Friday, July 29, 2011

Ikea Finds

Don't forget to scroll down to enter the E-Mealz giveaway, or just click HERE.  It's a good one!

I finally got around to taking pictures of my IKEA finds.  They were out of some things I wanted but my main goal was new bedding for our bedroom and I found some!  We have had all white bedding since we got married over 7 years ago.  It has held up great but I was just ready for a change. 

Please ignore the brown headboard.  I'll be recovering it in a white fabric as soon as I can get to the store to get it.  Also, I don't know why it only came with 2 Euro shams?  Anybody have an extra one you want to sell me???  :) (seriously, I'll buy it!)  I would love to put three Euros in the back with the white king shams in front and then the decorative cases in front of those.  This is a Queen/King quilt and it is almost too big for our king bed.  Haha!

I also got the white oblong pillow from IKEA.  I am really happy with everything!  Hopefully this will last us another 7 years.  :)

My mom and I both got these pretty pillows for our couch and as soon as we got home we wished we had gotten two each.  Isn't that how it always works?  ;)  I love the color it brings to my living room. 

Everything else I got was toys.  Well, I did get some curtains for the guest room that I'll show you after Cody hangs them up.  I moved our white bedding into the back guest room and moved some of the guest room bedding into the small guestroom.  It got confusing there for a minute in my head but I think it is going to work out great.  I'll post pictures soon!

I know I said we would have two giveaways this week but since it took me so long to get my act together, the next giveaway will be Monday.  It's a good one too!  :) 

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

E-Mealz Giveaway

Whew, I think I've decided you always need a few days to recover from being gone a few days!  Haha!  I still haven't been able to photograph my IKEA finds so we will have another giveway!

I was so excited when Heather from E-Mealz contacted me to review and give away one of their meal plans.  A couple of my friends already use this and love it.  Basically you pay $5.00 per month (or $1.25 per week!) to get weekly meal plans and shopping lists.  The best part is that they base your meal plans on what is on sale that week!

So, you choose what plan you want (there are tons to choose from.)  They have over 20 plans that range from serving 2-6 people.  We chose Walmart for 2 since I shop at Walmart.  Each week I am emailed me a meal plan with a shopping list for Walmart.  The shopping list will even tell you what aisle the item you need is on.  These shopping lists are SO convenient.  Plus, I actually already had a lot of the ingredients they called for.  Here is an example of one of our favorite meals I made off the menu.

Chicken and Rice Taco Fiesta

This was really good and really easy!  Everything I have made has been super easy which is nice since I am not a good cook.  Cody even gave this meal a good review and that says a lot since he is the pickiest eater you have ever met.

Do you want to win a three month subscription to E-Mealz?  That's about 60 recipes customized for your family. will pick a winner Saturday.

Lot's of ways to enter this giveaway (leave a separate comment for each):

1.  Go visit E-Mealz and leave a comment here letting me know what plan you would choose. 

2.  Leave a separate comment if you like them on Facebook, HERE   

3.  Go visit E-Mealz BLOG and like your favorite blog post.

4.  Tweet what meal plan you would like from @E-Mealz.

Click the picture below to be taken to the site.  If you would like to order a meal plan, use discount code
BLESSNEST to get 10% off!


Monday, July 25, 2011

Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to number 45! picked you as the
giveaway winner!

Jenn from The 3 Amigos please email me at row35401 at and I will
send your info to Jennifer of Little House Tees.

Thanks again, Jennifer for a fun giveaway!!

I'm hoping to get pictures of my IKEA finds today and have those posted tonight or tomorrow.  We had so much fun and we all found some great things!  Also, there will be TWO more giveaways this week!  Yay!  Have a great Monday and hopefully I will be able to get back on here during nap time or tonight.  ;)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Little House Tees Giveaway!

We started the week off with a giveaway, so let's end the week with one too!  Jennifer with Little House Tees sent Westin this adorable Razorback shirt with his name on it.  He got so excited when he had his new shirt on that he started running everywhere and going crazy!  Haha!

Cody was also so excited that Westin now has a Razorback shirt.  :)  I can't wait for him to wear it this football season.  Plus, it is soo soft!

