Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Harry Potter fund savings jar

My love of Harry Potter is still going strong.  

I want soooo bad to go back to The World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios 
like we did a few years ago.  
So I made a little jar to start saving my money to do so.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Summer Taste Test Party for kids

We had the most FUN party to celebrate Summer with our kids:
a Taste Test party! 


It's such a fun thing to do as a family!
Come and see all of the details!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Do's and don'ts for road tripping across the country with kids

As I said in my previous post, 
my kids and I just went on a huge 4000 mile road trip.

We discovered many things that worked really well.
And a few that didn't work so well.

Today I want to share that with you.


Friday, July 8, 2016

Road Trip TN to NV

My kids and I just got back from a huge road trip.
We went out west to visit family.


We drove almost 4000 miles in 9 days.
I drove every single one of those. I'm running for superwoman status!


Here's our route.
I split it up so it was about 10 hours or less of driving per day.
It worked pretty well.


We saw lots of beautiful sites along the way.


We stopped every few hours to get out and stretch our legs.


We loved rest areas the best, especially this one in Texas.  



We were really excited to make it to Arizona to see our family, but were a little 
unprepared for the heat!
Sure, it's not humid like TN, but anything over 100* is just hot!  
112* was almost unbearable!!!!!!




We were able to go to Lake Havasu and see London Bridge.


We also went to Oatman, an old mining town up in the mountains.
There are live burrows that roam the streets and will eat out of your hand.  
I loved them, but my kids- not so much!


Next up, we went to Hoover Dam.





We were able to take the Power Plant tour.  
It was awesome to learn the history of the Hoover Dam.


Next up we went to Vegas, where we stayed at Circus Circus.
We were on the 22nd floor, 
with an awesome view of the end of the strip, near the Stratosphere.


We really enjoyed Circus Circus.
My cousin and her kids were able to meet us there to hang out with us. 
Our kids played the carnival games and watched the trapeze act.
I would totally recommend Circus Circus for children.


The next day we walked around the Las Vegas Strip.


Everything on the strip is larger than life.


One of the things we loved was going to the M and M factory.


We loved Vegas!
After Vegas we headed onto St. George to visit more family.


One place I was really excited to go was Durangos.
Do you follow Vintage Revivals?  Her family owns this restaurant.
She recently completed a makeover and it's just darling!

After a few days with family, it was time to head home.
Rather than take the same way back, we headed back to TN through Colorado and Kansas.


We loved the green mountains and trees of Colorado! 
It was also a little bit cooler temperature wise.  What a nice change from 112*!


After 27 hours of driving, we were SO happy to pull into our driveway.
I had so much housekeeping and laundry to catch up on, but it was wonderful to 
sleep in my own bed.
Reentry into day to day life has been a little tough, as it always is post vacation.


There are many things I'm glad I did and a few things I wish I'd done differently on this trip.  
I'll be back next week to share my travel tips.





Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Summer: My favorite things

Every season I gravitate to some favorite things that  make my life
easier, more rewarding or that somehow add positivity to my life.
Today I'm going to share with you My Favorite Things for summer!


My favorite moisturizer and serum for this summer.
I love a moisturizer that has sunscreen and the serum makes my face look so nice!



Ibotta
It's a rebate app that gives cashback for buying things. It's very simple. 
You download the app, unlock rebates for selected products on the app, 
purchase them, verify your purchase and then they deposit money in your account.
I like it because it doesn't involve coupons at all.
I know I sound like an advertisement, but I seriously like this app.
I'm not a couponer, but I love saving money.
I get cashback for things I was going to buy anyway.
So far with very little effort I have made $50.

The link above is a referral code.  
Each person that signs up using my code with get $10 automatically deposited 
into their account and I will get a bonus as well.



I'm an avid reader. Normally I read fiction.
But lately I've been into reading books that help me be my best self and get the most out of life.
Creating Your Best Life is one of my favorite books.  
It's a great one to read a little bit at a time and savor.
You'll want to have a journal or notebook handy to jot down the lists and ideas you'll have!




I love my Heidi Swapp light box!
You've probably seen me talk about it on my blog before.
But I can't get enough of it. 

I love it so much!



There are tons of bugs in TN.
Normally I forgo bug repellent because I can't stand the way it smells.
I'm always sorry for that when I have bug bites all over me.
Well- bug bites no more.
This bug spray works well and smells pretty great too!


This is my daughter and my new favorite meal.
These Healthy Choice steamers are delicious.



This book, Easier Than You Think, is one of my absolute favorites!!
I borrowed it from the library and loved it so much I had to purchase it.



We are right into the thick of summer.
Summer in TN means HEAT.  And HUMIDITY!
I'm always a sweaty mess.
But the shininess of my face is no more with these wonderful blotting papers.


Those are my favorites for this season!
What things/products are you enjoying this summer?




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Monday, June 27, 2016