Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Eve 2015

You know they say that whatever you are doing at midnight on New Year's Eve you will be doing for the rest of the year.  Tonight we are heading to church to play board games, listen to some great music, eat delicious food, and enjoy some great company.  

I don't normally like resolutions.  I never seem to keep them but I did make some goals I would like to achieve this year.

01.  Blog more!
02.  Be more present in my family.  (Put that cell phone down!!)
03.  Participate in a 5K.
04.  Finish at least three rooms on the house.
05.  Read 150 books.
06.  Visit with family more.
07.  Go on a cruise.
08.  Go to a football game.
09.  Go to a baseball game.
10.  Get organized.  
11.  Participate in Running with the Bulls (Houston Texans style)
12.  Get Juney Cakes back up and running. (My in home bakery specializing in cupcakes)
13.  Get chickens.


That is just a general list.  I am sure I will add more to it as the year goes on,  

I hope you have a great New Year's Eve!  

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Busy Busy...

Life has been crazy lately.

Jobs have changed and keep changing.  I don't want to jinx anything but I am no longer working away from home and as much as I enjoyed the extra money, it's nice to be able to actually clean my house.


Cub Scouts keeps us busy but it's so enjoyable for all of us. 
Tiger Cubs.

Even though it seems I have abandoned my blog, I have actually been working on several projects and post for not only this blog but a couple that I collaborate with.  Good stuff is coming, I promise.

And finally my computer got this nasty virus that I have been trying and trying to get rid of.  I would love a new computer but all my life is on here.  I am just really going to hate switching everything over.


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Mighty Mug | Review and Giveaway

I always have a drink with me.  Usually coffee in the morning, water or tea during the day, and usually some herbal tea at night.  My biggest issue with all this?  Spillage.  I can't tell you how many papers and files have been ruined, spills have been cleaned, or times I have had to scramble to move my laptop out of harms way.

But I have found a solution to this - Mighty Mug.
My pretty Mighty Mug.

What is Mighty Mug?
Mighty Mug is an innovative mug that grips your desk when knocked into.

Does it really work?
 No joke, this mug never once tipped over even when my puppy and son chased each other around the house.  Survived PTA meetings, grocery shopping, and general errands.

So it really can't be knocked over?
I am sure if any member of the NFL was to tackle the table it is on, then yes it might be knocked over but the usual bumping into the mug or table won't budge the mug.

How does it work?
This smart grip technology.  Don't ask me to explain it - it just works.

Also the Mighty Mug comes in several different styles and colors.

My wishlist includes:

Mighty Mug Desk: Purple $14.99



Mighty Mug Ice: Blue $19.99

You can also buy parts and accessories for your Mighty Mug, you don't have to buy a whole new mug.  Know what else is awesome?  Mighty Mug wants to give you one of your own for free!  Just follow the link below and remember the contest ends at the end of the month.



Want to win a Mighty Mug?  Click here to enter!
Contest ends 9/30!

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I received Mighty Mug for free in hopes of a review.  All views and opinions are mine and 100% truthful. 

Monday, September 7, 2015

$60 Target Gift Card | Twitter Giveaway





Hey guys!  I hope everyone's Labor Day is going great but if it's not, I am about to make it better.  How can I do that?  By giving you a chance to win a $60 gift card to the mecca of all stores - TARGET!  I mean who doesn't love Target?!?

What are the rules & how do I win?!?

01.  Starts today (9/7) and ends Monday (9/14).

02.  Follow everyone's twitter. We will be checking to make sure the winner follows all accounts.  But trust me you want to  - we are awesome.

03.  Giveaway Twitter accounts will not count. #sorrynotsorry

04.  Please share with your friends and family.

And that's it!  Good luck and if you win the Target gift card you can buy me something!  (Not a requirement to win but should be.)


