Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Geocaching Adventures!

Well, I officially have a new obsession: Geocaching

You download the app, look up Geocaches near you, and find them with your phone's GPS. It's seriously so darn fun! 

Once you find the cache, you will sign the log that's inside. Sometimes there are little trinkets inside, if so, you can take one. Don't forget, of you take one, you have to leave one of equal or greater value. 

Caches can be found ALL around you, you'd be really surprised. I now find myself thinking of different spots that would be good hiding for hiding a geocache. 

Geocaching is a great way to get out into nature (or just your neighborhood or local park) and experience a little adventure with your family and friends. 

My mom and I found out first one together, literally right around the corner from our house in our neighborhood! 

From there we found about three more before we decided to head home. 

All of these were within less than one mile from our front door! 

We're already planning a Saturday out as a family to Geocache in the park down the road from our house. I couldn't think of a better family activity that's totally free (save for a little gas, or not, depending on where you're looking)! 



Thursday, June 4, 2015

A Family Affair.

When I was 4, my mother bought my first camera at a garage sale. A Kodak Instamatic, that took 126 film and square light bulbs that rotated once they were used up. 

I loved that thing. Momma kept me stocked with bulbs and film and let me shoot to my hearts desire. 

When I was about 7, I set up a sleeping bag backdrop under our kitchen bar and had a "professional" photo shoot with all of my favorite dolls. 

One of my best childhood memories is of a road trip to Arizona I went on with my Granny and Pawpaw Reel at the age of 4. I took my little Instamatic camera along and cherish what few of those photos I have left. 

To this day, I have such vivid memories of that trip. Partially due to the fact that I was able to document those special moments on my own terms, in my own 4 year old way. It made me feel so grown up to carry around my little camera and gave me a sense of control to get Granny and Pawpaw to bend down every time I wanted to snap a photo of them. 

Today, I have one of those photos framed on our bedroom wall. 

I thought it may be fun to teach Johnny how to use my camera phone today. He's played with it before, clicking off pictures of the bed where he was sitting and laughing at the camera shutter sound my phone makes. But today, there was none of that. Today was a lesson in framing your subject in the viewfinder and clicking the round white button. Then I showed him how to view the photos he'd taken. 

With my phone in safe mode, so he could only take photos and view the ones he'd just taken, I let him loose while I folded some laundry. 

I have to admit that I was pretty shocked (and enormously proud) of what I discovered about an hour later when I had the chance to look at what he'd taken. 

It's not about what natural or learned talent he or I have. It's about giving myself and hopefully my children one more way to view the world and express what's important to them, while all the while giving them an creative way to do it. 

What are some of your hobbies you've shared with your little ones? 


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Citrus Clear

I've had issues with adult acne since I turned 21. I went through various products that promised clear skin, with no luck. 

Still to this day I struggle with acne. After having my two beautiful babies, my skin went just crazy. 

I was so happy that Citrus Clear offered to send me several of their products to try on my sensitive skin. 

I started with the Citrus Clear Pore & Blackhead Extracting Mask

I tried this wonderful mask the day my box of goodies arrived. I definitely noticed that it dried on my skin fairly fast, which is great for those mornings when I'm in a hurry. My skin was softer after only one use, and after about three uses my pores were definitely smaller and my blackheads and my trouble spots like the chin area and cheeks were more smooth to the touch. 

Over the next week, I used the Sensitave Face Wash. My face seemed noticeably brighter and less oily almost immediately.  I also love the natural Tahitian lime scent.

After using the Sensitive Face Wash in the shower, I use the Sensitive Moisturizer. This product absorbs quickly and doesn't leave my face oily. 

The Grapefruit Spot Treatment can be used up to 5 times a day on existing acne and those pesky oily skin areas. 

The Tangerine Tingle Face Scrub can be used as a scrub or face mask, which is great. This scrub will remove all of those dead skin cells and stimulate fresh, new skin cells leaving your face bright, clean and super happy! 

Be sure to take a look at Citrus Clear's entire line of natural and holistic skin products and try a few out for yourself, I promise you won't be disappointed. 

The products mentioned in this review were supplied free of charge for use and review. All photos and opinions are my own.  


Monday, May 11, 2015

Fun at Touch A Truck

We had a blast at Touch A Truck this weekend, and even took Nana with us. This event is truly fun for the whole family! 

I thought I'd share some pictures with you all and I'm so happy we were able to support Austin Children's Services  while having a fantastic (trucktastic?) day out with the whole family! 

I loved seeing Johnny's face when he got to sit in all of the trucks and construction equipment and can't wait to take the babies again next year! 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Touch A Truck - Austin

Touch-A-Truck is a seriously fun, family oriented event. Bring your littles (or bigs) to see and experience all of the different types of vehicles that service and help their community! 

Our son, Johnny, just turned two and is completely obsessed with anything large with an engine. Be it construction trucks, fire trucks, or even big rigs, he loves them all. I'm so excited to take him to this event on May 9th at Camp Mabry here in Austin starting at 10am. 

The best part of this event, is that it raises funds for Austin Children's Services. 

Don't miss out on this event, besides awesome trucks and other vehicles, there will also be food trucks, a petting zoo, and face painting among tons of other fun things! 

You can purchase your tickets here, and my family and I will see you out there! 


My Littles

My Littles