Monday, August 22, 2016

Backyard Revamp

We love many things about our new house. In fact there are not a lot of things we do not love (ok a few odd paint choices aside). While we love the size and shape of the backyard, we have questioned why there is not a larger seating area or why the shed was not further back to the fence. The shed issue was bothering the Hubby (well only after I cleaned out all the weeds and it looked like this).

Trust me this looked so much better then the over grown weeds in the whole area. So once the area was cleaned we went to Pinterest for ideas. I will say we found nothing that really excited us at all :( We had talked about a sandbox, but I did not want Hubby to build anything that the girls would only play with for a short time. Then we came across the Horseshoe set we had received as a Wedding present! (Yes 9 years ago and it has been in the box with no place to go since then. So hubby came up with the idea to make a horseshoe pit with a sandbox inside (not to be used at the same time!)

One Sunday, Hubby and his dad set to work on building this amazing frame work for the horseshoe pit/sandbox. In this picture you can see the back part is the horseshoe pit itself. It front of that you have the middle section which will be 1 of the 2 sandboxes (1 on each side) and the outside edges will be river rock. 

Close up of pit number 2!

Then the stone arrived

And it was time to fill the pits

Here is a close up of some of the stone once we wet it to show the really color once it is cleaned.  

Next came the sand.....

I think it is obvious that this was the girls favorite part!

We filled in the rest of the space with some wood chips to level the ground out. (And a pool noodle for added safety on the horse pole) 

Hubby added some backstops that are also planter boxes for me to put some herbs in. 

Since there was more room behind the shed we added a picnic table from Lowes.  (You can not beat the price on this for the quality) The table will be used for the adults playing outside, snacks for the pits and for arts and crafts outside!

There is a phase two of the backyard revamp that is in progress now!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Perfectly Posh Product Reviews

A friend has recently started selling for Perfectly Posh, a company I knew nothing about. But when she told me about the all natural products I was ready to try them out. Here are the samples she sent me!

First up was the End Mend Shampoo and Conditioner

I loved the light scent of this and how smooth yet full it made my hair. Even with the conditioner I did not feel that my hair was weighed down at all!

Next was Best Face Forever Face Wash and Night & Day Moisturizer

I absolutely loved this face wash as it exfoliates as well. It truly left my face feeling clean and looking fresh.

Now I worry about moisturizer as I never like something heavy, while the Night & Day Moisturizer feels thick in your hand it goes on super light and does not weigh the skin down. This is a great pair to have!

Face masks I feel are hit or miss, but Cackle Spackle does that amazing thing where you feel like you want to take it off right away, so you know it working! After a long holiday weekend this was what my face needed. The glow the next morning was amazing.

Onto body products with the Honey Dip Chunk Bar

I am normally more of a body wash girl, but I loved how each morning when I use this the honey smell comes out in force. It is great wake up for my shower and my skin does not feel coated like it normally does with bar soap. 

I followed this up with the Portlandia Body Butter and wow did my skin feel great. You only need a little of this nice and thick lotion to cover yourself.

I also tried the Cuca-Chia-Berry Body Scrub, while I was not a huge fan of the scent, it was a bit bland, the scrub is fabulous and left my legs so smooth and with the best shave in weeks! (I love a good scrub before shaving). Followed with the Portlandia Body Butter and my legs are summer ready! 

I also had a second chunk bar to try, this time it was Mint for Each Other Chunk Bar

Again, I love the scents on these bars and how smooth my skins feels afterwards. Might have to think about my bar soap aversion. 

Finally in the body section was the Stripper Body Mask

I get rough skin on my upper arms so I tried this there and what a difference it makes. The skin is so much smoother and does not itch as much at all. 

A guilty pleasure of me (and I am sure others) is pampering the feet! Since I love a good pair of heels my feet take a beating sometimes. The Schwanky & Soft foot cream is wonderful. I did not read the package to see it had peppermint in it, but once I put it on my feet I was in love. Peppermint to me is so calming that it made my whole body relax. Also my feet are getting softer reach day which is always nice in the summer. 

My final product to try was the Warm Your Sole foot balm.

I put this on one night and then put socks on to make it really soak in and I can tell you the next day my feet felt AMAZING!

I would highly recommend all of these products from Perfectly Posh and would assume the rest of the collection is just as good!

*** No compensation was received for this post.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Back to School Supplies

This will be my first real back to school as Miss E starts kindergarten this year! First of all how did this happen, but any way I was happy that we got the school list back in May (and I took a picture of it so it was on my phone and with me at all time). I was not planning on getting supplies yet, but the girls and I went to Wal-Mart for gardening supplies (more on that coming) when we saw all the school supplies out.

Here is a little tip I was told by someone that works at Wal-Mart, if the price ends in a 7 it will never be lower then that at any point, so buy it!

When I saw all Miss E's supplies with 7's in them I thought why not and we got to work.

Here she is with all her supplies! The backpack is from Pottery Barn and was a "graduation gift" the rest all Wal-Mart.

A few of the more specific items we needed: Crayola Washable 10 Count Board Line Markers, Crayola 16 Count Crayons , and Pink Pearl Erasers.

So my advise hit up Wal-Mart soon and be already for school!

*** No compensation was received for this post and no products either we bought all this ourselves!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Retirement Savings

I feel like the start of a new school year is always a good time to rethink all of your plans. Schedules, savings plans, budgets, retirements, you name it I look at it this time of year. I wanted to share this fun Retirement Plan info from the people at Rosland Capital  gold IRA company

As someone that works in education I have always been fortunate to have a 403(b) plan that tex-sheltered, if you need to know more about these types for plans I would suggestion reaching out to a financial advisor to discuss your options. 

*** No compensation was received for this post. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Stitch Fix #3

Here is my most recent fix from Stitch Fix!

First of all I love getting these packages they are so fun. My stylist nailed my style this time, I loved all the pieces, I only kept 2 pieces but that was about fix issues not style so I was super happy after a so-so fix near the holidays. Here are the 2 pieces I kept:

I have been searching for a fun maxi dress and I love the colors on this! This is the Loveappella Carlita Knit Maxi Dress.

Because you can never have enough fun shirts I kept this one too. (Excuse the work pictures!)

I love the colors, how light it is, and the open back on the Loveappella Shelli Split Back Knit Tank. Not my best Stitch Fix box but still some cute pieces!