All For Love Cocoa Bombs

I am all about love. I have been a single mom for over 3 years. In those 3 years, I have overcome so much and learned a lot about myself! I also have a better understanding of single moms too. I am so excited to share our All For Love Cocoa Bombs!

All For Love Cocoa Bombs

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the day for love.

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Create A Comfortable Workspace

I have worked from home or been a stay at home parent for years. I have worked outside of the home too. However, as a special needs parent, I have always preferred to be a stay at home parent. Now that I am a single mom, I have to be a stay at home parent and work from home. With the novel Coronavirus, many people are working from home too! It’s taken a toll on everyone. I am so excited to show you simple ways to create a comfortable workspace! 

Create A Comfortable Workspace
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I work from home from my laptop. I don’t have a desk. Instead, I use our dining table. Since I use a laptop, I started noticing my neck and back were hurting. I even tried elevating my laptop with a stack of hardcover books. It was a nice improvement. 

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The Best Ideas To Create The Ultimate Family Backyard

Your backyard is nice. You have pretty landscaping, quality furniture, maybe a pool, maybe sports areas. The lawn is green, and everything is clean and tidy. And yet, you think you might want to take things up a notch and create something really memorable. Here are some ideas to help take your backyard from “very nice” to “ultimate.” Let’s create the ultimate family backyard!

The Best Ideas To Create The Ultimate Family Backyard

Water Features

Nothing says opulence like cascading water. A fountain or waterfall not only adds dramatic visual flair, it also gives you that lovely splashing, bubbling background sound. If you add a waterfall to a pool, the flip of a switch transforms your pool setting from smooth and placid to dynamic and exciting. Build in a water slide, for endless fun for the kids. The possibilities are endless, including everything from hot tubs that spill into the pool, to elaborate multi-level water creations that wind their way through your entire yard.

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Hallmark Channel Original Premiere of “Heart of the Holidays” on Monday, Nov 23rd at 8pm/7c

I started watching Christmas movies a few weeks ago! I watch them as much as I can, even if I’ve already seen them. The holidays remind me of how grateful I am to have my son and our home! Are you ready for a fun event? Hallmark Channel is hosting 7 Nights of Thanksgiving! Be sure to turn in to the Hallmark Channel Original Premiere of “Heart of the Holidays” on Monday, Nov 23rd at 8pm/7c! I know I will be watching! 

Hallmark Channel Original Premiere of "Heart of the Holidays"

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Last year’s holiday really stood out to me as it was our second Christmas in our new home. I set up a small Christmas tree! I wish I could decorate again but the tree is stuffed at the very back of our garage! 

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Charge Up With New Gear

This year has been the craziest we’ve ever seen! With the novel Coronavirus pandemic, we have been forced to change the way we live, interact, learn, communicate, and more! I’ve been doing my best to stay motivated with my fitness and our health! I have since added a rowing machine to stay in shape! 

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When it comes to fitness or general health, staying hydrated is important! When I use a fun and delightful water bottle, it makes drinking my water so much fun! I prefer to use reusable bottles! 

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Items You Need In Your Life But Never Thought Of

This year changed near the end of the school year and just months before summer started! Kids have been stuck at home, learning from home, parents have had to adjust their schedules, and businesses were forced to adapt or close. I do my best to stay positive and not dwell on everything happening. We gathered items you need in your life but never thought of! 

Items You Need In Your Life But Never Thought Of
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Times are tough. I was getting anxious. I bought a rowing machine and it’s helping to change things up. I used to go for walks throughout the day but with my son learning from home, I feel like I’m stuck at home almost all day! By the time our day is over, I feel so exhausted and end up not going for a walk! 

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Nearly Carefree Plants For Any Lifestyle

When we  moved into our home, I couldn’t wait to bring my houseplants over into their new home! I try to have houseplants all over as I use them to help de-stress and brighten our space! I love houseplants in my home as they have a naturally calming effect! It brings me joy watching them grow! For the black thumbs or those who are new to houseplants, we gathered nearly carefree plants for any lifestyle! 

Nearly Carefree Plants For Any Lifestyle
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I love sharing my love of houseplants with anyone and everyone. I have shared plants and cuttings with friends, co-workers, and neighbors.

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Small Changes To Help Your Budget And Environment


If you’re like me, you are always looking for ways to cut your expenses. After quarantine started, I looked at my expenses and was able to cut an expense with my internet bill. Every few months, I am looking at my expenses to cut here and there. Recently, I decided to cut a huge expense and just focus on home repairs. My next project is getting my windows replaced! Are you looking to improve your budget? We share small changes to help your budget and environment. 

Small Changes To Help Your Budget And Environment
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If you’re looking to improve your budget and do your part for the environment, we found a few products that fit the bill! 

