Meet the newest addition to our family!

We have a new family member! He’s an 8 week old Boston Terrier named Snubby. He’s the 6th Snubby in a long line of Snubbies in my family and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be carrying the torch on. How could you not love this face?!?

Meet Snubby6!

I grew up with a dog, but really didn’t have a desire to have one as an adult. I’m a cat person through and through and couldn’t have one growing up because my dad didn’t like cats which is why I got two while I was away at college. The last couple of years I’ve had so much pressure from my hubby and kids to get a dog. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy or cheap and well, like most people I want cheap and easy when at all possible.

When I made the mistake of telling our daughter Violet that if she rode her bike without training wheels on memorial day this year and she did it within about 5 minutes I knew I was in trouble. If I agreed to the dog I wanted it to be one that I wanted. I always loved my Aunt Jocelyn’s 2 Snubbies and knew that a Boston would be the perfect fit for our family. Not too big or small, good with kids, super fun energy, doesn’t shed too badly and uber adorable. And now I had the job of hunting one down thanks to Violet’s awesome bicycling skills.

I searched for a Boston for a long time, well over a year (much of that time was in secret). I searched Pet Finder, all kind of rescues and nothing fit our needs. Either they had an illness that I knew we couldn’t take on or they weren’t compatible with cats or kids or both. When I found a local breeder with pet quality Bostons on Craigslist I was thrilled! She had 8 pups ready for adoption around the time we got home from our trip to the Upper Penninsula! A couple days after contacting her we drove the hour to meet the pups and picked one out. We were so in love immediately, he was the runt. Wasn’t he so tiny at 4 weeks?

Snubby6 at 4 weeks, he was so tiny!
Snubby6 at 4 weeks, he was so tiny!

We are so thrilled to have this newest addition to our family and really look forward to watching him grow up over the new year with our kids. The kids are over the moon with excitement as is the hubby. Stay tuned for the entire history of the all the family Snubbies including who the original Snubby1 was named after with lots of pictures!


We are Bahamas Bound!

This week has been amazing, it started with my birthday (yes, I AM 29. Thank you for asking!) and spending the weekend with my BFF Rachael in her hometown White Hall/Montegue/Muskegon (what a gorgeous area!). We got hit with that HUGE nasty storm that knocked out the power and water at the campground but I got my lovely new wedding ring that was necessary because my 100 pound weight loss had shrunk my fingers by 3 1/2 sizes and they couldn’t size the old one down anymore without risking the diamonds falling out. Oh darn, right?!? Isn’t it amazing??? I’m totally in love with it!


The week progressed with a girls night out Wednesday night, date night with the hubs on Saturday with dinner and a movie. A kid free night thanks to friends taking both the kids! Total win there! But it ended with the biggest surprise EVER. A 4 day cruise to the Bahamas!

You may or may not know that I am a distributor for Makeup Eraser which is a super soft, reusable, natural and machine washable cloth that removes 100% of your makeup with JUST WATER. Yup, even your waterproof and/or smudge proof mascara and eyeliner. Yes, even your theater makeup and the makeover (or under) that your kid just gave you. It even removes sharpie from your face and cleans your makeup brushes. With. Just. Water. No more wipes that have harsh chemicals in them that are clogging up the sewers and landfills, no more raccoon eyes, no more tears, no more rubbing our skin until it wrinkles. Yup, it’s pretty much awesome.

MUE pink

I have really enjoyed introducing people to it since November when I became a distributor, not only because the extra cash is nice (we paid for Christmas last year using just my commissions from MUE!) but because it has changed the way we care for our faces! I used to be one of those people who would sleep in their makeup and now I at least use the Makeup Eraser and my skin is so much clearer and softer now plus my lashes are thanking me. I no longer have to scrub and scrub to get that stuff off! My makeup brushes have never been so clean either. It used to be such a daunting task to clean them so I would put it off as long possible. Want to know the best part? When you wash it, it comes 100% clean and looks and feels brand new. Up to 1,000 washes. Yippee! OK, enough about the MUE, if you don’t have one, just get one! You’re welcome!

So last month MUE had a contest for distributors and the top 100 producers could win a cruise to the Bahamas in October. When the top 100 list was released on the I didn’t even bother really looking at it because I didn’t think there was ANY way that I would be on there. When I got the email the next day congratulating me on my earning a 4 day cruise to the Bahamas I thought for sure it was spam. I was super busy with camping trips, birthdays and work that I really didn’t have it in me to work real hard at trying to win. Well, just doing my normal check ins with my retailers and selling a few to friends qualified me! There I was, #60 out of 100!


We never got a honeymoon since our son was 3 months old at the time of our wedding in 2006 and I was breastfeeding (totally not sexy) and we always said we’d take a honeymoon “someday”. Well that “someday” is now this October when we set sail to the Bahamas! Can’t wait to finally get away without our kids and really celebrate our marriage (even though it’s 9 years later ha!). Yay!


My husband is a WINNER!

So Fresh Thyme Farmers Market moved into Troy a couple weeks ago and they had a HUGE grand opening event and it continued through the first week. We have shopped there several times a week since and have really enjoyed their fresh produce with many organic options, the handmade sausages in a bazillion flavors and the extensive selection of health foods, supplements and of course the craft beers. OK, I don’t like beer but the hubby does which brings me back to the point of this post. When he stopped in during the grand opening week he entered a drawing for a slew of prizes on a table and went on his merry way. Well the next week he got a phone call that he had won the grand prize of the new Nutri Ninja Mega Kitchen System1500! Here he is all proud of his winnings and such. IMG_0532 Now, we already had a Ninja that I received for Christmas two years ago so I wasn’t over the moon (I secretly wished it was a Vitamix ha!) but had hoped that this newer Professonal 1500 watts/2HP model would create a smoother smoothie and was really excited about the addition of the food processor part that I didn’t have with my old one. It also came with a dough blade which I plan to try with my favorite Chocolate Zucchini Muffins from Paleo Grubs. Anything that will make mixing all that almond butter easier is awesome in my book! The first thing I did was make a smoothie which was an improvement from my older model, the consistency is definitely smoother (not exactly as smooth as the vitamix) but it was better for sure. The motor is much louder because of the extra power but it quickly whipped up a frozen treat for the kiddos. I snuck in a scoop of my newest obsession, Amazing Grass Super Food in Watermelon (also from Fresh Thyme) and told the kids that I added watermelon in it. They said it was scrumptious, muhahahaha! They still got brain freeze with the newer model and were mad at me for making it so delicious. So sorry.


GIANT thanks to Fresh Thyme of Troy for the giveaway, we love our new Nutri Ninja and we love shopping at Fresh Thyme! Also, would like to thank my hubby Darren for being such a lucky duck!