Thursday, April 30, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!!  Linking up with AndreaErica, and Narci and sharing some of my favs from this week.

I was in need of some new black flat sandals.  I took advantage of the Loft 50% off everything sale.  I bought these sandals and a shirt.  

I have been busy this week working on a vacation to our favorite place...Disney.  This week I was able to make our advance dining reservations.  I am super excited that I was able to get a reservation to Cinerella's Royal Table.  Now to find the perfect princess dress for Hallie!    

My favorite boy is always making me proud.  He came home with his midterm this week....  straight A's.  He is determined to get a plus beside each of those A's.  I love that he is such a hard worker and determined.  He also got chosen to apply to be an ambassador next year. #proudmomma   

My favorite girl got to wear one of her favorite dresses.  Between the my little ponies and the twirl factor, she was in Heaven.  

When she got home from school, Daddy drew her a my little pony to match her dress.

I subbed a cycling class on Monday.  I have taken cycling classes for years, but never taught.  I had lots of fun teaching and received several compliments.  The instructor I subbed for will be leaving soon.  I am super excited because I have been given the opportunity to take her place.  Now to start looking into getting certified.  

I shared a Cinco De Mayo post on Wednesday that included this little humor.  I couldn't help but post it again. 

Happy Friday!  Hope everyone enjoys the weekend!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What's Up Wednesday

I'm joining Mel, Shay, and Sheaffer for their very first What's Up Wednesday link-up!

What we're eating this week

Eggs, eggs, and more eggs.  Our chickens have really picked up the production.  We have had brinner, boiled eggs, and egg salad. 

The garden is also coming along.  Hallie had the first sample of broccoli.

What I'm reminiscing about
All the good memories from my Grandparent's house that burned this past weekend.  

What I'm loving

My new canvas I ordered from Easy Canvas.  I'm hoping to make a trip to Hobby Lobby this weekend for some new accessories for the mantel. 

What we've been up to

The usual....laundry, school work, t-ball practice, playing outside, etc. 

What I'm dreading

Getting my car tags renewed on Friday.

What I'm working on

Planning our Disney trip.  We have a cruise and park trip planned for October.  This week marked our 180 days out, which is when advanced dining reservations must be made for those hard to get restaurants. 

What I'm excited about

Having Fridays off soon!

What I'm watching/reading
My guilty pleasure, Teen Mom.  I can't help it.

What I'm listening to

Anything and everything.  I taught a cycling class on Monday.  I try to incorporate all genres of music to satisfy the whole class.  My list of motivating country songs is short.  I need more ideas.  So far, I've been relying on my girl Miranda.   

What I'm wearing

It's been raining quite a bit.  I've been taking advantage of it and wearing my Hunter boots as often as I can.  

What I'm doing this weekend
Working Hallie's school carnival. 

What I'm looking forward to next month
Hallie's first tee ball game, Bryson's field day and awards assembly, school getting out, and Cinco De Mayo. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Hump Day!

Waiting on.....Cindo De Mayo

Give me a reason to celebrate, eat some good food, and have fun and I am all in!  I still need to recap our Earth Day activities, but in the mean time I've been preparing for....

Our tradition has always been to eat at our favorite Mexican restaurant on May 5th.  I've been looking through my good ole trustworthy source, Pinterest, to find other other ideas on how to celebrate.  Just click on each picture to take you to the link, if it is available.

How fun does this pancake look for breakfast! 

My kids would get a kick out of these mustaches.

I could totally make these taco rolls.  They look super easy.  A must for me.  Plus anything made with crescent rolls has to be good, right?

We can't eat Mexican without chips and salsa.  How cute is this setup of the Mexican flag!

 Maybe this fruit version of chips and salsa is healthier. 


These apple maracas and sombrero cookies are adorable!

The kids would enjoy making their own maracas.

After Erika posted about Mexican jumping beans, I knew I had to order some.  I can't wait for them to arrive.  I think they will be the perfect addition to our Cinco De Mayo celebration.   

And I end with a little humor.  I laugh every time I read this.

Linking up with Holly for Waiting on Wednesday

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


When my alarm went off Monday, I muttered....thank God it's Monday.  That is something I never thought I would say.  The past weekend was definitely one for the books and not in a good way.

Friday evening was good.  Hallie dyed eggs.  I bought some egg dye on clearance for 90% after Easter.  She has asked me everyday to color eggs.  I finally caved after she asked for the 753 time.  She is so darn persistent.  So next Easter, I'll be buying some full price dye.  Oh well.  I'll take the blame.  I did leave the dye kit on the counter for her to see everyday.  I should have just put it away out of her sight.    


