Happy Monday everyone!  Monday’s are definitely my least favorite day of the week.  I woke up today praying it was still Sunday…but no.  So instead of complaining all day about Monday, I thought it was time for a super-fun giveaway!

I received the Lee Stafford Chopstick Styler to review, and am so happy with it!  The styler allows me to make my hair extra curly, without all the frizz I can sometimes end up with.  It is a skinny, clip-less curling iron.  At first, I was nervous about burning my hand with it being clip-less, but it comes with a glove that proved to be extra helpful.

And the best thing, the curls lasted for days!  I just needed a quick touch up in the morning and I was ready to go.  I would love to share in the curly hair fun with one of YOU!  To win your own Lee Stafford Chopstick Styler, enter below.  The winner will be chosen on February 13th!  Good Luck!

 

Win a Lee Stafford CHoPstick STYLER Ceramic Curling Wand #27

I know it’s cliche…but there is something refreshing about a New Year.  It’s a time to look back on what occurred over the past year, what changes you want in your life, and how to make dreams a reality.  It’s also a time to let go of things that have been dragging you down, and pick up things that will help lift your spirits.

Even the little things feel like a fresh start.  A new planner, tucked away in a new handbag.  In the past, I have always used a new planner for maybe a month.  And every year, I say this is the year I will be organized and use it all the time.  But 2017, I will use it :).

I used Christmas break to organize closets, cabinets and dressers.  I also acknowledge that the toy organization is a worthless battle, and mainly left it as is.

Our little family officially has a foster care license in hand.  A room ready.  And an anxious 7 year old.

HJ and I are spending more time playing, and less time glued to a screen.  At home, the laptop has only been used to print off coloring pages.

I am ready for the excitement that a new year brings.

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Ever since HJ turned 3, I have interviewed him with the same questions and put it in his 21 Questions Birthday Book.  Here is his interview from last year.  This year, it was SO hard to give just one answer per question.

What is your favorite color? Red

What is your favorite toy? Drone airplane (it was an airhogs plane that broke within 48 hours of his bday)

What is your favorite book? Minecraft books

What is your favorite fruit?  Watermelon and Blueberries

What is your favorite TV show or movie? Spy Kids and Spy Fox

What is your favorite game? Minecraft and Super Mario Bros.

What is your favorite outfit?  Minecraft shirt

What is your favorite snack? Extra Cheddar Goldfish.  And Bacon. And Little Bites.

What is your favorite animal? Dog, Cheetah, Jaguar and Cats

What is your favorite song? Welcome to my House

Who is your best friend? Carsten and EvanTube

What are you scared of? The creepy dude in Caleb’s garage (It was from a haunted house)

What do you love about yourself? Ninja Warrior and I can jump high

What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Chase and pikachu

What is your favorite holiday? My birthday, Christmas, Halloween and NYE

What is your favorite thing to do outside? Football, drones, cars, basketball and soccer

What is your favorite drink? Sunkist

Where is your favorite place to go? Disney World

If you could go anywhere, where would it be? Disney World

What do you want for your birthday? Remote control stuff, legos and pikachu

What do you want to be when you grow up? Vet

Do any of you have birthday interviews?  I love this fun tradition!

*Special thanks to Litfuse for sending me this product to review!

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As a child, coloring was one of my favorite activities.  It was a way for me to relax and be creative at the same time.  When given the opportunity to try out ScriptureDoodles, I jumped.

The books start by telling you how to use the books, add your own creativeness, and how to try out different fonts and techniques.  Then, you are ready to get started.  While coloring, it really gives you time to reflect on the scripture in front of you.  This is so different than just reading words, and helps you to really think about what the words mean.

If you are looking for a beautiful and creative gift for someone on your list…or for yourself, check it out here!

It’s December.  I mean, I am sure you knew that…but seriously.  How is 2016 almost over?  I am still writing 2015 on things.  Even HJ mentioned how fast the past year went.  Usually by this point, I have posted gift ideas, and deals from various places.  This year, it completely slipped my mind.

I keep meaning to post HJ’s annual interview, but keep putting it off until “maybe tomorrow”.

I am hoping my time off over Christmas will help me officially feel caught up on life.  Which sounds silly since I have all my Christmas shopping done, decorations out, and cards sent (for weeks now).  But it’s little things like, “Oh my gosh why are there so many clothes on my bedroom floor” and I keep forgetting to grab light bulbs at the store, so the mud room is pretty dark.  Also, my tv remote has been broken for three weeks.  Three weeks.  We have had the tv on the same damn channel for 3 weeks.  I have been to a store numerous times since then, but just forget to grab one.

Last week, I finally ordered a remote from amazon…and got an email today that something happened to the package while in route and they will reship soon.  (I wish they would say what happened, it has to be a good story.)  Looks like we will continue to watch channel 7 for a few more days.  Plus, once I get the package I am sure I will realize it needs remotes and have to get those at the store (which means I will continue to forget for a few more weeks).

