Friday Favorites!!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Hi!!! Happy Friday!!! 

How was your week??? I feel like our's went by really fast!! Which I am not complaining about...because now the weekend is here! YAY!
Sooo...I have a REAL random assortment of FAVORITES to share with you today!
Here we go!

Last week, I talked about how cool we are that now we own a griddle. And this week- I am sharing my love for my new Rachael Ray kitchen utensils! Wow. You can tell I lead a very exciting life. HA!
Aaron got me this "turner" and this spoon to replace my VERY worn out kitchen tools we've had since we first got married and I just LOVE them! I wasn't sure if I would...but that neat little feature that allows you to "clip" them on the pan/pot you are using is SO great. Both the turner (or spatula..whatever you want to call it- HA!) and the spoon are getting a ton of use in my kitchen!! 
I am loving this new workout tank I picked up from Walmart last week!! It's kind of hard to tell in the picture...but it says "Believe in Yourself" in black, shiny letters. It's SUPER cute and SO comfy and definitely a FAVORITE! It is only $4.96!!! I actually picked up several of these same workout tanks last year and was so excited to see them again this year! Also- I don't think it's possible for me to be more awkward when I take a selfie. Especially at the gym. THANK GOODNESS no one walked in on me taking this picture or I would have just curled up in a ball and tried to hide. HA!
Recently, I took a family photo we had taken last fall and used an online editing service, converted the image to make it look like a watercolor painting...and then had it printed out at Staples for $3.00!!!!
This picture hangs on the wall that you see coming down our stairs and it is my FAVORITE piece of "art" in our house!!
(We've done several projects since we've moved into our house last I am excited to do a couple of blog posts sharing some of the ways we have made our house feel like OUR HOME! Stay tuned for those!!) 
We stopped by Aaron's office for lunch yesterday and Celine immediately started examining Marshall with one of Aaron's stethoscopes.
I mean. I can't even handle the cuteness!!
A couple things to note:

1. How jealous are you of Marshall's hair??!
2. These two have the SWEETEST relationship and Celine is always telling me she doesn't want Marshall to grow up!!

They are just SO sweet and the way Celine loves on Marshall always brings me so much JOY!
Aaron usually works through his lunch, seeing patients who were fit into schedule last minute or catching up on paperwork...but yesterday- he had a little bit of open time in his schedule, so Celine, James and Marshall and I crashed his office and had lunch with him. It was so fun! We ate lunch outside because it was gorgeous and then moved inside to his office to hang out for little bit longer. It was definitely the most FAVORITE part of our day!! you have any fun plans for the weekend??
I am running in an Ainsley's Angels race on Saturday morning and we have a family date night planned for Saturday night. Sunday is my baby's TWO YEAR OLD birthday!!! We are so excited to celebrate him!

Hope you have a FABULOUS Friday and a WONDERFUL weekend!!

Linking up with AndreaErika and Narci!

Also joining April, Christina and Natasha for their fun link-up!
Linking up with TifBeckyDella and Katie too!

And joining my favorite ladies Whitney and Heather along with Crystal and Erin for their 5 Things Friday Link-Up!

What's Up Wednesday!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Hi friends!! is the last Wednesday of the month (how is that even possible?!?!)...which means it is time for a What's Up Wednesday Post!  I am excited to be joining MelShay and Sheaffer for their super fun link up party today!

What we're eating this week...As always- our menu for the week is all about SIMPLE and EASY meals. I try and write out what we are having on this chalkboard every Sunday evening...some weeks I don't...but I got my act together this past weekend and planned out our meals AND wrote them on our menu board! 
What I'm reminiscing about...
With Marshall just a few days shy of turning TWO YEARS OLD (HOW?!?!?), I have been thinking a lot about being pregnant with him and all of my other kiddos too! I truly LOVED being pregnant with each one of our babies and just feel SO, SO grateful to have 5 healthy kids that are growing up and turning into such awesome little people.

Holding my precious, eleven pound (HA! I still can't believe he was that big!!) baby boy right before it was time for us to leave the hospital and head home!! Can I just please travel back in time for a couple minutes so I can smell his soft, newborn head one time???!
What I am loving....this Philosophy Purity Made Simple Moisturizer!! I picked up a sample of it when I was at Ulta over the weekend and oh my goodness! I LOVE it! I have EXTREMELY sensitive skin and the only moisturizer I have used for the last several years is Cetaphil. This moisturizer has not bothered my skin at all- and it has made it feel hydrated and fresh and so so good! I am now thinking I need to ask for the regular size of this moisturizer along with Purity Made Simple One-Step Cleanser for my Mother's Day gifts!

