Monday, July 27, 2015

Whish Body Butter

I love summer fruit! The taste, the colors, the smell...I always want to bottle up the fragrant fruits. Lucky for me, I just discovered some incredible Body Butters from Whish as part of their Soda Fountain Collection. And the smells are delicious!

Whish has four yummy flavors available: Black Cherry, Ginger Melon, Key Lime and Orange Cream. I have the Black Cherry and Key Lime and cannot stop smelling them. Both scents are incredible and make me want to taste them. And when I wear the Body Butter, I don't even need to put on perfume because the fragrance is already enough.

Besides the amazing scent, the Body Butters are extremely moisturizing. After spending a lot of time in the sun this summer, my legs have gotten a little dry. I just need a little bit of the Body Butter and my legs are instantly smooth, without feeling too greasy. Whish uses organic ingredients whenever possible to create a luxuriously indulgent and soothingly moisturizing experience. My skin stays smooth all day long.

If you are looking for an indulgent, sweet treat; save yourself the calories and buy some of these awesome Body Butters from Whish.
And for all of your Nordstrom lovers, the Whish Soda Fountain Collection will be available in 16 ounce pump bottles during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale through August 2!

Friday, July 24, 2015

High Five For Friday

This is High Five For Friday - the fair edition.

We went to our local fair this week and had so much fun with Baby K. It was incredible to see just how much she has changed in a year because last year she wasn't able to walk when we were at the fair. And she definitely wasn't talking like she is now! She loved to point out the balloons and the animals and all of the colors that she saw. Going to fun places with little children just makes me feel alive!

1.) The first ride that K rode was the Merry Go Round. While we were waiting in line she saw the chicken and said "I ride that chicken - that my chicken." Luckily the chicken was still available when it was K's turn to ride.

2.) I don't think I will ever get tired of experiencing new things with my girl. The entire time on the Merry Go Round she kept saying, "Wee, I riding." (And doesn't she look so grown up in this pic?)

3.) We rode the Ferris Wheel together as a family and had a blast. I'm so proud of my brave girl who has absolutely no fear!

4.) K loved going UP on the Ferris Wheel and told us every time we were headed in that direction.

5.) Daddy treated K to her very first taste of Cotton Candy and of course she loved it!

I'm linking up this post with Bright on a Budget, Style Elixir, Meet @ the Barre and September Farm.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A Gratitude Journal

This past weekend I went on a planning retreat with the Steering Committee from my MOPS group and while there we talked about a Gratitude Journal - a list of wins. That got me thinking and I realized the important truth: that life is so much better when viewed through grateful and thankful eyes.

A year ago I was miserable. I had just moved to the country (Southwest Virginia) after living in the Washington, D.C. area for 6 1/2 years. I loved D.C.; I had incredible life experiences in D.C., I made some lifelong friends, I met my husband in D.C., I bought my first house there and I brought my first child home to said house. To say that I was sad to leave would be an understatement. And embarrassingly enough I allowed myself to be sad and miserable probably a bit longer than I should have. But then I started building my life, started accepting that I couldn't just "get by," I had to LIVE. And I started noticing the little things that I liked about SW Virginia. Even little things when grouped together can turn out to be big things, life changing things.

I'm happy to report that one year later, I'm in a completely different place mentally. We have our very supportive families right by us, belong to an incredible church, have some of the best friends ever and we get to actually DO a lot of things together as a family. I thought I would take the time to start my own gratitude journal and write down some of the things that I really do like about living in SW Virginia.

Gratitude Journal (Part 1)

-My family is here! I am so thankful for all of the time that my parents and aunt get to spend with us and that they get to watch Baby K grow up. And because we moved farther south we get to see my sister and her family as well as Tolar's family almost once a month.

-Parking in the most central parking garage in downtown Roanoke is a whole $2 on a Friday night!!! (Parking for one hour in a parking garage very far away from things is $15 an hour in D.C.)

-If there is a random knock on the door, it isn't someone trying to sell me something but rather my mom bringing over a casserole that she just happened to make that day.

-No traffic!

-Our friends have huge back yards where all of our kids can run and play for hours. In D.C., a yard was almost unheard of.

-If you need someone to come to your house to work on something, they can almost always come the same day you call or the next day. No need to schedule an appointment a week out.

-Randolph Park. Enough said!

-Dinners with my parents just because it's Tuesday.

-Having a slower pace of life and being able to make plans with friends for later in the afternoon or the next day instead of having to schedule a month out.

