Thursday, October 6, 2016

Just Between Friends Williamson County Fall Sale: My Loot

Earlier today I was able to make it to the Just Between Friends Williamson County Fall Event Sale!  I had so much fun.  If you are local, you really need to check it out.  The facility is super spacious and it's easy to look around and shop. 


The signs are fabulous and it is easy to tell where items are located.  This is super helpful if you are looking for specific things.  I was amazed at the selection of items as well as the quality and you simply cannot beat the prices!

There is a nice selection of brand new Melissa & Doug items discounted!

Here is what I came home with!

 F has needed a hat for awhile so I was pumped to find this Spider Man hat for only $3.

 These reindeer Robeez for Mister G are so cute! Only $4.50

Closer view of Robeez.

 Melissa & Doug

I am a sucker for educational items and I love Melissa & Doug.  The activity books were $4, the crayons were $1.50 and the world map was $2.50 - all items are new.

I thought these brand new teething necklaces were fun so I picked out a blue one for $9.50.

I also picked up a brand new pair of swim goggles for E for $4, a few books for the kids for $1/$2, a shirt for David for $5, a pair of jeans for F for $1.50, a shirt for F for $3 and a pair of jeans for D/E for $4.  As you can see, the prices are fabulous.  If you are able I urge you to check it out.  You are sure to find something or lots of somethings!

Remember, on Saturday most of the items will be 1/2 off.  I just may have to go back :).

Happy "Biggie" Princess Birthday Party Miss E!

Birthday Girl, Princess "Elsa" E

Yesterday, E turned 5 on the 5th and had her "Biggie" birthday!  She had a fabulous celebration last Saturday.  We had a pony with a petting zoo, and a pink and purple castle bounce house for entertainment and fun.  Enjoy the photos!

David made a fun castle cake, pink lemonade flavor per E's request.

Another view - I love the graham cracker door.

Getting ready to sing...

I love her smile.

Making a wish...

Purple and Pink Princess Castle Bounce House

Check out this amazing bounce house we rented from Addy & Jax Bounce House Rentals.  They were super friendly and so easy to work with - I would highly recommend them, great price too!

Petting Zoo

And then we had a petting zoo and pony in the front yard.  The weather was awesome and the kids had a great time.  This is the second time we have had a pony and petting zoo from El Rancho and they have done a great job both times.  Again, I would definitely recommend them.

The little kids checking out the baby animals.

 A with her favorite bunny.

Birthday Girl taking a pony ride.

 Another ride on "Little Boy".

 C taking a ride.

 D was the first to ride.  After E saw her ride she wanted a turn.

I love Mister F on the pony.  He looks so big here.

Bunny heaven...

 Aunt Jane!

 A and B with Aunt Jane and a baby duck.

 I loved watching the baby pig.

I'm sure you can tell that E had a great time.  Thanks so much to everyone who helped us celebrate!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Just Between Friends Fall Sale Event October 6-8th

Just Between Friends has their Fall Sale Event coming up this week, October 6-8th!  Local friends,  I have free passes for you.  Yes, free passes!  So clear your schedule and make time for this event, you won't regret it.

You may be asking, what is Just Between Friends?  Well, JBF is North America's leading children's and maternity consignment event.  Essentially JBF is a pop us consignment store where families can clean out their kids' outgrown items and get paid for clearing out the clutter.  I can attest to this as I was a consignor for JBF several years ago and I remember making $300. 

How does this help you if you are not a consignor?  You can shop!  You can shop for your kiddos for 50-90% off of retail prices.  As a Mom of 7, this is huge for me.  I can find super deals without sacrificing quality.  Besides the tens of thousands of items to shop from, there will also be family friendly activities going on including a princess appearance, a professional juggling show, face painter, and more!  Another special thing about JBF Williamson County is that they have a recall specialist who comes out to check to make sure there aren't any recalled items on the floor and that everything meets the US safety standards so you can shop worry free of that.  No wonder they have won Austin Area's Best Consignment Event and Most Loved for the last 2 years.

So bring your biggest shopping bags or laundry baskets and a friend to the event if possible.  They accept cash, checks, debit, and credit cards for your convenience.  There will also be JBF bags for sale at checkout if you need them.

