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Happy Thursday!

By on February 16, 2017

Hi there! Hope everyone is having a nice week. Ours has been really good. The weather is perfect so we are really enjoying it before it gets swelteringly (is that even a word) hot. 
I feel like I don’t get to update what we do on the weekends anymore and I need to keep up with that so I can look back on our memories. I looked at an old post the other day and it made me really wish I was writing more posts about what we have been up to but with work it has been hard so here is what we did over the weekend. 
  
Saturday Ace had a scrimmage game to get his team ready for their first game next weekend. The sun was brutal so I am in the market for a chair with a cover. I feel bad for the kids running around in all their Lacrosse gear but as long as they are having fun and taking regular water breaks they seem to be fine. 
After that we headed home and the kids played in the pool and with water toys. Ace was so excited to finally be able to get in our new pool. Watching them play got me really excited for Summer time. I love how relaxing Summer is. Long, slow days are just around the corner. 
The rest of the day the kids colored and played around the house. I was finally able to clean out their playroom and get rid of a bunch of random toys. It feels good to purge unused items. 
The kids and I made cookies and watched a movie and called it a night around 8:30. 
Sunday Branden and I went on a date! I was so excited since that is super rare for us. Usually when we have a babysitter it is so we can run errands or grab a quick bite to eat because we are so tired by the time we go out. It’s terrible. Maybe that should have been my New Years Resolution? Date the husband more, ha! Poor guy. One day it will be easier to get out so I try not to stress it because I know this time with little ones is going to go so quickly. Every day it is on my mind how fast it goes so I try to just sit and watch them like I am taking mental pictures of them at this age. 
Anyone else do that? I am sure it’s a Mom thing to constantly try to hold on to those moments and memories. 

That is all for now but I hope you all have a great rest of the week and don’t forget to enter my giveaway I have going on right now! 
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Premier Protein Review and Giveaway (CLOSED)

By on February 11, 2017

This post is sponsored by Premier Protein. All thoughts are my own. 

Hey guys! I am so excited to offer a giveaway for you all. Premier Protein sent me some of their delicious shakes and protein bars to try out for the New Year and now will be giving some freebies away to one of you. 

The fun thing about these shakes is they have really yummy recipes to make them even better. 
My favorite is the Sugar Cookie Shake. It is a must try!

When we got the box of goodies in the mail my kids went nuts over all the protein bars. We all decided to try them and we were hooked. Since I am super rushed in the mornings (I have to be out the door by 6:30AM the latest) the shakes and bars are an easy way to get something fast. It also makes a really easy go to on nights when Ace has Lacrosse practice or games. You can’t beat it. 
Now you can try their shakes for FREE. Just enter to win a Premier Protein package! It’s so easy. 
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Dance, Girl!

By on January 23, 2017

Friday after school I took Ashlyn for a trial dance class at our local My Gym. I was so excited to get her all dressed up in a tutu and ballet slippers and see her little moves. She has always loved music and dance so I thought this was a no brainer. 


Since Everly isn’t 3 yet she wasn’t old enough to do the trial class with Ashlyn so I figured it was the perfect time to have some one on one time as well. 
Once we got in the car Ashlyn said “Where’s my sister?” I thought it was so sweet and funny that she didn’t say Everly but my sister. I actually asked her to repeat herself because I didn’t think that was what she said. Love their sweet little bond. 
We got to My Gym a bit early so the dance teachers played with her. It was a good way for her to warm up to the place. 
Once dance started she seemed to really enjoy herself. They did simple positions and dance moves then had a play and water break. After that it was back to simple dancing. Ashlyn actually wanted to leave at one point because I think she got a bit bored but then went back to the class. 


I didn’t really feel like it was the dance class we were looking for but I did think it was a good class for children who are more energetic and need that break in between. Ashlyn is my much calmer child and I think she was kind of over it after that. 
When we left I asked Ashlyn if she liked dance class and she said “that’s not dance class”. I was like well, there you go. In the car, though, she did ask to go to dance class again so obviously she is confused. 
I am going to see if I can try out some more places around here. I really loved Ace’s old dance studio but it’s not close by so there is no way that would work for us right now. 
Did any of your little ones take dance? If so what was their favorite dance class? What other classes would be good for a more mellow child? 