What we've been up to...lots of playing outside, taking the girls to dance, going to the gym, and finishing up swimming lessons for 2 of the kids! We've been going to the park after the girls get done with their homework a couple days a week and it's been a fun change in our normal routine!!

What I'm dreading...I am not necessarily "dreading" it- but Aaron will be on call double the amount he usually is in May- which means he will be working more than he already does (which is a lot) and that's not my favorite :) The upside is that at the end of the month- we are taking a we have that to look forward to!!!  

What I'm working on...finishing up 3 of the 5 kids' photo books from LAST YEAR. I know. It's bad. I am so close to being done with James' and Cora's books and I need get Charlotte's started....before I need to start Marshall's 2 year book and my youngest daughter's 6 year book (she has a birthday in a couple of weeks)! With 5 kids, I basically stand no chance on ever being caught up in real time with their yearly photo books! HA! I have actually asked the kids if they would mind if I stopped making them and they looked at me like I had told that Santa isn't real. They were APPALLED. They love their photo books and they especially enjoy looking at each other's books. So I will keep making them!! :)

What I am watching/reading...To be honest we haven't been watching much TV. By the time we get the kiddos in bed, clean up the kitchen and get things ready for the next day. we are both ready to pass out. HA! But when we do muster up the energy to watch a show, we are big fans of Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Chicago Med. And we love watching Blue Bloods too!! And of course, I am been counting down the days for the new This Is Us season that won't start until September. HA!

What I am listening to...we're loving Toby Mac and Zac Williams in our house lately!! I also love anything my husband plays on his Spotify playlists! 

What I'm wearing...nothing cute ;) I am either in workout clothes or jeans and a long sleeve top. While the weather has been warming up here in Eastern North's still not warm enough for me to break out the shorts and t-shirts (I am ALWAYS freezing). I am hoping it's only going to continue to warm up because I just got this dress on sale from Old Navy and I would love to wear it to church on Mother's Day!
(PS- the color of the dress in this picture is super BLAH. In person it's a really pretty coral color!!)
What I'm doing this weekend...Celebrating our precious Marshall's 2nd birthday!!! We are going out for a family date night Saturday night and then on Sunday, his birthday, we will go to a local farm that makes homemade ice cream from the milk their cows produce. It is the CUTEST place and I think it will be the perfect way to celebrate our little guy's special day! 

What I'm looking forward to next month...Aaron and I are going on a trip to Charleston, SC to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary!!!! We haven't been on an official vacation together since our honeymoon, ahem...which was 10 years to say we are giddy with excitement would be a slight understatement!! 
What else is new...nothing! :) Life is FULL, sometimes chaotic and FUN!

Hope you have a WONDERFUL Wednesday!!

Monday Musings...Living out Gratefulness!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Hi friends!!! Happy Monday!!!
How was your weekend?? I sure hope it was a good one! 

We had a really nice weekend- it was a mixture of doing a fun activity together as a family as well as being at home getting "regular" stuff done like yard work, grocery shopping, and laundry plus an added bonus of Aaron and I having a date night on Saturday :)

I was reading Erika's blog post last week about ideas for raising grateful kids and it was kind of perfect timing because I have been wanting to share a little bit more on how Aaron and I approach teaching and instilling gratefulness in our family!
For us- gratefulness and service go hand in hand. We can tell our kids all day long that they should be grateful for all that they have- but until they come in contact with people and experiences that show them how others have different circumstances than them- it is just a lot of words. It can be so hard for little ones (and let's be honest- hard for adults too!) with limited real life experiences to truly "get" something like, "You need to be grateful for your dinner...some kids don't have dinner every night!" Of course, these kind of conversations are SO important and talking with our kids about their abundant blessings is a constant in our home....but we have also committed to putting action to those words and have found different ways for our kids to consistently provide service to others and in turn instill gratefulness in their hearts. 

So- before I go any further- I wanted to be very clear that I am not sharing any of this to be boastful and act like we are just amazing parents doing so many great things with our kids. Aaron and I are constantly being humbled with how little we know about parenting and for as many "good" things we do as parents there are a hundred other things where we are probably failing. All of our strength as parents comes from God's wisdom and grace and we are just so thankful he is the Rock of our family.

