Aug 282015
 

This list of college essentials is a partnered post.

In the last couple of weeks I’ve run into a lot of college students and parents of soon-to-be college students running around different stores trying to gather up everything they need for school.  Though it’s been (ahem) a few years since I was in the shoes of a college student, it hasn’t been that long since we were getting Ashley ready for college.

College essentials every college student needs! If you're heading off to college for the first time or if you are parents of a soon-to-be college student, check out this list of must-haves!

If you’re heading off to college for the first time, or if you’re trying to figure out what your kids need, here are a few college essentials I think most every student will need. 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 »

Apr 152015
 

This how to avoid being hangry shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhenImHungry #CollectiveBias

I’m sure you’ve seen those commercials about “You’re not you when you’re hungry”.  Around here we refer to that as being hangry, and let me tell you – hangry is real.  Like, tears-for-no-reason, wearing-your-heart-on-your-sleeve kind of real.

You wouldn't like me when I'm hungry (or hangry). So feed me a SNICKERS®! #WhenImHungry

I’ve always carried snacks and drinks for Bubbles, either in my bag or in hers.  One day as I handed her a fruit pouch while stuck in a particularly long line, I wondered why I didn’t have any snacks of my own.  I certainly could have used a little something to sooth the beast at that particular moment. Continue reading »

Feb 092015
 

Thank you to The Motherhood and JOHNSON’S for sponsoring this post on baby bath time.

I remember the very first time I gave Bubbles a bath after bringing her home from the hospital.  I was in awe of the tiny little human that had been entrusted to me.

First bath-time with Grammie! Baby bath time rituals are fun #SoMuchMore

As Bubbles got older, she really grew to love bath time.  And so did I – watching her have fun as she played and splashed and giggled made my heart happy.  It was such a great bonding time for both of us. Continue reading »