School Lunch with Pearls Olives-To-Go

This post is sponsored by Pearl’s Olives to Go.  All opinions are my own.

Oh my gosh school starts TOMORROW people!

I’m over here like…


I pack Connor’s lunch for school every single day.  He’s gotten a lot better since Kindergarten, but he has always been a picky eater.  Then again, sometimes I’m surprised what he likes.  A lot of days it’s the same thing over and over again…so we like to switch up our routine with something different every now and then.

Last year we tried Pearls Olives-To-Go and they are soooooo great for school lunches people!  There is no pitting, stuffing, or chopping.  That adds extra time to my mornings and allows me to spend time on more important things.  (Like maybe an extra 5 minutes of sleep!  Ha ha!)


There are four different Pearls Olives-To-Go varieties to choose from.


Packing lunches is so easy & I know Connor is getting a fresh fruit in his lunch!DSC_3773

We are so excited for first grade tomorrow and thank you for a yummy lunch Pearls Olives-To-Go!DSC_3775 DSC_3779

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Our Week with Zippy #DriveMazda

We had another opportunity to try out a car a couple of weeks ago.  It was the Mazda CX-3 in a sparkly blue finish.  She was a beauty and I named her “Zippy”!  It’s fun to name cars… because honestly I talk to mine all the time!  Ha ha!13975498_842811609152856_8465715733679036090_o

I had a blast driving Zippy around for a week.  She had all the latest and greatest gadgets.  I was able to fit all of my camera gear in there and all in all it was just a FUN car!


The interior was decked out with all the safety features and let me just say it was super stylish.  I loved the leather and trim.  DSC_4079

This pop-up navigation and satellite control radio feature was probably my favorite.  I have decided I need a backup camera in my life.  When I got back into my normal car I missed it so much!  Also, the center armrest was a great feature because I like to rest my arm while driving.  So comfy!


Plenty of room for Connor in the back and all of my stuff too!  Zippy, aka my Mazda CX-3, was so easy to park and get in and out of places because the size is just perfect.DSC_4082

Thank you #DriveMazda for a fun week with Zippy!  I would HIGHLY recommend this vehicle if you are off to college- in my mind this would be perfect for a college student and would fit all their stuff.  It has awesome gas mileage and is just an all-over reliable car.

Terence and I drove the CX-3 on our 15 year anniversary date to dinner and the movies. 🙂

Aren’t these flowers so pretty that my honey sent me?  I love you babe, and thank you for 15 beautiful years.  And thank you to DriveShop for making our weekend extra special!



Back To School with Pearle Vision

School is TWO weeks away!  Can you believe it?  A few weeks ago I shared about our trip to Pearle Vision.  Make sure you check your kiddo’s eyes out before school starts.  Nothing is worse than feeling self conscious and unsure because you can’t see.  It affects how a child learns and so much more!

We loved our visit to Pearle Vision, both Connor and I both got our eyes checked and we are good to go!


Connor didn’t need glasses this visit, although he sure did have fun trying on some different styles.  I, however, did get a brand new pair.  One of my favorite things to do is read books.  I knew I was due for a new pair and everyone was so helpful.  I chose a trendy tortoise shell style.

Here are my new rims from Pearle Vision, I love them so much:


I know glasses are probably in Connor’s future, but it’s nice to know he’s good for now and ready to start first grade.  If you are searching for an Eye Doctor I encourage you to check out Pearle Vision.  They were super nice and answered all our questions….we’ll definitely be back.

Pearle Vision has close to 600 eye care centers located throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, Pearle Vision is built around a doctor-centered business model with a primary focus on delivering genuine eye care to patients. It has become a trusted source for all my eye health needs.

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Also, I shared with you all on Facebook LIVE today a countdown calendar for school.  I’ll leave the free printable here.  Remember, you can pick and choose what you want to do on your countdown calendar….and getting an eye exam would be a great item to put on your countdown list 🙂

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Would you get your kids eyes checked?

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So much has happened lately and my blog here has taken a back burner…yet again.




It’s only take about a year and a half and over 25 home offers, but I think we finally found a winner!  I can’t wait to share more with you and show some of the plans we have for our new home.  We still have appraisal to get through, and are praying that everything works out.  Connor will still be able to attend the same school as last year and stay with all the friends he made 🙂

Terence and I celebrated our 15 year anniversary with a movie and dinner.  I cannot believe it’s been 15 years!  I feel like time is just flying away from us.  I love you babe forever and always.


I’ve been super busy with my photography and I’m already booking CHRISTMAS sessions!  It’s crazy & I am beyond thankful to you all for supporting me & coming back year after year.  It’s a blessing to my heart to be able to capture all your memories.

Sometimes I have so many balls in the air I feel like I’m going to drop them all…but I wouldn’t change a thing!  I love my job at the Oliver Dental, I love my passion for photography, and I love blogging.  God has blessed me so much that I’m able to do all the things I love….including my new jewelry business!  (I’ll share with you more soon, but in the meantime you can check out my site HERE)

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School starts in a few weeks and my baby is going to be a FIRST GRADER!  Somebody stop time for me okay?  I mean seriously how cute is my lil’ guy?


When I was a little girl my Mom would take my sister and I back to school shopping and it was the best thing ever!  My Mom always made it a fun event shopping for school supplies, backpacks, shoes, and clothing.

I want Connor to look forward to going back to school too.  A few weeks before school starts I start getting Connor excited about getting a new backpack or lunch box…and CLOTHES!  I know how I felt on the first day of school walking into class with a new outfit on.  There is just something about wearing a new outfit that makes you feel a little bit more confident.

This year Connor and I picked out clothes from Mini Boden.  I’ve always loved the prints and British styles that Mini Boden offers.  The clothes I’ve bought from Mini Boden have lasted & lasted throughout the years.  It’s one of my tried and true children’s clothing brands.  The styles that Mini Boden offers are so adorable!  And don’t worry about buying from across the pond, Mini Boden provides worry-free shipping (free shipping & returns over $49).

Here are some of our favorite outfits we got for back to school from Mini Boden:

I just adore these jeans, dress shirt, and shoes:

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These Super Soft T-Shirts are a fall staple:

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Connor is really into dinosaurs right now so of course we got this adorable Jurassic Stripe T-shirt!


No outfit is complete without a pair of shoes 🙂  We chose these Suede Desert Boots that can go with just about anything- dress up or down with a pair of jeans for khakis.


Connor is going to join Cub Scouts this fall, so he’s going go camping!  Nothing is better than a nice cozy pair of jammies when camping.  Mini Boden has the cutest styles and prints when it comes to pajamas!

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I’m super excited about first grade and I know Connor is too 🙂  Thank you Mini Boden for sending us back to school in style!

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