Branson Spring Break Packing List

I love going to Branson for vacation several times a year! In fact, we just got back from our Christmas trip there just a week ago and we loved it! I am already creating my Spring Break packing list since it is just a few months away!

I am all about packing light! Here is how to have an ton of outfits with just 8 mix and match main pieces!!

 

Branson Spring Packing List

 


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Chic Southern Mommy Winter Staples

Chic Southern Mommy Winter Staples

 

Wow! I can’t believe that winter is in full swing! At least in Oklahoma it is! Here are my fashion staples you can’t live without!!

*Faux fur vest- you can layer this over EVERYTHING!

*Fitted flannel shirt

*Loose flannel shirt- for wearing over leggings

*Chambray Shirt

*A Fun winter hat- I like beret and beanie styles

*Fringe boots

*Aztec Sweater- choose one that has neutral tones and will go with almost everything

*Fringe Sweater- Don’t dry this in the dryer, it will unravel the fringe!!

*A fun purse in plum or oxblood colors

*Blanket Scarf

*Sequined mini skirt

*Sequined pencil skirt

*Raglan t-shirt- super cute to wear with jeans and a scarf for a fun, casual look

Family Binder Freebie- Planner

Hey everyone! I have been putting my graphic design skill to hard work designing an amazing family binder! This is the 1st part of the binder, which is the planning part!

Covers

This is the full color cover for your amazing family binder!

Cover Page

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Here is the Ink Saver Cover

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Planning Section

This section gives you planners and calendars (a mom’s life saver)!

SECTION 1- PLANNING

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Are there any pages you would like to see in this section? Comment and maybe they will become an add on!

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Pumpkin Roll Recipe

Here is one of my favorite recipes, the Pumpkin Roll! It is definitely a fall fave in our home and is super easy to make! My mom and I used to make pumpkin rolls all the time. Once when I was about 10 or 11 I decided I was going to try to make a pumpkin roll by myself. I got it all rolled up and cut it up really pretty and served it to the family. When everyone took a bite, the filling stretched and was disgusting. It turns out I used flour instead of powdered sugar in the filling. I have come a very long way with my cooking and baking since the pumpkin roll incident.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup Pure canned pumpkin
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese
  • 6 Tbs butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Powdered sugar

Directions:

FOR CAKE:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan; line with wax paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle a thin, cotton kitchen towel with powdered sugar. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt in small bowl. Beat eggs and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until thick. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. (If using a dark-colored pan, begin checking for doneness at 11 minutes.)

Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool on wire rack.

FOR FILLING:

Beat cream cheese, 1 cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth. Carefully unroll cake. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.

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Fall Bucket List

Here is a FREE Fall Bucket List I designed!! Please feel free to use this or share it on your blog (as long as you link it back to me)! Download is below!!

Fall Bucket List

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Family Update- 10/1/15

Hey everyone! This past few weeks has been totally insane so I haven’t been posting!! So, Izzy has been reading The Isle of the Lost book and it is actually more interesting than I thought it would be! It is the book that goes along with the Disney movie Descendants which is about the teenage kids of the Disney Villains! How fun right??

So, Tatum is now mobile! He crawls, but he goes backwards instead of forwards! It is so cute!! He also has both bottom middle teeth coming in! They are broken through the gums! He is also hitting another growth spurt!

I have also transitioned from making my own homemade organic baby food to just buying organic baby food! I am just getting way to busy with work and keeping kids alive to be able to make it! Plus he is eating so much baby food now that I was having to make a ton of it each week! Plus it was costing the same as I could buy it since he is now eating multiple foods together!

I think that is all I have to update you all about!

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Long Term Dreaming and Goal Setting

Hey everyone! Welcome to Mary Kay Monday! Who is excited about their amazing MK Meetings next week since today is a Holiday? I know that Monday is my fave night of the week! When I go to my meetings, I feel so inspired and ready to take on the week to work my business! So, I am working my tail off to earn my FREE Chevy Cruze courtesy of Mary Kay! What?? I know! This is so exciting right? This got me thinking about my biggest long-term dreams and goals for my business! Yeah, I might be able to earn the free car, but how am I going to keep it? I still have to work hard and I have been so focused on “earn the car, earn the car, do everything you can to earn the car” that I forgot to worry about “keep the car”. My amazing hubby brought up this problem in my perfect plan. What if one of my recruits does not meet her selling goal for me to keep my car? What if I just can’t do it anymore? What if life gets in the way? What if one of my recruits decides to quit selling?

