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Friday, August 21, 2015

Five Loves on Friday & an Announcement!

It's FRIDAY, friends!  You know what that means.  It's five loves time!

1.  New Cameras

We invested in some new cameras!  HOORAY for new tech toys to help us capture all the magic and memories of our upcoming Disney vacations!  Both the camera and the waterproof camera/camcorder have wifi functionality, so we may be sharing snaps while on vacation via Instagram!  Please be sure to subscribe!  Can't wait to share with you there, too!

Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera // Sony E 55-210mm Lens // Sony 50mm f/1.8 Lens // Fujifilm FinePix XP80 Waterproof Digital Camera 

*Please be advised that I've included affiliate links to the above products we purchased and love!

We've been having such fun trying out these new photography goodies!  Here's one of my favorite shots Jason snapped this week at a park downtown...

2.  My hubby takes such good care of me!

Last week Little One had a stomach bug.  Unfortunately while I nursed her to health I picked it up myself.  Thankfully my thoughtful hubby takes very good care of me when that sort of thing happens!  He stopped on his way from work to pick up my favorite egg drop soup.  Spoonfuls of comfort and a dash of drama, courtesy of the Astronaut Wives Club, helped all my cares disappear for a bit.  Side note, I haven't been able to get through the last few episodes without being in full out tears!  I haven't watched this week's episode yet though, so shhh!  No spoilers, please and thank you! ;)

3.  POPSUGAR Must Have August Box

This month's box included:
American Colors Clothing Plaid Scarf, Pastel Best Day Ever Mug, Folgers Iced Cafe Caramel Macchiato Flavored Coffee Drink, Toot Sweet Pink Stripe Napkins, Happy Jackson YAY LUNCH! Lunch Box, Shortstacks Birthday Cake Pancake and Waffle Mix, Royal Apothic Tea Balm Firming Eye Treatment

I was super excited to immediately spot the birthday cake pancake and waffle mix!  It reminded me that my September birthday is getting so close!  (Yes, even while approaching "37" I still look forward to birthdays! ;))  The plaid and gingham cuteness of the scarf made me long for next month's arrival as well!  On to things I look forward to daily, like lunch. ;)  The YAY LUNCH! box they included is like plastic sunshine.  It's absolutely smile inducing!  To clean up after chowing down, they tossed in some incredibly adorable napkins!  They are almost too cute to use, but life is too short not to use adorable napkins!  They'll definitely be enjoyed!  Has anyone tried the Royal Apothic tea balm firming eye treatment?  I look forward to testing it out soon!  While I'm not a coffee drinker, I do enjoy cold coffee flavored beverages.  I will give the caramel macchiato a whirl, in the best day ever mug, of course! ;)  

Overall, I was pleased with this box's contents.  However, I was a bit bummed that one of this month's themes seemed to go unaddressed.  They boasted that the box was inspired by "organization", but there seemed to be a complete lack of organizing goodness!  I think I imagined receiving something like a cutesy planner or perhaps some Kate Spade office organizing supplies ...or something!  In my opinion, none of these things really belonged under that category.  In any case, most of these items will be used and will brighten my day in the process!

Learn more about POPSUGAR Must Have boxes HERE.  Use the promo code REFER5 to receive $5 off your first box!

4.  Disney Movies + Coordinating Jewelry

Princess and Lela {of Teen Beach & TB2} are twinsies! //  Little One with her new Descendants movie and bracelet featuring Disney villain emblems!

We surprised our girlies with copies of their latest Disney movie faves, each of which came with some beautiful coordinating jewelry!  What girl doesn't love some fab bling?  It's so fun to give lit'l unexpected "just because" gifts!  Jason and I aren't the only ones in the family who think so . . . 

5.  An Oversized Cup of Thoughtfulness

Princess went to a swap meet with my parents and bought a treasure with her own money, not for herself, but for her Marvin the Martian loving dad!  My heart melted over her sweet thoughtfulness!  I doubt many thirteen year olds there were offering up $5 of their own hard earning money to buy gifts for their dads that day.  I was delighted that she jumped at the opportunity to do so though!  Come fall he'll be enjoying plenty of soup from this oversized mug of awesomeness.  Each time it's used I know our home will be filled with smiles as Jason and I think back on the generosity of our oldest sweetie pie!


