Sunday, May 31, 2015

Blushing Paper

So My wedding happened...then I disappeared!!! Ha! It was everything I could have dreamed of and then some!! But after it was over it took awhile for all the excitement to die down. I was of course a sucker for details during the whole wedding process and one of my favorites was a Hashtag sign that was made by Blushing Paper!!!

I'm still waiting for professional pictures to come back (waiting is torture haha) But I will update when they come in! We put them in rustic frames!
Here is a bit more about this fabulous company!!
The Evolution of Blushing Paper
"The Blushing Paper Store evolved from my love of crafting, design, and party planning. I have to admit that I am the repeat brides maid, and well...never the bride. As the brides maid, my imagination ran wild with possibilities when it came to the decor. The big day should be about being in the moment with the one you love, not worrying about the details too much but the beauty IS WITHIN THE D E T A I L S.

Leave the worry up to The Blushing Paper to get all our lovely goods to make your wedding, wall decor, and gifts as unique, personable, and special as possible. I hope you will find all that you need here. Let's make both our dreams come true!"

Well Jen thank you for being truly amazing and artistic!!! You put that magical touch on my wedding and I am so grateful!

Not only is Blushing Paper the most dreamy and magical place for wedding goods but the owner is  also a fine art wedding photographer and her website is Go Check it out!!!! Amazing is an understatement!! This Girl ROCKS!!!

 Don't forget to #blushingpaper on Instagram

TO SHOP BLUSHING PAPER Head over to their Etsy Shop HERE

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Book Review "Why is Dad So Mad" By Seth Kastle

I have done hundreds of reviews and none of them have struck me on a more personal level than the book "Why is Dad So Mad" written by Seth Kastle. I come from a strong military family stemming way back. My brother and I both Navy Brats and born in Navy Hospitals. We know the sacrifice that goes into serving, protecting and honoring your country!

The Arrival:  I waited eagerly as the mailman pulled into our quiet neighborhood the day I knew the book would arrive. My nerves on end knowing that this book was written because Seth Kastle's life was changed, knowing that he needed to do this for his family, knowing that I was safely reading it in my home because of him, because of all the brave men and woman willing to sacrifice their lives to protect us. I carefully read each page as my wiggly jumping toddler pointed at the pages.... "HOT" she says as we get to the page with the lion that has a fire in his chest. Yes, Sophia "HOT" that Daddy has a fire in his heart, he has that fire there because he was away protecting our country. She giggles and I feel a warmth of her innocence, knowing she nor I could ever fully comprehend what Seth Kastle, a now retired Company First Sergeant has endured. Or what the countless others have...yet we are so very grateful for this book. It actually amazes me that there are not these type of resources for families. PTSD is very real, it is not spoken about enough. Fathers, Mothers, children, friends and other family members struggle.  This book will help explain that feeling to young children in a way they can understand!
This has become one of Sophia's favorite books...she loves to look at all the pictures!

Seth Kastle is the Author of the children’s book Why is Dad So Mad? and the upcoming Why is Mom So Mad?.  Both of these books were written in order to assist military families who are struggling with PTSD.

Seth served 16 years in the Army Reserve, and retired as a Company First Sergeant.  He was deployed in January 2002 to Qatar, and then to Afghanistan for a total of eight months.  He was then deployed to Iraq in January 2003 until April 2004.  He has been married for nearly ten years now to his wife Julia, and has two daughters; Raegan and Kennedy.  He wrote the book Why is Dad So Mad? to try to help his children understand why he is the way he is now.  The overriding purpose of these books is to let children of service members know that no matter what, their parents love them more than anything, despite the challenges that are faced.  Seth resides in Kansas where he is a Professor of Leadership Studies at Fort Hays State University. More information on Seth and these books can be found at

