Gratitude and Goals July 3, 2015 #GratitudeGoals

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Welcome to the Weekly Gratitude and Goals Linky Party hosted by Julie at Velvet Rose and Suzanna at One Hoolie Mama! The idea behind this party is to take a step back and reflect on those things, both large and small, that we are thankful for in our lives this past week as well as think about what goals we may have for ourselves for the upcoming week. So share a list of everything and anything you are thankful for and add any goals you have for the week ahead. This party will start on Fridays, but you are welcome to link up any time during the week.

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Mid-Year Goals Check-in

At the start of the year, I shared my goals for 2015. These goals fall into categories of Life, Home, Financial, Body, and Mind. I thought it would be good to do a mid-year check-in.

Life

Find Balance. Find balance between family and work and friends and hobbies. Check-in: I’m managing balancing work and family quite well, but not so well with the friends and hobbies. The blogs I’m managing better than expected, but I haven’t read any books at home or gone to book club meetings, and I so rarely see my friends anymore. Le sigh.

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Gratitude and Goals June 26, 2015 #GratitudeGoals

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Welcome to the Weekly Gratitude and Goals Linky Party hosted by Julie at Velvet Rose and Suzanna at One Hoolie Mama! The idea behind this party is to take a step back and reflect on those things, both large and small, that we are thankful for in our lives this past week as well as think about what goals we may have for ourselves for the upcoming week. So share a list of everything and anything you are thankful for and add any goals you have for the week ahead. This party will start on Fridays, but you are welcome to link up any time during the week.

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Silly Baby Loves His Playpen

Silly Baby Loves His Playpen - Velvet-Rose.net

Baby H started crawling recently, and even pulling up to standing the other day, so now a lot more of the house is accessible to him. It is so amazing to watch him wiggle around a room, but it also is dangerous. It isn’t possible to 100% baby proof everything since even the coffee table (which happens to be where we eat, in front of the TV) can hurt him if he falls on it. He started getting bored in his pack & play since it really didn’t give him much room to move, so we decided to get a large enclosed playpen for him to be able to play safely and securely while practicing his new skills.

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Our Breastfeeding Challenges

Our Breastfeeding Challenges

I’ve shared our early breastfeeding journey and my favorite things about breastfeeding for Baby H’s first 6 months. I think it also makes sense to share our current and ongoing struggles.

I absolutely LOVE the post “To The Mom Who Didn’t Breastfeed” on Scary Mommy because there’s so much truth to that post. I love this part:

Breastfeeding is about more than the milk.

It’s about feeding your baby against your body, the two of you gazing at each other in wonder.

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Taco Cabana Meal Deal Giveaway

TC Mexican Plate Meal Deal

Have you checked out Taco Cabana’s newest meal deal? All Taco Cabana guests can get a Mexican Plate meal deal complete with a fresh enchilada, taco, rice and beans with a 20 oz. drink for just $4.99. This limited-time offer is available through July. Lucky you – I have a gift card to give away so you can try the Mexican Plate meal deal for yourself!  This giveaway is only open to residents of the awesome state of Texas. “Be Our Guest” cards will be sent to the winner to spend at their local Taco Cabana! YAY!

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Learn how to take gorgeous photographs like a pro!

Raise your hand if, like me, you often get irritated at your camera after realizing all the photos you took at some awesome event came out blurry?  Many people, especially bloggers, want to improve their photography skills but don’t know where to start. They take photos of their beautiful children, their wonderful vacations, and their delicious food, but it comes out wrong. Everything’s blurry, or the photo is too dark, or the subject’s face looks HUGE, or the contrast is all wrong. Or sometimes it just doesn’t look right in some way – not like how a professional would do it. Years from now we all want to be able to look through our photos and instantly be transported back to those special moments – not wracking our brains to remember what a particular episode really looked and felt like.

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Summer Coupons for Family Attractions and Theme Parks

US Family Guide Summer Coupons

Check out these coupons for family attractions, theme parks and water parks curated by US Family Guide! There are coupons there for every state, but I’m only sharing the ones from the state I have lived in and those we have family in and frequently travel to. These are the summer attraction coupons listed at the time I visited the site, and more are being added all the time, so I would direct you visit the US Family Guide website and find the coupons for any activities you and your family want to do this summer!

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Gratitude and Goals June 19, 2015 #GratitudeGoals

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Welcome to the Weekly Gratitude and Goals Linky Party hosted by Julie at Velvet Rose and Suzanna at One Hoolie Mama! The idea behind this party is to take a step back and reflect on those things, both large and small, that we are thankful for in our lives this past week as well as think about what goals we may have for ourselves for the upcoming week. So share a list of everything and anything you are thankful for and add any goals you have for the week ahead. This party will start on Fridays, but you are welcome to link up any time during the week.

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