Our New Adventure

Sorry for the extreme lack of posts around here lately, we’ve been quite busy…MOVING!

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Although we always joked about the idea of moving closer to Disney World, we got serious about it recently and then it all happened kind of fast…like really fast. We now live 15 minutes (or less!) from Disney World! We can see the fireworks from our back porch (no, they aren’t loud at all – thankfully). But WDW wasn’t the only reason we decided to do it…there’s so much more for us, and more specifically our kids, to do in this area, with Orlando, Tampa, the ports, beaches, etc. all around us. Tallahassee is nice, but we found it to be lacking for our family’s likes and desires.

When we made the decision to move, the first thing we had to concentrate on was what we had to do to prepare our current house for sale…the biggest item being replacing the pool liner. It was so weird seeing the pool without any water or a liner. Little did we know that even though this was the very first thing we attempted to cross off our list, this would end up being the thing we ended up being held back with because the reason the liner is piled up in the back in the photo below is because the pool guy messed up all the measurements (including putting the stairs on the wrong side!) and when he realized his error, he quit his job and didn’t tell anyone. Thanks…

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Once we started packing and loading everything into our first truck, all of our furniture was gone, so we had a mini-camping session that night with two inflatable mattresses in our living room. Luckily, we had purchased these just a week prior when Hurricane Hermine plowed right into Tallahassee…man, that was so stressful and scary, but thankfully we had no issues other than lots of cleanup!

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I drove the kids in Brett’s SUV while Brett drove the U-HAUL. He had to pull into every weigh station and toll booth…it’s crazy how much time that added to our drive.

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Love bug season!! #restinpeace

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One of our last minute decisions was to hire movers. It all happened to quickly that we were literally packing boxes and putting them into the truck, so we didn’t feel like movers would have been best utilized at our old house, but O.M.G. were they amazing to unload at the new house. I was able to keep the kids entertained and out of their way as they unloaded the entire truck in an hour. Worth every penny, in my opinion.

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We had so much left at our old house to go back up and get, including food and lots of kitchen stuff, so we took a trip to Super Target to get some necessities for the new house…and to catch some Pokemon.

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The kids already took advantage of all the extra space to run around and play.

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Since we knew the fireworks schedule already, we looked outside our back porch when we knew Magic Kingdom fireworks would be going off and lo and behold, we could see the ENTIRE show. We can even see the castle bursts! We immediately smiled and felt relaxed and content that we made a great decision, then after the show, it was immediately back to coordinating the move.

{Sorry for the terrible phone photo}

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Aubrey had enough of this moving business and this is how we found her while we were looking for the rest of our bedding among the bags/boxes.

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The very next morning, we begrudgingly took the trip back up to Tallahassee to pack another U-HAUL truck and get the house ready to be cleaned.

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I only had a few seconds to soak in that we were leaving our house of 7 years…where our children were born and created so many memories…but I guess that’s good because I don’t want to be sad about it. It was a great house, our first, and I’m happy for everything that happened there…but I am beyond excited and optimistic about our new home too.

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I can’t believe how much stuff we have…I we threw out so much and donated a bunch too. Some friends even got to benefit from our move. I texted a friend “Free wine?” and she was right over!

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We DID NOT want another night in an empty house on air mattresses, mostly because the kids were starting to get stir-crazy, so we rented a room at a nearby hotel. We entertained ourselves by playing with the Disney Side app.

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After a couple of days, we headed back down to our new home…me with the kids again and Brett with the U-HAUL and my car!

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Remember when I said we had too much stuff and threw a bunch out? It only makes sense to go to IKEA and buy more right? No? Oh 🙁

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Brett drove back up to Tallahassee a few days later to do some painting and take photos for our house listing once the pool is filled with water now that we have a liner in! Fingers crossed for a quick sale and that he (or we) don’t have to drive back up there too many times for house-related maintenance.

