Bloom Workshop ~ Sept 18th, 2014


This summer has absolutely FLOWN by, and I’m already planning ahead for the fall.  I am adding things to my calendar that will help grow my blog, keep me inspired, and teach me new things while my little ladybug is at school each day.  One of the first events that I’ll attend after school starts back up is the September 18th Bloom Workshop in Rockford, MI.  Here’s a little bit of info from the girls behind this amazing event!!!

Bloom | The Workshop is for creative women who want to learn about blogging, photography, interior design and styling.

Our goal is to share our knowledge on how all of the above work together, inspire and ultimately bring us joy each day. Our mission is to help fuel women’s creative passions while helping them feel confident about their small business or blog, giving them tips and tricks we’ve learned along our journey, and provide a day of networking with like-minded creatives.

From blogging to business, photography, design and everything in between, Bloom was designed with creatively inclined gals in mind. Attendees can expect to learn the basics of running a successful business or blog, navigate the ins and outs of social media, and hone your design and photography skills to take your brand and business to the next level. With special sessions on the specifics of design, styling and photography, a styled photo shoot to practice the skills you just learned, and a question and answer session with a panel of experts, Ashley and Michaela created this workshop for you.

For the morning coffee drinker who is obsessed with reading blogs, but has yet to click “publish” on her own blog, this is for you. For the girl who wants to take her blog to the next level and learn the ins and outs of social media, Bloom was created for you. For the photography-loving girls who want to learn how to take and edit beautiful photos, or the girls who grew up playing house and now desires to really dive into decorating her own place, for the gal who loves weddings and wants to break into the world of styling, or for the new girl in town who just wants to meet other creative and passionate friends, Bloom was created with you in mind. We promise you’ll leave inspired, fueled and ready to create the life you long to live.

Catered breakfast & lunch, $450 value swag bag and headshots are included for each attendee.

Sounds great, right?!?! :)  I could not be more excited to be a part of this great day!!  The information…….priceless, the experience……top notch, and the location……well, it’s to die for!!!  In addition to everything you’ve read above, the Bloom Workshop has put together an experienced panel of women for an invaluable Q&A session to end the day.  This is where you can ask the experts what they have really done to create their success and growth in their businesses.

This event is selling out fast, but there are still tickets available for friends of What Mama Wants!! :)  You can click through the link above to search the site for even more info, or click HERE to get registered and secure your place at this amazing table! Bloom tableAfter you register, MAKE SURE to come back here and comment that you did so!  I want to make sure to meet you at the event in person since it’s so rare that we get to do that!! ;)  I look forward to seeing you there and hope that you enjoy the rest of your summer until then!!!!

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Facebook Fridays Linky Party(on Saturday!!)

Welcome to The Ultimate Linky’s Facebook Party!

Although I’ve been just TERRIBLE at posting this on my own site, I’m co-hosting this great party every week this summer along with Tammy from The Ultimate Linky where this party runs every month. Our goal is to grow this party so that there will be new people linking up every week so that you can continue to get new followers!  I hope you can forgive me for getting this up a day late :), but you still have til tomorrow morning to add your links, meet new people, and gain new followers.  Have a GREAT weekend!!

There are two linkies in this party!  You can do just one linky or you can do both linkies. On the first linky, you will link up the URL of your Facebook page so that your page can be liked.  Please like other people’s pages from your personal profile.  On the second linky, link up the URL of a facebook status that you would like to receive a like or a comment.

Please follow me and Tammy from The Ultimate Linky on Facebook (links below), add the button to your sidebar or party page, and then link up and follow the directions for who to like!

Here is the button that you can add to your sidebar or party page.  We also appreciate any shares that you could give!  Thanks for your help in spreading the word!

The Ultimate Linky

You can also link up one facebook status that you would like to have a comment or a like on.   This is the same concept as above except you only have to do the two links above yours. I will make sure I comment/like the last link(s).  To find the the URL of a specific status, go to your page and click on the time under your name.  So in this picture, I would click on “24 minutes ago”.  This will bring up that status in its own window.  Copy the URL in the browser and paste it in the URL to find your facebook status

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Hump Day HOP ~ Pinterest

Hump Dayyyy HOPWhat daaaayyyy is it?!?! :)  It’s Hump Day and today’s Hop will be on Pinterest!!  Add your Pinterest link below, follow some other great friends, and enjoy the new connections!!

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Light Colorado Quiche ~ Recipe

Light Colorado QuicheI love dinner time, but I think my favorite meal of the week(to make anyways) is Saturday morning breakfast.  This quiche recipe is super simple, heart healthy, and OH SO GOOD!!  ENJOY!! :)

Preheat oven to 350*.  Start by whisking the milk into the flour until smooth.  Whisk in the egg, cream cheese, and cottage cheese(it will be kind of lumpy at this stage).  Stir in the cheddar cheese, sugar , and pepper.

Pour this mixture into a 9″ pie plate(sprayed lightly with cooking spray).  Bake for 45 to 50 mins or until puffed and golden and knife or toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Garnish with freshly chopped tomatoes and chives.  Serve immediately.

2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup fat- free or skim milk
4 eggs(lightly beaten)
2 oz. reduced fat cream cheese(cut into small cubes)
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon sugar
ground black pepper
fresh chopped tomatoes
fresh chopped chives

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Scentsy ~ Review + Giveaway

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I absolutely LOVE having my house smell wonderful when I walk in the door!!  Candles are great, but I’ve never liked having to worry about forgetting to extinguish them OR the fact that most send up a stream of smoke when they’re blown out.  Enter SCENTSY!!

