Kids and Their Clothes (and a link to a secret sale!)

June 29th, 2015 Tags: family fashion kiddos shopping

I don’t know about you, but my kids can be incredibly hard on their clothes. At 4 years old, they both play hard, and it’s really frustrating as a mama when their clothes get ripped, torn, or stained beyond repair. We have to have a special set of clothes set aside for events like weddings, church services, and formal pictures just so I know those clothes won’t get ruined. Over the years, I’ve learned which brands I can trust to hold up and which ones aren’t worth my time. I have become [more...]

No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems

June 26th, 2015 Tags: family food travel trips vacation

IMG_1451Last weekend, we finally made good on our summer promise to return to the beach. Mexico Beach, Florida, a small town about 45 minutes east of Panama City, is my family’s preferred  beach vacation destination. We’ve visited the quaint little beach town before, and we keep coming back because it’s exactly that: a quaint little beach town.There are no high rise condos, no mini-golf courses, no clubs (save for Toucan’s during Saturday night karaoke, but that’s pretty tame in comparison to the partying people do in Panama City), and we [more...]

Why I Love Shutterfly

June 24th, 2015 Tags: inspiration opinions photos

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means that I may get a commission if you decide to purchase anything through the links. If you decide to make a purchase through my affiliate link, you will be supporting my family and my blog. Thank you! I’m not sure how it happened, but I’ve recently become the “go-to” girl in the family for making photo books. Perhaps it’s my love of detail and the endless personal touches one can add to a photo book (not to mention how much quicker I can make [more...]

I Was Profoundly Affected by an Animated Movie

June 22nd, 2015 Tags: at the movies disney opinions

Disney/Pixar’s newest animated feature, “Inside Out” debuted last weekend to stellar reviews and amazing ticket sales. You probably know by now what a big Disney fan I am (and if you don’t just read a little bit about that here and you’ll get me), but even I know when a movie isn’t really going to pan out (ahem, sorry “Treasure Planet”), and I’m happy to report that “Inside Out” is not one of those movies. It is well worth your time (and money because, let’s be real, it costs a [more...]

Lessons in Parenting

June 19th, 2015 Tags: kiddos mom life thoughts

Do you realize how much parents are responsible for teaching their kids? Have you ever actually stopped a moment and thought about it? It’s kind of mind boggling when you do stop and think about it. My girls are 4, and they don’t know how to read (not really) or write (kinda) yet, but wouldn’t you know, I’m starting to teach them those things. Not in any formal way, mind you (I did not get a degree in education for that very reason….I’m not very patient with people so I nixed [more...]

What I Ate Wednesday: Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint

June 17th, 2015 Tags: family food local opinions

A new pizza place opened up in our area a few weeks ago, and, of course, we just had to try it out.Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint has only been around for about 6 years, and I’d never heard of them until a friend told me they were opening nearby soon. I wasn’t too convinced that this pizza place would be any different than other typical pizza places until I did a little research. According to their website, Uncle Maddio’s is passionate about using fresh, locally-grown ingredients and offering incredibly delicious [more...]