Herman was the type of man who loved to tell us stories about when he was younger and traveling. He also loved to work out in their cabin and built my mother-in-law the most beautiful room in it. It has this adorable shabby chic feel and when I saw it I was so amazed at his talent.
We have been so blessed to have been able to spend Ace’s first Thanksgiving with them, last Christmas and countless other times through our family trips. We really cherished our time with them and I especially cherish the last time we saw them in December. It was right after my parents had passed and it just meant so much to me that they had driven down here from TN to be with us during an extremely difficult time. It was also the last time my son would get to see his other grandfather.
I think that is what makes me the most upset about these losses. The loss is huge for our family but the kids are the ones who truly miss out. Ace being less than 2 has lost 3 grandparents within 6 months. How unfair is that? He lost 3 people that had so much to teach him, share with him and they all had so much love for him.
One of my most favorite memories of Herman was when we went to TN for Ace’s first Thanksgiving. We went up to a cabin in the mountains and spent the day in Gatlinburg. On our drive back up the mountain I may have been slightly freaked out and Herman and I were in the back with Ace. He always had a smile on his face and he seriously could put anyone at ease with his sweet voice. He had his hand on Ace’s carseat and was playing with his hand and Ace just grabbed his hand and held on tight. I took a picture because it was just one of those moments you have to capture.
Cherish those you love because what we have learned is it changes in an instant and they can be gone like that.
1. Subscribe! Every month Citrus Lane offers a discount code. The most popular is TAKEHALF. This code lets you get a box for half off and even if the box isn’t that spectacular the price really is worth it and you will probably have a few items you really like, if not you can always give the items to a friend, donate or offer them as a giveaway if you are a blogger.
2. Tell your friends. If you have a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram make sure to take a picture of your box or little one playing with the items from the box and link to the site with your referral link. I have had friends say “I am totally going to order that” and I say awesome please use my link so we can both get a discount. Everyone benefits!
3. Share Savings. Every month Citrus Lane has a coupon code for their boxes and I usually get emails or see these savings on their Facebook page. Every time I see them I try to share these savings codes because I know I wasn’t ready to take such a big leap on something I wasn’t too sure about unless I was getting a discount. This may be the way to get your friends and family members to order their first box!
4. Blog about it! The blogging world has been pretty awesome to me. I have been able to get many items for free just from telling people what I like. Citrus Lane has been one of my most favorite things to talk about when it comes to fun gifts for my son. Each month it is something different and it’s fun to get a “present” in the mail. Even if you don’t like something tell people about it, they may see an item that you don’t like but they may love it or the idea of the monthly surprise box and want to get it. Just make sure to be honest.
I beg of you! This takes 1 minute of your time and could save not only this little girl’s life but the lives of other children who can benefit from this. I keep thinking what if this were my child? I would want the word to be spread and for everyone to help make a difference so my child had a chance at life. This little girl has 3 siblings and two incredible parents, this will not only affect this little girl’s life but the lives of her family and friends.
Please help this innocent child get a lung transplant! Sign now!
For more information visit the petition page or read below.
According to Change.org “Based on a 2000 ruling by the US Department of Health and Human
Services, which mandated that organ allocation policies must be based on medical necessity rather than waiting time, OPTN implemented a new allocation system based on the severity of a patient’s illness (the Lung Allocation Score, or LAS), rather than the amount of time served on the wait list in 2005. This reduced the number of deaths among patients awaiting lung transplant, ensured lungs were allocated to those with less stable diagnoses, and dramatically reduced the average wait time from over two years, and reduced the wait list by half. This new approach only applied to patients over the age of 12.
This approach was not extended to children. Despite the fact that many pediatric patients can use a partial lobar transplant from an adult donor, these young patients are only offered adult donor lungs after all adult patients, regardless of the severity of the child’s illness. While Sarah has an LAS score over 60, which would normally place her as the highest priority for her blood type in region, all adults in region with her blood type will be offered the lungs first, even those with more stable diagnoses and lower LAS scores. Sarah will only be offered adult lungs if no adult candidates accept the organ.“
This little girl does not deserve to die because she is below this age range. Please help her family get the signatures they need to get this little girl a chance at life.
The hard part comes when you have to pack a beach bag for that little person who needs their own suitcase just to go to the beach. Diapers, bathing suit, change of clothes, snacks, sippies, snacks, toys, towels, lots of sunscreen are just some of the things we have to pack for this guy. Add in our stuff and Mommy needs a big bag and I just got that dream bag!