Okay- I thought I would share the ways we are currently serving others as a family and then provide some other ideas that maybe you might like to try with your family!

Since moving to Greenville, we have been volunteering once a month at our local food bank. I called our food bank and talked with the volunteer coordinator about wanting to volunteer as a family. Our local food bank has several Saturdays a month where groups and families can come to help! The jobs that need to be done are geared towards kids- so its simple things like bagging apples or onions, organizing capri suns or bagging up sweet potatoes. We go to the food bank once a month for 1 hour and it has been such a great experience for all of us. 

On this particular Saturday we were bagging up onions!! You can tell we were having a horrible time! HA!
At church, Aaron and I volunteer with two different ministries that the kids can be with us when we are serving. In this season of life, with our kids being so young, we have really prioritized finding volunteer opportunities that the kids can be with us. If you are a member of a church, you know there are SOOOO many ways to become involved! We volunteer in our church nursery and we are leaders of Children's Liturgy of the Word (we take all the kiddos who are at mass and present the readings to them in a more child friendly way). We are able to do both of these activities with our own kids- and they LOVE when we work in the nursery and are "children's word leaders."  We do both of these things about 2 times every three months!

Last summer, we were having a particularly ungrateful week with our kids and I was feeling like the BIGGEST failure of a parent. We had a sit down conversation with our girls and pointed out all the little things we do "for fun" as a family- get slushies from Sonic, go out for dinner, pick up little trinkets at Target or Walmart, get ice know- the list goes on and on! We talked with them about how different their "normal" is from so many other little girls their age in different parts of the world. We then visited a website called, Naomi's Village (I had heard about this organization from another family) and showed them these precious kiddos that needed sponsoring so they could go to school. get uniforms and notebooks. BASIC NEEDS. My girls were blown away and by showing them REAL little girls, with the same interests as them (on the website they describe the children's favorite foods/activities)- they immediately- without prompting from us- said, "I want to give up getting so many slushies from Sonic!" "Mom! We don't need to go to Chick-Fil-A every week!  Let's save that money and give it to Naomi's Village!" So- that's exactly what we did! 
We have been sponsoring the most precious girl for about a year now and along with our monthly sponsor donation, the girls put together a little package for our little girl that we sponsor every couple of months. Naomi's Village is AMAZING and they will send us videos of our girl opening her presents or telling us thank you! We have also had the opportunity to FaceTime with her! 
There have been times when someone wants to get a treat or they pitch a fit because they don't like what I am making for dinner and say something like: "can't we just go out??" (UGH. I am embarrassed to even admit my kids say this!) and I just bring up our family commitment to do without a few extras every month to sponsor our little girl and that really helps bring them back to reality. It has been a wonderful thing for us to be a part of the sponsorship program with Naomi's Village!

We have one other organization we just started volunteering with- Ainsley's Angels. This is an organization whose mission is to include individuals with special needs in all aspects of the community- including endurance races. Aaron and I love to run and we both have always had a passion for the special needs community- so we are SUPER excited to be Angel Runners for Angel Riders here in Greenville. Aaron ran in a race this past Saturday- so the kids and I came with him, got to meet all the runners and race participants and cheer them on! Next Saturday, I am running a race, so Aaron and the kids will be cheerleaders.  This is another situation that works great for our family, because even though only one of us can be running a race, the rest of our family can be involved by being cheerleaders (which, if you have ever run a race, is SO important)!!
Other service activities that we that we have done together as a family and LOVED are:

- volunteering at a homeless shelter that was specifically for families. We would volunteer in the childcare room and watch the children who were staying at the shelter while their parents attended classes, cleaned up their room or just got a little break! We did this while we lived in Indianapolis and just really loved it. The girls would get so attached to the little ones we watched!
- Delivered food baskets to families at Thanksgiving time. This is more of a once of a year opportunity- but one that is great for doing together as a family. Our church coordinated donating hundreds of food baskets for families in need and we signed up to deliver some of them! The girls went up with Aaron to deliver the baskets and it was a very special experience for all of us!
- visits with the elderly! We created little goodie baskets with socks, hand sanitizer and pictures made by the girls and we went to a facility where elderly men and women along with individuals who had cognitive disabilities came every day. We visited with them and it was a BEAUTIFUL experience. We did this only once, while we were living in Indianapolis, but if we would have stayed living in Indy, we would have SO made this a regular activity!