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So, although I have 13839582692385 boxes to unpack, I can’t wait to start writing more and sharing our adventures with you! 🙂

Come Together to Watch Beat Bugs on Netflix!

It’s funny how my kids are quick to notice anything new available to watch as soon as we get to the Netflix Home screen. They’ve already watched the new Storybots series twice, and were excited to watch the new Netflix original series, Beat Bugs.

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Beat Bugs is inspired by the music of the Beatles and features five charming and energetic bug-like creatures (Jay, Kumi, Crick, Buzz and Walter) learning about the world around them. As the Beat Bugs encounter obstacles and interact with each other, they sing songs by the Beatles that are applicable to their situation.

Talk about nostalgia! In fact, since we were all watching Beat Bugs as a family, my husband actually treated it as a challenge to see how soon he could predict what Beatles song they would sing based on what was happening on the show. I actually knew more songs than I thought I would, and learned a few more by the end of the series.

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What I like about it is that the songs – from Help! to Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds – are performed by either the young insects or guest voices such as Pink, Sia, and Eddie Vedder.

The kids have watched the series a couple of times and it’s still pretty awesome to hear Trent randomly start singing a Beatles song, even without the show on!

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Here is his brief rendition of “All You Need is Love” 🙂

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Aubrey might not know the words, but she has loads of fun dressing up as a bug and playing all the instruments.

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Season 1 of Beat Bugs is available on Netflix now!

 

This post was written by me as part of my membership in the Netflix Stream Team. Thanks for reading!

Current Netflix Watch List

Usually when I tell people that I’m an accountant, they automatically assume I do taxes and that I’m really busy in April when taxes are due. Blech…I don’t do taxes. I don’t like taxes. In fact, April is pretty chill at my job. July/August, on the other hand? Let me just say, I’m working on a potentially harmful mixture of 2 coffees, a 5 hour energy, 2 sodas and sweet tea several days in a row. My alarm has gone off earlier than ever. It is cray-zay up in here.

Even with all the craziness, I still make time to sit and eat dinner with my family and watch a show on Netflix without being distracted.

Since there is absolutely nothing on tv in the summer anyway, we took the opportunity to search around for a new series to watch on Netflix. We came across the series “Limitless” which is a continuation of Bradley Cooper’s movie of the same name. Bradley Cooper even makes an appearance every few episodes (definitely a bonus). It’s a crime/drama series with a good amount of humor mixed in.

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(From Wikipedia)

Brian Finch, a 28-year-old burnout and struggling musician, is introduced to NZT-48, a miracle drug that gives him access to every neuron in his brain. For twelve hours after taking the pill, he becomes the smartest person in the world, able to perfectly recall every detail of his life and capable of prodigious leaps of intuition and reasoning. With the mysterious U.S. Senator Eddie Morra (Cooper) providing him with an immunity shot to counteract NZT’s deadly side effects, Brian uses his enhanced abilities to help FBI agent Rebecca Harris. The problem is the FBI doesn’t know about the shot and Brian has to keep both worlds separate.

 

I thought there were a few seasons, but unfortunately, it was just cancelled in April after 1 season, so you can only see it on Netflix haha…oops.

 

Trent has been watching Pokemon Go (and yes, playing the app with Brett) and Hot Wheels. He and Aubrey also asked to put Puffin Rock on and they both really liked that. It’s a super cute Netflix original series and season 2 will be out next month!

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Another series coming next month that we’re really excited about is “Ask the Storybots.”

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Both kids really like the Storybots app so we think they will like the show too. I wonder if we’ll make an appearance?

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This post was written by me as part of my membership in the Netflix Stream Team. Thanks for reading!

kikki.K Planner Photo Review

While doing a little cleaning on my laptop, I came across some photos I took of my kikki.K planner when I first got it earlier this year. I had been using an Erin Condren, which I still love, but I wanted to try a ringed planner since I wanted to have different sections for certain aspects of my life. The EC had everything all in one spot, but I just felt unorganized still. This particular style and color was 50% off, and since it’s one of my favorite colors, I had to snag it!

