Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Our Weekend

It was a great weekend for us! I hope you all had a great weekend too!

I'll start with Friday afternoon. My boss gave us a long lunch so I decided to surprise Jackson and go have lunch with him at school! He was so surprised when I walked up at the playground. He was not expecting to see me at all!

Then that night we had a movie night at Jackson's school, so we went with our neighbors to that. They showed Boss Baby outside on the lawn. It was such a nice night and everyone had a great time.

Jake was out of town all from Thursday morning until around noon on Sunday on a golf trip so it was just the kids and I. We spent Saturday cleaning and running some errands and then I had a photo session that evening. Then that night we went to dinner with my mom and dad and aunt and uncle at San Jose near our house. It was a beautiful night to sit out on the patio.

Sunday we got up and went to church and then we had Jake's family over for a September Birthdays get-to-gether. We have 3 September birthdays so we celebrated them all with BBQ and swimming (for the ones brave enough to get in the freezing cold water). 

I was off work yesterday as well, so while the kids were at school, I went to get some work done on my car and ran another errand before picking Avery up from preschool. Then she and I did some shopping and took Hunter to the vet for a nail trim.

Then we went back home to pick Jackson up at the bus stop. A little while later, I took Avery to her first dance class at Charmette. She did great, but was a little shy doing some of the movements. I'm sure she'll come out of her shell a little more as she gets used to it. It's a large class so it might take some getting used to for her.
Avery is at the very end in this picture, closest to the wall.

After dance class we ate a quick dinner and then we went outside to play with our neighbor friends for a little while before it was time to get ready for bed.

It was another jam packed weekend full of fun!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Labor Day Weekend

I hope you all had a great Labor Day Weekend. We sure did! It was jam-packed full of fun!

Friday night, we went out to dinner at Smugala's with our neighbors across the street. It was a beautiful evening so we sat outside on the patio and the kids had a great time playing and eating dinner together. :-)

Then Saturday, we got up and met my Dad's side of the family for our annual Family Picnic at Rend Lake. The weather couldn't have been more perfect and our pavilion was right on the lake so it was beautiful. We BBQ'd and had so much great food and fun. It was so nice to see family I don't see very often. The kids had a great time playing with their cousins outside all day!

Then Sunday, the kids and I went to my sister's church since Jackson's been begging to go there. My nephews love their class at church and had been telling Jackson all about it. So he finally got to visit and he was so excited!! It was a wonderful service and we all enjoyed it.

Then after church, Jake and his brothers took their kids to see The Goonies at the movie theater. A theater in St. Charles has been showing a few old classic movies on Sunday afternoons for $5 during the Summer. So they decided to all go and take the kids. Avery was a little bit too young and I didn't think she'd care to see that movie so she and I went to lunch at Mod Pizza and then went and got her new Tap Shoes for dance class that starts next week. Then we also took some library books back and got a few new ones to read.

After we were done with all of that and Jake and Jackson got home, we had decided to spend the evening at Six Flags. Six Flags is running their annual flash sale on Season Passes so Jake and I decided to get them for our family since we all seem to enjoy it so much. So the kids were super excited to get to go back and spend a few hours there Sunday evening.

Then yesterday, Jake played golf in the morning while I did laundry and cleaned the house. Later in the day we had my sister and her family over and our neighbors over for a little swim party. It was a really fun day!

I hope you all had a great Labor Day Weekend.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Friday Five

Happy Friday!
Today I'm linking up with Christina, April and Natasha for Five on Friday!

I have a Canvas Factory Giveaway going on right now and I'd love for you to enter for a chance to win a 16x20 canvas for free! Just click here to enter.

I recently had a sign party that was so much fun! You just plan a little get-together for you and at least 10 of your friends. You all choose your own sign ahead of time, from the many options they have, and then she brings everything to the party that you'll need to make the sign. It was with Mommy's Design Farm here in St. Louis. Check them out if you live in the area. Here's a picture of a sign I made at a party I went to back in May and a picture of the sign I made at my party a couple weeks ago. It was SO much fun!

A few weeks ago I signed Avery up for Dance at a studio near our house. Over the Summer we had her in a little dance class at our city community center just to see if she'd like it. She LOVED it, so we decided to sign her up at a real dance studio. Her beginner class is every Monday evening from 5-6 p.m. and they'll have a recital in June. I'm so excited for her!! They had a special sign-ups event earlier in August where we could check out the studio. They had some of the Disney Princesses there and Captain America. They also had face painting and other little activities for the kids. Such a fun studio and I can't wait for Avery to start on Sept. 11th!

The weather here has been cooling down some and it's been really pretty outside. I decided to take a nice long walk yesterday on my lunch hour and saw this pretty butterfly!

With Jackson having lost 2 teeth now, I was thrilled when I saw that a woman on a local craft Facebook page was making these little personalized tooth fairy bags for only $5! I went ahead and ordered one for each of the kids. They are so much cuter than the plastic baggie we've been using. Ha. You can check her Facebook page out here.

