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Friday, July 31, 2015

Five Loves on Friday + TARGET GIVEAWAY!!



Good morning, friends!  Judging from the chats I had over Instagram with blogging friends as I prepped this post, I'm not the only one who thought this week FLEW by!  It's that time again though.  Ready, set, loves!



1.  NEW Eat, Sleep, Dis, Repeat Video!

For those who may not know, we have a family YouTube channel, Eat, Sleep, Dis, Repeat.  My husband does an incredible job creating videos that capture the magic from our Disney vacations!  This week he began a new series of RETRO Disney World Trip videos!  That's right, we're going back in time to when my girlies were oh so little and their cheeks were oh so chubby!  Prepare yourself for cuteness overload, friends!  I just wanna transport myself back in time to kiss their little baby faces!  My mama heart melts into a puddle every time I watch this!

Since today is the last day of July it's the perfect time to watch this vid from Christmastime 2009!  Happy Christmas in July, everyone!



*If you are reading this post via an email subscription can you watch this video here.

If you enjoyed this video, we'd be tickled pink to have you click through HERE to our channel, give it a thumbs up and subscribe!    That would absolutely make our day!


We also have videos from our most recent 17-Day Walt Disney World Vacation on that channel too.  So, if you're in need of a Disney fix you know where to go! ;) 



2.  New Bike (for Little One) & New Bike Bling (for all)!

Look who else was ready for a bike upgrade this summer!


Now all of us have new wheels, and we each added some fun new accessories too!  Here's what my bike looks like now with a few new sweet touches...



I admit I got the pink glittery koozy and adorable basket partially because they are so cute that they make me smile every. single. time. I look at them!  But, they are pretty handy too!  I mean, you have to stay hydrated, right?  Plus, now we can pack picnics!  I also got Princess a sparkly kooky in her favorite color, while Jason got a much manlier black leather-ish one and a cooler bag that attaches to his bike (aka:  a manly basket ;)).


I am LOVING our family bike rides!  We took our longest one yet last Saturday, 10 miles.  It's so refreshing to get out in the sunshine, enjoy time with those dearest to my heart, and get some exercise all at the same time!



3.  Disney Goodness & Deals

Look at these ADORABLE dresses/tutus I got for Little One to twirl around in at Disney World this fall!  I believe this officially completes the girls' vacation wardrobes! (I keep telling myself that anyway! ;))



All three of these bow-tiful outfits came from Walmart, each priced under $13!  They're so adorable and sparkly!   I can hardly wait to see her to skip through the Parks in them soon!



In keeping with the Disney theme, when Princess and I spotted these fanciful flip flops at a crazy clearance price I couldn't pass them up!  They were on sale for $5.99 then buy one, get one half off!  I paid under $10 for both!  Twinning!


We instantly thought, "Ariel!", when we saw these!  They're great to wear when we're walking around on what do you call 'em?  Oh, feet. ;)



4.  Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award


Michelle of Grammie Time nominated me for a fun award this week!  It's always such a treat to receive a blogger to blogger award, especially from someone as sweet as Michelle!  Be on the lookout for that "Award Acceptance" speech {aka:  answers to the questions I was given} and my nominations next week!



5.  G I V E A W A Y 


In case you missed it, this week my friend Della of Della Devoted is celebrating her first Blogiversary!  In honor of this fun occasion I'm joining with some lovely bloggers to co-host a fabulous giveaway!  Someone is about to win a $60 Target gift card!!  Who wants to go on a Target shopping spree?!!!  Enter away, friends!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to pop by Della's blog and send a sweet congratulatory comment her way!

Thank you for stopping by the blog today!  It's a joy to have you here,  friends!


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Celebratory Target Gift Card GIVEAWAY!!

Today I have teamed up with several other bloggers in honor of Della @ Della Devoted's  very first blogging anniversary to bring you a giveaway for a $60 Target gift card. One lucky winner will be selected to win this gift, courtesy of the lovely bloggers you are about to follow and meet below.  All you have to do is complete the entries in the Rafflecopter box below. The more entries you do, the more your chances are of winning.  This giveaway is open to US residents only. Please follow all the entries as these will be checked for winner verification. The winner will be e-mailed when the giveaway is over and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Thank you so much for participating and Good luck! 


Host: Della @ Della Devoted

Your Co-hosts are:


                                                          Becky@ BYBMG
                                                               
                                                                                                          
                                                                                                  Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate
Rachel @ Garay Treasures








Happy 1st Blogiversary, Della!  Wishing you many more!!


Friday, July 24, 2015

Five Loves on Friday


Happy Friday!  I hope you've enjoyed a great week! I'm looking forward to sharing the highlights from mine with you now.  It's Five Loves time!