About Seth Kastle, "Through my 16 years in the Army Reserve I served in many capacities culminating in my role as a Company First Sergeant.  I was deployed in January 2002 to Qatar, and then to Afghanistan for a total of eight months.  I was then deployed to Iraq in January 2003 until April 2004.  I have been married for nearly ten years now to my wonderful wife Julia, and we have two daughters; Raegan and Kennedy.  The topic of dealing with PTSD as a parent is something that is very close to my heart.  I have struggled with PTSD for ten years now, my daughters are young so who I am now is all they know.  I wrote the book Why is Dad So Mad? to try to help them understand why I am the way I am now.  This is not who I used to be, but it is who I am now; this is reality.  More than anything I want my daughters as well as the children of other services members to know that no matter what we, as fathers love them more than anything.  Things may not always be picture perfect , but as parents we will always be there for our kids."
Seth Kastle

He truly is a stand up guy, a real American Hero! Proudly continuing to honor his family all the while reaching out and helping thousands others! Thank you Seth for this amazing heartfelt book. It will be cherished in our home and Sophia loves that you autographed it for her.

I am strongly encouraging you all to go out and get a copy, you can purchase them HERE You can also buy in bulk, talk to your local bookstores, urge them to get this book on their shelves!!  

Coming Soon, Seth Kastle's second book "Why is Mom so Mad?"

"To say the resources are limited for fathers who struggle with PTSD is an understatement. However, there is NOTHING that I have found that exists for mothers with combat related PTSD.  We have already started on the follow up book Why is Mom So Mad.  This book was written in consultation with women combat veterans who are mothers, and struggle with PTSD." Kastle

You can find "Why is Dad So Mad" on Facebook Here also on Twitter Here

Friday, May 8, 2015

May Fab Kids Subscription

Memorial Day is rapidly approaching! Every year we spend the holiday weekend soaking up the sun with friends and family! We attend several BBQ's and always kick off the weekend with one of our own! Sophia is at that age where she we really enjoy the food and sun! I wanted to have outfits for her that would be adorable yet practical for all the events! That's where FabKids comes in! I don't have to give it much thought...the outfits are styled for me and I just pick and choose what I like! The outfit I picked for Memorial Day was the "Love Outfit" check it out and other cute FabKids outfits she will sporting this holiday!!
  We love reviewing for FabKids !!! What is so great about this subscription is the clothes are already styled! Not to mention the quality is fabulous and it is so easy to order! Plus you can always skip a month as long as you do so by the 5th and you have the ability to cancel at anytime! We are head over heels with Fab Kids! They are always offering great deals too!
FabKids is a monthly clothing subscription for boys and girls. Each month you get to pick out an outfit for $29.95, or you can skip any month. All the pieces are really well-made, and the designs are unique to FabKids.
Launched with mom & creative partner, Christina Applegate, FabKids offers monthly outfits for stylish kids, for just $29.95! FabKids is currently available in sizes 2-12. All FabKids outfits ship free on all orders over $49 Not to mention Sophia's outfits come in a super rad pink bag for girls and they also have awesome blue boxes for boys!

This month we went with the Love Outfit! Ruffled LOVE shirt with the most adorable yellow and gold tutu!! It really is stunning, comfortable and Sophia LOVES it! Not to mention her adorable gold sequin sneakers! You seriously can't beat their prices either! Sophia plays hard and as much as we have washed her previous outfits they have remained intact and still look new! The quality of Fabkids is like no other! Go shop Fab Kids Now :)

Also, keep an eye out for their Mother's Day Facebook Contest!!!! Fans can share a "mom-ent" for a chance to win a fabulous prize pack from JustFab, Fabletics & FabKids!!!!!

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First outfit $15 plus FREE shipping
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Purchase your clothing subscription box at FABKIDS
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Mothers Day is approaching rapid fast...don't forget to enter over at FABKIDS! Be sure to check them out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see the latest clothes, special, and giveaways!

I also want to see your Kiddies all decked out for Memorial Weekend! What will be your style choice?? Lets see them...I will post my Favorites on my next "Sophia's Style" posts!!
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