Happy Friday, friends!!! It has been such a full and fantastic week since we last chatted! I can hardly wait to share some of our "wild" adventures, and a couple of my new favorite apps, one will save you money, the other will allow you to donate to a charity of your choice without costing you a dime!
1. My Ideal Saturday
Last Saturday was one of those as close to perfection as you can get outside of Disney World kinda days! The first half of the day was spent lounging in pajamas flipping through my favorite magazines, snuggled up on the couch with the hubs watching Fixer Upper while the kiddos played. When it hit a lovely 60º we headed out to trails near the lake for a sweet family walk and talk.
Afterward, we got some Mexican food and headed back to the lake to nosh with a gorgeous view! While we enjoyed our queso covered goodness we watched bald eagles "chillin'" on ice patches in the middle of the lake. They continually flew over us too. It was such a beautiful sight! Unfortunately, my iPhone's camera didn't pick them up well, but here's a snap where you can make out 3 or 4 of them...
2. A Year of "Wild" Adventures Ahead!
This week we purchased an annual family membership to a nearby zoo, which just happened to be named the "#1 Zoo in the World" by Trip Advisor. ...We agree! ;)
We spent much of Sunday there appreciating the beauty of God's amazing creation. Many cute animals were adored, a 3D IMAX movie was watched, and sweet memories were made as a family!
All that fun works up an appetite, so this yumminess followed...
It was a sweet 'n' delicious day together!
3. Family Walks + Charity Miles
3. Family Walks + Charity Miles
One of our favorite things to do as a family is to hit a nearby pedestrian bridge for a nice walk together. This week I came across an app that will give to the charity of our choice whenever we do!
Charity Miles is an app that uses your phone's GPS to track the miles you walk, run, or bike (indoor or outdoor) and pairs you with a sponsoring company that is willing to donate 25 cents for every mile walked/10 cents for each biked, to the charity of your choice! There are 30+ charities to choose from. I've been walking for St. Jude Children's Hospital this week. It's so nice to be able to help other families, in a small way, while enjoying precious time out in the sunshine with my own!
4. Regaining the Lost Hour
Jason was able to head out of work a little early on Thursday afternoon, so the hour we lost on Sunday in the time change we regained with an extra hour of family time! ;) The temp rose to 77º, so a second trip to the zoo this week was in order. "Hanging out" with gibbons and sloths was a fab way to spend a weekday afternoon together!
5. PAY ME for shopping?! Yes, please & thank you!
Y'all know I enjoy online shopping and I L-O-V-E a bargain!!! I cannot believe how much money simply clicking through ebates.com before shopping, or using my Ebates app can reward me in cash! For example, this week I bought some new sheets (of the bed and cookie varieties). I scored some major deals as I found sales, and had promo codes for free shipping and an additional 30% off. On top of the already fantastic savings I ended up earning another $7.08 cash back from Ebates for that one inexpensive purchase! AMAZING!!!
If you haven't signed up for an Ebates account, I HIGHLY recommend it! Here's a link if you'd like to create an account before you spend another penny online. Why not get some money back on what you're going to buy anyway? Oh, how I heart extra savings!!!
Have a sweet weekend, lovelies! We've got our advance tickets to Cinderella, so it's sure to be a magical one for my lit'l family! :) Anyone else heading to the (cinematic) ball?
Join me in the adventures to come!