Hubby and I were searching for rugs for our house, we were very limited in what we had to choose from.  I wish that I had the option of using Vecco products and creating a rug that fit our personal taste and decor.  

Have you heard about Vecco or seen the ads?  The possibilities are truly endless!  First you select the stencils that you want to use, then the Carpet Colorants.  Then, you place the stencil on the rug and spray.  If you're not happy with what you've created, it can be vacuumed right up until you spray the Colorant Lock on your rug.  See, it's so easy to show your creativity with a DIY rug!

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If you're worried about the safety of Vecco products around littles or pets, know that I was, too.  But here is what I found on the Vecco website that made me breathe easier:

Vecco cans and caps are partially made from post-consumer recycled materials and components of these are recyclable after use.

Most of the ingredients in Vecco products are made from the earth. Vecco Colorants and Colorant Lock contain no CFCs, bleach, dyes, sulfur or harmful chemical propellants. Vecco is not irritating to skin or harmful to you, your children or your pets when used as directed.

All Vecco products are made in the USA.

One Rug At A Time Event #advertisement

If you are in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas area, you can show off your Texas pride for a good cause with Vecco DIY Rug Décor.  On Saturday, November 15th from 6 – 10 p.m. at Vecco's One Rug at a Time event, you can enter to win $2,500 and help a local non-profit organization win $5,000.  There will be live music, local area food trucks, and DIY fun for the whole family!  A special Texas rug mosaic will be on display to benefit Dwell with Dignity.  Each piece in the mosaic was created by a local Dallas artist and will be donated to a household in need.  The Texas Pride rugs made by the Dallas art community will also be on display.

Leading up to this fun event, four non-profit organizations – Dwell with Dignity, Dallas Area Fabric Artists, ArtLove Magic and Groundwork Dallas – are participating in a special rug-making competition using Vecco DIY Rug Décor.  These organizations have each designed a rug that illustrates what Texas Pride means to them.  The organization who receives the most votes will win a $5,000 donation from Vecco to help support their cause.  Cast your vote for your favorite rug from Monday, November 10, 2014 through Friday, November 14th here.

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Are you inspired to participate?  The DIY fun isn't just for the design pros.  Anyone can design and enter a rug in a special, second Texas Pride rug contest, just for individuals.  Vecco will have supplies available for anyone who wants to design a rug and enter.  Simply be one of the first 100 visitors at Vecco's One Rug at a Time event at Valley View Mall on Saturday, November 15th from 6 – 10 p.m.  Vecco designers will be on hand to provide instruction and tips to help bring your rug to life.

When your rug is ready, snap a photo and email it to onerug@veccostudio.com to submit your entry.  Vecco will post it on a special Texas Pride board on Pinterest.  Be sure and share the link with friends and family and ask them to 'like' your rug photo to cast their vote.  The rug that receives the most likes will win $2,500!  Voting begins December 8 and ends on December 17, 2014.  The winner will be notified by Vecco by email. 

To learn more about creating a Vecco DIY Rug, watch this helpful video:

Will you be attending the event?  Are you inspired to create a Vecco DIY Rug?

 

Gifts For The Kid Who Has Everything: Kiwi Crate and Koala Crate Subscription Boxes

This post has been brought to you by Kiwi Crate.  All opinions are mine

Since becoming a homeschooling mom, I have found that I struggle to come up with engaging, educational crafts for the boys.  Pinterest is my frenemy!  I find the perfect activities on Pinterest, but then the busy side of me sets in and I cannot get everything together.  I am not organized enough to gather all the materials and get a craft done in any appropriate amount of time.  I've come to grips with that.  With that said, you will understand my sheer excitement when the boys each received a box with their name on it containing instructions, craft materials, and extra activities that were age appropriate and meaningful.  It was like someone came and led an afternoon long educational arts and crafts lesson that the boys loved.  

