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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, July 29, 2016

Bradley & Savannah

I just can't capture in pictures the amount of sibling love between Bradley and Savannah.  You just have to see it in person.  These two are best of friends.  No one can make Savannah laugh like Bradley can.  Only Savannah can irritate Bradley without him getting upset.  I can't wait to see these two grow up together and watch their bond grow deeper.

  They love their morning snuggle time on the couch.

 Bradley loves Savannah hanging out in his room even if he has to feed her a bottle.

 The beach makes both of them so happy!

 I love it when Bradley asks to hold Savannah!

 One of my favorite pictures of them.

 Beach bums forever.

 Sometimes when Savannah wakes up before Bradley, we'll put her in his 
bed so she's the first at wishing him a good morning!

 Bradley insisted on getting his shots first so Savannah could see how 
brave he was and she wouldn't be scared.

 No one can make Savannah light up like Bradley can!

 Bradley was all excited to show Savannah his new favorite toy, Grimlock.

 I love watching Savannah's face when Bradley is explaining characters to her.

 Bradley wanted to build a wall around Savannah with the big Legos.

 Savannah is not happy when Bradley doesn't pay attention to her.

 You both love playing with Legos together.

Savannah isn't quite impressed with the slide yet.

 These moments go by too quickly.

Picnic lunch together!

 Your first grocery cart ride together!

And now you guys insist on riding in the grocery cart together all the time!

 Bradley loves when Savannah watches him paint.

 Savannah acts like Bradley is her chewing toy some days.

 You both love to be outside on your swingset.

I can't wait to start hearing Bradley read books to Savannah!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Latest and Greatest in Bradley's World

Bradley dear, life would be so boring without you.  When we chose "You Are My Sunshine" as our song for you, we had no idea how perfectly that song would represent who you are.  I could cry just thinking about how fast you are growing up and how so many times I want time to slow down but then I can't wait to see who you are going to be when you grow up.  You are going to do amazing things!  You completed swimming lessons and mini mitts this summer.  You went to one week of Farm Camp and you were such a cute little farmer.  The beach is still your favorite place to go and I love watching you pick up hermit crabs and play in the freezing cold 60 degree ocean water.  You were born to be a Mainer and have such an adventurous spirit.  I hope you never lose that spirit and always stay our little sunshine.

You love building Lego creations!

And Tinker Toys are your next favorite thing.

You went fishing for the first time and loved it.
You are always asking me when's the next time we can go fishing.

My little Mainer!

You love riding on your 4 wheeler and are starting to become a little daredevil on it.

You have no idea how happy this dirty face makes me.
I love seeing you use your imagination outside!

You were so excited to use some of your birthday money on a swimming pool!

You make your Uncle TJ proud with your interest in fixing your "vehicle".

Naps are pretty rare now but when I catch you falling asleep like this, I can't help
 but stare at you and wonder when my little baby grew up.

Swimming lessons have made you a little fish despite the cold water!


There are mornings you are so excited to go out and play that you will just grab the first pair of shoes you find.
In this case, it was your winter snow boots!


I'm pretty sure not even the Cookie Monster loves cookies as much as you do.

I love watching you write your letters in the sand!

You got upgraded to a taller bike and riding barefoot is your new thing.
I remember doing the exact same thing when I was a kid!

The cutest Mini Mitts player in Gorham!

You went to your first splash pad this summer and loved it!

Sitting down and eating is pretty much not an option for you anymore.
You are always on the go!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Taste and See by John Piper Book Review


Taste and See is a 125 day devotional filled with daily meditations that will encourage your heart.  John Piper is a very well known author and he does a fantastic job making these daily meditations short but full of substance that will give you a better understanding of who God is and what He wants from us.  Some of the topics Piper speaks on are God's sovereignty, hypocrisy, body image, retirement, adoption, mental health, assurance, gender, and so many more topics we deal with every day.  This book reminded me a lot of Streams in the Desert and My Utmost for His Highest but in easier reading form.  To read more about Taste and See or more on John Piper, please click here.