Little House Tees has the cutest shirts!  They offer so many cute styles!  Including these fun big brother/big sister shirts. 

I also loooove these adorable pumpkin shirts! 

I know you will love these cute shirts as much as I do.  Jennifer is offering to give a shirt away to a lucky reader!  If you would like to win one, go visit her site HERE and let me know which design you would choose. will pick a winner Monday.  Thank you, Jennifer! 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Giveaway Winner

According to, the winner of the 
is number 24!

Congratulations, Mom4Mom!
I don't have your email address so email me your info at row35401 at yahoo dot com and I'll pass it along.  Thanks so much to everyone who entered!  

**If you didn't win, you can still purchase them at the sale price through the end of this week!**

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Family Reunion and Crafts

***Don't forget to sign up for the cute kitchen label giveaway HERE!***

Over the 4th of July weekend we got to go to a Davis family reunion in Texas.  It was h-o-t but a lot of fun!  Westin never minds being outside and got to go on a walk in the woods with Nana. 

Taking a break on the swing.

I've noticed other kids his age like small steps too.  He loved walking off those deck boards onto the ground.  He thought he was big stuff!
Taking a break from all that steppin' with his cute little rosy red cheeks.

He developed a love for watermelon on this trip!  There is nothing better than watermelon to cool you off on a hot day.  It was fun getting to spend some time with family that we don't get to see nearly enough.

Back in the air condition of our home, I have been trying out some more appliques.  So far I have ironed these on the kitchen towels but haven't stitched around them yet.  I'll probably use my sewing machine on the pennants (that's a lot of stitching!) but hand stitch the others.

I also have 10 burp cloths waiting to be finished.  Can you tell I'm really dreading getting my sewing machine out?  I just need to sit down and do it.  Does anyone else always have to read the instructions on threading the bobbin?  Haha!
I doubt these will get finished this week since I'm getting so excited about going to IKEA but hopefully soon!  Especially since some of them are gifts!  :)

There is going to be another fun giveaway on Friday!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Twice As Nice Lettering Special and Giveaway!

The sweet ladies of Twice As Nice Lettering are offering you another special and a giveaway to one lucky reader!  Right now on their blog, they are having a sale on these fun kitchen labels.  The set of 12 is normally $12 but they are offering them to you for $8!

Aren't these so cute?  I love them on the containers but they would also be cute if you wanted to make labels for baskets in your pantry. 
Be sure to click HERE to order them. 

Also, they are going to start offering giveaways and special offers through Twitter and Facebook so be sure to sign up to follow or like them.  Click HERE for Twitter and HERE to like on Facebook.  You don't want to miss these deals because they are always offering good ones!

To WIN one of these cute sets, leave a comment on this post.  If you would like an extra entry, leave a separate comment if you like them on facebook or follow on twitter.  So you can leave up to 3 comments for 3 chances at winning!

Be sure to leave your email address if you are anonymous or don't have a blog. will pick a winner sometime Wednesday!  Good luck!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Westin's First Trip to the Library

Thank you for all the birthday wishes!  Y'all are so sweet.  Oh, and my ruffled tank top is from Ann Taylor Loft.  I wish I had bought one in every color.  :)

Last Monday I took Westin to the library for the first time.  (Well, he went when he was about 5-6 months old but he didn't know where he was.) :)  It is has been so hot here that we can't play outside until around 6 or 7 pm so we have been looking for indoor activities or activities with water.  I plan on taking him to toddler time this next week.  This time he just ran around and looked at everything but books. 

He worked a few puzzles.  And by "worked", I mean he threw the pieces down.
He kept running up to this globe yelling, "ba-oon!"  He thought it was a balloon and really wanted it. 
Taking it all in.
I'm pretty sure he thought the computer games were movies without sound. 

This is how I spent most of my time...following him all over the place.

He had a great time and I loved watching him explore and get so excited over everything!  I know he is going to love toddler story time this week.

