April 17, 2014

Our Morning Routine

This post is part of a compensated campaign in collaboration with Evenflo and Latina Bloggers Connect however all opinions are my own.
Once upon a time Joshua used to ride the bus. He started school when he was three years old and a little bus would come each morning to pick him up. He liked it and it was great because I didn't have to go anywhere. I didn't have to wake baby Sarah up. 

Well Josh started Kinder last year and we found out that the bus stop was now a block away and would no longer pick him up in front of our home. He also had to wake up even earlier and we would have to walk a block just for him to ride the bus. NO THANK YOU! That's when I decided I would drop him off and pick him up from school everyday. It was easy at first when it was just Josh and Sarah but then things got a little harder when Levi was born. I would have to wake up two kids and a newborn and put them all in car seats to drop off Josh at school. Josh is in first grade now and although it's still a bit of work getting all three kiddos up and ready I've come to get used to it. 
Our morning routine:
- Wake Josh up (he changes himself, washes his face + brushes his teeth)
- Prepare + pack his lunch
- Make him breakfast
- Get Sarah up + ready
- Get Levi up + put him in his seat
- We pray together in the car
- We sing along to the radio
- We drop Joshua off
- We come back home and I make breakfast for Sarah, Levi + I
Levi seems to enjoy his new car seat so much he sleeps the whole way there and back. Comfy, cozy! One of my favorite things about Levi's new car seat which I mentioned in my previous post are the buckle pockets. These things are AWESOME! I unbuckle Levi and place the buckles in the pockets which help SO MUCH when it's time to go pick big brother up from school. No digging for buckles here! 
What is your morning routine like?
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April 15, 2014

The Next BIG Project

Guess what? We're about to start another big project! Our Master Bathroom is getting a makeover. We have been wanting to re-do this bathroom for a while now but we didn't have the budget to do it. A couple years ago we noticed something was wrong with the wall behind the shower. There was dirt/wood pieces coming out from the bottom when we showered. My husband caulked it all and we forgot about it. We started taking the baseboards off of this bathroom a couple weeks ago to put new ones when we found this...
GROSS! Just keepin' it real. There's mold and rotting going on behind that wall thanks to a leak that's been on going for quite some time. Thankfully our insurance is covering it. So there's gonna be some fixing and changes to this bathroom. I am not sure how long it will take but I will be posting updates on the blog as we go. My husband is tearing up the shower this afternoon so I will make sure to take pictures of that as well. I'm excited! I've been pinning bathrooms like crazy on Pinterest. We have a few ideas of what we would like and I will share them on here soon but for now you can look at what our bathroom currently looks like which will soon be our before pictures!
 I'm so excited! More posts to come soon!
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April 10, 2014

Levi's New Big Boy Car Seat - Evenflo Symphony DLX

I received the Evenflo Symphony DLX Convertible Car Seat for review purposes but all opinions are my own. This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Evenflo and Latina Bloggers Connect.

Mr. Levi's got a new big boy car seat. A spiffy one I might add. The infant car seat he was in before was just a tad bit small for him and we were thinking about buying him a new one when we received this one to review. Talk about perfect timing! My first impression when I opened the box and saw the seat was "VERY NICE!" it looks so comfy and the fabric looks very high end. 

Evenflo is taking safety and comfort to the next level with the launch of Platinum Protection Series car seats which feature NASA-developed Outlast™ Performance Fabrics. Fancy! Evenflo believes a peaceful ride is a safe ride. Their new Innovative features are based on consumer insight – meeting the real safety, comfort and convenience needs of it's customers.

Evenflo's New Platinum Protection Series include:
-Evenflo Symphony LX All-in-one Car Seat
-Evenflo SecureKid™ DLX Harness Booster seat
-Evenflo Triumph™ LX Convertible Car Seat
Levi has been riding in his new seat for a week now and he's been so comfy in it. Let's break it down shall we? Let's go over the PROS + CONS of this car seat so that it helps those of you who are in the market for this type of car seat. 

PROS (my favorite features)

FABRIC
The fabric not only looks nice + modern it has a purpose! The Temperature regulating fabric in the padding of the seats are designed to keep babies and toddlers comfortable during hot or cold weather. That is perfect for us Texas folks! There's nothing worse than getting into your car and sitting on a hot seat. This fabric balances a child’s body temperature by actively absorbing and storing hot and cold temperatures and releasing as needed. It also reduces perspiration so the child stays drier and more comfortable, and mom can focus her attention on the road instead of an upset baby. 

BUCKLE POCKETS
These seats also feature innovative Buckle Pockets as another safety and convenience benefit. The buckle pockets allows moms to tuck the buckle tongues away which protects kids from hot buckle burns and also makes it easier and safer to get a child in and out of the seats. Another awesome feature for those of us Texans. Nobody wants burns from hot belt buckles! Especially not your littles. 

EASY INSTALLATION
Advanced LATCH technology makes it easy for a secure installation:  Just Click, Click, Push for super-fast, super-snug installation in less than 60 seconds (Symphony DLX and SecureKid DLX). 

