Monday, October 20, 2014

Sustainable, Eco-Friendly Flowers with The Bouqs

Who doesn't love having fresh flowers around?? Hint, all men out there....EVERY woman appreciates some flowers every now and then, even if she says differently. ;-)
If you've been in the dog house lately, have a special occasion coming up, or just want to send a little surprise to a loved one, this post is for you!

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a representative from The Bouqs. 
I receive some free flowers and do a review on the blog. No brainer, right? 
I have to say, my expectations weren't all that high for the quality of the flowers I'd receive. But I was blown away by the color, quality, and longevity of the blooms.

**The Bouqs is an online flower retailer that works exclusively with farms that are independently certified as being sustainable and eco-friendly. Also, their farm-direct method ensures that stems are not wasted in the supply chain, while other suppliers can waste up to 1 of every 3 stems. Further, partner farms provide services like living wages, childcare, healthcare, and adult education for their workers. They ship flowers from two different locations, California and South America! I chose some from South America, where they are literally grown on the side of an active volcano. You can choose some from the California collection and they'll ship overnight to you.(they deliver Tuesday-Friday to ensure maximum freshness) And to ensure you get what you paid for(or even more), they ship 10-15% free blooms with each delivery. I ordered a dozen roses but got 14!

I chose The Desperado and the color was so intense and gorgeous! The checkout process was easy and quick and these beauties were at my door in 5 business days, since they came from South America.



They were packaged so beautifully when they arrived, with directions on how to care for them to keep them fresh as long as possible. I followed the directions and was pleased with how long they lasted.

After 6 days, they were still going strong.



After about a week and a half, I had to take a few out because they were wilted, but I snipped the ends off the others and freshened the water to revive them a little, and they lasted for a few more days!


So, the next time you're looking for that perfect bouquet of flowers for your special someone, or just want to spoil yourself, go check out The Bouqs. I promise, you will NOT be disappointed with their selection, prices, customer service, and quality. 

I can confidently say I'll be ordering from them again!!

*Disclosure: I received my Bouq for review purposes. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Let's Talk About Fall

So with today being the first official day of Fall (fist-pump!), I thought it'd be fun to do a little Fall survey. Fall just happens to be my favorite season and even though it doesn't seem to last too long here in Alabama, I always get so excited when it rolls around. If it were Fall all year, I'd be totally fine with that. (I apologize now for the absurd amount of times the word "Fall" is in here.)
Let's proceed....

1. Three words that come to your mind when you think of Fall. 
Football, pumpkins, sweaters

2. Your go to Fall outfit 
Comfy sweater, skinny jeans, boots

3. Favorite Fall candle scent 
Anything pumpkin, apple, or vanilla

4.Your go to Fall accessory 
Boots! Is that considered an accessory? If not, scarves then...no, they make my face look fat. Umm, Fall nail polish! There ya go!

5.Your go to Fall beverage 
Hot apple cider or coffee with seasonal creamers

6. Any Fall festivities coming up for you?? 
Planning to do the pumpkin patch next month, do some carving, a Bama game or two, trick-or-treating with the kiddos....

7. Do you go to a pumpkin patch?? 
See previous.

8. Have you ever been to a corn maze? 
Does the kiddie one at the pumpkin patch count? HA!

9. Favorite Halloween movie?? 
I love me some Hocus Pocus, and the original Halloween. And even though I've seen it hundreds of times, I still have to cover my eyes during certain parts. :)

10. Halloween, thanksgiving or christmas?? 
Gotta give it to Christmas!

11. Did you enjoy this survey?? 
Sure!

12.  Favorite thing about Fall? 
The crisp air and weather.

13. Is Fall your favorite season?
Without a doubt!

There are certainly things I love about the other seasons. With Spring, you've got everything coming back to life from Winter, Summer is full of sun, fun, the beach, tans, fruity drinks, and (if you live in the South) humidity! Then of course who doesn't enjoy a little snow during Winter?!
No ice or blizzards this year, k thanks!
But when Fall rolls around, there's nothing more beautiful than the leaves changing to reds, oranges, and golden yellows, decorating the porch with mums and pumpkins, the crisp feeling in the air, knowing that when you step outside your hair, and by your I mean MY, hair isn't going to puff up into the shape of freshly spun cotton candy from the humidity. You just can't go wrong with Fall.
So hopefully it'll hang around for more than 2 weeks this year. ;-)

Happy Tuesday! Please feel free to do this survey and share your answers as well. 


