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“You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.”

-C.S. Lewis

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Images of our Family by Bethney Beckhaus Photography

  I love this quote from C.S. Lewis..I have been reading this book  with a few friends, and this quote stuck out to me so much. It applies to anyone at any stage of life..Keeeeeep dreaming. I’m also rereading this book with some women in my neighborhood. It was so good the first time, I’m excited about reading it again.

Neutrogena Sunscreen. You can also get this at Costco. I’m notorious for leaving my kids with what they call “ghost faces” after putting on sunscreen, but this one is so easy to rub in. We were in Disney this week for Owen’s winter break (we upgraded to the annual pass from our tickets last month) so we have been putting on lots of sunscreen. (89 degrees)

Sweatshirt Blankets. I have one that I super duper love, especially for long trips like this week. (we drove) Owen loves mine so much and always tries to steal mine..He keeps asking for one, so maybe I’ll get him a fun one like this one

I need to do a post of my favorite Disney tips and tricks, but two new things we tried this trip that I loved were.

-Avatar Flight of Passage in Animal Kingdom. What a great ride and definitely Owen’s favorite.

-Sci-Fi Drive in Movie Diner. Such a cute place to eat, and the boys got to sit in a car and watch clips from movies.

Target is getting ready to launch a Hunter boots collection, how fun is that? Coming April 14th to a store near you.

If you’re trying to mix up your workout routine..I can’t even ..”we ain’t never gettin’ older…”

In all seriousness, the past few days, I’ve been doing some of the blogilates workouts on the you tube app on the tv and love them. She even sends out an email with a calendar of which videos to do which days. She has some super cute yoga mats, too.

Our family Disney photos from Bethney Beckhaus Photography. Harrison is now asking for a Dumbo birthday party.

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I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library 

-Jane Austen

Trader Joe’s flowers. They are the bessssst. And with valentines coming up, always a good reason to pick some up, right?

The Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro. How cool is this place? Ericka and I got to see a class in progress while we were there last week, and what an amazing place. I Need to find out if they have classes for kids because I will be signing Owen up! (You know I love all things Old Salem and Williamsburg, so I am all about this. And if you haven’t been to Pittsboro, it is worth the trip!)

Sweet’s Syrup.  A dear friend of mine told me about this, so we are currently taking all the elderberry to hopefully ward off more sickness. The kids love the way it tastes, too!

Renting videos on Lifeway.com. I recently bought a new Bible Study at Lifeway for my quiet time everyday, and I love that you can rent the videos that go with it. So many great videos to watch here.

Giving keys has a mini collection – love these! 

Addis Jemari. This week I photographed their new collection of bags. Not only is this non profit amazing, but the bags are so beautiful! I can’t wait to share all of the images soon!

Katie Daisy Baby Swaddles are coming soon! Katie Daisy is one of my favorite artists (see her new book here!) and I am so excited that she is coming out with baby swaddles soon!

 Stranger Things Valentine Cookies. yesssss!!!

I really still can’t stop listening to Ed Sheeran and Andrea Bocelli. On repeat, all day everyday. My kids are so tired of hearing it, I am sure. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch now. which reminds me I haven’t listened to it yet today, so turning it on now…I’m always walking around the house…”Dentro la nostra musica….”

After finishing When Calls The Heart, there is a Christmas special on you tube. Love how tv is now with the apps you can watch you tube on the tv. I’m so thankful for my husband, I’d still be watching my college tv and vhs. (We just recently got rid of this tv…)

I somehow missed that you can get pineapple upside down cake with your Dole Whip because I am always in the zone and order, “Pineapple pineapple float” as soon as it’s my turn. So next trip I will be ordering this.

This week I finished The Woman in Cabin 10. It was a really good quick read for me, right up there with  Gone Girland  The Girl on the Train. (If you liked both of those books, this is a good read)

Owen and I finished reading aloud In The Belly Of The Earth I will admit, it was a little intense but my sweet seven year old just loved it, and it was a great way to spend time together. I just wanted to get to the ending so badly, I almost cheated and read it while he was at school.

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“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”

-Winnie the Pooh

I finished When Calls the Heart on netflix this week and now I just need to know, are there more seasons?!?

Airplane mode. This really makes me happy because I go to bed super early friends..Ever since I was pregnant with my second child, I started going to bed early. Mainly because I just need my sleep to function. Putting my phone in airplane mode means no late night texts or messages wake me up and it’s always fun to get all the notifications when I turn it back on the next day.

