2015 Travel Series: His & Her Luggage Organization

July 1, 2015

Hello friends. I hope you are having a wonderful night. I am back sharing another 2015 Travel Series Video with you guys. All these videos went up on my youtube channel while we were on vacation so I am trying to catch up. This video shows you how I packed Scott and my luggage up. Everyone packs differently...but this is the way it works for us. Hopefully you can get some tips that might make packing easier for you. Hope you enjoy! 

As you can see the packing cubes and envelopes were a great help. They make all the difference with packing a lot of items. It kept us organized while on vacation and really made life a lot easier! I explained everything I used in this video just in case you want to find them for your families.  Let me know if you have any questions! xx

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Cozumel Mexico: DITL Vlog! June 25, 2015 Carnival Cruise

July 1, 2015

Hello friends! I was suppose to get this vlog up yesterday but time slipped away from me. So sorry. So here is our vlog from the time on the Carnival Cruise June 25, 2015. This is our trip To Cozumel Mexico. Now before you hit the play button, please know I am not a huge fan of Mexico and I said it. HOWEVER that does not mean I don't love all my Mexico subscribers. I am simply not a fan of hot spicy food, being pulled into their shops, and so forth. Its a beautiful place. No doubt about it. Please don't take it serious. I am not Donald Trump...and I am allowed to not like everywhere I go. I am not a huge fan of New York either but I love my Yankee subscribers! :) It's silly for anyone to be offended because I don't particularly like an area in this big world. Enough said.. hope you enjoy the video!

Oh... and just so you know, my mom booked the cruise. Otherwise I would have picked another location. But it was more about being with our friends and family than the detestation. It's been a busy few days around here just trying to get back into the swing of things. Hopefully I will be on here a little later sharing a new packing video! xx

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Tuesday Truths

June 30, 2015

Hello friends. Happy Tuesday to you all. I hope your day is going well! I am back with another edition of Tuesday Truths...hope you enjoy. 

:: I slept in wayyy to late today. I feel asleep kinda early ( at least for me ) and I guess I just needed the rest after so much traveling. I kinda planned for a couple of slower days anyway. 

:: My sisters dad was robbed at gunpoint the other day in Tampa Florida when he was changing a flat tire. I don't understand why we can't get better control of the guns in this country. I would go door to door to get them if I could. He's ok, however it really shook up my sister. 

:: I love warm weather. However, it has been so hot that I have resorted to having the air on during the day. I have been running to turn it off as soon as the sunsets but it's a little too hot at this point. 

:: I am allergic to bees. When I was younger, I had an epipen but in my 20's I just stopped worrying about it. Years went by and I was fine. No epipen needed. I was out working with Scott one day and got stung and he ended giving me a high high does of Benadryl. It seemed to work. I thought my family was crazy. I didn't need an epipen. Fast forward to the day before we were leaving for vacation and what appeared to be a wasp or something stung me 3 times in my upper thigh. It was insane. It swelled up my leg. REALLY BAD. Benadryl knocks me out so I was only taking it at night. Nothing was working and I kinda regretted not having a epipen in the moment. Fact of the matter is...I am allergic to bees and I need to accept it and be prepared. Making a Dr. apt this week. 

:: I went to try to use my new Erin Condren planner last night and I just couldn't do it. It's just not a fit like the Inkwell Press. It's a beautiful planner but it's just not for me anymore. I have a giveaway going on right now.. and there might just be another in the coming days. Come back and find out how to enter. I could find a use for it...because it is a beautiful planner but I would rather share it with one of you! And BTW... I love the Erin Condren products. I have the jumbo calendar, stickers, and so much. Planners are personal to each of us. 

:: The housesitter did a great job. The house and animals were fine. However, Super Cooper had a sore on face when we left and once I got home and really moved the long hair to check it out... it was worse than what I thought. We spent an hour removing all the hair and now trying to get that area healed up. I might take him to the Vet tomorrow if it doesn't start looking better.

