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Choosing My Wedding Fragrance With Jo Malone.

As I mentioned in Monday\'s post, I went to London last week for a couple of days of events, and meetings. I made time to visit the Jo Malone Regent S ...

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Ysl Rouge Volupté Shine Oil Lipsticks

I feel like I have been spoiling you lately with some very swoon worthy beauty products (see here, here and here.) Today I have some lipsticks, that w ...

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Monarch Botanika Facial Cleanser Review

Press Sample (Affiliate Links)I was recently introduced to the skincare brand Monarch Botanika, and I am so excited to share their mission and their p ...

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How To Create A Foolproof Smokey Eye (no Matter Your Age, Sk

SPONSORED FEATURE  A smokey eye is the epitome of timeless glamour and understated cool. Whether you pair it with a bold red lip for a vintage look ...

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Punchy Red or Red/Orange Nail Colors

I can’t quit the punchy and bright red nail colors this season! Have you worn this color on your nails before" I shared a few of my favorites b ...

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Everything I read in April & May

Okay, I needed to combine these months, forgive me! May is always a busy month with school wrapping up for the kids and my reading recap posts had ...

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Summer Wedding Guest Dresses

Are you attending a wedding this summer" I remember the phase of life when Justin and I had a few weddings to attend each year, but it’s be ...

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Travel Must Haves: technology + gadgets

It’s hard to believe that it was just about 2 short weeks ago that I traveled to Paris with Amanda and Jordan. It was such an incredible tr ...

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Summer in Silver

Like usual, I’m typically resistant to new trends for a bit. . . until I dive in head first and never look back. The silver shoe/sandal tre ...

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The Loewe Small Gate Bag

A few followers asked for a deeper dive into the bag I purchased recently, so this blog post will do just that. I recognize this is a luxury purchase, ...

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Everything I Read in March

So, March was a slower reading month but I still finished a few books that I thoroughly enjoyed! The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah // I starte ...

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Shape-wear Shorts and Undergarment Layers

There are times when I appreciate some kind of shapewear under thinner dresses, or dresses that area bit more fitted. And there are other times wh ...

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White Sneakers for Spring

Sneakers are a go-to shoe, and with upcoming travel on my calendar, I wanted to make sure that I had a great pair of sneakers to go with a handful of ...

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High Stretch Denim that I’m Into Lately

If you’re a high stretch + thin fabric denim gal, I’ve got a great brand for you to explore. I can’t remember why I ordered t ...

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Pretty Swim

We do a heavy amount of water activities in the summer, so I need a swimsuit that I feel great in and also can last through lake water, being wash ...

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Don’t Buy a New Blowdryer Until You Read This

In a world of blow-dry brushes, air wraps, hot brushes, and more, the simple blow dryer has been neglected. And listen, if you love a blow-dry tool th ...

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Everything I read in February

I only read 4 books in February, which makes me wonder how on earth I managed to get through *8* in January. Find my recaps below! Girl Underw ...

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Primary Bedroom Refresh

When it came to updating our primary bedroom decor, I really was just looking to modernize it a bit. The furniture we had in that room was from ma ...

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A Dimensional Dining Room Update

It’s hard to believe that this summer will be 5 years that we’ve been in this house! I still could just pinch myself that we get to ...

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Things I Packed to go Skiing in Utah

One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten. Eleven (similar) (similar). Twelve. Thirteen. Fourteen. Fif ...

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Light Layering Jackets

I’m not much of a cardigan gal, so I get a ton of use out of a light layering jacket. Whether it be a final piece when styling an look in t ...

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Color for Spring

One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six (similar), Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen, Fourteen, Fifteen. A ...

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70’s Inspired

I’m here for the wide-leg flare, and apparently, you are too! These wide legs from J.Crew were one of the most popular items purchased from my ...

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Are you in your 30’s and just starting to explore skin

There’s a lot out there, in the skincare department, and I completely understand being very overwhelmed. There are not only so many product ...