The Captain opened his Wild West Kiwi Crate, which is geared for kids ages 4-8, while D and Baby Brother were taking a nap.  (No little brothers with sticky fingers makes for a better experience, you know.)  The Captain read something about a hobby horse.  I admit, I was left thinking I was going to have to scour the house to find a stick or something that we could use because there was NO way that Kiwi Crate fit one in their box.  Except they did!  The oh so wise company included a paper roll, about the size of a paper towel roll and inside was a slightly smaller roll.  All we had to do was pull it out and put a cute bandanna sticker to hold it in place and instantly we had a "stick" long enough!  The Captain was able to read the directions and all I had to do was help him to remove the backing on some of the stickers.  His hobby horse had eyes, a mane, ears…and he absolutely loved it.  The whole Wild West theme, crafts, and more were right up his alley.  He also was able to create bean bags by threading a piece of yarn through holes (hello fine motor skills!) in precut material.  Brilliant.  

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After D woke from his nap, I showed him his Koala Crate and he was so excited!  Usually he has to team up with his older brother for craft projects, but not with Koala Crate.  It was geared for his age and he was able to do everything without being frustrated or needing lots of extra help.  His Koala Crate was all about learning colors and included crayons, watercolor paints, a soft color dice toy, transparency sheets for exploring colors and color mixing, and a garland to paint!  He loved the scavenger hunt game and painting the garland.  So much fun!

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Kiwi Crate is an award-winning, monthly subscription service that provides all the hands-on materials to inspire creative, educational fun. With themes like Music, Color, Robots, and Safari, these crates deliver everything needed for unique activities that you and your kids can enjoy together. We know parents are pressed for time, so Kiwi Crate makes it easy to engage your children in creative activities that are both fun and educational.  Monthly crates include all the materials & inspiration for 2-3 hands-on projects, delivered to your door! Plus, a 16-page magazine with activities to extend the learning & fun. Subscribers receive a bonus welcome kit + FREE shipping. Available to the US & Canada.

There are different crates for different age levels and interests:

  • Koala Crate:  ages 3-4
  • Kiwi Crate: ages 4-8
  • Tinker Crate: ages 9-14+
  • Doodle Crate: ages 9-16+

These monthly subscription boxes would make a great, year-round Christmas gift for a kid or teen who has everything.  There are new surprises every month, creativity to be explored, and lots of fun to be had!  Visit Kiwi Crate and use code "LWCF5off" to save $5 off of your first crate with a subscription to any crate!

Connect with Kiwi Crate:

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Make Plans to Attend the Best Buy Holiday Shopping Event this Saturday

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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Now is a great time to start thinking about the holidays, if you haven't already.  I have just now started to think about what Hubby might want for Christmas and to be honest, I'm completely stumped.  Best Buy is always a good place for him because there are just so  many items he would love!

Best Buy is prepared to make this a great holiday season, starting with their Holiday Shopping Event this Saturday (November 8th)!  From 1-4 PM, visitors will be allowed to preview and shop great holiday collections from some of the biggest brands.  Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, and Sony will all be represented, and more!  There will be experts available to answer any questions you may have and to help you make the best holiday gift purchases for those that you love.

Another great incentive to attend the event is the in-store only (not valid online) offers:

  • Get a $100 Best Buy gift card when you buy any Apple® MacBook Air 1,2
  • Get a $50 Best Buy gift card when you buy the new Apple® iPad Air 2 or iPad Air 1,2
  • Bundle & save when you buy the Surface Pro 3 128GB, Type Cover and Microsoft Office 365”
  • Purchase a 55-inch Samsung UN55H6350AFXZA HD TV (SKU 4323009) for only $799.99
  • Receive 3X My Best Buy points on all Samsung curved UHD TVs. (Not a My Best Buy member? See a sales associate to get signed up today.  As a reminder, My Best Buy members will not get 3X points if they select promotional financing (6, 12, 18 or 24 months).

  • Save $200 when you buy a Sony XBR55X850B 4K UHD TV (SKU 5005006) with a Sony PlayStation 4.

  • Select PlayStation 4 games on sale for $24.992 (regularly $39.99)

  • Get free Geek Squad Smart Device Online Setup (valued at $49.99) with the purchase of Geek Squad Protection for Xbox One or PlayStation 4.

  • Get free Geek Squad Virtual Smart TV Set Up (valued at $149.99) with the purchase of Geek Squad Protection.

  • Get 20% off Geek Squad Protection with the purchase any Geek Squad TV Installation service.

**Unless noted, rainchecks are available for advertised products. We reserve the right to limit quantities. No dealers. Other limitations may apply.  Not available online.**

Get more infomation about the Best Buy Holiday Shopping Event and see more great offers, details, vendor demos, and to find participating stores in your area.  

