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Hot Pursuit!

By on April 29, 2015

Happy Hump Day, Y’all! 

I have been crazy busy the past two weeks since we went out of town two weeks in a row and I got a new job! More on all of that later.

Since we are all half way through the work week check out this awesome trailer of Hot Pursuit starring two of my favorite actresses Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara. 
This movie looks hilarious and I feel Reese Witherspoon’s pain with everyone thinking she’s shorter than she really is. 

Check back Monday for a Giveaway! 

Check out all the details…

Warner Bros. Pictures
In theaters May 8, 2015

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About the film
An uptight and by-the-book cop (Reese Witherspoon) tries to protect the sexy and outgoing widow (Sofía Vergara) of a drug boss as they race through Texas pursued by crooked cops and murderous gunmen.
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Sofía Vergara, John Carroll Lynch, Rob Kazinsky, Richard T. Jones.
Directed by: Anne Fletcher
Rated PG-13

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Florida Finds Friday: Core Contour Lagree Fitness

By on April 17, 2015

On Friday I had the opportunity to check out the hot new fitness trend Core Contour Lagree Fitness in Fort Lauderdale. 

With their motto “Physically Fit, Mentally Strong” you can guarantee an incredible mind, body experience during these 50 minute work outs. The other amazing part about these work outs other than the mind, body connection is the amount of calories you can burn in one work out session. When I spoke with Jenn Capps, owner of Core Contour, she explained that you can burn 600-800 calories.  
No more exhausting and boring trips to the gym, Core Contour offers a group class with a personal feel. Each person gets their own Megaformer Machine while in a group setting. The Megaformer is incredible because it targets “slow twitch muscle fibers” that can be difficult to target in your normal work out routine. 
The owner of Core Contour in Ft. Lauderdale, Jenn Capps, is there to help you along your work out journey with not only making it an intense work out but fun as well with great music playing!
Overall Core Contour is a great workout option for busy Moms. Being able to burn the maximum amount of calories in a 50 minute work out is my kind of work out! Now hurry on over to the Core Contour in Ft. Lauderdale and experience your first class for only $15

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Spring Break 2015 Part 1

By on April 13, 2015

Ace’s Spring Break started the day after Everly’s First Birthday Party and we decided to head to our house in the Keys for some relaxation and pool fun. 
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My best friend Kat came with her girls so Ace was in Heaven having kids to go swimming with. 
This was our first real experience with one of our kids Spring Breaks from school and I think we had quite a successful week. 
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We were at the Keys from Monday to Wednesday. The kids basically lived in the pool. Everly wasn’t happy about it at first but finally chilled out when I held Ashlyn too. Ashlyn can be her security blanket on things I think. Ashlyn is obsessed with the pool so she had no problem hanging in her float the entire day. And same for Ace.
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Everly at 12 Months

By on April 9, 2015

Miss Everly, you are one year old! 

You are probably the funniest kid I have ever met. You have this personality that is so intense. You are very strong willed, happy and hilarious. You have a smile that lights up a room. It is so big. 
When you were just a few months old I would never have imagined you would have been like this. You were such a difficult baby, not your fault because you had colic, but it was tough. 
You love your baby dolls, blankies and balls. You carry them around all day. Dancing is also a favorite of yours. 
At your 12 month well visit you were 29.75 inches long and about 20lbs (I don’t remember exactly). You wear 12 months clothes but can fit into some 18 months because of your length. Your waist is very skinny like Ace’s. You wear a size 5 shoe and a 4 diaper (could be in 3s but we put you in 4s since that is what Ashlyn is in). 
You are pigeon toed like my side of the family. Hopefully it won’t be extreme since no one really is but you definitely walk like my Mom and your cousin and I love it. 
You know signs for more and eat but we rarely work on signs with you, poor third child syndrome. You can already run which is hilarious. I need to get it on video because I have never seen such a little person run like you. 
You are a wild child and have no concept of boundaries and getting hurt. You love to wrestle with Ace and will go behind him and try to pull him to the ground to wrestle. You will also throw yourself around when we lay pillows and blankets on the ground. You are just like Ace and Daddy. Ashlyn and I just hang out and watch you crazy 3! 
Ashlyn is your number 1. You and her have such a connection and I love it. I hope you are always close. 
You also love giving kisses! It is so sweet. You have really become the sweetest little girl. 

