Walking In A Winter Wonderland....Breckenridge, CO

Our wonderful family trip to Breckenridge was an absolute memory-maker.  The kids had a blast in the snow, we loved our rental home and location, the mountain had great conditions for skiing/riding, and the town/resort of Breck is, in my opinion, the best in Colorado!  We've visited Breck in both the winter and summer before, and after this third trip there...I'm even more confident we'll keep coming back for years to come!

(If you have any questions or specifics you'd like answered regarding skiing with kids or visiting Breckenridge, feel free to email me: themrsandthemomma{at}gmail{dot}com.)

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Ruby's Rubbish Giveaway {3 Prizes!}

Just in time for the holidays, I've got a fun little giveaway for you today!

When I first saw this Vintage Truck Christmas Tree shirt from Ruby's Rubbish, I was in love!  I mean, what a perfect, non-traditional festive thing to wear this time of year!  Not only am I giving away one just like this, but also two other favorites of mine I picked just for my readers!....a "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken" shirt as well as a "Follow Your Arrow."  So cute, right?

There will be 3 winners who each get to pick the style of shirt on which they want the image...there are tons of options such as baseball tees, long-sleeve, tanks, onesies for the littles, etc.  These shirts are SUPER soft!  There are so many cute options and sayings...especially for us southern ladies!  Go check out their great collections!


Are you ready to enter???

>>> Just leave a comment telling me your favorite thing about the holidays +  go"Like" Ruby's Rubbish FB page!!!!

>>> Also, for extra entries, you can head on over to my Instagram and enter there.  Good luck!!!!! 

Some of my other faves....

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Honoring My Dad's Birthday {A New Family Tradition}

I feel like I have a blog hangover...finishing up the November Blogathon was something else!  I crawled to the finish line, but made it!  I want give a BIG shout out to all of you who participated!  It made it a lot easier knowing that y'all were right there with me!  I hope you enjoyed it!

Last weekend, we wanted to do something special to celebrate what would have been my dad's 60th birthday (he passed a year ago next week)...so my mom, brother, Blake, me and the kids decided to hike as a family up to Enchanted Rock.  My dad enjoyed hiking and we often did this activity all together on vacations in Colorado, New Mexico, Maine, and here in Texas.  It could not have been a more beautiful day and I know my dad was smiling down on us.  We plan to make it a yearly tradition in honor of his birthday!  Here are some shots from that perfect day:

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5 Tips For Staying Confident {Even When You Don't Feel Like It}

I’m excited to share with you a post today that’s all about staying confident even when you’re battling a cold sore.  Some of my closest friends and family are cold sore sufferers and I know the toll they take on their confidence.  That’s why they turn to Abreva® cream at the very first sign of their cold sore to heal it fast! The median healing time is 4.1 days, but you could heal it in as few as 2.5 days when used at the first sign. Read below to discover other simple ways you can keep your confidence high.
Everyone has those days when we just feel blah.  When we'd much rather snuggle in bed all day than face the real world. For me, it could be a bad blemish or feeling bloated...for Blake, it could be just plain exhaustion or a massive cold sore (he gets awful ones).  Who wants to get up and at 'em when they know they're not at their best...especially appearance-wise?  No one.  But most of us end up putting our big-girl/big-boy undies on and striving for confidence to face the world anyway, right?

When battling a cold sore or something affecting your outward appearance, remembering these simple tips on staying confident, even if your comfy, warm, secluded-from-the-rest-of-the-world bed is calling your name:

