Friday, March 27, 2015

BuckeyeMomsMeet Celebrates Our 100th post with, "What's Your Niche?"

Today Buckeye Moms Meet is Celebrating our 100th Post!!!!

I want to begin this post by saying Thank you for visiting today!  I began Blogging a little over a year ago, mostly because I have always enjoyed writing.  I have always kept a journal since I attended a sleepover birthday party in 3rd grade and won a small pink diary while playing pin-the-tail-on the donkey.  Sometimes when you start trying to use your blog as a business it takes some of the fun out of it!  This being said, If I can do what I love and not have it feel like work, this is what I want to do!

Often times being a blogger folks ask you, "what is your niche?"  A lot of times I stumble with this question, mostly because I am all over the place!  My "niche" is Family Lifestyle.  The problem is when  you try and market yourself as a "family lifestyle" blogger, it is just too broad of a topic.  Companies want to work with fitness bloggers, or food bloggers, Disney bloggers, travel or fashion bloggers.

Over here at Buckeye Moms Meet, I like to meet the world head on as a mom!  I don't want to limit myself to just one niche.  I am a family lifestyle blogger because that's what I know and do best!  Being part of a family is huge!  At the end of the day, you return home from travelling, you kick off your sneakers or your stilettos,  you take a picture of your fancy dish then feed it to your family.  Life is about all these things!  Not just one.

Growing up I had a family of eleven.  My parents after having my two brothers and I decided to share our family with children who didn't have one.  When it was all said and done my parents adopted six children.  We grew up with a home full of love, chaos, and many many memories.  When it comes to family I have seen it all, done it all, heard it all, and am here to tell it all!

Over the last several months I have struggled with the idea of changing my niche to something less broad.  I have decided I am keeping it the way it is for now!  I am a Family Lifestyle blogger, I will continue to talk about family friendly travel.  I will continue to write about Family Health.  I will share family celebrations, and cool products that help our family around the house.  I will share our struggles and triumphs.  Life happens and I hope you enjoy the ride!  Thank you for letting me be me :)  Post :100√

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

What's Up With This Holiday Anyway? Fun Facts you May Not Know About St. Patrick's Day!!

Well It's that time of year again, where we dig into our closet to find something green to wear.  The day Leprechauns cause all kinds of havoc in peoples homes.  The day we drink green beer and eat corned beef and cabbage.  This day has me scratching my head as to where in the world  these crazy traditions came from and why, so I did some research!!

The date (March 17th) commemorates the day St. Patrick died.  Believed to be March 17 461 A.D.  St. Patrick was mostly forgotten until around the 9th or 10th century when Mythology grew around this religious character and people in Ireland began observing St. Patrick's day as a feast day.

Now who was this St. Patrick dude you may ask?  St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the most popular Saints!  Born at Kilpatrick in Scotland, in the year 387.  As a teenager around 14 years of age he was captured and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd sheep.  St. Patrick learned the language and practices of the people who held him.  St. Patrick's captivity lasted until he was around 20 years of age when he was able to escape after having a dream from God.  He was able to meet some sailors who brought him back home and reunited him with his family, only to return to Ireland after yet another dream and studying his priesthood.  Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years, working many miracles.  After years of living in poverty and enduring much suffering he died March 17, 461 at Saul, where he built the first church.

Now that we know who St. Patrick was, what's up with the shamrock??  The Shamrock comes from the the Irish Gaelic word Seamrog. a word that refers to the plants three leaves.  The Shamrock a symbol of Ireland and St. Patrick's day is due to the over abundance of the clover plant all over the country, but also an association with Christianity.  St. Patrick is said to have used the shamrock as a visual to the concept of the Trinity (the Father, The Son, And The Holy Spirit).

