Wednesday, November 30, 2016

So Thankful

I was compensated for this post. All opinions and content is my own.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. This might have been one of my favorites so far. We hosted it this year and everyone brought a side dish or dessert so it was fun to see what everyone made. It was also our first holiday in our new house which was so nice. 
I did realize, though, that hosting Thanksgiving is not always an easy task. I always spent Thanksgivings at my Grandma's as a child and the past couple of years at my Aunt's. These women were incredible at making beautiful Thanksgiving meals and I knew I wanted to have something close to that. The only problem is running around after 3 little ones can make it a bit crazy. Branden, thankfully, was a huge help. He took on the turkey and I did the green bean casserole and stuffing and the rest of our guests brought the rest of the sides. We had a last minute cancelation so I had to rush to the store to get the sides and thankfully WalMart now has a service where you can order your groceries online and pick them up. They bring them right to your car. And the best part? The service is free and there are no mark ups on the items you are buying. 

They were not fit for public, look at those hot messes!

I was a little worried since it was so close to Thanksgiving that I wouldn't be able to get what I needed or there would be chaos waiting for the person to come out to my car but it was literally the best shopping experience ever. Going online and ordering makes it easy to see what they have on hand and any sales they have going on. You then book your time and they call to confirm your pick up time and once you arrive you call the number that is listed on their pick up parking spots. They bring out your groceries and you are done! So easy! And the guy, Ryan, who brought out my groceries was one of the sweetest people ever. I even tried to tip the person bringing out my groceries and he said he could not accept a tip but would love for me to fill out the survey. He was seriously the sweetest! 
You can get $10 off your order by using this link. 

Now back to Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving day Branden started the turkey and we cleaned up a bit, got the kids bathed and ready for the day. When it was about 1pm I started my sides and everyone started coming over. It was fun having a bunch of kids in the house. I think that is one of my favorite things is watching my kids playing and enjoying their friends and family.
We ended up feeding the kids before the adults to try to hold off any tantrums or craziness but they were all so focused on playing I think only Everly really ended up eating. The adults all sat down to eat together around 4pm and it was just so nice. We were able to talk and focus on being together. We got a new dining room table in September that holds 10 people so it was fun seeing everyone together. I think we actually ended up with 12 people. Can you tell I love having everyone together? ha! 
After dinner we cleaned up and headed outside. The guys played basketball and the little kids played with their bikes and sidewalk chalk. At around 8pm my best friend drove in with her family to stay for the weekend. I was so excited. I love being able to spend holidays with them. It was seriously such a great weekend. 
How was your Thanksgiving? Have any big plans for the upcoming holidays? 
We will be hosting Christmas Eve at our house so you can bet I will be using WalMart's grocery pick up service again! 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Carter's #GivingTuesday

Carter's Giving Tuesday Pajama Program   
 Did you know that today (November 29th) is #GivingTuesday? I have part­nered with Bloggin' Mamas and Carter’s to pro­mote Giv­ing Tues­day, a pro-social move­ment that encour­ages man­u­fac­tur­ers and oth­er par­tic­i­pants to sup­port char­i­ta­ble giv­ing on the first Tues­day after Thanks­giv­ing. This year marks Carter’s first Pajama Program for Giving Tuesday. For every Carter’s paja­ma pur­chased online today at or at one of Carter’s 650+ retail stores, Carter’s will donate one of America’s favorite jam­mies to chil­dren in need, up to 100,000 pairs. We love their comfy cozy pajames and the idea of one of our purchases helping another is even better! With close to 900 styles, including 1-piece, 2-piece, 4-piece, and gown options in cotton, flannel and fleece in sizes newborn to 12 years, parents and gift-givers are sure to find the perfect PJs for the little ones on their holiday gift lists. Last year Everly even wore her Carter's pajamas on Christmas morning. I was so sad when she finally grew out of them. I had to go pick up another pair for the kids for this year! 
I totally got these on sale for $5.00 too!

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Give more sweet dreams to children in need and more jammies for every little one today! #carterssweetdreams
Disclosure: I am sharing this as part of a Bloggin' Mamas Social Good campaign. I am receiving a Carter's gift card as a thank you for supporting this worthy cause. All opinions expressed are my own.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Life Lately

Life has been so busy lately. Really when is it not, though? Since moving into our new house we have been non-stop. We moved in on a Friday night. Branden and our friend Michael worked their butts off Friday night and all day Saturday. To say I am incredibly grateful for these guys is an understatement. Watching how hard they worked for those two days was incredible. It actually broke my heart that Branden didn't have more help because he is that guy that will do anything to help anyone and expect nothing in return and to see only one person help him made me sad. Branden didn't seem to care but it definitely bothered me a lot. I know people have their lives and I can't expect it but I think because of who he is as a person it really upset me. Makes me respect him and our friend Michael even more. Those good old midwest boys!
As far as the new house I am completely in love with it. We have this beautiful front yard on a cul de sac and I just picture many nights sitting outside watching the kids play. I have already been taking full advantage of our little front "porch" late in the afternoon while the girls color with chalk on the walk way. It is just so relaxing and quiet.
And did I mention we have a fireplace? Not your typical South Florida house at all. I can't wait to decorate it for the holidays.
What is everyone's plans for Thanksgiving? We are going to spend it in our new house this year. Typically we go to my aunts house but this year she is going on a cruise, which is so awesome, so we are excited to hang at our new house this year. I am going to bring the kids to the movies in the morning like my parents used to do with us then we will eat here around 4. Later that night or the next day my best friend is coming down so I am literally counting down the days. I have been dying for her to be here since we moved. Every life event we are right there for each other so it doesn't quite seem complete till I can see her. Then we will get on to decorating. 
Ashlyn's Dress ℅ Blue Frog Apparel

Shirt ℅ Blue Frog Apparel

Hope everyone has a wonderful Saturday!