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Monday, January 19, 2015

Freshly Picked Moccs Review & Giveaway!

[this post contains a free product received from Freshly Picked to review. 
however, my own honest thoughts & opinion are expressed. thank you for supporting my collaborations & sponsors!]

First off, Lilly in that photo = I don't even know what to say. She may be spying on some lady getting into her car in the parking lot, but I guess there's a way you can do that and still look adorable. If only I was that skilled.

And secondly, but certainly not (hehe ::snort::)....we have a fun giveaway on the blog today!

Friday, January 16, 2015

My Toddler's pet.

This is Fluffy.
Fluffy the beta fish.

Lilly picked him out, named him, and loves him.

I love him too.

Mostly because he's lived for longer than 2 hours (which wasn't the case for Goldie, the goldfish we got for Lilly for her 3rd birthday...remember when I wrote about how we were going to do that?).

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What your kids see in you that you don't.

I'm losing my hair.
I have short 1-2 inch hairs that stick up from my hairline above my forehead saying, "what's up world? I'm here to make Pam look ridiculous."
I swear my hairline has receded.
Thanks so much, after pregnancy hormones that make hair fall out. You suck.
I know absolutely nothing about makeup.
I hardly know what to ever wear.
I have patches of tangled matted hair that I'm apologizing to my hairstylist about, and I haven't even gone in to see her yet.
I'm not a very creative cook.
Sometimes, many times, I don't manage to get dinner ready in time, and so I tell my husband to pick up something on the way home.
I feel like I need to play with my kids more.
I feel like I don't do enough with them sometimes.
Sometimes I look at them playing in the room, and I just want to cry and say, "They're growing. I have missed so much."
When stress builds up, sometimes I have total breakdowns that only my husband knows how to deal with.
I have felt totally inspired and completely and hopelessly uninspired lately.
I have many responsibilities, but at times feel like I'm wandering through them.
How can one feel lost even with so much to do?
I swear this is making me sound completely whiny and absolutely mental.
And that pisses me off.
Needless to say, I've been looking in the mirror lately and have just been one big mope.

And then there are my kids.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Gift For My Mother-in-Law - Family Photo Session


HAPPY NEW YEAR, y'all! 2014 was quite a blessed year in our little playland, especially with the addition of our sweet little Everett.We look forward to what 2015 has in store and hope you all have a wonderful new year as well!

To end 2014, we got to do something pretty awesome with my husband's family. Let me first say, I married into a wonderful family. I have to just brag about that for a second. The fact a girl can say that (despite all the horrible in-law stories I hear from friends and others) is a real blessing. Even through all the years I've been with Scott (we're going on 14 years soon), I can say I truly love every single one of their in-lawtic guts. That makes me a blessed & lucky girl :) And yes, in-lawtic is now an official word.

Anyway, it's a rare occasion for ALL of us to be in the same state at the same time, so it was decided that my mother-in-law would be getting a Family Photo Session for her Christmas present. I mean, all of her kids, kids' spouses, and 5 grandchildren in one place?? We had to do it!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

End of the Year Photo Dump

Could I think of a less unfortunate sounding title for this blog post? Sheesh.

Even more unfortunate? I'm photo dumping starting back at Halloween.
Ah, well!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2014 Macdonald Family Photos

So... motherhood always seems to put me in my place.
"Family photos are horrible..." they'd tell me.
"It will be years of annual torture..." I'd hear.

Then I'd scoff and think, "Heh. That won't happen to us. We've been good so far the past few years, and we've got quite some time before resentful, uncooperative teenager stage...."

Then came family photo time with our now 3-year-old. Commence THE MOST NAUGHTIEST (warrants the improper grammar), WORST-BEHAVED TODDLER EVER. IN LIFE. LIKE ALL OF LIFE IN THE HISTORY OF EVER. Ok, maybe she wasn't that bad, but it sure felt like it at the time. How I thought a 3-year-old would somehow be cooperative was beyond me. How I thought I'd be free of saying, "SIT DOWN NOW!" and "JUST SMILE. No...not like THAT. A NICE smile!" is beyond me.

Honestly, when it came time for me and Scott to have "mommy and daddy" photos alone, we HELD each other while the photographer snapped away. Like....hugs of relief to get a break alone together. It was wonderful we got that moment to have photos of just us two.