Now every year we have this pesky little Leprechaun who visits our home while we are sleeping and plays all kinds of tricks on my family!  We awake to our milk being green, sometimes gold dust adorns our hallway.  This year our pancake batter was turned green (without the liking of my teenager)!  She decided she would rather go to school hungry than eat anything that was green, but that's another story!!  Well the original Irish name for these small- bodied old men partaking in mischief is lobaircin, meaning small bodied fellow.  In Irish mythology, a leprechaun is a type of male fairy said to live in the isle of Ireland.  Leprechauns usually take the form of old men who enjoy in partaking in all kinds of mischief.  They are believed to be that of a cobbler or shoemaker.  They are believed to be very wealthy and have many buried pots of Gold and treasures.  They enjoy pinching anyone they see, but are unable to see the color green!!  

Like I said , he always leaves something behind to let us know he visited!!

Now many folks threw some corned beef and cabbage in their crocks pots before heading out the door this morning!  Yet another tradition for this 17th day in March!  Corned beef and cabbage however is really an American tradition, which originates from Irish Immigrants buying the meat from kosher butchers.  Corned beef and cabbage is essentially Jewish corned beef put in a pot with cabbage and potatoes.  The traditional St. Patrick's day feast in Ireland still use lamb or bacon.

 So in whatever way you choose to celebrate this day, May the luck of the Irish be with you!!!  Cheers

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Parmesan Italian Herb Crusted Chicken...#HarvestLand

In our home the most important time of the day, and which I cherish the most is Dinner time!  It's the time we get to all sit down as a family after our busy days and discuss the happenings of that day.  Not only does dinner time nourish our bodies, but our souls as well.  I put great thought into our dinners, because I not only want my kids to enjoy it now and be nourished , but I want them to want to come back after they move out simply because they enjoy my cooking!

My family loves chicken!!  When I feed my family I want to feel good about the food I am bringing to my table.  I know you have all heard the saying, "You are what you eat".  I truly believe this!  This is why I choose to feed my family HarvestLand purely all natural Organic chicken!

Last night I cooked Parmesan Italian crusted Chicken breast and everyone was coming back for seconds!!  It was very simple!  All I did was make a mixture of 
  •  Grated Parmesan 
  • Italian seasoning
  •  black pepper
  •  Garlic salt
  •  Black Roasted Sesame Seeds

I coated each breast in this mixture then baked on a slightly greased baking sheet at 350 degrees until the internal temp is at least 165 degrees F.  I usually cook mine to at least 170, just because I'm weird like that!!  Takes about 30-35 minutes!

I paired our chicken with California vegetable blend and Pesto Tortellini...Delish!!  The HarvestLand Chicken was moist and tender, we were all satisfied with the results!!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Have A Magical Holiday With The Amazing Zhus!

Disclosure:  Product received.  This Post is part of a sponsored campaign with Cepia LLc and Mom Select.  All opinions expressed here are that of my own :)

There is something magical about the holidays.  I love  all the twinkling lights, the baked goods, family gatherings, and gift giving.  I love the wonder on the children's faces, the trees, and the presents.  This is by far my favorite time of the year.

Each year families go out and about looking for the perfect gift for the kiddos in their life.  Some years I am out looking for something I have never even heard of because my kids saw it on a commercial or heard about it at school.  Then the stress kicks in when you find the empty spot on the shelve where this top toy would have been if it hadn't sold out.  

This year there is a toy that is sure to be on the top of every child's toy list!  The Amazing Zhus is a new collection from Cepia LLC, the master toymakers behind ZhuZhu pets.  The Amazing Zhus Magician pets are motorized pets that will amaze your friends as they perform magic tricks and gravity-defying stunts!!  These Amazing Zhus play with magic cards, follow a magic wand around, and even find their way home to the magicians houses!!  These talented adorable pets can even perform stunts!

The Amazing Zhus pets and accessories are available at  These amazing toys will sure to be a hit to all the children on Santa's nice list!  The amazing Zhus pets and accessories are affordable ranging in price from $7.99-$24.99 and are recommended for ages 4 and up!

