About Wendy

SAHM of 2 kids, one adult kid (my 21 yr old daughter) and one middle-age kid (the hubby). Currently interviewing to return to my career working with juveniles in foster care and/or with cases in the district court system after taking time off to raise my own children. Avid animal lover who cares daily for our dogs, cats, fish, rat and chickens. My MIL says I need a cow for fresh milk; I say No Way!!! (LOL) Hobbies include listening to music, reading, writing, blogging (a new passion), watching TV (Homeland and True Detective are new TV-drama obsessions) baking, cooking, crafting, crocheting, and cross-stitching. I'm a laid-back mama who prefers not to micro-manage the lives of my family (though I feel sometimes like they micro-manage mine as my schedule mainly consists of coordinating all of their schedules). But, I love it and wouldn't have it any other way.

How I Relax After A Hard Day

How I Relax After A Hard Day - Bright Endeavors Candles Black Currant Orchid Soy Candle and Aura Cacia Bath Products

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Adulting is hard. There, I said it. Some days feel like you are wading through a battlefield and by the time you get home from your day’s activities it feels like you just want to collapse. But, you can’t because there are family issues to deal with, or homework and bath time with the kids, and dinner to make.

The point is that we all need down time to relax and recuperate from our day. One of the best ways to do that is to escape to a hot bath or shower. Lemme give you a glimpse of some items that I find essential to my relaxing end-of-day bath routine…. [read more]

Affordable Fashion At Your Fingertips

Affordable Fashion At Your Fingertips - Duct Tape Bags by Richela Fabian Morgan

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I’m like most women, I love purses. Love ’em, can’t afford to feed that passion, though. I have one (yes, only one) Coach purse. Coach purses are beautiful, but outside my price range. The one I have, I was lucky enough to win in a giveaway a few years ago. Handbags are something I do a lot of window-shopping for but am rarely able to justify purchasing for myself.

And then came Duct Tape Bags by Richela Fabian Morgan into my life. I’d heard of duct tape wallets before and thought they were kinda neat. But, I’d never considered expanding the concept. Flipping through the pages of this DIY tutorial book, however, inspired me to try this out for myself…. [read more]

Three Ways To Boost Your Beauty Quotient

Three Ways To Boost Your Beauty Quotient-AHAVA-Philip B-Jojoba Co Australia

Beauty Brite DisclosureMy skin, well, sometimes we have a love/hate relationship. My hands especially tend to be dry all the time due to the constant hand washing that I put them through during cleaning, meal prep and just general trying to avoid the spread of germs. And then there’s my face. I’ve been noticing some dry spots developing occasionally over the last year or so. They’re not bad, just a bit of an annoyance. And my long hair has been dry, too. I really think it’s because I don’t drink enough water, but I’m glad to have some beauty products to help out with these issues, as well.

Lately, I’ve been using three really awesome beauty products that are helping me like what I see when I look in the mirror. AHAVA, The Jojoba Company Australia, and Philip B® are most definitely on my “good product” list for the benefits I’ve been enjoying due to using them…. [read more]

Easter Crafts And My Go-To Chocolate Favorites

Easter Crafts And My Go-To Chocolate Favorites
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Ever since I was a child I have always looked forward to holidays of all kinds, especially the ones that involve candy. Easter has always been a much-loved day in our home, I remember my mother buying my sisters and I matching dresses and going to Easter Egg hunts at church as a child. And waking up to our Easter baskets was always very much anticipated as we were always eager to see what the Easter Bunny had left for us!

