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Friday Fall Favorites

By on September 22, 2017

Happy Fall!!! Since it is the first day of Fall I had to do my Friday Favorites all about my Fall Favorites. Can you guess the first thing?!

Pumpkin Spice Lattes! I know, so basic as the kids say these days. But come on, it’s so good. I love to buy Coffeemate Pumpkin Spice Creamer so I don’t blow all my money at Starbucks. If you are as obsessed as me you might want to go grab this shirt! I love a good play on a Spice Girls song.

Fall colors are also my absolutely favorite. I love the darker tones and can’t help but buy a couple of essentials for our wardrobes. Since we are in Florida that means we can’t completely indulge in the sweaters and scarves all the time but the colors of Fall help us feel like we are living it up. I bought the girls some dresses at Old Navy that were so perfect. This mustard color one is my absolute favorite with the open back, I didn’t even notice it till Everly was wearing it. I think it would be perfectly paired with some cute tights, boots and a cardigan.

These adorable fit and flare dresses were on sale for $6 so I grabbed two and am seriously regretting not also getting the mustard one since they are now $8 which is nothing but dang it! I went with the teal and pink ones because the girls wanted those colors. I originally planned to get the mustard and teal but apparently one mustard dress is enough for them. My girls love twirling in them. I love it.

For the ladies this top is to die for. So simple but really will make you look put together on a day you just don’t feel like doing anything but putting on some skinnies and a top. I love the variety of colors as well. The red saucy color is also on sale so snatch it up before it’s gone. I also am in love with this top. I have it in white (such a mom fail there guys) but really need to get it in another color because my white one already has two spots on it and I can not get them out. They are super small so I still wear it but come on! I don’t know what I was thinking. And can we talk about how this top is only $10 at Target? This top was sold out in a hot minute over at Nordstrom when they had their sale a couple weeks ago but you can never go wrong with Target, am I right?

Another obsession I have during Fall, well anytime, are candles. I love lighting candles. This Capri Blue Pumpkin candle is yummy. You can’t go wrong with a good pumpkin scented candle.

If you are on Instagram make sure you go check out my stories on there before they disappear. There are some funny videos of the girls at Old Navy.

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Ace | Ashlyn | everly | life | life lately

Life Lately

By on September 16, 2017

I feel like I haven’t done a good update on our family in a long time. I think the last time I really wrote about anything was the moving post. We have been so busy this Summer so this post might be mostly pictures. Throughout the Summer we spent a lot of time with my best friend and her girls, going to the beach, getting ice cream, and lots of playing. It was like something really changed this Summer with the kids. They were so good at just playing and entertaining themselves. I really enjoyed just being home with them. It makes me realize how much they are growing up. Ace started 1st grade mid August and his teacher is super awesome. She seems very funny but also can be firm when she needs to be. I really like that. Ace loves being able to go to school with his cousin (my best friends’ younger daughter). We drive them to and from school together. It’s really cute. She is 2 years older than him so sometimes I will catch them holding hands when they are waiting for me to drive up to pick them up. It’s the sweetest thing ever. They had a rough couple of years and the past year they have grown so close.

Ashlyn and Everly started Pre-k 3 and go 2 days a week. We made some sweet friends from their school which has been so nice. Shout out to Sara for welcoming us to the hood, ha! The girls love their school which makes me so happy because I have been so worried about all these changes for the kids. The kids are all in activities this year too. Ashlyn is doing ballet and Everly is in gymnastics. I love that they all have their own thing, especially the girls. It didn’t surprise me they wanted to do different things but it was funny how definite they were in their decisions. Ashlyn had fun trying gymnastics with Everly but before even trying ballet again (she took one class a couple months ago) she said she wanted to do ballet. Everly tried ballet with Ashlyn but was over it after 10 minutes. It was definitely too slow paced for her. She did her first gymnastics class alone and all the other kids were doing the bounce house at the end and she asked to go do more of the gymnastics activities. They were really impressed with her. Ashlyn was in pure heaven at her first official ballet class. I loved watching her smile the entire time. Ace is doing Cub Scouts and T-ball. Ace has only just started Cub Scouts but will be starting t-ball in mid September. He loves baseball so it will be fun watching him play. As for the move, we could not be happier. I really miss everyone down south, of course. But I will say this place is just so great. It’s very family oriented. Everyone is very welcoming and it’s very much like a little big town. It is what I have been wanting for so long and I am glad we took the risk of just moving. We have a lot coming up these next couple of months so I am really excited for Fall. We are going up to Michigan for Branden’s brother’s wedding which is going to be awesome. The girls haven’t been yet and I haven’t been since Ace was 2 years old. The last time Branden and Ace went was 2 years ago. I love it up there so this is long over do. I am hoping now that the girls are older it will be easier to get up there. We will be driving so wish us luck! We also have a fun Disney trip for my nieces birthday and then I am going for a girls weekend. I seriously love Fall. So much fun stuff to do! What are your favorite things to do for Fall? I want to make a fun bucket list so any ideas you want to share would be awesome. 

