Friday, April 10, 2015

Five Loves on Friday

Happy Friday, friends!  I'm sick, but hopeful that I can sit at this desk long enough to share the highlights of what was otherwise a beautiful week!  Let's jump right in!

*This week's loves will be listed chronologically. :)

1.  Mommy/Daughter Saturday-te
{a day date with my littlest sweetie}

We started at home watching "Alice in Wonderland" while celebrating our unbirthdays with donuts covered in chocolate frosting, and of course, LOTS of sprinkles!

We reminisced about our last visit with Alice...

{read more about that meeting in this Disney World trip report}

When Alice woke from her charming dream, Little One and I headed out for an afternoon of shopping.  She spotted her "new favorite shoes", some clear sparkly jelly sandals, each topped with a sweet bow!  What made them even better was the price tag, only $4.88!  (You may catch a glimpse of them on her twinkling toes in the Easter snapshots below. ;)) After finding her fancy new footwear, we enjoyed taking our time choosing gifts for our Aunt Ann's birthday.  (More on that later!)

Shopping works up in appetite!  

Little One requested Taco Bell and proceeded to eat a burrito bigger than she is.  Between bites we chatted about anything and everything under the sun!  This girl likes to talk as much as her mommy does, so it makes for really fun one on one time together! :)

Library Love

With full tummies and happy hearts we swung back home to add our other favorite girl, Princess, to the mix, and made a beeline for the library.  We checked out movies, games, and books to enjoy in the coming weeks.  So thankful we have such a great library nearby!  

Speaking of the library, if you haven't checked it out before, I highly recommend the OverDrive app!  

It allows you to check out eBooks and audiobooks from your local library.  Once you've chosen one (or two, or three) you can read/listen/enjoy on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod for free!  I've enjoyed a few audiobooks this week while feeling too sick to focus on reading a book myself.  It's been so nice to just rest, close my eyes, and let the authors read to me!

2.  Celebrating Our Savior // Easter 2015

"Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet he live" - John 11:25  //

Not sure why Jesus died, and what it has to do with you?  Check this out! 

The girls with their Grandma Lou Ann // Jason, the girls & their Grandpa Kevin // The girls with their Great Grandma Nancy

That morning we were thrilled to spot Jason's parents and grandma across the sanctuary!  It was such a nice surprise to have them worship with us that beautiful morning!

3.  Celebrating with Family

As I entered my aunt and uncle's kitchen I commented how much I love days when all my favorite people are gathered together in one place!  Between celebrating with Jason's side of the family earlier in the day, then joining together with my side, it was such a sweet day spent with many of the people we treasure most!

My Aunt Ann and Cousin Emily have always put together the most fantastic table settings for Easter!  This year was no exception.  While the kitchen was filled with the wonderful aroma of a delicious lunch prepared for our family, the dining area overflowed with a festive feast for our eyes!

Here is a peek at their fabulous tables!  How darling are those peeps in lit'l twinkiemobiles?! The cupcakes were nearly too lovely to eat, yet too delicious to resist!  I adored every last detail of what they lovingly put together for our family to enjoy!

Here are a few more snaps of my girlies having fun with their cousins...

4.  Celebrating my Aunt Ann's Birthday

Monday was a milestone birthday for my Aunt Ann.  My mom had the sweet idea of surprising her the day before, with a lit'l celebration after lunch on Easter.  She baked a cake in one of my aunt's favorite flavors and decorated the table where she sat with Disney balloons.  We sang, wishes were made, and gifts given.  It's always so special celebrating those dear to our hearts!

We decided to forgo a traditional gift bag.  Instead, Little One had a ball decorating a tote bag with some fabric markers and a dash of Disney magic!  Here's a closer look at the cuteness...

Ann texted me that night saying she planned to bring her bag to school with her the next day.  A few days later she sent me a snapshot of the sweet kids in her class checking out her birthday bag.  The smiles on their faces made my week!

5.  h a p p y   m a i l

My favorite happy mail this week was a bag that I scored such a GREAT deal on through Kohl's site!  