So- I know what some of you might be thinking: "Great Justine. I am really happy you get out and do these things with your kids...but I have 3 kids under 3 or my husband works a lot  or I work full time or it just kind of overwhelms me to think about doing any of this."

I GET IT!!!  I really, really do!!! :)

First of all- even though my kiddos are getting older, it is still A LOT for us out to get out the door at 6:45 am on a Saturday morning to go to a race. We definitely deal with attitudes and not always being so giving. But we make it a priority!! Our volunteer commitments are on our calendar, just like the many other activities we have going on and they are NOT negotiable! The kids will miss a birthday party or we might miss a fun activity taking place at the library or the park so we can give the time we have committed to the places where we volunteer.
 We also didn't do any of this stuff when Aaron was in medical school and we had 3 little babies!! We slowly started doing more once he was in residency and have gotten progressively more involved once we moved and have settled into our new town.
There is a season for everything and this might not be your family's season to get out and actively volunteer!

BUUUTTTT- that doesn't mean you can't do service activities with your kiddos!!

Here are just a few, SUPER simple activities you can do with your kiddos that will spark SO many great conversations with your kids about gratefulness:

- write letters/send packages to men and women serving in our Armed Forces-here's one organization you can check out to do that:  Operation Gratitude

-support our Veterans and their families...there are so many organizations that help support our Veteran's- just a few of them are:

- the next time you are at McDonald's- purchase a couple $5 gift cards. Keep them in your glove box and when you come in contact with an individual in need- you have something to give them! There are several places we frequent where we live that have individuals asking for help...this has brought up a lot of questions from the kids and we decided together a small way we can help is to: 1) Smile and look the person in the eye- even if we aren't giving him/her anything and 2) purchase gift cards to have on hand when we do feel led to give.

- WRITE THANK YOU NOTES. This probably deserves a whole entire blog post on its own- but I am a HUGE believer in thank you notes. My kids are expected to write a thank you note for anything they are given and if they moan or groan about it- they lose what that person gave them. We typically don't have any issues with them not wanting to write thank you notes- because they love to color and draw- but that is the consequence when and if someone gets persnickety. I write thank you notes for James and Marshall- but I have them color on a piece of paper- even if it is just scribbles and if I am really on top of my game- include a picture of them using/enjoying the item that was given to them. It is a small of act of "service" that means SO much to the person who took the time to GIVE the gift!

- talk to your kids about ways they can "serve" your family. I am constantly talking to my girls about how setting the table is a way to do an act of service for me (so I don't have to do it) and it's a sign of gratefulness for the meal we are going to have. I also encourage the girls to do random acts of service for one another...things like pick up a mess one of their sisters made, pack a snack and a note for each other, if someone left a mess in the bathroom, clean it up for get the idea! 

And the simplest, yet I think most profound way to instill gratefulness and hearts of service in your kiddos- is to BE GRATEFUL. Happily serve your husband and children. Talk about how thankful you are for the gorgeous weather when you're outside playing. When you get the fridge loaded after a big grocery shopping trip- express your gratefulness for the food in your house! Tell your kids and husband WHY you are grateful for them. 

It is one of our personal missions as parents, to instill a mindset of "IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU" in our children. Not in a scary, authoritarian way...but in a loving, gentle way that guides them to live with gratitude in their hearts and a desire to always be looking for ways they can spread love and kindness to others.  
It's not always easy- BUT- I can tell you it's worth it!!
I know so many of you are doing incredible things with your families to teach gratefulness and give back to others. Will you please share what you are doing in the comments??? I always love getting new and fresh ideas and that is the beautiful thing about this blogging community- we can all learn from each other!!

Wow. Was this a little more than you bargained for on a Monday?? HA! I bet you were maybe just checking into see if we did anything fun over the weekend. HA!
Thanks for listening to what was on my heart to share today!!

Hope you have the BEST day!!

Linking up with Johannah, Heather and Lindsay today!

Friday Favorites!!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Hiiiiii!!! Happy Friday!!

I can't tell you how excited I am to be writing a "Friday Favorites" post!!
It's so fun to be blogging again!

How was your week?? We had a good one at our house. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous in our area the last couple of days and it just makes me so happy! Summer time can't get here fast enough!!

Okay- let's get this's some things that have been making me smile lately!!

