Jaime Loves Stuff : 2017


Why healthcare is such a rewarding career

This post about The Healthcare Field: Why it's a rewarding career has been sponsored by Landau Scrubs as always, my opinion and thoughts are genuine


Why healthcare is such a rewarding career



A few months ago, I shared a post about my job in the healthcare field (you can read it here).  I indicated in that post how I had always been in the healthcare field since my time as an American Red Cross Junior Volunteer.  

End of Summer + Easy Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #SummerIsForSavings #CollectiveBias #WFM3


Easy Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca Recipe


Can you believe summer is almost over? I don't know about you but for us, it just flew by.  Maybe it's because there are some HUGE changes that have happened in our lives.

I seriously cried when Em went back to school last week.

Why?

Where to find quality essential oils



Where to find quality essential oils
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Essential oils are HUGE and for a good reason.  

I am not a "crunchy" girl by any stretch of the imagination but I do like to mix holistic and modern approaches to my health.  I have also been making switches to using green products and have been trying to eat clean (ugh! My biggest struggle!).  However, I have fallen in love with essential oils.   

Mini Tacos Bites with Black Bean & Fire Roasted Corn Salsa

These Mini Tacos Bites with Black Bean & Fire Roasted Corn Salsa are the PERFECT addition to any party, movie night, or potluck

Mini Tacos Bites with Black Bean & Fire Roasted Corn Salsa


This post is sponsored by Bush's Beans but as always, I promote products I love and use personally! 



Have I ever told you that I have a friend who calls me "Beans"? I met her in a college math class.  One day we met to study together in the college cafe and out of nowhere we heard a random lady very excitedly exclaiming "Beans! I have beans!!!!".  I mean, she was VERY excited about her bowl of beans and we haven't stopped giggling about it. The thing is- I love beans and I guess the nickname is quite fitting.  Haha.  

Road Trip Must-Haves


Road Trip Must-Haves

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media


Summer and road trips go together like macaroni & cheese.  There's nothing better than hitting the open road and going on an adventure.  Traveling and creating memories is what life is for.  

Of course, when traveling there are some must-haves for every road trip.  




Stylish Hostess Gifts (FREE from Grove Collaborative)


What does your calendar look like this summer? Ours is already filling up with barbecues, pool parties, and lots of other fun events to attend.

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Whenever I go to one of these gatherings, I don’t like to show up empty-handed. However, finding the right hostess gift is always harder than it looks!

How do you do, OREO?



This post is sponsored by OREO, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own


I won't pretend I don't love OREO cookies because I just can't lie.  They are a weakness.   After all, I did JUST post an OREO cookie recipe (seriously, make these cookies- 
the recipe is here -- Chocolate Chip OREO Cake Mix Cookies)

My favorite, hands down, is the lemon OREO cookie.  The golden cookie with the lemony creme- ermagherd.  Amazing. 

Chocolate Chip Oreo Cake Mix Cookies

Chocolate Chip Oreo Cake Mix Cookies are sinful, yummy, and oh so easy to make.  



These past two weeks have been CRAZY, so I have been a bit absent around here.  I have been hired for another position in my company and for the past two weeks, I was half in my department and half in training for my new department.  I am pretty excited for this opportunity and am excited about this next step in my career.  

How else does one celebrate a new position? With cookies, naturally!  More specifically Chocolate Chip Oreo Cake Mix Cookies.   These cookies are soooo easy and fantastically chocolatey- two of my favorite things.  

Birth Story: Journey to My Rainbow Child

The journey to motherhood is not always the easiest road to travel for many women.
This is a sponsored conversation from Mums the Word Network and The Stork OTC. All opinions are my own



You may not know this but I have had three children.


Only one is living. 

Easy Ways to Green Your Laundry



Easy Ways to Green Your Laundry
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Over the last few years, I've been making a lot of changes to make my home greener. I've swapped plastic water bottles for refillable ones, started buying more locally grown foods, and have been switching to natural cleaning products.   I am not 100% there yet but I am a work in progress!

