Unique Prints with Photowall

Finding the right piece of art to hang on your wall can be frustrating. Especially if you are indecisive like me. When we redid our family room, I knew what I wanted the wall over the couch to look like, but finding the right pieces and then making the decision to buy those pieces, took some time. For some people (me included, in some regards), they may be looking for unique prints or a way to print their own images on a canvas or even as a wall mural! I have a picture that I took when I was in Northern Michigan at Sleeping Bear Dunes that would be gorgeous printed as a canvas! No matter what you are looking to do when it comes to the wall art for your home, Photowall has you covered!

*I received a canvas of my choosing for the purpose of this review. All opinions are 100% my own*

When I was approached by Photowall to receive a canvas print or wall mural of my choice, I got really excited! We had just finished our family room remodel, but had one small wall that needed something. After searching store after store, I couldn’t find that piece that screamed out to me that it just had to be on my wall. Being indecisive, it was a bit overwhelming to look through the Photowall site and choose just one image. I knew I was looking for unique prints; something I couldn’t find at the store, but what exactly, I wasn’t sure. Then I started thinking about the things that I liked. The style that we were going for in our home. As we remodel different area’s of our home, we are taking on a more rustic, farmhouse look with our home. My husband really likes pictures of barns. So I did a search for barns on the Photowall site and found the perfect picture for our family room!

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The picture is absolutely stunning! As you can see in the next  picture, it looks amazing next to the wood wall we did in our family room. As much as I hate to say it, my husband was right about the barn photo being the picture we needed for that wall!

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About Photowall and their Unique Prints

Photowall is a Swedish company that has a passion for both design and quality. Each of their prints are environmentally friendly, fire retardant (in accordance with Swedish standards), and they do not fade in sunlight. All of their prints carry a 100% guarantee. They offer worldwide shipping with free delivery in EU and free 2-3 day shipping in the U.S. I ordered my print a couple days before Christmas. I fully expected to receive my print after Christmas. However, I received in three days later…before Christmas!

If you are ordering a canvas, you have the ability to choose whether you want it to include the DIY frame or just the canvas. I chose the DIY frame. With assembly videos that Photowall provides on their website and the directions included in the shipment, it was very easy to get this canvas put together and up on the wall.

Take a look at the Photowall website. There are definitely prints there for everyone and every room in your house! If you are a U.S. customer, then you will need to order from this site. Enjoy!

Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Kids

The holidays are a time for get togethers with friends and family. If you have kids, getting a sitter and going out for New Year’s Eve doesn’t always happen. My husband and I have spent the majority of our New Year’s Eve at home with the kids. Besides playing board games and eating a lot of yummy finger foods, the kids look forward to the delicious, non-alcoholic drinks they get to drink in “fancy” glasses. This kid friendly drink recipe is perfect for the kids this holiday season!

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Merry Berry Delight Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Ingredients

  • Black Raspberry Cascade Ice
  • Wild Berry Cascade Ice
  • Pomegranate Berry Cascade Ice
  • Muddled Raspberries, Blackberries and Blueberries
  • Mint Leaves

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Directions

  1. Start by mixing a few mint leaves with a handful of muddled raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.
  2. Next add 1 part Black Raspberry Cascade Ice, 1 part Wild Berry Cascade Ice and 1 part Pomegranate Berry Cascade Ice.
  3. Gently stir everything together, pour over ice and add a fancy paper straw!

Enjoy!! Trust me when I say, your kids will enjoy these fancy drinks. Especially if you order the paper strawsnon-alcoholic drinks. I don’t know what it is about those paper straws, but they always make a drink seem a little fancier to kids! Plus, who am I kidding, I love them too! Pair the delicious, non-alcoholic drinks with this yummy bacon wrapped smokies appetizer. My kids devour those little smokies! Bacon makes everything a whole lot better!

Whatever you decide to do this holiday season or for New Year’s Eve, I hope you have fun, safe and happy New Year!


Family Friendly New Year’s Eve

Before we had kids, my husband and I would go out to dinner for New Year’s Eve and then head home, put pjs on and play Trivial Pursuitfamily friendly. We were (and still are) super competitive with each other. Since having kids, our New Year’s Eve traditions have changed quite a bit. Neither one of us really care about huge parties or going out to a bar for the night. So having a family friendly celebration is what we have been doing for the last 13 years (minus a few years when the kids had sleepovers with their grandparents)!

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Planning a Family Friendly New Year’s Eve

When you think of New Year’s Eve parties, what do you think of? I think of food, bubbly drinks and the ball dropping. Guess what, you can have all of that in your family friendly celebration! With little ones, you may not want to keep them up until midnight. That’s totally understandable. When mine were little, it didn’t matter how late they stayed up, they still woke up at 7 am! So, with the help of YouTube, I would pull up the previous years ball dropping and have the kids watch that. They totally thought they got to stay up until the ball dropped, when in reality, they went to bed at their bedtime! Total mom win!

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It’s tradition, in our family, to do fun little poppers at Thanksgiving. I don’t know when or where it started, but my kids look forward to it every single year. Your kids will have fun with these super easy DIY poppers! Fill them with confetti (buy your confettifamily friendly here for a really good price) and a little piece of candy! Don’t have time to make your poppers, buy them!

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I promise you, your kids will love these poppers, no matter their age!

