Thursday, May 26, 2016

Favorite Monthly Subscriptions: Ipsy & The Planner Addict Box! | Video |

Afternoon friends! I hope you're day is going well. I am actually enjoying the bad weather that just arrived. I love the rain! Anyway, I am back today sharing a couple of my favorite monthly subscription boxes. :) Of course it's Ipsy and The Planner Addict Box. These are super fun monthly subscriptions that I love getting in the snail mail every month. Here's what came in the May boxes..bags! Hope you enjoy.:) 

I have been working hard on trying to stick to some kind of regular youtube schedule. Hopefully I will keep up with it over the weekend! If you have any questions or comments, be sure to let me know. You can also find links in the sidebar → in case you are interested in signing up for one or both yourself. Have a beautiful and blessed afternoon. xx
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

2016 Planning Series { Travel Journals } Video & Giveaway!

Hello friends! Today I am back with another video in my 2016 Planner Series. This time I am going over some new travel journals that I have fallen in love with. You can check everything out in the video....there are more photos and the giveaway form below. Hope you enjoy! 

This Mead Travel Journal I found at Target for around $15.00. I absolutely loved it when I saw it.  There are 3 different sections with lined paper, craft paper and grid paper in between. It has a ton of pockets for any additional travel items you would like to keep. I love the rings that secure this journal together so you can either take a page out to work on it and it gives you room to build it up. 

I plan on using this to record some trips we already took and I will continue to fill it up with even more day/weekend/ trips and vacations. 

Another Travel Journal of sorts that I love is this one I found on Etsy in PooBirds Rarities Shop.  I thought the design of this was nice. And I love that you can customize it with the states that you wish. I got this one done in a South Carolina/Indiana theme. 

For this one, I plan on making it our moving journal. I have saved so much stuff from our move from South Carolina to Indiana and this book will be amazing to document it. I love how much effort she puts in these little travel journals! If you are interested in getting one of the notebooks right now, Jennifer is giving us a 15% discount using the code: TNLOVE2016

And since I love them...I thought you would as well. So I am giving one each way to a couple of you lucky winners!  You have till June 8th to get entered. You do not need a facebook account but you do have to share your email. There are a lot of ways to get entered earn more entries! The winner will be announced on THIS BLOG POST. Good Luck! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I am so in love with these travel journals and I couldn't wait to share them with you! As I mentioned in the video above, I plan on not just doing a show and tell, I also plan on doing flip throughs when  they are done! Stay tuned...more coming in 2016! Let me know if you have any questions or comments! xx
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday Truths :)

Hello friends! I hope you are having a great evening. I am finally back sharing a new Tuesday Truths post...hope you enjoy!

- Life has got so much better in so many ways. The move took a lot out of us all but I am finally feeling settled and I am so much more happier. I feel like I sat down a huge bag of bricks. 

- Tonight I had a ton of errands. Evening errands are not my favorite but it just made me grateful for getting to this point to where I can relax now. 

- I am working hard on keeping up with my youtube schedule. I have to work on the blog post but I have tomorrows video already uploaded....which makes me so happy! 

- Scott still seems to really being enjoying his job. Still a bit nervous but I am trying to just let go of my negative thoughts....he's always taken care of us and thats what I need to remember. 

- I went to a cheer meet with Brittany last night. It was for the parents and I learned so much. I learned it very expensive....lots to do. They cheer rain or shine at every game. The cheerleader contacts the coach...not mom and dad. I learned all about the powder puff game that we all have to help out on. It was a good meeting....and I am happy that I was finally here for it. 

- Speaking of sports...Jackson is starting soccer in a couple of weeks. He's really excited and Zane is starting football in July as well. I love that all the kids are getting settled in. We are going to be so busy! The kids are really bringing me out of my shell. 

- I am still dreaming of a new GoldenDoodle puppy. I think it would be great for Cooper. I wish the yard was a bit larger with 2 dogs but I think we would do just fine! I think my mom might just get it for me instead of the piano. I think between the two the puppy would make us happier! 

- Sleeping with Scott is still hard. I wish he would just go to the Dr. He actually wakes me up out of a dead sleep with the snoring. He's not embarrassed.....but I think he is starting to realize it's really effecting his sleep...mine too! But we keep trying. Part of me feels like we are trying this because everyone else wanted it...and another part of me knows we missed each other as well. I wish there was a happy medium. 

- I really need to clean up the files on my laptop. I think that sounds like a weekend kind of job. 

- I am loving that I am not dealing with those neighbors in South Carolina any longer. I bet Oreo is running the streets again. I am sure they tossed him right out after we moved. We think about him a lot. But the neighbors here are so much nicer and respectful. That alone I am grateful for. 

- I am watching the finale of Dancing with the Stars and The Voice tonight. I think I like Dancing with the Stars the best because I get the music and dancing at the same time! I love it. Pitbull was just on...and I love him too! 

- I still haven't been to the apple store. I doubt I am going to get that video footage off....and really time has moved on since it broke.'s just not worth it. 

- Are you guys tired of hearing about Trump or Hilary? I sure am. But I would rather put my dog in the White House over Donald Trump. No. No. No. 

