[Favorite Finds] Insta-Grammin'

Monday, May 23, 2016

It's been a while since I did my last Instagram photo dump from some of my favorite Instagrammers that I thought I would share some more today. As I've mentioned before, Instagram is BY FAR my favorite form of social media. I check it most often and post most of my pictures there. Snapchat is definitely second and Facebook comes in a distant third. And the rest... don't even get me started on those. But enough rambling... on to my favorite finds! I must admit a few of these are kind of old (think Christmas photos) since I haven't done a photo dump since September, but they were too good not to share.

Oh and to be helpful, I linked the Instagram account names to the photos this time :)


@rowhouse14 // Seriously the cutest cards. I haven't bought any yet, but I love them all. Boom. Mic drop.
@andrea2220 // LOVE this idea! Andrea did the CUTEST North Pole breakfast for her kids when their elf came back for the holidays.
@theellenshow // Hahahaha!
@momtog // If you don't follow @momtog yet, you should. I started following when Erin was featured and have been hooked ever since. I've learned SO much from fellow mamarazzi's! I mean, how cute is this capture?? Little photog in training!
@sweetnsaucyshop // Donut smash cake. Need I say more?
@drewbphoto // Love this idea! What a great way to showcase your selfies.
@projectnursery // LOVE this little reading nook area.
@_being_jean_ // HECK YES. All the praise hand emojis!
@projectjunior // Swooning over this theme, especially the wall paper!


@crazyjewishmom // I need this cup.
@rowhouse14 // More SUPER cute cards!
@themagnoliamamas // Such a cute baby shower favor for guests.
@shopjumpingjack // YES.
@melissa_hartwig // Emoji magnets! Want.
@helloapparel // SUCH a cute pregnancy announcement!
@lvdmorethncrrts // Great Mother's Day card idea.
@smithamy91909 // LOVE this keepsake! I wish I still had this stuff from when Mason was born.
@sweetnsaucyshop // Emoji macaroons - all the heart eyes!

Do you follow any of these accounts already? Who are your favorites? 
I'm always looking for some wonderful accounts to follow!


Potty Training + a Giveaway!

Friday, May 20, 2016

I feel like the title of this post is a little awkward, but bear with me! I promise the giveaway is good!

So, I'm long overdue for an update on Mason. I planned on doing on in April because April is Autism Awareness Month and is also the month in 2015 that we found out that Mason has autism. But life had other plans and the time flew on past. Then I planned to do an update on the one year anniversary of me posting this letter to Mason, but again, life. I promise though... it's coming!

Today I wanted to focus a little on our potty training journey. Mason will be four in July and probably about 97% of kids are more than potty trained by now. I'd say most start to try between maybe the ages of two and three and are mostly potty trained by three when they start preschool. Thankfully, and luckily, for us, Mason is at a preschool that did not require him to be potty trained (so when he started at the age of two and not potty trained, it was not a problem). They are also helping us in the potty training journey, which I, for one, am SO happy about! Heck, I don't know anything about peeing standing up!

Up until now, I haven't pushed potty training. I'm sure I'm the only one in the world, but I don't hate changing diapers (in fact it's kind of convenient because if your kid needs to go, they just go, and you don't have to drop everything and find a bathroom). That being said, I know I can't be selfish forever and Mason obviously needs to learn to use the toilet.


We tried a while ago but didn't really have much success. We got one of those little toilets that you sit on on the floor and he had no interest. We even bought the potty seat for the toilet since that's what they were using at school since they were having some success - no success at home, even though we bought the exact same brand and everything. So I didn't push it. At this point, Mason's communication skills were still behind and I didn't think he could tell me when he needed to go. He also didn't seem to care when he was wet or dirty, so I just didn't think he was ready.

Fast forward a bit and we started to encourage it more and more. His ABA therapist would work on it at school with his teachers and at home with us. I even put up a little potty chart so he could add stickers. I thought that would give him some incentive - getting a prize once he filled up a row - but it didn't really work.

