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Friday, March 24, 2017

Whole Foods Beauty Bag Giveaway Winner

Thanks to all that entered yesterday's giveaway

According to the random number generator, the winner is:

KF (Kara Dorris)

Congratulations, Kara! Remember, even if you're not the winner today, you can still get this bag for only $18 at Whole Foods starting today, so go ahead and treat yo'self!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Whole Foods Beauty Bag Giveaway!

One of my favorite things about Clara's dance class has been meeting the other moms (and dads) of her fellow ballerinas - 45 minutes to sit and chat each week is an extrovert's dream come true! One of the first moms I met is (a) one of the most genuine people I've ever met, no lie, and (b) works in marketing for Whole Foods- not a bad gig, right?

She mentioned to me that their third annual "Beauty Week" is coming up to raise awareness about their clean beauty products, and after I convinced her that more than 5-10 people read my blog (possibly even 15 ;), she agreed to let me do a giveaway for my lovely readers to help spread the word!

As part of their "Beauty Week," Whole Foods is releasing a new limited edition beauty bag valued at $90. Starting Friday, 3/24, this bag will be available for purchase for just $18, BUT one of my lucky readers is going to get one for free!

Here are the deets about this bag:

First of all, the bag itself is super cute. It's made by Piece & Co. and was handcrafted in India by someone far more talented than I. See, even the inside lining is cute?

Here's what it includes:

Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk
Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive
Acure Pore Clarifying Red Clay Facial Mask
Dr. Hauschka Facial Toner
evanhealy Wild Carrot Nourishing Eye Balm
Trilogy CoQ10 Booster Oil
Weleda Soothing Facial Lotion
Dermae Hydrating Night Creme
Whole Foods Market Peony Mint Blackberry Hand Cream
Pacifica Devocean Tenderness Lipstick
Mineral Fusion Volumizing Mascara

(Admittedly I have not tried these products, nor do I know what some of them even do- ha!- but I'm assured they are all awesome!)

If you're interested in entering the giveaway, here's what you need to do no later than 11:59 pm tonight, Thursday, March 23rd! I'll announce the winner some time tomorrow:

(1) Leave a comment about which product you would be most interested in trying. Include your contact information if I don't already have it so I can let you know if you're the winner!
(2) For an additional entry, share this giveaway on Facebook and let me know.

Best of luck, and remember, even if you don't win, you can buy this bag at your local Whole Foods starting tomorrow (Friday) until supplies last!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Where I've been spending my money lately

1. A replacement snack cup for Colby
I'm starting off with a really thrilling item, I know. But we have been using these for the twins for a couple of years and they are my favorite snack containers by far, so I would be remiss in not sharing them with you.

2. This top from Nordstrom

I have some leftover gift card money and when I saw this pop up on Sheaffer Told Me To (side note: her pictures/posts actually irritate me immensely, but I think she has good taste), I thought it would be perfect for our beach trip this summer, so I decided to go for it. I tried it on right away and wasn't actually crazy about it, so I need to try it on when I'm looking presentable (read: not at the end of a workday) and with the right pants to see if I'm going to keep it or not.

3. This Easter dress for Clara

It's true, I'm a sucker for smocked dresses! I will continue putting Clara in them until she stops me or it becomes inappropriate for her age... whichever comes later.

4. And my last and most FAVORITE item: these silhouettes of the twins! 

(Pardon the reflection of my phone)
I've been wanting to order these for a long time, and Brian's parents actually gave me an etsy gift card for Christmas so I could get them, but getting them to pose for pictures sounded like a lot of work, so I just kept putting it off. I finally got with the program a couple of weeks ago and I'm so glad that I did!

The picture-taking process was not easy because the twins were not interested in remaining completely still and it was hard to get them not to smile (per the instructions on the website), but we powered through.

I spy Clara's neck rolls!

Within a few days, the shop owner sent us the proofs and we had the prints in hand less than a week after placing the order. Her prices were also much more reasonable than a lot of the ones I saw out there, so I would highly recommend this shop if you're interested in getting these made.

What about you? Purchased anything exciting recently?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Springtime in Texas

There are two sure signs that it's springtime in Texas:
1. The bluebonnets are out (at least in our neck of the woods).
2. It's rodeo season!

Thanks to some rain-free weather, we took advantage of both this weekend, as I'm sure all of you already saw on one or more social media outlets. And with that being the case, I'll keep the recaps brief:

First up, the rodeo:

For those of you not from around here, the Houston Rodeo is a big deal as far as rodeos go. We went two years ago with the twins, but they weren't quite old enough to appreciate it. When we were offered free tickets this year, we decided to give it a chance and I'm glad we did! It was crowded, a little hot, and entailed way more walking than two almost-4-year-olds should be subjected to, but for the most part, everyone behaved (myself included) and we had a good time.

Yes, we paid FORTY DOLLARS to ride on the ferris wheel, which is absurd. But it was enclosed, which made the twins a little less nervous, and air conditioned, which made me a little less sweaty, so it wasn't a total rip-off. 

The twins channeled their inner Texans and rode (sat) on tractors, watched baby chicks hatch, checked out the cows/pigs/horses/etc., and even posed next to a barn door to appease their mama get snacks.

This was a highlight for me: getting to watch them on the pony rides! They were both smiling like this the whole time.

