Friday, July 17, 2015

Five Loves on Friday!

Hello, friends!  I have so much to share with you today!  Ready.  Set.  Five Loves Time!

1.  Railroad Days 2015
Day 1 - Saturday, July 11

For those of you who have been around for a while you may remember one of my favorite summertime family traditions, Railroad Days!  This was our 8th year attending the weekend long event and we had a fabulous time!  You pay just $15 dollars for wristbands for the whole family.  Those grant you entrance into five local attractions throughout the weekend.  Complimentary transportation is offered between the venues which makes it feel like a vacation in our own city!  Here's a look at what we did on the first day...

Historic General Dodge House

General Dodge was known as "the greatest railroad builder of all time".  If you're interested you can read a little about our city's most famous resident here.

More on that cute bag Little One has in #3!

RailsWest Railroad Museum

Lunchtime // Picnic in the Park

Union Pacific Railroad Museum

Little One setting off (faux) explosions to make way for the railroad // The traditional shot of Princess and Little One in the museum's photo spot // Painting of Abraham Lincoln and General Dodge // Little One posing with a statue of her favorite president

2.  Railroad Days 2015
Day 2 - Sunday, July 12

Lauritzen Gardens

Botanical garden goodness makes my heart happy!

Our Traditional Day 2 Lunchtime Spot
The Old Spaghetti Works in the Old Market

Every salad bar should be on the back of a vintage truck.  Don't you think?

The Durham Museum

Another wonderful Railroad Days weekend goes down in the books!  See last year's Railroad Days fun here.

3.  Little One's Hand Decorated Bags

Little One had a blast decorating canvas bags!  She created one to tote around essentials like water, snacks, a wet brush, and hand sanitizer to Railroad Days.  (How cute is that?!)  While we were waiting in line to board a trolley a lady who works the event each year approached her and inquired about it.  "I have to ask, where did you get your bag?"  When we told her that Little One decorated it herself she went on and on about how much she loved it!  A few minutes later she tapped me on the shoulder and said, "Maybe we should have her make those for us to sell!"  I joked that we could set up a little stand on the sidewalk there and sell them to people attending the event.  Honestly, if given the opportunity Little One would be ALL OVER THAT!  Just before we boarded the trolley we were asked one last question, "Can I take a photo of your bag?"  My little sweetie was beaming!  Later when I asked what her favorite part of that day was, she answered, "It was really fun when that nice lady complimented my bag!"  My heart melted.

The second bag was extra special as it was created in celebration of our sweet cousin Emily's birthday.  Little One added all of E's favorite characters and even incorporated one of her favorite rides, Carousel of Progress!  She finished it off by writing "Emily" in "Disney letters" on the back.  Dropping off this gift was also one of the highlights of our week.  Visiting with her and my Aunt Ann is always a treat!  We crammed as much Disney talk as we possibly could into our brief chat!  I adore my Disney loving family! :)

4.  I  WON!

Mrs. Mickey Waffles hosted such a fun giveaway this week ...and I won!  Cue the confetti, and happy dance with me now, friends!  She offered winners their choice of Disney scented wax melts from La Petite Bougie on Etsy.  I had such a hard time deciding which scent to request.  I ended up going with Pineapple Whip and can hardly wait for its arrival!  Meanwhile I'll be daydreaming of Dole Whips.  Thanks again, Mrs. Mickey Waffles!!

5.  July POPSUGAR Must Have Box

This month's must have box was so much fun!

Here's a closer look at the fabulous items tucked inside this month's box...

Henri Bendel Signature Stripe Canvas Dopp Kit // PopDental Portable Toothbrush // Hallmark Signature Greeting Cards // Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 // The Good Bean Fruit & No-Nut Bar, Chocolate Berry // Sorial Card Case // Yes To Blueberries Cleansing Facial Wipes 

I am looking forward to using each and every item from this box!  I could not be any happier with my new goodies!!!  

