Friday, March 27, 2015
I had a feeling I would have a hard time not crying making this video, but I had no idea I would get this emotional! I have to admit I feel awkward and uncomfortable watching this BUT I decided to post it because I know there are young women who need to hear this.
The thought of any of my kids, even for a moment, feeling the way I did when I was younger broke my heart. So for those of you who are feeling in any way similar, don't give up hope. Better days are coming!
I have been loving Boxy Charm so much and not so loving my Ipsy bag so I decided to cancel my Ipsy. I figure I can keep the $10 and save up for something I really want!
Boxy charm you get 4-5 FULL sized products, and brands you've heard of and want!
See what I got this month!
IG pic of the day:
Got to go on a wedding date with this handsome husband of mine.
I use to cry at weddings because it seemed like a fairytale and I was like a little girl dreaming, wishing and wondering what it would be like to be in love like that. Now I cry at weddings because I understand what is really happening. I understand the depth of the commitment they are making, the struggles they will face and the joy that is incomparable. Knowing a love so deep and being completely vulnerable with someone and trusting them with your heart in their hands. I cry at weddings now because I know of the beauty and depth of life they are about to experience and it is beautiful. I say a silent prayer and ask God to bless their marriage, to give them joy, good communication and to never give up on each other. Love is a beautiful thing. I am reminded today of how I felt marrying this man on our wedding day. The anticipation and hope for what our lifeworld be like has been surpassed in so many ways, and I am thankful and thankful some more. I believe in love... for eternity.
I was tagged by the beautiful Jlynnemama on YouTube to do this tag. Love tags like this!
IG pic of the day:
I'm so in love with these custom stickers I got from erincondren.com !
They are $5 a sheet (so I used up some credit I had) aren't they so cute?!
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Aldo Shoes shown are from Schoola
You all know how I love a good deal... so thrifting, it's my thang.
Have you heard of Schoola? It's an online thrift store that gives 40% of your purchase back to schools. So for my haul of $100 worth of merchandise, $40 went to the school that donated the item.
Want to see what I got? As you know, you can be a student at any age... so if you're looking for adult sizes, just click in the 13+ column (that's what I did!)
Click the video to see all the things I got!
Now I know everyone has clothes they need to get rid of, you can donate to Schoola and help them give back! I already sent in a bag (they are prepaid) and ordered some more..how do we accumulate so much and why do my kids grow so fast?!
If you are interested use my link below and we both get $15 credit!!
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Thank you DriveSTI for the fancy car!
We got to try out this gorgeous Mazda 3 Touring for a couple of days and it was perfect timing!
My husband was officiating a wedding and I got to go as his date, there's something special about going on a fancy date and pulling up in a cool car.
Don't get me wrong, mini vans are about as cool as you can get...
but you know what I mean!
So we got dressed up and went for a long drive and chatted, laughed and talked about all the blessings in our life. It really doesn't matter where you are... it's the company. It was nice too because it started raining and driving around in a smooth car with windshield wipers that actually work is pretty special! Oh, and of course our tushies were warm too from the heated seats!
I was invited to an Oscar's viewing party held by Neutrogena, MyHabit and Ok Magazine
It was held at the beautiful W hotel, what an experience!!
Walking the red carpet? not really something I do on a regular basis, but I have to say... It was pretty fun!!
So much good food and celebrities everywhere. So many people looked vaguely familiar and I was googling them as they stood right next to me, I know... I'm so embarrassing!! haha!!
I guess the list to get in was "tight", and honestly don't know how I got there and even allowed to bring a +1 but I am thankful for the invite and the experience, thank you Neutrogena!
So being that I'm a SAHM of four, my fancy dress section of my closet is non existent... so what's a girl to do? I got this dress for $15 in the clearance section of Forever 21 and paired it with some heels from Ross! Yup, that's how your girl rolls.
Jeannie vs. Jenny
Oh my goodness! I almost forgot to tell you guys.. so people kept coming up to me going "Jenny... this this and this" or "Oh its so good to see you" and I would respond with "oh, my name is Jeannie, not Jenny" I just assumed they were pronouncing my name wrong. Then later a network interviewed me and introduced me as Jenny with a huge fashion vlog. I was thinking, I do-do fashion.. but I am not a huge fashion vlogger by any means. I told my friend that maybe they think I'm someone else, just then a girl liked one of my pictures on instagram and I clicked her name and HER name was Jenny and she was a fashion blogger! Next thing you know, an asian girl with long black hair walked by... OH, people must think I'm her!!!! Now I wonder if that interview will air with me as Jenny?! I guess I can see the resemblance, especially if we are not right next to each other. She is a contestant on the new season on the Amazing Race, so check it out!
So glad to have shared the experience with one of my best friends of 18 years. Thank you for coming with me!!
Click to watch me going to the event!
Monday, February 23, 2015
No words, pictures or video can describe the love I have for this mini van.
No seriously, I have always stuck to my guns in saying nothing will ever come close to my Toyota Sienna....and I'm not bashing my trusty minivan because we still have a lot of years with it (or atleast paying it!) but for real. This Kia Sedona is no joke.