Have a great Labor Day weekend everyone and Happy September!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Canvas Factory Giveaway

I'm so excited for the opportunity to partner with Canvas Factory again! They are such a great company and I always enjoy working with them. They offered to let me review another 16x20 canvas here on my blog and to give another 16x20 canvas away as a gift to my readers.

This time around I chose to print a picture from our recent 10 year anniversary trip to Washington State. Our bedroom has been neglected ever since we moved a little over a year and a half ago. So I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get something to hang in our master bedroom.

I went to their very user-friendly website (www.canvasfactory.com) and chose the style, size and picture I wanted. It was all very easy and I was done in a matter of minutes. It took less than a week for me to receive my canvas and I have to say that I couldn't be happier with my beautiful new canvas. They did an amazing job and I love it so much. The quality is wonderful and it comes ready to hang, so it's so easy!

Canvas Factory is so sweet to give another 16x20 canvas away to one of my readers. Just use the Rafflecopter below and comment on this post telling me how you plan to use your canvas if you win! It's that easy!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Few Ipsy Favorites!

I've been signed up for Ipsy since January of this year and I'm loving it. It's so fun to try new products and I love that little surprise gift to myself every month for only $10! So I thought I'd share a few of my favorite products that I've received through ipsy this year.

First is this fabulous Glacial Face Wash made by Skyn Iceland. They are a Vegan and Cruelty Free company and this face wash is amazing. I had a couple pimples on my chin that I could not seem to get rid of. After only a week of using this face wash they had started to go away and it wasn't too long after that, they were completely gone. Since I've been using it daily, I haven't had any more break-outs! So amazing! I love this face wash so much, that I decided to try a few of their other products and I'm loving them too.

Next, I just got this eye liner in my bag this past month and I love it! It's the Precision Tip Eyeliner in black by Steve Laurant. It goes on so easy and straight. I just love it.

Third, is this amazing 10-in-1 Hair Primer from Eva NYC Mane Magic. Its a one stop shop for so many things. This primer does it all: detangles, nourishes, strengthens, softens, cuts drying time, adds shine, reduces frizz, and protects against thermal, environmental and UV damage.

I just love this blush by theBalm! The color is Cabana Boy. It goes on easy and doesn't crumble and get all over the place like so many other blushes I've tried do. You can also get it at Kohls, which makes things easy. I'd really like to try some of their other products too.

I'm really liking this True Cream Aqua Bomb by Belif. It is so hydrating, but doesn't leave the skin feeling oily. It goes on nice and smooth and feels and smells so nice.

Last, but certainly not least is this amazing eye lash primer and mascara from LancĂ´me. My eyelashes immediately looked better from the first day of using it and now after over a month of using it, I can tell my eye lashes are longer and fuller than they were before. The primer is called CILS Booster XL and the mascara is called Definicils. They are both amazing, but I especially recommend the primer.


So these are just a few of my very favorite products that I've tried in the last few months from ipsy! I highly recommend trying ipsy. For only $10 a month you get to try 5 new items and you get a cute little cosmetic bag every month as well. It's such a great way to try and find new products that you may not even know about. Here's my referral link if you'd like to give it a try. You won't regret it. :-)

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Pink Baby Shower for My Sister

This past Saturday my mom and I hosted a baby shower for my sister at my house! This is my sister's 4th baby, but first girl, so we are all so excited!!

With it being the 4th baby, we decided to keep it simple and easy. We had the shower in the morning and served a ham and a sausage breakfast casserole. (Recipe here.) My mom also picked up a tray of Danishes from Sam's and a co-worker of mine has a daughter who loves to bake, so she made us the most delicious strawberry cupcakes!

It was such a nice shower and she got so many cute and much-needed gifts.

Here are a few pictures I took of our fun morning.


Friday, August 25, 2017

Happy Friday

Happy Friday!!

It's been a while since I did a 5 on Friday so I thought I'd jump back on the bandwagon this week!

Tomorrow is National Dog Day, so don't forget to give your dogs a little extra love tomorrow. ♥

Tomorrow morning my mom and I are hosting a baby sprinkle for my sister and her sweet baby girl Addison. We are hosting it at my house. This is her fourth baby, but first girl. We are all so excited and can't wait to meet baby Addison in just a couple more months!!

I know everyone is so excited to have Fall right around the corner, but I'm over here like, can Summer just last forever? I love Summer and I'm sad that it won't be here much longer.

This sweet boy has had a great first full week of Kindergarten! He's still loving school, his only complaint is that his day there is too long. Ha. He's used to half day at preschool, so full day kindergarten is going to take some getting use to. Otherwise, he's loving school and that makes me so happy.

I will be having another Canvas Factory Giveaway either next week or the following week, so please check back as you won't want to miss it.

Have a Great Weekend!