Saturday, April 30, 2011

So what quick Saturday

There is much to be done, and not enough time to do it all. Do you have that problem too?

So what...if we didn't make it to the art gallery event last night? It was just way too windy for baby to be out walking around, but we still had quality time together and that's what matters. We had a hot date here:
So what...if I haven't taken a shower yet today? I used deodorant, spritzed some perfume, and threw my hair in a ponytail, and no one knows the difference!

So what...if I bought something that I totally don't need with the intention of using it and sharing the results on my blog? It's these nail strips...
that aren't even really my thing, but are just so intriguing to me. I'm very skeptical about them, but I'll let ya know how they go!

So what...if I eat cheese in some form in at least one meal every day? Calcium and protein, right?

So what...if the excitement of some of my days is checking the mail? I have a weird thing about getting really excited about mail. So if you ever wanna send me some, consider this your invitation!

So what...if I just discovered sticky notes on my computer and now think it's the greatest thing ever?

So what...would you do at the farmer's market? I love the idea of supporting local farmers, and I don't want our farmers market to die out, but it's all SO expensive. To buy or not to buy?

And what are YOU saying so what to today??

Friday, April 29, 2011

Blog button

Hang tight....I'm making a blog button. If you need one, my amazing friend Gail can talk you through it. Cause she's awesome like that!


It will be on my right hand column if you'd like to add it to your blog :)

In the meantime, while I'm geeking out with all this html stuff, go read my current post...pretty please!

Photo Friday with a winner

A recap of my week, via photos :)

As many of you already noticed, last Friday Kaylee got feathers in her hair. Yes, my child is much more trendy than I am, and I'm ok with that!

Saturday must have been pretty uneventful. I have no pictures to share. I know we went to a soccer game, and ran some errands, but nothing photo-worthy.

Sunday was Easter, and I already showed you most of my Easter pics. Here's one of Isabelle and daddy, since his picture doesn't pop up on the blog too often.

Kaylee was off school on Monday, and most likely due to extreme boredom, decided she wanted to go spend her money. She gets money every now and then, from the tooth fairy or for her birthday, but she never ever wants to spend it.
She counted it all out ($15! She's rich!) and we went to the store....but came back empty handed. She didn't find anything she really wanted, so her money is saved for another day.

Tuesday, I opened the freezer and got out the carton of ice cream to find this:
Yes, it was my doing, but who does that?! All it does is make me mad!

On Wednesday, we signed up for several upcoming races.
There are a few kid ones that Kaylee will run (a quarter-mile race, and a 1K) but the majority of them are 5Ks that we will walk together as a family. I love getting out and being active, but races are expensive!

For lack of anything better to show, on Thursday, Isabelle took a bath.
She's such a happy little bather.
And in case you doubt me when I tell you she's a chunky little monkey, allow me to show you this:
Just look at that big tummy!
And here she is, all nice and clean.

And today, for Friday, I selected a winner (via random.org) for the TruKid giveaway.
 Congratulations to Katie!
Katie, please email me at megandyanray at gmail dot com with your mailing address so I can forward it on to TruKid.

To those of you who didn't win, don't forget that you can go here to order from TruKid. I highly recommend it!

And make sure you check back next week for another great giveaway!

Please share: What was the best thing that you did this week?

Fill in the blank busy Friday

Y'all, I feel so behind right now. My house is a mess, I have a 4 ft pile of laundry that needs folding, one half that size that needs washing, a dishwasher that needs emptied, and I'm behind on my blogging and blog reading. And no, I did not watch the royal wedding, and yes, my life is still complete.

Isabelle and I tried to stay gone for a few hours yesterday while our roof was being removed and a new one put on, but there's only so much you can do out and about with a baby before you feel like a terrible mom for dragging your sleepy kiddo around, trying to kill time. We ended up coming home in the afternoon and just lived through the roofing sounds. Today is quiet, and I'm loving it.

Now for a little fill in the blank Friday, and then I must go do some chores.

1.   I am looking forward to      tonight!! I always complain that my little mid-sized city doesn't have much to offer or much to do, but once a month we have an event called 'Final Friday' that takes place downtown and tons of different art galleries and independent little stores are open to display art by local artists. While I enjoy the art somewhat, I more just enjoy being out and walking around and enjoying time with my family.

2.  Something kind of embarassing that I still love anyway is   eating raw cookie dough or cake batter. I feel like it's totally acceptable as a child, but that you should "grow out of that phase" as an adult. For example, I don't remember either of my parents ever eating any raw dough, and when I bake now, my husband always declines too. I'd almost rather have the dough over the baked good.

