Martin Luther King, Jr., Remembered.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

 We joined in on the MLK Day events, walking with hundreds down Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and visiting the Africatown museum along with a stop at the Old Plateau Cemetery, known as the Africatown graveyard which is the final resting place of enslaved Africans, African-Americans, and a Buffalo Soldier.

The Africatown burial ground dates back to 1876, sixteen years after Africans arrived on the Clotilda which was one of the last documented slave ships to leave Africa for the Americas. The northern area of the graveyard is the older section where the remains of Clotilda survivors have been found through an archaeological preservation project directed by the College of William and Mary. The historic annals of Africatown are chiseled upon tombstones in this graveyard.

We love are state of Alabama, and it is definitely better off than back in the 1960's, but we still have a ways to go to heal this country and be united.

Adding some spring in my morning step with belVita Biscuits

Mid-winter is always and interesting and busy time of year here on the gulf coast. Sometimes I find myself mowing the lawn in January other times we wake up to frozen koi ponds and fountains. This year is no different, the threat of a few flakes gets all the kids excite when the blooming azaleas brighten the breakfast table, while I enjoy some wonderful satsumas from my neighbor's tree she left at my door and the new strawberry yogurt belVita Breakfast sandwiches to fill me up before walking the kids to school.

The cool mornings would make for a sluggish start if I didn't have belVita Biscuits supplying me with a steady nutritious energy to keep you going until lunchtime, added with some fruit and dairy and I feel like I'm back in London after 20 years, but the kids aren't buying my fake accent as I enjoy these scrumptious biscuits and apparently it's doesn't amuse them for me to call the school bus a trolley. A girl can dream, can't she?!

We had some pretty bad storms and the weather has turned cool again, but Mother Nature made up for it with another fabulous cloud display!

Return to your nearest participating Walmart on Saturday, January 7th or Sunday, January 8th for a special belVita Breakfast in-store event. Each location will offer belVita Breakfast samples, exclusive savings, smoothies, giveaways and more. Events will take place at select Walmart locations between 12:30 pm – 6:30pm, check an event at your nearest store location. 

Storelli facing soccer’s biggest issue Head-on!

Even a friendly game between sisters requires some protection, it's all fun and games, so lets not get hurt!

This post is sponsored by Storelli, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Note: The Exoshield HeadGuard was specifically designed to provide protection against impact to the head and to reduce the incidence of cuts and bruises to covered areas. Although third-party testing confirms that the Exoshield HeadGuard significantly reduces the force of impact to covered areas, there is no conclusive data showing that the ExoShield HeadGuard prevents concussions, which can result from a combination of factors including, direct impact to the head.

We really love the Storelli ExoShield Head Guard, the girls can still wear their favorite hair styles while playing and protecting themselves.

Okay I think their friendly game just turned into a bunch of fun with no rules. Okay not quite a game of soccer but at least they're protected!

But what a beautiful sunset we had as the fun ended and it was time to head back home to finish our Thanksgiving holiday.

Be sure to check out the Storelli Exosheild Head Guard video!

Game Day Recipe: Bacon Wrapped Taco Boat Bites

Who doesn't like finger food wrapped in bacon? This is one Game Day recipe your guest will love! 

We like to stock up on at Walmart with some pantry essentials, and when I say that, I of course mean Old El Paso Taco Boats and kits. They are a great start to any snack, dinner or dessert. The mini soft taco boats are my favorite and a Game Day recipe right up there in the top 5.

It's a pretty simple recipe, the base of the tacos being refried beans, meat (we use vegetarian crumbles) and brown rice, with taco or fajita seasoning cooked in a skillet, then scooped into the Old El Paso mini soft taco boats, topped with you choice of cheese, wrapped all the filled boats nice and pretty in a strip of uncooked bacon. 
I glazed some of them with my homemade barbecue sauce. 

Bake for 25-30 minutes at 400 degrees
or until the bacon is fully cooked.

If you're like us, we can't seem to buy enough barbecue sauce, so out of necessity I created my own recipe. 
Now this is all to taste so adjust the amount of each ingredient to you liking.

homemade barbecue sauce:

3 tablespoons Ketchup
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon apple vinegar

You can serve these simple on a large platter as a yummy finger food or with a bed of romain lettuce and some sour cream to dress up your guest's plates, if you're having a more formal gathering. Either way, they'll be gone fast!


School Memories and Photo Overload with Make My Book

Our latest Shutterfly photo book came in the mail! This is the biggest one yet, 45 glorious pages of color photos. I never get my kids yearbooks since I had taken a lot of photos being classroom photographer for both of my elementary age kids. But the beauty was in seeing all their school friends in on place and preserving the memories which are so very important. So I decided to make our own yearbook (I'm bias but it's probably way better than the school issued one), this one is filled with only images of my kids classroom pals, field trips and holiday activities. It has pages upon pages of fun and friends!

The hardest part of this whole thing was remembering my Shutterfly password, using, I create a photo book through the Make My Book Service , I couldn't believe how easy it was, saved me so much time I don't have to spare, and out came a professional quality photo book!
This is awesome foe anyone and could be a gift for someone or just treat to yourself, mine was a surprise for my kids

I've already blabbed about how awesome and easy the Make My Book™ process was, their photo placement and layouts were near perfect, edited out a few photos and only made minor adjustment to make a picture perfect book!

They're starting to stack up! I just love looking through each books and sharing them with our guests, isn't that what everyone wants to do?! How many have you made? I have a friend with 15 Shutterfly photo books, makes my 4 books look a little lonely in comparison.

So many silly memories all wrapped up in one pretty package!

 Make My Book Service, was so quick I received my book in 3 days!! 

 I’m was so excited to have a professional designer make a beautiful book for me after years of trying to lay them out myself, like me most moms struggle to find time to sleep and eat let alone try and layout a 200+ images in a 45 page photo book like mine.

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