It’s Hard…..

To watch your daughter not able to eat.

To fail food trials, potatoes and apples.

To cry when being taken back for surgery for the 4th time in 2016.

To grab her throat in pain.

To have to drink a prescription formula to stay alive.

Friends and family, it has been a hard month. We serve a great Lord who gives us strength and encouragement every single day. When we started on this eosinophilic esophagitis journey, the family wasn’t sure what to expect. It has been heartbreak after heartbreak, but L has been so strong through the entire journey. I can’t even imagine what goes through her mind. When your daughter tells you she is not ready to go to heaven, you can imagine the tears that streamed down my face. It shows what the disease does to you mentally. It was my job as her mother to assure her that she has a great medical team and we are going to continue everyday to pray for a CURE! When a reaction happens to your throat, it becomes traumatic and forever stays in your mind.

L had to have an emergency scope this past week. Since we have been home, I have been trying to make her as calm as I can by filling our house with happiness and much prayer. This past weekend, we bought a himalayan salt lamp for her room, a kid’s calming stick, and more essential oils for her diffuser. Our hopes this will help with L cope through this very traumatic journey.

In a magical world, a wand would be waved and she would be healed. As a family, we feel she will be healed by our almighty Physician (Our Lord), so the Lord can use her amazing testimony of healing to share to others.

Next week, we meet with a new allergist to ensure we are covering all our bases with L’s regular food allergies and her EoE diagnosis. We will walk away from this appointment with a new game plan and get our L eating food once again. It is hard to remain positive and not throw your hands up and cry. But honestly, what would that fix? L feeds off of our emotions, so we must remain positive and fill our world with great happiness. This means family puzzle time, family craft time, animal discussions, car rides, and the list goes on.

We are not giving up. We are reaching farther. God is good!

We love supporting Team USA #LetsPowerTheirDreams

Our family was counting down the days until the The Olympic Games began airing on our television. Opening night, the entire family was gathered in the living room cheering as Team USA walked around the stadium in Rio!

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Each night after all the evening activities have been completed, the family will all gather and snuggle up on the couch. Can we freeze time. The only technology device on is the television, and the entire family is communicating about each sport in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

One sport we have thoroughly enjoyed is watching Team USA Beach Volleyball.

Team USA Volleyball

My oldest daughter M loves to play volleyball for fun. The high energy and thrill action is what excites her the most. We experience the excitement in every game but also the excitement when watching Team USA participate in The Olympic Games. It is M’s dream to have a family match of volleyball on the beach. After watching Team USA on television, I want to make this dream happen for her! M has been a competitive dancer for about 6 years now. She loves to compete but also she loves to encourage others. This has been the theme in our household this past week. Each one of us will cheer on all the USA teammates. Can they hear us through the television? Well no they cannot, but we are teaching our girls a life lesson to always encourage everyone and be positive. When you are positive, showing kindness and being encouraging, life will go so much better for sure!

We did notice one thing about the women teammates. Several have curly hair. Both of my girls and I, especially M, have dealt with curly hair frizz issues. The heat can make for a hot mess. Olympian, April Ross, uses Aussie to help keep her frizz down.

Aussie and Team USA

SheSpeaks and Walmart sent us a sample of Aussie® 3 Minute Miracle Smooth Treatment. After trying it for a week, we can say our frizz is under control in just 3 short minutes. The humidity has been very high here for two weeks straight, so you can imagine the frizz. This product is a deep moisturizing conditioner that smooths your wily locks, leaving you with soft, swoon-worthy hair. What we really love too is it is made with a touch of Olive Oil and Australian Ginseng. Another bonus is it only costs $2.97 for an 8oz. bottle. Pretty grand for living on a frugal budget.

This is just one of the Proctor and Gamble products that Walmart has in their inventory that will support Team USA when you purchase specifically from Walmart. Check out the entire list and make your purchases today knowing that you will support Team USA!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G. All thoughts and opinions are of our own.

Girls Back to School Clothing Sale – Limeapple

If you are a mom of a girl, we have an amazing sale for you. As most of my readers know, L has always been a fashionista and loves putting her own styles together. Limeapple Boutique speaks her fashion language. In the past, we reviewed their Limeapple Sport Apparel. It was with great excitement that Limeapple reached out to us to review their Limeapple Boutique Back to School pack.

Beginning tomorrow, Limeapple is going to be offering three different back to school packs at over 50% off! This is incredible news for all the parents doing their back to school shopping. Beginning Monday, August 15th through Wednesday, August 17th, you can choose from the below clothing packs. Whether you are looking for, that perfect activewear set, that beautiful dress with matching items, the perfect gym strip pack for back to school, or that perfect gift, Limeapple has you covered!