But ANYWAY.... looking through some of my favorites below, you could never really tell that we wanted to string Lilly up the wall, could you? I just love how they turned out! Bless our photographer's heart, she's so talented and did an amazing job! You can't even really see the vein popping out of my forehead or my eyes bulging from frustration or the sweat on our foreheads from dealing with Lilly. And it looks like we've got a few more years before Everett joins her. I won't let his sweet little face fool me the way his sister did though!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Instagram helps me update my blog.

Needless to say, things have been crazy 'round these parts, but I've been writing and writing when I can, as it keeps me sane - somewhat. (if you could only see all the "drafts" I have going)

Since I can't seem to decide what to post first, here's my instagram in the past month or two. I amuse myself with captions and this will be a (cop-out version of a) blog post to kinda get this blog up to date until I can do a "real" post...whatever that means.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Online event to help moms & kids in need!

For the past month and a half or so, we have been working hard at preparing for this online auction. After many emails, connections, generous vendors, photos, and tons of time and patience, we finally launched the 1st ever holiday auction for our charity, Project Lead Kindly!!

The auction just went live at 12pm PST today and will end this Saturday, November 8th at 7pm PST! It's hopping already, so be sure to go bid on items and keep up to date to grab a great deal!!
  • Head over to to participate! (if you don't have an instagram, sign up! It's super easy!)
  • almost 110 items up for bid!
  • over 80 amazing, wonderful vendors who we couldn't have done this without!
  • home decor, wall decor, apparel, baby/kids items, gift certificates, jewelry, accessories, and tons of handmade goods!
  • starting bids are at low, discounted prices! All items start at 50% off  (or more!) from their retail price! Shipping prices are included! Get some early Christmas shopping done!
  • 100% proceeds goes towards assisting mothers & children affected by homelessness & domestic violence. We provide them with grants that help them achieve educational/professional goals and safer/permanent housing!
Also ensure that exploiting my sweet children in their jammies does not go in vain!

Also, it helps mothers & kids in need, which is most important :) Thank you for your support for Project Lead Kindly!

Monday, November 3, 2014

The Goldfish Conversation.

The hubs and I are planning to get a pet for our daughter for her 3rd birthday (which happens to be in 2 days). I never thought I'd become the mother who says, "I don't want a pet because it's just added work." And yes, even a goldfish sounds like work to me...

Anyway, I gave in because my little Lilly is determined to solidify her identity as Peppa Pig (she already has the little brother), and has been asking over and over again for a goldfish named Goldie. Seeing as pets provide great learning opportunities for children, and a goldfish is a good/easy start, I agreed to get her one....

Friday, October 31, 2014

Why This Mom Loves Halloween

Oh, Halloween. There are so many reasons why I love you.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

$205 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

Thought I'd throw some fun into here and let you all know that I have teamed up with my awesomely beautiful and talented friend, Aly from Ooh La Lovely Blog , and 18 other awesome bloggers to bring you this $205 Target Gift Card Giveaway! Simply enter in the rafflecopter below for your chance to win and be sure to check out all of the wonderful ladies who have teamed up to bring you this giveaway! 

Giveaway ends next Monday, November 3rd and a winner will be randomly selected.  Best of luck!

$205 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

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Weeks-In-Review: Playing serious catch-up!

Camera Captures:
 | "tiger on speed" drawing | chomper | mommy-daughter girls day out |
| chunker | love | temple |
| connected Lead Kindly with 1st center | eek! | gah!!! |

Life Lately: 
Me & Scott:
-I turned 28 on September 29th.
-Scott turned 33 on October 11th.
-To say the least, we feel busy.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Homemade Halloween Family Costumes: Pooh and Friends!

Halloween is my 2nd favorite holiday.

Best things about Halloween with my little family?
1) It's super fun. Trunk or treat, Fall is here, lots of candy, trick or treating together as a family, cooler's the best time of the year for me!
2) I can use my young, adorable kids to get more chocolate for myself (and I don't feel that bad about it because they shouldn't be eating so much of it anyway), and....
3) It's a good excuse to dress my entire family up and not embarrass them...that much.
4) Family themed costumes are awesome.

After some discussion of what we should do, we finally came up with this....
 Lilly is Tigger, Everett is Winnie the Pooh, I am Piglet, and Scott is Christopher Robin.


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