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

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Free Magazines and More with Recyclebank


I love this website!  Recyclebank is an easy way to get free subscriptions to magazines.  I just scored Bradley a free year subscription of Sports Illustrated Kids magazine and it only took about 20 minutes of my time!  Earning points is easy enough by watching videos, reading and answering questions, and taking surveys all while learning the importance of recycling.  There are other rewards you can earn but the magazines are my favorite!

Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent Review


Laundry detergent is a big deal at my house.  And I'm pretty sure it's a big deal at your house too.  Our laundry piles are endless and it's something that won't go away.  

Do you know what's hiding in your favorite detergent?  So many companies don't list all the ingredients on their labels.  Seventh Generation is not one of those companies and I love the fact that their laundry detergent is clean!  Not only does the plant-derived power and triple enzymes of the laundry detergent blast away dirt, grease, and set-in stains, it's free & clear from toxic fragrances!  Did you know that the term "fragrance" may refer to a mixture of any or over 3,000 chemicals including potential carcinogens, allergens, and reproductive toxins? I don't have to worry about these hidden toxic chemicals that are harmful to my family when choosing Seventh Generation.  

I have a two children, a 5 year old boy who loves playing outside and getting dirt and grass stains on his clothes.  And I have a 7 month old girl who is in the messy baby food eating stage and her clothes are covered with every possible food particle there is.  Their clothes get DIRTY.  And Seventh Generation laundry detergent is fabulous at getting those nasty stains out of the clothes in just one wash.  

Disclosure - I received a free product coupon from #GenerationGood in exchange for a review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Imagine This Photo Contest!



Post a Photo of Your GREATEST ORIGINAL LEGO CREATION For A Chance to Win $200 And Be Featured in A NATIONAL BRICKS 4 KIDZ ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN! Want to win? Here's how...Click here and Submit Your Photo. Encourage friends and family to VOTE FOR YOUR PHOTO. The person with the most votes wins!

The contest runs from July 11th to September 12th. The person with the most votes will receive a $200 cash prize and be featured in the 2017 Bricks 4 Kidz advertising campaign. Second and third place winners will receive a $50 cash prize. Enter your Creation Today! 

Check out Bradley's entry by clicking here.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Our Weekend Recap

Um, what happened to July? We only have two weekend left this month!!  The summer is supposed to slow down and it's doing the complete opposite.  We started off our weekend with a Friday night at home.  It was wicked hot so the little kiddie pool was perfect for our Friday family night.  Mike and Bradley stayed up to play some XBox games while Savannah and I went to bed early.




On Saturday we headed to Porter's Preserve near Boothbay Harbor. Mommyhood kicked my butt last week and I needed a good hike.  It would have just been about a 90 minute drive there but we ended up getting lost so it took us almost two hours.  The drive was worth it.  We saw gorgeous scenery, found two geocaches, and I worked off some steam so it was a success!  We drove around Sawyer's Island for awhile and came across Gregory Hiking Trail which was a super easy hike with more pretty scenery.  We didn't find the geocache there and Savannah was done with the carrier at that point so we decided to give up looking for it. We came home and ended our night with board games and ice cream sundaes.















We were all moving slow on Sunday morning so we went to the second service at church.  Our afternoon was full of checking off our to do list.  Haircut for Mike, outdoor fire pit was completed, most of the laundry is finished, Mike finished fixing a free antique table I found on the road and we hung up some pictures.  We've been in this house for almost two years and we are still decorating the walls.  Savannah was in bed by 7 :15 pm,  Bradley and Mike played some more XBox and I completed a bunch of online reviews that were piling up in my inbox.  Another great weekend and no one had the Sunday night blues.  I'm pretty sure it's because we are so excited about our friends from SC coming to visit this week!!