3.  My favorite car is    for years, I've loved and wanted a Lexus RX 330. It's very much out of our budget though.

4.  If I could pick one type of weather to live with for the rest of my life it would be   summertime year round!! I have no use for cold weather. I don't enjoy it, at all. I like sunshine and getting to be outside. Plus I love wearing sundresses :) I also really love being tan.


5.  My favorite thing to do after a bad/stressful day is    take a nap, if I'm sleepy, or if not, snuggle up with a good book and a delicious dessert. yes, I am a stereotypical woman.

6.  This weekend       will be busy! We're going out tonight, like I said, and will be getting up early Saturday to go to the farmer's market and Kaylee's soccer game. Sunday will be another early day, as we'll be going to a half marathon to cheer on one of my best friends. She's going to rock that race!

7.  If I were a color, I'd be       pink or aqua     because,       those are my favorite colors. Notice most of my blog is in shades of pink and aqua. Those were also my wedding colors. 

Now I need to know,
What's something embarrassing that you love? 

I'll be back this afternoon, to announce a winner from the TruKid giveaway share my photo Friday pics :) 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

DIY sparkle nail polish

As I sit here typing this blog post, there are currently six grown men running around on top of my house, hammering and scraping and making more noise than you would assume is humanely possible.

But you can be sure that I'm not complaining about this, because after all, I have a roof over my head. And not only that, I have the resources to get a brand new roof over my head. I know there are many many people in this world who cannot say the same, and for that I am grateful for my blessings.

I'm also grateful I have a car, because after I get this blog post up and take care of a few things, Isabelle and I are out. of. here.

While I'm out and about, I wanted to leave you with this post on sparkly nail polish. I love glitter. But I was always disappointed with any of the glitter polishes I bought. They didn't really sparkle. So several years ago, I created my own solution.

This is what you'll need:
You actually only need one color of nail polish, but I've had that bright pink one for so long that the polish has dried in the lid, and it's super hard to get it open, and I wasn't sure if I'd be getting to use it or not. The lighter pink was my backup.

But the secret is the glitter! It's craft glitter (I got mine at Michael's years ago) and you want the finest (read: teeniest sparkles) glitter you can find.

Start with clean, polish free toes.
(Side note, this is what I looked like on the day I got that little heart tattoo:
haha. Don't you love that scrunched, tensed up ahhhhhh I'm scared but I'm gonna smile pose?)

Back to the nails.

Paint your first coat of polish.

Once you're ready for your second coat, paint just a few nails at a time, and then stop to sprinkle on the glitter. You want to apply the glitter while the polish is still really wet so it'll stick well.

And then, ta-da!!

Pictures don't really do it justice, but I promise this is the most sparkly you've ever seen nails. When I have my nails done like this, people stop me all the time to complement it and ask about it.

But I'll warn ya, and pardon my french, this is a pain in the ass to remove. You've been warned.

And with that, I'm out! I hope your house is much more peaceful than mine today :)

Do you have any tattoos? 
or
What's your favorite color of nail polish? 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Oops I did it again

I like to think I'm pretty stellar at saving money.

I mean, I don't work and bring in an income, so I kind of consider it my job to save and spend as smartly as possible.
And at the grocery store, I usually do a pretty good job. I clip coupons (and print and get them in the mail and all that jazz) and I try to match up my coupons to sales to maximize my savings.
Like on my trip to Dillons today, I saved 58%, and my savings were more than what I spent. Pretty sweet, right?

(yes, I know my savings don't compete with those crazies on Extreme Couponing, but I don't live eat and breathe coupons and carry around a 30 lb binder full of them either. So I'm ok with that!)

But then, there are times that I don't save so well.

Like today. I went to Gap with one item in mind...a watch for Kaylee. Simple enough, right? Easy in, easy out.
Where did all that come from?? Oopsie!

What should have been a $12 trip somehow turned into $79. My husband texted while I was waiting to pay and asked if I found a watch. I replied that I never should have stepped inside the door.

HOWEVER.

That $79 got a lot of stuff since Gap was having some fabulous sales.

I ended up with two watches for Kaylee for less than the one was at original price. And four super cute pairs of flip-flops for $6 each...two for K and two for me. (LOVE being able to wear kid sized shoes!)

For Isabelle, I found two adorable tulle skirts that were still a bit pricey at $12 each, but much better than the original $30, and two little ruffley cardigan shrugs for $7 each, down from $25. Plus the little lavendar dress and pink shorts.

So if you average it out, I spent $79 on 12 items, which makes each item an average of $6.60.

And for those of you that have a Baby Gap problem like me, right now all sale items are buy one get one 50% off.

Sale + sale = deal!