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sale | savings | style

Labor Day Weekend Sales at Old Navy!

By on September 2, 2017

Happy Labor Day Weekend! I hope you all are enjoying this long break. I was sick Friday, had a raspy gross voice and sore throat. Today I felt a lot better and the girls went to a birthday party for their little friend. It was so cute seeing them having so much fun. I will be doing a post on what we’ve been up to lately Tuesday or Wednesday so stay tuned!

If you haven’t seen all the awesome sales going on this weekend then you better look now before they are gone.

Old Navy has Jeans, Dresses and Tees 50% off and everything else is on sale as well. I got this top last week in pink and black and love it in pink. For some reason the black material felt more stiff so I am returning it. No clue why they felt different. I also have this tank top and it is my all time favorite Here are some of my other favorite items that are on sale.

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Daily Deals & Steals: Everything under $10!

By on August 22, 2017

Happy Tuesday! Here are some awesome deals you won’t want to miss.

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Kids Bedroom and Playroom Items under $10

Dishes, Snack Dispensers and Cups under $3

Clothing and Accessories under $8

Some awesome shoes under $6

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Embracing | motherhood | parenting

Motherhood: Stop the Comparisons

By on August 21, 2017

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I am a huge fan of books on “tape”. I recently downloaded the Audible app (Get Two Free Audiobooks) and downloaded Rachel Cruze’s Love Your Life Not Theirs. In it she talks about comparisons and how it can steal our joy. It made me realize how true that is in motherhood. We see the perfect moments on instagram or Facebook and think “Why isn’t my house that perfect?” “Why don’t my children play nicely like that?” It can be hard to sit back and remember this is just a moment in time. Their life is probably not always this put together and perfect. I know for myself people would come up to me when the girls were babies and Ace was a toddler and say things like “Wow, you make it look so easy, how do you do it?” But in reality Everly was constantly crying from colic and I was trying to make sure my other two children were getting enough attention. It was overwhelming most of the time. My life just appeared calm and collected because I only posted pictures where everyone was happy. Well, almost always, you can see a not so happy picture of the girls here. It’s pretty classic of what our life was like majority of the time. Those closest to me knew that it wasn’t as easy as it may have looked.

Comparison will play tricks on you as a new mom. I think the older our children get and even the more children we have the less we compare and become more confident in ourselves. We know it’s not always peaches and cream. We realize there are amazing moments and tough ones. New moms are just trying to get through those first few weeks of learning to breastfeed, never sleeping and getting to know your baby. It can be a total mind f*ck. It really felt like that when I first had Ace. Thankfully I had seasoned mothers who helped me through it but when you are in it it can be rough.

So how do we stop the comparison game when it comes to motherhood?

Remind yourself that more often than not others are going to emphasize the good and not show the bad. No one wants to post pictures of their house in disarray or their children being complete disasters even if that is your typical day. So when you see that perfectly put together family know that that is just a blip in time. It probably took 10 shots to get that one perfect one. Heck, I still can’t get a perfect shot of my 3 kids after a bunch of pictures so don’t feel bad if you can’t either. Look at our 4th of July picture, I probably took 15 pictures and this was the best I could get. Thanks for closing your eyes, Everly!

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover no matter how beautiful it is. It may look like a million bucks but inside it’s a Mom that is going full force to get her house and children looking perfect for that one shot on instagram. I know bloggers who will even pull pieces from other rooms to stage a picture for an instagram picture. When your job is displaying products (kids clothing, room decor, food, etc.) on social media it is going to look better than just your random shot of your kids in their play clothes. Trust me!

