Friday, June 29, 2012

Things I'm ♥ing Friday!

1. Lululemon "Hot but Not" tank 2. Mane Message Hair Ties 3.  Thee best cupcakes you will ever have, from Nadia's Cakes (Yes! The ones that won cupcake wars!) 4. Modal Behavior Dress from Tobi

Challenge followers...just one more celebratory day! So proud of all of you! I hope you had fun making  your family pledges today! Have a great weekend everyone! ♥

Thursday, June 28, 2012

All caught up?

I think? We're really enjoying our little "staycation" over here and we've been busy (hence all the late updating)! I think I am up to date now and would love to see some check ins! How was everyone's weekend/week so far? Are you whispering today? :) Just a couple more days, I hope they go well for everyone! ♥ See you all tomorrow for Things I'm ♥ing Friday!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Date Night! ♥

Date Night!
Why hello date night! ♥ It's been awhile!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

Disney Day One! :)

Main St
Off we go! ♥

Castle Collage
Ava refused to look at the camera guy because she was far too busy staring at the castle! :)

The new Cars Land in California Adventure Park! Cars Land Family Photo
Carousel Collage
Cars Land Collage

Princesses ♥

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Ballerina Girl! ♥ & her first recital!

(my princess is the cutie on far left)
Watch for how proud she is at the end, my favorite part! ♥

Photo: <3

I'm making a little video but it's not quite done yet, so this will do for now! :)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Week Four Challenges! Our FINAL week! ♥

So here we are...our last week of challenges! I can't believe how fast it has went by and I am really proud of the progress that we have ALL made. I love reading all your stories and emails, each one of them has touched my heart in a huge way and I thank you all for that! ♥

Here is our final week, let's end it well and truly give it our all! What better way to start the summer but with a stronger connection to your family. I am so excited for this summer and all the possibilities! I hope you are all too!

Reach for the Sun.

Don't forget your check ins this week, final prizes!!! Have a great weekend everyone! ♥

Things I'm ♥ing Friday!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

"You did it!"

Was thrilled to wake up to my "You did it!" email today! Congrats to everyone who was doing the Bikini Series, it was a lot of fun and I feel accomplished, great, and ready for an amazinggg summer!!! I'll admit I'm just a littleeee bit sad that it's over...
Tone It Up Challenge You did it!
"but just like a sunset, tomorrow's a new day, the sun rises again and there's more exciting things coming all summer!" Tone It Up

Last but not celebratory bikini! ♥ Happy Summer everyone!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Guess what guys?!

I did it! Started the week off with a bang by donating TWO approximately 10.5 inch ponytails! I feel really great about it and am so glad I did it! ♥

My Pantene Beautiful Lengths Donation
"In a world full of people who couldn't care less, be someone who couldn't care more." ♥

 I am donating to Pantene Beautiful Lengths and have more info on it in the "Donating My Hair" tab! I hope this might inspire even just ONE person to do the same, it is an awesome cause and if you have any questions feel free to shoot me a message! 

On other news, for the challenge I spent my day in the salon, let's hear how YOU pampered yourself yesterday!

In honor of our pampering day today, Ashley from Nu2u Boutique on Etsy was kind enough to donate a GORGEOUS wrap bracelet for one lucky winner! Miss Sarah H from Girls Create, you're our winner for this great giveaway and this beauty is on it's way to you! I encourage you all to go check out Ashley's etsy, her prices are just as amazing as her work!!! You can find her HERE! Thanks again Ashley! and congrats Sarah, thanks for all your check ins!!

Our little vacation began yesterday so I'll be updating a little less frequently! But keep up the great work on your challenges!!! Talk to you all soon!


Sunday, June 17, 2012

End of Week Catch Up! ♥

Just wanted to share some photos from our week of challenges!!!

Our Pretend Grocery Store
Pretend Grocery Store

"Yes Day!" consisted of lots of jumping on the bed, the park, some pizza, and just some fun goofing around! ♥
Yes Day

I hope you all had a great week! ♥

Friday, June 15, 2012

Week Three Challenges!

Hi guys! We're off to family date night but I just wanted to post next week's challenges quick! :) Here you go!!! WEEK THREE! Have a great weekend! Talk to you all soon! ♥

“If I had my had my child to raise over again:

I’d build self-esteem first and the house later
I’d finger paint more and point the finger less
I would do less correcting and more connecting
I’d take my eyes off my watch and watch with my eyes
I would care to know less and know to care more
I’d take more hikes and fly more kites
I’d stop playing serious and seriously play
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars
I’d do more hugging and less tugging
I’d see the oak tree in the acorn more often
I would be firm less often and affirm much more
I’d model less about the love of power
And more about the power of love.”
~ Diane Loomans

Things I'm ♥ing Friday!


