Archives for November 2015

ABC Family’s 25 Days Of Christmas 2015

We wait for it all year…for ABC Family’s schedule of their 25 Days of Christmas. Tell me we aren’t the only ones who can’t wait for 25 Days of Christmas 2015 to begin?!

If you love Santa and Christmas movies and the Grinch and Polar Express and Christmas Vacation and so many others, you need this list of all the shows scheduled for 25 Days of Christmas 2015!

Just for you, I’m sharing ABC Family’s schedule of 25 Days of Christmas 2015 movies. Bookmark this page! Share it with friends! Print out this handy 25 Days schedule and put it on your fridge!

ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas Schedule

ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas is about to begin! Get the schedule of every Christmas movie playing here.

Although it’s an oldie, Elf is one of our favorite Christmas movies and we watch it everytime it’s on. We LOVE Buddy!

ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas is about to begin! Get the schedule of every Christmas movie playing here.

And don’t forget to head over to like ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas Facebook page for all kinds of fun!

What’s your family’s favorite Christmas movie? We never miss the old claymation movies like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer…does your family still enjoy watching it as much as we did as kids?

For more Christmas fun, check out my All Things Christmas board on Pinterest and all things Christmas here on my blog (like how to get a letter from Santa with a North Pole postmark and how to get in touch with Santa these holiday season.)

Not a sponsored post. I just love when I find fun things to share like this!

Fiera Review: Spice Up The Bedroom Holiday Season!


Do you get uneasy talking about talking about sex or would never consider bringing “toys” into the bedroom? Are you my mom/aunt/mom’s friend/family friend? You should probably just skip this one. Or maybe you should keep reading my Fiera review…you may find it helpful!

Let’s talk about sex, baby
Let’s talk about you and me
Let’s talk about all the good things
And the bad things that may be
Let’s talk about sex
–Salt-N-Pepa

Okay, maybe you don’t talk about everything about sex with your partner, but what about your girlfriends? My circle-of-trust girlfriends talk about the good things and the bad things, and we also talk about how tired we always are and how sex (sometimes…a lot of times) feels like one more thing that needs to be marked of the To Do list.

Sometimes we talk about how we think we don’t want to do IT, until we start doing it. And then we remember how much we enjoy it…if we can get ourselves in the mood for it. Guys seem to be able to hop right in bed and go for it, while us women need a little more wooing and working into it than that. Because let’s face it, it’s hard to go from “mom mode” to “sex kitten!”

Busy/tired mom who feels like doing "it" is just one more thing to check off of your To Do list? This Fiera review will explain why you should consider this product. IT WORKS. Psst! It's not a sex toy!

And that my friends, is where Fiera comes in. Fiera is a small, fast acting, hands-free product that is designed to encourage blood flow and lubrication, warming up women’s body for a more satisfying intimate experience. It’s small and comes with a carrying pouch so it’s very discreet. Keep it a secret if you choose.

WAIT…for those of you thinking “sex toy” it’s not. You won’t end with the Big O at the end of using it (until you’re with your partner, I mean.) Think of it as a product that’s for “before-play,” using a unique combination of soft suction and stimulating vibration to bring back that feeling of wanting to have sex.

Fiera Review

Okay, I know…it sounds weird. But let’s be honest, as women, our sexual wellness is not addressed as often as it should be. As we all face times that we lack desire, we should not be embarrassed about our sexual drive (or lack thereof!) It happens to the best of us.

So let me tell you a little more about it…or actually, I’m going to send you to watch this video that will explain it way better than I ever could!

Busy/tired mom who feels like doing "it" is just one more thing to check off of your To Do list? This Fiera review will explain why you should consider this product. IT WORKS. Psst! It's not a sex toy!

After trying Fiera, here’s what I can tell you about it.

1. Once again: It’s not a sex toy (even though I thought it was at first too.) Fiera is a product that recognizes that women may need an extra time to help get your mind and body in the mood…and it helps you relax and do just that.

2. For those of you who are a bit uneasy about bringing “toys” or anything into the bedroom, I understand that it may seem taboo. Admitting that you need help in the bedroom seems to be just as taboo. Why not keep it your little secret if you feel weird about using it?

But I will tell you that after lots of conversations with girlfriends who “get it” (whether they are for or against the whole toy situation,) trying out Fiera was worth it. It really just relaxed me and got the rest of my body in the mood. I have and will continue to recommend it to friends.

3. It may take some practice to use it properly, but once you figure it out, it’s very easy to use.

4. Suprise your husband and be in the mood before he even mentions it! Or for even more fun, tell him about it afterwards – he’ll be as excited to hear about it as you were to try it!

5. It works. Maybe it just helps you turn of your brain and focus on your body…I don’t know. But I can tell you as a busy, stressed out mom of three, I really didn’t think it would work because it doesn’t “feel” like it’s doing much, but it does! Within just a few minutes I was relaxed and my brain was out of “mom mode.”

You can learn more about Fiera review, experience, AND women’s sexual wellness by going to the Fiera website. You won’t regret learning more about Fiera, and neither will he once you let him in on your secret…it really is a gift for both of you this holiday season!

