Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sweet Sunday

March 22nd - 28th
All of our simple and sweet moments from the past week.

Riding around on the dolly
Her new ride.

Easter stamps from Target
I found Easter stamps in the Target dollar section!

out of frame butterfly
There was a butterfly fluttering around very close to Aria. Naturally it fluttered out of frame by the time I grabbed the camera.

Easter eggs in an egg carton
I gave Aria the empty egg carton while I was making lunch and it entertained her the whole time.

egg carton, fridge sitting
Eggs go in the refrigerator, right?

Have a sweet Sunday!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mother's Day Mom Exchange Announcement!

Calling all moms! This post is for you!

I've participated in a fair amount of blogger gift exchanges for the kiddos or mommy & mini, but with Mother's day coming up Liz, Jenny and I thought it was time for an exchange just to celebrate mom.

Mother's day is a day dedicated to the moms. The working moms. The stay at home moms. The moms of one kid. The moms of eight kids. The moms of fur babies. etc. All moms get to be celebrated each year on Mother's day.

Some important dates and details:
March 26th - Mother's Day Mom Exchange announced.
March 30th at 11:59pm pacific - FINAL day to sign up to participate!
Between March 31st and April 3rd - partners will be matched and emailed.
April 8th - contact your partner and exchange addresses by this date.
April 20th - please mail your package by this date.
May 7th - link up on any of our blogs to share what you received.

The limit for this exchange is twenty dollars, not including shipping.

So, if you are interested in participating, please email Liz at and please put 'Mother's Day Mom Exchange' in the subject line. Also be sure to include your first and last name, and blog url if applicable (you don't need a blog to participate). And, don't forget to sign up by March 30th.

Liz will be handling all the submitted names and matching partners. Please note that partners may not be coupled. For example, Jenny might send me a gift, I might send Liz a gift, and Liz might send Jenny a gift. That way you get the chance to 'meet' two moms.

Once partners are matched, Liz will be emailing you to let you know who your partner is. She will also be sending you a few questions to ask and/or answer with your partner to get to know them a little more. At this point you will also exchange addresses so no need to include that in your sign up email.

Liz, Jenny, and I are very excited about this exchange and we hope you will join us to celebrate MOM!

(open to US & Canadian mamas!)

If you have any questions, concerns, or need clarification don't hesitate to ask any of us.

Sweet Turtle Soup

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

[Guest Post] Getting to Know Ashley from Everything's Hunky Dorey

Most of the time I haven't a clue how I stumbled upon a blog, but I actually remember finding today's Q&A guest, Ashley from Everything's Hunky Dorey. I clicked over to her blog from a link up we both joined and saw that her son, Wyatt, had a convertible walker like the one Duke had on Giuliana & Bill. Since I loved that show, is it even still on - that tells you how often I have time for TV these days - I thought it was awesome that Wyatt had one too. Funny the things that will make you feel like you want to stick around on a blog. But, I'm glad I did stick around because she is now one of my favorite bloggers. So, you should definitely scroll down and check out our little Q&A session before hopping right over to her blog for a look see!

Thanks for answering my questions, Ashley! And, Wyatt and Stella are definitely ready for a big Disney adventure - Aria will show you around.
[Guest Post] Getting to Know Ashley from Everything's Hunky Dorey
[Guest Post] Getting to Know Ashley from Everything's Hunky Dorey
[Guest Post] Getting to Know Ashley from Everything's Hunky Dorey
Wyatt's Birth Story - part one / part two
Stella's Birth Story - part one / part two / part three

 Make sure to stop by her blog today, and tell her Courtney sent you! 
Or, visit her on facebook | instagram | twitter

Monday, March 23, 2015

Currently: March

Sweet Turtle Soup: Currently - March
What I'm thinking about, working on, and planning...
My Birthday is next week, Easter is the weekend after that, and then Chris' and my 4th Anniversary is the weekend after that. So I've been pondering Birthday activities - last year we did pretty much one of everything and it was a blast, but I'm feeling more like as long as I don't have to cook I'm good, and making a list of things for Aria's Easter basket along with not thinking about those crunchy chocolate cadbury eggs I adore because no candy until the bunny brings it. We already have anniversary plans for spending the day at Epcot's Flower & Garden festival so just excited to eat all the yummy food and hunt for Easter eggs.

Liz, Jenny and I have been working on a Mother's Day exchange that will be announced later this week, so stay tuned for that!

Sweet Turtle Soup: Currently - March
What I'm reading...
I was rocking the reading earlier this year. But, I slowed down to a snail's pace. I am still working my way through The Widow Waltz, which I started on February 7th. I blame Netflix and Aria cutting her nap out.

What I'm reading on the internet...
I've been falling short on my blog reading lately too. Again, I blame Aria and Netflix. Mostly Aria because I can multitask watching a show and reading a post, but the days have really been lacking in those 'free-time' hours.

A few faves that I did manage to read though....Jenny's home tour, Suggestions for books to read if you are a Jane Austen lover, Savannah Cemeteries, and this 40 by 40 to do list!

Sweet Turtle Soup: Currently - March
What I'm watching...
I just almost finished re-watching all of Gilmore Girls for the dozenth time or so. 

Chris and I had a date night to see the new Insurgent movie, which we thought was great.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Currently - March
What I'm loving...
The Air Show was just in town, and we live right next to the airport so we got to see all the practices and the shows from our backyard. The Blue Angels were here along with some F-22s, F-16s, and an Osprey. Plus, a few others I think. The only way I could tell the jets apart was that the Blue Angels were blue and the others were gray, but the whole thing was awesome to watch.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Currently - March
What I'm eating...
We had paprikash for dinner last night, which is a huge favorite in my family. Chris has been grilling a lot too - ribs, chicken, sausage. Stew on St. Patrick's Day. I tried out cottage pie twice baked potatoes, which were a flop. They tasted great, but the effort was way too much for me. Pot pie and sugar cream pie on pi day!

I didn't meal plan for this week so who knows what we will be eating.

Sweet Turtle Soup: Currently - March
What I'm thankful for...
A husband that will run to the store when I have a hankering to make a white wine spritzer and needed sprite, an orange, and pineapple juice. It was delicious by the way.

Aria's love of reading. I may hate reading Clifford 8 times a day, but I'm thankful that she has that love of stories. 

That Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is usually on at 3. The perfect time for a TV break so mom can sit down for a few minutes and then have dad walk in the door at 330. I miss nap time.

And, for my goofball of a family.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sweet Sunday

March 15th - 21st
All of our simple and sweet moments from the past week.

Jumping in a princess dress
Jump, jump, jump.

Target popcorn
Don't even think about it, mom. My popcorn.

Red. Green. This is as far as we got in our rainbow photo hunt. 

Painting Easter eggs
Painting Easter eggs to go on the windows.

Moose drawn carriage, toddler pretend
Giddy up, moose! Aria's been going all over the place via moose drawn carriage lately.

Watering can
She's already way better at taking care of plants than I am. Now if she'd just stop pulling them all up after she waters them.

Have a sweet Sunday!