The Story Of Three: 2011

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Punkin' Heads and Dooda Loo's is having an awesome kickin off 2012 giveaway! There is a ton of stuff for the winner and I'd love to win! I mean WWWWOOOOOWWWWW!! :)
Discover Captivating has teamed up with some great bloggers to have an awesome giveaway! I'd love to win! There are so many great prizes involved! Be sure to check it out for yourself! :)

Goals

Do you have any goals/resolutions for the New Year? Here are a few of mine!
(In a random order)

~Take a mini vacation with the family-even if it's just over night somewhere! But i'd love to take the kids to the beach this summer!

~Drop a pants size-this will put me back to my previous baby weight!

~Spend more quality time with my family-from sitting on the couch enjoying a movie, too taking the kids to the park or for a walk, out to lunch, etc!

~Save more and spend less-use more coupons, keep a higher balance in my bank account, spend wisely!
Happy New Years Eve!
Goodbye 2011 Helloooo 2012!

Friday, December 30, 2011

BabiesRus

So I found a great deal at BabiesRus! :)

If you purchase a box of diapers and wipes together, you get $10 off automatically..
So I purchased a box of size 5 diapers in the 116 count -babiesrus brand & a box of wipes in the 432 count-babiesrus brand & unscented
My total price out the door was $26.99-I chose in store pickup as well, (I live close so no point in shipping)

I love saving money! Especially on my kidos!
Thanks Mail Carrier is giving away a $25 visa gift card and 3 coupons for Tropicana Trop50! I'd love to win and I love Tropicana! Be sure to check out Thanks Mail Carrier's blog to enter and find out more information about Tropicana Trop50!

Remembering 2011

Are you ready for 2012? Can you believe that it is only 2 days away! Sunday is January 1st, 2012! Wow!
What has 2011 been like for you? Any special memories/milestones?

2011 Was such a great year, here are just a few of my favorites-

My Big Guy Had His 5th Birthday! Wow Big #5!
Hubby & I Celebrated Our Wedding Anniversary!
We Bought My Suv/Crossover (Upgraded From A Sedan!)
My Big Guy Started All Day Kindergarten!
I Created IHeart-Motherhood!
The Kidos Went Trick Or Treating Together For The 1st Time!
My Princess Had Her 1st Birthday!

There Are Many Other Things I Remember Like Parties, Pumpkin Patch, Fun Shopping Trips, Lunch Play Dates, Movie/Dinner Date Nights With Hubby, We Also Had Alot Of Caitlin's 1st Holidays This Year & Of Course Spending Quality Famiy Time Together!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Happy Thursday! The weekend is soo close! What do you have planned for the New Years weekend? What are your resolutions? To be honest I have not even sat down and thought about my own resolutions! We don't have much planned here on our end, Hubby has a four day weekend-so that will be nice! The weather is supposed to be so wonderful, so I'm sure we will take the kidos out somewhere and enjoy the sunshine! :)
My family that was intown visiting-is flying back home today. My Big Guy is still on winter break, so I think today we will work on taking decorations down around the house and putting it back to "normal" lol.
Hope everyone has a great day!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

More Christmas Picture's :)




   Hope everyone is enjoying the time off with their family and kidos! My Big Guy doesn't go back to school until the 2nd! Hubby had to return to work today, but the time he had off was nice :) I also have Family in town so we have had a very busy weekend! Christian has therapy tomorrow morning and we are so excited that he is enjoying his new services. (I think this is only his 3rd session!) We've also made an appointment for him to see a new ENT in Southlake, to see if he will be needing a 3rd set of tubes or not. Both kidos are growing so fast, they enjoyed Christmas, although once Christian opened one or two presents he wasnt really interested anymore. The people and noise was overwhelming for him as it was but he did fine considering everything :) My Family is a big help with him and everybody understands the stress of Christmas etc. My Princess is saying new words every day and I love to hear her baby babble! She's such a cutie! Her and Brother both have rooms that are overflowing with toys! She is enjoying having Brother to play with since he's out for Winter Break.
Are busyness continues i'm afraid, we have a busy week ahead and then Hubby has a 4 day weekend! Yay!
Hubby & my Big Guy's birthday's are just a few weeks away-yes they share the same birthday! (How Cool is that!?) :) So the planning and reserving has begun, I am going to make Cake Pops this year for the first time and hoping they turn out great! Will make my first batch next week and will share the results!