I probably would never have even considered a Kia minivan.... but this one, luxury.
There is SO much leg room for both rows and the first row even has leg rests that pop out and the seats not only move front to back, but they also move side to side so the seats can be right next to each other or there can be an aisle.
It drives soooooooo smooth.
There is a sunroof for the front and one for the back and climate control for both as well.
What I was totally blown away by was the aerial view camera.
yes, you can see ALL around the car.
So if there are zombies lurking waiting to pounce, you're gonna see them.
click the video to watch our time in the 2015 Kia Sedona Fully Loaded!
ok. I feel like I need to take a deep breath before I start sharing, I tend to get excited and just want to squeal and talk (or type) really really fast. haha!
I had the beautiful and awesome privilege of being invited into the home of Aarti Sequeira.
Yes, The chef and winner of Food Network Star , Aarti Paarti, Chopped... just to name a few
Anyone who knows me knows how much my WHOLE family loves cooking shows, so I was beyond excited to be able to watch her cook in such an intimate setting.
Within Seconds of meeting Aarti, you just feel at home. Like you've known her for years, she has that kind of warmth that makes you instantly comfortable. Can I say... I feel like she's my new friend?!?! I need her to be, I think we are kindred spirits. (yes, Anne of Green Gables!!)
Aarti is coming out with a new show on the Ownzones network that she gets to film in her house with her husband behind the camera! In case you're like "what is Ownzones?!" it's an online network full of different kinds of content, no commercials and great shows!
Anyways, Aarti's show is going to be "10 minute meals", and as a mom of four.. that sounds super appetizing. (did ya see what I just did right there?)
A lot of times when I watch "easy meal" type shows I'm like, yeah easy for YOU! but seriously, watching her cook I was like... I think I can do that!!
We got to watch her film one of her episodes and of course taste all the goodness that came from 10 minutes with her magical fingers!
She sat down with us and just chatted and answered some questions. It really felt like I was just chatting with an old friend. She signed some books for us before we left and I already have about 20 flags sticking out on recipes I want to try.
Thank you so much Aarti for allowing me to come into your home and watch what you do best, love the people around you and cook with joy!
You can click the link below to get to Ownzones and check out their site!!
watch my video of us hanging out at Aarti's house!
This is not a sponsored post, all my thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Click to get your Bikini Body Guide!
It has begun.
I have been wanting to try this guide for atleast a year. I follow Kayla on instagram and between her personal posts, inspirational words AND seeing the transformation of all the women who are doing her guide I've always been so curious and wondered if that could be me!
The above picture was after workout one. I seriously could not move for a good 20 minutes.
Hurts so good.
I have been on a fitness journey and lifestyle overhaul since having my 4th baby and I truly want it to be a lifestyle change and I want my kids to see me taking care of myself, AND I want to be around for a long time, having fun and being active with my kids and one day my grandkids.
As I type this I am on day 5 and I determined to go the full 12 weeks and share my progress.
Kayla's team sent me the guide to try and share my results with you, which I was so excited about because she is honestly the only fitness person I follow on social media (how she found me is a miracle in itself) and I was so excited (and scared) to try it. All of my results, opinion and progress is honest. I don't share stuff I don't believe in and I will always tell you the truth.
So we shall see in 12 weeks what this guide does for me!
(i need a good transformation picture, because the before picture will not see the light of day unless there is a good after picture!!)
Here is a quick overview of the guide and my thoughts after starting:
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Ok, how cute is this Mitsubishi Mirage?!?
So cute, gotta love the kiwi green. Not only is the color cute, but I feel like it is functional on the road for people to see you coming! I thought this car was going to be too small and uncomfortable to drive, but it was the total opposite. I found it so funny that my husband loved it so much!
So easy to drive, turn, park and move around (especially after always driving a mini van) and you can't beat the 44 highway MPG!!
click to watch our VLOG!
See previous blog post to read about our trip to see the Harlem Globetrotters and a promo code to get a discounted ticket!
We got to go on a rare date with just our older two for the first time! It was weird because after our 2nd we had taken a while to decide if we wanted more kids so we talked about how it would have been so weird if it were just the four of us!
We were invited to watch the Harlem Globetrotters which was super exciting because my husband played high school & college basketball and he had gone to watch the Harlem Globetrotters when he was a young kid. (so it was kind of a blast from the past and something he could share with the kids!)
It was our first time at the USC Galen center, and I have to say.. what a great stadium! I don't think there was a bad seat in the house.
We got to sit right on top of the tunnel that all the players came out of so we got to see all of them close up! All of the players, dancers and performers were all so friendly and kind. (we even walked through the halls with one of them and took selfies along the way... which of course turned out blurry. boo!) and the show itself is so family friendly and perfect for kids.
Ellen Pompeo (Merideth Grey from Grey's Anatomy) was in the crowd so they pulled her on court so that was a highlight for me!!
Here we are with the "Cheese". Such a nice guy, seriously... everyone we came into contact with was super friendly. Made for a great family fun day!