Family Friendly Food Options

The best food to have for your family friendly New Year’s Eve party is finger foods. Think chicken fingers like these Catalina Crunch Chicken Fingers Recipe. They are super kid friendly and delicious! My kids devour them! Other favorites:

 

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Another fun option, and one your kids will surely remember, is making chocolate fondue! Pick up some fruit, marshmallows, donuts (cut them in bite size pieces), etc and have at it! They will love it! If you don’t have a fondue set, then check this one out! This fondue setfamily friendly is on a super sale right now!

Whatever you decide to do for your New Year’s Eve, have fun with it. Your kids will remember these fun traditions for years to come!

What do you do on New Year’s Eve?

Christmas Gifts for Last Minute Shoppers

Christmas is right around the corner. I am pretty much done with Christmas gifts for my kids, but my husband…I have just one thing for him. A Travel Squatty Potty. Not even joking! He hasn’t given me any ideas, so…Travel Squatty Potty it is! While I am done with my kids, I still have more shopping to do. Now that the weather has gotten colder, I don’t want to go outside so I will be getting the rest of my last minute shopping done online. Gotta love Amazon Prime!

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Christmas Gifts for Husbands and Dads

Since I still have my husband to shop for, I am scouring Amazon for different ideas for him. He’s very difficult to shop for. He never wants much, and the things he does want, he usually just picks up for himself. Which is rather annoying this time of year! Since he has an Apple Watch, I was thinking a new band or two would be great.

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Another great gift idea, and one that would get used a lot, is a bathrobe. My husband is tall, so finding a bathrobe, in the store, that fits his arm length is difficult. But not on Amazon…simply search “men’s tall bathrobe” and you get lots of options!

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Christmas Gifts for Kids

I don’t about your kids, but mine love playing board games. We love when Santa brings board games for the kids and gives it to them as a joint gift! Here are some of our favorites (and almost all of them are on a super sale right now so be sure to pick them up while they are so cheap)!

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Christmas Gifts for Wives and Moms

Being a stay at home mom, I am always like gifts that help me relax or make my life easier. Some of my favorite gift ideas are:

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Shopping for the holidays doesn’t need to be stressful. I think we put so much pressure on ourselves to get the perfect gift. So long as the gift is well thought out and comes from the heart, then it is the perfect gift. For more gift ideas, be sure to check out the gift section on Diaries of a Domestic Goddess. I have gift ideas for all ages!

What is your favorite gift you are giving this year?

Curing Sleep Apnea and Living Healthier

Almost two years ago, my husband and I made the decision to take charge of our life and make some drastic changes. You see, I weighed 250 pounds, the highest I’ve ever been and my husband weighed well over 300 pounds. We were unhealthy. He had sleep apnea. While the snoring was annoying, listening to him stop breathing during the night was even worse. After having a sleep study and getting a CPAP machine, we knew it was time to do something drastic. We were in a very unhealthy, downward spiral. Curing sleep apnea was not something we ever expected.

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What did we do?

I had heard a lot about the Keto diet from my friend Summer (The Dirty Floor Diaries…check her out. She’s awesome). If you aren’t familiar with the Keto diet, it’s a low carb diet where you eat high fat and moderate protein. As you can imagine, the idea of eating full fat was terrifying to me. Especially since I was already fat. In my mind, all I kept thinking was, “well…I’m already fat. What’s a few more pounds going to hurt if this doesn’t work?“. Imagine my surprise when this lifestyle change actually worked!

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How did the Keto diet help us?

As you can see, we lost quite a bit of weight on the Keto diet. I lost close to 90 pounds and my husband lost 125 pounds! Besides the weight loss and the dramatic transformation, we had the following amazing things happened, as a result to make the Keto lifestyle our new normal:

  • Dropped MANTY clothes sizes
  • No longer Type 2 Diabetic
  • Lowered LDL cholesterol
  • Raised HDL cholesterol
  • Lowered triglycerides from 300 to 65 <–for real!
  • No more brain fog
  • More energy
  • Cured sleep apnea

Curing Sleep Apnea

The way I understand sleep apnea, there are two main causes…being overweight or something to do with the way your brain functions. Prior to us starting the Keto diet, my husband had a sleep study done. He was snoring like crazy and I couldn’t even begin to count how many times he stopped breathing during the night. It was terrifying. After the sleep study, he got a CPAP machine and let me tell you, he slept better and I slept better. It was controlling his sleep apnea very well!

A few weeks ago, he went to have a repeat sleep study done. His doctor felt it was a good idea since he had lost a tremendous amount of weight. We just got the results back yesterday. He no longer has sleep apnea AT ALL! Curing sleep apnea was a direct result of taking charge of our health with the Keto diet. To be honest, the idea of curing sleep apnea was not

Getting started with the Keto diet can seem very overwhelming. I get it. Believe me…I do! If you are interested in more information and would like to see some sample recipes I personally love, then check out the following links:

How to Start the Keto Diet

Keto Diet Success Tips and Tricks

Keto Diet Long term 

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Fat Bomb

Keto Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe

Chorizo Chicken Soup Recipe

If you have some health concerns that your doctor says could possibly be helped with a lifestyle change, then seriously check out Keto as one of your options. If you have any questions please contact me. I will do my best to answer your question or point you in the right direction, if I can!


*Please note, I am not a doctor. While the Keto diet did help us with some of our health concerns, it may not be the best lifestyle change for you. As always, before changing your diet, please consult with your doctor.