Inside The Walmart Baby Box


I am way behind on the subscription box trend. Or maybe way ahead. When I was about seven or eight years old my mom ordered me a kids craft subscription for a year. I kinda loved it, but that was one my one and only subscription box. Things  have changed this month. I finally got my hands on the Target Beauty Box  and decided to order the Walmart Beauty Box. During the Walmart ordering I found out  there is Walmart Baby Box.  Since I was already on a roll AND they say, "go big or go home", I decided to get this one too. 

Happy Friday! Sept. 23, 2016


I missed last week's 5 on Friday, so here is an update about what's been going on with me.

Last week I posted:
a review of Turning The Tables by Teresa Guidice (here), 

linked up about what movies I would bring if I was stranded on an island (here)
and
I posted some of my tips for packing your hospital bag (here). 


This week I posted:
about making personalized fitness notebooks from Shutterfly (here)

and
a book review of Alone: Orphaned on the Sea (here) (you should read it)

Evidently about 2 weeks ago I made contact with poison ivy.

Poison ivy oak sumac Calamine lotion. Pink.:



 Heidi's first "gymnastics"
Now that school is back in session, so are all the extra activities. Story Time, Girl Scouts, swimming, and Heidi went to her first toddler gymnastics. 


My phone catches on fire. Try topping that. (kidding..kinda)
I should have my replacement Note 7 in a few days. And no, my phone isn't overheating. Yet.  
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It's officially Fall. 



Have a great weekend!
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                                                                  I am linked up with: 
 Natasha  and April for the Five on Friday,  Karli for oh hey Friday!Amanda for Friday Favorites Link Up, 
ErikaAndrea and Narci for Friday Favorites and Tif for High Five On Friday.


Alone: Orphaned on the Ocean (Book Review)

                                                             


Title: Alone: Orphaned on the Ocean
Authors: Richard D. Logan and Tere Duperrault Fassbender
Year: 2010

Someone needs to fill me in on why this isn't a movie. The only explaination that will satisfy me is the Tere Duperrault Fassbender doesn't want it. Otherwise, I am pretty much confused about why they are remaking movies when this story would make an excellent film. 

This book tells the story of Terry Jo Duperrault, an 11 year old girl that is found alive after floating in the ocean for 4 days. If you Google her name you will find summaries of what happened, but the book offers a much more thorough and captivating account. I don't want to spoil anything, but my mind was blown by how the whole thing happened. Unfortunately there are limited witnesses to tell about how all the events took place. Without a lot of witnesses the book can be a bit technical, factual and sometimes speculative, but stick with it. There is an amazing story here that makes a great read. It not only details the event, but gives insight into the lives of the victims and possible murderer. Even if this type of story isn't your typical read, I recommend it. It wasn't mine either, but I'm glad I read it. 

Let me know your thoughts!
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Stranded On Island With 3 Movies

Today I am linking up over @ Mix and Match Mama and A Little Bit of Everything for their very fun Stranded With... link-up. 

Stranded on an island...


The first movie that popped in my head was The Breakfast Club. I've watched it too many times to count and still love it. That makes it stuck-on-an-island worthy. After that pick I wasn't so sure and started complicating things. Could I bring the complete series of Mad Men and Parks and Rec? Should I bring one with some eye candy? I haven't seen Magic Mike, but maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea to bring it. I finally decided on my strategy. I decided to go with some tried and true romance, classic and comedy movies.

My runner up movies tapped into my love of John Hughes movies, my all time favorite Alice in Wonderland, Parks and Rec and Now and Then. Anyone remember Now and Then? I kind of love it because it brings back good memories. I just don't want to watch it a lot. Yea,I aged myself.

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Personalized Workout and Diet Notebooks

I love stationary and pens. I love working out and eating healthy not so much, but ya know, it's important. I always hear that keeping a workout and diet notebook can be beneficial. Plus it always feels good to see progress. The least expensive approach to keeping a health journal would be to just grab a $1 note book from the store, but I wanted something more...


I ordered myself a 5x8 notebook when Shutterfly was doing one of their free gifts. After that I decided to make Ryan one. (I covered his last name up on his and his is still wrapped.)  The notebooks came to almost $8.00 shipping/handling using the freebie code.  If you are ordering other stuff and can get free shipping that would be even better.

The best part, besides the free gift code, is that it's so easy. All of the images on my notebook are in the Shutterfly art gallery. I made Ryan's top image on PicMonkey and just added text in Shutterfly on the bottom.  To get one free you can make one, save the project and wait for them to have the notebooks as a free gift. Then you just need to order and won't feel rushed since the codes often expire quick.

I also know Erin Condren and Happy Planner have some health notebooks/inserts. I like this route because it was personal, inexpensive and smaller, but they look nice too.

I would love to see other ways people document their health related stuff. 
Leave a comment letting me know and include a link if you have one. 
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This post is linked up at these wonderful blogs: The Modest Mom Blog, What Joy Is Mine, The Life of Faith 





My Reality TV Read: Turning The Tables by Teresa Giudice

Title: Turning The Tables: From Housewife To Inmate And Back Again
Author: Teresa Giudice with K.C. Baker
Year Published: 2016


I love reality TV and the ladies from RHONJ are my favorite. I couldn't pass up reading Teresa Giudice's book and choose to listen it to the audio version.