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Friday Favorites

By on January 20, 2017

It’s Friday and it couldn’t have come soon enough for me this week! This week was a short week of work and the week prior I only was at work one day since I went on a workshop at the Marine Corps Recruiting Center so I came back to work with a full work load. I am hardcore ready for this weekend.

This weekend I am really hoping for some time to get things done around the house but also do fun things with the kids this weekend. We will obviously be attending the Sesame Street: K is for Kindness event which I am super excited about. My kids are going to just love it. 
As for what I am loving right now I saw another blogger post these and am in seriuos need of them, copper straws! Ashlyn bites all of my straws and either brakes them or they have bite marks on them. These would definitely stand the test of time. 
With Valentine’s day coming out there are a bunch of cute valentine’s ideas on Pinterest but these have got to be the cutest one. Also if anyone needs cute ones that you don’t have to make Target has a bunch of them in the dollar spot section. They also have a lot of cute decor right now as well. 
When I was at the store they also had the cutest romper. I want to get it for the girls but haven’t really put them in rompers since they became potty trained. Would this be too much of a pain? I think Everly would probably be fine since she is very quick with getting changed but Ashlyn might have accidents. Anyone have any experience with rompers after potty training? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
I am just in the beginning process of planning the girls join birthday party. Last year we did tutu theme since it was two of them turning two, cute right? This year I want to do unicorns and donuts. The party will start at 10 and go till noon so I figured that is the perfect time to have donuts. Anyway I am loving all the unicorn ideas on Pinterest (I may be slightly obsessed). I guess unicorn party ideas are popular right now because Target and Land of Nod had some cute party supplies. I really love these plates and goodie bags
That’s about it for now but I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!
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The Story of Our Girls: Traveling to California

By on January 19, 2017

If you are just reading The Story of Our Girls you might want to go HERE to catch up.

 
After announcing we were having two babies, one by adoption and one through pregnancy we had a lot to get done. Ashlyn was due in less than a month. We still had to complete our home study which is a very in depth process, book our flights, hotels and car for the trip, find someone to watch Ace for an undetermined amount of time and tie up any loose ends here. To say it was overwhelming was an understatement. 
As the month went on we met with our social worker who was absolutely amazing. She made us feel so comfortable and encouraged. I was very nervous by this home visit because she would be the person determine if we were fit to adopt our baby. I remember the night before making sure our house was super clean, every single fire alarm worked and running to the store to find a fire extinguisher because we had no clue where ours was. 
The home visit ended up feeling like we were talking to a friend. She asked us questions about our families, childhoods, school life, friends, how we met and our relationship. She also asked about our parenting style with Ace and how we discipline him. She really loved Ace which was awesome. Overall she said she thought we were good to go. She just had to finish her report and would rush it since Ashlyn was due very soon. 
Branden’s Mom came down to stay with Ace. I remember the night before our flight I was so overwhelmed. I was worried about my friend who was going to make the biggest decision of her life, I was worried about leaving Ace for so long and I was just scared to take this huge step. It’s something I can’t explain. I remember there was an issue with our friends doctor, who treated her horribly and we didn’t know if we should change our plans and come later. I felt helpless, she felt helpless. We decided to still go and hopefully at her next appointment with a new doctor in that practice we would get answers.
We flew to California and got there I believe around 9 something in the morning. We met up with my friend and we both got to see each other with our big bellies for the first time. We had lunch and hung out for a bit looking at family pictures and talking some more. Later in the day Branden and I checked into our hotel and passed out super early. The time change killed us. 
A couple days into our trip out there I went to her doctor appointment with her. Her new doctor was amazing. He said he understood the situation and decided if she hadn’t gone into labor by her due date he would have them set up an induction date, something the other doctor wouldn’t even consider at all. He said he didn’t think we would make it to induction so that made us all feel better. We headed out and waited for our baby. The next day our other friend flew in and that was the best, all of us together. Poor Branden had to be the odd man out. 
The next two days were weird, I wanted to give my friend space and be with our other friend. I also was feeling very stressed about being away from Ace. I wish I could have enjoyed my time in California before Ashlyn’s birth because we did have a good amount of time we could have been doing more. We did drive out to a pier and see the ocean there but I felt like I was in this anxious state because I didn’t know when Ashlyn would come, I felt super out of control. 
The Thursday before Ashlyn’s birth Branden took me out to a pier and we walked around it was nice to just get out and walk around in the fresh air and do something fun. After the pier though I got extremely emotional and started crying. I missed Ace, who ended up getting sick, I felt so guilty. I even told Branden maybe I should fly back to be with him and take a last minute flight when my friend went into labor. The idea of being there another weekend (induction date was that Monday) without her being born and Ace being home really upset me. I didn’t even sleep that night.
At about 5AM the next morning I get a call from my friend saying her water broke! I literally jumped out of bed and was rushing to get ready despite my friend saying not to feel like I needed to rush because she would need to get checked in and everything. Yeah, I didn’t really listen and was all over the place getting ready. Branden got up and got ready. I remember walking to the elevator and looking at him with a huge smile saying “we are about to have a baby girl!” 

