Thursday, July 14, 2016

Favorite Things Blogger Exchange

Today I am joining in the Secrets of a Stay at Home Mom and Seeing All Sides with the Favorite Things Blogger Exchange.  I was so excited when I saw this exchange and knew exactly what I was going to send to my partners.  Plus, who doesn't love receiving happy mail?  I received two different names and was pumped that they both had kids....because I sent two things to my partners: Bunch o' Balloons and a Sephora Face Mask!  

Y'all.  I think I love these Bunch o' Balloons just as much or even more than Winston!  They are super easy to fill up, they are an awesome quick activity for outside, and who doesn't love to throw a water balloon around?  Everyone.  Everyone I know loves to throw a good water balloon!  I have bought them in bulk this summer.  So much so that they pick up lady at Wal-Mart doesn't even as for ID anymore!  #imighthaveanaddiction You can find them on Amazon, at Target and at Walmart.  They are cheaper in stores vs. Amazon by almost $2.00.  
A tip for filling the balloons: Hook the attachment to your hose and then hold the balloons so that they are touching the bottom of a bucket or container.  This will allow the balloons to fill up with more water, making them heavier and easier to pop with more of an explosion! 
They are just SO MUCH FUN!

The Sephora Face Mask is the perfect compliment to this activity because it wears a mama out.  Using this mask revitalizes your face, is super easy to use and it guarantees that you get at least 20 minutes of relaxation time to yourself!  I normally lay on the floor in my closet, play some spa music from Pandora {I'm looking at you Enya!}, close my eyes and ponder on the events from the day!

What I Received
I received this awesome care package from Sarah and I love all three things!  The lip gloss is so soft and smooth!  The Trident layers is packed in my carryon bag as I type this for the trip we are taking and this smudge brush is amazing!
My second package was from Crystal and man, who doesn't love a gift card to Amazon!  I agree that Amazon makes the top of the list as one of my favorite things too!!

Thank you ladies for hosting such a fun swap!!  

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Kid's Behind the Blog: July Interview

Y'all we are living in the middle of July!  Things quickly escalate in my mind: summer is almost over, school is starting and Christmas will be here before we know it!  #slowdowntime  And while I tend to be a little dramatic, I am blown away at how quickly the months of the calendar tick by.  So instead of having a panic attack, let's focus on this month's The Kids Behind the Blog!  
Hall Around Texas

1.  What two things do you like to do outside in the summer?
Playing in the pool and I love playing with water balloons!

2.  If you could go anywhere this summer, where would you go and why?
To Pappy's house to see the chickens.

3.  What is your favorite thing about summer?f
Playing with my Legos with Daddy

4.  If you could pick any way to spend a hot summer day, how would you spend it?
Playing on my slide with the water hose and water balloons!  And chasing Luli through the sprinklers.  

5.  What is your favorite summer treat?
Ninja Turtle popsicles from the ice cream truck!


If you can't tell, we love being in the pool and water balloons are the name of the game!  Both kiddos, fur baby included, love the water!  And that makes this mama happy!

Water Slide Winston from Sara Cozad on Vimeo.

Next month's questions are all about going back to school and the link up is on August 10th!  Click here for the list!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

What's On Your: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Watch List!

Good Wednesday to you, beautiful people!  Today we are talking about all things television shows as I share what is on our watch lists!

Until last fall, we were Hulu/Netflix/Amazon only people.  We didn't have cable and it was awesome!  We could still see everything we would possibly want to... except for Baylor football games.  So the hubs decided to get a cable service so that he could cheer on his alma mater during football season.  We kept our Netflix and Amazon accounts but said goodbye to our dear friend Hulu as we could now record the shows that we watched on Hulu.  {Sans the Mindy Show but really, it had started to loose its appeal to me... sad face.}

CURRENT SERIES
This is currently my favorite show that we watch!  We store up multiple episodes on the TiVo so that we can watch them back to back without having to wait a whole week for a new episode!  :)  Raymond Reddington is a high profile criminal on the FBI watch list.  He voluntarily surrenders to the FBI with the demand to only work with Elizabeth Keen.  Their adventures take them on a whirlwind of bringing down underground terrorists while Elizabeth tries to discover her past and who Reddington is to her.  You can catch up on all of the previous seasons on Amazon!