I am LOVING my Ja-Vie Flats!!! One of my favorite friends April is always talking about how much she loves her Ja-Vie flats- so around Christmas time I took advantage of a great sale they were having and picked up this pair!
I have been wearing them all.the.time for the last 4 months or so and I have to say: these flats are SO comfortable, SO cute and I just love them. And I feel like that's saying a lot since I basically despise wearing closed toed shoes and if it was appropriate- I would wear flip flops EVERYWHERE.  They are also perfect for this weird in between weather we keep know- too warm for boots...but still a little too chilly for sandals?!?
I have already got my eye on the next pair I want to get (the leopard print) and would HIGHLY recommend them if you are looking to try out a new, comfortable and SUPER stylish pair of flats! 
You know you're old and a legit parent when you get super pumped up about a new griddle. HA!
Aaron mentioned a couple weeks ago that he wanted to start making pancakes for the kids on Sunday morning before church- which I thought was a great idea! Our biggest non-stick pan isn't really even that big- so we decided to try out this copper non-stick griddle!
We got it from Walmart- you can find it HERE! They had it on display in our store- but didn't have any in stock- so we just ordered one and had it shipped to the store so we didn't have to pay shipping on it!
Aaron has made lots of pancakes using it and he said it works SO great. It is a super non-stick surface- so much so that you don't even need cooking spray!
I have started making our grilled cheese on it- I love that I can make all of the sandwiches at one time!
So- moral of the story- if you are in the market for a griddle- because who isn't?!? HA!
Check this one out!
Aaron and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary last month and he got me a bouquet of hydrangeas- almost identical to the ones that were in my wedding bouquet!!
Hydrangeas are one of my FAVORITE flowers and I have just loved looking at them everyday, sitting on top of our piano!
Here's the super fun part about these flowers- so I took this picture 2 days ago (April 17) and I have had these flowers since March 29!! Can you believe how beautiful they still look??? Aaron got them from a Harris Teeter by his office...they must be feeding those flower super food! HA!  
Two weeks ago, our family flew to Texas to visit Aaron's parents and a bunch of his other family! His parents live about an hour outside of Austin, so the day before we flew back home, we made the trek from his parents' farm to downtown Austin and spent the day exploring our old stomping grounds! It was the BEST day. Seriously. I had several "pinch" me moments that I was back in one of my most favorite cities ever, with my 5 kiddos and amazing husband!
Some of you who have read my blog for awhile know about our love story- but for a quick recap- Aaron and I met in Austin and on day 5 of dating he told me he loved me. We were sitting on an iron bench on the town lake trail that goes around downtown Austin. The bench we were sitting on had a plaque on it dedicated to a man named "Bob Albee." 
You can bet that after we had an amazing lunch at Shady Grove- we took our kids to the "Bob Albee" bench so they could see where Mommy and Daddy's love story started! 
Here we are all piled up on the bench! Hands down my favorite picture from our trip!
(And PS- if your curious about the FULL story on how Aaron and I met- you can check it our HERE)

Just wanted to thank all of you for your kind, encouraging comments about me starting to blog again!! 
Seriously- it just makes my heart happy- so THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
I hope you have a FABULOUS Friday and a WONDERFUL weekend!
Do you have any fun plans? 
We are doing a 5K race tomorrow morning and then Aaron and I have a date night tomorrow night! Yahoo!!

Linking up with Andrea, Erika and Narci!

Also joining April, Christina and Natasha for their fun link-up!
Linking up with TifBecky, Della and Katie too!

A Couple Fun Walmart Finds!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hi!! Happy Wednesday!!
It's been a hot minute since I have done a Weekly Walmart Finds post!!! 
I've got a few, fun things to share with you this week!!

I just got this Essential Athleisure Cowlneck Pullover and I LOVE it!
It is the PERFECT weight for Spring (and even cool summer nights) and at $14.97- you can't beat the price! This top definitely has a "higher-end" look to it and is SO comfy and super cute. You could wear it with jeans or some leggings....I honestly think it would even look cute with some jean shorts! I have not seen this top in my local Walmart- but it might be at your's! Every Walmart is different in what they carry! 
Okay- next up are these "native" knock off slip on shoes for kids. Some of you might have already seen these at your Walmart...mine just got them last week and they are going FAST!
They are only $4.97 for a pair!! We have never owned a "real" pair of Natives- so I can't compare the quality of them...but- for less than $5 a pair- I am okay if they aren't as sturdy as the name brand! I picked my daughter up 2 pairs, one pink and one purple and I got my boys each a pair! 
(FYI- the only other place I have found carrying "fake" Natives is Old Navy- you can find them here! Target used to carry them- but I have not been able to find them in store or on their website).
(I have not been able to find these shoes online- these might be something you can only find in the store.)
If you see these in your store and your kiddo(s) need a waterproof, easy to put on shoe for the summer- PICK UP A PAIR!! :)

