Thursday, April 16, 2015

Lily Pulitzer for Target

I don't know about you guys but I am SO excited about Lily Pulitzer coming to Target this upcoming Saturday. They have a preview up online and I choose some of my favorite items to show you all. 
Be sure to enter my ongoing Target giveaway so you can have extra spending cash for this weekend when these cute products arrive! Hope you have a wonderful Thursday!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Hodge Podge Tuesday

Welcome back to my second Hodge Podge Tuesday post where I share the top 5 things that I am loving this week. I am sorry this one is getting out late in the day. I had a stupid incident last night and fell and broke my ankle. I wish I had a cool story but I really don't. So I am propped up with my leg in the air and late on posting. So glad to have these 5 things to make me smile and hope they bring a smile to your face as well. :) 

1. Young Living Essential Oils

You guys I am normally not for the latest "fad" but after my husband and I got the stomach flu this past January and then the little guy got sick I was desperate and would have tried drinking a lake if you told me that had the potential to keep the germs and illness away. I ordered my Premium Starter Kit while laying in bed sick one evening and a few days later become an oil diffusing fool. And I have been AMAZED at how well these oils are working for our family. Thieves and Purification have kept ALL the illness away. I'm dead serious. Since starting the oils no one in my household has been sick once and that's with us being exposed to daycare germs and all.  Lemon and Lavender have cured not one but two ear infections and Lemon, Lavender, and Tree Tea Oils diffused at night have kept all of our allergies in check even in this pollen filled Georgia state. I am in LOVE. I just placed my second order last night. If you would have told me I would have spent $200 on oils this year alone last year I would have told you that you are crazy. Now I am saying you are crazy not to spend this money as you save so much time and money on not spending co-pays, drugs, and time off of work. If you are curious to try these oils out for yourself I highly encourage you to email me to get additional information. I have even started using them to clean my home instead of using toxic chemicals. Or if you are ready to jump right in here is what you need to do: 
1) Click this this link
2) Enter this number in the enroll and sponsor ID : 2623666
3) Choose "wholesale member" and fill in all of your info
4) Choose which Premium Starter Kit you want ($150 with the home diffuser or $160 with the bamboo diffuser): I went with the $150 option and love it
5) From there you probably want to choose "No, thank you" to the Essential Rewards option for now. (I can tell you all about Essential Rewards later if you're interested in getting discounted shipping and earning free oils and credit back to use on oils)
6) Then put in your payment information and check out. You'll get TWO emails - one when you sign up and then one when your order is placed. As long as you got two emails, you're all set!
7) Send me an email at marriedfilingjointly@gmail.com and I will add you to a personal Facebook group that helps with any questions you may have and helps you get oil started. These ladies and gentleman are a wealth of knowledge and the whole group is run by a Dr. which is great when it comes to what is safe to use on my baby questions.


2. Last episode of Nashville "This Just Ain't a Good Day for Leaving"
Does anyone else watch ABC's Nashville? I LOVE this show. And the last episode had me crying like a baby and I secretly loved every minute of it. I have also started following most of the cast on Instagram this past week which has been really fun. I am huge fans of Clare Bowen and Lennon and Maisy Stella. All of which are hosting a LIVE Nashville tour that I would LOVE to see if only they were coming to a city near by me. Check to see if they are coming to see a city near you here

3. Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
I have been reading this book and am really getting a lot out of it. It shares the differences between women and men in the workplace. It is specifically geared to females in positions of management. It discusses why often women's voices are not equally heard and some of the things we can to improve this in the workplace. Although I don't agree with everything Sheryl's says I think this book is a must read for women and men alike! 

4. Jeni's Ice Cream
If you have not had Jeni's ice cream do yourself a favor and add this to your list of must visit ice cream shops. It is ice cream unlike anything of that you have ever had before. Unfortunately the nearest one to me is about 45 minutes away but it is a must visit at least once a month for me. My favorite flavors are the Lavender and the Dark Chocolate Rum. I have heard the Goat Cheese is really good too. Try it out! You won't be sorry! 

5. Planning a Disney Vacation and using Southern Plate's Website
I am SO excited because we have decided we are going to take our little guy to Disney in 2016 and I have begun to plan. I found Southern Plate's tips on Pinterest and she has some AWESOME tips for going to Disney with little ones. Like did you know the best time to go is in February or October? How about all the 411 to why you SHOULD def stay in a Disney resort? This blogger has all the info you need to plan your perfect trip and I have been pursuing her site during all my free time.

Hope you had a wonderful Tuesday! 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Happy Monday/Target Giveaway

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  A few of my favorite bloggers and I are joining together today for a great giveaway! Are you a fan of Target (if you aren't we aren't friends...just kidding...sort of :)) or Lilly Pulitzer? If you haven't heard, Lilly Pulitzer is coming soon to Target! Exciting news right? Well enough about Lilly and on to the giveaway!