We were crushed when we heard that Nashville was cancelled and now we are rejoicing that it will be back for one last season!!  Funny thing really:  I don't favor country music.  Not my favorite.  But I started watching this show during its first season thanks to Hulu.  Then one evening, Benjamin watched an episode with me and hijacked the series!  He and I both decided it's more of a nighttime soap opera that sucks you in!

This show is hilarious!  The humor is smart and clean.  The actors have amazing chemistry and the plots are comical.  They have done a fantastic job at keeping the lightheartedness and comic genius it started with!  You can catch all previous episodes on Hulu.

This is my guilty pleasure.  I'm not even sure why I started watching it but I did....and now I await for the summer season to start in a few weeks!  

NETFLIX
The following shows are all available on Netflix.  They are all oldies, but are fantastically smart and witty!
This show is about a guy who is a human lie detector.  It follows Cal Lightman and his business as he is hired by clients to determine the truth in their situations.  It's fascinating!  

Neil Caffery is a white collar criminal.  He finally gets caught by FBI agent Peter Burke and serves out the remainder of his prison sentence with an anklet as as CI to the White Collar Division in NY.    Using his skills as a con artist, art thief and counterfeiter Neil assists Peter in their cases.  This is basically a little more lighthearted but very similar to The Blacklist!  {Can you tell we have a type of show?!} 

And then ya know, the regulars: Friends, Gilmore Girls and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are on the watchlist too.  #classics  And you best believe I'm counting down the days for the new Gilmore Girls episodes!  My mom and I used to watch them together so we might just have to pick that back up when they are released! 

So, what is on your watchlist?  I'd love to know as we are finishing up our shows right and left! 

Hostesses with the Mostess!
Chelsea || And Then Life
Courtney || Love of Mommyhood
Maeve || Everyday Maeve
Sara || Crazy Cozads
Tabitha || Tabitha Panariso

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Andrea || Chelsea || Courtney || Maeve || Patricia || Sara || Tabitha

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Now it is time for you to set your calendars for July 20 and show us What's On Your...

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

You Scream, I Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!

One of the items on our Summer Bucket List is ice cream truck!  I am proud to say that we are raising Winston right in the right way.  We hear the ice cream sirens and we immediately stop what we're doing, grab cash and run out the door screaming and waving our arms so that the truck will stop and dispense it's delicious treats to us.  

There was this one time that the truck was on go-speed and didn't even stop at all.  So Benjamin jumped in the car and took off after it!  He caught it a few streets over and brought home a stock pile of Batman ice-creams.  Our favorite!
Duh nuh nuh nuh naaaaaa, Batman!!!

Even Lulu likes to get in on the sweet action!  There's not one member in the family {Truman included} that hasn't had a little taste of the creamy goodness!

A few Sundays ago our church had a picnic with inflatables and also what I consider a dream come true: our very own ice cream truck for the event!
Southern Ice Cream came and brought all of their Blue Bunny goodness along!  Not only did every kid line up for a tasty, cool treat so did the teenagers and adults!
So to sum it up.  We love ice cream.  All kinds.  Especially popsicles.  Ones that look like characters.  We will be eating them all summer.  And fall.  And winter.  And really, who are we kidding - in the spring too!  Because we are popsicle hoarders.  

What is your favorite summer treat?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Kid's Behind the Blog: June Interview

Hall Around Texas
1.  What do you like doing with Daddy?
Building Legos

2.  What was Daddy like as a little boy?
He was always playing with his piano when he was a baby.  He would go snap snappy.

