{Happy Halloween}

Monday, October 31, 2011


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{Braeden's 4th Birthday Party: Part 1}

Thursday, October 27, 2011
This year for Braeden's party we decided to keep it pretty low key. With only family invited, and limited party designs. It was a perfect year for it, since the past years we have gone all out. See his past birthday's here: Lil' Quarterback, Monkey Theme & 3 Ring Circus.

This year was a PIZZA PARTY! And not your average, order in pizza and drink soda party either. I ordered dough, sauce and ingredients separately from a local pizza chain. We made the pizza party into a pizza bar "build your own pizza pies."

Everyone seemed to love it, and we were all stuffed by the time the party was over. For dessert I served a cake that I made. The Toy Story figures on top were party of the cake kit from Walmart. Braeden had seen them and wanted to use them ... why not! I love homemade cakes with my special butter cream ... I swear it's better than having it made! All it all, I loved the quaint party!

Click here to see the invitations.












Don't you love how the signage turned out? All of those ingredients were amazing, and I am so thankful it worked out! More to come tomorrow!!


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{Swiffer Wet-Jet Refills a DIY}

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Hey Yall!

Having two kids {young kids} and trying to keep a tidy/clean house is always a task. I scrub and clean the floors daily, just to try and keep up. SO, when it comes time to buy cleaning products, I want the best, but I also want the best prices. It's a toss up. I love the name brand items, but spending a ton on them is just simply not an option.

Much like making my own Frabrez now, I have found a new way to clean my floors on the cheap :) Thank you Pinterest!

I currently use the Swiffer Wet-Jet to clean my floors after I have swept. One bottle usually lasts me a week ... not much! So spending $5.00 on refills is getting pretty expensive. Now, after using my own floor cleaner, I spend about 20 cents a week! Can a get a big "Heck Ya!"

Once you are down with a wet-jet bottle, SAVE IT! Bring a pot of water to boil and rest your empty wet-jet bottle inside.



The water and steam with loosen the cap. I usually leave mine in for a minute or 2, but that's all that is really necessary.



Remove the bottle (USE HAND TOWELS, it will be VERY hot!!) and remove the cap by twisting!



Now use your own floor cleaner in the bottle by replacing the cap, and using your Swiffer Wet-Jet!

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{Braeden is FOUR}

Thursday, October 20, 2011
Happy Birthday to my amazing, talented, energetic, smart young man Braeden! Today he turns 4 years old! I honestly can not believe that my little man is growning up so fast. It wasn't long ago when I found out I was pregnant, unsure about my future, scared to death to have a baby ... and to see him now. He is my sunshine ... and in his words, "You have my heart!"



Happy Birthday Braeden!!


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{Family Photo Update}

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Now that our family pictures have been rescheduled for this Friday due to weather, I have a bit more time to choose the outfits I want us all to wear. Today I rushed around trying to find the "perfect" accessories.

Does anyone else do this? Stress over the little things? At least I was able to pick out outfits for everyone, I would say the hard part is over. Now, on to jewelry, hair and makeup ... any suggestions?

So, I am a little OCD, I hang the clothes we are going to wear the next day on a rack of their own. I figure this way, if I do begin to run late, Ryan will know EXACTLY what each boy is wearing :)




Don't judge :)

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{Braeden's Birthday Week}

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Can you believe it's time for ANOTHER birthday? Not only that, but I can not believe my first born is going to be 4 ... THAT is crazy!!

This year I am super excited to have a LOW KEY birthday party. We are inviting just family, and by LOW KEY, I mean ... I have already gone all out on the decor. You knew that already though I am sure :)

Our theme this year is a PIZZA PARTY!! Breaden loves pizza, and I thought it would be a fun get together with family. Everyone is going to be able to make their own personal pies and enjoy a pizzeria atmosphere.

Here is the invitation I sent out ...



Can't wait to share all the little details with you :) Let me know what you think!


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{Braeden's Swim Lessons}

Monday, October 17, 2011
This fall was Braeden's first ever swin lessons. It was SO amazing to see him progress the way he did. He has always loved the water, but to see him listen to direction, and try his hardest to stay afloat ... makes a mommy proud :)

Towards the end of his classes he was able to jump into the water with no floaties!

video



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{Fall Family Pictures .... What to do?}

Friday, October 14, 2011
Hey! Remember me? yeah, I'm the mom who has been too busy to even check on my blog lately, let alone write something ... anything!!! I promise I will start doing better!!

