Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A few things we LOVE

In the spirit of Valentine's Day (or just because I thought it would be nice to share with you), I have chosen a couple of things that Chad & I have really fallen in love with since Christmas. These are a collection of things both bought for ourselves & given to us from others.

The first, was a birthday present from me to Chad. This is what it was:
It's a Cuisinart 1/2 quart Ice Cream & Yogurt Maker that has changed every philosophy we have ever had about ice cream. We are definitely ice cream lovers, my husband even more so than me. The process is so easy & it only takes 20 minutes for the machine to make a 1/2 quart. After a couple hours of additional freezing, you can enjoy some of the yummiest, creamiest, most delicious ice cream you've ever had. We have been very happy with this purchase. So much so that we are giving one to our good friends for a wedding gift & gave my bro-in-law one for Christmas. Because come on, who doesn't love some good ice cream, right?! This product could be yours for only $60 at the nearest Williams-Sonoma. I think this was the best gift I've ever surprised Chad with. He may have been slightly skeptical at first, but he is obsessed now.

The next thing on our list is:

Chad finally SOLD me on getting a MacBook Pro when he told me how cool the photo & video storage and editing software was. His other laptop died during one of his deployments so getting a new computer was a must. We have really enjoyed the capabilities of the MacBook, though I am still learning a couple of the differences between it and my PC. One day (hopefully soon), I can have my own MacBook. Good purchase for sure!

Now, ladies...if you are active & have yet to discover the sports bra from heaven (notice the 5 stars, haha), then here it is:

Made by Under Armour, this bra is sooooo good. I got one for Christmas from my mom. My best friend, Elya, is the one that discovered it initially, right before we ran our Marathon Relay. She raved about how well it held the ladies in & how it takes away the 'bounce' that happens when running & exercising. It's AWESOME. If you work out regularly, then the $50 hit doesn't hurt as bad...I'm telling you...coming from a woman with D boobs, you'll be impressed. They can be found at Academy for $45, I believe...which saving money is always better.

The last thing on my list is the gift I received from Elya & her hubby John for Christmas. It was a year subscription to:

There are so many fun and creative projects & inspirations in the RealSimple magazine. It also has a lot of fun products to buy that are perfect for entertaining & making parties even better. If you haven't ever spent time with this magazine, you should snatch one up at the store & check it out. I've never been given a subscription to a magazine as a gift, but it's a really cool idea! I can't wait to pick a couple of spring & summer projects to fill my time!

Well, that's where my list ends. Share with me a few of your favorite things! :)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Date Night- What, What!

I have one of the bestest besties in the world & her and her husband gave Chad & I a gift when he returned from his last deployment (in October). This gift is something that two young and new parents don't get very often...and that is a nice, relaxing dinner at a yummy restaurant where we don't have to worry about high chairs (& babies climbing out of them), or Cheerios & other small pieces of food being thrown about (leaving an embarrassing mess surrounding said high chair), or disrupting the 'nice and relaxing' dinner that our table neighbors are TRYING to enjoy (but are having trouble because the loud baby next door wants to say 'hi' to them 14 million times)...Tonight will be different, my friends. They gave us a gift card for dinner at Outback & also a gift card to the best movie theatre in town. When was the last time we got to go see a movie in theatre you might ask?? "I can't even remember" would be the answer to that one. So, in other words, we are very thankful to our friends who have provided a night of fun, freedom, & relaxed hubby-wifey time (which is much-needed since Chad will be gone for Valentine's Day & a while after that). Whew! We're excited. Oh yea, I forgot to mention they're giving us free & trustworthy childcare....Saints is what they are, I tell ya!!!...:) Now, I have to go figure out which chick flick I'm going to coax Chad into watching tonight! Woo-hoo! :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Cupid's Delivery...

I saw these super cute tiny mailboxes in the dollar section of Target right after Christmas & snatched one up so we could have a little fun with Kennady for Valentine's Day. I decided to put the mailbox on her dresser & have 'Cupid' come and leave her something sweet every evening after dinner. I can say, " wanna go check your mailbox?!" and she reaches for her room & leads us right to it. It's UNREAL what she comprehends...such a big girl. (sorry it's sideways, couldn't get it to turn).

She loves it and she will like it even more next year when she can have more than a small piece of chocolate & gets toys & conversation hearts too. It's fun! :) We LOOOOVEE this baby girl...

Happy early Valentine's Day everyone! :)