Liza

Jul 292015
 

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As I mentioned the other day, Austin has officially left for basic training.  The day he left was bittersweet: we’re proud of his accomplishments and the journey he’s undertaking, but we’re also going to miss him.  It’s the first time I remember him being away from home for more than a few days so it will be a big adjustment all around.

Saying bye-bye to Austin at the airport as he leaves for basic training

As hard as it is for “the grownups” I know it’s going to be even harder for Bubbles.  She adores Austin and loves spending time with her big bro.  It’s hard to explain to a 4-year-old why it is that we can’t just call him up and have him come over for dinner. Continue reading »

Jul 282015
 

These things to do before baby arrives is brought to you by CariCord. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

Sam and Abby are counting down the days to the appearance of Baby Jayce.  Yesterday they shared their most recent sonogram photo with me, and let me tell you.  I am beyond excited to meet my little nephew!

Baby Jayce!

As the date gets closer (literally, actually, as the doctor moved up her due date by a few days) I have been thinking about what I was doing while waiting for Bubbles to arrive.  I shared a few of my “must do” ideas with Abby, and thought I would share them with you, too. Continue reading »

Jul 232015
 

This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic

A couple of weekends ago the family gathered at Aunt Pat’s house for a going away celebration for Austin.  And then on Monday of this week, a few of us met at the airport to give Austin a personal sendoff as he left for basic training.  There were lots of congratulations and good lucks, lots of hugs and kisses, and lots of photos and video.

Aunt Pat and Austin at Austin's going away party before he left for basic training

It was seriously a bittersweet day. We’re going to miss Turtle Head and Bubbles is going to miss her brother. Not only do I not want to lose these photos (I try to remember to back up externally, but I often forget) but I want to be able to share them easily, too.  With the new RealTimes cloud based sharing service I can check off both of those boxes more easily. Continue reading »

Jul 162015
 

Ever wonder what might happen when members of multiple fairy tales get together for a party?  Well, we’re about to find out when The Seventh Dwarf releases on July 31st.

Meet Princess Rose and her true love Jack two of the main characters in the upcoming The Seventh Dwarf

It’s the eve of Princess Rose’s 18th birthday.  Everyone in the kingdom has come to celebrate including Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Red Riding Hood.  But just before the stroke of midnight Bobo, the youngest dwarf, accidentally pricks the finger of Princess Rose (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) with a cursed needle and sends the kingdom into a century-long slumber. Continue reading »

Jul 132015
 

This post is in partnership with Giving Assistant. All thoughts are my own.

Shopping online has a lot of perks. There is, of course, the convenience factor. With all the rain we’ve been having lately (I’m starting to wonder if we should build an ark) it’s nice not to have to get drenched dashing in and out of multiple stores or the post office to buy and mail off gifts, or every time my husband decides he needs a new storage solution or tool for the garage.

Shopping with Giving Assistant lets you earn double cash back for yourself, plus choose to have some of your cash back donated to your favorite charity

Another nice perk, though, is the option to earn cash back. There are a number of cash back sites out there that I’ve used and was always happy to get a few cents or dollars here and there. Even 0.5-5% adds up over time and the checks or PayPal deposits I receive are always added to our savings as a little “extra”. Continue reading »