I’ve been a fan for a while now, and have to say that I’ll most likely be a lifer :)  I love the fact that there are a million and one scents that are easily changeable from day to day.  I love that they burn(or melt, really) clean so there is no smoke sent up into the air in my home.  And I especially love that the wax melts but doesn’t get hot.  My daughter’s old enough to know not to play with hot things, but we often have friends over who are not. It’s comforting to know there will be no burnt little fingers in my home!Scentsy 7:2014I was first introduced to Scentsy by a friend and have since gotten to know and love my very own ‘Scentsy Lady’, Alyssa Thomas.  Her bio is here if you’d like to read it(I always like to get to know the people behind the brands I love!), but long story short, she is a loving wife and mother who was passionate about a brand and decided to turn that passion into a way to provide a little bit extra for her family.  You Mamas know what that feels like!!

So what does our home smell like today??  That depends on which room you’re in.  I like to melt my bars just one or maybe two squares at a time so that I can have a different scent in different areas of the home.  In my master bedroom/bath I am melting Awakening, on the main level, Kahiko Hula, and in Lexi’s bedroom/bath, Happy Go Lucky.  Yep, you wish you were here!! ;)

I like to say hi to my Scentsy Lady every couple months, but for those of you who live further away, you can enter into the customer loyalty program.  There you can not only select which bars you’d like shipped to you, but you can earn points for your shipments as well.  Those points can then be redeemed for half-priced items, and that’s definitely a good thing!!

Right now, there are some really great specials happening.  They’ve got the Bring Back my Bar promotion that has brought back some of the most popular scents from months past. If you click over to that page, you’ll see some amazing scents and also a great deal that saves you $15 off the total price of 12 bars!!  Now, I could definitely order 12 bars and keep them all for myself, but if you’re just looking for a few, split the special with a few friends and you’ll all save some money!!  There’s also the Christmas in July sale where you’ll find some super cute holiday warmers at up to 75% off that you could put away to use as gifts or in your own home a few months from now.

Whatever you chose from Scentsy, I just know you’re gonna love it as much as I do!! After you order, come back here and comment with what you snagged!!  I’m always looking for new recommendations from friends!!  Click HERE to browse and/or order :)

Oh I almost forgot to mention the best part!!  My Scentsy Lady and I are feeling generous so we’re offering a giveaway of TWO Scentsy Bars to one of my loyal readers!!  Click below to get entered and enjoy your AMAZING smelling home!! :)
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Monday’s Mantra

#MM#30behave to be remembered

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Thankful Heart Thursday

Thankful Heart Thursday ShellHappy Thursday, everyone!!  Today’s post won’t take you long to read at all, but I’m hoping you’ll take a second to comment below when you’re finished.  I am so very thankful, today, for the opportunity to go to the park and swing with my daughter.

It was fun when she was younger to push her on the swings, but I think I’m loving these times even more!!  Now, when we swing, we can swing side by side.  We feel the breeze. We laugh and talk.  We just enjoy our time together.

So, for today, even though it may seem like something so small, I am thankful for time on the swings with my daughter.  I’m thankful for the talks and laughs we have on the swings, and I’m thankful that as my baby girl grows up, we are seeming to get closer and closer.

I encourage you today to think of something really small that you are thankful for and comment below with what it is.  We all know that sometimes it’s the little things that occupy the most space in our heart, so lets share that thankfulness and encourage others to do the same.


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Hump Day HOP ~ Instagram

Hump Dayyyy HOPIt’s time for another Hump Day HOP and today we’re linking up our Instagram accounts.  It’s super simple as always and will hopefully help you to reach some new followers!!  Just follow the directions below, and feel free to share this post so others can link-up and follow you as well!! :)

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Monday’s Mantra

#MM#31love from fred rogers

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Black Bean Burger ~ Recipe

Black Bean BurgerAs a mom who truly enjoys cooking for her family, I am always searching for new recipes and ways to mix things up a bit in the kitchen.  Especially in the summer, it seems too easy to get stuck in a pattern of grilling the same chicken, steak, dogs, and burgers week after week.  So, a couple weeks ago, I decided to look through the pantry for inspiration.

When I saw that I had a few cans of black beans and some bread crumbs, it turned into black bean burger night! :)  I chose to serve our burgers on a bed of romaine lettuce and tomato slices, but you could definitely keep this more traditional by eating it on a bun. We absolutely LOVED these, and when I say we, I mean my 8 year old daughter, too! This one is definitely kid tested, KID APPROVED!! :)

Heat your grill or pan to medium heat.  In a food processor or blender, pulse onion and garlic until finely chopped.  Add 1.5 cans of black beans, parsley, eggs, and red pepper flakes and pulse again to combine.  Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and add the remaining beans and the bread crumbs.  Season with salt and pepper and mix until well combined.

This recipe should make 8-10 burgers, so divide mixture and place patties in your hot oiled pan, or on the grill.  Cook approx. 7 minutes per side or until you reach your desired crispiness.

If you’re serving these on a bun, you can plate and eat immediately.  If you’re going to serve up on lettuce and tomato like I did, let them rest just a couple minutes to cool before plating them up and serving.  I also drizzled some balsamic vinegar over ours and it was delish!!!  Let me know what you think when you try this for yourself and ENJOY! :)

3 (15 oz) cans black beans; rinsed, drained, and divided
2 small yellow onions; roughly chopped
2 tbs garlic powder
3 tsp parsley
2 eggs
1 tsp red pepper flakes
3/4 cup bread crumbs
black pepper to taste and a pinch of salt


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