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I love a good surprise.  The planning, the anticipation, and the thrill of bringing a little unexpected happiness into someone’s life – especially around the holidays – is ridiculously fun.  This year, with the help of one of my favorite retailers, HomeGoods, I was able to create a little holiday surprise for one of my best […]

Bring Back the Holidays with HomeGoods, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls!

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Christmas, decorate, family, home decor, HomeGoods, life, Shop

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On Father’s Day, we decided to do a little impromptu photo sesh before church.  Sadly, since one of us had to operate the camera, we couldn’t all be in the frame, but the pictures turned out wonderful nevertheless.  We captured some great shots, but even the ones that were off-center, the ones where no one […]

Life in the Outtakes

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I remember when B and I were newly married, and I absolutely loved going to the grocery store.  I’d have my list printed out (in perfect, probably color-coded, penmanship), coupons neatly arranged inside my purse, and the challenge of spending $50 or less on a cartful of groceries.   I, literally, just laughed out loud. […]

The Comedy that is Grocery Shopping with Children

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So, we’re beyond the halfway mark!  Woo hoo!  22w3d today with approximately 123 days to go.  At my 20 week scan, baby boy was measuring about a week ahead (though my due date remained the same at August 21), so it wouldn’t surprise me if he comes a wee bit early.  By August, I’m sure […]

From the Maternifiles: Second Trimester Update

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I have been absolutely terrible about my quiet time lately.   While in the throes of the first trimester, I developed aversions to coffee and sleep – two things that made getting up at 5am to have my quiet time each morning much more tolerable when I was able to tolerate them.  But, after many nights […]

Of Coffee and Christ.

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How are you feeling?   So, it’s been seven years since I’ve been pregnant, and I’ve largely forgot what it’s like to be sharing your body with another being.  This may come as a shock and please don’t think I am in any way not excited and overjoyed and in love with the final result, […]

From the Materni-files…

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Sooooo, it’s been approximately eight weeks since I’ve blogged.   Eight long, really nauseous weeks.  Full of changes for the Mullins family.  I have so much to share, so we’ll start with the biggest change 🙂 Let me take you back to December.  Saturday, December 13th to be precise.   We were on our way […]

A REALLY BIG update…

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Although it is a busy time of year, we are certainly soaking up the holiday season any way we can! Family Outing to An Old Kentucky Christmas    Christmas Shopping at the Mall Wrestling Matches with Daddy Santa Pancakes source Pillow Boat Building  Sugared Pecans Date Night ‘Tis the Season!

Soaking Up the Holiday Season

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^^^  Title typed in sarcasm font ^^^ A fellow blogger recently posted about how to take pictures in front of the Christmas tree with that fancy bokeh effect.  Bokeh is the photog term for blurred lights.  I am not a fancy photog, but I do like bokeh, so I thought I would give it a shot. […]

How to Take {Perfect} Christmas Pictures

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Not only am I making it easy for you to find my favorite holiday resources but I’m sharing the reason we’re celebrating today! Why are we celebrating, you ask? Faith’s central line removal surgery was today!  Sister is IV-free for the first time in her whole life.       School Stuff? Here’s a few […]

Holiday Resources + a CELEBRATION!

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Christmas, Educational Activities, ELA, family, first grade, holiday, Key Details, Kindergarten, Literacy, Main Idea, Second Grade, Teach

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