May 2, 2014

Five on Friday {5.2.14}

It's been awhile since I've linked up for Five on Friday, so you know I have plenty of random things to include! ;)

1.Birthday Countdown - Well it is offically birthday month for my kiddos! Much to Manny's delight. He has been asking for MONTHS now if it's his birthday yet. So, I decided a birthday countdown might help him visualize how much longer we're looking at. I designed this in Photoshop and had it printed as a 12x16 poster at SAM's for about $3. We're only a few days in, but so far so good! We'll see how it goes the rest of the month. Yesterday he did ask if he could go ahead and mark the rest of the turtles off so it could be his birthday already. :)

2. Life Outside the Shell - I'm so proud of my awesome "little" sister Rachael who recently started a blog! It's called Life Outside the Shell, and she will be writing about faith, fitness, and family. Her first post here explains the name and why she decided to start her blog. I'm so excited for her fitness posts, too! These tabata workouts she posted here are killer.  So very proud of you Rach!!

3. Maeva's Phone Obsession -  So the iPhone bug has officially bitten Maeva. She loves to use my phone, but not really for games. She likes to type on it, and will text random people gibberish often. Her latest thing is taking pictures. I discovered a slew of selfies she took the other day (this is only a fraction of them). It's always interesting (and frightening) to see the things she photographs. :)
Oh, and she also took it upon herself to tweet for me. A few people contacted me to ask if this was my entry back into tweeting since I haven't tweeted in months. ;) It makes me laugh that she tweeted the dog. Such a mess!!

4. First Things First - Christine Caine is one of my favorite speakers, and I was so excited when I saw she is doing a little daily devotional via email now, called First Things First. It's a quick, easy read but always full of wisdom and great reminders...I love starting my day with this. You can go here to sign up for the emails if you're interested.

5. Eucerin Intensive Repair Very Dry Skin Lotion - Ashley posted about this lotion on insta the other day, and I decided to give it a try. I love how shiny it makes your legs but they don't feel greasy at all, and it really just moisturizes well. I picked mine up at Target, and am glad to have a new lotion that I like that is unscented. (I don't like scents sometimes because it clashes with my perfume.) Patrick noticed the lotion right away because he said my legs were "glowing"...haha! Mission accomplished. ;)

That's all for today! Headed to Dallas for the weekend for my nephew's 3rd birthday party. Excited for a fun time with the fam...happy weekend, friends! :)


  1. My daughter has been known to take selfies with my phone. That's about all she can do from the off position. Love how you captured all of your daughter's selfies and shared it. Very cute!

  2. Heading over to your sisters blog now - thanks for sharing !

  3. awww so adorable

  4. Love the bday countdown! My boys would love that, especially the TMNT!

  5. Thanks so much! TMNT anything is a hit in our house. ;)

  6. You're welcome! She is a wonderful writer and I'm sure you'll love it. :)

  7. Haha! Love it that she's figured that out. :) And thanks! She truly is a mess...highly entertaining for sure, which I'm sure you can relate to! :)

  8. That birthday calendar is great. What a cutie your little one is too asking if he could mark the turtles so it would be his birthday already. Adorable!

  9. I just added the lotion to my Target list for tomorrow! I need something for dry skin & I hate greasy!!

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  11. Do you know where Katie got the curtains for her daughter Chloe's room? I love them!

  12. I just asked her, and she said she got them at World Market, and they still have them actually. Here is the link:
    Hope that helps! :)

  13. II love this! I am unable to edit. Can you send me a version that I can edit? Thanks in advance!

  14. Hi Vickie! The 2nd paragraph has a link to a version in Word that you can download. You will be able to edit that one. Thanks! :)

  15. I have a MAC so not sure if that is my problem with the download. Do you mind emailing it? Thanks so much!

  16. Thank you for posting "favorite things" as the room parent coordinator for my school this will help new room parents with gift ideas!

  17. You are welcome! So glad you will be able to use it. :)

  18. Hmm...that shouldn't make a difference, and I actually created it on a Mac. I will email you now! :)

  19. I love this list and would love to get a copy I can edit. The word download is not working for me after several attempts. Could you be so kind to email to me? Thank you so much!

  20. Sorry to hear you're having problems - just emailed you! :)

  21. I love this list too. I have tried several attempts as well and I can't get anything either. Such a bummer. I would love to have a copy I can edit as well. Would you be so kind to email me one? Thanking you Kindly. By the way your blog is fantastic!!

  22. As everyone else has already said, thank you! I used this last year for my girls' teachers, and couldn't find where I had saved it. A quick Pinterest search (thank, you Pinterest!!) helped, and I'm excited to see that I can now customize it! You sure are talented! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

  23. You are so sweet - thank you for the kind words!! So glad you could use it. :)

  24. Hi, I love this! I am my daughter's "Class Mom" and would love to use this for her teacher. Can you please email an editable copy to me? Thanks!

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  26. I love your graphics! Absolutely adorable ideas! I was able to download the template, but was not able to edit it? Would you be able to email me as well? Thanks so much for sharing your brilliant ideas!!!

  27. Did you make the framed burlap monogram in the background? LOVE! how to please!!!!

  28. Yes, I did! Here is a link to the tutorial I used...hope it helps! :)

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