Tuesday, December 17, 2013


Good morning everyone! I'm excited to be teaming up with some amazing bloggers to give away a $125 Visa Gift Card & $50 towards toAdorn. One winner will be chosen on December 23rd at 11:59pm  just in time for a perfect Christmas present! 

I haven't participated in a giveaway in a long time so I'm really excited about this one. I think I have entered almost every giveaway I've seen and have won a lot of amazing things so I'm glad to finally be able to give back a little to all of the support I get from all of my readers who are have been/still following me after all the breaks I take. 

So go check out all the beautiful ladies below who are also participating & enter the giveaway through Rafflecopter below! Good Luck! 

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Monday, December 16, 2013


Hope everyone had a good weekend! Ours was cold, but relaxing and nice. On Saturday we pretty much spent the whole day inside just lounging around and of course cleaning. It rained ALL day so I did not want to go outside at all. It would've been nice if that all that rain would've turned into snow. 

Sunday morning we woke up and got ready and headed to Cracker Barrel. Gary wants to go there every Sunday so I guess this is our new Sunday tradition. I don't mind at all because Sophia loves it there and the food is delicious! 

After Cracker Barrel we passed a tree farm on the way home. I have never been to one before and wanted to just stop by and walk through. The guy that owned the place was very nice! If we ever plan on getting a real tree we will be getting it there. But the farm was so pretty! I never realized how beautiful a Christmas tree is until I was standing in a field with hundreds around me. And it smelled amazing! I wanted to get some pictures of Sophia with the trees but poor thing was freezing. She wouldn't walk and she kept saying her eyes were so cold! Looking back at the picture of me and Sophia, it looks like my eyes were cold too with the look on my face, ha! & Sophia in that picture, she was not happy! I would love to go back but I don't see it getting any warmer anytime before Christmas.

We headed home after, put our pajamas on (even though it was like 2) and put a Christmas movie and drank some Cracker Barrel coffee out of a snowman mug that we bought there last week. 

Now to another 4 day work week that hopefully goes by very fast! I'm ready for my little Christmas vacation next week! And to all my readers ... tomorrow I will be participating in a cash giveaway so head back over & enter! It will be the perfect Christmas gift! 

Friday, December 13, 2013


It's finally the weekend for me! I started working 4 10 hr shifts Monday - Thursday at my job so I could have Friday's off. I love having Friday off but I am so exhausted Thursday evening. Having a three day weekend every weekend makes up for it though.

The first few Fridays that I was off I enjoyed being home all day with Sophia. We played, watched movies, left the house for lunch and took naps. By the end of the day on Friday ... the house was a mess and I didn't get anything done. I also started to notice that Sophia wouldn't let me do anything but be with her so I really couldn't get anything done.

A friend of mine has a little girl that is a year older than Sophia. They were at the same daycare (my mom's daycare) since they were babies! She was in need of someone to watch her daughter on just Friday's. I know Sophia loves playing with me and I enjoy having time just me and her but I know she wants a friend to play with all day. And I also want to get things done. So, I offered to watch her.

Last Friday was my first day watching her and had SO much fun. I got to play with them but was also able to get some stuff done around the house while they played. We all ate lunch together, drank hot chocolate and watched a movie together. They also spent most of the day playing dress up.

I think it's going to be good for Sophia to have a friend over. I think they are both going to have so much fun. I just need to get them to nap together and that would be perfect!

I always say I want to be a stay at home mom. But just those few Fridays at home alone with Sophia was a little difficult. I know that it's something that I would eventually get used to and would have scheduled days I'm sure but I really don't know how all my stay at home mom friends do it. 

So this is what I will be doing on my Friday's. My new goal for Friday's now are trying to get a work out in at the gym before Sophia wakes and her friend comes over ... and not just Friday mornings ... every morning. I'm going to give up a few hours of sleep each morning but I guess I'll just add another cup of coffee to my day.

Have a good Friday everyone!

Thursday, December 12, 2013


I finally have some time to post and figured I'd post about our Thanksgiving. 

We had our Thanksgiving at my aunt and uncles beautiful home. She cooked everything so I lucked out on not having to bring anything. I can cook but I've never cooked anything for Thanksgiving. I'd love to host Thanksgiving one year though. 

We all had a good time just eating and talking. My uncles parents brought their dog - an old english sheep dog - and I fell in love. Such a cute and sweet dog. Sophia loved him too. We also LOVE my aunts home! She has it decorated SO beautiful. Everything I pin to Pinterest looks like her home. And it's in the middle of the woods so it's perfect! They have chickens and Sophia has been trying for SO long to pet one and she finally got to while we were there for Thanksgiving!

I'm so thankful for my family and being able to spend time with them on Thanksgiving! I wish Gary's family was closer so we could all celebrate together but we will get to spend Christmas with them this year!

(These were all taken with my phone so the pictures are a little grainy. I took my camera, just never used it. I need to start using it again!)