Want to get a feel for the event?  Watch the video below.  And check out their facebook page for the latest details.  I hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Queen of Katwe Was An Unlikely Champion & Giveaway

Queen of Katwe releases nationwide in theaters tomorrow, September 30th.  You may have seen previews of this movie, it looks so good!  Disney's Queen of Katwe is based on the inspiring true story of Robert Katende and Phiona Mutesi.  Phiona grew up in the slums of Katwe, Uganda.  One day she stumbles upon Katende and a group of children playing chess in a makeshift church.  Through Katende's guidance and the game of chess, Phiona is encouraged to believe in herself.  She begins to compete in local chess matches and wins international competitions.  Robert and Phiona's story celebrates the fact that champions can come from the most unlikely places.

Do you have an "unlikely champion" in  your life or community?  I just have to take a moment to give a huge shout out to one of mine, Kim Frey.  You guys, this woman is amazing and I have been lucky enough to call her friend.  D has had her for one of her teachers for the last two years in our Friday homeschool Co-Op.  She adores her and learns so much from her.

  Here is Kim in her co-op class last year.

 D in Kim's class this year - photo taken by Kim!

Kim has had more surgeries than anyone I personally know.  She has been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, degenerative disc disease, osteoporosis, celiacs disease, mutated MYHFR gene, kidney disease, fibromyalgia, a pituitary tumor, thyroid disease, diabetes and Multiple Sclerosis.  Yet she is a Warrior!  She encourages so many on a daily basis.  If you have a moment would you please pray for her.  Kim you are amazing!

Please watch the heartwarming featurette below for more information on Queen of Katwe.

One thing you will learn from Queen of Katwe is that champions can come from anywhere!

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Royal Silverware

We have just over a week until we celebrate Miss E's "Biggie" birthday.  This years theme is everything Princess. 

 I found this super cute idea on Pinterest from!

So, I decided to give it a go.  I love that this is easy, simple and helps make everyday plastic forks more royal!

 Here are the sticker jewels that I selected.

 They are self adhesive so you simply apply them to the forks in whatever pattern you like - super simple.

For out light pink forks I chose to apply white, dark pink and white jewels.

 Easy Peasy

 And then I chose to simply apply one white jewel to our dark pink forks.

 Finished Royal Silverware

I would say that this is a Pinterest Success.  And it's one more thing I'll have ready for the party :).  What do you think?

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

First Day of School

 A and B made chocolate chip peppermint glazed cupcakes for our first day back.

Today was our first day back to school!  It started out pretty rocky as I wasn't feeling well last night but I am glad to say I am feeling better and all in all I think it was a successful first day.  I am excited for this school year and the kids are ready to learn!  Here are our 1st day of school photos!

 A is now in 7th grade!

Miss B - 5th grade

I took these photos late in the day and C was already at baseball practice so I didn't get his photo until late in the evening.  C - 4th grade

Miss D - A cool 2nd

E is now in K!

Mr. F will be in a PreK for a few years, love that smile!

 Baby G was exhausted after our first day back.
Here's to a great school year!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

GREATER, Dreams & Walmart Back To School Giveaway

Have you heard of the new movie coming out in theaters this Friday, August 26th called GREATER?  I was privileged to be able to see an advanced screening of the upcoming movie.  GREATER is an inspirational movie based on the life of Brandon Burlsworth.  It follows his dream of playing football for the Arkansas Razorbacks.  Nothing about football came easy to Brandon, except his desire to play the game.  He was uncoordinated, ridiculed and written off by many coaches and teammates; yet, he continued to work harder than anyone.  Eventually his determination paid off and he was given the opportunity to walk-on and play football for the Razorbacks - becoming a great.

Check out the trailer below!

After watching the film, you cannot help but start dreaming yourself.  What are my goals and dreams for this year?  What about my kids?  As I have been preparing for our upcoming school year I have thought about this a lot.  Cummins Academy currently has a 7th grader, 5th grader, 4th grader, 2nd grader, Kindergartner, toddler and a newborn enrolled - that's a lot to keep up with! 

I think my biggest goal as we enter this upcoming school year is to achieve more than completing our curriculum and academics but to continue fostering a love of learning and to really enjoy this time I have to spend with and teach my children.  I have been preparing curriculum and I really look forward to tailoring the subjects to the needs of my children and adapting to how they respond.  One challenge with homeschooling is being able to say no to things that come up.  Like Brandon Burlsworth in the movie GREATER, we frequently have many choices of different things we can do.  All of these choices aren't necessarily bad things but they can deter you from your primary goal.  I need to make good decisions this year about activities that we are a part of - and keep focus throughout the year.  I want to say yes to the things that are really helpful!

One thing you will learn from Brandon is to never give up!

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Disclosure:  I received my own Walmart gift card and advanced screening of GREATER in exchange for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.