Friday, May 19, 2017

Teacher Appreciation/End of Year Gift

For the girls' teacher appreciation gifts this year, we created little movie packets with popcorn, movie candy, and a Redbox coupon for a free movie. 

We put together 18 of these gifts so it's important to keep it pretty cost effective. There are so many fun and fancy variations of this gift out there. 

These would also make nice gifts for the end of the year and you could also add in a coupon to an ice cream shop or swap out the Redbox coupon for a movie theater gift card. Always so many options!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Lily's 17th birthday was on Friday and we had a great time celebrating her! Lily took the day off of school and we went to IHOP for breakfast and then shopped at MacArthur Center.

For dinner, we met my family at PF Chang's and finished our meal with her favorite Cheesecake Factory red velvet cake. So yummy!!!

As a little surprise following dinner, we booked a room at Escape 2Win for an escape room adventure. We were booked in the Explorer's Club and worked as a team to get out of the room with just 3 minutes remaining in our hour.

Afterward, it was back to our house to open her gifts from us. She used some of her birthday money to splurge on a really nice camera. I loved that she made this invest that will last her for quite awhile.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Lily is 17

What!? Really? When did this happen? I can not believe that I have a 17 year old daughter. And, I feel so lucky she's a part of our family.

She is a complete joy to mother. She's funny and thoughtful. She's smart and mature. Every day with her I laugh and have fun. I'm always impressed with the way she has handled a tough situation. I'm so eager to watch her grow and blossom even more over this next year.

Happy Birthday to my sweet and lovable Lily.

Friday, May 05, 2017

8 Gifts for Moms

Mother's Day is right around the corner and I've been thinking of some fun gift ideas for that special mom in your life. Here are eight nifty ideas to get you started:

Kate Spade Tumbler--this is such an adorable travel cup. I'm a sucker for iced tea and this is a perfect choice for traveling with your drink. 

Alex and Ani candle--I had no idea Alex and Ani made candles until recently. A friend gave me this candle and the smell is awesome. It's subtle but still fills the room with a delightful scent. 

Flamingo Clips--I love these cute beach towel clips. They make a day at the beach even more fun and they add a little smile to any beach lover's face. 

Aura Digital Frame--moms love to look at photos of their children. This digital frame goes through iPhone photos easily with a Bluetooth connection.  The frame is a pretty addition to your home decor while also being a great way to share photos with the whole family. 

Q & A for Moms--this is such a great way to journal your life as a mom over five years. Moms can use this to document their lives and this is a special way to look back and reminisce. 

Huffy Bicycle--this was actually my Mother's Day gift last year. My version is coral and mint and I love it. It's reasonably priced and ideal for the pleasure bike rider. 

Temptation--this is my favorite scent from Victoria's Secret. Your mom might like this one or any of the other lovely lotions. 

Tiffany bracelet--this is an extra special gift for an extra special mom. Love this bracelet. 

Monday, May 01, 2017

Easter Sunday

Easter morning started with the usual Easter basket hunt. The girls are still eager to find their basket and play along with the whole event. Happy for that.

This year, we hosted the Easter brunch at our house. It was fun to invite all of the family to come together for food, laughs, and fun. Strangely, I didn't take pictures of any of our guest! 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Podcast ❤

I'm a big lover of podcasts and have been listening to them ever since 2006 when my sister gave me an old iPod she had. I started my podcast obsession with the Bob and Sheri Show. They have a syndicated radio show that I listened to in Greensboro until it was taken off our local station. So, when I found them on my podcast list, I was beyond excited about it.

Once I became fascinated with the idea of podcasts, my interest grew and I found more and more shows to listen to over time. I thought I'd share my list of favorites with all of you.

Bob and Sheri from their radio show and filled with laughs and good times.

Serial true crime podcast.

Joel Osteen uplifting messages of hope and faith.

How I Built This interesting look into businesses and their creators.

S Town another NPR show about a small town and a potential crime.

Young House Love Has a Podcast couple who are DIY house designers with a fun flair.

Heather Dubrow Real Housewife who talks about her life and interviews celebrities.

Katie Couric journalist and interviewer discusses politics and popular culture.

Dr. And Mrs. Guinea Pig Heather Dubrow and her doctor husband answer a variety of medical questions.

So, check these out and listen in on this wide variety of entertainment. Oh, and they are all FREE!!!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Color Me Rad

On the 2nd, the four of us and Krissy participated in the Color Me Rad 5K run. We had such a fun time and all dressed in bright colors to add to the excitement. I was happy to say that I did, in fact, do a little running along the course. We all really enjoyed the morning together and spent the afternoon resting and napping!!!

Before the run

After the run