Monday, November 28, 2011

Ebates How-To

If you're not on ebates, you need to join. If you join from here, you can choose between a $10 Target, Home Depot, Barnes and Noble, or gift card right out of the gate. After you join, you get cash back at almost every website you make a purchase from. The only one I regularly purchase from that doesn't work with ebates is Amazon.

For example, right now Groupon is 6%, GAP, Zulily, & Old Navy is 7%, Sephora, J. Crew, & Barnes and Noble is 10%, Snapfish is 20%, and even Walmart has 5% cash back. These are just a few of the 1200 stores that they offer cash back on. You can choose to either have your cash deposited to your paypal account, or have a check mailed to you.

In order to get your savings, you simply start out shopping at the ebates website. You can search for the store you are looking for, for example Zulily, in the search bar in the upper right hand corner. Once you click the link, you'll see a window that looks like this:

Once your order is completed, you get whatever percentage of your purchase deposited to your account within a few days. I did lots of shopping on Friday, and the cash was in my account over the weekend. 

You'll see credits in your account like this based on your purchases. So far I've earned $10 cash back on purchases I would've made anyway. How awesome is that? And obviously, it is more depending on how many purchases you make & how much you spend. 

Checks are mailed/deposited 4 times yearly, given you have more than $5.01 in your account. 
Also, several stores like Home Depot, Lowe's, Walmart, and Best Buy allow you to buy online & pick up in store. You can buy through ebates, get your cash back, & still pick it up in store so you don't have shipping charges. This is good, especially during Christmas season, to help you earn cash back on bigger purchases. 

I hope this helps you understand how to use ebates & the advantages to shopping through ebates. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me! 

Name Game

Baby Brother's name is . . . . 

Drake James

Trey and I have both loved the name Drake for years, and James is the name of both of my grandfathers so we decided to honor them with his name. 

And just for fun . . . 
Big sister cheesing for the camera :) 

She cooked Thanksgiving dinner for us ; ) 

And I'm so glad to have the Christmas tree up and decorated. It makes life happier in its own little way. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Boy or Girl?

Today, we saw our sweet baby on ultrasound . . . 

We saw sweet arms, fingers, toes, and legs.

And our baby's heart, stomach, kidneys, and the like. 

So thankful to know that he or she is growing just like expected, and healthy as far as we can tell. 

I know you're all dying to know . . . . 

that Ryanne is going to 

 . . . be a big sister! Oh wait, you already knew that ; ) 

We're excited to say . . . 

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 .  . . that we're having a sweet


Monday, November 21, 2011

Phone Fun!

Here are some of the pictures I've taken over the last week from my phone . . .  

Trey and Ry were looking for "deers" and she had her bullet ready. Silly girl! 

Riding the pony! 

Trey's grandpa was riding her around. I'm so thankful she has him, but it makes me miss my grandpa even more sometimes. 

We deep cleaned the living room last night, and when we moved the couch, this was the discovery of Ry's toys underneath it! Next time she's in charge of cleaning it. haha! 
Feeding the horse

She was determined to use her straw, so this was her solution. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

18 Weeks, Take 2

Baby Milestones: Baby is about 5.2 in long, and 5 oz. Baby's weight will almost double over the next three weeks, and baby will begin to form fat.

Weight Gain: I think I'm standing at a loss of 19 pounds total. I've gained 2 pounds now according to my scale, but it never matches what the doctor's says. 

Clothes: I'm still wearing mostly normal clothes, but a few pair of my jeans are getting uncomfortable around my belly. 

Gender: A week from today we'll know!  

Movement: I can definitely feel the baby moving around now. When I'm still at night I love to just feel he or she wiggling around. 

Sleep: I'm sleeping well still. I'm ready for the exhaustion to go away. Or maybe that's just a side effect of the toddler? 

What I miss: Raw cookie dough. I know, bad, right? But I was making cookies earlier & really wanted to eat a big spoonful. 

Cravings: Fruit, lots and lots of fruit.

Symptoms: My nausea has improved greatly, and I'm pretty much symptom free right now. 

Best Moment this week: Ryanne kissing her baby "broder" She's convinced that I'm having a boy ; ) 

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Christmas Ornament Exchange Partners

We have an exciting 144 people for the ornament exchange!  What an exciting way to start the Christmas season! 

We divided the entries among the 10 hosts and each host is matching up her participants with partners.  We’ve broken down the list alphabetically, by first name.  Check the list below and check out the host’s blog to find your ornament exchange partner.
So here are the partners . . . . 