But the one area that I am focusing on right now is green laundry!  

I am a Mom because of Planned Parenthood






I grew up in a very poor and LARGE family in a rural setting. We didn't get to see doctors very often and when we did, it was because we were extremely ill but more often than not- my mom did what she could to treat us at home. I had chronic lung problems due to a long-term viral pneumonia and asthma, so I spent more time with doctors than my siblings did. I never even knew that you should see a doctor for a regular check-up! 

Review: I Am The Chosen King by Helen Hollick

A book featuring King Harold II, I Am The Chosen King by Helen Hollick is one to read for any history fan who is interested in the Norman Conquest of England and the lives leading up to the conquest.   


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SYNOPSIS: The forgotten story of England’s last Saxon King.

Say Yes To Summer: Fun Activities to Maximize Your Summer Fun

The first official day of summer is June 21, 2017, and it will be here before you know it!  It's time to say YES to summer with these fun activities to maximize your summer fun



Say Yes To Summer: Fun Activities to Maximize Your Summer Fun
This post is sponsored by Evite® as part of the Evite Influencer Program and as always, my opinions are my own

There's something just magical about summer- baseball games, swimming, grilling and the innocence of being young and feeling free during the break from school.   This is the time of year when basking in the sunshine and enjoying all that is around us. 


Here are some fun ideas to maximize your summer fun this year and make it another great summer!

We Tried The 10 Minute Dinner Kit from Gobble. Did It Measure Up?

 We Tried The 10 Minute Dinner Kit from Gobble. How did it measure up? Is it possible to make a full meal in 10 minutes? 

This is a review of the Gobble Dinner Kit.


We Tried The 10 Minute Dinner Kit from Gobble. Did It Measure Up?
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Dinner kit subscriptions are awesome in that you are sent a variety of ingredients to make complete meals.  Depending on the subscription service, you have options for two people or whole families. These kits are not inexpensive but they cost less than going out to dinner at a restaurant.  

Traumatic Brain Injury: Learning to Cope with Emotions for Teenagers with Feeling Buddies


Traumatic Brain Injury: Learning to Cope with Emotions for Teenagers with Feeling Buddies



This post is sponsored by Conscious Discipline as a Mama’Bassador



If you've been around here for awhile, you know my daughter's history with her traumatic brain injury.  Em is an absolutely wonderful daughter and unfortunately, with her traumatic brain injury- she has explosions and she loses control of her emotions.   I have gone the route of mental health support but at the end of the day, she has to learn to COPE with her emotions and how to express them in better ways than she has been.

You may recall, I shared about www.FeelingBuddies.com (here's the previous post).  Feeling Buddies is an at-home self-regulation toolkit to help us, as parents, to teach our children to learn to cope, communicate and regulate their emotions.   

Where to Find AFO-friendly Shoes and Adaptive Clothing

Where to Find AFO-friendly Shoes and Adaptive Clothing.  Finding clothing and shoes for somebody with hemiplegia, wearing an AFO, and other disabilities can be a challenge but there are resources! 

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Putting on shoes and tying them.  

Slipping on socks. 

Donning a shirt.  

Buttoning pants.

These seem like simple and mundane tasks.  These are the things that we do without much thought- they're second nature to most of us who are physically able to do so.  I know I never thought much about them until my daughter had a traumatic brain injury which caused multiple physical disabilities along with Intellectual disabilities.

Review: My Staycation Box. Experience the world without leaving your house

Review: My Staycation Box.  Experience the world without leaving your house

Review: My Staycation Box.  Experience the world without leaving your house


Right at this moment, my friend is living it up in Ireland while I pine away here in Arizona.  She has sent me some selfies in front of castles.  Yep, I am totally jealous right now.  In a good way, not a mean way.  

