Beaching It In The East


Living in Texas, the most popular places to beach it these days seem to be Alabama (Orange Beach) and Florida (Destin). We've always been a west coast family - that's where my parents grew up - but this year we are taking the plunge, loading up the kids and driving 12 hours to Rosemary Beach, Florida.

White sand, crystal blue water and a town that looks like it's straight out of Europe? I'm very, very intrigued.

Apparently there are quite a few small beach towns all within a short drive. We'll have a house with all of the amenities, so I fully plan to eat at home a lot, but we also want to try to do one meal a day out of the house, be it breakfast/lunch/dinner.

Seeing as I just started blogging again, I doubt I'll get any comments on this, but I'm throwing it out to the Interwebs - what MUST we do on this vacation?

And, also, send some positive juju our way for a road trip with a two and four year old!

The Day Designer


I've previously blogged about my personal planner experiences in the past. Plum Planner worked really well for me the past year, but I decided that I needed something simpler. I already use my own grocery/meal planner on a weekly basis, and I keep our family organized via iCalendar a lot so that the U can be alerted to everything we are up to.

But I still love paper. I don't think I'll ever be able to kick the habit of putting the pen to paper for organization.

Instead of forking over $60 for a planner this year, I learned about the Day Designer line at Target. So, this bad boy came home with me for a whopping $9.99.

I can't wait to see how it works into my schedule, but I'm loving the layout so far...

They have several designs, multiple size options, as well as desk and wall calendars. All so, so reasonably priced!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


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Clearly I lean toward classic pieces in a neutral palette. Here's a sampling of my favorites in a mixed price range.  I opted to do all of my shopping online this year - it was so much easier for me, and, hello Ebates (3% cash back)!

Anyone else do some damage in the preview sale?

Bathroom Game Changer


You can file this under "OMG I cannot believe she just posted about that," but I don't even care. Someone introduced me to this, then I saw it on Shark Tank, then I held off on purchasing, but then finally bit the bullet and did it and...

It's a game changer.

So much so, that I need to share it with the world. Shout from the mountain tops.

Provide you with a (affiliate) link.

Squatty Potty®

We don't need to go into any details. You just need to buy one. Pronto.

You can thank me later (anonymously, if preferred).

Paint Bucket Easter Baskets


My kiddos have never had fancy Easter baskets. Each year I just find something cute from the cheap-o aisle at Target and we call it a day. Now that they are older, I think that having a cutesy basket that will last them through their egg hunt years is a cool tradition.

My first inclination was to go to PBK to check them out, but those things are hecka pricey. Ellie's awesome teacher happened to share a local business on her Facebook, a business of one of the other moms in Ellie's class, and I couldn't pass it up.

They were $25 without the fancy pants ribbon, $35 with. Ellie loves them - she calls them her "pumpkins," since the only holiday she knows of, thus far, with candy in a bucket is Halloween. Haiden, quite frankly, won't be impressed until their are actual eggs with candy inside of his bucket.

Check her out on Facebook, B. Bell Designs!