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Everything I Read in January

My book goal to read and listen to this year is 25 books. I’ve already completed 8 in January so I am WELL on my way! This Tender Land ...

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Casual, Family Friendly Spots to Eat in Raleigh, North Carol

After recently gushing on Instagram Stories about a burger place my family and I went to last weekend, I thought it was time to share a post about ...

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Stunning Formal Dresses

I recently helped my friend accessorize for her son’s wedding. She picked a gorgeous one-shoulder dress and I helped her choose shoes, a bag, a ...

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On My Radar: Style Edition

The older I’m getting, the more comfortable I feel in my personal style. I know what I like, I know what I don’t like, and I’ ...

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A New Year of Intentions and Goals for The Small Things

Listen, I like all of the personality tests and enneagram and all that, but sometimes I do think it’s easy to get too deeply caught up in w ...

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

I’m taking some time off over the next two weeks to enjoy with my family and to rest! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a happ ...

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This Fragrance Will Get You Noticed

I don’t think I’ve ever worn a fragrance that has garnered so many compliments. For years I wore Gucci Gorgeous Gardenia. And p ...

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Top 8 Beauty Discoveries of 2023

I feel like I’m jumping the gun here a little bit but I’m going to go ahead and share my top 8 beauty discoveries of the year. Why eight ...

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Wardrobe Essentials that are NOT clothing

No more wardrobe malfunctions here! In any season, for any reason, these are a things I always keep on hand. One. Two. Three. ...

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5 Things I Always Do Before Hosting

I was raised by the queen of hosting and learned a lot about how to organize a good time with friends and family. My mom really excelled at all th ...

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A Soft and Sparkly Makeup Look

I couldn’t resist the soft sparkly shadow on the Makeup by Mario Ethereal Eyes Palette for a recent date night. I shared the whole process ...

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Knee-High Boots for Wide Calves

The selection for wide calf boots has certainly improved over the years, but it’s still smaller than what is available for “standard ...

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2023 Holiday Gift Guides: Beauty Gift Sets

These may sell out quickly, so don’t wait too long to purchase a beauty gift set! 01. Bumble & bumble Hydration to the Rescue Set †...

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2023 Holiday Gift Guides: Gifts for Athletes

Justin has dedicated his free time to fitness over the last year or so, and he’s very picky about his gear. Here are some gift ideas for any at ...

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2023 Holiday Gift Guides: Small Businesses

One of Amanda’s specialities is finding incredible small business to shop over the holidays! She rounded up everything in the graphic below! L ...

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2023 Holiday Gift Guides: Gifts for Host

Think about anyone you may be visiting through the winter months, from an evening for dinner to a weekend stay. 01. Rifle Paper Co. Clear Blue ...

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2023 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Him

This is admittedly a clothing-heavy gift guide but it’s because I’m married to a gadget guy who already owns all the gadgets he would us ...

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2023 Holiday Gift Guides: Gifts for Kids

01. Uncommon Goods Story Time Chess for Kids 02. Fat Brain Toys Bamboo Swurfer – perfect for an active kid! 03. Uncommon Goods Magic ...

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2023 Holiday Gift Guides: Gifts for Anyone

01. Slip Pure Silk Pillowcase – This is truly the gift that keeps on giving. 02. Crosley Cruiser Premier Vinyl Record Player – Su ...

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2023 Holiday Gift Guides: Gifts for Her

01. Mark & Graham Bella Vegan Leather Cosmetic Case 02. Mark & Graham Multi Compartment Travel Jewelry Case 03. SPANX AirEssentials “G ...

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Denim Shorts

The wrong pair of denim shorts can just ruin your day, you know" There is nothing worse than feeling like your shorts aren’t fitting great, or ...

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Creative Summer Cocktails – JoJo?s On-The-Floor Fizz

It shouldn’t shock anyone that the egg white in this threw me a little bit, BUT I have to admit it was lighter and more refreshing than I t ...

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Amazon Prime Day Picks!

