Friday, February 27, 2015

Get the Most Bang Out of Your Tax Return "Buck"

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MaxYourTax #CollectiveBias


It's tax season, and that means it's important for you to get the most out of your tax return. Walmart Family Mobile has the perfect deal for you! $29.88/month (+taxes/fees) gets you Walmart's Lowest Priced Unlimited Plan which includes Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data with up to 500 MB at 4G LTE Data Speeds. This allows you to do more without paying more. What a steal, right?

Can't get enough 4G LTE? Family Mobile has Unlimited Talk,Text, & Data with up to 2.5 GB of 4G LTE for only $39.88/month (+taxes/fees). Check walmartfamilymobile.com or visit your local Walmart for more information on these great deals and don't forget to follow @FamilyMobile on Twitter.

 I've shared my tax return spending tips with you. I'd love to hear about yours! Leave a comment sharing how you plan to spend your tax return money. 

Some Weeks are Hard

The last week and a half + have been really, really hard...with the exception of Monday night we have not been able to sleep through the night in 10 nights. Our poor baby has not been himself. It has been so hard to watch him be in such pain. We have been to the doctor three times in less than a week. 

We finally determined he has a double ear infection. We started the antibiotics, ear numbing drops, and Tylenol/Ibuprofen regiment Monday evening and that night he finally slept through the night and was himself Tuesday morning. Then he woke up Tuesday from his nap he was in extreme pain again. Last night he was up in tears all night and today he has done nothing but whimper in pain and slept/rest/lay on my chest. We have tried it all. Drugs. Essential oils. The works. Nothing is working. If you don't believe me here is proof. Poor, pitiful baby. 


All that to say through this awful experience I am learning that I can handle physical exhaustion but it is the emotional exhaustion that is really terrible. Knowing your baby is in pain and miserable and there isn't anything you can do about it is one of the most terrible feelings in the world. I am comforted in knowing nothing can last forever and we have wonderful friends and family praying for healing but man...some days/weeks are hard!

What have you done to make your sweet baby feel better? Any advice for me? Also, does anyone use oils? I am doing a lot of research to try to determine if the oils are safe for my baby and if so how to use them and am debating purchasing the starter kit. 

On a happier note our sweet boy was 8 months old this week! I managed to get some pictures in our monthly stickers prior to his pain really kicking in.  We are so thankful for the huge blessing he is our family...even in the sleepless nights and through all our tears he is precious. I never know such love was possible. 




His vocabulary now includes "mama, dada, hey, and yeah." He is crawling everywhere and has just begun to pull up on things.

Loves: other children, music, instruments, dogs, and being outside

He is an extremely curious baby and wants to feel, touch, and taste everything! He talks ALL the time! He has been having a very hard time teething but nothing has popped through the gums yet. He also still suffers from reflux and we have been referred to a GI this month. 


TGIF!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Let's Be Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!
A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.
Dear Friends,
What a day to celebrate! This is the 106th week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week!
Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!
The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.
The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!
There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! :)
Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs, comment, and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news!
***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop.
Meet your hosts:
The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'
Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'
Meet this week's co-hosts:
PicMonkey Collage
***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:
Schedule-Yourself
Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner!
Is there anything we can do differently or better? Please share in the comments!
... onto the winner!
Hello everyone! This is Tiffany. Wow- there were so many great posts. This week I picked a blog post that resonated with my current needs. I have been trying to carve out a little time every week just for myself. As a mom, it can be really hard to make myself a priority at times. I will wait to pluck my eyebrows until they are fully grown out, or I might make excuses why I don't have time to go on a run. The truth is, it is good for me and my family to take care of myself. A morning run or a hot bath can go a long way!
I loved this post because it is a very simple concept to practice self care, but for many of us it is a really challenging habit to implement. I think it is really important.
Check out Sheryl's blog, How to make a life. You will love it!
Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit!



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Jackpot Candles Review + Giveaway


It is hurt your face cold in Georgia. Like it's 3 o'clock in the afternoon and it's 20 degrees outsides. TWO. OH. Ok so all you Northerners are laughing at me but come on people! This is Georgia! Thank goodness I received this wonderfully smelling Jackpot candle in the mail just in time to warm up on this blistery cold day. Not only that but I have the pleasure of giving one away to one of my awesome readers! 

The neat thing about Jackpot candles are not only do they smell great (and really are a decent sized candle) but each candle has a piece of jewelry inside that is worth anywhere from $15 to $5,000! Another neat thing about this company is that they are family owned and operated and all their 100% soy candles are produced in Buffalo, NY.  You have to burn the candle half way down to retrieve your ring and determine its value! If that doesn't encourage you to burn a candle I don't know what will. I mean how fun?

I burned mine for several hours last night but still have a long ways to go before I found out what the value of my ring is...the good news is my house smells wonderful and it makes this blistery cold day seem not as cold! :)  
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Love Weekend Shenanigans & Weekend Finds

I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's weekend! I know Valentine's Day gets a lot of slack. And yes I agree it is a Hallmark holiday. But I still love it. A day all about chocolate, flowers, and expressing your love for others? Sign me up! 



This year I was so lucky to have two Valentine's. My incredible hubby and sweet baby boy. These two melt my heart! In half.


We decided to spend our Valentine's Day as a family at the antique market and then go to an early dinner. We had a blast and found some great finds I thought I would share with you. 


We were so excited to find the bottom two potato and meal sacks. We plan to use old barn wood to frame them and hang them in our living. We were inspired by Joanna Gaines from HGTV's Fixer Upper on this project. (Side bar: I LOVE THIS SHOW! Everything about it. The family dynamic, the style, the decor...love it all! Whose with me?) We paid $15 for these two sacks then walked a few exhibits down and found the top two for $5. I couldn't pass up the great deal and decided to purchase them as well to make in to pillows for my front porch. 


Our next find was this old Pepsi crate. We loved it and paid $10 for it. Now I just have to figure out how I want my arrangement to look on the table. I know, I know. It needs more than pine cones.


Next was the find above....I just really like it and thought it would be cute on the built in book shelves with some greenery in it. We paid $20 for this item.


Last but not least was the galvanized "Love" sign that we hung over our bed. This was probably my favorite find of all! We paid $35 for it but I think it makes our room.

We concluded the weekend with a big breakfast Sunday morning and babysitting our nephews and niece.

Hope you all had a lovely V-Day weekend!