Aug 042015
 

Abby’s shower is only a few days away and the planning is coming together!  There are some surprises heading her way and I’m excited for her big day.

Owl Diaper Cake Tutorial - This sweet owl diaper cake makes a cute baby shower centerpiece. A bib, receiving blanket, some diapers, two binkies, and a knit bootie are all the supplies you need. The mustache print is perfect for a boy!

Last year Abby made a diaper cake for a friend’s baby shower and she loved it.  Knowing that she liked diaper cakes, and knowing that she loves owls, I decided to make a cute Owl Diaper Cake for her.  Thanks to Kohl’s for providing the supplies for this owl diaper cake tutorial. Continue reading »

Aug 022015
 

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I spent the first eighteen years of my life living in the same house in Maine.  Since then I’ve lived in two different parts of Florida in two different decades, and now here in Kentucky.  Suffice to say at this point I have friends and family spread over the majority of the country.

5 Ways to Stay in Touch Long-Distance with friends and family around the country (or even world).

So how do you keep close ties when there are so many miles between you?  Here are my top five suggestions to make sure you never lose touch with the ones you care about. Continue reading »

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
 

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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 »