CONS

SIZE
This is a rather large seat. I wouldn't have a problem with this except we have three kiddos so we have three car seats side by side. They all fit together in the back seat but a bit snug. The car seat is quite bulky and makes it hard when installing next to other car seats only because of it's size. It's not a problem for those who don't have multiple car seats. That is my ONLY complaint.
Overall we are VERY happy with our new seat! Levi falls asleep in it (as you can see) and seems so comfy. The Evenflo Symphony DLX Convertible Car Seat is Available online at Babies “R” Us beginning in March; and at stores nationwide starting in April. I will be sharing another post with more info on this car seat and maybe a video (if Levi is in the mood) for those of you who would like more info about this specific car seat. So make sure to check that out! 
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April 9, 2014

Mother's Day Gifts - PlanetJill

Mother's Day is just around the corner! If you are a planner like me then you are already thinking about what to get your mom. I've got the perfect gifts for the moms in your life! Whether it's your own mom, your sister or your bff these beautiful photo necklaces and bracelets are sure to be winners. 

Founded by stay-at-home mom, Jill Schiff, PlanetJill specializes in designing one-of-a-kind sterling silver elegant treasures with the faces of loved ones inside their handcrafted charms. Choose from a beautiful line of designs, or use PlanetJill's Charm Builder to design your own unique necklace or bracelet. PlanetJill is the perfect Mother's Day gift, something that Mom will truly cherish for a lifetime.
Use the code PJMAMA at checkout to get $10 Off your first order! And follow PlanetJill on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/planetjill) for a chance to win weekly giveaways all month long!

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April 4, 2014

Freebie Friday - Good In Everyday

Happy Friday! It's time for another Freebie Friday. This month I'm sharing a positive message printable. We have all had those days where it seems everything is going wrong. I know I have! I found this quote when I was having one of those days and I'm so glad I did because it reminded me to stay positive, to be thankful for everything because even in those bad days I can find something good. 

I haven't printed this one because I ran out of colored ink but as soon as I can I will be printing it along with other positive messages that I plan to hang on my wall. You can download this 5x7 print by clicking on it and saving it to your desktop. 
Have a wonderful weekend friends!
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April 1, 2014

WSW - Skirts + Rain Boots

Glasses: Crazy 8 | Top: Crewcuts via Thred Up | Vest: Crewcuts via Thred Up | Skirt: Dot Dot Smile | Boots: Hunter 

We went shopping yesterday to the outlets and as we were browsing through the aisles of Crazy 8 Sarah pointed at these sunglasses and said "look mom just like yours" so of course I bought them! The weather has been perfect here in Texas. Sunny + in the high 70's to low 80"s. I am loving it! Not looking forward to those SUPER HOT summer days though. 

Sarah is turning FIVE in just a couple weeks. She's so excited! She's been talking about it for the past month. I can't even believe how fast she's growing! She will be starting Kinder this year and I will miss her terribly. I'm pretty sure I will cry. Meanwhile I will be enjoying these last couple of months of having her home with me 24/7. 
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March 28, 2014

Five on Friday - Five Ways to Make Your Blog More Visually Welcome

Hello Friends! I wrote this post as a guest post for A Beautiful Exchange a couple weeks ago and I thought I would share on my blog as well as a Five on Friday edition.

I know that blog design can be pricey at times and if your blog is your hobby then you don't really want to spend much just to make it "pretty". I get it so I'd like to share a couple FREE tips/tricks to help you out. Let's make your blog "pretty" and more visually welcome without spending any money. Yay! 

1. KEEP IT SIMPLE
I like reading blogs with a simple/white background don't you? Make your blog less "busy" looking by removing the background! Stick to simple fonts that are easy to read. The simpler the better. Plus it will take a lot less time for your page to load which means your readers won't grow inpatient waiting for your content to load and leave. Now I know some of you are not "simple" people and that's ok. It's ok to like glitz and glam, you can still have some of that on your header but it will be less distracting if you keep the rest of your blog clean and easy to read. 

2. REMOVE THE FRAMES
If you are using any of bloggers templates then chances are your pictures/graphics all have frames around them. Loose the frames so that your pictures stand out! You can do this by following my tutorial here

3. ENLARGE YOUR PHOTOS
Making your photos Larger makes them stand out more. Just visit some of your favorite blogs and see for yourself. I bet most of them have large photos! You can do this on blogger by clicking on your photo and this will pop up...
Then just click on "X-Large" or if your graphic is sized to fit the width of your post already then just click "Original size" like I did for the graphic used in this post.

4. DON'T CENTER
Your text that is! It's so much harder to read your wonderful post when your text is all centered. Don't make the mistake I did when I started out. Align your text to the left and it will make your posts SO MUCH easier to read. 

5. CENTER YOUR NAVIGATION BAR
This is one thing that looks best when centered: your navigation bar. It's more visually appealing when it's nice and centered. If you are using a blogger template you can easily do this using my tutorial here

I hope these tips work for you! They sure come in handy for those of you who are just starting to blog or maybe you've been blogging for a while but have neglected your design a little. 

Have a wonderful weekend!
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