Saturday, August 29, 2015

First Week of School & a GIVEAWAY!

Hey! So it has been crazy busy over at our house this week. 
Ace and I both went back to school on Monday. I started my new job as a advisor at my old high school and he started VPK. We had a huge hiccup on his first day and ended up switching schools. I was so upset. 
2 years old, 3 years old and 4 years old. We will miss this school! 
His last school had him as full time VPK but we only had him for the 15 hours (which are free in Florida). My husband quit his job to stay home with the girls so I could go back to work full time and there was no way we were paying the difference, it's way too much. We loved that school and I have nothing bad to say about it just that it was a huge misunderstanding and since they only accept 10 spots for the part time we had to find another school. Thankfully our second choice school when I was looking 2 years ago had an opening since they do two sessions of VPK. We got in for the PM session and it actually worked out a lot better for us. Now Branden takes him to school and I pick him up. Branden doesn't have to shuttle the kids around super early in the morning and take the girls out twice. So much better! I guess it was a blessing in disguise. I was still bummed about it till today when I picked Ace up early and he was so happy. He had just gotten done with recess and his teacher was talking to him and he just seemed to really like her. As we walked out he looked at me and said "Mommy, I love school! I had so much fun!" 
Branden checking out the Shipt deals online
Another awesome thing we got to experience this week is a Grocery Delivery Service! There is an app called Shipt that you have to try. It is only in certain areas around the country but it just started in South Florida so I was dying to try it. Being back to work means less time for me to do most things and being able to have someone else go grocery shop for me was a huge help. 
You just go to the app and add the items you want to your cart. It even has a Sale section. Our Publix always has amazing BOGO sales so we got a lot of those. 
You can pick a drop off time. We picked 6:00-7:00PM. When our shopper was there some of the items were sold out so she was able to text with us on whether we wanted to replace them with something else or not. 
Once she was done she let us know she was on her way so we were always aware of how things were going. Our shopper was very nice and professional. 
It's seriously so nice having someone grocery shop for you. The best part is the membership for one year is $99. That is like paying $8.25 a month to grocery shop for you. That is so cheap! 
Delivery locations: South Florida, Tampa, Orlando, Dallas, Nashville, and Birmingham
Right now Shipt is offering THREE of my readers a FREE one year membership! 
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*I was given a membership to Shipt in order to review this service. I was not paid for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

GIVEAWAY & #CheeriosFunFlavors Recipes!

So I am pretty sure one of the first "snacks" a lot of us Moms give our kids is Cheerios. It is a staple in our house and I am so excited that Cheerios now has a full page of fun recipes for everyone to try. 

I decided that it would be fun to start a little back to school tradition of making fun treats to end Summer and start the School year off right. Here are two we made using #CheeriosFunFlavors! Make sure to enter to win a Pay Pal Gift Card at the bottom of the post. Make sure you grab a BOGO coupon to save BIG on these new flavors!

First up a super easy way to jazz up a simple snack of Cheerios. Mix together Multi Grain Cheerios, raisins and M&Ms for a delicious combo of flavors. 

Simple and Delicious! 
Next up a yummy back to school dessert. 
Ace loves to decorate cookies so I knew this would be a hit. It's super easy and fun!
Then just bake your cookies…


And EAT! 

Ace was loving this and it was a pretty simple way to have fun and let him be creative. 
If you are feeling ambitious you should definitely check out all the delicious recipes Cheerios™ has to offer.  My favorite is probably the Mini Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheerios™Bites. How can you not love that? 

Right now you can also get a BOGO coupon for any of these awesome flavors... 
• Honey Nut
• Original

• Banana Nut

• Frosted

• Multi-Grain

• Multi-Grain Peanut Butter
• Apple Cinnamon Cheerios

Now is the perfect time to head over to your local Publix and stock up on Cheerios. With kids heading back to school there is no better breakfast than Cheerios. Especially when you have so many to choose from. And the BOGO coupon and this giveaway below makes it all even sweeter!

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Monday, August 17, 2015

The Story of Our Girls: Surprise We're Adopting

This is the third part of a series I am sharing called The Story of Our Girls. To read the first part click HERE and second part HERE.

After finding out I was pregnant with Everly we were excited but very cautious. I had had my first OB  appointment and I just didn't feel confident. I worried I would have a miscarriage and it just freaked me out. I had only told my closest friends and family. 

When I was about 8 weeks along I got news from one of my closest friends that she also was pregnant. I thought she might have been due around the same time as me but when I asked she revealed she was almost 7 months along. She then told me she was placing the baby for adoption. My stomach sank. The thought of the pain she would go through made me want to run to her and do whatever I could to help her through this. 

I text Branden while he was at work and his response was "Want to adopt the baby?"
I figured he was joking so I text back "Haha you know me so well." 

But then a little bit later I get another message from my friend saying "I don't want you to feel like you can't be excited about your pregnancy because of what I am going through." This is where I realize even more how fortunate I am to have the friends I do. With everything she was going through she wanted me to know she wanted me to still be happy. 

From there our conversation turned into so much more. She made a comment not completely asking us to adopt her baby but when she said it I laughed and said "So funny, Branden sent me a text asking if I wanted to adopt the baby." Then she said "No, I am serious." In that moment I was a ball of emotions. I was happy, scared, excited, and of course sad. I didn't want my friend to have this loss. I didn't want her to go through something that would bring her so much pain. I didn't want to be the person to cause this by "taking" her baby. 

She later told me she always felt I was supposed to be Ashlyn's mother. She had told our other friend, her best friend, that she wanted me to adopt the baby but didn't think we would because I was pregnant. For some reason this always amazes me when she tells me this. 

She told me to really think about it and talk to Branden. She felt we were supposed to be this baby's parents and for her to have that kind of faith in us as parents meant the world to me. 

When Branden and I got home I told him what she had said to me about adopting the baby. I could see the wheels turning in his head. He of course began to think about the logistics, cost, age of the babies and would we really be able to do this? It didn't take long, though, for us to decide we were going for it. We had always wanted to adopt. We envisioned our family with two biological children and two adopted. We just always thought we would have two now and then two later on. 

We realized that this wasn't what we had planned but it what was meant to be for our family. 

Next: Finding out we are having GIRLS! 

Don't forget to enter the most recent GIVEAWAY