#SiennaDiaries Entry #4: All the Comforts and Conveniences

January 12, 2014

The Toyota Sienna was quite the posh ride. All of us were very comfortable any time we drove that vehicle anywhere. Here are some of the resaons why – Heated Seats – Need I say more?! Automatic Doors – With just a simple touch of a button, the automatic doors make loading and unloading super […]

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My {simple} New Year’s Look

December 26, 2013

One day I’d like to get all decked out in a fancy dress, with a romantic up-do, and dramatic makeup to celebrate a year gone and count down to a new one. But, alas, we have kids, and for now we stay in and watch the ball drop with them. Even though we will be […]

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Doing Good With #Toyota {#SiennaDiaries}

December 15, 2013

As part of my involvement with Toyota through December they gave us some fun money to bless others. How did we use it? We went shopping! Julia and I loaded up a Walmart cart with toys and filled the cargo space in our Sienna. We plan to donate the brand new toys to kids in […]

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“How many?”

December 11, 2013

I saw this on Pinterest the other day and I just couldn’t resist posting it here… No matter where we go, we are always met with looks, stares, and questions. I generally don’t give it much thought – I smile, nod, and answer the questions. But, sometimes… well, I can’t help but sigh and roll […]

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Smiling it Forward with Alyson Hannigan

December 9, 2013

Like most of us moms, How I Met Your Mother star Alyson Hannigan, loves sharing photos of her young daughters with friends, family and fans online. Y’all know how often I do the same! For this very reason, I have teamed up with Alyson , SheSpeaks, and Tylenol as a “Smile Squad” blogger to help spread […]

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My Afternoon With Garth Brooks Rocked! #BlameItAllOnMyRoots

November 28, 2013

I want to tell you all about Garth Brooks’ newest boxed set, Blame It All On My Roots, due to release tomorrow, but will you bare with me as I gush about my afternoon with him first? When I started blogging, what seems like ages ago, I had not a clue that so many great […]

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Avoiding Holiday Kitchen Hazards {Home Safety Giveaway}

November 26, 2013

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the kitchen this week. Have you? Do you have a little one who may not be aware of the hidden dangers? I’ve teamed up with Safety 1st again this month to bring you some safety tips from Julie Vallese, Safety 1st Consumer Safety Expert. Check ‘em out… […]

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Mimi and the Rocket

November 11, 2013

We had the great privilege of being blessed with my mom’s company for the better part of this last week. It was the first time she had seen our new home, so we were excited to explore our new city with her and just hang out. (Well, Mom couldn’t help herself and she did a […]

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Nursery Safety :: #Safety1st

October 28, 2013

We don’t have babies any more, and to be honest, we only had a real nursery for the twins thirteen years ago. So much has changed since then, from baby monitors to child proofing products, but one thing remains – Baby must be kept safe! Your baby will spend a large amount of time in […]

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Sycamore Row by John Grisham – A Book Review

October 27, 2013

In his newest novel, “John Grisham takes you back to where it all began…” I didn’t read John Grisham’s A Time to Kill, but I did watch the movie years ago, and  I do know that it was one of the most popular novels of our time – anyone who enjoys legal thrillers knows the […]

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Oil Pulling :: what it is and why you should do it

October 25, 2013

I returned home from a wonderful trip to Walmart HQ in Arkansas hoping to get in some snuggle time with my babies. Instead, I was hit with a nasty sinus infection, most likely due to flying. After three days, my sinus infection exacerbated an infected tooth and I was in so much pain it hurt […]

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Turning Aggression in to Calm and Loving Responses :: A Lesson in Expression

September 8, 2013

Noah is all boy. He showed his aggressive nature quite early, and as soon as he could stand on his own he assumed an offensive football stance. He was born tough, has always been loud, and is afraid of nothing. Over the years I tried to work with Noah to express his frustrations in more […]

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B2S :: 1st Day

August 27, 2013

Sending five of my kids off on the first day of a new school year, in a new school, was bittersweet. This will be Noah’s very first year away from home, and I know I will miss him in a different way than I will miss the others. This morning, as I said goodbye to […]

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Summertime Fun At The Austin Ice Cream Festival

August 17, 2013

There are certainly no shortage of fun things for the whole family to do in Austin… We were excited to discover that this weekend was the 7th Annual Austin Ice Cream Festival. Ray and I thought it would be a great way to spend one of the last Saturdays before school starts, so we decided […]

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The Ultimate Road Trip

August 5, 2013

It will be two weeks tomorrow since we pulled into our new driveway. While we sorely miss our friends and family back in Cali, we are well on our way to feeling at home in our new place. But, to get here we had to take the mother of all road trips… Ray, two of […]

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From Cali to Texas

July 8, 2013

Just minutes before I told Ray that I was pregnant with Timmy, over three years ago, we were discussing many things – looking for a new church, Ray starting his own company, selling our house and moving to Texas… We decided that too many life changes at one time would be a bit overwhelming. So, we’ve […]

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The Youngs’ Top 10 Camping Tips

June 22, 2013

1. Have the kids pack the ice chest, so all of the ice melts all over the sleeping bags and Mom’s clothes. 2. Unknowingly piss off your neighbors just before your trip. CPS may show up as you’re leaving and delay you by three hours. 3. Make sure you bring your large untrained dog with […]

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45 Rules for Moms of Sons

June 9, 2013

From the moment I read Michael Mitchell’s 50 Rules for Dads of Daughters, I knew I wanted to put together my own set of rules, but for moms of sons. After all, I do have a bit of experience and I figured it would be easy. But, each time I sat down to write my […]

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Blogging With My Daughter :: 22 Words to Describe Me and You {#BlogEveryDayinMay}

May 12, 2013

For yesterday’s challege, we were to “write 20 words to sell ourself.” Julia wanted to list 10 words to “sell me” so, in return, I described her in 10 words. We ended up each listing 11. We were so busy at Magic Kingdom yesterday that we had to wait until today to post this. Actually, […]

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My Biggest Fears {#BlogEveryDayinMay}

May 7, 2013

There are most certainly things that make me uncomfortable, but I’m not afraid of many things. Those of which I am afraid, scare the living daylights out of me… Spiders more than just make my skin crawl; I am terrified of them. I couldn’t even search for a photo to include in this post without […]

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