Monday, June 26, 2017

An Internet Success Story

This whole blogging world is crazy.

At the beginning of the year, Amie reached out to me to make her a couple signs and from there, we've become fast friends. She has a son a little older than Graham, so, as any mom knows, you instantly bond with other moms going through your season of life.

In May, her, her husband, and their son were in Texas, so we finally got to meet in person. After lunch together, we learned that her husband had actually applied to the fire department here and he would be coming back in June to test. I suggested that her and Cash tag along and stay with us!

Chris thought I was nuts, and I am! My house is always open to others and Amie and Anthony took us up on our offer and it was the best few days with them!

Thursday we had the best lazy day, It was so nice having people here who are okay with just relaxing. The boys played and then we went to the square for dinner.

Friday we went to the splash pad, lunch at Fuzzy's, then had pizza for dinner. Saturday it was rainy. We planned on going to the square for breakfast, but decided to stay in and make pancakes! It was perfect! We were all so lazy and it was wonderful! Saturday afternoon Amie, myself, and the little guys went backkk to the square so I could show Amie all the shops! She fell in love, as everyone does.

The flew back to Arizona Saturday night and we were sad without all the chaos :)

Chris and Anthony couldn't believe Amie and I had met online and how well we got along. We declared this an internet success story!








Thursday, June 22, 2017

Surprise Anniversary Trip || All the Details!

If I could say one thing about Chris, it would be that he is not a creative gift giver. He waits until I say exactly what I want, then goes and buys it. The only time he ever deviated from the list I gave him is when he bought me the Be Active knee brace for sciatic pain #romantic.

Anyways, I say this in the most light-hearted way, but he totally dropped the ball on Mother's Day. I decided this year I would no longer tell him exactly what I wanted for a holiday. I wanted him to be creative and think a little. And, you know what I got for deciding to let him be creative? NOTHING. I got absolutely nothing for Mother's Day. Not a card, not a piece of gum, nothing.

I tried to not make a big deal out of it, but inside I was crushed. By the end of Mother's Day I was bawling and telling him that all I needed was a little note or something to show he (and G) cared and that didn't even happen.

He felt terrible.

Fast forward to our anniversary on June 16th and, again, at my own risk, I refused to give him ideas. I feel like I'm really easy to shop for, but he disagrees.

Moving on. For weeks he had been telling me that I was going to LOVE my anniversary surprise and this surprise would make up for him totally dropping the ball on Mother's Day. I'd hinted at so many things I'd want that I figured he had finally listened to my hints!

Well, not only did he blow my mind, but he set the bar so high for our 10 year anniversary that I think he may have to take me to the moon!!

Long story short:

- Thursday around 9am he shows up at the house (he had gone into work) and tells me to pack my bags for a sunny vacation. We (including G) needed to leave the house by 11:30am, so I was happy I had a few hours.

- We arrive at the airport, check in at the kiosk and I finally find out we are headed to Ft. Lauderdale!!

----- Interjection...Chris's sister and her husband just (literally last Wednesday) moved to Ft. Lauderdale, so I wasn't surprised we were going to visit. I was excited, but also a little bummed because I really thought we were getting away just the three of us.

- Arrive in Ft. Lauderdale and go to my SIL's house where we (Chris's WHOLE family) literally moved them into their house until approximately 1:00am. I'd be lying if I said I didn't have a terrible attitude. I didn't fly all the way to Florida to move some boxes around for my 5 year anniversary. Chris had talked this "surprise" up so much that I thought, "If this is the surprise, G and I are taking an Uber to the beach and Chris can get us on Tuesday!"

- Friday, I'm still in a bad mood because we are still moving boxes. (Side note: Had Chris told me we were taking a trip to help Lauren move, I'd have been all for it! But, he kept telling me this was a "surprise anniversary getaway" and all I could think was how I could be chasing a child and moving things around in my own house in Texas.)

- Friday afternoon Chris caves and tells me that I just need to stick it out a few more hours because he had a really nice dinner planned for us. Again, I'm not my happiest self, but at least we were going to enjoy an evening out for our anniversary. Still, though, I'm thinking, "I didn't need to fly to Florida to go have a fancy dinner."

- We go to dinner and it was delicious!! We had the best time and went and got ice cream after. We headed back home and I was sad my "surprise" was over.

- Saturday morning we get up and Chris, his sister, and his dad announce they are going to three different breakfast places to get different things so everyone will have what they want. I thought it was weird, but whatever.

- 1.5 hours later and I am FUMING! All the breakfast places they named are within 2 miles of my SIL's house and everything would be cold by the time they got back at the pace they were going. I hadn't eaten and was so, so grumpy.

- I text Chris and say something about how pissed I'm getting. He replies with, "coming."

- Five minutes later they show up with NO FOOD. I blurted out, "There better be a really big freaking surprise or else someone is getting hurt."

- Sure enough, Chris told me to look out the window. He had rented a jeep for us to drive to Naples!!! I was THRILLED! Three baby free days on the beach. I could have kissed the ground.

