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Elopement to Celebration – Celebrating Us DIY Style

Having our Cake and Eating it too – Our DIY Wedding BBQ

Jason and I have never been conventional people, and when we got married that was no different. One rainy day at the end of December of 2010 Jason called my during his break at work and asked if that approaching Thursday would be a good day to schedule our moment at the court-house.

While the call surprised me the over all conversation did not. We had made plans to get married and we had decided that we would go to the courthouse.

That Thursday came and went, and we did not tell anyone, and before we knew it we never found the right time. When we finally came clean to family and friends, almost 26 months had passed and a handful of people knew our secret – we were married!

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11 Tips for Attending Expo’s and Trade Shows

11 Tips for Attending Expo’s and Trade Shows

Let’s be honest, attending an expo or trade show can be overwhelming to say the least. It is hard to know how to prepare, and what to do once you get there not to mention the followup after the event.

While attending the Natural Products Expo this past year I realized the importance of a pre-plan, and a successful execution once there and wanted to share that newly found knowledge!

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My Day with Mascots – Expo West 2017

My Day with Mascots – Natural Products Expo 2017

II have always loved taking my photo with people in mascots. It started when I was young at Disneyland, and to this day when I see a mascot I have to stop and get a photo. This current love has progressed into mascots I see at the Expo’s I attend. It all started a couple of years ago, at the Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo and since that I make it a goal to get photos with the mascots of companies I see.

While attending the Natural Products Expo this year I took various photos with mascots as you will see.

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Gotcha! The Adoption Story of Maggee and Murfee

Gotcha! Finding a Forever Home: Murfee and Maggee

There is no doubt that we love our cats and are often asked how Murfee and Maggee entered our lives.

The story is simple and started years earlier with an agreement. When Jason and I began dating we agreed that someday we would adopt a cat (or two) when we would purchase a home and not have roommates. Flash forward to a couple of years later and we were in the middle of making an offer on our first house. We decided that if our offer was accepted we would start looking for a cat to join our lives. We scoured the shelter site, and waited until we moved in the house, but not quite settled. Once we adopted Murfee we knew he needed a buddy, and that brought Maggee into our lives.

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7 Tips for Attending the Gluten-Free & Allergy Friendly Expo

7 Tips for Attending the Gluten-Free & Allergen Friendly Expo

The Gluten-Free Allergen Friendly Expo is one of my highlight’s events that occur throughout the year – and I was so excited when it returned to San Diego, in it’s first stop in the 2017 expo seaon.

As I have mentioned before the Gluten-Free Allergen Friendly Expo is the THE place to discover, learn and find valuable samples and coupons of your favorite gluten-free products. The Gluten-Free & Allergen-Friendly Expo was presented by Gluten Free Media Group and is sponsored by Udis’ and Glutino. The Gluten & Nut Free Area Presented by Enjoy Life Foods.

This is the United States largest gluten-free and allergen-friendly expo and attracts people from the Celiac community, people suffering autoimmune/inflammatory diseases, people with gluten sensitivities.

Here are 7 tips for attending The Gluten-Free Allergen Friendly Expo

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Chargers Have Left – Now How Do I decorate?

The Charger’s Have Left San Diego, Now How Do I Decorate?

Many readers know, I live in a Charger house and am a native San Diegan, and for me there was no other team to get behind but the San Diego Chargers.

Since the news broke that they are leaving I have done a lot of reading and had many discussions. For now the Chargers are still the Bolts, and the team colors are still yellow and blue – this could change down the line, but now it remains (I believe they just went through a uniform change a couple years ago, and the NFL rules state that changes can be made every 5 years).

Jason is a born, bred and lifelong fan and never planned on supporting another team. As he put it, he has 40+ years invested in this team, players and history and 100 mile move would not change that. As for me, I am a hometown girl.

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DIY Upcycled Plastic Container

DIY Upcycled Plastic Container – 10 Steps!

When you have a pets, it is inevitable that you will need small bags to clean up after them. I have been on a search for a dispenser that at the least would keep the plastic bags organized until I need them.

One afternoon, as I was depleting my pre-moistened wipes, inspiration struck and I realized with a little bit of effort, I could create a dispenser for plastic bags that would be easy and cater to my love of all things color filled.

With about a hour or two you too can have a custom plastic bag dispenser.

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Our Top 9 Choices for Wall Calendar’s – 2017

Our Top 9 Choices for 2017 Wall Calendars!

calendars-2017-our-choicesThis post has affiliate links but this in no way will influence the post to follow and all opinions are my own.

moms-family-wall-calendar-2017Moms Family Wall Calendar – This is the perfect calendar for working/busy/stressed moms. Organize time, schedules and important dates with this mothers helper.

finding-doryDisney Pixar – Finding Dory 2017 Calendar – I have always loved Dory, and love she has her very own calendar for 2017

every-days-a-holidayEvery Day’s a Holiday Calendar – As we all know, each day commemorates something and this calendar reminds us of those overlooked days (National Cheeseburger Day?)

cat-astropheCat-Astrophe – features monthly memes of cats caught in questionable behavior with little remorse

highlights-puzzles-and-gamesHighlights Puzzles and Games 2017 Calendar – One of my favorite things about childhood was getting Highlights Magazine – I love there is a calendar.

bad-kitties-2017-calendarBad Kitties 2017 Calendar – An entire year of cats being bad – are they any other way?

ansel-adamsAnsel Adams 2017 Calendar – This was a yearly tradition to purchase an Ansel Adams calendar for my father – these will always bring back good memories.

got-2017-calendarGame of Thrones 2017 Calendar – This is for my husband and his friends who are huge GOT fans!

pusheen-the-catPusheen The Cat 2017 Calendar – Who does not love Pusheen the Cat and then to have a whole year of Pusheen – nothing better.

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Top 9 Subscription Boxes of 2016

Our Favorite Monthly Subscription Boxes of 2016

The idea of monthly subscription boxes is not new. These monthly mailbox surprises have had many incarnations including the well known “of the month” clubs.

Today boxes tend to fall into 1 of 2 categories: Commerce commerce and Discovery commerce. The Convenience Commerce boxes are for the items you know and love and have to have them each month. On the other side you have the Discovery Boxes. These boxes exist to allow customers to discover new items that they otherwise may not have been introduced to. The boxes that we tend to review here are the Discovery boxes.

Here are my top x boxes that we received in 2016, and are excited to continue receiving in 2017.

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2 years later .. 3 Lessons I Have Learned

2 Years .. 3 Lessons I have Learned Since I Lost My Grandma

gramma-in-1937Today marks the 2 year anniversary of the loss of my grandmother – Shirley. This was my father’s mother and the most consistent female in my life. Since I grew up with a single father, my grandmother was the closest female and the most constant in my life. As I look back she never missed an event, or special moment in my life despite having 6 other grandchildren to think about. There was little that would stop her, as we discovered when despite being sick, and having dental pain she still came to our wedding BBQ about a year before she passed!

Sadly with the loss of my grandmother came many emotions and feelings that I did not know I would feel . The following are 3 things I have learned since her passing ..

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