Wednesday, November 19, 2014


I've been going through a tough situation lately, and to say it's been hard is an understatement.  Not to get into too many details, but lots of tears have been shed, and for the past few weeks, sadness has overcome me.  One of my favorite bands is Casting Crowns, and I've been listening to a few of their songs on repeat, mostly 'Praise you in this Storm'.  This has brought me comfort and a little bit of peace, knowing that God is beside me, and holding me while we go through this.

Some of you may have known what I've been going through, and for that, I just want to say thank you.  Your words of encouragement and support have meant the world to me.  I may share the details at some point, but currently, it's still too fresh in my mind.

I guess to close this, I just want to say for anyone currently going through a hard time, remember that there is someone always with you, and you can always turn to Him.  He can ease the pain and lessen your burdens.  

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Weekend Wrapup

And we're back to another week!

Hope you all had a great weekend - ours was wonderful!

We started out Saturday by heading to the mall to do some shopping.  We got there right as it opened which was awesome, because - no crowds!  They have a Yankee Candle store there and right now they have their buy 2, get 2 free deal going on, which is amazing!  Scott and I picked out a few holiday scents - 4 large jar candles for less than $60!  

Snack time at the mall!
Our next stop was Kohls, but on the way there we had to stop and say hi to Santa.  I've shown her pictures of Santa for a while now, so she was rather star-struck when she saw him in person :)  It was so cute, and while we didn't go in and do the whole meet and greet thing, it was nice for her to see him.  We might go back a different time to do the whole dress-up and sit on his lap thing, but I haven't decided yet.  I'm not willing to make her cry just so I can get a picture :)

We made our way to Kohls, all the while hearing 'more Santa!'.  I picked up some Christmas pjs for Reese, along with a few pairs of tights for myself, and then it was time to head home.  We had Jimmy Johns for lunch (YUM!) and then it was naptime for little miss.  Scott and I managed to get some cleaning and picking up done around the house, which was much needed.

The rest of the night, we hung out and played, and watched some Elmo.

On Sunday, we were up around 7, and the first thing was saw was snow!  This was the first measurable snowfall we had and it was beautiful.  Reese LOVED seeing the snow and kept saying 'cover grass!'.  We didn't take her out to play in it because I still need to get some boots for her, but soon!  I'm very much looking forward to letting her play around in it this year.

After lots of looking at the snow, we spent the morning playing and hanging around in our pjs.  Most of the day was spent doing laundry, tidying some things around the house, coloring, and watching Disney videos.  I showed Reese the new castle lighting ceremony with the Frozen characters and she wanted to watch it over and over.  I think she's smitten with Olaf since now all she wants to watch is this.  She must've watched that video 20 times and each time would say 'Snowman!  What happened nose?' :)  Gosh I love that kid.

All-in-all, it was a great weekend with some fun activities, and much needed downtime.  Have I mentioned that I'm SO excited for Christmas?!  Still patiently waiting to decorate the house, but I'm not going to deny that I've been listening to Christmas music and that I changed my computer wallpaper to a Christmas tree. :)

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bows [It's the Little Things]

Reese has never liked anything in her hair, until recently.  When she was younger, she would any and all headbands and bows out of her hair.  The only thing that she was willing to wear were warm hats.

This past weekend, I was organizing some things in her closet and she spotted some little bow clips and immediately wanted them in her hair.  I put one in, and she kept asking for 'more!', so all of them ended up getting clipped in her hair. :)

I love that she will wear these now!  I put one in her hair one morning right after she woke up and she wore it for the rest of the morning until her nap.

So excited for all the bows and pretty things I can buy for her now!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Dress to Impress [review]

I love shopping online.  LOVE it.  It's so much easier than driving to multiple stores to pick up the few items I need.  Especially when it comes to clothes shopping, I prefer to buy the majority of my clothing online.  I won't mention that I really haven't bought myself any clothes in the last couple of years (kids will do that to you :).  One exception however, is dresses.  Finding a dress that fits is always a challenge, whether I order online or try it on in store.  That's why when eShakti contacted me about reviewing one of their products, I was so excited!  They offer a customized fit for each and every person.  Let that sink it for a second...

A customized fit!  Meaning it's guaranteed to fit your body!

It was so hard to choose just one, because so many of their clothes are fabulous!

I decided on this gorgeous red dress, since I wanted something festive for the upcoming holidays, and I don't own any dresses in red.

I received it fairly quickly, given that it was a custom garment, and tried it on as soon as I saw it sitting on my front porch.  It fit like a glove, and I was in love! (rhyming not intentional)

I love the color, cut, and fit and I cannot wait to wear it this December!
I highly recommend eShakti to anyone who wants affordable, custom clothing - definitely check them out!  They are also graciously offering a 10% discount to all of you, so make sure you use code "cocktailsandcarseats" when checking out! (valid until 11/27/14)
Thank you to again to eShakti!

{Disclosure: this post was sponsored by eShakti, but I was not compensated in any way.  I was graciously provided the dress for review.  All opinions are my own.}
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Friday, November 7, 2014

Hi Friday!

Hey-a Friday!  Glad to see you again :)
Aren't Fridays the best??  The weekend is just starting and you have all of it to look forward to.  Fridays are my fav too because I get to spend all day with this little cutie.

On to the fun stuff!

Lately, I've been listening to music via Amazon Prime.  If you're a Prime member, definitely check this out!  You can add albums to your library to play streaming, with no commercials.  There's so many albums to choose from, and tons of Christmas music too!  Lately I've been listening to 2cellos and The Piano Guys - love their stuff. 

I recently watched this documentary, and it was so good!  I rather enjoy watching things like Food Inc and now this one, to really educate myself on food sourcing.  Everytime I watch something like this, I resolve myself to eating healthier and really trying to buy local and organic as much as I can.  Not only do I want to be as healthy as I can, but I want that for Reese more.  I don't want her to grow up on processed and synthetic foods, but get her nutrients from fresh, whole fruits and veggies.  (That won't stop me from occasionally getting McDonalds fries though! :)  One of my main goals is to plant a garden in our backyard, and now I think I'm going to aim to do that next year.

Excuse the bad phone picture!
I recently picked up this blanket from Costco, and it is the best!  Probably the softest thing I've ever felt, and only $15!  I'm looking forward to curling up on the couch with it and watching a movie with hubby (rare occasion!).  This would make a really great Christmas gift!

I love seeing all the Christmas decorations that are up, and even though Thanksgiving is between here and Christmas, I am already in the holiday mood.  I'm counting down the days until I can put up red and green decorations!  The soonest I allow myself to decorate is Thanksgiving weekend, so only 20 more days!  But, who's counting? :)

I leave you with a picture of my munchkin.  She makes me so happy, and can make a bad day good again.  

Happy Weekend!

Linking up with September Farm & The Farmer's Wife

Also linking up with The Good LifeA. Liz AdventuresCarolina Charm, and Hello Happiness.

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