Do you have any New Year Resolutions? What does 2012 bring to you and your family? I still can't believe this year is almost over!
Another GREAT Old Navy shopping deal! :)

Boys Jeans-$19.50 (Regular Price)-I Payed $7.50
Mens Jeans-$34.50 (Regular Price)-I Payed $11.25
Womens Jeans-$29.50 (Regular Price)-I Payed $ 11.25

I saved $53.50! It was a great shopping trip, Jeans were on sale, I had my Groupon I got for Free and I paid $22 out of pocket but it was part of Christmas money! Woohoo! :)

I love great deals and shopping! What great deals have you come across lately?

Monday, December 26, 2011

The New Year Brings New & Big Things To IHeart-Motherhood!
I Am Soo Excited To Announce As Of January 1st, I Will Have An Ad Space On One Of My Favorite Blogs! Also Starting January 1st, I Will Be Doing A Sponsor Post! I Am Super Excited!! I Can't Wait To Show You Everything!
Happy Tuesday! We've been busy busy busy!
More picture's as promised! :)






Sunday, December 25, 2011

Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas! Ours was busy but great! The next couple of days I will be sharing pictures-instead of posting them all in one post! Enjoy! :)





Yummy Christmas Goodies I Made W/My Mom To Share W/Family & Friends!

 White Chocolate Chex Mix

 Ritz Crackers W/Mint Chocolate

Peanut Brittle


 White Chocolate Chex Mix W/Chocolate

 Ritz Crackers W/Peanut Butter Dipped In Chocolate Drizzled W/White Chocolate

Friday, December 23, 2011

Wishing all of my Family, Friends & Fellow Bloggers a Very Merry Christmas! :)
Big Things are Coming in January! Big Big Things!

 Have Exciting Things Going To Be Happening on The

 Blog & I Can't Wait to Share It With You! :)

Thursday, December 22, 2011

So all of this cooking/baking/decorating etc for our get together's this weekend has me on a mission lol. I have been trying to think of something different to do for my big guy's birthday in January! Than it occured to me-I've never tried to make cake balls/pops! So I found an easy recipe and I'm going to give it a whirl next week and see what happens, so I will probably share picture's with you! If I like them and they turn out right than I will make a batch of vanilla and a batch of chocolate for his upcoming party. I will probably swing by Michaels/Hobby Lobby and get some sticks for them!

What do you think? Have you tried to make these new popular treats?





(No, I Didn't Make These, I Used Google To Track Down These Picture's)
Happy Thursday!
Today is the 1st official day of Winter! I am hoping/praying for Snow here in Texas! I don't want rain-even though we need it, I want Snow! :) Hope your 1st day of Winter is fun!

(These Pictures Were Taken Febuary 2011)



What does Christmas and this time of year mean to you and your family? 
We love this time of the year! Even though we are busy with shopping, wrapping gifts, baking, running errands and attending parties and get together's, I love the Christmas memories..
Just a few years ago, Hubby and I got engaged on Christmas Eve! It was the greatest Christmas gift ever! My Grandparents also celebrate their wedding anniversary around Christmas, I think they are going on 52 or 53 years (I will double check) of marriage! Wow! My Dad & Step Mom fly in Saturday & I am excited to see them, we only get to visit with them twice a year.
I am so thankful and blessed to be surrounded by such a large and wonderful family. I am glad I get to spend Christmas and this time of year with them! 

Merry Christmas To You & Yours!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas is so close! I'm super excited! Everything is done except the baking! I have lots and lots of baking to do! I will probably start tomorrow! We have a super busy weekend ahead! I'm working on getting last minute stuff cleaned up around the house but as far as Christmas shopping & Christmas grocery shopping-I am done! I have family that flies into town Saturday evening-that I can't wait to see! I'm sure I will have tons of picture's for you next week!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Burning Moon's Inside Advice is hosting a giveaway for your kidos! She is giving away a $25 gift card to Goblin Kids! They have some really cute items, my favorite is the Truffles Puppy! So cute! I would love to win this for my kidos! :)

Monday, December 19, 2011


Look what arrived in my mail box today? Two pages of coupons I will for sure use and trial pair of crest toothpaste and crest strips. I'm excited to try out the shampoo as well! :) I also got a $5 off coupon on my next pizza order from Domino's! Yum!
What did you get in your mailbox lately?
Thanks Mail Carrier is having a cute giveaway going on at her blog! She is giving away a pair of rain boots from Chooka! They have lots of cute designs! I think the Retro Flower one is my favorite! I would love to win a pair of these rain boots! :)