-Going to somewhere around town and running into people I know that I am genuinely happy to see.

-Only taking 3 minutes to get out of the baseball parking lot (which we drove to) instead of 30 minutes and then having to wait on the Metro.

-Knowing that God placed us here at this exact moment, with these exact friends, with this exact church and all of our families close by for a REASON.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Bookroo: A Children's Book Subscription

You know how when you find something that is so brilliant and it fits into your life so perfectly that it makes you wonder "why didn't I think of that?" Well that is a phrase I have muttered numerous times when it comes to this incredible children's book subscription called Bookroo.

Just like the beauty subscriptions I have talked about on here, Bookroo is a subscription based program that delivers a box full of books, for your child, to your home every month. The creators of Bookroo decided that they wanted to enable parents to build their children's book libraries easily and affordably and to also help kids get excited about reading. Thus Bookroo was born!

The concept of Bookroo is simple and awesome. First you select if you want to receive Board books or Picture books; we selected Board books since K is still pretty hard on books. Then you select your plan (Month to Month, 3 Month Prepay or 6 Month Prepay) and set up your subscription to get shipped straight to your house. Shipping is included in the subscription price, so you know exactly how much you will be spending.

Each box comes straight to your door every month with two or three books for your little reader. We were sent three incredible books: Little White Rabbit, A Book of Sleep and Little Cub. I was thrilled that all three books we received we did not already own. All three books are the perfect size for K to hold and not be overwhelmed, and I love their small size because they can easily be tucked in the car to keep her entertained while we are on the road. And K was so excited that this shipment was for her, so she has not wanted to read any other books. We have probably read A Book of Sleep 37 times already! The books are beautiful, they help K to explore her animal/animal sound knowledge and have taught her some new things already! I will scream from the rooftops, Bookroo rocks! Not to mention that it is named after K's favorite stuffed animal of all time - oh yeah, we are definite Bookroo fans!

Bookroo has generously offered all of my Pursuit of Pink readers a discount!!!! To get $4 off your subscription, just click this specific link and your discount will be applied at checkout. Jump on this deal! Jump on this subscription and tell your friends! Seriously, your mom friends will thank you for letting them know about it. In fact, why don't you gift a subscription to someone? You will definitely be investing in a child's future by doing so.

If you have any questions, I highly recommend that you check out their FAQ page. I learned a pretty incredible thing by checking out the FAQs - if you already own a book that you receive in your Bookroo subscription, all you have to do is send them a picture of you gifting that book to someone else and they will give you $5 off your next box!!!!

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Friday, July 17, 2015

High Five For Friday

Here we find ourselves at another glorious Friday!!!

1.) K spent some extra days with her grandparents leaving Tolar and I a few days to ourselves. We really enjoyed the alone time, but we were overjoyed when she arrived home. This picture of K and Tolar seeing each other for the first time is priceless.

2.) My birthday was on Monday and it was the perfect day: pool time with K and our friends Jessi and Kaden and then later my parents took us all out to dinner at a Japanese Steakhouse. I was showered with gifts and love from so many family and friends. On Sunday before church started, Tolar had every person on the serve team hand me a single rose in honor of my birthday. He is such a sweetie! (And yes Brad, I will accept this rose)

3.) For Tolar's birthday he received a Magic Bullet. His intended use is to make some really awesome spice rubs for some meat in his smoker. However, I was excited he received the Magic Bullet so he could make me some smoothies. He has been making some very tasty smoothies and even got up early one day to make me one for breakfast!

4.) My in-laws closed on an incredible piece of land for their retirement home in Tennessee. We are so excited that we will be closer to them and are very happy for this new chapter in their lives to begin.

5.) Tolar took Baby K to the park and gave me some alone time this week. I love having time to myself where I could read and just relax. And when they returned Baby K was so happy and Tolar had tons of photos and videos of their afternoon together.

I'm linking up this post with Bright on a Budget, September Farm, Meet @ the Barre and Style Elixir.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Styrofoam Mickey Mouse

Baby K is obsessed with Mickey Mouse and I couldn't be happier. My uncle works for Disney and I have always had Disney in my life, so I'm excited that K has accepted Mickey and Disney into her life with so much joy. :) I wouldn't have it any other way.

For her 2nd birthday, we threw a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse party (you can find details here) and I was so proud of myself when I created quite possibly the easiest and cutest craft ever. I made styrofoam Mickey Mouse heads and they turned out great. The best part? They only cost about $3 total to make!!!