I have been loving bags I've noticed lately pairing leather and crochet lace!  When I found some great Kohl's coupon codes I thought I'd see if they had any.  I found a bag so perfect for this time of year, in fact, it's called the April Crochet Floral Convertible Tote!  Check out the deal I scored on it!

It was originally $64, marked down to $36.99.  (It has since went up in price. Thankful for the timing of my purchase!)  Adding in codes for $10 off $30 or more, 30% off and free shipping when using Kohl's card, plus $10 Kohl's Cash I'd earned from their Yes2You Rewards program, it came down to just $12.72 shipped!!!  WOOHOO!!! I LOVE a bargain ...and a new bag! ;)

The mailman also delivered a few more additions to the girls' Disney World wardrobes this week!

"Touched By Magic" tee {no longer available} // "Always Up For Adventure!" tee // "Summer Dreaming" tee // The Little Mermaid tank

MORE BARGAINS!  Taking an additional 30% off sale prices, we were able to get this tank for $6.06, and the tees for $3.25 each!  Can't wait to see my sweeties sporting this wearable Disney magic in WDW later this year!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today!  Wishing you a fabulous upcoming weekend!  

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  1. It looks like I wasn't the only one to find a good deal at Kohls this week! I love me some Kohls! I can always find something I have to have and their sales are the best! Your new bag is just precious! Happy Friday :) Have a great weekend!

  2. Love overdrive, I actually just got an email this morning that one of my books was checked out to me! Now if only they could start a delivery service for the books I have on hold at the library. ;)

  3. What a beautiful Easter celebration. I love that you are so close with your daughter and do things individually with them. It's a great reminder for me to do that with my little girl when she arrives.

  4. Sorry you aren't feeling well! Our allergies have us under the weather this week also!
    LOVE that table sweet! Loving all the Easter goodness!
    I love seeing the WDW wardrobe!!

  5. Your kids are getting so big!! Looks like a fantastic Easter weekend and fun with your daughter :) I LOVE those Twinkie racers for your Peeps :) Happy weekend, Brenda! I hope you feel better soon.

  6. Sounds like a fabulous week (minus the sick part of course)! LOVE your aunt's table settings - so cute! I may have to steal some ideas from her for next year! And what a cute tote! Have a great weekend - and feel better!!!

  7. Wow! That whole Easter table set up is impressive! They did a great job!! And I can't believe Little One ate that whole burrito! It's seriously bigger than her. I'm checking out that OverDrive App. I kept wanting to find something like that so this is perfect timing! Thank you thank you, Brenda!! Have a great weekend and get to feeling better!

  8. So sorry you're not feeling well, friend! Looks like you had quite an eventful week! That purse is FABULOUS!!!!! I absolutely love it! Feel better soon!!!!

  9. I think it is need to do all my online shopping! You are such a bargain hunter my gosh. You need a medal.
    Sorry you aren't feeling well though!! I hope you perk up soon, it is April - no time for feeling low!

  10. I don't even think I could even eat that big burito. That is huge!!! Easter Sunday with family is special. So glad yall got to spend time together for Easter Service and for lunch. Seeing Little One egg hunt with her cousin reminds me of the fun I had as a kid egg hunting. Get to feeling better soon and have a wonderful weekend.

  11. Your girls are too cute! I just recently got into all this blogging stuff and I love these link ups! So glad I got sent your way!

  12. What a lovely Saturday day date :) She's lucky to have such a sweet mommy like you. And that bag from Khols is adorable! And practical. A great combo. Hope you had a wonderful weekend, and are feeling better!

    Katie @ Cup of Tea

  13. My mom would take me to taco bell when I was younger too - we always had the best time together!! Girl that bag you got is amazing and what a steal!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  14. Looks like a fun week! Except being sick- I hope you're feeling better! I absolutely love the bag you got! And what a great deal on it too!

  15. love mommy and daughter dates, that's so sweet! soak up those moments because they are fleeting!!


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