Amazon Prime Day(s) are underway and while I haven’t personally purchased anything during the promotion, I wanted to share a list of things ...

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A Recap of our Fun Trip to Greenville, South Carolina

I had very little context of what to expect from a visit to Greenville, South Carolina. As it turned out, Amanda had visited that city with her family ...

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Creative Summer Cocktails – Taylor’s Island Time

There is something about rum that just tastes like a tropical vacation, you know" This cocktail is full of so many fruit juices and the color is a ...

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Creative Summer Cocktails – Amanda’s Meyer Lemon

This was the type of drink that was as refined, refreshing, and delightful as spending time with Amanda feels. She took care to include delicate d ...

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Meals I’ve made for my sister & her husband after

FIRST OF ALL: Lemon Pepper Panko Chicken Parmesan Spinach Orzo Breakfast Burritos – I just scrambled eggs with peppers and onions, added ...

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Our Long Weekend at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island

Justin and I managed to squeeze in a long weekend away at The Sanctuary on Kiawah Island in South Carolina in May. It was just around the time of our ...

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Sunshine Inspired

One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten. Eleven. Twelve. Thirteen. I never thought I’d be a y ...

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I unlocked a new level of hosting. Let me tell you what I di

I knew my brother and his family were visiting at the end of May. He and his wife have a two-year-old daughter, so I was kicking around ideas of t ...

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Pizza Dip

While this may not be the most beautiful looking appetizer, I assure you that it is a crowd pleaser! I’ll share the recipe below but wi ...

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link + small things

How was your first week of May" Two of my three kids had “field day” this week, which is an outdoor play day, at their school. They we ...

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A *DRY* heat protector spray and a new liquid blush from Sep

The NARS Liquid Blush was my first introduction to the beauty and perfection of a non-powder brush. I slowly started incorporating more cream prod ...

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Clare V. bag haul

I fell in love with this brand last year and have since added a few bags to my collection. Watch the video below to see a quick walk-through of each o ...

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My Favorite Places to Shop

In no particular order, here is a list of the retailers I browse the most often! Old Navy – I look for basics here! Denim, simple tees, ...

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Lessons, growth, change, improvement

More and more each year, I’m grateful for the gift of time with my family and friends. Spending quality time with people is one of my favor ...

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Every Book I Read (or Listened to) This Year

What I listened to on Audible: Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey – I found this book interesting as I’ve seen plenty of his mov ...

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Is Buying Beauty on Amazon Safe"

Amazon has become the first place we check to make a purchase because it typically has the fastest shipping. Sometimes it even has the best price! ...

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2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts from Small Businesses

01. Hydrangea Art Print 02. You’re Fun Wall Art 03. Emory Undone Art Kit 04. French Hair Claw – Autumn 05. All-in-One P ...

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2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Kids

01. Pocket Watercolor Painting Book 02. Virtual Space Ping Pong Game Set 03. Unicorn Dreams Cozy Comfort Set 04. Glow in the Dark Blanket ...

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2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Her

01. Miranda Frye London Necklace 02. Maya Brenner Monogram Necklace 03. Madewell Chunky Small Hoop Earrings 04. Crystal Slider Bracelet 05 ...

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Brooklinen is having a Black Friday Sale!

The ONLY place where I get my bedding and linens is having a Black Friday promo and it’s worth taking advantage of! They are offering 20% o ...

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Scenting My Home for the Holidays

I know that the scent in my home is the first thing I notice when I walk in, so it’s certainly something others notice as well! My Aera dif ...

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2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Him

01. Vuori Insulated Vest 02. Warby Parker Fletcher Sunglasses 03. Vuori Waffle Hoodie 04. Vuori Sunday Element Jacket 05. Tommy John C ...

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2022 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Anyone

01. Umbra Four in a Row Game 02. Snowflakes & Kisses Shower Steamer 03. Sugarfina Pop the Champagne Gift Set 04. Amish Popcorn Library ...