- I quickly packed a bag, kissed G goodbye, and we were off!

- Chris wouldn't tell me where we were staying, so I just went with the flow.

- Next thing I know we are pulling up to the Ritz Carlton and I just about started crying. Not only were we taking a much needed, really relaxing vacation, but Chris spared no expense and spoiled me rotten.

Maybe I shouldn't have had such a terrible mood the first two days, but I couldn't help but think he really thought bringing me to Florida to help his sister move is the "vacation" I was hinting at.

We spent three glorious days lounging on the beach, by the pool, eating tons of ice cream, ordering fruity drinks, sleeping in, reading, and completely relaxing. All Chris had to say when it was time to go was, "I should have booked us for two more days. I need two more days to recharge." Amen, hubby, amen.

Monday, when we got back to Ft. Lauderdale Chris and I drove down to Miami to go to a Marlins baseball game! We are on our way to seeing all the baseball stadiums, so I'm happy he surprised me with tickets while we were down there!

Words cannot express how much we needed that time as a couple to relax and be kidless for a few days. We agreed that every six months we would do an alone vacation....now let's see if we stick to it!!



























Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Date Night Florida Style + Link Up











When Chris surprised me with a trip to Florida for our 5th anniversary, he gave me TWO hours to pack. He said that everyone at work warned him that a girl needed more time than that, but he assured them I'd be fine. And, I was! I'm actually really easy-going when it comes to packing because I know you can always buy stuff when you get there, if you happen to forget something important. 

Anyways, I had just got this dress (under $50!!) from Tobi and knew it would be perfect for Florida! We had dinner by the water on our anniversary and this dress was just enough beachy, classy, and sexy all in one. (And, yes, I am that red on my stomach. I burnt to a crisp while visiting my parents last week!)

Y'all know I love my loose and flowy clothes, so this dress was right up my alley. I'm always skeptical about ordering clothes online, but the quality of this dress is really great! The bottom portion is lined, so there was no peek-a-boo, and I made the top more mom-friendly by wearing a little lace bandeau bra. 

Come back tomorrow where I'll be spilling the beans on all the fun stuff Chris surprised me with!

Happy Wednesday!



Saturday, June 17, 2017

Summer Sandals Under $80


I've rounded up some really cute summer sandals that are on major sale right now! 

Happy weekend!




Friday, June 16, 2017

Surprise Anniversary Trip!!




Hi friends! I'm writing to you from sunny Florida!

Yesterday morning Chris walked in the door (and scared me to death!) and said I had two hours to pack a bag! He gave me no details other than to pack summer clothes. It wasn't until we were checking in at the kiosk at the airport that I found out we (including G!) were headed to sunny Florida!

I still have no idea what the whole trip entails, but I can't wait to report back!

Today is our 5 year wedding anniversary! I can't believe it has been 5 years. I feel like our wedding day was yesterday. I can remember ever single detail of the day and it was perfect, and so, so fun!!

I started this blog right after we got married and I'm so thankful to have all of my posts to look back on! This blog truly is a virtual scrapbook! We got married really young and, while there have definitely been ups and downs, I wouldn't rather be on this crazy rollercoaster with anyone else but Chris! He is my best friend, puts up with my moods, is the best dad to Graham, and is constantly trying to make everyone happy.

Cheers to us and many more wild adventures!!

- Wedding pictures here, here, and here.
- Our honeymoon to Kauai day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Oxygen Eye Mask







We all know that being a mom means you've got bags and dark circles under your eyes no matter how much sleep you get. As I get older I am trying to take more care of my skin. I do religiously wash my face and moisturize, but beyond that I'm pretty lazy.

When I found out about VIIcode O2M Oxygen Eye Pads for Dark Circles, I couldn't wait to give them a try. Why not?! I'm willing to try anything to make me look less tired! VIIcode is an 8-hour overnight treatment, which is different from other sheet masks. The amazing gel material is a feature of the mask (and my favorite part!!). I felt like I was at the spa when I put them on! One box contains six pairs of eye masks and a full course of treatment is three boxes. 

I honestly wouldn't say I am one who has bags under her eyes. Dark circles, yes?? But bags, no. So, I can't honestly speak to the nature of relieving bags under your eyes.

The first night I wore the eye masks I put them too close to my eyes and they drove me nuts. I quickly learned the correct placement and the gel seriously felt so good!

The picture above is after three treatments within one week. I am wearing only powder and a very small amount of (cheap!) concealer. I normally have to put more concealer under my eyes, and sometimes bust out my expensive stuff, but my dark circles were almost nonexistent. The only part that was dark was right by the inner crease of my eye, but I can't place the mask in that area, so that's understandable.

Overall the masks did what they were supposed to and, with consistent treatment, they could have me looking young for years! Just kidding. But, they can help me fight time as long as possible!

You can use the code GLQG8ZEE to get $3 off your own eye masks! Offer ends June 30th!

Happy Thursday!

*Thanks for VIIcode for sending me these eye masks to try out! All opinions are truly my own! 
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