Fast forward to now. We got a letter home about two weeks ago saying that the school was going to full on start potty training Mason. They told us to bring four changes of bottoms, four changes of tops, four pairs of underwear, and two changes of socks and shoes. This was hardcore. I was actually excited. There's one teacher there that is known for potty training - not that she is mean, but she gets results. I was super excited, yet still not confident. Mason's speech has come A LONG WAY, but he still doesn't tell us when he needs to use the potty. We initiate often and he'll go when we take him, but he doesn't tell us and he still doesn't seem to care if he's wet or dirty. If I didn't change it, I think he'd walk around all day like that. It just doesn't phase him.

But hey, I'm up for trying anything.

So, the weekend before he was due to start potty training, we went to Target and bought some underwear and also happened to be lucky enough to get to try out some underwear from Lucky & Me. The Lucky & Me underwear are quite possibly the cutest things I've ever seen. I don't know why but I always think that things are cuter when they are smaller and the little boxers that we were sent are quite possibly the cutest things ever. Not only are they cute off Mason, but they are also cute on Mason. Yes, I'm that parent. I mean, come on, look at him!



We got the Grayson boxers and the Liam boxers. Both are super cute and so, so soft. What I also love about them is that they are tag-less. While Mason only had mild sensory issues due to his autism, I always look for everything he wears to be tag-less because no tag = less chance of him being annoyed and upset by it, more chance of him keeping it on, and a higher possibility of everyone leaving for work and school in the morning happy. In fact, I've been trying to let Mason make more of his own decisions in the morning in terms of his clothes so he feels more "in charge" so every morning I ask Mason which underwear he wants to wear and every morning he reaches for one of his pairs of boxers. Clearly he loves the softness and the feel of them too.







I also love that these styles of boxers are more formfitting so there is less chance of extra bulk in his pants or shorts and him getting annoyed by that as well. And bonus points, they are work as "shorts" when it's hot out and your kid wants to wear minimal clothing while playing basketball.



So, overall, I definitely wouldn't say that we can say that we've been successful with potty training, but I will say we've had some successes. I've "trained" (for lack of a better word) Mason to know that when it's bath time, we go upstairs, take off his clothes and diaper, and then go in to the bathroom to use the toilet before he gets in the bath. He does this automatically now and without a fight. I've also successfully had him come with me to the bathroom at a few restaurants and use the toilet. This was one of my biggest worries because of the noise of the flushing, but he doesn't seem to have any problem with the flushing noise (all the praise hand emojis!). He did, however, get scared when we were in a bathroom the other day and they only had the electronic hand dryer. It was really loud and he was scared to put his hands under the "unknown" which I completely get (hey, even I think they are loud!). So whenever I need to use the bathroom, I ask him if he needs to and he usually says yes. The first time I was shocked, but went along with it, and took him in. He wanted me to go first (sorry TMI) so I did everything I needed to and he flushed. Then I told him that it was his turn. I helped him pull down his pants and diaper with underwear over and he went! He flushed the toilet and then we both washed our hands. I think treating him like a big boy and praising him for going (I heard a little giggle from someone - probably a fellow mom - when I yelled "good job Mason!!!" after he went to the bathroom) has really helped. He gets a huge smile on his face and is so proud of himself. I, in turn, am so proud of him too, especially the fact that he goes potty like a big boy standing up. We haven't yet tried going #2 and sitting down, but baby steps!!

So, that's where we are. I know it will come when he's ready. I'm not too worried. He still has at least one more year of preschool before we put him in to kindergarten and I feel confident that he will be potty trained by the time he goes to kindergarten. Everything will happen when it's supposed to!

Enough potty talk... let's giveaway a gift card! Lucky & Me was generous enough to offer one reader a $50 e-gift card to their website! You can use it on anything you like (they have super cute stuff for girls too!). Winner will be notified by me and gift card will be emailed by Lucky & Me. Open to US residents only. Giveaway runs from Friday, May 20, 2016 at midnight PST to Monday, May 30, 2016 at midnight PST.

