Monday, March 27, 2017

Spring Fling Photo Challenge Announcement

Good morning friends! I have a fun announcement to share with you today. For those of who who follow us on Instagram you know my love for photo challenges runs deep. I've given myself a goal to host a challenge every season this year. In February, I joined my blog bestie for 14 days of Love photo challenge. We had a ton of fun celebrating Valentine's Day with so many of you. 725 photos were shared in just 14 days; impressive! We know what you challenge you to 30 days of photo fun.

This Saturday, Beth from Our Pretty Little Girls and I are kicking off our Spring Fling photo challenge. What better way to usher in the new season than with pretty photos that focus on spring, Easter and the early beginnings of Summer fun. Here are the prompts for our 30 day Spring Fling challenge.


Will you be joining us? We would love to have you. Screenshot this list of prompts or right click and save the image. Our challenge starts on Saturday with our first prompt "selfie". Be sure to use hashtag #SpringFlingPhoto17 so the hosts and others can find your photos.

Happy Monday, friends!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Favs: Shampoo, Easter Books and Song Lyrics

Good morning, friends! Our week has been filled with so much emotion. I don't want to share too many details here but if could lift us up in prayer I would appreciate it. Sometimes life is hard, you know? With that being said, I'm going to focus on some light-hearted things this morning. I think often times that's good for the soul. Here are this week's highlights and random thoughts.


ONE | NEW SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER


I've been on the look-out for a new shampoo and conditioner. I don't mind paying more for it either because I am really picky about my hair. But I was given the chance to try Finesse Restore + Strengthen*. I've seen this brand at Walmart and Walgreens (and just $1.98 at Walmart!) but hadn't given it much thought. I wish I had sooner because my hair has been the softest, most manageable hair I've had in a while. The air is still cold and dry here in Ohio leaving my hair full of static but after a couple days of this moisture packed shampoo and conditioner I am no longer battling the static. If you are looking to switch up your hair game, give Finesse a try.

TWO |  PREPPING FOR EASTER


Easter is in just a few weeks and we are slowly getting things together for Connor's basket. One of the items I am most excited about is CJ's personalized book from I See Me. I've shared our love of these books before but this book outdoes our first one. This holiday we picked My Little Book of Blessings. We were able to personalize it with friends and families names along with Connor's and a message from his Papa and I, making it an instant keepsake. I can't wait to read it with Connor for the first time and watch him discover his friends and family's names hidden within the pages. 

THREE | SCARS


Remember when I shared that I fell and had to get stitches? I've been working on making the scar on my shin a bit less noticeable by using ScarAway gel. It's healed well and the redness has started to fade but dang, it's still much more obvious than I would like. It's improved a ton over the last 3 months and I hope that by the time shorts weather rolls around it will be even lighter. 

FOUR | ALIEN DRAWINGS


We've entered the stage of drawing people ... AKA aliens. On a single day, CJ will use 5-7 pieces of paper to draw stories of his friends (the friends drawn in alien form) and he has me write their names next to each person and we display them proudly. I am almost certain this is the funniest stage yet. Who wouldn't love a crew of aliens welcoming them into their dining room? 

FIVE | EYE OF THE STORM


Every once in a while I find a song that I connect to a personal level that's hard to explain. That song in this season of life is Eye of the Storm by Ryan Stevenson. When I say that I jam to this song, I am not joking. I sing, I dance, I raise praise hands. I feel this song on a level I can't really put into words. But I heard this song live 2 weeks ago at the Hits Deep Tour and was able to purchase the above print that is now on display in my office. My favorite verse is... "In the eye of the storm, You remain in control ... In the middle of the war, You guard my soul ... You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn ... Your love surrounds, me in the eye of the storm."

Our weekend plans are pretty low-key. We have a goodbye to say Saturday and church on Sunday. Other than that, I'm not sure what we will get into. I know that I hope to take at least one nap this weekend. #weekendgoals

Here are this week's posts in case you've missed one:
Monday: Target Clearance For The Win
Tuesday: A Lesson in Luck {Free Clover Printable}
Wednesday: A Day at Disney Springs {Our Version of Legoland}


Enjoy your weekend, friends!


*This review is powered by BrandBacker where I received free product for my honest review. As always I only share items with you that we use and love.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Day at Disney Springs {Our Version of Legoland}

Last week I shared with you our day at Disney's The Magic Kingdom. Today I want to recap our time at Disney Springs. Disney Springs is an open air shopping center with restaurants, a large pond that you can boat across and a few hotels. It's perfect for shopping, especially if your little one likes Legos. Connor had asked to go to Legoland but we didn't want to pay the expensive fees since we were planning to go to Disney later in the week. Lucky for us, the Lego Store at Disney Springs gave Connor all his little heart could want in the form of Legos.


Connor has been playing with Legos daily for the last year or so. While they make a mess and I find them all over our home, it occupies his time for hours and he loves building new creations. When visiting Disney Springs, he called the Lego store Legoland and well, we let him believe it. Mean Momma and Papa, right? I don't feel one bit guilty as it saved us a ton of money. Here are some highlight from our day out along with photos from our day at Disney Springs. 

--- Connor got to build two Lego racers and race them against other boys and girls.

--- He won the second race, bringing him more joy than I ever expected.

--- Connor walked out of the Lego Store with a full container of new bricks, included sixers which he had to have more of along with 3 new Lego men. 

--- He is now the proud owner of a new potato head that is half Buzz Lightyear and half Stromtrooper. 

--- A boat ride with a pretty view and a hot air balloon is the perfect way to end a day of shopping.























Disney Springs is such a fun place to shop and dine, even people watch. When we make back to Orlando I am certain we will spend another day here. I mean, it is "Legoland" after all.