Our First Family Beach Day

The kids and I headed out to Lake Sunapee Park the other weekend with our Summer gear in hand. My youngest and oldest were determined to hop in the lake, even though I knew it was cold, cold water. The oldest did end up jumping in twice, crazy girl!

Beach Days in NH Summer

I loved watching all three of the kids happily work together with their sand gear. They were building castles and moats and all this fun stuff together, with smiles upon their faces!

Daughter lets son bury her

Apparently the idea of sand gear wasn’t as appealing as burying your sister with sand at the beach. My daughter, bravely, laid down and set some ground rules to let her brother bury her in the sand. There was to be no sand above her chest and her arms were not to be covered, unless she said otherwise after they covered that part of her body.

Team work

Aj even got in on the fun of burying sissy and together the boys were able to fully bury sissy to the guidelines that she set forth. Sure, she got some sand in her face because the boys were digging like little puppies to get the sand to stay on her, but it was all in the name of good, solid family fun!

Buried in Sand

The picture above was the final snapshot before my daughter came out of that pile like a Hulk monster. It was a beautiful day and a fun family time was had.

Moments like these make me realize just how blessed I am.

A Summertime Giveaway – Bella Andre Beach Bag & More

I have been hearing all over the radio that Memorial Day weekend is the welcoming of Summer? To me, it’s also a day to remember those who have fought for the freedoms we have today, I also like to try to visit my aunt Robin’s grave that I have not been to in a long time. It is about remembering those who matter and are important. It is also, for many, a welcoming of warmer weather and barbecue season… I have already been to the beach, I shared that photo collage on Wordless Wednesday.

Today I am inviting you all to learn more about Bella Andre’s book, The Look of Love.  First and foremost, what I love about Bella Andre is that she was denied publishing on normal avenues and decided to market them herself. The books were not selling and she was given all rights back to her books. Then something happened, through her own marketing of her own books, she became a New York Times Bestselling Author! I am proud that Bella Andre is someone who I am helping spread the word about because this shows that anyone can make it if they do not take no as an answer. That I CAN DO THIS mentality will take you far and it took Belle Andre here, where I am helping share her new book alongside a fun Summer giveaway!

Bella Andre Beach Bag Goodies

I personally received this package shown above, it’s a high quality beach bag with a bunch of goodies inside, to include a copy of Bella Andre’s book, The Look of Love. I would tell you my thoughts on this book but I am still working on reading it! I hope to share my insight to what I think about The Look of Love in future months. Right now, I want to use this Memorial Day weekend to help spread a bit of sunshine in your world with a chance at winning the gift bag shown above!

Giveaway Is for a Beach Bag filled with these goodies {approx value is $130}:

1.       1 Jade and Jasper bracelet

2.       1 Pair of Solemates Heel Savers

3.       1 Travel size Evian brumisteur

4.       1 bottle OPI “Suzi’s Hungary Again” nailpolish

5.       1 copy of Bella Andre’s THE LOOK OF LOVE

6.       1 Travel size bottle of NYM Smooth Moves

7.       1 Pair Unisun Eyewear sunglasses

8.       1 Vapur “anti-bottle” water bottle

Giveaway Details:

One winner shall be chosen by random using the random winner generator in Raflecopter. The winner shall have 48 hours to claim prize after receiving the email and announcement goes live on site too. Open to US only. Giveaway ends June 7, 2013 at 11:59pm EST.

Using the Rafflecopter form below is easy; use name/email to log in or Facebook for login. Rafflecopter will not use your email or access for anything other than giving me a way to contact you should you be the randomly chosen winner! Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another person will be randomly selected.

Want a chance to head to Las Vegas? {this is in not part of the giveaway I am hosting on site for Beach Bag}

Visit Facebook.com/HarlequinBooks from May 22nd – May 31st and create your SUMMER OF LOVE Mixtape for a chance to win a trip for YOU and THREE friends to Las Vegas.  *No purchase necessary. Ends May 31, 2013.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I did receive the same products being given away. All opinions are my own.

Always Focus on What you Have and What you Deserve

Happy Friday everyone!

We are heading into a holiday weekend, it’s Memorial Day weekend. A three day weekend here but my children will be off having a blast with their Dad’s. I get to enjoy a nice BBQ with my Dad, the boyfriend, my sister and her baby girl this weekend at some point.

Happy Friday thankful for what you have


In the meantime I will be packing boxes, labeling them and tossing out stuff into a free pile, but all the while having a blast!

Enjoy the weekend and always be thankful for what you DO have in life! <3

National Learn to Swim Day, Get Ready for Memorial Day

Memorial Day is just around the corner and this is the most popular weekend for families to get out camping and go swimming in ponds or their newly opened pool. Our family loves spending time in the pool over in Vermont, at what I call our “family farm”, it’s where my Dad lives.

National Learn to Swim day is just coming prior to Memorial Day; on May 19th SwimWays will be gearing up with an event at the Greenbrier Family YMCA in Chesapeake, VA from 1-3 p.m. The event will be the grand opening of the YMCA’s outdoor pool for the summer, open to members and non-members, and feature a water safety clinic for local families.  With Memorial Day being the unofficial start to Summer, Swimways wants to make sure that children can be ready to swim and be safe in the pool or other favorite swimming location this year.

May is the official National Water Safety month which is why SwimWays feels that May 19th is a great day to encourage more water safety with children prior to the unofficial start of Summer; Memorial Day. You see the Red Cross states that;

  • Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years old.
  • Statistics show that children ages 1 to 4 drown most often in home swimming pools.
  • Children were often out of sight less than 5 minutes and under the care of one or both parents at the time of many home pool drownings.

These statistics scare me but in all honesty they are true. I know all too well, through a long ago experience with my little sister, that a child can go under water in a matter of mere seconds. If your child does not know how to swim or does not have the proper floating devices on, then they could potentially drown. This is why I am usually in the pool with my children at all times, usually within an arms reach or I am right next to the pool. I also make sure that my children have some form of floating device on or in use by them.

I don’t even leave my kids for a moment to go pee, I always have another family member right there keeping two eyes on them for it’s only a matter of seconds for one of my children to get overly confident or slip and go under.  If you are like me and want to make sure that your kids are water safe, then try to read some of these articles that can assist you in learning more about being water safe:

Do not forget, if you are in the Chesapeake, VA area then you should try to attend SwimWays event at the Greenbrier Family YMCA from 1-3pm on May 19, 2012.

“I am a SwimWays Team Ambassador and receive free products as a way to share my thoughts and experiences with SwimWays products & to increase knowledge of water safety this Summer season. All opinions are my own.”

Three Giveaways Ended, Three Winners Announced

Time is just flying right by, I have had three giveaways end and no winners randomly chosen yet. So without further adieu here are the winners:

Congrats to Laurie Gentry Murley  who won CSCMD giveaway.

Congrats to Claudia Andreoni who won Clorox Disinfectant Spray giveaway.

Congrats to Sarah Smile who won the HOP Prize Package giveaway.

Congrats and please complete THIS FORM so that I can send your information along to the sponsor!

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