My Solution: Keep inspiring and going forward. Don’t let anything stop me! Now, that is so much easier said than done. Yes, there are things that may get in my way, and I will cross that bridge once I come to it. But for now, I am going to keep moving forward and continue setting one goal after another to make sure my dreams come true. A dream becomes a goal when you decide that nothing will stop you from earning it and keeping it. It is one thing to work for it and then once you have it, you don’t ever think you can lose it because you made it to that peak! Guess what, you CAN lose it and if you think that way, you WILL lose it. It goes the other way too! If you think you CAN earn it and keep it, you WILL earn it and keep it!

So my long-term goal is to actually to become a National Sales Director. I want the Pink Cadillac. I want the recognition that I worked hard and didn’t let anything stop me. I want to be a role model to some young consultant that was just like me. The difference in a dream and a goal is that with a dream, you want something to happen. With a goal, you work to make it happen. I am planning on working hard to make my goal happen with these steps:

  1. Change the way you think. You can’t be thinking negative thoughts if you want to be successful. You have to take your negative thoughts into a positive thought. Instead of thinking, “Oh, I will never be able to earn that”, change it to, “I will earn that. It will take hard work, but I can do it! Here is how…”.
  2. Write down your goals. When you put your goals down on paper and put it somewhere that you will be constantly reminded of them, you are more likely to succeed with your goals. Be realistic with your goals. Don’t say you want to be a Director by the end of next month if you are not capable of doing the work it takes to succeed. You will only be disappointed when your goal is not met. Instead, make your goal, “I will be a director by this time next year” and then if you are a director by next month, you beat your goal! I set a weekly goal, a monthly goal, and a long-term goal and put them where I can see them and read them each day!
  3. Make a plan of action. Write down how you plan to succeed with each goal. Be very detailed. My goal this week is to do 10 facials. How I am going to succeed in this goal is to go warm chat, call businesses, and do facial boxes at businesses. I will also carry 5 business cards with me every day and pass them out. I will not come home with those 5 biz cards. Put it in writing so that when you get discouraged or over whelmed, you can take it one step at a time.
  4. Dress for success. Look professional as much as possible. When you look like you care about your business, people will take you more seriously. Dress like you are going to meet a potential customer everyday. Wear make up everyday that you will be going out anywhere!

I am so excited to continue to work my amazing business and head for success! Don’t forget that during the month of September 2015, Mary Kay is offering two different starter kits at a super discounted rate! Normally our starter kit is $100 plus tax and shipping. September 1st-30th you can get the Glow and Tell starter kit for $50 plus tax and shipping or you can get the full starter kit plus the Glow and Tell kit for $85 plus tax and shipping! This is a super amazing deal to start your own business!

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Homemade Baby Wipes

Happy Wednesday everyone!! I am so happy that you are reading this awesome post! So, you all heard about the whole Huggies Wipes issue right? I mean who hasn’t but in case you are like, “What the heck is this lady talking about???”, I will fill you in!

I was perusing Facebook one evening before bed as I usually do and I came across a post about how a woman found something in her wipes! I watched the video and she found what she thought might be shards of glass or fiber glass. Anyways, I pulled out my Huggies wipes to inspect them and there were the sparkly crystals that she showed, I also noticed the texture was really rough. Tatum has also had a weird rash on his bottom lately and I have no idea where it came from, but I think it ties back to the wipes we have been using. Anyways, I really don’t know if it is glass or fiberglass, or what and I don’t know that that is what has caused his butt rash. What I do know is that it has chemicals in it that I don’t want going on my baby’s body. I make him organic baby food so that he is not being exposed to pesticides and chemicals in food, so why am I using these chemicals that I have no idea how they work or react on his body? So I decided that I will make my baby’s wipes so that I know what is going into them and so that I have control!

So I set out to Pinterest to find out how!! So the basic thing I have found in common with all of the different recipes is 1 cup of water to 1 Tablespoon of a moisturizer and 1 Tablespoon of soap! It is so much easier than I thought it would be and it took like 10 minutes to make! Plus I know what is going into his wipes!

