Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Back To School with Taste Of Nature!

One thing that is really going to take a lot of getting used to for me about my boys going back to school this year is snacks. I have really gotten used to them being here with me, and that means that when we want a snack, I can just whip something up in the kitchen. Now, I am going to have to start paying attention to our snacks and making sure that what I buy for the boys is something quick and portable, and something they will be able to eat on the go, since we are going to be super busy now. Thankfully, Taste Of Nature swooped in to help me save the day!

The folks at Taste of Nature make some awesome organic snack bars, and they agreed to send us a few to try out to see how we liked them! Oh, and like them we did! First of all, most of you know that we have been trying to eat better lately. Well, Taste Of Nature makes that super easy. Their snack bars are 100% certified organic, gluten free, and non GMO project certified. I love that they contain nothing artificial, no added sugars, and no chemicals of any kind. That makes me feel good about feeding Taste Of Nature snack bars to my guys!

Another great thing about Taste Of Nature snack bars is that they are easy to take with you on the go. I can easily stick them in lunchboxes, or the boys can take them with them in the car, no worries, no mess. The boys (and me!) really enjoyed these bars a lot. I like that the packaging is clear, so you can see just what you are getting. They come in some awesome flavors, and with eleven to choose from, there is definitely something for everyone! My personal favorite was Canadian Maple Forest, so sweet and yummy! The boys really loved Himalayan Goji Summit, which surprised me, since it wasn't something I thought they would choose. I guess that just goes to show you, when you let your kids make their own choices, they might really surprise you.

We really enjoyed these bars, and I am sure that we will be buying more of them in the very near future to stuff our lunchboxes with! At only around $1.99 per bar, these are a great deal too! You can find them at your local natural foods store. In my area, Whole Foods carries all of the flavors and they are easy to find. If you want to see what stores in your area carry Taste Of Nature bars, check here: http://www.tasteofnature.ca/where-to-buy/. Thanks Taste Of Nature for introducing us to these wonderful snacks! Make sure to join them on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date as well! 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Checking In With The Econo Lodge Riverside- Pigeon Forge, TN!

It's hard to believe that it has been a year since we visited our friends at the Econo Lodge Riverside in Pigeon Forge. (Check out all the fun we had on that trip HERE and HERE!). We had so much fun there last year, and my boys have been begging to go back since the day we left!! Lucky for them (and me!) we will be heading back to Pigeon Forge in October and visiting the Econo Lodge once again, but, in the meantime, we wanted to catch up with all that has been going on at our favorite hotel! 
photo credit: Econo Lodge Riverside

Let's just say that the folks at Econo Lodge Riverside have NOT been enjoying a summer vacation! They have been keeping themselves super busy, fixing things up and making their hotel even better for their guests. So, what have they been up to? Oh, not much, just constructing a $500,000 river walk on the Econo Lodge property! It is so gorgeous, I can not wait to check it out! 
Photo Credit: Econo Lodge Riverside 
The new river walk includes benches, fire pits for hanging out outside,picnic tables, a paved walkway path, and more. It is so beautiful, adding to a already beautiful hotel and making it even more fun to hang out outside and feed the ducks! 
Photo credit Econo Lodge Riverside 
Photo Credit: Econo Lodge Riverside 
We are also super excited about the addition of the beautiful pavilion to the Econo Lodge property out back! This is going to be great! The pavilion will include seating for over 100 and some extra large BBQ grills for everyone to enjoy. This is a really great addition to the property and is going to make things even better for guests of the Econo Lodge Riverside! I am sure that bigger groups are going to really make use of the 1000 square foot pavilion, and I know that personally, my family is going to love having the ability to grill out and eat under that pavilion. Talk about a great way to save money on your vacation while still spending quality time with family! 
Photo Credit: Econo Lodge Riverside

The pavilion is not finished quite yet, but it will be very soon! We can't wait to check it out! But, in the meantime, check out the progress: 
Photo Credit: Econo Lodge Riverside

I know that all of the great additions to the outside of the Econo Lodge Riverside property are probably enough to make you want to stay, but don't forget about the complimentary hot breakfast, the amazing indoor pool, the game room, the immaculately clean rooms and the wonderful customer service. Honestly, for my family, there is no place we'd rather stay, and in a place with as many hotel options as Pigeon Forge, that is saying a lot. If you are ready to make your reservations, here's where you need to go: http://www.econolodge-pigeonforge.com/. Make sure to check out Econo Lodge Riverside on Facebook too, so you can stay updated with all of their amazing updates: https://www.facebook.com/EconolodgeRiverside

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Book Review: Divorce: Think Financially, Not Emotionally by Jeff Landers

We recently got the chance to review a great book for all women who are going through a divorce. Jeff Landers' new book "Divorce: Think Financially, Not Emotionally" is a must read for any woman who is going through a divorce or even thinking about a divorce. The truth of the matter is divorce happens to lots of couples, and women especially tend to be much more emotional when it comes to divorce, instead of thinking things through sensibly. 

This book touches on a ton of different subjects relating to divorce and finances, but they are all very easy to understand and Jeff does a great job of explaining things that could otherwise be very complicated. Jeff really does a good job of getting down to the nitty gritty and discussing things that don't usually come up in daily conversation. I would hate that any woman would have a NEED for this book, but the reality is that many women DO need this book. If you are in a situation where divorce is happening or even a possibility, you should give it a read so that you can be prepared and know what to do. 

The fact is that divorce is messy, and no matter how "smart" you are, or how "financially savvy" you are, things are just different when it's your emotions that are wrapped up in it. You have to keep your wits about you and keep the emotional side out of it (as much as possible, anyway). This book does a great job of helping with that and it is a must read for any woman dealing with a divorce. You can check out Jeff Forbes' blog, website, and YouTube channel for even more helpful information on divorce. Don't forget to buy a copy of the book for yourself on Amazon! With the Kindle version under $10 and the Paperback under $15, you really have no excuse not to get a copy! 

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