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I love the box it came in. Apparently every style of planner has it’s own unique box.

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So pretty and ready for amazing plans for the year!

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It came with two little notepads on the inside cover. I replaced these with one bigger notepad with Tsum Tsums on it. 🙂

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It has 7 dividers labeled with the type of paper in each section. I replaced these with glittery stickers I made to both make it prettier and have labels that better suited me.

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I kept the Monthly and Weekly sections as is, but switched out the other sections for other things…regardless, here is what came with the planner.

Monthly:

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Weekly with a one week on two pages layout.

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Addresses

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Birthdays and Anniversaries

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Shops & Restaurants

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To do sections, with each column perforated to tear out as used.

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Expense Tracker

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And finally, a large notepad on the back cover.

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I’ve used this planner the longest out of any planner recently. I can move the sections around and add to it and it has really helped me get the different aspects of my life better organized. The only downside is that it is shipped internationally and didn’t come with the best tracking, but it still arrived fairly quickly.

Here are some of the items I also purchased to go along with it: 6 hole punch, filler lined paper, extra monthly calendar, extra weekly calendar, and a zip pouch to hold stickers.

And of course I decorate it with stickers from my shop and fun planner goodies from other Etsy shops, which I’ll definitely be sharing more of in the future!

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This is not a sponsored review. I paid for this planner and wanted to share. Thanks for reading!

 

May Beauty Box Reviews

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend! On Saturday, we had dinner with family and Brett put on our own mini fireworks show.

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Then, Brett was in WDW Sunday and Monday for the Fourth of July fireworks, so it was me and the kiddos at home this weekend. We (I) survived and it was fun coming up with activities for us, like setting up a spot on the floor with a bunch of pillows and blankets to enjoy popcorn and a movie (Trent picked Cars)!

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In May, I got 4 different Beauty Subscription boxes in the mail…Sephora Play!, Birchbox, Ipsy, and Target Beauty Box. Here’s just a little photo review of what came in each box:)

 

Sephora Play!

I’ll start with a brand-new-to-me box. At first, this subscription was by invite only, so I had to sign up to be on the waitlist for when it opened up to more people. It took a few weeks for a spot to open up and I was excited I didn’t have to wait long. All the items came in a cute pouch.

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There were 8 separate samples from 6 brands.

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I received the Briogeo Deep Conditioning Hair Mask from two different boxes lately…but luckily, I had already used my first one up so I wasn’t sad to get it again.

I have a thing for anything miniature, and this little mini lipstick is just the cutest. The color is a little too on the bright/neon side for me, but still cute.

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Each Sephora Play! box comes with a Play! Pass to bring into your local Sephora store for extra points on your in-store purchase.

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It also came with an extensive sheet detailing the items in the box.

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Target Beauty Box

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Seriously? How was I able to grab two of these boxes in a row when they’ve always been sold out whenever I finally get to seeing them? This box came with 9 samples, including 1 full-size product and several large-trial size products. With free shipping and my 5% Red Card discount, I think this box is such a great deal!

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I’ve used the Clairol Hair Food Dry Shampoo so far…while I’m not completely sold on the results of any dry shampoo yet (I guess my hair is just too greasy? lol) I did like the scent and it went on evenly without white residue.

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Birchbox

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This month’s box came with 6 samples.

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I’ve used the Clean Blossom Parfum and the Love Shampoo and Conditioner. Both, coincidentally, have an almost “soapy” scent. The Shampoo came in the cutest little bottle that allowed for at least 6 uses. I love samples that can be used more than once! I also used the ModelCo Lip Lacquer a few times and love the glossy nude color.

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Ipsy

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Last, but not least, is Ipsy. I like the pouch it came in, although I did see others on Instagram that received it in pink…I would have loved that color! This month’s bag came with 4 samples and a brush.

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I hope you enjoyed these photos!

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