- My car really needs cleaned out. We are basically living in it some days..another weekend job. For Scott! 

- Scott and I have slowly been looking for furniture. We have to stick to a budget. Throwing it on a credit card is not going to happen. I think Ikea would be perfect for the kids. Besides putting it together. Same goes for my desk. The living room furniture is another story. So many decisions. 

- I talked to my younger niece today for the first time in years. She is all grown up with a beautiful baby. It felt amazing to catch up with her. Little by little we will get around to everyone we have been missing. 

- There is a new show on Amazon...Julian Fellowes Presents Doctor Thorne from the writers of Downton Abbey. I haven't watched any let but I look forward to watching the first show tonight when I am in bed...which won't be long from now. 

- Brittany has been studying all night for 2 tests tomorrow. I admit, the math looks incredibly complicated and the science is no better. Thank God she is smarter than I was. Thank God she is better than I was. All hopes and dreams are for our kids. I just want them to do happy and enjoy their lives.

- I am starting to get to know the UPS guy. So nice...I wish Cooper wouldn't scare him so much! 

- I am creating a gallery wall of photos. I think I am going to stick to black and white. Trying to select them all has been hard. I am going to take up paper to make sure I have the layout right but having our favorite photos in our home really makes me happy. I have already updated some, but we have a lot online that we just have to get printed out. 

- I am dreaming of a long hot bath... and in just a few minutes that's exactly what's happening.

- The truth this Tuesday is life is good. This post is normally a snarky kind of blog post but I just don't have anything to really complain about this week. I feel blessed, happy and at peace. I hope you have a great night. xx

Get Ready w/ Me Featuring L'OREAL LUMI CUSHION FOUNDATION! | Video |

Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful day. I am back with a new Get Ready w/ Me video sharing my thoughts on the L'oreal Lumi Cushion Foundation. I found this a month or so ago at Walgreens. I was so impressed with it for a simple spring foundation that I had to share it! Hope you enjoy!

I think it gives a really natural look and perfect for everyday. I don't always want a full heavy face of foundation and makeup on. I feel like this gives me enough coverage that I don't feel bare faced but's light.  I think it's still a bit pricey for a drugstore foundation $15.00 but I feel like it's really worth it. It's so less messy than a pump or open bottle. This way you can take your liquid foundation with you in a cute compact. Easy Peasy! Thanks so much for stopping by today. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Also later this evening I will be back with a new Tuesday Truths blog post! xx
Monday, May 23, 2016

DITL Vlog x2: Week in Review May 16-23, 2016 w/ Weekly To Do's

Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful Monday. It's a fresh start...a beautiful day with so much potential. I am doing my best to get back on schedule so today I am sharing not one but 2 Day in the life vlogs! :) I had a lot of footage and thought it would be best to break apart the week and weekend. There have been some issues with the first video freezing towards the end. I am so sorry abou that. The audio is there if you just want to listen....hope you enjoy! 

This next day in the life vlog takes you through our weekend...

This past week has been really good. Scott and I have been doing pretty good and life feels like its starting to strike a balance. There is still more than I need to do, people I need to see but I am starting to feel settled...or maybe I am feeling more at peace than anything else. I have switched up the routines more and have been doing my best to walk Cooper on a daily basis. It's just not just for him. It's also for me. It's become a great way to clear my head while enjoying some fresh air. Plus we both could use the exercise.

Also this week, I got a lot done online. Taking time to actually sit down at the computer and answer emails, comments, updating the blog and social a job within itself. But I just made it a priority to do it. The same goes with the mounds of desk work that I need to go through and get it done. Also on that list of things I got done was get a new po box! I need one for products that are being sent to me to review but most importantly I needed one for you guys! I never want you to send me stuff but many of you send thoughtful cards and such. You can always find the address in the downbar of my youtube videos and on my contact me page. While I was out running errands I switched over the bank accounts as well. I guess we really are getting established here. I am still kinda in shock about it all but I feel blessed to be here with all the kids.

Thursday Brittany went to Neils game. I am not going to say I am super happy about her having a boyfriend. It's the opposite in fact. And last year this time I wasn't feeling it at all. But little by little I came to realize that life moves right along rather I like it or not. Little by little I got to know his mother, Neil, friends who actually know him and I feel a little better. He has a great family. I think his mom is great. We see eye to eye on all of it with these two but I know they are growing up. There are serious boundaries in place. I'm still very nervous. :) However, we made it late to the game but it was fun watching for a few minutes. The weather was great, Brittany and Kenzie were sitting with Neils mom. It was the last game of the season and Neils team won! It was really nice. There are a lot more sports events in our future. This next year is promised to be full of soccer, football, baseball and Brittany cheering. And I never cared for sports games! It's different when it's your own kids and I will be there.