Good luck!





Discloser : I was given these underwear for free in exchange for a blog post. However, all opinions and statements are 100% mine (and Mason's!).



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Elevate 2016 [my first blog conference]

Wednesday, May 18, 2016



Last weekend, I attended my first blog conference with Desiree and Erin. None of us had ever been to a blog conference before and none of us had any idea what to expect. We were given a few insider tips in our blog conference Facebook page, but other than that, we had no idea what we'd be doing or walking in on on Saturday.

When we first walked in, I was a little overwhelmed. I was immediately SO glad that they were both there with me. I'm terrible at meeting new people (I'm so shy!) and honestly probably would have been fine not meeting anyone new. I was there to see what the conference had to offer me as a blogger and to have a fun girls day with Desiree and Erin.





We checked in, got our swag bags, and were told that there was a fun little scavenger hunt to go on before the activities got started. The three of us found a table to put our stuff down at and then started the scavenger hunt. We made our way over to the beach since "toes in the sand" was one of the prompts and were immediately greeted by one of the presenters, Jenica from A Slice of Style. I didn't follow her blog or her Instagram but I had heard of her and her infertility journey (she's now expecting twins in a few months!) so I kind of recognized her. She was so, so sweet and asked if I wanted to take a picture of "toes in the sand" with her. I did. There were a couple other girls around the area and a "five person selfie" was another one of the prompts. I was worried how we were all going to fit in the picture but thankfully Jenica had long arms and perfected our "five person selfie" for us. She went on her way to go mingle some more and we continued with our scavenger hunt. By now almost everyone had arrived and they told us to go inside for the first speaker.



Here is our rough schedule that we went by for the day.

11:00-11:30am : Registration
11:30am-12:15pm : Speaker : Chari Pack @persnicketyprints
12:15-1:00pm : Lunch : Stonefire Grill @stonefiregrill
1:00-3:00pm : Creative Workshops by @sizzix, @meandmybigideas, and @myoverlays
3:00-3:45pm : Speaker : Rebecca Lopez @craftedsparrow
3:45-4:00pm : Break
4:00-5:00pm : Business Panel : Ashley @ashleysfreshfix, Vanessa @chatbooks, and Amy @livandhope
5:00-5:45pm : Dinner : Taco Asylum @tacoasylum
5:45-6:30pm : Speaker : Jenica Parcell @asliceofstyle
6:30-7:00pm : Raffles and Closing

The first speaker was Chari from Persnickety Prints. I'd been following Persnickety Prints on Instagram for a while, so I was super excited to hear her speak. Her presentation was AMAZING. She dove a little into her personal life, how Persnickety Prints got started, and various other inspirational messages. It was really amazing. She also ended up sitting at my table for lunch (our seats were assigned) and I had a chance to talk to her a little more. I'm so happy she was a speaker at our conference.



After lunch, we rotated around different craft areas and got to make some cool crafts. One station was the Sizzix station where we got to make this beautiful necklace out of leather. It was really fun to do, but let me tell you, I much prefer to buy my jewelry than make it! Holy cow. I think it took me 30 minutes to make my one necklace. The next station was with Me and My Big Ideas. I literally had no idea that they were in the planner world until Saturday. I used to use their stickers ALL THE TIME for scrapbooking, but I guess about a year ago, they came out with the Happy Planner. Not only did they show us and tell us about it, but we got to have one of our own! Seriously it's gorgeous and it came with tons of fun inserts and stickers and so much stuff that I could spend hours decorating. They were so generous! The last station was the Overlays station. She basically taught us all kinds of IKEA hacks to make our IKEA furniture more unique and decorative. We decorated a mirror with an overlay (that we got to keep) and they gave us a brochure of all the possibilities that we could do with overlays. Seriously, I wish I had a house! There were some gorgeous ways to spruce up an otherwise regular ol' plain IKEA dresser.




