Monthly Archives: August 2016

That Week I Drove a Swagger Wagon…and LOVED it!

Connor had his first week of FIRST GRADE last week people!  Hold me…

To say we’ve been busy would be the understatement of the century.  We are closing on our new home today!!!  After a year and a half search we FINALLY found our home and I’m so excited to share with y’all.  It’s going to take a lot of paint and love to make it ours, but I’m looking forward to that whole process.

Well, y’all we have definitely been riding in style lately.  I got to test out the brand spanking new sparkly and shiny 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.  This van definitely puts the “swag” in “swagger wagon“.

I grew up in a GMC Safari the size of the Titanic.  You know the vans that looked like a tank.  I wish I had a better picture of Big Blue…but this is her peeking out of the corner there 🙂

My Mom loved it because of the captain seats in the middle so my sister and I couldn’t touch each other or breath in each other’s direction…hence less fighting.  She is also 6 feet tall, so she had extra leg room in the tank.  Anyway….good times were had and I have to say I never saw myself owning anything related to a mini-van because they just seem so large and in charge.  scn0062

Until a couple weeks ago when I drove the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.  Ahem…sleek, modern, and definitely not a tank.DSC_4502

I want to show you some of my favorite features.

Okay, so when I first got in the van I was like “How do I reverse?”

It’s on a KNOB people!  No more stick shifts or gears…a beautiful little round knob that would make your iPhone jealous.


The security features, gadgets, and gizmos had me playing for a while.  I absolutely love the media and radio apps.  DSC_4490

Heated seats and a heated steering wheel to give you warm fuzzies in cold weather. We Texans thank you Chrysler for a VENTED (air-conditioned) seat option because Lord knows it’s 110 degrees outside 7 months out of the year.  DSC_4491

There is plenty of room in here for 7 people.  Let’s just take a look at the captain seats in the middle shall we?  If you and your sibling can’t stand to be within 5 inches of each other there is your answer!DSC_4494

Ample sized cup holders for my Starbucks addiction & plenty of storage compartments. 🙂DSC_4496

I don’t know about you, but I’m the kind of gal that likes to know exactly how many miles I have left in my tank until I get to a gas station.  Because sometimes I’m cutting it a little bit close.  Also, see the lane change warning, and speedometer.  Basically, the people at Chrysler care about you and want you to be SAFE!DSC_4497

Okay, now this is what my son freaked out over and cried about when we had to give this van back.  TWO TVs.  The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica comes with the Uconnect® Theater and as a Mom this is appreciated by both parties.  I get to listen to my music and Connor gets to watch Star Wars to his heart’s content.  It’s a win/win!  Bring on the road trips!

Also, loved the hands-free power sliding doors.  Because I only have two hands people!

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Thank you so much Chrysler for our week in the Swagger Wagon dreams are made of, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.  I would definitely be driving this van loud and proud.  Let’s just say I’m quite happy the days of driving a tank are over.

I think we need more kids to fill this…


Here is a Facebook Live video Connor and I did together.  I wasn’t planning on posting it, but it does show a lot of great features.  We literally JUST got this van and drove to Starbucks…so we were still exploring!  Ha ha!

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I hope you enjoy it or at least have fun laughing at us and my frazzled state…

It’s Pizza Night!

School began this week and that relaxed spell we were in all summer just went *poof*!

I feel like this week has been nothing but go, go, go!  The last thing on my mind when I get home from work is a “What’s for dinner Mom?”  Needless to say that usually falls on me anyway, and I am always looking for yummy, and easy meals to make.

One of our favorite things to make is a homemade pizza.  It’s so easy, and usually takes less than 30 minutes to prep and cook.  Connor usually helps me pick toppings and it’s something we can do together after school on a weeknight.

Here’s our favorite pizza:

We use Mezzetta Authentic Pizza Sauce.  The sauce is light and fresh, and is a great base for our pizza. When it comes to Mezzetta’s Marinara, they know the best tomatoes are grown in the sun-drenched soils of the San Marzano region of Italy – so that is where they source every single tomato for their ultra-premium Marinaras.