She also enjoyed coloring on the kitchen windows with some liquid chalk markers.  I bought the liquid chalk markers off of  The crazy thing....the liquid chalk would not come off a chalkboard, but it comes off glass.  Mmmmkay??  Thank goodness the chalkboard was a cheap one from the Target dollar section. 

Saturday is the day that I never want to relive.  The morning was normal.  I went to CVS Pharmacy, came home, and played with Hallie.  I got Hallie to take a nap around 1:00.  I just sat down on the couch to get on the computer.  All of a sudden I hear a loud, obnoxious knock on our door.  I immediately thought it was my step dad and how I was going to kill him for making the dog bark that was probably going to wake up Hallie.  David got to the door before I did.  It was one of my neighbors.  He said your in-laws house is on fire.  The back of the house can be seen from our front yard.   

Technically, it's my grandparents house, but my parents have been staying there for several years taking care of my grandparents.  My grandmother passed away last year, but my parents have still been staying there to go through everything.  The house was going to be rented out at the beginning of June. 

After hearing the house was on fire, David immediately took off running.  I got another neighbor (the kid's adoptive grandma) to sit with Hallie while she slept.  Her husband told me he called my mom and that she was on her way home and that no one was in the house.  Someone also told me 911 had been called.  At this point, I take off running for the house.  I was not that far behind David.  

David got to the house first, but had not heard that no one was in the house because he took off so fast.  By the time I got there, he had kicked in the back door.  He said he was unable to go in because it was too smoky.  He went around banging on the windows to see if anyone was in there.  I finally made it there and told him no one was home.  We waited for what seemed liked an eternity for the fire department to show up. 

I then called my mom.  I know my neighbor said she wasn't at home, but I needed to hear her voice for confirmation.  She also confirmed that my step dad was not home.  

The fire department showed up and began working on putting the fire out.  Not long after, my mom arrived.  Her immediate reaction was to try to run into the house.  She was stopped by a firefighter.  The firefighter and I both told her that she could not go in there.  She just sat on the ground crying.  Then, she started having problems breathing.  I was scared to death, but started coaching her to breath through her nose and out her mouth.  She was able to calm down and regulate her breathing.  The fire department finally got the fire out, but there was a lot of damage to the house, including smoke and water damage.  We were able to go in and grab a few things.  When I walked in, it was like it was raining on me from all the water that they had to spray.

After things seemed settled, I went home and mom went to her trailer to get ready for my niece's baby shower.  I jumped in the shower to remove the smoke smell and black stuff.  Then, I got Hallie ready.  I let her go out in the driveway and play.  I was getting ready in the kitchen so that I could watch her in the driveway.  I went out to get her and noticed smoke coming from the house again.  The fire started back up.  We got in the car and headed down the road.  I called 911, but I noticed they were already there as I got closer to the house.  David had returned from buying wood to board up the house and noticed it had started again and called 911.  I immediately called my mom to tell her.  She informed she would not be able to make it that she was at the hospital with my step dad because he got in a motorcycle wreck.  He was rushing home after hearing about the fire.  He wrecked turning onto the house street.  His shoulder was hurting.  They were concerned he may have broken it.  Thankfully, the X-rays showed no broken bones.  He was just really bruised and sore.

   pictures of the house

Sunday morning we headed to church.  Hallie was looking super cute and helped cheer this momma up. 

I absolutely love praise and worship, but this Sunday was a little different.  I am always thankful for all God has done for me, but my heart was bursting with gratitude.  As we sang our praise and worship songs, tears flowed from my eyes.  We definitely saw God's protection in the events from the day before.  No one was hurt in either of the tragic events.  We also saw God's favor.  With the house going to be rented out the first of June, mom had already gotten the majority of the important items out of the house.  We talked about how all those items would still have been in the house if it wasn't for the renter.  I am also thankful for friends that are prayer warriors.  As the events happened, I reached out to them.  There is power in prayer!  

The rest of Sunday was spent doing my parents laundry.  Everything was wet and smelt like smoke.  My hands were black from taking all the clothes off the hangers.  We had the clothes on a tarp in the yard.  Hallie helped by using a wagon to take the loads of clothes into the house.  

I picked up Bryson from his Dad's that evening.  He was devastated by the news about the house.  He had spent a lot of time in that house.  He cried because of all the memories in the house.  I explained to him that memories are in our hearts and minds and that he will always have them.  

I sat down on the couch about 8:00 to finally relax.  As I sat down, the electricity went out.  Some kid in the neighborhood was flying an inflatable frisbee that the wind caught and flew into the power line or power pole.  I'm not really sure.  David was outside and saw the sparks.  At this point, all I could do was laugh.  