Eventually, I do plan to travel outside of the United States but not until my daughter is older and more independent but in the meantime, I can still experience the world at home thanks to My Staycation Box!  I did receive this box for review purposes but my opinions are own, as always.

Easy and Fresh Garden Salsa recipe


Easy and Fresh Garden Salsa Recipe


 Easy and Fresh Garden Salsa recipe




This easy, healthy salsa happens to be my favorite summertime recipe. Skip the store-bought seasoning packets and make this with fresh ingredients straight from your garden or farmer’s market. Our friends and family ask for it whenever they come over!

You MUST see Snatched for Mother's Day (+Enter to win Fandango Gift Codes!)

Snatched starring Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer hits theaters May 12th.  

Are you ready? 

You MUST see Snatched this Mother's Day

What Moms REALLY want for Mother's Day.

What is that moms REALLY want for Mother's Day? 

This is the ULTIMATE gift guide.


What Moms REALLY want for Mother's Day. It's not bullshit or crap.



I had a completely different blog post planned about what moms REALLY want for Mother's Day.  

No Hassle Graduation Party Tips (+ Sweepstakes!)

Graduation parties should be ALL tassel and NO hassle.  These No Hassle Graduation Party Tips will help you find ideas for your graduate's party!  


No Hassle Graduation Party Tips
This post is sponsored by Evite but as always, thoughts and ideas are my own

Graduation season is here! What an exciting time for everybody.  For seniors, it's the first step into the next chapter of the book of life.  Whether going to college, trade school, traveling, finding a job, whatever- this is an enormous milestone in life.  

Here are some party tips and ideas so you can focus on the tassel and not the hassle! 

Easy One Pan Chicken Burrito Bowl Recipe

This easy One Pan Chicken Burrito Bowl is not only easy but super delicious.  Have this easy weeknight dinner on the table in no time! 

Easy One Pan Chicken Burrito Bowl Recipe


25 DELICIOUS Doughnut Recipes

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Doughnuts.  Donuts.  No matter which way you spell it, they're DELICIOUS.  These 25 DELICIOUS doughnut recipes are sure to make your heart sing with happiness and mouth smile because you're in doughnut ecstasy!

Teaser Trailer & Posters for Star Wars: The Last Jedi


STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI opens in theatres everywhere December 15th but until then- the teaser trailer has arrived!

Teaser Trailer & Posters for Star Wars: The Last Jedi




Hollywood Darlings: Interview with Christine Lakin, Beverley Mitchell & Jodie Sweetin







You know their faces, you know their names, you probably grew up with them on your TV screens but are you ready to REALLY know these fabulous 90s child stars?  

Pop’s newest original comedy series HOLLYWOOD DARLINGS starring 90s fan favorites Jodie Sweetin (Full(er) House), Beverley Mitchell (7th Heaven) and Christine Lakin (Step by Step) premieres on April 12th and I was honored to be able to interview these hilarious and incredible ladies!

Easter Gifts For a Tween Girl


This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media.

Spring is my favorite time of year.  The weather is perfect, the flowers are blooming and there are so many fun things to do outside.  With Easter right around the corner, finding the right Easter Gifts for a Tween Girl can be tough! 


Easter Gifts For a Tween Girl




Virtual Tour: Between a Wolf and a Hard Place by Terry Spears (+ Giveaway!)







In Silver Town, the secrets run deep…


Alpha werewolf Brett Silver has an ulterior motive when he donates a prized family heirloom to the Silver Town hotel. Ellie MacTire owns the place with her sisters, and he’s out to get her attention.

Recipe: Jalapeno Avocado Chicken Salad on Wasa Crispbread

With spring here and summer not too far off, there's nothing more delicious than a jalapeno avocado chicken salad.  Even better served on top of Wasa Crispbreads!   

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This post is sponsored by Acorn Influence but as always, opinions are my own.


One of my all time favorite sandwich topping is chicken salad and there's nothing better than taking a classic and playing with it.  My jalapeno avocado chicken salad is so full of flavor and makes GREAT leftovers.  It's the PERFECT, wholesome snack when served on Wasa Crispbreads.  

