Friday, February 5, 2016

Happy Friday

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

 Tonight is our last night in the condo!!! Yay! Moving day is tomorrow and I could not be more excited!

 We signed Jackson up for both T-Ball and Soccer this week! I'm super excited to watch him play this Spring!

I've been putting the finishing touches on Jackson's 4 year photo book this week. Better late than never right? I usually try to get their books done for their birthday parties, but I've been so busy, I hadn't gotten around to finishing Jackson's book up. It should have been done back in October, but 4 months later, I'm finally getting around to finishing it. You can view the entire book here if you'd like. :-) I just love my books from!

Yesterday, my sweet sister had her gallbladder removed so my mom was helping out at their house and couldn't pick Jackson up from pre-school. So I left work early, picked him up and we had a little mini date at Starbucks. We go there often for cake-pops and he always wants to go inside, but we're always in a hurry and just go through the drive-thru. So yesterday, since we didn't have Avery with us and we had some extra time, I thought it would be fun to take him on a little date to Starbucks. :-) We enjoyed our Mommy-Son time together. 

And since most of this post has been about Jackson, here's a cute picture of Avery and I that my mom took last Saturday. She just loves helping. She's my little shadow!

That wraps up my Friday Five. I hope you all have a great weekend! Our weekend will be spent packing and then unpacking, but we couldn't be more excited!!

Monday, February 1, 2016

1-31 of 365

So I decided to try and do a 365 this year. I did something similar last year with the 100 days of Summer and it was a lot of fun. So I thought a whole 365 would be fun as well. I decided that if I made it easy on myself and did a combination of iPhone and dslr pictures, I may just keep up with it. So far, a majority of these pictures are iPhone pictures, but that's okay. It shows what our days are like right now and that's just what I wanted this 365 to be about. I wanted it to tell a story of what this year is like for me. Not just work related, photography related or family related, but a mixture of all of it. I knew solely taking dslr camera pictures just wasn't realistic as I don't bring my camera with me everywhere I go. Especially not to work everyday. So it will just be a mixture of both. I thought it would be fun to post my month end results and maybe talk a little about what we did that month. Just post the highlights so they are documented here on the blog... so here goes. :-)

The month of January went by in a flash! I absolutely hate Winter, so I'm always glad to see January go. This January however, hasn't been too bad and we've been so busy, I've hardly had time to even care about the cold weather. We've had some cold days, but the month ended on a great note. It was in the 60's and sunny this past weekend! Yay!

We've been working on the house, so a majority of our month was focused on getting it ready to move in this coming weekend! We are so excited! 

The kids have had fun playing with new toys from Christmas, we got our first accumulative snow of the Winter season and the kids were super excited! I came down with Strep Throat and Jake and I have managed to go on a couple of lunch dates!

I had 3 photo sessions this month, which was a nice surprise since Winter is my slowest season. We put together a Sunshine Basket for a close family friend who had surgery, we got our hardwood floors refinished at the new house and I had a nice relaxing evening at the hair salon. We had a few family dinners and Jackson started a new semester in Pre-School. We also started packing up our condo and got our passports in the mail for an upcoming trip to Costa Rica with friends! 

So that pretty much covers our month of January!! It's been a busy and exciting month and we're very much looking forward to February when we get to move in and start our new life in our new house!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Five!

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

 We had the hard-wood floors in the new house re-finished this week and I am so in love with them!! They did an amazing job! It's so hard to believe that move in day is a week from tomorrow! I can't even begin to describe how excited we are. This has been 8 very long months in the making!
 I found this tea towel here on amazon for our new kitchen that I really want to get. It would go along with my mason jar theme. It's so cute!

 I'm a chap stick-a-holic! I love chap stick and where it constantly. I have chap stick in my purse, at my desk at work, all around at home and keep it on all day long. Yet, my lips were still getting dry and chapped. :-( So my mom told me that e.l.f. had a lip exfoliator, so I thought I'd give it a whirl for only $3. It works wonders! I paired it with Burt's Bees moisturizing lip balm and my lips have never been so shiny and smooth! :-) My lips are definitely thanking me.

Avery is all about babies right now. She just adores her new baby cousin Emerson!

 And last but not least, don't forget to enter to win a free 16x20 canvas from Canvas Factory. You can enter here on my blog at this link. You have until next Tuesday, Feb. 2nd to enter.

Have a GREAT weekend!!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Basket of Sunshine

A close family friend and member of our church recently had surgery. To help brighten her day and cheer her up, my mom, sister and I put together a little Basket of Sunshine for her to help her on the road to recovery. 

We each did some shopping last week and picked out a few items that we thought she would like. All items were yellow or had yellow on them to go with the "sunshine" theme. The get well soon card I found even had a sunshine on it! 

