Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This Will Be Our Year


  Hey y'all! I hope everyone's year is off to a great start. As you can see I'm a little behind on blogging. First it was an unfortunate reaction Miller had to some new formula. Warning to all parents, but especially parents of children with g-tubes, Pediasure is NOT always the best formula. It can sometimes be too harsh for little bellies. So don't be afraid to keep things like they are formula wise. Miller was almost instantly better once we switched back to his original formula.
    Then came the holidays. We had wonderful, memorable celebrations with family. Lots of food, lots of thoughtful gifts exchanged, lots of laughter, and lots of reminiscing. Miller was very spoiled, not just by presents but by affectionate relatives too. He of course was more than happy to oblige. I have to say this Christmas felt extra magical.

Miller's 1st visit with Santa Claus

Ugly sweater Christmas cookie decorating

Miller (well actually me haha) opening his Christmas presents

I saw this shirt at Target and thought it was too cute!

Mommy forgot milk so Santa got eggnog this year...oops!


Happy new year!

    Once all the festivities had ended and the happy chaos had died down, then came the colds. UGH. Seriously though each week someone new had the cold. I just did my week. Thankfully Miller didn't get one. So now I think (or hope) life will start to get back to a routine.
     With the new year comes new goals, new hopes, new beginnings. I'm actually one of those dorks that loves making new year resolutions. I probably just love the chance to make a list. All the same resolutions get made. Most years it's about reading more, or exercising more. The basic new year resolutions. Well this year I made the basic ones, but I also made a more general resolution. Not really a resolution, but more a mantra. 'Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen'.



  My mom always says that to me. She says it so much she actually gave me a necklace ( a gold fortune cookie no less, can't get a more optimistic symbol than that) because it came with a card that had that saying. The last few years have taken a bit of my optimism I'm a little ashamed to admit. It can be difficult to keep the kind of attitude that good things are headed your way when you've been delivered a few low blows. So that's why this year that's my mantra. And I have to say this year I actually believe it.
   What are your new year resolutions? Did you make any? Are you an optimistic person at heart?
 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Pumpkin Pie Dip



  Hey y'all! With all of the holidays coming up, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, you'll probably have a few get-togethers to attend, and you'll probably need/want to bring something to share with everyone. That's where my favorite dip comes in, Pumpkin Pie Dip. It's so delicious, easy, and only 3 ingredients. I'm not sure if I should actually call it a recipe since it's so easy, but I think I will.



Ingredients:

  • Cool Whip ( You can use fat free or sugar free, but I used the original )
  • Canned Pumpkin Pie Mix 15 oz. ( I could only find the 30 oz. can so I just used half )
  •  Instant Vanilla Pudding (Again you can use the sugar free, but I used the original )
  Take all of your ingredients in a large bowl and mix together thoroughly. Make sure your cool whip is completely thawed, if you forgot to thaw it in the refrigerator you can just thaw it in the microwave. Once mixed allow to chill in the refrigerator for a few hours. That's it. Serve it with ginger snaps, pretzel sticks, pretzel crackers, vanilla wafers, or apple slices. It's the perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving, snack for last minute company, or do like I did and make it for your child's birthday party. Happy eating y'all!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

My Avon Favorites

   Hey y'all! I hope everyone's day is off to a good start. I thought I'd share with y'all just a few of my favorite make-up and skincare products I use from Avon.

 
 I use this day cream every morning after my facial cleanser ( which is the same brand ) all over my face, neck, and décolletage. It's light and creamy, not sticky, and helps even out your skintone and improves clarity. It has SPF 25, oil-free, allergy-tested and dermatologist-tested, and immediately boosts your skin's hydration by 178%. All of the Anew moisturizers are on sale for 2 for $30 by the way.


  I painted my toenails with this nail polish 2 weeks ago and it's still in tact, so you could say it's super durable. It increases nail strength by 80%, high shine resists dings and nicks, no formaldehyde, toluene or phthalates. This shade is pastel pink in crème finish. It comes in 20 different colors and 4 different finishes, and it's on sale for $3.49.



  This shade is called Divine Wine. It's the perfect shade for Fall. It has a satin finish, light to full coverage, very moisturizing, contains Retinex Color Complex (a dual plumping formula that leaves lips looking plumper and fuller), in just 2 weeks, reduces lip dryness by 90% and increases lip plumping by 35&, formula with Retinol retexturizes lips, boosts moisture by 115% after 4 hours, 62% after 8 hours, and has SPF 15. You can now get two of these lipsticks for $7.99.


  And last but not least, this dual eye system. I love it. It says to use it twice daily, but I only use it every night before bed. It feels tingly when you put it on, which I love. The gel goes all over your lid up to the browbone, and the cream goes under the eye and on the high part of your cheekbone. It makes your eyes looks wide awake, noticeably reducing sagging skin and crow's feet. It infused with Injectable-grade arginine* and firming Polymer. It's suitable for sensitive skin, is, hypoallergenic, allergy-tested, dermatologist-tested, and ophthalmologist-tested. You should see results in 7 days. All of the Anew Clinical products are on sale for buy one get one for $5 right now.

Also heads up on the coupon codes and sales I have going on in my Avon eStore this week!



  Any of these free gifts with purchase would make the perfect gift for Christmas! Thanks for reading y'all!

Linking up with Natalie and Annie
Thoughts for Thursday

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Fall Decor For Less



   Hey y'all! I hope everyone is enjoying all that Autumn (or Fall) has to offer. From the gorgeous floliage to the abundance of all things pumpkin, there's so many reasons to smile. Well today I bring you something that will make your wallet smile. I'm just being funny, wallets don't smile. But you will with all the money you'll save on decorating for Fall this year. Enough talking (or typing) here's a little budget friendly Fall décor inspiration for y'all!

Leaf icon isn't part of the décor, it's just for privacy!
 Other than the pictures and the actual vases, everything on this buffet is from the Dollar Tree! I simply put one strand of leaf garland in each vase, then I put a few packages of mini gourds and a few packages of the loose leaves in front of the vases and frames.

 Here is what I did with the mantle this year. I used 3 strands of the leaf garland, about 7 pumpkins (orange, green, and burlap), and then a few packages of mini gourds to make it appear a little fuller. The white fox and owl were $3 each from the Target dollar spot, love that place! The squirrel is from Home Goods, and the painting is from Kirklands. Everything else was from Dollar Tree. Odds are if you ask me where I got something that's seasonal in my home I'll say Dollar Tree or Target.


  And last but not least, if you happen to have any uncarved pumpkins hanging around and wanna make use of them here's a really simple DIY. I made this at a friend's pumpkin carving recently. All I did was put polka dots on the pumpkin in acrylic paint with a small paint brush. It took about 30 to 40 minutes to dry. I don't know if you can tell but the colors are peach, blue, and gold.

  I hope this is helpful and y'all make the point to soak in every last minute we have of Autumn, happy decorating!