What I Wore – Work Fashion

Belk Dress J Howard

Recently, my husband told me that I needed to add more color to my wardrobe. Since I work outside of the home, my colors mainly represent the college where I am employed. It is an easy routine to fall into but I do want to take my husband’s advice and add more color to my life.

As I was browsing at Belk.com, I found this J Howard sheath dress on clearance. The style, the fit, and the colors make me smile. The fabric is very comfortable which is very important since I wear a dress almost 10 hours a day.

This is a reminder to step out of your regular routine and purchase an item that goes against your wardrobe. It will bring extra smiles to your day and will give your wardrobe an extra lift. This is a brand that I had never heard of, but will be keeping my eye on when I am browsing at Belk’s.

My New Favorite Summer Drink Obsession

Her strength amazes me – #eosinophilicesophagitis

I would be lying if I said that seeing pictures of families having cookouts and roasting marshmallows by the campfire did not make me sad. Friends, I started crying this weekend when I saw a family enjoying s’mores together. My heart just hurts for my L. There are moments that I am weak and this weekend was one of those moments. God gives us strength and I know he gives L strength to continue on her journey each day. Food is all around us and in our faces everywhere we go. As L’s mom, I try to make her comfortable while she is drinking her formula. At 12 years old, we get questions of why she is drinking formula or only eating pears and sweet potatoes. For people that do not know about her disease, their jaw drops every single time when I explain about the disease. The next phrase out of their mouths is “How does she do it?” L answers with the same answer, God gives her strength. Oh tears, friends.

We do not leave the house without her backpack and in that backpack, I ensure she has her formula, pears and sweet potatoes. Also, I include the elemental candy she can have which is 100% pure sugar. People have made comments of why we let her have so much sugar, but why wouldn’t we?

L with animalsL’s happy place right now is with animals. The stress and anxiety goes out the door when we see L smile ear to ear when she is surrounded by animals. This girl has a way with animals.

Recently, we were visiting my aunt’s farm and the donkeys just proceeded to come right up to L. It was a priceless scene. In that moment, we did not think about her eosinophilic esophagitis, all the medicines that she needs to take, or her sugar getting too low. It was a moment of our girl having fun and enjoying being a child. This is how life should be for her. My goal is to try and not let her rare disease take away her joy. God has big plans for our girl and we are going to be cheering her on every step of the way. L and I sat on the couch and cried together earlier this week because she said she was thankful God gave her this disease as it has made her stronger in her faith. She mentioned, if God only allows her to have two safe foods, she will be grateful for those two foods. This girl is simply amazing. Her strength will be a huge testament to others. If I’m having a bad day, I just think about L and her living her days with very little food options. Just look at her smile on her face? That is a face of perseverance and strength.

With all the pollen in our area, it has wrecked havoc on her little body. We are not able to do a food trial right now but hoping in the next few days, the pollen counts will drop and we can start another food trial. Failing a food trial is so hard on her as it brings all her symptoms back and takes a toll on her day-to-day activities. We will never stop praying for a cure.

L, you are my hero!

Bringing back the 80s….. {Must watch}

My Madi girl performed in her end of the year clogging recital this past weekend. I’m so incredibly proud of her talents. She received an award for 9 years of clogging.

Have you heard of clogging? Check out one of her dances from the recital.

CARS 3 opens in theatres everywhere on June 16th!

We were able to surprise the boys on an amazing trip this past weekend. The CARS 3 Tour rolled into a town near us and we were all able to go and see a life-size replica of some of the cars in the upcoming movie.

CARS 3

Take a seat and watch a short promotional video of the new movie!

This movie will be more emotional than the other CARS movies. Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage! Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist “Cars,” “Cars 2”), produced by Kevin Reher (“A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” short) and co-produced by Andrea Warren (“LAVA” short).

To help get your children excited for the movie release, we have a memory game you can download and print.

The boys enjoyed learning how to change a tire and seeing a sneak peek of the movie. There was no movement of them during the 15-minute sneak peek. They truly were in awe!

CARS 3 Tour
ligthningmcqueenDisney Pixar Movie CARS 3

Please note: Jackson is enjoying a delicious Pineapple Pit-Stop Smoothie by Dole in the video.

Here is the easy recipe:

INGREDIENTS

2 cups DOLE® Pineapple
1 cup DOLE Baby Spinach
1 DOLE Banana
1 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 cup ice
1⁄4 tsp ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS

Combine pineapple, spinach, banana, almond milk, ice and cinnamon in blender. Cover; blend until smooth.

For the latest movie release updates, please visit the CARS 3 Facebook page and don’t forget about the June 16th release date. Enjoy!

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