Thursday, January 31, 2013

Datevitation {Review/Promo Code}

Hey ladies {er and gents}! I have a treat for you TODAY!

Valentine's Day is just a few days away but have you thought of the perfect idea for your sweetie? 

I was so excited when Datevitation came to me with an offer to create my own custom date book. I've heard of these books before but this is the only company where you can customize the text & pick your own dates! 
The site was incredibly easy to navigate. You literally follow steps 1-5 to complete the whole coupon book & you're done!

There's over 60 books & 200 dates to choose from. 

Once you've chosen your message format you're free to preview the entire custom love coupon booklet and can make your purchase! The books start at just $20 so it makes for a super thoughtful gift. But as a special treat for my followers you can now use the code ‘JENNADK’ for $10 off your purchase! That means you can get your sweetie a coupon book for Valentine’s day starting at just $10!

*I was given this coupon book as a gift to review. No other compensation was provided, All views and opinions are my own and were not influenced by anything but my love for this product!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tattoo Tuesday

I had plans of coming home from work & working on my blog. Such as a new look & scheduling lots of posts for the next few days.

But when one of your best friends gets spontaneous and says "hey I want to get a tattoo" your plans completely change. I'm not gonna lie.... I had the itch to get another tattoo but with an upcoming vacation and a roommate who doesn't pay their rent on time it just wasn't happening today.

Instead I had Katie draw a mustache on my finger. How appropriate is that?

How precious is that tattoo!
Remember that no matter what God will always love you. Even when you're at your lowest point in life He is ALWAYS there for you.
Lately I've been in a funk. I'm questioning everything that is going on in my life. Why? I have no idea but I need to snap out of it. I haven't been in the mood to blog or even post a few giveaways I have coming up. I'm praying I snap out of it before too long.
I think he's missed me. If you can't tell he laying with his head on my shoulder snoring in my ear while I'm writing this post.
Tomorrow I'm finishing up with season 2 of PLL! The only thing that sucks is I have to wait until season 3 comes out on Netflix. Any idea when it gets released?
I finally took my Christmas tree down. It's pretty pathetic when my 3 year old nephew tells me that it's no longer Christmas. I guess I could've just kept it up and changed the ornaments with each holiday. Now I just have an empty corner in my living room. Do you still have your tree up?
Enjoy Hump Day!


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Influenster Review-Palmolive Fresh Infusions

Do you get super excited when you see a package on your door step and think to yourself, " I didn't order anything"? That was my exact thoughts when I saw the package.

I was chosen to review the Palmolive Fresh Infusions by Influenster. When I received the package I noticed not only did I get 1 but 3 bottles of dish soap to have! The bottles are gorgeous.

Growing up each of us kids had 3 chores everyday. I would dread the day it was my turn to do the dishes. I mean for a family of 6 who didn't have a dishwasher that was a lot of dishes.

When I used Palmolive Fresh Infusions Ginger White Tea I noticed the smell wasn't too perfumey like I thought it would be. You definitely do not need a lot of soap either. I can guarantee you the next time you stop by you'll see a bottle sitting next to my sink!

PS. I was supposed to have 5 $1.50 off coupons to give to my friends but my box didn't have the coupons. You can buy this product at WalMart.

I received three complimentary bottles of Palmolive Fresh Infusions for testing purposes from Influenster, however, all words and opinions unless otherwise noted are mine.

Monday, January 28, 2013

iPhone dump

1. I absolutely feel this way towards J!
2. Girls lunch at Sonny's. Get it?
3. This is completely true! I can cook a mean grilled cheese though.
4. Katie needed new makeup and we both ended up with a makeover.
5. I love this smokey eye look.
6. God's beauty driving into work. He never fails us!
7. I won 5th row tickets to the Carrie Underwood concert and they finally were available for pick up! {I still need to post pics from the concert my sister and I went to in Orlando.}

Friday, January 25, 2013

Pit & Peak Vol.3


It's that time again to link up with my BFF bloggers Allie & Brin for another edition of Pit & Peak.
Pit: Waking up with a sore throat this morning.
Peak: It's FRIDAY!
Pit: Mad that no one has told me about Pretty Little Liars before until just recently.
Peak: Getting through season 1 in 3 days!
Pit: Needing a vacation like NOW.
Peak: I leave for Vegas in 15 days, 7 hours, 47 minutes and 25 seconds....and counting!
{no I didn't go the math... I have a countdown silly}
Hope y'all had a wonderful week. I sure did.