Friday night Scott and I had a little date. The move really did take up good 2 months and we just didn't make that much time for each other. So we thought a night out alone....without kids would be fun. On our oldest daughters suggestion we headed out to Sapporo Sushi & Sake Bar & Restaurant.
We had a really nice time. There was a long wait...perfect time for a cocktail and talking...people watching...and occasionally a text to the kids. The would find us anywhere we went! We had a great dinner. Salads...soup...I got a plate of assorted nigiri sushi. It's basically sticky rice and raw fish. Scott got something a little more exotic. His came in aluminum foil, which got set on fire. It burned for about 3-5 minutes and then he opened it some delicious sushi. He loved it. The night out was good for us. Stress free...kid free...and fun! The food was simply amazing. Probably some of the best sushi I have ever had. And we got out of there at a very reasonable price. I am definitely going again!

Over the weekend I did a little can see the haul here. I got this really cute cheeseburger cake from Meijers. I thought it was so cute. Brittany had a few friends over and I thought it would be a great ending to a pasta dinner. I am shocked that they ate more salad than anything else. But I am really happy about it. Maybe we will start having more salads....maybe a little more fish. I love a good summer salad. And this week so far it feels like maybe it's back around. I think we are suppose to have 80 degree days all week long. Thank you God. ♥ 

Sunday I stayed home and got a lot done around the house. Monday's are a busy day for me at the computer. I don't do a lot of cleaning besides my regular routines at the beginning of the week. So I like to do a little more on Sundays when I can. It just makes the job easier in the middle of the week when I clean the entire house. I feel like I am kinda caught up right now but there is so much that I really want to get done. Lot's actually. Here's a few of those to do's I hope to get done this week. 

:: Clean out frig
::Answer Emails
:: Walk Cooper 2x day
:: Look for plants for around the house.
:: Finish customizing moms gift...that I should have had done weeks ago.
::Work on Youtube Schedule
:: Update Family Calendar
:: Cheer Meeting on Monday evening.
:: Cheer Uniform fitting on Tuesday evening
:: Clean up DVR
:: Repaint Nails
:: Put up last load of laundry
:: Buy husby some snore spray..doubting it will work but willing to try anything.
:: Pick out photos for gallery wall.
:: Charge fitbit.
:: Change address on subscription boxes
:: Call about planner accessory purchase that never came in. :(
:: Buy new grill this week sometime
:: Continue to journal daily
:: Groom Cats
:: Look for a tree for the back yard
:: Get treadmill hooked up for Cooper...and myself
:: Clean jewelry
:: Start some organizational projects this week.
:: Make some sangria..yep..sounds so good!
:: Send out thank you notes
:: Bring freezer inside.
:: Food prep for a couple dinners this week...tonight and tomrorow.
:: Buy some tomato plants
:: Bath Cooper over the weekend

Here's some inspiration to take with you throughout the week:
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you have a wonderful week. I hope to have a new video up daily but a few extra blog posts this week. Be sure to come back and check them out! xx

What's Cookin' | Our Daily Meals | Video

Hello everyone! I am finally back sharing a new What's Cookin' video taking you through our daily meals. With everything going on with the move there has been less cooking. Plus I lost a lot of footage when I broke my phone last week. Some of these meals are before we left and the other half are meals from our new house. Hope you enjoy! 

A lot of these meals were bigger meaning we got more than one dinner out of them. For busy weeks I like to start out the week with a larger meal and then have leftovers later in that same week. It saves time, money and energy and there are plenty of meals you can make larger to help out. In fact, tonight was leftovers! :) Let me know if you have any questions or comments! Have a great night. xx
Sunday, May 22, 2016

Quick Weekend Shopping Haul!

Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday. I have been so lazy today...sooner or later I am going to have to do something to wake up and get with it! I just didn't sleep that well last night and all the coffee in the world isn't going to change that. Anyway, I am back with a new quick shopping haul for you guys. I went to Meijers to pick up a few things that we needed including a pretty cute cake! Hope you enjoy! 

I doubt I will have to go back until Friday but we don't have the big pantry any longer so it's hard figuring out where to put it all. And I should say regarding Coopers food it's only temporary until we figure out a good senior diet dog food. Thanks so much for watching. xx
Thursday, May 19, 2016

New House Tour | Indiana | → Video!

Hello friends! How is your Thursday going!? Mine has been so productive. :) So as you can see, I am finally sharing our new house tour. I debated on doing this for a long time. Should I share our home. Should I share the outside? Well after really thinking about it, I decided on just going ahead and showing you our home. I am not sharing our address or even the city. Here's a peek inside.......hope you enjoy! 

Scott found this home when he was up here before we were. I wasn't really sure about the house, the location and the neighborhood. However, God blessed Because after living here for a few weeks now, I really love the house, the area and yes....even the neighborhood. This little friendly neighborhood is in the middle of nowhere really and I actually feel secure here. My attitude over this house and area has truly improved. I had to really think about what mattered to me. I probably could live in a box under the bridge and be happy knowing I am in the same area as my children. It's been a long time coming and I don't hate Indiana any longer. I might be a little bitchy in the heart of winter but I am really working hard to focus on what's good. And being with my kids is soooooo good. I don't think I will ever move away again. Nope. Thats over. This is home now and I say that with an actual smile on my face. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Hopefully I will be back tomorrow with a new haul. Let me know if you have any questions or comments! xx

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