So here is what you will need:

  • 1 roll of paper towels (I use Viva brand because they are so soft, like cloth but a lot of people like Bounty)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Baby Wash (I used his Johnson’s Lavender Baby Wash, but I will opt for something all natural next time)
  • 1 Tablespoon Organic Coconut Oil (or you can use baby lotion)
  • 1 Cup of Hot water (so that the coconut oil will melt)
  • A container to store them in (a coffee can works great)

How to make them:

  1. Cut the roll of paper towels in half. Use a super sharp knife. I used serrated knife and it created a huge mess plus it made the wipes jagged on one side.
  2. Remove the cardboard tube out of the middle of each half.
  3. Mix the coconut oil and baby wash into the hut water. It is 1T Coconut Oil, 1T Baby Wash, 1 Cup Hot water per half.
  4. Pour half the mixture in the bottom of your storage container. Put one half of the roll of paper towels in the container and pour the rest of the mixture over the top of it. Let them sit for a few hours so that the mixture can disperse evenly!

So easy right? And I know what is going onto his body! Did you also know that coconut oil helps with diaper rash? Double duty in his wipes (no pun intended)!! WOW!!

DISCLAIMER: I am only going off of what I saw in the video and what I had seen and noticed with my own eyes. I am not looking for negative attention or looking to sue Huggies or any other brand for that matter. This is my opinion about the wipes and it has not been proven what exactly is wrong with the wipes. This video just brought something to my attention about most brands of disposable wipes and I am no longer using Huggies wipes because I don’t know what the weird rough, shiny bits are and they can’t really explain them either.

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Our Trip: Grove, Oklahoma

Hey everyone! We recently went on a big vacation to Grove, OK. It was incredible! We had a blast and it was really affordable! I highly suggest it to anyone!!

Why Grove?

Grove is about 1 and a half hour east of Tulsa, so it is not a very far drive for us. We have a group of 12 of us going with all ages from Seniors to Newborn babies, so we needed somewhere to suit many ages and interests. We are able to take the kids to museums, play at the lake, go fishing, and play in the pool. We just went for a weekend and it was so fun to just get away. I really didn’t want to leave!

Where to Stay

We compared so many different resorts and decided to go with Lee’s Grand Lake Resort since they had what seemed like the best amenities for the price! They had a free breakfast each morning which varied each day. While we were there we had sausage gravy and biscuits one day and bacon and french toast the next day. The cabins also had full kitchens! Our cabin had 3 bedrooms 3 1/2 bathrooms and a pull out couch downstairs. They also had a twin size mattress tucked away for use. Oh, and we had a hot tub! It was wonderful! My only real complaint is that they made us pay $15 each for 2 extra people (a 3 year old and a 7 year old) when the website said $12 each extra person. They pool was so much fun! It goes from 3 feet to 9 feet! There is also a playground for the kiddos!

What to Do

We went to Har-Ber Village. It is an outdoor museum that has historical items and scenes inside old cabins! It was so much fun to see the 100 different exhibits and it is only $10 per adult and $5 per child over 3! There are also many neat looking antique stores when you go into the town of Grove! We didn’t get to go to the antique stores, but hope to go to them when we go back in the fall! There is also Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees. There are many nice fishing docks and beaches around the lake to play at and fish!

If you are looking for a fun vacation or weekend trip without breaking the bank, Grove is the place to go!

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Tatum’s Birth Story

Hey everyone! Sorry I have not posted in FOREVER! I am now the busy mom of a 7 year old and a 4 month old! I am going to tell you all about Tatum’s birth so be prepared for some TMI!

So, in July of 2014, I found out I was going to have another baby! I know this should have been an exciting time, but I was a hysterical mess. I was on birth control and we didn’t think we were ready for another kid! I was freaking out for weeks! When I finally accepted the fact that I was going to be a new mommy for the 1st time in 7 years, I was actually kind of excited!

