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Pure Joy

7 Oct

We went to Cox Farms yesterday and I think it opened Emma’s eyes to a whole new world! There were slides and playgrounds and so many things to climb on! It was a gorgeous day and if you live in Northern Virginia I highly recommend letting your child go wild here. Even though there were a million things to do this is what Emma enjoyed this the most:


I love that smile 🙂

Here are some other pictures from the day:



Emma and Tyler hugging 🙂



Checking out all the animals on the farm!



Emma loved the big pink truck! I’ll have to remember that when she gets older 😉



Tyler and Emma holding hands!



Checking out the view from the top of the ship!



Emma sticking her butt out while she hugs the bunny 😛 I have no idea why she hugs like this!



Sitting on the caboose of the train!



Oink Oink! Emma’s a pig 🙂



Best Friends Forever



Going on the hayride! Emma does not like loud moving tractors but somehow we got on the hayride without a fuss! ❤



I’m pretty sure she had a blast 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,


Great Finds with Family Time

16 Jun

What do you get when you have three female family member bloggers, two of which blog about books, and a library book sale?!

A pile of books so high that when you come home you realize you have no shelf space for them.. 😀 uh oh!

At the rate that I read – I have enough books to last me all year 😉 As for my sister and mom this might last three months!

If you love books, aren’t so great at returning library books on time (guilty for sure!), and don’t have the cash to a bunch of new books (also guilty) there are two options you have to find great books at great prices if you don’t mind weeding through some old ones.

Not all but most libraries each year do a book sale (sometimes more often) to get rid of the multiple copies of books to replace with new ones coming out. Our library gathers all these books, sorts them by hardback, paperback, mass media print, dvds & electronics, young adult, and children’s books – than short by Authors last name. Hardbacks are $2 and paperbacks & mass media are $1, but best of all kids young adult and children’s books are a whopping .50 cents!

Another option is thrift stores! Some thrift stores are better than others but I’ve come to find most Goodwill’s I’ve been to all around Virginia have a large amount of books for $1 and under – most of the time they are .25 cents – can’t beat that price!

After our book adventure we did a little shopping at Charming Charlies. It’s a cute little accessory store around here that my sister always comes to when she stops by. For those of you who have tiny feet like me and have a really hard time finding high-heeled shoes in a size 5 or 5.5 and you don’t have money for those drop dead gorgeous Steve Maddens – hop on over to the nearest Charming Charlies around or check out their online store here! I got these suckers and I already have six dresses I will be wearing these babies with 😀

So excited!!!

Stay tuned for my list of things I hope to accomplish this week and my trick to keeping things budget friendly without all the stress 😉

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,


Good Morning WordPress

14 Jan

I woke up at 6:06 this morning. Why? Who knows.. but I am definitely taking advantage of this extra time!! Apparently my brain hasn’t been able to “turn off” all night long. First it started out with things I could do today so that when B came home he would have a huge smile on his face :D, then it went to clever puns joining sports and video games with B, then crafts (of course), and finally ended with a dream. Moving to an affordable tropical island, B working from home as writer, and me working from home as a crafter. Ahh what a dream!! Then of course me being the researcher “can we actually do it” kind of person. I looked online. Cheap island, cheap flights, now all we need is two stay at home jobs that make an income of $1,000-$2,000 a month! Hmmmm…

So I realize that I have always wanted an at home crafting job and it has yet to happen. I also note that I have been slowly working on that since August (and so far have only gotten to sewing sweatpants and a t-shirt, crocheting a jacket (almost done) and a blanket, and fiddling with holiday crafts) and haven’t sold one item yet. But dreams come true for people!! So I am seriously sticking to my gut with this one!

Honestly, I don’t care if it takes B and I a couple of years to figure out where we both “fit in” as long as we both are doing what we have always wanted to do. If that means that we both get to stay at home, it would make me the happiest wife and mother in the whole wide world, and give us the freedom to choose where we want to live instead of being stuck in the most expensive part of Virginia KNOWN TO MAN! Geez what a life that would be, your job not dictating where you live and how much you spend.

As much as I do daydream about these things, one day, ONE DAY, I am going to make it happen!! One of my amazing friends from back home put on her facebook status this morning, “when someone doubts a person…prove em ALL wrong!!!!” and that is just what I am going to do!

Love Always,


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