3.  What's Daddy's favorite food?
Tortellini and iced tea

4.  What does your Daddy do at work?
He works on teeth.  On big teeth, and little teeth and gigantic teeth.

5.  What is your favorite memory of Daddy?
I like building in the garage and going to places like to San Antonio and going down the slide with water.

I loved these questions about the dads!  I'm happy to say that Winston answered the questions pretty much how I thought he would minus the whole Daddy playing the piano as a baby.  Baby Truman has one of those piano play mats so I am fairly certain that is where it came from since he is the only baby Winston has really spent a great deal of time around.  I think it's comical that tortellini and iced tea made the list.  Almost every week since we first got married we have eaten tortellini a least once a week.  #predictablydelicious Also, he nailed what Benjamin does at work.  Every evening Winston asks him if he worked on big teeth or little teeth that day.  Depending on if he worked only on kiddos or if he had adults in the chair the answer varies!  Last week they were talking about straightening teeth and Winston asked "Can you teach me to work on teeth too, Daddy?"  {heart melted}  I think it is the best thing that he loves, adores and looks up to Benjamin without any reservations.  
Next month's questions are all about summmer and goes live on July 13th.  Click here for the list!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

What's On Your...Summer Bucket List!

Hello Friends!  I am super excited about this month's topic for our What's On Your... link up!  

We are talking all things Summer Bucket List!

Last year I wanted to be intentional in having a list of activities that we could do as a family or that I could do with just Winston during the day.  I put together our first summer bucket list and we really had a good time crossing items off of as we did them!  So this year, I took a few of our favorites from last year, added a few new ones and left some room to add should we come up with anything fun that we want to guarantee we accomplish!

Without further ado, here is our 2016 Summer Bucket List!
I love lists like this because as I mentioned earlier, it helps us to be intentional in doing things other than pajama days!  And you know how we love our pajama days!

Need more ideas for your list?  Check out these fabulous ladies below!

And we'd love to have you join us, so be sure to link up below or via Instagram!

Hostesses with the Mostess!
Chelsea || And Then Life
Courtney || Love of Mommyhood
Maeve || Everyday Maeve
Sara || Crazy Cozads
Tabitha || Tabitha Panariso

Follow Along with Us on Instagram!
Andrea || Chelsea || Courtney || Maeve || Patricia || Sara || Tabitha

And be sure to use our hashtag so that we can see what you share!
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Now it is time for you to set your calendars for June 15th and show us What's On Your...

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Kid Behind the Blog: May Interview

Hall Around Texas

What is something I always say to you?
"You can play with me!  You can help me! I love you!"

What makes Mommy happy?
Strawberries! Chocolate! Noooo, it's when I say "I love you, my Mommy!"

How do I make you laugh?
By tickling me.  And by dancing with me.  We laugh when you spin me around and around and around and around!

What do you enjoy doing with me?
I like to go to the store.  Oh and jammie days!  And I really, really like to give you kisses! {And then he smothered my face!}

What is my favorite thing to do?
Eat ice-cream with me and have lady time so that Daddy and I can have man time.  

May is here already?!  With this month being Mother's Day it was nice to have a list of questions about our relationship.  Hearing his answers are just so sweet.  It makes me happy that he loves our jammie days, that he knows that I love him, and that he likes our dancing sessions!  I also thought it was funny that he likes to go to the store.  Ever since Winston was two weeks old I have had him out and about shopping with me.  We used to joke that Nordstrom was his home away from home!  I also think it's sweet that it sticks out that I tell him he can help me.  For better or worse, I have pretty much let Winston help me with everything I do {as long as it didn't involve super sharp knives!}.  He is my big helper and I pray that his heart always stays willing to help others.  

Next month's questions are all about Dad's and is on June 8th.  Click here for the list of questions!


