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Poise Impressa has given me a #LifeAfterLeaks

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. You must be 21+ years old to try Poise Impressa Bladder Supports. #LifeAfterLeaks #CollectiveBias When I was pregnant with my first child, I thought a lot about different things like how wonderful it would be to be a mother; would my baby grow up to be a doctor or President of the United States; would my husband and I be good and understanding parents; and even would the baby keep us … [Read More...]


#WoofPouf – Not Just For Girly Dogs!!!!!!

A "Tail" of Two Dogs - Wouf Pouf™ gets it done!!! Two dogs - same breed - very different jobs and very different personalities. Meet the Thompson family German Shepherds - Malibu and Gemma! Both of the "girls" are working dogs with very different jobs. Dirigo Malibu Beach Vacation is the daughter of an AKC Champion ROM sire. She's an American-bred dog with a prestigious pedigree, and a solid, stable eager-to-please personality that makes her the perfect dog for her two jobs - service … [Read More...]

add the new oil

DIY Oil Change with Pennzoil Platinum Full Synthetic Oil – It’s a very good thing!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DIYOilChange #CollectiveBias Change your own oil - a great way to save money! Hi! Doug (aka the Wilderness Son, Family Mechanic and Mr. Fix It) here, bringing you something to do yourself to save money and preserve your vehicle engine. Change your own oil with Pennzoil Platinum full synthetic motor oil! If money is a little tight, changing your oil on schedule is just one of those … [Read More...]


Tailgating 101 – Are your ready for some Football???????

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NaturallyCheesy #CollectiveBias Are you ready for some football? It's time to tailgate! When the leaves change color, and the weather is crisp and cool, it's time for football!  Here at the Thompson house, we are all avid football fans!  Whether we're tailgating at the stadium or gathering in front of the TV for a Sunday NFL game, we enjoy making every game a celebration for family and … [Read More...]

Cole slaw, coleslaw, slaw, cabbage, cabbage recipe, cabbage side dish

Coleslaw Recipe – and now for best supporting actor….

Coleslaw - what can be said about it? Numerous clichés lend themselves to describing coleslaw - "always a bridesmaid, never the bride" or "best supporting actor in a cast of thousands". It is always cast in a supporting role but coleslaw fills a need in so many meal plans.  Coleslaw is there to cleanse and awake the palate in a meal heavily laden with greasy fried foods.  Can you imagine a seafood platter without it? As a condiment in a pulled pork sandwich, it lends the perfect acidic note to … [Read More...]

German shepherd, puppyhood, purina

Dog Food and Cat Food Like You’d Make It Yourself #InspiredByCrafted

I've always been creative.  For years I made my living as a Folk Artist and was fortunate enough to have a decent amount of success at it. I painted under the pseudonym Grammy Mouse and  my images appeared on greeting cards and in home décor prints like the one below called New England Retreat. I painted custom house portraits like this one I did for a family in Connecticut.  I don't paint for a living any more but still enjoy being creative.  My asthma and COPD react to the acrylic paint fumes … [Read More...]

4th of July, cookout, dessert, apple pie, blueberry pie, raspberry pie, pie recipe, pie crust

4th of July Patriot Pie – Apples, Blueberries, Raspberries – Yum!

4th of July Patriot Fruit Pie - incredibly delicious with a red, white and blue touch! I always make this recipe on the 4th of July and it's afamily favorite all summer long.  But in July the berries are abundant here in Maine, so all the berries are fresh and yummy.  And those delicious, fresh juicy berries make this pie the yummiest, plus you have the fun of picking them yourself.  Throw on a scoop of Maine-made Giffords Vanilla Ice Cream and you are talking Downeast culinary heaven! … [Read More...]

Tyson, Birds Eye, Steamfreas, Protein Blend, microwave cooking, microwave recipe

Beat the Heat by Cooking Cool in the Summer with Birds Eye and Tyson #FastFreshFilling

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®, Birds Eye®, and Tyson® but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #FastFreshFilling Summer Microwave Cooking with Birds Eye and Tyson - Really Cool! "Hot town, summer in the city, Back of my neck getting dirty & gritty" As the classic song says, keeping and cooking cool in the summer can be difficult! But the family has to eat and feeding them is part of my job … [Read More...]

steak roulade recipe, celery stuffing, steak recipe, beef recipe

Steak Roulades with Celery Stuffing Recipe

Stuffed Steak Roulades - great from the oven and they freeze easily too! Stuffed Steak Roulades is a tasty recipe and it uses an economically priced cut of meat - flank steak.  But another plus factor with this recipe is that I can double it and freeze half of it for a quick meal on those days when I am really pressed for time. Back in the day when I worked full-time and had 3 boys and hubby to feed each night, I used to use the freezer meal option a lot.  I would designate 2 Saturdays a … [Read More...]

German shepherd, puppyhood, purina

Artisan Crafted Small Batch Dog Food by Hill’s® #InspiredbyCrafted – Made the Way you would!

Dog Food & Cat Food Made the Way you would (if you had the time!) My pets are incredibly important to me.  First, the cats and the dogs are members of our family.  When they're happy, we're happy and when they hurt, we hurt.  So keeping them happy and healthy is just as important as keeping the two-legged members of the family happy and healthy.  Secondly, our dogs are very valuable parts of our business that we have invested a tremendous amount of time, effort, training, and money … [Read More...]

Fathers Day, Mothers Day, Lesson from Dad

Memories of Dad – The Important Life #LessonsFromDad

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are my own alone. #LessonsFromDad #CollectiveBias Life Lessons from the Most Important Man in my life When Father's Day and Mother's Day come around I spend the day with my parents memories as they are both gone now.  My husband, who lost his parents to a horrible auto accident in his young adulthood, always told me to cherish every moment with Mom and Dad because there would be a day when I wouldn't … [Read More...]