Sunday, December 18, 2011

We made, baked and decorated sugar Christmas cookies today. It's our second year to do this with the family, it has become our holiday tradition :)






Just wanted to give a quick shout out-
Be sure to check out Gluten Free Frenzy! She is hosting 25 days of giveaway's-gluten free of course on her blog! :) We buy gluten free snacks & yummy goodies for my oldest, (Who is Autistic) but he is not on the full blown gluten free diet. Although, I do see more and more gluten free items every day. We used to only find gluten free items at Sprouts and such, we can purchase them at Walmart & Krogers know :) We have also cut out alot of products that carry high fructose corn syrup. Theres still lots of great products out there with out all the junk! Be sure to read the labels before it goes in that shopping cart! :)
Anyways, Gluten Free Frenzy has some great snacks and goodies on her 25 days of giveaway's that I'd love to win to share with my Big Guy! :)
Hope you all have a wonderful week! 6 days till Christmas Eve! I'm so excited! Have a super busy week ahead of me! Each day I will post a quote or image, etc about Christmas :) Enjoy!


Burning Moon's Inside Advice is hosting a really cute giveaway! She is giving away an umbrella of your choice from Cheeky Umbrella! They have some really cute designs! I love the Raining Men Umbrella! :) Be sure to check out her blog and facebook page for more information! 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

My New Outfit!

So we went to the mall today to pickup my cute boots that I got a great deal on from Sears and I also found this sweater! I will probably wear it Christmas day or somewhere around there, our Christmas Eve, Day & Day after are pretty busy. I love my boots as well, they are comfy, a little dresser than my "snow boots" and have just the right amount of detail. I saw several other pairs I liked in the mall as well, but If I bought them all where would I wear them too? Lol. On a normal day I'm in jeans and my reebok easy tones! :)
Anyways, on to the post-

Here's my boots
& here's my new sweater!

As much as I do Love my jeans, I think I will look for skinny jeans(haha jk) or maybe some black or grey leggings, (but the thicker kind-not the thin tight material) to wear with these boots. I will probably venture out to Ross first and check there, might get another sweater (a longer one to wear with the leggings)or even a sweater dress. :)



Friday, December 16, 2011

I have Sears on Facebook and they mentioned they are having a sale this weekend. So I hopped on the Sears website in search of black boots. I have been checking websites all week (it's time to upgrade my current pair). I wanted to get a new pair for myself for Christmas :) So guess what I found on sale at Sears.com? Thats right, black boots for me! They are instock at the nearest mall, so I dont have to pay shipping. I will pick them up tomorrow morning! Woohoo!

Regular Price is $40, I payed $18.99!

Yay, I love finding great deals!

Happy Friday!

Today is my Big Guy's last day of school and than he is out for Christmas break! Yay! He had his classroom Christmas party today, it was fun and of course there were yummy treats to eat!

Christmas is about a week away! Wow! :)

 
So shortly after Christmas this thing called New Years comes. What are you hoping the New Year brings to you and your family? Do you have any favorite memories or moments from 2011? What about New Year resolutions?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

 
Welcome to Friendly Friday! If your new, Welcome &  I hope you will stay for a while! 
Look what arrived in my Mailbox today!? :)

I received a free shirt from Wendy's, this one is actually mine, should be getting one for Hubby in the mail soon! I played the Wendy's game on Facebook a few weeks ago and won this shirt!


I also have Advent on my Facebook, and I received this today for free! My Princess doesn't use bottles anymore, but we used this style and brand for her and I have saved them all for our next bundle of joy. (Don't worry, not for a few more years!)


Whats in  your mailbox?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011



Look what I found in my backyard this morning? He/She was on the ground and by the time I grabbed my camer and set it up, the pretty red bird had flown up into the trees.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Vitacost Deal!

Have you heard of Vitacost? If you sign up to Vitacost.com you can get a $10 credit. I bought several snacks for my big guy with this!

