Shutterfly Holiday Cards!

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is sending Christmas cards. It’s such a grown-up thing to do! Every year, I meticulously plan our family photo session — what we’ll wear, the decorations, etc.

Then, I order my favorite cards online and have them addressed, stamped and ready to mail in early December. The last two years, I’ve used Shutterfly to print my cards and loved the quality.

There’s only one problem with my plan this year: A new little addition (cough, Andrew, cough) could come at any time in December. And we can’t take family photos without our new addition!

I’m thinking this year, I’ll go with a fairly simple design with a baby bump photo (with the belly wrapped in a ribbon and a tag that says, “Do not open until Dec. 28″).

Then, we can send a birth announcement after he’s born.

I’m really digging this design:

What do you think?

For all of you who can actually take family photos this year and send cards, here are some of my absolute favorites from the Shutterfly website:

Isn’t the one with the baby adorable? If Andrew comes before Christmas, we may have to go with that one.

Be sure to check out the Christmas cards, holiday cards and photo Christmas cards at the Shutterfly website!

And, so you can give their cards a try for yourself, the awesome folks at Shutterfly have given me three promotional codes for 25 free cards! Leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite card is to enter to win! I’ll randomly select three commenters on Friday, 11/4 to receive the codes.

Thanks so much for reading!

 

**Disclaimer** Shutterfly provided me with 50 free holiday cards to review their product. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

Chevy Traverse {White Diamond Edition}

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A few weeks ago, I headed to the State Fair of Texas for a very special treat. The North Texas Chevy Dealers gave 35 Dallas-Fort Worth bloggers the chance to test drive a White Diamond-Edition Chevy Traverse for two weeks, and I was one of the lucky girls chosen!

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The Traverses looked so beautiful all lined up in the parking lot. I was SO EXCITED to take one home!

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Tracy and Mike from Wylie Musser Motors in Terrell showed me all the bells and whistles.

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Isn’t it a beauty?

I absolutely loved driving it for two weeks. When my test drive came to an end, I didn’t want to give it back!

The Traverse seats eight — it has two bench seats in the rear that are super-easy to manipulate. If you want more cargo space, you can lay down the back seat.

It comes equipped with Bluetooth Hands-Free calling — one of my favorite features. It you can store numbers in the Traverse so that you just push the hands-free calling button and tell it to call whomever and it would dial using your cell phone. It is SO awesome.

Oh, and I LOVED the OnStar turn-by-turn directions. Totally worth the yearly fee for OnStar. If turn-by-turn was available for my Equinox, I’d totally subscribe.

But you may be surprised by my absolute favorite feature:

I definitely LOVED having the Traverse. There are so many cool little things about it that you wouldn’t think of, like ambient light in the front so you can see the cup holders between the two front seats at night.

We took a trip to College Station to see the Aggie Football game, and the Traverse was the perfect vehicle to drive all six of us adults around. We only had to pay for parking once and we all got to the game at the same time.

After the game, we had the AC blasting (there are rear vents and controls, which is AWESOME) and everyone got cooled off really quickly!

Now that you’ve seen what I love about the Traverse, be sure to check it out for yourself! Test drive a Chevy Traverse between Oct. 24 and Nov. 19 and receive a $40 SpaFinder Gift Card! Click here for all the details.

And you can follow the Chevy Girls on the Go on Twitter at #chevygirls and #chevyfun. Be sure to also check out the North Texas Chevy Dealers on Facebook!

**Disclaimer** The Chevy Traverse campaign is being sponsored by the North Texas Chevy Dealers. They let me test drive a Traverse for two weeks and gave me a gas gift card and spa gift card. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

It’s The Little Things…

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This pregnancy has been hard on me.

It’s so hard for me to admit that. It’s been hard physically, but even more so emotionally. Sometimes I wonder what I got myself into. I definitely wasn’t as prepared for this as I thought I was.

My relationship with The Nerd has not been the best lately. We’ve been really distant from each other; each of us just kind of doing our own thing. He doesn’t understand me; and I just don’t “get” him. It’s definitely been a struggle.

Yesterday, I was lurking on my favorite pregnancy message board when I came across this thread. At first, I felt jealous of these ladies and their stories about their sweet husbands who would do anything for them and their baby. One husband works 60+ hour weeks so his wife can stay home with their children. Another jumps up and cleans the house whenever his wife asks.

I started to go on a pity party and think, “Oh poor me. The Nerd would never work two jobs so I could stay home. I always have to MAKE him clean and pick up around the house.”

It took me a minute to realize that while those things are great, I shouldn’t mourn what I don’t have. I should be grateful for what I do have.

And that’s what this post is about. The little things that make me love The Nerd. He may not be the greatest man on the planet, but he’s the greatest man in my life and I am so thankful for him.

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I love, love, love watching The Nerd play with our niece and nephews. When he thinks no one is looking, he turns into this adorable teddy bear who would do anything for those kids. River has him wrapped around her little finger.

Once, when my sister’s family was visiting from New Mexico, he spent HOURS on the stairs playing with Hyrum, making sure he didn’t fall down the stairs.

Up and down and up and down they went. The Nerd never complained, not even once. Hyrum probably won’t remember that night because he was too young. But I always will.

Every time I see him playing with them, I just KNOW he’s going to be the best father.

And that’s all a girl can ask for, right?

 

My Poor Little Puppy

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They say that when it rains, it pours.

Well, I guess “they” are right.

Two weeks ago, Georgie wasn’t feeling too well. He had several accidents in the floor (totally not like him AT ALL) and he was being really clingy to me.