Easily Transform a Room with Color



I am pretty freaking excited about this post.  Like REALLY, REALLY excited about this post.

I am terrified of DIY projects.  My sister is a total DIY girl.  She's always working on a project and she's really, really good at it.  She can knock down a wall, refinish a floor, build a bed, you name it.  She's crafty and handy.  

Me, on the other hand.  I am a reader, a movie lover, a little crafty, eternal researcher and love to cook.  DIY-er? Not so much.  I have helped paint a room and have helped do things around the house but it's not my forte.  This is why I am SUPER excited about this post.  

My sister and I transformed a room.  With FUN color!


Saving Mercy by Abbie Roads: Virtual Tour & Giveaway












First in a chilling new paranormal romantic suspense series from award-winning author Abbie Roads

He’s found her at last
Cain Killion knows himself to be a damaged man, his only saving grace the extrasensory connection to blood that he uses to catch murderers. His latest case takes a macabre turn when he discovers a familiar and haunting symbol linking the crime to his own horrific past—and only one woman could know what it means.

Dipped Rice Krispies Treats + SMURFS: the Lost Village Giveaway


Dipped Rice Krispies Treats + SMURFS: the Lost Village Giveaway


Out of excitement for the upcoming SMURFS: Lost Village movie and nostalgia for my childhood, I made the dipped rice krispies treats in a Smurfy theme!  Oh and a pretty sweet giveaway for YOU!

GIFTED Movie Swag Giveaway! ends 4/15/17



This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Fox Searchlight. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation

GIFTED opens in theaters on April 7th!

Disney's Beauty and The Beast 2017 Live Action Movie Review



Disney's Beauty and The Beast 2017 Live Action Movie Review
Not a sponsored review/post but does contain affiliate links


When Disney announced that "Beauty and the Beast" would be adapted into a live action movie, I KNEW I would see it in theaters and the countdown started.

The day is here and I am elated.

It is EVERYTHING I hoped for and THEN some.


Disney's Beauty and The Beast 2017 Live Action Movie Review



Review+Giveaway: FENCES starring Denzel Washington & Viola Davis






"Some people build fences to keep people out — and other people build fences to keep people in." - Bono 

Once again, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis show they are royalty of the big screen.  They bring passion, humor, love and emotion in "FENCES".  

Be Our Guest: Beauty & The Beast Movie + Beauty & The Beast Inspired Pretzel Rods


Beauty & The Beast Movie + Beauty & The Beast Inspired Pretzel Rods


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Evite but my excitement about the release of Beauty and the Beast and these Beauty and the Beast inspired pretzel rods are my own.



Excuse me while my fangirl roots are showing.  

I absolutely LOVE Disney animated movies. ALL of them.  However, I have to say that the live action versions have me screaming from happiness.  Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book, Cinderella, Pete's Dragon- they all bring me so much joy.  I love that my 13 year old daughter and I can enjoy both the animated movies AND the live action versions.  

Spring Cleaning Refresh (+ How to get free Mrs. Meyer's cleaning products)


Spring Cleaning Refresh (+ How to get free Mrs. Meyer's cleaning products)
Disclaimer: I am a Grove Influencer and this post contains affiliate links.


We may have a few more weeks of winter left, but here in Phoenix- the warmer weather is here. Even if the weather won’t cooperate where you are, cleaning and freshening up the home is one way to welcome spring!


I stick with healthy natural products during my spring cleaning, and my house gets just as clean (or cleaner) than with harsh chemicals. If you want the exact products I’m using, grab this free seasonal set of Mrs. Meyer’s spring soaps + Grove Collaborative glass spray bottle + walnut scrubber sponges from Grove Collaborative! Then use these cleaning tips & tricks to invite spring into your home.