Forever My Girl Movie. A friend and I were able to get out and go to a movie one late afternoon this week which was super exciting. Movie popcorn? yessssss! So it just sounded like it was going to be a sweet love story movie, which it was. But also, super emotional and so many tears…like sobbing having to use the movie theater napkins to wipe my face. (but I cry at every movie seriously. but this one YES)

I met Mariah in Orlando when she did my hair and makeup for our family photos in Disney World. She is such a make up genius and I was super amazed how she covered up my broken out skin from all the Florida humidity and walking. She has a great tutorial for covering up blemishes but still looking natural here. And she sells her own makeup line here.

Another fave of mine is fast forwarding through suspense and tv/movie scenes I do not like. Michael is always like WHHHHATTT? Why are you fast forwarding? The show is finally getting good…And I’m all like NOOOOO I can’t watch!

On a healthier note, I made these Toasted Quinoa Cashew Butter Cups this week, and they were even Michael approved.

Harrison and I watched Winnie the Pooh together one evening, and oh, do I love Winnie the Pooh. (and I think we have a new Winnie the Pooh fan in our house) We joined the Disney movie club this week (5 movies for 1.00 and then Harrison got a free Lightning McQueen blanket, and you know he is obsessed.) So we have more movies to get us prepared for our next trip, which is right around the corner.

I got some of the Harper + Ari sugar scrub for Christmas and forgot about it. Yes, i know, HOW DO YOU FORGET about sugar scrub?!?! I love the single serve option! So fun!

These boots.  I didn’t buy any tall boots this winter but if I was going to pick a pair, love these + how comfortable they look!

Toasted Quinoa Cashew Butter Cups

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February Goals

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Really looking forward to February. So many sweet things planned this month like our Soda Shoppe Valentine Minis that we are super excited about! It’s also my mom’s birthday which is super fun to celebrate. Hearts everywhere, I love February.

Ok, there are so many books I want to read right now including

Rereading One Thousand Gifts. If you haven’t noticed, I’m reading a lot of Ann Voskamp right now.I’d also love to get a Write the Word Gratitude journal, and some journals for the boys so that we can write out what we are thankful for. I’d really like to take some more time to be outside with the boys (when possible with the weather) just walking and talking about what we are thankful for.

Take a watercolor class. This has been something I’ve wanted to do for a while, and with my mom’s birthday coming up, it’s perfect timing, and we are so excited.

Give more compliments. How many times do you think something and not say it? I really want to be better about this.

Plan 1-2 little adventures with the boys

Encourage more.

Write a few letters and mail them instead of just emailing all the time.

Go see The Greatest Showman before it’s out of the theaters

Attend as much of IF Gathering that I can

I started a slimmer grocery budget in January and I really want to stick to it in February too. Continue the plan and continue eating out only once a week.

Read aloud to Owen more. Harrison and I read out loud picture books, which is so much easier, right? Owen and I have been reading out loud from In The Belly Of The Earth and what a sweet time it has been. I can’t wait to find out if he’s going to be rescued. If you’re looking for some great read alouds, try this website.

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Favorite Things Preschool

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Navigating the preschool years with my second preschooler, I wanted to share some of the things I have loved educationally for my boys. Owen was such a sponge that soaked up everything and stressed me out to teach him every second of the day, the former teacher in me looked for some resources to keep his little brain happy. (I had to turn on math songs in the car so he wouldn’t make me answer math problems 24 hours a day, no kidding. His brain never stops) Now that my second child is four, we have been working on some things everyday. (which he loves and looks forward to every morning)

Here are a few of my favorite things..

First of all, fine motor skills are super important – building their hand strength so they are ready to start writing in kindergarten. A few favorites are

Crayon Rocks. So much easier to grip the right way and encourage coloring success in those with weak hands

Handwriting Without Tears Crayons. Smaller is better with being able to grip and hold the crayons the right way. Harrison has loved these. This comes with a lot of crayons so you could also split with a friend.

-spray bottle. We’ve had Harrison using the spray bottle “to clean the shower” everyday to build up his hand strength

Mr. Pencil. Owen used the older version of Mr Pencil, and he learned to write so easily. Harrison practices with this daily in the car and all the silly noises make him giggle. I love this for learning how to form letters.

I really love the Endless Reader app on my phone. If Harrison is suffering through a doctor’s appointment of mine or sitting for long periods when we are out and about, this is an awesome educational app.

My Book of Number Games, 1-150 (Kumon Workbooks)These are really cute, and Harrison and I count out loud as we trace the shape. He can use his crayon rocks on the back to color the numbers. I love a lot of the Kumon stuff so much!

Harrison already knows his letters and letter sounds so we have worked on some sight wordsbooks and word familybooks. (We do these together and it’s really just for more experience with words)

My favorite educational show is Super Why, but I do feel like my kids learned so much from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Common Sense Media has a lot of great reviews and suggestions for educational shows.

If you live in Raleigh, the Teach Me Store is a great resource for so many educational things for kids!

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