Find Health Coverage for Your Way of Living During Open Enrollment with Washington Healthplanfinder

I’ve partnered with the Washington Healthplanfinder to share information about open enrollment (Nov 1st-December 15th). As always, all opinions are my own.


For the last 2 years, we’ve collaborated with Washington Healthplanfinder, where I shared personal stories and talked about affordable health care after my husband lost his job (below), and where my husband’s previous employer didn’t offer spousal insurance.

We all know 2020/2021 has been a wild ride, to say the least, which could be an understatement for most people. My husband ended up losing his job around March 2020, which meant we lost all of our insurance plans for all 4 of us. We panicked about not being able to afford bills because unemployment was a nightmare to get started, but, thankfully there were resources available to keep us afloat in this time of need.

Since we had a great experience with Washington Healthplanfinder before, we knew they would be the best option for us to sign up for health insurance in the meantime so we would have the financial safeguard if any type of emergency were to suddenly pop up. We didn’t want the possibility of a costly medical bill without health coverage to put us into debt and add more stress to the already stressful 2 years.

With 2 small children, our dream is to be healthy, and we can’t do that without staying active, getting vitamin D outside, eating healthy, taking our minerals and vitamins, and having health coverage to keep ailments at bay

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Gladskin Eczema Cream to Help with Flare Ups

I think I’ve talked a couple of times about my itchy skin issues on Instagram, but it’s not something I really dive deep into here on my blog. I only have a mild case of eczema, but it’s enough of an issue to drive me crazy at times, which leaves me feeling helpless because I have no idea how to manage it. Mild, to me, is the occasional flare-ups in a few different areas on the body that are small in size. I get eczema patches on my elbows, knees, left ring finger, and the back of my head, which itched so bad one time that it caused me to lose hair in that spot.

Eczema is an auto-immune disorder. I know my triggers are sugar, alcohol, and processed foods. I have even a tiny amount and I am itching, and in the winter it’s even worse. So I recommend avoiding those if you’re struggling with the same issue just to keep it under control.


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Why You Should Dispose of Unwanted or Expired Medications

Why You Should Dispose of Unwanted or Expired Medications

This shop has been compensated by Inmar Intelligence and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NationalPrescriptionDrugTakeBackDayWA

It’s time to get a little personal over here on the blog.

I know I have talked about family before and addiction, but I feel this is super important so I am going to speak out again. In Washington, it’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 23rd, which is great because there are LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-back ™ receptacles to discard unwanted and expired prescription drugs. However, you cannot discard pet medications or needles in the state of Washington.

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Tasty Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto

I received this product for free from Moms Meet ( to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

A little unknown fact about me, I am not big on pasta. I know, I know. Pasta is a huge staple in many homes. I do eat it occasionally but not a whole lot. That’s why I was excited to try out the new Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto sauce since it can be used on just about anything and not just pasta dishes.

I have trouble coming up with new and exciting things to eat for breakfast outside of the normal hashbrowns, eggs, and bacon/sausage. I decided to try a little bit of Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto sauce on top of some toast with a sunny-side-up egg and avocado. It was so good!

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Wildlife Safari in Oregon: Our Weekend Getaway Post

Wildlife Safari in Oregon: Our Weekend Getaway Post

Have you ever been to the wildlife safari in Oregon?

I knew when my birthday came around that we would probably do another trip to Winston Wildlife Safari since Arya didn’t really remember the first trip and Delilah had never been yet. We all love animals, so it seemed like the best choice as a weekend getaway.

I decided to keep it simple and book the last place we stayed at since it was family-friendly and fun, which is surprisingly the Seven Feather’s Casino. They have a big pool, had a decent arcade (we noticed they moved it to where the previous tiny gift shop used to be and now it’s kind of “meh”) and of course, they have restaurants and a spa that I didn’t try out.

We got to borrow a two-tone black and red 2021 Chevy Trailblazer RS for a few days for our trip which made the drive a little more fun and exciting! It had plenty of room for our luggage with a max cargo volume of 54.4 cu ft. and had ample space for our legs and feet. The kids loved the color and being able to use the internet wifi signal while driving 3.5 hours to the casino. Streaming our music from our pandora subscription was also cool since our 2 cars aren’t equipped with such features since they’re a 2005 and 2013. I could tell a difference with the trailblazer vs the normal car I drive since it has a little more oomph to get up and go quickly. It has 3 drive modes; normal, AWD (snow on fwd), and sport. One of these days we’ll be upgrading my husband’s car. Until then, we get to try out cars we wouldn’t normally think to try out.


We arrived at the hotel, checked in, and then decided we should probably eat go eat dinner and decided on Cow Creek Restaurant in the casino, and 5 hours later, I was running to the bathroom from food poisoning. Way to ring in the evening on my birthday! LOL

The next day I was feeling much better, which was great because we had to be at the safari before 10 am to do the cheetah photo experience. Let me just say, it was not worth the price per person but we didn’t really know what it entailed. If we didn’t get a deal on Groupon, I probably would have been upset we spent a huge amount just to have a mediocre photo of a cheetah standing like 20 feet in front of us on 2 leashes staring directly into the sun. They did a lot of talking about facts about cheetahs but my kids were getting bored and wanted to see the animals. They weren’t interested in standing there for 30 min listening to a guy talk. So, if your kids are impatient like mine, I would probably skip this one. We haven’t tried the others, but I imagine it’s more of the same.

The kids loved the safari drive-through and of course, being able to feed the animals. One of the emu’s ended up stealing Delilah’s food cup out of her hand, so now she loathes emus. It traumatized her for a good couple of weeks since she just couldn’t stop talking about the mean emu!

Despite the mean emu and me getting food poisoning, we had a good time and will do it again in another couple of years.