Thursday, July 24, 2014

Christmas in July - Present Opening!

If you haven't already heard, Jenny and I hosted a Christmas in July gift exchange. And, today is the big finale - the revealing of the gifts! Everybody that was signed up was matched to a fellow blogger, and Aria's sending partner was Wyatt, Ashley from Everything's Hunky Dorey's son.

She was on top of her game, because we got our package on the 12th - the day after the send by date!
Christmas in July with Jenny and Courtney
Christmas in July with Jenny and Courtney
 What's inside? Take a peak!
Christmas in July with Jenny and Courtney
 Here dad you hold this. There is more in the box.
Christmas in July with Jenny and Courtney
 Mom, look! A book!
Christmas in July with Jenny and Courtney
 After she made sure the box was empty she went back over to dad to check out the goodies in more detail. And by that I mean she dumped 84 little bath shapes all over the floor. She helped put a few back in though, perhaps 7.
Christmas in July with Jenny and Courtney
 Then she checked out all the fun animals sounds on the Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? book. Funny because the day before we had checked out the Brown Bear, Brown Bear version from the library and before that we'd never read any of these type.
Christmas in July with Jenny and Courtney
 The dogs were drawn to the chaos and wanted to see what the fuss about too.
Christmas in July with Jenny and Courtney
 Aria clapped, so I guess that means she approves of her new toys! Thanks so much Wyatt and Ashley.

Our partner was Emma from Harper and Will, and you should definitely head over to her blog to see what Aria picked out to send to her two darlings! And then hop around to all the different ladies who participated in the exchange. Perhaps start making that Christmas list now and get your shopping done before the crazy holiday season. I always have the best intentions of doing just that, but alas it never happens.
Sweet Turtle Soup
Please link up what you received in your Christmas in July box below! And, feel free to use #xmasinjulygiftexchange to share on instagram too.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer Wish List

Summer Wants
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A girl can dream, right? Some shorts, a few breezy dresses, and a sparkly top - you can't go wrong. A pair of flats, some arm candy, and a bright pop of colour on your nails - these are almost worth sweating to death all summer long for!

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

[Guest Post] Getting to Know Jamie from Cocktails & Carseats

Today Jamie from Cocktails & Carseats is joining me for a little Q&A time! She is one of the sweetest blog friends I've made, and we hit it off right away. I'm thinking because we both go a little nutty for Disney and our daughters are basically the same age almost to the day. I love reading about older babes so I have an idea of what lies ahead, and I love reading about younger babes because squishy little ones are the best and you remember all most of the milestones with fondness. But, there is something extra special about being friends with somebody that has a babe the same age that is going through the same things you are with your own. I've had the best time getting to know her and her little family, and I'm telling ya you should definitely give her a visit really soon. But first scroll down to see her answers!

Thanks so much for answering my questions, Jamie!
Meet Jamie from Cocktails & Carseats
question and answer with Cocktails & Carseats
question and answer with Cocktails & Carseats

Make sure to stop by her blog today, and tell her Courtney sent you!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Currently: July

Thinking about: chocolate covered potato chips. They just sound like they would hit the spot, you know?

Working on: my water drinking. I realized I was slacking big time in my water servings per day, so now if I don't drink my allotted amount I can't have my afternoon iced coffee. It is working like a charm so far. Iced coffee is excellent motivation apparently. Sadly, I broke my favourite cup the other day so drinking just isn't as much fun anymore.
Planning: on redesigning the blog. She needs a facelift!

Reading: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. I've been so excited to get my hands on it (it just came out), and it did not disappoint. It was the final in the All Souls Trilogy. So well written, great story, and full of awesome. I hope she continues to write because she can weave a damn good tale.
Listening to: my dog snoring at the moment. Such a delicate lady beasty Lizzy is.

Eating: chili and bbq ribs sometime this week. Menu planning is super hit or miss with me, but this is the third week in a row with some sort of game plan for dinner. So, we will probably be eating crackers and cheese next week.

Watching: the Christmas in July show on QVC. I've never purchased anything, but I very much enjoy having it on in the background all day. Christmas in July is my favourite part of the summer, and I'm even more excited for the Christmas in July exchange link up on Thursday. I love seeing what people come up with to send to others.
Wanting: Aria to knock it off with the cat food eating. The cat has a closet where his litter, bed, and food bowl goes. I open up the door and give him his food whenever he asks, but now little miss can open the door. I turn my back for 3 seconds to wash up the dishes (always the dishes) and next thing I know she is down the hall and into the closet double fisting cat food like she's starving. I've taken to putting the laundry basket in front of the door (because it is always full) to slow her down. By the way, she can't get to the litter box as easily. Praise the Lord. Where do people hide their cat things with kids around? Somebody let me in on the secret!

Feeling: like a nap would be awesome...
Loving: that the AC is blowing on me right now. It is melting weather outside.

Thankful for: my husband, who said we might be able to run to the chocolate shop for some of those chocolate covered potato chips after work!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sweet Sunday

July 13th - 19th
 Our simple and sweet moments from the past week.
 
Kitty, Kitty - Come out and Play!
 Do you see the cat?

Paper
This big piece of paper came with our amazon box this week (along with The Book of Life that I've been completely ignoring everything else for while I read it!). Aria decided to wear it around the house like a scarf and a cape for a while. Just because.

Always climbing
 This is Aria's favourite place to sit. No, I take that back. This is her second favourite place to sit. The first is the ledge by the veggie drawer in the refrigerator.

Getting Dressed!
Aria stole a pair of her pants from the (clean) laundry and put them on while I got dressed one morning. She got one whole leg on the correct way and everything too. She moved too quickly to get a picture of that, but this is her taking it back off. I didn't think she'd ever get her foot in the hole let alone all the way pulled up. Always impressing me this one!

Bacon for Breakfast
 We had breakfast with a side of fried this weekend. Chris had to work a shift on Saturday but took his break to come have the morning meal with us. Fried eggs, bacon, and potatoes are his jam. Aria doesn't mind them herself either. She stole his fork after he headed back to work. Can't leave anything near her side of the table anymore.
 
Have a sweet Sunday!
 
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