Stop comparing yourself to seasoned moms, blogging moms, or other new moms. We are all a hot mess in at least one area in our lives, some are just better at hiding it than others. Instead be honest about the hard times. This may create a safe place for another Mom to open up about her trials as a mother. I know that is how I learned about other Moms struggling. I was honest about my children being colicky or having trouble nursing. Maybe my baby wasn’t sleeping and I was just plain exhausted. If I told a friend there was always someone there to say “Girl, I’ve been there!”

Motherhood isn’t always easy. It can be one of the hardest things because we love these little people so much, with such passion that our fear of screwing them up causes us to stress ourselves out. Remember they will more than likely remember things in a much more positive light so try not to stress it too much. Try to slow down, appreciate what you have and not what others are portraying on the internet or out in public.

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apps | money | savings

How to Earn Extra Money from your Phone

By on August 7, 2017
If you are like me you are always looking for little ways to save money or bring in money to your household. I like to use this extra money on things like Starbucks or a trip to Target. Here are some apps I use on my phone to earn extra cash, gift cards and freebies.
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1. Inbox Dollars. The name says it all. You get paid to read the emails they send you. You can also earn money through videos, surveys, searches and referrals.  Right when you sign up you get $5.00 (make sure you confirm your email address) and you can earn $10.00 very quickly with all the extra tasks they want you to do when you sign up. I earned $20.00 with in a week through their surveys and videos. The videos are actually really entertaining too so they are easy to let play and watch or listen to. 
2. ShopKicks. This app is super easy to use. You basically open it while shopping and you can see what stores earn you “kicks”. Kicks are points towards gift cards. You can also scan items, buy items and scan your receipt to earn extra kicks. I have earned the most freebies on this one so far. I use this app to earn free Starbucks gift cards but they have a large variety of rewards. 
3. Ebates. This app and website is great to shop through to earn money. If you shop online you can earn money pretty easily you just have to open up their website and click on the store to shop. You earn a percentage of the amount you spend and it goes right into your Ebates account. They can send you a check or transfer the money to your PayPal account. Very simple and straight forward. If you sign up using my referral link you will get $10 too!
4. Swagbucks. This app and website is very similar to Ebates. I like to check out both sites to see which one has the higher percentage back and use that one to shop. Swagbucks is different though because you can earn Swagbucks through more than just shopping. You can complete tasks, check out websites, watch videos, take surveys, download coupons, etc. There is a ton of ways to earn on this one if you don’t want to spend money to make money. Get $3.00 from signing up using my referral link and $2.00 after you spend $25. You can also check out my post on using Swagbucks HERE.
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back to school | sale | shopping | style

Back to School Favorites from Target for Girls!

By on July 25, 2017

Back to school shopping is my absolute favorite. This year Ace is wearing uniforms so that was pretty uneventful. Although, I do love uniforms. So easy!

I decided to surf Target’s site and found some super cute outfit ideas so check out some cute back to school outfit ideas. I will be putting together a boy’s back to school post soon. Happy Shopping!

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target back to school style

peach cardigan / dress / white cardi / gauze tank / knit shorts /checkered top / blue & white pinstripe top / cropped jeans / knit sweater / jean shorts / unicorn lunchbox / lace high tops / are you kitten me backpack

 

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Giveaway

Giveaway! Over $350 worth of Prizes!

By on July 18, 2017

Hey guys! How has y’alls Summer been going? We have been so busy so I will update my blog more frequently soon. Until then here is an awesome giveaway for you all to enter! 

Cicis, the nation’s top family-friendly pizza buffet restaurant, is always ready to offer fun and delicious meals. Cicis offers great tasting food full of flavorful choices at a great value while delivering a fun and friendly dining experience. At Cicis, guests can enjoy a wide variety of pizzas, including stuffed crust, deep-dish and flatbreads, along with pastas, salads and desserts for dine-in, carry-out and catering. There’s something delicious for everyone who walks through Cicis’ doors!

To celebrate National Picnic Month, Cicis’ has an unbelievable summer special available to all: “3 Medium 1-Topping Pizzas for $4 each!

In honor of this great special and National Picnic Month, Cicis’ is ready to bring some fun to all our readers with two amazing contests! One will be held over at Cicis’ Instagram page, where they will be asking fans to share photos of their own picnics for a chance to win pizza-themed picnic baskets. All you have to do is post an original photo of your pizza picnic spread using the hashtags #pizzapicnic and #sweepstakesentry and tag @officialcicis in the photo description to receive one entry into the Sweepstakes.