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

An Owl-tastic Birthday Party!

When I was starting preparations for the twins' birthday party, I struggled a little with theme ideas. There are only so many themes that can work with boy/girl twins, but luckily for the 1st birthday, they don't care so I was able to decide on owls for the theme. I know soon enough it'll be transformers and princesses that I'm having to tie together, so I considered this one a piece of cake.
To make it unisex, I just used a multi-colored theme with the decorations.

Cute owl accessories that my mom already had, along with a few things we picked up at Hobby Lobby, helped tie everything together.

A quick DIY owl lantern added some interest to the dining table.



I printed out all of the twins' monthly pictures and hung them along these streamer banners.

I really wanted to make a cute fan collage. It is NOT as easy as you think, especially when you're a perfectionist. Don't look too closely at the pink one at the bottom. Evidently it decided to break. 

Simply throwing some fabric over the highchair seats added some color and kept the seats from getting disgusting. :)


I knew this back room served a purpose. Besides being the piano/junk/office/sitting room, it's the perfect party room!!

My mom got these blue mason jars last year for my baby shower that unfortunately never happened, since I got put on modified bed rest toward the end of the twins' pregnancy. I was so glad we were able to finally use them! I popped the daisy lids on, barely fit my striped straws in them, then tied some baker's twine with little labels made from card stock on them. 

I'm always so pleased with the cakes I order from Albertville Home Bakery. 
They taste and look fabulous, and their prices are incredibly reasonable!


I don't think we had enough cake. ;-) 
We did make Grayson's chocolate, to have a little variety. I'm a purist when it comes to birthday cake, though. Gimme the vanilla/buttercream cake!


LOVE these little chalkboard signs I ordered from Etsy. She emailed me the files, then I sent them to my local print shop and they printed and mounted them to foam board for me. So easy!
 

This was seriously the easiest party ever to decorate for. 
Target had most of the colorful decorations, as well as Party City.


I kept the menu pretty simple this time. Fruit, "hoot" dogs, chips, and carrots/ranch. 

Got your tickets to the gun show? HA!

I'm a blessed woman. 
Grayson wasn't having it. This is as good as it gets. :)

Grammy & Poppy! (Joseph's parents)

Sue-Sue, Russ-man, and Papa (my parents and grandfather) 

One of my oldest and dearest friends, Rebekah! We only go back about 25 years or so! 
I'm so thankful for her friendship and that she loves our kids so much. 
She's getting married in about 6 weeks and I'm SO ecstatic for her.

I sure am glad everybody got Hudson the babies so many great gifts. HAHAHA!!



Grammy, my SIL Kerrie, and my sweet nephew Rylan



This girl is her momma's daughter. 
I'm pretty sure she would still be sitting there working on that cake if I let her. 

This is my salty guy. He wasn't too keen on the cake. He'd rather have crackers or chips.

Seriously, are we done yet?


Here's a better picture....girlfriend got a bath after the cake. No, really.

These sweet babies had a great party and we're so thankful to everyone who came and that they are loved the way they are!


And if you don't have a second piece of cake later that night, you're doing it wrong!

What a great time!!! Glad it's over, though. Partying takes it out of me! ;-)

And I must share this video Joseph made of the twins' first year. 

The song alone makes me cry, but add pictures of my growing babies and I'm done. P.S. It can't be viewed on mobile devices, because of the song apparently. Be sure to watch it on a PC. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Baby Girl Clothes For Sale (0-12m)