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4 Ways to Add Life to Lifeless Winter Skin (and the few esse

I think we could all collectively agree that our skin, especially our face, feels a bit more drab and dull in the winter. Not only are we inside more, ...

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A Cozy Winter Look

I couldn’t quite tell from the website, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover how cozy this black puffer coat is from Madewel ...

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Pretty Fall Dresses

One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten. Eleven. Twelve. ...

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5 Steps to Smoother Mornings with Kids

One. Get yourself ready FIRST so you can be available to help them if/when they need it. Two. Set clear expectations the night before for ...

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Beauty Capsule: Everyday, Classic + Refined

Lash Idôle Lash-Lifting & Volumizing Mascara. Lisbon Wants Moor Pink Nail Polish. Brow Wiz Ultra-Slim Precision Brow Pencil. Lotus ...

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My (first!) Experience Hiring a Clothing Stylist

When I got the e-mail invitation to an intimate dinner in LA with a brand I adore (Shani Darden) I was immediately thrilled and nervous. LA feels very ...

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5 Items To Wear This Fall

I know many of us are struggling with fashion for this fall. I don’t know if it’s my age, the current trends, or the fact that it still ...

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Comfy Jackets

One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten. Eleven. Twelve. My eye is alw ...

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A Foundation-Free Casual Makeup Look

One of the only reasons I feel comfortable skipping foundation is if my concealer steps up and does a good enough job for me. My skin is s ...

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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Over the summer, when we were visiting my parents in South Carolina, their neighbors dropped off a freshly baked batch of these cookies. They were the ...

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Casual White Kicks

There have been a couple instances this summer where I’ve discussed the challenges with wearing sneakers with a dress. It’s a look I rea ...

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Fall Staples from Madewell that I’m Loving

The thing about the items I buy from Madewell is, more often than not, they last year after year. Especially the denim. The Perfect Vintag ...

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F.A.Q. // “Do I need to wash my hair before my hair

Social Squares I recently had an appointment to have my hair colored and shared that I used a purifying shampoo the morning of my appointment. I re ...

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Fall Style Mood

One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. Nine. Ten. Eleven. Twelve. Thirteen. ...

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Managing My Stress and Sorting Through How I’m Feeling

It’s so easy to go through life, for so very long, without taking time to reflect on how you’re doing. As a mother, a wife, a bu ...

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A Shift in Motherhood

I’ve felt a shift in motherhood, or I should say parenting (Justin and I have both felt this), where I’m doing less of the physical/exha ...

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One-Piece Swimsuits That I Have and Love

One. This is one of the more conservative ones. It has great coverage at the bum, and the side strap provides nice chest coverage without ...

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Reversing Influencer Roles

I post a Question Box on my stories nearly every Monday and take a bit of time to answer a handful of them as I kick off the work week. One questio ...

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Poolside Beauty Must-Haves from Sephora

I go for function > form when it comes to my poolside beauty routine. I need sun protection and maybe a *hint* of color on my face, whether it be ...

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Dainty (but durable) Jewelry I love

London Bracelet, Meggan Bracelet + Ansley Studs from Miranda Frye. Sydney Bracelet, MF Ring + London Necklace from Miranda Frye. I mix ...

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My Home Smells like Vacation Thanks to Aera, and Let Me Tell

You may know by now how much I love my Aera Mini Smart Diffuser has been the perfect addition to our laundry room, which is also where we store the ca ...

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Summer Beauty Starter Pack

Just a few of the summertime *essentials* that I love and use often! ...

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2 New Bras that Hit All the Marks

A few years ago, after being deeply inspired by Caralyn Mirand Koch, I went to Nordstrom and had a bra fitting appointment. You can read all ...

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Denim Shorts for Curvy Girls

Listen. Shorts can be hard, I get it. And they can feel especially hard if your thighs touch or you generally have a curvy butt/leg body type. ...

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Our Disney Trip

We took the kids to DISNEY WORLD in May and I’ve never felt such a great feeling of accomplishment than what I felt getting on the airplane ...