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Begin The Jesse Tree Tradition With Your Family With Countdown to Christmas ::Book Review::

Traditions are important to me, and during the holidays we have many of them. From filling our Sparkle Box to communicating with Santa to putting a pickle on the Christmas tree, we have a lot of fun keeping these traditions alive, and I hope these traditions are something that the kids will do with their kids one day. Have you ever heard of the Jesse Tree Tradition? I had no idea what it was, but after checking out Countdown to Christmas with the kids, we will be starting a new tradition this year.

Countdown to Christmas isn't a book that you read in one sitting - it's follows the Jesse Tree tradition, and it's a book that you begin reading on December 1st and finish on December 24th.

What Is The Jesse Tree Tradition?

The Jesse Tree tradition is a very old Christmas tradition first started in medieval times. The tree is used to help tell the story of the Bible from creation to the story of Christmas. The name comes from Jesse, who was the Father of the great Jewish King David.

So now that you know what the tradition is, what’s the tree? In short, the Jesse Tree is Jesus’ family tree. It’s a small Christmas tree that you put paper ornaments on as you countdown to Christmas. Each ornament has the picture of a different person in the Bible, Jesus’ family.

And that’s where Countdown to Christmas comes in. Countdown to Christmas isn’t a book that you read in one sitting – it’s a book that you begin reading on December 1st and finish on December 24th. Each night, your family will read a story from the Bible (it’s just a page long) to learn about Jesus’ family. After you finish, you’ll place an ornament on your Jesse Tree. By Christmas Eve, your Jesse Tree will be filled up with ornaments representing all of Jesus’ family!

Countdown to Christmas isn't a book that you read in one sitting - it's follows the Jesse Tree tradition, and it's a book that you begin reading on December 1st and finish on December 24th.

By starting the Jesse Tree Tradition, you’re family is doing so much more than just putting ornaments on a little tree. Your family will learn the stories of the Bible and come to know Jesus’ family. Your family will learn that families are the most important thing in the world, even to Jesus. They’ll learn the importance of family and God’s role in family.

I sat down last night and explained what the Countdown to Christmas was all about and what the Jesse Tree tradition is to the kids. They were very interested! They sat down to look through the book and actually read the first few stories, unprompted! They asked if we could start the book now. I explained that we have to wait to December 1st, and they are excited to start reading and learning more about Jesus’ family.

Countdown to Christmas isn't a book that you read in one sitting - it's follows the Jesse Tree tradition, and it's a book that you begin reading on December 1st and finish on December 24th.

If your family is religious and knows Christmas is more than just giving and getting presents, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Countdown to Christmas. And why not start the Jesse Tree tradition with your family? It’s a fun way to learn about the Bible and Jesus’ family, and it’s an easy way to take a few minutes out of your day to praise Him as a family.

One more thing…did I mention that the author of Countdown to Christmas is only 11 years old?! Theresa Seidlitz wrote the book because “I wanted to see what it would be like to be an author and write a whole book! I also wanted people to know about Jesus’ family tree. I hope the book will make the Christmas season even more exciting for kids as they count down the days to Jesus’ birthday.”

You can learn more about Countdown to Christmas and the the history of the book on YouTube.

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of Countdown to Christmas in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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The Stain

She had scrubbed at the stain on the carpet for so long that her knuckles were raw. She hadn’t even noticed that she was actually scrubbing the carpet with her outer knuckles instead of the rag that they held. She realized that she had tears dripping down her face, or was it sweat?

The stain represented a bittersweet moment in her life: both an ending and a beginning. She hadn’t planned on what happened, but she had fantasized about it too many times to count.

She could smell the cloying scent of clean, the bleach, mixed with the coppery scent of pennies, the stain.

She wasn’t cleaning the stain. In fact, she was making it worse. She didn’t feel the pain of the bleach leeching into her body through her raw knuckles, but she knew that it had. Her blood was mixing in with the stain that had already been on the floor.

She stood up too quickly and felt dizzy. She needed a break.

It was then that she realized that the stain wasn’t just on the floor she had been scrubbing. The stain was on the ceiling, the walls, in her hair, on her clothes. She ran to the mirror in the bathroom, stepping over but not even noticing Joe and the knife sticking out of his chest still. She looked in the mirror and saw the dried reddish, brown stain was on her face too.

She stepped on top of Joe’s stomach this time, and heard a squishy sound as more of the stain seeped out from around the knife. Did he moan quietly in pain or was that the voice of the devil inside of her head, laughing?

She knelt down at the stain once again, and began to scrub. She scrubbed as if she could scrub the memory from her mind. She tried to scrub away the abuse, the words Joe said that would never leave her mind, the tears…the endless tears and bruises and broken bones. She scrubbed away at the stain searching for her broken soul.

She could just get up and walk out. She could run away and never look back. They wouldn’t find her; she’d hide in Canada or Mexico or maybe in plain sight.

But she knew she wouldn’t leave until the stains were all gone. Nobody had ever been able to say that she didn’t keep an immaculately clean house.

