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Friday, September 25, 2020

Fun Finds Numéro Trois


I have a quick Friday Night Find for y’all. I had intended to do a longer post, but then I was stuck on the phone with Spectrum for an hour. (Don’t even get me started.) Frankly, I ran out of steam. So, I’ll share my last two goodies with y’all next week.

ELC and I were browsing Target one morning after I had dropped the girls at school. (It’s rare we get time just the two of us! It’s DELIGHTFUL.) ELC needed some new toothpaste. Then I saw this, and knew we had to get some for Little Leighton and Belle! (It’s GLUTEN-FREE! That’s something we must always check before using a toothpaste.)

That night, I was getting LL’s bed turned down as the girls were brushing their teeth. After LL was finished, I heard her happily exclaim to Belle, “I can’t wait to brush my teeth in the morning!” Music to this Mama’s ears.

I hope you have a fun weekend! I promise to share more exciting purchases ext week. (However, as a Mom, cute toothpaste has become rather exhilarating these days.)

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Fun Finds Numero Dos!

Happy Sunday!

Over here, we're still truckin' along with school, art, dance and online shopping!

My next two finds also hail from Amazon. Seriously, can y'all remember life before Prime? It's been a #blessing since March.

These earrings (as recommended by Sheaffer—link below!) are AH-mazing. The small, sliver hoops have tiny rhinestones. Trust me (and ALWAYS trust Sheaffer)...they look like real diamonds. They are incredible, lightweight and so inexpensive! I was completely blown away by the quality and decided to order the large, gold hoops by the same brand. They arrived yesterday and I ADORE them. That's actually saying quite a lot because I typically don't like post earrings. These are somehow still comfy and lightweight. I wouldn't hesitate purchasing from this brand again.

I am OBSESSED with fall/winter candles. OBSESSED. Lighting a candle instantly lifts my mood. There is no better time of year to burn a candle than right now. I’m stocking up (daily) and came across this candle via Sheaffer. It arrived yesterday, too, and smells like a delightfully crisp fall day. Swoon. The little insert/description that came with the candle also says it's "gluten-free." While I've never thought we needed a gluten-free candle, let me tell you, I am here for it. Go, GLUTEN-FREE! This candle was $20. I plan to order more from this company for gifts! I'm thinking perhaps for teachers at Christmas. They have holiday scents that look fabulous.

I can't wait to share a few more finds before the month is over. I hope y'all have a magical Monday mañana.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

bowling ball eyes...

At the end of July, after sooo many weeks of boredom, loneliness, frustration, and, well, Covid exhaustion, My Sweet Hubby (aka MSH) and I got to see TLC, Little Leighton (aka LL) and Belle eight (8!) days for lunch! ( Four days the last week of July and four days the first week of August...Monday through Thursday each of those weeks.)

This was because LL and Belle were taking swimming lessons at a home very close to us. TLC would drop Belle at 10:15 and go with LL to her lesson. MSH and I would fix Belle her lunch at 11:15. LL and TLC would come back at 11:40ish for their lunch. Then TLC and Belle would leave for Belle’s lesson at 1:15 and this Grammy would help LL wash her hair to get the chlorine out. I’d blowdry it while LL played a game or two on my phone or read a book. (The girl has sooo much hair. It never truly completely dries. And our electric bill only went up $20 from the last month's. Wink. Wink.) TLC and Belle would come back to pick LL up at 2:40.

We started calling our casa The LOL Cafe and Hair Salon. 

It was fabulous! MSH and I worked at all of us having lots of fresh fruits and balanced lunches. We got a little time alone with each Grand Girl. And a few minutes each of those days with TLC.

Since then, LL and Belle have spent a few nights. Or spent several hours with us during the day while TLC gets grocery etc. shopping done. Or cleaning their home.

Now "in-person" school has officially started for both Princesses. They are sooooooo happy to be back! Even with LL having to wear a mask most of the day. She doesn't care. She's got several friends that were in her class last year or for the past two years and she's beyond thrilled to see them again. 

Belle doesn't have to wear a mask so she gets to see her new friends' (and a few old!) smiles Monday through Thursday. On Fridays she's now taking her first ballet and tap lessons! We cannot wait to see how this new adventure progresses. (LL was not fond of dance. At. All. So far, Belle seems to look forward to her Friday lessons. Yippee!)

Last Monday, on Labor Day, TLC and the Princesses got to come over for a few hours for lunch and visiting/playing. When they came in our front door, Belle handed me a big picture she'd made for me to see. The picture was the face of a girl. Belle put stickers on for the girl's eyes, ears, mouth, etc. and "decorated" her with lots of other pretty stickers like earrings and bows. As I was looking at it, she said, very matter of factly: "Grammy, I couldn't find any eyes so I just used bowling balls." Then she raced into the guest room that the little girls call their own at Grammy's and Pa-Pa's house to watch everyone's new favourite kids' show: BLUEY! (We are all obsessed. Well, Pa-Pa's not. It is hilarious.)

TLC and I laughed and laughed at Belle! (Frankly, if she'd not told me they were bowling ball eyes,  I'm not sure I'd have realized that's what they were.)

Laughter. Routine. School. Church. Getting back not to "normal" but to LIFE. Thank You, Lord God Almighty. We Praise Your Name!

Hope y'all have a Wonderful Week, wherever in this World you are! Stay healthy and strong. WASH YOUR HANDS! 



Saturday, September 5, 2020

Fun Finds Numero Uno!

So, what do we do when we're stuck at home, eating and drinking more, feeling sad we can't hug people  because COVID is the WORST? We shop online! They don't call it "retail therapy" for nothing!

Though, to be honest, I have done most of my shopping online for the past few years. I can't tell you the last time I went to an actual mall to shop for a few hours. Amazon Prime just makes things so darn easy.

Up first is a Fun Find we discovered when we were on the hunt for new "bathroom headbands" to help when we wash our face and do our makeup. The ones we had been using were too tight and super uncomfy.

Enter: these soft-as-a-cloud and cute-as-a-button head wraps!

Little Leighton and Belle are quite the fans! Grammy ELC loves hers, too! (Don't you like how she strategically placed the phone in front of her make-up-free face? LOL.)

We (almost) feel like we're at a spa when we put these on. Almost.


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

long past time...

July 1st: I was determined to post. Couldn’t do it. 

August 1st: I told TLC it was long past time to get back to posting. Nothing. Neither of us could get motivated. 

I’ve decided today is THE DAY. 

2020? Can take a long walk off a short pier. It has been the WORST.

BUT...My Sweet Hubby and I went to Sunday School AND church yesterday! We go to a BIG church. Over 15,000 members. The service we go to would normally have about 3,000 people. There were only about 300 yesterday. We had our temps taken. Wore masks. Distanced six-feet apart. It was GLORIOUS. 

Little Leighton started back to in-person school last week. Half days. Full days started yesterday. Belle begins her pre-school in-person next week. 

The Summer was LONG. Often depressing and discouraging. Full of anxiety. But in the midst of the fear, there was fun. Laughter. Hope. And love. Always love...

TLC—the quintessential on-line shopper? Found some GREAT things we’ll share this month. 

Y’all know how much she loves Autumn! Pumpkins! Today seemed like a good day to jump back in to the life we’ve been missing and get ready for FALL. WOO HOO!

Have a Wonderful Week—Wherever in this World y’all are!