If your husband or any other guy in your life is in need of some new shorts for the summer- you HAVE to check out these flat front shorts by the "George" brand.
They are $7.50 a pair!!! My husband is a huge fan of the 11 inch flat front shorts from J.Crew Factory and when I bought him a couple of pairs of these shorts- he could NOT believe I got them at Walmart...and to top it off- for less than $8.00!!
The shorts come in a bunch of different colors, including a great preppy pink (LOVE a guy who wears pink ;) and this fun mint-ish green color with little hula girls all over them! Aaron has this pair and they are his current favorite pair of shorts to wear! :)
So- I know a lot of people are knee-deep into spring cleaning and organizing their I just HAD to share this ADORABLE and super functional basket!! I mean- how stinking cute are these baskets?? They come in two sizes- this is the smaller size and it is $7.44...the bigger size is $12.44 and you can find it here!
The liner is removable and the little plaque on the front is a chalkboard!! The possibilities are endless with this little basket! How cute would several of these be on a bookshelf in nursery or one of your kiddos rooms? Or maybe you could utilize a couple of these in your laundry room?? Someone please buy some of these- I just love them!

Have you done any shopping at Walmart lately?? Find any fun items or great deals!!!
Share them in the comments!!!

Hope you have the BEST day!

Back At It!

Monday, April 16, 2018


AHHHH!! I am so excited to be writing this blog post!! Over eight months ago, I shared that I was taking a break from blogging. 

After I published that post, I will be honest- I felt so FREE! While blogging has (and will continue to be) a TOTAL hobby for me (I have no desire to make any money from this online journal)- I definitely felt pressure to regularly post and make sure I was putting my best effort into what I was sharing with all of you who took the time to read my blog!
Taking a break from blogging has been really, really good for me. But it also helped me realize how much I truly enjoyed blogging! The break has also given me a chance to think and pray about what I would like to fill this little space of the internet with moving forward. 

Here are some ideas I have for things I want to share and talk about here:

- my weight loss journey and my ongoing commitment and passion to living a healthy life- I am thinking I will do a little series on this topic as it is not just a one blog post kind of topic ;)

- simple, easy meal planning ideas

- fun ways to shop on a budget (SO many of you told me how much you LOVED my Walmart Finds- I am looking forward to sharing those with you again!)

- random ramblings about nothing. Some of my favorite posts to write aren't about any sort of topic!

- "how I do it" posts...and not like I am some expert and I have all the answers...but a lot of people ask me ALL.THE.TIME..."how do you do it?!?!" The answer most of the time is: I fake it 'til I make it. HA! But- almost 10 years into parenting...I do think I have found my groove and have found some good "systems" that are at least worth sharing! :)

I am SO excited to get back into a regular blogging routine again!! I have been wanting to for a couple months now....but was still unsure if I should start back up again. I have been feeling a big pull to share more and while I absolutely LOVE Instagram (like- I have to limit myself on how much I check it ;), it feels unnatural for me to share my heart on there. I don't really know why- but it just does. HA!
I feel much more comfortable "talking" with all of you via this little I here I am! :) before I end this post- I just wanted to touch on a few "housekeeping" items in regard to the blog:

(1) I LOVE LOVE LOVE getting comments!! BUT- if your email is not linked up to your account and it is a "no-reply" comment- I most likely won't reply to your comment. Not because I am a big meanie...but I just don't have the time to keep checking back on each post I write to see if there were comments left. If they come to my email...then I will for sure respond!! It might take me a couple of days...but I will respond! ;)
(2) I plan on posting 2-3 times a week...which will be different than my previous blogging schedule of 4-5 days a week. One of the biggest reasons I stepped back from blogging was the pressure I was feeling to post almost every single day. It started to stress me out! HA!
I want to focus more on quality rather than quantity!!

So there you have it...I am back to blogging and SO happy about it!

So excited to be linking up with Heather, Johannah and Lindsay!!