Organization is one of those things that can just drastically alter my mood. When everything is organized, life is so good. When it is not, I feel like my life is in shambles! True story. With two kids in school, Walt starting to play sports, three pups, and a husband, our schedules are starting to get hectic and someone always has somewhere they need to be. Having this handy dandy START planner has literally made tackling the to-do list so much easier and made my life happier! I can keep up with all of our lives in this one tiny planner. THANK YOU START planner!
I still can hardly believe summer is OVER, Walt started back at school this week, and Oliver starts MDO next week! I’m so glad that I was able to make so many memories with my boys this summer. Beach trips, Disney cruise, Disney World, ice cream dates, splash pads, swimming pools, lazy mornings, dance parties, and non-stop snackin’. I’m going to miss having my boys all to myself, but I’m so thankful for all the intentional time we had together this summer.
It’s hard for me to even comprehend that my once teenie tiny baby is now a FOUR-year-old. The past three years we have thrown a blowout party for him at our house. This year I decided we would try to do it somewhere else to try and remove some of the stress that comes along with planning a party at home. We went and checked out the Gulf Coast Exploreum in downtown Mobile, and immediately knew that is where we wanted to have the party. The staff is so kind, attentive (they setup and take down all of the decor), and they are very reasonably priced. They also provide a cake if you choose, but we decided to go with our friends at Flour Girls Bakery.
If you’re a fan of coconut water then you have to try Taste Nirvana Coconut Water. We have been loving it around our house. Taste Nirvana was even awarded as the best new coconut drink by Better Homes. They are located in the middle of Thailand’s coconut groves and the drinks are packed within hours of harvest. Taste Nirvana uses a type of naturally sweet coconut called “Nam Hom”, which translates to “Fragrant Water” in Thai.
The end of the school year is almost here, and it’s bringing out so many emotions in me. I can hardly even believe Walt is moving to a new school next year and will be going FIVE days a week (tears). I’ve been looking through pictures I took of him throughout the school year, and I came across the one I took of all of us on his first day of school. I love this picture because it brings back so many memories of his first day, with us dropping him off as a family. I wanted to find a special way to remember it and I came across Snapfish while searching. Snapfish is an online photo store where you can purchase prints, canvas prints, home decor, photo gifts, cards, photo books, and many more items. Scanning their website, I found this Acrylic Photo Desk Set. As soon as I saw it I knew it was the perfect way to remember the occasion. The set is a super clear acrylic photo block magnetically attached to a matching pen holder. The photo block is 5x5x3/4 inches and then pen holder is 1.75×1.75×5 inches so it’s a great size for a desk.
Even though the school year is ending which means my baby is growing up, I have so many special memories of all of the changes he has made this year. I’m thankful for unique items like this one from Snapfish so that I have a ton of ways to document his school year to keep forever. If you’re on the hunt for a graduation gift or graduation cards Snapfish is such a great place to search. If you use code YAYGRAD you can get 40% off your entire purchase!
Baby things, especially newborn things, are super sentimental to me. That newborn stage just goes by WAY too fast. Walt and Oliver’s teenie tiny bodies grew much faster than I could’ve ever imagined. Whenever I hold one of my friends’ newborns, it is just so hard to comprehend that my babies were ever that small. One of the sweetest shops, By Olima, reached out to me about collaborating with their amazing company and I immediately said YES. The wall art she creates is truly the art of your heart.
Walt had a birthday last week, and I am still trying to get over the fact that my once teenie baby is now THREE! This year is going to be the last year that I host a birthday party at home for him for awhile, so it was my last chance to go all out decorating my house with cute kids decor until Oliver gets older. Walt is obsessed with superheroes, particularly Batman, so I knew right away that would be the perfect theme. Utilizing Batman’s color scheme allowed me to keep the decor monochrome. We learned the hard way on his first birthday not to spend a ton of money on decor, as it rained the entire time and ruined everything! I was thrilled that we were blessed with great weather (minus the BLAZING heat that day with 100% humidity), but this time I was able to find all of his decorations, including invitations, shipped from my favorite new company in Austrailia for under $200!
I get a lot of questions about how I get pictures with both of my boys paying attention to the camera at the same time. Here are a few things that have worked for me. Let me start off by saying this: I’m not above bribery! It’s no easy task getting the picture I envision if Walt is having a “toddler” day, but with a lot of trial and error, I’ve figured out a few things that work amazingly (most of the time).
There are so many things about my first trip to Disney that I remember vividly. I remember excitedly walking through the gates of the park, my first glimpse of the castle, standing in line to get EVERY autograph from EVERY character we came across, eating my first Mickey Mouse ice cream sandwich, and watching the fireworks show, in awe of every booming spectacle. I also remember the long drive to Orlando that I thought would never end, getting carsick and having to pull over on the way down, and that time my mom laid my sister’s panties out to dry in the sun on a rock because they got soaking wet on Splash Mountain. You know, the usual family vacation type memories. I wanted Walt and Ollie’s first trip to Disney to be just as memorable, and we definitely succeeded in that regard earlier this year!