I have also recently realized there are some days where cooking dinner just isn’t going to happen.  Like on Mondays.  HJ has a lego group that meets from 6-7.  There is no way I can pick him up, get home, cook, eat and back to school by 6.  So I am one of those moms that lets him eat a lunchable for dinner now.  Which is kind of silly since he doesn’t even like cheese.

On that note, cooking for a kid that doesn’t like cheese is weird…because I love cheese.  He also doesn’t like potatoes or eggs.  In the last year, he finally decided that pasta was ok…as long as there is no cheese.  However, he loves vegetables.  The kid ordered edamame for dinner before.

Anyone who has seen HJ since March knows this, but he hasn’t had a haircut.  I convinced him to trim his bangs once, but otherwise it has just been growing.  It was finally at ponytail length last week, and I got him to get it cut.  Just a trim!  To shape it! (actually the elf got him too) As soon as he agreed, I raced to a salon.  And he got it cut…I mean slaughtered.  You guys, he looked like Lloyd Christmas.  If you don’t know who that is, google it quick and come back.  We both cried.  I took him to a friend to try and salvage it.  It’s still not good, but better.  No pictures…he won’t let me.  But that pretty much guarantees I won’t force him to cut it for years.

That is all I will ramble on about for now, but I am hoping to get back into my normal routine soon.  Promise.

 

In case you were wondering, the countdown is on at our house.  33 days.  That’s it.  Which means, shopbop’s sale is here at the most perfect time!  From beautiful jewelry, cozy pajamas, and gorgeous bags, you can’t go wrong with a gift from Shopbop.

On my wish list, a Marc Jacobs handbag, a cute and casual top, and cozy pajamas.

The sale is going on now until 11/29 at 11:59 PST.  Make sure to cross some items of your list!

 

white-lace-red-roses-box-e1416272216252-414x414The best way to start the holiday season…with a GIVEAWAY!  (And yes, I am decorating this weekend for Christmas)

You know I love subscription boxes.  Clothes, makeup, jewelry, it’s always fun to receive a box full of goodies.  And now, there is a subscription services for lingerie.  Theenclosed.com is an awesome site, where you can pick your style, and they will surprise you with beautiful (or cute…or sexy) lingerie.  You can even gift a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month subscription.

Want to win a free gift from The Enclosed?  Leave a comment on this post! To receive another entry, tweet at me that you “want to win The Enclosed Giveaway”.  And a final entry?  Leave a comment on the instagram post about the giveaway!  The winner will be drawn at random on 11/14/2016.

 

**This giveaway is a partnership with Nakturnal**

In October, I took HJ out to get his 7 year pictures completed.  For the first time, we thought we would also try and include the dog.  I was nervous for a few different reasons: HJ’s hair is so long you can hardly see his eyes; negotiating him to wear jeans; if the dog would stay calm enough or be bouncy; me and my self esteem.

I was almost nervous to get the photos back.  But then I did, and I was/am SOOO happy with them!

This year, Lynn from Grace Captured took them.  She was fun to work with, and did an amazing job.  Just look…

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Past Photo Shoots…

Age 6

Age5

Age 4

Age 3

Age 2

Friday was HJ’s birthday.  One he has been counting down for months.  So, we had to make sure he had the best day ever.

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He woke up to a room full of balloons, and got ready for school.  We swung by dunkin donuts for a chocolate sprinkle donut..best breakfast for birthday kids :).  He walked to school with a container of cupcakes to share with his class, and it was only a half day of school.  At noon, I picked up HJ and his friend.  We went for Happy Meals, and played outside in the perfect weather.  Then, we had to pick up the cake for HJ’s party.  The bakery is ran out of a home, which is on a farm.  The farm has lot, and lots of cats.  So we stayed to play a while.  img_6956

Then, it was time to head off on our next adventure…Chuck E. Cheese.  The boys burned through their tokens in less than 30 minutes.  HJ opted to save his tickets, and did not take home a prize.

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We came home to get ready for HJ’s family party.  His nana, papa and great grandma were coming over for dinner and cake.  He picked out dinner, edamame and taco pizza.  Then, opened up his presents.  After presents, came cake.

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Safe to say, he was ready for bed shortly after.  We had a great day celebrating my favorite boy in the world!  Happy Birthday, sweet boy!

Hey Chicago what do you say Cubs are gonna win today:

“Hey HJ, do you know the cubs haven’t won the World Series since 1908?  That is 108 years ago!  That’s older then nana, papa, even great grandma!  If they win tonight it is a huge deal!”

HJ looks at me with wide eyes. “Oh my gosh!  How old are the players?!?!”

He definitely thought the players from 1908 were playing last night.

Back in 2001, I went to my first pro baseball game.  I had an internship in Chicago, and a group of us went to the cubs game.  Half of our group was from England and Scotland.  They knew nothing about baseball.  We were trying to explain strikes, balls, etc.  And other fans kept looking at us with amused expressions on their faces.

I can’t imagine the fun that city is having today!