This Sweepstakes starts on July 17, 2017 and ends on July 30, 2017, for more information and rules head over here.

Each winner of the Cicis’ Instagram Sweepstakes will receive a Cicis’ picnic basket containing one $150 Cicis gift card, one pizza-themed picnic blanket, one pizza-themed pool float and one cooler tote.The second big way to win is right here! One lucky reader will win an amazing gift pack sponsored by Cicis! This amazing pizza-themed picnic basket includes the following prizes:

  • Visa gift card – $150
  • Cicis gift card – $150
  • Pizza-themed picnic blanket – $24.99
  • Pizza themed pool float – $35.99
  • Cooler tote – $20

All you have to do is head below for your chance to win! This giveaway is open to U.S. only and ends on 7/30 at 11:59pm EST. Must be 18 yo + to enter. Void where prohibited.

Good luck!

 

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everly | life

It’s Positive!

By on July 15, 2017

Yesterday I was browsing my Facebook Memories and I came across a post that reminded me about when I found out I was pregnant with Everly. I can’t believe it has been 4 years. Four years ago I took a pregnancy test, a pregnancy test I did not think would be positive but it was.

If you have followed my blog for awhile now you know it took us quite some time to get pregnant with Ace. We tried for over a year before discovering I have PCOS. It was hard because I rarely ovulate so trying to get that exact time wasn’t a 1-2 shot in a 28 day span it was more like a 1-2 shot in a 90 day span. Not fun. Anyway when we decided to try for a second baby we knew it would probably take time. We tried for about 6 or 7 months and the last month we tried it was more of a last minute ok lets make this the last month try. I actually ovulated on my Mom’s birthday. I think she may have had a hand in Everly.

So back to the day I found out I was pregnant with Everly. The day before we had just had Ace’s 2nd birthday party. I even remember telling one of my friends that we were waiting to try for one more. I really truly did not believe I got pregnant when we tried a couple weeks before his birthday. So the next day I was at my sister’s and we were in the pool talking about how Branden and I decided to wait to try again. We wanted to do some more things with just Ace since he was getting to a really fun age.

Later that night I got home with Ace and put him to bed. Suddenly the electricity went out so I was sitting on the couch in the dark waiting for the lights to come on. I had just text Branden and when I picked my head up I felt really dizzy. I thought it was weird then I realized the date. I knew it had been almost 2 weeks since I ovulated. I ran upstairs and took a pregnancy test. Still thinking it would be negative but wanted to rule it out. The electricity came on so I remember turning the tv on and almost forgetting about the test for a few minutes. I didn’t even stare at the test like I normally would. I went back into the bathroom and had to do a double take. It’s Positive! I seriously felt like I was one of those idiot people who run around looking for the box trying to figure out what two lines means. I was in that much shock.


I seriously just sat there not believing it. I don’t even remember if I called anyone yet. I may have called my best friend Kat but I know everyone else I waited to tell. That night I could not sleep. I wanted to tell Branden in a cute way so I was laying next to him in bed with butterflies in my stomach.

In the morning Branden went to work and I rushed over to Carter’s when it opened to get Ace a “Big Brother” shirt. I had a play date at my friend Erin’s house so while I was getting Ace out of the car I told her to look at the shirt I had gotten Ace. She looked at it and totally freaked out. We were having a play date with another friend who recently had a miscarriage so I felt horrible not telling her but also didn’t want to tell her and upset her. Erin would look at me randomly and whisper I can’t believe you’re pregnant. She is probably my favorite person to tell things to because her reactions are always hilarious and extreme.

After the play date I headed home and waited for Branden to get home. I asked him to give Ace a bath and then go change him into the pi’s I left on his changing table. I was sitting in our room when I heard him say “What? Wait, this isn’t real?” Sure enough it was!

I feel like that was the start of our journey to not just having Everly but Ashlyn too. Our girls are such a pair. We literally found out about them a month apart. It wasn’t like we got pregnant with Everly and it was awhile before we found out about Ashlyn. We literally got pregnant and a month and a week later decided to adopt Ashlyn. We even found out that they would both be girls I  think a week or two apart. These two were meant to be little partners in crime, a sweet duo. I love that they will grow up together.