1.  Family Time

After a decade of sharing a bedroom our girls are getting their own rooms!  My dad helped Jason with some home renovations last weekend to make this possible.  (Thanks again, Dad!)  While the guys were hard at work, my mom joined the girls and I for a Friday evening in chatting, and a Saturday afternoon of shopping!  We enjoyed the extra time with my parents and appreciate their continued support in always lending a hand in any way they can!  Hooray for sweet family!

Gathering around the table with family and food is always such fun!  Princess got this first framed print in honor of the lullaby Grandma Kathy sang to her as a child, "You are my Sunshine".  Grandma bought Little One this My Little Pony canvas for her new space.  Originally $30 it was marked down to $6 - such a bargain!   It was a wonderful and very productive weekend!



2. Golden Goodness

You saw the first piece of decor for Princess' new room above.  That gorgeous gold lettering inspired our entire shopping spree to fill her new space with all things fabulous!  Everything I bought her was on sale a whopping 50% off at Hobby Lobby! 

Hobby Lobby sales are the BEST! I didn't pay more than $12.50 for anything we bought!  I have to admit I sorta wish this was all going in my own bedroom! HA!!  Swooning over every last item purchased!  SO EXCITED for her and LOVE my girl's style! Looking forward to helping Little One decorate her new space soon too!



3.  Mommy/Daughter Day

Princess spent a day/night with her Great Aunt Ednah this week helping her out with some cleaning and organization around her house.  Meanwhile, Little One and I soaked up the rare one on one time together!  If you follow on Instagram you already know that we returned to Hobby Lobby and Dollar Tree!  What can I say, we love to shop til we drop or until I've dropped too much money at any one store. ;)

Little One is such a fun shopping buddy!  To see some more of her silliness, pop over to Insta.  Bottom Left Photo:  Goodies from Dollar Tree - a TY Beanie Ball "Brittany" from Alvin and the Chipmunks // Bottom Right Photo:  Her Hobby Lobby Haul -  flower, bright bird from the spring section, play glasses to decorate, panda sleep mask (that I keep telling her we should remove the ears from and add a black line between the eyes to transform it to a Baymax mask ;))


I'm SO glad that we went back to good ol' Hobby Lobby, because they just put all their "Spring Shop" stuff on sale for 80% off that morning!  Let me tell you, I wanted to just throw my arms out and sweep ALL that cheery goodness into my cart (or carts if necessary), but I did show some self control.  Wanna see what made it's way home with me?


I did get a couple more things that I plan to work into my home decor.  I'll share those a bit later. ;)

Themed Lunch Fun
...because shopping works up an appetite!

Little One asked if we could go to Dollar Tree especially for the TY Beanie Ball "Brittany" that we'd seen there over the weekend.  We borrowed Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked from my parents, and at her request we picked up Long John Silvers.  We had our own little pretend private island fun with this flick and lunch!  

Lil' Pirates Meal + Chipwrecked = Fun Lunchtime!  How could she resist trying out her new fuzzy panda sleep mask too?  {However, no nap was in sight. ...Although her mama is always up for one of those!}



4.  Our Biggest Bicycle Adventure Yet!

I didn't get all the one-on-one fun with Little One.  We enjoyed a fantastic family night as a Platt trio too!  We hopped on our bikes for our longest family bike ride to date, 6.62 miles of family fun! SO MUCH FUN!




5.  Happy Mail

My Target Beauty Boxes Arrived!

Head of the Class Beauty Box:  wet n wild Max Volume Plus Mascara, Herbal Essences Wild Naturals Illuminating Dry Oil Spray, Yes To Cucumbers 10-Count Wipes, Hollywood Fashion Tape, CoverGirl Coloricious Lip Gloss, Goody Ouchless elastics, Bathery Pumice Stone

Honor Roll Beauty Box:  Bathery Delicate Pouf, CoverGirl Outlast All-Day Primer, Olay White Strawberry Body Wash, NYX Butter Gloss Strawberry Parfait, John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7-Day Treatment, Burt's Bees White Tea Facial Wipes, Goody Ouchless elastics

These Target Beauty Boxes were  just $5 each!  I'm so glad that I ordered both as they were such a value!  I look forward to putting all of these fun products to good use.  

I do my best to publish a post here the morning Target.com releases these boxes for sale as they sell out fast!  I'll be on the look out for their fall beauty box, and will let you know here when I see its sale go live!

Another fun box that hit my front porch this past week was my very first influenster box! WOOHOO!

I received this FREE for testing purposes and can't wait to share its contents with you soon!



Thanks so much for stopping by my lit'l nook of the blogosphere today! It makes my heart happy to have you here!  Have a beautiful weekend!