We love you so much beautiful girl!!!

Photos by Lindsay Lago Photography

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Easter 2015 Recap

By on April 7, 2015

Easter weekend was pretty low key. 

My top // Everly’s Dress // Ashlyn’s Dress // Ashlyn’s Shoes // Branden’s Shorts // Ace’s shirt: Similar

On Saturday Branden and I took the kids to an Easter Egg Hunt at our Church. My cousins, sister’s family and my friend Melissa and her little family all came too. 
This would be Everly and Ashlyn’s first egg hunt so I was so excited to watch them get eggs.
Church had bounce houses and slides which Ace loved. He had so much fun. It was super hot out since there was no clouds in the sky and the sun was brutal so that was probably the only downfall of the day. 
After being there for an hour the egg hunts started. The youngest kids got to go first so it worked out perfect for us. 
Branden was in charge of Ashlyn and I was in charge of Everly and Ace ran off on his own to get eggs. Both the girls got two eggs and were happy as could be to have those two eggs. It was so cute watching how excited Everly was to find eggs. I wish Ashlyn had been by her so I could see her get them but Branden ran her over to us and then Ace came over so they all grabbed a few eggs together. 
After the egg hunt we had some lunch and the kids went down for a nap. Branden had to work so I had my cousin and her friends come over and babysit while I went out with my other cousin and friend Melissa to a movie. I went and saw Cinderella for the second time. I love that movie! 
After the movie Melissa and I went to Target then headed back to my house where we sat around talking to the girls for awhile. It is so fun listening to teenagers talk about things. I was seriously cracking up. 
Sunday I was feeling really down. I think not having my parents around always makes holidays a little hard on me. I usually can pick up and move forward and be happy but I think Branden having to work late in the day didn’t help. Ace did love his Easter basket and was so cute talking about all his stuff. I got him the 101 Dalmatians movie, a book, a little car to paint and a new Mario cup. I am not big on giving candy so until he asks for it I will probably stick with that kind of stuff for him for Easter. He got enough candy at the egg hunt. I also will add a bathing suit to all their baskets like my Grandma used to do but Ace still fits in his swim trunks from the last two years that he has too many already and the girls just got new swim stuff so that tradition will start next year.
For the girls I just got them the Polar Bear, Polar Bear and Panda Bear, Panda Bear books , these sippy cups and bunny crackers. They are obsessed with books so they were very happy with their gifts. 
What did you all do for Easter? Do you have any traditional Easter gifts you like to give your kids?

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The Longest Ride $25 Visa Gift Card & Novel #Giveaway!

By on April 6, 2015
20th Century Fox
In theaters April 10, 2015

About the Film
Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City’s art world.  As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple.  Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.
Starring: Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, and Alan Alda
Directed by: George Tillman, Jr.
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DIY | Holdays

Fun and Creative Easter Eggs!

By on April 2, 2015

It’s almost Easter y’all! Who is ready for some fun dying of eggs? I know I am. This year will be especially fun since Ace is at an age where he can really get into it. Here is my list on some fun Easter egg ideas that I found while scouring Pinterest. Make sure you give all these awesome Bloggers some love too. I bet they would love to hear how your eggs came out!