If you are interested in going, use code FAMGUIDE to save $7 off your tickets!
see following post for our VLOG of our trip!!
Sunday, February 1, 2015
I love when I find a box that is not only filled with awesome goodies, but also encourages! This one is extra special because it's made just for mommies. So whether you are a mom or know a mom that could use a little love... perfect monthly care package in a box. (monthly box is $29)
They also have so many cute things in their shop that I absolutely adore!
click to see what is inside!
Happy Mommy Box so graciously sent this box for review. All opinions are honest and my own. as always!
Danger! am I the only one that feels like the dollar store sucks you into buying a whole bunch of stuff you didn't need?! haha!
They opened a new 99 cent store by my house and even though there is another one right down the street... this one is just big, clean, organized... and not busy. We've been taking much too frequent trips there, but they have some good stuff!!
Thought I would share!
Saturday, January 31, 2015
So excited to have been chosen to throw a #disneyside party! We were chosen to do the "multi-generational" party with Mickey and Friends.
This huge, magical box appeared on my door step! I have never loved the UPS delivery truck so much!!
Perfect timing as it was my daughter's birthday that week! (phew! tinker bell must have heard my plea's for help! haha!)
We got so many goodies to make an awesome party.
BUT of course when I was at Target... there were some awesome Disney treats I could not resist for their goodie bags!
These little princesses light up and were only $0.99! (valentine's day section)
And then we got some $1 planners and candies!
Found this little chalk banner for super cheap too and I thought it looked perfect with the big Mickey head we got in our box!!!
I found these little vials of glitter at Michael's (they came in packs of 4) and my daughter said "they look like pixie dust!" so she added some pixie dust labels and we tied some cord on them so the kids could wear them. You never know when you'll need pixie dust... so it needs to be handy!
We had so much fun making these Tie-Dye cupcakes. Who knew it would be so easy?
We definitely didn't work all the colors equally, but they turned out great!
We are ready to party!!!
and of course Pizza. because every sleepover needs pizza, giggling and lots of high pitched screaming. haha!!
Our Frozen drink... just happened to have an Olaf that fit perfectly in my dispenser!
Hawaiian punch (blue), Pineapple juice and 7 up
ok easiest dessert ever! Jello, whipped cream and oreos!
Ok, this was a strange party for me. My little baby girl turned 8 and it was so weird when she said "mom I want a sleepover and do 'grown up' crafts" uhm... okay?! what happened to my little baby?!?!
So we started off making some magical mirrors. What girl doesn't like to bedazzle ANYTHING?! right? haha! Then we moved on to making necklaces and bracelets. (girls are very particular, its so fun watching how each of them make things!)
This awesome nail polish kit came in the box, and what girl doesn't like some pretty nails!? The nail polish surprisingly smelled.... good?! kind of fruity. Which was nice since there were about 10 polishes going at once. The color was good too, and as you all know... I'm a nail polish junkie so it's hard to surprise me!
I was surprised how into the games all the girls were too!
we did a 'pin the mouth on mickey', trivia, bingo and word search. One thing I appreciated about her getting older, they really were so much fun to play games with and do activities with!
How gorgeous is this treat? mmmm...Creme de la Creme
So the party literally did not stop all night. ALL NIGHT. I don't think they slept at all. I came out for the last time at about 5am to check on them and then at about 6am I heard "i'm hungry" so I got up to make them breakfast, no rest for mom!!
While they at breakfast I printed out these cards for each girl saying thank you for coming. Love that they gave us these printable photo cards. You download the HP photo studio and there are a whole bunch of pre-made layouts that you just drag your photos into. seriously love this!! We probably printed for about an hour and tried all different designs!
Each girl got to go home with one of these precious necklaces from SarahJaneDesign on Etsy
I secretly wanted one for myself! aren't they adorable?!
Happy Birthday to my not so little anymore little girl!!!
wait, it didn't end there... nope, you can't have a disneyside party and NOT go to disneyland!!!!
Yup, we packed up the minivan and went to disneyland!
How gorgeous are these princess hair clips? Pictures don't do them justice, they are so much prettier in person (and they are pretty darn cute here!!)
Even the ducks are more magical and Disneyland!
We stayed until the wind and rain sent us home...
came home to this lovely package from my sister filled with these princesses with snap on dresses, have you ever seen them? my 3 year old literally spends HOURS playing with them!!
My beautiful Jael.
The word 'love' does not suffice. I could not and would not have had 4 babies had I not had you first. You are one of the most wise, compassionate, thoughtful, intuitive, perceptive, loving people I have ever met...and you are only 8. The greatness that is within you amazes me and excites me. It causes me to search myself daily so that I can be a better mom for you. You deserve so much more than I could ever give, but I will try. Thank you for being a joy, a light and a constant reminder to me that miracles do happen. You are my miracle girl and I am in wonder every day. I see God's handiwork all over you, and through you I can see how big and amazing He is.
Thankful God chose me to be your momma, makes me think I must be pretty special too.
thank you #disneyside for providing our huge disneyside box so we could celebrate our little girl in the most special way. Items shared were given free, all opinions are honest and my own.