After the workshops, we went back inside to hear Rebecca from Crafted Sparrow talk. I'd never heard of her but she basically told us about her journey to where she's at now. She was a working woman until she had her first child and then once her child was born, she couldn't imagine going back to work. She and her husband made it work and she was able to stay home. As much as she loved being home with their child, she was lacking the ability to express her creative side. So she started a blog. And it has only grown from there. She has crazy big companies approaching her for collaborations now, including Coke for the Super Bowl this year, and many others. Her creativity and her blog have allowed her family to gain addition income... all for something she loves to do and allows her to stay home with their children.

By this point, time was running a little low so we skipped the break and headed straight into the business panel of speakers. First up was Ashley from Ashley's Fresh Fix, second was Vanessa from Chatbooks, and third was Amy from Liv and Hope. They all shared their journeys to becoming business women (whatever that might mean to them - they all have different forms of businesses) and were just very inspirational in terms of following your dreams, never giving up, don't let bullies on the internet get you down, and other uplifting messages similar to those.

After the business panel, we broke for dinner and had some AMAZING tacos from Taco Asylum and took a group photo.


Photo by Chrissy Delacy - Let Me See You Sparkle Photography





After dinner was our last speaker, Jenica Parcell, whom we met earlier. I was really excited to hear her talk about her journey and see how her journey could relate to all of us. Seriously she was the sweetest person and was so open and honest about everything. She has a blog where she posts deals on clothes and things like that. She'd fill up her blog and her Instagram with all these happy pictures of her seemingly perfect life, but on the inside, she wasn't happy. They were struggling with infertility and she wasn't sharing that story with anyone. So, on the outside, she was happy Jenica, but on the inside, she wasn't so happy. Then one day, she decided to share her story. She drafted the blog post, hit post, and sat there in shock that she shared her story with the whole internet. And what happened? SO MUCH POSITIVE FEEDBACK. I've said it once, and I'll say it again, but the blogging community is amazing. Thankfully and luckily I've had nothing but positive experiences (knock on wood) but I know there can be such hateful and mean people out there. But when you can be so vulnerable and honest and open and get such positive feedback from perfect strangers, it makes you realize why you blog and why you share so honestly and openly. She did say that since then, she's had some people say some not so nice/positive things to her like on a picture she posted of her eating a hot dog in the Costco parking lot but she feels like its more out of concern than mal intent. But she also did say that after all of this, after everything she's been through, she's found that she lets things roll of her back more easily now. People can say mean things to you in person or on the internet, but maybe it's because they are at an unhappy place in their life. Maybe they aren't really mean. You never know what's going on behind someone's smile. And like they say, never judge a book by it's cover.



After Jenica was done speaking, it was time to wrap it up and to do the raffle. Unfortunately I didn't win anything, but I felt like a winner already with my overflowing swag bag of goodies to take home.

So, overall, was it worth it? Would I do it again? Yes. I would. And honestly, in the first few minutes and hours, I wasn't so sure I'd say that. I did meet a few people, all nice, but I did feel a little out of place. People would ask me "what do you do?" and I'd say I had a mom blog about my family and motherhood and to be honest... I felt so lame. I thought this was a blog conference but there were TONS of people there who were business owners or were significantly more successful than me. BUT! Now I know. I even went out and made business cards because that's what they suggested, but I definitely didn't need them. I did hand out a few but I felt silly doing it. But for the future, if I go next year, I'll know what to expect more. I mean, heck, I'd go back just for the food and the speakers and the swag bag! Ha! But really, it was good information and I did enjoy myself even though I do wish that they had talked about blogging and photography more. I was definitely hoping to get some photography tips (especially iphoneography!), but they didn't touch on that at all.



The biggest quote that I took away from the whole event was to find your tribe and love them hard. Through blogging, I really feel like I've found people who are my tribe and I do love them hard. I'm so glad that I entered into this crazy world of blogging almost four years ago because without it, I wouldn't have been introduced to so many wonderful people. So glad that I got to spend my Saturday with Erin and Desiree and that they wanted to go to this conference with me! So, shall we sign up for next year girls? :)


Announcing Our... Second Annual Boy Mom Box Swap!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Calling all boy moms! This post is for you!