Here's what our basket looked like along with a list of what we put in our basket. :-) She loved it and said it did brighten her day. 

They were all just simple items you can find at any Walmart, Target or Walgreens.

**Don't forget to Enter to Win a Free 16x20 Canvas from Canvas Factory here on my blog. You have until next Tuesday to enter!**

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Canvas Factory Review and Giveaway

You all know how much I love photography and displaying photos in my home, so I'm very excited to review a 16x20 canvas print from Canvas Factory today!

Canvas Factory contacted me a little while back to see if I'd like to review a canvas here on my blog. I didn't hesitate to say yes. I just love decorating my home with canvas prints. We had just gotten a new family picture taken so it was perfect timing. I went onto their website and quickly and easily uploaded my picture. Their website was very user friendly!! You're able to position your picture right onto the canvas to see how your canvas will look. They have several styles and sizes to choose from and three different shapes (square, rectangle and panoramic). The size I'm reviewing is a 16x20 which is a great size for a gallery wall.

I was very pleased with the quality of the canvas. I am always a little worried when I order from online stores. You never really know what kind of quality you're going to get, but I was pleasantly surprised with the quality from Canvas Factory. It was a high quality 360GSM canvas stretched across a 1.2" frame ready to hang! 

Canvas Factory has also offered to let me giveaway a free 16x20 canvas to one of my lovely readers! 
You can enter the giveaway using the rafflecopter below!!!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Q and A with Jackson

Facebook has had this little Q and A floating around where, without any prompting, you ask your child these 14 questions and post what their answers are. I thought it might be fun to see what responses Jackson would give so last night I asked him the questions and posted the results. His answers were so cute that I thought I'd share them here on the blog so I can keep them forever and ever! 

Jackson: Age 4

1. What is something I always say to you? "I love you"! (This answer melted my hear and gave me some encouragement that I'm actually not doing too bad of a job as a parent. He knows I love him and that makes me so happy!)

2. What makes me happy? "Don't Yell" (I'm assuming he meant when he's being a good boy and I don't have to yell at him.)

3. What makes me sad? "You don't want to go to work." (Meaning it makes me sad to have to leave him and Avery and go to work.)

4. How do I make you laugh? "Scare Me" (He means when we're just playing around and I come up behind him and say, "boo".)

5. What was I like as a child? "I don't know, like Emerson."(Emerson is his new baby cousin.)

6. How old am I? "41"(Not the answer I was hoping for, ha.)

7. How tall am I? "1590" (He has no idea about feet and inches yet, ha.)

8. What is my favorite thing to do? "Rock Avery" (I do love special time rocking Avery to sleep, but it's funny that's what he chose.)
9. What do I do when you're not around? "Go to the Store"

10. What am I really good at? "Reading stories to us and changing diapers." 

11. What am I not very good at? "Building"(He's probably referring to the castle that he and I tried to build together with legos and I failed pretty miserable at it, Ha.) 
12. What do I do for a job? "Work on the "puter" (a.k.a. computer)."

13. What is my favorite food? "Bread"(Well I do love bread, ha.)

14. What do you enjoy doing with me? "Fixing legos and playing games."

**(Be sure to stop by the blog next week for a free Canvas Give-away!!!)**

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Kitchen Update

 I thought I'd give you guys a little kitchen update to hold you over until I can give a full blown house update soon. We have come so far from the last time I updated you all. We are planning to move in the first weekend in February (So just about 2 1/2 weeks away). I can't tell you how excited I am! There is still quite a bit of work left to do, but we are just about at a point to where we can at least move in now and then work on the rest as we have the time and money to do so. The kitchen is just about done, which was the most time consuming and expensive room of the house. It was the one room I definitely wanted to get done before moving in so that we wouldn't have to live through a kitchen renovation with 2 small children. I'm so happy my dad was able to do all the work and we were able to rent a condo from a friend to make this possible. We only need to add base-boards and back-splash to finish it up!!

Here are a few before and after pictures of the kitchen.

Before - Walking into the kitchen from the entryway.


Before - The main cooking area of the kitchen.


 Before - The opposite side of the kitchen and the stairs.






Before - The hall from the entryway to the kitchen/stairs.


 The hardwood floors upstairs are being re-finished next week and then the baseboards can go down and the new interior doors can go in. At that point, we'll be ready to move in for the most part. The walls have all been painted in the bedrooms and my Dad has been working tirelessly to get things finished up. We are on the downhill slope for sure! I plan to do a full house update post once we are at least at the point of moving in. I will list where we purchased things and post a lot of before and after pictures. It doesn't quite seem real to be this close to moving in!!! We couldn't be more excited!