♪♫ I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas ♫♪

I don’t mean THAT kind of white Christmas!  The one with the snow?  That’s just not for me!  I do have fond memories of childhood Christmases in the snow and often long for those again, but then I remind myself how much I hate the snow and cold!
But to me, white signifies peace, beauty, tranquility, and hope!  So as I sat in my apartment last night while working, cooking dinner, preparing my grocery list, doing laundry, and taming the wild beasts (yes, sometimes the babies do get that bad), and worrying about what the big girls would be doing for Christmas, I wondered if I would have a “white” Christmas this year.  Not the snow-filled one, but the one with all of that peace, tranquility, beauty, and hope!
And then B walked in.  He was carrying a “white” bouquet of roses that he lovingly laid in my lap as I typed up whatever I was working on, he said “I love you”, and slipped away into our room.  He never buys “white” roses…had he read my mind?
I quickly finished up on the computer and went back to cooking.  The children had calmed and I once again noticed my “white” Christmas tree with all of it’s fabulous color splashed throughout.  I finished up the dinner and fixed everyone’s plates, then headed back to the computer (yes again).  Right there on my notepads and planner was a card.  A beautiful “white” card with words meant only for me, from him!  Words that made me tear up I must admit!  And everything about my Christmas and my life seemed “white” again!
It might not be a perfect Christmas.  It never will be without ALL of my children in my household, but I do believe it will be really “white” after all!  Isn’t it funny how life works?  Just when you think you might break, someone you love (that thankfully loves you back) steps in and reminds you that all of your wishes can come true!  I still believe in miracles…big and small!  They happen every day!  Open your eyes and notice them, they are worth looking for!
And I hope that all of your Christmases are “white”, whatever that means to you! Peace, hope, love, joy, beauty, sparkles, and tranquility to you and yours this holiday season!  We all deserve a “white” Christmas!

Meet Summer Davis of Banana Hammocks & Tutus #CBias

Today, I would like love to introduce you to Summer Davis, the owner and author of Banana Hammocks & TutusI have had the pleasure of getting to know Summer through Social Fabric (an invite only community for bloggers) and have crossed our friendship over into Facebook and Twitter.

She’s fun, she’s clever, and she’s REAL!  All qualities I sincerely admire!

While digging through Summer’s blog, her Facebook Fan Page, and her Twitter Profile (shush up, it’s not called stalking, it’s called social media probing), I found out some really cool things about her personally.  Summer hails from Juneau, Alaska which to me is interesting all in itself.  I have never met ANYONE from Alaska before and plan on talking to her more about this in the very near future.  She now lives in the Savannah, Georgia area with her husband and 3 adorable children.

Her Twitter profile sums her up in her own words best:

SAHM to 3 kids, CDing, PTbabywearing, semi-crunchy opinionated spitfire. Wife to Mr. Right, Writer and Photographer extraordinaire, and Auburn football FREAK.  

But when digging in to Summer’s true persona, I decided to reach out to someone that knows her well, on a personal level, her Godmother.  I swear I almost peed my pants when I read the reply to my email to Susan Jones.  I simply asked her to tell me something about Summer’s “real life” personality.  And this is what I got…and I quote (because why would I paraphrase…this is good stuff right here):

If I’m going to be nice….she is my Goddaughter and she is so special to me.  She is beautiful, smart, crafty, Betty Crocker, Susie Homemaker and Martha Stewart all wrapped into one person! She is an amazing mom and wife. She is an over achiever in a good way 😉

Now if I’m not going to be nice…she can have a temper like no other. Stubborn as can be. Can burp like a man and smell like one too when she toots ;-(  lol!”

To get more insight about Summer and her family, read her About Me  section on Banana Hammocks & Tutus
So what is this blog that I am now so in love with all about?  All kinds of fun, interesting, witty, and thought-provoking stories of her life.  These are real thoughts and tales.  You can just feel the sincerity in her words as you read through the “pages”.  I love that!  It has drawn me in, and I am a true follower now!  She makes me laugh and she makes me come back to see what’s “next”.

