Dover Ebony and Rosewood Jord Watch

Giving someone a gift is something I really enjoy doing. I love to watch their face as they open something up that I picked out for them. One person I very much enjoy buying gifts for is my husband. He has a few things he really likes and collects and I love finding one of those items for him! For example, he loves watches. Right before our wedding, he told me he wanted a pocket watch. I found him a nice one and bought it for him as a gift. It was very exciting to see him wear it at our wedding. I can’t even begin to tell you how many watches he has. Each and every one of them are different and he has a reason why he chooses the watch he’s wearing that day. So when I can find him a truly unique gift like the Dover Ebony and Rosewood Jord wooden watch, I go for it!

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If you are not familiar with the Jord wood watches, you need to be! These unique watches are made from ebony, Koa, purpleheart, zebrawood, rosewood, sandalwood, maple or bamboo. Jord offers watches for women, as well. In fact, I have my eye on the Dover Ebony and Copper watch. I just love it!

About the Dover Ebony and Rosewood Watch

Besides the exquisite craftsmanship of the Dover Ebony and Rosewood watch, this watch features a sapphire crystal glass. The buckle is a deployment buckle with push buttons. Since my husband has rather large hands, I always check the size of the watch case to make sure it will not get lost on his hands. That will NOT happen with this watch! The case width is 41 mm.

Please note, the watch is hand finished and pretreated with tung oils. While it is splash-proof, you should not submerge the watch in water. If you need to clean it, lemon or orange oil extract is best for cleaning the natural wood.

Here’s a look at the watch on my husband’s wrist so you can get a general idea of the size

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I really wanted to give this watch to my husband because we have a few weddings coming up in the next few months, and I wanted him to have something nice to wear. I’m always going out and buying new things for weddings and he never says anything to me about what I am buying and he rarely gets himself something nice. Not only will this Dover Ebony and Rosewood Jord watch look nice with anything he chooses to wear, but it is a real conversation starter too!

Check out everything Jord has to offer and please tell me what your favorite watch is!!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I love to read. In fact, I made a goal for myself to read 50 books this year and I hit my goal last night! I’m pretty excited about that. Reading is that one thing I do that can allow me to escape from it all. I could be having the worst day ever and the second I pick up a book (or my Kindleharry potter and the cursed child), I immediately forget what is bothering me and fall into whatever story I am reading. When I heard that there was going to be an eighth Harry Potter bookHarry Potter and the Cursed Child, I pre-ordered it, but I wasn’t sure what it would be like. I couldn’t help, but wonder if J.K. Rowling was trying to hold on to something that has since run it’s course. You know how that goes. But I had all seven other books. Of course I needed to buy the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released on July 31, 2016. Since I pre-ordered mine from Amazon, it took a couple days to get to me. When I tell you I stalked my mailbox, I totally did. It finally arrived two days ago. I immediately opened it up and started reading. Being that it was a script, I was a little unsure of how I would like the book, but I quickly realized I love reading scripts! Since I am a fast reader and, as a result of that, I tend to skim some parts and end up having to go back to see who is talking. It drives me crazy when I do that. However, being in a script form, I never had to go back! I always knew who was talking.

My Thoughts

I just now read some of the reviews on Amazon and I can’t believe some of the things people wrote about this book. I thought it was fantastic. In fact, it was one of my favorite Harry Potter books ever! I actually would really like this if it was made into a movie too. Series books are my favorite to read. I like to feel invested in the characters. One of the things J.K. Rowling does really well with the Harry Potter series is character development. Throughout the seven previous books, you really got to know all of the characters, no matter how major or minor the character was. I don’t know about you, but when book seven ended, I was incredibly sad. More info was needed. What was  life like after **Spoiler Alert** Voldemort dies. I wanted to see Harry’s kids and see what he and the rest of the gang do as adults. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child provides all that and more.

Above all, if you are a Harry Potter fan, then you need to do yourself a favor and pick this book up. If you are like me and you prefer to read the book on a Kindleharry potter and the cursed child (or you would like a copy of the books on your Kindle), you can get all eight books in a setHarry potter and the cursed child for your Kindle! I don’t know if this play is coming to America or not, but I would love to see it on stage!