Do you have your eye on something at Best Buy?  What would YOU love to receive this season?

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Create A Banana Recipe In The Chiquita Cooking Lab {My Banana Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars Recipe, Too!}

This banana recipe post was brought to you by Chiquita and Moms Meet, May Media LLC.  All opinions are mine and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group, LLC or Chiquita.  #MMLovesChiquita #ChiquitaCookingLab

I never imagined anyone could love bananas so much until I had kids.  Bananas are the perfect snack for kids and adults because they're easy to open, taste delicious, and are jam packed with delicousness!  Baby Brother is in a huge banana phase right now, so we always have Chiquita bananas on hand.

Right now through November 24th, Chiquita is having a recipe contest called the Chiquita Cooking Lab.  Every week, three featured ingredients will be revealed and participants are challenged to create a unique recipe that incorporates these three ingredients.  There is no limit to any additional ingredients, but the recipe MUST include the three ingredients revealed in the Chiquita Cooking Lab!

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When I "scratched" to reveal the three ingredients I would be working with…I was pretty happy that I found bananas (of course,) cream cheese, and chocolate chips!   I had all three ingredients on hand, so I started creating the perfect yummy recipe!

Banana Cream Cheese Chocolate ChipsWe love cheesecake, so I knew that was the perfect recipe to create.  I made Banana Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars and they were a hit!

Banana Chocolate Chip Cheesecake BarsIngredients:

  • one ripe Chiquita banana
  • one 8 oz. block of cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt 2 TBSP butter in an 8×8 glass dish in oven.
  3. Mix graham cracker crumbs with butter in the dish and press to create a crust, set aside.
  4. Beat cream cheese, banana, and sugar until smooth.
  5. Add in eggs and continue to beat well.
  6. Add in vanilla and chocolate chips and stir well.
  7. Pour cheesecake filling on top of crust.
  8. Bake for 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees or until the top is slightly browned and the entire cheesecake is set.
  9. Let cool and then refrigerate for several hours until chilled. 

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The Chiquita Cooking Lab contest will end on November 24th, so make sure and check it out soon!  The ingredients change every week, so scratch to see what you will be cooking with!  One winner will be chosen each week to win a $4,000 cash prize and will have their recipe turned into a stop motion video and promoted on Chiquita's digital and social channels.  Four random winners will also be chosen weekly to receive a Chiquita gift bag.  You can enter a new recipe each week if you wish!  

Good luck and go bananas with your creative recipe!

 

Mark Your Calendar And Join Us For The #JesusCalling Twitter Party

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#JesusCalling Twitter Party

It's time for a fun Twitter Party!  Join me (@CptFussybuckets) and @FamilyChristian as we talk about the best selling book "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young.

When: November 14th 1-2 pm EST

Prizes: 5 participants will win the deluxe edition of Jesus Calling and a $50 appreciation certificate.  5 other readers will win a $50 appreciation certificate.

How: You must follow the host @FamilyChristian

Optional: Follow these amazing co-hosts

@mudpiesandtiara

@Ellenblogs

@ahhmazingrvws

@aliciamarie112

@SimplySherryl

@CptFussybuckets

@annesramblings

@MimiBakerMN

@PeaOfSweetness

@spreadingJOY

More about "Jesus Calling" from the Family Christian Website:

In this special 10th-anniversary edition, Sarah Young shares her own prayer journal with you–including over 100 additional scriptures personally selected by the author. This beautiful keepsake edition, celebrating 10 years of Jesus Calling touching lives all over the world, also includes a beautiful redesign of high-quality bonded leather cover.

Sarah's writings are personal reflections based on Jesus' own words of hope, guidance, and peace within Scripture. As you experience the devotions and the fresh look at Scripture, you will look forward to your time with Him.

Have you read this bestselling book?  What are your thoughts?  Will you join us for the #JesusCalling Twitter party?  Hope to see you there!

Prepare New, Quick Lunches For The Family with Jimmy Dean {$50 Walmart giveaway, too!}

This quick lunches post has been brought to you by Jimmy Dean®. All opinions are mine.