My personal favorite thread on her blog is about her plight to weight loss after having children using the Paleo Diet (a way of eating that best mimics diets of our hunter-gatherer ancestors – lean meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and nuts).  The series starts back in November 2010 with an awesome post I Want My Body Back! (whatever that means) that explains her want/need to be more healthy and loose weight (with pictures which is a very bold move since we are all not so brave…still keeping it real).  And more recently, in November of this year, she posted Paleo & Poop which is a delightfully hysterical account (without photos…thank you Summer) of some of the “issues” she’s encountered with her plight to health and weight loss!  She does share before and after pictures throughout the posts, and she has lost 27 pounds to date (YAY Summer).  More weight loss, more fun, and even more insight to come in this series I’m certain. I’ll be sure to follow along!

The entire blog is full of entertainment!  If you aren’t a daily blog reader but like your weekly dose/giggle, be sure to check her out at the beginning of each week for Murphy’s Law Monday.  In this “series”, Summer is sure to deliver a pants-peeing story for your reading pleasure.  She isn’t afraid to point out her own short comings, and her way of looking at things is not only comical, but refreshing!   

There is so much more that I can share here…SO MUCH MORE…but I will let you decide for yourself.  Go check out Summer’s blog, Banana Hammocks & Tutus, follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook.  Consider this my little Christmas gift to you!  You can thank me later!

Happy holidays everyone, from our house to yours!  And in my house, we still say MERRY CHRISTMAS!  So I hope you have a very merry one!  
Be sure to link up if you are participating in this “roast” below!  And if not, feel free to hop around to the other fabulous blogs listed.  I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

My #ComfyCritters! Review and Giveaway (ends 12/19/11 at Midnight)! #CBias

I have fallen in love with a new product thanks to my friends at Collective Bias who pointed me in the direction of a new website, My Comfy Critters.  
That shark over there?  That’s Seymour!  He is Bubby’s new best friend and he is the bomb!
Think cuteness, excitement, and functionality all in one little plush package!  Seriously, My Comfy Critters, where have you been all of my life?
We were asked if we would like to receive this product, help promote it’s awesomeness, and GIVE AWAY one of these cuties to one of our readers!  Why did they ask?  I mean seriously?  Of course we were ready to jump on this plush bandwagon!
I immediately pulled up the My Comfy Critters Web Site and with excited little gasps over my shoulder, knew exactly what my babies wanted!  Bubby wanted the Shark, and Bug wanted the Unicorn!

The price was right ($19.99 for a stuffed animal, pillow, and blanket in one) and it seemed like a great product but I wanted to see, feel, test it before purchasing the second one!
It arrived today and I was way more than satisfied with the quality of this!  Seymour was everything Bubby had hoped for and more!  
And let me tell you folks, if Bug didn’t break, tear, or destroy it, it IS good quality!  Bug tested…Bubby approved.  This is a real winner in my book!

Oh and have I mentioned how cute this thing is?  Maybe a time or two, but let me reiterate that fact!

I’ve got a million pictures of the babies enjoying this…too many to post here in fact.  So if you’d like to see them all (I’ll wait…it’s well worth your time), you can see them all in my Google + Album.  Seriously, my kids are so stinkin’ cute, you won’t want to miss this!
And for the record, yes I know I tend to ramble, especially about things I’m excited about.  This is one of those things!
But you see, this:
Transforms to this:
 Which transforms to this:
Which is priceless in my book!
Now here’s the fun part!  YOU can win one of these fabulous Comfy Critters for the love in your life!  I promise, you’ll love it (and so will they)!  Enter below and you might just get it in time for Christmas (but Christmas delivery is not guaranteed).  

And I have to tell you, there is a Twitter Party you won’t want to miss!  Please RSVP at the link provided.  See you there, 12/16/11 @ 1:00 pm CST!

Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own!

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