:: The Republican Party is a mess right now. 14 different candidates. Sounds like too many Indians and not enough Chiefs. Imagine the egos in that group.

:: One of our family members marriages is over due to infidelities....you will probably figure out who in good time but it has been absolutely devastating..and their are kids involved. Cheating and Secrets destroy marriages. We are just trying to be as supportive as possible right now. It's taken up a lot of our time, it's broken our hearts, it's caused a huge rift and it has caused so much daily pain. I am at a loss of words. It's hurts me to watch their family implode. Please put them in your prayers. 

:: Google is coming back with the unsend button. YEA!!!!!!!!! Think about the emails you have sent out that you wish you could take back. Well all encompassing Google who is bound to take over the world, is helping us out! :) 

:: While I was gone, there were some nasty nasty comments left on some of my social media. It took me a while to notice it when we got back because I had so many notifications. First off... sorry if you had to read any of that crap. There are crazy out there. When you are online, sometimes they target it for this reason or that. I deleted everything as quick as I could and that's about all I can do. It is just someones misguided attempts to hurt me. I think I actually know who left those comments and just know they are struggling with mental issues. No joke. I actually am considering leaving the online community. I am not sure if I will or not but hate makes me just makes me want to go away. However, I am trying my best to focus on the wonderful friends who have supported me through the years. I love you guys and I appreciate each and everyone of you. I am just going to try to not let it bother me and move on to another day. I don't need negativity in my life. I have a beautiful family, a caring home, and I value that above everything. 

:: My neighbors told me they thought it might be 6 months before they see me again after such a people filled vacation. I think they might be right. It's super nice being home. However, Scott is working like crazy and I miss him. :(

:: My desk is a complete mess. I am happy that I have all vlogs for a few days so I have time to get things done around the house without worrying about recording videos. I need to toss laundry around right now...clean the chalkboard walls...along with the bathrooms. My to do list is never ending. 

:: My Brittany Belle should be here soon. I can't wait to spend some time with her. The kids are shifty in the summer. It's not easy but we make it work. I miss Jackson too.

:: I need to get back into the routine of getting on the treadmill. It's not something I particularly enjoy but I need to. 

I hope you guys have a great afternoon. I'l be back in a bit with a new Day in the Life Vlog! Come back and visit! 

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Grand Cayman! DITL Vlog: June 24, 2015

June 29, 2015

Good evening friends! I hope all is well. I am still on the catching up wagon..hence, the double videos and blog post. Here is our day in the life vlog from our time in Grand Cayman. This was Day 3 on the boat. Hope you enjoy!

By the way, I didn't really get drunk... I was just joking with Scott when I said that. :) I don't really drink. I think I had one glass of wine during that fancy dinner and that was it. But I didn't mind others drinking and having fun. They weren't driving. Anyway, I hope you guys are enjoying seeing bits and pieces of our trip. I know that the camera was a bit shaky at parts. Please understand walking around and vlogging is shaky. There is really not much that I can do about it. I am taking you around, going up and down steps and such...it's just part of it. I hope you understand. ♥ I'll see ya tomorrow with a couple new videos. xx

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2015 Travel Series: Pre Packing Prep Work for Travel | Video |

June 29, 2015

Hello friends! Happy Monday to you all. With all the videos I have to post on here that are already up on youtube, plus the new daily vlogs for this week; I am skipping the Week in Review Blog Post. Instead, I have a new 2015 Travel Series Video plus later today there will be another vlog up! I just have so much online work to do after being gone....it's going to take a little while to catch up. I thought for my 2015 Travel Series, I would include some packing videos to share how I get us ready for a trip. This video goes into the planning before packing. I know there are times in all of our lives when a trip is not planned and you just got to toss stuff in a big and get out of the door as quick as possible. I get that. It's happened more than once in my own life but today I am sharing some pre travel prep work that is so helpful when you have time to plan. This is how I get ready for a trip...when time allows. Hope you enjoy.

