Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hippity Hop Easter's on it's Way!

Easter is just three days away! I am so excited for the Easter bunny to visit our house this year. Holidays are so much more fun with littles. AG may not be a big fan of the Easter bunny in person, but I know she'll be excited when he leaves this basket full of goodies and a special egg hunt for her. 

Today, I'm linking up with Darci & Sarah for their blog hops,  sharing everything in her basket this year.

I've been on the lookout for basket items for a few months now. I always try to shop well in advance for holidays.  It breaks up the spending and I end up getting the most practical gifts instead of waiting until the last minute and throwing a bunch of stuff in my cart just to check it off the list.  That may or may not have happened once. This year the bulk of her gifts came from Wal-Mart and Target. Lets take a look at what little miss will be waking up to on Easter morning...

A girl can never have enough bows. These bows were just $1 at Walmart, I can't even make them for that cheap! We go through elastics like we go through cheerios around here, so I made sure to stock up on those as well.  I also threw in a pair of sunglasses from the dollar spot at Target. AG is obsessed with sunglasses and surprisingly keeps them on in the car and while we're outside.  

I can never pass up the holiday cups from Target.  AG is still using her Santa cup from Christmas, so it's about time she has a new one.  I also picked her up another Doc McStuffins stethoscope set. She has one and takes it with her everywhere she goes.  With two, I'm hoping I won't have to spend as much time searching for it day in and out! 

Books, Books, Books. Mini is obsessed with books. A few times throughout the day I'll find her on the carpet just reading her books.  I probably read 10-20 throughout a normal day.  Her favorite book last Easter was That's not my bunny!  When I saw That's not my lamb…at Barned & Noble this year I snatched it. I also got her an I love you book, Mickey Mouse and a cute Easter egg book with flaps for her to lift.  

You can't have an Easter basket without a few toys. Most of these came from the dollar spot at Target. She has chalk, bubbles, bath crayons, pick up sticks (which I have a feeling will be a huge mistake) and a  coloring book.  

I finished it off with a few monogrammed dresses from Simply Made with Love. These are my favorite dresses for spring and summer.  

I can't leave you without a picture of the mini this year.
This was taken yesterday for her second Easter egg hunt at the library.
She's getting so big, I can't take it!  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Eggs-cellent Easter Savings with Favado App

 This post is brought to you by Favado. All opinions are my own.

Last week, I mentioned that hubs and I were spending more time focusing on where our money is going. One of the number one ways we're doing that is with a budget. After reviewing our spending for the past three months, we realized the bulk of our money is spent on grocery shopping and eating out. The numbers don't lie, I knew we needed to do something about it immediately.

One of the easiest things to do to save money when it comes to grocery shopping is couponing and meal planning. Now, I have never called couponing easy before. I did it a few years ago but found it was too time consuming for me.  Thankfully, things have changed in the past few years. New tools and apps have been developed to make it easier on the consumer. One of those being, the Favado app.

The Favado app is an app you download on your smartphone (Android or IOS based.) It is a fabulous tool that allows you to find the best deals, coupons and savings in your area by comparing prices at your local stores. With Easter this weekend, I'm sure you have a grocery list a mile long. I know mine is! Whether you need some last minute candy to fill eggs for the hunt, ham or all the sides that are going to go with, you can save money using the Favado app. It will help you find the best prices on everything you need for Easter brunch, lunch or dinner.

Still searching for recipes for Easter?  Favado wanted to make things even easier for you by sharing FREE EASTER RECIPES along with a GROCERY LIST! All you have to do is click on the image below. 

Ready to try the Favado app? 
All you have to do is download it here to start saving yourself time and money!
 This post is brought to you by Favado. All opinions are my own.

Monday, April 14, 2014

12 Weeks- Baby #2

**I'm a bit behind on the pregnancy updates this time around.  I have been keeping track of everything, just haven't gotten around to posting it. I'm hoping to keep up with everything for this baby, just as I did with AG**

Week 12

Size: Passion Fruit 

Gender: Hubs and I think it's another girl. 