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One Home Scent That Gets Me Ready For Fall And Winter

One Home Scent That Gets Me Ready For Fall And Winter -- Candler Candle Co.
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The One Home Scent That Gets Me Ready For Fall And Winter —

One of the most enduring childhood memories that I have is of my grandparents’ cabin in the mountains of Montana. It is a small home they built up a winding mountain road in a clearing surrounded by many types of trees, including fir trees. They had neighbors, none close enough to be seen from their home but near enough to be friends with them.

I remember that I would walk into the trees surrounding their cabin and get lost, figuratively, completely enchanted with the sound of the crackling of dry fir tree needles on the forest floor crunching under my footsteps, sharp-eyed for downed trees to climb over or scramble under and for pinecones to collect, all the while invigorated by the fresh clean fir tree scent that just makes one feel more alive and connected to the earth.

I like forest-related scents any time of year, but I especially seek them out as fall and winter descend over the land because the smell invokes cozy cold evenings in front of a fire with a snuggly blanket and a warm drink and it starts to get me in the mood for the cold weather holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas. It makes otherwise icky cold weather much more lovely and endurable. Once the holidays are over, I like to curl up on my couch with a hot cup of cappuccino and await the new year with optimism and hope.

Candles, wax melts, scented air fresheners — they all have a place in my home. It’s a simple, affordable form of personal expression that not only makes my home smell good, it’s a great way to inspire me to write, or craft, or clean. It just makes life very enjoyable.

One Home Scent That Gets Me Ready For Fall And Winter -- Candler Candle Co.

First of all, I should mention that Chandler Candles are gorgeous. They come in simple glass jars which are shipped in sturdy cardboard sleeves with tin lids to protect them from breakage. The second you pop open that packaging the scent envelopes you right away, before you even light the candle. 

The candles are made with all-natural soy wax with quality fragrances, and are hand-poured in small batches to maintain the high quality with which a great candle deserves to be crafted.

One Home Scent That Gets Me Ready For Fall And Winter -- Candler Candle Co.

I am very much enjoying their Balsam Fir scented candle. It takes my right back to my Gramma and Grampa’s cabin in the mountains, every time! In addition to several sizes of candles they offer soaps and lotions as well as reed diffusers and hand sanitizer. And let me tell you about the hand sanitizer. I’m in love with this one … it’s Lavender & Lime scented. I know, lavender and lime aren’t scents that I might think of pairing. But, it works!

I have been using it and the lime scent is a bit low-key but definitely there. It’s the lavender that I notice the most and it lasts for a long time. I mean, I’ve caught a whiff of the lavender more than 30 minutes after applying it to my hands. I love that!

One Home Scent That Gets Me Ready For Fall And Winter -- Candler Candle Co.

I recently decided to do a little writing work outdoors at the picnic table near the coop where my chickens spend their days pecking the ground and being extra cute and funny. I took along my Chandler Balsam Fir candles (since I am surrounded by wooded areas, and some treats for my hens to enjoy. They just go crazy for their treats! LOL

One Home Scent That Gets Me Ready For Fall And Winter -- Candler Candle Co.
A treat for me, a treat for my chickens!

There are so many aromatic blends available that I think anyone might be hard pressed to NOT be able to find one that they would like. I personally would love to try the Asian Pear Blossom, Italian Bergamot, and Pumpkin Chai Tea candles next.

One Home Scent That Gets Me Ready For Fall And Winter -- Candler Candle Co.
Chandler Candle Co. Scent List — Source: Chandler Candle Co. website

My adult daughter just had a birthday and loves candles just as much as I do. I gave her one of the Balsam & Fir candles as part of her birthday celebration. It is easily one of her favorite gifts, I think. I love that something so simple makes us so happy!

These are definitely on my short list for holiday gifts for my daughter and my mom, too. It can be hard to choose a candle scent for other people, so if you aren’t sure which one to gift you can purchase a gift card from the company to gift to coworkers, friends, and family.  Use coupon code HOLIDAY20 to receive 20% off orders till Dec 31.

Which Chandler Candle scent are you dying to try? Let me know! 

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Weighted Blankets: Give Yourself A Hug During Stressful Times

Being a single mom and raising my son on my own is easy.

Add COVID, Quarantine, masks, distance learning, assessments over zoom, assessments at school and now I’m finally feeling the stress. Everything seems to be happening at once. I found that weighted blankets will help! Give yourself a hug during stressful times!

Weighted Blankets: Give Yourself A Hug During Stressful Times
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Last year, I received a few weighted blankets that I was very grateful for. I loved the idea of a removable cover, so I could wash them whenever I wanted. However, I quickly realized what a hassle it can be to remove the cover and then try to put the cover back on. And even when I got the cover back on, the insert would pull to one side or even end up at the foot of the bed. The blanket rarely stayed in place inside the cover!

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