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The Magnolia Story | Book Review
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The Magnolia Story | Book Review

The Magnolia Story is a fabulous read, especially if you are an HGTV Fixer Upper fan! CAUTION: If you’re not a fan… you will be once you finish reading this book!  How often do you pick up a biography and not want to put it down?!… Not often for me, but this book was the exception! The Magnolia Story is written in a very sweet manor by Joanna Gaines with cute inserts from her hilariously corky husband, Chip Gaines.  It is so much fun hearing all about their love story, the growth of their family and how they came to be the well known Fixer Uppers.  I loved the transparency as they mixed in their real-life faith and struggles along their journey.  As you relive their life choices and adventures along with them, you can’t help but fall in love with them, and I routinely caught myself smiling as I was reading!  Their hugely generous hearts wrap you up and you find yourself rooting for them more and more with every page turn.

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Thoughtfully Gifted - Chip Chip Hooray
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Thoughtfully Gifted – Chip Chip Hooray

When you gift, gift a story. – Thoughtfully gifted

To me a gift is so much more than a present. Every gift tells a story, from the wrapping paper to the meaning behind the gift.   Do you ever wish you could mail the PERFECT gift to a friend that would brighten their day, make their birthday extra special or just send some extra love??!!  Well I have the perfect company for you!

Let me introduce you to Thoughtfully.  Thoughtfully is a gifting company that is creating a new gifting experience much more exciting than the traditional gift basket.  Thoughtfully believes that a gift should last long after the beautiful wrappings have been torn away. Thoughtfully creates unique gifts that tell a story – a curated adventure perfect for each special individual in your life.

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Let's Cuddle with Gentry California & Kid Friendly Holiday Movies
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Let’s Cuddle with Gentry California & Kid Friendly Holiday Movies

I don’t know about you, but I am beyond excited for the holidays this year.  I love decorating the house, the chilly weather and the cozy and snuggly times shared with my family.  One of our favorite holiday traditions is cuddling up with the girls, and watching our favorite holiday movies.  We love to put on our favorite pajamas, snack on goodies and get into the holiday spirit.  It is a tradition that my girls have come to love and look forward to, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Let's Cuddle with Gentry California & Kid Friendly Holiday Movies

This year I decided I was going to go all out and surprise the girls with matching pajamas, and I found the perfect shop to get them at.  If you haven’t heard of Gentry California, you are in for a treat.  When I came across this mom-owned adorable shop, I fell in love!  Gentry California specialized in monogrammed and personalized apparel for babies, children and women and everything is beyond fabulous! Continue Reading


Positively Prepared | Back to School Gift Basket

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Back To School

My sweet four year old just started preschool which is such an exciting time in our home, but it also means… GERMS!!! I consider myself a prepared mama so I always have these remedies on hand and ready to go; Children’s TYLENOL® and Children’s MOTRIN® for my daughter… and of course Extra Strength TYLENOL® for me!  Thanks to these go-to products, I am ready for school season ahead, which inevitably comes with some aches and pains… for both of us. Continue Reading

SwimZip swimwear
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Mommy Break {Featuring : SwimZip} Sun Safe & Stylish Swimwear

:: Splash into summer in style with this adorable, sun safe swimwear line.  Let me introduce you to SwimZip. ::

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As my family likes to jokingly point out, I am one fair-skinned mama!… So naturally, my poor kiddos inherited fair skin too.  As residents of Arizona, it is a daily challenge to keep us all protected from the sun while doing life outside.  But when I came across the brand SwimZip, I was thrilled to learn that their adorable swimwear products protect from harmful UV rays with SPF 50+ sun-protected material and is fashionable enough to be worn anywhere.  This company is my dream come true!

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Teacher Appreciation - thank you gift

Teacher Appreciation Week : A+ Gift Tutorial

teacher – noun  teach·er  \ˈtē-chər\ : a person who teaches or instructs; a person whose job is to teach students about certain subjects

 It’s that time of year again… school is coming to a close and summer is about to arrive, which means it is time to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week.  That special teacher has been supporting, encouraging and inspiring your child all year long, don’t forget to show your gratitude with a little something thoughtful.  I wanted to share with you a simple tutorial that you, too, can create for the teacher you love.  With the help of a few items, you can make them feel loved!

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Reindeer Foot – Personalized Christmas Gift

Every year my daughter and I get crafty and make handmade gifts for all of the grandparents.  It is my way of teaching my girls that not all gifts need to be store bought, and the sentiment behind a homemade gift is extra special.

The gift we made last year went over so well that I wanted to share my easy tutorial with you.  If you are anything like me and you are still scrambling to find the perfect item to make, this is a great and easy option. Continue Reading


THANK YOU Teacher Gift – Thanksgiving Edition

It is always important to make sure our teachers know how thankful we are for them and all that they do to invest in our children.  With Thanksgiving one week away, I wanted to share my quick, inexpensive and adorable THANK YOU gift I created for Paisley’s preschool teacher.  A thank you gift does not have to be expensive or complex, it is the thought that counts and your little gesture will go a long way. Continue Reading


THANKFUL – Teacher Gift

I don’t know about you, but I have so much fun making gifts.  It is the perfect opportunity to let my creative juices flow and make something special for someone else.  Sticking with my candy corn theme, today I wanted to share with you this THANKFUL gift I made for Paisley’s preschool teacher.  It is easy, inexpensive and fits along perfectly with what this season is all about … being THANKFUL!  Preschool has been a wonderful opportunity for Paisley to test her independence and spread her wings, and I am so grateful as her mom, that she has a wonderful preschool teacher that provides her with a safe and encouraging environment to do so. Continue Reading