Here are the supplies you will need:

-small styrofoam balls for the ears
-large styrofoam balls for the head
-black spray paint

To make the heads, I attached two small styrofoam balls to one large styrofoam ball using toothpicks. A trick I found was to insert the toothpick into the small ball first and then place the "ears" on the head. Once all of the ears were placed properly, I used some wooden kabob sticks and inserted those into the bottom of the head (where the neck might be).

Then I took the heads outside and spray painted each head black. I kept spraying until everything was covered and no white was peeking through. To give the Mickey heads plenty of time to dry, I just inserted the kabob sticks into the ground so they could dry without laying on anything (It looked like my yard had sprouted Mickey's - so fun!). And that is it!!!!

I found the styrofoam balls at Walmart in the craft section and everything else I already had. I love a craft that is so simple and basically costs nothing. The Mickey heads were fun to use to stick into all of the fun activities we had at the party. I also inserted a few into a big red vase and used it as a centerpiece on the food table. Easy peasy and oh so cute!!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Statement Necklaces with Happiness Boutique

I was given a complimentary necklace for review purposes. All opinions are, as always, my own.

There is no denying it, I am ALL about the accessories. My instagram profile says it all... "accessory hoarder." I love how accessories can help you stretch your wardrobe and really take an outfit from ho hum to HOT! Just by adding a few simple pieces, you can really change up a look.

So please allow me to introduce you to a new boutique that I discovered, Happiness Boutique. I think I just might fall madly in love with this shop because they have some of the most gorgeous statement necklaces ever. In fact, it was really hard for me to make a decision on which piece I wanted because I could see myself wearing just about every single item.

Luckily I did settle on the Ocean Treasures statement necklace and I am so glad I did. The colors in this necklace are incredible. The blue stones shine so brightly and make it hard for me to pick any other necklace that I have in my collection. I find myself constantly wanting to select the Ocean Treasures necklace because it is simply so pretty.

I wore the necklace with a basic black shirt and loved how my outfit was given a little oomph. In fact, I even wore the necklace out for Ladies Night with some friends and I got a ton of compliments. I love how adding this one statement necklace really took my basic outfit to a whole 'nother lever. :) My dressing "fancy" days are over so when I'm given the opportunity to dress up my normal outfits, I will certainly take them.

Something that is really cool about Happiness Boutique is that they offer a customer reward program. Simply by writing reviews for their incredible products and sharing photos on social media, you can earn points to put towards incredible gifts and prizes. I highly recommend you check out both the shop and the reward program. I am sure you will fall in love, just like me. Happiness Boutique has so much more than just statement necklaces, so leave yourself lots of time to search the site, you will thank me later!

Follow Happiness Boutique on facebook, instagram, twitter and pinterest.

And let me leave you with one final thought straight from Happiness Boutique:
"Happiness held is the seed. Happiness shared is the flower."

Go find yourself some flowers friends!

I'm linking up this post with The Pleated Poppy.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Holy Blog Post Batman - It's High Five For Friday!

Hey friends, I am back! We just spent the past two weeks visiting Tolar's family in Southern Illinois and I definitely enjoyed unplugging for a bit!

But I know I need to give the people what they want and today that is a High Five For Friday post (you're welcome Jeff!).

1.) We celebrated the 4th of July with all sorts of awesome people; some of Tolar's best friends plus Tolar's Mom, Step Dad, Tolar's Dad, and niece. We spent the afternoon at some wineries and then enjoyed the fireworks. Don't worry Baby K didn't go to the wineries with us; I wasn't looking to have a Sweet Home Alabama moment happen. (Bonus points if you know what I am talking about)

2.) I am so glad that Tolar's parents have a pool at their house because we enjoyed it...a lot. Baby K was fearless and loved to jump in from the diving board.

3.) On our way home from Illinois we made a pit stop in Indiana to visit my dear friend Jennifer who just had her third child. It was so good to see Jen and catch up and love on her sweet new babe.

4.) Upon our return home we got a ton of mail and I was most excited about this amazing print from Minted. You WILL be seeing this again soon.

5.) Whenever I take a break from blogging, feel free to find me over on instagram. And if you go over today (here's my profile), you can enter to win a ton of amazing prizes including gift cards and cash!!! Hurry, the giveaway ends tonight.

How was your week? I hope just as awesome!!!!

I'm linking up this post with Bright on a Budget, Style Elixir, September Farm and Meet @ the Barre.