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Soulful Sunday



Before I bring my need
I will bring my heart
Before I lift my cares
I will lift my arms
I wanna know You
I wanna find You
In every season
In every moment
Before I bring my need
I will bring my heart
And seek You

First 


More than anything I want, I want You
First


Before I speak a word
Let me hear Your voice
And in the midst of pain
Let me feel Your joy
Ooh, I wanna know You
I wanna find You
In every season
In every moment
Before I speak a word
I will bring my heart
And seek You
First


"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
-Matthew 6:33


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hello SKIPtember!

I promise I am not crazy and I do know how to spell.  Most words. 



So what is SKIPtember/Skip Day?
Skip Day is when you give up one thing and give the money you would spend on that item to charity.  For example instead of spending your usual $7 at Starbucks, head over to Skip1.org and donate that money to feed the hungry.  

And in SKIPtember you would donate on the day you were born.  I was born on April 23rd so on the 23rd of September I am skipping something and donating the money.  If you were born on the first, today is your day to skip and donate.

What should I skip?
You can skip pretty much anything.  Car wash, dinner, breakfast, morning coffee, bottle water, a new shirt, drinks with friends, etc.  When you donate, Skip1.org will post your donation and what you skipped (as long as it is in good taste) on their website.

So why should you participate in SKIPtember?
Skip because you can.
Skip because 1/6th of the Earth's population is undernourished - more than ever before!
Skip because 25,000 people die every day from hunger and related causes.
Skip because every 6 seconds a child dies of hunger and related causes.
Skip something because the world needs our help.

So what are you skipping this month?  Make sure you  #SKIPtember on your social media so I can check it out.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Bookroo | Review and Discount for You!

How adorable is the Bookroo image?  


Raise your hand if you like subscription services...and books...and discounts! Come on, we all do.  
So when I was contacted by Bookroo to work together, I readily agreed.  

What is Bookroo?  It is a monthly book subscription for children that offers three pricing options.  You also get to choose if you want picture books (comes with two books each month) or board books (comes with three books each month).


Retail value of the books always exceeds the subscription price!


The package comes addressed to your child and each book is wrapped up in it's own pretty paper.

Me:  "You got some mail today."
JJ:  "What is this?"
Me:  "A surprise."
JJ:  "Is it my birthday today?"


Other awesome things about Bookroo

- You can give Bookroo as a gift.
- Already have a book you received?  Send them a photo of you giving the book to someone else and you will get $5 off your next subscription.  
- If you have children that would like both the board books and picture books, they will work with you on alternating what you receive so all children are happy.
- Any questions?  You can live chat them.
- They are awesome (and so are you!), that they decided to give all my readers a discount!  Click here and you will be given a $4 discount applied at checkout.  

Would I recommend Bookroo? In the words of my son, "This is really awesome.  I hope I can get some more."




Disclaimer:  Yes, I was given a discount from Bookroo.  Yes, these are my own opinions.  

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

School Daze

Yesterday my son entered his 1st grade year at a new school


and of course I was a nervous wreck but not my little man.

No.

He walked in like he owned the place, went straight to class, sat down, and didn't even look back.

Yeah, it broke my heart but I am thrilled that he transitioned into his new school well. 


I was going to blog about this yesterday but with all the excitement going on we were all passed out before 9.  

I can't seem to get into the school routine this year.  Maybe because we moved recently? I dunno but I almost had a nervous breakdown this morning.  Hopefully I will figure this out.


Sunday, August 23, 2015

7th Wedding Anniversary

Seven years married to this man.  



Seven years of "I love you"


Seven years of good (and not so good) times.


But even in the not so good times, I'm glad he was by my side.


We have survived 5 moves, three dogs, and a kid.



With this man by my side, I feel like I can take on the world.  

Since Sunday is the day before school and we had a lot of last minute running around we celebrated on Saturday with a dinner on the lake and watching the sunset.


Here's to another 70+ years my love! 




Saturday, August 15, 2015

It's Game Day! | 10+ Football Party Ideas

Y'all.  