Let me start by saying that this exactly what I expected from Teresa. If you watch the show then you know she has a way of praising her family and herself ALOT. She also has a way of glossing over situations. There is plenty of that, but the story still came out ok. She still tells the highs (should I say mediums instead?) and lows of days leading up to her entering prison and her time there. I felt like the "Back Again" in the title wasn't included in the book. It ends at her exiting prison. I would have like to known a little about her return home.

In her typical fashion, she had a way of making prison sound like it wasn't that bad. At one point she talks about her morning routine of eating oatmeal and drinking coffee out on the yard. She may have not meant to, but it kind of made me consider a future in prison. If you watch the show then you know that this is just Teresa. As far as the audio, it was Teresa's words with Teresa's voice, but it was monotone. I would have loved to have heard it with her normal inflections. If you like reality TV then it's an ok read. If you don't watch reality TV then this is probably a pass.

Did you read it or any other books by reality TV stars? Let me know.
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Tips For Packing Your Hospital Bag


Packing your hospital bag when your pregnant is exciting. Due to unexpected health issues I didn't have a bag packed with baby #1. I stayed in the hospital for a week and had so much stuff brought to me it was overwhelming to unpack. With baby #2 I had a lightly packed bag for each of us and returned home the same. Here are some of tips for packing your hospital bag: 

Pack Light.
There are so many lists of what to pack online, but trust me, you don't need everything on those lists. You will be tired when you get home and you won't want to come home to a bunch of unpacking. In most cases, you are are there 24-72 hours. Not forever.

Don't stress too much about the baby bag.
Both hospitals I went to had bassinets fully stocked with the basics. Diapers, wipes, lotion, bath soap, comb,  and diaper rash ointment. Use them. You will probably be billed for them and it's a lot easier to unpack (or leave behind) those small sized bottles.They will even have bottles for feedings, breast pumps, and nipple cream. I packed 3 diapers and Aquaphor. Neither was necessary. A cute outfit or two and  a blanket or receiving blanket would get you by. 

Consider needs vs. wants
Ok, ladies, I know we want all of our favorite things to make us comfortable, but I have seen some crazy lists. Favorite blanket,  pillow, lotion, stuffed animal, family photo, music, essential oils, house slippers, robe, nightgown, snacks, ultrasound photo, pics of siblings....Listen, someone has to unpack all it and you probably won't use all of it. Pick and choose wisely. Again, you aren't there forever.

Scrapbooking Items
I never packed anything to remember the event by except for my camera. There are so many cute handprint/footprint kits, papers, and even shirts out there. If there is ever a baby #3, I would look into finding something cute. But if for some reason, you don't or can't get anything, don't worry. Your phone or camera can capture tons. You will also get those precious little hospital bands and hats. 

Tech Gear
Phones. Phone chargers. Camera. Camera battery charger. Want to bring a tablet? Yep, grab the charger.

A Last Minute Item list
I kept mine on the fridge. It just a list of things that I couldn't keep in the bag. For instance, my camera, phone, chargers, wallet with ID/health insurance cards, hair straightener, etc..

Hopefully these tips will help you pack or even cross off some items on those bag packing lists. 
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Five On Friday: Sept. 2. 2016


Here are my five four on Friday:


I like pumpkin spice, but I don't love it flavoring my drinks the way others do.  Apple cider, on the other hand, I kinda love it. A lot.


Speaking of apples...my house smells like the orchard.


It's finally feeling like Fall. 

I am really looking forward to putting out fall decorations. I have some wreaths I made last year and new prints I want to put out. I promised Sophie I would let her help decorate. I might have to work on my control issues when she is "helping".



So I decided to make some fitness goals this month. I want to finish my SHealth program, start a 
a new one and do the kettlebell swing challenge. 

So, it's going to be a 4 on Friday week. 
Have a great Labor Day Weekend!
   I am linked up with: 
 Natasha  and April for the Five on Friday,  Karli for oh hey Friday!Amanda for Friday Favorites Link Up, 
ErikaAndrea and Narci for Friday Favorites and Tif for High Five On Friday.



Hello September! Back to Blogging and Ready For Fall


If there was any bit of Summer still lingering after school began, I think September nicely puts an end to it. I finally gave in last month and bought a Bath and Body  Works candle. The Honeycrisp Apple smelled exactly the way I remember the orchard smelling as a kid. I'm not a huge fan of the sweet, food smelling candles, but this apple one was nice and not like a pie. I held off on lighting it until today so that it felt like Fall was Official. Speaking of these candles, I have also heard good things about the Marshmallow Fireside. Anyone else got any they love?

This September I am going to try...
  • some new apple recipes.
  • plan for Sophie's Fall break. 
  • finish the Baby Steps to 5k program.
  • go to my favorite craft festival. 
  • decorate for Fall.
  • read at least one book. 

So, I took at little blogger break. This is my first post in a couple months. I just didn't feel motivated to share for awhile. I always come back, but sometimes just need a break. Anyway, if you are reading this, I hope you have a wonderful start to September! Let me know what candles you love and your plans for September!

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Happy September!


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