Good luck! 
Have a great day and be sure to stop back by tomorrow for my second Hodge Podge Tuesday post of all this week's favorites. If you missed last week's post check it out

Friday, April 10, 2015

I'm Dreaming of A Hot Vacation


Ah, I'm dreaming of vacation time...maybe it is the fact that 90% of my office is gone and what seems like all my Facebook news feed is off enjoying some beach somewhere for spring break but lately my mind has been filled with planning a much needed vacation. This year most all of our vacation time and dollars will be spent at friends and family weddings. I absolutely love weddings (who doesn't love-love, ha) so this is A.O.K. by me.  My little sister in my sorority is getting married in May in Athens, Georgia, I am in one of my best friend's weddings toward the end of May in Atlanta, both myself and my son are in my cousin's wedding in Virginia in June, and then one of my other friends is getting married the next weekend in June in Asheville, NC. Then we have a little bit of a break until the next wedding I am in in September back in Athens, GA. And guess what? Every single one of the mentioned weddings above are out of town. So I have been hotel, airline, rental car searching like a fool. I am trying to convince my husband to throw in a quick beach trip around Labor Day but we are still iffy having not had so great of an experience at the beach with our newborn this past September. I keep trying to tell my husband our baby is older now and hopeful it wouldn't be as awful but I'll be honest we are gun shy Ha. So if you are the reader who looks forward to seeing posts of other people's weddings you are in luck because we are going to have a year full of them! :) 

I love to travel. The saying that "travel is the only thing that you buy that makes you richer" is so true isn't? Since I have been dreaming of vacation so much lately I thought it would be fun to re-cap my favorite vacation and track the states and countries in which I have visited so far. I have a goal of visiting every state in the US and as much countries as possible. Although I have made progress I still have a LONG ways to go. 

So back to my favorite vacation I have ever taken. Hands down the best vacation I have ever taken was on my honeymoon to St. Lucia back in 2011. You can read all about it in my post here. The short version is we stayed at the Sandals Grande St. Lucia and had the BEST time. The wait staff and locals were SO incredibly friendly, the food was incredible, and we had such an overall amazing time in general. 

Ah, look at how young and in love we were. Still just as in love with this man today as on our honeymoon. ;) 

I would say that one of our highlights of the trip was the excursion we took around the island where we visited and bathed in volcanic ash, swam underneath a hot spring, boated around the Tetons, and ate lunch at a locals house. Some of my other favorite parts of the trip was snorkeling all over the island and zip lining through the rain forest. 

This was the day we almost died as we got caught up and swept out to sea in an incoming tropical storm. Also the same day as the earthquake we experienced. And it was STILL the best vacation ever. I'm telling you. Go. Go. Go.

I recommend St. Lucia to all my friends and especially the Sandals Grande resort. The local beer, Piton, is awesome and the local music is our hands down favorite. And one more picture just for fun because we were young and skinny and SO glad we were finally married.



What has been your favorite vacation and why? Where would you recommend for a family vacation? A couples only vacation? 


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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Hodge Podge Tuesday Favorites

I have decided to try a new series on my blog called Hodge Podge Tuesdays in which I will share with you some of the hodge podge of my favorite events, ideas, tips, tricks, & favorite randomness from the previous week. I want to keep it short and sweet and share about 5 items. I would love reader's feedback on this new series. What do you like/not like? What do you want to see/not see? Thanks in advance and I hope you all had a wonderful Easter! 

O.k. without further ado here is my first Hodge Podge Tuesday Favorites:

1. Baby's first Easter
Easter is one of my favorite holidays because of what it means to me. My faith is everything to me and I am so thankful Jesus died on the cross to forgive me. Lord knows I need his forgiveness! This year was extra special in that it was our son's first Easter. I was so incredibly excited to dress him up in his Easter best, make him an Easter basket, and take him on egg hunts. He had a ball. 

2. Jill Duggar FINALLY had her baby
Yes, I am a Dugger fan. I love to watch this show. Something about having 19 kids intrigues me to no end and I have enjoyed following Jill Duggar and her husband, Derek, on Instagram and watching their love story unfold. After Derek posted a picture of Jill 41 weeks and 4 days pregnant I have been literally cheering for this poor girl's baby to make his arrival already. I know how ready you get at the end and she was over cooked. Little Israel David Dillard was born last night at 11:49 pm and was 9 lbs 10 oz. Was anyone else surprised that the posted media picture appears to be in a hospital? I totally thought Jill of all people who had been a home delivery mid wife to so many would have her baby at home. Very interesting indeed. I'm sure there will be more to come on this.

3. Reading "The Best Yes" by Lysa Terkeurst

Granted I am only half way done but I am loving reading this book. it is all about making wise decisions in the midst of endless demands. It is perfect for the overwhelmed, worn out, over committed parent. If you are the kind of person who dreads saying yes but feels powerless to say no I would highly encourage you to read this book. It is based on the premise that God only wants us to say YES to the BEST yes. You can read more about this book here. 

4. Farmhouse pasture sale

I had such an amazing weekend. I decided to take last Friday off as a vacation day and spent the day shopping a local farm pasture sale with my mom, M-I-L, grandmom, and son. The sale happens once a year and consists of lots of local craft and antique vendors setting up tents in a field. If nothing else the event is a great place to get ideas on projects. I purchased an airplane decor for my grandmother (sorry I forgot to take a picture) and a few prints I scored for $3 a piece. I stained the frames in the prints (pictured above) and plan to hang them this evening. Thanks to everyone who voted on Facebook about whether I should paint or stain. 

5. Free parenting resource: http://www.kidsofintegrity.com/

I was so excited to find out about this resource for parents online. The website features a set of free lesson plans that help parents instill Christ honoring character traits in their kids. It features scriptures, fun crafts, recipes that hone in on whatever characteristic you want to choose for the week. They provide Bible stories that correlate with that theme and verses you can memorize, along prayers for both you and your child. I am so excited to start implementing this with my little guy. 

And there you have it! There are my Hodge Podge of Tuesday Favorites! What did you think?