Silver Dollar City’s an Old Time Christmas Festival in Branson Missouri

Silver Dollar City’s an Old Time Christmas Festival in Branson Missouri has been profiled as one of the top holiday destinations by USA Today, CNN Travel, The Travel Channel and so many other publications.  When we heard about the over 5 million lights and 1,000 decorated trees we just had to head to Branson, Missouri to check them out.

Silver Dollar City Branson Missouri Christmas Tree

There is a five story special effects tree in the square that has over 850 ornaments and 350,000 energy saving lights. The lights are synchronized to be part of the Christmas on Main Street show. Are you ready for this…….They can have 100 light changes every second! That is 6,000 light changes in a minute! Truly spectacular!… 

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Crock Pot Creamed Corn Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Frozen Food Foundation. All opinions are 100% mine.

Just in time for Thanksgiving I have a super easy to make recipe for everyone!

This Crock Pot Creamed Corn Recipe is sooooo easy to make and tastes amazing! I mean seriously amazing. I may have a new favorite treat for year round.

This recipe not only saves you space in the oven on Thanksgiving but it uses items that are probably already in your freezer!

We have talked in the past about how much we love stocking our freezer with fruits and veggies. The University of California, Davis in partnership with the Frozen Food Foundation conducted a study that revealed that frozen fruit and vegetables are most often nutritionally equal to and some cases better than their fresh counterparts!

One more reason to keep a fully stocked freezer with all of your favorite fruits and veggies. By freezing your favorite fruits and veggies you are pushing natures pause button which helps each of us save money and enjoy our favorite fruits and veggies year round.

We don’t have to worry about the cost of fresh out of season produce, you don’t have to worry about opening the crisper drawer and finding your fruits and veggies spoiled before you had the chance to eat them.

I have found that having a stocked freezer saves us so much time and stress. I don’t feel like we have to run out and grab something for dinner or worry about what I am going to prepare. I have all of our favorites stocked in the freezer and can buy them when they are the best price.

This Crock Pot Creamed Corn Recipe was a super simple recipe to prepare thanks to our stocked freezer. I grabbed frozen corn, butter and cream cheese and the recipe was pretty much taken care of.

crock pot creamed corn recipe

This recipe is perfect for a quick and easy side dish that your family will love!… 

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Trying out the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 phone

Recently I was asked to check out the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 phone. I must admit that I had honestly not heard of Huawei before so I was intrigued when I found out the phone can hold a battery charge for 60 hours.

I seem to run my phone battery down faster than I would like on a daily basis. It could be that I am constantly updating social media and checking emails, taking photos and editing them and just using my phone non-stop.

When the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 arrived the first thing I noticed was how big the screen is. It has a 6.1″ HD screen which is so much bigger than I was used to. I love that I can see a larger blog post on the screen.

I learned that the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 boasts the largest screen of any smart phone at 6.1″. It also has the longest battery life at 60 hours on a single charge plus it has 4G LTE and a 13MP camera. You also get to choose your network with no contract.

We are looking forward to trying the Huawei and testing the 60 hour single charge. We have some upcoming trips planned that will be perfect for testing it to see just how long I can get the battery to work.

You can find out more about Huawei on their website and their official store.

You can also find Huawei on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

Unlock the possibilities with Huawei. With the largest screen, and longest battery life, where will you go with Huawei. Visit to learn more and unlock your possibilities!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Huawei Device USA. The opinions and text are all mine.

CVS radiance PLATINUM vitamins to help each of us reach our health goals

I’m proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy for this “radiance – Shine Inside and Out” campaign. I am being sponsored to help lead this campaign, but all opinions expressed are my own, and all product claims or program details shared should be verified at or with the appropriate manufacturers.

I have a confession to make…..

I am really bad about taking my vitamins. There I said it out loud..or at least in writing. My Mom has been harping on me that I need to remember I am not as young as I once was and I need to focus more on my health and well being.  I find that I run around so much that sadly my health is not my main priority most days and it should be. I know I am not getting any younger. My body tells me every morning when it feels like it is creaking as I get out of bed.

I was talking with CVS and they mentioned they have a new line of radiance PLATINUM vitamins that are 100% preservative free and include a line for vegetarians. They even have certified non-GMO, gluten free, certified organic, and vitamins for vegans.

So this pretty much took all of my excuses for not taking my vitamins and threw them out the window. I can’t tell myself I am going to get sick because they are not vegetarian friendly. I can’t tell myself that they are not organic. I just can’t find any more excuses……thank you CVS!

So I am diving in! I am diving into taking my vitamins and making the choice to focus on this step towards making my health a priority. CVS was kind enough to send me an assortment of vitamins that are perfect for me and John. I will be trying the radiance PLATINUM vegetarian calcium, probiotics, and women’s multivitamin. Along with trying out the Vegetarian Supergreen mint green tea nutritional drink mix. I am really excited to try the drink mix.

cvs radiance PLATINUM

John will be trying the radiance PLATINUM USA Wild Caught Fish Oil soft gels. His doctor mentioned that he should start taking fish oil so he agreed to give it a shot…. 

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