Friday, February 14, 2014

My Thoughts on Valentine's Day

I got a text from a friend earlier today that read, "I'm thankful for friends, who when I reach out to them, always know exactly what to say!!" She went on to say, "Thank you!! I love you!!"  

To me, that's what Valentine's Day is all about. Reaching out to our loved ones. The people in our lives that make a difference. The ones that you wouldn't want to be without. 

It's about taking one day out our hectic lives to slow down and tell the people that matter that we love them, appreciate them, treasure them. 

Happy Valentine's Day to YOU!   

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

From Our Family to Yours!

We wish you the merriest Christmas and happiness in the upcoming year!

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

His Giving Heart

This boy. He has a way of pushing my buttons. The boy with the big mouth, that often gets him in trouble, has an even bigger heart. 

Earlier this month the boys were making their letters to Santa. Sun Kissed Boy #1 didn't make one. I assumed it was because he knows that Santa gets a little help with gift giving. Wink, wink. I assumed wrong. I asked him what he wanted for Christmas and what he said surprised me. He didn't want anything for himself. Instead, he wanted to buy canned food to donate to an organization that helps the less fortunate. 

I don't know why it surprised me so. In the past, he has given me money from his piggy bank to donate to several charities, he has spent time volunteering to help feed the elderly, and he helps his grandma to no end. 

He's 11. I was never that giving at 11. I don't think I'm that giving even now. I thought maybe when the weeks passed the excitement from his brothers of gifts would be contagious. But he never changed his mind. 

He pushed a grocery cart and filled it with items until it added up to the amount Sun Kissed Husband and I would have spent on his presents. 

I found a local church that had a pantry kitchen and accepted donations. We took our bags and because giving can be infectious, a friend from work gave us canned goods to donate as well.

When we left, I asked him why he wanted to do what he did. His answer made me thankful for his giving heart. "Mom, I have everything I need. Of course there's things I want. But I don't need it as much as they need it."

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Lounging in Their PJs

A few weeks back, I headed to The Children's Place to shop for Christmas photo card outfits for the boys. Then we got a cold front. When I say cold, I defined it as cold to South Florida standards. It was in the upper 60s... ok, maybe it was the low 70s. 

By the time I got to the store, my mind was on cozy and snuggly. I ended up buying jammies instead. :) That's what we've been hanging out in all week. 

Turns out jammies are great to wear while we bake cookies, ...

drink hot chocolate, ...

lounge, ...

read, ...

oh, yeah, and sleep. 

Hope you're enjoying your 'winter' break as much as were are. :)

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Minted Holiday Cards

Holiday cards are kind of a big deal in our house. It's one of the few times of the year that I take "posed" pictures of the boys. The picture usually involves a location for the shoot, special outfits, and a theme. I haven't taken photos for this year's cards yet but I do know where I am going for my printing needs, MintedHere are some of the things that attracted me to them.

On most of their cards, you can choose different shapes. Below are samples of their ornament cards and they include luxe ribbon. 
You have the option to change the color of the graphics to match or contrast with your photo.
The foil pressed cards have a luxurious look to them, even with a little mutt on the picture. ;) 
Oh, did I mention that their cards are designed by indie artists? I love that!

Minted also has a blog, Julep, full of easy DIY projects, home design and photo inspiration.

I kind of love all that too! 

Minted was gracious enough to sponsor this post, however, all opinions are my own.

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