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L loves the soft feeling of the clothing and I am very happy about the great quality. The clothes are not thinly made which any parent is always grateful. Let’s take a peek at L’s fashion show.

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As you can see, the styles are perfect for a pre-teen. A spin of NY fashion district for a pre-teen. This makes this mom very happy. You can be very stylish and still have conservative clothing choices. Limeapple showcases this with their different styles. To see the twinkle in my daughter’s eye, makes me smile very big. L is very picky with her clothing but has not taken off the first outfit since we got home from church. She keeps saying but it is so comfortable. We are confident when we say that your daughter will love these outfits as well.

Don’t miss out on the biggest savings this summer; all in one easy click, and delivered right to your door step!

Disclosure: Limeapple sent the outfits for L’s honest review. All thoughts and opinions are of our own.

Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Hotel Review

On our recent trip to Walt Disney World, we were fortunate to be able to stay at Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, the closest hotel to Disney Springs. The excitement in our car when we drove up to the hotel was hard to contain. This was our first time staying on the property of Disney Springs. From the time the staff welcomed us to the moment we stepped in our room, the smiles were permanent on our faces!

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M and L both laid claim to their beds very fast by putting their Disney travel gear on each bed. The room was very modern with the decor and furniture.

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This hotel is a wonderful option for your family when visiting Walt Disney World as you are still on Disney property but with more affordable prices for a frugal family vacation. You must watch our short video of our view from our room. The video will capture Magic Kingdom’s firework display as well, all from our room.

During our stay, we were actually not able to partake in all the on-site activities due to time constraints. We are looking forward to our next stay so we can show you all the great family amenities. Stay tuned!

Disclosure: We have partnered with Wyndham Disney Springs in order to give you a real-life review of the hotel. All thoughts and opinions are of our own.

Inspirational People in Life {Born This Way}

Positive and inspiring people can change your whole outlook on life. If you choose to surround yourself around these type of people, I firmly believe your day will go better. Life can throw many curve balls, and we have two choices once those curve balls hit us. The individual can drown their sorrows or develop ways to turn a negative into a positive.

Our L cannot eat food at the moment due to her having eosinophilic esophagitis. She lives 100% on a prescription formula. This has greatly changed our family dynamics in how we would do family adventures. We could choose to just stay in the house or do the opposite and create family adventures that inspire L and bring her delight. Believe me, it can get hard but we choose to surround ourselves with inspirational people. Friends will text L and myself to uplift us, encourage us, and pray for us. It really makes the days so much better.

I have teamed up with A&E Network to write about someone that inspires me. This would be Nan from A Mom Blog. This beautiful friend has been with us every step of the way since L’s diagnosis. She has been a longtime family friend but on an even more inspiring part, her family lives many states away from us. Despite the distance, the entire family inspires and loves on us. Our daughters are online best friends who we would like to reunite but distance and money have unfortunately prevented a reunion. L and Princess have not seen each other in person since 2012 but that does not stop them from sending text and skype messages to each other to encourage and inspire one another. Princess does not care that L is different. She sees past L’s disease and loves on her continuously. Nan has raised a wonderful daughter. Nan will pop up on my google chat each morning, or I will pop up on her google chat. Each weekday, we have a virtual 3:00pm tea time together. Our daughters laugh at us, but tea time really brings us great cheer and smiles. It’s uplifting and it gives us time to inspire and encourage each other if we are having a bad day or just need that little extra push to go out of our comfort zone. Nan and Princess, on behalf of A&E Network, we are sending you a $25 Target gift card so you both can pick you out a special gift for always inspiring us! We are grateful and blessed to have you all in our lives.

L and I would like to encourage you to watch a new season of an inspiring television show, BORN THIS WAY! The new season starts on July 26, 2016 on the A&E Network and will leave you feeling inspired and heart full after each episode. BORN THIS WAY chronicles the lives of a group of young adults born with Down syndrome as they pursue their passions while defying society’s expectations. The series also follows their parents who share their own journey of joy, sacrifice, and unconditional love.

Below, please find a clip that shares the heart and depth of this show. In this clip you will meet Rachel, one of the cast members. Rachel, like the rest of the young adults featured in this series is an inspiration – facing the challenges and obstacles of life with courage, grace, determination and love.

The show will easily become your new favorite television show! Please tune in Tuesday at 10EST/9CT.

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Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with A&E Network. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.

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