Wordless Wednesday: Now & Then

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Because I snuck some shots of Scarlette playing with her blocks on the back porch and then remembered that she did that basically every single day the first summer that we got them, so I dug up those photos too. Obviously she has started having an opinion on her outfits since then. And by "opinion" I mean she wears those rain boots all the time. Even to bed. I don't let her wear them to bed. But I find in her bed with them on over her footie pajamas. Yesterday she did not wear her rainboots to the store, although she DID wear her bunny rabbit house slippers. I have not chosen "appropriate footwear" as a battle is what I am saying. … [Read more...]

Fly Away: Good Reads & A $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

Book Review: Fly Away by Kristin Hannah sponsored post

Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors. I loved her novel Firefly Lane and was excited to review Fly Away, in partnership with BlogHer. Get to read a book by one of my favorite authors and give away a $100 Visa gift card to one of my readers? Please and thank you. It's totally not an April Fool's joke. The story in Fly Away is centered on friendship, the kind of unbreakable bond that is forged over a lifetime of sharing secrets and the kinds of relationships that remind me of these girls:  The friends that stand up with you at the altar to share your joy and stand by you in a hospital room to share your grieving. The ones who have … [Read more...]

Random Life Around Here

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* I've been reading The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe aloud to Scarlette. I did not intend to do this and will likely repeat it in a few years when she is old enough to appreciate the story more. What happened was, I usually read out loud to her while she eats her morning snack. Except one morning we were having a picnic outside and I forgot to bring any of her books out with us and I didn't want to trek her peanut-butter covered self back into the house with me to retrieve one so I just started reading the only children's book on my kindle, which happened to be The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Turns out, Scarlette loved it and … [Read more...]

Scarlette The Science Kid

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My three year old daughter goes to science class once a week. Before anyone gets all ragey at me about forcing some sort of academia on her at such a young age, let me just say two words: eleven dollars. The class costs eleven dollars for six weeks of one hour sessions. ELEVEN DOLLARS Y'ALL. That's less than two dollars per class, which is math that even I can do. It's basically the most affordable babysitting ever. The class itself focuses mostly on learning about nature and doing fun experiments. I wondered if she might be a little too young for it, even though she fell within the age range, but I enrolled her anyhow because I knew … [Read more...]

A Recovering Perfectionist’s Guide To A B+ Life : Podcast Interview

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Today I'm honored to be featured on "A Recovering Perfectionist's Guide To A B+ Life," a podcast by Sarah. R. Bagley. This was my first time being interviewed podcast-style and it was incredibly fun. We chatted about sharing our stories, NICU babies, blogging and why we don't believe in balance. You can click here to listen to the podcast on Sarah's site or listen to it + Sarah's other podcasts in iTunes! … [Read more...]

Oh, These Are The People In Your Neighborhood

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I was chatting with my friend Kaela as I pulled up to the dry cleaner the other day because I finally figured out how to work the bluetooth in the car that we've had for four years. Also, yes, I have a friend named Kaela. And yes, it is super confusing when we sit together at church. "Okay, I'll talk to you later, I'm about to go into the dry cleaners with Scarlette and I have to juggle her and a bag full of clothes so, you know, THAT should be interesting." PROPHETIC WORDS, Y'ALL. I have a gift, apparently. So I head into the dry cleaners for what I assume will be a fairly uneventful trip, albeit peppered with questions from … [Read more...]

Seven Years, Sandestin, & Selfies

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As I mentioned here, J and I celebrated seven years of marriage with a stay at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort after I was invited to visit and write about it. Basically we want to move there and drink iced tea on the beach every day. Okay, I want to drink iced tea. Apparently that's too girly for my husband or something. Anyhow, one of our favorite things about the resort was that we had access to so many different dining and activity options within walking/biking/tram-riding distance of our condo so I wanted to give you a little run-down of what we did and what we liked. Also, sometimes when you've been married for seven years you … [Read more...]

Disney’s FROZEN Inspired Snow Cookies

Cookies Inspired By Disney's Frozen, Frozen Inspired Snow Cookies

So I don't know what it looks like in your house right now but since Frozen came out on DVD yesterday, I'm guessing it looks similar to mine. Which currently involves a lot of twirling around the dining room while loudly singing "Let It Go" with overly dramatic hand gestures. Oh, and Scarlette likes Frozen too. We actually bought the streaming version last month because Scarlette's ballet class dances to "Do You Wanna Build A Snowman" and she was constantly asking me to play all of the songs from the movie on youtube for her. (It probably surprises those of you who know about my husband's fierce resistance to all things Princess that he … [Read more...]

What I’m Reading: March 2014 Book Reviews

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Back in October I attended the Allume conference and the swag bag was full of books to add to my ever-growing "to read" list. After the busyness of the holiday season settled I cleared my calendar and spent a most of my toddler naptime hours this winter curled up with a blanket, a hot cup of chai, and a book. It's an incredibly random assortment of women's christian literature to YA dystopian fiction to parenting advice books and more and I'm still in the middle of a few of them but here's a little bit of what I've been reading lately (*amazon affiliate links included, this mama likes to read on her kindle): The Long Awakening by … [Read more...]