Movement: Nothing yet. 

Sleep: Crazy dreams.  Some nights are more comfortable than others, thankful for my preggo pillow.  

Cravings: Salad, ice cold drinks (lemonade)

Aversions: S

Symptoms: Exhausted all the time and sick all morning.  I've been hugging the toilet every morning since 6 weeks.  Hopefully there is an end in sight! Also back pain.  I have a feeling it's due to a recent workout, nonetheless it's still a pain!

What I Miss: Wine.  Especially after toddler tantrum filled days!

What I'm Looking Forward To: Our ultrasound next week along with NT testing. 

Best Moment This Week: Seeing AG give kisses to my belly and watching her love on her own baby dolls.  

Thoughts: It's still surreal being pregnant.  Time is going by much faster this time. The beginning was very rough.  From week 6 up until this point I've been very sick.  Most days have been spent on the couch, all day long.  It's been rough taking care of AG, I feel extremely guilty that I can't be the mom I'm used to being to her. Thankfully, around the middle of the 11th week it started becoming better in the afternoon.  Mornings are still rough. I don't do anything for the first 2 hours I'm up. I'm hoping this won't be the case my entire pregnancy.  

Friday, April 11, 2014

Five on Friday

Happy Friday!  
Thank goodness this day is finally here.  
This week has been a doozie. 
I was hoping my morning sickness would be gone this week….didn't happen! 
And the mini decided she was going to throw tantrums all week long. 
It was a BLAST!
I'm ready for the weekend.  

The mini has been loving Disney movies lately. Frozen and Little Mermaid are her top two.  Usually we don't watch a lot of TV but since I've been pregnant, she's watched more than I care to admit.  There isn't much else for her to do when I can barely move from the couch, which was the story of my life until week 12. She has quite the set up, doesn't she?  Her puppy, babies, bobo (dog #2) and a snack of course.  Whatever works and gives me a few minutes of quiet time.  The longest this usually lasts is 10 minutes! 

Easter is right around the corner.  This year we're not going back to FL but my in-laws will be here visiting.  I'm sure we will have a small dinner.  Of course, I've already started pinning and researching recipes.  I made these peep brownies last year and may have to make them again this year.  They were so much fun to make and pretty darn cute! 

I mentioned toddler tantrums above.  Oh my goodness.  I did not know who my child was this week. It was rough.  No rhyme or reason behind it, just fits.  All day long.  "AG do you want some milk?"  No response, just threw herself screaming on the floor.  Then two minutes later was completely fine.  Give her pretzels when she wants goldfish… out.  Oy vey, I know this is the beginning and I'm really missing my wine right now! 

I've been eyeing this phone case from Rifle Paper Co. for a while now.  I was thinking about ordering it for my Easter basket but I think we're just going to do a basket for the mini this year. I may treat myself to it for mother's day.  I think it would match everything and would be perfect for summer! 

Hubs and I have never been good budgeters. We've attempted to budget multiple times a year over the last 4 years but have never stuck to it.  There are  a lot of changes happening around her this year.  The biggest is obviously baby #2. The other is our lease is up at the end of the year and we will be making some big decisions on where we will move. Our goal this year is to save, save, save. We've already started with one of Dave Ramsey's plans. We analyzed our spending and have come up with a budget to stick to.  Now, we are looking for a way to track that.  Do any of you know of a good app to use to track spending.  I've heard great things about but hubs is hesitant because you give your bank info.  We're looking for an app that we can both use on our phones.  Also, if you use a budget, what are some of your keys to sticking to it?  

Happy Friday Friends!  We have a busy weekend ahead and are looking forward to it.  AG will be going on her first Easter egg hunt and then we will be either going to the zoo or sea world as a family on Sunday.  Hopefully the mini will cooperate!