I am so lucky to be able to be a stay-at-home mom and we are even luckier to be able to have lunch with Daddy most days because he works close to home. The thing I do not like, however, is finding something for all of us to eat at lunchtime. We usually do our homeschool in the morning, along with chores and sometimes errands, and a nap for Baby Brother squeezed in somewhere, as well. Preparing a variety of quick lunches with flavor is tricky! Thankfully, Hubby and the boys love sandwiches, but cold lunch meat sandwiches every day get old pretty fast.

Today I got creative with the Pulled Pork with Potatoes Bowl from Jimmy Dean®‚Äč and surprised everyone with hot pulled pork sandwiches. They were a big hit! I also made Hickory smoked turkey breast sandwiches, which Hubby requested we have again after I made them for dinner a few weeks ago. The NEW Jimmy Dean® and Jimmy Dean Delights® frozen lunch and dinner entrées are filling, delicious, and priced right.

I found a lot of great inspiration on the Jimmy Dean Pinterest page, and I have created my own #ShineAnytime Pinterest board to pin all of the great lunch and dinner options for these new Jimmy Dean products, found at Walmart in the frozen entrée section. I was hoping that our Walmart had more of the sandwiches to keep on hand for lunches, but I will have to check out some more Walmart stores to stock up.

If you are concerned about calories, have no fear. The Jimmy Dean Delights look equally as delicious. You get TWO yummy snack sized smoked ham and cheddar sandwiches on pretzel buns for only 290 calories. There are also barbecue options like the Delights pulled chicken sandwich and chipotle pulled pork sandwich for 300 calories for two snack sized sandwiches. I cannot wait to try the Jimmy Dean Delights Golden Roasted Turkey Bowl with potatoes, carrots, and celery for 210 calories. Check out the other Delights Beyond Breakfast choices from Jimmy Dean.

 

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Do you want to stock up on Jimmy Dean frozen entrees and other ingredients that will wow your family? Enter to win a $50 Walmart gift card below!

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Just In Case You Ever Need It…Nit Nanny is The Natural Lice Treatment {plus a giveaway!}

This Nit Nanny natural lice treatment post has been sponsored.  All opinions are mine.

I have worked with children for many years and somehow, *knock on wood* I've never had to deal with lice. I have worried that the boys would bring it home, especially D with his full head of soft hair, but thankfully, it hasn't happened…..yet.

But I HAVE given it some thought….what do you do when you see your child scratching their head and wonder if it's more than just an innocent itch? What happens when that itch turns out to be head lice?

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Per the CDC, between 6-12 million children and adults get head lice each year in the US alone, as well asup to twice that many unreported cases.  Anyone who comes in head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice is at the greatest risk.  With close contact at schools, camps, sleepovers,  the crowding over electronic devices kids are always doing to get a look at the latest internet sensation and the constant selfies kids take, you can see why lice spreads so easily.  Girls between the ages of 3-15 have the greatest chance of getting lice, then they can easily spread throughout their family.

What do you do if someone in your family gets lice?

Dump chemical and pesticide laden over-the-counter products on their heads and wish for the best? Ignore it and hope it goes away?  One adult female can lay 10 eggs (nits) a day and she lives for 30 days…do the math.  They feed on your scalp blood; the bites are what cause the itching.  Many people are allergic to the bites, thus the itching.

Over-the-counter products available today like Rid, Nix and head lice shampoos for purchase in pharmacies have become ineffective. Lice have adapted and have become resistant to the treatment.   The plastic combs provided in the OTC kits are not effective at combing out all nits and bugs.   

Many products are dangerous. They are loaded with neurotoxins and chemicals. Compare the ingredients of the top over-the-counter products to a can of Raid…A CAN OF RAID! It’s truly frightening.  Some of the killing agents in lawn chemicals contain identical ingredients as well.  THAT is some scary stuff.  

Most home remedies are ineffective. Smothering lice with mayonnaise and olive oil for example will not work. Those melt, breakdown  and liquefy due to your core body temperature, which then allows the lice to breathe and not die. 

As parents, we do our best to protect our kids, so reliable and good information is key.  

Lice Lifters, headquartered in Lafayette Hill Pennsylvania has come up with an all-natural and extremely effective in-store lice treatment process as well as the Nit Nanny Line of all-natural products to take lice out of your life.