Celebrating Life’s Miracles

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Have you ever had something happen in your life that completely rocked you to the core? Something that you never thought you would be able to come back from? Something that completely puts a dark cloud over your life? If you haven’t, consider yourself lucky because I have and let me tell you, it’s not fun. You start doubting everything around you. Fearing the absolute worst every single time the phone rings or your credit card takes a little longer to process at the store. Every little bitty thing that happens always comes back to that one thing. Always. Worst of all, you stop celebrating life’s miracles.

celebrating life's miracles

So, without going into too many details, five years ago, my husband was laid off. I remember all kinds of thoughts going through my head. Things like, whether or not we would lose our house; how we would pay for things; how we would take care of our two kids. Those thoughts consumed my mind day and night. At some points, I was unable to properly function because my anxiety was through the roof. I completely stopped seeing the beauty of life around me, like in the picture above from Sleeping Bear Dunes. Most importantly, I stopped having fun with my kids. Every thought I had was consumed with finding a job and making money. I completely stopped celebrating life’s miracles…my kids.

celebrating life's miracles

It’s been five years, he found a job relatively quickly, and I am slowly coming out of my funk. My husband, not trying to be mean to me or anything, has made the comment that I’m not the same person anymore. He’s completely right. I’m not. I lost a part of me and it’s taken me five long years to realize that and to want that back. A few weeks ago, I started my own 5 Minute Journal. My journal is broken up into two parts. In the morning I write three things I am grateful for, three things I will do to make the day great, and one affirmation. In the evening, I reflect upon my day and write three amazing things that happened that day and one thing that could have made the day even better. I can honestly say that in the short few weeks that I have made it a point to focus on the positive, rather than the negative, I have felt better. My life feels more grounded. Most of all, I feel like I want to celebrate life’s miracles again.

celebrating life's miracles

So, this past weekend, my husband and I watched the movie, Miracles from Heaven, starring Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson (doctor from Grey’s Anatomy…I’ll save you from Googling him mid-movie like I did!), Eugenio Derbez and Queen Latifah. If you haven’t seen that movie, then you need to. Stop by your local Walmart store and pick up a copy. Be sure to also pick up some extra tissues. You will need them because this movie is full of love, faith and spirit. It WILL move you!

If you aren’t familiar with the movie, Miracles from Heaven, it is a movie inspired by true events with the Beam family. They go through every parent’s worst nightmare. Their child is sick and there is nothing that can be done. From beginning to end, you are able to see how this family’s love for one another, their faith in God, and a little bit of life’s miracles help them get through one of the toughest times in their life. For more information about this movie, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

celebrating life's miracles

I’m not going to lie. This movie really helped to put things in perspective for me. It made me even more determined to get back to celebrating life’s miracles. Like I mentioned above, I had already begun working on refocusing my life and trying to celebrate life’s miracles again, but after seeing this movie and knowing that both my husband and I are healthy and our kids are healthy, it reaffirmed for me that in life, that’s all that matters. Everything else can and will work out so long as you focus on what matters and have a little faith.

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Finally, how are you celebrating life’s miracles?

Toddler Halloween Costume Ideas

Summer is quickly coming to an end and before we know it, school will be starting. Some parts of the country are already starting school or will be in the next couple weeks. My kids don’t go back to school until after Labor Day. Once school starts, it will be fall before we know it and then Halloween will hit. My kids have already started talking about what they want to be for Halloween. Bella is still very much into dressing up and trick or treating. While Zack, the big bad middle schooler, just wants to dress up so he can go trick or treating. No costume, no candy is the rule in this house! While I give candy to anyone in a costume, it’s the toddler Halloween costume that gets me every time. So cute!

As I was going through pictures, I ran across a few pictures of my kids when they were toddlers and their Halloween costumes were so cute! One year my daughter wore a costume that made it look like she was riding a unicorn. I think that was probably my most favorite costumes I ever bought her! My son always seemed to drift towards the super hero costumes. Especially the costumes that had the built in muscles. He liked those a lot! If I could go back in time, I think I would do Halloween a little differently and really go all out and put a little more thought into their costumes. Since I won’t be having any more toddlers in my house, I found a bunch of adorable toddler Halloween costume ideas I just had to share with you!

