Friday, October 17, 2014

Five on Friday!

Happy, happy Friday y'all! 

A quick housekeeping note before we get down to it - thank you to everyone who linked up last week and entered our Five on Friday giveaway! Congrats #110 - Life, Love and Puppy Paws on winning lots of amazing goodies!

On to the five! 

- ONE - My sister and her hubby arrived last night and today the boys are competing in the Annual BBQ and Brews Contest for the fifth year! So you can find us taking full advantage of the brews and BBQ in Uptown this weekend. And if you live in Charlotte you should totally stop by our tent and sample some BBQ! Last year the boys took home 3rd place in ribs and I have no doubt that they will be a hit again this year.
- TWO - A few weeks ago I posted about my all time favorite Bath & Body Works candle scent - Flannel. Well this week B&BW is running another awesome sale on 3-wick candles {2 for $22} and I had a coupon so I ran up to the store to stock back up and I was so disappointed to find they were sold out! Ugh! And then I was informed that Flannel sells out quickly every single year early in the season. Lesson learned. So anyway, I had to find a new scent and went with Sparkling Icicles. It's no Flannel, but it sure does smell amazing.
- THREE - Last weekend my friend {and cousin by marriage} August came to visit! Saturday night we met up with a mutual friend for a girl's dinner at Good Food on Montford and oh-my-goodness it was amazing. We enjoyed lots of delicious small plates, wine and polished off dinner with dessert and Kahlua and Cream cocktails {my first ever, and now I'm hooked}. I am dying for a date night so Matt and I can go together. Anyone want to babysit?
- FOUR - Loving my new oversized plaid scarf from Target! Like everyone other girl, I am scarf obsessed so this beauty immediately caught my eye during a recent emergency formula run. At $16.99 and on sale for 20% off, I had to have it.
- FIVE - In the words of my favorite artist Jimmy Buffett, "Wrinkles will only go where the smiles have been." Oh so true! Between lots of smiles and decades of soaking up the Florida sunshine I am now officially at war with my face wrinkles.

Lucky for me, my blog friend turned real friend and Rodan + Fields rep recently announced a new product on her blog called Redefine Acute Care {coming in January} and was super generous to give me some strips to review! Acute Care targets expression lines and wrinkles while you sleep for smoother, more youthful looking skin. Although I've never tried Botox, Acute Care offers similar results yet is more affordable ($198 for 10 treatments), convenient (at home application), painless (no needles) and quick (overnight results). Anyway, I think I'll let the before/after pictures from one treatment speak for themselves...
I'm so terrible at "selfies" so excuse the awkwardness. I thought including the baby would make things a little less weird.
The product is designed to be used every three days for a full month but a lot of people (like ME!) see results after just one use. The only two ingredients are hyaluronic acid and peptides which are both found naturally in your skin. Basically you wash your face, peel the strip and apply in your desired location. You can use them around your mouth, on eye lines or on your forehead. For me, it was a no brainer that I would target my crazy forehead wrinkles. I've only used the strips for one night and already see a little difference so of course I now want to try a whole month! I also started the Redefine regimen so I'll have to update y'all later on that too.

Okay - so the best part?! This line won't hit the market until January 2015 but will be offered to preferred customers only to purchase (through an R+F rep) for a one day flash sale - October 22! It is extremely likely that the R+F website will crash (it already did the day the reps were allowed to purchase) and that the product will sell out quickly, so if you're interested contact Kristen early to place your order! Also, Kristen has generously agreed to give one Acute Care treatment (2 strips) to anyone who signs up to be a preferred customer between now and the flash sale (October 22)!! If you are interested in buying the Acute Care or any other R+F products, you can contact Kristen through her Rodan + Fields webpage.
And not to sound like an infomercial (but wait! there's more!), Kristen is also offering to give away one Acute Care treatment to one lucky reader. You can enter the contest by using the rafflecopter below! The giveaway closes at midnight on October 21 and the winner (chosen at random) will be announced on October 22. Good luck!

