Fall Family Photos

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Our amazing fall family photos were taken by Alena Hart Photography

Please vote on your favorite for our Christmas card in the comments.

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Current Favorites

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I love this time of year. It is finally starting to feel like fall in Georgia (well at least in the mornings and evenings). Today I thought I would feature some of my current fall favorites. 

1. This purse from Target

I debated purchasing it but decided to cave and have not regretted it... at all. It is the perfect size and I get a ton of compliments on it. Seriously love it!

2. Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst

I have been reading through this book and can not say enough amazing things about it. I love it. So much amazing goodness wrapped up in one little book all written by a women I very much look up to. One of my favorite quotes so far:

"I am fully loved, fully accepted, and fully empowered to say no to my flesh."

Uh, goodbye cupcakes?!?

3. Drybar 

I was in a wedding this past weekend which should also make the favorites list because it was so awesome to see all my best friends from colleges over the weekend (oh and we are all married now, finally) but I also had my first chance to go to a Drybar. You guys it was AHHH-MAAAZZZINGG! For $40 you get a spa like experience (complete with glass of champagne) and can have any style done to you hair. 100% worth it. 

4. Pumpkin Carving

It's Halloween week. One of my favorite weeks of the year. Last week we had our annual pumpkin carving family event. This year our two year old's request was Mickey Mouse so that is exactly what we did. My hubby free handed the Mickey on our pumpkin and our two year old was quite impressed.

5. Walking Dead

Ok so maybe this should have made the "un-favorites" list this week because my gosh. Can we just talk about that episode this week? Off. The Chain. Like seriously I couldn't sleep. All that aside Walking Dead is filmed like 10 minutes from my house and my hubby and I saw Rick filming the other week on our way to small group which was way cool. Like Rick was standing 10 feet from the window of my car and the police officer had to get them to stop filming so we could drive down the street cool...It was way awesome - hence why it made the favorites list this week.

7. Talk about crazy shows I am loving Ben and Lauren.

The drama. So entertaining. 

8. Random moments with my favorite little boy. 

Especially if it involves a Target run with my grandmother who then gets to walk around Target with a storm trooper. Because...amazing!

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The Essentials to a Perfect Wedding

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Today I am excited to share with you a guest post around wedding planning and renting some of your wedding essentials.
Your wedding day is the one day that no matter what, you want to be perfect. You want everyone there, everything set in place, and to make a memory that you will be able to treasure for the rest of your life. Part of getting the perfect wedding is to make sure you have all of the essentials covered. You need decorations, centerpieces, chairs and tables, and more. This part of the process can be daunting if you are not experienced with planning out the perfect wedding.
Simplify the Wedding Planning Process By Renting Some of What You Need
By renting some of the furniture you are going to need, you put someone else in charge of a portion of the process. This makes life easier on you, and keeps your costs down at the same time. Wedding furniture rentals can be found all over the place, but not every place is going to offer you the same quality of furniture. You want to find a place that not only offers wedding chair rentals, for example, but also allows you to pick from a few different styles. You should be able to pick from modern and vintage wedding rentals, multiple colors of each piece of furniture, and a few different styles to complement the d├ęcor you have already picked for your wedding.
When your goal is to find a company with a wide selection of wedding furniture rentals, you should turn to Archive Rentals at ArchiveRentals.com. They have many styles of wedding furniture to choose from, each of which will add a specific style and flare to your magical day. Once you have the furniture rented, you can then go on to focus on the minute details that are going to make your day one that you will never forget.

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Be the Best Possible Version of You

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This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

As a busy working mom with a lot on my plate I want to make sure I stay as healthy as I can. Today (as the weather is starting to chill and actually begin to feel a bit like fall outside) I wanted to share with you a few of my tips and tricks to staying healthy as possible during this busy season of my life where I feel like I am always on the move. Below are a few of th way I go about maintaining a healthy mind/body balance. 

1. I drink a LOT of water. All day. Everyday. When I get sick of water I "trick" myself into thinking I am drinking water by drinking sparkling or flavored water. 

2. I strive to get 10,000 steps in a day. I don't accomplish this everyday...in fact if I do it four times a week it's a good week. I don't beat myself up if I don't make it but I do strive for it as a goal everyday. My Fitbit helps motivate me to get my steps in...my competitive nature loves trying to match the steps my friends get in.

3. I take Nature Made vitamins. Nature Made® is the #1 Pharmacist Recommended brand for many key dietary supplement categories* Specifically I take their vitamin C supplements to help support my immune system and often take the probiotics available at Walmart Supercenters. I even took their prenatals when I was expecting our son. Walmart is a great place to purchase these products because their everyday low prices don't make you feel like you need to wait for a sale. 

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5. I start and end my day in quiet time. This gives me time to pray, reflect on the day ahead (or the day I just had) and gives me a few focus minutes. This is crucial to my day and the days I miss this I find myself going a totally different way the days I make time to do this.

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It's that time of year again...

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This post was sponsored by AstraZeneca as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

Aw, fall has arrived. I love October for so many reasons, in fact it is my favorite month of the year. The gorgeous colors in the sky, pumpkin everything, and the cool weather makes me so happy. However, the one thing I do not like about this time of year is the illness the cooler weather brings. This week marked my first notices of strep, bronchitis, and the dreaded RSV from my son's school. 

RSV is a common, seasonal virus that typically occurs between the months of November-March in the United States and, scary as it sounds, is the leading cause of hospitalization for babies during their first year of life since the disease infects the lungs. It's no wonder National RSV Awareness Month is October. 

RSV Awareness Month exists to educate parents about the signs and symptoms of RSV disease as well as preventative measures you can take to reduce exposure. It is so important as parents to be armed not to be fearful but to know how to protect our precious babies from the season's biggest threat. Knowing the important facts about RSV can help us prepare to keep our babies safe and warm throughout the colder season. 

My little guy contracted RSV as newborn and it was awful. Little to no sleep for all of us and just watching him have trouble breathing was a very scary experience and one that I am extremely thankful we are past. Thankfully, there is a huge difference between contracting RSV and becoming seriously ill from RSV and we had the lesser of the two evils. Nearly all babies by the age of two in the US will contract RSV, however, severity varies. 

Did you know?

RSV spreads rapidly among children. Most children will recover in 1-2 weeks but can spread the virus for 1-3 weeks even after they recover. 

RSV, or respiratory syncytial [sin-sish-uhl] virus, is a contagious viral disease that may infect a person’s lungs and breathing passages.

In babies, RSV generally causes mild to moderate cold-like symptoms. But in certain high-risk infants it can cause serious lung infections and hospitalization.

Signs of RSV include: wheezing or coughing that does not stop, gasping for breath,
a blueish color around the mouth or fingernails, trouble breathing, and fever.
 1 to 2 weeks, but are able to continue to spread the virus for 1 to 3 weeks,
Remember, although there is no cure for RSV disease, there are measures you can take to help prevent it.!

For more details and information visit http://bit.ly/2bvRxSm to learn more about RSV disease adn how to keep your child healthy this RSV season! #LittleLungs #RSVAwarenessMonth

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