All my life, Hershey’s chocolate has been a huge part of all of the major holidays for my family. It’s no different now that I’m a parent myself, Hershey’s is the most prevalent candy I utilize to celebrate every holiday that we love. My kids’ favorite has always been Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups…. [read more]

Two Tech Products That Make My Life Easier

Two Tech Products That Make My Life Easier - Picture Keeper Connect and Bondic Starter Kit

Beauty Brite DisclosureI’m all about finding things that make my life easier in any way possible. Aren’t we all? Life can get so busy and hectic nowadays that time-saving trends are something I really appreciate. I had never heard of Picture Keeper Connect or Bondic® before giving their products a whirl. But, am I ever glad I know about them now. And you will be, too, trust me!… [read more]

Fresh Tasting Mexican Meals From Your Freezer

Fresh Tasting Mexican Meals From Your Freezer - Red's All Natural Frozen Foods

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We love Mexican food at our house. I often make tacos, taco bakes, enchiladas, etc. for dinners because it’s always a crowd pleaser. I was really excited to find Red’s™ All Natural frozen foods at my local Kroger grocery store. These are going to come in very handy for those times we crave these kinds of meals but don’t have the time I like to have to prepare them…. [read more]

Best Friends Are Forever

Best Friends Are Forever -- Lionsgate Care Bears and Cousins BFFs Volume 2

Year of Production: 2016
Title Copyright: Care Bears and related trademarks (c)2017 Those Characters From Cleveland, Inc. Used under license by Lions Gate Entertainment, Inc. American Greetings with rose logo is a trademark of AGC, LLC.
Type: TV-on-DVD
Genre: Family, Animation, Children’s/Series
Closed-Captioned: English
Run Time: 132 minutes
DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen1.78:1 Presentation
DVD Audio Status:English 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio

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The Care Bears are back! Or are they? They never really did go away, so maybe I should say that they’re extending their run, I guess. These fun and colorful little bears have been around for as much of my life as I can remember. That’s no small feat in a consumer’s world where everyone is always moving on to the next newest and brightest thing.

The Care Bear universe has branched out to include some new characters, their cousins, who are fun and bring new adventures for old and new fans alike to appreciate. I recently came into possession of a new DVD full of Care Bear & Cousins adventures that my nieces and nephew are really having a great time with. Care Bears & Cousins BFFs Volume 2, from the Netflix Original series Care Bears & Cousins, has become an instant classic at my house…. [read more]

Healthy And Delicious Matcha Green Tea Drink Recipe

Healthy And Delicious Matcha Green Tea Drink Recipe

Beauty Brite DisclosureI’ve been looking for a healthy drink that doesn’t leave a gritty taste behind in my mouth for years. I’ve tried quite a few formulations that have touted to provide everything from added protein and vitamins to increased metabolism and energy benefits. Of the many I have tried, only one other has been one that I’d actually drink on a regular basis.

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Skin Care For Every Lifestyle

Skin Care For Every Lifestyle - True Results Retinol Skin Care and ELEWA Holistic Skin Care

Beauty Brite DisclosureSkin care is a topic that I find myself becoming more interested in all the time, now that I’m in my forties. I still enjoy relatively clear, smooth skin. But, I do have some slight sun damage on my cheeks from past sunburns and have noticed the skin (mostly around my eyes) getting a little less elastic.

I’m not really picky about whether I try skin care lines that are all natural or whether they are developed with some chemical ingredients. I know some women do have definite preferences when it comes to the ingredients in their skin care, though. Here, for your consideration, I am offering up my experiences with two skin care lines I have recently given a test drive, True Results Retinol Active and ELEWA Natural.

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Family Friendly Entertainment from Lionsgate Films

Family Friendly Entertainment from Lionsgate Films - DVD- Air Bound from Lionsgate Films

Lionsgate Entertainment, Inc.
Rating: PG for action/peril
Genre: Family
Feature Run Time: 94 minutes
DVD Format: 16×9 Widescreen (2.35:1)
DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio

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Lionsgate Entertainment is a name I’m hearing more and more when it comes to home entertainment. Recent offerings from Lionsgate include The Shack, John Wick 2, Shaun the Sheep The Movie, A Madea Christmas, Mockingjay, The Age of Adaline … so many great movies ranging from inspirational to drama, comedy, and animated.

You know with a Lionsgate film, you’re in for a good time. Most recently, my children and I watched Air Bound. It’s a cute movie about some city mice who are tired of the daily humdrum of their lives and want a little adventure. They get an adventure for sure when they meet some new friends who need help saving their family from a bunch of super-villain weasels…. [read more]