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Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I'm addicted to coupons and every penny counts. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your success stories with me as well.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Label Daddy School Labels Review

So now that Bradley is in school, I'm pretty much labeling everything he owns. From shoes to water bottles, from rain boots to rain coats, anything he brings to school gets a label.  I love the high quality labels from Label Daddy.  These labels are so easy to apply and they are made to last!  Bradley is really into Captain America right now so he was thrilled that they made his favorite superhero label.  Check out all the label options that Label Daddy has to offer by clicking here.





*Disclosure - I received a free pack of labels in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

10 FREE Thank You Cards from Tiny Prints - Just pay shipping


This is a great deal for TODAY ONLY.  You can receive 1o free thank you cards from Tiny Prints and just pay shipping costs of $4.95.  That's basically 50 cents per card!  Use code GRATEFUL at checkout and make sure you select economy shipping of $4.95. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Our Weekend Recap

Did we even have a weekend?  It went by way too fast.  Friday night was our first night last week without any plans.  So we were super happy to do absolutely nothing and it was everything we wanted it to be.  We started Saturday morning off early with homemade biscuits and sausage gravy.  We joined a Marriage Oneness LifeGroup at church and it will be every Saturday morning for the next 8 weeks.  I'm excited to see our marriage become something more than being "just married".  After LifeGroup we came home to grab some lunch and then headed to the ocean.  I think after our super busy week we all needed some ocean, sun, and sand therapy!  We went back to church on Saturday night for worship service.

 Sometimes you just have to have a Southern breakfast!

 Bradley was so happy to be at his ocean!

 These kids love playing in the sand.

 She loved having her feet buried in the sand.

 Happy beach smiles!

 Daddy/daughter moment

 Because there's nothing like taking a nap on the beach!

We went for a walk and there was seaweed everywhere!

It was a dreary, overcast day on Sunday so we slept in and just stayed in our pj's almost all day.  I got caught up on some online reviews and laundry while Mike and the kids played Legos.   Mike also finished up the baby gate which looks fantastic!  We ordered Chinese take-out for supper and ended our night with watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  It was Bradley's first time watching it and he loved it!  And just like that another weekend is in the books.

 Bradley loves to paint!

 Her facial expression just cracks me up!

 Savannah was all about destroying the Lego creations Mike and Bradley made.

And there it is!  One gorgeous baby gate crafted by Mike himself.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Fun Friday Review & GIVEAWAY

 I know it's hard to think about Christmas but it's actually only 100 days away.  ONE HUNDRED days until Christmas!  I'm pretty sure I just finished packing away all the Christmas decorations in the basement last month. Maybe I should just become one of those all year round Christmas decorators.  Hallmark has this adorable miniature keepsake Ornament Tree that you will want this year.  It comes with the sweetest 12 Days of Christmas mini porcelain ornaments that hang beautifully on each branch.  


The mini ornaments are made of porcelain with intricate hints of gold and bisque, and will be released periodically in sets of three in the months leading up to Christmas. The first set of mini porcelain ornaments include a partridge in a pear tree, a turtle dove, and a calling bird that will help count down the first three days this holiday season.  The second set (days 4-6) will be available on October 1, 2016.  There are total of 4 sets and these will be available at Hallmark Gold Crown stores or on Hallmark.com.



The miniature display tree has a gold finish and is perfect for displaying these miniature ornaments atop a table or mantel.   This Hallmark Keepsake is perfect for reflecting on those little "golden" moments that make the holidays so special. 

The tree retails at $29.95 and each set of ornaments retail at $24.95.  You can purchase the tree and the first set of ornaments by clicking here



I love when I can give my readers a chance to win items and Hallmark has graciously allowed me to give one of you your own miniature keepsake Ornament Tree along with Days 1-3 mini ornaments.  Just enter the giveaway below for your chance to win.  Giveaway will end on Thursday, October 29th and winner will be contacted by October 1.



*Disclosure - I received one miniature keepsake ornament tree and days 1-3 mini ornaments from #lovehallmark in exchange for a review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Savannah is 9 months old!

Somehow with the chaos of life I forgot to celebrate your 8th month.  We were on vacation when you turned 8 months and the craziness began after we got back home.  But I did manage to snap a picture with your special sticker at 8 months.


So today my dear, you are 9 months old and we will celebrate a little extra for you tonight.  Nine months and you haven't mastered crawling yet.  But I'm completely ok with that.  I'm enjoying not having to chase you down for the moment.  You still like your independence which means sitting on the floor and not in an exersaucer or bouncy seat.  If you are in your highchair, I better have food ready for you or you throw a tantrum like none other.  And if you sit in the stroller, it better be moving at all times.  No stalling is permitted in that thing.






  You are experiencing extreme separation anxiety right now which means I have to be in view at all times.  You require my constant attention and if I just happen to attempt to leave you for a minute, there is heck to pay.  


