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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Apologizing For My Kids.

Apologizing for my children.
This thought has been weighing heavily on my mind recently.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Our secret project's launchdate & help wanted!

That's right, the secret will be out on September 22nd!!
Lilly, your excitement for the launch of mommy & daddy's project is almost tangible!  

HELP WANTED: 
Friends, family, bloggers, crafters, shops, ANYONE: we need your help! If you want to help us during our launch in a SUPER easy way on your instagrams, facebooks, or blogs (and be let in on the secret sooner -- got your attention there, didn't I?) leave your email in comments or email me at macdonaldsplayland@hotmail.com
I'll send you the details & you can decide if you're still interested to help!

Monday, September 8, 2014

The time Lilly prayed for rain...

Yesterday was Sunday. We got out of church and it was yet again, a very hot day. It's no news to everyone that California is in such a terrible drought right now. "When is it ever going to rain again?" I whined to Scott. Overhearing our conversation, Lilly said, "Rain? What rain?"

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Favorite Memories From Last Month?

What are some of your favorite memories from last month? Don't you sometimes feel it's hard to remember all that goes on as the months pass (so quickly) by? I've found that taking the time to think of all that went on in the last month and picking out my favorite memories has helped me to really recognize my blessings.

So with that, here are some of my favorite memories with my cuties from the month of August. Hope you're able to remember at least one good memory from your August, too!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

HELP: A Question For You All.

My husband and I are collecting stories and asking the following question to some friends and family. I thought I'd try to get some help here on my blog, too.

Here's the question:
In your life, do you know of someone, met someone, or just been around someone who has served others or been kind despite being in a bad situation/going through a difficult trial in their own lives?

  • Your answers do not have to be elaborate.  We just want to hear stories, big or small.
  • It can be as simple as a person having a positive attitude that helped inspire you or others..or someone just doing a small gesture of kindness, despite whatever hardship they were going through at that time in their life.
  • It could be someone you know or a total stranger you may have seen somewhere. (Maybe they were poor, homeless, lost someone...maybe they were just depressed or going through some personal struggle or trial in their family). 
  • I know we all know someone who has gone through trials (big & small..we go through them all) and yet has done some sort of good despite it all. There are kind, loving people all around us, we just have to see it.
  • Perhaps you can find examples within your own family or circle of friends?

We'd love to hear ANY story or memory that has stuck out to you! Please don't be shy to share it and don't overthink it! Feel free to send any example or even ask your family for some.

We'd love to collect whatever stories we could:)  
Leave your example(s) in the comments of email me at macdonaldsplayland@hotmail.com 

Thanks so much in advance! Lots of love to you all and I hope this question gives you some positive things to think about on this Sunday! :)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My Toddler's "Conversation" With Her Baby Brother.

One of my favorite things about mornings is when both kids come into the bed and play/"talk" to each other. Granted, Everett can't talk yet, but he and his sister sure do have a way of interacting.

I was pretty amused this morning while watching them, so I decided to write down all the things that were said/done in a few minutes by Lilly while "talking" with her brother. Here's about 5 minutes worth....

Thursday, August 21, 2014

3 Reasons To Smile Every Day (Notes For My Son)

My boy,

What is it that makes you so happy, even at just a few months old? I've never seen anyone smile as much as you do. As I look at that grin every day, my heart hopes and wishes that your happiness will continue as you get older. I just want you to know that as you go through life, there will always be at least one reason to smile every day...even on the hardest of days. Don't let bad days, bad experiences, or bad moments in life rob you of that smile you have and that innate joy within you. And if for some reason one day you find yourself not able to do it anymore, I promise that there is always at least one reason to smile anyway. The following 3 would be near the top of the list....

Monday, August 18, 2014

DIY Flower Invitations - "Pick Happiness" Standard's Night

At church, my beehive class (the 12-13 year old girls I teach at church on Sundays) is in charge of Standards Night. For those who aren't familiar, Standards Night is an annual program/event where our young women and their parents come to learn about some of the standards we follow (if you want to see what they are, check out "For The Strength of Youth").

We picked a "happiness" theme, and our overall message is that when we strive to make good choices, stick to high standards, and try to do what's right...we can find true happiness in our lives. Aint that the truth? (I certainly believe it).