I mean, don’t get me wrong — I LOVE Georgie snuggles. But the dog NEVER sits in my lap … and he just wouldn’t leave it.

I told The Nerd that I was really concerned and that we needed to take him to the vet. Turns out, the poor little guy had a huge bladder stone.

I didn’t even know dogs could get bladder stones.

According to our vet, there are two kinds: one that’s caused by bacteria that accumulates due to a urinary tract infection — this kind can typically be dissolved by changing the dog’s diet. The other kind, the bad kind, is caused by calcium deposits in the urine and the only way to remove it is through surgery.

Guess which kind Buddy Bear had.

So, after a $400 vet bill to diagnose the problem, we got to schedule a $1,400 surgery. My pocketbook has never hurt so much.

All of this AFTER we had bought all the nursery furniture, new living room furniture and a formal dining room table. Yeah. It was not a good month.

BUT – it was WORTH IT.

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We are those crazy people who buy stockings for their pets and treat them like members of the family. Our baby was hurting. How could we not spend the money?

Georgie had the surgery last Monday. He’s doing much better. He was out of it for several days, but he seems to be feeling much better now.

He’s on a prescription diet and we have to make sure he drinks lots of water to ensure he doesn’t get another bladder stone. Then, we’ll be doing the surgery all over again. And my pocketbook will cringe.

So, that’s where my head has been lately. Worrying about my poor little guy and stressing because I only have ELEVEN WEEKS until my due date. Holy cow. I’m going to have a cow.

Tell me I have time to get everything done, people. It really doesn’t feel like it.

Oh, and here’s a cute picture of the Beagle, because she can’t be left out:

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Happy Hump Day!

 

 

{Fort Worth Event} Christmas in Cowtown Holiday Market

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Earlier today, I had the chance to peruse the Christmas in Cowtown Holiday Market. Oh my, was it wonderful!

I’m totally hankering for some holiday cheer, and today’s event just put me even more in the mood for jingle bells and ornaments!

There were lots of fabulous things for sale in the market, including gourmet soup and drink mixes, children’s and adult clothing, toys and much more!

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But my favorite part was all of the holiday decorations!

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I’m in serious need of some matching stockings for our mantle, and these certainly would be adorable!

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My sister-in-law, Alex, brought Eli and River with us to the market. River had so much fun looking at all the pretty, shiny things. She even asked if Santa Claus would be there! Sadly, we didn’t see Kris Kringle, but that didn’t dampen her mood!

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I especially love these red and green curly q’s… they would be PERFECT for our Christmas tree. So perfect that I bought three sets, along with some of the metal ornaments this shop offered.

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River loved stopping at all the toy vendors, especially this one with these cute sock monkeys climbing the Christmas tree.

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And just look at these cute holiday outfits and stockings! This was NOT an easy thing for a mother-to-be to walk away from!

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Of course, it couldn’t be Christmas in Cowtown without some fun Western decorations!

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I especially loved this Christmas tree made of boots. Isn’t it awesome?

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The event was wonderful and I highly recommend it to help you prepare your home for the holidays!

I was able to score some super-cute decorations and now I am DYING to put them up! The Nerd has put his foot down, though, and I’m not allowed to hang any Christmas decorations until AFTER November 1.

But you know once November hits, it’s ON like DONKEY KONG.

Here are the details, if you want to check out the event:

The Christmas in Cowtown Holiday Market runs through Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth.

Public hours are 9 am to 8 pm Friday, Oct. 7, and 9 am to 6 pm Saturday, Oct. 8.

Tickets cost $10 per guest and children 5 and under are admitted free of charge. A three-day pass can be purchased for $15.

 

**Disclaimer** The Junior League of Fort Worth provided two free tickets and compensation for promotion by The Nerd’s Wife of Christmas in Cowtown. Opinions stated are my own.

 


Take Me Out To The Ballgame…

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One of the perks of being a DFW Chevy Girl is that I will occasionally score tickets to fun events, like Chevy Fan Day at Texas Motor Speedway, the Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton concert and, most recently, the Texas Rangers ALDS Playoff game against Tampa Bay.

I was SO EXCITED when they offered me the tickets… and so was The Nerd. He may look pasty white because he never goes out in the sun, but that boy LOVES playoff baseball.

We invited a couple of friends to attend the game with us, and made a weekend out of it! Luckily, nesting has been encouraging me to clean house all week and our home was actually prepared for visitors without much last-minute cleanup, for once.

We headed to the game Saturday night and had a BLAST.

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The fans were WILD. The Rangers had lost Friday night, so we were all ready for a comeback. It was SO LOUD in the stadium… I’ve never been to a baseball game that intense.

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We were behind at the beginning but an AMAZING Fourth Inning put us ahead. The Rays almost caught back up, but couldn’t quite come back.

It was such an awesome game. A nail-biter, to say the least, but we had so much fun. It was nice to leave a game we’d won, especially considering the AWFUL, EMBARRASSING loss by Texas A&M earlier in the day. But I don’t want to talk about that.

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Of course, we HAD to stop and admire the Chevy Cruze on our way into the stadium. I drive an Equinox and LOVE IT, and the Cruze is such a great little car. I’m super-excited because I’m about to get to test drive a Chevy Traverse for two weeks! More on that later, though…

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All in all, it was a great night at the ballpark, courtesy of the North Texas Chevy Dealers.

What’s your favorite part about a baseball game? I’d love to hear your stories!

 

 

**Disclaimer** Tickets to this game were provided to me at no charge by the North Texas Chevy Dealers, who is a sponsor of my blog.



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