It was one of the most exciting and terrifying moments of my life…
 
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Sesame Street: K is for Kindness Tour is coming to town!

By on January 16, 2017
This post is sponsored by GGP- Pem­broke Lakes Mall- K is for Kid­ness Pop Up Tour


Ok South Florida people Sesame Street: K is for Kindness tour will be here on January 21st at 11:30am at the Pembroke Lakes Mall. I am so excited about this event. Sesame Street was my favorite show growing up and my kids love it too. I thought this was the perfect show to bring the kids to with our New Years Resolution in place. 

Here are the details! 

Sesame Street: K is for Kind­ness Tour, a free, mul­ti-city expe­ri­en­tial tour timed to and inspired by the new, 47th sea­son of Sesame Street, the gold stan­dard in children’s tele­vi­sion. Cre­at­ed espe­cial­ly for preschool fans and their fam­i­lies, this immer­sive, lim­it­ed-engage­ment tour fea­tures hands-on dig­i­tal learn­ing fun, par­tic­i­pa­tion from local libraries in our com­mu­ni­ty includ­ing bilin­gual Eng­lish / Span­ish books and activ­i­ties, “meet and greets” with the cos­tumed char­ac­ters, a 15-min­ute inter­ac­tive live stage show star­ring walk-around ver­sions of the series’ beloved char­ac­ters Elmo and Abby Cad­ab­by, and oth­er spe­cial sur­pris­es!
The tour will be stop­ping at the Pem­broke Lakes Mall on Sat­ur­day, Jan­u­ary 21st between 11am and 4pm. More details HERE.


Make sure to say hi if you are at the event! I would love to meet some of my readers.

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10 Reasons Why Moana Might be the Best Disney “Princess” Movie

By on January 14, 2017

  Last week Ace and I had a Mommy Son day and went to see Moana. I honestly didn’t know much about her because I had been so busy with moving then the holidays that I never really knew what movies were even coming out. After seeing Moana today I can say she is probably the best Disney princess ever and here’s why.

 
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She’s is fearless. I love that the first time Moana is on screen as a toddler she is so enthralled with her grandmother telling the story of Maui stealing Te Fiti’s heart. A story the other toddlers begin to fear and cry over. Moana begins to clap and is excited. She later sails the ocean to save her island without a second thought. She doesn’t let the unknown scare her and instead takes that challenge head on. 
 

She is determined and curious. Another thing we see from her as a toddler. After her grandmother is finished with the story Moana runs towards the ocean and sees a conch shell. She goes towards it only for the ocean to part and she continues to walk towards another and another. The ocean then plays a game with her and she is excited over this. As she grows you see her curiousity and determination grow. She wants to explore beyond the reefs, she isn’t satisfied just staying put. As the story continues and she meets Maui she pushes herself to return Te Fiti’s heart even though Maui tells her it will be hard and dangerous. 
 