If you want the mailman to make you feel like it's your birthday next month, click HERE for your own box of must haves!  When I purchased mine I was given the coupon code REFER5 to share with friends.  Enter that promo code and it will take $5 off your first box - WOOHOO!!!

Thanks so much for visiting today!  It's such a treat to have you here!  Have a beautiful weekend!

Earlier this week at Chatting Over Chocolate:

Check it out here:  Walmart Summer Beauty Box Review

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  1. What a fun week!! Railroad Days looks so fun - a vacation in your own town sounds like the perfect weekend! I also am now thinking about dole whips - I've heard SO much about them but have never actually tried any! Going to Disney in December and they are definitely on my "must-have" list! Have a wonderful weekend :) - Lis

  2. Cute pictures of your family! I have never been to Omaha and my husband's grandma lived in Lincoln for a long time. That's a really cute story about the bag too, she did a wonderful job decorating it! :-) Those gardens look so beautiful too. Those wax melts would make me hungry!! I have also used those Yes to Blueberries wipes and they are nice. I also use the Yes Blueberries eye firming cream and I love it. :-) Anyway, have a wonderful weekend Brenda!! :-)

  3. Looks like such a fun time with all your railroad adventures! I always drool over PopSugar open boxes but then can't bring myself to splurge on them. But that Henry Bendel bag alone is worth the box! Love it! Have a great weekend friend!

  4. That looks like so much fun! I love trains and love riding them...I bet the museum is great! Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Railroad days is sooooo fun!! So much to see and do!! Awesome box this time around! And so excited for you that you won the Disney well you should!! :) Have a great weekend!!

  6. Oh wow, Railroad Days sounds like SO much fun!!! Congrats on winning the giveaway! I'm a sucker for any scented goodies, so that prize sounds pretty amazing! Loving your Popsugar box as well... I really need to try that. Have a wonderful weekend! :)

  7. Looks like you have been quite busy!! I love those little bags - Carousel of Progress is my favorite! When is your next Disney trip??

  8. Love those handmade bags! They're so cute and much better than a made one. Congratulations on the win too! That popsugar box looks amazing too! Hope you have a great weekend!

    liz @ sundays with sophie

  9. Railroad Days sounds like so much fun! I love that there's free transportation, that's great. Congrats on winning the giveaway! I never win anything and I won one once and I was so excited!

  10. Rail Road Days looks like SO.MUCH.FUN! My kids would love to do something like that. And how sweet are those decorated bags by your daughter!

  11. Disney scented wax melts?!! I didn't know they made them. Congrats! Railroad Days looks really fun! And love your daughter's bag!

  12. I love this so much - yall are too cute and my hubby works for the railroad!! Enjoy the weekend sweet friend, love ya!!!

  13. If I ever make it to Omaha, I would love to visit Railroad Days. It looks like so much fun. Little One did a fabulous job with the bags. Carosel of Progress is one of my favorites in Disneyworld too. Have a great weekend!!!

  14. looks like so much fun!! We used to have railroad days, but our town stopped, so sad!

  15. Love those homemade bags! She's such a talent!

  16. yay for winning! I think you made the right choice with pineapple, yummy. And the railroad days look amazing. I love historic homes, so neat to walk through. But, the neatest is the bag!!! That is so sweet of somebody to notice, and I definitely can see that making her day.

  17. Railroad days looks like SO much fun!! Something my family would totally love!!
    YAY for winning! Winning a giveaway is such a fun feeling, especially when it's something you'll actually use, ha ha! LOVE the yummy scent you chose! I'm also craving pineapple dole whip now, ha ha! Can't wait for our Disney trip in December!

  18. Railroad Days looks like so much fun! I would love to go! Congrats on winning. I hardly ever win anything so when I do I get really excited. I hope you have had a fantastic week. Thanks for linking up to H54F friend!

  19. Yay for winning! I love to win things, but don't we all? Railroad Days looks so cool. I love things like that. Thanks for sharing it so we could sort of have the experience too! And I love that Henri Bendel bag!!! How cute. You could put all kinds of stuff in it!

    Thanks for linking up with us!


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