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The Nit Nanny Products will end your lice problems with no harmful chemicals.  From the first application, all adult lice will be killed, after that you follow the treatment plan.  Nit Nanny Products are all natural and do not liquefy therefore smothering and killing  all live activity in 10 minutes.

The Nit Nanny Lice Solution Treatment is a soothing blend of oils that quickly eliminates all stages of head lice. The 10-minute treatment is conditioning to your hair and scalp. It is safe and effective and leaves you non-contagious to others you are in contact with.

The Nit Nanny Lice and Nit Removal Comb is made of tempered steel. It has unique spiral micro-grooving that helps get underneath every egg. The long teeth can be boiled for sterilization. This comb is the best way to get rid of lice and nits as well as prevent future infestation.

The Nit Nanny Mint Spray deters lice.  It is a one-step product that detangles hair and deters lice. This product can be used on wet or dry hair and as often as you would like to help repel lice. This product is made with all natural ingredients that are offensive to lice but not to humans. The Mint Detangler Spray is non-toxic, smells great and is safe for the whole family.  A few spritzes of the fresh smelling spray are all you need.  If you know an outbreak is in your area or school, be diligent with the spray and putting your daughter’s hair up in a bun or in a tight braid or two.  

Each of these products are available on Amazon, you can purchase them individually or as a kit.  This is your best solution if getting into a Lice Lifters Salon is not an option. And is the best all natural, safe and effective treatment available for home use.

Visit the The Nit Nanny Site for all the information you need to get lice out of your head, out of your life, and out of your home.  Check out “The Great Clean Up Page” for what else you need to do around your home when lice strikes.

For more information about the Nit Nanny products, Lice Lifters Treatment Centers, franchise information or lice facts in general, visit www.licelifters.com or www.thenitnanny.com .nitnnanny

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New Music Your Whole Family Will Enjoy from Manic Drive {giveaway}

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We spend a lot of time in the van, driving to and from soccer practice, to the store, and running errands.  The boys are pretty good travelers, but one thing we can all agree on is we all like to listen to good music on the radio.  I prefer that we listen to Christian music so I am not hurrying to change the station when a questionable song comes on the radio. When I had the opportunity to review the new CD from Manic Drive, VIP, I was excited to have some new music to share with the boys!

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The first song that we listened to was the title track, "VIP."  The boys absolutely loved it and so did Hubby and I.  It is a very catchy song with a positive feel. The lyrics talk about how we are all V.I.P.s in God's eyes. My favorite line is "He already paid your cover, it's about time that you live life bigger than before."  Such a great message set to a catchy tune!
 
The positive message, well written lyrics, and dance music continues throughout the whole album.  The Canadian born trio has a great sound and great voices. 
 
Reading the bio of Manic Drive is truly inspiring. These men, all in their early twenties, have dedicated their lives to Christ and spreading His message to the world. Rarely do you find young men who have such maturity both in their music and their focus in pursuing God's call on their lives. 
 
We love jammin' out to Manic Drive and I love knowing that he boys can sing these lyrics all day long and I have nothing to worry about. In fact, the boys are already asking questions about what they are saying and what it means, which is fabulous for opening up that communication and taking about God and spreading the gospel.  I'm so, so happy to find talented musicians like Manic Drive that we can enjoy as a family!

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Awesome Dallas Blogs (and the Bloggers Behind Them!)

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When we moved to the Dallas area 3 1/2 years ago, I was a brand new blogger.  I began making connections and soon found a group of wonderful bloggers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  I have learned so much from these wonderful bloggers, and I have even gotten the opportunity to meet a few in person.

I love following these blogs because I always learn something new. I have learned so much about the DFW metroplex and all the fun events, opportunities, stores, and other fun things that I would've never known about had I not read these blogs.
 
I encourage you to take the time to check out these blogs, follow on social media, and hopefully get as much out of them as I have!

BDallas Bloggers Bare Feet on the Dashboardare Feet on the Dashboard

Becca Short Eby Bare Feet on the Dashboard evokes a life of freedom through frugal living, travel, faith, crafts, creative pursuits, activities for families and kids, and so much more. Share in the adventure on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.  