As soon as I hit "publish" on this post I'll officially be on a blogging hiatus.  We're in the midst of some home improvement projects and prepping for a fresh new year of homeschooling right now.  I'm feeling stretched pretty thin at the moment, so it's time to step away from the blogging world for just a bit.  I'll be back in my lit'l nook of the blogosphere around mid-September.  Meanwhile, if you don't already, I'd like to invite you to follow along on Instagram as I'll be sharing the everyday joys of life there!

Thanks for stopping by today, friends!  Enjoy summertime's finale!  See you this fall, the most fabulous season of all!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Sunshine Voxbox Review

Hello, friends!  If you've been around here long you already know I'm obsessed with fun boxes!  That being said, I was tickled pink to be selected to receive a complimentary Sunshine Voxbox from Influenster for testing purposes!  Today I look forward to sharing my honest opinion on the products that I found tucked inside that bright, cheery, yellow box.  Let's great right to the goods...

Friday, August 14, 2015

Five Loves on Friday

Happy Friday, friends!  Hope you've enjoyed a lovely week!  Here's a short 'n' sweet peek at some highlights from mine...

*Once again this week's loves are listed chronologically. ;)

o n e // This is what bicycle baskets were made for . . . 

Jason and I decided to put our bikes to a delicious use and headed out for an ice cream run on Saturday.  The best part was burning even more calories than I'd consume eating either treat, before we even got home with them!  Winning! ;)

If you are looking for a new, low cal frozen treat to try, I'd highly recommend Skinny Cow's Chocolate Mousse Ganache cones!  They are so good that I may have gone back to the store later in the week and stocked our freezer with them!  Weight Watcher's Peanut Butter Caramel  Ice Cream Candy Bars are delightful too!  Nothing quite like a fabulous frozen treat in the midst of the summer heat!

t w o //  Unexpected Date Night

When my parents texted inviting our girls over for a few hours on Saturday night, they were excited and so were we!  Unexpected date nights are the best surprise!  The weather was perfection so we decided to go out for a different kind of bike ride. ;)  The sunset lit world looked absolutely breathtaking from the back of that bike!  Ahh...*happy sigh*

t h r e e //  Happy Birthday to my late Grandma Pat!

My cousin Emily posted the sweetest snapshot on Instagram last weekend in celebration of our late grandma's birthday!  I adore these old photographs and remembering the best grandma a girl could've ever asked for!  Thanks again for sharing, Emily!  I've looked back at your beautiful photo throughout the week with a smile. :)

f o u r // Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

a few snaps from the Q&A portion of that post

I finally got that sisterhood post up this week. {Hooray!}  I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed putting it together!  I had a great time answering the questions posed to me, and passing on the nominations was a joy too!  If you missed that post you can check out the fun Q&A and perhaps discover a few new fab blogs among my nominees HERE!

f i v e // Cookout with my Parents

The girlies with their Grandpa Bob & Grandma Kathy

Jason was out of town most of this week on business.  One of those evenings my parents invited the girls and I down for a fun cookout and dinner on their patio, followed by a movie night complete with my mom's homemade munchies!  It was such a great time and a memory I'll definitely cherish from this summer!


New video up on our family Disney YouTube channel, 
Eat, Sleep, Dis, Repeat!  
Watch our Retro Disney World Trip vid #2 HERE!  

My girlies were so little and adorable!  This mama's heart nearly bursts with happiness each time I look back at these magical memories and hear my sweeties' teeny tiny voices!  I hope you enjoy the pixie dusted cuteness if you click through to view!  

*Psst... if you like it, be sure to give it a thumbs up (a great encouragement to my hubby, the video editor!), and subscribe to the channel for weekly vids!  Following this fun retro series we'll share new vlogs from our upcoming trips to Disney World & Disneyland!! 

Wishing you a fabulous weekend!  Jason is homeward bound as I type this {cue the confetti!}, so I know mine will be wonderful!