Wednesday, October 31, 2012

101 FREE prints at Shutterfly

I'm totally taking advantage of can't beat FREE!
 My favorite.
What photos will you have developed with this bargain?  Use code SPOOKY at checkout to get 101 FREE prints from Shutterfly.   {I know this isn't a spooky photo, but our Trick-or-Treat night isn't until Friday...spooky to follow}...This offer is valid through Friday, November 2.  

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Eighteen months.

Eighteen months ago today, we welcomed Joel Maddox into our lives.  I can't believe how fast this has gone and how much he has grown in such a short time.  He is developing and learning new things each day and is "talking" more and more.  He can climb the stairs {has been for a few months}. We're still teaching him to slide down step by step on his bottom, but he isn't quite there yet.  We will continue to use the gate until he has mastered both directions!!  Thankfully, Joel is completely weaned from his bottle {since mid-September}.   For awhile, he cried {cute pouty} face when I would drop him off at the babysitter each morning.  Over the past few weeks, he just walks in, waves, and grins as I walk away.  There are two kitties there that he loves on every day...although, I'm not so sure they feel the same about him!

Joel mostly sleeps through the night.  Bedtime routine starts around 7:30 with bath, teeth-brushing, book,  snuggle time, prayers, and the occasional trip back downstairs for cookies and milk.  He's usually in his crib ready to snuggle up with Monkey, Dottie & Silky {his fave blankets}, and Froggy playing music by 8:00 and sleeps until I have to wake him in the morning around 6:30.
Joel took his first train ride at the Strasburg Railroad last weekend when Grandma and Grandpa were here for a visit.  He wasn't so keen on the actual ride {picture the last five minutes: jumping, screaming, and trying to escape down the aisle}, but he loved playing at the train tables at the toys store for almost an hour afterwards while everyone else toured the museum {once again screaming his lungs out when I put him back in his stroller to walk back to the car}.  Those fits seem to be more and more frequent, and I'm hoping they get better instead of worse! 
Joel's favorites...
words:  Mama, Dada, Boo & "Dael" {his variation of Boog & Daniel}, uh-oh, no, and others that we can't yet decode.  :)
foods: bananas, raisins, yogurt, cinnamon-sugar toast, cheese, corn, pizza, and anything sweet!  He is becoming more and more picky, not eating as many meats and vegetables...but most of his favorites are healthy. :)
toys: he loves dragging all our phone & computer charger cords around more than anything else...but I suppose his favorite "real" toys are Daniel's old Thomas Lego set...He builds the track and lots of towers with Daddy & Daniel.  He also likes anything else with wheels. 
activities: bath time, brushing his teeth, shaking his head yes & no, singing and dancing anytime there's a song in the air,  folding his hands to pray at dinner, "playing" hockey on the Wii with Daniel...put a remote in his hand and he's good to go!  He also loves to do everything with Daniel...they're inseparable at times. :)
show: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

On your six month birthday, we weathered your first snow, we prepare for Hurricane Sandy.  Hoping and praying we all stay safe!  Happy 18-month birthday, Joel!  We love you!!! :)
p.s. I will be back in December for 18-month stats from his well visit :)

From little things, big things grow...

So, I've been back from Allume since Saturday night.  I knew I wouldn't be ready to  write when I got home at 10pm, but my plan was to carve a bit of time in my day yesterday to get my words out.  The truth is, I had so many thoughts spinning through my brain that I couldn't find the words....or the time. I was mixing orange cupcakes {praying we didn't lose power before they were finished baking - prayers answered!} and making cinnamon-sugar toast for Joel's lunch, it hit me like a ton of bricks.  Today is Joel's 18-month birthday.  Eighteen, as in a year and a half.  I. Can't. Believe. It. I knew it was coming, but I didn't wake up today thinking today is Joel's 18-month birthday.  Then Daniel came in and asked to lick the bowl {don't worry, I used Sierra Mist - no eggs involved!}  As he was licking the orange goodness from the spoon, he mumbled "mmm...this tastes like Nammy's orange cookies."  First of all, he was about Joel's age when she passed away so he has no recollection of her orange cookies...just my aunt's version that she bakes every time he goes to their house.  But that little conversation reminded me that today would have also been my grandma's birthday.  I'm not good with remembering how old she would have been {81, I think?  It's been nine years since she's been gone}, but I do remember how much I loved that woman to pieces and miss her so much I can't stand it sometimes.

All of that to say I was reminded of Saturday morning's keynote delivered by Darren Rowse {@problogger}..."From little things, big things grow."  I was reminded to stop comparing myself with others and to compare myself to me when I began my own blogging journey. From little things, big things grow.  This little quote is so true of our everyday lives.