This fall, Mezzetta is celebrating their food sourcing adventures: They’ll tell you the stories of their sauces – how they source ingredients from California to Europe, how they create the sauces (hint: incredible ingredients from truffles to chilies!), and all the ways anyone can experiment with the sauces in the kitchen.

Add the Mezzetta pizza sauce:



Add your toppings and enjoy!

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School Lunch with Pearls Olives-To-Go

This post is sponsored by Pearl’s Olives to Go.  All opinions are my own.

Oh my gosh school starts TOMORROW people!

I’m over here like…


I pack Connor’s lunch for school every single day.  He’s gotten a lot better since Kindergarten, but he has always been a picky eater.  Then again, sometimes I’m surprised what he likes.  A lot of days it’s the same thing over and over again…so we like to switch up our routine with something different every now and then.

Last year we tried Pearls Olives-To-Go and they are soooooo great for school lunches people!  There is no pitting, stuffing, or chopping.  That adds extra time to my mornings and allows me to spend time on more important things.  (Like maybe an extra 5 minutes of sleep!  Ha ha!)


There are four different Pearls Olives-To-Go varieties to choose from.


Packing lunches is so easy & I know Connor is getting a fresh fruit in his lunch!DSC_3773

We are so excited for first grade tomorrow and thank you for a yummy lunch Pearls Olives-To-Go!DSC_3775 DSC_3779

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Our Week with Zippy #DriveMazda

We had another opportunity to try out a car a couple of weeks ago.  It was the Mazda CX-3 in a sparkly blue finish.  She was a beauty and I named her “Zippy”!  It’s fun to name cars… because honestly I talk to mine all the time!  Ha ha!13975498_842811609152856_8465715733679036090_o

I had a blast driving Zippy around for a week.  She had all the latest and greatest gadgets.  I was able to fit all of my camera gear in there and all in all it was just a FUN car!


The interior was decked out with all the safety features and let me just say it was super stylish.  I loved the leather and trim.  DSC_4079

This pop-up navigation and satellite control radio feature was probably my favorite.  I have decided I need a backup camera in my life.  When I got back into my normal car I missed it so much!  Also, the center armrest was a great feature because I like to rest my arm while driving.  So comfy!


Plenty of room for Connor in the back and all of my stuff too!  Zippy, aka my Mazda CX-3, was so easy to park and get in and out of places because the size is just perfect.DSC_4082

Thank you #DriveMazda for a fun week with Zippy!  I would HIGHLY recommend this vehicle if you are off to college- in my mind this would be perfect for a college student and would fit all their stuff.  It has awesome gas mileage and is just an all-over reliable car.

Terence and I drove the CX-3 on our 15 year anniversary date to dinner and the movies. 🙂

Aren’t these flowers so pretty that my honey sent me?  I love you babe, and thank you for 15 beautiful years.  And thank you to DriveShop for making our weekend extra special!



Back To School with Pearle Vision

School is TWO weeks away!  Can you believe it?  A few weeks ago I shared about our trip to Pearle Vision.  Make sure you check your kiddo’s eyes out before school starts.  Nothing is worse than feeling self conscious and unsure because you can’t see.  It affects how a child learns and so much more!

We loved our visit to Pearle Vision, both Connor and I both got our eyes checked and we are good to go!


Connor didn’t need glasses this visit, although he sure did have fun trying on some different styles.  I, however, did get a brand new pair.  One of my favorite things to do is read books.  I knew I was due for a new pair and everyone was so helpful.  I chose a trendy tortoise shell style.

Here are my new rims from Pearle Vision, I love them so much:


I know glasses are probably in Connor’s future, but it’s nice to know he’s good for now and ready to start first grade.  If you are searching for an Eye Doctor I encourage you to check out Pearle Vision.  They were super nice and answered all our questions….we’ll definitely be back.

Pearle Vision has close to 600 eye care centers located throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, Pearle Vision is built around a doctor-centered business model with a primary focus on delivering genuine eye care to patients. It has become a trusted source for all my eye health needs.

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Also, I shared with you all on Facebook LIVE today a countdown calendar for school.  I’ll leave the free printable here.  Remember, you can pick and choose what you want to do on your countdown calendar….and getting an eye exam would be a great item to put on your countdown list 🙂

BucketList-Back To school

Would you get your kids eyes checked?

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