in my shopping cart

I seriously went to the mall the other day and felt a little lost. Anyone else feel like 90% of their shopping comes from online shopping? Or is that just me?

Either way, I thought I’d show you a few things that have recently graced my shopping cart (and soon my mailbox). There aren’t many things quite as fun as opening a new package at the end of the day.

ONE– This might be the best deal ever. I have been looking for a new pair of tennis shoes and I’m so glad I waited because today these Nike Free’s are 60% off over on 6 PM. Seriously $40?! They have some other colors as well. I bought two pair for right at $100 bucks, less than one pair would have cost!

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TWO- Riffraff’s Game Day Collection is on-point! Seriously, I can’t wait to wear these two new shirts on Saturday’s this fall. You can always use “Lifeinthegreenhouse” for 10% off and shipping is always free!

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THREE- We can’t leave the littles out, right? BK had to have tennis shoes for kindergarten (trust me, I much prefer Mary Jane’s and lace socks, but rules are rules and so we follow). The Plae shoes won, hands-down. The sole is flexible and they are light-weight. I see more in our future.

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on my bookshelf, August

I should tell you that I’m fully back in the reading camp. Reading will always be my favorite and I make no apologies for that fact. Did I ever tell you I basically read our entire library in elementary school? Every grade had a color-coded section and each year I read every single book for my color. Ask Allen, he made fun of my trophies.

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This months reads:

Landline by Rainbow Rowell- I read this book on vacation, and I really enjoyed everything about the book. I loved the characters and the ending. Kristin  lent me her copy and I must say, I loved having the book in my hands to read. I usually read on my phone or my kindle, but I forget how much I love holding the actual book. Back to the book, I’ll admit it was a little slow for me, I wanted Georgie’s character to develop a little more, but once I got what I wanted from her in the end, I changed my tune. I also found Georgie’s job completely fascinating. Overall, the book was great, it was actually my first book by Rowell and it made me want to read more from her. I feel like she has a way of making the characters seem authentic, they come to life on the pages.

From Scratch by Rachel Goodman- I actually read Rachel’s blog, Make Mine A Mojito way back when I first started blogging. I always loved her writing style, when she announced her book deal I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy. The book didn’t disappoint, it was a great summer read. If you know me, you know it’s rare that I sit still, but I actually held Jud during an entire nap and devoured this book. Nick and Lillie had me completely invested throughout the book, and the foodie twist was full of charm. I loved their separate journeys of finding themselves and the ending it led them to. The only thing I was left desiring in the end was the recipe for Lillie’s Summer Peach Cobbler.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell- I’m in the minority of basically of everyone I know, but I didn’t absolutely love this book. The writing was fantastic, the character development was superb, the elements were completely there, but I didn’t completely love the characters. Or maybe I liked the characters, but I didn’t completely love their story. I’ve really thought hard about what I didn’t love, and maybe it just wasn’t believable to me, two teenagers, star-crossed lovers, it all falls into place. I guess that’s teenage love. Overall, I would recommend the book, you’ll probably love it, but there was just something about it that wasn’t my favorite. I know, worst review ever. Read it and tell me what you think.

What are you reading right now?

 


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Spreading Cheer All Year

One of our favorite things to do in our house is to send love to our friends and family. Picking up little gifts here and there and sending them the old-fashioned way, through the mail, is one way we love to spread a little cheer and show the ones we love, just how loved they are.

We love sending themed boxes for baby showers or holidays and we just recreated these Fourth of July boxes earlier this month and sent them again to a few of our friends. Here’s an example of our Fourth of July box, but it’s just to get your creative wheels turning, you can create a box for any occasion. 

We just find a few holiday favorites and throw them in a box to add a little fun to holidays. And who doesn’t love good ol’ snail mail?

You can create these boxes without breaking the bank, we just pick up things at the local Target and they always have plenty of themed items and make it easy to create a box for any occasion. 

Here’s a good example of the contents of the Fourth of July box, just switch them out for any holiday or occasions and you have happiness boxed up for anyone you love! 

We packaged up the boxes up and took them to the post office and Braylen was giddy with excitement thinking about her friends receiving their package. She also loves helping me pick things out and packaging them up before shipping the boxes off near and far.

So put this down on your list for the next Fourth, it’s a great way to share patriotic fun and spread a little love.  And next up, we’ll be sending Back to School boxes to a few little friends starting kindergarten this year. 

Here’s what we plan to include in those boxes:

  • The Kissing Hand book
  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • A notebook
  • Sunglasses (with a note about their bright future)
  • Favorite snacks
  • A water bottle with a vinyl monogram

While I think it’s important to teach my children how to love others well, I also think it’s important that they understand the importance of loving and caring for themselves as well. We don’t rush things like bedtime routines, letting them take the time to properly brush their teeth. We also take plenty of time in the mornings, careful not to rush, and to take time to get ready and create healthy habits to keep our mouths clean and happy.

In the same way we focus on taking time for others in a fun way, we focus on taking care of ourselves in a fun way. We don’t want them to feel that things like brushing and flossing their teeth are chores.

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