I'm selling all of the clothes Raegan has outgrown(0-12m), so if you or anyone you know are expecting a baby girl soon, take a look and see if this interests you. 
Since there's so much, I am simply offering it all as a lot of 0-12m clothes at one flat rate, shipping included. Take into consideration that shipping will NOT be cheap for all of these clothes. (easily over 100 items)
There is also a pink Bumbo seat and a Boppy nursing pillow/cover, which will be offered separately, since they are bulky on their own. 
I'm offering these as a lot at $175, shipped. Payment via PayPal. I can't even begin to describe the quantity and quality of the clothes in here. It's EASILY over 100 items! A baby's entire first year, basically, is covered, including holidays. There are some very high quality items, including smocked dresses/bubbles, tons of stuff with the tags still on them, and everything is clean and free of stains and they come from a smoke-free home. You've got brands like Stellybelly, Petit Ami, baby biscotti, OshKosh B'gosh, and other great brands. They have all been very well cared for. If you have any questions about a specific outfit you see and want more info on it, just let me know. Please click the EMAIL link on the righthand side under my photo, that way it comes straight to me and I know where to reply. If you leave a blog comment and are a no-reply commenter, I cannot send you an immediate response straight back to your email.

Newborn pile. Not that much but they don't stay in NB long at all. It does include a few onesies, some pants, a cute shirt/pant outfit, and a Halloween outfit. 
(Raegan was born 9/9 at 7lbs, 2oz, for reference)
Another NB outfit. Precious, and never worn! By Baby Biscotti
Matching shorts/bloomers. Also comes with matching small pink bow.

This pile is 0-6m. There are easily 20 sleepers, 2 or more gowns, 2 6m Stellybelly summer bubbles (one smocked, $30 new!), a few leisure suits, rompers, several pairs of pants, adorable holiday outfits (first Christmas, Valentine's, gorgeous Christmas dress at the top), 2 coats, tons of onesies (long and short sleeved), dresses, overalls, jeans, tops, and MORE!! 
So many stuff is covered by other things so 
you can't even see it all.


This picture includes 6-12m clothes. There are some really cute Spring/Summer things in here. 5 or 6 swimsuits (ranging from 9-12m), dresses, shirt/pant sets, sleepers, 1 coat, rompers, bubbles (1 smocked by Stellybelly), Gymboree outfits (1 with matching shoes), and several onesies.


A few specialty items (included in lot).....
Mudpie 0-6m Santa bloomers. This is the back, front is plain.

Mudpie Reindeer Hat, included in lot.


0-3 m shoes. Pink are FAO Schwartz, NWT. Booties are Old Navy, barely worn and super cute. Included in lot.

Size 2 shoes. Black boots are Gymboree, excellent condition. 
White ballet shoes are Faded Glory, never worn. Included in lot.

Size 3 "adorababy" shoes. Never worn. Included in lot. 

Set of 3 Carter's Bibs, NWT. Included in lot.

I just don't have time to go through all of them and post them individually so I'm hoping offering them as a lot can help someone who needs lots of baby girl clothes at a great price. All of these brand new would be easily 3-4 times the price.

And then the Bumbo...

Only a year old. It came with the buckles but we took them out because Raegan could barely fit in it when they were in there. They took up so much room. So there are 3 tiny holes where we removed them. It's in great condition. These are $40 new. Asking $20 shipped. Will require a good size box. Payment via PayPal.


Boppy nursing pillow/blue striped cover.
Excellent condition! Asking $15 shipped. Payment via PayPal.




Last thing for sale....

Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump bundle. 
Bought in 2011 and used for a year. Still works great and is in great condition. Just has a few stains on the inside and spots on the outside that can mostly be wiped down. Includes the pump/bag, wall adapter, travel battery-powered adapter, unopened box of two connectors, 1 unopened box of pump & save bags, as well as several more bags in another box, ice pack, quick clean wipes, 1 quick clean micro-steam bag. Retails for $270-$299, depending on where you go. 
Asking $100 shipped, payment via PayPal
You will need to buy new tubing, available at Amazon for $8.85http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0033B9CZ2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1, as well as new shields in whatever size you need. Here are the standard size, but all sizes are available as well. They're $16.49http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3758530&cp=2255957.2273447.37967416.11614264&parentPage=family And lastly, a set of valves/membranes for the connectors, for $8.29.http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2793361&prodFindSrc=prodCrossSell You'll also need to get your own Medela bottles/nipples to go with it...available just about everywhere in sets. This is a fantastic pump and is a true work-horse. 









If you've got any questions about any of the specific clothing items you see, as well as the specialty items or pump, don't hesitate to ask.
If you want to purchase anything, leave your PayPal email and I'll get it shipped out first thing in the morning!! I will include tracking info so you know when it's coming!