Don't forget to enter to win a sample of Basic H2 & if you'd like to read about my sweet friends katie & Ben about their infertility and adoption process go here.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Meet Katie & Ben- This is their story

Today I want to introduce you to this sweet couple. This is my sweet friend katie & her husband Ben. We've known each other for more than 15 years & today I want them to share their story with you.

Our Story.... 

 Ben and I met in 2003 on a church trip and were high school sweethearts! I knew when I laid my eyes on him I wanted to marry him. He is such a Christ loving, sweet, kind, compassionate, caring, loving, (and hot!!) man, him playing the guitar was icing on the cake. We dated all thru high school (which was a dream come true!). Then in 2007 we got married! I was 19 and he was 21, it was my DREAM to get married at such a young age. We knew we were the ones for each other. Then in 2008, we began to start “trying” 

 I knew we would have problems as I have never had a 'regular' period. What's regular anyway? Right? Anywho, we tried by ourselves for about 6 months and I couldn’t take it ANYMORE! (Might I add, I am extremely Type A and want what I want, when I want) We decided to go to the OB. I made the appointment and went to see my sweet Dr. She told me 'Oh Hunny, you are only 20; I can get you pregnant in 6 months.' I JUMPED FOR JOY! So 6 mos (to the day) I went back. I saw my ‘oh so sweet’ Dr again and said 'it's been 6 months'. We were trying Birth Control for those 6 months (which doesn’t that kind of seem like defeating the purpose?). So we did a Vaginal Ultrasound and found out I had the 'string of pearls' (layers of cysts covering ovaries) on both ovaries.... so she sent me for more testing. This is when I found out I had PCOS. (For more info on that, please see ). I did EXTREME research and freaked myself out. I mean CYSTS ON MY OVARIES?!?! OVARIAN DRILLING?!?! CHANCE OF NOT GETTING PREGNANT??! OVARIAN CANCER?!?! GENETIC?!?!AAAGGGGHHHH I literally FREAKED, as I looked at worst case scenario. 

 My Dr and I decided it was time for my Husband and I to transfer to a Reproduction Endocrinologist. We prayed and prayed asking God for direction. Clinging to 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.' (Philippians 4:6-7)

 We decided on a RE, and made an appointment to meet with him. Ben wouldn’t be able to wiggle his way out of this appointment! We met with the Dr. and did another VU and did more glucose testing and again determined I had PCOS (of course to an extreme measure). He was so sweet and sat with us while I cried hysterically. All I could think of was never getting pregnant, never being able to give B the family he wants/deserves. Again, he told us 'I can get you pregnant in 6 months.' (Long story short) we tried Birth Control (again), Glucophage, Provera, Clomid, Byetta Pen, etc (all multiple times) with NO SUCCESS. A year later we decided to take a break. I couldn't handle the emotional stress and ALL THE FREAKING PILLS AND SHOTS any longer! I remember one night (one of many) laying in my bathroom floor sick (thanks clomid), crying my eyes out. I couldn’t take this anymore. Was this our future? Pills, shots several times a day, timing intercourse, emotional roller coasters, being sick, being miserable, and being depressed? TRYING to cling to hope? Would there be an end? 

 This is when I searched for a Support Group. Lo and behold, there are VERY few in Jax. Crazy, I know! Why when there are approximately 6.7 million women (in the U.S.) who are dealing with Infertility are we not booming with Support Group's? So, I visited several, not one did I come away feeling encouraged. And that is SAD. When I picture a Support Group, I picture leaving HAPPY and ENCOURAGED knowing that we will eventually come thru this (pending God's plan). So I decided to take this challenge and run with it (mainly to distract myself), using Facebook as a tool. I put on FB 'I am infertile and need women to talk to'. You would NOT believe the number of people that commented or messaged me saying they went (or are going) thru this too! I was SHOCKED! I was expecting one, maybe two responses. It was truly shocking.