Are your days filled with dirt, trucks, super heroes and all things little boy? 
Then this #BoyMomBoxSwap was made for you!





I still remember it like it was yesterday. Seth and I went to the OB for my 16 week ultrasound when the ultrasound tech said "do you guys want to know what you're having?"
I'm sorry, what??
I thought we couldn't find out until the 20 week appointment so I was beyond excited to know. I looked at Seth and before I think he even knew what was going on, I said "YES!" And she said...
"You're having a BOY! Congratulations!"
And BOOM! Just like that, I found out that I was going to be a BOY MOM!

To be honest, I always envisioned that I would be a girl mom. I'm a girl. I know girl things. It just made sense. But life is funny like that and throws you a curve ball and takes you in a direction that you never thought you would be in. Regardless of the fact that I never imagined that I would be a boy mom, I would not change one little thing. I love my days as Mason's Mama. From trains to planes and monster trucks to reading books about diggers and dirt, my days (and nights) are filled with all things boy.

One thing I never considered as a boy mom was how few mommy and me activities are tailored to moms raising little boys. Girl moms get the luxury of mani/pedi dates, shoe shopping together, sharing each others clothes, visiting the ballet and so much more. Even Dad's get Father/Daughter dances.

But what is there for the boy moms?

Let me tell you.

As some of you might know, I hosted a #BOYMOMS series a couple years ago. This series is what prompted Stephanie and I to think about our first #BoyMomBoxSwap last year. And this year, we're super excited that Sarah from Seeing All Sides is co-hosting too!

Nothing against you girl moms (we love you too!) but as you know, our little men hold a special place in our hearts. This box swap gives you and your little fella(s) a chance to enjoy a box filled with goodies for each of you to enjoy and share! Whether you are spending the day racin' cars, going on insect hunts or making slime, this box will give you plenty to do with you son(s).

Here are the details on our second annual #BoyMomBoxSwap.

The value of your box should be $20 BEFORE SHIPPING. Think of things you love doing with your son(s). It can be your favorite snacks or favorite activities (or whatever else you guys love to do together!) and share that fun with your fellow boy mom during our box swap. This exchange is open to US residents only.

Also, please note... you don't solely have to be a boy mom to participate! As long as you have a son, you are a boy mom to us!

If you are interested in participating, sign up now by completing this simple questionnaire! Partners will be assigned and emailed in a week or so. Don't forget to grab our button while you are here to add to your post next month.

Oh, and one more thing to note... you don't have to be a blogger to participate! You can share on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter too, so please, sign up if you are interested!

Please let me, Stephanie, or Sarah know if you have any questions!

$10 at Target [May].

Monday, May 16, 2016

From the very first time I saw Becky do a post on $10 at Target, I was intrigued. I mean, who only spends $10 at Target??? Then I read a little further and realized she gave herself the challenge to only spend $10 at Target on something fun for herself and I was intrigued again. I commented on her post that I loved the idea of her post and would love to try something similar (and a few other people must have too) and this blog hop link up was born!

I'm excited to be back again today co-hosting this link up with Becky and some other fabulous ladies!  If you posted today as well, don't forget to link up with us below so we can see your awesome $10 hauls!

After dropping Mason off at his ABA therapy school one Saturday morning, Seth and I had some time to kill before Costco opened, so we decided to stop by Target. The Starbucks in our Target had FINALLY re-opened after being closed for TWO MONTHS (yes TWO!) so we decided to grab a coffee at the Starbucks in Target and walk around a little before we did our weekly Costco shopping. Oddly enough, we didn't need to get anything at Target (shocking, I know, but I was probably there like the day before and that's why we didn't need any essentials), so I only did my $10 at Target shopping.



