Monday, September 15, 2014

Adios, summer! (plus a $200 giveaway)

This is a sponsored post by Dr. Smith's, but as always all opinions in this post are my own. 

This weekend our Houston weather was in the 70s and low 80s. We spent much of the weekend outside, watching my kiddos and the neighbor kiddos play in the culdesac.  When any of the kids asked to go inside, I could hear my husband and one of the other husbands quickly reply, "Nope, we're enjoying the nice weather for a change."

So with that, my fall candles are lit as I type this post.  Oh, who am I kidding? I'm been lighting fall candles for a few weeks now just willing fall to be here anyway I could.  Now that we've actually had a little taste of more fall-like weather, I feel like I can officially say goodbye to summer. 

The sweetest thing about this summer was who I got to spend this summer with --- my family! It was our first summer as a family of four.  It was so much fun to have Hadley be a part of our travels this summer.  To be honest, I was a little nervous about her, but turns out there was nothing to worry about.  Love her chill, little, go-with-the-flow attitude.  She is such a happy baby girl.

Preston blew us away this summer --- I mean he just grew up so much over the past few months.  Riding his bike all over the culdesac and to the nearby creek for our daily turtle watching.  Swimming without floaties.  Sliding down pool slides.  Jumping off the diving board and swimming to the side all alone! 

Hadley started taking steps on her own, learned to love the water, started eating us out of the house, and learned to wave!

We went to Watersound, Florida with sweet friends, and, even though we didn't think it was possible, we loved it even more than last year!  We traveled to Hunt, Texas with some super special families from our Sunday School class! I saw my fair share of scorpions while in Hunt.  If you really know me, then you know how absolutely terrified I am of scorpions!   All in all, I still hate those suckers, but I will must admit that this trip may have been a tad therapeutic for my phobia.  I think they call it flooding in psychology.  :)

photo credit :: Darris Hartman

Both trips, I traveled with my Dr. Smith's diaper rash treatments.  The first trip, I took my trusty ol' ointment like I do on every trip we take --- especially during the summer when it's hot and we spend a lot of time in the pool.  That is always a recipe for diaper rash in my kiddos. Dr. Smith's sent me a nice little surprise just before our last trip, though, and I got to try out their new spray while traveling.  I'm a huge fan of anything Dr. Smith's related, but I personally love how easy the spray is to use, especially on a squirmy 11 month old!  Seriously, it's a breeze to use. Thank you, Dr. Smith's for your amazing products, and for all the years you've helped me change diapers.

Dr. Smith's is giving away some prize packs for a few lucky winners.  First place will receive a $200 Visa gift card AND a Dr. Smith's Prize Pack.  And three runners up will receive Dr. Smith's Prize Packs.  Enter below to win. The giveaway will end on Sunday, September 21st at midnight.  Good luck!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

PRV's Heart Heroes Cape

Preston has just recently became interested in all things superhero related. It's fun to watch his interests change as he grows. 

Earlier this year I sent in a request for a heart heroes cape to be made for him, and it came in the mail just about a month ago ---  and just about the time he really started paying attention to all the super hero stuff!

Thank you to the folks over at Heart Heroes for making this little super-hero dude smile.

I love his excitment when he gets something new.  He always says "for me?"  Then he says the mail man bought it for him.  That might be a sign that I shop online way too much.  ;)

I'm so thankful for his health and his good prognosis.  I know there are others out there who have and are dealing with difficult situations and who hear bad prognosis after bad prognosis.  I know that our sitation could have been far worse.  I try never to take our blessings for granted --- I'm thankful every day for this guys, his health, and the miracle that we were granted with him.

For the Home.

I feel like our home has been neglected for the past few years.  We've had a couple cute little distractions that kept us busy.  We've kicked into full gear recently, though.  We took down the shed that was taking up space in the back yard, we planted grass, and we've updated a few things on the inside, hung a new light fixture, and such.  We desperately need to repaint the baseboards and the kitchen, but with Hadley learning to walk and running into the walls with her toys and walkers we will hold off for another few more months to a year on that.

So our house is definitely feeling the wear and tear of two small kid, and I wouldn't have that any other way. I've recently started looking for ways to change things up and spruce up the place a bit.  Serena & Lily is one of my favorite places to start. 

Oh my goodness, this pop of green?!  Obsessed. Straight from the Serena & Lily fall collection.

Love this sweet little baby blanket.  This might just happen to be the color combo for Hadley's one year old birthday party!  Yes, I know --- I'm not quite sure how she's already almost a year old.  

I still don't have a good rug for Hadley's room, but I do love the colors in this one.

We're looking for a new coffee table as the other table we had was too big for the room (anyone else feel like living space just becomes smaller and smaller once you have kids) and I came across this one about a month ago.  I told my husband that I had found the perfect coffee table ... then he saw the price!  It is not in his budget.

I'm clearly drawn to color these days.  :)

Serena & Lily did provide me with a gift card in exchange for this post. As always, all opinions represented are my own.