Are you listening? A short piece of fiction inspired by the word "listen".I wrote this for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop for Prompt #5: Write a blog post inspired by the word: stain.

5 Fertility Health Tips to Improve Your Chances of Conceiving

I share a lot about myself, my children, and my family here, and I’ve been very open about our struggles with infertility, including some crazy things we did while trying to get pregnant. I recently talked to a friend who is struggling to get pregnant and the frustrations that come along with it. She asked what she should or shouldn’t be doing. I’m not a doctor, but during after six years of “trying” and then being diagnosed with unexplained infertility, I learned a thing or two about fertility health. I know that there might be other women out there struggling to conceive, so I wanted to share some fertility health tips with you.

Trying to conceive? These fertility health tips will improve your chances of conceiving, and will help you live a healthier lifestyle both mentally & physically!

Fertility Health Tips

Know Your Body – In order to get pregnant, you have to know how your body works! The first thing you will want to do is to learn about what needs to happen in order to have a baby: understand your body’s cycle, fertility rhythms, and timing. There are a lot of menstrual cycle tracking apps out there that make it easy to track your cycle. This article makes it easy to understand your menstrual cycle and what’s going on througout it.

What To Expect Before You’re Expecting is a fantastic book that will thoroughly explain this in great (but easy to understand) detail. And WhatToExpect.com is a one-stop shop for all things related to getting pregnant, being pregnant, and becoming a parent…make sure to check out this site! I was evenn lucky enough to guest post there about infertility shame.

Your Health – Your health is also extremely important to your fertility. All of these fertility health tips will help improve your chances of conception, but there are also many factors that make it difficult to conceive. For example, excess body fat can lead to an overproduction of certain hormones which can lead to irregular cycles, decreased ovulation, and may also decrease your chance of being able to conceive.

Exercise is extremely important, and also helps get rid of the stress you might be feeling. As always, talk to your doctor before beginning any type of new exercise program, but at least get moving!

Your Diet – Of course, eating properly is extremely important all of the time, but it’s even more important when you are trying to conceive. Taking more vitamins (prenatal vitamins) is important. Did you know that protein, iron, and zinc all contribute to healthy menstrual cycles?

The What To Expect site offers lots of ideas and suggestions on this topic, and has an entire page dedicated to your pre-pregnancy diet.

Also, cut back on alcohol. According to the What To Expect site: “Heavy drinking can mess with your menstrual cycle, possibly putting a crimp in your conception plans.”

A month before I started fertility treatments, I really started watching what I was eating and cut out alcohol completely. I lost ten pounds without even trying!

Your Mental Health – “Just relax and quit thinking about it and you’ll get pregnant.” I can’t tell you how many times I heard this statement while trying to get pregnant. It did NOT help! When getting pregnant doesn’t come easy, stress is sure to follow. It causes stress on your marriage, on yourself, and becomes almost an obsession.

De-stress your life! Stress can affect your ability to conceive, so chill like a cucumber, girl! My friend Heather from It’s A Lovely Life blog has 25 easy ways to help you de-stress today. I use most of them!

And again, get some exercise! Exercise (and sex!) is an easy way to help alleviate stress. I love this yoga for stress release DVD…it’s my favorite. It automatically makes me feel better as soon as I sit down to do it.

All in all, make sure you are focusing on your overall health, not just your physical health.

Sex – When trying to conceive, sex becomes a process, one more step to your goal. Don’t forget to have sex just to have sex and enjoy your partner! Sex is an important part of every relationship and sometimes during trying to conceive, it becomes a chore. Don’t forget to nurture that part of your relationship, too!

That being said, when you are having sex to conceive, make sure you are having sex at the right time, during your most fertile time of the month. Knowing when you’re ovulating can get tricky. There are some signs, like the mucus in your vagina may get from slippery or you may feel some cramping. But many women have no idea when they’re ovulating. If that’s the case, you’ll need to consider using (and I highly recommend it) an ovulation kit to help you determine your most fertile days.

And after sex, don’t just hop up and jump in the shower or head to the bathroom…all your hard work may be wasted, literally! Web MD advises: “It’s good advice to lay in bed for 10 to 15 minutes after intercourse, but you don’t need your feet in the air…your pelvis does not move when you put your legs in the air…don’t go the bathroom during this time either, by waiting 10 to 15 minutes, the sperm that is going to get into the cervix will be in the cervix.”

Some studies show that regular sex can help maintain the regularity of the menstrual cycle, which is important to conception. Intercourse every 36 to 48 hours during your ovulation period can also increase your chances of conceiving. I remember after one procedure where my doctor put dye in my fallopian tubes to make sure they were open and not blocked anywhere, he then gave us the advice to go home and “have sex like rabbits” since my tubes were very clear and I was ovulating.

So those are some of my fertility health tips that I learned were important for conception. I think it goes without saying that you definitely want to consult with your doctor (because I am NOT a doctor!) if you are having problems conceiving or fertility issues. I just thought it was a discussion worth having since I know how hard it can be if you are dealing with it.

If you have or are experiencing fertility problems or trying to conceive, what fertility health tips would you add to the list?

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