Last month, Courtney left a comment on my post saying that she'd just head to the wine section and pick out a wine. I don't know why I never thought of that, that's genius! So, this month, I did just that. I didn't go in looking for anything specific, just something that fit within my budget and a lot of the wines were $9.99 or more. I thiiiiiiink there's tax on wine (???) so I didn't think those would work. I love sangria and so when I spotted this one, I thought I'd try it.

Spoiler alert : I tried it one night a couple weeks ago and GAG (literally, I gagged). DISGUSTING. Oh well. You win some and you lose some.


Since the wine was below budget, I needed to find something else. I'd been seeing people comment about this Spindrift seltzer water before and I'd never wanted to spend the money on it, but isn't that what $10 at Target is all about? So I picked my flavor (they have four different ones) and in the cart it went!

Spoiler alert on this one too : it's... DELICIOUS. I'm definitely going to be buying this again!


How'd I do on my budget?
Well, I went over. Again. I'm terrible at estimating how much things are going to cost with tax and in this case... I also forgot there would be CRV. Not that the 20 cents is what pushed me over, but I would have been a little closer without it. Oh well. The total still started with a 10 so I'll consider that a win.


I had so much fun shopping for myself and am excited to continue this link up! Now, link up and then hop around and check out how the rest of my co-hosts (and everyone else!) spent their $10!

Becky at bybmg // Instagram // Facebook // Pinterest
Elizabeth at Chasin' Mason // Instagram // Facebook // Pinterest
Stephanie at Wife Mommy Me // Instagram // Facebook // Pinterest

Next month, we'll be sharing our hauls on Monday, June 20th. Mark your calendars, get your shopping on, and link up with us on the 20th and show us what you got!




Hey There, Friday!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Happy Friday!!! I feel like it's been weeks since I've done a little random Friday post, so a couple of these things are a little old, but worth sharing still. Get ready for some randomness!

ONE.
Planner stickers.


I got these new stickers for my planner a little over a month ago, but I don't think I ever shared here. I had contacted the shop owner, Amy, to see if she could do some custom stickers for me. I asked for ABA stickers and speech (SP) stickers and she rocked it! I didn't want anything elaborate and she came up with these blue colored stickers with each therapy listed on the side. Mason has ABA five times a week and speech three times a week and it was getting a bit overwhelming to write everything out, so it was so wonderful to be able to have stickers and I could just fill in the times. I'm all about making my planner colorful and inviting and these were perfect! If you're looking for planner stickers, I HIGHLY recommend working with Amy from Plan In Color or just browsing her Etsy shop!


TWO.
The show, The Catch.


Is anyone else watching this? It's the newest addition to TGIT on ABC and at first I thought it was going to be stupid, but after just one episode, I'm obsessed! I'm loving the storyline and the characters!


THREE.
Alex and Ani.



I've been obsessed with my Alex and Ani bracelets since my mother in law got them for me for my birthday. She got me the motherhood one, the autism puzzle piece one, the green one, and a present one (not pictured). I've been wanting a blue one (like the green one) for forever. They were online but I wasn't wanting to spend the money and then all of a sudden they were gone. I was bummed! My friend told me that they sell them at Nordstrom Rack so I went there one day looking for it. Nothing. I was bummed again. I had to go to Nordstrom to buy something and I thought, I'll just look. I'll pay full price if I can find it to not miss out again. Lo and behold, I found it! I was fully prepared to pay full price ($38) when the salesperson told me my total was a little over $10. Huh? Yep! I guess they were discontinued and it was on sale for $9.97!!! Score!


FOUR.
Teacher Appreciation.


I made these teacher appreciation gifts for Mason's teachers last week for Teacher Appreciation Week. I also made some for his ABA therapist and his speech teachers. They all teach him and have helped him tremendously so I wanted to include all of them. There are nine of them total, so it was a little pricey, but I wanted to make sure they knew how much we truly love and appreciate them for all they do, so it was the least that I could do.