 So we decided to meet one night at Panera, that's where it all started. It was amazing. It was a great time of talking, crying, loving, encouraging and most of all praying. It was so amazing to know women who are dealing with the same sadness,hurt,shamefulness,emptiness as me! Who knew?! Anyway, I say all that to say this. If you are going thru Infertility (primary or secondary) don't be the 60% who stay 'hush hush' about this. SAY SOMETHING. It really helps to be apart of a group where you can come and be encouraged and in return encourage others. 

 Trust me, I know how much INFERTILITY SUCKS! I am praying for every woman/man/couple who is dealing with Infertility. I am praying for God's plan and will for your life.

 In 2011 we decided to start praying about Adoption. It wasn’t something that was on the “front burner” for us.. But after many, many prayers (and tears) God revealed a path to us of adoption. We continued praying about even where to start. So I went to Google. I learned that there were more than 650,000 children in foster care, that there are 1.5 million adopted children in the United States, over 2% of all U.S. children, that 1 in 5 pregnancies (in U.S.) end in Abortion, 7,000 abortions every year in Jacksonville. I was traumatized to say the least. I knew God pointed us in this direction for a reason. We then jumped on the phone calling everyone we knew who has adopted to get info. We turned to the Florida Baptist Children’s Home . We started our MAPP training and got licensed with them. We are currently waiting for a Birth Family to “choose” us. In the meantime, we are in the process of getting ‘licensed’ with the State of Florida, as well as reaching out to Attorneys to find the best fit for us. There are about 14,000 children in foster care in Florida, about 500 of those children waiting to be adopted are without identified families. There are so many children waiting to be adopted, unfortunately not everyone has the “means” to adopt. The National average cost of Adoptions in Fl range from $5,000-$30,000+. It’s quite sad how much an Adoption can cost. 

 We are anxious/excited/nervous about this road God is leading us on. We are so very thankful for HIS peace and comfort and the knowledge that HE has a plan and knows the end result. We RELY on what Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

If you feel the need to want to help Katie & Ben with their adoption please let me know or donate here.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Basic H2 {Giveaway}

Today I want to introduce you to a great cleaning product called Basic H2 .

I honestly HATE cleaning. But when you have 3 animals and 3 roommates the house is ALWAYS dirty. I try to stay away from my house on the weekends and since I get away my house never truly gets a deep cleaning.

I was given a small tube of window cleaner with these easy instructions.

Use on any washable surface – indoors or out
  • Walls, Windows and Mirrors, Countertops, Floors, Appliances, Stoves, Sealed Woodwork, Pots and Pans, Furniture
Clean Credentials
  • Nontoxic
  • Natural
  • Doubly concentrated
  • Biodegradable Surfactants

Now I have two dogs who love to look out the window then scratch at the door to get back in. Yes this is really how dirty my glass doors are!

After cleaning, look how amazing it looks! Duke can actually look into the living room without seeing his slobber marks.

I absolutely love Basic H2! It has no scent unlike all those other cleaners. Its inexpensive. The best part is its all natural & non toxic!

If you have small children running around or even animals you need this product.

So today Claire is giving away 3 samples of Basic H organic cleaning concentrate.
The winners will be chosen on Saturday at midnight.

I was compensated with a sample from Basic H2 and these opinions are my own.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Princess Party

Haley turned 6 back in December but all her friends we're out of school for Christmas break so my sister decided to wait until January to give her a party. Besides she went to Disney for her birthday so we kinda had 2 parties for her! Lucky little girl!
We had different areas set up for the princesses.
1. Cinderella's Closet
2. Ariel's Hidden Treasure
3. Belle's Boutique
4. Snow White's Sweet Shop
All the girls put on their dresses & headed over to the boutique to get their nails painted! Then we colored princess pictures. We decorated our own cupcakes and had a few snacks. Then we went on a treasure hunt for rings, bracelets & nail polish!
I promise we had a lot of fun! This was when they were waiting to decorate their cupcakes.
I absolutely love this little girl!
Then we had our own photo shoot! They loved this but took some time to warm up in front of their crowd. We even had our own little Prince Charming join us.
I ended up not getting Haley a gift for this party because I gave her the present on her actual birthday. Once she was finished opening her gifts she looked right at me & said "Enna, you for got to get me a present!" Way to call me out sweet girl! I reminded her I already gave her something on her birthday but she wanted something else for her party! I swear that girl is EXACTLY like me!
Who is your favorite princess?