Relationships begin with a smile.
From little things, big things grow.
 Every life begins as a tiny egg.
From little things, big things grow.
Each flower starts as a tiny seed.
From little things, big things grow.

 And, so I must remember this...if I've only reached one other person with my blog, it is big enough.  I am so thankful to have spent the weekend at Allume with great women who share my passion as a writer.  I hope that our friendships will grow beyond the walls of the Hilton Hotel and that  from little things, big things will grow.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Thirty Days of Thankful

While November is one of my favorite months of the year {I love me some turkey dinner & family time}, it is almost just as stressful.  With report card preparation, meetings, conferences, parent visitation, being a mom & wife, I find that I don't take time to be thankful for everything I have.  So...I'm making it my priority to write about something I am thankful for each day in November.  Beginning Thursday, November 1, link up and join me in giving thanks! :)

Show Us Your Life {Halloween Costumes}

Daniel was a cute little frog for his first Halloween at almost 10 months old, a bumble bee for his second, a bear for his third, and sheriff for his fourth. old ugly witch with a wicked laugh, wrinkly green face, and pointy fingers changed it all.  Since then, he has been contented to hand out candy {sans costume} to the trick-or-treaters in our neighborhood...until last year.  Joel was six months for his first Halloween, so I knew I could dress him up without any arguments.  He was the cutest little Nittany Lion you ever did see.  Knowing his love for Penn State, I asked Daniel if he would like to dress up as JoePa.  He agreed, and they were so cute!!  

I can't believe a year has gone by and this little guy is 18 months old already!  He will definitely be dressing up, but I can't make any guarantees for his big brother.  Stay tuned! :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

75% off sitewide SALE at BabyLegs!

We love BabyLegs!  They have the cutest leg warmers and socks...and right now everything is 75% off!!!  Use code FALL75OFF at checkout to receive your discount.  :)

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

pooch stamped umbrellas & cuddly rocking horses...

Starting today, One Kings Lane is launching multiple sales on the most adorable must haves for your kids and your travelling needs! This pooch stamped umbrella from the Bon Voyage Sale will definitely be making many appearances this winter.

And I cannot stop thinking about the cute cuddly monkey rocking horse from the Gifts for Little Ones Sale as a perfect present over the holidays!
But don't take my word for it, go take a look at One Kings Lane yourself and see what kind of trouble you can get yourself into! If you’re new to One Kings Lane, sign up today and get a $15 credit for purchases of $30 or more.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Free prints from Shutterfly

We took the kids to the Strasburg Railroad in Lancaster on Saturday...
It was a beautiful fall day to drive through the Amish country.
I was just thinking about how I'd love to update the 11x14 photo in our living room.  While I love it, it is Daniel's preschool picture from about six years ago, and we really need one with both boys!  
I found this pick your print code in my inbox this morning for a free 11x14 print or {2} 8x10 prints.  
I opted for an 11x14 of one of my favorite shots from the weekend...
What will you choose?
Go to Shutterfly and enter code PICKYOURGIFT at checkout for your FREE print{s}!
While I ordered this for myself, these prints would also make great Christmas presents!
Offer ends Monday, 10/22. 

Here are a few more favorites from the weekend...

 I can't believe how grown up he is!!
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

One Kings Lane.

I love One Kings Lane , and I LOVE shopping for my home & kitchen.  All week long, One Kings Lane is offering fantastic deals on their home and kitchen appliances! With the holiday season approaching, this is the perfect sale to make sure you have everything you need for warm gatherings at your home. One Kings Lane has everything from elegant hanging pot racks to glassware to a classic buffet table for your dining room, all at great prices to make sure your home looks beautiful. Plus, if you're new to One Kings Lane, sign up today for a $15 credit for purchases of $30 or more. Head over to One Kings Lane now before these deals are over!  
Bright Ideas for Cooking When it comes to the kitchen, we can always use a helping hand. From blenders to toasters, coffees pots to food processors, let these appliances take care of the tough stuff so you don’t have to. My favorite piece is this ORANGE Cuisinart hand mixer!!  

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012


So, I have tickets to attend Allume in just a few short weeks, and I'm feeling like a major slacker on the blog front.  It's been almost two months since my last post.  I really do have a lot to say, but finding time to write makes my brain hurt.
In short, I...
went back to work {my biggest excuse}
run to soccer practice and games {love this.}
chase Joel all over the place during his waking hours {love this, too....but it. is. a. lot.}
peruse pinterest {i. am. addicted.}
take pictures of said kids and completed pinterest projects {i just don't post them.}
grocery shop, cook, clean, wash mountains of laundry {i try.}
sleep {ha!}

Maybe Allume will give me the spark I need to get back into the swing of posting.  Maybe it won't. Either way, I'm looking forward to a fun weekend away and meeting all the bloggers that I love. :)