Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Pajama Girl || Giveaway


I was asked to review a new book called, “The Adventures of Pajama Girl and the Coronation of the Cupcake Queen” by Sandra Hagee Parker. I don’t have any little girls at home, but I am easily drawn to any story about princesses and cupcakes. :)  I decided to give the book to my adorable second-cousin, and I hope she loves it and is pulled into a beautiful, imaginative world!



The book starts off with a little girl and her magical pajamas. If she wears her palm tree pajamas, she has tropical dreams. And if she wears her cupcake pajamas, she and her little sister take a journey to a “Candy Land” of sorts. :)



We thought the illustrations of the cupcake kingdom were detailed and adorable!



Eventually Pajama Girl and her sister help find the Cupcake Queen’s missing sprinkles. They had been stolen by another princess, and Pajama Girl needed to point out that it is wrong to steal.



To buy "The Adventures of Pajama Girl and the Coronation of the Cupcake Queen", visit ChristianBook.com. Visit the official website here!

Enter to win a copy for yourself or the little girl in your life below!

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Giveaways are only valid in US & Canada.”

Monday, March 30, 2015

An Early Easter



On Saturday, we drove down to my cousin Dayna’s house for an early Easter celebration with my side of the family. Dayna, her husband Nick, and their two kids have been living in their new city for two months, and we were excited to see their new house and surroundings! We never got to visit them when they lived in Houston, so we’re really grateful to have them close now :)

My mom and Don drove down as well, and Dayna’s mom (my Aunt Sally) was visiting too!

Dayna had a lot of fun up her sleeve for the kids! We snacked on Easter-shaped Jello jigglers and pink lemonade. Then we started on a craft project.



We helped the kids glue pretty pastel strips of scrapbook-paper to a white half-sheet of cardstock.



Once the paper was full of strips, we cut them into large eggs!



And we framed them! Aren’t they cute?



After the craft, we sat down for a big Easter feast of ham, baked potatoes, rolls, pineapple, and veggies.




After we ate, Dayna got us started on dessert! She had chocolate pudding cups with bunny Peeps and crushed Oreo “dirt” to layer on top. Then we formed carrots out of orange Starbursts and pieces of green Twizzlers.



The kids loved them! And so did all the adults too, of course :)



We took a group selfie with Dayna’s iPhone to send to my Grandpa in Indiana.



Ephraim turned 14 months-old that day, and he got his very first haircut by Aunt Sally! The haircut made him look so much older and more boyish! I will miss some of those wispy blonde curls in the back ;)

It was such a great day!

How was your weekend?!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Favorites



F R I D A Y   F A V O R I T E S !



We are so happy that it’s Friday again at our house! We have some fun plans for the weekend, so that’s exciting! This morning, I have a periodontist appointment to talk about my receding gums, and I am nervous. Hopefully I’ll have good news to report on Monday!

On to the favorites. . .


Yesterday, I wrote a post about some thoughts I had on generosity. In the comments, some of you left me some wonderful ideas on how to be generous while toting around little ones. Thank you! I’m definitely planning on implementing a few of them!

I loved this very doable one from Stefanie:

”One of my favorite inexpensive things to do is drop off treats to people. When my kids or I have a doctor/dentist appointment, I pick up a box of frosted or chocolate chip cookies at the grocery store bakery, and give it to the staff when I sign in. I do the same thing when I have to visit my son and daughter's school, and I try to take cookies to our local library once a month. It really only costs me a few dollars, and it makes them so happy!”
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In case you missed it, on Wednesday, I shared a thought about fashion blogging along with my favorite outfit of the week. For only $1.00, the necklace perfectly completed the outfit!  Click here to read.


I had a lot of fun reading the feedback on Monday’s nail polish post! Thanks to your recommendations, I now have a few Essie shades (Mink Muff, Ballet Slippers, Teeny Bikini) that I will be saving my pennies for!
Whatever Wanda

Today is the last day to enter the giveaway to win, “Whatever Wanda!”—a cute new children’s book by Christy Ziglar. It’s the third book in the “Shine Bright Kids” series, and we love the lessons they teach!
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Last fall, I was asked to review Kara Tippetts’s book, “The Hardest Peace”, and I was drawn into her story. Her battle with breast cancer was emotional for me to read and close to my heart. Kara and I became friends on Instagram, and I loved seeing the beautiful photos of her while she savored the time she had left with her family. I was so saddened to hear that Kara passed away last weekend (at 38 years-old), leaving behind her husband and four children. She is fully healed now, with Jesus in Heaven, but she is so missed here. I loved Ann Voskamp’s blog post from the other day, “How to Recover the Lost Art of Dying Well: What Kara Tippetts Taught Us”. Definitely worth a read.