Although all my main events are over for the year, I have been starting a few annual events that are blowing my mind right now. WAY too much for just me to handle, SO, I am teaching a field experience class, oh just something else to add to my plate :) I still haven't shared out vacation pictures yet!!

Next week we are getting our photos taken. And USUALLY, I would have picked outfits out at least ... but I have nothing! So friends, have any ideas for fall pictures for families with small kids? Any suggestions? What should we all wear? I NEED your input!!







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{Uncensored 2011: Day 1}

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Austin has NOT disappointed! I am loving it here. Not sure if it's the community, the atmosphere or just the fact I can think clearer with a full nights sleep :) Today was the first day of Uncensored, and it was FABULOUS! I am taking away some amazing tips and tricks, and I can't wait to apply them to my own business.

Today I had the pleasure of hearing Simon T. Bailey speak about your inner brilliance, or being a "brillianire". It was seriously life changing. Here are a few things that I am taking away after his speech ...

1. "It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you are that holds you back."

2. "Show me 5 to 10 people in your life, and I'll tell you where you're going."

3. "conformity deprives you of creativity."

You should definitely look him up, you'll be happy that you did. And if you ever have the chance to hear him speak, you'll be forever changed!

Tonight we had an "after party" at a local bar down the street. It was so much fun. Some serious vendors joined ... can you say massage therapist, makeup artist, photo booths and mini cakes ... yup, it was amazing! Here are some fun photos!








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{UNCENSORED: AUSTIN, TX}

Monday, October 3, 2011
I MADE IT! I FINALLY TOUCHED DOWN IN AUSTIN, TX THIS EVENING, AND IT’S BEAUTIFUL HERE. I AM RELAXING IN MY SLEEP NUMBER BED; LOOKING OUT OVER DOWNTOWN … IT DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS.

THIS TRIP WAS COMPLETELY LAST MINUTE. IN FACT, LAST NIGHT I STILL DIDN’T HAVE A FLIGHT/HOTEL ROOM. IT IS COMPLETE MADNESS, AND I LOVE IT. I AM GOING TO HAVE TO DO THIS TRAVELING THING MORE OFTEN  IF ANYTHING ELSE, IT’S A BREAK FROM THE NORMAL ROUTINE, AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU, I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO A FULL NIGHTS SLEEP WITH NO BABIES WAKING ME UP.

SO I GUESS YOU ALL ARE PROBABLY WONDERING WHAT THE HECK I AM DOING DOWN HERE, ESPECIALLY WITH NO HUSBAND AND BABIES, RIGHT?

WELL…

THE BRIDAL SOLUTION WAS SELECTED TO ATTEND UNCENSORED … THE BRAIN CHILD MISS MARLEY MAJCHER; THE PARTY GODDESS. IT’S A three DAY EVENT FOR EVENT PLANNERS AND FROM WHAT I HEAR, IT’S FABULOUS WITH A CAPITAL F!



WHEN I FIRST HEARD ABOUT UNCENSORED, I HAD TO PUT THE THOUGHT OF ME ATTENDING OUT OF MY HEAD, IT WAS TOO EXPENSIVE, THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY, AND OUT OF MY REACH. UNTIL … ON ONE OF MARLEY’S TELESERIES, SHE ANNOUNCED SHE WAS GIVING AWAY three TICKETS … THE GODDESS PACKAGE, WHICH IS THE WHOLE SHEBANG FILLED WITH VIP LUNCHES AND DINNERS. ALL YOU HAD TO DO WAS SEND IN A VIDEO AND SAY WHO YOU ARE, WHAT YOU DO, WHAT’S A CHALLENGE YOU ARE FACING AT THE MOMENT WITH YOUR BUSINESS & WHY YOU DESERVE TO COME TO AUSTIN. DONE! I DIDN’T’ GET MY HOPES UP, BUT I SENT MY VIDEO, AND GUESS WHAT? 3 DAY LATER … I AM PACKING MY BAGS AND HEADING TO AUSTIN. YAY!!!

SO WISH ME LUCK. I START EARLY IN THE MORNING AND AM FEELING BOTH ANXIOUS AND NERVOUS. I DON’T KNOW A SINGLE PERSON HERE, SO I AM HOPING TO FIT IN. I KNOW I DESERVE TO BE HERE, AND I KNOW MY BUSINESS IS GOING TO GROW, JUST BY BEING SURROUNDED BY AMAZING PEOPLE! I WILL BE POSTING ALL WEEK FROM AUSTIN, SO STAY TUNED!


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