BDallas Bloggers Baby Boomer Rantsaby Boomer Rants

Dian Farmer Dian is a Dallas Mom and Blogger who is passionate about sharing her tips with women of all ages. As a Baby Boomer she has years of experience to share to help others succeed in life. Growth of spirit, family and impact in her community are important pieces of Dian's life and she is excited to share her tips with you!  

Dallas Bloggers Carrie ElleCarrie Elle

Carrie Lindsey Carrie Lindsey is a Dallas mom who blogs about parenting, “mom life,” and family-friendly activities in the Dallas area at Carrie Elle. From simple crafts to easy recipes to meal planning (and everything in between!), Carrie blogs for the busy mom. She also offers blog coaching for new bloggers and sells Meal Planners in her Etsy shop.  

CDallas Bloggers Coupon Crazy Mommyoupon Crazy Mommy

Natalie Emmert Reid Digging through all the deals to find the BEST ways to help you save money online, in the grocery stores, drug stores and more! The Coupon Crazy Mommy has been teaching couponing classes around the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex for nearly 10 years and is a regular guest on WFAA's “Good Morning Texas.”  

DDallas Bloggers Digital Mom Blogigital Mom Blog

Molly Thornberg Digital Mom Blog is your online hub for technology, parenting and geekery. From tech reviews of the latest gadgets to the woes of raising toddlers: Digital Mom, Molly Thornberg delivers real-life with this blog for the modern mom. Follow Digital Mom Blog on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  

EEasy Green Momasy Green Mom

Amber Sorrells Amber is a Fort Worth wife and mom of 3 boys. She is passionate about sharing how her family lives green and hopes to inspire others to take little steps to being more Eco-friendly. On Easy Green Mom she shares tips for living green, gluten free recipes, cloth diaper tips, DIY crafts, and new Eco-friendly products. Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.  

FDallas Bloggers Family eGuideamily eGuide

Valerie Preston Family eGuide is an online guide to affordable family-friendly events, activities, and services in the northern suburbs of Dallas/Fort Worth. Winner of "Best Publication" in Denton County 2014! Contact us about promoting your event or business. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram!  

GDallas Bloggers Geek Glameek Glam

Stephanie Drenka Geek Glam is a personal style blog authored by Stephanie Drenka. Created to eliminate the misconception that geek and chic are mutually exclusive attributes, Geek Glam combines Stephanie's love of gaming, fashion, beauty, and pop culture.  

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Mariah Leeson With a passion for celebrating Mariah created Giggles Galore,www.gigglesgalore.net, a lifestyle blog that focuses on creative parties, DIY crafts, recipes and tip and hints for making the ordinary extraordinary one creative project at a time. Mariah loves collaborating with brands and can be reached at mariah@gigglesgalore.net or follow her onFacebook,Instagram,Twitter and Pinterest.  

GDallas Bloggers Grocery Shop for Free at the Martrocery Shop for FREE at The Mart

Aarn Farmer Aarn is a husband, father of 4, and grandfather of 3, with one on the way. He is also the author of a coupon & deal blog all about shopping and saving at Walmart. If you’re looking to save money at Walmart, this is the place you want to be. From weekly $1 and under deals to a searchable coupon database, he has it all. Be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest so you don’t miss a deal.  

JDallas Bloggers Jenns RAQenn's RAQ

Jennifer Land Jenn is a homeschooling mother to many in Fort Worth, Texas. Whether she’s blogging about her kids, their favorite toys and curriculum, food, or about local Dallas / Fort Worth events, she’s keeping it Real And Quirky! Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.  

JDallas Bloggers Julie is Coco and Cocoaulie is Coco and Cocoa

Julie Julie is a Mom, knitter, crafter, and food enthusiast. She is is married to the love of her life and together they have three boys, twin teenagers and a pre-schooler. Julie is passionate about everything handmade is proud to call Fort Worth home. Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.  

LDallas Bloggers LifeatFortyife at Forty

Angela Williamson Join sisters, Angela and Brady Lee, as they share two completely different lifestyles at 40. Although both were born and raised in MN, Angela now resides in TX. Follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.  

LDallas Bloggers Life with Captain Fussybucketsife With Captain Fussybuckets

Gena Gena is a thirty something mother of three young boys and a youth minister’s wife. She is a homeschooler and home gardener who loves to blog about parenting, cooking, going green, and the occasional crafts for kids and DIY. Follow Life With Captain Fussybuckets on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.  

