Saturday, January 31, 2015

Disney Side @ Home Celebration

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!!!
hold on.
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. 

Weekly Vloggin' in a Mazda CX9

This week we got to drive around in this Mazda CX9. To be honest I didn't think it would be that different from the other SUV's this size range, boy was I wrong!

It comfortably fit all 6 of us (the kids could even get in and out without having to crawl over anything) and seriously is one of the smoothest rides I've ever been in!!

At the end of the week my kids were like "mom, can we keep it!?!" 
oh man, don't I wish!!!

click to watch our week in the Mazda CX9!

Thanks for watching!

Car was provided by DriveSTI for review. All opinions are honest and my own. 

Friday, January 30, 2015


Today I so quietly heard the Lord say "breathe". Sometimes my chest feels so heavy and i can feel my heart in the pit of my stomach and it feels sour.  It is so easy to get bogged down by everything going on around me and inside me.  Our hearts are so fragile and so strong all in the same moment.  Today I know that I don't need to understand. The question 'why?' is so dangerous.  Usually questions just lead to more questions. So I have decided to give up my right or need to understand things and simply choose to "be".  Taking every moment as it is, for what it is.  I am choosing to have faith in He who is greater than me. 

He understands. 

Erin Condren Life Planner & Accessories Winner!

Hi everyone! the day has finally come! I have to say this might have been the most fun giveaway I have ever done. Not only was I super excited to do it, I loved all of your excitement in entering! 
Reading through all your comments I wish I could give every single person a planner and accessories galore!!! Hopefully I can do another EC Planner sticker giveaway soon, let me know if you would like that! (although, do I really need to ask?! haha!)

and the winners are:

For the Erin Condren Quick Ship Life Planner:

For the huge accessories bundle:

Please email me:
I have also direct messaged you on your accounts. Please respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

Thank you to Erin Condren and to all the wonderful shops who collaborated!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Erin Condren Life Planner & 2 part Giveaway!

EEEK!! you guys! I've been obsessing, I mean... OBSESSING over the Erin Condren planners. I got a couple of other cheaper planners to try to fill the void, but they just didn't do it. 
Then, this package showed up at my door.
Thank you Jesus!!! Seriously, I know it is such a silly thing, but it really reminded me that God cares not just about what I NEED, but also what I WANT  (although, this is bordering the need section!)
Thank you Erin Condren & Team for blessing me!

Picture shows: Erin Condren Quick Ship Planner
Happy New You Clutch
Sunday Sunday T-Shirt

Interested in purchasing the Happy New You Clutch and want to see what's inside? yeah, me too!
Click the video to see what is inside!

I am one of those people who clicked through and watched people showing their planner and scrolled through thousands of pictures on Instagram ( I told you I was obsessed!). Because I'm just one of those people that wants to know every single detail! 
So for those of you who are like me, here is what is inside the Erin Condren Life Planner!

The beautiful people at Erin Condren are giving away a planner to one of my viewers! EEEEEK!! so exciting!

To enter you can:
Youtube: Be a subscriber, like and comment on the Erin Condren Giveaway Video
Instagram & Facebook: Follow, like and comment under the above picture.
Giveaway ends on January 30th, 2015 and the winner will be announced HERE  on my blog. 
The winner will be given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
Planner will be sent fro Erin Condren! 

C'mongirl, you know you need to stickers and accessories right?! 
YESSSSSS!!! okay, so here are some shops that make stickers and washi tapes exclusively to fit the Erin Condren Life planners so make sure you check out their Easy shops if you are a big planner nerd like me and things like this get you excited!! 
make sure you scroll to the bottom.. yep, we are giving away some stickers!!!

How cute are these?!? love the variety and the colors!
She has flags, shapes, checklists.. everything under the sun and all in these colorful palettes!
Instagram: @planneresque
*giveaway contributor

Planner Kate
Having washi tape that is already precut makes life so much easier and simpler... and easier to carry around! She has the cutest bundles of washi tape patterns!
Instagram: @planner_kate
*giveaway contributor

The Merrie Wanderer
I just love these! 
she has so many cute things in her shop, and really...just following her instagram inspires the creative part of my brain. She has paper clips, dividerrs, glitter dipped mason jars and so much more! 
instagram: TheMerrieWanderer
*giveaway contributor

Washi Planner Stickers
Loving the color bunches of these Pre-cut Washi Tape and Inspirational quotes from 
*giveaway contributor

Karolina's Krafts
this shop has tons of unique and super cute stickers, squares and other goodies (like the boba and coffee mug stickers!)
Use code "alittleaboutalot" for 10%off $10 or more!

Motivational quotes that fit perfectly into morning, noon, night rectangles!

The Reset Girl
Absolutely blown away by this girl! so many cute items, I especially love all of the motivation and encouraging stickers. and so darn cute!
use code "little15" to get 15% off $10 or more exp. 2/28
*giveaway contributor $75 gift card!
Instagram: @theresetgirl

Loving On Stickers
These perfectly fit a "morning, afternoon, night" rectangle so you can use them to schnazzy up your page in the squares you aren't using, or use them for a special even and write on them (the lighter colors, or dark color with a silver/gold pen!)
Love how it makes my planner look!! 
*giveaway contributor

So here is part 2 of the giveaway. STICKERS AND ACCESSORIES!!! 
To enter you can:
Youtube: Be a subscriber, like and comment on the Huge EC Planner Sticker Giveaway Video
Instagram & Facebook: Follow, like and comment under the above picture.
Giveaway ends on January 30th, 2015 and the winner will be announced HERE  on my blog. 
The winner will be given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Click the video to see everything you will be winning (there's more than what's in the picture!)

Saturday, January 17, 2015

My Pretend Place

We received a Safari theme with book, Melissa & Doug stamp set, and THREE costumes: zebra, monkey and safari guide

there are boxes for boys, girls and unisex (ours was the unisex)

Boxes are $50/per box and are sent out quarterly (every 3 months) in between boxes there are crafts and activities that are available online. 
use code "pretend" to get 30% off your first order!

*somehow the clip showing the monkey and zebra went missing in the video, but as you can see in the pictures... adorable!! the monkey and zebra come with ears and a tail!

Pretend Place graciously sent us this box for review. All opinions are honest and my own.