Monday, March 12, 2018

On Healing...

This is a post I prayed that I'd never have to write. Many of you were around during my pregnancy with Lewis. You prayed for us and you celebrated with us.

When I wrote a few months ago about changes in our lives, many of you contacted me and said you were sure I was going to announce a pregnancy. And my goodness, how I wish you had been right. The alternative is oh, so heartbreaking.

The reality is that 1 in 4 women will experience a miscarriage at some point in their life. And we don't talk about it. 1 in 4. I'm still not sure how much I'm ready to talk about it. But the more we talk about loss, the less stigmatized it becomes. The more we talk about it, the easier it is for other women to find support and healing.

I was pregnant one week. And the next, I wasn't.

It's still fresh and we're still raw. But we know this isn't the end of our story. We are praying for our rainbow and cling to our hope in Jesus that He will fulfill the desires of our hearts.

During this time, I've been loved on and supported by some women close to me. Some know what it's like to lose a baby you desperately love and want. And others who know how our heart aches for that baby we'll never get to hold.

If you have ever experienced a miscarriage, I am here for you. My heart breaks for you.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Five on Friday| SALE!!

Guys! The TOMS sale isn't over yet! They've extended it through Sunday! GOGOGO!

Okay, but now there are a few more awesome deals that you should take advantage of. And you can still use Ebates on a couple of them or even better, Amazon Prime! And we're linking up with April over at Smidge of This for Five on Friday.

one | Children's Place
It is one of our my favorite stores to shop at for Lewis. They have skinny jeans that aren't just skinny, but they're also long enough for him. That's HUGE, folks! And right now, they're having a giant sale. I mean, BIG.

And I also found out last night that our local store is leaving the mall. *all the sad eyes*

But still check out the sale.


Seriously. This is awesome! Plus, you can get 4.5% back from Ebates. Click here to sign up. When you sign up and spend $25, I get $15 and you get $10 back!

two | Old Navy
We love, and I mean loooove Old Navy. It's awesome for mom clothes, dad clothes, and especially Lewis clothes. Like TCP, they have jeans that are long and narrow for Lewis AND their one piece jammies for kids are awesome! They're long and narrow as well. Even better if you can score a sale...,14964481,HP_TOC&clink=14964481#pageId=0&department=166

2% back from Ebates!

three | Walmart--play food
I've been eyeing Walmart's play food section online for months now. Seriously. Months. Ever since Lewis got his own kitchen... So here's what I'm thinking..

Food & Sweets Tea Time Toy Food & Dish Playset w/ Plates, Utensils, & Food 

Learning Resources New Sprouts Fresh Picked Fruit and Veggie Tote 
Plus up to 10% back with Ebates

Kyle and I wear slippers around our house, all year long. So we got a pair for Lewis too. These things are awesome! There's room for him to grow and they're not terribly expensive at only $8.99. Plus they're on Prime!

The one thing we don't like is they get covered in so much dog hair since the puppies are shedding like nutso right now. Oi, the awkward time between winter and spring.

I've been waiting for these to drop down below $25 for the last year! Last week they were on sale so I snagged a pair. I've only heard great things so hopefully they'll be awesome for us too. I'm thinking easy outside summer shoes, splash park shoes, pool shoes, etc. They're still under $25, so check em out here if you're in the market!

No Ebates on the shoes or slippers. :( 

And as always, check out the Five on Friday link-up and have a great weekend!

Happy Friday!



Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Toms Shoes--RUN!

If you love Toms like we do...make sure you get over to their site today. Seriously.


They're having their end of the season sale and it is guessed it....TODAY.

During this sale last year, I scored some suuuuuper cute high tops for Lewis and they've been perfect for him as a new walker. They fit great, they're easy to slip on, AND they stay on.

Plus, if you sign up to be a Passport Rewards member (free!), you'll get an extra 5% off.

25% off! That's awesome. Plus as a PR member, you get free shipping (at least with this promo).

Okay...enough about why it's so great (it seriously is). Here's what I scored for Lewis this year. *heart eye emoji here*

these in a 6 for next fall/winter

these in a 5 for this spring/summer/fall

But let's be real. Aren't they adorable?? Okay. Now head on over here to check it out!'ll get 12% back with Ebates. Click here to sign up. Plus we both get a bonus if you use my code. You rock, BTW.

Happy Wednesday! 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Five on Friday: Dreaming of Spring...Shoes

I'm linking up with April and Christina and their blogs for Five on Friday. Write a post and go link up!

I've had Spring on my mind lately. And with a toddler who is into running, climbing, and really everything, I've been looking for shoes. here are five I'm contemplating getting.