I decided to call the night "PICK HAPPINESS" and we are going with flower themed decor. Get it? You "pick" flowers...so...."pick" happiness...? And as we strive to live as women with integrity and high standards, we can "grow." Yeah?

Yeah.

I'm cheese.

I've seen these DIY flower invitations before on Pinterest, but all of them had DIY flowers you make yourself using tissue paper or other supplies. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for crafts, but life has been so incredibly busy lately for me and I decided AINT NOBODY GOT TIME FOR DEM DIY FLOWERS.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Caption These Photos

Time for some fun again. Here's another edition of Caption These Photos aka exploit Pam's children. Do you have any good ones for them?

"so...tell me about what's been troubling you..."

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Homeless Man & How We Can Be More Kind

We're on this earth to help each other, I really believe that.

One thing about me: I walk fast. Sometimes I'm rushing to get to where I need to go, even when I don't need to be rushing. I've tried harder lately to slow down and to look around me. I literally have been asking each day in my prayers to my Heavenly Father, "What good do you want me to do today? How can I serve you?" Starting my day off with this in mind has made all the difference.

The other week, I was driving home from taking the kids to the mall.
Lilly was saying she needed to go potty. In my usual fashion, I was focusing on driving and just getting home as quick as I could. As I was driving, I suddenly noticed some shoes and some clothes on the sidewalk by a McDonalds parking lot.

Friday, August 8, 2014

5 Years Ago - Some Details From Our Wedding Day!

Today, Scott and I celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary! When you're reading this, we will probably be lying on the beach somewhere (with no kids because aunties and lola & lolo so graciously said they'd watch them all day today - wee!)

I realize I have never really written details about our wedding day in this blog, mostly because I started this in 2011 and we got married in 2009.

So for the sake of recording some of my memories from the day, and also entertaining you all (ok...that's always questionable) with how that day went...here are some fun facts & details about our wedding day...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

How Motherhood Is Quite the Feeling (& Lilly's 1st Ballet Class)

It's quite a feeling watching your child learn something new, it's like you are learning it all over again yourself.

It's quite the feeling when they take an interest in something all on their own, it seems to heighten your interest and energy for life.

It's quite a feeling realizing your child has her own mind & her own personality, one producing interests and constantly learning. You want to do anything to help that personality and mind to continue to grow into something warm, kind, and productive.

It's quite a feeling watching your child grow up, you root for them in all they attempt to do as they grow, and yet you ache for them to stay so little.

It's quite a feeling seeing your child's eyes light up at something brand new..something she never knew even existed in this world. It's amazing to watch her discover something for the very first time. It makes me appreciate all the wonderful things this world really has to offer, just waiting for us to discover them.

It's quite a feeling when you watch your child wanting to do something because they see you do it, too. It keeps you on your toes, makes you realize you are one they look up to, and it motivates you to be a better example.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Customizable Dresses?! Where do I sign?? (eShakti dress review)

[this post contains a free product I received from eShakti
however, as always, my own honest thoughts & opinion are expressed.]
Shopping frustrations. I have them all the time...what about you? For instance, maybe you've seen a top that would be so perfect if only the neckline was different? Or maybe you'd totally buy that shirt but hate the sleeves? Or perhaps you see this skirt, but then you try it and it's just waaayyyy too short and you realize you're showing more than a 27-year-old mother of two (or any person for that matter) should be, and so you question if you accidentally ended up with a size from the kids section.

WELL...if you've never heard of eShakti, I can tell you that they may be a remedy to your shopping frustrations!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Sunshine In Your Life

 [this post contains a free product I received from Young & Rad. however, as always, my own honest thoughts & opinion are expressed.] 

"You are the sunshine of my life." That song is played at like, every daddy-daughter dance in the history of...ever. Stevie Wonder, you genius.

Have you ever stopped to think about how your little one is like sunshine in your life?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Reality of Taking Photos With Kids.

So, since I like to get real here on my blog, I figured I'd post a few examples of what taking photos with kids, especially my toddler, really looks like. You may have seen the "good" versions of some of these in some of my past blog posts or other social media. The behind the scenes versions are more entertaining though...

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