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Photography by WAC

You may know that our dear Winston has a love for our selfie stick.  He enjoys taking photos with our phones and even my big camera.  Because of the enjoyment that he gets out of taking pictures coupled with the arrival of Truman, we purchased Winston his very own camera and gave it to him as a Big Brother gift!  

I knew that I wanted a "real" camera for Winston.  The toddler cameras I looked at contained too many gimmicky things and I knew that he could handle it.  So we purchased him this Nikon CoolPix camera.  It is blue, it is waterproof, it is shockproof, and it has easy to use buttons!  

It is adorable how much he enjoys taking pictures!  Something will strike him and immediately he is off to find his camera and snap a few photos.  They are not always clear and there were a lot of finger shots in the beginning but he has learned where to put his fingers and says, "Say cheeeeeese!" before every click.  :)  For me, I love seeing what is important to him and what life looks like from his point of view.  

These are a handful from the first few days of him having his camera!  

Do your littles have a camera?  If so, what do they take photos of?  

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

What's Up Wednesday: April Edition



What We're Easting This Week
This week we are eating things like Crust take out, Italian chicken, Fish sticks + mac and cheese!

What I'm Reminiscing About
We took the boys to a little circus that came to town.  Benjamin and I had seen this circus when we lived in Allen!  This time however, Winston and I had the opportunity to ride Tracy the Elephant!  I remember riding an elephant with my mom when I was little and it has always been on of my favorite things.  I was so pumped to be able to share this fun experience with Winston!

What I'm Loving
Now with two little humans to take along grocery shopping, I was highly intrigued when I came across Baby Binxy on Instagram.  I visited their website and purchased the Raindrops in Blue and stalked my mailbox for it's arrival.  Arriving just a few days later, I was pumped to go on a Target run, try out the hammock and see how Truman liked it.  Happily, not only did he look like a comfy muffin, Winston also loved having Truman so close behind him!
I was wildly impressed with how many groceries I could still fit in the cart {and the bags after!}.  The Baby Binxy has made grocery shopping fun and easy!  If you'd like to buy one for yourself or as a gift, click here to get a 10% discount!

What We've Been Up To
We have all been fighting the crud {except for Truman, he has remained healthy!  Thank you Jesus!}.  Our days have been full of jammies, snuggles and every once in a while we venture out into public!

What I'm Dreading
....I'm not sure that I have anything that I need to be dreading...

What I'm Working On
I'm currently brainstorming my Summer Bucket List!  I'm part of a new link up that launched this month and next month's topic is What's On Your... Summer Bucket List.

This is our list from last summer!  Do you have any suggestions?  We'd love for you to join in with us!

What I'm Excited About
I can hardly believe that summer is around the corner, but I am pretty excited about getting to spend the days with both of the boys!  We have a few fun things on the calendar and lots of days that I intend to fill with playing in the new pool!

What I'm Watching/Reading
Benjamin and I have been watching....
Season 2!!

I've also been reading Wild and Free.  You can still get it on pre-order through Amazon and I highly encourage you to do it!

What I'm Listening To
In the evenings we turn on some jamming tunes while I'm making dinner and have dance sessions!  Our house is wired for surround sound and we have a Sonos.  I wasn't sure how I'd like it - but I absolutely love it!

What I'm Wearing
CONTACTS!  :)
My very last set of contacts ripped in half when we were in Chicago!  And because I needed an updated prescription for some new frames we had purchased, I went to the eye doctor for a check up. And got some contacts!
Have no fear, the glasses will still be around but it's nice to have "just eyes" as Winston says!

What I'm Doing This Weekend
Spending time with my boys at The Most Magical Place on Earth!

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month
Next month is Mother's Day and I am looking forward to celebrating it as a mother of these two sweet cherubs...
Who doesn't love kiddos who nap?  I think they look alike in these photos!  :)  

What Else is New
This little guy turned two months and clocked in at 24" long, weighing 14.2 pounds!  He is a happy, tiny human.  He coos and giggles much to the delight of everyone in the house!
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