January 2018 First Giveaway

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I am giveaway these two Jillian Michaels new workout DVD’s!
To be entered just leave a comment that you want entered!
Giveaway will be in a random draw on Jan.26 2018!
What could be better than 10 minute workouts and two 45 minute workouts with meal plans!

 

 

 

 

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Glad To Meet You, Again

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Hello Folks,

I am Kathy a blogger,mother, and grandmother. Recently moved and find myself living alone with two dogs.  It is funny how life takes us in unexpected directions. Yet it has occured to me as a blessing to have supportive family. Believing in Karma and God has helped me wake up every morning thankful!

Come follow both my blogs and lets enjoy these adventures together.

Please visit my recipe sharing blog. http://www.supperwithnana.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

Visiting Colorado.

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Hello Y’all,

On April 27th my daughter April and I left for three nights and four days to Westminster Colorado. We stayed at a couples Airbnb townhouse! I can’t say enough about our lovely host, we felt right at home.

Our girls weekend started out Thursday morning as we flew Frontier Airlines  from Austin to Denver International airport. We had a nice flight with just a little mountain air turbulence prior to landing. I was impressed with the pilot who kept us updated which helped my nerves.

During our adventures we visited a nice restaurant and ate Bison,  which was April’s first time to try this unique faire.

I insisted that Friday we head closer to the mountains to Boulder also a college town. Beautiful clear day and the longer we explored the area the cooler it got.

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We happen to be staying the weekend of the last snow of the season. It made for a breathtaking trek out Saturday morning which was a full day.Early we headed out to eat a nice breakfast and venture to Denver’s Downtown Aquarium. It snowed steadily on our heads as we stood outside waiting for tickets. Cold but worth it after we entered this massive aquarium. Visiting this attraction was the top of my list and we were not disappointed.

Saturday afternoon we went to Mile High Tattoo where we each got inked! Very nice folks and we were very happy with their work.

April and I are thrift store enthusiasts so we visited three stores on our trip, finding several treasures.

All I kept thinking during our stay is how fast I can return. Colorado is a state so beautiful and I could live there someday!!

Enjoy your travels and keep in mind memories last a lifetime,

Until later,

Kathy B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vintage Is In My DNA

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I grew up going to antique shops with my aunts. So it was a natural path to introduce my own daughter April to thrifting at a young age.
Above is a photo of our combined Etsy shops set up at a elementary school holiday sale event. It was a cold rainy day but we had so much fun meeting new admirers of our vintage wares.
Life lesson number one how to go to college and raise two littles alone. While money was tight it taught me valuable lessons on how to be thrifty. Our weekends included a trip to the in season farmers market, flea markets, and thrift stores.

As time past and my kids were growing up our stops included antique malls. To make extra money I bought and sold housewares, office supplies, and collectables to students and staff at colleges in my area. It was so amazing introducing someone to vintage items that had no idea they could still be treasures.

April is a busy mother of two now, John is four years old and Dorothy is three! She has a wonderful eye for vintage items and photography. On rare occasions we like to thrift together and I am lucky she has loves vintage goods as much as I do!

April Bogus @aprilintheburbs is married to Darren and with Johnny, Dottie, and Sailor their brilliant dog live in Round Rock, TX.

I live a couple hours away at Lake Mexia, TX. and cherish each second I get to be with them.

Fun Free Toddler Activity Ideas

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Hello Folks,

    I just had to share with you some great fun activities to do with two and three year olds.
As a Grandmother of six with four of those boys living away from me, it delights me these two grandbabies live with us.
 Our family lives in Round Rock Texas for those familiar with the area we are near Dell Diamond and a multigenerational household. Our daughter April,  her husband Darren and their kiddos John who we call Johnny or Bubba is three years old. Dorothy whom we call Dottie, Dot, Sissy, is two years old. My husband David and I love having the family with us. It is wonderful to be able to support each other through thick and thin. We are a happy home with our two dogs Sailor and Lyric and our twenty-four year old bird Poppy. Yes, our days are very busy. April is super mom and wife plus my bestie.
  Attending toddler activities that keep little minds and hands busy takes some schedule juggling. April and I are always looking for fun, low cost things that might interest our littles. October has been a blissfully month with fall festivals and Halloween activities.
Keep in mind activities for two and three year olds don’t have to be complex, simple is best.  Each day holds teachable moments whether it is building a puzzle or listening to a story being read to them.
 We live not far from downtown Round Rock. It has a small town feel and has a fantastic library.  Round Rock Library schedules events for the entire family. Don’t forget to visit your local library there is a wealth of entertainment to be found.
Here Johnny and Dottie had a blast exploring the big monster truck parked at Dell Diamond. It was free to stop for photo opportunities and the littles loved touching the big tires.  Yes they got a little dirty but that is what baby wipes are for and I am thankful their mommy knows they have to be kids.
I teased my daughter telling her that I love toddler activities as much as they do.
Every outing is an exploration from watching the butterflies stopping by our front yard during their migration to helping their Papaw fill our bird feeders.  Teaching little minds is a never ending activity for the adults in their lives. My father JC Reel loved nature and taught me to respect the environment and animals in it. I am blessed to have a caring, wonderful supportive family who believes in passing down those legacy lessons.
Cherish Your Loved Ones,
Kathy B.
@kathyrb
Please feel free to leave a comment about your favorite activities for little ones.
Visit with their mommy sometimes she would like to hear from you all.
@aprilintheburbs
We both own Etsy shops stop by and browse sometime.
A percentage of each sale goes to charity.
My shop is 56 Vintage Co
April’s is Round Rock Vintage

 

Rosas Mexican Restaurant

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2111 East Palm Valley Boulevard Round Rock, TX.

Hello Folks,

One of my favorite past times other than thrift store shopping is trying out new eateries. Since I past by this one often finally last month stopped in for lunch. I am on a strict carbohydrates counting diet so this was definitely a treat. Plus for the record I start each cafe meal by tasting each item.

I give their beans and rice a try and enjoyed them. Then I took a bite of the enchilada and was not impressed. No, I am not a food critic by trade but a native Texan so I know great Mexican food.

Rosa’s homemade tortillas were okay. Taco Cabana makes some of the best tortillas I have ever eaten. I must give their interior decorating a A-plus due to the colorful paintings, hanging birds, reasonable prices, and colorful chairs. The cafe was clean and the staff were friendly and accommodating.

Overall out of *** 5 stars being High Praise this ole gal will pass on another visit.

I grade Rosa’s a ***3 Stars rating  meaning Okay. To be fair this rating is strictly on the flavor of their food. It is right up there with Taco Bell but higher prices yet Rosa’s does serve alcohol if your so inclined.

Please let me a comment it is nice hearing from my readers.

Happy Eating!!

 

 

 

 

Cooking With Littles

 

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I am so lucky to be able to witness lots of firsts with my two grandbabies. Here their Mom April is teaching her littles Johnny 3 1/2 years old and Dottie his 23 month old sister how to make pizzas.

April and her husband Darren enjoy teaching and nurturing both children to learn something new everyday. They are truly wonderful parents and the two little ones have different demeaners.

Johnny is laid back easy going and Dottie is busy constantly exploring.  Their Mommy has their attention here since both of them love eating pizza.

I am proud how both the littles paid attention during their first baking lesson. While I watched and snapped a few pictures another feeling entered my mind, time is short and babies grow up so fast.

Everyone has busy days but don’t forget to slow down and look at those you love!!

Visit April online at @aprilintheburbs.