Once it was time for the actual show, we were all thankful for some air conditioning and time to rest our feet. We bought a giant bag of kettle corn to keep them still and they did pretty well for the first 1.5 hours or so. At one point, Clara coughed while drinking her water and then spewed it all over the poor people in front of us. I was dying of embarrassment and thought she was about to barf so she and I spent the next half hour getting some fresh air before Willie got started. Colby loved the actual show (says the bull rides were his favorite part), but thought most of it was too loud! We stayed for two of Willie's songs and then headed out for some dinner. 

Let's be honest: the best part of the rodeo is actually the food. Foods we consumed: nachos, corn dogs, fried Oreos, kettle corn, quesadillas, french fries, and ribs... I feel fat just typing it.

After 6 hours, we headed home and for the first time in many moons, the twins fell right to sleep once we put them in bed. Victory!

Next up was a visit to the bluebonnets, about which the twins were a little less excited! There's a patch of them near church, so we decided to stop by on the way home on Sunday since the kids would already be looking presentable.

Colby and Clara had their uncooperative moments, and they overreacted to every bug they saw (see picture below), but with everyone's help (the Olivers joined us), we were able to get some decent pictures, and for that, I am thankful!

My sweet boy

Love this blooper Allison caught because he makes this face a lot!

My lovely little lady, wearing my dress from when I was her age!

The winner!

The other winner!

I'm so glad Brian captured this gem of their reaction when a bee got too close for their liking. Needless to say, this marked the end of our picture-taking session :) 

Bluebonnet pictures over the years: 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017

Yes, its' safe to say that Spring has officially sprung... around here, at least!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Five on Friday

1. We went to the Sugar Land Kite Festival last weekend with the Olivers (and ran into our other friends!). It was overcast, but super windy, which is (obviously) ideal kite-flying weather, so it worked out well. It started raining about an hour after we got home and didn't stop for a few days, so it was a good thing we took the chance to get out and about when we did!

Highlights: riding on the (free!) pirate ship ride, the bounce house obstacle course, getting "tattoons" (tattoos), and oh yeah, flying kites.

2. We had some landscaping done last week! They put in some new mulch and plants in the front flower beds, but the before/after pictures don't really do it justice so I'm not going to bother sharing them. The main reason we had the work done, however, was because our backyard was in desperate need of grass. We have a lot of tree coverage in the backyard, which is great, but doesn't allow much sunlight. When you combine that with two dogs, the result is a lot of dirt/mud where grass should be, so we had the landscapers rectify that:

A truly beautiful before/after, I know. We are diligently watering the grass to make sure it actually grows, which is why we haven't minded all the rain lately!

3. These little 11-month-olds are going to be FOUR YEARS OLD in less than a month. Hold me.

4. I have started watching this ridiculously cheesy but entertaining show on Netflix called Switched at Birth - have any of you watched it?? It's about two girls that were (duh) switched at birth that later find out about it when they're teenagers. (You may recognize the dark-haired girl from Gilmore Girls - Luke's random daughter). Anyway, if you want a mindless ABC Family show to add to your queue, you should check it out:

5. I'm starting to look around for swimsuits for our trip to the Dominican Republic this summer, so if any of you come across cute swimsuits that are cute, reasonably priced, not super revealing (#mombod), but still form-flattering, please let me know!

Here's a great option- I wouldn't even need to wear sunscreen!! ;)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Playing, eating, dancing, etc.

We lucked out with some beautiful weather this past Saturday, which was perfect because Brian (and his generous dad) had some yard-work to tackle and we had a couple of events planned with the kids. The first was a birthday party for one of their friends at the park. They spent 2 hours playing with their friends and stuffing their faces with as many carbs as they could get their hands on. Seriously, Clara ate a bag of chips, a bag of Cheetos, and a bag of goldfish, followed by 3 bites of a cookie.

One memorable moment was when the time came to (attempt to) break open the pinata. The twins stood in line and once it was Clara's turn, she took a few swings and was done. Once it was Colby's turn, he was paralyzed by his shyness and covered his face and hid. This introverted child of ours is something else! Despite his unwillingness to participate in the activity, you can tell from his expression in the bottom left pic how excited he was for the candy to come out of that thing.

Once the twins were filthy and full of junk food (signs of a successful party), we took them home to clean up so Clara and Brian could get ready for the daddy/daughter dance. The local parks & recreation department apparently hosts this every year and so we decided to give it a go. All we had to do was tell Clara she could wear a new "twirling" dress and that there would be candy and she was sold!

Of course I made them take a few pictures before they left:
How cute are they??

Meanwhile, Colby and I headed out on a date of our own to meet up with the Olivers and some new neighborhood friends for dinner. I'm sure those of you that didn't already see it posted on Instagram would be shocked to learn that when I showed up, I realized Allison and I were matching.

Once Colby and I polished off our respective kid's meals (don't judge me) and after he finished playing and burying an ant pile with gravel (he is currently obsessed with destroying ant piles), we headed home to watch a few episodes of some strange cartoon about ninjas while waiting for our counterparts to come home. So basically it was his ideal evening, ha!

Brian kept Clara out an hour past curfew but because I trust him, I let it slide ;) Thankfully he indulged me in taking a few pictures of the event and made sure to fill me in on all the details. They danced, they ate, they made some new friends, and had what seemed to be a great time, despite an apparently corny DJ:

It seems like daddy/daughter dances are very popular these days, but I'm curious, are mommy/son dances a thing? I'm guessing not, because that probably wouldn't be so much fun for the son now that I think about it!