Why is this family picture priceless?

This has been a hard post for me to hit publish. Friends, I continue to cry as I replay this scenario over and over in my head. A week before my husband went unconscious in my arms, our family partnered with Portrait Innovations to have our family’s first professional photo shoot. We had never heard of Portrait Innovations but after the superb photo shoot with them, we will be long-term customers. I would like to get an extended family photo in the near future.

My precious family was actually excited to pick out our color-coordinated outfits. Fall colors are so vibrant so we decided to go with maroon and orange for our main family pictures.

We cannot always be serious right?

Portrait Innovations specializes in giving customers a customized portrait studio experience with creative options for beautiful, professional portraits and personalized gifts and keepsakes.

As soon as we walked in the door to the studio, we were greeted with smiles and taken right to our own personal studio. Also, it should be noted that we were able to take a change of clothes to get sports photos since our family loves college football, immensely! You should know that photographers at each studio have been trained in the newest posing and shooting techniques and work with newborns, children, families, graduates, religious milestones and large groups. Our photographer knew the right angles and poses for our family.

During the past 15 years, Portrait Innovations has reinvented the professional portrait studio experience, understanding how important capturing and sharing cherished family and personal memories, events and milestones are to its customers. Honored to be the one selected to capture those memories, Portrait Innovations has become the largest operator of free standing retail, professional portrait studios with locations throughout the country. The pictures are amazing quality and we were able to take our pictures home within an hour of completing our photo shoot. Immediately after our photo shoot, we sat down with our photographer to view all the pictures. We selected the pictures we would like printed and then the rest of the photos were saved on a CD for us.

With our package, fall cards were included and so we were able to surprise extended family with our beautiful fall picture. Again, family received the cards two days before Scott had his attack. Who would have ever thought? I shiver when I catch myself thinking this could have been our last family photo. I will be forever grateful for Portrait Innovations capturing my family so we will be able to hold these photo memories close. Friends, you never know what tomorrow will bring so I encourage you to not wait and schedule a photo session with Portrait Innovations. You will not be disappointed! Learn more at www.portraitinnovations.com.

Remember to hug your family extra tight!

Disclosure: This post includes a partnership with Portrait Innovations. All thoughts and opinions are of my own.

Decorating Your Home for Fall on a Budget + Teal Pumpkin Project

Did you hear that screaming? I confess it was me! It is no secret that my favorite seasons are just around the corner. If I could bottle up the fall and winter season, I would be a happy camper all year-around. The decorations, the holidays, the joyful attitudes, and special family events make days so cheerful and positive.

This past weekend, we had the opportunity to collaborate with At Home Stores and decorate the entrance to our home on a budget. This was our first shopping experience at an At Home Store. At Home provides a full solution of decor for your home, with a massive selection of specialty products for Halloween. You do not need any coupons as the prices are very affordable, especially with us on a strict budget.

We wanted to spruce up our front door entrance for the upcoming Halloween holiday. Halloween has brought a new meaning to us since L was diagnosed with her rare disease, eosinophilic esophagitis in January 2016. We want to have fun celebrating but keep it safe for L so we definitely had to incorporate teal pumpkins into our decorations.

Have you heard of the teal pumpkin project? The Teal Pumpkin Project was inspired by a local awareness activity run by the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET) and launched as a national campaign by FARE in 2014. We hope you will help spread the word about this project and maybe even put out your own teal pumpkin to participate in your neighborhood.

The At Home Store we visited had teal pumpkins starting at the $5.99 price point. We purchased a large one and a small one.

Halloween Doormat

The door mat ($12.99) has all the colors we wanted to use with our decor. Aren’t our witch feet ($16.99) the winner of the night? L was laughing so hard when she saw them lit up. Mr. Jack-O-Lantern ($14.99) helps give a nice glow to our mini teal pumpkin.

Halloween Doorway Entrance

As guests come to visit us, they will have to walk the scary sidewalk ($9.99) and beware of those scarecrows. You never know how they will welcome you to our house.

Halloween Sidewalk

Outside

The whole family got in on the fun with decorating and we were able to not break the bank. Now, we have a festive entrance that is sure to have our neighbors enjoying the holiday cheer with us.

After all the decorating fun outdoors, we headed indoors to unwrap the fall goodness in our living room. At Home had fall and Halloween pillows starting at $12.99. I was able to grab two fall pillows for $14.99 each. I’m so in love. Then my oldest daughter, M, was able to find a light brown fleece blanket for only $9.99. The color combination works perfectly in our living room. We capped off the decor with a welcome “S” burlap sign ($7.99). The sign is even a better deal because I can keep it on the door until Thanksgiving!

Inside

inside door decoration

The smiles are spreading across our faces and we cannot quit looking at our decor. I’m so grateful for At Home Stores for having every day low prices that let you decorate on a budget.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with At Home Stores. As always, all thoughts and opinions are of my own. 

Who is ready for Christmas? {New Family Friendly Christmas Movie}

Christmas is my favorite holiday! I may or may not be playing Christmas music at work each day. There is so much joy surrounding Christmas. Last week, I received word about a new Christmas movie that will be released in theaters nationwide on November 22, 2017, just in time for this holiday season.

The Man Who Invented Christmas is a delightful family film! Dan Stevens brings beloved author Charles Dickens to life as we follow the inspiration that helped him craft one of the most cherished novels of all time, A Christmas Carol. The movie tells of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. The film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

Check out the official trailer and be sure to mark your calendars.

Wyndham Disney Springs Resort Hotel Review

Wyndham Disney Springs Resort Hotel

Our view was amazing! Who wouldn’t want this view for their vacation? Re-entry was hard after we returned home. Our Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs vacation left such lasting memories in our heart. It was painful to leave. L said she did not think about her EoE (eosinophilic esophagitis) one time while we were on vacation. This is huge, friends. The hotel was so nice to let me heat her sweet potatoes in their microwave in the lobby and the mini-fridge in the rooms had a freezer in which we could re-freeze her ice packs each night to ensure we could keep her formula cold while in the parks.

L put together this video of our stay at the hotel. Hope you will enjoy!

Last year, we put together another video that shows a different part of the hotel.

Frugal Deals at Walgreens with Groupon

Did you know Groupon has online coupon codes? I did not realize this until recently when I was searching for an online coupon code for Walgreens. Walgreens is my go to place to have pictures printed and/or picture crafts. One of the main reasons I love using Walgreens is you can order and have someone else pick up the finished product.

L loves to design and draw on the computer. She wanted to surprise her BFF with a gift. Her creativity sparked a beautiful image. We uploaded to Walgreens, searched Groupon for a coupon code, selected the Walgreens closest to their house, and submitted payment. Once the photo project was completed at Walgreens, an email was sent to alert us the artwork was ready for pickup.

Walgreens Wood Panel Picture

Isn’t it beautiful and so creative? Needless to say, L’s BFF absolutely loved the artwork.

walgreensWalgreens has great products to put memories into keepsake items. Their Groupon Coupon page always has coupon codes so you do not have to pay full price for the items. My rule of thumb is to never hit submit until I have checked for an online coupon code. The items make great presents and you can save on delivery charges by sending the product to the nearest Walgreens of your special recipient.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are of my own. We love Walgreens and coupons!

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