Did you see the little icon I made and put in my right column?
This is my very favorite bible verse(s). I know you could probably make something much more impressive in Photoshop or Corel draw (ahem, husband) but I'm pretty proud that I made this all on my own :)

Where do you consistently find yourself spending more than you intended??

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

What I ate, wore, and loved Wednesday

Are you ready for this link up extravaganza?? As you know, I usually link up to the fabulous Jennifer @ Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday, and today is no different.

But I'm also linking up to The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore, and This Kind of Love for What I'm Loving!

So let's get started!

What I Wore: I'm really excited to show off this outfit! As a stay at home mom, I rarely have any reason to change out of my usual uniform of jeans and a tee. I mean, at least I don't stay in my PJs all day, right?

But last Thursday, Kaylee's school had their annual Open House, and as secretary of PTO, I felt like I should probably make myself a little more presentable.

It's amazing how much better I felt about myself for changing into something nicer than a t-shirt. I should really do it more often!
Jeans and belt: Decree, from JC Penney; Oxford shirt: Ralph Lauren, from Ralph Lauren; awesome bracelet: a Kaylee original.



What I'm loving:
 I'm loving half priced Easter candy! I got some Dove Chocolate Truffle eggs and they are delicious!
Unfortunately, I REALLY wanted some M&M specktacular eggs, but everywhere is sold out :(

I'm loving switching to my Escada limited edition summer scents. In the winter, I love Burberry Brit, but it's too heavy for summer. It's really not summery here yet, but a girl can dream. I love all the Escada summer perfumes! Stop by your nearby fragrance counter and try them!
I'm loving Cinnamon Toast Crunch. I never eat sugary cereals for breakfast, but I love this for a snack! I know there's nothing too good for you about cinnamon toast crunch, but I figure it's better than a big piece of cake or bowl of ice cream, right?

I'm loving my newest kitchen appliance! I'll have to devote a whole post to that baby :)

And of course, what I've been eating!





Thanks to a free coupon, I was recently given the opportunity to try Van's waffles. I'm not normally a big waffle fan, but I had heard lots of good things about Van's.
Van's has several different choices, but I opted to try flax, since everyone knows that flax is so good for you. The waffles are definitely pricier than your average box of Eggos, but the nutritionals are SO much better too. Two waffles is 200 calories, 6g of fiber and 5g of protein. There's also a decent amount of Vitamin A, C, and B6. Score!

The directions say you can heat them via the toaster, microwave or oven. I heated mine in the toaster oven, and 8 minutes later had some delicious waffles.
They were delicious! Great texture - sort of crispy on the outside and a little softer on the inside, and no frozen product weirdness at all. These were as good as homemade - except healthier and quicker! I would highly recommend these to anyone!
There are several more varieties I hope to try soon, like the Maple Waffles, the Multigrain Waffles, and the Vanilla Waffle Sticks. They also make French Toast sticks which sound great too.


Share the positivity!! What are you loving today?? 

Psst! Come enter my giveaway!

TruKid Review and Giveaway

I'm all about making healthy choices and finding healthy products for my family.

Many people might assume this is limited to food and eating, but it's not. This applies to skin care too, which is why I'm so glad we found TruKid.
TruKid makes a complete line of all natural skin care products for kids. From their website:
"TruKid products are BPA and Phthalate free! We make safe products that families can feel good about; our certified organic and natural ingredients are always SLS, paraben, 1-4 Dioxane and Gluten-free!
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has awarded TruKid's entire line the safety rating of 0-2! THE SAFEST RATING of all kid's skin care lines!"

More than just making an all natural product, TruKid is also passionate about teaching kids healthy habits.
"But what sets us apart even more than our products, is our philosophy. TruKid™ strives to impact the world one healthy habit at a time. Through rhymes, songs, facts and more, we provide the tools your family can use to start forming healthy habits the fun way... You have enough to worry about, let us help you teach your kids healthy skin care habits to last their lifetime."

I soon as we received our TruKid products, which were so colorful and kid friendly, I immediately opened the bottles to smell them. I know that some all-natural products that I've tried in the past have not had the most pleasant smell, but I immediately loved these. They have a very fresh citrusy smell to them. Kaylee also liked the smell.

We both went to the bathroom to try out the soap. It lathered up nicely, and really left our skin feeling clean and smooth.

We both used the lotion afterwards and I loved it. It was really moisturizing, but not at all greasy. Again, it left a light citrus fragrance that I enjoyed.

Here's a description of the items we tried:

New Helping Hand Wash just for your little helpers. Safe and non-toxic! A nice way to help your kids get into the hand washing routine. Using actual hand wash (not hand sanitizer) removes more bacteria and germs from hands. To get hands good and clean, wash for as long as it takes to sing happy birthday! Happy Hand Washing! You can order it here!