I recently shared a lot of my travel videos in this blog post in case you missed any. Plus you can find them on this playlist. Summer is the time for travel and maybe some of the tips will help make packing a little easier! :) Thanks so much for stopping by! As I said later today I will have another Day in the Life Vlog up from our vacation. Be sure to come back! :)

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The Ship has Sailed! 2015 Carnival Cruise DITL Vlog: June 22 - 23, 2015

June 28, 2015

Hello friends! I am happy to report we are back on land. :) Currently I am in the car heading home and very thankful for the wifi in here. It's amazing to be able to work on my laptop while Scott drives us home. Yesterday we were just too tired to drive all the way up so we stopped and got some rest. At this point we only have a couple of hours to go. And I am so excited to see all the animals! Our housesitter said they were all doing great though. So I am back sharing a new Day in the Life Vlog from the first couple of days of our vacation! We had a very large group and I don't think I have a picture of us all other, even the one above doesn't have everyone in our party. Also the camera is a bit shaky...sorry in advance but the boat was a little rocky at times! Hope you enjoy.

I will be putting up a vlog each day sharing our vacation with our family. :) I also have a bunch of new travel series videos that will be popping up in between the vlogs. The idea is to get caught up as fast as possible. Thank you for coming along with us. I have missed talking to you guys! Feel free to let me know how your week was! ♥

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2015 Travel Series: Walmart Travel Shopping Haul! | Video |

June 20, 2015

Hello friends! Happy weekend to you all. I don't have long today to sit around at the computer. Today is actually the day we are leaving. It probably won't be until this evening but I still have a few things I want and need to get done before walking out the door. However, I wanted to share with you our latest 2015 Travel Series Video! Here is a Walmart shopping haul that is for the housesitter, our trip, and the few days before we leave and after we get home. Hope you enjoy!

I will have some videos rolling out here on the blog over the weekend and maybe even Monday morning. Then all new videos will only be on my youtube channel until I have the chance to share them here. So use the button below to get subscribed. That way, you still get to see the new videos first! :) Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out the travel shopping haul.

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Travel Series 2015: Quick Budget Travel Tips | Video |

June 19, 2015

Hellooooo friends! Happy Friday to you all. :) I am not sure if I will get Friday Letters up today or not but maybe this evening I will try. Today is the busiest day of all so far so I don't have a lot of time to be at the computer. However, I am back right now sharing another 2015 Travel Series Video. I actually have a lot of these videos coming up this next week, but you will have to subscribe to my youtube channel because I won't be able to post the new videos on here until I get back home from vacation.

This video is a quick video on budgeting for vacation. I didn't go into great detail because there are so many factors but hopefully you will find some helpful information and inspiration for your next vacation! Hope you enjoy.

I have a lot of other travel videos... which I am sharing below because summer is the time for travel!

I hope you guys are having a wonderful day. I will be back later when I can. I am here tonight and part of tomorrow and then it's vacation time!

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June Open Ipsy Bag w/ First Impressions | Video |

June 18, 2015

Hello friends! I hope you are having a wonderful evening. I am taking a break from a busy day to share the June Ipsy Bag with you. Ipsy is one of my favorite monthly subscriptions.  Ipsy is a monthly subscription that costs $10. a month and always includes a cute bag and 5 or 6 products to test out. It's one of my favorite monthly subscriptions because I get to try out new products and such. It's so fun! You can sign up right here if you are interested. Hope you enjoy!

This is such a fun subscription service. I love it and many of my family and friends have signed up too and they are loving it as well. I would love to hear what your Ipsy products were if this month, if you are a subscriber too! If you are new here, please take a second to get subscribed so you don't miss any new videos or pictures. Have a beautiful night. ♥