1.  Your beauty should shine from the inside out.  Have you ever met a person that strictly looking, you wouldn't remark much about, but once you got to know them, they seemed extremely attractive?  That's because our beauty shows through our confidence, our character, and our hearts...never solely through our outward image.
2.  Smile and make eye contact.  You look your best and most confident when you smile.  People have an instant connection with you from smiling...it's the best accessory!  "I just like to smile!  Smiling's is my favorite." -Buddy the Elf
3.  Hold a good conversation by being a question asker.  I have a friend who is excellent at this, and because of her ability to put others at ease, it makes here an even lovelier person.  People love talking about themselves, so carrying on a good conversation shows that you're intelligent and genuine.
4.  Be neat in your dress.  Have you ever heard that quote, "Being well-dressed is a beautiful form of politeness"?  I'd like to add to that, "and shows you have the confidence to put your best self forward."  Don't we all feel better about ourselves when we dress well?...Which in turn influences how people see us.
5.  Use people's names when you speak to them.  It always catches me off-guard a bit when some one I don't know very well (or even sometimes people I do) call me by name in conversation.  I always walk away impressed thinking, wow, they actually remembered my name.

Moral of the story, don't let annoyances such as cold sores keep you from living your life to the fullest with your confidence well in hand!  Today I'm giving away a $100 Visa gift card as part of this sponsored post...simply answer the following question in the comments section, as well as leave your email address, for a chance to win:
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Best Sales This Black Friday/Cyber Monday

This last week of the November Blogathon has been fast and furious...but we made it!!!!!  I'm so glad I made an effort to blog every (week)day this month.  I really needed the push, however crazy my life got...I still put blogging in my rotation of priorities.  No promises for December, though.  I just might drop off the map for a minute.  No, not really...how can one take a blogging break during the most wonderful time of the year!?!

Today I have for you the best of ALL the best clothing store sales...BOTH Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  So if you're new here, make sure to bookmark this post/page or follow me on Facebook to stay in the loop! 

I've got it all laid out for you, as there is absolutely no need these days to venture out into the crazy stores.  Simply shop in your PJs from the comfort of your own home.  Just make sure to use the "free shipping" promos (if available) and use your Ebates (especially with Gap, Nordstrom, and Kohls...10% cash back or more!!!!).  

Are you ready?!?  Here we go....

Ann Taylor:
Black Friday // 50% OFF entire purchase // code: THANKS
Cyber Monday // 50% OFF your entire purchase // 11/30 5pm - 12/3 3am

Black Friday // HUGE sitewide sale
Cyber Monday // More sale + Free Shipping! // 11/29-11/30

Cyber Monday // 30% OFF // 11/30-12/2 // code: ILOVEMONDAYS

Banana Republic:
Black Friday // 50% OFF one full-priced item // code:BRCFIFTY
and 40% OFF purchase // code: BRCFORTY
Cyber Monday // 40% OFF // code: BRCSAVE

Black Friday // 30% OFF + Free Shipping // 11/27-11/30

Black Friday // 50% OFF Everything // code: BLKFRIDAY

J. Crew:
Black Friday // 30% OFF full-price, 40% OFF sale + Free Shipping // code: HOLIDAY
Cyber Monday // extra 40% OFF + Free Shipping // code: MONDAY

Kendra Scott:
Black Friday // 15% OFF + Free Shipping // code: BFCM2014 // good thru 12/1

Black Friday // 25% OFF 11/25-11/30 // code: GIFTON

Black Friday // 50% OFF new arrival thru 11/30
Cyber Monday // 25% OFF Everything // code: CYBERMONDAY

Black Friday // Designer Clearance 40% OFF + Free Shipping

Black Friday & Cyber Monday // 25% OFF Everything // code: CHEER

A Thankful Thanksgiving {November Blogathon}

Happy Thanksgiving Y'all!!!!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday filled with lots of family fun and yummy food!!!!
We're on our second-to-last day of the November Blogathon and I can't believe it's almost over!!!!  Today's prompt is all about being thankful.  If you follow me on Instagram (if not, you'll want to go follow...doing a fab giveaway there soon!), I posted our Jansen Thankful Tree we did the other night.  It was a great activity to help our kids see just how very blessed we are...mostly in intagible ways.  I think we'll leave this tree up for a while to remind us all of how much we have to be thankful for.  

But most of all, I'm thankful for my Savior and my family. 

Tomorrow's the last day peeps!  Let's finish strong!!!!

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