I mentioned in my last post that I am headed to IKEA on Friday.  Yippee!  Any recommendations on things I should look at or consider buying?  So far on my list is new bedding for our room and possibly the guest room, picture frames, toys, and food storage containers.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

My 29th Bday

This past Friday was my 29th birthday!  I've heard this is the age you stay forever.  From now on, I will always say I'm 29.  ;)  It was a fun day!  My parents and grandparents came up that afternoon and we played with Westin and when Cody came home we headed out for pizza.  I love pizza and always want it.  Cody, on the other hand, hardly ever wants it so I had to take advantage of the opportunity since I got to pick the restaurant. 
We got a quick family picture before heading out.  I didn't get any pics at dinner but Jason and Katie and her parents also joined us. 
It was a little cooler outside when we left so we let Westin run around the square for awhile.

Quick pic with Gigi and Papa.
And Gran and G-Daddy.
We then came home and had cake.  It was really good!  Cody picked it out all by himself.  :)
I mostly got $$ for my birthday and I'm saving it for IKEA next weekend.  (Lindsey and I are going again and taking our moms!)  I did spare $5 for this fun vase from TJMaxx though.  :) 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Our Fun Weekend

We had such a fun weekend!  My birthday was Friday (post coming soon!) and we celebrated Colson's first birthday on Saturday!  Katie did such a good job on his "sweet shop" party.  She posted more pictures on her blog, HERE.  He loved his first taste of cake!

They had all the guests get a family picture behind this big picture frame.  Such a fun idea!  Happy Birthday, Colson!  We love you so much and we are so glad you are a part of our family!

I also got to work out in the yard this past weekend.  I took your advice and cut the dead blooms off my knockout roses and they look so good and are already producing new growth.

Your advice for my gladiolas was to wait until the leaves were wimpy and yellow before cutting them back.  Does that also apply to my iris?  Can I cut these back?
I think everyone is dealing with the heat lately!  It has just been exhausting.  Our AC can barely keep up but I am SOO thankful for our AC!  I honestly don't know what they did before air conditioning.  Westin spends most of his days like this:

He plays so hard that he can hardly stay cool with a shirt on.  Haha!  I hope y'all are staying cool!

P.S.  I have a lot of posts coming up, including a giveaway!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Calling All Gardeners

I have a lot of plant questions and y'all are always so helpful so I thought I would throw them out there.  :)  Any advice you have I would love to hear it!

 I planted gladiolas this past spring and I am loving them.  These are the first things I have ever planted from a bulb.  :)  The purple ones are my favorite.  I know I am supposed to cut off the stem once they have finished blooming but do I also cut all the leaves back to the ground?  In the picture above, the plant to the far right by the steps has already bloomed and been cut off.  Do I just leave the leaves?

In the picture above, I have no idea what that is!  My Grandmother sent a bunch of plants in a bucket and I just randomly planted them.  Some have come up as crepe myrtles and some as irises but I'm not sure what this one is.  I'm actually thinking it could be a weed that I have been babying and watering every night.  ;)

This is my snowball bush.  I recently read on line that they are drought resistant and that I shouldn't water it very often.  By not watering very often it causes the roots to go further into the ground looking for moisture and makes the branches thicker and sturdier.  Also, it said to cut it back about 2' off the ground after it blooms.  Does that mean that I should cut it back now?  I want the branches to get stronger because right now they cannot hold the blooms in the spring.

In the picture above are my lace cap hydrangeas.  Is it normal for them to not bloom one year?  They have bloomed the past two years but this year only the far left one has produced any blooms. The leaves are very healthy and they continue to grow.

My butterfly bush is taking over!  It gets so huge each year even though I cut it back to about 2 feet in the winter.  Is there a way to keep it smaller without loosing the blooms?  It is covering up a nandina.  :)

I love knockout rose bushes.  This one started out as a small little plant last spring and has grown so much!  Do you do anything with the dead blooms?  I know they are supposedly "self-cleaning" but it sure looks ugly for about 3-4 weeks during it's "cleaning process."

This might be my favorite.  Our dogwood tree.  These are just SO pretty in the spring!  However, I feel like mine is looking very heavy and full.  Is this how they are supposed to look?  Should I thin it out some?  It is actually starting to block some sunlight in our dining room. 

I know that is a lot of questions.  I would love to hear your suggestions!  Thanks in advance!