Wanna join Darci, April, Natasha and I on the Friday fun? You can link-up on any of our four blogs every Friday! All you have to do is...
1.) Write your post about five things you're lovin' this week (or any five things you want to share!).
2.) Share the logo on your blog and link back. 
3.) Link-up at the bottom of the post so some new readers can check out your five things and say hello!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Throwback Thursday {Answered Prayer Edition}

I'm feeling grateful this morning. I've never posted a picture for "Throwback Thursday" but today I felt a nudge to share this. I wrote this prayer on February 4, 2014 at 27 weeks pregnant for Caroline and on September 9, 2014 it was answered. It sends chills up my back when I think about how awesome our God truly is. It's never too early to start praying for your babies.
So for #TBT today {and every day}, I'm celebrating answered prayers.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Caroline Grace {5 Months Old}

Caroline Grace, 

We've been squeezing you extra tight ever since the scare you gave us earlier this month. The tears have freely flowed these past few weeks as I rock you to sleep in the quiet darkness, savoring those snuggles, holding your little hand and praising Jesus for sending His angels to watch over and protect you. We can't imagine our life without you. You've been prayed for so much and we are so very thankful for all of the support we've received. 

Watching you learn new things continues to bring us so much joy. You are very observant, love to "talk" and are happiest when we're wearing you out and about. You love to be around people and they love to be around you too!
You've (finally) settled into your daycare routine and love your teachers, the exersaucer, buggy rides, napping and rolling around with the other babies. The best part of my day is scooping you up, hearing about your day and bringing you home to play with your daddy and me. 

Your sweet smile. Your adorable giggles. Your twinkly eyes. Your rolly thighs. We love everything about you. Caroline, you are our greatest blessing and our love for you knows no bounds. Happy 5 months, sweet girl!



Five Month Highlights:
  • You are the oldest in your class by a month yet are still the tiniest - only 12.5 pounds!
  • You roll around so much these days that you even won a "world's best infant flipper" award at daycare.
  • You are sleeping pretty good now. On a good day we'll put you down around 7:00 - 7:30 pm and you'll sleep until 6 am'ish. We let you watch a teeny bit of cartoons in our bed while we get ready in the mornings and you love Max & Ruby. {I know, no screens until age 2. Don't judge.}
  • You're eating oatmeal in between 6 ounces of formula during the day.
  • You battled your first diaper rash. It was so nasty that we had to take you to the doctor to get prescription cream to clear it and give you baking soda sitz baths every night for a week. Through this experience we learned about the wonderful {super thick} diaper rash cream, Triple Paste! We also learned your sensitive bottom is not okay with switching from Pampers Swaddlers to Huggies Snugglers! Nope, never again! 
  • You love to suck on your fingers and have even started favoring your thumb which is super adorable.
  • We took you to one of our favorite places for my birthday weekend - the mountains! You did great and were so much easier to travel with than we had anticipated. 

At 27 weeks pregnant I began praying specifically for your sleep safety. Chills run down my spine when I go back and visit the post where I asked God to protect you from SIDS. God answers prayers, darling. Don't be afraid to pray boldly and specifically. No request is too small.

Prayer for Caroline (2/4/14):
Dear Lord, You gave us sleep as a time for rest and renewal. You showed us by example when You created the world and took the seventh day to rest. Lord, please help me, tonight and from this time forward, to get a deep and rejuvenating sleep. If I wake up in the middle of the night, please help me to go right back to sleep. Lord, please also help Caroline to develop good sleep patterns from the very beginning. I pray for safety while she sleeps. Protect her from SIDS or any other harm. Let your angels watch over her all through the night - and the daytime too. Bless her whether in her crib or by my side, or in the car seat. Anywhere she sleeps, make it relaxing and peaceful. Lord, You promise us in Isaiah 26:3 to keep our minds in perfect peace and trust You. Help me keep my focus and trust in You and cast out all fears. I choose peace of mind. I choose to trust in You because I know you love Caroline and I with an everlasting love. Thank you, Jesus. Amen.

For He grants sleep to those He loves. - Psalm 127:2

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