 Today's Farm Freeze-Dried Snacks Apple Cinnamon
 Sensible Foods Crunch Dried® Snacks Orchard Blend x2
Bare Fruit Organic Dried Cinnamon Apple Chips Fat Free
Vitacost Omega-3 Soft Chews Citrus Flavor -- 2 Soft Chews-Free Sample
 Vitacost Calcium Soft Chews Chocolate -- 2 Soft Chews-Free Sample

Total is just a little over $8! Way to go Vitacost! :)

So I mentioned yesterday I stopped at Krogers to get ingredients for dinner. Have you ever had CrockPot Chicken Pot Pie?
Well I thought I would share this yummy and easy recipe that my family loves!

1 Can Of Cream of Chicken
1 Can of Cream of Celery
1 Can of Cream of Potato
2 Cans of Mixed Veggies
1 Can of Small Biscuits

(Any Brand of The Above Ingredients Works)

Turn CrockPot on Low For 4 Hours
Pour All Cans of Ingredients into CrockPot
Add One Can Of Water
Stir
Open Can of Biscuits, Break Into Bite Size Pieces And Scatter Across Top Of Soup Mixture
Put CrockPot Lid On & Let Cook!

Enjoy!
Diaper Style!

Diaper Style is hosting another giveaway! They are giving away a $25 gift certificate to the Diaper Style website! There are lots of great products to choose from! I love the Tie Chair! It is such a great idea and I would love to own it for my Princess! :) Be sure to check out Diaper Style's blog and facebook page for more information!

Monday, December 12, 2011

So, I stopped at Krogers this morning and grabbed a few things for a crockpot dinner tonight & of course I saved $6 in my shopping trip.
I love saving every penny! :)
I shopped around for some ceral for my kidos and was comparing prices I had seen online previously.
Krogers has Cheerios Apple Cinnamon cereal for over $4 a box, Amazon.com has it for 4 boxes for $11.19 and Free shipping. I can't beat that!
I love love Amazon & of course saving money & finding great deals! :)
Winner!

Congrats to Cassie At Live Laugh Love! Cassie is the winner of the Christmas Charm Necklace Set by Avon! Congratulations! :) 

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Be sure to check out my facebook page for some great shopping deals that I posted through out the weekend! (Espically on Amazon!) Looking for giveaway's to enter? Check out the tab on the left "Giveaway's to blog about"!

I have a busy week ahead and a busy day today! So enjoy your Monday!

12 Days until Christmas Eve! Woohoo! 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

So what do you think about the new design/layout? The colors? I really like them! 

I have been coming across more blogs that use WordPress. 
Are you familiar with it? How do you like it? Pro's? Con's?
Frugal Novice is hosting a giveaway! 

Frugal Novice is giving away a $50 gift card to Kmart to two of it's readers! I'd love to win! Be sure to check out Frugal Novice's blog and facebook page! :)
Old Navy Shopping Deal!

I love love love Old Navy if you haven't figured it out! :)

Boys Athletic Zip Up Hoodie W/Sherpa Lining-Regular Price-$29.94-On Sale Price $17.00
Perfomance Fleece Hoodie For Toddler-Regular Price-$19.94-On Sale Price-$8.00

Purchased Online & Used 30% Off Code-Holiday

Order Total-$26.52 (Including Tax & Shipping)

Woohoo! :)
Thanks Mail Carrier is hosting another great giveaway! Thanks Mail Carrier is giving away a $100 gift card to Sears! Wow! I would love to win this! Be sure to check out Thanks Mail Carrier on facebook and her blog!

Also be sure to check out the "Giveaways to Blog about" Tab, lots of great ones going on!
Did you see my recent post about Diaper Style? Well Diaper Style is hosting another giveaway! They are giving away a Melissa and Doug chunky puzzle! I love Melissa and Doug products! Be sure to check out Diaper Style's blog and facebook page for more information! :)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

My Handsome Big Guy! Did You See My Santa Baby?



Happy Saturday! How are you spending your wonderful weekend?

Looking at the calendar today, I realized that in 14 days is Christmas Eve. My Dad and Step Mother fly in that day, I get to spend time with my wonderful famliy Christmas Eve and of course Christmas Day. I love my family so much, we have a very large family and I enjoy our get togethers very much!

I also realized while looking at the calendar today that my oldest, my Big Guy, will be 6 years old in 5 weeks. Wow! I cant believe how big he is and how very proud of him I am! He is such a blessing to all of us! Also the very special thing about my son's birthday is that he also shares that same day with my husband, yup thats right, they were both born on the 15th. How cool is that?! We will be celebrating my hubby's birthday as well that same weekend!

So that being said, let the party planning begin! I'm super excited!