girl. Inspired posted a DIY on how to get these beautiful Glitter eggs. I highly suggest you check them out for a sophisticated look. I have a slight obsession with anything gold lately. I am pretty sure I am not alone in this new trend so of course I thought gold Easter eggs would be awesome this year. 
For a fun Marble egg look check out Tot School. She has a great edible Easter egg dying recipe! Can’t go wrong with this when you have little ones around. 
Here is an idea kids will love! Glow eggs! These would be so fun to do for a night time Easter egg hunt. Just make sure you remember where you hid them all just in case since these are real eggs. Check out Growing a Jeweled Rose for all the deets and all her other awesome ideas. 
Another fun trend that can be transferred over to Easter is the ever popular chalkboard paint! How fun are these Chalkboard Eggs by Craft Dictator?
And last but certainly not least are Frozen Easter Eggs, I mean it’s not a holiday without a little Frozen, am I right? Check out these awesome ideas over at Alpha Mom

Need some easy and delicious dishes for your Easter party? Check out this amazing dip! And if you need a fun dessert check out my easy Tie Dye Cupcakes.

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Everly’s Cinderella First Birthday Party

By on April 1, 2015

Last week was Ace’s Spring Break and Everly’s first birthday. To say we were busy is an understatement. Get ready for picture overload. 
Friday my best friend Kat, her Mom and her girls came down to stay with us and help with Everly’s party prep. I wanted to do a dessert theme party so Kat made all these cute desserts. We did a Cinderella theme so everything was girly and princess-y. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect party for her. 

I decided that instead of goody bags I wanted to give the kids crowns, tutus, wands, shields and princess beach balls. I figured it was more fun for them to dress up and play pretend then have a bunch of junky toys that their parents will just throw away when they get home (I am totally guilty of this). 

We also had a Cinderella come to entertain the children. I had the hardest time finding a company that had really nice looking princesses for a good price and fun activities for the party. The majority just had really poor looking princesses but when I saw Princess Party Productions site I was floored with how gorgeous the costumes and princesses were! No straggly hair and skimpy dresses (yes, there were Elsa’s with skimpy dresses out there). They also offered simple face painting for no extra charge. Since we had a bunch of 3 year olds they were so excited and didn’t care it was crazy face painting options. My favorite was the butterfly.
After she did face painting she read the story of Cinderella, my kids love books so this was a must, then she sang a couple songs. After that it was time to do cake so she stuck around and sang Happy Birthday to Everly. She was very sweet to all the children and made sure to take pictures with anyone who wanted to. And can we talk about her voice?! I was blown away. 
After Cinderella left we tried to have Everly do her smash cake. She had taken a good nap so when she started crying I was surprised. Then my sister noticed Everly was getting her first tooth!! There was a big white bump and sure enough a tooth popped through the next day or two. Poor girl. We gave her some pain medicine and she was happy after that. All the kids played in the backyard and the adults just hung out. It was a pretty laid back party. 
After everyone had left we decided to try Everly’s smash cake and she went to town!!! It was seriously so funny watching her eat it. She would try to pick the whole cake up, not to shove it in her mouth mind you, she just wanted to pick it up. After she was done she started walking around the backyard and saw our neighbors in the pool a couple houses down and started “talking” to them. I don’t know what it was about that moment but it was just so funny to me. She just has the silliest personality. 
Party Details
Cake & Treats made by my best friend Kat and her Mom
Crown on cake made by my sister
Everly’s headband: Similar
Everly’s crown: Love Crush Bowtique
Party Favors Wands & Crowns: Oriental Trading
Ashlyn’s yellow tutu: sold out, similar in pink
Ashlyn’s Snow White Vogue Tank homemade by my friends mother in law
Ashlyn’s Headband: Similar
Everly’s outfit: Homemade by Kat
Cute blue skirts here and here
Pink & Blue Skirt on Dress Form: Zulily, similar here
Dress Form: Similar here and here
My Bippidi Boppidi Boo top: Lauren Conrad
Happily Everly After sign made by Kat
“E” made by me
Birdcage around “E” borrowed from my sister
Check out my Cinderella Birthday Pinterest board where I got most of the decoration ideas.

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