A Little Update…

It’s a sad and dreary day here in Central Florida (it hasn’t stopped raining yet!), but, since I’ve had so many questions on the topic of late, I wanted to share a little preggo update with everyone! 

First off…


Yes, we are having TWO GIRLS! I think we’re still at the 50% thrilled 50% terrified levels, but we’re getting used to the idea!

We actually found out early when we went in for a routine ultrasound (I get LOTS of those since we’re having twins) and they asked us if we wanted to know the sexes of the babies. Without hesitation, my sweet husband gave a resounding YES, and I thought, well, there goes our gender reveal party! He was so excited to find out, I couldn’t say no!

Oh, and don’t let his face in the pic above fool you – girls are EXACTLY what he wanted. Something about how much girls always make over their daddies…crazy man. 

So here are the most common questions I’m getting these days:

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5 Must-See Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up

We’re getting ready to go on a little vacation. Just a few days in peace down in Longboat Key, Florida, which is one of my favorite places in the world. We thought we’d take the chance to get away and celebrate our anniversary and have some time for just us before the babies arrive! 

We’ve actually been talking a lot about traveling here recently, because it’s something we love to do together, and how we hope the kids will love it, too! So when Carol from Click Intelligence sent me an article regarding a variety of places to take your kids traveling to, I was interested to see what was recommended. Check it out!

Kids grow up fast; everybody knows that, especially parents. So it’s important to take some to take your kids to see some amazing and unforgettable places whenever you can. These experiences will create memories that will last a lifetime, and they’ll help your children grow into well-rounded individuals who have a true appreciation for adventure, travel, spending time with family, and culture.

With so many great places to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow down your options when you’re trying to figure out the perfect destination for your kids to see with you before they grow up. To help with this decision, check out the five must-see places below.

Las Vegas


Believe it or not, Las Vegas, Nevada is more than just a destination for adults. In fact, it’s a great destination for a family vacation, and your kids can experience a variety of fun activities both indoors and in the great outdoors. Plus, they’ll get to experience this thriving city, filled with culture and entertainment, from a fresh perspective, without being focused on the casinos that adults focus on.

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Could YOU Be Saving Money on Your Heating Costs?

Now that we’re past Thanksgiving and headed for Christmas, we’re also headed for cooler weather! And just like we here in Florida make sure we have our air conditioners serviced before we hit the dog days of summer, anyone who has any kind of heating unit in their home is probably taking stock of it at this point. Better make sure all will work before the deep freezes arrive! 

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But in the middle of making sure everything will run smoothly, well…what if you could SAVE money on your heating bill, as well? Ask pretty much anyone if they want their bills to be lower, and I’m pretty sure you’ll get a resounding YES! So when Georgia from Cast Iron Radiators 4 U contacted me with this infographic, I thought it was a great way to kick off “Winter”! See what you think…

OH! And for those of you who are in the U.S., the current exchange rate is $1.51 for every British pound!

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Home Matters Linky Party #34

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We are so happy to see you again this week–the last week of April! We can’t wait to see what special links you will be sharing. Join the fun and bring a friend with you to the party. We love meeting new people.

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Organize From A to Z: Purse from Brittany

Melissa shares How to Become a Sideline Hero – Soccer Sideline Kit

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Home Matters Link Party #5

It’s week 5 of Home Matters Linky Party!

We are having so much fun reading all your posts, learning about your creative work, and getting to know and connect with you!

Thanks to all those who linked up with us last week. We had 42 link ups this past week. Let’s keep on linking and sharing each other’s posts!

Congrats to those who have been featured this week! If this is your first time here, Welcome!

We look forward to seeing your matters of the home links such as: home décor tips and tricks, DIY, homesteading, homeschooling, child rearing, frugal living, sustainability, and organizational tips.

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Kristen at The Road To Domestication shared a great review of Cedar Lane Natural Foods which are Gluten Free.

Zan at Flourishing At Home and her family are just getting settled into their new home. She shared Moving Part 2: Issues to Overcome in the New Home Moving Part 2: Issues to Overcome in the New Home

Shirley at Intelligent Domestications shared an entry for a Dollar Store Fall Craft contest, Scarecrow Candy Corn Centerpiece.

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Roopini at Let’s Make it Lovely shared a fantastic DIY project. You can read all about it here: DIY Starburst Mirror.

Check out this beautiful Make Your Own iPad Cover DIY from Sahana at Vikalpah!

Get a load of these Anthropologie Inspired Confetti Glasses from Cassie at Kent Heartstrings.


And new this week, here are the two posts that tied for MOST CLICKS!

Meal in a Pumpkin from Kallee at Creative Southern Home


15 Tips & Tricks Organize Your Home from Lorelai at Life with Lorelai



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