It's the start of football season and I can't be more excited.  I will be the first to admit I used to never watch football.  My husband would watch faithfully every time a game was on and I would watch (aka read a book, paint my nails, play on my phone, etc).  Eventually I started asking questions and getting more and more into it.  



Then my husband took me to a Texans game and from that moment on I was sold.  I got invested into the players, the team, and became a fan for life. And what goes with a good game?  A great party! 



Signage

 With these free printables from Three Little Monkeys Studio you can't go wrong.  

or these free printables from Second Chance to Dream.


Invites

   You can go with the simple social media invite but if you want something more personal how about these cute ones from BrooklyDesignStudio on etsy.

or these kickoff ticket party invites from QtPieWrappers
or maybe you need a birthday invite and this one from MonsterInvitations is adorable!


Games
What fun is a party with no games?  The answer is not fun at all.

So why not try out pin the football for a field goal game from Rust and Sunshine?
  

or this free printable Game Day Bingo game perfect for the Superbowl from She Knows.


A DIY Turf Table from Lowes is perfect for tailgating. 


Food
A perfect football party is all about great food.

These adorable ice cream football ice cream sandwiches from The Celebration Shoppe are perfect for your football party.

She Knows has a tutorial to make these goal post straws for game day drinks.


or a hot dog bar from Mod City Magazine that everyone will love.

Game Day Fashion
Sure you could just throw on a jersey with some jeans.

Or you can rock this awesome sweatshirt from Look Human

or this shirt from TexasSweetTeas on etsy.

Maybe some football nail art?


Is your family big on football?  If so what are your game day traditions or go to party favorites?  Leave a comment below to let me know!  



Thursday, August 13, 2015

Things I Love Thursday V.6

Another Thursday...

               ...Another post on things that I'm lovin'




♥ Did you know you can binge watch Netflix with your bff even if you are hundreds of miles away?  Well you can with Rabbit.


   

What has made you happy this week??


Monday, August 10, 2015

Happy National S'mores Day! | Recipe


This may be the best day of the year.  Who doesn't love a good S'more?  With that warm ooey gooey chocolate and marshmallow - delicious.  But seriously it's too hot to sit around a campfire and roast marshmallows so I have the next best thing - S'mores dip. This is one of the easiest recipes (if we can even call it that).





I didn't technically measure anything.  I bought a regular sized bag of chocolate chips and marshmallows and have enough left over to bake another dip.  You can also try different types of chocolate to change the flavor of the dip.

Hope you have a great National S'more Day! 

Monday, August 3, 2015

10 Adorable Tooth Fairy Ideas

Right this minute I am an emotional mess.  My little boy is turning into a man.  Okay maybe not quite there but he did reach a new milestone - he lost his first tooth. 

I will not cry.  I will not cry.  I will not cry.  Maybe just a little.



I then got into crafty mom mode and tried to find something clever and cute for his first tooth fairy experience and being that we are currently vacationing with our family I didn't want something too in depth. I found ten ideas I really loved.





01. This cute Tooth Fairy Receipt.

 I ended up going with this idea.  I saved the receipt image on my computer and then opened it in a photo editing site or software. [I use Pic Monkey.] Then I just used a handwriting font to enter all his information on to the image.

It's perfect!



02.  This tooth pillow tutorial from Buggy and Buddy.

03.  These adorable Tooth Fairy Notes from Handmade Charlotte

04.  Free Tooth Fairy Printables from The Suburban Mom.

05.  This tooth box from UrbanTimberWoodworks on Etsy. 




07.  This precious tooth fairy door from She's Making Cards.


08.  Tooth Fairy checks for when you don't have cash on had.

09. The Twirling Tooth Fairy from How Does She?  You leave the tooth in a glass of water.  Then the fairy takes the tooth and turns the water the color of her dress.

10.  Need proof of the tooth fairy?  Why not capture a picture from iCaughtthetoothfairy.com.

Do you have any Tooth Fairy ideas or traditions?  Leave them in the comments below!