April 22, 2014

Easter Weekend Part 1

 We had such an amazing Easter Weekend!  My sister and her family came down from Nashville and my brother was able to make it down from DC.  We never ever have us all together.  Add in some particularly nice weather and it made for such a special weekend.  We are usually terrible about taking nice pictures but I was adamant that we make the effort this time.  My brother is moving to Italy this summer so it might be a while before we're all together again.

April 21, 2014

Rewined Mimosa Candle Giveaway

I'm really excited about this giveaway today from Rewined Candles!  They are a small company based out of Charleston, SC who specialize in re-purposing discarded wine bottles into yummy candles.  Wine based scented soy candles, to be exact.  Genius.

The packaging alone would have piqued my interest.  They really pay attention to detail so the candles themselves look gorgeous in your home.  And let's talk about their new scent, mimosa.  Its pure bliss.  It's not too fragrant, in a wow, you lit a strong candle kind of way.  More like an underlying pleasantness added to the room.  I put ours out in the playroom/sunroom the day it arrived and closed the door.  The next day when we opened the door Matthew mentioned something smelled good.  That's pretty perfect in my book.

Because of the fun wine theme, it's the perfect twist on a bottle of wine hostess gift.  And fancy enough to feel special for someone's Birthday or a Mother's Day.

As a special treat, Rewined has graciously extended a discount code valid for free shipping through the end of April.  Just use code: rewinedmimosaJR at checkout!  Just in time for Mothers Day too. 

To enter the giveaway for one Rewined Mimosa Candle please complete the following:

1. Leave a comment with your favorite place to light a candle in your home.  Mine is the kitchen, by the way.

2. UPDATED: Instagram a picture of your rewined candle and tag (@juliaryancreates) and (@rewined) along with the hashtag #rewinedmimosa.  Come back here and let me know you've done that.  OR instagram a picture of your favorite spot to unwind.

April 18, 2014

Technical Difficulties | Ads Ons Plug Ins and Such

I'm experiencing some technical difficulties with my computer controls this morning.  I've been sitting here for an hour trying to fix it without much success.  My husband finally just said, why don't you walk away from it for awhile and come hang out with your family.  I think he's right.  There may or may not be an updated post from me later today.  Just cross your fingers I figure out how to stop blocking ad-ons and learn how to enable a javascript I can't find on my computer.  Eh.

Do you have big plans for Easter weekend?  My sister and her family are flying in today from Nashville.  I'm so excited for Wells and Tagg to play with their cousins.  We have two Egg Hunts and a brunch in line for tomorrow and another brunch after Church on Sunday. 

As per usual, the kids outfits are all planned and coordinated yet I still have no clue what I'm wearing to anything.  I'm going Southern with a nod to Baby George with Tagg's clothes for a change.  Y'all usually just see his play clothes not his Sun'dy best.  I'm pretty excited to doll him up a bit for probably the last time. 

April 17, 2014

Beach Pictures Part 1 | Pawleys Island

I have to give full disclosure that this post may be entirely for the grandparents and great grandparents to appreciate.  And I also must warn you that I only got through half of our pictures from Pawleys Island last night so there might be another post just as photo heavy coming your way soon.

April 16, 2014

Beach Update

 Hey!  Just popping in for a minute today.  We had a great time at the beach but it's nice to be home.  Although I have to say I'm a bit shocked by the cooler temperatures.  I'm pretty sure we all agreed that Spring was now here, finally.

The kids have a limit for adventure and crave the familiar of home.  I'm thankful for that.  Wells woke up super early but happy.  Excited to be in her own bed.  Tagg had kind of a rough start going back to his crib last night after a week in a queen sized bed with me.  Thankfully he's still snoozing and Wells is still snugging in bed with all of her sweetums.  I'm sneaking down stairs for coffee. 

I know everyone is already sharing their favorites from the ShopBop Friends and Family Sale but 25% off sitewide is too good not to mention myself.  Just be sure to use code: INTHEFAMILY14 at checkout.  Especially these jeans and these shoes that I'm wearing above.  I literally live in both of those items.  You can also see more details of my outfit above in this post here

April 15, 2014

Real Life

Okay friends, we're on the way back from the beach today and we couldn't be more thrilled to see Daddy tonight.  All of us.  I'm going to get in major trouble for posting this today.  Matthew is not real big on having his picture taken, much less posing live on the blog.  But these pictures are just too sweet and I can't help myself.  And I'm locked in a car with a two year old and a three year old on 1-95 today so it's impossible for me to take them down until tonight.  Love it.

April 14, 2014

Real Life: Bedtime Stories

 I feel like I threw my family under the bus on Friday.  I didn't mean to do that.  I think anyone with kids understands.  The highs of parenting always outweigh the lows.  End of story.  It's not as if a few hours of good behavior can completely dissolve the memory of a meltdown, but it sure does help.  Maybe that's why God takes away our memory after we have children.

I never want to forget the magic of these two snuggled up on our bed watching movies and reading books before bed.  The love you can feel and carry with you for days.  The smell of a clean baby that lingers on your sheets.  The innocent fun of tickles and lots of pillows.  The illogical transformation of a big mess of a child cleaned up fresh and small again.