  She has a heart of gold. Something else we see right from the beginning. She helps a little baby turtle make it’s way to the ocean so the birds don’t eat him. She also loves her family and tribe hard. The whole premise of the movie is her saving her island and the people on it. She takes this on herself despite what might be out there.
 
  She isn’t perfect. This is something that I totally loved about Frozen’s Anna. She didn’t come off as being or trying to be perfect but clumsy and silly. She was relatable. She aslo wants to help others, save her people, save her land and find out who she really is. I love that her character has so many strong qualities but is also silly and who she is despite how she needs to be to be chief. 

 

She is strong! Moana is physically and mentally strong. Qualities that not many other princesses have had. I think only Pocahontas and Mulan come close. I think previous princess stories have been so caught up in running from a villain and falling in love that you miss seeing how strong these characters really are. 
There isn’t a love story. At this point I am over the love story in Disney princess movies. I like that Moana is younger and her focus is on her family and island. You get to see a lot of situations where she has to do a lot of the work herself and not rely on anyone else. She isn’t always running from some crazy villain or falling for a guy. She is learning and growing through the whole movie. And I am totally not knocking princesses that fall in love because I do love a good love story but this was just so much more fun and entertaining without there being a drama love story on the side. 
 
She has beach hair. Need I say more? This could just be the Florida girl in me but I love beachy hair and hers was gorgeous. I also loved Maui’s too, ha! 
 

 There is a singing crab. This is just something you will have to see to understand but he is fabulous. 
 

Maui. The Rock is the voice of Maui and he is hilarious. He reminds me a bit of Flynn from Tangled with the sarcasm and humor. He also has this cool fishhook that gives him the ability to change forms. I thought it was cool and then I saw you could buy it so that is a great toy from the movie my son can have since he loved it too. It’s sometimes hard to find toys from princess movies little boys like too.
 
Adults love it too. Some kid movies are just not that great. This one was just so funny and inspiring that I fell completely in love with it. It isn’t a movie you will be disappointed in spending money on to see in the theater because you will really love the story and characters.

So tell me, have you seen Moana? Did you love it as much as I did? 
 

 
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How to Earn Extra Money from your Phone

By on January 3, 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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New Year’s Resolutions!

By on December 30, 2016

Can you believe 2016 is almost over? This year truly flew by. I can’t believe Ace is halfway through his first year of elementary school and the girls are half way through their first year of preschool. It has been nice seeing them grow and learn so much these past few months. 

With the new year right around the corner I want to make resolutions that matter. Not ones that are the typical lose 10lbs, go to the gym for a week and forget about it after that. 
After my parents passed away 4 years ago I decided I wasn’t going to let the little things bother me. I wasn’t going to allow minor annoyances get the better of me. I have done pretty well with that. I hate when people complain about things that are truly minor in the grand scheme of things. A car cut you off? Great, move on, you can’t change that person but you can change your reaction to it. 
That being said I want to continue to better myself and help my children continue to be positive little people. I was talking to Branden one day about bringing PB&J sandwiches to the homeless. I am not sure where to go exactly but we do see some off the main highway near our new house. It breaks my heart. I know many homeless people are mentally ill or have fallen on hard times and majority of the time it is out of their control. I sometimes give them a dollar if I have one but I want my children to also appreciate their lives and be people who want to help others. I don’t want them to just ignore the problems of the world.
I have noticed over the past 2 years how sensitive Ace is to others’ feelings. He has a very compassionate heart and I want to make sure I encourage that kindness in him. I also love this about him because it reminds me a lot of my Mom. She felt others pain and hurt so strongly that she always wanted to help others. I have that too and sometimes I think it can be a bit of a blessing and a curse. I want to teach Ace that it is ok to feel for others and empathize with them and help them. I want him to know boundaries with it too. My Mom gave a lot and sometimes I think it was too much for her own good. She wanted to help those who needed to help themselves first.
With all that being said my New Year’s Resolution is for myself and children to give back and help. This world seems to be going through a very scary time and I want my children to be the good in it. I don’t want them to be jaded by all that bad that is happening. I want them to know that they can make a difference. So here is hoping I can help these precious little people give back to those less fortunate than them. 

