Category: Life and Times in our House

Give the Gift of Music with Fender



Fender Play’s song-first approach to learning basics and then chords and rifts as opposed to theory based learning, focused on scale.  Jumping straight into music that I can recognize is instantly gratifying.

Instant Gratification?!?



My Grandfather was the Leader of the Band.  He was with Glenn Miller and then moved on to teaching band before eventually becoming Superintendent. Our family has a deep love for music and I am sure grateful that companies are making it much more user friendly to learn music.  It’s on my time, where and when I can play.  I can’t wait to see what the kids think when they start recognizing music that we listen to.


Now if only someone could teach me the timing to singing along WITH the music?  That would be lovely.

Tone deaf for life though.

Fender Play uses a micro-learning approach in which lessons are taught via bite-size 10-12 minute videos perfect for keeping players focused and motivated. Fender Play uses a structured approach that free YouTube videos may not and shows progress tracking.


You can give the gift of music with Fender Play this holiday season, by purchasing gift cards awarding recipients 6 or 12 months of free lessons.


Share the gift of music with their loved ones through holiday inspired, prepaid gift card options with Fender Play.

What song would you want to learn how to play? A couple Eagle’s, some slow country, and a few pop songs are on my running list.

Would LOVE to hear from you!

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Adulting 101: Fix your 401k


Oh adulthood, aren’t thou a heartless wench.

But really… who prepares us for this?  I do not remember anyone in school- any school- talking about retirement.  As a high school teacher I am working on teaching real world skills within my discipline so that the one’s I teach are better equipped for the harsh reality of the Real World.  Long gone are the Home Economics classes or even the Auto Shop classes that I was able to take.  They are not tested by the Government and therefore money is taken from those readiness programs and moved toward teaching to the test. Sad day my friends.


I can check an engine, discuss problems thoroughly with a mechanic, and change a tire.  Life skills friends.  Life skills.


But I digress.  Here I am at 32 and I am working on educating myself on retirement and my 401K.  The people at BLOOOM understand the great disparity in information.  As a teacher I do not have the ability, nor the need for a typical Money Manager. BLOOOM makes it easier for you to understand where you are with your 401k and what you should be looking to do in the future.

401k Life Hack

Life Hack for the WIN

For a small, monthly fee of $10, you can receive financial advice that fits my needs.


BLOOOM even has a FREE 401K analysis you can take- I did and it was QUITE enlightening.


Have you had a chance to check out your 401K?

Were you able to take a “Real World” Class in school?

Would LOVE to hear from you!

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My Go-To for the Holidays- Sweet Family Recipe


The holidays are coming!  The holidays are coming! So excited to host family in Arizona again this year.  Love a full house with tons of great company and food to eat as we head into the New Year.  Check out one of my favorite recipes to share around the holidays!
Holiday Family Recipe

Extra Family Time Around the Holidays

Immaculate Baking

Immaculate Baking- Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough

LOVE baking this time of year!  The house smells delightful and there are no empty bellies around.  This past week I picked up the Immaculate Baking Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough and BOOM was this girl excited!  After a long day of teaching, coaching, and then driving home- I finally could throw this simple holiday treat in the oven.  Depending on the week, we usually use different toppings that fit with the menu for the night.

Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough

Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough

For flank steak with brown sugar rub, smoked and then seared on the grill we pair with fresh, organic frozen fruit that we buy in bulk.  The simple sugars pair well together and EVERYONE is happy with the result.

Family Favorite Holiday Recipe

As for grabbing cookies and throwing them into lunches for the next day?!? GUESS WHO IS THE BEST EVER?!? This girl!

Delicious Cookie Recipe

Holiday Sweet Treat- Gluten Free from Immaculate Baking

Antique Cookie Jar

Check out exactly what the process looks like and hear a tired teacher/coach/mom explain JUST HOW EASY Immaculate Baking makes my life….


It is SO Easy.


Badda Bing- Badda- BOOM. Holiday Treats IN THE HOUSE.

Holiday Recipe Ideas

Hands & Heart So Full

Now you can try adding some sweetness this holiday season!  Check out the coupon below-

Click here for $1 off any Immaculate Baking product!

What is your go-to sweet treat recipe?

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Give Back & Tackle Kids Cancer this Holiday Season

As a the holiday season fast approaches, I am utterly aware of how grateful I am to have two wonderful munchkins.  Two munchkins to sing to, silly dance with, share fond memories and traditions with.  Our health is something that we often take for granted and I want to be more mindful of how lucky our little family is and help spread awareness for those that are not as fortunate.pediatric cancer

Sweet Baby Em

As the holiday season is easing in and we rejoice with the music, the decorations, and the food- it can be easy to just want to rejoice in the GOOD.  As a parent to a four and six year old I want to make sure they see a strong role model that also makes it a priority to help those in our community.


My Little Man

Tackle Kids Cancer funds pediatric cancer research and innovative patient care programs to help find a cure. Because the pediatric cancer community is small, discoveries made by researchers with Tackle Kids Cancer dollars help children throughout the world.

Please take the time and check out Natalie Grace’s story below…


Natalie Grace

Natalie Grace

REMEMBER an easy way to give back this holiday season- is to help support Tackle Kids Cancer!

Every donation makes a difference.  Click HERE to donate to Tackle Kids Cancer.

How do you help support those in your community during the holidays?

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Men’s Holiday Must-Have



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The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes and your watch should tell more than time.

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What is YOUR favorite item that you are getting that special someone in your life?

Would LOVE to add more items to the Men’s Holiday Wish List.

Would LOVE to hear from you!

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