Resurrection Eggs

A year ago, I did a post about making your own Resurrection Eggs. As we’re approaching Easter weekend, I thought I’d share them again in case you want to make these with your kids or grandkids! :)

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And one last favorite. . . SPAGHETTI NIGHT with babies! :)  :)  Always a fun mess to watch!


Enjoy the weekend!! Hopefully where you are, it’s feeling like SPRING :)


Follow along with me and my family on Instagram! @floralandfudge

Linking up for Friday Favorites with Erika, Andrea, & Narci.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Generosity

I’ve been thinking today about what it means to be generous.
With my time. With my money. And with my heart.

When it comes to my time, I am both super busy, and not busy at all. As a stay-at-home mom, I am “working” twenty-four/seven watching the boys. At this stage of my life, I don’t feel like I have much time to give outside of my family to do acts of service. On the other hand, on days when I’m home, I often long to go out and DO things. So I ask myself: How can I be generous in my community as a stay-at-home mom? Maybe I can open up my home to host play dates for moms and kids who need friends. My boys and I can deliver meals to new moms and flowers to the hospitalized friends from our church. I just have to get creative.

As for money, I know I hang onto it a little tightly. My husband is a student still, and we manage by living off of his part-time jobs. I make excuses for us that we’re just getting by financially, so how can we give to others? But God is constantly spreading the message that if we give generously and unselfishly, He will take care of us.

2 Corinthians 9:6 says, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”

I challenge myself, and I challenge you, to go one step farther with giving. There will be enough left over.

Lastly. . . my heart. As a mom and a wife, I am giving a lot of myself every day. I am learning how to “die to self” daily and put my sons’ needs before my own. (This is really tough!) I wonder—how can I give more than that? The answer is—I have so much good in my life. I have more than what I need. And since my cup runs over, I can give freely to others outside of my family. Our hearts have this large capacity—this amazing ability—to grow and to love more and more. I hope that our kids grow up to see Steve and I model generosity to others so that they will in turn become generous young men.

Where are you being generous in your life? What might be keeping you from giving to your community with your time and money and self?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What I Wore

Stripes and Jeans

I’m sure that if you told a younger Rachel that she would be doing a weekly fashion post on a public blog, she would not have believed you. I’m not a girl who needs to be the center of attention, I don’t like to be on a stage, I don’t like public speaking, and I can’t stand being on a video camera.

Sometimes I feel silly posting photos of myself in various outfits, but I want to model an affordable and attainable way of dressing your best as a mom. And I want to stay accountable to taking care of myself and looking nice, even if it turns out only my husband and my sons see me.

I truly believe 1 Peter 3:3-4: “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” :)

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Cardigan | Mossimo at Target
Top | Daisy Fuentes
Jeans | American Eagle Artist
Shoes | TOMS Desert Wedges
Statement Necklace | Walmart (Got it for $1.00!)

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I’m linking up with Lindsey, Alison, and Shanna.

 

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

What We’re Reading + Giveaway



I’m so thankful that my boys are developing a love for reading! Ephraim has just started picking up books and climbing on to our laps to turn the pages. Nolan looks forward to the times of day when Stephen or I sit down and read with him. He likes the one-on-one time, and he is a little sponge for everything on the page. While I’m reading, sometimes I will test him to finish off my sentences—and he remembers every word!

For the past week or so, we’ve been reading our new book, “Whatever Wanda”.




Whatever Wanda” by Christy Ziglar is the third book in the “Shine Bright Kids” series. If you can remember a while back, I did reviews for “Can’t Wait Willow” and “Must-Have Marvin”. Each book focuses on life skills that children need to learn to make good choices. I think they’re excellent teaching tools, and I love that the characters make cameos in each other’s books :)



”Whatever Wanda” starts off with Wanda having a bad attitude about everything. Everyone in town is excited about the big “Rubber Duck Days” festival but Wanda couldn’t care less. At the festival, she is full of frowns, disappointment, and the word “Whatever”. Finally someone points out that she needs an attitude adjustment, “Being positive is a choice that makes everything better—not to mention a whole lot more fun!” After this, she has a change of heart, and she goes on to fully enjoy the events.



The characters are really cute, and the illustrations are beautiful!




Ephraim picked up a book to read on his own :)


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 Enter to win your copy of “Whatever Wanda” by entering the Rafflecopter below!

Giveaway ends Friday night (March 27) at 11:59 Eastern.
 "Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Giveaways are only valid in US & Canada. ”

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