Let me know what's worked for you!

one | Natives

I've heard so many good things about these shoes. From they are durable for any kid who is hard on shoes to we love them and won't buy any other types of summer shoes.

That makes me think that we should get Lew a pair. The only they're more expensive than I would normally spend on a pair of shoes for my toddler.

two | Blue Berry Loafers

I love the simple slip on idea. Lew is getting more and more independent and it won't be long before he insists on putting his own shoes on. These are so cute and more affordable than the Natives. But are they durable enough to last us at least through this summer? That I'm not sure. Do you have any input on these?

three | Ankle Boots

Lewis has two weddings coming up that he is in, so with khakis, he's going to need some brown boots of some sort... I found these and while they are so cute, I'm not sold on the brand. Some of the reviews of other shoes by the same company haven't been overly positive.

Does anyone have these and love them? It is a plus that they're available with prime and have free returns.

four | Mid Top Boots

And then there are these. They appear to be fairly new on Amazon...only one review so far and nothing about the quality. eligible.

five | Crocs

Or do I go with the standard, easy to slip on, comfy, easy to clean, not terribly expensive, but trusted brand route?

Thoughts? Anyone? Bueller?

If you've got any input, I'd love to hear it! Oh...and...

Happy Friday!


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Lew's Favorites

Lewis is certainly coming into his own nicely. He's learning and changing from a baby into a little boy right before my eyes.

Some of his favorites right now are...

...saying "hieeeeee!" with as much gusto as a mom in Target alone.

...dancing to anything and everything. When the music stops, he shouts "moooorrrr!" and waits for music to resume.

...laughing when someone tells a joke. Often, he's the first one to laugh at it.

...climbing up the stairs and sliding down on his tummy...over and over and over.

...shouting either "maaaaaaaamaaa!" or "daaaaaaaaa!" and when we respond he just giggles.

...eating Dad's tums out of his dopp kit.

...telling us when something is "haaaawwt" or "cooooood".

...helping with everything...opening the car door...closing the dishwasher...throwing garbage away...putting his shoes in their get the picture.

He's a funny little bean (with a double ear infection) and he cracks us up.


eating Dad's tums

Happy Tuesday!


Friday, January 26, 2018

How is it Friday already? Five on Friday.

It's Friday again and I find that so hard to believe! Some days I felt like this week has dragged on...and now that I'm writing, it feels like it flew by. Does anyone else ever feel that way? No? Just me? Good to know.

Anyway, I'm linking up with April over at Smidge of This for another round of Five on Friday. Go check her out. we are with five things for this week.

one | Meatless Mondays

I've heard a lot about this from various bloggers and ladies that I follow on IG. So we thought we'd give it a go. We really like this quinoa recipe and this quesadilla recipe. So those might be our go-tos for a while.

two | Potty Training

I know! I feel like it's SO SOON to be even thinking of this. But, Lewis has been telling us when he needs a new diaper...and has even told us before he's messed his diaper. So...I feel like it might be a sign to start getting him acquainted? Does anyone have any great tips for an 18 mo boy? I've been looking at this, this, and this on Amazon. And I find these to be silly.

three | Mott's

These are a new favorite snack in our house. Lewis wants them all of the time, but since they are sooo chewy and sticky, he only gets half. One day he'll get to enjoy the whole bag himself.

four | Healthy Meals

We're in a rut. I love to cook, but I feel like we make the same things all of the time. PLUS. We have so much food in our freezer, that I feel a little overwhelmed by it all. SO. I need some suggestions for your favorite meals that include ingredients most people already have on hand. It's time to clean out our cupboards!

five | Grad School

Update on grad school...I'm almost done with week 3 and it's going. I'm starting to get a little overwhelmed between work, homework, and keeping up with things at home. So if you think of it, send up a prayer or seven for me.

That's all!

Happy Friday! 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Taking Stock | 03

Making: progress on my grad school homework
Cooking: kitchen sink quesadillas and grilled sammies w/soup
Drinking: water, I'm boring
Reading: Challenger Park
Wanting: mini basting brushes...think of how many pigs in a blanket I could top with egg wash!
Listening: The Greatest Showman Soundtrack...I haven't seen it yet
Playing: chase with this little guy...he LOVES being chased around.

Eating: homemade stew with venison that Kyle shot and beef broth that I made
Wishing: that I could get caught up at home and stay caught up
Loving: this dress
Watching: We just finished what do we start on? Also, I'm re-watching Grey's...I'm almost done with season 13
Enjoying: time at home with my boys more often with Kyle's new job
Wearing: my new watch
Noticing: how long winter feels this year...and it's not even Feb yet
Bookmarking: recipes for my sister's bridal shower next weekend, specifically: this and this
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