New Super Sensitive Happy Face & Body Lotion. Directions: Great anytime, day or night, especially or after a bath or shower. Apply after you have used TruKid Bubbly Body Wash and TruKid Friendly Face Wash, to help your skin feel moisturized and happy. You can order it here!

TruKid Sunny Days 30+ SPF Sunscreens are gentle on the Earth and are safe for our oceans. Highly Rated on EWG for Safety. This new formula does NOT contain Vit. A For best results, reapply every 80 minutes. You can order it here!

Both Kaylee and I give TruKid our stamp of approval. She's been using the hand soap and lotion every day and there's a good possibility that this mama has been using it too :) TruKid offers many other products that we're planning on trying, such as Silly Shampoo, Cool Conditioner, and Dancing Detangler. I would assume these products are also great.
I would highly recommend TruKid to all families - I think making healthy skin care choices is very important.

You can visit TruKid's website and order directly from them.

Just in time for summer, TruKid has generously offered on reader of Loving the little things a SFP30+ Sunny Days Sunscreen and a Happy Face and Body Lotion! How perfect is that?!

With this giveaway, you can earn multiple entries in the following ways.
*Please leave a comment for each way that you enter!*

Entry #1} Leave a comment telling me which TruKid product you'd like to try.
Entry #2} Like TruKid on facebook.
(and let them know that Loving the Little Things sent you!)
Entry #3} Follow TruKid on twitter.

--And of course, I always encourage you to be a follower of Loving the little things :) 

Giveaway closes Friday, April 29 at 10:00 am CST.
Winner will be announced on the blog and notified by email on Friday, April 29. Good luck!

In the interest of full disclosure, I was provided with the previously mentioned products from TruKid. I received no compensation for my review, and my thoughts are entirely my own. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Easter, non-ideal Sunday

Don't get me wrong, it wasn't a bad Sunday, but it wasn't the best either.

Let's start with the good. The girls enjoyed their Easter morning. Of course, we hunted eggs, and checked out Easter baskets.



Unfortunately, my hubby had to spend the afternoon working. Yes, on Sunday. Yes, on Easter. He's the IT Director for a law firm, which means that he handles everything to do with all their technology, computer, phone and I don't know what else stuff. And whenever he has to run updates on the computers or reset the servers or other things I don't understand, he always has to do it on the off hours. Attorneys work long hours, so he has to try and squeeze in software updates and maintenance at times when it is least inconvenient for them.

So while he worked, the girls and I went to visit extended family for a late Easter lunch. When you live in Kansas, this is about as exciting as the scenery gets:

The girls got to have fun with all the other kids. (my cousins kids would be....what? my kid's...second cousins?)
The drive there and back went well, with the exception that I somehow lost $20, right out of my pocket. Bummer, huh?! I just hope that whoever found it needed it more than I do.
Oh and gas prices for that 225 mile round trip drive are a big bummer too.

It worked out okay though...hubby did his work, we did the family thing, and then we were all home by 6:30 for dinner together.

But then the bad strikes again.

We've had some crazy wind here in the last few weeks...bad enough that the insurance adjuster came out and totaled our roof from all the damage. Unfortunately, all the roofing companies are really busy following a big hail storm late last fall, and crazy winds this spring, so we haven't gotten our roof re-shingled yet.

And of course it rains last night.

And as it would happen, the only place our roof leaks? In our bedroom, right over our bed.

Good thing my husband is such a knight in shining armor; he was out in the storm, up on our roof, doing whatever he did to stop the leak.

Anyway, here's to hoping y'all had a very blessed Easter, aware of how much God loves you. Cause despite all my silly little complaints, I have it so good.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Public Service Announcement + Winners

(warning! This post contains blood...but not gore!)

First of all, when you run your dishwasher, be sure to put in detergent. Otherwise you will have to run your dishwasher twice...on Earth day. FAIL.

And secondly, if you feel like you're in such a hurry while you shower that you have to RUSH to shave, maybe you just shouldn't shave at all. Otherwise, this could happen:

And now for some winners!

The winner of the AMAZING Happy Baby Giveaway, according to random.org:
Congratulations to Heather!!
Heather, please email me at megandyanray at gmail dot com with your mailing address so I can forward it on to Happy Baby! So excited for you!

And we have FIVE winners for the iCaughtTheEasterBunny giveaway!

The Workaholic Momma

Patty @ Entertaining Angels

Erin @ Keeping Up With the Joneses

Isabella's Mommy @ Isabella's Family Blog

Meri @ Meri Goes Round

Ladies, please email me at megandyanray at gmail dot com. I'll send you a promotional code and you can go to the website and make your own picture!

Do you have a public service announcement you'd like to share??

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