Thank God it's Monday!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!!  Linking up with AndreaErika, and Narci  and sharing my favorite moments and things from the week.


After reading Amy's post on the dresses she found at Walmart for her girls, I made a mental note to look the next time I went grocery shopping.  I found this cute cheetah dress.  Perfect match for her black cat shoes!!


This shirt I bought myself from The Uptown Girl Boutique


I am knee deep in planning our Disney trip, and that makes this girl happy.  Earlier this week, I shared ways we are saving for the trip


My favorite girl looking super cute before school.


My favorite boy working on a school project.  


I had lots of fun activities planned this week for Earth Day, but Hallie's allergies kicked in, and we were not able to go outside.  We were able to make a dirt cake.  The kids enjoyed taste testing while making the cake.  I'm hoping we can get her allergies under control so that we can do our activities this weekend. 

Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Waiting on.....Disney

We are going on a Disney cruise in October.  I have an app on my phone that tells me how many days we have left.  I love watching that number go down.

To book a Disney cruise, we had to put a 20% deposit down.  The remainder must be paid so many days before the cruise.  Our payoff date is in August.  We have the money to pay for the full cruise, but I decided to challenge myself to see how much I could earn to pay for the trip without touching "our money".  I have been earning money for a couple of months for the trip.  I'm pleasantly surprised at the results.  As of today, I have saved $1,735.12.  Here is the breakdown.

local Facebook garage sale groups - $738.00
I have been going through the house cleaning and getting rid of items we don't need or use anymore.  This process has really opened my eyes to how much junk we have.  It's been nice to declutter and earn money at the same time.  I always meet the buyers in daylight, in a public place.  I also make the meeting times/locations convenient for me.  For example, on my way to or from work.

nonlocal Facebook groups - $902.87
All of these sales are from clothes.  Almost all brands have at least one Facebook selling group.  Some brands have several groups.  I just type in the name of the brand I'm selling to search for a group.  For example, I needed to list some of Bryson's clothes he has outgrown.  I searched for Under Armour and found a group specific for kid's resell.  These sales are not local, so I have to send a PayPal invoice.  There is a fee with PayPal.  I also have to pay for shipping.  My earnings of $902.87 is after all fees and shipping.

consignment store - $94.25
There are some items that I don't think are worth my time listing in any Facebook group because the value is so minimal.  These items I bag up and take to a local consignment store.  A few weeks ago, I got a check in the mail from the consignment store for $94.25.    

I decided to blog about my savings to keep me accountable to keep that money set aside for Disney.  It is very tempting to take that money and go on a shopping spree, especially since I know we already have the money to pay for the trip.  I may even do a monthly update to help keep me motivated.  I'm very interested in hearing ways others have saved for a trip or a large purchase. 

Linking up with Holly for Waiting on Wednesday

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Weekend Wrap Up

This weekend was full of family fun.  Just the way I like it!

Friday night, we took the kids to see Cinderella.  Hallie really enjoyed Frozen Fever before the movie.  She did okay during Cinderella.  I think we need to stick to animated movies for a little bit longer.  After the movies, we went to eat pizza. 

It was raining Saturday morning.  Normally hubby is doing yard work on Saturday mornings, so I take the kids wherever I need to go.  The rain meant he had to stay inside.  This meant I got to run some errands kid free.  Yay!!  I leisurely roamed the isles of CVS Pharmacy and picked up some 90% of Easter goodies.  The pooping chicken was a hit with Hallie.     

I also enjoyed a relaxing pedicure.  I opted for a springy pink color.

By the time I got home, the rain stopped and the sun was out.  The kids were going stir crazy from being in the house all morning.  I think the hubby was too.  We decided to head to the local Spinach Festival at the city park.  It was a bust.  Lots of vendors had left because of the rain.  Bryson did the trampoline, and Hallie rode a pony.  The majority of our time was spent having fun at the park playground. 

Sunday morning, we went to churchAfter church, we went to eat at our favorite Mexican restaurant.  When we asked the kids where they wanted to eat, Hallie said she wanted to go see amigo (our favorite server at the resturant).  He always approaches us with a huge smile and "hola amigos".  He calls Bryson "amigo" and Hallie "little one".  He makes our dining experience enjoyable.  

After church, I snapped a few pictures of Hallie, and Bryson got to learn how to mow.  He did a great job, but he did complain for hours about how his thumbs hurt.  Sorry bubba, that won't get you out of doing it next time :) 

Later that evening, we went to my brother's house for a barbeque with his family and my parents.  It was a perfect ending to the weekend.