Illinois Vacation


We spent a week at my parents house in Illinois, over the 4th of July - it made for some good relaxation and family time.  I think we all just needed to get away from Arkansas, work, and every day life a little - just a bit of a break in our routine.  And, naturally, Clara loves to soak up all the Nana & Papa time she can get.  :)

And it was nice to be able to spend time with my brothers, my sister-in-law, and my niece & nephew.. and seeing Clara play with her cousins.  My husband and brother had fun setting off some fireworks for us, too.. Clara fell asleep before all that excitement though.. in the arms of her GG (great grandma).  :)

Clara Turns Three


I can hardly believe that my baby girl is 3.  She's smart, funny... can carry on a good conversation.. independent.. and definitely sassy.  I'm happy and sad at the same time.  She has such  a sweet heart, and I'm so proud of the little girl she's becoming.  I wanted to do something super fun for her birthday. So, we took her to the Memphis Zoo - she loves the zoo!  This was my first time visiting the Memphis Zoo and it's so nice, and am thinking we will need to take another trip there later this summer.

She had fun watching all the animals with her cousin, and splashing around in the fountain with her Aunt.  It was a perfect day for it - the sun was warm, but there was a nice breeze.  Clara wore herself straight out and was asleep before we even got back to the car.  ;)

She enjoyed opening all of her gifts, and has just been in heaven with her new toys (which includes some Barbies.. her first ones!  And more play-doh, and a big girl bike!).. but there is one toy that I know she will get a ton of use out of this summer, since we are outside so much.. and that would be a sand box!

We've been playing in it every day since she received it!  It was a gift from her Nana and Papa.. and I'm so thankful for technology.. they were able to watch her discover it and play in it via Facetime.

And Wesson.. well, he likes to be in on all the action too.. he loves hanging out with Clara by the sandbox!

Weekend Getaway {Dallas}


Over the weekend we took a short trip to the Dallas area for my cousins wedding - a beautiful wedding at that.  They were married on Grapevine Lake and it was a perfect day for it.  We made a little bit of a vacation out of the trip, of course.  My mom and Grandma traveled down for the wedding also so I'm thankful we were able to see and spend time with them.

Other than the wedding, we did a lot of eating.. drank some margaritas.. some fun pit-stops for the kiddo.. and of course a bit of shopping (IKEA, anyone?).

We headed to Parr Park to have some fun in the sun with Clara.. she really enjoyed the splash pad there - it's was super nice!

It's always nice to be back home.. but now it's Wednesday and I'm still not fully unpacked.. and we're headed back out of town this coming weekend too..

Memorial Day Weekend 2014


This post is about a week late, but hey.  It happens.

We had a ton of fun Memorial Day weekend - we headed up to the lake with my husband's family and enjoyed the outdoors, and each other's company.  Relaxing.  Arkansas really is beautiful - and I really enjoy living here despite the feelings I had when we found out my husband received orders here 3 years ago.

Wesson - who is huge by the way - loved being out around everyone, and exploring new territory.  Clara and her cousin also took great joy in blasting him with water guns and he would try to catch the water in his mouth.  :)  Remember how "tiny" he used to be?  I use that word loosely, because really he's always been a giant. 

The girls love being outdoors, so they had no issue with occupying themselves.  Towards the end of the day we went fishing, and hubby helped Clara fish for the first time - princess fishing pole and all!

And after 10 minutes of fishing, she was done.. for the day.  It was 5pm.  She literally slept until 9pm, woke up for about an hour or so.. and back to bed for the rest of the night.  Talk about exhaustion!  I couldn't have thought of a better way to spend the day!

Spring Cleaning with BLACK+DECKER {plus a giveaway!}


This post is sponsored by BLACK+DECKER, but all thoughts, opinions, and love for the Pivot Vac is my very own.  ;)

I love cleaning.  Well, I love some cleaning.  The satisfaction I get from vacuuming is both weird and satisfying.  Haha.  But I just found the best handheld vacuum - one that will make my life much easier!  Since getting our wild and crazy pup... dog hair.. everywhere.  This thing is the best for getting the couch real good.  We've had a few different hand held vacs before, but this one by far works the best.  It has great suction power, and picks up every hair and crumb!

Here are few fabulous things about this powerful little vacuum..
  • Innovative, patented nozzle pivots to clean up high, down low and even in tight spaces.
  • Its high performance motor provides superior suction capability when compared to other BLACK+DECKER cordless hand vacs.
  • The cyclonic action spins dust and debris away from the filter keeping suction power strong.
  • 3-stage filtration system with a pleated filter design offers the highest level of filtration to help prevent clogs and improve air exhaust.
  • Wide mouth design scoops up large debris.
The other day I even went out and "spring-cleaned" my car with it - cleaned like a CHAMP.. and my car wasn't pretty.  When you have a toddler, nothing stays crumb-less for long.

Seriously, my car looks so awesome and clean now.  And the pivot vac makes it super easy to keep it that way.  Want to try the Pivot Vac?  Well, it's your lucky day because I'm giving one away to one lucky person!  Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter, and remember, you can get multiple entries by coming back every day.  :)

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Toddler Fashion


Sometimes you just need to let them wear what they want.. because it makes them happy.. and let's face it, she can make any outfit look cute.

If only I could do the same!

I'm pretty sure she would be on cloud nine if she had a tutu in every color of the rainbow.  Good thing this little one has a birthday coming up in just 2.5 months (seriously?).

Bubble Guppies t-shirt,  black and white floral leggings, pink tutu, and moccasins, and a gray /white polka dot sweater...

I love that silly, sweet face to pieces.