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Toddler Halloween Costume Ideas

Anyone can go to the store and purchase a cute toddler Halloween costume. Shoot…I did each and every year. I have no idea if Etsy was even around when my kids were toddlers, but I can tell you right now, if it was, I would have been buying my costumes from there. Not only are they super cute, but I would totally dress my kids in them outside of Halloween. That’s how cute and versatile they are! Here are a few of my favorites…

What little girl wouldn’t want to be a mermaid for Halloween (or any time of the year)? This adorable mermaid costume is not only unique, but it is something any little girl would want to wear, even after trick or treating. Shoot…I’m 35 years old and I want to be a mermaid!

toddler halloween costume

While super heroes are very popular among toddler boys and girls, and who can blame them?!? Why not make your toddler a true super hero with this custom made and personalized super hero cape!! I can’t tell you how many little boys I see at the grocery store wearing a cape…they would love to have one personalized just for them!!

toddler halloween costume

Are your kids into dinosaurs? I know mine were as toddlers (and even now as tweens). My daughter even wanted to be a dinosaur one year, but when she tried the costume on, she didn’t like how it felt on her. This dinosaur cape would have been perfect for her! It comes in three colors and it is very inexpensive, which is a huge plus in my book!

toddler halloween costume

Admittedly, we are a video game family. My kids both new who the Mario Bros. were early on. My daughter always loved Mario. In fact, one year, she wanted to dress up as Mario and have my son dress up as Luigi! This girls Super Mario costume is absolutely adorable!!

toddler halloween costume

Maybe your child would prefer something a little more simple. If that sounds like him or her, then you need to check out this Power Rangers costume. The cool thing about this costume is that it goes up to a size Youth XL! Choose your favorite ranger and you will have a costume you can wear all year long!

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Which costume is your favorite?

While you are thinking about Halloween, be sure to check out Amazon for all your Halloween accessories. Or you can get this T-Rex costumetoddler halloween costume and accompany your kids on the Halloween Trick or Treating fun!

Personalized Back to School Items

It’s back to school time! That means shopping, shopping and more shopping! I’ll admit, I actually love this time of year. Not only does it show me there is an end in site for all this bickering between the kids, but I love buying school supplies! Different colored folders, notebooks, loose leaf paper, pencils…I love buying all of it! Well, except for that one time my son’s teacher wanted twisty crayons. Those were not easy to find! Since the days of shared supplies is over for my kids, and my daughter LOVES to have everything she owns personalized, I’ve put together a list of some super cute personalized back to school items you just need to get your kids this year!! They will thank you just like this old Meijer commercial!

I remember, shortly after this commercial came out, we were in Meijer and I put glue in the cart and my son, being the comedian he is, started yelling “glue. You got me glue. Thank you. Thank you”. It was pretty funny.

Personalized Back to School Items

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One thing I wish I would have done when my kids first started school was one of those First Day of School signs. This one I found on Etsy is absolutely adorable and way nicer than ANYTHING I could put together! I’m so not crafty! Not to mention, I hate touching chalk, so I would definitely need to use these chalk markerspersonalized back to school! I love all the colors!

personalized back to school

I never really thought personalized pencils were that big of a deal until my kids each got a pack of pencils with their names on it. They thought those were AWESOME! And…with their names on the pencil, no one can walk off with it and say it’s theirs! If your kids first names all start with the same letter, just get the first initial with the last name and anyone can use the pencils!! You can even get mechanical pencils personalized!

personalized back to school

My daughter absolutely loved the year she got to take a pencil box to school. You would have thought the supply list said, “you’re going to get ice cream every single day”! She was that excited. Why not make those pencil boxes even more exciting and get a personalized one?!? You pick the color box AND the color vinyls you would like used!

personalized back to school

Making sure our kids stay hydrated during their long day at school is super important. If they are hydrated, not only do they feel better, but their brain is able to learn better. These personalized water bottles are super cute and I like that they can clip to the backpack! Makes taking it to and from school super easy!! You can choose the colors AND the design that you would like!!

personalized back to school

This next item is another one that I wish I would have thought of when my kids first started school. The first day of school shirt is super cute. Basically you buy this t-shirt in a size that you think your kid may wear when they are graduating school (I would get an Adult XL) and have them put this shirt on for first day of school pictures every year until their last year of high school! How super cute is that?!?

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Aren’t these things cute?!? Whether you have kids just starting out in school (definitely get the chalkboard and t-shirt!!) or your kids have been in school awhile, there is definitely something here for everyone! I especially like the personalized water bottles that clip to their backpacks. What personalized back to school item do you like most?

Happy back to school time! Hope your kids have a fabulous year!