Kim V. &  Laura from Boots & Pearls on a Texas Girl 

Kim S. &  Laura from 3 Little Miracles

All of my partners should now have an email with your partner’s email address and any notes they left on the form. If you don't please email me at & let me know. Just a reminder that all ornaments need to be mailed by Wednesday, November 30th, and there’s a $10 limit.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know!  Thanks for playing everyone!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Pinspired: Nursery Edition

Hopefully in the next couple weeks we'll know whether we are having a boy or a girl, but in the meantime, I'm planning a nursery for both.

I love this vibrant rug, and just the colors in general.

I've admired this nursery ever since I first saw that episode. I love the letters around the top of the room. I'm not big into classic boy/girl nursery colors, but I do love all the fabrics in this room.

This is my twitter friend Ashley's little man's nursery and I just love the bold letters in his room!

Source: via Leah on Pinterest

I'm in love with this rug too. It's such a great print and good colors.

Source: via Leah on Pinterest

I think this is such a cute storage idea.

I love the color scheme in this room. The pom poms are so fun, and I love the idea of a colored crib for a girl.

Source: via Leah on Pinterest

I love this rustic barn door for a boy's nursery. It is such a fun element!

The stripes in this nursery are so bold. I love that idea.

I just love everything about this nursery!

Source: via Leah on Pinterest

I love this whole nursery, too!

I love this adorable monogram. I think Ry needs one in her room.

I could totally have 20 kids just to design their nurseries. Don't worry though, my uterus isn't that brave. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011


First of all, Trey goes back to the neurosurgeon this morning, so if you feel led please say a prayer that we get good news.

How amazing is this? It warms my heart to see the two of them together, and even more so now. I'm so grateful that he is healing well. God is good!!

This is sweet Ryanne's meal time prayer. When we tuck her in to bed, she always says "and bless the hands that made it" in her night time prayer, too. So sweet! I like to think she's thanking God for making her, or maybe that's just me! :) I feel so blessed to be her mom. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

16 Weeks, Take 2

This is *obviously* from this past Saturday. I've got to get better at taking belly pictures. I always remember once I get in bed at night. 

Baby Milestones: Baby is about 4.6 in long, and 3.4 oz. Baby's reflexes are developing, and improved muscle control allows it to grasp things with its hands. 

Weight Gain: Lost another 6 lbs between visit 2 & 3. This past week has been a grand improvement on the nausea trend, so hopefully I'll start gaining soon. 

Clothes: I'm still wearing my clothes (and some that haven't fit in a while) but I throw in maternity clothes occasionally for fun. 

Gender: We don't know yet but counting the days! Our official scan is the day before Thanksgiving! 

Movement: I can definitely feel the baby moving around now. We snuck in an ultrasound while I was on the L&D floor yesterday and it was so fun to watch he or she move around & play inside my belly. So surreal! 

Sleep: I'm sleeping pretty well, but getting up to go to the bathroom a lot more frequently now. 

What I miss: Knowing what I can eat & what tastes good. 

Cravings: Watermelon, this past week. 

Symptoms: Both my exhaustion and nausea are waning *knock on wood,* so hopefully I'll be mostly symptom free for a while. 

Best Moment this week: Getting to check out that sweet baby on ultrasound yesterday. We were trying to check out the "flavor" but baby was cooperating, but we did get to watch he or she kick and squirm for a good 45 minutes which was so much fun!

Is this not the sweetest thing ever? PS She is not sucking her thumb, but it sure does look like it. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Ornament Exchange

I've partnered with some lovely ladies to bring y'all an ornament exchange!! These lovely ladies:
Addie from Just Another Day in The Life, 
 Ashley from Ashley's Carnival Ride,
Ashleigh from This Lil Heart of Mine, 
 Emily from A Beautiful Beginning,
Kerbi from So Are You to Me,
Sonya from Ladybugs, Butterflies, and Boxing, 
 Karah from Chateau Stracener,
Faith from Walk With Me By Faith,
Jenn from Knee-Deep in Munchkin Land
have all joined arms (or brains) to create an ornament exchange!

Click here to enter your information in the google form. Be sure to enter by Monday, November 14thif you want to paricipate!

We'll post the participants on Wednesday, November 16th, and by Wednesday, November 30th all packages will need to be mailed.

When buying ornaments, please limit the ornament price to $10. 

I can't wait to see all of the ornaments that get exchanged. Be sure and sign up to be part of the fun!


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