So go on...What are you waiting for??  Go on and get one of these Amazing Zhus before they magically disappear off the shelves

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween

Here is a little poem written during free time at the local Elementary school.

"Happy Halloween"

Hats, masks, whips, and makeup.

Come on!  No Sleep!  Just WAKE UP!

Get your biggest bags of all,

To fill with treats and bouncy balls.

Get out the pumpkin,

Light the candle.

Fire is one thing you need to handle.

Hold out the bag,

Say trick-or-treat.

Then a person is there to meet.

All this candy will come in handy'

Eat, eat, eat the tasty treat!

When you open your mouth to shout,

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, will come right out!!

Written by,
A.M.O age 10

Friday, October 17, 2014

Getting To Know The Person Behind BuckeyeMomsMeet in Just 50 Questions :)

I have recently seen some of my blogging friends taking on the challenge of answering 50 questions in order to help their readers get to know them better.  I have decided to jump with both feet in and join in on the fun!!  So here it goes...Getting to Know Me in 50 questions!

  1. What are you wearing?  a tank top and sweats...I know, I'm super fancy and stuff ;)
  2. Have you ever been in love?  Absolutely!  Being in Love is a wonderful feeling :)
  3. How tall are you?  I am 5 feet 7 inches
  4. Ever been through a terrible break up?  Ugh...yes!   That is all I've got to say about that ;)
  5. How much do you weigh?  A whopping 120 pounds!
  6. Any tattoos?  No...not yet.  Planning on one soon in memory of our Son, Zaiden.  R.I.P
  7. Any piercings?  just one hole in each of my ears.  Got my ears pierced at age 13!
  8. Favorite Fictional couple?  Baby and Johnny on Dirty Dancing!!  haha...I know!!
  9. Favorite Show?  Survivor, New Girl, Raising Hope, Master Chef, Hells Kitchen
  10. Favorite Music?  Bob Marley
  11. Something you miss?  My parents!  Lost both of them at young ages to Cancer :(
  12. Favorite Song?  Imagine by John Lennon...
  13. How old are you?  39 born in December of 1974
  14. Zodiac Sign?  Sagittarius
  15. Quality you look for in a partner?  Someone who makes me laugh and a hard worker!
  16. Favorite quote?  Live your life in a way that someday everything will be known.
  17. Favorite Actor?  Jim Carrey
  18. Loud Music or Soft?  Depends on my mood, but usually soft!
  19. Where do you go when you are sad?  In the shower!  You can cry without anyone knowing..
  20. When was the last time you cried?  September 15th
  21. How long does it take you to shower?  I am usually pretty quick!
  22. How long to get ready in the morning?  30 minutes...shower, dress, comb hair, brush teeth...
  23. Ever been in a physical fight?  Nope, I'm a lover not a fighter!  :)
  24. Turn on?  someone who makes me laugh.
  25. Turn off?  eating ribs on a first date and stinking of cigarettes :/  Blah!!!
  26. Reason you started blogging?  I have always loved to write!  I have kept a journal since I was the age of 8!
  27. Fear?  Unfortunately I have a lot of fears!  Fear of cars, heights, my children getting injured, and so on, and so on....
  28. Last Thing that made you cry?  Losing our son :(
  29. Last time you told someone you loved them?  twenty minutes  ago, I told my husband!
  30. Meaning behind your blog name?  oiy...I wish I would have put more thought into it!  Buckeye is where I live Mom's because I am a mom Meet because we meet everyday topics.  Hence the name BuckeyeMomsMeet
  31. Last Book You Read?  The Bible
  32. Book you are currently reading?  Always go to the Bible if I'm up for reading :)
  33. Last Show you watched? a good blindside!!
  34. Last Person You Talked to?  other than my neighbor!
  35. Relationship between you and the last person you texted?  former co-worker.
  36. Favorite Food?  Top Ramen...Haha...I can live off this stuff!
  37. Place you want to visit?  Costa Rica
  38. Last Place you were?  San Diego, California
  39. Do you have a crush?  Yes...I have a mad crush on my husband!!  Fall in love with him over and over again daily!!!
  40. Last Time you kissed someone?  kissed my family good morning.
  41. Favorite Flavor of sweet?  Reese's peanut butter cups.
  42. Last Time you were Insulted?  I can't recall??  I just assume everyone is joking or not worth getting insulted by??
  43. Instrument you play?  I have a set of Bongo drums and a finger piano...
  44. Favorite piece of jewelry?  My mom's wedding band.
  45. Last sport you played?  Volleyball
  46. Last Song you sang?  I've been a bad bad girl by Fiona Apple
  47. Last place you camped?  Lake Pleasant in Arizona
  48. Favorite Line From a movie?  A lot of lines from "The Three Amigos"  an old family inside joke favorite :)
  49. Last Time you hung out with anyone?  Just this week, my husband and I hung out with an old friend!
Who should answer these questions next?  You!!  I would love to hear some of your answers to the questions above!  Or just answer them as you read along for fun :)

