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Monday, September 22, 2014

5th birthday @ snuggle bug!

Ryder finally got his Octonaut birthday party he has been wanting for what seems like FOREVER! :P
We had his party at school the day after his real birthday...and it was perfect!  All of his friends were so sweet and wonderful and so happy for Ryder to be celebrating his birthday!

KeeKee made his wonderful cake!  Just like she made all of me and Uncle G's cakes when we were little! =)

He LOVES the birthday bear the Birthday Kid gets to hold on their birthday!


 Sweet Morgan made him this picture!

This is Ms. Cassy--she has been at Snuggle Bug since Ryder started over two years ago...and she recently got married to man that lives out in Utah...so she moved out there a few weeks ago!  We are so happy for yet, yet sad we lost her at the same time!  She sent this to Ryder's teacher on Ryder's birthday!  How sweet huh!?

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

the best yes [free online study]

Popping in to let you know about an opportunity I ran across earlier this week.  I've heard wonderful things about Lysa Terkeurst's The Best Yes and when I saw she was offering a FREE online bible study to go along with it...I knew I couldn't pass it up.

I quickly thought, "I already have enough on my plate, I don't need to add one more thing to my to-do list" but that's exactly what this book is about!  Saying YES to things we are called to do, and NO to the things we aren't.  So, I knew I ran across this info for a reason and a purpose!  

I want to invite you to sign up for this six week long study as well!  It's all online and it's FREE!!  All you have to do is purchase the book or e-book to follow along!  I got mine at Hasting's last week.  I haven't wanted to put it down since I opened it for the first time...it's nothing short of amazing and definitely a message my soul needs to hear.

Visit proverbs31.org and sign up for the OBS (Online Bible Study) to start receiving the e-mails for the study in the morning!
Don't forget to check out my review of Victoria Secret's new workout line complimentary of Influenster below! 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

New Victoria Secret Workout Clothes

This is a sponsored post.  I received these products complimentary of Influenster for testing purposes and review as part of a contest.  If you are interesting in joining this wonderful "Word Of Mouth" marketing company please leave a comment below with your e-mail attached and I will be happy to invite you!

Victoria Secret just recently came out with a new workout line titled VSX.  I was so excited when I found out I had been chosen to recieve the #VSVoxBox, which included a sports bra ($52 value) and a pair of bottoms ($62 value) for testing purposes.

I knew VS had high quality products and this line is no different.  The quality of the fabrics that were chosen to makes these products are top of the line!  I couldn't get the pants on fast enough to try them out--even though I did trade my grey pants in for solid black!  I was very thankful the in-store exchange was quick and simple, even without a receipt! 
I wasn't sure about the padding being this hardcore in a sports bra...but I was willing to try it out!



Today I wore both the "Incredible" sports bra and "Knockout" capris to yoga...outside and let's just say that was interesting in itself!  Considering it was 80 degrees out there in the middle of September!

The Body-Wick feature is probably my favorite feature out the sports bra.  It definitely soaked in my perspiration, which is exactly what I want my sports bra to do while I'm being active!  I stayed cool and dry the entire time!

I also noticed there were some areas that were mesh, which allowed an enjoyable breeze to move through at times, which was especially nice being out in the hot sun.

Overall I like the bra...even though the padding and cushioned wiring in the middle are a bit much for me and what I need/desire during a workout.  But I know most people probably wouldn't be bothered by this!

The "Knockout" capris are super comfortable and easy to move around in.  I feel comfortable in wearing them to workout as well as wearing them around town to run errands.  I will note that the seam is not on the SIDE of the leg.  It is more towards the back of the leg which I didn't like at first.  BUT the seam is very soft and smooth and didn't bother me at all today during my yoga practice.

Both of these items come in multiple prints and color to choose from--which makes things so fun!!  There are also different sports bra styles to chose from depending on your need for body type and your choice of activity. I am anxious to try a few different styles without so much padding!

Ending Sunday, September 22 you can recieve 25% off ONE VSX item using the discount code "4018".  

I also saw they are offering Free Shipping with a sports bra purchase using code SHOPBRAS as well as a free panty using code FREEPANTY.

I am unaware of whether all three codes will work together or not.

So...you better get to shopping! :)


Monday, September 15, 2014

5 year old birthday celebration

I guess I say it every year...but time sure does fly!  How can I possibly have a FIVE year old??  That doesn't seem okay!  This is his last year where he won't be in grade school.  I just THINK life is busy right now, but I know that it hasn't even started!

He had been wanting a new Paw Patrol set that he saw at Target.  But I told him after the one time he told me he wanted it, that he didn't need to talk about it any more.  I luckily got him the last one our Target had...and a few other things for his birthday.  He woke up in bed and I went and got him the new laundry basket I had gotten him for his new room.  I gave it to him and you could tell he was a bit disappointed, but thankful at the same time.  It was quit funny now looking back.  He looked at it...and then crawled right back in bed to watch TV.
I called him into the kitchen and he didn't want to come because it was "too cold" but I finally convinced him to come and he got his real present!  His reaction was so cute and I'm so glad I captured it on camera!

He even said, "You tricked me mom...that was funny!!"  I guess I should have gotten up earlier or stayed up late to put that thing together...I felt bad that he didn't get to play with it that morning before school!!
After I picked him up from school we met his dad, cousins Hannah and Caleb, Uncle Josh and Aunt Amanda, Mimi and Pawpaw, KeeKee and Poppy and Uncle G to do some bowling!  R wanted to go bowling all summer and we just never made it out there.  This ended up being perfect and he loved having us all there together.

As a split family we want Ryder to know he is what ties us all together and we all love HIM and I'm so thankful that we can still all do things like this together in celebration of Ryder.




Every single time any body did anything good (knocked down any pins) Ryder was the first one out there to hug them and tell them "GOOD JOB!"  It was the sweetest thing!
After bowling we went to Colton's for dinner!  Or as Ryder calls it, "the peanut place"!  We haven't been there since last year on his birthday and ever since he's been asking to go!  So here we were!!  Mimi got him a school sticker to wear!


We didn't tell the restaurant to do anything crazy for his birthday...but they did anyways!  Ryder was scared at first, but then he loved it!!  It was really sweet!  

By the time we got home he was one tired little boy...but a BLESSED little boy!  I hope he knows how much he is truly LOVED!
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

dove hunting

Ryder has gotten to go to The Farm with Poppy many times...but he finally got to go for his first actual HUNTING TRIP!!  This time it was dove hunting and he had a blast!  I can already see many future weekends of being Ryder-less because he's off at The Farm with Poppy and Uncle G doing what they love!  

Ryder trying on his new vest before they left!
I got to go out on Friday night with a teacher from UCA--DeNardo!  Love her!

Saturday morning hunt!  He loved every minute of it!  There were 10 adults, and 12 kids under 10 there all weekend...so needless to say R had a blast!  I am also happy to report that Poppy said he was on her best behavior and had great manners!  Makes this Mama proud!
Sunday morning was a little slower than the day before but they still had a blast!

Thankful that R has a place to grow up loving the outdoors just like my brother got to do!  It's a special tradition the boys in my family have and I can't believe I have one old enough to be able to tag along with the big guys! =)
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