 

Eating is one of your favorite things to do right now.  But you don't like leftovers and I'm not allowed to give you the same food twice in one day.  You prefer variety of foods and it must be something you can pick up with your own hands.  Spoons and forks are just not an option for you to use.  Mealtimes are also like art time in your world.  The bigger the mess the happier you are.  Times like this I wish we owned a dog that would just lick the floor clean for me.  






Being outside still makes you so happy.  You love going for walks and looking at the trees and watching the birds and squirrels.  You like small dogs and cats and always trying to bite their tails. Speaking of biting, you are the biting queen.  You are always looking to chomp down on something or someone.  You can make a grown man holler when you bite down.  You have 7 teeth right now...SEVEN!  I'm pretty sure a visit to the dentist would be appropriate with that mouthful of chompers.  



Savannah darling, there is no one in the whole world like you.  And I say that with all the love in the world.  I truly do.  You are my independent, stubborn, relentless, close minded little girl but yet you have a small, very small side of sweetness that just makes my heart melt.  I love you, Savannah Ashley.  You are my world!









Monday, September 12, 2016

Our Weekend Recap

I barely took any pictures this weekend.  I'm not sure if it was because we were so busy or I was just checked out of snapping pictures.  We invited friends over for homemade pizza and s'mores on Friday night and had a nice relaxing evening catching up.  On Saturday morning we headed downtown Portland to buy some birthday and grandparents day presents.  We hit a local deli for lunch and then a couple more errands on the way home.  The kids and I took a nap on Saturday afternoon while Mike worked outside clearing out some more brush.  We went to church on Saturday night and then we stopped for ice cream at Beals on the way home.  We got up early on Sunday morning and headed to Ikea in MA.  We had a birthday party to go to in CT later that day and decided to go a different route and run into Ikea to grab some items.  There is no "run and grab" possible at Ikea.  The store is huge and complete brain overstimulating with all the stuff they have!  We managed to get in and out in under 2 hours which included inhaling some lunch.  Next stop was CT for Mike's grandpa birthday party who turned 85 years old on Friday.  Aunt Sandy hosted a surprise party for him with a perfect venue and an abundance of yummy food!  A little over 7 hours of driving on Sunday and we were all very happy to be home and in bed by 9 pm.

Our friend Christine brought us our favorite donuts from The Holy Donut on Friday night. They made our Saturday breakfast super easy and yummy!

We saw the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship at port when we were downtown.  This was the exact same cruise ship Mike and I were on four years ago!  I think Mike and I were both ready to jump on the boat and head out on another cruise.

Cuddle time with Daddy while waiting for our sandwiches to be made.

 No one makes ice cream like Beals!


 My favorite bridge headed into Boston.

 Her facial expression perfectly describes how we were all feeling on Sunday morning!

 Ready to be home after a super long day.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson Book Review


Chase the Lion is a radically different approach to life.  It's only when we stop fearing failure that we can fully seize opportunity by the mane.  Mark Batterson encourages us to have dreams that scare us.  Dreams that are so big that without God they would be impossible to achieve.  This book is centered around II Samuel 23:20 which says "There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a vailiant warrior from Kabzeel.  He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two champions of Moab.  Another time, on a snowy day, he chased a lion down into a pit and killed it."

Some of my favorite parts in this book are the following:

"I'm not convinced that our true date of death is the date listed on our death certificate.  Sadly, most people die long before their heart stops beating.  We start dying the day we stop dreaming.  And ironically, we start living when we discover a dream worth dying for."

"What got you here might not get you where you need to go next.  At critical junctures you have to jump the curve.  You have to reinvent yourself, reimagine your life.   That's what dreamers do."

"An altar reminds us that God who did it before can do it again.  It's not just a token of God's faithfulness.  It's a statement of faith:  the God who got us here will get us there, and the God who did this will do that."

"Change of pace + change of place = change of perspective"

"Sometimes God will put a dream in  your heart that is actually for someone else to accomplish.  And sometimes there is more joy in watching someone else do it.  David dreamed of building a temple, but God said no.  God downloaded the plans to David, but it was David's son who would fulfill the dream."

"Faith is taking the first step before God reveals the second step."

Chase the Lion has been a great book for me to read as it reminded me God's faithfulness to us during our big step out in faith when we moved to Maine.  It's also encouraged me to start dreaming again and dream BIG to see how God will make those dreams come true.  This book is full of facts and stories of people who had dreams become a reality.  At times it can be a lot and there were times I got so tired of reading about all these stories.  I had to pace myself with just a chapter a day so I wouldn't lose focus or skim thru just to be finished with this book.  Stick with it, there are some great points in the book!

To read more about Chasing the Lion or author Mark Batterson, click here.  This book is available now and on sale today!

*Disclosure - I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for a review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.