1. Eat Yourself Skinny Funfetti Dip 2. Children's felt play sushi set. 3. The "Carrie" Bracelet.  4. "Lucky Us" print. No source :( I can't find it, any one know where this comes from? I would LOVE to do a gallery wall using this & the Made By Girl print! 5. Made By Girl "Love" Metallic Gold on Mint.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Real quick

Well, it's super early and I'm getting ready to do a quick workout--but I just wanted to remind you all--don't forget today is no couch day! I will come back and update later how our past couple of days went :) but for now I just wanted to do a little reminder!! Have a great day everyone! ♥

Monday, June 11, 2012

Weekend Catch Up! Upcoming challenges! & some winners! ♥

Happy Monday everyone! ♥ I hope everyone had a great weekend! We had a tea party  to attend, errands to run, ballet recital preparations, etc!

Time for Tea! ♥

This is the busiest weekend we've had in awhile and it gave us a little taste of what is to come for the rest of the month--because this is hubby's last week of work and then we doing a little summer 'stay'cation for the rest of the month! His family will be here and we are really excited to spend the time with them and venture around California a bit with the girls!

Because of this, I've already started writing up the rest of the challenges for this month so it is done--and again if anyone has any recommendations or challenges you can send them my way on facebook or shoot me an email on the 'contact me' tab up top! I had one main question for you all we want a no tv day "redo"?! I know a few of you wrote in that you were gone that day, didn't get to do it, etc! Let me know, if so I will make sure to include that in the upcoming weeks! We could plan this one during the week when more people tend to be home so it might work better! Just let me know!

Alright, now moving on to prizes! I first want to thank you all for sharing your experiences for this challenge and just letting me know you are here with me through your comments! I love reading them all! For our first two prizes....

Miss Ericka! These beauties will be on their way to you! Thank you so much for all your check ins and stories you've shared!
Disclosure of Material Connection: the products included in this entry were not supplied to me, they were purchased by me and I am not being compensated by the company in anyway.

and Alicia! This cutie will be on it's way to your family! 
Disclosure of Material Connection: the products included in this entry was supplied to me by the manufacturer.  I am being compensated in no further way and all opinions are my own.

I will be in contact with both of you to get the prizes to you! There are still a couple more prizes so keep the check ins coming ladies! ♥ 

How lucky am I that I get to play grocery store with these little cuties tonight?! Can't wait! Have a great week everyone!! 

Friday, June 8, 2012

Week Two Challenges!

Hi everyone! You can find all your challenges for next week HERE!!!! This week we are focusing on play and reminding ourselves that family relationships, like any relationship, take time and effort! I think you should be proud of yourselves for taking the time to do these challenges everyday, because in doing so you are giving your family the time and effort that it needs to thrive!!! I love all your stories and you are all doing so great!

How was no internet yesterday?! Don't forget to comment on the post with any thoughts you have regarding it! I completed my day...and survived just fine! :) We got a lot done and had a great day!

I also wanted to let you know some prizes are going out very soon! Here's a little look at some of the prizes we have coming up! I was careful in selecting prizes because I really wanted to share with you guys some of my favorite products!!! I'll have more info on these soon! Have a great weekend everyone! ♥

Things I'm ♥ing Friday!


Trying a new layout this week, which involves me not being such a chatty Kathy. More to the point and hopefully easier for you all to navigate! Let me know what you think!! ♥

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

30 Day Challenge Followers!!

Don't forget tomorrow is our no internet day! Please check in here whether you did/did not complete this days challenge! :) & Let's chat about the kind of days you had with no internet! ♥

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

"Welcome to Ava's Restwant! Nice to meet chu!"

I don't know about all you but I had a TON of food to eat last night at Miss Ava's restaurant! We had so much fun playing and pretending! Steve and I would come visit her restaurant and I would push her play stroller with her baby in it and she was so thrilled by this simple concept, lol. Ava was quite the hostess and got the baby a high chair just like a regular restaurant would.   I love hearing all your stories about the challenges so keep them coming! ♥

For today I hope you all have fun reading with your little ones! Don't forget about the dancing challenge tomorrow! Again you can refer to the full list of challenges HERE. I will try to get on tomorrow to do a little update quick before NO internet on Thursday because I will obviously not be posting that day!

