Jun 22, 2017

30 Days

Just a measly little 30 days left on these crutches. I've found that saying it in days versus weeks somehow helps. And tomorrow that number will start with a 2 and I'll be practically done then! ;) I'm trying to be obnoxiously upbeat today, we'll see how long it lasts. The sunrise this morning was absolutely gorgeous and it started my day off right, that's for sure. It was a beautiful, simple reminder that today was a new day. What's that Anne of Green Gables quote/scene...  ?

We've obviously put a lot of house projects on hold because of my injury. There is a lot I can't really do. So all those blog posts about home updates and decor and furniture and such are just going to be on the back burner for the summer probably. If I ever get around to them at all. Instagram shots might be the easiest/best way, because everyone just wants photos right?! We did get news that our new bedroom furniture is being delivered next week (way ahead of schedule!) so we are PUMPED about that.

A few phone pics of T recently. When your momma is on crutches, sometimes lunch time gets creative and you get to eat on the counter. He thought it was hilarious! And a new set of jammies (wearing 18 month now- though still a little big) and a ball. He says ball probably 500 times a day, no lie. He's obsessed.

And last but not least, the book party I mentioned a couple days ago is happening TONIGHT on Facebook. Please leave me a comment/message if you'd like an invite. I'm pretty pumped to host and would love you to join in the fun :)

Jun 20, 2017

Usborne Kids Books

It's no secret that we are big book lovers in our house. Jared and I both love reading and it's been fun to introduce T to the amazing word of books as well. He flips through books all day long and in my totally unbiased opinion, it's the cutest thing ever ;)
Usborne Books & More was a new thing to me a few months ago. T was gifted a couple of them for his birthday and they are easily some of my favorites of his now. They have a ton of these "That's not my .... " books that are adorable. They are all touchy-feely books and T loves all the different textures. So far we have three of the versions but I seriously want every single one of them!

After we were gifted some of these, I've bought a handful of new ones for T and I've also purchased a few as gifts for friends and family as well. The quality is awesome and I just think they are stinkin' cute. A kid can never have too many books. They are my weakness just as much (if not more!) than kids clothes are! 

They have baby books all the way up to young adult/reader books. You could seriously spend hours browsing their site and all the categories they have. I even bought a few to stash away until he's older because I couldn't resist. Jared is a total space geek so I knew I had to get this one. He and T will be pouring over this one before I know it!

All that to say- I'm hosting an online book party via Facebook this Thursday. If any of you are interested in shopping, and even if you're just semi-interested- let me know! I'll send you an invite to the group and you can check it out for yourself. As with most online parties it will be live Thurs, June 22nd at 9pm (EST) but you'll have a little time to shop/decide over the weekend. However, the most fun and possible prizes (FREE BOOKS!) will happen during the party time.

I'm not getting paid for promoting Usborne, but if you shop my party I could earn some free books :) Check it out and holler if you want to know more and if you want a link to the online party!

Jun 19, 2017

Monday Musings

Even though I know I need to give it up, I'm freshly caffeinated off of Mountain Dew right now. I only tell you that to explain that I'm typing even faster than usual and I make no apologies for what direction this blog post takes. T is napping and it feels good to have a small window to hammer out some words and connect with you all.

I enjoyed getting to celebrate Jared for Father's Day over the weekend. Last year was his first one, but T was only a couple weeks old and we pretty much floated through a hazy sleep-deprived newborn schedule at the time. I knew then he would be an incredible father, but the past year has proven that countless times. T is lucky to have him and I know he and Jared are going to be best buddies forever.

Jared's new Warriors hat was his gift from us :)

On another note, I love online shopping. Not in the sense that I shop all the time, but when I do- it's online. I love to take my time, comparison shop and not get all sweaty and stressed in store because I don't know what I'm looking for. And now that I'm on crutches I am utilizing everything online as much as I can. Groceries, thanks to ClickList at Kroger, diapers, thanks to Amazon Prime and I finally let myself buy a pair of shorts last week, too. I seriously owned ONE pair of denim shorts that fit so I snatched up these white ones and I'm super happy with them. They do run a little small, I think, FYI!

After a week of moping and grumbling about my injury, I took this weekend to be as productive as I could be. Of course there's a lot I can't do, but I did have both my crockpots going in meal preparation on Sunday so it felt nice to be doing that right at least. I have missed cooking and having a meal plan each week!

I need to cut myself off for now because this blog post could NOT be more random if I tried. Stay tuned, though. I have something fun and book-related to talk about tomorrow so make sure you don't miss it!! :)

Jun 16, 2017

On A Lighter Note

Thanks for all your kind words on Monday's post! It's been a downer of a week over here but the notes of encouragement really helped. I appreciate that some of you said to just complain, wallow and get it all out because that's what I needed to do before I could move on. It's not going to be easy but I'll get through it just like anything else. One day at a time, right?! Hey, tomorrow marks 1 week down. I have an additional MRI this afternoon so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for positive news.
-So a few things on a much happier and lighter note today:

In true perfect timing, Keepsake (both a website and app) contacted me about checking out their photo printing/framing services. Since one of my June goals was to get some photos printed it was a no-brainer to partner with them. I chose a different type of photo than I normally would, a far away silhouette that my sister-in-law took of Jared and I on vacation. It was a beautiful night on the sandy dunes and I loved the colors in this photo.

Our house is so empty and blank that it was tough for me to choose a frame... I wanted them all! In the end I chose a distressed blue frame for my photo. I'm planning on hanging it in our bedroom which we are in the process of decorating in blues and greens. Can't wait to show you all how our room turns out but it might be awhile because we're waiting on our furniture to be delivered.

Also? I absolutely LOVE that the frame comes ready to hang. Sorry, but I'm just lazy when it comes to decorating- plus, I'm on crutches. I am all about easy and simplified right now :) I unpackaged the picture, admired it and then immediately hung it up.

Now that I got to see the photo and frame quality I will definitely be using Keepsake again ASAP. We have so many cute photos of T from the beach that I want to frame. PS- they have free shipping. Always. NEED I SAY MORE?!  Use promo code LFF15 for 15% your order! 
*I received my print/frame free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I seriously recommend them 100%!!

-I've been reading like it's my job.
In trying to find the silver lining of being on crutches, I have been using it as an excuse to read all the books that have been sitting around forever. I've already read 1.5 books. This week. That's a record for me, for sure. By nature I am a do-er at home, I like to be busy and I like tackling projects - so being still does not come easily to me. Books are helping however, and I'm trying to appreciate that I have the time for them. Anything I should check out while on the injured list??

-Free Trial at PureFlix.com
If you've read my blog for any amount of time, I think you know that I don't promote anything I don't think is worthy of my time- or yours! So PureFlix.com, a streaming site specializing in Christian movies, is something else getting my stamp of approval this week. They also reached out about their website and told me they're offering a 30-day free trial to anyone so I figured I'd check it out and see what they were all about. I've got the time right now, right?!

PureFlix is kinda' perfect for us right now. I can check out new things there when I'm home and T is napping, or Jared and I can check out some new titles for our date nights in- which is pretty much the majority of all our dates these days. At first I thought it might only be kiddy stuff, but they have a huge range of family-friend stuff in all categories: documentaries, heath and fitness, travel-related titles and even devotionals! I love old movies so Jared and I watched a documentary on Alfred Hitchcock that I'd never seen and it was fascinating!

So check 'em out! Like I said, free for 30 days and no commitment past that if you decide it's not for you. PureFlix asked me to share what I've been watching lately so I figured I'd share a few recent go-to's for us and also what makes our movie night a little bit more fun ;)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Let me know if you check out either of these cool sites!

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