I am really loving not only the space and style of this bag but also the monogram that adds that special little something.
Want to win your own Easy Breezy Tote? Well, look no further! Enter below for your chance to win this great summer tote!
**My beach bag is from Thirty-One in Island Damask print. If you don’t already have a Thirty One consultant, Lauren will be happy to get you all ready for summer! Visit her website (here) and click on “Shop Now”.
Here is the link for Perfectly Imperfect Mom’s online party and “10% off $50 or more” discount. The party (and discount) will run from May 21st to May 31st.
In addition to the 10% off your order of $50 dollars special all your readers, friends, and family can also take advantage of Thirty-One’s monthly customer special. May’s customer special is for every $31 you spend in May, get ANY Thermal for 1/2 off.
Above is the Cinch-It-Up Thermal Tote (original price $24.00), located in the Monthly Specials Section or Thermal section on the side bar. This one is my favorite thermal. It also comes in the same Island Damask print as my Easy Breezy Tote and is super cute and girly. Best part? It is hands free, just throw this over your shoulder and grab your Easy Breezy Tote and you are set for an awesome beach day! It hot items hot and cool items cold. Better than the ugly coolers my husband tries to bring with us to the beach.
Tuesday was such a rough day for me. We finally had to make the difficult decision to give Molly away. She bit Ace once before and did it again yesterday. I don’t blame her. She was abused prior to my parents getting her and was the perfect dog for them. When my Mom was dying my Dad told me she made him feel better, she would lay next to him or on his shoulder and keep him company.
When my Dad passed I knew I had to take Molly. I couldn’t abandon her. We had always taken her when my parents went out of town and I was at my parents a lot so I adored her and so did Branden. Ace also loved her.
Things were fine at the old house, she never really got upset with Ace, would just run away if she had had enough of him. For some reason since we moved she has been acting out, peeing on the couches and in the house and getting more frustrated with Ace. He is not innocent in this, he tried to hit her and she snapped at him but I pulled him away in time for her to miss him.
Later that night he walked up behind her to pet her and she freaked out and bit him. It broke my heart to see him so upset and hurt. He loves this dog, he doesn’t hit the dogs to be mean, he thinks he is “patting” then like we do but of course Molly freaks out thinking she is going to be hurt.
I called my sister crying, I had been so emotional over her lately and knew we just couldn’t keep her. I can not risk my child getting bit again. The first time I wasn’t there but Branden was so I didn’t even know what happened and chalked it up to her just not meaning to or something since she had never tried to bite him before but obviously she is now on guard with him. My sister said she would come get her and take her, we both cried feeling upset at the thought of possibly having to give her away. Ash said she would take her and see how it goes with her dogs (her dog Jasmine is not a fan of Molly). We also had a family friend, who worked for my Dad who offered to take her as well as my sister’s fiance’s Mom.
I feel so guilty moving her around like this. She has been in a shelter, foster home, my parents home, our old house, our new house, my sister’s house (which is actually my parents house) and if someone else ends up taking her then another house. I seriously break down thinking about it. She is good dog overall but not meant to be in a home with a toddler.
Since she left it has been easier in the house, I don’t have to worry about our couches or floor getting peed on (she never did this prior to our new house) and I know she is where she is familiar with the home and people. I still feel awful though. This dog was so attached to my Dad and he was so attached to her. She was like the last thing I had of him that was alive if that makes sense. I hope she can be settled and ok with either my sister, our friend or my sister’s mother in law and be ok and happy. I have never given a dog away and never intended to. I have never understood how people could but now when you have a child and they are your main priority it makes sense but it is not any less difficult.
Have you ever had to give away an animal?
If you follow me on Facebook then you probably already saw this picture. Since moving into our new house we have been trying to decide on paint colors and decor. It’s been tough since we went from a one story house to a two story home with very high ceilings. We love the space and look of our new house but it has been a challenge. The main challenge is our playroom which took the place of a formal living room.
This room has the highest ceilings and attaches to the dining room. We bought these curtains which gave us a basis for colors. I loved the idea of blue and reds together for the playroom. It is kid and adult friendly.
When my sister had her house warming party I offered to make my Mom’s Salsa Taco Dip. It is pretty much the easiest thing you can make ever and it is delicious!
- Mix together cream cheese, sour cream, salsa and taco seasoning together in a bowl.
- Next cover bottom of a glass container with the mix
- Layer lettuce on top of mix
- Top lettuce with tomatoes
- Load up on the shredded cheese
- Add black olives to top and done!