I hope you enjoyed getting to know me better!  Thank you for following BuckeyeMomsMeet!  Have a wonderful day!!!

"You Reap What You Sow" Encouraging Communication with Harvest Time Partners :)

In this day and age with everyone's nose in a smart phone, Ipad, or other device, face to face communication is becoming a thing of the past!  It has come too easy to send a text or quick reply, message someone on facebook or email. Today's online chatter has actually caused our families to become more and more disconnected.   The new age is great for the shy or extrovert, great for the children with selective mutism or social anxiety...or is it??  It has become so easy to communicate without actually speaking a word to someone, that these folks are able to climb deeper into their hole, soon to never escape!  We are losing the critical life skill of effective face to face communication.  I, myself suffer from some social anxiety and if something isn't able to be done via email you might as well count me out!  As many of you know we have a daughter who suffers from Selective Mutism, she has been in treatment and is doing much better, but she does still have her "quiet" days.

We make it a point in our family to sit down to dinner every night together and have a discussion about our day.

   Another way we try and keep open communication and togetherness in our family is to have family movie and game nights.  We recently sat down together for family game night with a game from Harvest Time Partners.

 Harvest Time Partners, Inc. was formed over 20 years ago to provide resources to support and encourage individuals, families, and organizations to reach their full potential in an increasingly complex and uncertain world.  In addition to it's award winning conversation games, harvest time partners provides custom programs designed to increase personal effectiveness, enhance character development, and strengthen the bonds of marriage and family.

Our family played the board game, Abundant Harvest For Teens & Adults.  The purpose of this game is to help families and educators open the door to communication, encourage decision making based on principles such as honesty, loyalty, and commitment with the intent of reinforcing the law of harvest..."you reap what you sow".  In this game you spend quality time together discussing real-life situations, encouraging your teen or adult to open up about dealing with their reality.

This particular game is from 2-8 players recommended ages 13- adult.  In this game you move around a game board while reading different scenario cards out loud.  The player then makes a decision using a principle from his/her principle card to support his/her decision to the scenario.  Each scenario card ends with the phrase, "what would you do?"

I enjoyed listening to my children's answers to each of the scenarios.  I learned my kids have a great heart and are always wanting to help those in need.  The game did indeed open up our family to communication.  If there is something i would change about the game, I would add some happier scenarios to it.    The game brings about a lot of life topics that are good to talk about, but each one was a bit negative per say.  Bringing more happy scenarios would make this game an A+ in my book.

I do recommend Harvest Time Partners and their products to my readers!  I think they have put a lot of thought into helping families and educators.  I am interested in purchasing the Abundant Harvest For Kids game next which is focused on ages 7 an up for the younger kiddos in the family.   So if you are interested in a game to open up to one another and help build character skills I recommend you check out all that Harvest Time Partners has to offer!
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