2015-2016 Erin Condren Life Planner First Impressions & Giveaway! | Video |

June 18, 2015

Hello friends! I hope all is well. I feel like I am running behind but I working hard to catch up only to go on vacation in a few days! When that happens, I won't be able to update the blog until after I get back. It might be a good idea to get subscribed on my youtube channel so you will see the videos that go live while I am gone. Once I get back, I will update this happy internet space! :) So right now I am back sharing the new 2016 Erin Condren Horizontal Life Planner. I know a lot of people are sharing their thoughts on this particular planner, so I thought I would as well. BUT....I am not stopping there! I am also hosting a giveaway where one of you guys can win a Life Planner as well. In order to enter, you will need to watch the video below. Look out for the 5 questions you need to answer to get entered and then use the form below. I know that sounds like a little bit of a hassle but I only want people who really love planners to enter and win. I hate it when people just see giveaway in the title and head to the form to enter without ever watching the video. So this time...YOU HAVE TO WATCH...just listening will not work. So find the questions...and let me know your answers on this blog post and or the comments on the video on my youtube channel. 

Here's more about the planner:

This year the team at Erin Condren really seem to have listened to the planner community and made some big changes. First the planner came packed beautifully and came with plenty of samples of stickers, quotes and post cards.When you start moving through the pages of the planner you will find a couple new goal/planning pages that are new but I think the biggest of all is the new horizontal weekly planner layout. They still have the vertical with a lot of new changes there too. I choose the horizontal layout because I have 3 vertical Erin Condren planners from the past years and thought it was a nice change to try out.  Also they have changed up the monthly section of the life planners with less quotes, added moon phases, and a more muted color scheme. The wire binding is much larger this time around to make room for items you add to the planner yourself with the coil clips and such. Also the ruler that comes on the front of the planner is now easier to see through. Last year it was also clear but the white design was a little big and now it is less so we can see through it more. 

When you get to the back of the planner, you have a note area that has ruled pages, graft paper, and blank sheets for all the notes you want to add. Then you move back to the pocket folder that is better and more stronger than in any of my previous life planners. You have your stickers that come in every planner including a new VOTE sticker that I love. And some of the stickers are labeled for you but you also have 2 sheets of blank stickers that you can write anything you wish and add them to the weekly or monthly sections of the planner. Perfect for those of you who love color coding. You also have a clear ziplock pouch that has a lot of different samples from Erin Condren that we all love. There is also a perpetual calendar that you can move planner to planner if you wish. 

I also ordered a few extras including this Life Planner Launch Bundle which included a large clear envelope which I love, some new stickers that are super nice and their pen set. Why not!? 

Another new feature of the 2016 Erin Condren planners is they are finally offering a ready to ship planner that you don't have to wait around on. I found it a little odd that they had to run my order through the standard process as before and even had to print it but they are probably super busy right now with the new launch. However, it was less than a week from my order to until it arrived at my door. Also with the ready to ship planners, they are offering a free cover that you can order for your planner. How nice is that!? There is also a rose gold planner that is truly beautiful but I skipped that version because I am still loving my Inkwell Press Planner and I am guessing I will stick to that for life and use the Erin Condren for my blog and youtube work.

So over all, I love the changes in they have made this year. I really do think they are listening more to their customers, and trying to keep up with what we want. They have got so much better with customer service too. The planner is super nice. The paper is thick and the colors are not as bright and bold as before. I actually like the muted colors a little better myself.

So since so many of you have used my referral link, I am not only sharing the new planner I got for myself, I am also giving one away! I love sharing with you guys. However, like I mentioned above and in the video, there are 5 questions within the video that have to be answered on this blog post or on the video on my youtube channel and then you can come back and enter through the rafflecopter form below. I just want people who love planning and actually watching the full video to win! What you will get is: One Ready to Ship Life Planner 15 month vertical or horizontal layout. This giveaway is open to everyone but you must be 18 years or older to enter. This giveaway is going to go on until July 11, 2015 to get entered. I wanted to give everyone plenty of time to watch and get entered. Good Luck! Oh and if you want to go ahead and order one, use this this link to get $10 off your order. And I use the credits and share planners with you guys in these giveaways.

Sometimes Rafflecopter experiences technical difficulties. If you can’t enter for some reason, try again later and it will probably work. If not, let me know and I'll see if I can help.

And you can also click here to see all my other Erin Condren Videos. :) 


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