What is your New Years Resolution?
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Christmas Eve Recap

By on December 28, 2016

First I am happy to announce the winner of the Blue Frog Apparel $100 Gift Card giveaway, Jamie B! 
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It is winter break and it has been wonderful. I am seriously loving this time off. We had a really nice Christmas with family and now the kids have been playing with all their new toys and we have been busy getting the house in order. We still have so much to do since the move so I really needed this break. 


It was kind of a cluster having the last day of work being the 23rd since we were having a party on Christmas Eve. I left work super early to go to the girls’ Christmas party then had a hair appointment. I spent the rest of the night getting the house ready for the party.


Christmas Eve was actually a really fun day. Since we had done most of the cleaning and decorating done prior to that day I was able to really enjoy doing things with the kids. We did some baking, since I am not a great baker we went with the bagged stuff, I’m super classy like that. I used this recipe to make some Sugar Cookie M&M bars. We also made some chocolate chip cookies. It was really fun watching the kids get excited about helping. They are seriously so sweet. 
I also made ziti like my Mom always did for her Christmas Eve parties. I actually got really sad while making it. I just kept thinking about how much she would have loved helping me get ready for the party and if I needed her to help she would have been right there. This year was the first year where it hit me hard on Christmas Eve that my parents were gone. The past 4 years since they passed away have been so crazy and now things have really calmed down enough to make me see the void in a lot of what we do. I try to use that to make these moments more meaningful but it can still be really hard. Ever since they died I have tried to look at how good things are for me despite losing them 9 days apart 4 years ago. I know that there are so many little things in life that aren’t worth getting upset about or complaining about because in the end they don’t matter. What matters are these precious moments with my kids and my husband. The moments with the people who matter most. I just always want holidays to be meaningful to my kids and memorable like they were for me when my parents were here. I always remember helping my Mom get ready for our Christmas Eve party and she would be cooking like crazy and going overboard. She would stress herself out so much but in the end everything turned out perfect. So all this to say that a simple moment of making ziti really brought me back to my parents and for whatever reason those moments make me feel like they are with me. 

So after getting my ziti prepared for later and the kitchen cleaned up I got the kids bathed and I got ready. Ashlyn wanted to wear make up like mommy which I thought was so cute so I put a little eye shadow and lip stick on her. After her and Everly go to play in their room they come back in with lotion all over their faces. Little stinkers said they were putting more make up on. At least I could just rub it in. 


Once it hit 5:30 we were all ready for our guests to arrive. My cousins from Ohio came with their adorably bald toddler Carter. I love seeing her because she reminds me of Everly with her bald little head. His parents, my Aunt Lillie and Uncle Dave, came too. Then the rest of the family came in. It was so nice seeing all the little cousins together. Ace was excited to see his cousin Colton who moved away last year. They are only about 6 months apart so they love when they get to play together. They were inseparable all night. 
Most of the night Ashlyn wasn’t feeling well (which is why she doesn’t have a shirt on, I wasn’t fighting that battle). She laid on the couch watching a movie and was very tired. I felt so bad for her. After my niece Valentina came over all the girls decided it was time to throw tantrums. That was super fun. We had reindeer food from the girls Christmas party at school so I got all the kids to go outside to throw that in the grass. It was a nice distraction for the moment but then the whining began so I had the kids decorate ugly sweater cookies from Trader Joes. They were pretty ugly and no one ate them but after that the night went much better. The kids opened presents and played the rest of the night.  I love having family over for holidays so it was definitely a success.

After everyone left Branden and I got to work on putting the presents under the tree. It was a fun Christmas to buy for because they are each really into their own things. Everly is obsessed with baby dolls, Ashlyn loves Barbies and Ace is into Lego Dimensions. We also got Ace a bike and scooter since he outgrew his old bike. Ashlyn got a doll house and Everly a wooden baby carriage which she decided to carry all around the house. 
Overall Christmas Eve was a really nice night. I will recap Christmas day later since this post is a lot longer than I expected. 
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