Monday, June 29, 2015

Our First Road Trip

We took our first road trip as a family last week.  It was a great trip and so many new memories were created.  The kids did pretty well considering the long drive.  We drove up a long, windy road and reached our cabin.  It was so beautiful and peaceful.  And the wrap around porch overlooked such breathtaking views.




I loved that wrap around porch.  Every single inch of it.  So many beautiful memories were made right there.  But the one I will never forget was the very first steps my little guy made all by himself. I cry happy tears every time I watch the video, or even think about it.


The first day we took a little hike through the mountains to see a waterfall.  Big C had a blast!  She enjoys anything that has to do with water.  And her hiking skills were quite impressive.  I'm proud of my little adventure girl.


Our other adventures included swimming in the lake, tubing down the Blue Ridge river, eating at southern restaurants (I had fried green tomatoes for the first time), and exploring the great outdoors.


This was definitely a vacation I won't forget and I hope we'll get to return to cabin life again.


Where is your favorite place to take a summer vacation?








Thursday, June 18, 2015

First Family Photo Shoot

Our family took our first family professional photos ever!  And I am so excited about how they all turned out. Here are some of my favorites.  







I received this photo shoot and pictures as a giveaway in our local town.  This is the best giveaway I ever won.  And one that I will treasure forever!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Oroweat Healthfull Bread Swap + Giveaway

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Oroweat and received promotional items and compensation to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Oroweat are my own and were not influenced by other sources.

Do you love bread as much as I do?  Bread is definitely a staple in our home, but I always try to opt for the healthiest I can find.  My family isn't always a big fan of my choices.  However, this past week, I swapped out our usual bread and tried Oroweat Healthfull Flax and Sunflower.  And guess what?  The whole family loved it!


Each morning for breakfast, the kids and I usually have toast with peanut and honey, along with my smoothie.  But this week, I was craving a childhood favorite - toast with melted butter, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar.  So that's what I had!  And it was so yummy on Oroweat.

I also got a little creative with the kid's snack time.  They thought it was so fun that I created food art for them.  They couldn't wait to get their hands on it and their new bread!  I cut a heart out of their bread, surrounded it with bananas, made an arrow with quinoa sticks and a smile out of chocolate chips.


So what's so great about Oroweat?  It's made with 100 percent whole grain flour, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and just 80 calories.  I'm so happy that we found a bread that is healthy and the whole family loves!

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Nurturing My Kids With Deserving Health + Giveaway

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Deserving Health and received promotional items to thank me for my time.  All opinions regarding Deserving Health and their products are my own and were not influenced by other products.

Big C has been begging me for bubbles at bath time.  I look every where I go to find bubble bath that is safe and natural, but can never find one that I'm okay with.  As a mom, I want to protect my children's precious skin.  Even if that means I have to forgo the fun, but dangerous bubble baths.  I usually end up pouring some natural body wash under the running bath water, but it just isn't the same.

Deserving Health, a natural and organic skin care company, provided Big C with special bubble bath of her own.  And she loves it!  Her creativity pops out as she submerges herself in the fluffy bubbles.


The bubbles gently cleanses and condition her skin with a light, natural scent of Mango.  It contains Jojoba and Wheat Germ to moisturize even the most sensitive skin.  I love that the bubbles are non-irritating and tear free, too.  You won't find any harsh chemicals, Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or DEA in these bubbles.  This makes both mama and kids happy!

PURCHASE IT: You can purchase the same natural and organic bubble bath Big C received for $9.95 at Deserving Health or Amazon.

Not only did Deserving Health send Big C a surprise, they were sweet enough to think of Little M, too.  He received Baby Specialty Cream to protect his soft, delicate skin from diaper rash, eczema, rashes and hives.  This cream cream is so light and easily absorbed.


Just like the bubble bath, this specialty cream contains natural and organic ingredients to protect baby's skin.  Little M has not had any major skin irritations (knock on wood), but my mind will be at ease if he does, knowing that I have something safe to protect his skin.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Our Miracle through Children's Miracle Network Hospital + $25 Walmart Gift Card Giveaway

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"Mommy, what's a miracle?" Big C asked as I tucked her in at night.  I knew exactly how to explain it.  I knew this was the perfect time to share her testimony.  "A miracle is when God works in extraordinary ways,"  I told her.  "Like the miracle God worked through you!"

When Big C was a few weeks old, she was diagnosed with Bacterial Spinal Meningitis.  She was admitted into All Children's Hospital, a Children's Miracle Network Hospital, where she was cared for during her month long stay.  Against all odds, Big C was healed by the doctors, nurses and other hospital staff, through the healing hands of God.


Even though it's been over 4 years, her story still brings tears to my eyes.  When others (including her doctors) look at her and hear her story, they stand in awe.  My daughter isn't the only one who has received blessings from Children's Miracle Network Hospital.  They help millions of children every year!


Walmart and Pampers are donating $200,000 to CMNH in June of 2015!  Visit Walmart.com/cmnh for more information and to make your own donation.  Your support will help provide 32 million patient visits for 10 million kids every year.

One in ten kids in North America is treated by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals each year.  Every day, member hospitals treat 16,000 children in emergency rooms.  Every hour, member hospitals provide surgery for 97 children.  U.S. member hospitals provided $3.4 billion in charity care in 2012.

Has someone you loved been treated at a Children's Miracle Network Hospital?  I would love to hear your story below!

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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Noah's Noisy Zoo Children's Book + Giveaway

Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Tommy Nelson and received a promotional item to thank me for my time.  All reviews and opinions regarding Tommy Nelson and Noah's Noisy Zoo are my own and were not influenced by other sources.  

Little M explores everything!  He loves beautiful sounds and bright colors.  So fun books like Noah's Noisy Zoo is perfect for him.  It was definitely created with little babies and toddlers in mind.


Noah's Noisy Zoo is a beautiful board book with pop out pictures that allows parents and caregivers to make fun animal noises with their kiddos.  There is a surprise with every turn of the page.  This book is a great introduction to the story of Noah's Ark.

What a wonderful gift for birthdays, baby showers or anytime!  You can get the Noah's Noisy Zoo for $9.99.  Stay connected with Tommy Nelson on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest for all their latest products and deals!

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Fun + Free Father's Day Gift Idea

My favorite gifts are the handmade kind.  I enjoy creating gifts for family members, especially when I can get Big C to help.  I'm not very crafty, so I always try to find something simple.  Last year, Big C and I created this.

With Father's Day right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to keep the tradition going and create a similar one.  We used this questionnaire to guide us.  Happy Father's Day 2015!!!


What are your fun and free gift ideas?