{How to help Hurricane Harvey victims}

It is breaking my heart to see what's happening in Texas, and I find myself praying often for all affected by this unforgiving storm.

If you're anything like me, you're wishing there was something, anything, that you could do to comfort those in need. In an effort to aid in some way, I'm attaching some disaster relief links so we can all chip in and help from afar.

Love to all...Stay safe.

American Red Cross

The humanitarian organization is opening shelters, sending supplies and putting volunteers in place around Texas. You can donate money online or text "HARVEY" to 90999 to chip in $10. If you want to volunteer, read this.

Austin Pets Alive!

The organization says it has transported over 330 animals to its shelter since Saturday morning. How can you lend a hand? Make a donation, foster or adopt a pet, or volunteer. Find out more here.

Salvation Army

Salvation Army is on the frontlines of Hurricane Harvey relief. Your support can help keep them there. Donate at 1-800-SAL-ARMY or click here.http://

Save the Children

The organization's emergency responders are on the ground and ready to help.You can donate to the hurricane relief fund here.

Texas Diaper Bank

The organization is sending out relief kits for babies, young kids, the elderly and disabled. You can donate here.




{Ten Favorite Things}

I always love reading about people's favorite things, so I thought I'd start sharing some as well. Each week, I'll gather a list of favorite things of mine, the kids', the family, etc.
  1. Loopy Case: My sweet friend introduced me to the Loopy Case, and I was hooked from the start. Such a lifesaver when I'm holding my kids, groceries, and my cell phone.
  2. Copycat P.F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps: Add these to your weekly menu asap! They're so easy and even more delicious.
  3. Salted Himalayan Pink Salt Kit: This salt kit came in my FabFitFun box, and I'm loving it. Awesome addition to meals, marinades, and cocktails! :)
  4. Beautycounter 5-Minute Face: As a busy mom who is always on the go, I don't have much time for makeup. This set is perfect for my hectic mornings and gives me a fresh look to start my day!!
  5. Garnet Hill Bookbags: I have found my favorite bookbags for the kids...Cute, durable, and I got the matching lunch bags with my purchase. 
  6. Sugarfix by Bauble Bar: Awesome jewelry that adds a perfect pop of color to any outfit. Shop the collection at Target.
  7. Simplified Planner: My go-to planner and organizer. This is my 3rd year using Emily Ley's planner, and they get better each year.
  8. Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides: Two scoops in my coffee every morning, and I swear I can see my eyelashes and nails getting longer. Two thumbs up from me!
  9. Living with Landyn: Love her style, love her blog, love her IG feed, love it all!! And she's funny!! Go give her a follow.
  10. Trunk Club: How would you like to have a huge box of clothes/shoes/jewelry/handbags delivered to your door for only $25?! Contact my girl, Lauren, and she'll take great care of you!!



{It's time to return to the blog}

If there's one thing I've learned about blogging over the past year, it's that my life is richer when I'm writing. Who knew writing would be so therapeutic for me? But it is...It truly is, and there are some things that I have to get out of my head and onto paper.

So, here I am writing again, and I plan on continuing to write about all things happy and helpful and everything going on in my life.

Today's post is rather heavy, but it's all that I can think about right now. Our town has had a tough week...On Monday afternoon at this very bank, right in the middle of town, an armed man walked in, robbed the bank, and shot and killed two innocent employees. On Wednesday, I sat before this building and prayed...Prayed so hard for the two beautiful souls who were taken from their families, for their loved ones they have left behind, for the country in which we live, and for the comfort and safety for all who walk these streets. We live in such a scary world, and all I know to do is pray...In the name of the Heavenly Father. 

And lately, when I'm feeling down, I blast the Moana soundtrack as loud as I can. :) My kids and I have a dance party, and all is right in our little world again. I know it may be a Disney movie for children, but I love it!! It makes me think of my grandmother, my grandmother makes me think of Heaven, and Heaven makes me happy. I hope you'll download it, and let it make you happy, too.