The gift was super easy to make -- all you need is some card stock, the free printable (found here), some baker's twine, and a Target gift card. Last year I made something similar but with Starbucks gift cards and they were just as big of a hit with everyone!


FIVE.
Michael's signs.


I was at Michael's the other day looking for a new vase when I came across these signs. Swoon! I SO wish I had a house or somewhere to store these because... LOVE! I pretty much want them all - eat, home, love. If I had a house, I would have scooped all of them up - I mean... 60% off!


SIX.
Finding Dory cereal.

A random, fun find at Costco. We didn't buy any but seriously how cute is this??? Like Lucky Charms but Finding Dory!


SEVEN.
Elevate blog conference.

Desiree and Erin and I are off to our very first blog conference this weekend! I'm super excited to spend the day with them and hopefully learn a thing or two (or twenty) about blogging/photography/social media/everything! I even got some business cards made (super last minute aka yesterday or I would show you a picture) which make me feel all official! I'll be sure to report back (hopefully) next week on how it went.


Happy Weekending!


The Picture Perfect Project [May]

Thursday, May 12, 2016

As I mentioned back in January in my goals for 2016 post, one of my goals for this year is to take more pictures. As a blogger, you'd think that would already be a given, but as a working mom, I feel like most of my pictures are taken on the weekends when the "bigger events" happen. There's plenty of stuff that happens during the week as well but it just gets... missed. Enter The Picture Perfect Project. I've been making a real effort everyday to make sure I take at least one picture. The problem is, when I get home from work, it's dark. So that doesn't leave me any time to take pictures outside, so I have to get creative. My goal for myself for The Picture Perfect Project is to take at least one picture a day. It doesn't matter what it is of, just as long as I take one picture per day.



Sooooo... last month I admitted that I've been kind of failing on my "one picture a day" goal. While this is still true (I'm really trying!), I happened to take 10 pictures on the 10th of the month (technically 13!) that I wanted to share with you today. I love this challenge/link up (though I have no clue who is even in charge of it, I've just seen some of my friends doing it and I decided to play along) and find it as a kind of fun way to document an everyday day in the life.

7:07am : Breakfast -- oatmeal with blueberries and raisins

7:20am : Apparently today's outfit is sponsored by Mickey Mouse and Old Navy!

7:45am : Post office run! I had to mail the Stitch Fix items I didn't want to keep and mail a letter to a friend. I finally ran out of stamps and promised Mason that he could use the machine to buy some when I ran out... day made!

3:12pm : It's my day to pick up Mason from school since Seth had softball early and I... forgot a snack for him! Quick stop to Ralph's and we fixed that problem!

3:52 pm : When Mom's in charge, we get... frozen yogurt! I let Mason choose everything he wanted and he chose... chocolate yogurt, watermelon, fruit loops (that he called cookies?), and bits of a waffle cone. Yum?

4:18pm : Happy mail day! Mason's new shoes and my make up from Nordstrom have arrived.

4:25pm : Barely in the door and time to change in to something more comfortable.

4:38pm : I decide to spruce up my normal, boring, plain water with some pineapple and strawberries. Not bad.

5:27pm : Seth's at softball and we're home early so I start making dinner early. On the menu tonight, trying something new -- Pesto Pasta Salad from the Cooking Light Magazine!

5:34pm : I'm a good influence.

6:33pm : Time to play a little basketball!

6:57pm : Mason and I are playing with his Hot Wheels cars when one of them goes under the couch. Without even a second thought, he runs to the closet, grabs the swiffer, looks under the couch, runs the swiffer under, and... pulls out his car! Guess he really is watching everything I'm doing because that's exactly what I would do/have done in the past! :)

7:18pm : All clean after bath time!

Not Pictured :

8:15pm : Daddy comes home and reads books and puts Mason to bed.

9 something-ish : I fall asleep on the couch.

Good night!



And there you have it!
How has your Picture Perfect Project been going?

Don't forget, our next link up is Thursday, June 9th. So gather some photos between now and then and then link up with us on the 9th and show us what you've been up to!







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