Friday, January 18, 2013

Pit & Peak Vol.2


Its that time again to link up with two of my favorite bloggers {Brin & Allie } for the Pit & Peak of your week, day, minute or even second. You decide because the ball is in your courts!

Pit: Being completely EXHAUSTED.  If you follow me on Twitter you have already heard about my crazy pups. I swear they had me up every hour this week. I honestly feel like a first time mom to a newborn. Well, maybe I'm exaggerating but thats how I feel. 

Peak: It's FRIDAY & I get to somewhat sleep in on Saturday.

What has been your PIT & PEAK this week?

Don't forget to enter for your chance to win a PEARL bubble necklace from ME!

Rice Session

A few weeks ago my sweet friend Katie asked if I would do a photo session for her family. How could I not say yes to her? We ended up at a beautiful park on the river after getting lost trying to find it. I just love this family. My family, Katie's & her husband Ben's family all grew up together at church. So getting to take their pictures was a blessing.
Ok seriously how cute is Mrs.Rice with her guys?
Katie, I hope y'all will always cherish these photos.


Thursday, January 17, 2013

I'm Not Here Today

Today I'm hanging out with Allie for a FUN giveaway! I'll be back tomorrow posting a few of my favorite shots from my friend Katie's family session! 
But in the mean time check out Allie's blog!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Its your birthday!


Happy birthday to the best Dad in the entire world!
Your Favorite Daughter
Second Favorite Daughter
whichever you want.

Date Nights

The weekends are usually mine & J's to actually be together. We work complete opposite schedules which doesn't give us any time during the week to see each other. He always knows how to make me happy. Not that I need to go out to be happy with him. I'm completely fine just sitting at home watching tv next to him.
steak. mashed potatoes. rolls with cinnamon honey butter. yummers!
a picture is worth a thousand words. No explantation here.
Lets all go to the movies....
Lets all go to the movies...
Lets all go to the movies...
& see Gangster Squad!
Such a great movie.
I love this!
Happy hump day! We're almost done with the week.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Life Lately

Last week was just not my week. I ended up at my parents house and these two loves were there!!! They each got bikes for either their birthdays or Christmas and are loving riding these days.
I've tried to start eating a little healthier & I'm completely obsessed with Subways chopped salads. It doesn't help that I ALWAYS get a chocolate chip cookie for dessert! Werrps!
Holy smokes! I love the DO NOT DISTURB feature. Yes this Sunday at 2:00 in the afternoon. Shoot me now but I just woke up. And yes my crazy friends love to group message then wonder where you are when you haven't joined in!
My love! No seriously how can you not LOVE this guy! He makes me laugh daily. He gives me butterflies. & that dimple!!!! Swoon
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, January 14, 2013



Sorry for being so lovey dovey lately but I just can't help it!!


What are you loving these days?


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sunday Social


1. What is the name of your blog? How long have you been blogging?

Life is Sweet! Because you only have one life to live so why not make it sweet? I've been blogging since 2007 well scratch that I've had my blog since 2007 but within the last couple years I've started to write more.

2. Why do you blog?

I blog because I want to remember the little details in life that you sometimes forget about. I've met so many bloggers that I consider my BFFs.

3. What is the first blog you ever followed?

My first blog was the story of Audrey Caroline. Angie Smith is such a beautiful person inside and out.

4. What is your favorite post you wrote in 2012?

I loved my post about my niece and nephews birthday! I seriously consider them my own. My sister & I are only 15 months apart so the relationship we share is a sweet one.

5. What are your blogging goals for 2013?

I want to continue to grow my blog and make new friends. I hope to write more often than I did in 2012.

6. Name your top 3 favorite blogs.

Shay over at So Shay how can you not love Shay

Taylor at The Daily Tay this girl keeps me laughing daily

Katie at Keep Calm & Carry On because we share a love for wine