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Thankful Thursday

I'm noticing lately that all of my blog titles are starting to have the day of the week in them!! Ha ha! It's okay though, b/c it means I like what you're doing & I wanna play along! :-)


I'm thankful for so many of the wonderful things in my life - even some of the not so wonderful b/c they make me stronger I've decided. Today, though I'm most thankful for my two beautiful babies! I look at pictures like this & it just makes my heart swell... And as I lay down each night I must again thank God for giving me the two most precious babies. I don't know what I would do without them in my life...and I know they are truly a gift to us! I hope they always love one another so dearly & honestly.

Vloggin' Vednesday, WILW & A QUICK Recipe!

I didn't think I was going to get a vlog done for today actually b/c I didn't have a clue about what How To video I could record...so at the last minute today I whipped out my iPhone & I do have a very short How To to share with everyone...so I hope you like it!!!
(I never look or sound like myself on video - does everyone else feel that way, too?? LOL)


So...today I'm loving the Potato Soup that I made for us last night!! (I'm sad I forgot mine at home, though for lunch today)... Since we've all been sick at the house (now it's just down to me & Michael really), soup was a good idea for dinner last night. So, I decided on potato soup, b/c it sounded the most soothing for our tummies.
I thought I had some potatoes in the pantry, but when I got home I realized I didn't...so I had to improvise b/c I was not leaving the house after I got home last night to make a store run! I had instant potato flakes in the pantry - these were great when Aaron was you…

Simply Bags Review

I'm such a slacker - I've put this post off for too long!! I received an incredible embroidered tote bag with my name on it from Simply Bags over a week ago...and can I just say I've been using the heck out of it! LOL! It's sort of become my new go to bag b/c it's great for everything! Simply Bags sells the best selection of personalized bags for any occasion & they sent me this fantastic one so that I could see it up close!! The bag I received has "Hanna" embroidered on the front in red - my favorite color! The bag is a great quality bag and the straps are a great length. I was really impressed with the embroidery work as well & the size of this bag...it measures 20"W x 15#H with a 5 inch bottom - like I said, it holds everything for me!! It works great as a overnight for the kids - plenty of room for diapers and clothes - or for me toting stuff back and forth to work!

But their selection of quality bags is truly huge - from diaper bags, …

Friends with Benefits

All I have to say is that this looks hilarious!!! I love Mila Kunis, too!!

Costume Review

I was asked to do a review for Costume Discounters & I have to say I was super excited for this review - mainly b/c my daughter has wanted to be Jessie for Halloween (or just any day really) forever! She loves Jessie! Any time she sees a cowboy hat she tells me she's Jessie if she wears it...so I thought I would be mom of the year if she could get a great Jessie costume for Halloween this year - and that is just what we got from Costume Discounters, is a great costume!!
(Site Description for Girls Deluxe Toy Story 3 Jessie Costume) Everybody's favorite yodeling cowgirl is Jessie from Toy Story 3. Jessie is known for being very energetic and enthusiastic. If you know an outspoken little lady, the Deluxe Toy Story 3 Jessie costume would suit her perfectly. The girl's Deluxe Toy Story 3 Jessie costume features a one piece jumpsuit with attached belt. The sleeves of the jumpsuit have big yellow cuffs with fringe and the legs have printed-on chaps with fringes. The…

Quick Weekend Update

We had a very busy weekend - but very fun...until Sunday that is, but I'll get to that...
Friday night we had concert tickets to see Kevin Fowler with my niece, her bf, Michael's brother and some friends...it was a blast! We haven't been out like that in a long, long time & it was a lot of fun!! 
Here are a few pics I snapped with my phone!  (this is my niece) We knew it would be a late night so Emma & Aaron spent the night with my parents. They were still getting over being sick all week, too. Emma hadn't been eating all week and my little gobbler Aaron was getting to that point, too. It was awful to see them like that. Saturday morning when we went to get them, though they seemed to be somewhat improved, but still not eating like I wanted. Though they both acted like they felt fine - they ran around all afternoon outside at my parents' house while we did a little yard work there. Then, of course, the moment we drove away they crashed!!! Emma woke up whe…

Watching Kevin Fowler

Hanna Kubeczka

Dusting off Photoshop...

I decided it was time to change the look around here - actually I decided that a long time ago, but haven't had the time to work in Photoshop much at all. I barely get time to edit photos in Lightroom as it is...but I finally just made the time & thought some of our fun pics from the beach would brighten things up! I love how Aaron is checking out the water & mud on his toes in his picture...and my little beauty in her shades is super cool!! 
I LIKE IT!

Momma in Focus Friday

Another weekend is drawing near, which means that it's time for another Momma in Focus Friday!  This week's prompt is DESSERT!!