So far, I think this will be the biggest "challenge".  But it should be fun & I know we can all do it! Friday is an easy day and I will be back on Friday to do a small update, Things I'm ♥ing Friday will be back, our new challenges will be up---if you stayed off the internet Thursday be sure to pop in some time on Friday and let us all know! Again you can do as many or as little of the challenges as you'd like but I love to hear which ones you do/do not do!

Have a good night everyone! ♥

Monday, June 4, 2012

Weekend Catch Up!


I hope you all had a great weekend!!! I just wanted to catch up a little bit. Saturday was no TV which I talked about already! Then Sunday we went out for some lunch & shopping before coming home for family game night! We played candyland, the girls favorite! How was your family game night if you are participating? Also, we'll have some prizes coming up by the beginning of next week, which I am really excited about! Have a great week everyone! I'll do my best at getting reminders up for the challenges, if you are coming in late--you can find the challenges HERE. Thanks ♥

Here's a reminder of your challenge today!

Here we go, our first full week! Did you get your gratitude rock this weekend? What do you think? Isn’t it nice to have that moment to yourself to remember all the things you have to be grateful for. Share your thoughts on it in a comment on the blog.
Here’s your challenge: Do your dishes this morning. What?! Yes. Go do them when you wake up, or maybe after breakfast. Because you won’t be doing them tonight. You are actually NOT allowed to do your dishes tonight. Don’t even look at them. Instead, you’re going to take that time and play in your childrens’ kitchen. You can do their play dishes instead if you must :) If they don’t have a kitchen , just play with play food. Or you could even make a pretend kitchen with a cardboard box.  This is not only about taking spending that extra time with your children, it’s about realizing that sometimes, things can wait. Granted, household chores need done...but realize that sometimes it’s okay to relax a little, get OUT of routine, and focus on the more important things. The dishes can wait till the morning.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

I hope your....

TV is OFF! Share in comments below how your day without TV went if you participated in todays challenge!!!  I wanted to share a little quick while my girlies are napping!

Normally on Saturdays we are out and not having TV probably would not have been any issue. But, today we have been home and plan to be home all day! The TV has been off and honestly I don't think the girls or the hubby has even noticed, no one has asked or mentioned it. So it is going smoothly! This morning I did some freshening up of the girls play area taking out those random unnecessary things that (somehow?) always seem to find their way over there.  I think that helped with distracting the girls, they suddenly always want to play with everything as I am cleaning it ;) and we played a little "restaurant" after. We then spent some time in the pool which distracted them too.

I don't let them stay glued to the TV regularly anyway, but, I do definitely let them watch it! Today was a nice little eye opener that no one has seemed to notice it and definitely an encouragement to do this more in the future!

I'd love to hear how everyone else's day went too!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Happy June! Your first challenge!

"First thing tomorrow is taking my lil miss on a gratitude rock search.. 
The search on it self would already be something i will be very grateful for and will treasure it forever.. I also want to tell you im grateful for finding out about your blog ;) Love, Kimberley "

I am grateful for all your sweet messages! ♥ Thanks for sharing Kimberely!

Alright everyone, this is just your reminder! 

Today is your first challenge!!! Simply keep the weekly focus in mind...gratitude. Remind yourself as the day goes on just how grateful you are for your children. Also remember that you will get out of this challenge what you put into it, so remember to give it your all. If a day goes by where you forget, or "slip up" on a challenge...just keep the weekly focus in mind and stay on the right track. The purpose of the weekly challenge is just that to serve as a reminder all week long.
Onto the challenge: Do you have a gratitude rock? I do! If you don't, maybe think of adding it to your to do list for the weekend. You can use any rock, typically a smooth one. It doesn't matter where it is from, pick one up from your backyard, I had one left from a project. Keep it with you in your purse, your pocket, and each time your hand touches it...think of something you are grateful for. Even if you are just staying at home...keep it on your nightstand and each night before you go to bed, hold the rock in the palm of your hand, close your hand, close your eyes, and think of what you are grateful for...and say thank you. Gratitude allows you to keep your mind in a positive place. We all know that is the best place for our mind to be. :)
 “Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.” -Christian Science Hymnal

Now...QUESTION! Should I continue with Things I'm ♥ing Friday during June?! 

Also, feel free to share any thoughts you have on today's challenge below in a comment!