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parenting | Recipe

Healthy Snack Ideas for Toddlers

By on July 12, 2017
Snack ideas for toddlers and children
Lets just be honest for a second: sometimes feeding your kids is hard. Wealthy or poor, one child or six kids, working mom or stay-at-homers – we all just want our kids to eat healthy portions of healthy foods. And we all face different challenges:
 
Some of us have kids that are bonafide picky-pants. These are the kids that eat the same foods over and over and would rather go hungry than try something new that they almost certainly would like if they gave it a shot. On the other hand you have the quote “good eaters”, the ones that try lots of different foods, including the occasional vegetable. I happen to have one of each, and sometimes it’s hard to not like my adventurous eater a little better than her picky sister, at least at mealtimes.
 
Another challenge that moms face is time. The thing about toddlers is that they usually don’t tell you when they are beginning to feel a little bit hungry. Most of the time they wait until they are on the verge of becoming full on ravenous wild beasts that need food NOW. Like right now, or maybe even ten minutes before now. This is where you learn that toddlers are extremely prone to the condition known as ‘hangry”.
Something else I think we can all agree on is that we want our kids to eat things that are healthy, or at least that contain more nutrition than bad stuff. And if we could do that in a cost-effective manner, then we would really have something!
 
So we want yummy, quick, healthy, and affordable. Here are a few of the toddler snacks I love that fit that description:
 
Fruit
We love fruit! Our favorites for speed of delivery are bananas and blueberries because those can be served almost instantaneously. If you have two extra minutes to spare for prepping you can slice strawberries, apples, or grapes, or peel a clementine. Or you can make these fruit popsicles to keep on hand for healthy treats on hot days. Melons like cantaloup or watermelon are a fun way to mix it up when they are in season. 
 toddler snack ideas
Cheese
Cheese is a big favorite around here. We like all mild types of cheese for snack time, like mozzarella, mild cheddar, or Monterey Jack. You can get string cheese, cheese cubes, or you can cut slices off of a bigger block if you want the slightly slower but least expensive option.
 
Yogurt
A few months ago I started using this recipe for homemade yogurt and it allows me to make an entire gallon of yogurt for about $4.50! Life changing, for me at least. A lot of people like fruit in their yogurt so you can customize that to your taste, and I like to mix a few tablespoons of quick cooking oats into the yogurt to absorb some of the liquid to make self feeding easier for new spoon users. I also sweeten with honey instead of refined sugar.
 toddler snack ideas
Grains
Graham crackers, ritz crackers, or cheerios are a good choice for this food group. Surprising fun fact: chocolate cheerios have less sugar in them than honey nut and they make your milk chocolate! Another thing I love is granola bars. This is my recipe that I like for toddlers because it’s not tough or crunchy like a lot of the prepackaged ones.
 
Vegetables
Sneaky is the name of the game when it comes to veggies. The only two ways that I have successfully snuck them is by putting tons of spinach in all their smoothies and by inventing this recipe for chocolate hummus that they dip their strawberries and graham crackers in.
 
On The Go Snacks
Travel snacks demand special consideration. The key is to find the combination that meets most or all of the requirements we listed before, plus can be packed up with getting melty, crumbly, or smushy. 
Craisins or raisins, and applesauce pouches – dried fruit is a great non-messy finger food. When we are home we eat homemade applesauce, but when we are on the road applesauce pouches are the way to go.
String cheese – prepackaged for convenience, and if you freeze them you don’t even need to pack a cooler for them to stay good for a few hours.
Fruit snacks (gummies) – these are something that I only buy for treats or traveling. There are a couple high fruit/low sugar options that are passably healthy for those occasions. If anybody out there has a good recipe for healthy, homemade gummies hit me up!
Pretzels and peanuts – these are good options for older toddlers and preschoolers. They aren’t messy and they keep you full for a while.
 toddler snack ideas
My general policy is to provide one thing from two different categories for snack time, and then three different things with bigger portions for meals. There is so much more that could be said about snack time (because we all know that snack time is a big part of life for toddlers and their mamas) but this about covers the highlights of the snack menu we love at my house. I hope you’ve found some helpful suggestions and I would love to hear what YOU love to snack on with your wee ones!
 
 
Jordan writes about all things food
and books over at Read. Eat. Repeat.
She eats, reads, and lives in small
townTennessee with her husband
and two little girls.

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