Chromecast Audio: an easy way to stream to speakers



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Music is such an important thread in the fabric of life.  Songs can tell the history of a community, the feelings of the heart, the important cultural rules or just make us feel good.  

I love being able to crank up some good music early Saturday AM and clean.  Singing, dancing and scrubbing- it's cardio, chores and utopia in one.  Okay, maybe scrubbing isn't utopian but man, when I am done- I feel GREAT.  

Feeling Buddies: Traumatic Brain Injuries & Meltdowns #FB4F

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Feeling Buddies: Traumatic Brain Injuries & Meltdowns #FB4F. Teaching self-regulation of behaviors, behavioral management
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Raising a child with a traumatic brain injury is extremely difficult when it comes to regulating behavioral and emotional roller coasters.

My 13 year old daughter is an absolutely joy.  She can be extremely sweet, loving and full of sunshine and joy but when she is going through emotions and unable to regulate and express herself- it becomes a painful reminder of the fact that her brain is severely injured.  Many times, there is no rhyme or reason for her outbursts and many times, it's due to the brain damage.  

Incredible Indonesian-Style Sweet & Sour Pork Sandwich Recipe

Incredible Indonesian-Style Sweet & Sour Pork Sandwich Recipe, recipe using kecap manis,
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This Indonesian-Style Sweet & Sour Pork sandwich is absolutely amazing.  This is such a simple but the flavors are absolutely insane!  It's like a banh mi but... different.

Incredibly Easy Mini Sloppy Joe Pizzas Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich. All opinions are 100% mine.

Mini Sloppy Joe Pizzas

So this past week has been a bit wild but I am glad it’s over.  One of the best things that happened was I had my annual review with my company last week and it was a great review with really good feedback that I can use to move forward in my company.  I even got a raise! Whoot! Haha.

Best Ever Sopapilla Cheesecake

Best Ever Sopapilla Cheesecake


Cheesecake, meet sopapilla.  Sopapilla, meet cheesecake.

World: Meet sopapilla cheesecake- the best of all worlds.  

MuffinTops: The Healthy Kind and the Not-So-Healthy Kind





I am going to be 100% here.

I am overweight and have a serious muffin top.

There.  I said IT.  



The 60 pounds I have gained didn't happen over night.  I won't lose it quickly either.

Car Shopping: Taking the headache out of the car shopping & approval process with DriveTime






This post is sponsored by Drive time but my story is my own 



Very few people enjoy the car shopping process.  It's a long and daunting process and sometimes, it is disheartening.  The process of picking out a car and taking it for a test drive is a blast.  Finding the PERFECT match is such a joy but then... if you aren't paying cash, here comes the fun process of financing.  It can be a headache and exhausting.


Don't be boring- send the most UNIQUE greeting cards.


Step up your greeting card game with Lovepop, a company changing the way you celebrate friends and family. Featured on the hit show SharkTank, Lovepop’s cards are more than just your standard greeting card.


The cards are designed on cutting edge software and handcrafted in the Asian art form of sliceform kirigami. The creative designs are perfect for weddings, birthdays and any other occasion when sending a cookie cutter card just isn’t enough.

In a rush? The company will also include a personal message and send the card for you.

Shop these popular designs here.

Hedgehogs in Love

This quirky card features an oversized mushroom and two Hedgehogs in a serenading scene complete with a tiny lute. The adorable details make this card a hit for any occasion.

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The Folgers Jingle Contest: The Magic of Coffee

This post was sponsored by Folgers as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines concerning the use of endorsement and testimonials in advertising. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.





Sometimes, I think that coffee is the key to peace.


Friendships are formed over a cuppa, disagreements can be solved while chatting over a cup o' joe, discussing your heartbreak with your best over a cup of coffee- all of these and then some unite souls and repair wounds and a cup of coffee is there.  Just like old faithful. 

Is coffee magical? Maybe not but it sure makes me nostalgic.  Whenever I brew a cup of Folgers coffee, I instantly think of two things: 
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