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Tammy Litke is a Dallas blogger, blogging since 2008.  She loves to watch movies, play video games, spend time in the kitchen, and travel.  Between recipes and reviews you'll find many helpful and some just plain funny posts on her blog. Welcome, pull up a chair and stay for a while!

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Sunday
May222011

ESTER-C: Vitamin Gummies

I don’t know if you’ve ever looked for these in your store, but where I live the Ester-C Gummies are always in short supply on the shelves.  I could never understand it, until I got to try some!

Out of the three varieties I’ve been able to review now (the pills, the powdered drink mix and now these), the gummies are my favorite.  All of the Ester-C products are non-acidic which means that they are gentle on your stomach.  That’s good news for people that are acid-sensitive.

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Sunday
May222011

Visiting Family Makes Us Feel Like Sardines...

You’re curious about my title, I know.  Family, when visiting, is the main reason we run to Walmart and buy air mattresses, sleeping bags and warehouse club amounts of pillows.

When they give me 24 hours of notice that they’re coming you’ll hear me say to Amber “You’re sleeping on the floor again…we’ll make it up to you somehow…”  Truth is, we only have two bedrooms, and so when family comes visiting, we feel a bit squished (kind of like those sardines in the can), and Amber has to give up her room.

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Saturday
May212011

New Chocolate Products from Enjoy Life Foods

Did you know that ALL Enjoy Life products are gluten-free and allergy-friendly?  All of their products are tested down to 10 parts per million to ensure that they are gluten-free (the FDA’s proposed standard of measurement is 20 ppm).  And they are all made in a dedicated nut- and gluten-free facility.  In 2005 Enjoy Life was the first company ever to be certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization.

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Saturday
May212011

A Surprising Sweepstakes Win

One of the ways I got into blogging was because of entering giveaways.  You know how many blogs give you an extra entry for blogging about their giveaway and then linking back to them?  Well that’s originally how Three Different Directions got started.

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Friday
May202011

Home Warranty - Do You Have One? Wish You Had One?

I’m usually at odds with my home. Even when we’ve purchased one that’s been “brand new”, things still go wrong with it. I guess that’s why culture has affectionately deemed homes as “money pits”.

The first house we lived in was actually built by my dad and brother, and before my husband and I owned it, my family lived in it.

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Friday
May202011

Meaningful Mornings Accompanied by Florida Orange Juice

We have a pretty interesting schedule around our home.  My husband works weekends Friday through Monday and gets Tuesdays through Thursdays off.  Plus he gets to work from home on Saturdays and Sundays.  Since we homeschool as well, this means unlike most families we get to eat a lot of breakfasts all together.

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Thursday
May192011

2 Easy Sides For Dinner

One of the biggest challenges I have when making dinner is the side dishes.  I want to mix it up and not eat the same things 3x a week.  I've been on the hunt for reliable side dishes for years and have scored a couple of good recipes.  These are two of my newest favorites, that the whole family eats, without complaining.

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Thursday
May192011

Five Fabulous Bloggers to Visit

When I started blogging three years ago, I had no idea that I would be where I am today.  Besides allowing me to try new products and earn a bit of income, I have had opportunities to work with and give to charities because of it, as well as meet new friends.

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Thursday
May192011

Chicken Soup for the Soul My Dog’s Life Giveaway

I didn’t grow up with pets, well at least not any that didn’t have to be caged 24/7.  I actually was rarely around dogs of any kind growing up.  Our neighbors had a big Doberman Pincer and that was enough to make me scared of dogs for the better part of my life!  As an adult my sister got a cute little fluffy dog, and I let him wheedle his way into my heart.  That’s about as much as a dog lover as I got.

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Wednesday
May182011

Garden In An Apartment? You Bet!

I am not an expert gardner.  I have never grown anything in a garden, although I enjoy consuming produce from other people's gardens! 

Many people who start gardens, start with a small plot, which makes sense I guess if one has never gardened before.  I presume that it can be a daunting task to begin one.  Interestingly enough though, you don't have to have a large yard to have a garden, or so I've been told from someone living in Apartments in San Antonio TX.

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Wednesday
May182011

Oneida Culinaria Dinnerware

I have a love affair with dishes.  I would switch them out every six months or so – except I would be hard pressed to get rid of the previous set and a girl only has so much shelving space.  I actually still have the two sets that we received for wedding gifts 17 years ago.

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Wednesday
May182011

POM Wonderful Juice Giveaway

For parents many things can be complicated, but providing a healthy diet for your family shouldn't be one of them.

In this exclusive movie clip from the new documentary “POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold,” Director Morgan Spurlock explains that a 59oz bottle of Minute Maid Pomegranate Blueberry juice contains less than one tablespoon of real pomegranate juice.

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Tuesday
May172011

A Legacy of Role Models

Me and Amber (2011)Some days I just don't think I've got it in me to be the kind of mother I know that I should be.  I just don't know if I'm doing or saying the right things to effectively raise my daughter to be a role model herself.  This parenting gig is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.  But it is made a lot easier when I ask for the advice of my own Mom, who was and still is a great role model for me.

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Monday
May162011

Switched-On Schoolhouse: Grade Reports

I write the Switched-On Schoolhouse Series twice a month to share our family's experience using this software based curriculum in our home.

We're finished our homeschool year, and are taking a few weeks break before we start up again.  I still have some "cleaning" up to do, since Amber is in High School and I have to keep a good record of her grades for her transcript. 

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Monday
May162011

Hawaiian Snacks

I talk about food a lot on my blog and while I have my favorite snacks and brands, I’m always up for trying new and different varieties and flavors from other companies.  One of the things it allows me to do is find snacks that appeal to the tastes of my immediate and extended family and friends.  Since just because I like something, doesn’t mean they will, and vice versa. 

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