On September 13th, I thought it was going to be just like any other day. We woke up and my back was hurting really bad and I just felt off. We went to the Farmer’s Market and ran a few other errands. It was really hard for me to walk even though I was only 12 weeks along. It was just really unusual. As soon as we got home from our errands, I felt a big gush run down my legs. I ran to the bathroom and was pouring blood. Hubby rushed me to the ER and I just knew I was miscarrying. This baby I had just started to become attached to and love was gone. I was a mess. When we got to the ER, they admitted me immediately and got an ultrasound machine in there. There was a heartbeat and the baby was moving a lot! My little miracle baby was alive. It turns out I had a subchorionic hemorrhage which is where the placenta tries to detach from the uterus. They usually resolve on their own!

I bled for 7 weeks and did not understand how I could bleed for that long while my baby was continuing to grow and do well. On October 30th, we had our gender ultrasound and they were going to make sure that my hemorrhage resolved. We took Izzy with us to confirm that she was getting a sister just like she asked for. We all wanted another girl. We picked out the name Annabelle Lee if it was a girl and Tatum Michael for the slim chance that it was a boy. As soon as the ultrasound began, the technician announced, “Congratulations! It’s a boy!”. WHAT?? A boy? No, it has to be a girl. Are you sure?? What are we going to do with a boy? I know it seems selfish to be upset about getting a boy, but I got over it once I started looking up cute boy stuff on Pinterest!

Everything went fine the rest of my pregnancy until about 31 weeks. I started throwing up. Like not keeping water or anything down and having contractions that were about 20 minutes apart. I went to the doctor after 3 days of suffering. They told me that I was in early labor and I was dilated to a 1 1/2 and 50% effaced. Plus his head was super low. She once again put me on bedrest for a week. She wanted me to at least get to 32 weeks and she began to see me every week. I was not progressing fast, so they told me to go back to normal activity and to call them if my contractions get any closer together. The next week, my contractions got to 10 minutes apart and stayed like that for 3 weeks with lots of progression. I was miserable and just wanted it to be over.

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The last week of my pregnancy, my contractions were 5 minutes apart and I was dilated to 4 and 100% effaced and stayed like that the entire week. I was in the hospital every night begging for some kind of relief. Wishing that someone would put me out of my misery. They doctor said that if I did not have him by my due date on March 22, 2015, they would induce me on the 24th. I tried walking, pineapple, chocolate, raspberry leaf tea, EVERYTHING. Nothing worked. The 22nd came and went and so did the 23rd so on the 24th we trudged down to the hospital to be induced.

On March 24th, we woke up at 5:00am so that I could eat breakfast and drink a cup of coffee. I was so tired, but really excited and ready to get labor going. At 6:00am, we arrived at the Hospital and settled into our birthing suite. I was so nervous about labor because I knew what to expect. At 6:30am they hooked me up to monitors and started an IV and had to watch me for an hour before they could start the induction. I was still having those lovely 5 minute contractions. Ughhh. Anyways, at 7:50am they started my pitocin drip and broke my water. Here we go, no turning back now. The contractions started picking up and it hurt worse than I remembered. With Izzy, labor was only 2 hours so the doctor ordered my epidural 1st thing when they broke my water. At about 9:30am when I was dilated to a 6, I got my pain relieving epidural. For a split second, I didn’t know what hurt worse, the epidural needle or the contractions. Then the meds kicked in and I felt NOTHING. For the 1st time in 5 weeks, I got real sleep. It was amazing and at that point, I didn’t care if labor lasted all day!

Then, I felt a weird pressure so I called my nurse in and she checked me. She said that I was complete and it was time to have a baby. She made the call and nurses started pouring into my room with excited faces. Then came my doctor who brought in a big mirror (at my request) so that I could watch my son make his debut into this world! I had my hubby and my parents in the room with me! A contraction came and my doctor instructed me to push. I pushed through 4 or 5 contractions as my family and nurses cheered me on! I started to get tired and questioned if I could really do this. I saw his head crown and got excited to see the rest of my baby. Another contraction came and I delivered his head. He had so much hair. The final contraction came that delivered his body and there he was. Tatum Michael was born at 11:21am. He was 7 lbs 2 oz and 21 inches long and he was perfect. He was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. They cleaned him off and gave him to me for an hour of skin on skin bonding. They let the rest of my family come in. Izzy came running in, jumped on my bed and said “Momma, I love him! He is perfect! I want to hold him!” She got to hold him after our skin on skin and even got to hold him before his daddy. He is now 4 months old and is still such a joy in our lives. I could not have had a better experience, even though it was a bit crazy.

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