Now I would be lying if I said I didn't like dessert - who doesn't like it??? But it doesn't like me so I try to avoid sugar when possible...sugar gives me migraines & it really makes my clothes shrink. But...for the sake of the picture I did indulge in a bite or two!! 

(This is a recycled picture - little tummies in our house haven't been feeling good at all this week so we haven't had too much in the way of dessert - that's why I decided I would use this picture of me & Emma from last weekend at the Carnival (plus I did have it snapped in anticipation of this prompt! Next Friday I'll have to get two pics of me & Aaron to make up for him missing out on today.)

Last weekend when we went to the HLSR Emma got a caramel apple...which are one of my favorites...so she shared a bite with me! This was the same treat to…

Thankful Thursday Link Up

The biggest thing I am thankful for this week is that I think my baby girl is finally getting well - she isn't 100%, but she was well enough to go to school today after being out for two days. I hope that all this stuff is out of her system.
I'm also thankful for the great weekend we had at the rodeo and the great weekend we have coming up - Friday & Saturday are already booked with fun stuff for the weekend!!! I can't wait! Concert Friday night & Cirque du Soleil Saturday night (my valentine's gift from hubby - thanks hubby)!
I am also thankful that I've lost 5lbs!!! I've been working hard & have been on a plateau for a looooooooooooong time, but I'm finally starting to see some movement again on the scale! I've been noticing a change in the way my clothes fit for a while, but the scale wouldn't move. :-( Well, today it did!!! And last week I bought a pair of pants that I didn't try on & when I brought them home they were a bit s…

It's a Vintage Giveaway & Discount Code: Shabby Apple

If you love vintage inspired apparel & accessories then you are going to love Shabby Apple! They have beautiful women's dresses & even little girls' dresses that are so beautiful - they even have dress up attire for kids!  
And the accessories - necklaces & bracelets & hair details - even bags & shoes! I love this one: Aren't the colors in this bag great??
One of their newest dresses is called Spanish Steps and I think it is gorgeous!!
This dress is so beautiful and elegant!
And GUESS WHAT!! One of my lucky readers will get to win this beautiful dress!!!!
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Vloggin' Vednesdays

I'm excited about participating in my first every Vlog! Hopefully this will be the first of many! I guess everyone says the same thing - I cringe when I see myself "live" - or rather recorded - but I'm pushing past that insecurity and sharing anyway! LOL - please don't laugh too loud!


Sickness came to our house...

This is my baby girl today...
She and I were both sick last night. I picked her up from school at lunchtime bc she had got sick twice...by the time I picked her up she seemed to be feeling a little better so I asked her if she wanted to go home with me or to Grammy's - the babysitter - with Aaron. She said she wanted to go see Grammy so I got her some lunch and we went over there. It's just across the street from my work, too so I liked being close to her if she didn't just want to go home. She ended up not eating and just laying around most of the afternoon...
At 4:30 I picked her and Aaron up and headed home and she crashed before we made it home - and didn't wake up again until this morning when I woke her at 6:30 to go to school. I got sick last night when we got home, too and though I felt a bit drained and weak this morning I felt alright to go to work...but when I woke her up she had a 101.8 fever...so we decided the best thing was to stay home today. If it'…

Aaron's First Year - Scrapbook...it's finished!!

I cannot believe that it's finally DONE!!! I am so thrilled to have this finished!!
I finished the last two month pages and a year in review page... For Emma's album - I ordered as I went - her book wasn't really as organized as Aaron's, though. Aaron's book has fewer pages actually, so now that I am done I am going to order a book with all these pages already put together. Emma's book has each page in a separate page protector - this way was much easier to be honest! I may go back and do the same with her pages down the road, too. We'll see - I'm just glad it's finished for him!

Night out with Friends & the HLSR Carnival

We had such a fun weekend - I wish I could have slept in today - I'm so tired! But it was so worth it!! Friday night we had plans to go out with friends, so my parents came over to watch Emma & Aaron. We had a fun time out & ran into my niece & her bf, whose parents were in town so it was nice to get to meet them as well. 
Saturday we planned to take the kids to the carnival and livestock show at the rodeo...my parents went with us so they just stayed the night Friday night. Saturday after lunch we all loaded up and headed down to the rodeo! We had such a great time that we ended up staying 8 hours down there!!!!
Emma has got so brave -she rode all the rides!! The tea cups were her favorite, though! Aaron was on the same ride all day, though - his stroller! LOL She even rode the camel!! After I bought a ticket for her and me to ride she said she wanted to ride alone - but I already had my ticket & I wanted to ride, too!! She loved it! Wasn't afraid in the lea…