MDallas Bloggers MamaChallengeamaChallenge

Autumn Rose Reo Texas blogger,TV contributor, PR pro, and mother of two (including a son with aCongenital Heart Defect), Autumn Rose Reo is always on the search for REAL SOLUTIONS for REAL MOMS. From things to do, eat, wear and buy, she’s always cookin’ up something fun, resourceful and good to know! See what challenge she is taking on today on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or email her at autumn (@) mamachallenge.com.  

MDallas Bloggers Milk and Cuddlesilk and Cuddles

Shannon Schmid Shannon, traded in her sensible NYC Television producer shoes (they were best for taking the subway), for a pair of Texas Cowboy boots! Shannon blogs about many subjects including Travel, Recipes, Technology & Events. Shannon is PR friendly, and also the author of American and Irish. Find her: Twitter, Facebook, & YouTube among other places. Milkandcuddles (@)gmail.com  

MDallas Bloggers Mommie Again Plusommie… Again PLUS

Kim Croisant Kim, a 50+Influencer and a Mommie "Again" to her youngest grandchild, is an advocate for healthy living. Follow her journey on eating organic, growing a garden for the first time, ridding her cupboards of all GMO foods and trying to survive menopause!  

MDallas Bloggers My Crazy SavingsyCRAZYSavings

Courtney Solstad Mommy to three little princesses, I love the flexible schedule that blogging has allotted me. I live in North Dallas and proudly serve as a Deal Pro with Savings.com, Pampers Baby Board Member, Collective Bias Advisory Team, and Sea World Wildside Blogger. I love connecting with brands and sharing ways to live well for less with my readers. I am passionate about being debt free and enriching the lives around me.  

PDallas Bloggers Pounds 4 Penniesounds4Pennies

Amy Greene Amy Greene lives in the Dallas area with her husband and three children. She enjoys teaching people how to make DIY crafts, homemade recipes and parties on a budget at Pounds4Pennies. Amy writes about how easy it can be to have a simple, healthy and greener lifestyle. She provides easy tips and trick for everyone to save money to be healthy and green.  

TDallas Bloggers Tales of Beauty for Ashesales of Beauty for Ashes

Becky Becky traded in her teaching degree for diapers and dishes. Her blog, Tales of Beauty for Ashes, has tricks for anything from how to have a better marriage, to a better way to organize measuring cups. When not writing, you might find her reading a book, playing in the kitchen or loving on her family. Find her on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.  

TDallas Bloggers The Nerds Wifehe Nerd's Wife

Arena Blake Arena is the wife of a Nerd and mom of a toddler who loves his Star Wars blankie a little too much. She is passionate about showcasing brands through creative crafts, recipes, and tutorials on her Dallas mom blog. She lives in the suburbs north of Dallas with her family. You can email her at thenerdswife@gmail.com or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.  

TDallas Bloggers Three Different Directionshree Different Directions

Tammy Litke Three Different Directions, is a lifestyle blog about home & family, recipes, travel, electronics & other things we enjoy in life. Tammy likes to hear from PR and companies to collaborate with brands and can be reached at, tammy@threedifferentdirections.com. Find her on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.  

WDallas Bloggers White Boxeekends Count

Jennifer and Tony A PR friendly, Texas #millennialfamily #travel & activity blog. We are located in the Fort Worth, TX area focused on making the MOST out of the weekend! After working HARD in the week as busy professors and we always seek to enjoy a great work-life balance. We also love to travel with our family to visit hotels and museums, researching new vacations, reading, shopping online, eating healthy foods, taking pictures on our iPhones, and gardening! Remember to follow us on Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook.  

This is certainly not an extensive list.  Do you follow or write an awesome Dallas blog?  Leave the link in the comments.  I'd love to check it out!

31 Hearty -Real Food- Soups, Chowders, and Stews

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The nights are becoming cooler and that means it's soup season!  I have made a collection of 31 hearty and filling soups, chowders, and stews made with real food!   No condensed soups, processed foods (that you can't omit or substitute,) just real, delicious food ingredients. 

 
Enjoy finding the perfect recipe for a chilly night. 

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by Gena at Foodie.com

What is your favorite cold weather recipe?